• Holds a BA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Caren is also part of the faculty at Purchase College, SUNY teaching Dance Fitness. She is also the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts on the Purchase campus.
  • As a choreographer, Caren has choreographed musicals for Scarsdale High School, White Plains Middle School, Purchase Youth Theater and the Playgroup Theater.
  • Caren's performance career includes dancing with Kinetic Dance Theater, appearing as a dancer on the AMC Series "Into Character: Dirty Dancing", and in the Off- Broadway Musical "Still on the Corner.

Caren Valente   (Contemporary)

Lindsay Bordonaro(Ballet, Jazz)


All of our faculty are educated, caring professionals.  All teachers follow the Dance for Joy syllabus, created by Ms. Roberta, for the first steps, pre-ballet and ballet classes..


Vanessa Brunton (Ballet)

(Current substitute)

  • Graduate of Dance for Joy
  • Masters Degree in Speech Pathology
  • Taught at Dance for Joy for 5 years

Deanna Fiscus Ford (Ballet)

  • Trained at SAB (School of American Ballet)
  • Performed for many years with Hartford Ballet
  • Radio City Music Hall Rockette
  • Teaches master classes and judges competitions and conventions across USA

Rowena DiBenedetto(Ballet, Jazz)

  • Theater Arts degree
  • Over 10 years performing with numerous companies
  • Over 20 years teaching experience
  • Mom to 4 daughters, all danced at Dance for Joy

1893 East Main Street (Route 6), Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 * 914-526-4486 * Roberta Humphrey, M.Ed., Director *

Serving Yorktown, Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, Mahopac, Carmel and northern Westchester County

Main Contact:  Administration@danceforjoy.net

Holly Jones (Jazz, Ballet)

•Graduate of Dance For Joy, where she studied for 9 years 
•Studied at American Academy of Ballet and Manhattan Youth Ballet Summer Intensives for 5 years
•BA in English from Stony Brook University 
•Pursuing Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Columbia University (with PK-12 Certification)  

  • Has performed as a tap dancer  in many venues including the The Paramount Theatre in Peekskill,S.O.B’s in Manhattan, Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, NY.
  • As a member of the Tap City Youth Ensemble, has performed in over 30 different gala events for American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF).
  • Specialties in tap include improvisation, audience inclusion and music arrangement. 

Christina LoCastro (Ballet)

  • Graduate of Dance for Joy, where she studied for 14 years
  • BS in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta
  • Attended Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive and Metropolitan Repertory Ballet
  • Working on her Masters in Special Education

Tia Levinson (Ballet, Modern)

  • BFA in Dance from Texas Christian University
  • Masters in Arts Education from Columbia College, Chicago
  • Performed with Fort Worth Ballet, Wisconsin Ballet
  • Over 15 years experience as a teacher and choreographer
  • Mom to 3 children
Roberta Humphrey, Director (Ballet)
  • Ed.M. Harvard University, focus on childhood development
  • Early training with mom, Jean Humphrey, who danced with Radio City Music Hall Ballet
  • Trained in Boston (Cambridge School of Ballet, Radcliffe Dance, Boston Ballet Theater) and New York (David Howard)
  • Over 15 years touring with New England Ballet/Edra Toth and the Dance Prism
  • Over 40 years teaching experience.

Marcus Franklin (Tap)

* Sharing the magic and joy of ballet and all dance for 20 years!*   

  • Graduate of Dance for Joy, where she studied for 14 years
  • Attended Mignon Furman's American Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive 
  • BA in Dual Childhood Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities with an additional major in History and a minor in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College
  • MSEd in Literacy from Mount Saint Mary College 
  • Teacher in the Yorktown Central School District 

Samantha Confalone(Jazz, Ballet)

  • Studied at Dance For Joy, where she studied for 13 years
  • BA in Secondary Education from Manhattanville College
  • BA in Mathematics from Manhattanville College
  • Working on Masters in Secondary Special Education at Manhattanville College