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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.
Candy Costa Aguilera: has been a professional ballerina and ballet instructor for the past 17 years. Born in the City of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, where her Ballet training started at the age of 5. During her teen aged training she attended the International Contests as a ballerina and as a choreographer in Cuba. She danced the roles of Kitri from Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Esmeralda, and Diana & Acteon. After her graduation, she worked in the professional company as a principal ballerina and Artistic Director in the City of Santiago de Cuba for 7 years before entering as a Principal Dancer at the Nacional Ballet of Cuba, dancing principal roles as the Queen of Willis in Giselle along with other contemporaries. In 2009, Candy relocated to Syracuse NY and has taught extensively in the Upstate New York area. Candy has also performed with the Syracuse Symphony at the Carrier Theater in 2009 at the Frida Khalo Opera.
Samantha Burak: 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.
Larry Crabtree: 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: 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.
Lindsey LaDue: has studied dance locally for over 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 along with many community productions. Lindsey has also participated in numerous master classes and performed in “The Great Russian Nutcracker”. Her teaching experience includes jazz, ballet, tap, and modern since 2007, working with students at the DCN sponsored after-school program at St. Margaret’s School as well as Dance Centre North. In the past she has attended the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive (SSDI) and been accepted to summer programs with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Boston Ballet. She most recently appeared with DCN in Symphoria’s Holiday Pops concert. Lindsey is also a Registered Dietitian and ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor.
Julie Lombardi: 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”.
Brianna Macri: began her dance training at Dance Centre North studying ballet, pointe, Pas de Deux, modern, jazz, tap and Theatre dance over the course of eleven years. During her time at Dance Centre North, she performed various roles in the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker, played the role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz presented by Dance Centre North and Rudolph in The Adventures of Rudolph presented by CNY Arts. In the Summer of 2009, she attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts Ballet Program where she trained with professional ballet dancers from the New York City Ballet. She also participated in the Paul Taylor II Shadowing experience in 2011. Following her training at Dance Centre North, she attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania to obtain a Minor in Dance with the Mercyhurst University Dance Department. While attending Mercyhurst she performed contemporary works choreographed by Neta Pulvermacher, Meredith Lyons, and Katrina Fitzpatrick in Mercyhurst University’s Raw Edges performance in 2013 and 2014. In addition, in the spring of 2014 she choreographed “The Source”, “It Takes Two” and “Reliance” showcasing Mercyhurst dancers. For her senior year at Mercyhurst, she joined the Mercyhurst Dance team and performed hip hop pieces at a variety of events on campus. She most recently appeared with Dance Centre North in Symphoria’s Holiday Pops concert and is looking forward to continuing her dance career as a Ballet instructor at Dance Centre North.
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.
Brianna Rossi: Studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap at Dance Centre North for 13 years. As a student there, she was accepted into Summer Intensive Programs at the Timothy M. Draper School of Dance and the NYSSA School of Dance. After auditioning, she was accepted into the Paul Taylor II Shadowing Program, where she was trained under the instruction of Andy LeBeau ,as well as various members of the company. During this time, she was involved in the reconstruction and performance of several excerpts from Paul Taylor’s “Aureole”. Additionally, Brianna was chosen to dance in the “Table of Silence” project with the Buglisi Dance Theatre during their residency in Syracuse. She has also contributed her talents to various other community performances including roles as the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz,” Fossil in “Carnival of the Animals”, Fouette Girl in “Graduation Ball”, Witch Winter Gray/White in “The Adventures of Rudolph” and most recently appeared with Dance Centre North in Symphoria’s Holiday Pops concert.
Join the DCN Family!!
The 2018 Summer Studies Program starts Monday, July 9th and runs through Thursday, August 9th.
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” OPEN auditions will be held Tuesday, September 4th. Registration begins at 4:00 and the auditions with Moscow Ballet’s Rehearsal Director starts at 5:00 p.m. Register at: http://www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions/signup-form