Angela Paolino-Thompson

Angela has been developing and teaching dance for the past twenty-seven years. She has been dancing since the age of three and trained diligently at the Joffrey School of Ballet, NYU Tisch School of the Performing Arts, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Theatre Dance, Dance Plus and various local studios. She has choreographed and performed on a national level and is also a judge at many world renowned dance competitions. A graduate of NYU Stern School of Business, Angela turned her love of the art into a prosperous dance business. L.A. Dance School of the Arts, established in 1989 and has an enrollment of over 600 students. L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, Lincroft NJ established in 2005 boasts and enrollment of over 250 students. Together the two studios have developed a phenomenal reputation across State lines and throughout the nation. “L.A. Dance School of the Arts” and “L.A. Dance Center of the Arts”, are both state of the art, high tech new facilities offering lessons in dancing, singing,acting, acro and fitness . To ensure that theirstudents receive the highest quality, most well rounded training possible, Angela and her partners Debra, Jeana and Tracey, bring in the best instructors from all over the world.Their students have appeared in: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Madison Square Garden, The Off-Broadway productions “Shake the Floor” and “Red Hot Broadway”, on MTV, has been cast for many movies, commercials and print ads, have appeared in many Broadway productions including “Music Man”, “Annie” and “Big”. Currently are auditioning for “So You Think You Can Dance” and traveling with Dance Conventions throughout the States.

Angela has most recently been seen designing dance wear for her boutique, costuming, running the business end and is now semi-retired from teaching. Her teaching is down to two days a week. She is so comfortable in her position, knowing that her staff, trained under her are incredible and more than capable of bringing L.A. Dance NY a NJ to the top year after year and for generations to come. “The legend lives on through my students and for that I could not be more proud”

Amanda Davis

Amanda DavisAmanda has been part of the L. A. Dance family since the age of two and represented us as a dancer for twenty two years. She now passes on her expertise to our students as a valued instructor. Through the years, she became an integral part of our L. A. Dance Company, performing at competitions, in recitals, at many charitable events, for the Staten Island Yankees, and on NY1 and FOX 5 TV. She was also featured in the short film “Bodies That Matter.” Because of her talent and expertise, Amanda was accepted and studied full time for two years at the legendary Joffrey Ballet School. While there, she received a master education from renowned dancers and choreographers in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Choreography, Hip Hop & Musical Theater. She also studied dance at the College of Staten Island, taking many classes to refine her craft. In addition to teaching at L. A. Dance, Amanda manages the dance program at two day care centers. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree as a Dance Science major in the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program. We are thrilled to have her on our staff at LADC.

Amanda Velazquez

Amanda has been dancing since she is 3 years old and has been a part of the L.A Dance family for over 20 years. She has been trained and specializes in many different styles such as tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. She has performed on New York 1 news and Fox 5 news with L.A Dance to perform a tribute dance dedicated to Michael Jackson. She has also performed at Fox 5 studios to celebrate the New York Yankees World Series win in 2009. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center in NYC as well as numerous dance conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop, Pulse, Jump, and Ash. Her unique style has gotten her recognized by choreographers such as Ian Eastwood and Brian Puspos. She hopes to teach her students how to love dance and embrace their own unique style in everything they do. When she isn’t teaching dance, she is working as a full time pastry chef in New York City.

Andréa Fazio

Andréa began dancing at L.A.Dance at the age of 2 years old and has loved it ever since. She became a dance costume model for Shatilla shortly after and continued that journey for 13 years. In 2009 Andréa got accepted into the famous and prestigious “FAME” school. Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music and Art & Performing Arts transformed Andréa into the dancer she is today training in ballet & modern for 3 hours every single day. Minoring in Tap, Jazz, Graham, Horton, Choreography, & vocal. After graduating, Andréa attended a professional semester at the iconic Broadway Dance Center where she was then taught all about professionalism and preparations for Auditions. Being at BDC introduced her to so many well-known choreographers. Andréa has danced in times Square behind singer NE-YO for the x-box Kinect launch party. Andréa is now expressing her talents at LADC & we are so luckyyyyy to have her 💃🏻🎉😍❤️🙌🏼😜🔥

Anthony D’Astoli

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, Drake, Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flo Rida, Wizkid and many more. Anthony has recently been featured on NBC’s Blacklist: Redemption and on 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.

Georgina Miers

Georgina began dancing at the age of 2 and hasn’t lost her passion since. She began as a competitive dancer and continued her studies at Broadway Dance Center (jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop), the Pulse on Tour Convention, Shake the Floor Convention, and modern dance classes at Rutger’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Georgina, being intrigued by the human body and movement from her dance training, then achieved her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She is able to incorporate what she has learned as a physical therapist to aid her dance students in injury prevention, proper body mechanics, and strengthening/conditioning exercises. Georgina enjoys teaching technique, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and hip hop classes.

Jeff Cowans

Jeff Cowans started training for dance later on life but quickly fell in love with hop-hop dance. With the right teachers and drive Jeff began working in the industry. Americas got talent, music videos, Commercials for MTV, Malibu rum, Smirnoff, Apple, backup for Kelly Rowland and a European tour were all setting him up  for more things to come. Now dancing for Crystal Waters Jeff finds the time to do what’s most important in his dance life, training and teaching.
God never gives you more than you can handle.

Lauren Miller

Lauren’s love for dance began at the age of 2 ½ and she is a proud member of the award winning “Platinum Dancers” of L.A. Dance. Lauren is trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical and is part of L.A. Dances traveling troupe ensemble which she joined in 1996.

Lauren became an assistant dance instructor in 2002 and is pleased to pursue her love of dance as an instructor at L.A. Dance. Lauren has performed in many charitable events on Staten Island as well as performing at Madison Square Garden and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She has trained under such noted choreographers as Wade Robson and Brian Friedman. In 2000 Lauren was presented with the L.A. Dance Scholarship Award.

Lauren was a participant in the Miss Staten Island Pageant in 2000 and 2001. In the 2000 pageant she was named Miss Congeniality and was presented with a $500 scholarship. Lauren has earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Vincent Harris – Fitness and Guest Instructor

Vincent Harris has been a professional teacher since 2005. His teaching experience ranges from Middle Schools to local schools such as L.A. Dance Center of the Arts. Performance is where Vincent has had a huge career. His wide variety of talents has afforded him the honor of performing throughout the spectrum of genres in dance. Vincent experiences include but are not limited to: MOMIX Dance Theater, Dancer 2010-2016, Connecticut Ballet Soloist 2009-2010, Manhattan Youth Ballet, classical and contemporary lead dancer; Dancer for Rhianna; Lil’ Mama, Amerie and Choreorgrapher for Tyme Johnson, to name a few. His training spans the globe including the Dance Theater of Harlem, Studio Maestro /Manhattan Youth Ballet School to Boston Conservatory where he studied Ballet, Modern, Choreography and ballet partnering. Vincent was a student of the fabulous Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. where he received his dance diploma. His supporters and references come from the world acclaimed American Ballet Theater, Juilliard and the French Academy Ballet. Vincent’s last success came just this March 2017, when he showcased his very own, Brand New Dance Company in their first performance “The Rahk”. We are so proud of your accomplishments. They are an inspiration to all your students.
L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, is beyond ecstatic to have Mr. Vincent Harris as our current Ballet Master and Hip Hop Instructor.

Anthony Borello – Fitness and Guest Instructor

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, Drake, Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flo Rida, Wizkid and many more. Anthony has recently been featured on NBC’s Blacklist: Redemption and on 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.

Conner Phillip – Fitness and Guest Instructor

Conner Phillip, a dancer raised in Philadelphia, PA took dance seriously only after auditioning, making it into and training heavily with the I Am Phresh Dance company.  After performing at World Of Dance San Jose, World Of Dance New York, Prelude New Jersey, as well as other competitions he received a scholarship for monsters of hip hop.  Conner was also a featured dancer on Good Morning Americas ‘Evolution of Dance’ Segment.  Teaching many workshops in the tri-state area Conner loves to shape and mold new talent and pass on his knowledge.  

 

Dylan Smith – Fitness and Guest Instructor

Dylan Smith is a NYC based dancer, choreographer and instructor. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance as well as a strong Liberal Arts education.

Professional credits include: The Japan and North American tours of 42nd St., JUBILEE! at Ballys Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Holland America Cruise lines, Hershey Park, in addition to various regional theater work, industrials, television and film. Other highlights include JUMP JIVE & WAIL! with the USO starring Paris Hilton as well as performing alongside the band Phish to a sold out crowd of 35,000 on New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden.

Dylan is a national adjudicator and master instructor for talent competitions such as Dancers Inc., Starpower, Beyond the Stars and Shine Dance in Canada and has taught and choreographed for countless studios across the US. His choreography has won numerous titles and high scores for his students.

Additional exciting choreographic experiences range from teaching for the Alvin Ailey’s Children’s Program and acting as Assistant Choreographer for Peter Pan at Theater By the Sea.  A true artist, Dylan enjoys writing, photography, painting, designing his own costumes, and conceptualizing and creating works in all aspects of the arts world.

Mikey Dastoli – Fitness and Guest Instructor

Mikey D’Astoli is a Teacher/Choreographer who is signed to Clear Talent Group agency. He started dancing at age 13 at the FUNKtion dance complex with a strong focus on Hip Hop styles such as bboying, popping, house, locking, vogue, waacking, and industry styles. Performances include opening up for American Idol’s “Jax”, The Red Hot Chili Peppers 2017 Tour, The Cartoon Network Anti-Bullying Tour, showcases at Webster Hall, Monsters of Hip Hop, The PULSE, and many more. Mikey has been featured on Tv commercials such as “Bop it Tetris”, “Juicy Drop Pop”, and “Jenga tetris” as a dancer and actor. You can find him in music videos for artists Jax(LA LA Land), The Red Hot Chili Peppers(Go Robot), and Vita Chambers(What If). He can also be seen in the ongoing Netflix series “The Get Down”(Directed by Baz Luhrmann), where he plays the role of ‘Crash’. Also a principal dancer in the Feature Film “Going in Style”(Directed by Zach Braff). Mikey has taken classes from Hip Hop to Ballet and all in between, he has used what he learned to derive his own unique style. Mikeys pieces are full of storytelling and almost every dance that is made has a meaning or underlying message behind it. Mikey believes that dance is a way to express yourself and heavily incorporates improv(freestyle) into his work and teaches others how to move freely without the fear of being judged or ridiculed for their style of dance. History of Hip-Hop is also taught so students may gain knowledge of how the styles of Hip-Hop came to be and what it is all about.

Victor Kid Glyde – Fitness and Guest Instructor

Victor “Kid Glyde” Alicea’s credo is “If you can conceive it, you can achieve. it” At thirty years old, Kid Glyde has already achieved much of what he has conceived—and won’t be stopping anytime soon. Hailing from Queens, New York, Kid Glyde is the president of the acclaimed NYC b-boy crew, The Dynamic Rockers, which he not only inherited, but has also revived. He has appeared in acclaimed dance movies such as Step Up 2 & 3, Bumper, Pressure, and the b-boy documentary All Out War. He is also the principal actor in “I Break NY”, a webisode series about Kid Glyde and the Dynamic Rockers’ struggles and triumphs in 2009. He is the son of legendary Glyde of the original Dynamic Rockers and has been breaking for sixteen years, starting with lessons from both his father and Kid Freeze. After his first major battle victory in 2006 at the Universal Zulu Nation B-boy/B-girl Throwdown, he has only continued further with his success as a b-boy. He has taken titles at major battles such as the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary Battles in 2007 and 2008 and won Eurobattle 2009 with his crew. He also represented the USA in the 2009 Red Bull BC One competition, the most prestigious 1 v. 1 b-boy battle in the world. Recently, Kid Glyde and the Dynamic Rockers have been taking battles by storm, winning first place in the Masters of the Art 6 battle in NYC, Funk What U Heard in Connecticut, and representing the USA at IBE (International Breaking Event), the largest international b-boying tournament. Kid Glyde even organizes major events himself, such as the famous B-boy Massacre series and the unique Octagon NYC battles. He also teaches and is the featured b-boy expert for HowCast.com, an online tutorial website. Kid Glyde remains a prominent and inspirational b-boy in the hip-hop community and continues to take b-boying culture to the next level.