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Directors & Staff

Amanda Wasserman (Director)


Carrie Wasserman (Director)

Carrie graduated from the New School in 2008 with a BA in writing (with honors). Her college education has enabled her to expand her creativity by using both her mind and outside influences in all of her creative outlets; dancing especially. Carrie has been dancing since she was two. She has been trained and conditioned in all types of dance, but for the last 15 years of her life, tap has been her main focus. Her passion for tap was first discovered with the guidance of her mentor, Jeff Edmond, at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, where she was selected to perform with Savion Glover, at age 8. Since then, Carrie has been enhancing her tap education with professional influences throughout Long Island and Manhattan. She has worked one on one with Mike Minery and continues studying with tap masters such as Gil Stroming, Mike Schulster, and Anthony LoCascio. She has performed in the off-Broadway productions, “Slide” and “Break the Floor” as well as performing on Carnival Cruise ships. Carrie has won countless awards for her performances in both regional and national dance competitions. Although always a star on the stage: teaching and choreographing is where she shines the most. Since 2003 Carrie has been sharing her knowledge and talent to her students of all ages. Her style of teaching reflects her style of tap, which is exciting and unconventional. She fuses classic American tap dancing with contemporary music and dance styles and then tops it off with her own unique twist. She likes to refer to it as the “ConTAPorary Method.” Her choreography has been tearing up the Long Island competition scene; where her creations have won numerous high score awards and are always well-recognized. Her goal is to continue sharing her love for tap to her students, but most importantly, educating them in a fun, creative, and loving atmosphere. This dance studio has always been her dream, and now that it has come true, she wants to inspire her students today so they can be successful tomorrow.

Monica Wasserman

Monica began dancing at the age of two and a half, and began dancing at the competitive level the following year. She has had extensive training from a wide range of instructors in areas of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. During the years of competitions, Monica has received many first place and specialty awards. She has also participated in charity performances such as Dancer's Responding To Aids, and at a variety of different nursing homes. Since eighth grade, Monica has student taught children ages two through ten. After graduating High School, Monica continued her education at the University of Connecticut, and has received her MBA.  By audition process, she was selectively chosen to be a part of the UConn Dance Company, a club encouraging student choreography. After a year of membership in the club, she was chosen to choreograph her own pieces for the upcoming semesters. Monica has won many prestigious choreography awards and her routines have received many high score and special awards.  She is so excited to continue to enrich young lives through the art of dance and choreograph more great works for dance competitions at Modern Rhythms Dance Academy.

Daytona Frey

Daytona has been dancing for the last 20 years and teaching for the last 7. While a student, she attended the Long Island High School for the Arts, formerly BOCES Cultural Arts Center, where she performed with the dance company at many charitable functions and performances around Long Island. To further her dance education, Daytona majored in dance at the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Dance Arts degree and a minor in Movement Science. As a senior in the dance program, Daytona choreographed her "senior thesis" which was in the running to be showcased at the American College Dance Festival. Also, she was given the opportunity to perform in pieces choreographed by Robin WIlson, Gay Delange, and San Francisco based choreographer, Leyya Tawil. She also studied with past and present core company members of Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons and the Joffrey Ballet. While studying modern and ballet by day, Daytona was studying hip hop by night with the international hip hop dance troupe Dance2XS. This group gave her the opportunity to perform in numerous states as well as dance alongside members of the renowned group the Jabbawockeez. Upon graduation, Daytona enrolled into the New York College of Health Professions. In August 2010 Daytona graduated with an Associates of Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy and is now a nationally Licensed Massage Therapist. Her knowledge of massage therapy has enabled her to become more aware of the body as a whole; which enhances her dance teaching abilities. She heals people with her hands; and hands her students her passion for teaching. Dance is something Daytona is very passionate about and cannot wait to be a part of the Modern Rhythms Dance Academy family. She teaches all styles including; contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet and Tap from age two through adult.

Amanda Cioffi

Amanda has been trained and conditioned in all styles of dance. She has been a part of the dance competition scene for the last six years; where she received numerous high score and specialty awards as a competitive dancer. Amanda has performed for charity events such as Dancers Responding to Aids and she continues to enrich her dance education at Broadway Dance Center and summer intensives with the Long Island Dragons Firedancers.  She was a member of her high school's dance team, and a captain for both her junior and senior years. She choreographed routines for the team, which led them to win the 2011 Long Island Kickline Association Championships.  Amanda's choreography received many high score awards, as well as choreography awards.  Amanda attended Iona College and graduated in 2015 with a BA in psychology, and is a part of the Iona College Dance Team. Here at Modern Rhythms Dance Academy, Amanda teaches and choreographs in all styles; ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, tap and lyrical. She loves to be a part of the Modern Rhythms staff and can't wait to continue to share her talents with us.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Danelle Roberts, born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, began her dance training at the Sharon Davis School of Dance. Roberts performed with The Tallahassee Ballet from age nine until she graduated from Leon High School in 2012. Roberts currently lives in NYC and is a graduate from The Alvin Ailey Dance School's certificate program. She has performed numerous works by choreographers Matthew Rushing, Ray Mercer, Amy Hall, and Pedro Ruiz. Roberts was a featured dancer in Deep Love Opera, a Broadway show in the 2015 New York Musical Festival.

Eoghan Dillon

Eoghan Dillon was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. At the age of four, he moved to Canada, where he began dancing at the age of 12. In 2012, Mr. Dillon received a full scholarship to study at the Ailey School in New York City, where he studied under many prestigious professionals.  He has since performed and toured with many professional companies, including Manuel Vignoulle Dance and The Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.  Eoghan is now a full-time company member with the internationally renowned touring company Parsons Dance.

Amanda Cecala

Christopher Baptista

Chris Baptista was born in Toronto, Ontario and studied all styles of dance at competitive studios around the area. In 2010 Chris went to Dresden, Germany to compete with the Canadian National Tap Formation and compete for the Adult Formation and also for Adult Male Solo. As a teenager he attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, where he danced in numerous productions and danced roles such as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” and the Nutcracker Prince in “The Nutcracker” and from there he decided to continue his dance training at Vlads Dance Company, where he danced with Bridge to Artists. He was accepted into the Ailey School in New York City and has completed his first year in the scholarship program with honours. At the Ailey School he has performed in the “Global Harmony” series of yearly shows, the Certificate Graduation Show and has performed for faculty hip-hop teacher Jonathan Lee. Chris is currently on Faculty for Fresh Dance Intensive and will be touring for the summer throughout Canada to teach and assist.

Modern Rhythms Dance Academy
635 Hicksville Road
Bethpage, NY 11714
(516) 605-1212
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