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Song & A Dance
Professional music dance acrobatics martial arts Instruction. We have been serving your
Maspeth Middle Village Elmhurst and Woodside community for 40 years.
Ms. Ronnie Bertani is the heart behind S&D. Ms. Ron has worked with children her entire life even creating "summer camps" for kids, just a few years younger than she, since the age of ten. She saw a need in her community early on for a safe, non-competitive environment where children would be able to learn and flourish and later, created just that. She has fostered a genuine love for the arts in, not only her three boys, but an entire neighborhood for generations. She has used her keen business sense and intuitive personality to not only start the school we love, but also to help make S&D a success for nearly 40 years. She herself has studied piano and lived surrounded by music and dance for years but prides herself on being the friendly face behind the front desk. She is always welcoming and there to share with!
Mr. Rick Lionarons is the soul behind S&D. As a professional musician, businessman, and director of the music program, he recognized the genius of Ronnie's idea early on and brought to the table an innate ability to communicate and teach the arts. He always promotes community involvement, and gives of his time to local churches, community causes and charitable organizations. He has enjoyed much success in his musical career touring the world with his hit song in Argentina, appearing on radio and television, playing professionally at weddings clubs and concerts, and writing music. Rick strives in playing jazz, rock, pop and spiritual music. He has been musical director for several theater groups at St. Mary's and St. Adalbert's. He spends his days creating music teaching materials for the next generation of students, writing musical compositions, singing in the Brooklyn Diocesan Vicariate Choir and playing at St. Paul's Church in Corona. Above all, he has a knack for supplying the right teaching strategy to ensure that your child will learn properly. Rick thinks learning music should be fun, interesting and is a vehicle to a cultured peaceful life for many students.
Miss Carly Barnes has been a student at S&D for over TEN years having studied all types of dance, musical theater and music. She loves working with the littlest ones and she has the ability to inspire them to learn about the beauty of dance
Mr. Larry Brown has been teaching drums in the rock and roll style for 15 years. He has performed, recorded, and toured with bands since 1975. In 1980 his band, April Dancer was signed to the Teen Beat record label. In 1985 he toured and recorded with the band Persian Gulf, signed by Raven Records. Larry is known by his peers as a NYC club scene veteran, and has over 1,000 performances with various bands in venues across the city.
Larry studied most notably with jazz legend Jim Chapin and at The Collective with Fred Klatz.
His students benefit from his knowledge of the rock genre and his ability to relate this to them in a clear and organized way.
Mr. Andru Cann has been teaching music at Song & A Dance for 17 years. He teaches piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, and violin. He has a New York State teachers license and a Masters degree in music composition.
He works professionally, playing in jazz clubs, yoga schools, and has been the resident pianist/organist in the oldest and largest Baptist church in Manhattan for the past 20 years. He intuitively knows how to guide a student to excellence. His past work is featured in award winning movies, top forty singles, and is currently being played continuously on three radio stations in Brazil.
Miss Lori-Ann Fordunski has been dancing since she was three years old. She participated on the award-winning New York competitive dance team for over ten years. She attended the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts where she majored in a pre-conservatory dance program. She graduated with an Arts endorsed diploma in 2012. Lori attended College at the University at Albany and graduated in 2016 with a Business degree in Management and Marketing. While at UAlbany she participated in an organization called Dance Council. She choreographed 14 dances and performed in approximately 45 pieces. Lori ran for the Executive Board of Dance Council during her junior year and was elected President. She ran the club as President during her senior year. Lori has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera House. Lori-Ann is so excited to be going into her third year as a dance instructor at Song & A Dance. She loves sharing her joy and passion for dance with her students.
Miss Kristen Kopec is a NYCDOE certified public school teacher. She enjoys working with children of all ages and seeing them learn and progress. She has been doing acrobatics since the age of 5 and teaching it for over
10 years now. She is a seasoned gymnast, having competed during her childhood, but overall loves the art of acrobatics. She prides herself on having created the contortion class at S&D, which is truly one of a kind. Ms
Kristen's last skill set is in her high flying TRAPEZE acts. where she flies through the air 30-40 feet above ground!
Mr. Hugh McNulty is a professional working musician specializing in guitar and vocals. Hugh has performed in hundreds of clubs, hotels and concert venues. He has a sweet personality and a calm, relaxed persona in the classroom. This enables him to work well with all of his students, who range from the littlest beginners up to seasoned professionals. He performs every week for senior centers, is a loving husband, father and grandfather and is a motivated and caring teacher. Hugh is also very happy to work with the man who started him in the music business, his long-time mentor Mr. Rick.
Miss Charlee Ray Price is a seasoned teacher and music professional. She has been with S&D for over 10 years. Charlee teaches piano, guitar, vocal, ukuelele and violin students. She is currently studying Classical Guitar as a Music Education major at Queens College. She is also working towards a Recording Studio Engineer minor at Queens College. Charlee has written and recorded many of her own songs. She brings a poetic and creative approach to each lesson and strives to help her students find their own musical voice.
Miss Emily Fung is a full time student by day and dance teacher by night. She is currently studying secondary mathematics education at Queens College. The Performing arts have been a part of her life since she was young, learning ballet, jazz, musical theatre, auxiliaries, piano, guitar, and flute. Miss Emily is looking forward to her new journey at S&D and is excited to see what is to come next.
Mr. Prathan Phakdeephon "Gai" The beauty of music inspired Prathan into the endless curiosity of music knowledge. He earned a Bachelor degree in Music Education in Thailand as a Classical Guitar Major and studied Jazz Performance at City College, NY. Mr. Prathan has been teaching for over 15 years. He has also performed and recorded with bands in various styles including: blues, jazz, soul, funk, and R&B. Mr. Prathan has a passion for music and hopes that passing this knowledge to his students will help each student to achieve their goals.