About Us

Magical Movements welcomes 1 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!

Why Choose Us

  • HEALTH & SAFETY COME FIRST
  • Friendly, professional faculty
  • Small classes
  • Bright, cheerful facility
  • Sincere, personal treatment
  • Affordable rates
  • Safe, welcoming environment
  • Theme & combination classes
  • Closed circuit TV system
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Well-received dance concerts
  • Performance opportunities
  • Students with theater & TV credits
  • Birthday party blasts

Facility

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.

Faculty

Linda Francica Laraqui, Director

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 directs the studio, teaches on and off-site, and entertains at birthday parties. Linda founded The Shooting Stars, Magical Movements’ preteen-teen performance company.

Angelina Bartolozzi, Former Instructor / Guest Teacher

Angelina danced for fifteen years with Maxine’s Dance Studio LLC, where she was also a teacher on staff. She performed with the Vineland Regional Dance Company (VRDC) for ten years, and was a soloist with the company for four years. Angelina also choreographed four works for the VRDC. Her piece “Run” was chosen to close the Emerging Choreographers showcase performance at the Regional Dance America Northeast Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2016, making her the youngest choreographer in the organization to do so. Additionally, Angelina has trained with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has been awarded many scholarships from numerous organizations, including the VRDC 2018 Jonathan Phelps scholarship, the 2017 Martha Godown Scholarship, and the Marie Bayuk Scholarship. She has also won awards at Regional Dance America Festivals and the Delaware Dance Festival. Angelina Angelina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College with a double major in dance and arts management. She is an ACE Certified personal trainer, and a professional dancer at Palmetto City Ballet. 

Julia Di Lorenzo,  Former Instructor  / Substitute

Julia Di Lorenzo has been studying dance since she was three years old. Alongside training in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance, she studied the performing arts at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she just received her BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Julia studied Method Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and went on to teach ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and Method Acting classes at the Young Actors at Strasberg program. During her time in college, she also danced with the Grant Chang Dance Company. Julia is so excited to be a part of the Magical Movements team, where once took class as a child!

Lizzie Ferraro, Instructor

Lizzie Ferraro has been a dancer her whole life. Her early training includes teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Andrei Shakin and Yulia Akopyan, and some time spent learning at the School of American Ballet. After high school she did a summer intensive at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet in San Francisco. She then came to New York City to train with Rhonda Malkin, a well-known coach for Rockette hopefuls. She has performed at the Youth America Grand Prix and MetLife Stadium and is an expert in ballet, theater, jazz and precision jazz styles of dance.

 

Lori-Ann Fordunski, Instructor

Miss Lori-Ann Fordunski has been a dance instructor in Queens for the past six years. She has been dancing since she was three years-old. She participated on the award-winning Moves and Motions, New York, competitive dance team for over ten years. She attended the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, where she majored in a pre-conservatory dance program. She graduated with an Arts endorsed diploma in 2012. Lori attended the University at Albany, and graduated in 2016 with a Business degree in Management and Marketing. While at UAlbany, she participated in an organization called Dance Council. She choreographed and performed in many numbers. Lori ran for the Executive Board of Dance Council during her junior year, and was elected President during her senior year. Lori has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera House. She loves sharing her joy and passion for dance with her students. Lori is very excited to be teaching at Magical Movements!

Taylor Graustein, Substitute

Taylor Graustein began dancing at age 3 in her hometown of Harrison, NY. From Pre-K through high school, she studied all genres of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and musical theater. She trained with Danse Elite Senior Company in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and performed in yearly competitions and shows. Taylor has always been very involved with her dance community. She substitute taught children’s classes, and was a counselor and instructor at summer dance camps. In Harrison’s High School’s Performing Arts program, Taylor served as dance company president, along with dance captain, and had various roles in Harrison’s Metro Award Nominated Performances of A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, and Guys & Dolls.
Taylor attended Wake Forest University, and trained with the university’s dance team during her freshman year. She performed at ACC football and basketball games throughout the 2016-2017 season. Throughout the rest of her college career, Taylor took ballet and jazz classes in Wake Forest’s Department of Theater and Dance with their acclaimed faculty. She graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and minors in Entrepreneurship and Psychology. Since graduation, she has been building her business — Benefiscent Candle Co. Taylor is excited to continue her passion for dance by teaching at Magical Movements!

 

Melissa Katz, Instructor

Melissa Katz has been dancing and singing since she could walk and talk! Growing up in Scarsdale, NY, she attended the Summer Arts Center Performing Arts Camp at the JCC of Mid-Westchester where she was a camper, counselor, CIT, and dance teacher. She was a part of the PAVE dance (performing arts visual education) Program at New Rochelle High School, where she studied all forms of dance, music and theater. Melissa was on two dance teams at Stony Brook University, where she graduated with a B.A in Psychology in 2012. She was a part of numerous professional training programs at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she also worked for 3 years. Melissa performed in productions at various venues on the east coast including Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, The Prudential Center, Symphony Space and more. Melissa moved to Los Angeles in 2015 where she trained extensively with Dana Foglia and Rhapsody James. She was also signed to a talent agency and performed as a professional all around the Los Angeles Area. She recently graduated from NYU with her Masters in Dance Education and is excited to get back to her roots in the Westchester dance community. Melissa loves working with children of all ages and is so excited to be a part of the Magical Movements family! 

Oksana Konobeyeva, Instructor

After graduating from the Novosibirsk Choreographic College in 1990, Oksana Konobeyeva won the First Prize at the Vaganova Prix Ballet Competition, and joined the Y. Grigorovitch Bolshoi Theatre Studio Company. She performed solo and principal roles in Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardée, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and others. Among her teachers were Elena Ryabinkina, Rimma Karelskaya,Marina Semyonova, Michail Lavrovsky. Ms. Konobeyeva won the First Prize at the Luxembourg International Ballet Competition in 1995, and joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1996. She performed many parts in the company’s repertoire, and some of her solo parts include: Shades Trio in La Bayadère, Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Spring in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Vitality Fairy and Jewels in Sleeping Beauty, solo in Harald Lander’s Études and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, and works by John Neumeier and Twyla Tharp. Ms. Konobeyeva toured with both companies all over Europe, Asia, and America. In 2002, she started teaching, got certified in Pilates Mat, and  became an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7. From 2011 to 2019, Ms. Konobeyeva taught at the Greenwich Ballet Academy. In her teaching, Ms. Konobeyeva emphasizes many details to provide students with a strong foundation. She is currently staging works from the original classical repertoire, coaching students for Youth America Grand Prix, and choreographing dances for students ages 6 & up.

Alison LeMoigne, Instructor

Alison LeMoigne has been dancing since the age 4 and has not stopped since! She began her dance training at New York Dance, where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop, and theatrical styles. In high school, she danced competitively with the Performers Edge Dance Academy competition team, performing solo, duet, and group routines at regional and national competitions throughout the tri-state area. Alison is a graduate of Providence College, where she spent four years as a member of the varsity dance team. She performed jazz, hip hop, and pom routines at nationally televised Big East Basketball games, most notably at the annual Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Alison and her dance team had the opportunity to attend NDA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL, where they competed in the Division 1 Jazz and Hip Hop categories, breaking the top 15 three years in a row. Alison can be seen as a backup dancer in Bracha Jaffe’s music video “Stronger All As One”, and has done various appearances with the artist. In 2021, she began working on film sets as a background actress for productions such as “And Just Like That” (HBO Max), “Three Sisters” (Showtime), and “Chang Can Dunk” (Disney+). Alison is honored to be the coach and choreographer of Magical Movements’ dance company, the Shooting Stars!

Anna Nitardy, Instructor

Anna Nitardy is from Martha’s Vineyard, where she trained at Rise Vineyard Performing Arts for 10 years. At Rise, Anna studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, acro, and hip hop dance. During her time at Rise she won many awards including American Dance Awards Dancer of the Year. Anna continued her time at Rise as a teacher of contemporary, jazz, and conditioning. She also studied at Walnut Hill School of the Arts, American Dance Festival, and Boston Conservatory. After graduating high school, Anna moved to New York and continued her dance training at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. After her first year at Purchase, she became a concentration in ballet, but continues to choreograph, teach, and train in all styles of dance. 

Jennifer Silverman, Instructor

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.

Gianna Vasquez, Instructor

Gianna Vasquez Bartolini grew up in the DC Metro area to an Italian-American father and a Salvadoran mother. When she wasn’t reading, she was dancing, singing, and performing around the house, the neighborhood, and later on, in community and school productions.
After receiving a BFA in Dance Performance from the SUNY at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, she went on to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, specializing in Integrated Musical Theatre.
Since 2015, Gianna has been based in NYC, performing and creating dance theatre works. She has also taught dance in various schools in the NYC Metro Area.

The Shooting Stars, Dance Company

The Shooting Stars were thrilled to perform at a New York Knicks Pre-game Show at Madison Square Garden. In 2015, they made their Manhattan debut opening for Captiva at the Hudson Guild Theater. They took master classes and performed at DanceFest 2012 – 2020 (Harman Stage, Palace Theatre). They open Magical Movements Annual Dance Concerts (Mamaroneck High School, Stepinac High School), and grace  the stage at the It’s Great to Live in Harrison Celebrations (Ma Riis Park). They perform to benefit various campaigns and foundations at Dance Works Fundraiser Showcases (Rye Country Day School, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Greenwich Academy). The Shooting Stars also entertained at Harlem Globetrotters & New York Liberty pre-game and half-time shows (Barclays Center & Westchester County Center). They are a group of girls who love to dance, are eager to be challenged, and shine at every performance.

In 2019, Magical Movements started a competition team! Chosen to participate in Performance Project, this group is working very hard to take it to another level. They recently competed in Sheer Elite International and NexStar Talent Competitions, placing first in their category, along with winning a judge’s choice award, being named regional champions, and invited to nationals!