Jody Hirsch

Owner/Director

A native of Westchester County, Jody grew up in Scarsdale, NY. After Graduating College in Southern Vermont, she moved to Miami, FL to pursue a career in the cosmetic industry, always taking dance classes wherever she was. In the past 20 years she has had many teaching, learning and coaching experiences. Jody coached the Hendrick Hudson High School Cheerleaders for 8 years and traveled to competitions at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg VA, Dallas TX, and Myrtle Beach SC. She formed the Town of Cortlandt Cheerleading Camp and served as its director for several years. She also taught at Gymnastics City for 7 years. Jody spent 2 summers at Camp Nabby teaching tumbling to girls and boys of all ages. She was an instructor at Dance Magic for 10 years teaching tumble, tap, and jazz. While working at Dance Magic, she was the director of the Dance Camp for 5 years and coached the Mini-Stars Jazz and Tap Teams. Jody has attended teaching workshops and in NYC and CT. and enjoys observing and taking class at the Broadway Dance Center.

Mary Regueiro

Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Theater Jazz

Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY and a graduate of SUNY Purchase Mary has a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology. While at college Mary had the opportunity to work with and perform works by Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and Jose Limon. She was selected to the Craft of Choreography Conference in Ithaca, NY. for two consecutive years. Mary toured the Northeast with the Mid Hudson Ballet Company and was a member of a Performing Group that performed at the Tennessee World’s Fair, The EGG in Albany, NY and Lincoln Center NYC. She has also performed with the Off Center Dance Company of Westchester. Mary has been teaching dance since the age of fourteen, most recently she has taught Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Modern at Dance Magic of Peekskill, NY. Works she has choreographed for competition received Gold-High Gold and her choreography was cited by the judges as unique and innovative. Mary looks forward to bringing her skills to Hudson Dance and Tumble Center.

Caitlin Brady

Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Ho

Caitlin has been teaching Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap at HDTC since January 2010. Cait has choreographed pieces for competition, recitals, and community performances. Caitlin was a Dance Major at Hofstra University. She studied Ballet and Modern focusing on Graham Floor Technique, and studied with Lance Westergard, Robin Becker, and Amy Marshall. Caitlin was a student choreographer and performer for both Danceworks and MoVom at Hofstra. Caitlin continues to take class weekly at The Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and other Studios in NYC. She has the vision to fuse different genres of dance to create choreography that inspires her dancers and awes the audience. She brings an electric energy to each class that is joyous to all.

Aaron Morton

Tumble/Break Dance

Aaron is a certified personal trainer and pilates instructor. He has been married for 4 years and had his first child, Ella, in December. Aaron participated in competitive gymnastics from childhood through middle school. With a love of sports and being active Aaron was able to use the skills from gymnastics to other sports and hobbies such as diving, snowboarding and breakdancing. He trained at HDTC with Colleen before taking over her classes. Aaron brings a unique, positive energy that all the students have grown to love.

Justine Golfo

Tumble/Hippity Hop/Dance & Tumble

Justine is a native of Cortlandt Manor, and holds certifications in Kettlebell/Kickboxing, Youth Fitness, and Bootcamp Training. She started training in gymnastics and dance at 4 years old. In her teenage years, Justine was a Cheerleader at Hendrick Hudson High School. She competed all over Westchester County and went to Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC with her team. Justine teaches tumble and cheerleading at HDTC Summer Camp. She enjoys taking many types of fitness classes. Justine is also a Teachers’ Aid at Sunset Nursery School. She brings her experience, kindness and an incredible amount of enthusiasm to her classes.

Mel Cross

Tumble/Hip Hop

Busy is an understatement! Not only is Mel one of New Yorks top dancers & emcees, an amazing gymnastics/tumbling coach for 13 years , but in the past few months, he has also been picking up more acting work! He was featured on the Netflix show, “The Get Down” and does stunt work for Marvels Luke Cage to name a few.

As Mel continues to dunk/model/dance/tumble/crowd control at the Barclay Center for the Brooklyn Nets “Team Hype” as well as New York Mets “Perk Patrol” he also continues dancing/motivating/emceeing throughout the Tri~State area for all sorts of amazing events!

Melissa Hansen

Melissa grew up in rural Iowa. She began helping with classes at her mom’s dance studio from a young age and has continued to enjoy teaching. Melissa graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in performing arts with an emphasis in Acting/Directing and a minor in Dance. After college Melissa spent time on the road with the Broadway 1st national tours of Hairspray (Penny, Brenda) and Grease (Swing, U/S Sandy, Cha Cha and Patty). A proud member of Actor’s Equity for 14 years, Melissa also has performed at various regional theatres including Westchester Broadway theatre as Sandy in Grease. Melissa has choreographed a variety of productions for community theatres, summer stock, college productions, and had the privilege of being a guest artist at Central Missouri State. Recently, Melissa has taught/choreographed locally at Rippowam Cisqua middle school, and Irvington High School. Melissa now lives in Croton with her husband and two children. She is excited to start teaching at HDTC.

Melanie Seastone

Born in Wisconsin, Melanie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point where she received a B.F.A. in musical theatre. Since moving to NYC in 2003, Melanie has concentrated on dance education, completing the Dance Education Laboratory program (DEL) at the 92nd Street Y. She has taught extensively at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Applause, Brooklyn Preschool of Science, Brooklyn Music School, Stage Coach-Brooklyn and Discovery Programs where she is celebrating her thirteenth year teaching young aspiring ballerinas and hip-hopsters.

Melanie and her family moved to Westchester in 2016, where she spends her days chasing her two young girls around streets much quieter than Brooklyn. She’s excited to join the team at Hudson Dance and Tumble!

Carolyn

Carolyn is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Dance and Mathematics. At Rutgers, Carolyn took classes from and worked with Randy James, Keith Thompson, and Laurel Snyder in the field of modern dance.
Carolyn has been a student and assistant at HDTC since it opened. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, tumble, contemporary, and modern. Carolyn is excited to teach Acro-Tumble to fuse her love and knowledge of dance and tumble into one class. Her calm and gentle approach to teaching will inspire her students to accomplish their goals.

Suzi Myers Tipa

Tap/Jazz

A native New Yorker, Suzi began her dance career with the Windemere Ballet Theatre in Queens. Her passion for dance lead her to study many international folk dance styles with experts from around the world. Styles include Irish Step, Scottish Highland, Hawaiian hula, Russian, Ukrainian, Mexican, African, Italian, Appalachian clogging, Swing, Latin dance styles, Chinese, and Eastern European. As a member of AllNations Dance Company, she traveled to such exotic locations as Central and South America, Eastern Europe, China, and Brooklyn sharing a message of global understanding through the arts.

An actor as well, Suzi studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and improvisation at Chicago City Limits in New York City. Suzi has performed lead roles at the Emelin Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, and at the New York City International Fringe Festival. Her performance as Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Lynch Theatre in Manhattan earned her a nomination for the Irene Ryan Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She has produced and performed sketch comedy at the Trilogy Theatre in Manhattan, and her credits also include film and television work. She is proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.She has written, produced and performed sketch comedy, and currently dances with Pat Cannon’s Foot and Fiddle Dance Company. She is also a passionate Zumba instructor, teaching the Latin dance-based fitness class at locations throughout Westchester.

Claire Tandy

Desk Manager

Claire has been managing HDTC’s front desk for 5 years. She is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia. Claire grew up in Rochester, NY, she has lived in Westchester for 25 years. Claire makes everyone feel at home when they enter the Studio with her friendly personality and big smile.