From its humble beginnings in the basement of a home in Huntington, New York, the Jan Martin Dance Studio has grown to become one of the premier dance schools on Long Island. In 1969, Jan Martin opened her home-based studio with 50 students. A new mother, Jan was able to fulfill her love of teaching dance to children, while keeping her newborn son close at hand. Word spread about this dynamic dance instructor and within a year enrollment grew to 250 students, forcing Jan to leave her basement and move her studio to facilities on Jericho Turnpike. Today, there are two Jan Martin Dance Studios serving Long Island’s North Shore – one in East Northport, and the other in Plainview.
Roe Noviello – Director
Roe met Jan Martin when they both danced at the Kaye Gorham Studio as teenagers. When her oldest daughter was ready to start taking classes, Roe took her directly to Jan’s studio in Woodbury.
Roe, who began studying dance at the age of 5, went on to an extensive professional career, including two stints as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Other career highlights include appearances in Atlantic City, the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and numerous television performances on programs including Late Night with David Letterman, and HBO’s Comic Relief.
Roe, who specializes in Tap, hopes her students gain self-esteem and a love of dance, but most importantly, she wants them to have fun!
Roe is an active Rockette Alumnae.
Jan Martin – Founder
Jan began her dance career at the age of 8 in Maspeth, Queens, New York. As a high school student, Jan taught dance classes at the Kaye Gorham Dance Studio. She also studied at the world-famousBroadway Dance Center and with the renowned June Taylor.
After dancing professionally in nightclubs, Jan went on to teach throughout the United States for Dance Olympus and in Canada for Dance Educators of America.
Over the years, Jan has taught thousands of girls who have gone on to careers as dance professionals, including Broadway performers, members of dance troupes, dance studio owners, and college dance professors. Even those students who have chosen other career paths have benefitted from their years of dance training. “Many of my former students have gone on to become school teachers, and tell me their dance training helped in so many ways. It gave them confidence, discipline and insight into working with children,” says Jan.
Jan is the proud mother of two sons and two adorable grandchildren with whom she now spends most of her time.