Armonk Dance has been under the direction of Cynthia S. D'Angelo for the past seven years. Before she took ownership, she was a vital part of the artistic and administrative staff of Armonk Dance for 17+ years- creating a thriving modern program and a pillar of the ballet program.
Ms. D'Angelo brings to the table a high level of professionalism, integrity, talent and experience. She is a caring, knowledgeable and generous teacher who works to bring about the best in her dancers. With a tremendous love and respect for this art form, and all it can provide your dancer in and out of the studio, Ms. D'Angelo shares her love of dance , its protocols, history and etiquette with dancers from budding ballerinas to professionals. She is committed to making sure dancers are learning proper technique in a safe and appropriate environment. Ms. D'Angelo is the director of the Modern Co. and the Competition Teams at ACD as well as the Artistic Director of the school.
Ms. D'Angelo, a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, began her training with Judi Drozd of the Joffrey Ballet. She joined the Junior Company of the Albany-Berkshire Ballet at 14 and was promoted to full company member upon graduation from high school. She supplemented her training at The Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill School of the Performing Arts and Jacobs Pillow 12 +12 program and toured throughout Russia.
Her professional career began as a corps member and moved to soloist with the Albany-Berkshire Ballet where she danced in ballets such as Cinderella, Giselle, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Our Town. She worked with choreographers such as Phillip Jerry, Mary Margaret Gianonne, Darryl Grey and Bill T. Jones. She then went on to attend the University of Missouri- Kansas City where she became an adjunct professor of dance and began dancing for Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre (where she would later become the company administrator).
With WHDT she danced the works of Sean Curran, Kevin Iega Jeff, Leni Wylliams, Fred Benjamin, DeAnna Hiett, Paula Weber and more. While in Kansas City Ms. D’Angelo began and maintained the modern program for the Communiversity (A continuing education department of the University of Missouri-Kansas City) and taught at the Westport Ballet. Recently, Ms. D’Angelo was invited to show her choreography at the Byrdcliffe Theatre in Woodstock, New York and at the Riverside Theatre in NYC. Ms. D’Angelo is the rehearsal mistress and choreographer for the Mooney-Cooley Dance Company. Ms. D’Angelo currently resides in New Jersey teaching and choreographing.
Ashley Albonettistarted dancing at the age of four and quickly found out that it was her passion. Growing up she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and modern at Pinewood School of Dance and The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. She was a member of the Pinewood School of Dance Competition Company, Ridgefield Civic Ballet and Ridgefield Jazz Ensemble. Ashley performed in the “Nutcracker Ballet” with the Moscow Ballet, Danbury Music Center and Ridgefield Conservatory for 12 years in roles including Snow Queen and Dew Drop. Ashley was introduced to hip hop dance when she joined the Carmel High School dance team, with whom she won many awards including NDA All- American honors and 2nd place in the solo competition at the NDA championship in Albany.
She discovered her second passion, teaching, at the age of 15 when she was asked to be a teaching assistant at the American Academy of Ballet Summer School. Ashley attended Manhattanville College on a dance scholarship and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance & Theatre, with a minor in Psychology. At Manhattanville, Ashley worked with choreographers including Andrei Kisselev, Neta Pulvermacher and Peter Pucci. She was a member of the Manhattanville Dance Troupe all four years and a captain for two. With this team she performed at campus community and athletic events and competed at several competitions. Her choreography won the team three first place awards. In 2010 Ashley was a featured dancer in Athena Reich’s music video, “The Logical Song,” for MTV’s LOGO. She has been a co-coach for the Byram Hills High School Varsity Dance Team and has taught hip hop and jazz at Putnam Dance Center since 2006. She currently takes class at Broadway Dance Center. She loves passing on her technique, discipline and passion for dance to her students at the Armonk Center for Dance!
Marissa Kretzmer, a Bronx, NY native, began her training with Barbra Walczak of the New York City Ballet and is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts. Ms. Kretzmer continued her studies on scholarship at: STEPS on Broadway, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the University of Akron. As part of her continuing education, she completed Peff Pointe Teacher Training in Chicago, IL.
Ms. Kretzmer began dancing professionally in 1989 and has danced with Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Once Upon A Time, Inc., and the Ballet Theatre of Westchester. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as: Kevin Iega Jeff, Frances Patrelle, Alan Hineline, Bill T. Jones and Annemarie D'Angelo. Ms. Kretzmer is the Artistic Director of Mooney/Cooley Dance, which produces an annual Nutcracker performance including many local children, at the Riverside Theatre in New York City and directs the Ballet Company at ACD. Ms. Kretzmer has been an instructor at the Armonk Center for Dance since 1998. Her teaching experience also includes Williams College, Young Audiences, Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, School of Albany Berkshire Ballet, and the Cantarella School of Dance. Currently, she enjoys teaching dance and child advocacy in New York.
Kiana Gago-Davalos- Kiana is a self taught aspiring dancer and choreographer from Yonkers, New York. Without the luxury of being able to afford and take classes, she took matters into her own hands and made "something out of nothing." At age 13, when she first started she did everything from performing at street shows, birthday parties, and festivals. Now, she has performed and taught master workshops all over the world in places such as Cuba, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and just recently finished her first International tour throughout Asia as head choreographer, artistic director and performer. Aside from touring and teaching Kiana has also been featured in Paper Magazine, New York Times, Music Videos, International Dance Battles, World of Dance, and much more. Kiana uses her networking ability, and passion for dance and the arts to reach out to different people of all sorts of artistic genres to exchange and collaborate. Kiana thrives off of inspiration, and working with others as well as branching out into other fields such as her own clothing line "DVLS". Her inspiration is driven by her past and present lifestyle, and those she has worked alongside with like her sponsors Sprayground, Staple Pigeon, Originate Clothing, and NBA sports wear. As well as those she has danced / choreographed for such as TKAY, 070 Shake, Justin Love, Xander, dancehall artist Wiz Kid, Akon, and Jadakiss.
Her goal is to travel the world, and share her knowledge, craft, and passion amongst anyone who is willing to be apart of the journey.