Reflexion Dance & Fitness was created to give students a unique dance experience here in our beautiful Astoria, Queens! We aim to teach dance technique, teamwork, fitness and self-expression through movement. Our goal is to build a supportive Reflexion family & instill confidence, positive body image and the belief that all of our students are limitless in whatever they want to accomplish in their lives! Join our team and make healthy a reflex!
Elena has been dancing from a young age at various local dance studios – excelling in Latin Ballroom & Greek Folk Dancing. She began teaching Greek dance in 2008 at the Greek Cultural Center and has been a part of various Greek dancing groups throughout the New York area. She received her undergraduate degree from Queens College in Dietetics and studied exercise science & dance as well. While in college she also started teaching dance & dance fitness classes to combine her passion for dance, movement and health. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and is licensed to teach Zumba Fitness®, Zumba Toning®, Zumba Kids®, Zumba Kids Jr.®, Bokwa Fitness, Pound Fitness, Insanity, & OPA-cize™. She has taught in many studios & gyms throughout Queens bringing clients joy of dance & fitness. She has also partnered with many different non-profit organizations, participating in fundraisers to help raise awareness for health and fitness. Recent performance experiences include music video "Press That Body" which appeared on MTV and at Melrose Ballroom in Astoria. She received her Master's Degree from LIU Post in Sports Nutrition and currently works as a Registered Dietitian two elementary schools in Queens as well as an adjunct professor. Her goal is to help influence as many young children to lead healthy and active lives by teaching dance, fitness as well as educating students on healthy eating.
Stephanie has had a passion for dance starting at the young age of 5 years old at her local dance studio where she studied ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, tap, modern, musical theater, and contemporary. She was an active member of her local studio’s competition team for 12 years. Stephanie continued her studies in dance at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Communications with a minor in Psychology from Baruch College. She is currently completing her Master's Degree in Arts Administration at Baruch College to further her studies in the performing arts. Stephanie’s teaching experience and choreography has been seen all over the tristate area at various dancing schools and organizations where she practices her love of teaching. Her choreography has been recognized and received many awards, including first place. Strongly believing that the arts are a productive way of raising awareness, she took part in several public campaigns and organizations such as a campaign motivating students to stay in school by performing, which was featured in CUNY colleges around New York. Stephanie has worked in many public schools in the New York City area that do not have arts programs to share her passion of dance and provide them with a performing arts education and performance opportunities. Other performing experiences include music video work for “ Press That Body” which appeared on MTV. Stephanie is licensed to teach Zumba Fitness® and likes to use Zumba® as a way to incorporate dance and fitness together. Stephanie loves continuing her passion and enthusiasm for dance by teaching students and educating them in both dance and fitness at Reflexion.
Ashley has been teaching dance, musical theatre, acting and private vocal lessons for eight years. As an actress and vocalist she has performed at various venues around the city, including her Off-Broadway debut in "Birthday Boy", written by famed jazz musician Jack Donahue. Her favorite performance credit venues include 54 Below, The West End, and The Duplex. She has performed for Titus Burgess, Jonathan Reid Gealt, and Adam Guettel to name a few. She has also written and directed over fifteen children's plays and musicals. She has choreographed shows like Seussical, Aladdin, Shrek, and Hairspray. Ashleycomes from a cheerleading background, as she was a Varsity cheerleader for Adrian College in Adrian, MI. There she earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. Having fifteen years of competitive baton twirling and pageant experience as well, she was Head Majorette for the Adrian College twirling line and has held various titles across the Midwest including Gold from the Junior Olympics. She currently is the Program Head of Arts at the YWCA for White Plains- Central Westchester and also teaches at two studios in Brooklyn. Ashley is so proud to rep Reflexion as a fellow Astorian and loves watching her students grow every year!
Stephanie was born and raised in sunny Southern California, where she began her dance training at the age of 3 under the Caspary family. She went on to graduate with honors with a B.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine where she studied under notable choreographers such as Loretta Livingston, Lisa Naugle, Molly Lynch, Diane Diefenderfer, Jodi Gates, and Sharon Wray. Stephanie moved to New York City when she was hired as a company member with Undertoe Dance Project. She is currently a company member with Delineation Dance and The Pic PAC, performing in NYC and the tri-state area. She has been the artistic director of her own contemporary dance company for 3 years, MachineHDance (machinehdance.com), where she has premiered various short works, self-produced two evening length pieces and the MachineHDance Summer Festival, which featured 16 different choreographers in mid-town NYC. Stephanie received grant funding from the Queens Council on the Arts for her outreach program, “INterACTION”, which premiered at The Secret Theatre in Queens in August, 2016.
Stephanie has been teaching ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop for over eight years and her choreography has won numerous awards including “Most Innovative Choreography” from Rainbow Dance Competition. She is currently on faculty and directs the dance team at Breaking Ground Dance Center in Pleasantville, NY and is honored to have joined the talented group of dance educators at Reflexions Dance and Fitness in 2016.