Magical Movements welcomes 2 year-old girls and boys to adults with a wide array of dance classes. Since our grand opening September 2003, students and their families continue to receive unsurpassed treatment. From taking class for fun, fitness, or your future, to a birthday celebration, our pleasant, educated staff will try its best to provide an enjoyable experience. We look forward to meeting you!
Upon entering Magical Movements, there is a warm, inviting feeling. The 2,000+ square foot space includes a spacious mirrored dance studio, private dressing room, kitchen, rest rooms, and waiting area - complete with closed circuit television to view classes. Located on the Harrison/Mamaroneck border, we are easily accessible from many Westchester towns and cities. Parking is plentiful, and shops are within walking distance.
Linda Francica Laraqui began her performing arts training at 7 years-old. She studied many dance forms, earned the lead in her elementary school musicals, played the piano, sang solos with the chorus, and choreographed for various school events. Linda continued her studies at Manhattanville College, majoring in Dance and Theatre. She performed in the realm of renowned choreographers, created several pieces of her own, and was president of the college’s student dance organization. During this time, Linda danced on MTV’s Direct Effect, studied voice, and appeared in a TV commercial. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, departmental and porfolio honors. Through the years, Linda has been awarded for her achievements in the performing arts. Before opening Magical Movements, Linda worked with children at studios, pre-schools, and artistic programs across Westchester County. With a childhood dream and the guidance of her entrepreneurial dad, she opened Magical Movements School of Dance in September 2003. Linda not only directs the studio, but teaches actively, entertains at birthday parties, runs the summer camp, coaches and choreographs The Shooting Stars, Magical Movements' preteen-teen company.
Tamara Babic has been dancing since she was 5. After graduating from the School of Classical Ballet in Zagreb, Croatia, she became a Corps de Ballet member of the Croatian National Theater, where she took part in performances, spanning the entire repertoire. In 2000, Tamara found her true calling in teaching, and never regretted exchanging the stage for the classroom. She holds Masters in Education degree from University of Zagreb, and is a qualified ballet and piano teacher. In 2010, she became a certified NYC Ballet Workout Instructor. Tamara is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Tamara teaches ballet and piano classes in NYC and in the New York Metropolitan Area. In her free time, Tamara dances Argentinean tango and salsa, and is a Festival Relations Manager of the Salsa Beach Splash Festival in Croatia.
Brianna Gitnik has danced since age 3 at a variety of locations in the New York and Connecticut areas. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she pursued degrees in Dance and English with Secondary Education Certification. Throughout her time at Muhlenberg College, Brianna took part in courses and experiences designed to hone and develop her skills as an instructor. As part of her Dance major, she declared a dance education concentration which allowed her to examine and demonstrate theories of learning by acquiring teaching methods and strategies, and apply them in classes she taught on campus. She has had the opportunity to work with some of the top professionals in the dance community, and has performed at various venues, most recently including the American College Dance Association East Coast Regional Conference.
Mary Kate Hartung, a Wisconsin native, received her training from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. While at NYU, Mary Kate had the opportunity to work with artists such as Mark Morris, Kyle Abraham, and Michael Clark. Post university, she has had the pleasure to work with Twyla Tharp, David Dorfman, Keigwin and Company, Bugge Ballet, BOINK Dance, and ChristinaNoel and The Creature, among others. Her own work has been performed both nationally and abroad. While at NYU, Mary Kate fell in love with teaching and can be found instructing dance and tutoring English, history, and SAT.
Alyssa Pellegrino was born and raised in Pelham, NY, and began dancing at age 12 at Magical Movements. After high school, her dancing took her to Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California, where she studied jazz and ballet under her mentor Cati Jean, the artistic director for the Los Angeles show L'effleur des Sens. During her time living in Los Angeles, Alyssa also studied tap, Brazilian, hip hop and modern dance, as well as appeared in television shows, including Pretty Little Liars, Dexter and Desperate Housewives. In 2013, she continued her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, with a minor in Film, at Western Kentucky University. She also taught at a Kentucky dance studio there. In her spare time, you can find Alyssa taking master classes from various choreographers and Britney Spears's dance captain, Chase Benz. Her very first dance teacher, Miss Linda, inspired this journey, and Alyssa is so happy to be back where she started!
Erin Pryor is a graduate of Manhattanville College, where she she studied Dance & Theatre, concentrating in Dance, with a minor in Sociology. Since graduating Manhattanville, Erin has danced in the DUMBO Dance Festival, Biomorphic Dance Festival, and has performed main stage productions for emerging choreographers. She has also spent a great deal of time building Erin Pryor Dance Theatreh, her own performance company, which works with communities that have been through a trauma to help with their healing process. Erin's works and company has been recognized with awards for their community work; they were also asked to be brand ambassadors for Tommy Copper. Erin loves dance and what it can give to a person, a reason she teaches young dancers, sharing her love for dance.
Jennifer Silverman, a Westchester County native, has been dancing for most of her life. Aside from studying jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and modern, Jennifer also studied the performing arts at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and The University of Miami. She has traveled from coast to coast, performing in such shows as Chicago (Velma Kelly), A Chorus Line (Sheila), In The Heights (Carla), Rent (Maureen), and Cirque Dreams (The Songstress). She has also performed on Celebrity Cruise Lines and at Woodloch Pines Resort as a principal singer/dancer. Jennifer has taught at various studios throughout Westchester County, and continues to perform and choreograph locally.
Asami Tomida was born, raised, and began dance training in Japan, where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Gaga. She received her BA in Dance from Nihon University College of Art, and worked at Universal Studios Japan in 2009. Asami moved to NYC in 2010, and graduated from Hunter College as a Dance Major in 2013. Asami has worked with choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland, Donna Uchizono, Julian Barnet, Yuki Hasegawa, Doug Varone, Samuel Pott, and Ray Sullivan. She also danced with Nimbus Dance Works, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, and New Century Dance Company.
The Shooting Stars are thrilled to have recently performed at a New York Knicks Pre-game Show at Madison Square Garden. Last year, they made their Manhattan debut opening for Captiva at the Hudson Guild Theater. They took master classes and performed at DanceFest 2012 - 2016 (Harman Stage, Palace Theatre). They were a part of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Annual Magical Movements Dance Concerts (McClain Auditorium, Mamaroneck High School) and took the stage at the 2012 - 2014 It's Great to Live in Harrison Celebration (Ma Riis Park). They performed to benefit Avon Foundation's breast cancer and domestic violence campaigns at Dance Works 2012 - 2016 Fundraiser Showcases (Rye Country Day School Dunn Performing Arts Center). The Shooting Stars also entertained at a Harlem Globetrotters half-time show (Westchester County Center). They are a group of girls who love to dance, are eager to be challenged, and shine at every performance. They have been invited to dance at Westchester Knicks, New York Liberty, & Brooklyn Nets games.