Here at Westchester Performing Arts Studio we are a family operated business. We pride ourselves on our core values, beliefs and morals. Our love for the performing arts will transcend through our classes. It is important that each student feels like they are a part of a team and family. At the studio is where friendships will blossom and passion will thrive. We're excited to open up our business and hearts to all of you.
Marci started her theatrical career in dance at the age of nine, with The New York City Ballet. She’s performed notable works such as The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lincoln Center. She was Cast in the 20th Century Fox movie production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well.
At around 20 years of age she started singing, and studied privately with Gina Pennzarela and vocal coach Bill Engles for 10 years. Marci performed in various cabaret clubs, a Cole Porter Review, and also performed in various musical theater shows throughout the years, not limited to: West Side Story, South Pacific, The Pajama Game, CATS, Les Miserable and more.
She has been teaching group and private musical theater classes for multiple years. She brings her passion and expertise into every class she teaches & looks forward to sharing her love for theater, dance and singing with all of you.
Miss Sasha is a treasured pre-school and primary age dance teacher. She has studied in the styles of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and acro starting at the age of 6. She has competed in both regional and national competitions.
Miss Sasha has a bachelor's of science degree from State University of Oneonta, where she also studied dance and participated in several productions and performances. She has taught in multiple studios in both Westchester and NYC. Miss Sasha has been teaching and choreographing for over 15 years for recreational and competitive students.
Not to mention she is also the studio Assistant Director! At WPAS Miss Sasha teaches creative movement, hip hop & acro, ballet/tap, mini competition team, acro, triple threat and more!
Gaye Giannotti has been a "dance mom" to one of our teachers, Magalina Giannotti for 15 years and was happy to partner with Marci Meyer and Sasha Meyer-Porco in opening our own dance studio.
Through the years she has watched her own child grow more confident and creative by studying and performing in dance, theater and singing and is very happy to be able to help other children grow from their love of the performing arts also.
Magalina Giannotti is an NYC based dancer and choreographer and has been studying dance since the age of four and has been teaching since the age of twelve. They have trained in hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, theatre dance, ballet, tap, pointe, and musical theatre. Magalina is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a minor in Technical Theatre at Manhattanville College. They teach hip-hop, contemporary, singing, and more for ages 4 and up. Magalina’s love for teaching shows in their students’ progress and they love watching them grow in their talents and love for the arts.
Known for his storytelling style performances, Andre Lee boasts a dance and choreography resume that includes superstars Rihanna, Usher, Shakira, Natalie Portman and new comer Leikeli47 to name a few. His work has appeared on television networks MTV, BET, Lifetime, as well as touched several arena and music festival stages all over the country, which includes 2018's BET Experience in association with The BET Awards. Numerous choreography awards and 2 National Championship wins via the dance competition world aside, Andre has set goals beyond personal achievement and focuses on the success of his students. Both past and recent students have booked tours with recording artist Ariana Grande, music videos with Wyclef Jean, appeared on the mega hit dance show 'Dance Moms' and performed on music's biggest night the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Andre has cited creating the next generation of performers as a real passion, "being able to see something no one else can yet is a gift I'm honored to both have and share!"
Mackenzie is a small town girl who trained in the big city. Growing up in Fishkill, New York is where she found her love for performing. When she decided to become serious about pursuing a career in the arts, she moved her training to New York City. Mackenzie is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University and received a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She has performed in regional theater productions in the ensemble of Singing' in the Rain, Something Rotten!, and Roxie in Chicago to name a few of her favorite credits.
Mackenzie believes there is a place for everyone in the performing arts industry. Her teaching goal is to create a safe space for students to learn, grow, and explore their ability to express themselves. Her classes have an emphasis on proper technique, artistry, and individuality. Everyone has something unique to bring and Mackenzie encourages students to embrace that. No matter the age or skill level, Mackenzie will provide her love and knowledge for dance to guide her students to thrive in their dance journey. As Mackenzie continually explores the limits and possibilities of her own performance and creative practices, she becomes better equipped to drive her students forward.
Olga started studying rhythmic gymnastics at a young age in Odessa Ukraine and worked hard to become a Ukrainian champion in group gymnastic exercises. She continued her education at the Russian Academy of Physical Education and Sports which graduated the most Olympians and world champions. During her college years, Olga participated in a teaching exchange program in both Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria. Her love of dancing, music and gymnastics helped her to become the First Ukrainian Aerobic Gymnastics coach and she created her own style of teaching aerobic gymnastics.
Olga began her teaching career in the USA in 1994 at the United Nations International School and at the International Gymnastics Camp in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania where she worked closely with rhythmic world champion Anna Kochneva. She is currently working in Manhattan Club 92Y as a gymnastic coach, choreographer, and dancing instructor. She has coached many high-level competitive teams and several New York State Champions.
We are pleased to have Olga sharing her talents with the students of Westchester Performing Arts Studio as one of our Acro and Gymnastics teachers working with both beginners and advanced students.
Roseann has been teaching piano for almost 40 years. She has a New York State Music Teachers license, a Masters degree in Music Therapy from NYU, a Bachelors degree in Music Education and an AFAA Certification.
Roseann keeps her students self motivated by using music that the students like, as well as covering the basics. She is friendly and very easy-going and makes each lesson a positive learning experience. She does not believe in parents forcing their children to practice because this tends to dissuade students from learning. Roseann keeps her students for many years because the student’s self-motivation and success is so important to her. She has a lot of experience teaching handicapped individuals as a certified music therapist also. Music therapy has enabled to her to be a better teacher because the therapeutic aspects comes up during all lessons one way or another. Music educators focus on educational goals of music while music therapists focus on the therapeutic goals which increases concentration span and self-confidence.
Roseann teaches all styles and levels of piano, music theory, music therapy and beginner guitar.