Meet Our Instructors

Our talented instructors provide diverse dance training.
Pamela Kalechofsky

Miss Pam is the Assistant Director of Divine Rhythms Dance. She has studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, and Lyrical extensively throughout Long Island and NYC and has training in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and African dance as well.

She attended the Long Island High School of the Arts (LIHSA) for Dance and earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Dance at Long Island University.

After performing throughout NY and the United States, Miss Pam earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary English Education. She is a NYS Certified and Tenured English Teacher.

Miss Pam is also a Certified Yoga Instructor & registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). She believes in using your breath to motivate your movement, to move from your heart, and to expand through every inch of your entire being with a mindful awareness of self and space.

Deanna Kinkead

Deanna Kinkead is the Office Manager at Divine Rhythms. She began her career at DR in 2013 as a part time teacher with 12+ years of recreational training in most disciplines, a Liberal Arts degree, and a passion for teaching children. She is a self-taught singer/ guitarist and lover of all music and art. Deanna also teaches Preschool classes and performs weekly.

Alexis Andrea

Miss Alexis is a graduate of the Performing Arts High School in Syosset (currently LIHSA), & has earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She started as a ballroom/latin dancer w/ her mother, Giny Rae as her coach & has won national titles in latin & cabaret. Alexis’ performance career includes the Las Vegas show “Simply Ballroom.” In addition, she was a featured performer in a USA tour w/Debbie Reynolds as the host. She has performed in the Sundance film “Dirty Eyes”, as well as done site-specific pieces at such locations as Lincoln Center, & Central Park. Alexis spent 8 years performing as a featured dancer & aerialist w/Celebrity & Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cruising the Mediterranean, Baltic, & Caribbean. As well, she was part of the inaugural cast of the Celebrity Reflection. In that time, she also served as Aerial Captain, & performed on such circus apparatuses as: lyra, tissu (silks), static trapeze, Spanish web, & bungee.

Kimberlee Gerstheimer

Miss Kim received her BA in Dance from Hofstra University and also attended the Long Island High School for the Arts. She has studied contemporary, modern, and ballet extensively over the years both on Long Island and NYC. Miss Kim has over 15 years experience teaching in the dance studio classroom, as her true passion has always been in dance education and choreography. After performing in the NYC area, she pursued a full apparatus Pilates certification, which has given her a wealth of kinesthetic knowledge to apply to dance students. For Miss Kim, the most incredible aspect of teaching is the ability to inspire students to be creative and see dance as a true art form, to use their body as an artistic instrument, and to believe in themselves.

Gina Mormando

Miss Gina has been trained by Anne Cunningham, a Radio City Rockette, Savion Glover, The Eglevsky Ballet Company, Rock Steady Breakers, and many more inspiring performers! Miss Gina attended NCC where she was a Principle Dancer and received nan Associates Degree in Dance. She danced in numerous commercials for Lucille Roberts and was the Captain/Choreographer of the AFL’s New York Dragons Fire dancers for 5 years after. She was chosen to represent the NY team in New Orleans for their XXI Arena Bowl Dream Team and to be the video animation dancer for EA Sports AFL Video Game “Road to Glory”. Gina has performed with the NHL as an Islanders Ice Breaker and chosen by MTV to be a MADE Coach. In 2007, Miss Gina was selected to be a part of The New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders for their inaugural season. Throughout her years with the NFL she modeled for their calendars, performed next to Lenny Kravitz at his Half Time Show, and was in years of televised news and Sports Commercials. She was a member of their Elite Show Team and later as alumni she choreographed for the Show Team and judged the Flight Crew auditions. Gina is currently a judge for Star Quest International Dance Competitions. She believes in being a well rounded dancer. Her classroom is lively, athletic, theatrical and she is constantly pushing dancers to give it their all!

Tara Obermeyer

Mrs. Tara is a lifelong dancer who’s passion and love for dance is evident in the effort she puts into her classes and students. A certified NY state teacher with a Masters Degree in Education, Tara’s in depth experience with children enriches the care and education one receives in her dance class. After studying dance throughout her youth and adult years, she combined her love of dance and education by becoming a dance instructor. Teaching tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop for over 20 years, Miss Tara specializes in the pre-school age group. She is also a proud mother of three little ballerinas, all of whom enjoy dancing at Divine Rhythms

Buddy Casimano

Mr. Buddy is a performer with 30 years of working experience in all mediums of show business. Before tumbling into show business, he was a competitive ELITE level gymnast, as well as a 3 time Jr. Olympic swim champion. In the 80’s, (after beating her in his High School talent show) Buddy became a back-up dancer & choreographer for teen pop sensation Debbie (Deborah) Gibson, touring the world with her for 7 years. After his 3rd world tour with Debbie, he pursued his dream of dancing on Broadway. Some of his favorite show credits include: Broadway’s “Miss Saigon”- “Starlight Express”- “Hercules Live” – “Red Hot Broadway” -“Miss Saigon” 1st National Tour , “That’s Christmas”, & most recently “ POP goes BROADWAY “ (starring Debbie Gibson).

Buddy has appeared in numerous music videos on MTV, & worked with other recording artists such as SYLVESTER, Deborah Cooper, Darlene Love, Paul Young, & Tommy Page. Recent work includes : director/choreographer onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, director/ choreographer of numerous corporate industrials (Walmart, ABC Family, ESPN) & co-choreographer of the Debbie Gibson/Tiffany tour. He has danced for some of the BEST choreographers, & directors, including George Schlatter, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Mitchell, James L. Brooks, Arlene Phillips, Michael Peters, Otis Salid, Jodi Moccia, & Paula Abdul. He has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing some INCREDIBLE performers such as : Ben Vereen, Karen Ziemba, Jennifer Holliday, Adrian Zmed, Asa Somers, Eugene Fleming, Andrea McArdle, Anthony Rapp, Norm Lewis & Lea Salonga. A pair of his dance shoes are displayed in the Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a pair in the Smithsonian pop-culture exhibit. Buddy has been teaching dance & judging for National talent competitions for 20 years, and currently teaches master classes in jazz, musical theater, lyrical, & his own athletic, jazz-infused style he calls “Buddy-ography”.

Tristan

Bio coming soon.

Haley Schmich

Miss Haley is very excited to be teaching at Divine Rhythms Dance. Throughout high school, she trained primarily at Divine Rhythms Dance, as well as competed there for many years. While competing, she won many Title Awards, as well as choreography awards for pieces she set. Haley was a member of the Koin and Co Junior Training Program, under which she took classes of every discipline year round in New York City. She has attended the Complexions summer and winter intensives of 2015-2017, and taken several discipline specific workshops through Broadway Dance Center. She has also been a member of Tracie Stanfield’s apprentice company, Synthesis Too. She is currently a student of the Adelphi University Dance Department on a scholarship, where she is studying to earn her BFA in movement and choreography.

Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga

Alyssa hails from Long Island and has been dancing since she could crawl. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. Alyssa is an ABT® Certified Teacher, Pre-Primary through Level 5 and is certified in Dance Education through National Dance Educators Organization. Alyssa interned with Ballet Hispanico. Currently, Alyssa is the Ballet Mistress/Performing Arts Choreographer of St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset and dance teacher for 2 private studios. She is on the Board of Directors with the Josephine Foundation. Alyssa performs with Jazz Roots Dance Company under the legendary, Sue Samuels. Just for Kicks School of Dance under Barbara Ann Cittadino, has been her second home since the age of 2 where she studied all dance forms. Ballet is her concentration and credits the fine tuning of her classical training to Ali Pourfarrokh, Eglevsky Ballet. Alyssa was Captain of Oceanside Varsity Dance Team. Alyssa continues studying with various choreographers to enrich her creative process. She studied with the companies of Verdon Fosse, Joffrey Ballet and Jazz, Briansky Ballet, Amy Marshall, Keigwin+Co., Mark Morris, Limón, Martha Graham and Paul Taylor. Credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, May The Schwartz Be With You, Cabaret Night, It’s A Musical, Jazz Roots Dance Company repertoire, Cracked-ATDW, Air-Keigwin+Co., Cloven Kingdom-Paul Taylor, Dance Adelphi-semi-annual performances, Long Island Dance Project, “Nutcracker” corps de ballet and soloist Two World’s Dance, Eglevsky Ballet Repertory Company, American Theater Dance Workshop Repertory Company, “Nutcracker Suite” soloist Divine Rhythms.

Cheryl Sesto

Coach Cheryl started gymnastics at the age of three. She was a competitive gymnast competed on the West Islip High School Varsity Gymnastics Team. She attended St. Joseph’s College and was a part of their Cheer leading Team where she competed at UCA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Coach Cheryl started coaching gymnastics at the age of 16. She has coached all levels of gymnastics from recreational classes through competitive teams and has coached many individual state and team champion winners throughout her years!

Samantha Saia

Miss Samantha has studied at FIT and Queen’s College, where she earned her Bachelor’sdegree in Illustration and Master’s degree in Art Education, respectively. Part substitute teacher, part art teacher, and part dance studio receptionist. She has been doing art since she was in elementary school, and is trained in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, and digital media. Her teaching style is relaxed, student centered, and hands-on, with an emphasis on having fun while exploring our creative sides.