EGC DANCE EDUCATORS

Erica Corrao
 EGC Dance Center CEO
​Creative Director of HipHop and Tap Education

   Erica is a Y.P.A.D certified teacher and has received her certification in Acrobatic Arts Module One Syllabus.  

  Erica has performed at Lincoln Center, Westchester County Center, SUNY Purchase, on local television, and twice in the Aloha Bowl Half time show in Honolulu, Hawaii as an All American Cheerleader.  Erica was also part of the University of Delaware Dance Team.
  In her early 20’s Erica took to NYC, auditioning for Broadway musicals, film and television.  She studied at Broadway Dance Center, learning from the late Frank Hatchett, Finus Jhung, Sheila Barker, Jermaine Brown, Bev and other master teachers.  There, her real focus of study was in Hip-Hop, Modern and Contemporary movement.     
  Erica earned a spot in a professional performance group called the “NYC Cheerleaders” where she performed on the Intrepid, and at large commercial events and venues in and around NYC.  She became a member of Aftra, auditioned for commercials, and landed steady Extra work on the hit T.V. show “Mad About You” and “The Upright Citizens Brigade” starring Amy Poehler.
  In 1997, Erica immediately found her calling when she introduced Hip-Hop to the dance program in Mahopac, NY.  Realizing this is where her passion and heart was, she teamed up with her friend Adrienne LeBlanc, and A&E Dance Studio, Inc. was born.  Now in their 15th season, A&E Dance Studio stands as the longest running studio in town. 
  

  On the competitive scale, the A&E Dance Team inspires her creative side.  Her Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary pieces place in the Top Overall Scores year after year at Regional Competitions.  She has won Best Choreography awards for her contemporary piece “A Year From Now” in 2011, in 2013 for her open production “Bollywood”  and Hip-Hop dance “Geekin’ “, in 2014 for her contemporary piece “Secrets” and in 2015 for “Gonna Be”.
   Erica challenges and refines her craft constantly by attending several dance conventions and business seminars throughout the year including the Dance Teacher Summit and UDMA (United dance Merchants of America).  She has taken classes from Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Sonya Tayeh, Nick Lazzarini, Twyla Tharp, Denise Wall, Twitch, Misha Gabriel, Greg Russell, Anthony Morigerato, and the late Doug Caldwell, just to name a few.  This is where she can become a performer again and again.  
    
  She has recently joined i.d.e.a. International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, and along with Y.P.A.D., these organizations just help reinforce her beliefs in age appropriate costuming, choreography and music.  

 Her passion and dedication show throughout her classes. Erica teaches and dances with her heart on her sleeve.  She is inspired by her hard working students who are eager to learn more under her instruction each and every year.

Now in her 22nd year of teaching and 1 year of EGC Dance Center complete she is thrilled to continue to share her love of dance in her home community.  EGC Dance Center is a creation of many years of her dreams and aspirations! 

 Erica is beginning a Performance Company at EGC Dance to inpire dancers who love to just dance!  Dancers who work together to create choreography and art with no judgement.  You can learn more about the EGCDC on the Company Page. 
   

Regina Sweeney
EGC Creative Director of Ballet  & Theatre Jazz Education

Regina is a Y.P.A.D. Certified Teacher.
  Miss Regina has been taking dance lessons since she was 4 years old and except for a brief break to have her children has not stopped taking classes and learning!  She has performed at Lincoln Center and The Westchester County Theater as well as local television and regional theater productions. 
Since 1984 she has shared her passion for dance with the youth of the area by teaching and choreographing for schools in the Putnam/Westchester area.  A trained dance teacher, she has studied ballet with David Howard, Maria Calegari and Bart Cooke of the NYC Ballet and Finis Jhung.  She has taken classes with Ailey II, The Joffery Ballet and Martha Graham Ensemble as well as classes with Frank Hatchet, Luigi and Chet Walker.  Regina's other passion is Musical Theater, she has performed, directed and choreographed for many theaters in the tristate region including Theatreworks, New Milford, The Ridgefield Theater Barn, The Brewster Theater Company and YCP/Theaterworks.  Her direction of "Three Tall Women" and performance in "The Importance of Being Earnest" won Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) awards.

Zumba® Fitness with Regina.
Regina Sweeney, has been licensed to teach Zumba Fitness since 2008. She has been a panelist at the Zumba® Instructor Convention, presented at Master Classes in Manhattan, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin as well as upstate and central New York and has assisted at Zumba® Fitness trainings. In 2010 she was chosen from thousands of applicants to be a member of the elite Zumba Jammer™ Team sharing her choreography with other Zumba Instructors while traveling the country. She retired from the position in 2012 to focus on her classes at A&E Dance Studio though you still can occasionally catch her teaching at Master Classes and Zumbathons™. Regina's dance teaching background makes for an easy to follow Zumba® Fitness Class that will make you fell like a dancer. She is licensed to teach; Zumba® , Zumba Gold® , Zumba Toning® and Zumba Kids® .

ANNIE CORRAO- TEACHER

  Annie graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania in May 2017. A dance major , with concentrations in education, performance, and choreography. She has taught for the Muhlenberg College Dance Center for three years, teaching creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern classes. During her time at Muhlenberg she has worked with her professors to develop her own teaching philosophy and practice. She has taught Ballet, Jazz, Pre-school classes at EGC Dance Center this past year. Her passion and curiosity for movement with her students was inspiring and refreshing! Annie lives in Thornwood, NY with her family. When she is not teaching she is continuing her own dance education and working on her own choreography.  This year she is concentrating on her time and opportunities to perform in companies in and around NYC.  We are so excited to see her grow and further her experience in the dance world.  We will see Annie here in the future for subbing and additional dance events! Good Luck Annie we love you!