Staff

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffCathy

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffEric

Instructor

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffJillian

Instructor

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

Garden City Dance Studio StaffNicole

Instructor

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffLatoya

Instructor

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffAshley Smith-Wallace

Instructor

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffMary Kate

Instructor

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffTiffany

Instructor

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.

Garden City Dance Studio StaffJona Biddle

Instructor

Bio Coming Soon

Garden City Dance Studio StaffDominique

Instructor

Native to Long Island, Miss Dominique began dance in early childhood. With every step her passion for the art has grown! Stemming from her background in athletics, she was drawn to health and fitness at a young age. Combining her love of dance and wellness, Dominique pursued studies in Kinesiology and Dance at Temple University; giving her a thorough understanding of biomechanics, and allowing her to bring this connection to the dance floor. Dominique has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Jessica Warchal-King, Ashley Penrod, among others. She has performed throughout the United States, and has appeared in commercials for companies like Lucille Roberts, numerous Philadelphia newspapers, magazines, and music and fitness videos. In addition to being a dancer and performance educator, she is also a master fitness/wellness coach, and personal trainer. Miss Dominique is excited to start another successful, fun filled year of leaps and turns!

Garden City Dance Studio StaffStephanie B

Instructor

Bio Coming Soon