Dancing Classrooms Long Island’s Team

Kathryn de Bruin

DCLI Program Director Katie de Bruin

Katie de Bruin took the reigns as Program Director in the summer of 2016. Katie has worked in many capacities—as Teaching Artist, Educational Liaison, School Coordinator, Global Network Senior Teaching Artist–and now as DCLI’s Program Director to establish DCLI as a model Global Network Dancing Classrooms site. 

A former Certified Public Accountant and later, a New York State Certified Elementary Teacher, she spent eight years at home raising her children where dance parties around the kitchen table were part of the daily routine. When she heard that Dancing Classrooms—the program highlighted in the 2005 award winning documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom—had come to Long Island, she couldn’t wait to take the dance party beyond her front door and help it take root across Nassau and Suffolk counties. She is proud to lead an amazing team of artists who provide an opportunity for Long Island’s youth to exercise critical social and emotional skills—accepting differences, cooperative teamwork and simply standing a little taller and prouder in one’s dancing shoes—through the art and joy of ballroom dance.

           Our Amazing Teaching Artists, Educational Liaisons,
and Buddy TA’s

Cindy Albertini

Eileen Clarke

James Hamm

Jessica Heins

Jane Lohmann

Jana Oelbaum

Martin Rebello

Joel Rodriguez

Jessie Salvesen

Thomas Schultz

Angela Trivigno

Stephanie Vertichio

CoDanceCo, Inc. Board of Trustees

CoDanceCo is honored to have the following individuals serving on the Board of Trustees:

  • Robert Kilroy, Chair
  • Linda Minardi, Treasurer
  • Nancy Duncan, Secretary
  • Katie de Bruin, Trustee
  • Phyllis Ozarin, Trustee
  • Paul O’Neil, Chairman Emeritus
  • Greg McCaslin, Chairman Emeritus
  • Vincent J. Pisano, Treasurer Emeritus

CoDanceCo, Inc. Mission Engagement Council

CoDanceCo is honored to have the following individuals serving on the Mission Engagement Council:

  • Scot Allan
  • Danielle Angrisani
  • Sherry Binnington
  • Suzanne Cruse
  • Claudia Dickson
  • Diane Giattino
  • Greg McCaslin
  • Sandi E. Novomestky
  • Martin Rebello
  • Cheryl Wheeler
  • Micki Williams