Gayle Amico- Owner/Director/Teacher- Gayle began dancing at the age of three and was trained at Westbury Dance Academy where she became a competitive dancer at the age of 13. For two years she also studied under Gregg Burge at Gregg Burge Dance Studio. During high school she was also was involved in musical theater/theater on and off stage including directing and choreographing as well as a member of kickline. She went to college to get her degree in special education but decided to take a hiatus to start and raise her family. This led her back into the dance world first as a dance mom. She is now the mom of two successful dancers, Gabby (Bio below) and Keriana (bio below). Gayle also has 12 years of experience working at Center Stage Dance and Creative Arts behind the scenes working in all aspects of a dance studio. Ten years ago she got the amazing opportunity to start teaching again and has taught tap to children as well as adults of all ages. She has also had the honor of seeing her students compete in local competitions where they received prestigious awards. With her experience not only as a former dancer, teacher, administrator and working behind the scenes, she believes that her experience as a dance mom is truly where she can make sure her students and parents will get the best experience at Stepping Out PAC. She believes communication, simplicity, being parent-friendly, flexible, patient and understanding are the most important attributes to have in order to give her clients and students the most fulfilling and enjoyable experience here at Stepping Out Performing Arts Center. She is so excited to be start working on her fourth season at Stepping Out PAC.
Kelsey Mclaughlin-Dance Company Director/Teacher-Kelsey began her dance career at the age of three studying ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, and contemporary. She trained as both a company performer, as well as a competitive dancer. As a company dancer, she performed in the annual Nutcracker Ballet as numerous roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen. In addition, throughout her childhood, she was an award winning competitive dancer, competing in competitions both regionally and nationally. In high school, she was a member of the Massapequa Chiefettes Kickline team, as well as a choreographer for the DanceWorks club. Kelsey attended the Long Island High School for the Arts where she continued to receive training in advanced and intensive dance techniques. She also studied anatomy for dancers, dance history, improvisation, and choreography. During her training at Long Island High School for the Arts, she decided to pursue a career in dance education and choreography. Kelsey continues to educate students of all ages in various dance styles, both recreationally and competitively. As a dance company instructor, she received various awards and recognition for her choreography. Under Kelsey’s direction, her students received numerous awards including highest scoring dances, special judge’s awards, and overall placements. Currently, Kelsey is receiving her doctorate in school psychology at St. John’s University, focusing on providing mental health services to children and adolescents. However, as dance company director, she continues to remain committed to her students and their dance careers.
Jennifer Brounstein - Vocal / Musical Theater Teacher - Jen Brounstein is a soprano from Hauppauge, NY. She recently graduated with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied with Dr. Robert Wells. While at UNC Greensboro, Ms. Brounstein performed the role of Papagena in UNCG Opera Theater's production of Magic Flute. She also played the lead role of Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone for UNCG Opera Theater and Greensboro Opera's outreach program, "Opera at the Carolina." Ms. Brounstein graduated with her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance at SUNY Fredonia where she studied with Laurie Tramuta. At Fredonia, she had the opportunity to perform the role of Sister 1 in Robert Moran's Desert of Roses under the direction of Terry Beck. She also in The Hillman Opera's performances of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow. Ms. Brounstein has extensive experience as a choral singer and soloist. She has worked for several years as a soprano section leader and choral scholar at local churches. Most recently, she was invited to sing with the CompChord Chorus for the Composers Concordance project 'Chorus 72', premiering 36 pieces based on Rainer Gross' painting '72 Names'. She currently holds the position of Choral Scholar at St. John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church in Lattingtown, NY. As a teacher, Jen Brounstein has several years experience teaching private voice and piano instruction. She is very passionate about teaching and has taken three years of Vocal Pedagogy classes. She has prepared students for college auditions as well as NYSSMA/All-State/All-County auditions.
Melissa Spinelli- Teacher- Melissa has a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater and Performing Arts. She studied voice professionally in New York City. She had performed for various theatre companies on long island and venues in new york city. Aside from performing Melissa also has been choreographing and teaching theater to kids of various ages in schools throughout Long Island. She is also a Zumba and Ballroom Instructor.
Gabby Amico- Senior Teacher- Gabby recently graduated from Long Island University with her BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Dance Studies and the award recipient for "Outstanding Senior in Dance." Gabby started her dance training at three years old at Center Stage Dance and Creative Arts and joined their competition team when she was thirteen. During her time at LIU Post, she has been able to perform and choreograph for the Post Concert Dance Company. She is trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet/Pointe, Modern (Taylor, Graham, Cunningham) African, Labanotation, Kinesiology, Stage Management/Sets/Lights/Costume&Makeup and Suzuki. She has trained vocally with Kimberly Stern, David Hugo and Kerry Prep and has been in over 12 musicals including "A Chorus Line", "Pippin", "Hairspray", "West Side Story", "Seussical the Musical" and more! She also got the opportunity to perform and attend the American College Dance Association (ACDA) at the University of Rhode Island, SUNY Brockport and County College of Morris in New Jersey. She was able to attend the Universal Dance Association and be accepted as an American Dance Team member and perform in the New Years Day Parade in London, England. She was a member of the West Islip Varsity Kickline team. Gabby is so excited to start the fourth season at Stepping Out and share her passion with the arts for the 2019-2020 season!
Keriana Amico- TuTu/Pre-K/Beginner Teacher- Keriana has been dancing since she has been three years old as well as being a competitive dancer for seven years. She has also has won many prestigious dance awards in regional dance competitions in her dance team groups as well as solos. Keriana was a member of the West Islip Varsity Kickline for four years. Last year she was honored to have been chosen to represent her team as part of the National Dance Alliance in the New Years's Day Parade in London, England. She also has had training in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Development and participated in Independent Studies in this area in her senior year of high school. She has assisted and/or taught dance classes for more than four years and has also been a teacher's assistant in Pre-K classes at Little Lions Pre-K in West Islip and Great South Bay YMCA in Bay Shore as well as teaching dance classes at Miss Midgies Pre-School in West Babylon. She is in her sophomore year at the University of Central Florida this fall as an Early Childhood Education major and a member of the UCF Knights and Damsels Dance Company.