ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Miss Nikki became a household name on Long Island when she started Baby Ballet Long Island after seeing a lack in education for ballet at a young age. With the continued success of the program she decided to establish a home for Baby Ballet Long Island and to open up to include older ages and other genres of dance and to bring in other like minded teachers. And so Dancehouse Studios was born.
From an early age she spent her days in the studio with her Mum, who runs her own dance studio in England. The 14 years she studied there she learned, not only solid technique and performance skills but also team work, confidence and respect.
"My Mum has a great teaching ethos and instills an inner drive to succeed without rivalry or competition between others, which I loved and respected and hopefully pass on to my own students."
The solid training she had as a child helped her take her love of dance to the next level and gained a place at the prestigious Northern Ballet School, Manchester. After graduating NBS with teaching certificates with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dance (ISTD), she enjoyed a very successful dance career all over the world working for Costa Cruise Lines, Legends, Showstoppers, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Moore Entertainment and Paul Holman Associates to name a few.
After settling in New York, the birth of her daughter Rose was her inspiration to get back into the studio.
"I could see how much she enjoyed music and movement from such an early age so I went back to my teaching roots and decided to put together a program for her and other babies and toddlers to enjoy under the name of Baby Ballet Long Island."
The success of Baby Ballet Long Island made Miss Nikki a sought after teacher, with Moms and children. SO why stop at ballet and toddlers? Dancehouse Studios was born in 2020 to house classes under the same ethos she started Baby Ballet with.
"I hope that through my passion for teaching children, I can pass on the joy that I have had for the art for practically all my life. Dance teaches a lot of things; confidence, body awareness, team work, musicality, to persevere, discipline and that practice does make a difference, but it is also something that you can just feel, enjoy and love. Even at an early age you can see the little ones developing all the above skills. They are skills that they will use in their every day life throughout their lives."
- Miss Nikki A.I.S.T.D, R.A.D STC
R.A.D.STC and A.I.S.T.D
Trained at the Northen Ballet School on a full time 3 year graduate course. Certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance in ballet, jazz, tap and national dance.
Enjoyed an 8 year career as professional dancer taking her all over the World.
She is now enjoying passing on her passion and knowledge of dance as the founder of Baby Ballet Long Island and Dancehouse Studios
Margot is a certified children's yoga and mindfulness teacher based on Long Island, NY with a background in early childhood education. She taught as a classroom teacher for 10 years. In 2015 she left the classroom to pursue teaching yoga and mindfulness to children as a full time independent contractor. She's currently providing school based programming, and enrichment for schools across long island and in parts of Brooklyn and Queens. She mentors new children's yoga teachers, and has led professional developments for hundreds of educators. She has authored her first children's yoga picture book, coming Fall of 2020. In addition to schools, she’s taught at Lifetime Athletics Garden City, World gym of Wantagh, The Nesting Place LI, local libraries, family services, and with private clients. She serves children as young as 6 weeks, all the up through high school.
Margot is certified through Little Flower Yoga, Yogi Beans, Trauma informed teaching from United We Om, and Baby yoga and development from Karma Kids Yoga. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science in Literacy education. A graduate with honors from SUNY Cortland, and Long Island University at C.W. Post, she always knew that teaching was her calling.
Margot is the founder of www.calmcookie.org
Sarah is a NYC based performer who loves nothing more than to share her love of dance when she is not a stage! She studied at Marymount Manhattan College ultimately graduating magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduation, Sarah danced with companies Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Dance Iquail, the Peggy Spina Tap Company, and Spirit Productions. She then transitioned to Musical Theatre and hasn’t looked back since!
Some of her favorite New York credits include performing in the NYC Opera’s Pigmalion, and being a part of Andy Blankenbuehler’s workshop, ONLY GOLD. Sarah has been seen performing across the country in Chicago (Riverside Theatre) Saturday Night Fever (Walnut Street Theatre) and Memphis (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre).