MEET OUR STAFF
LIZ FANNING, DIRECTOR
Liz Fanning launched Great South Bay Dance in 2009, initiating an after-school dance instruction program at St. Martin of Tours School and a summer dance program at Amityville Village Beach. She initiated additional dance programs subsequently at the Town of Babylon’s Tanner Park in Copiague and at public libraries across Long Island. She is certified by Dance Educators of America.
Her various programs grew and proved popular with dancers and their parents alike, prompting numerous requests for additional classes in a studio. In response, Ms. Fanning opened the Great South Bay Dance studio in Amityville in 2012.
She and the studio staff have since developed an extensive curriculum focusing on rigorous, disciplined dance technique; and the personal growth, achievement, and joy of each dancer.
In 2014, at the request of a dance parent, Ms. Fanning also developed a class she has since conducted and choreographed for young dancers in wheelchairs who are nevertheless able and exhilarated to participate with other dancers in a dance class and dance performance.
Since late 2015, she has served as president of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce. In spring 2017, she was appointed to the Suffolk County Citizens Advisory Board for the Arts, which recommends arts grants awarded by the Suffolk County Legislature.
Ms. Fanning was raised in Amityville, New York, where she attended St. Martin of Tours School. During her high school and college years, she worked summers at Amityville Village Beach as an instructor and then as supervisor of the sailing program.
Long after starting her dance lessons at age 4, Ms. Fanning discovered the joy of dance and her calling as a dance instructor while attending Boston University, where she majored in anthropology and minored in business.
Ms. Fanning performed with a Boston dance company and began teaching dance in Boston during her final years at BU. After graduating and returning home, she secured positions with numerous dance schools across Long Island, teaching ballet, hip hop, jazz, and tap. At Long Island Academy of Dance, Ms. Fanning choreographed numerous hip hop competition dances that won overall high scores. From 2005 to 2009, she studied carefully the distinctive dynamics and strengths of each school at which she taught, in preparation for the dance programs and dance studio she anticipated establishing.
RACHEL CAMPO, INSTRUCTOR
Rachel Marie Hashim has been a dance instructor since 2005. She is a choreographer and performer for the Yellow Brick Road Theatrical company, and has performed in and choreographed for various Off-Broadway productions, including West Side Story, Annie, Revelation, and Chicago.
She studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Conservatory at Rutgers University, after graduating from Long Island High School for the Performing Arts. She has been performing in front of audiences since age 4.
Ms. Hashim has also performed in numerous dance benefits such as The Coalition for Breast Cancer Research and The Fight against Abused Children. She participated in an arts appreciation workshop in Washington, performing and speaking about the art of dance.
ANGELICA HAHN, INSTRUCTOR
Angelica Hahn is a dance director, choreographer and dancer for the Yellow Brick Road Theatrical Company on Long Island. She has taught and choreographed hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and tap since 2008, and with Great South Bay Dance since 2012.
Ms. Hahn has performed at many venues, including Jones Beach Bandshell, Tilles Center Concert Hall, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and Times Square in New York City. She danced professionally for the as a Flightcrew Cheerleader for NY Jets’ 2011-2012 football season. She was a member of the Innersoul Dance Company in 2010-2011.
Ms. Hahn was born and raised on Long Island and found her passion for dance as a child. She trained at various dance studios and graduated from Long Island High School for the Arts as a dance major.
She is certified as a Group Exercise Instructor by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and is a licensed Zumba Instructor.
REBECCA KENDER, INSTRUCTOR
Rebecca Kender has been Irish dancing since 2005. She started as a competitive dancer and now tours with a professional company. Ms. Kender is currently the Lead Dancer for Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular, and the company’s Christmas show, Carol of the King. She joined the company in 2017 and has performed in venues across the US, including a week-long residency at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla.
Ms. Kender has competed in prestigious Irish dance events in Ireland, England, and across the US, such as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas and the North American Irish Dance Nationals in solo and Ceili competitions.
Ms. Kender was ranked third in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Region competition and qualified to represent the US in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 World Championships. She has competed in the All-Ireland Championships, the Great Britain Championships, and the Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne (World Championships) in Boston, Montreal, London, and Scotland.
Ms. Kender loves sharing her passion and knowledge of Irish Dance with all of her students.
JANIE SKELTON LITVAITIS, INSTRUCTOR
Janie Skelton Litvaitis danced as a professional ballerina with the Nevada Ballet Theatre for several years, performing in numerous classics such as The Firebird, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, before founding her own studio, Dance Classique’ Ballet, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was raised and educated.
Ms. Skelton Litvaitis subsequently founded the not-for-profit MidSouth Ballet Theatre, which became a staple of the arts offerings in Williamson County, adjoining Nashville. As artistic director of the area’s only professional ballet company, Ms. Skelton Litvaitis staged dozens of performances over a seven-year span, incorporating original choreography, a group of professional dancers on retainer, and students from her ballet school.
Ms. Skelton Litvaitis began her classical ballet studies at age twelve with former principal dancers from the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet and London’s Royal Ballet. A defining moment was to dance as teen with the Nashville Ballet in the classic Swan Lake at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
A relative newcomer to New York with her husband, Ms. Skelton Litvaitis focuses on teaching poise, confidence, grace, flexibility, and most importantly, a knowledge and respect for the arts.
MILAN MCGOULDRICK, INSTRUCTOR
Milan McGouldrick has been dancing since age 3. She began to pursue her passion for dance as a career during her first year of college, by joining a breakdancing team named Peacemakers Crew. During her time as team member and then captain, she traveled along the east coast for various competitions, notably, Top Notch (Washington, D.C.), UDEF Silverback Open (Philadelphia), and the East Coast Dance Competition hosted by Culture Shock. Ms. McGouldrick also participated and led her team in performances for audiences of 8,000 or more.
While pursuing her love of dance over the years, Ms. McGouldrick has been inspired to absorb diverse styles continuously in order to give back to the dance community that has given so much to her. Ms. McGouldrick is always looking for fresh, innovative ways to dance and teach through movement, music, personality, and peak performance ability.
JACQUELINE SELESKY, INSTRUCTOR
Jacqueline Selesky earned her BFA in Dance and a BA in Dance Education from Montclair State University, New Jersey. Following graduation Ms. Selesky taught in the Orange Public School district in New Jersey as a K-12 dance teacher.
A native of Long Island, NY, Ms. Selesky was introduced to dance at Diversity School of Dance in Smithtown at age seven. She is well versed in all dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, Latin, and hip hop.
In 2017, Ms. Selesky marked her third season performing with Asha Dance Company in Brooklyn. She appears as a background dancer and actress on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series premiering Fall 2017. She was also the lead actress in The Truth Urban Theatre Group’s production of Viva Africa on Long Island.
Ms. Selesky’s experiences have allowed her to advance her skills as a dancer and as a well-rounded performing artist and educator.
JENNIFER SUDOL, INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer Sudol, teacher, choreographer and dancer, is a graduate of the Cultural Arts Center. She received her B.F.A. from Adelphi University under the direction of Norman Walker. Ms. Sudol went on to work with Carmen deLavallade and Regina Larkin on a demonstration of the Horton modern dance technique and the works of Joyce Trisler as an educational reference for the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Sudol has worked with various independent choreographers and has been a featured dancer in film and for dance companies such as the Fedicheva Ballet and The Bare Bones Dance Project. Her innovative choreography has been showcased for production companies, concerts and dance/ theatre programs where she has staged ballets, operas and musical theatre works.
Ms. Sudol has a passion for passing on the knowledge of dance to young artists through teaching solid technique and artistry. For fifteen years she taught technique class at the Long Island High School for the Arts, helping students achieve their goals for college and the professional dance world. Ms. Sudol has established herself as a well known teacher, coach and dance mentor for the Long Island area.
ARLINE GARBARINI, RECEPTIONIST
Arline Garbarini has staffed the desk since the studio’s opening in 2012. “Mrs. G,” a retired English professor, was an active arts patron and she served as minister of cultural arts for her young granddaughters, one of whom later became a dance teacher, choreographer, and studio director.
DOROTA SZTABINSKI, RECEPTIONIST
Dorota Sztabinski has been a Great South Bay Dance mom since 2010, when both of her daughters started dancing at the St. Martin of Tours after-school dance program and then at the studio.
Mrs. Dee has served as dance studio receptionist since August 2016. Her patience and caring nature have proved invaluable for the demanding work. Her attention to detail and excellent communication skills are instrumental when attending to needs of dance students and their parents. Mrs. Dee has an associate degree in nursing (ADN).
Mrs. Dee’s favorite dance quote, from Martha Graham, is “Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”