Meet The Company

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Samantha Graviano

Director/ Choreographer

Samantha founded SLGDC in the summer of 2019. She has been in the dance industry for almost 20 years now. She graduated from Longwood High School in 2015 and attended Suffolk Community College where she received her Associates degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently a Criminal Justice major at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue. When she's not volunteering with the Victim Information Bureau or working for the County she is in the studio teaching or dancing herself.  


Samantha started dance at the young age of 2 and was a national competition dancer. Samantha trained at Broadway Dance Center, Elite Dancers, NY Dance Company and Where the lines overlap dance company. Along with competitive dance she was also Captain of her High School Kickline Team and a member and Captain of the Division 1 University of Hartford Dance Team. She has taught at studios all across Suffolk and Nassau County along with Connecticut and New York City. She is looking forward to changing lives through dance.

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Ashley Czarnecki

Choreographer/ Company Member

Ashley has been dancing since she was 2 years old at Elite Dancers. Growing up she loved the art and continued to push toward her goals. Once she turned 12 she immediately began student teaching and loved how natural it felt. At just 15 years old she had her first class that she was teaching on her own and successfully choreographed a routine for the first time. Ashley has been teaching ever since and loves pushing her students to their best. Watching them succeed constantly reminds her why this is so much more than just a job. 
Ashley joined a dance company called Abstrakt Beings and still continues to train and dance as much as possible. Once she graduated high school she went on to receive an associates degree at Suffolk County Community College where she joined the dance team. Under Suffolk she received four national titles in two years by competing at the National Dance Alliance competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. She then graduated from Suffolk Community and proceed to continue her studies at St. Joseph's College where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Tourism management. She joined the St. Joseph's College dance team and currently holds two national titles with the team. As she enters her senior year of college she hopes to continue doing what she loves and teaching the art that has brought her so much happiness.

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Daria DeMasi

Choreographer/ Company Member

Daria is a passionate and dedicated dancer who continues to train in efforts to perfect her craft. Daria is in search of an opportunity to help educate student dancers to reach their individual goals. She has learned from top choreographers and dancers in the industry and she desires to share that experience with her peers. She started dance when she was 2 and has danced competitively for 17 years receiving numerous awards throughout the region. Daria started taking dance very seriously at age 14. She trained at one of the top studios on Long Island called World Class Performance Center. Daria is constantly training at either local studios or taking classes in NYC. She is currently dancing at the pre professional level with the Sacred Heart University Dance Company. The highlight of Daria’s career thus far was being named the 2nd place soloist at the World Dance Movement in Bari, Italy in 2018 and being in Pianos Become the Teeth music video in 2018. Daria is currently attending Sacred Heart University studying Information Technology and hopes after graduation to move to NYC to peruse a dance career. Daria is so excited to not only dance for the company but choreograph for SLGDC as well.

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Maggie D'Amaro

Choreographer/ Company Member

Maggie’s love for dance started at the age of 5 when she first stepped into Elite Dancers and danced along side many of the stunning SLG cast. It wasn’t long before she realized she also had a love for choreographing. She experimented with it when she was 14 and brought a piece onto stage at her Nationals. She continued her competitive dance career at Fusion Dance Force with Kyle and Amanda Preiser. This is where she found her voice as a creator; winning a scholarship at Pulse, Artist Simply Human, Artistic Dance Exchange, and 3rd overall at Nationals for a self made solo. Training alongside and learning choreography from Chris Judd, Erica Sobol, Billy Larson, Kyle&Amanda, and many others changed her life. She now continues her dance career at Syracuse University where she studies Economics. She is on the executive board of one of the largest audition based dance companies on campus, DanceWorks. This past spring she had the pleasure of choreographing her own piece. She believes that boundaries are made to be pushed and movement is just vital and beautiful as traditional technique.

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Megan McGuinness

Company Member

Megan Jane McGuinness is thrilled to be dancing with SLG Dance Company! Dance alumni of Elite Dancers and Long Island Ballet Center. Favorite credits: Into The Sun (Katy) at The Kennedy Center, Children of Eden(Yonah/Choreographer), Guys and Dolls (Ferguson/Dance Captain) at the Forbes Center for Performing Arts, You’re a Goodman, Charlie Brown (Snoopy/Dance Captain) at the Carousel Music Theatre and Peter Pan (Wendy), The Sound of Music(U/S Maria, Ursula), Beauty and the Beast (u/s Babette/Bouche, Ensemble) at The Gateway. BA from JMU, go DUKES! Love and thanks to Sam, the company of SLG Dance, family and friends! www.meganjanemcguinness.com / @meganjane10

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Bella Dilaura

Company Member

Bella began dancing at three years of age. At age five, she began competing in all styles of dance. She won many first place awards, as well as titles in competitions across Long Island. She’s excited to continue her dance career in college on a competitive dance team in the future. She is thrilled to be part of the SLG Dance Company raising money for our local heroes.

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Dana Brey

Company Member

Dana has been dancing since she was 2 years old and started dancing competitively when she was 11 years old. She enjoys all genres of dance but ballet and lyrical are her favorites. She is currently in her senior year of college at Towson University studying Health Education and Promotion and hopes to be starting a nursing program next September. Dana was on the Towson University Dance Team and won a National Title at the D1 level. She is very excited to be dancing with SLG and helping the amazing cause!!

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Chelsea Thompson

Company Member

Chelsea has been in the dance community since she was 4 years old. She was a competitive dancer for about 12 years. Chelsea took part in all dance genres, from ballet and tap to hip-hop and contemporary, as well as being a varsity Rockette in all four years of high school. Chelsea was in retirement mode for about 4 years, but she had to dust off her shoes to partake in Sam’s amazing company for a wonderful cause!

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Kayleigh Joynt

Company Member

Kayleigh began dancing at the age of 2 and started competing at the age of 4. Kayleigh takes part in all genres of dance but contemporary is her favorite. She is still competing and training at Elite Dancers, and is currently in her senior year of high school serving as the Varsity Rockette Captain. She plans to continue her dance career on a dance team in college. Kayleigh is very excited to be a part of the SLG Dance Company helping our local heroes!

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Kaileigh Brandow

Company Member

Kaileigh started dance at the young age of two and started competitive dance at the age of five training at Elite Dancers. After eleven years Kaileigh hung up her dancing shoes. She loves all styles of dance but jazz is by far her favorite. Kaileigh is so excited to get back to dancing and to be dancing with SLG!

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Jessica Graviano

Company Member

Jessie began dancing at the young age of 5 and started competing nationally at the age of 8. Jessie takes part in all genres of dance but jazz is her favorite. She has trained at studios such as NYDC, Elite & Stars on Stage Dance Academy. Jessie is currently a senior at Longwood High School where she is also a member of the Longwood Varsity Kickline team for the past four years. She plans to continue her dance career on a dance team in college while working towards her goal of becoming a lawyer. Jessie is very excited to be a part of the SLG Dance Company helping our local heroes.

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Brooke Fitzsimmons

Company Member

Brooke is 16 years old and has been dancing since the age of 2. She trains in jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, tumbling, and ballet. In addition to being on the competition team at Stars On Stage, she also competes with Newfield High School Varsity Kickline. Over the years of competing, Brooke has won multiple awards including Turn It Up teen title, Royal Dance Competition teen and senior queen, The Power Of Dance Power Dancer, and was invited to the Synthesis Dance Apprenticeship Program with choreographer Tracie Stanfield. Brooke looks forward to continuing her dance career in college and long after when her years of competing are done.

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Kaitlyn Murphy

Company Member

Kaitlyn began dancing at the young age of  4, 14 years later she finished her dance career where she started at Stars on Stage Dance Academy. Kaitlyn graduated from Newfield High School and was a member of the Varsity Kickline team in all four years of High School. She then moved onto Stony Brook University where she is a Bio Chem major. Her hobbies include eating chipotle and watching the sunset. Kaitlyn has trained in all genres of dance but Contemporary is her favorite. She is so excited to be dancing again and with the SLG Dance Company.

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Kaylee Flanagan

Company Member

Kaylee began her dance career only 6 years ago at Stars on Stage Dance Academy. She is currently a senior at Newfield High School. Along with dance, Kaylee has a love for photography and drawing. Kaylee trains in all genres of dance but her favorite style is Jazz. Kaylee is so excited to be dancing for a great cause with the SLG Dance Company!

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Stefanie Crino

Company Member

Stefanie started dancing at the young age of 5 for the past 13 years training at Stars on Stage Dance Academy. She is currently a senior at Newfield High School and looking forward to continuing her education at Suffolk Community College this Fall. Her favorite styles of dance are Hip Hop & Jazz. Stefanie is so excited to be apart of the SLG Dance Company!

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Kayla MacKay

Company Member

Kayla Jayde MacKay is currently a junior at Rocky Point. She has been dancing since the age of 3, training at Backstreets Dance Studio and currently Marchands School of dance. She has taken classes with the Radio City Rockettes and has danced in multiple parades including down Main Street USA in Disney World. She has studied all styles but tap and lyrical are by far her favorites. She can’t wait to dance with the SLG company!

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Amber Oneil

Company Member

Amber has been dancing since the age of five. She has trained in all genres both recreationally and competitively, and was involved in her High school Kickline team where she became captain her senior year. When Amber went to college she joined the dance team in order to continue her passion with dance and eventually became president of the team. Amber is currently working toward her MSW at Stony Brook University and although she has been in retirement the past two years, she is excited to be back in the dance world working to make a difference in our community.

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Taylor Wilson

Company Member

Taylor has been dancing since the age of six and competing since the age of eight. She has trained in all genres but her heart belongs to tap. All throughout high school Taylor was a member of the William Floyd Varsity Rockettes and the Elite Dancers Competition Team. Now she is attending St. Joseph’s College to become an elementary school teacher and is a teacher at Elite Dancers Next Generation. Taylor is so excited to be dancing again with SLG Dance Company as she uses her love of dance to make a positive impact on the community.

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Amy Obraits

Company Member

Amy’s passion for dance and performance began as soon as she could walk. She enrolled in her first recreational dance class at age 2 but soon realized her desire to compete and perform regularly. She went on to train and compete at Elite Dancers until age 17 when she graduated and joined both the Sacred Heart University Dance Company and the Sacred Heart University Kickline team. She is proficient in all genres of dance but has a passion for jazz and musical theater. Throughout her training she received numerous awards and titles. Some recent highlights of her career include being cast as a featured dancer in Sacred Heart’s performance of “In the Heights”, participating in the World Dance Movement in Italy where she auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and performing in the music video Pianos Became The Teeth. Amy is in her Junior year at Sacred Heart University in the honors program and is a dual major studying both Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. She has been named to the Dean’s List every semester and is actively involved in community service as a member of Habitat for Humanity, Alpa Phi Omega ( a National community service co-ed fraternity) and a Pioneer for a day host. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to dance and perform with SLG while continuing to give back to a much needed cause!

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Michaela Pereira

Company Member

Michaela had danced and competed for 8 years at Stars on Stage Dance Academy, She has danced many genres before but her favorites are hip hop and contemporary. Michaela graduated from Newfield and was a member of the Varsity Kickline team throughout High School. She is currently majoring in Biology and is graduating from Suffolk County Community College in May. After taking a bit of a break from dance she is very eager to dance again and be apart of SLG Dance Company.

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Olivia Villano

Company Member

Olivia began dancing when she was ten years old. She spent almost all of her dance career training at Elite Dancers, where she danced competitively up until her senior year of high school. She has trained in multiple styles of dance, but contemporary continues to be her favorite. She is currently attending Binghamton University pursuing a degree in Integrative Neuroscience. At Binghamton, she is a member of Evolution Dance Company, the student-run dance organization on campus. She is incredibly excited to be a member of SLG Dance Company and can’t wait to dance with everyone!

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Caroline Tyburski

Company Member

Caroline started dancing at the age of 4, continuing with a few different studios before finishing at stars on stage. She was on the dance team in high school for 2 years. She attends University of Albany, majoring in homeland security & emergency preparedness. She is on the dance council there and her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and jazz

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Jenna Spates

Company Member

While this is Jenna’s first season with SLG Dance Company, she has spent more than 27 years on stage. A dancer since 1992, Jenna trained in multiple disciplines including tap, jazz, lyrical and character and has competed and performed across the U.S. She currently choreographs for North Fork Community Theater where she was credited in their production of Pippin,The Drowsy Chaperone, and Oliver! She is also a member of Where the Lines Overlap Dance Company in West Hampton. Born and raised in St. James, Jenna studied at TJE Dance Force for 10 years. She went on to become part of the University of Maryland’s dance team. Jenna continues to take advantage of high-level workshops at NYC’s acclaimed Broadway Dance Center, just as she did at Millennium Dance Complex during a short stint living in Pittsburgh. She is always looking to experience new perspectives in dance.