Our Staff

Positioning Students for Success

Our staff of dance and music instructors are an integral part of The Dance Emporium.

Nancy Green

Ms. Green is the Director of the studio, and brings over 30 years of teaching, choreographing and dance education to her classes.  Originally studying on Long Island and in NYC, Ms. Green began working off-Broadway during her pre-teen years and continued performing throughout high school and college.  Majoring in English and Business in college, dance was always present with classes, teaching and choreographing for various studios and organizations, where she began to be recognized for her community contributions and choreography work.
Ms. Green has created curriculums for several recreational programs, schools, outreach programs and organizations who have sought to make dance, and the arts, accessible to all students, regardless of their status or ability to afford lessons. She has continued her studies and love of dance education with well-known masters in the industry and continues to strive for helping those who want to succeed.  She particularly enjoys working with students on threshold skills to help them reach their next skill level.  "I really love seeing students succeed ... that moment is absolutely worth it!"
Currently working with the Montessori school, where she has been teaching ballet classes for over a decade, to help introduce young students to the joy of dance, as well as the YMCA, where Ms. Green has implemented a dance program for several of their locations, while also teaching and choreographing at The Dance Emporium ... she is happy to be doing what she has always loved....  Seeing her students succeed!

Anna Blon


Rosetta Bonneau

 Mrs Rosetta West - Bonneau has taught at the Dance Emporium for seventeen years,  where she is the assistant in charge of curriculum.  Mrs. B also taught at the Wendy A Cutting Dance Studio, where she first met Ms Green, and began as a Ballet teacher. Mrs. B  received her training from  many teachers,  a few of which  made lasting impressions on her teaching styles, including Mr. and Mrs Fred Nicholson and  Mrs. Wendy A Cutting. 
 Although Mrs. B started principally as a  Ballet teacher, her mentors saw her passion and love for those around her and encouraged her to also begin teaching tap , African  and jazz .
Mrs. B currently teaches tap , jazz and ballet at The Dance Emporium, where she encourages her students and pours the love of dance into each class . "I want them to love dance , their studio and their teachers. We here at the DE want it to be a safe place for them." Many alumni will attest that Mrs. B has already done that job and is comtinuing to do it beautifully every day!

Kelly Carpentier

 Ms. Carpentier has an extensive dance background as a performancer, choreographer, and dance instructor in tap, ballet, and jazz in multiple NYC/NJ dance studios. Kelly has a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance from Dean College where she studied in the styles of tap, modern, jazz, and ballet.
Kelly has choreographed and performed in numerous tap companies and events throughout her career. Some include the Inaugural NYC Mardi Gras, the Ya'el Tap Collective, 5th Annual Queens Tap Extravaganza, Annual Astoria Dance Festival, Undertoe Dance New York , Washington, DC Jazz &Tap Festival, Undertoe Dance Festival, Paragon of Essence Dancer:  The Wild Project, Miles Of Styles in Lincoln Center, Break The Floor Off Broadway  and 42nd Street Off Broadway.  She has also performed with the New England Civic Ballet in Rosinni’s Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. 
Ms. Carpentier is currently a proud member of multiple tap companies in New York City, including Anthony LoCascio's TapLife, and serves as co-director of Astoria Tap Crew. She is also a previous member of the Undertoe Dance Project, Ya'el Tap Company, Mandalas Modern Company. She has also taught for many NYC dance studios including Astoria fine arts, and Peridance.

Jay DeSean


Nicole Gozza

With a Performing Arts Degree from Dutches County Community College, Ms Gozza has been studying dance for 30 years, and educating for 12 years.  She has performed with numerous local studios and companies.  
Ms Gozza joined the staff at The Dance Emporium in 2005 and is honored to continue helping guide and inspire students.  She is a wonderful instructor for many of the studio's younger, and beginner, students, helping them discover their own love for dance.
While Ballet and Lyrical/Contemporary are her favorite styles, she enjoys all aspects of dance.  Ms Gozza feels truly blessed to pass on her knowledge and talent with her students.

Victoria Green

Miss Victoria is a teacher-in-training and has begun her apprenticeship during the summer of 2015.  Having been training in dance styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics and hip hop from a young age, she has had the opportunity to study with many wonderful instructors at The Dance Emporium, guest instructors and master teachers at conventions and Dance Excellence.  Being a member of the Ensemble curriculum, Competition teams, Carnegie Hall team and DEX team has allowed Miss Victoria to continue her training, while also auditioning for scholarships and programs.  The recipient of Tremaine Dance Convention scholarships in the Junior and Teen rooms, she has worked hard on her dance training while remembering to remain true to herself and her kind spirit.  Recently auditioning at Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, she was invited to participate in Joffrey's Dancer Intensive Program during the 2015-2016 school year, participated in the Joffrey Summer Ballet Intensive 2017, and invited to join the Trainee Program.
We look forward to seeing what other great things Miss Victoria will do as her dance career continues to blosssom, and young dancers at the studio continue to look up to her, and her warm and welcoming smile.

Miles Keeney

Miles Keeney was born in Hong Kong, China, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in New York City. He started dancing hip hop at the age of 13 at Allegra Dance Studio under Frankey Melendez Rodriguez and at Connecticut Ballet School under America’s Got Talent winner Kinichi Ebina. After a hiatus from dance in high school, Miles rediscovered his passion at Connecticut College where he received his BA with a double major in Dance and Human Development. While in college Miles solidified his performance, technical, and choreographic skills. He had the opportunity to choreograph over 15 pieces for stage performance. Miles credits his experience studying abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand his junior year with confirming that dance was his only career option. He has trained at numerous Pulse On Tour conventions as well as at Millenium Dance Complex in the summers, and most recently through the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. He's had the opportunity to train under the most revered names in the industry and has been noted for his passion, power, and versatility.

Nicole Riggs

Ms Riggs danced for The Dance Emporium from 1999 until 2010. While a student at The Dance Emporium, she was a member of Ensemble, Competition team, and performed at Carnegie Hall and Six Flags. She is now a student at Mount Saint Mary College majoring in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. She graduates in May 2017 with hopes of working with children.

Her joy of working with children and making a positive impact on them has brought her back to the studio, as a teacher. She is very excited to start her journey sharing her gift of dance, hopes to give back to the students all the wonderful lessons, guidance and love the studio has given to her. 

The Dance Emporium is delighted to welcome Ms Riggs to our staff!

Olga Shestopalova

Olga Shestopalova was born in Russia and started to study ballet at the Novosibirsk Ballet Academy at the age of 10.  She graduated at 18 years old and began dancing professionally for the Grigorovich Ballet of Russia company.  She performed in many cities throughout the world dancing in various ballets. "Swan Lake", "Romeo and Juliet", "The Nutcracker", and "Giselle", are some of the ballets she has performed in.
Ms. Shestopalova began teaching in 2002 in Denver, Colorado.  She relocated to New York and began teaching at The Dance Emporium in 2011, where she instructs students in Ballet, Jazz and Pointe work.  Ms. Shestopalova works diligently on the studio's Holiday Show each year, and strives to add to, improve upon, and elevate the Nutcraker selections with each year's offerings.  She recently completed the Bolshoi Ballet Academy teacher's certification program to improve her teaching skills.
Ms. Shestopalova loves teaching ballet and helping students improve their ballet skills.  She has particularly enjoyed sharing her love and knowledge of character dance with her students as well.  She especially enjoys teaching students who are motivated to be the best ballet dancers they can be, and help them reach their full potential.
Ms Shestopalova is a talented Ballet Mistress and a valuable addition to The Dance Emporium.