Alexandra loves to spread her knowledge of dance and performance to the new generation of dancers. She has competed in local NY dance competitions since she was 15 years old, winning platinum, high gold, and gold. She was a member of the Archbishop Molloy H.S. Dance Team and choreographed many hip-hop and jazz routines for the Archbishop Molloy H.S. Dance Team and Club. Alexandra has participated in the Rockette Experience, Tremaine Dance Conventions, CT & NY Salsa Congresses. Alexandra was an instructor of a hip hop cardio based dance fitness class called The Vixen Workout in NYC and currently assists in a dance fitness class – Killer Moves in NYC. She teaches intermediate & advance hip hop and assists in advance/competition lyrical and jazz under Greg Sinacori, former Alvin Ailey II dancer. She is super proud of her students and always challenges them to be the best they can be.
Chelsea Polanco is a 21 year old college senior who has a passion for movement and working with dancers. She enjoys the nurturing experience of choreographing and also the vulnerability of performance. Chelsea began her training at Jorday Rivera’s Dance Studio with styles such as salsa, bachata, and street jazz. She the furthered her training in modern and contemporary dance after starting at Hunter College. She has had the opportunity to work with artist such as Brenton Rude and Kranium and has been featured on a television series by VICE. Chelsea teaches salsa lessons to children and adults while trying to pursue a career in dance.
Salsa & Mambo Instructor
A personal goal is to encourage a creative approach to teaching traditional salsa dancing. As an instructor and/or personal coach he always works to stress the importance of body movement in connection with a good spirit. This will ultimately enhance the learning technique. The aim is for the student to be able to absorb, relate to, and then consider which area of salsa dancing they enjoy the most (partner work, shines, freestyle, teamwork, performance). Dancing is about connecting: with a partner, with a group, with your emotions and the music.
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.
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 that 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 of 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.
Lance Berquin was born in the Bronx raised in Brooklyn and now currently live in Long Island. Dance is a passion of mine that love and express my feeling and emotions through. I started dancing in elementary school. I made it a goal to join every possible art or dance group I can possible get in at a young age. When I moved to Long Island in the 8th grade; I join a non-profit organization called “Operation Pride” that provided programs including Vocal(singing), Step, theater, Dance, Art and many more fun activities for students. Few months later I became captain of the Dance team. I then went to 2 schools during high school. First was Long High School For The Art (BOCES). Where I learned about functional anatomy, Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater. Then to Freeport High School (Original) where I continued to stay in Operation Pride and was also part of color guard/marching band. While being in the color guard I was part of rifle team and winter dance competition. After graduating from high school, I went to LIU Brooklyn college where I studied Dance BS. I transferred from LIU to Queensborough community college; where I currently study Dance. I joined two dance groups called “Undisputed Rootz” and “The Monarchy” bases in the reí-state area. In the up coming years I plan on learning more of my craft and wish to help others express themselves through dance
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 !
Natalia Gayott has been dancing at Jorday Rivera Dance Studio since the age of three. Throughout her years in the studio, she has participated in all the annual dance recitals, attended in fundraising event/ performances, and also competed on the JRDS National Competition Team. She has performed in various dancing styles such as classical ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, under the performing dance program, trained by her instructor, Carmen LaRosa. She has done various performances at Cardozo High School and under the phenomenal foundation, Dancing Dreams, to perform for children with physical and medical challenges. She continued her training by enrolling in BAM Fall Insider Dance Program, collaborating with the Mark Morris Dance Company. Natalia also continues her passion by taking outside classes at Broadway Dance Center. She is currently continuing her studies as a Merit Scholar, at York College, in pursuits of earning her degree in Physical Therapy, and children education.
Natalia constructs her class by allowing her student to fully express themself through movement. She creates a free space for expression and believe it is important for her students to dance like nobody’s watching. She stretches the importance of the elements of dance (Time, Space, and Energy), and dance safety by creating lesson plans to prevent injuries. Natalia is also CPR verified, to create and maintain a safe environment at Jorday Rivera Dance Studio. Her lessons incorporate many study guides in order for her student to continue to progress and grow as dancers. She believe all her students will flourish and hopes that one day they will be able to give the gift of dancing to another individual.
Natalia has a great passion to always give back to her community. She also was an intern at the Queens Hospital Center in psychiatric unit for young children. She currently teaches Zumba at Central Queens Y under the Community Based Services for Individuals with disabilities. Her future endeavors is to open a safe zone for all children, making her center another place to call home.
Instructor & Front Desk
Nicole Alvarez started dancing at the age of 8 at Jorday Rivera’s Dance studio where she trained in salsa and hip hop. She later went on to be trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz at Broadway Dance Center. She attended dance conservatories and music camps. She become a dance member of Army on its toes, sponsored by the Salvation Army. Nicole has performed all around the US and outside the country like Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Canada. In 2016 she enrolled at Hunter College as a BA Dance major. Nicole is very passionate about choreographing. She was the divisional dance leader for the Creatives art department in the Salvation Army. She has choreographed for plays, musicals, outreach events, concerts, music camps and conservatories. She recently show cased her latest choreographic projects in Peggy theater title “Behind your back”.
Robby, a dancer born and raised in Brooklyn New York. As a young child, Robby was inspired to dance by such entertainers like Michael Jackson where he studied different ways to isolate his body and MJ style dancing. And Janet Jackson where he learned how to follow intricate choreography. While in school, he trained different genres of dance like Ballet, Street Jazz, and African. As an adult, Robby continues to dance and chase his dreams, which allowed him to dance in many different states and different countries. He’s also worked with some of today’s biggest artist like Jidenna, Rihanna, J Lo, Beyoncé and many more.
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 have 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 hardworking 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.
Shoshana started her love for dance at the age of five. Staring with Martha Graham technique, classical ballet, tap, jazz, African dance, Haitian dance and Flamenco. She found her life’s passion when she discovered the rich Middle Eastern rhythm’s on her visits to Israel/Palestine. With little children drumming in the streets, she fell in love. Shoshana saw her first belly dancer in 1979 at the famed Grecian Cave in NYC. What was to come next was Shoshana’s dream come true.
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!
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.
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 the 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 skills 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.
Belly Dancer & Mini Belly Dance Instructor
Zavivah began studies in Middle Eastern Dance, also known as Belly dance, five years ago. Since the age of four, dance has always been a part of her life. On a whim when looking for an avenue for fitness, Zavivah decided to try a belly dance class. That one class sparked a love for the dance and a deep desire and passion to learn more. Zavivah continued taking lessons while researching all she could about the dance. She has taken her knowledge and zeal for this art and transformed it into a stage presence that illustrates dynamic self-expression and unique interpretation. She revels in telling her story while making a piece of music come alive through movement.
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.
Belly Dance & Mini Belly Dance Instructor
Zuri has been involved in the creative and performing arts since childhood, but came to dance as an adult, beginning with the Latin dances. She has found a home in belly dance .
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.