Elaine Young, Director
Elaine grew up in London, England, where she studied Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap dancing. At the culmination of each year she attended the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and took her examinations in all three disciplines. She taught Ballet and Tap in New Canaan for three years before opening the Academy in 2001. Elaine lives in New Canaan with her husband and they have two children, and two grandchildren. Elaine is extremely excited about the start of the Academy’s fifteenth year.
Molly Booth, Company Director
Molly, originally from San Jose, CA, majored in Theater and minored in Dance at the University of CA, Riverside where she studied tap under Fred Strickler. Performance credits include the first National Tour of Happy Days The Musical, a 2010 tour in England singing and dancing alongside the British swing band The Jive Aces, as well as in many Regional Theater productions throughout California. Molly has won numerous awards for her choregraphy, including Los Angeles Ovation Award nominations in 2011 and 2012 for her work for the Troubadour Theater Company, the 2012 Back Stage Garland Award, a Broadway World L.A. nomination for her choregraphy of A Christmas West Side Story, and a Broadway World San Francisco Award in 2013 and 2014 for Best Choreography for her work with the Transcendence Theatre Company. Molly was awarded placement in three consecutive years from 2012-2014 in the SDC Foundation's Observership Program, which offers participants the opportunity to observe Broadway and Off Broadway Directors and Choreographers as they stage their productions. In addition to being a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, Molly is an adjudicator for Beyond the Stars. Molly Joined NCDA in 2014.
Sheena DiMatteo, Company Coach
Sheena, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, is a NYC-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher with a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University. Sheena is currently the house choreographer for The Cutting Room's "Rock 'N Roll Debauchery" show series in Manhattan. She has performed with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Lucille Lortel Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and West Virginia Public Theater. Shows: Little Shop of Horrors, 42nd St.!, The Producers, West Side Story, Will Rogers Follies, The Velveteen Rabbit, On the Town, How to Succeed… and Contact. Sheena is the on-screen host of the YouTube show, Just Dance: Season One, on DanceOn Network, and has performed in music videos, web series, flash mobs, concerts, showcases, and industrial events in NYC, including the Phish Madison Square Garden New Year's Eve Concert. She has danced with Stiletto Entertainment on the M.S. Oosterdam (Holland America Line) and for Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Sheena is the founder and artistic director of the traveling choreography shop: Dance In Transit. Sheena has choreographed 14 full-scale musicals for pre-professional theatre camps in PA and NYC, is a certified Zumba instructor, and is a faculty/judge for Dancers Inc. and Beyond the Stars. Sheena joined NCDA in 2011.
Alexis Andrews began her ballet training in Reno Nevada under the direction of Maggie Banks and Dr. Barbara Land. Her training continued at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the School for American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet School, and the Joffrey Ballet School. She earned an MA from NYU Steinhardt in Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy, and is an ABT Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Alexis has performed with the Nevada Festival Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School, University of Las Vegas' College of Dance, and as a Principal guest artist with the A.V.A. Ballet Theatre in productions of Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. Other performing credits include the Bollywood movie Jai Cherenjeva, and the Prasana Bharata Natyam Dance Ensemble in Bangalore, India. She has taught and adjudicated for Dance Educators of America, and Sheer Talent Ltd., and is on the faculty of The American Ballet Theatre JKO Children's Division. Alexis Joined NCDA in 2014
Nicole, originally from Southern California, is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA). She has performed and taught natonally and internationally, including a two week Musical Theatre Workshop for dance companies in Taipei, Shanghai, and Beijing. Performance credits include Les Miserables, South Pacific, The Will Rogers Follies, On the Town, Crazy For You, Backwards In High Heels, Jubilee!, Annie, and National Tours of Cabaret and The Music Man. Nicole started a singing Sister Act, The Davey Sisters, performing in notable clubs such as the Hollywood House of Blues, and the Charleston Club. She is on the dance faculty at AMDA teaching theatre dance, jazz, and tap. Nicole is Pilates mat certified, in addition to teaching barre-inspired fitness classes. Nicole joined NCDA in 2015.
Dominique Robinson, a native New Yorker, earned a BFA in Choreography and Performance from East Carolina University, and an MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Dominique is certified in Pre-Primary to Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum (ABT). She is the founder of Pizarts, a company that creates educational dance programs and produces performance projects that promote cultural exchange in an international arena. She has danced professionally with companies in San Diego, Los Angeles, Argentina and New York, performing in such venues as Ailey Citi Group Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. Dominique is Zumba Certified, and joined NCDA in 2015
Karen is originally from Calgary, Canada and received her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division School and EDGE Performing Arts (LA) and The Banff Centre (Ballet Program). Performance credits include West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chicago (in the lead role of Hunyak), Canadian Opera Company’s (Das Rheingold), with the band PHISH at MSG, Broadway On Broadway with Broadway Cares, and off-Broadway’s Band of Gypsies Choreographer’s Showcase. International credits include tours with The Young Americans, KOBA Family Entertainment (rehearsal director and dance captain), and Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Music videos include Youtube’s Jeremy Lin:The Musical, the GUARDS (Feels Like That) and Malynda Hale (City Lights). Karen is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5, and is a licensed trainer of the Gyrotronic Expansion System®. This is Karen’s 2nd ‘tour’ with NCDA, having been with us from 2009-2014 before returning to Canada. We are pleased to welcome Karen back to the NCDA family in 2016.
Annelise is originally from Boston and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a BA in Theater and a minor in dance and English. Annelise’s concentration since graduation has been in dance, acting and voice training, and performance credits include Jeannie Muldoon in Nice Work If You Can Get It; Frou Frou in The Merry Widow (directed by Susan Stroman); Dream Laurey in Oklahoma; and Graziella in West Side Story. Co- and Assistant choreography credits include The Pajama Game, and The Waa-Mu Show, the oldest and largest university funded theater production in the country, creating original work in musical theater. Annelise’s teaching experience includes the Foster Dance Studio in Chicago, as well as STEPS on Broadway, and her dance training includes Acro. Annelise taught for NCDA for part of 2015 season, and we welcome her for the full 2016 season.
Gina is originally from Miami, Florida, and graduated with a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory, which was founded in 1867 and was the first school in the U.S. to offer a professional training program with equal emphasis on ballet and modern dance. Performance credits include: Keigwin + Company, whose work has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, The Martha Graham Dance Company and New York City Ballet; Brice Mousset’s Oui Danse, known for its dance style that pushes the limits of physicality and artistry and is a REVERBdance award winner and acclaimed performer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at Ailey Citigroup Theater; Broadway Bares, which raises over $1.4 mio for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS under Director/Choreographer Nick Kenkel; Emily Thomas’ Midnight music video.
Gina is a certified Pilates instructor, and trained to Level 6 in Gymnastics and joined NCDA in 2016
Taylor is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, training at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers before attending Marymount Manhattan College with a major in Dance. Performance credits include Transcendence Theatre Company, Peter Pan Benefit Concert, Broadway Takes Two (Principal), Get Ready (Dance Captain), Buenos Aires (Lead), Nick Kenkel’s Burlesque (Featured Dancer) and AIDACara (Aida Cruise Line). Taylor has worked on several occasions with award winning Broadway choreographer Josh Prince (Shrek, The Musical and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical). Taylor has been selected by Josh Prince to be a member of his Broadway Dance Lab (BDL), a choreographers’ “incubator” where dance artists can experiment with their creative ideas. Performance credits with BDL include Broadway Dance Lab: Trevor the Musical and Broadway Dance Lab Cycle 2 (Featured Dancer). Taylor was the Dance Masters of New England’s 2012 Miss Dance of New England. Taylor joined NCDA in 2016.
Jamie is originally from Kissimmee, Florida, receiving training at the Raskins Dance Studio and Broadway Dance Center’s The Professional Semester, an intensive course with multi-disciplinary technique classes, and seminars on working in the dance industry. Jamie has performed as a soloist with two dance companies, Me Dance Company and Dawn Branch Works Dance Company. Performance credits include Hairspray (Dance Captain), Chicago, Hershey Park (Featured Dancer), SUNY’s Procrastination (dancer/choreographer), and BDC’s Professional Semester Showcase (Lead). Jamie has also performed with RWS & Associates’ ABC’s Dancing With The Stars At Sea, and on the Holland America Cruise Lines (Featured Dancer & Aerialist). Jamie is trained in Acrobatics/Tumbling, with Aerial Work that included Lyra, Silks, and Harness work. Jamie joined NCDA in 2016
Alex is originally from Winnipeg, Canada, where she trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, studying all styles of dance, and went on to graduate magna cum laude with a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. Performance credits include being in the original Broadway cast of Soul Doctor the Musical, played the first singing role of the character Anybodys in West Side Story in its first National tour of the U.S., Canada and in Tokyo, Japan at the Theatre Orb, and toured with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Alex appeared as a top 10 finalist in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s reality TV show Triple Sensation, a search for talented young people who can sing, act and dance. In addition to stage performance, Alex has adjudicated and taught all over North America. Alex joined NCDA in 2016.
Mary Kate Hartung
Mary Kate is originally from Wisconsin and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, an internationally recognized school and center for contemporary dance and choreography. Performance credits include two Cycles with Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab, New Year’s Eve with Phish at MSG (Kuperman Bros), Wendy in an Immersive Peter Pan (Broadway Asia), PULP at Radio City (Michael Clark), Tree Frog in Stonehenge (Twyla Tharp, original cast), Aldo Shoes commercial (Refinery 29), The Lucille Lortel Awards opening number (Kuperman Bros), Park Ave Armory 2015 Gala (Larry Keigwin), and Continuous Relations (Kyle Abraham, original cast). Mary Kate joined NCDA in 2016.
Becky is originally from Winnipeg, Canada and studied all styles of dance at Kickit Dance Studio and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Elon University. Becky has also competed and won gold at the IDO World Tap Championships in Reisa, Germany. Performance credits include Baby Bear/ Blind Mouse in Shrek The Musical (The Muny), Gingy in Shrek The Musical (Rainbow Stage), Bonnie in Anything Goes (The Prizery), Amber in Hairspray (The Prizery), Susan Wavery in White Christmas (RMTC) and Mae in The Wild Party (Elon University). Choreography credits include The Wizard of Oz and Anything Goes at The Prizery. Becky joined NCDA in 2016.