GARDEN CITY DANCE STUDIO STAFF
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 has 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.
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
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.
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.
Tiffany Fonte. Former Captain of Oceanside dance team, Tiﬁany has been a competitive dancer for 14 years and has been a ﬁrst place soloist for several years. She has also choreographed many group dances, solos and duets over the last 3 years and many of her high energy routines placed top three along with many first place wins and many special awards. Her Hip-Hop classes have become one of the very popular classes here at Garden City Dance Studio. Tiffany is currently a choreographer with our Competition team.
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Sarah Anne Fernandez
Sarah Anne Fernandez is an actor, singer, dancer & teaching artist. She was most recently seen flying across the country by broom as the Elphaba u/s on the Broadway National Tour of Wicked, marking her as one of the youngest girls to don the green paint and witch hat in the show's history. She is a proud 2018 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, holding a BFA in Drama & Education. She is also a proud alum of the GCDS Competition Team, and is thrilled to have remained in the GCDS family for so many years. While Sarah's true love is performance, she believes it is so important to teach, inspire & cultivate young artists to help create the next generation of thinkers and performers. For more information, visit her website at www.sarahannefernandez.com.
Angelica Lopez started dancing at the age of three, and by the age of seven, she started training at Broadway Dance Center in their Children and Teens Program and became a part of their dance company (Arts in Motion). She has performed with the company in many popular venues, including The Macy’s Day Parade and Good Morning America. Angelica has been the recipient of many dance scholarships through The Pulse On Tour Dance Convention, including Protege, 2009-2015. She has also been awarded a fully-paid scholarship by StageDoor productions for their Broadway Dances workshop where a select few get to learn music and choreography from current Broadway actors. She has appeared on BET's 106 & Park on several occasions including once as a featured performer for Willow Smith. She was hired by Microsoft to take part in a massive Launch for the XBox Kinect game in Times Square dancing with Ne-yo.In 2011 Angelica played dancing Dora in the animated movie for Nickelodeon, called Dora and the Explorer girls, Starring Shakira and choreographed by Luis Salgado. She also danced in the half-time show at the Miami Dolphins game with Enrique Iglesias. She took part in Beyonce’s/Mrs. Obama’s Campaign called “Let’s Move,” and was selected to take part in the instructional portion of the video. She was a part of the commercial for Google Chrome featuring Lady GAGA, appeared in an episode of Are We There Yet? Television series and took part in a PSA campaign calling for World Peace. She was hired by Hasbro Toy Company for a commercial of one of their most popular toys, "Britney Spears' Twister Dance Rave." During September and October 2013 Angelica played "Ava" in Dead Man's Party, an annual show that takes place at Six Flags Great Adventure as part of Fright Fest. She also is the assistant choreographer for the successful children’s commercial team, Boss Kids, where her choreography has been part of award-winning pieces. She has a B.S in Business Management and Professional Communications from Molloy College.
Amber McCrink was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and judge. Amber is trained in various styles both commercial and concert such as contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, graham, horton, ballet, jazz funk, and theater dance. Throughout the years, she attended many competitions and conventions where she won numerous scholarships, titles, and overalls. She later attended LaGuardia High School as a dance major and graduated with a Chancellors of the Arts Endorsed Diploma, NY State Regents Dance Diploma and was inducted for the Lee Theodore Award. She has numerous stage credits including the first ever recreation of "Revelations" performed outside of the Ailey Company. She was a part of LDE under Greg Sinacorri where she performed at multiple festivals and Earl Mosley’s Winter Repertory Showcase. She also assisted Mr. Sinacorri at the convention Bounce. Amber became a Noble Prodigy All-Star for Artistic Dance Exchange where she toured and assisted elite faculty and later taught at a convention. She performed in Michael Susten & Co. for their 10th year show at Peridance. She has continued her career with company work from BCDP Global founded by Skooj, Unique Soulz under the direction of Megz Alfonzo, and Royal Thieves Ent. founded by Deshawn Da Prince. Amber has performed in Spain for ADE, and World of Dance in LA with Royal Thieves and various music videos. She appeared on season 16 of So You Think You Can Dance FOX TV. She is on faculty for The Royal Dance Competition convention and is a judge for them as well. All while building her professional career in the Arts Amber also has her Associates in Business and is continuing her bachelors in Arts Entertainment Management and Law at Pace University.
Camilia Rodrigues, originally from Brazil, has made her mark in New York in performances of The Nutcracker, Opera Romeo and Juliet,and many more. Camila has also performed with companies such as Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Nashville Ballet, Neglia Ballet, Movement Headquarters Ballet, and in companies overseas including Beijing Ballet Academy's Gala in Beijing, China and Companhia do Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was most recently casted in Catskill Ballet Theatre's production of Alice in Wonderland as Alice, but the show was sadly canceled due to COVID-19. Camila has also won many awards in regard to her ballet training/performances at Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition New York (Best Interpretation of the Contemporary Compulsory), along with World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix Niagara Falls, Canada (First Place). Lastly, Camila isn't only talented when it comes to dance but she is also fluent in 3 languages including English, Portuguese, and Spanish, along with speaking French at an intermediate level!
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