Meet Our Faculty
Jorday Rivera - Founder and Director of Mambo’s Finest
Phone: (718)-275-4386 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorday Rivera has a clean, energetic style of dancing. She concentrates on various styling techniques from other forms of dancing and combines them into one, which is apparent in her dancing and teaching style.
As a teacher, she pays close attention to detail. She drills her students on a number of different steps, paying close attention to execution and technique. If a student is struggling, she gives thatr student additional help during breaks or after class. Jorday loves teaching and her goal is to have all of her students walking away feeling good about themselves.
In her styling class, women learn the techniques on how to execute various steps. Each styling technique is broken down into eight counts with each step. Jorday emphasizes the importance of styling in her class because the first thing people see when you are dancing is your “styling.”
Overall, Jorday has proven herself with her many years experience to be an excellent dancer and instructor. In efforts to share all of her experiences with her students, she displays a number of photographs from different events that she has participated in on what she likes to call her “Wall of Fame.” She takes pride in what she does and passes that attitude onto her students.
Tiffany Rivera - Creative Director of Youth and Adult Programs
Tiffany Rivera is Director and Founder of Mambo’s Finest Take 2, a not-for-profit children’s dance company born February 2003. Her mission as founder is focused on enhancing cultural awareness through dance, establishing positive and supportive life-long peer relationships as well as empowering children with the necessary shills to understand and appreciate the importance of education.
Having studied numerous forms of dance, Tiffany is flexible, has excellent speed, and the ability to grasp material quickly and execute it flawlessly. She is often complimented as a “Natural.” She swiftly accelerated in dance class, becoming a member of several well-known dance teams and became an instructor, a choreographer and, ultimately, a director of her own dance company. Tiffany has performed with numerous famous artists such as the late and great Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, in a variety of venues, including Madison Square Garden. Tiffany has also participated in various Congresso’s de la Salsa all over the world.
She has spent the last five years as an instructor in Jorday Rivera’s Dance Studio, a well-known dance studio, owned and operated by older sister Jorday Rivera. She has developed a reputation as a disciplined instructor with a “Can-Do” attitude. The success of the two sisters as dance instructors has lead to the creation of a professional adult dance team appropriately named “Mambo’s Finest”.
Tiffany passion for dance, love of children, and background as a peer counselor at a local community house fueled her desire to give back to the community. This led to the creation of “Mambo’s Finest Take 2”, her first solo endeavor.
Daziann Rivera - Youth Salsa/Mambo and Hip Hop Instructor.
As an instructor I am firmly believe in tough love. I always make a promise to my students that they will become the best dancers they can possible be if they follow my instructions. I will give them absolutely all I have. All I ask in return is dedication, trust, and loyalty. I take proud in my classes and ensure they will always be progressive and fun. Dancers aren't made of their technique, but their passion.
I am currently dancing for Fusion’s Finest Dance Co. as a primary dancer. We are a mixed group of individuals who specialize in Salsa, Mambo, Hip hop, Modern, Cha cha, and Funk. We are a motivated and loving family and give as much time as effort needed to perfect our skills. We will see you on the dance floor.
Why do I dance? ...Why do I breathe?
Rafael Ortiz - Mambo Instructor
Zavivah - Belly Dancer & Mini Belly Dance Instuctor
Driven by the freedom of expression and freedom of spirit that dancing can manifest, Zavivah has dedicated herself to the study of the Middle Eastern Dance art form through studying with notable teachers and Master instructors such as Kazja, Tava, Nourhan Sharif, and Layla Mary. She continues to study and attend workshops in order to foster personal growth in the dance, and to offer her students the best of her knowledge and skill.
Well versed in established dance show formats, Zavivah can deliver eloquent performances using an array of props which include candle tray, sword, veil, fan veils, and zills.
Eddie Pino - Salsa & Mambo Instructor
Mr. Pino’s mission is to spread this Latin traditional dance to ultimately draw everyone into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imagination.
As an independent artist and performer highlights include performing in: HBO’s Showtime salsa production, recording artist/arranger Chayanne’s music video “Dance with Me” with Vanessa Williams, a season of dancing in the soap opera “All My Children” and numerous performances in the New York Copa Cabana Nightclub. Mr. Pino’s dance experience included the following companies: Eddie Torres Dancers, Razz M Tazz Dance Company as well as Abakua Latin Dance Company. As a dancer in these companies he was fortunate to perform with many musicians and bands on tour, in Madison Square Garden and in congresses. Bands like Eddie Palmieri, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, the late Tito Puente, the late Celia Cruz, the late Pete El Conde, Johnny Pacheco, Los Adolescente, Gilberto Santarosa, Tito Nieves, El Gran Combo, Millie Quesada, Orchestra de La Luz, Marc Anthony, Oscar De Leon and many more. Under the direction of Eddie Torres he assisted in master classes, workshops and lecture demonstration for different events. Performances to highlight include: Tito Puente’s 100th Album Celebration, Concerto Del Amor, Roseland with the Nicholas Brothers and a Mambo extravaganza opening for the World Ballroom Championship. Current projects consist of collaborations with members of the New York salsa community and private coaching.
Zuri - Belly Dance & Mini Belly Dance Instructor
As music is her profession, Zuri incorporates her solid knowledge of timing and musical interpretation into her performances. Her show formats can range from traditional to a fusion with Caribbean and/or Latin flavor depending on client venue and preference.
When teaching, her knowledge of group dynamics, body mechanics, and different learning styles helps each student to reach their fullest potential. Zuri also has training as a pre/post-natal health and fitness group instructor, and welcomes the opportunity to work with women who want to stay fit during their pregnancy.
Zuri is also the owner of Cocoabelly Dance Services, LLC. Cocoabelly offers custom, handmade costumes for dancers of all shapes and sizes, make up services for dancers, and performers and props for your special event.
Melodee Rodriguez - Instructor
Melodee began dancing at the age of 5, where she attended Rising Stars Dance Studio until the age of 12. She later went on to attend Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, for dance under the direction of Carolyn Devore. Melodee continued her dance training at Queensborough Community College, training with Emily Berry, Ericka Pudjic and Kathleen Mcaree. She has performed in repertory pieces of Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, and Keith Thompson. She has been teaching dance for the past 12 year and dancing for 19. Melodee is now a Graduate student at Hunter College and hopes to earn her degree by next spring and will be teaching in DOE fall 2018.
Shoshana - Instructor
She has had the honor of Studying with masters such as Serena Wilson, Ibrahim Farah, Elena Lentini, Yousry Sharif and Valarie Camille. Her career has followed an exciting path performing at the famed Club Ibis, Club Darwish, Egyptian Gardens, Rockefeller Center, Town Hall, Cami Hall, Cedars of Lebanon. She has performed for Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, James Conn, Gloria Gainer, and the Royal family of Saudi Arabia. She has traveled to perform and teach in Egypt, Israel, Panama and all over the US. She teaches from the heart with purpose and passion!
Marc "FullOut" Royale is a professional dancer and up and coming choreographer hailing from Queens, New York, Marc possesses a natural flair for full out movement. Royale trains professionally at various New York studios and is also a graduate of Rock the Industry training under the legendary Luam . Marc has been featured in many music videos and a few tv shows he has also opened up for the Female hip hop awards in La, alongside performing at multiple showcases in NYC Marc's' love for dance is very clear when watching him move, his personality, fight and drive is very admirable and inspiring to many, he is definitely bringing something different to the table !
Stefanie Roper was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She was raised in Orem, Utah where she attended her first dance class at the age of 18. As a 2015 graduate from Utah Valley University with a BFA-Ballet, her performance experience includes Cultural Envoy, Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Utah Regional Ballet, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company and Ballet Hispanico Dos. She became the executive producer of a local company called Latino Legacy for 3 years, choreographing as well as dancing contemporary and Latin folklore. While in college, Stefanie trained and performed professionally in Bollywood, African, Polynesian, Latin, ballroom, ballet, Modern, hip hop and jazz dance. With her diverse dance background she has had the opportunity to tour around the world performing in schools and theatres in China, Australia, Fiji, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States.
Victoria Reda has been performing gymnastics since the young age of six when she enrolled in Rhythmic gymnastics. Shortly after she went on to acro gymnastics where she learned numerous techniques that would later prove to be her passion. Handstands, back hand springs, back tucks, tumbles and vaults all became second nature to her. Her love of gymnastics kept growing as she began to incorporate acrobatics into her routine. Since then she's gone on to teach gymnastics her enthusiasm for teaching coupled with her love for children has proven to be a winning combination for her and her students. Victoria looks forward to working with your child and teaching them many fun and new techniques.
Shayna "Miss Kisses" Wheatley
Shayna "Miss Kisses" Wheatley is a 27 year old Eclectic professional dancer and Zumba instructor from Queens, NY who is signed to a dance Agency in NYC . She fell in love with dancing at a young age by teaching herself how to dance from watching music videos, learning from her cousin and attending an after school program. Although her love for dancing started from a young age, she started to take it seriously in High School and college. She graduated with an associate degree and realized she wanted to make dance a full time career. In 2011, she started to make her way in the entertainment industry by booking her first job as a principal dancer in Kat Deluna's video "Drop it low". Since then, she's been blessed with various opportunities that has gotten her to where she is today.
Miss Kisses is oriented with excellent dancing skills that have taken her very far in her promising dance career. Being a passionate and hard working individual, she has successfully worked her way on imprinting her brand and talents in the entertainment industry. She's worked with Various Artist and brands such as, Cardi B, Vma's, Keke Palmer, Wynter Gordon, Rob Base, Astr, Konshens, Kat Deluna, Lil Mama, Inas X, Rome Fortune, Gap, and Adidas. As she is fully pursuing her passion for dancing, she is also impelling exploring her modeling and acting more.