Jacqui Freund - Dance Company Director

Jacqui has been dancing since the age of 3. She has trained with various programs including, Boces Cultural Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center and The Post Dance Company.  As a competitive dancer, she has received many high score and special awards at both regional and national competitions. She has been a core dancer for Fox Kids Worldwide. As a choreographer, Jacqui has been awarded numerous high score choreography awards, as well as such prestigious recognition as " Most Entertaining " and "Most Memorable" choreography. In 2013 Jacqui won the honor of “Teacher of the Year” at the KAR National Competition held in Myrtle Beach Florida. Jacqui's training extends to behind the scenes as well.  In addition to The Dream Center, Jacqui has worked as assistant to the director of the Long Island Council Of The Arts and stage manager, coordinator, choreographer,lighting and sound, for the Post Dance Company at Tillis Center. Jacqui graduated Phi Eta from the Honors College at CW Post University, where she completed a four year Merit Fellowship in the Arts, as well a BA in Arts and Management with a Concentration in Dance from The School of Visual and Performing Arts. Jacqui hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Dance Performance.

Jodie Points

Jodie Points grew up in Central PA at Sigel's School of Dance under the direction of Skip Sigel and Pandy Foreman. There she became the Cecchetti Ballet Company Dance Captain in Pittsburgh, PA. Jodie moved to New York and continued her studies as a dance major at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, training with Lance Westergard, Robin Becker, Kathy McCann-Buck, and Amy Marshall. Her work was featured at ACDFA and she was on the executive board of several dance organizations. During her time at Hofstra, Jodie cultivated her love of teaching children. After college, she pursued this passion full-time. Jodie is trained in many styles of dance including contemporary, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap, and jazz, but she emphasizes a strong balletic and technical background for all dancers. A certified and registered Dance Masters of America teacher, Jodie has taught at The Dream Center Dance Academy for ten years, and TJE Dance Force for three years, both of which are nominated Top Ten Dance Studios in the Northeast by the Federation of Dance Competitions. She is on the Master Class faculty of DMA, and teaches guest workshops in the metro NY area. Her students have won many National titles, college and convention scholarships, and even a Tony Award for "Billy Elliot" on Broadway, as well as assisting on many convention circuts. She is also a make-up artist for print, stage, and screen. As a Judge, Jodie has worked for Hall of Fame and StarQuest International, where she has had the honor of being head judge and Master Class teacher at National Finals.

Jill Kenney - Discover and Dance Director

Jill Kenney is a New York-based dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She frequently teaches tap at Broadway Dance Center, where she has been working as Germaine Salsberg’s tap assistant since 2008. Jill is on faculty at NYU Steinhardt, the 92nd St Y, and has guest taught at Steps on Broadway. With Salsberg’s tap company, Les Femmes Plus, Jill has performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, The Friars Club, Brooklyn College, and Boston’s Regent Theatre. She has appeared in festivals throughout NYC, including the Dumbo Dance Festival, Tap City, Stam-Pede, and the Tap Extravaganza. For numerous years, she has been a team leader for ATDF’s Tap it Out—an outdoor concert directed by Tony Waag and Lynn Schwab. Other performance highlights include the Highline Ballroom, LG Electronics, and Disney Cruise Lines.  Originally from Rhode Island, Jill grew up training in various forms of dance under the direction of Lisa Mailloux and also at the Newport Academy of Ballet. She has an A.A. in Dance from Dean College, a B.A. in Dance Performance and Education from SUNY Empire State College, and has studied at the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory. Jill is looking forward to another exciting year at the Dream Center!

Directors:  Anjuli O’Rourke, Cheryl Freund
Office Staff: Dawn Escobedo

Maribeth Cacchioli

Since the age of three, Maribeth studied various styles of dance, including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip hop.  Within her years of study, she was awarded with many honors from different regional and national competitions, including winning top overall soloist at Disney’s Contest of Champions National Competition.  Inspired by her teachers growing up, Maribeth pursued her dream of becoming a dance teacher at the collegiate level.  While attending Hofstra University, she had the privilege of performing in multiple faculty shows; working with many choreographers such as Rachel List, Royce Zackery, Darrah Car, Jason Melms and Bebe Miller.  Maribeth’s choreography was also chosen for multiple semesters for Danceworks, a student run club on campus.  Since attending Hofstra, Maribeth became a NYS Certified Dance Educator for grades Pre-K-12.  Currently, she is the dance educator at a school in Manhattan for students with emotional and learning disabilities, as well as other health impairments.  Maribeth has been on faculty at The Dream Center for seven years, as well as Tip Tap Toe Dance Studio for five years; teaching both recreational and company classes.  Her goal as an educator is to inspire her students with the motivational ways her teachers once did for her.

Anjuli O’Rourke hails from Long Island, NY and has  over a decade of performance, teaching and choreography experience. Ms  O’Rourke received her B.A. in Dance Performance and Psychology from Hofstra University. During her years at Hofstra, she studied under the direction of Lance Westergard, Robin Becker, Michael Blake and Cathy McCann. She took part in many National Dance Festivals, including the American College Dance Festival where her choreography was featured, and the Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit in NYC.  Professionally, Ms. O’Rourke was a four year member and Captain of the New York Dragons “Firedancers” (AFL).  Her choreography has been featured on “Good Morning America”, the “WB Morning Show” and  “Fox Sports”. She has performed with Bon Jovi, 98*, the Venga Boys, and was core dancer on Club Jam TV featured on ABC. One of Anjuli’s greatest accomplishments was opening up her studio, The Dream Center Dance Academy in 2004 with co-owner Cheryl Freund. Ms. O’Rourke has been awarded numerous choreography awards, Teacher of the Year recognitions, and studio excellence awards. Her students can been seen modeling for top costume catalogues, are on scholarship for prestigious Conventions, and have gone on to pursue dance degrees at prominent Universities. Owning the studio has given Ms. O’Rourke the opportunity to judge Nationally for Kids Artistic Revue and Rainbow Dance Competition. She has taught workshops at numerous studios including The Dance Masters Convention in New York and KAR Dance Convention. She is thrilled that she is able to spread her love and joy of dance to the younger generations and hopes to continue to inspire and motivate dancers for years to come.

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Gina Mormando - CREW Director

Miss. Gina started her dance life at the young age 2 along side her mother, also a dance teacher. She feels blessed to have been trained by a former Radio City Rockette - Anne Cunningham, Savion Glover, The Eglevsky Ballet Company, Rock Steady Breakers, and many more inspiring performers. Miss. Gina attended NCC where she was a Principle Dancer and received an Associates Degree in the Fine Arts of Dance. During her college years she danced and modeled for many Lucille Roberts Commercials and was the Captain/ Choreographer of the Arena Football League’s New York Dragons Firedancers for 5 years. Thanks to all her hard work in the AFL she was chosen to represent for the NY team in New Orleans for their XXI Arena Bowl Dream Team and was selected to be the video animation dancer for EA Sports AFL Video Game “Road to Glory”. In 2007, Miss. Gina was selected to be apart of the Inaugural Season of The New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders and dance for over 80,000 fans every season. Throughout her years with the NFL she modeled for their calendars, performed next to Lenny Kravitz during his Thanksgiving Half Time Show, and performed at the Tribeca Film Festival, Nike NFL, tons of live news shows, and sports commercials. In 2012, The Jets started an Elite Show Team within the FCC that Gina proudly danced for and later as alumni she choreographed for as well. 2014, she received the honor of being an alumni judge for the NYJ FCC Audition. Football stadiums were not the only place she called home, she was also a New York Islanders Ice Breaker and a MADE Coach for MTV’s Made “The Streamer Episode” where she was followed by MTV to train a young girl who wanted to make her High School Dance Team, “The Streamers.”  Miss. Gina has taught for over 13 years as a recreational and competitive dance coach in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Breakdancing, Gymnast/Dance, and a conditioning and technical coach. Her competition pieces have received numerous  Choreography, Overall, Special, and Judges awards. She always inspires her students to give it their all, many who have become Knicks City Kids, Flight Crew Cheerleaders, and Models. Her classroom is lively, athletic, theatrical, and motivating. Even as a mother of two beautiful girls Miss. Gina will never stop aiming for the stars, who knows what is next. 

Wendy Clark

Wendy Clark’s expertise in ballet instruction stems from her own continued engagement in growing as both a dancer and a teacher. During her professional career—which included time as a soloist with Ballet Spokane as well as dancing for Ballet Idaho and City Ballet of San Diego—she began teaching as a way to share her love of dance with others. That teaching career has now spanned thirteen years and four states: Wendy has taught in Michigan, Washington, Texas, and New York. To keep her approaches fresh and continue developing her own understanding of ballet technique and training, Wendy trained with the Lincoln Institute, becoming a Certified Aesthetic Educator, is now pursuing an M.A. in Ballet Pedagogy and certification in the ABT Curriculum at NYU, and facilitates a ballet discussion group. Because she believes that the best ballet teachers are those who continue to practice, Wendy continues participate in and facilitate adult ballet classes and performances. Most recently, she participated in the founding of Austin Community Ballet, performed in Ballet Austin Principal Chris Swaim’s Bouche, and danced as a resident guest artist with Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble.

Kristen Murphy

Kristen Murphy is a professional dancer, signed with Bloc Talent Agency, who specializes in the areas of hip-hop and acro. She grew up on Long Island in the competition dance scene. After graduating from Saint Anthony’s High school, she decided to professionally pursue dance as a career. Kristen has been fortunate enough to work with brands and artist such as; Adidas, SNL, MTV, J.Balvin, Bebe Rexha, David Guetta, Grandmaster Flash, etc. She is so excited to be joining the Dream Center staff!

Sam Assemany

Sam Assemany, from South Lyon, MI, received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2015. As a colligate dancer, Sam was able to perform works by Carolyn Pavlik, Jackie Nowicki, Peter Chu, and Ohad Naharin. She had the opportunity to travel to Montreal, CA, where she worked closely with O Vertigo, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Edgar Zendejas, and Ecole de Danse de Contemporaire. Sam also attended the ODC Next Moves intensive where she worked closely with KT Nelson, Holly Johnston,Kate Weare, Margaret Jenkins, John Heginbotham, and Nicole Klaymoon. Sam moved to New York City, NY in September 2015 to further pursue her dance career. Since residing in NYC, she has worked with, and performed works for, Mike Esperanza, Jenn Rose, Shawn Bible Dance Co., Of Bones || Hollye Bynum, Dugal Dance, and Eimile Davis. Sam is currently dancing for Jolt Dance Project, LooseKanonDance, and NOW DanceProject, and is excited to continue growing in her profession!

Allie Ferrugia

Allie Ferrugia is a professional dancer orginally from Long Island, NY. She grew up training in all styles of dance as a competitive dancer. She attended several intensives in NYC at places such as, The Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Artists Alliance. She also attended Long Island High School for the Arts, where she expanded her training and was awarded the Scholar Artist Award. Allie went on to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and graduate from their NYC College Conservatory Program. She was featured in their dance workshop program and her choreography was featured in their fourth semester showcase. As of recent, she was on contract with SimonWill Entertainment as a professional dancer at Canobie Lake Park, performing live productions of their Tribute to Taylor Swift and Twisted Circus. Allie enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge with the new dance generation, and inspiring the youth to express themselves through the arts.