The DCPA teaching staff is a team of very studied and experienced dancers, performing artists and educators. Each of our faculty bring unique talents, experience and specialties to provide DCPA students with the best instruction possible.
Kim Crispino - Artistic Director
Kim Crispino is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Dance Central performing arts. She has been dancing since the age of five. Kim was trained locally in jazz and tap and and studied with Alvin Ailey as part of the Fordham University partnership with the prestigious dance school. After college Kim taught jazz and tap at various schools in Rockland and Bergen counties. Kim and her friend Annie decided it was time that a dance teacher and a dancer mom join forces to open a school that caters to both students and their parents. She loves teaching and watching her students learn, practice, compete and develop into wonderful young adults!
Annie Paratore - Administrative Director
Annie Paratore is the Administrative Director and co-founder of Dance Central performing arts. Her passion for the art of dance and the joy of watching dance students blossom had her join forces with her dance instructor friend Kim to open DCPA and become the ultimate dance mom! Annie takes care of all of the administrative details and ensures that every student has a wonderful and rewarding experience at DCPA.
Shar has been dancing in her living room since she was 12. She began training professionally at Broadway Dance Center at the late age of 19. Her stage credits include KTU’s beatstock, Ryan Leslie promo tour, and the VMA’s with Ludacris. Her choreography for music video includes Jenn Cuneta and Punjabi artist G-deep featuring Capadonna of Wu Tang Clan. She also edited numerous videos for G-Deep, including “Nach Le” as she owns her own production company as well. She also shot and edited Japanese recording artist Jonte’s “Ya Rude”. Shar won best hip hop choreographer in Westchester. Her 2011 piece, “Numb” won best choreographer in local competition as well as nationals.
Melissa Behler comes with 20 plus years of gymnastics training, as well as, a background in jazz, ballet, and tap. Melissa started as a student at Fancy Feet Dance Studio in 1990 and with hard work and dedication and a love for gymnastics, she achieved high levels of expertise in Gymnastics and has competed and won many accolades for her abilities. Her desire to share her skills and experience, she became an instructor at Dance Central. Melissa has been teaching for over 15 years. She teaches all ages, teaching basic beginner, intermediate and advanced floor gymnastics. Two of her students were sought after for their gymnastics skills and recently performed on “30 ROCK.” She is certified by Dance Educators of America, United Gymnastics Federation, Acrobatic Arts, a professional curriculum for acrobatic dance, and is a certified Zumba instructor. She was also awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the Bronx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She loves being part of the Dance Central Family.
Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Dance from Hartwick College and Master’s of Science in Special Education from the City College of New York. She has been trained in voice and musical theater for over 10 years by Joanne Boland-Ramella. She choreographed and judged for the Hartwick Hawks dance squad and received Best Dance and Best Choreography awards for her work in the Bi-annual Orchesis dance club performances. Sarah sat on the Orchesis E-Board for 3 years. She has directed, designed, stage managed, choreographed and performed in over 10 college and group theater productions including main stage performances. She received Best Lighting Design and Best Costume Design for her on her originally conceived senior thesis production of, Love: A Rock and Roll Revolution. She has been the Dance and Drama Director for the JCC on the Hudson’s Country Day Camp and is a DEA (Dance Educators of America) certified dance instructor. She attends dance and theatre workshops and classes in the tri-state area and NYC to keep her skills up to date. She was selected to compete in the acclaimed Irene-Ryan Acting Competition in New Paltz, NY. In addition, Sarah teaches jazz, hip-hop, and therapeutic dance in New Jersey and is the Head Coach for the West Milford H.S. Dance Team at West Milford TWP High School in West Milford, New Jersey. Sarah has been a part of the DCPA family for 10 years teaching Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Tap, Rising Star, Rising All-Star, and All-Star Company and is looking forward to year 10!
Bridget teaches musical theater at DCPA. A member of the studio family since its opening, she has been "The Voice of Dance Central" serving as emcee for all recitals. Bridget is experienced in musical and dramatic theater both on stage as a performer and off stage as director/producer. She's appeared in several local theater productions and was previously nominated as Performer of the Year for the Arts Council of Rockland.
Stephanie Costa has been trained as a classical ballerina for 15 years. She began her dance career at the Conservatory for Dance In Syracuse, NY where she performed with the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Stephanie has also been a member of the Ballet and Tap Ensemble and Company classes at Coupe Theatre Studio for 4 years. She also studied jazz and tap at Broadway Dance Center in NYC for 2 years. She has participated in the Helen Hayes award winning shows at Tappan Zee High School including Sophisticated Ladies, On Your Toes, and Brigadoon. Stephanie was featured in the Helen Hayes Theatre musical production videos Once Upon a Mattress and Cinderella.
Jade Jevnik received training with The New York Ballet Institute, Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of New York and Irine Fokine’s School of Ballet. To pursue her dance training further, Jade left home at fourteen to attend ballet boarding high school at Bossov Ballet Theatre and The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Donna Neri Scholarship Award. Jade’s summer intensives include the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Ballet Austin, American Ballet Theatre (New York City), The Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris (France) and the Angel Corella Ballet Program (Spain). Jade’s highlighted performance credits include dancing with Momix at Yankee Stadium for Pope Benedict XVI, and the Neva Rainbow Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduating from the Nutmeg Conservatory, Jade joined Rochester City Ballet as a company member in 2010 and later on joined Ballet Des Ameriques Company.
Miss Allie has been dancing since the age of three and has expertise in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Creative Movement, Tap, Pointe and Lyrical. She has studied in New York City as well as Lafayette, Louisiana to become certified by both Dance Educators of America and Leap and Learn Childhood Development program. She has been teaching and choreographing for dance studios in the tri-state area for fourteen years where she has won many choreography awards. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, she obtained the title of “Platinum Winning Choreographer” in four different dance competitions. Miss Allie still takes dance class at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She loves bringing her upbeat yet professional teaching style to all of her students.