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Youth Dance Program

A one of a kind dance program has found a new home in Sunnyside, Queens!

With classes being offered in Mommy and Me, Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Boys Freestyle, there is something for every child from ages 2-18.

In our classes, children are encouraged to ignite their creativity and passion for movement. Dance Matters NYC prides itself on providing quality training in a professional environment, allowing each dancer the opportunity to learn, grow and find joy in dance.


What Our Parents Are Saying:

“With the one on one attention and the comfortability that they gave and showed our daughter, she has blossomed into the potential that we knew she had. Dance Matters is very professional and gives you the warm and caring feeling as if you are part of the family. We love  everyone there!”
-Mario & Vanessa S.

“For almost a decade, we've been blessed to witness the dedication and talent of Mariana Sanchez and all the teachers/choreographers that have been a part of my daughters dance experience. You are all truly a tribute to the arts! Thank you for sharing and giving so much to your students and always connecting with their families as well."
-Anita T.

“My daughter has been training with Mariana since she was 3 and I love that she has a teacher who encourages her to love and embrace herself.  Training with Mariana is a world filled with discovery, love, beauty, soul searching and just amazing dancing”
-Kally S.


Mariana Sanchez

Founder Dance Matters

  • Founder/ Artistic Director Dance Matters NYC
  • ABT National Training Curriculum certified instructor Primary through level 5
  • Has danced & choreographed internationally in Cuba, Mexico City & England
  • Former Co-Director of AFA Dance

Macy Reeves Strimple

Resident Choreographer

  • 15 years teaching & choreographing around USA for studios, dance competitions
  • BFA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University
  • 2 yrs. w/ Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as dancer & aerialist
  • Dancer/singer in regional productions of 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Urban Cowboy, My Fair Lady, Cinderella

Vivake Khamsingsavath

Choreographer / Dancer

  • Circus performer in Switzerland
  • Contemporary performer at Lincoln Center
  • ABT National Training Curriculum certified instructor Primary through level 5
  • Hip hop performer on Today Show, Good Morning America and The View
  • Instructor @ Peridance Capezio Center, Co-Artistic Director of Gotham Dance Theater, lead teacher @ Dance United

Rebecca Hite Teicheira

Resident Choreographer

  • Performer with the critically acclaimed Raja Feather Kelly/The Feath3r Theory
  • Co-Artistic Director of Reject Dance Theatre
  • Received MFA from Smith College
  • Has worked with renowned choreographers such as David Dorfman, Monica Bill Barnes, Nicholas Leichter, Wally Cardona

Bridget Cronin

Young Dancers Program Teacher

  • She has a BFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst where she performed works by Merce Cunningham, Camille A. Brown, Janis Brenner and Ohad Naharin. She is a UMASS Chancellor’s Talent Award recipient and a Mae Banner Award scholar.
  • She performs with Reject Dance Theater, Mazzini Dance Collective and Ballaro Dance. She teaches dance to children in NYC and has presented her own choreography at Ailey Citigroup, Gowanus Arts and Triskelion Arts.

Sarah Turner

Mommy & Me Teacher

  • Sarah Turner has been an educator of dance, movement and drama for over 14 years. Currently she is the Director of the Creative Movement Dance program at the Episcopal School, where she has been for the past four years, seeing over 300 students, 2x per week.
  • She has been a teacher and Curriculum Specialist with City Kids Dance for the past seven years.
  • Sarah has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Missouri State University.

Lee Katherine Fink

Resident Choreographer

  • Lee Katherine earned her B.F.A. in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
  • She’s held multiple instructor positions at Dance Productions, the Piedmont School of Music and Dance, and Dance Dreams in North Carolina
  • She’s been performing for the Synthesis Dance Company since 2016.

Lauren Alzamora

Pilates Instructor

  • Lauren is a former professional dancer who received her Pilates Certification through the Kane School of Core Integration in 2004
  • She is a Kane School Teacher Trainer and has obtained additional education in such areas as Pilates through Pregnancy and Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI).
  • She has taught Pilates for Dancers at Ballet Hispanico (where she was a company dancer) and Gibney Dance in NYC.

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