- Dance Educators of America - 2009 Teacher of the Year
- Lifetime Member of Dance Educators Of America
- National Champions at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports CONTEST of CHAMPIONS
- DSD is home to 2009 Tony Award Winner Trent Kowalik - Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in Billy Elliot
- Recipient of the 2007 Town Of Hempstead Pathfinder Award for "Arts and Entertainment" in honor of Women's History Month
- Member, Dance Educators of America & Professional Dance Teachers Association
- Named in Who's Who Among America's Teachers
Business & Community Involvement
- Past President, Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
- Past Kids Expo Chairperson, Bellmore Street Festival
- Nassau Chamber of Commerce Council - 2000 Small Business Person of the Year
Growing up in Queens, Kathy first fell in love with dance as a young girl at the Robert Mann Dance Centre in Bayside. She credits her early training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and acrobatics to Bob Mann and the late Anita Ferrari. As a teen she furthered her studies in jazz and musical theatre at the American Dance Machine School in New Hyde Park. Kathy began teaching and choreographing in high school and continued with her love for dance at Queens College with a Major in Theatre and Dance. In college she and a few of her classmates formed a Children’s Party Entertainment Company and performed on weekends and at special events all over NYC and Long Island.
Singing and dancing with her own girl group trio “AngelBleu” she performed in two USO Fleet Week shows on the USS Intrepid, and as a backup dancer for other artists. In more recent years she has appeared in local Community Theatre productions. She returned to dancing after a 'brief' hiatus to pursue a degree in nursing and raise her family. She is a Registered Nurse, Certified in Critical Care with over 10 years of ICU bedside experience. In her spare time she volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader. Her two young daughters also share her love of dance.
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Christina van Ophemert
Christina van Ophemert is a dance major at Adelphi. She began dancing at the age of 3. By the time she was 6 years old, and enrolled at the Posey School of Dance (Northport, NY) it was clear that classical ballet would become a major part of her life. And it has. In the Children’s Dance Company (Northport, NY) she performed and choreographed modern, jazz, tap and ballet. At the age of 15, she began classes at The Lynch School of Ballet (Huntington, NY). She has danced in productions of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Copellia, and three consecutive seasons of The Nutcracker for Lynch Ballet Company (Huntington, NY). The Snow Queen and Sugar Plum stand out as two of her favorite parts to dance. She has been trained by exemplary dance professions at ABT’s Collegiate and Summer intensives, The Rock School and NYS Summer School of the Arts.
Christina has a lot of experience working with children. She has been babysitting for the past five years. She worked as a camp counselor for the Smithtown Recreation Department. She teaches ballet, tap and hip-hop for the Garden City Recreation Department. Christina was just hired as the Dance Specialist at Driftwood Day Camp, where she will be working with children of all ages.
Erin Wolm - Assistant Director
Erin started dancing at the young age of two at her mother's dance school. Throughout her years of studying at many prestigious dance centers throughout LI and NYC, she graduated Nassau Community College with a Fine Arts degree in Photography along with attending the dance program and child developement coursework. Miss Erin adores working with our youngest students (and they adore her!). She is always busy creating new curricula as her ideas are very innovative, just to make her classes even more exciting each year.
Before joining Dorothy's School Of Dance 10 years ago, Miss Erin co-owned KJM School Of Dance for 13 years with her mother. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer, a member of PDTA, DEA, and the American Council of Physical Fitness. Miss Erin has also worked as a governess for the past fifteen years. She is certified in Early Education with specialty in Elementary Education.