Our Artistic Director, Nicole Caputo – D'Agostino, has an extensive background in dance. She has been dancing for over 20 years and has attending some of the most prestigious programs in New York. A graduate of Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts and of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance), she has been taught by and has danced with some of the most well-known dance companies in the country. She has also learned technique and performed in works from the likes of Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, The Sean Curran Dance Company ("STOMP"), and the Second Avenue Dance Company, to name a few. Nicole has the knowledge and experience necessary to teach proper technique in many eclectic styles. She has received numerous Performing Arts Awards, received a Certificate of Excellence in Dance from La Guardia High School, and has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for her excellence in Dance Education and Mentorship.
Co-Artistic Director, Michelle Caputo, has also had many years of intensive dance training. A graduate of Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts, she continues now to dance at a professional level. Her extensive background in dance had led her to being named a New York Knicks City Dancer. After her second season, she was named team MVP and was later named team Captain. While dancing for the Knicks, Michelle was also a member of the New York Liberty Torch Patrol. During her second season, she performed as team Captain and was also the team's Coach and Choreographer. Michelle has also been a featured artist at Broadway Dance Center on multiple occasions. She has won numerous awards competing at a national level, and has been chosen by Body Wrappers Dance wear to model in their catalogue. Her talents have taken her around the globe for guest appearances and she has appeared in many television commercials. She is a true performer in every sense of the word and has endless knowledge in all areas of dance.
David Gamboa was born and raised in California. His past credits include "Bewitched" "Ugly Betty", Various Award Shows, Musical Theatre, TV, Commercials and Videos. He has toured with CHARO, Pepper Mint, Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises. He has choreographed for Prima J, Toestah, Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids, and Liberty Torch Patrol just to name a few. Currently working on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Emily Palumbo was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She began dancing at a young age and shortly after that, found that she had a love and passion for it. She danced competitively infant areas of dance such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and modern until the age of 18 where she won many awards and enjoyed performing on stage. She then took her dancing to the next level and attended LaGuardia High School where she got professional intense technique training from honorable teachers. Throughout high school she danced for Neyo in a “Flash Mob” and at the age of 15, she danced in the Martha Graham ensemble “Panorama.”After graduating LaGuardia with a Dance Degree, she attended University of The Arts for Dance. After her instruction there, she sustained her professional training at the Broadway Dance Centers Professional Semester. There she was instructed by many professional dancers who helped her grow as both a dancer and a teacher. Shortly after graduating and completing there, she began to teach. She enjoys teaching younger students with her knowledge and love for dance and hopes that they can all find the passion in the art of dance as she did.
Ness Martinez was born and raised in the Bronx. He began dancing at the age of 3 at a local community center in the bronx. There was no formal training at this community center, just passion for the art. At the age of 9 he began technical training with Anthony Rodriguez, a Latin/Contemporary choreographer. During this time he also began dancing at Madison Square Garden as a Knick City Kid. He bagan choreographing at the age of 14 and began dancing with Just Cheer Just Dance, a New Jersey based, competition team. Ness began learning how to develop his choreography by assisting David Gamboa with the Just Cheer Just Dance competition team. He continued his training at Talent Unlimited High School, Focusing Ballet/Modern techniques for 4 years. Ness began teaching hip hop straight out of high school. It was then, that he realized his passion was not only for performing the art, but enlightening others about the art. He has recently performed for Prince William and Kate Middleton, and performed with I-Luminate. He now continues his training with Urban Dance League and teaches a various locations throughout New York City.
Teresa Bonello was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She started dancing at the age of 3, & from then on knew that her passion for dance should be more then just a hobby. She did competitive dance until she was 18 & won various awards but wanted to take her dancing to the next level. She trained professionally at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School "The FAME School". After Graduating with a Dance Degree, she then attended University of The Arts for Dance. After her studies there, she continued her professional training at Broadway Dance Centers Professional Semester. After graduating this program Teresa's dance career took off! She back up danced for various freestyle artists such as Chris Willis, Judy Torres, Rockell, Coro, & many more. She even appeared on Fox 5 Good Day New York back up dancing for Judy Torres. After auditioning she then booked her dream job dancing on the Bahamas Celebration Cruise Ship, she appeared in the "Johnny Carson Show", & "Vegas Nights". After returning from dancing in Bahamas for 4 months, she started to teach at various studios around NY & loves sharing her passion with her students!
Born and raised in New York, Julian Laro began dancing at the age of 18. Before committing full time to pursuing his career, Julian set out to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music Management from Baruch College while working part-time as a Hip-Hop dance instructor in various dance schools/studios on Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Influenced by choreographers such as Laurianne Gibson, Luam, Rhapsody James, and Jose ‘BoyBoi’ Tena, Julian has created a broad collection of unique and original choreography that varies in form and reflect his passion. He is now a signed a dancer with the prestigious Bloc Talent Agency in NYC. He has been able to perform and work with various artists, television networks and companies including: Flo-Rida, Silento ("Watch Me Whip"), ABC Television, Fox, NBC, Samsung and Coca-Cola. More recently, Julian starred in a national commercial for Airheads Candy. The commercial can now be seen on Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CartoonNetwork and ESPN. In 2014, he received the "Young Choreographer" award at Dance America competition.