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Kristina E. Miceli

Kristina is the Owner/Director of Power House Dance Academy. She graduated from Queens Borough Community College where she received a degree in Fine Arts. She is currently in Hunter College's Dance Education Graduate Program on a full scholarship where she will obtain her masters in 2022. She performed in two pieces choreographed by Robert Battle, Kristina has also performed a piece that was choreographed by Urban Bush Women's dance company, and another piece by Sidra Bell called Humane Encounter in the Spring of 2021 . In pursuing her dream to perform for others she danced in the SUNY Purchase production of The Nutcracker with the SUNY Purchase Dance Core and the New York City Ballet, as well as being in the movie, The Little Children starring Kate Winslet. In the summer of 2012 Kristina was lead choreographer for Fame Theatrical Productions musical called Seussical the Musical. She has been teaching Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Nursery classes for the past 17 years. She was a member of an award winning competition team for over 10 years. Kristina has choreographed many award winning performances from large to small groups as well as, solo's where her students received many high platinum, platinum, high score awards, and special judge awards competing against hundreds of dance routines from the tri-state area. She choreographed an award winning large group performance achieving the “MOST ENTERTAINING AWARD” at Inferno Dance Competition where Kristina also won the very prestigious “OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD” for her work on a solo performance of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga. In the 2018-2019 competition season, Kristina once again won the distinguished "OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD" for a co-choreographed piece with Alexandra Scacalossi, "Hallelujah", by Pentatnoix from Dance X Plosions. In the 2021 competition season Kristina's pieces won "OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY", best use of prop, and story telling awards for her September 11th tribute dance. She also won the "OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD" for a soloist piece called "Ending" by Isak Danielson at very renowned Inferno Dance Competition.

Alexandra Scacalossi

Alexandra began dancing at the age of four. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts. During her time at LaGuardia she studied Ballet, Graham and Horton technique. Alexandra had the privilege of working with choreographers Elisa King and Daniel Gwirtzman in the Graduation Dance Concert at LaGuardia. She also studied with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, during their summer intensives. There she studied the Taylor technique and worked alongside current and former company members. She also had the opportunity of learning and performing Taylor's repertoire. To keep herself up to date with dance, she takes a variety of dance classes at Broadway Dance Center. Alexandra has been a dance instructor for the past 12 years, with a focus in contemporary and modern dance. She also works with students who wish to attend performing arts high schools, with great success. In her first season at Power House Dance Academy, Alexandra co-taught the competition team. She won the choreography award for "Hallelujah", by Pentatonix from Dance XPlosions, alongside studio owner Kristina Miceli. She was awarded a special judge award “Breathe of Fresh Air” for her piece “A Moment Apart”. The award recognized and admired her choreography and tribute to modern dance. She is currently teaching the senior competition team. In this past competition season, her piece “Acceptance” won the Excalibur Award, Classic Apogee Award, National Grand Champion 1st Runner Up, Routine on Fire Award, and Choreography award. She was also awarded Choreography Awards for a soloist piece, “Where’s My Love?” and the piece “Sound of Silence”. Alexandra is happy to share her knowledge and love of dance with the students of Power House Dance Academy. She loves having the opportunity for her passion and creativity to grow. 

Briana Brink-Rivera

 For the past six years Briana Brink-Rivera has been teaching ballet technique and various styles of musical theatre to young aspiring dancers. Her knowledge and passion for teaching has come from her 24 years of ballet and dance experience with School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, and New York Conservatory for the Arts. She has performed in several of Joffrey's Nutcrackers and Spring Concerts, Disney, Universal Studios, and most recently Dances Patrelle's Yorkville Nutcracker. In her spare time she will also perform in community theatre productions, her most recent being Cabaret and La Cage aux Folles. Briana's goal for her students is not only to improve their technique but to instill an everlasting passion and confidence for whatever it is they want to achieve.

Macayla Focarino

Macayla has been dancing for fifteen years now since the age of two. She has taken all types of dance including ballet, technique, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap. During her dance career she has also competed in many dance competitions winning awards such as first place overall and a special award from Inferno Dance Competition “Live Your Life” to recognize her passion for modern dance during a master class. She has been assistant teaching for four years now and is very excited to join the Power House Dance Academy staff to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the students.