Faculty And Staff



ANGELA PAOLINO THOMPSON, Owner / Creative Director

L.A. Dance was Founded in 1989 in Staten Island, New York, by Angela Paolino-Thompson, a young lady with big dreams! (certified instructor Dance Educators of America and a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association). Since than her studios have grown into Nationally Acclaimed Dance Education facilities with locations in New York and New Jersey. L.A. Dance NY known its 31ST season and L.A. Dance NJ it’s 15th, are both professionally staffed and extremely well known in the dance community for their excellence in training of the Arts. Angela has developed and molded her studio in NY and now has handed it over to her partners/students to carry on the legacy. With L.A. Dance NY in wonderful hands, she has set her focus on L.A. Dance NJ PAC, Colts Neck NJ, where she hopes to grow and expand into a multi room facility. After 31 years in this business Angela is still as passionate and determined as in 1989 – to make L.A. Dance NJ Performing Arts Center, Colts Neck NJ her biggest and best accomplishment to date.

Our New Jersey Director:  Angela Paolino Thompson, is a graduate of NYU with a double major in Business and Dance. She has danced since the age of three and has experience in every aspect of the dance business. Sharing her love and passion through the generations, L. A. Dance is world renown and a staple in the communities both in NY and in NJ. Not only with accolades pouring in for their students, but for being a company that gives back, donates, volunteers and is involved in all types of efforts in the community. Angela’s mission statement has and will always be, ” Conceive, Believe, Achieve”,  striving to have every dancer be the best they can be and have a great time while doing that.



ANTHONY D’ASTOLI, Assistant Managing Director / Instructor / Head of the A-List Academy

Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York. He started training and performing when he was 8 years old. He was exposed to jazz and ballet before being introduced to the style of hip-hop. He was heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. At a young age, Anthony focused on the ways of becoming a talented, well rounded dancer, and looked up to those who came before him on what it took to make it in the professional industry. He has been trained in hip-hop/urban styles (b-boying, popping, locking, house, 90s social dancing, waacking, vogue), industry styles (commercial street jazz), traditional styles (contemporary, ballet, jazz and lyrical).

 Anthony has toured all over the USA, representing companies such MAC Cosmetics and GAP. He has worked with artists such as, Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Drake, Flo Rida, Wizkid and many more. Anthony has recently been featured on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Blacklist: Redemption and Fox’s Glee. He has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Hard Rock Live, Gramercy Theatre, House of Blues, B.B.King’s, Terminal 5 and many more. Anthony is inspired by those who love the art of dance just as much as he does, and pushes those to fulfill their dreams. 



AMANDA VELAZQUEZ, Instructor / Assistant to the Director / Events Co-coordinator




MEGAN “MEGZ” ALFONSO,  Contemporary Fusion/ Lyrical

Megan “Megz” Alfonso was raised in the Bronx before moving to Long Island, where she began training at Michelle Ferraro’s Dance USA. For the past 27 years, She has dedicated her time to teaching dance classes . One of her many accomplishments recently was becoming part of the Top 6 on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Megz has assisted choreographers such as Nick Zobrowski at Adrenaline Dance Conventions, Shelia Barker at MPAC, and Cynthia Geffon & Nick Zobrowski at the Choreographer Ball in LA.  She has traveled all over the US and UK touring with Deca Dance Company and Matrix/Loreal.  Megz has also been seen in movies such as, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and Step Up. She has choreographed and danced for singer, Raquel Castro, from “The Voice”. She has graced the stage with her crew “Decadance Company ” at the Apollo Theatre, as well as performed a piece entitled “Four Seasons” at the Hip Hop Festival for London brought to New York. Now, Megz travels around teaching at conventions and in-studio workshops, aspiring to continue training and bettering herself as a dancer, teacher and choreographer so that she can achieve all of her goals and inspire others to do the same. 



Elise Klinger is a professional veteran in the dance industry for over 30 years. She has worked with professional dancers in many Broadway shows and world renown dance companies. Elise has trained at Joffery Ballet, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Alvin Ailey and Luigi & Phil Black. She is proud to also have owned, Elise Klinger Dancers, for over 30 years!

Michayla Dunne grew up on the Jersey Shore and began her ballet training at The Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, NJ, under the direction of Jennifer James Church. There, she achieved the grades of Distinction in the Royal Academy of Dance examinations in Grades 4 through Solo Seal. In 2009, she continued her training at The American Repertory Ballet, in Princeton, NJ, with Douglas Martin. During her training, Miss Dunne attended Summer Intensives at The Rock School for Dance Education, The Harid Conservatory, where she was one of 40 students worldwide accepted to attend, and two consecutive summers at The Boston Ballet where she was invited to perform in the prestigious “The Next Generation”. In 2010, Miss Dunne was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City to be apart of their second company where she was then asked to be a full-time company member in 2011. From there, Miss Dunne studied dance Choreography and Education at High Point University, as well as being apart of High Point University’s Dance Performance Company. Some of Miss Dunne’s favorite performance credits include; The Nutcracker as Snow Queen and Lead Marzipan, Cinderella as Cinderella, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. Since retiring from dancing herself, Miss Dunne has shared her love and passion for dance with over 500 students of all ages. Miss Dunne is a certified teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance as well as a certified Gaynor Minden pointe shoe fitter. Miss Dunne was most recently a Ballet Mistress at The Piedmont School of Music and Dance in Charlotte, NC, where she created an accredited pre-professional ballet curriculum as well as choreographed full length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, and Cinderella. Miss Dunne is also a the founder of “Ballet is for Everyone” which is a non profit organization that teaches the art of ballet and love of creative movement to underprivileged children.

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