Owner & Artistic Director Kailey Schlott began dancing at the age of 5 and continued pursuing her passion for dance for 15 years after. She studied each genre of dance at the Marya Kennett Ballet Theatre which included ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop & modern. Kailey entered into the Dance Company at age 13. She has attended the American Academy of Ballet, as well as studied under master teachers at NYC’s Broadway Dance Center. She has danced with Brian Loftus, Olga Dvorovenko, Nailah Bellinger, Jean Wenzel, Kelly Peters, Chio, Bev Brown & Bill Hastings. She continued her studies at Dean College School of Dance where she became the Captain of the elite Dean College Hip Hop Dance Team. Kailey has had extensive experience in teaching as well as choreographing, and is honored and privileged to be able to do what she loves. She cannot believe how much the studio has grown since the Grand Opening in 2012 as she had always dreamed of owning her own studio.
Nadia began studying Ballet at the age of 7 in her native country of Bulgaria. By the age of 18 she was asked to join the Bulgarian National Opera. Soon after joining, she became a Primary Soloist. Ms. Dragieva is trained in Vaganova style and had been part of many ballet and musical performances. Nadia is respected for her strong belief that ballet technique is the foundation for all dance styles. She has a very passionate and loving way of passing this belief on to all that work with her. Ms Dragieva and her family immigrated to the United States in 2003. Since then she has been teaching classical Ballet and choreographing many dances for all ages.
Malcolm Griffin is a hip-hop, tap and jazz dancer born in Newburgh, New York. After graduating with the Newburgh Free Academy class of 2011, He went on to pursue dance full time and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the City University of New York at Queens in June 2016. Malcolm specializes in experimenting with rhythmic patterns and creating intricate steps to the latest, funkiest sounds.
Instructor & Choreographer Rana Fisher is an active mother of boy/girl twins. She has over 20 years of gymnastics and dance experience. She was a competitive cheerleader in high school and continued to pursue her passion for cheer and dance while taking advanced ballet and jazz classes at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. Following college Rana used her experience to branch into the world of competitive fitness and figure competitions where she choreographed all of her own fitness routines. She finished first overall at the Natural Northern USA Fitness and Figure competition. Rana has been featured in many fitness magazines including Muscle Fitness. Rana is currently a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness and Gymnastics Instructor at Orange County Sports Club. She takes great pride in helping her clients and students achieve the results they desire.
Kimberly Maskal has had a life-long passion for ballet and began dancing at the age of four. She studied at Garden State Ballet, entered the Youth Company at age seven, and began performing annually in the company’s Nutcracker. She danced both corps de ballet and lead roles, including Snow Lead, Dew Drop, and Sugar Plum. With the GSB Youth Company, Kim also performed at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJPAC alongside American Repertory Ballet, and at various schools and public venues throughout NJ. She later branched out to study other styles of dance including modern, jazz, tap, theatre, and basic ballroom styles. She studied theatre at Bergen County Academies (AVPA) and danced in their productions of Guys & Dolls, Les Miserables, Pippin, and Urinetown. Kim went on to graduate from Indiana University with a B.S. in Arts Management and a Minor in Dance and Psychology. She has taught at various summer programs including Newark Symphony Hall’s Summer Performing Arts Academy and IU’s Pre-College Ballet Program, has taught at Infinite Motion Performing Arts Academy and their GSS programs, and subbed at various studios throughout NJ. She also interned with ABT, choreographed for their Make A Ballet Program, and was a counselor for both their NY and California Summer Intensives. Kim currently manages at Capezio (Center Stage Wyckoff location), and is very excited to be joining the team at Northeast Dance Movement!
Deidre Wentzel began dancing at the age of 4. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. Being an assistant to her instructors and participating in competition level classes throughout middle and high school, Deidre extended her dance experience as an instructor and choreographer. Dancing and performing with Impulse Dance Force, a student run dance club during her time in college, she spent several semesters as both Vice President and Secretary as well as choreographer and instructor, teaching beginning to competitive level classes. Deidre graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and is currently pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. She is beyond excited to be joining the Northeast Dance Movement Family and honored to be part of the teaching team. She can’t wait to share her love for dance with all of her students and peers!
Nikki Redeker began dancing at Southold Dance Center at the age of 4 and later joined the company of Southold Dance Theater studying ballet, pointe, and modern. She attended summer dance programs at Lake Michigan College, Briansky Ballet in New York, and South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory. Her former teachers include JoAnn Barkes, Bonnie Baxter, Elizabeth Carr, Cynthia Harvey, Marcus Bugler, and Robin Becker. Nikki holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Ithaca College where she took ballet classes as often as she could. Along with her experience teaching instrumental music and private flute, she also spent several years teaching music and movement classes for young children. She is very excited to be teaching and encouraging some of the youngest dancers at Northeast Dance Movement.
Stephanie Kyles is a ballet and jazz teacher from Monroe, NY. Stephanie’s passion for dance started at the age of two, and continued to grow as she studied dance at Marya Kennett’s Dance School. She taught ballet for many years after graduating high school. “I love dancing and believe it is the best form of expressing yourself. I love teaching technique and working on flexibility to strengthen dancers to become their best.”