Staff

Marcy White... Marcy White, the Director of Long Island Dance Force, started dancing at the age of 11. She quickly discovered that dancing was her passion. She continued her education through college as a dance major, receiving a scholarship at the illusive "Steps on Broadway". Her areas of study include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Ballroom. She's performed with the "Eglevsky Ballet, several recording artists, and in multiple TV appearances. She's studied with master teachers/choreographers such as Joe Lanteri (NYCDA), Jane Miller Gifford and Mia Michaels (SYTYCD). In the Fall of 1999 she opened Long Island Dance Force with the intent of sharing her passion for dance while instilling structure, discipline and self confidence in her students. She's won numerous choreography awards, top place awards and many of her students have gone on to continue their education and develop their craft in the dance world. She continues to enjoy sharing her love for dance with her students while striving for them to feel like the "STARS" that they are!

Stephanie Cascio...

Stephanie Jaworowski... Raised in Copiague, Stephanie has been with Long Island Dance Force since the beginning. Along with her training at LIDF, Stephanie also attended Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, NY for some of her High school career. Upon graduating high school, Stephanie attended SUNY the College at Bropckport where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Both Dance and Health Science. It was there where she studied Modern dance with world renowned teachers such as Bill Evans, Clyde Morgan (former Jose’ Limon company dancer), and Mariah Maloney (former Trisha Brown company dancer). Having recently graduated in May of 2012, Stephanie was determined to jump start her career as a professional modern dancer. Over the past summer, she studied with Shen Wei Dance Arts to continue building her dance vocabulary. Since then, she has performed with the Bulgisi Dance Theatre and has most recently performed in a work created by Doug Elkins. She hopes to continue to perform throughout the new year and is excited for what is next in line.

Nicole Bruhnke... Nicole Jaworowski has been a part of the LIDF Family for 10 years. Dance has always
been a passion for Nicole. In high school she attended Nassau BOCES Cultural Arts Center, currently Long Island High School of the Arts. Nicole continued her dance education by attending Rutgers University; Mason Gross School of the Arts and graduated from Adelphi University receiving a BFA in Dance. She has interned with the modern dance company Jennifer Muller/The Works in Manhattan. She has performed with choreographers such
as Darrah Carr, Frank Augustyn, Tracy Ray Kofford, Leda Meredith, Janis Brenner,
Nick Seligson-Ross and Azure Barton. Nicole is also on staff at Long Island High School
for the Arts where she teaches jazz and modern dance.  She is also continuing her education to receive a Master’s in Education and Certification in Dance Education.  She believes that her professional life will serve as a model for students who dream of a career in the performing arts and dance. Nicole has introduced the technique of Modern Dance into Long Island Dance Force’s repertoire and is looking forward to introducing this new art form along with the idea of a healthy body and disciplined work ethic to the LIDF students.

Cathy Huggler...LIDF welcomed Miss Cathy to the staff in 2005; however, her teaching career did not start there. Miss Cathy began teaching dancing at the age of 16. She has taught tap, ballet, jazz, creative movement, acrobatics, kickline, and pom. She has taught at numerous studios on Long Island, and is currently teaching at Long Island Dance Force and Dance Elektra, where she has taught for many years. In addition to dancing, Miss Cathy taught nursery school for 16 years, teaching children how to express their bodies through dance and movement. She was the Massapequa High School cheerleading coach for 9 years and the Nassau Community College pom/kickline coach for 8 years.  Miss Cathy traveled the United States working for Starpower Talent Competition and also for Footloose, working with the Extreme Dance Team, and was the warm-up teacher for Dan Karaty from the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Miss Cathy has 4 children, including LIDF teacher Miss Sharon, and has 2 grandchildren, one of whom also dances at LIDF!

Shelby Jackson...Shelby started taking dance classes at age 3 and instantly loved performing. By age 7, she truly found her passion for dance at Long Island Dance Force. She started dancing on LIDF's competition team by age 9, for two years. After competing she continued at LIDF taking recreational classes. Over the years she's done cheerleading, kickline and gymnastics. After high school she majored in Communications and minored in dance at Dowling College. Shelby currently enjoys teaching at Long Island Dance Force and is very excited for her future here!

Linda Ratti...Linda Campagna Ratti started ballet with her very first teacher, Semyon Golovscenko Troyanoff  of The Mariinsky Imperial Ballet and then at age 12 began studying with Andre Eglevsky, principal dancer with Balanchine's N.Y.C. Ballet and Leda Anchutina, pupil of Fokine and one of Balanchine's first students in America as well as one of his earliest ballerinas. With this special training she went on to dance with the early Eglevsky Ballet Company and at the age of 16 danced with the Radio City Corps de Ballet. From there she went on to do Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies which included such roles from Susan the Silent in Finian's Rainbow to Maggie in Brigadoon.

She has also studied ballet with Madam Nevelska,  Leon Danielian of the Ballet Russe School, the Joffrey School, jazz with Luigi, voice with Tony Franco and Drama with Stella Adler.

She is currently a board member and officer with the Eglevsky Ballet Company. She taught the 2010 and 2011 Eglevsky Ballet Summer Intensive at Hofstra as well as an assisstant to the director, Marina Eglevsky for the Eglevsky Ballet's summer performances at Morgan Park and Port Washington. She directed and choreographed the Eglevsky Ballet's junior company for it's 2010 and 2011 spring outreach performances and was the director, choreographer and narrator for the Eglevsky Ballet in its 2010 Westbury Gardens Nutcracker Story performances.

Presently she is happy to be in her third year with the Long Island Dance Force ballet faculty. She tries to impart with her teaching artistry and musicality along with movement, placement and technique to achieve a joy for dance.