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Jessica Fishel

 Ballet,Silver Swans, Owner

As a dancer who began seriously studying ballet as an adult, Jessica aspired to create a studio for other adults to begin to dance, or continue to have dance be a part of their health and fitness routines.  She wanted to create a space similar to the large studios in NYC where adults with hectic and sometimes uncertain schedules could drop in and take a class when their schedules would allow.  A true believer in both the joy of self expression and the proven health benefits of dance for physical and emotional well-being, she enjoys bringing her love of this fitness and art form to adults of all ages.

Jessica has trained in classical ballet for 20 years under master teachers from both the English and Russian disciplines of ballet.  She has studied the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, is a licensed Silver Swans teacher, and previously performed with Kozlov Dance International in NY, NJ and Aruba.  Jessica was the Director of a Royal Academy of Dance youth ballet program in White Plains prior to opening the adult only studio in her hometown of Cornwall, NY. Her dance training spans over three decades of dance in modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and ballet.  She is a member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA. 

Stine Moen 

Modern, Pilates, Barre, Yoga

Heralded for her creativity and positivity, Stine is an NASM Certified personal trainer who inspires and challenges clients to achieve their ultimate personal fitness goals. For 10 years and counting, Stine trains students of all ages, levels, and physical conditions through barre, dance, sculpt, and yoga methods. 

Stine completed 200-hour yoga certification, Barre certification, and sculpt and cardio teacher trainings, all perfect extensions of her experience as a professional dancer and degree in Dance and Movement Guidance from The Norwegian University College of Dance.

Stine believes that engaging the physical body with mindfulness will help develop greater self-awareness and promote optimal health for everyone. 

Mara Davi Gaines 

Broadway Dance & 

Int/Adv Tap

Mara is an actor/singer/dancer who has worked in New York and regionally since 2004. Her Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone, White Christmas, Dames at Sea, and The Play that Goes Wrong. Mara has taught master classes in Broadway repertoire and tap dance across the country while touring with various shows. She has always been drawn to the song and dance of classic musical comedies and golden age movie musicals and she aims to bring style, storytelling, sweat, and smiles to each dance class.

Cassie Mandia

 LaBlast

Cassie has been with Fred Astaire Dutchess since 2013.  She loves teaching because it allows her to share her own passion of dancing with every person who walks into the studio.  “Having a positive impact on someone’s life through dancing is the most rewarding experience.” Her favorite dance is the Foxtrot; “It’s such an expressive dance. It can be elegant, playful, and it can be sexy.  Once I hear the music, it’s up to me as a dancer to be able to express the mood of the song all while engaging and reacting to my partners every move.”

Lauren Rapoli

Beginner Tap

Lauren began dancing at the age of three in her hometown studio and hasn’t stopped since. She has studied a wide variety of dance including ballet, pointe, musical theater, modern, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Over the years, she has participated in many workshops which have allowed her to explore other dance styles. Staying in tune with the upcoming dance generation by attending conferences is another way Ms. Rapoli remains connected with other dance teachers across the country. In the last 10 years Lauren has gotten the opportunity to perform at world-renowned venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. In 2016, she was cast in Igal Perry’s piece as it was performed at Hofstra University’s fall dance concert. She has also participated in the AAPAE dance festival twice traveling to Barcelona, Spain and Milan, Italy. Being able to do such wonderful things with dance in the past and present makes her excited for the future of dance. As a teacher, Lauren hopes to share her love and passion for dance with all of her students. In reference to education, Lauren received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education from Hofstra University. Recently, Lauren worked to obtain a Master’sDegree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education fromHofstra University. Ms. Rapoli has an interest in understanding the way children develop and learn as well as the impact that teachers have on their students’ lives. She strives to be successful in her interactions with her students, as well as promote positivity and help boost their self-esteem.

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