Kelley Larkin started her career as a professional dancer, then moved on to be one of the most successful teachers/ choreographers in the dance world. Many of her students have moved on to a professional career in dance. Her students have gone on to dance for Broadway, Disney, music videos, film, and nationally ranked college dance teams. She has choreographed for industrials, TV, films, and commercials. She is also involved in casting and gives many students the opportunity to appear in movies.
Danielle Larkin Danielle comes from a nationally renowned dance family and studied dance with the Larkin Dance Studio in Minnesota for 16 years. Her performance credits include Star Search, Polaris commercials and industrials, special Disney performance with Vanessa Williams, Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show with tap dancer Savion Glover, Stevie Wonder, Glorida Estefan, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Danielle has been awarded numerous awards for her choreography and is an inspiration to all of the dancers.
Nicole LaGuardia Danced at RHPAC under the instruction of Kelley and Danielle Larkin. Nicole attended Arizona State University where she earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She spent four years on the nationally ranked Sun Devil Dance Team, two of which she was captain. She has danced in the Superbowl XLII Halftime Show and was featured as Sports Illustrated’s Cheerleader of the week.
Jill Casella grew up dancing under the instruction of Kelley and Danielle Larkin. Jill is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where she earned a B.A. in Media and Communications and Dance. She has had extensive experience teaching young children over the past four years and was a dedicated member and captain of Muhlenberg’s Hip Hop Dance Team. Jill is a teacher of our recreational program as well as our competitive team. She is glad to be back and a part of the Studio L staff.
Tyler Glovin has been dancing under the direction of Kelley and Danielle Larkin for twelve years. In his dance career he has been on TV shows such as Jack’s Big Music Show, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and America’s Got Talent. Tyler has performed at halftime shows for the New York Mets, New York Knicks, and the Brooklyn Nets. Since graduating in 2013, Tyler has been managing our boys program and is very excited to start his dance career as the newest member of the Studio L Staff.
Geno Forliti has been teaching dance for over 25 years. He has worked with Star Power, Dance Educators of America, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters, NAADA, Dance Magic and many more. He also has taught countless workshops & seminars in the U.S, Canada and London. His students & choreography have won some of the highest acclaimed awards and many of his students have also been featured on prestigious stages including Broadway, Star Search, SYTYCD and many other television movies/shows. Geno himself, has been seen on commercials for Dairy Queen, Wendys, Mcdonalds, MTV, Body Glove, British Knight Tennis shoes to name a few…and was also a Grand Champion on Star Search. Geno has performed with such names as Ben Vereen, M.C. Hammer, Vannessa Williams, Prince and other Stars in his repertoire.
Michael Burke has been a gymnastics instructor for over 25 years. Michael has been a clinician for State & Regional seminars in addition to his safety certification training in the Midwest area. He has worked with students on the Junior Olympic team and has judged gymnastics at the National & Junior Olympic levels for over 13 years. Mike has judged for Dance Competitions in the upper Midwest area during the past 4 years. He has also taught at numerous dance workshops in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the East Coast. Michael has instructed for many award winning dance schools, helping specialty tricks, creative combos and acro skills in dancers routines. He specialized in tumbling during his gymnastics career & was sought after by Cirque du Soleil. He has performed on stage in numerous musicals and competitions.
Liudmila Polonskaya was born in Russia in the region of Crimeia. In 1967, at the age of ten, she joined the Vaganova Ballet Academy School in St. Petersburg. She graduated there under the orientation of the maitre Natalia Dudinskaya.In 1974. Ms. Polonskaya became first ballerina of the Maly Opera Theater in St. Petersburg, where she interpreted the leading roles of the classic repertoire such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. During this period she had the opportunity to travel with the company to France, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Italy and Holland.In 1995, Ms. Polonskaya graduated in Ballet Pedagogy at the Vaganova Academy Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia with a diplom of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance. Ms. Polonskaya was hired by the Vaganova Academy of Ballet where she taught classical ballet from 1995-2000. During this time she was invited to teach at ballet schools in Australia, Japan, Korea and Brazil.In 2000, Ms. Polonskaya was invited to give classical ballet lessons and choreograph for the Maria Olenewa Dance School of Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also organized a workshop promoted by Maria Olenewa School of Dance. In 2004 and 2005 Ms. Polonskaya was invited to teach pointe technique for the 1st and 2nd Season of the Russia Ballet in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Over the years, her students have been awarded important prizes in national and international competitions such as the Grand Prix de Lausanne and Youth America Grand Prix, and scholarships to Canada’s National Ballet School and The Harid Conservatory. They can also be found dancing professionally for Royal Ballet, ABT, Monique Ballet Theater, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.In June of 2006, the Artistic Director of Tulsa Ballet, Marcello Angelini, invited Liudmila Polonskaya to participate as a guest teacher at the Summer Intensive Program of Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education and then to join Tulsa Ballet Faculty as full time Instructor.After two years, Ms. Polonskaya was appointed School Principal & Second Company Director for Tulsa Ballet. She staged and coached for Tulsa Ballet II productions of Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, and Coppelia. Ms. Polonskaya worked closely with the Artistic Director of Tulsa Ballet, Marcello Angelini, to align Tulsa Ballet Center of Dance Education and Tulsa Ballet II Company with the main company of Tulsa Ballet. Ms. Polonskaya has been instrumental in designing the programming and curriculum of the School.In 2011 in Houston and 2012 in Dallas in Regional Semi-Final Youth American Grand Prix Competition, students of Tulsa Ballet coached by Ms. Polonskaya have won numerous prestigious awards including Grand Prix. Tulsa Ballet School was named Best Ensemble, Best Group and Outstanding School. Students of Tulsa Ballet In 2011 and 2012 Ms. Polonskaya acted as a judge at the American Dance Competition in Orlando. She regularly participates as Artistic Director of Summer Intensive Program of Tulsa Ballet Center of Dance Education and she has taught master classes and workshops within the United States and in other countries as guest teacher. In June 2012 Ms. Polonskaya resigned her position as Director of the TBCDE to allow time for guest teaching and coaching in the United States and other countries.
Jessica West Regan began her dance training at age 3 in Toronto, Canada at Linda Collins School of Ballet. By age 5, Jessica began competing throughout North America in Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. Throughout her 15 years of competitive dance, Jessica won top awards for technique, style and dancing ability in numerous regional and national competitions including, Show Stoppers, DMA and many other prestigious competitions. She and her team have been adjudicated and awarded highest honors by Ballet Icons, such as, world renowned Prima Ballerina and current Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain.
After being accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Studies Program, Jessica trained for a summer at the National Ballet School of Canada. Upon graduating high school with honors, in Canada, Jessica was invited to audition for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her entrance audition resulted in immediate acceptance and included highest-level international scholarship awards. After graduating AMDA with highest honors, Jessica continued her dance studies at The New School University in Manhattan under their scholarship program, and received her Honors Degree in Musical Theatre.
In 2004, Jessica made her New York City stage debut starring in the Off Broadway smash hit, The Awesome 80s Prom. While maintaining her leading role in the NYC production, Jessica has also toured the country directing and choreographing this production in cities including Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle and Boston. Other NYC roles include dancing alongside Broadway veterans and legends, such as Brenda Braxton, Andrea McArdle, and Daphne Rubin-Vega, in the production of Chicago on the Rosie O’Donnell cruise line; numerous stage roles for dancing, singing and acting; and multiple commercials and web series. Jessica is also currently involved in the creative development of a new television pilot.
Jessica is most excited about her new role as Head of the Ballet Division at HDM. Upon graduating The Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teaching Program, Jessica is looking forward to integrating this performance-based syllabus into HDM’s exciting curriculum, and being able to submit her students for examinations.
It is Jessica’s philosophy that Ballet classes should teach more than technique. She believes Ballet also teaches the dancer stage presence, poise, discipline, confidence, teamwork and respect. Along with giving the student great training to present in exams and on stage, Jessica looks forward to the dancers being shaped into high achievers, who carry these traits forward in their academic achievements, social behavior, and right through into their chosen careers.
Abby Price a native of southern Connecticut, received her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy from The Hartt School of The University of Hartford in 2012. At The Hartt School, she trained primarily in Classical Ballet, Modern and Contemporary and studied Ballet Pedagogy, Music Theory, Kinesiology, Human Development and more. Abby began her training at Eastern Connecticut Ballet where she trained intensively for eight years. During her summers, she trained at Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet’s DanceLab Summer Program. Teaching as a student intern in Ballet and Creative Movement in The Hartt Dance Community Division, she also taught Children’s Ballet as a faculty member. Abby feels extraordinarily lucky to combine her two passions of dance and working with children by teaching at Hudson Dance and Movement.
Danyelle Marie Fiorentino (Administrative Director)was born in Orlando, Florida but recently moved to New Jersey from the north Atlanta area where she received her B.F.A. in Dance from Brenau University in 2011. Hip Hop is her main focus as a dancer although she is technically trained in modern, ballet, jazz, and tap. Danyelle has experience, as well as a passion, for the administrative responsibilities within dance studios and companies. She is very excited to be in Hoboken, where her family is originally from, and to be part of the Hudson Dance and Movement family.