Dance Centre North’s Faculty is comprised of dedicated, experienced, proven and professional instructors.
Cathy Napolitano Mucci (Director/Instructor): has a multi-faceted background of training in dance. Locally, she has studied with Lucien Maley, Richard Sias and Veronica Manz. She has also attended numerous master classes in New York City at Dance Masters of America workshops, teachers conventions, and attended a teachers seminar with Jurgen Schneider, Irina Kolpakova and Janina Cunova on the Russian Ballet technique at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Mrs. Mucci has choreographed many community theatre musicals including the Pompeian Players and other local productions. Mrs. Mucci has also contributed her talents to the Syracuse Symphony Family Series, “Festa Italiana” and the New York State Fair International Building Performances. For 21 years, Mrs. Mucci has coordinated and rehearsed all the children’s roles in the Moscow Ballet’s production of the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” as well as being a past participant in the Syracuse City School District’s Partners for Education and Business Program.
Bradley Benjamin: recently moved back to CNY after performing for two years in the 1st International Tour of “Pippin” directed by Diane Paulus. Bradley began her professional performing career at the age of 18 when she was hand-picked by Tony Award winning choreographer Susan Stroman to play a featured role in the Broadway Revival of “Oklahoma!” Since then, Bradley has had the unique opportunity to work with many prominent Broadway choreographers and directors on productions such as “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (1st National Tour), “Hairspray” (Hollywood Bowl & Las Vegas productions), “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular”, “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” (Radio City Music Hall & Tour), the world premiere of ”Leap of Faith” starring Brooke Shields and multiple productions for Sacramento Music Circus, LA Opera and the Reprise Theatre Company. On television, Bradley has appeared on The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tony Awards, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Bradley received her dance training at the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts under the direction of Deborah Boughton and she attended summer programs at The Juilliard School, NYSSSA School of Ballet, Hartford Ballet and The American Theatre Dance Workshop. Bradley has a B.A. in Performing Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California and is currently working towards her M.S. in Arts Administration at Le Moyne College.
Larry Crabtree (Instructor): is originally from Syracuse, N.Y., where he received his training at the Center of Ballet under the direction of Deborah Boughton. Larry was a Principal Dancer/Assistant Director/Ballet Master for the Anglo-American Ballet based in New York City for over 20 years, under the artistic direction of Catherine Kingsley. He was a member of the Peter Pucci Plus Dancers”, “Shore Ballet” (NJ), “New Jersey Ballet, ”New York Theatre Ballet” and Center Stage for Dance & Theater” (NJ), among others. Mr. Crabtree has toured nationally and internationally appearing at such venues as Lincoln Center, Joyce & Joyce Soho, The New Victory Theater in NYC, Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) and throughout the United States, Switzerland and Mexico, as well as dance appearances on television programs including the “Today” and “Maury Povich” shows. As a teacher, he has been a faculty member for Circle in the Square Theater School (NYC) at the STEPS Studios (NYC), Center Stage for Dance & Theater and New Jersey Ballet. In addition to his current classes at DCN, he is an Adjunct Faculty member at Le Moyne College, Syracuse University and teaches at the Bill Reed Summer Musical Theatre Intensive held annually in Vermont and annual summer dance intensives at Dance Works Studio, Utica, NY.
Maryann Iannettone (Instructor): trained with Isabel Dix and Eileen Weiner. She then studied with Eva Goulette and Serpa Salatino at Syracuse Ballet Academy. A veteran performer, she has appeared in 20 Pompeian Players productions in both chorus and lead roles. Maryann has also performed with Shattuck-Nye Productions, Syracuse Musical Theatre, The Syracuse Opera Theatre and The Talent Company. Currently, Maryann teaches all levels of Tap and Theatre Dance at Dance Centre North and also has worked as a choreographer for the children’s chorus at Our Lady of Pompei School in their performances at Disneyworld, Universal and in Washington, D.C.
Samantha Burak (Instructor): was born and raised in Central New York and has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern and tap dance disciplines in a number of area dance schools for the past twenty years. From 2006 to 2009, she was a member of “The Light of the World” professional ballet Company, under the directorship of Ashley Rollinson. During that time, Mrs. Labbate had the opportunity to perform in venues all over New York State, as well as in China. While in China, she had the privilege of promoting the arts through dance in several school districts located in southern China and tourist venues in Beijing. She has choreographed musical productions including Christmas and Easter presentations, “The Sound of Music”, dance ensemble pieces for community events for the “Festival of Nations” and the Syracuse City Department of Parks & Recreation. From 2010- 2012, Mrs. Labbate taught dance in the after-school program in the Liverpool School District and has been a dance competition judge in the New York District Youth Convention Fine Arts Festival for the past two years. In addition to the aforementioned dance styles, she has also studied Ballroom and Latin for the past six years and has performed in many regional exhibitions in Argentine tango, rumba, cha cha, waltz, quick step, foxtrot, and jive.
Lindsey LaDue (Guest Instructor): has studied dance locally for almost 20 years and is a proud graduate of Dance Centre North. She previously trained at Salt City Moving Company with David Slocum and the late Susan Alvarez Hughes. While at Dance Centre North, Lindsey danced the roles of Waltz Doll in “La Boutique Fantastique,” Wicked Witch and Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz,” Donkey and Kangaroo in “Carnival of the Animals,” and Fouette Girl in “Graduation Ball” in conjunction with the Syracuse Symphony Family Series. Lindsey has also participated in numerous master classes, performed in “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” and taught at the DCN sponsored after-school program at St. Margaret’s School. In the past she has attended the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive (SSDI) and been accepted to the North Carolina Dance Theatre and Boston Ballet summer programs. Lindsey graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University and is a Registered Dietitian.
Julie Lombardi (Instructor): began her dance training at Dance Centre North. As a student there, she was accepted into Summer Intensive Programs at Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet. and the Columbia City Ballet Summer Dance Institute. As a dance major at SUNY Purchase College, Julie received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with a concentration in Dance Composition. Julie furthered her education at SUNY Upstate MedicalUniversityand graduated with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Purchase, Julie trained with Ted Kivitt (former principal with A.B.T.). Joyce Herring and Pascal Rioult (formerly of the Martha Graham Co.]. Neil Greenburg (of the Merce Cunningham Co.), Kevin Wynn (of the Jose Limon Co.) and Hernando Cortez (from the Paul Taylor Co.) and studied at the Taylor School. As a member of the Purchase Dance Corps, Julie performed the leading role in Paul Taylor’s “Company B”, the solo work “Rouen” based on Saint Joan of Arc, “Road Trip”, “Zion”, and “The Arabian Variation from the “Nutcracker.” She also apprenticed with Verb Ballet of Cleveland, Ohio where she was part of the reconstruction of Paul Taylor’s “Esplanade”.
Jennifer Nappi (Guest Instructor): studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap at Dance Centre North for 14 years. After auditioning, she attended Summer Intensive Programs at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. Jennifer was also accepted at Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont and the NYSSA Contemporary Dance Company and the Angel- Fraser-Logan Contemporary Dance Company. While attending a jazz workshop with world-renown jazz instructor and company director Gus Giordano, Jennifer was awarded a scholarship to the Gus Giordano Dance Studio in Evanston, Illinois. As one of the three founding members of CNY Ballet Company Dancers, Jennifer’s eclectic training has enabled her to dance a wide range of roles including contemporary ballet, modern and jazz. For CNY Ballet she has most notably danced the Girl in “The Ugly Duckling”, Aquarium & Fossil in the “Carnival of the Animals”, “Way Over Yonder”, “Playing Bach”, “Catch Me When I Fall”, “Chantez Les Bas”, and “Swing Suite”. Jennifer has also performed with the “Underground Dance Project,” a jazz dance company in New York City, as well as being a “Las Vegas Finalist” in the 2006 season of the Fox Network’s hit TV program “So You Think You Can Dance.” In addition to teaching, she is represented by Go To Talent Agency in Los Angeles as well as choreographing and dancing with an international singing group.
Ann Owen: A native of Syracuse, New York, Ann Owen began ballet studies at age ten with David Shields. At twelve she received a scholarship to the North Carolina School of the Arts, and at sixteen she was invited to study at the School of American Ballet under a full Ford Foundation scholarship. There she completed the professional division and performed in annual SAB Workshops under the direction of George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer and Andrei Kramarevsky. She was also fortunate to study with Maggie Black, Marjorie Mussman, Richard Thomas, Twyla Tharp, The Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Her professional performing career was as a soloist with the Cleveland Ballet, dancing classical and contemporary roles. After receiving a B.A. in Literature from SUNY Purchase, she joined the faculty of the SUNY Purchase Youth Ballet and subsequently served as its program director. In addition to teaching in Cleveland, and the NY metropolitan area, Ann was a full-time faculty member at the Stamford City Ballet under the direction of Allegra Kent. Her dance career also includes training in Dance Education from both the New York City Center Teaching Artists Program and The 92nd Street Y’s Dance Education Laboratory. Ann is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Lauren Renck: is a professional dancer based out of New York City. Originally from Pennsylvania, Lauren was a scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. She continued her dance education at Elon University and earned a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography. Lauren has studied at various training programs including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Rockette Summer Intensive, Code 3 with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the American College Dance Festival. As a member of the Elon Dance Company and The Kearns Dance Project she spent her undergraduate career performing in various companies and festivals across the U.S. and in Europe including the North Carolina Dance Alliance, NC Triad Choreographers Showcase, and Les Semaines de la Danse in France. Lauren also appeared on the HBO drama Vinyl, directed by Martin Scorsese. During the holiday season Lauren performs as a Rockette in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has also worked with Tony Award-winning choreographer, Warren Carlyle, in the pre-production of The New York Spring Spectacular. Lauren has appeared with the Rockettes on the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular on NBC and performed the work of Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels’ of The Rockettes’ New York Spectacular. She has also been seen with the Rockettes on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show. In addition to performing Lauren holds a position at DanceMedia, publisher of Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Pointe, and Dance Retailer News.