Staff

Kim Alberti Kim Alberti

Kim Alberti is the Artistic Director and owner of Maple Avenue Dance. Kim’s extensive and incomparable training in ballet, pointe, modern, theatre and voice enables her to offer the best of training and choreography to her students. Her passion and enthusiasm carries over to the staff and dancers at Maple Avenue Dance, where she is an inspiration and information source.

Kim has performed with the National Dance Institutes (Jacques D’Ambroise) at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center, performed on both NBC and ABC; danced and toured with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, performing Milton Meyers, Nuevo Tango (Alvin Ailey); The Joffery Ballet, and “Limelight” based on the life of Charlie Chaplin, with Charles McGowan (“A Chorus Line The Movie”). Kim appears in Harvey Edwards book, “The Art of Dance”, and appears in his “2003 Dance Calendar” (Pinnacle Passion); and her prints from Harvey can be seen all over the world. Kim was offered the role of “Victoria”, (the white cat), in Andrew Llyod Webber’s “Cats” and a role in “Starlight Express”; Kim has danced and done guest appearances with various NYC companies starring in lead roles for both ballets and modern pieces.

She is a Member of the National Dance Institutes, National Dance Association, “Who’s Who in Dance”, Dance Educators of America, and The Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce, and is listed in “National Registers Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals.” Kim is certified by DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA, in Ballet/Pointe and is a member of the New York Dance Masters, Chapter 26. Kim is one of ONLY FOUR Dance Masters from Queens to the end of Long Island!

Kim has been the ballet coach for aspiring figure skaters, and has been the ballet coach both on and off the ice for United States Figure Skating Gold Medalist, Sarah Hughes. Kim always looks forward to restaging and choreographing her annual performance of The Nutcracker with close friend and fellow instructor/choreographer, Jennifer Sudol-Fite and working closely with her talented students.

Kim is a graduate of Adelphi University, BFA, cum laude. She graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, attended the School of American Ballet and The Eglevsky School of Ballet, and the USDAN Center of the Arts. As always, she sends a special thank you to Miss. Willa for sharing her love of ballet and for starting Kim on her incredible journey.

Kim has been recognized for bringing technique, class and true art to the competition world. Her school has become her home and her students have become part of what is known and envied on Long Island, as the MAD family. Miss. Kim has taught hundreds of dancers the values of technique, and the importance of creativity, style and performance. Touching, shaping and inspiring the lives of young dancers is what fuels Kim to keep striving.

Jennifer Sudol Jennifer Sudol-Fite

Jennifer Sudol is a graduate of the Cultural Arts Center, (now Long Island High School for the Arts). She received her B.F.A. from Adelphi University under the direction of Norman Walker. Jennifer went on to work with Carmen DeLavallade and Regina Larkin on a demonstration of the Horton modern dance technique and the works of Joyce Trisler as an educational reference for the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Jennifer has worked with various independent choreographers and has been a featured dancer in film and for dance companies such as the Fedicheva Ballet and The Bare Bones Dance Project. Her innovative choreography has been showcased for production companies, concerts, and dance and theatre programs, staging ballets, operas and musical theatre works as well as working on music video concepts for emerging musical artists. Jennifer has established herself as a well-known teacher, coach and dance mentor for the Long Island area with a great majority of her students going on to dance professionally for dance companies and theatre productions.

Nicole McLaughlin Nicole McLaughlin

Nicole McLaughlin is a 2011 graduate of Maple Avenue Dance—a place that had only prepared her for wonderful endeavors in the dance world as well as still aiding her growth as an artist when she joined the staff in 2012.

Nicole has had the opportunity to work closely in the commercial side of dance, when she worked on scholarship with The PULSE On Tour. There, she was able to work closely with the likes of So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Desmond Richardson and more. In contrast with her commercial and competitive dancing growing up, after high school Nicole attended Adelphi University. At Adelphi, she studied ballet and modern under former members of companies such as ABT, the Graham Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Amy Marshall, NDT and more.

Nicole’s work has become a fusion of all that she has learned throughout the years and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a staff that had for years inspired her. This is something Nicole hopes to translate to her young dancers.

Samantha Jannotte Samantha Jannotte
Danielle Marie Fusco Danielle Marie Fusco

Danielle Marie Fusco is a professional dancer, choreographer, aerialist and Teaching Artist. Her experience within the industry ranges from Classic American dance forms to commercial theatre.  

Commercial Theatre Credits include: co-Choreographer for “The Anthem: A Radical New Musical” off Broadway show at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre; co-Choreographer for “Tink the Musical” for the 2016 New York Musical Festival (NYMF); Dancer and Co-Choreographer for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards opening ceremony and performed for Theatre for the New City’s “Love and Courage Benefit” at The National Arts Club. She has performed Principle roles and choreographic collaboration with The Rachel Klein Theatre Ensemble, “Symphony of Shadows”, “Tragedy of Maria Macabre”, “GoGo Killers!”, etc. She is a recurring performer/soloist and choreographer for the annual NYC event of “Night of 1000 Stevies” where she was featured as the cover girl for NOTS 23 and #1 Critics Pick in TIME OUT Magazine. 

Concert Performance Credits include: Samuel Pott’s Episode of “American Document” at the Joyce Theatre with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Graham II repertory of “Heretic”, “Diversion of Angels”, chorus from “Night Journey”, other Graham repertory include, “Helios from Acts of Light”, Bride Solo from “Appalachian Spring”, chorus from “Clytemnestra”. Her choreography, “AWOL” was presented at the 63rd Street Martha Graham Studio and the CAPEZIO ACE competition. 

Danielle is also a featured dancer in “Devaneio”, dance & aerial choreography by Marcela Corbellini Duarte performed at STREB LAB for Action Mechanics in Brooklyn NY.   She was also a featured aerialist at Sky Box Theatre, aerial choreography by Kristine Petricone (Tina ‘Cione). Danielle has worked and performed with choreographers/companies such as Edgar Cortes Dance Theatre, Jaclyn Buglisi “Table of Silence”, Noemi LeFrance, Nejla Yatkin, Lone Kjaer Larsen, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Whitney Hunter Performance Group, Chi Chi Valenti and the Jackie Factory, Daniel Mendoza, Abdiel Cedric Jacobsen and Angela DeMello’s Dance Master Series in Italy with Kinsun Chan (Zurich Ballet) and Ben Tribe (Pineapple Dance UK). 

 Danielle has toured internationally to UK, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Sweden and Denmark.  

Danielle has hosted master workshops and set choreographic work in Classic Jazz, Martha Graham Technique and other various dance forms at Sceneindgangen in Copenhagen under the artistic direction of Jenny Majors, Ridgefield Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance (premiered contemporary work “The Five Rites”) under the artistic direction of Amy Pantaginni, founded the new Classic Jazz Repertory Ensemble at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance (CT) where she recently debuted her new work “Luigi Suite: Honoring the Late Jazz Master, Euguene Louis Faccuito”, set work for Teens@Graham at the new Martha Graham Studio Theatre (Talent Unlimited High School and Urban Assembly School of Performing Arts), as well as others worldwide. 

Education and Outreach credit:  Danielle holds a BA in Dance and Dance Education from Marymount Manhattan College and a specialized Certificate of Teaching from the Martha Graham School where she received atelier scholarship.  She also still attends classes at Luigi Jazz Center. Danielle collaborates with the Department of Education Arts programs and the Eastern Suffolk BOCES “C3 Squared Grant” for arts in education outreach.  Danielle is a NYS Teaching Artist for The Martha Graham Company and Rioult NY and tours nationally and internationally for Master Classes, Workshops and Performances. 

Cailey Bruno Cailey Bruno

Cailey Bruno, 19, from Toms River, NJ, began dancing at the age of three. She has attended summer intensive programs at the Harid Conservatory, the Eglevsky Ballet, and the American Repertory Ballet.  Coached by Jennifer James Church, she has been a successful candidate of the Royal Academy of Dance’s examinations.  She, also, trained at Dance Mixx Studio under the guidance of Jolene Baldini. Cailey currently studies all genres of dance at Peridance Capezio Dance Center in NYC and will graduate in June of 2016, earning a certificate in Ballet and Contemporary. During her training program she has performed works by Milton Meyers, Charlotta Overhölm, Cindy Salgado, and many others. She, also, dances for SueMo Dance Company based in Milwaukee, WI and looks forward to furthering her career in dance no matter what she is doing or where she is.

Dena Vilardi Dena Vilardi

Dena Vilardi is a native of Long Island and has been teaching dance locally for over 15 years. Dena’s dance training began as a preschooler and continued throughout high school. She was an active competition team member and won numerous awards for her performances. Miss. Dena began her college career as a dance major, studying under Stanley Berke at Nassau Community College. She free styled and trained with a group of break-dancers, who came to form the NCC Breakers, with Dena as a founding member. This is where her true passion for hip hop flourished. One of only two female crew members, she was interviewed by Oprah’s “The O Channel” for a piece about standout women in the fields that are predominantly male oriented. The NCC Breakers are still going strong and are about to celebrate their 15th anniversary at the college. Dena continued her dance education at the University of Tampa. In 2002, she traveled to Alabama for the 21st Annual Panoply Choreography Competition, representing UT, where they left as Grand Champions. She went on to become Riptide Films head chorepgrapher, where she choreographed commericals for Matel, Toys R Us, and Topps Candy Line. Dena is now our Competition Team Director and award winning choreographer. She has changed the face of hip hop on Long Island, and has been recognized for being unque, innovative, entertaining and above all, current. Her strong technique and style fuses hip hop along with jazz funk, contemporary and breakin’. Her explosive and intricate choreography has won numerous regional and national awards, including best choreography, top overall high scores, and most entertaining choreography. Miss. Dena is thrilled to be celebrating her 10th year with Maple Avenue Dance!

Kelly A. Leya Kelly A. Leya

Kelly A. Leya began her dance training on Long Island at the young age of two. As a competitive dancer, she was recognized for her technique and stage performance winning multiple top scoring awards and titles. She furthered her education receiving a dance scholarship to Adelphi University working under the tutelage of Frank Augustyn. During her time at Adelphi, she had the opportunity to perform the works of Paul Taylor (alongside the Taylor II Company), Martha Graham, Doug Varone, Danny Grossman and Christopher Fleming. She received her BFA in Dance graduating Summa Cum Luade and was the recipient of the Ruth St. Denis Award for Performing Arts. For the past 5+ years, Kelly has been teaching and choreographing for Maple Avenue Dance as well as their Competition Team. She has been recognized for her unique choreography which has earned multiple high score awards including Most Entertaining and Best Choreography, both regionally and nationally. Kelly regularly attends intensives with Complexions Contemporary Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Také Dance as well as attends classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance to keep herself proficient in all aspects of dance. Her main objective is to make sure each child feels like a star and to have them enjoy dance as much as she does.

Melissa Adler

Melissa Adler has had extensive training in both classical ballet, pointe, and musical theatre. Although she started dancing at the young age of three, her ballet journey began at age six, when she began training at the Eglevsky School of Ballet. Melissa trained at Eglevsky with both Leda Eglevsky and Nina Papova. As an advanced student, she was invited to tour with the Eglevsky Ballet Company and to take classes with Edward Villela and Michael Vernon (both of whom were the Artistic Directors of The Eglevsky Ballet Company). She also studied at the Usdan Center of Performing Arts, where she trained with Francis Patrelle and Dick Andros. Melissa’s ballet training went a step further, when she auditioned for the Boston Ballet program, and was accepted.

As extensive as Melissa’s ballet training was, so was her training in musical theatre. Melissa started out at Five Town Theatre and the Broad Hollow Theatre at a very young age and later began to train with Betsy Dickerson. It was at Betsy Dickerson’s Center of Performing Arts, that Melissa had the privilege of working and studying with legendary artists, Gwen Vernon and Chita Rivera. It was during this time that she began to perform in many Off Broadway shows, as well as performing at the Adams Playhouse.

At the age of sixteen, Melissa’s voice was discovered. She signed her first recording contract and it was then that she began to pursue her singing career. She was picked up by an independent label, Metropolitan Records, and sang under her stage name, Nicole Daniels. Her first recorded single, “Forever” can still be heard today. She later collaborated with music mogul, Carlos Berrios and movie/producer/song writer, Franc Reyes. Melissa then signed onto their label, After Dark Records, where she recorded her second single, “Never Give Up.” Melissa also worked as a background singer for such artists as Ray Rock and Juan Kato, and has collaborated with the one and only, Marc Anthony.

Today, Melissa continues her passion of the arts by teaching young children who aspire to dance and sing at Maple Avenue Dance.

Stephanie Rivieccio

Stephanie Rivieccio began teaching full time at Maple Avenue Dance in 2005. A proud member of the MAD Alumni, she was trained by Maple Avenue Dance’s own Miss. Kim and Miss. Jen for over ten years and worked alongside them as an assistant teacher. Stephanie has studied and taught classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, broadway tap, classical tap and rhythm tap. After graduation she went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree while still remaining closely involved with various aspects of the studio. During this time, Stephanie continued her dance training in NYC, learning from such greats as David Howard, Nancy Bielsky, Scott Thompson and Alan Onickel…to name a few. Before she became a full-time teacher at MAD, she could be seen working backstage at recitals as well as substitute teaching throughout the year. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in childhood education, with a concentration in special education, early childhood and biology, and is currently teaching at a local elementary school. In addition to her teaching duties in both the academic and dance classrooms, Stephanie is a choreographer for the annual MAD production of The Nutcracker, as well as the assistant manager of MAD. Stephanie feels that being a part of the MAD family for over 20 years has taught her dedication, respect, discipline and a love for the arts. She feels lucky to work in a community that nurtures her two life passions: teaching children and dance. Stephanie is excited to enrich a dancer’s life, just as MAD has enriched hers.