27 ADAMS CT. PLAINVIEW, NY 11803 516-576-9060 our NEW OFFICE NUMBER 516-913-3184
27 ADAMS CT. PLAINVIEW, NY 11803 516-576-9060 our NEW OFFICE NUMBER 516-913-3184
From its humble beginnings in the basement of a home in Huntington, New York, the Jan Martin Dance Studio has grown to become one of the premier dance schools on Long Island. In 1969, Jan Martin opened her home-based studio with 50 students. A new mother, Jan was able to fulfill her love of teaching dance to children, while keeping her newborn son close at hand. Word spread about this dynamic dance instructor and within a year enrollment grew to 250 students, forcing Jan to leave her basement and moved her studio to a larger facility
Today, JMDS is home to award-winning competition teams and recreational dance instruction,.
Roe met Jan Martin when they both danced at the Kaye Gorham Studio as teenagers. When her oldest daughter was ready to start taking classes, Roe took her directly to Jan’s studio in Woodbury.
Roe, who began studying dance at the age of 5, went on to an extensive professional career, including two stints as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Other career highlights include appearances in Atlantic City, the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and numerous television performances on programs including Late Night with David Letterman, and HBO’s Comic Relief.
Roe, who specializes in Tap, hopes her students gain self-esteem and a love of dance, but most importantly, she wants them to have fun!
Roe is an active Rockette Alumnae.
Born and raised in Long Island NY, as a competitive student, Joey won many regional and national titles. As a professional dancer, Joey worked for many years for Royal Caribbean Cruises performing in shows like Louie Van Amstel’s Invitation to Dance, Come Fly With Me, Hairspray, and the original cast of Saturday Night Fever with SYTYCD, and Tony Nominated, choreographer Spencer Liff. Joey has also performed all over the country in Casino’s and regional theatre in shows like The Four Piano Men & Royalty of Rock & Pop (Palace Thatre, NH),The Spirit Of Christmas (Atlantic City, NJ), Rocket Man (Niagara Falls), CHICAGO(Arts Center Coastal Carolina, SC), How To Succeed…(Theatre By The Sea, RI), and West Side Story(Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, NY). Joey has been a resident choreographer and teacher at Jan Martin since 2012. His choreography and students have won multiple High Score, and Special awards such as Overall Ultimate Crowd Pleaser (Beyond the Stars 2014), Best Production (Access Broadway 2014 and 2015), and Best Choreography (Access Broadway 2015). Joey Is also a trained circus aerialist! You can catch Joey this fall in the Broadway First National Tour of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, under the direction and choreography of Jeff Whiting and Tony winner Susan Stroman. You can follow his adventures on instagram at @joeyorto !
Denise took her first class at the Jan Martin Dance Studio at the age of three…and she never left! Denise has also studied with the Eglevsky Ballet Company. Now the mother of three girls, Denise teaches Tap and Jazz, as well as Combo classes for the younger students.
Alissa began dancing at JMDS at age 4. She continued dancing until graduating from
L.I. High School for the Arts. She taught tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet at Jan Martin Dance Studio at age 16 and continued to teach all through College. Alissa has attended many workshops and conventions in New York City with Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey and Tremaine. Her passion for dance continues and she hopes her students will grow to love dance as much as she does.
Gianna began dancing at age two and competing at age seven. She trains in all types of dance and is a Senior majoring in dance at Long Island High School For The Arts. She began as an assistant teacher at age fourteen and a teacher a few years later. Gianna is excited to be teaching at JMDS!
Dana Is a New York based dancer, and instructor who received her Bachelor Of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University at Buffalo. Educated, trained and performed professionally in the styles of Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballroom and Musical Theatre. Her most recent stage credit was hit musical "Rock of Ages" in Las Vegas. She began her professional career traveling across the globe on cruise ships for Holland America Line produced by Stiletto Entertainment, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Tabitha & Napoleon, Patti Colombo, and Carla Kama. She also worked with such choreographers as John Charron, Jill Hillier, & Gustavo Vargas for the show "Dancing with the Stars at Sea". Dana has also been seen performing at Caesars Atlantic City, Beaux Rivage Hotel & Casino, Fallsview Hotel & Casino, and many live industrial corporate events on the Las Vegas strip.cAlong with her extensive dance background Dana is also a certified group fitness & pilates instructor. Dana has been educating young dancers around the US for many years & has great insight on what is happening in the dance world today.
Tammy has been teaching dance for over a decade. Her credits include Singing In The Rain, La Cage, My One and Only and 42nd Street at the Carousel and Neil’s New Yorker Dinner Theaters.. She enjoys sharing her passion and love for the art of dance with her students and thanks them for being a great source of inspiration. Tammy is so excited to begin another year at JMDS!
Becky brings to the studio over 20 years of dance experience. Having studied dance on scholarship at the Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and at C. W. Post, she would graduate from Binghamton University with a degree in Business Management. While at Binghamton she continued to dance and was the President of the BU Kickline as well as the International Flag Dancers. She also was a teacher’s assistant for a college level jazz class taught by professional dancer and Professor Fred Weiss. In addition, she has performed at concerts including KTU’s Dance Factory Live with Coro and Tymz2, BLI Rising Stars and was the lead dancer for the opera "Carmen" at the Tri-Cities Opera House. After college, she continued teaching at local dance studios and worked for a children's theater arts program located at St. Patricks in Huntington where she choreographed for the productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Aesop's Adventures and Stone Soup.
Currently, Becky is a dancer for N.Y.C. Jazz Roots Dance Company under the artistic direction of Sue Samuels. When she is not teaching you can find her performing at various prestigious venues around New York City such as Peridance Center, New York City Center, 92 Street Y, Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Alvin Ailey and The Works Studio to name a few. More recently she had the opportunity to travel with Jazz Roots Dance to LA to dance at the Tri-Arts Festival and to Japan to perform and teach workshops. Becky is very excited to be a part of Jan Martin Dance Studio and can't wait to share her passion of dance with others!
Missy grew up dancing at Jan Martin Dance Studio and was a member of the competition team from 2004 until she graduated in 2015. After graduating college she came back to teach dance. Missy holds a Masters Degree in Creative Art Therapy. She loves to teach and do all things creative!
Lorna Zawacki received her training at the School of American ballet, official school of NYC Ballet and the American Ballet Theater School.
She has performed with many companies including NYC Opera Ballet, Philadelphia Lyric Opera,New Haven Ballet, Bridgeport Ballet, Wolf Trap Theater,Radio City Music Hall Ballet, the Liberace Show and with her own company Zawacki Ballet. Lorna recently participated in the Bolshoi Project directed by Jeff Calhoun ,choreographed by Jordan Fife Hunt at the
Tisch School of the Arts.Lorna currently teaches at Ballet Academy East in Manhattan,
Peconic Ballet Theater, the Jan Martin Dance Studio and coaches competition dancers,
ballet dancers and ballroom dancers
on Long Island.