Ms. Rose Kane is the Owner of Roseland School of Dance in Ronkonkoma and the Creator/Founder of the Roseland School of Dance brand and philosophies. She began her career of owning dance studios over thirty five years ago. Her goal for Roseland has been to bring a high standard of dance education along with the belief that dance is a personal expression to music and should always be fun and should never be judged. She has been successful at achieving her goal and is thrilled that the Roseland School of Dance standards and philosophies are now being loved and spread throughout Suffolk County.
Ms. Krista Morrione is the Owner/Director of the Oakdale studio since 2008 and is also the Co-Owner/Director of Mount Sinai. She is happy to bring the philosophies and fundamentals that Roseland holds so high to more students another great area. Ms. Krista is trained in all areas of dance and has decades of experience teaching all ages and levels. Her teaching career started at Roseland and has excelled in all areas. In addition to teaching students, Ms. Krista continues to train and mentor the instructors. Through this, she is reminded how respecting people as individuals and accepting people for who they are, helps them grow into the best person they can be. She strives for her studios to be a fun and accepting environment both to work at and study dance.
Ms. Jacqueline Schrage is the Co-Owner of Roseland School of Dance, Mount Sinai and a proud Instructor at multiple Roseland locations. She has been dancing at Roseland for over twenty years and strongly believes in the studio's philosophies. She is committed to building confidence and strength within each of her students as she knows how important these traits are to young lives. Jacqueline focuses on making her studio a place where students have fun while learning the elements of dance and where families feel welcome and accepted.
Ms. Michele Schmitt is the Owner, Roseland School of Dance, Stony Brook. She has been with Roseland for many years. This has become a family and a business for Michele. Her 2 daughters grew up dancing here and are now instructors with Roseland. She is proud to continue the Roseland tradition with opening Roseland School of Dance in the beautiful Stony Brook Village Center.
Ms. Nicole Aquino is the Director and Instructor of our Ronkonkoma studio. Ms. Nicole has been dancing at Roseland since she was 7 years old. She is experienced in teaching all types of dance and is known for her patience and dedication towards our young students. When Ms. Nicole is not in the classroom you can find her in the office helping with anything she can.
Ms. Annemarie Schmitt is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance. She has been part of Roseland her entire life. Having studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Tumbling at Roseland and her high school, St. John the Baptist, Annemarie is very proud to share her love of dance with her students. Annemarie has performed at Lincoln Center, C.W. Post, and in the classical ballet "The Nutcracker." Annemarie grew up dancing at our Ronkonkoma studio and now teaches at our Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, and Stony Brook studios.
Ms. Antoinette Russo is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma. She has enjoyed being part of the Roseland family for over 25 years, as both a student and teacher. Beginning her dance education at age 3, Antoinette is trained in the dance styles of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Pointe. As a student, she was active in the student teaching program for many years. After graduating high school, Antoinette began teaching dance here at Roseland. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 14 years, specifically in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. Antoinette graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s College with a B.A. in Child Study and Long Island University with a M.S. Ed. in Literacy. She is NYS certified in Early Childhood and Childhood Education, Early Childhood and Childhood Special Education, and Literacy. Antoinette is also a Pre-K teacher and enjoys working with children of all ages both in the classroom and dance studio.
Ms. Brianna Parisi is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma and Mount Sinai. She is a home grown Roseland dancer, and she has been dancing at the studio since she was eighteen months old. Throughout her years, she has taken great interest in the Student Teaching program where she signed up for every class she possibly could to gain as much experience as possible. She basically lived at the studio where she spent every spare moment that she had because she always had aspirations to one day become a Dance Teacher. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Pointe, Hip Hop, and - her overall favorite - Tap. She has always loved working with children and is currently going to St. Joseph's College to become an Adolescent English Teacher.
Ms. Carissa Kunins is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma and Mount Sinai. She has been a part of the Roseland family since 1993 at 2 years old. Having studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Lyrical, she eventually became a student teacher, then assistant teacher and finally an official teacher. Deaf since birth, none of her dance teachers ever regarded her as “disabled” and treated her the same as her hearing counterparts. It is because of this, Carissa has metamorphosed into a resilient and confident woman today. After high school Carissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature within the Professional Education Program at Stony Brook University, and is working towards her Masters. In that time she was an active member of Stony Brook University dance team, which is now a philanthropic, nationally ranked spirit squad. Carissa considers it an honor and a privilege to teach the next generation of dancers with the philosophy that dance is for everyone and that creating a nurturing classroom gives her students limitless potential!
Ms. Erica Kelty is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma. She began her dancing career at Roseland School of Dance when she was just four years old, dancing in all types of choreography styles such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. She has been devoted to teaching her love for dance since 2009, specializing in Beginner to Intermediate Advanced Classes, as well as Combo Classes for toddlers. When she is not teaching in the classroom, you'll find her behind the scenes planning events and working on our Social Media pages.
Ms. Janine Schoenewerk is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Oakdale since it opened in 2008. Janine trained for 15 years at Roseland in Ronkonkoma, where she learned Tap, Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Pointe. Her childhood experience as a student teacher at Roseland inspired her to continue on the path of teaching. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Psychology in 2007 and completed her Masters in Literacy at Long Island University in 2011. Her dance instruction credentials include: Choreographer - Manhattanville Dance Ensemble, Captain - Manhattanville Dance Troupe, Dance Coordinator - Norwalk YMCA, Tap Instructor - Norwalk Senior Center, Choreographer - Connetquot High School Kickline and Musicals, Dance Specialist - Crestwood Country Day Camp, Guest Choreographer - USDAN Performing Arts, and Instructor - After School Programs, CT Public Schools (2003-2007). Additionally, Janine taught adult hip hop classes at Comsewogue High School, instructed Zumba® and Zumbatomics® classes, and served as the Arts Director for Coastal Kids programming (2008-2016). She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with her students and families at Roseland in Oakdale for years to come.
Ms. Lisa LaGrandier is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma. She has been dancing with Roseland since 1982. She has studied all different styles of dance, such as Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Tumbling, Lyrical and Ballroom. Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and loves combining her study in education with her passion to dance.
Ms. Michele McNaughton is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Stony Brook. She started with Roseland many years ago. Her daughter danced at Roseland for many years and with a background in dance, she became an Assistant Teacher for PreSchool and Tumbling Classes. Now teaching our younger students at Roseland in Stony Brook brings her so much joy into her life. She always looks forward to coming to dance watching her young friends have so much fun while learning.
Ms. Nicole Dodd is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma, Oakdale and Mount Sinai. She has been dancing with Roseland since she was five. Teaching dance has been a passion of Nicole’s since graduating from high school. Most recently, she has taught and written curriculum for NYC schools. She absolutely loves teaching at Roseland alongside such dedicated teachers. She specializes in Ballet, Pointe and Lyrical and loves teaching all ages of dance. Nothing can compare to the relationships she gets to build with her students, and the opportunity to watch them grow and smile as they learn what their bodies can create through dance.
Ms. Sherry Fass is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma, Oakdale, Mount Sinai and Stony Brook. She began her dance career at Roseland at the age of 3 years old. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Acro for 15 years. She also studied Modern and Lyrical, taking classes at Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center. Sherry was given the opportunity to begin student teaching and teaching at Roseland, continuing her passion for dance. She took a hiatus from dance to pursue her college career in Speech Pathology. She specialized in working with children with disabilities through her extensive study in Applied Behavior Analysis. After many years away from the stage, she went back into the studio to study, and eventually teach, Ballroom; competing in Latin, Smooth, American and International styles. In 2013, she returned to her home away from home, teaching Dance at Roseland, where she can continue to share her love and passion for dance.
Ms. Teresa Schmitt, BS Ed, Dance Education (Hofstra University), New York State Certified Dance Educator is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Oakdale. She has been with Roseland since the age of 3, growing through the ranks of student, student teacher, assistant teacher, and, as of 2010, teacher/choreographer. Some of her accomplishments include dancing and choreographing for Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Tilles Center at LIU Post, and Hofstra University, and being selected for numerous school companies and ensembles including Suffolk County Community College Dance Team, and Gravity Dance All-Stars. Through Hofstra, Teresa has taken extensive courses in all styles of dance, methods of teaching dance for all grade levels, and choreography and composition courses. Teresa has also led many community outreach programs that brought dance education to many students across Long Island, even those with special needs. She is a very active member of the National Dance Education Organization, was a member of the Board of Directors, and has presented work and research annually at the National Conferences since 2012. Teresa has been recognized both locally and nationally for her efforts in furthering dance education with numerous awards and scholarships. Along with teaching all levels and styles of dance at Roseland, Teresa also teaches dance at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, and is a revisiting Guest Artist for the Lawrence School District Dance Department. Through dance, Teresa hopes to inspire her students to work hard, push boundaries, reach goals, and to never let a day pass without celebrating life through dance.
Ms. Kylie May is an Instructor at Roseland School of Dance, Ronkonkoma and Mount Sinai. She has been dancing with Roseland for 16 years. She has taken Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Tap. Her two favorite types of dance are Jazz and Hip Hop. Kylie is really looking forward to a future of many years teaching children to dance. She attends Suffolk County Community College with a major in Early Childhood Education. Kylie's goal is to become a Kindergarten Teacher with a minor in Spanish.