Meet The Team
Beth Fritz - Logrea
Beth Fritz-Logrea was a protege of Dame Alicia Markova. While receiving her early training in Memphis, Tennessee, with Charles Kirby and Manola Agullo, she was seen by Markova and offered a scholarship to the Metropolitan Opera. She joined the Metropolitan Opera ballet company at the age of sixteen and continued her training in New York with Markova's teacher, Vincenzo Celli. She has performed as principal dancer with Ballet Etudes Repertory Company, St. Gallen Stadt Theatre (Switzerland), and the Graz Opera House (Austria), and she has toured Europe extensively, dancing leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, and Pas de Quatre. Although trained as a classical ballet dancer, she has also been featured in such shows as Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and Oklahoma!. She is co-director of the Academy and Co-Artistic Director of Westchester Ballet Company.
Jean Logrea came to the United States from Austria, where for seven years he was a principal with the Graz Opera House ballet company. Trained at the Scoala Speciala in Cluj (Romania) in Classical Ballet, Character, and Folk Dance, he was a principal at the Opera House Cluj, as well as a teacher at the affiliated school for nine years. There he was entrusted with a class of especially talented students, all of whom are now dancing internationally with major companies. As principal dancer, he toured extensively throughout Europe and the USSR in such major roles as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Jester in Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, and the Rocker in The Miraculous Mandarin. In addition to co-directing the Academy he is the Co-Artistic Director of Westchester Ballet Company, and he is a judge at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL since it began in 2007.
Nick trained at the Logrea Dance Academy and has performed in WBC’s Nutcracker for 27 years. He has also performed as a soloist in WBC productions of Les Patineurs (Man in Grey), La Bayadere (Solor), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Peter and the Wolf (Peter; the Wolf), La Boutique Fantasque, Tales of Vienna and A Glenn Miller Nutcracker. Logrea is a ZESTM(Zumba® Education Specialist), training people to become licensed Zumba® instructors. During the past 7 years, Logrea has travelled the US and Internationally teaching Master Classes and had the privilege of dancing with Beto Perez, the creator of the Zumba Fitness program, appearing in fitness concerts in London, Australia and Prague. Logrea appeared on ABC TV’s The View as a backup dancer to Vanilla Ice in a Zumba remix to his smash hit “Ice Ice Baby", as well as appearing on The Today Show as a dancer for Lil Jon, promoting his new song "Work”. He was featured in two Zumba Fitness video games, Zumba Fitness Core and Zumba Fitness World Party.
Mary Jane Houdina
Mary Jane was associate choreographer for the movie "The Great Gatsby" and tap consultant for Peter Allen at Radio City. On Broadway she was associate choreographer for the original "Annie" and choreographer for "Into the Light". Regional theaters have seen her choreography in a myriad of musicals including " Oklahoma!", "Follies", and “Showboat": with such stars as Jean Stapleton, Juliet Prowse, and Gavin McLeod. She danced in ten Broadway shows, working for choreographers Michael Bennet, Gower Champion, Alan Johnson, Tony Stevens, and Peter Gennaro. She also had the pleasure of dancing in Peter Gennaro’s night club act. She is the 1998 Barrymore Award recipient for her choreography for “Crazy for You”, the 2001 nomination for “Singin’ in the Rain” and the 2006 nomination for “42ndt St.” all at the famous, historical Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. On TV she choreographed “The Adventures of Slim Goodbody In Nutri-city” for Captain Kangaroo; was assistant choreographer for the Miss American Pageant; and the “Dames at Sea” TV special starring Ann Margaret, Ann Miller and Ann Meara. Additional director/choreographic credits include the opening ceremony for the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, NY (home of the Buffalo Sabres!); a long list of industrial shows for Avon and Merrill Lynch among others; plus a 50’s “Rock and Roll” review in Seoul, Korea! As a teacher, she has taught throughout the US and has been on the faculty for all the major dance organizations, plus adjunct professor at Pace University, Briarcliff, NY.
She continues to choreograph and teach, and is Pilates Mat certified. She recently received a Legacy Award from the NYC based organization “Dancers Over 40” for her contribution to the dance world! She lives north of NYC with her husband Cole and 6 furry friends.
After graduating from Haddonfield Memorial High School,
David Guggino moved to New York City and attended Marymount Manhattan University. He attended the Joffrey Ballet/New School University. Performance credits, Ward 9, West Side Story at TUTS, Damn Yankees at NSMT and Grease! at KC Starlight, Regis and Kelly!, Clear Blue Tuesday, Broadway Under The Stars. Company credits, Momix, Joffrey Ensemble, The Chase Brock Experience, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Stancovic Ballet, Rebecca Davis Ballet. David has choreographed his own off-Broadway show entitled What Guys Do! at The Bleecker st Theate.r. His choreography credits, West Side Story, Rocky Horror, Sid in the City. His commissioned works are We were always coming back, Virus, Walking with the Gods,
and A Beautiful Sadness. His choreographic movie credits include, Fly the Light, and Them. Other commissioned works include Idol Giselle, How Strong, Conversations, What Guys Do Excerpts, Opposing Forces and Cosmic. He has choreographed and taught at the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary program and has premiered the second installment of his event SlamBamDance! at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn and was a faculty member at Steps on Broadway for 15yrs. He has Directed and choreographed Lucian Smith” music video “Burn That Paper” and Assistant Directed and choreographed artist “Traces” music video “Hypnotized”. He has Written and Directed “Transcendental” music video and Co-wrote and Directed the Pilot Teaser for the action series “PRISM”. He was a Consultant for Jim Jarmusch on his most recent film, “The Dead Don’t Die”. He has been producing/directing/writing a web mini-series called “The Academy” and edited the trailer. His writing credits also included comedy sketches and commercial samples. Most recently he has completed a short action/dark comedy movie entitled “Pandora’s Children” He is a director/writer/editor with his own Production Company, DTG Productions LLC based out of New York City.
Cynthia Izoldi, was born in Brazil and moved to the USA to pursue her passion of dancing.She started on stage at the age of 14 performing with the Lyrical Theater of São Paulo- Brazil. After graduating a 8 yrs program from Municipal School of Ballet of São Paulo she continue her studies under master Halina Biernaka ( a ballerina and former pupil of Bronislava Nijinska). Cynthia also danced professionally before making a career/ life change to the USA/ New York City where she received an scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School.While in the USA she studied with ballet masters such as: Meredith Baylis (former Ballet Russe ballerina), Dorothy Lister, Jacques Cesbron, David Howard, and her most adored master Wilhelm Burmann - whom she learn the quick speed and musicality of the American ballet technique. She danced professionally with Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Ballet Classique and the New York City Opera Ballet for over 15 years.
Upon retiring she went on to become a mother and to teach classical ballet. In order to perfect her teaching skills she has participated in various teaching programs such as:
*The Paris Opera Ballet School, *The Vaganova Method with Oleg Vinogradov (former Kirov Company Director), *The Cuban Method and the early child development * “Leap & Learn” program among others.She has been teaching classical ballet for over 25 years and has gone back to Brasil to share her passion and teach Master Classes at schools and to Ballet Companies.
(Ballet) Billy BS Ball State University, started his professional career as a principal with the Amy Marshall Dance Company before joining Les Ballets Grandiva. His credits include; principal guest artist with Mobile Ballet, CoDa 21 of San Juan, Catherine Gallant Dance, Atlantic City Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, the East Village Dance Project, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, isadoraNOW, Ballet Mink Colbert, and many others. In 2016 he founded Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre for which he is Artistic Director.
Billy has taught at the Jakarta Intercultural School, Rioult Dance Center, the National School in Tirana, Albania, Ball State University, Wright State University, Gibney Dance, Northwest Florida Ballet and others. He is currently faculty at SUNY Purchase and Peridance.
Ramona is from Berkeley, CA where she began her training at Berkeley Ballet Theater. She went on to earn a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ramona danced the principal role of ‘Betsy’ in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away and went on to dance with the Tharp company creating new roles in addition to performing repertory works.
She is a principal guest artist with Oakland Ballet and has also performed with Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris, Dance Lab New York, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Claudia Schreier and Co, Post:Ballet, Sidra Bell, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary Tour) among others. Ramona has taught master classes in Tharp technique across the country and is on the summer ballet faculty at NYU’s Tisch Dance.
Andrea Redman has been teaching all disciplines of dance for 28 years, although ballet and pointe are her specialty. She directed her own school in Michigan for many years and has served as the Children’s Rehearsal Director for the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” for 15 years in Detroit, MI and now Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Redman holds a B.A. in Dance from Oakland University.
She currently teaches at the Ballet Hispanico School and the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center in NYC. She has also taught at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts, Steps on Broadway and many other schools in NY, NJ, CT and MI. Andrea has been judging for Nexstar Talent Competition for 13 years. She danced professionally with the Eglevsky Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware and Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania. Ms. Redman has won several choreography awards for ballet and lyrical pieces, and her students have placed in the top 3 at the Youth America Grand Prix and have been invited to the finals several times.
Her students are dancing on Broadway, with the Radio City Rockettes, Royal Carribean Cruise Lines and with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Internationale.
Kristina received her early training in Washington state with Margheret Sundsten on Bainbridge Island and Jan Collum in Tacoma, and later at Cornish School of the Arts and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
She worked with Christine Temin at Middlebury College, and with Nancy Bielski and David Howard after moving to New York City. While there she performed with two experimental dance companies, Spoke the Hub and Boyce Dancers, before relocating in northern Westchester county to raise her family.
Kristina has been a teacher at Logrea Dance Academy since 1987, and she and her two daughters performed with the Westchester Ballet company for many years. She served on the company’s board of directors for fourteen years, seven of them as President.
Jayne received her classical training at the American Ballet Theatre School in NYC with Maria Swoboda. She also studied with Leon Fokine, Maria Jones, Nenette Charise, and Finis Jhung. Jayne is a former member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and also performed with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company.
In addition to teaching advanced technique at LDA, she also teaches beginner through advanced levels of ballet at the JCC of Mid Westchester Dance School.
Jayne recently retired as the JCC Dance School Director and the Director of Westchester Theatre of Dance, where she choreographed, produced and directed over 30+ ballets for the school.
Emma Schilling began her training at the Dance and Music Design School at age 5. There, she completed her Royal Academy of Dance exams from Pre-Primary through Intermediate level work, earning high merits and distinctions on each. She eventually followed her teacher, Natasha Bar, to the newly founded American Youth Ballet (AYB) in Salisbury Mills, NY, where she continued training under Bar while also learning from Albert Davidov of New Jersey Ballet. At AYB, she danced principal roles in full length productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Thumbelina. She also competed in Youth America Grand Prix. Emma became a student at Logrea Dance Academy as a junior in high school. She began performing with the Westchester Ballet Company, performing roles such as Snow and Flower Demi-Soloist and Flute Soloist in The Nutcracker, The Bird in Peter and the Wolf, and The Young Girl in Tales from Vienna. Her summer intensive training included Ballet West, Orlando Ballet, and STEPS on Broadway, as well as a full scholarship to study at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow one summer.
Upon graduating from high school, Emma accepted a scholarship to Butler University, where she would ultimately earn a Bachelor of Science in Dance and in Arts Administration. Her repertoire at college included full length productions of The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Cinderella, all in a Broadway-sized theatre. She was also featured in world premieres of choreography by Fernando Carillo (Prophetstown), Susan McGuire (Largo), and Derek Reid (Finding Wings). While at Butler, she began choreographing works for student choreography showcases, Broadway Backwards, and junior musicals at theatre camps.
After graduating early, Emma moved to New York City and began auditioning for musical theatre productions. Though she has booked several shows, COVID has delayed their production. She lives and performs in Brooklyn, NY, and is happy to be back teaching the next generation of Logrea students.
Bollywood & Modern Instructor
Alissa Lazaro enjoys coaching dancers of all ages to harness their potential, refine their technique and grow their artistry. She has been on faculty at Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts, PS 107, Soul Arts Academy, and Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. She has taught master classes at Bates College and Movement Research, as well as at local high schools throughout NY and MA. Alissa's students have placed in the Top 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) performing her contemporary choreography. She has choreographed for the Johnstown High School color guard team, helping them place in 4th at the World Championship.
Alissa studied Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) both in the US and in Madurai, India, and she has taught Bollywood dance for the past 8 years. She performed professionally in NYC with Barbara Mahler, Heather McArdle, and John Carrafa, among others. Her choreography has been presented at the Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance, Provincetown Dance Festival, and more. Her choreography on film has premiered at Dance New Amsterdam, Coney Island Film Festival, and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, to name a few. Alissa has a BA in both Politics and the Arts, and Dance from Bates College. She has also trained in Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler for over 10 years, which has greatly influenced her movement and teaching.
Lea began dancing at age two, starting her training and performing at Logrea Dance Academy and Westchester Ballet Company at age six. As a student at LDA at age nine, Lea and other young students were handpicked to dance with the Oberlin Dance Collective of California (ODC San Francisco) at Suny Purchase performing in “The Velveteen Rabbit”. She spent her summers attending dance intensives at American Ballet Theatre in NY, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Walnut Hill, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Dance. Lea’s WBC repertoire included soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, Pas de Quatre, as well as assemble & corps roles in Sleeping Beauty, Midsummer Night's Dream, and La Boutique Fantastique. She continued her dance education at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, graduating with a degree in Dance with a concentration in Body, Science, & Motion in 2020. Her studies focused on technique, anatomy, and somatic movement. With the MMC Dance Department, she performed repertory works by Nancy Lushington and Will Tomaskovic of the 10 Hairy Legs Dance Company. Lea is currently a 200-hr certified yoga teacher, has a Level 1 and Level 2 Mvt109 certification, and is a guest teacher with The D.A.NCER Movement, an NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to reimagining the experience of dance and mobility for people with disabilities. Lea is excited to be back teaching at her home studio and to continue to empower young students within their bodies, movement, and artistry.
Dancer, teacher and choreographer Tomiko Magario is the founder and director of The New Rising Sun Dance Project. A versatile dance artist with a full command of a wide range of styles, Ms. Magrio’s performing credits range from guest artist engagements with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln
Center to site specific “Downtown” modern dance performances in such venues as a drained swimming pool. As a ballet dancer she has served as a principal dancer and a soloist for a variety of ballet companies including New Jersey Ballet, Ballet New England, Ballet Theater Pennsylvania and Staten Island Ballet. She has also worked with multimedia choreographers such as Rosanna Gamson and Kriota Wilberg. A protégée of the baroque dance master Thomas Baird, she has performed with Mr. Baird at Avery Fisher Hall. Ms. Magario’s international teaching career has been based at Steps on Broadway in New York City for last twenty years. She has also taught for the New York City Public School System through the Brooklyn Ballet’s outreach program, served as a guest teaching artist at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and has held the positions of ballet mistress and assistant to the choreographer for such companies as Ballet
Neo and Dance Theater in Westchester. Tomiko Magario is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. As a choreographer and repeptiteur, Ms. Magario has been responsible for bringing many classics as well as new works to the stage. In 2008 she founded the New Rising Sun Dance Project which has as its mission to present both performances and educational workshops aimed at both the dance community as well as the general public. Working in an esthetic that has been described as both classic as well as futuristic, she is currently creating a new multi-discipline live arts presentation of “An Imperial Message” based on short
story of Franz Kafka, which has been presented as a part of residency program of the Bethany Arts Community. Her other current projects include “Rediscovering the Women Who changed the Course of Dance in the 18 th Century- through a Reconstruction of Les Caractères de la Danse” under the
mentorship of Thomas Baird and Never Forget, a theatrical performance piece for piano, voice and dancer which is being created with artistic support of Dr. Michael Bukhman, the head of the collaborative piano program at Texas Christian University.
Originally educated in Japan, Tomiko Magario continued her dance training in the United States, studying at The Joffrey Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Her pedagogical training includes the teacher training course at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Ms.
Magario resides in Ossining, New York where she has served as a trustee of the Ossining Arts Council. More information at www.tomikomagario.com “I have had the thrill of being moved and sent into rhapsodies by Ms. Magario...She’ll leave an
impression on your heart and eyes that won’t easily be erased.”, Paul Ben-Itzak, Dance Insider
Natalie Gasparini began studying ballet locally at the age of three. Her serious training and study continued in NYC at Manhattan Youth Ballet, SLK Ballet and with summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and Complexions. Her many instructors have included ABT Principal dancer Irina Dvorvenko, Sara Knight, Olga Dvorovenko, Deborah Wingert and Marina Stavitskaya. Natalie has been a top competitor at both the Youth America Grand Prix and CT Classic Ballet Competitions. Miss Gasparini is a graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Natalie is a James S. Barton “Emerging Artist” scholarship recipient. Certified to teach Adaptive Dance by Boston Ballet, Natalie is the Founder and Artistic Director of Adaptive Ballet and Dance located in Greenwich, CT. Natalie Gasparini is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Emily Derrick Guggino began training with Atlanta Dance Theater, under the direction of Jonnie Kelly. She furthered her training at The Atlanta Ballet and was selected to study with the Georgia Governor’s Honors program. Emily got her BFA in Dance Performance from OCU and was a student of tap legend,
Robert Reed. Emily has performed in US tours and internationally. She was a founding member of the tap company, Street Beatz. She danced with TapLife, American Tap Dance Foundation. Emily danced in touring Disney productions, the Castle Show at Walt Disney World and Block Party Bash, where she was awarded for
Outstanding Performance. Favorite regional musical performances include Elf, Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma and the world premiere of Rewind. Emily was the head of the dance and drama department for Shanghai China’s, UOutlook. She has taught students of all ages throughout NYC and is looking forward to sharing her love for dance with the students of Logrea Dance Academy!
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At age 7 Bieje began theatrical lead & supporting roles. By age 13 she was accepted to the Youth Performing Arts H.S. ( Vocal/Dance/ Drama) and by senior year had held principal roles in various dance & dramatic works such as Moon in East of the Sun & West of the Moon a ballet, Lucy in Dracula the ballet, Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank and Juliet's understudy in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. After high school Bieje was accepted to the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, and was also granted a teacher training scholarship to study with Shamill Yagudin (Bolshoi Ballet RF) & Donna Bonasera at the CT Ballet Theatre. Bieje also earned her national certification in Ballroom and Latin dance from the NADTA. Bieje has performed regularly with Woodbury Ballet Company as a soloist, Ogunquit playhouse as a featured dancer and singer, Taconic Opera, Manhattan Opera Rep, Gruppo Jobel at the United Nations General Assembly Art For Earth performance and is various featured and walk on roles in film and television. Currently Bieje can be seen in the upcoming documentary “Rediscovering Kate Carew” as Florence Walton, and as Pam in the new musical Magic a Dance Musical. When not performing Bieje teaches, choreographs and directs throughout NYC and the Northeast and owns a wedding dance business.