The Kennedy Dancers

School of Dance

The Kennedy Dancers School of Dance follow the standards and content of the State and Local Core Curriculum for the Performing Arts 1.1 – 1.12.  Diane Dragone actually wrote the Curriculum for The Hudson County Prep as well as Hudson County High Tech His School.

Diane Dragone/Artistic Director

Diane Dragone is the founding director/choreographer /teacher for  the Kennedy Dancers Repertory  Company and the  Kennedy Dancers School since 1977.
The Kennedy Dancers is a non-profit corp.  Diane Dragone created the Dance curriculum for the Hudson County Schools of Technology. She taught the gifted and talented and special education dance programs at Hudson County High Tech and Hudson County prep schools as well as classes at the Hudson County Juvenile Detention center. She was also a returning  guest teacher of dance at Hudson County Community College. Ms Dragone is a certified  teacher of dance in the state of New Jersey. During her career she has performed and created countless choreographies for many regional dance, theater and opera  companies  The Kennedy Dancers have performed in over 400  grammar, high schools and universities  and performed  in theaters  up and down the eastern seaboard including the White House as well as U.S.O. tours.  The Kennedy Dancers are 6 time award winners of Citations of excellence from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Diane is the executive producer of  the 8 time award winning cable television  program “Dance Vista” seen on assorted cable television systems throughout and beyond 22 states.

Our Teachers

Erica Miellet

Erica is originally from Connecticut, where she danced professionally with Ballet Hartford, Dimensional Dance, and Mystic Ballet, before becoming a co-founder of New England Ballet Collective in 2019.

Since moving to New York in 2020, Erica has performed in productions with Ballet Bloom Project, New Rising Sun Dance Project,

The Muse Brooklyn, and American Liberty Ballet.

Alexi Zadanosky

Alexi Zadanosky is a performing artist who teaches ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, beginner pointe, lyrical for all ages. Also she specializes in private piano and vocal instruction and coaches musical theatre programs.

She performs in dinner shows and actively participates in local community events. Alexi has been teaching and performing for 5 years. Originally from New York City, she attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy for the performing arts obtaining an AOS in Musical Theatre.

Afterward she relocated to Los Angeles and continued with AMDA getting her BFA in Musical Theatre and then MA in Theatre. She now lives in New York City once more realizing her passion for teaching the arts and encouraging students to follow their goals and dreams in the performing arts community.

She strives to become a record label artist in the future. Alexi also spends much time reading and writing creative works, and is a bit of a film historian.

 

Sarah Toumani

Sarah Toumani is a French-Algerian

versatile dancer and choreographer

who graduated from

the Official School of the

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

For the past ten years, Sarah Toumani has danced for various renowned dance companies, television channels, and artists, including the Michael Jackson Estate and Grammy-Award artist Miri Ben Ari. Sarah Toumani has been invited to teach dance in various places in Europe, Africa, South and North America, and is excited to join The Kennedy Dancers this fall.

 

Eric Stucky

Eric Stucky, based in Portland, Oregon, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. He specialized in Teaching Arts & minored in Arts Management. He trained in Israel at Dance Jerusalem, performing works by Noa Zuk and Roni Chadash. Stucky was a member of Jennifer Muller/ The Works and toured with them for two seasons. His choreography has been featured in global film festivals and events, including Germany’s Super Talent.

Notably, he performed at venues like Kaatsbaan and New York Live Arts, and he recently appeared at events like Asian Cultural Council’s Anniversary Gala and Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights.

Stucky brings over three years of fashion marketing experience, having collaborated with prominent magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as major events like the VMAs and MET Gala.

He’s excited to contribute to the next generation

of dancers at Kennedy Dancers.

Diana Sanchez

My name is Diana Sanchez and I am a Jersey City Native. I have professionally studied, performed and taught ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin Ballroom, etc, all over NJ for 10+years. Receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology while training as a dancer with The Kennedy Dancers, Montclair State University.
This experience has given me a unique and diverse take in the dance world. As we train, I bring out the ability for others to feel and connect to all that is around you and within you. Enjoying the music, from different eras, backgrounds and letting loose. Having fun is key! 

Expressing your inner light and emotions through technique and other styles of movement is the true goal for all of my classes.

My approach in teaching is light hearted yet exciting with results. I do not seek perfection, just the willingness to learn as I create a safe environment for all ages and groups to move their bodies. Movement is Life and we are all here to dance! 

 

Gabriella Vasquez

Ella is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator, and aerialist. She currently dances for Mixrz Urban Contemporary Company at Brickhouse NYC.

Ella has also performed on the Sybarite stage and performed for NYC Dance Studio Alliance.

She has worked with choreographers such as Dominique and Danielle Russo, Kelly Peters, Kyla Bullings, Julia Alaimo and Brianna Davis.

She is excited to continue her career in the arts and share her passion through performance. 

 

Britney Ramirez

Director of Business Administration

Britney Ramirez was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. 

She oversees the Day to Day Operation of the Kennedy Dancers Inc.

Shenelle Walker

Director of Marketing & Promotions

Originally from Jamaica,

Shenelle handles our Marketing

and Event Promotions

To Find Out More about

The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center 

Call us or send us a message!

Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center

79 Central Ave., Jersey City, N.J. 07306

Phone

(201) 659-2190

Email

Kennedydancers@aol.com