Carly Medico / Director
Carly graduated Adelphi University with a B.S in Physical Education, minoring in Dance. Being Dorothy's daughter, she is a DSD alum. She has studied Dance in Italy with World Dance Movement and has taught dance classes in Taiwan, Asia as well. Carly has appeared in music videos for a number of artists, instructional dance videos, performed with Neyo in NYC, and can be seen in commercials for Lovesac, Kodak, phone companies, and Beneful to name a few. She has been in both movies & TV series. Carly was a dancer for the North American Soccer
League's NY Cosmos. She assists Broadway star and music
producer, Thommie Retter in tap classes around the country
including Abby Lee Miller's booty camp (Dance Moms) in
Pittsburgh and performing on live TV. Besides acting and dancing,
she has modeled professionally for many ads and catalogs
(including dance). Carly has also modeled for Sephora, Lancôme,
and may be seen among other places as she is signed with a Top NYC
Dorothy Medico / Founder
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
Trent is a DSD Alum and also the 2009 TONY Award Winner for Best Leading Actor in Musical for his role in Broadway's Billy Elliot, playing Billy himself and performing a duet with Elton John. Before making his Broadway debut, he was living in London playing Billy in the West End's, Billy Elliot. He attended Princeton University where he studied Philosophy & Dance and was apart of their dance company, Bodyhype.
Trent is a 5-year undefeated Irish Step Dance North American Champion and the youngest male at the time to win Irish Worlds at just 9 years old in Ireland. Trent currently travels the world touring with numerous dance companies.
Trent started dancing with Miss Carly at DSD at 3 years old. We are so lucky to have Trent back at DSD as a part of our faculty.
Jessica Salvesen is from Long Island and a graduate of The Long Island University of C.W Post with a B.F.A in Dance Studies. She has performed and choreographed various pieces with the Post Concert Dance Company. Miss Salvesen has also participated as a dancer in various Fringe Festival performances. She has worked and perform several pieces choreographed by former Alvin Ailey dancers Carl Paris, Michael Leon Thomas and former Parsons dancer, Steven Vaughn at Symphony Space. She continues to perform and teach throughout New York and the East Coast and is looking forward to another year at her home studio!
'Miss 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.