Jeannine Hollis-Lima

Owner/Director/Instructor

Jeannine holds a B.A. degree in Dance from MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE, and a M.A. degree in Dance and Dance Education from NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.  She began her dance career at the age of two and a half training with Valentina Bertran at the Ballet Academy of Long Island.  At age fourteen she was accepted to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre School in NYC where she studied ballet intensively for several years.  She also studied ballet, jazz and modern dance at: the Harkness Ballet School, American Dancemachine, the Joffrey Ballet School, Luigi’s Jazz Center, and Alvin Ailey American Dancer Center, among others.  Her professional credits include regional and Off-Broadway musical theatre productions of “Anything Goes,” “Pajama Game,” and “Dark of the Moon,” and several international modern dance performances .  Jeannine has been performing, teaching and choreographing dance for more than thirty years, and has produced and directed performances in both the United States and South America.  She has worked extensively as a dance teacher and choreographer in the Long Island public school system and in private dance schools throughout the New York area and Brazil.  From 1984 to 1985, Jeannine held the position of Assistant to the Director of ARC Videodance, and Production Coordinator of the local PBS television series, “EYE ON DANCE.”  From 1986-87, she held the position of Professor of Dance at UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS in São Paulo, Brazil, where she was instrumental in establishing the university’s undergraduate degree program in dance. Along with her dance credits, Jeannine has worked as a certified fitness instructor/trainer at the Vertical Club and New York Health & Racquet Club in New York City, and in the adult education program at Roslyn High School.  Jeannine is President of JHL DANCE DYNAMICS, INC , the Artistic Director of the award-winning JHL DANCE DYNAMICS COMPANY, and Owner/Director of the JHL DANCE DYNAMICS DANCE STUDIO since 1997.

Kara Milazzo

Assistant Director/Instructor

Kara holds a Masters in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University.  She danced professionally with Rod Rodgers Dance Company (RRDC), based in Manhattan for 11 years.  Kara performed professionally in Japan with RRDC in 2008.  RRDC was featured in the New York Times (June 13, ‘06) “...standout performances from ...Kara Rosales.” - Jennifer Dunning.  Kara teaches Ballet, Modern (Horton based), Jazz/Hip Hop, and Tap dance.  She has directed the LuHi Summer Programs Dance program in Brookville since 1997 and is also a certified yoga instructor

Kim Araki

Instructor

Trained at the Royal Ballet School (London, England) and American Ballet Theatre School (New York City). Kim has had the pleasure of performing solo and principal roles in classical ballet, Equity theater, character/national and modern dance. As a dancer with the New York City Opera, she has danced at the New York State Theatre/ David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in a widely varied repertoire of 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century opera, operetta, and musicals. Throughout her performing career, Kim has been interested in and involved in dance education. She returns to London often for further study, and participates in Professional Development Programs at Canada's National Ballet School.

Franklin 'Gin' Chen

Instructor

Franklin began dance at a relatively late age compared to most dancers. At 14, he discovered a “how-to-breakdance” guide after a quick search on Google.  Reading a badly written, text-only lesson, of how to do the most basic steps in breaking, Franklin quickly realizes what it meant to have two left feet. After this failed attempt at dance, he started practicing, after school, with a group of friends at Syosset High School’s cafeteria.  Before long the numbers quickly dwindle to a consistent two or three.  It did not matter to him how many people were dancing, for all that mattered was that he felt a new passion that he never had felt before. Training three hours a day on average, a new world started to open up to him.  Eight years later, Franklin has trained in hip hop, latin ballroom, modern dance, and has taught guest workshops at the Broadway Dance Center and numerous other dance studios.  He continues to compete at a national and international level with one of the top NYC crews, Floor Obsession, performs as a full-time commercial dancer, and is a proud member of McDonald’s Martial Arts Dance Crew.

K.C. Edick

Instructor

K.C. is well known for his award-winning choreography with the various studios in which he has taught; teaching many styles from contemporary to gymnastics. His professional dance career includes a performance with the Syracuse Symphony. He also performed an entire season with the Rochester City Ballet, while simultaneously training at The Draper Center for Dance Education. He then proceeded to expand his training in the dance programs at MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE and SUNY BROCKPORT while traveling with conventions around the country.   He hopes to continue creating art and building his career through his interests in dance, as well as, music and video production. 

Lexi Hills

Instructor

Lexi is a performer, choreographer, and arts advocate. She holds a BFA in dance and BS in kinesiology from SUNY BROCKPORT. She performs professionally and has danced in original works by David Dorfman, Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum (Delfos Danza Contemporanea), Laura Peterson, Lynea D’Aprix, and Autumn Eckman (Giordano Dance Chicago) to name a few.  In addition to performing, Lexi is a professional choreographer, having recently premiered her newest solo work in Detroit, MI. She hopes to continue creating work for stage, video, and site specific locations. Lexi enjoys teaching in lots of different genres ranging from contemporary to acrobatics, with each age and level of experience, providing new excitements and challenges. It is her personal mission to provide high quality, well-rounded dance education to every student she comes into contact with.

Michelle Vargas

Instructor

Michelle Vargas, aka “B-Girl Militia,” began her dance career with L.J. Dance Company, training in ballet and tap at the age of 7. After being diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 10, she was told that she would no longer be able to dance and tumble after having spinal fusion surgery, which of course didn't stop her. After high school she continued her passion at Nassau Community College where she became a member of the college dance team. She also began training with the NCC Breakerz in breakdancing. Since 2010 Michelle has been member of a well-known crew called Souljerz Crew. She has competed in numerous breakdancing competitions and has performed throughout the U.S. and the Bahamas. Michelle had the opportunity to work and travel with Industrial Rhythm founded by Zoilo Ruiz (original cast member of Stomp). She also performed at the International Beauty Show in 2011 at the Jacob Javits Center and has appeared in the music video “Let Off Some Steam" by Outlandish on MTV. Michelle also performed in the opening  ceremony at the 2012 U.S Open and Superbowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium. Her most recent performance was appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show as a “BBoy Crew” dancer. She has choreographed award winning platinum scoring competition dances on both the regional and national level and received many choreography awards. Her extensive knowledge of Hip Hop styles includes the techniques of popping, locking, breaking, waving, and isolations. Michelle is dedicated to the Hip Hop culture and her enthusiasm to share her passion with her students shows in her classroom ethics and dedication to the art form. Michelle believes, “The only limits are the ones you give yourself.”