The staff at Garden City Dance Studio has been highly trained in all fields of dance, including choreography, principles of teaching dance, dance history, acting, theater design and production, dance therapy and child psychology. This is what puts Garden City Dance Studio in a class of its own. We take pride that our teachers always give personal attention to each student. We encourage each student to develop good attitudes about themselves and their fellow dancers. The professional and positive atmosphere of our studio helps prepare our students for the dance field with confidence. We know you will find our school to be the highest in quality.
Owner/ Director since 1980
Cathy Fonte has been the owner/director of Garden City Dance Studio since it was founded in 1980. She has studied Ballet with David Howard and Tap and Jazz at Broadway Dance Center, Phil Black Dance Studio Cathy also studied with Luigi and Joe Lanteri. Her love for dance gave her the motivation to open her own dance studio. After 35 years, Garden City Dance Studio has expanded from one studio to 7 studios and an enrollment that increases every year. Cathy, along with her professional staff have made Garden City Dance Studio the number one place to be. Cathy is always available at the studio for all your dance concerns.
Eric is a California native who moved to New York City to pursue his love of dance at 19. He has appeared on numerous television series and specials including the MTV Movie Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammy’s, the BET Awards, and the Blockbuster Awards. Eric has danced with several artists including Aaliyah, The Backstreet Boys, Lil’ Kim, Mikaela, and Usher. He appeared in the smash hit musical Grease on Broadway and has done regional productions of Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Eric appeared in the hit Bollywood movie musical Jaaneman, and has danced in several commercials and industrials for companies including Propel Water, Stouffers, Toyota, Nissan, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Old Navy, Target, Nike, and Wrangler Jeans. As choreographer Eric toured Germany with the bands B3 and M*Pire, and has worked with recording artists Real Soul and Kelly McCarthy. He currently choreographs shows and industrials for Carnival Entertainment, and teaches for several conventions throughout the US and Canada. Eric’s belief that dance and movement can be ones voice led him to China and India in the summer of 2012. He was honored to work with students at the prestigious Hebei Art Institute in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China, where he was a guest of the Chinese Government. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to his work, Eric was requested back to create a dance curriculum for several universities in the Hebei and Shandong provences in November of 2012. He will return annually to continue the curriculum. In India Eric had the privilege of working with many successful Bollywood and contemporary dancers as a guest of United Dance Center and Split Sole Dance Academy. He appeared on several talk shows while in India and can be seen in The India Times and WOW Hyderabad magazines. Eric is on staff at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, subbing regularly and working with the ISVP program.
Master Teacher of Dance/Choreographer
M.S. in Kinesiology
Ginger is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center (BDC), Pace University, the Joffrey Ballet
Contemporary Jazz Program, and the Pulse Teacher’s Workshop. She’s taught Master Classes
throughout Europe, Mexico and Japan, Dance Encore festival in Quebec, and at the Earl
Mosley Summer Institute, the Alvin Ailey Arts/Education Program and many dance
conventions. Ginger has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from ATSU, a BFA in Dance, from
Temple University, and was featured in Dance Train Magazine for her inspiring, dynamic
teaching style, and contributions to dance education.
The Jazz Dance E-news quotes, “The greatest exploration of the choreographic voice within jazz dance was seen in the work of Ginger Cox,” and describes her versatile choreography as ‘absorbing and inventive, with amusing creativity.’ Ginger has choreographed for Nike, the NJ Nets Dancers, recording artist Lijie, Dancing Wheels, Collaborative Movement Dance Company, the Hanayashiki Show in Japan, the Independent film Reflection, several industrials, and was one of 10 chosen to present work in the Élan Awards, honoring Mr. Lar Lubavich. As the Artistic Director of LiNK! the movement dance company, Ginger’s work has presented in Dancers Responding to Aids Remember Project, the 60X60 musician collaboration, the Queens Fringe Festival, Pushing Progress, and in the NuDance Festival, where the NY Times quoted “the selection of choreographers was unusually good.” In addition to dance, Ginger choreographs for a female bodybuilder and fitness enthusiasts.
Ginger is the co-creator of the Choreographer’s Workshop at BDC, and an Advisor for the Dance Educator Development program, inspiring teachers worldwide. She wrote and directed Stretch it! fitness video, as well as her own Dance Warm Up by LiNK. She is on the Advisory Board for the Young Choreographers Dance Festival, Broadway Dance Center’s Faculty Advisory Board, and has contributed for articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit and Jazz Pulsions. Some of Ginger’s many performance highlights include Saturday Night Live with Molly Shannon and Jimmy Falon, Radio City Music Hall, Lou Bega, industrials and dance concerts. Linkdancecompany.org.
Ginger’s class is an environment for dancers to explore their physical possibilities and imagination in dance. Pulling from her diverse background in jazz, modern and ballet, Ginger’s athletic style puts a tweak in the conventional dance vocabulary and creates a unique way to move. iDANZ Critix Corner quotes, “Cox explores movement in an unpredictable way.” Ginger uses her love of all styles of dance and infuses her extensive studies in anatomy and kinesiology to teach dancers how to use their bodies optimally, to prepare them for all styles of movement.
Ginger teaches Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jumps and Turns, Creative Partnering Improvisation, Dancing with Props, Anatomy, and Body Awareness for Dancers.
Jazz: Ginger’s class is an environment for dancers to explore their physical possibilities and imagination in dance. Pulling from her diverse background in jazz, modern and ballet, Ginger’s athletic style puts a tweak in the conventional dance vocabulary and creates a unique way to move. iDANZ Critix Corner quotes, “Cox explores movement in an unpredictable way.” Ginger uses her love of all styles of dance and infuses her extensive studies in anatomy and kinesiology to teach dancers how to use their bodies optimally to prepare them for all styles of movement. Her technical warm up focuses on weight exchange, off center work, core stability and dynamic balances to strengthen and stretch the body on all planes. Technique and artistry are put into motion in the across the floor exercises. Her diverse combinations are always accompanied by a broad spectrum of music. Dancers that train with Ginger gain greater anatomical awareness, strength, versatility, and the ability to work in the industry with confidence. Ginger encourages dancers to have an inquisitive, open mind and to explore being human within the creative process. Her classes are filled with dancers of all levels working toward the common goal of self-improvement with a mindful approach. It is a supportive, fun atmosphere!
Under the umbrella of Jazz, Ginger gives a variety of different combinations, including: contemporary lyrical, commercial, modern and traditional jazz, and props!
Jumps and Turns:
This class helps the dancer gain a better understanding of how to develop consistent, clean turns and powerful jumps!
This unique class takes the dancer on a journey of discovery and creative process. Through a series of improvisational exercises that use weight, shapes, relationships, and environment, the dancers create innovative duets (and trios).
Amanda has been teaching at Garden City Dance Studio for 5 years and has 8 years experience as both a dance teacher and a professional dancer. She is currently a Knicks City Dancer, and is entering her fourth season with the Knicks. She has previously danced on other teams such as the NY Jets (NFL) and the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA). Amanda attended the Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan where she trained with the Alvin Ailey School. Amanda teaches ballet, jazz, tap and modern, specializing in hip-hop and contemporary dance. She has been featured in music videos with artist such as Pit-bull, Eve and Remy Ma. Amanda has recently performed with Jason Derulo and Flo-Rida, and had the opportunity to dance at the 2012 NBA All Star Game.
Jillian holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, an MA in Communications from Hofstra University, and a BFA in Theater Arts Performance with Minors in Dance and English from Hofstra. Additionally, Jillian holds certification from American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum as well as Yoga and Zumba certifications from multiple fitness organizations. Jillian has taught and performed across the world, including venues in Italy, Austria, Puerto Rico, and Walt Disney World. She continues to work on stage and screen and has been seen on networks such as NBC, Oxygen, Cartoon Network, Discovery ID, and hosting for Radio Disney. She has also worked behind the scenes in casting offices such as ABC Primetime and in PR for Broadway shows like Hair and Spider-Man
At the young age of 8 years old, Nicole attended the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan and was accepted into their Nutcracker company performance at City Center. She then continued her Ballet education with the Eglevsky Ballet. Nicole is a tap dancer at heart, performing on stage numerous times with the late, great Gregory Hines and the Tony award winning Savion Glover. She studied privately with Broadway's hottest stars such as Jimmy Tate, Omar Edwards, Vincent Bingham and Barbara Duffy. Currently continuing her dance education at Broadway Dance center in NYC and Millennium Dance Complex in L.A. her choreography is always hot and creative. Nicole is also Zumba certified. Her focus on each individual child and their own specific needs is her priority during her class instruction. This is what has made her a teaching sensation for 13 years and at Garden City Dance Studio.
LaToya has been dancing for over 20 years. Originally from Utica, NY, she is trained in various dance techniques and grew up as a competitive dancer. She is a graduate from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Dance and Theatre. During her college career she had the opportunity to work with guest choreographers such as Darrah Carr, Earl Frederick Mosley and Ronald K. Brown from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. LaToya was a Knicks City Dancer for six years; being captain for the last two. She is currently the Assistant Coach for the Knicks City Kids for the NY Knicks and Head Coach of the Timeless Torches dance teams for the WNBA Liberty. For the past four years LaToya has been selected to dance at the NBA All-Star basketball games, held in Los Angeles, Orlando, New Orleans and New York. LaToya has danced with artists Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Ne-yo, Jason Derulo, Labyrinth, Natasha Mosley, Vanilla Ice and Mack Wilds. In 2012, LaToya was selected to dance in the Pre-Olympic Tour held in Manchester, England. She has had the opportunity to dance in various countries including Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China. Along with dancing abroad, LaToya has been casted in many television commercials and shows. She was cast in her first motion picture "TRAINWRECK" in 2015.
New York native, Eric Lehn, received a BFA in Dance performance from Towson University in 2013. He also was a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts Advocates. Eric was fortunate enough to work with artist such as Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Runqiao Du, Tim Veach and Vincent Thomas. He has had the privilege to perform works choreographed by Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Kevin Iega Jeff and Frank Chaves. He has received training from the ABT Collegiate program, the Joffrey Ballet School and was a summer apprentice with River North Dance Chicago. Eric is currently a member of Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance.
Ashley was born in Boston Massachusetts. She began taking Irish dance lessons from her father and mother, owners of the Smith-Houlihan Irish Dance Academy, at the age of three. After years of training and attending many competitive Irish Dancing competitions, Ashley was crowned the World Irish Step Dancing Champion in Belfast, Ireland, in 2004, at that time being the youngest American female ever to win the world title. Ashley went on to win two more gold medals in 2005 and 2009. Ashley moved to New York and attended Manhattanville college for four years: graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both dance and theatre. Upon moving to New York, she continued to grow in all dance forms such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre Dance and Tap. Ashley was seen as a top 30 female finalist on season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance. She is a member of the EMC program and has recently worked professionally on shows such as "All Shook Up", "A Chorus Line" (Kristine,) "Guys And Dolls," "Peter Pan" (Wendy,) "Pippin" and West Side Story" (Anybody's.) She has recently returned from touring as the lead female dancer on the first national tour of Rockin Road To Dublin. Ashley is so excited to be a new member of the Garden City Dance Team.
Classically trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz dance, Marykate grew up in a competition dance team environment and was a part of an Access Broadway Nationals winning team in 2011, competing with all dance genres. She now performs as a contemporary dancer with DanceWorksNYC. Marykate is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a BA in Dance and Theatre along with Communications. During her college career, she was a member and captain of the official dance troupe. She was also cast in a dance on film documentary produced by Peter Pucci titled “Swag-n-Bach.” Marykate had the opportunity to work with guest choreographers such as Earl Frederick Mosely and the theatrical Clare Porter. Marykate has also been an assistant at The Madsion Theater at Molloy College where she was a judge for the Nassau’s Got Talent Competition and performed for the Long Island Film Festival with Broadway choreographer, Lisa Gajda. Marykate enjoys being a Pure Barre instructor, incorporating her love for fitness and inspiring others of all ages and abilities.