MMDC Teaching Artists
JACLYN GOing (Miss Jackie)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jaclyn trained in Ballet and Modern dance at Young Dancers in Repertory's Center for Dance Studies where she also performed with the Youth Touring Ensemble. She has BFA in Theater with a minor in Dance from Adelphi University. While completing her degree, Jaclyn worked with the internationally-known Galli Theater Company in Manhattan as repertory actor playing title roles in children's fairy tales. She has also worked Off-Broadway, and in TV and Film. Currently, she continues to train at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway. She is a repertory member of Teatro SEA (a bilingual theater company in NYC) and has worked as a Guest Teaching Artist in public, private, and charter schools from 2010-2017. These experiences have instilled in her a love of teaching children as well as a passion for bringing imagination, movement, creativity, and mind-body awareness to young, developing minds. Miss Jackie's classes are known for her welcoming tone and enthusiasm for the art form. Her approach is classical yet creative, integrating theatricalism and playfulness into her teaching style. She has taught in the full scope of classes offered at MMDC while overseeing and planning with the other teaching artists on staff.
Michelle Bay (Miss Michelle)
Michelle Bay is from Brooklyn, NY where she trained at the prestigious Brighton Ballet Theater School of the Russian American Ballet. She then attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she studied dance. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology from SUNY Purchase's Conservatory of Dance. At SUNY Purchase, she performed works by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Shannon Gillen, and Claire Porter. Currently, she is freelancing with Azoth Dance Theatre and a variety of other dance projects in New York City. Michelle's wide range of experience and nurturing teaching approach is an asset to our studio. Michelle enjoys working with young creative minds, as she pursues a career as a performer and pilates instructor. Michelle teaches our 6-9 age group and is an assistant in our younger classes. Her ballet class is classical in structure while maintaining a fun and fresh vibe. She focuses on musical timing, developing a foundation in basic and popular ballet steps, and strategic stretching to increase strength and flexibility.
Jennifer Hite (Miss Jennifer)
Jennifer Hite began her training in Grayson, Georgia where she studied at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and performed in their productions of The Nutcracker, Firebird, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cinderella. Throughout her training she maintained a ballet focus and received scholarships for programs at Orlando Ballet School, BalletMet, Summer Dance Company, and Princeton Ballet School. She attended Butler University earning a BA in Dance Pedagogy. At BU, she held roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Jennifer toured Eastern Europe with the Butler Ballet Chamber Ensemble, traveling to Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Most recently, she danced with Kentucky Ballet Theatre. She has since relocated to New York City to further pursue her professional career in performance and dance education. At MMDC, Jennifer's teaching approach lends beautifully to our youngest dancers as well as our budding primas in our 7-10 age group. Her training and knowledge of dance pedagogy is essential to developing mind-body awareness with our youngsters and proper technique awareness in our intermediate classes. She designs a simple yet effective barre exercise warm-up, a delicate and powerful across-the-floor series of movements, and a targeted and challenging stretch session while saving a few minutes for the dancers to enjoy free dancing to their favorite songs. Jennifer's choreography is challenging and age-appropriate, filled with precision technique and interesting formations, and elegant displays of poise and grace.
Bianca Paige Smith (Miss Bianca)
Originally from New Jersey, Bianca Paige Smith grew up in a proud Latin American and Irish family, which influenced her early dance training Salsa and ballroom until she discovered her love of traditional Irish dancing where she trained and competed while also training at Broadway Dance Center. This started her love for hip-hop and contemporary dance. Shortly after graduating college (with a degree in Neuroscience!) she moved to Ireland to pursue a Masters in Contemporary Dance Performance. Bianca has since performed in Ireland, UK and in other European countries. She is very excited to be back in NYC to continue her performance career and share her skills in her classes. Bianca teaches creative movement and hip-hop for young dancers. Bianca believes that improvisation can be a strong dance-making practice and aspires for all her students to connect to their own movement through creativity. In her classes, you will enter a world that is full of imagery, imagination and fun, while also building important skills through play and/or rhythm and music. She focuses on building technique through consistency in weekly lessons and encouraging young movers to explore movement in many different ways. She is very honored to be working with MMDC and looking forward to seeing some eager movers and grown-ups!
Rachel Baird (Miss Rachel)
Originally from Canada, Rachel began dancing at a young age and trained extensively in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and at Canada’s National Ballet School. She went on to attend Joffrey Ballet School and tour the US with the Joffrey Concert Group. She completed the prestigious 2-year Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and Pushing Progress Professional Development Program and is now dancing professionally with various NYC-based choreographers. She has 8 years of teaching experience and is a sought after teacher and choreographer across the tristate area. Rachel is also a Dancin’ Power certified teacher and teaches dance to pediatric patients at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Miss Rachel’s classes are super upbeat and energized. Her students lover her bubbly persona and excitement. Miss Rachel focuses on giving her students praise and encouragement when displaying proper form and knowledge of the steps. Miss Rachel enjoys guiding her students in a fun dance game at the end of class.
Carolina Cabrera (miss Carolina)
Born in Uruguay, and started her dance training at the prestigious National Ballet School of Uruguay. Carolina moved to the US with her family as a teenager. She continued her studies as a young dancer at The Joffrey Ballet School, and Ballet Hispanico, here in New York City. With a love for dance and interacting with people, Carolina attended Fordham University/Alvin Ailey BFA Program and completed her Bachelor’s in Dance and Psychology. Carolina has taught dance along side her performance career for the past 6 years at: Concourse House Day Care, The Goddard School Midtown, and The Ailey School First Steps. On the performance front, Carolina just returned from a year long contract with Tokyo Disney as an aerialist dancer. She was thrilled to perform in the role of Princess Ariel in the parks Mainstage show, The Little Mermaid. Miss Carolina’s classes have a magical feel with a focus on storytelling through dance. She encourages her students follow along in the technique work as she guides them through an enchanted forest. She believes in continued positive reinforcement the power of learning through play! We are so fortunate to welcome Miss Carolina to the MMDC team and she is excited to begin teaching with us this Summer at camp and in the Fall.