CHRISTINE LATTENHAUER-PAM founded Inspirations Dance Academy in 1998. She was born and raised on Long Island, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honors degree in Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Christine graduated summa cum laude, completing the Jr.-Sr. Honors Program, Merit Fellowship Program, and won the prestigious Senior academic award, "David R. Kleinman Memorial Scholarship Award in Psychology" for excellence in Psychology in her Junior year.

Christine is married to her husband Michael for thirteen years. They have two children - Ryleigh, 10 and Zachary, 9. Her favorite activity when she is not directing is to simply spend time with her family. Watching her children grow up is her biggest enjoyment and motivation each day.

She began dancing in 1978 and started teaching in 1989. Here studies include tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and lyrical, training at many local dance schools, the Broadway Dance Center, and years of Regional and National Conventions and Workshops from many prestigious teachers throughout the United States. Christine also had the opportunity to perform internationally, touring the former Soviet Union, Poland, and Denmark, sharing different dance styles with other cultures. She has won numerous awards for her unique choreographic skills as well as several awards for excellence in the art of dance. Her students have performed throughout the United States, winning many monetary and prestigious awards including outstanding technical execution, presentation and entertainment awards. As the director of Inspirations Dance Academy, she was also recognized by Dance Teacher and Spirit magazine, as the Top 50 Studios in the U.S., Winner of Best Studio 2008, and was also voted the Best Children's Dance School 2009 and 2010 by the Long Island Press.

Christine instills in her students the importance of community service and giving back to others in need. IPAC holds dance-a-thons, raising funds for a new charity each year including The Breast Cancer Foundation, The Autism Awareness Foundation, The American Red Cross for hurricane Katrina victims & for the victims of 9/11, and the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. Together with the wonderful families, she has raised over $25,000 to date for these charities. The students at IPAC also participate in community service events, including the American Girl Doll performance which helped raise thousands more dollars for the Pediatric Psychiatric Unit at Mather Hospital in Port jefferson, Brookhaven Town Tree Lighting, holiday nursing home shows, school events and more. Christine is also a proud supporter of her favorite charities for, The St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Her students have performed at Madison Square Garden, Walt Disney World, are currently active members of their college and school dance teams, recipients of college dance scholarships, dance teachers, and are performing professionally throughout the United States. Christine's students have appeared in the national tour of Cats, on Broadway, the Beauty & the Beast Show at Walt Disney World, in many shows in Las Vegas, NY Dragon and NY Jets dancers, and the list goes on. 

Christine has dedicated her life to providing quality dance instruction to all of her students, whether they dance for fun, as a social activity, or continue on to professional careers. She is committed to all of her students to make them the best they can be, and is extremely proud of each and every student - no matter how young or old, whether beginner or advanced. 

OFFICE STAFF

Tina Eletto (bookkeeper) joins our staff behind the scenes. She is the proud mother of Altan, Tabitha, one of our award winning competition dancers, and Rosalie - a member of the "Shining Stars". Tina has been part of Inspirations as a dance mom for the past 10 years. Tina shares with us her superior bookkeeping skills, enabling our school to run more efficiently.

Donna Orcel (office manager) is married to her loving husband Ralph, and has two daughters Angela and Alexandra. Her daughters have been IDA dancers for the past 9 years, and she has enjoyed watching them become beautiful, award winning dancers. Donna is an integral part of our Shoreham location, and is very excited for the recent expansion into a Performing Arts Centre. Donna is a wonderful person and we are thrilled to have Donna as the Office Manager of our Shoreham location.

Simone McKenzie (receptionist) is married to her loving husband Dave and has three beautiful children - Kailee, Logan, and Sophie. Simone loves to watch her favorite IPAC dancers, Kailee and Sophie, shine on stage. Simone joins us for her second season with much enthusiasm and commitment to our school. She is always willing to help our IPAC students any way she can, and looking for ways to constantly improve the dance experience for all of our dance families.

DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Joanne DeViva is happily married to husband Jason, and is the proud Mommy of Madelyn Jaidyn, and Noah. Joanne has performed professionally in Boston Ballet Company's Nutcracker, on several Norwegian Cruise Lines based out of Hawaii, and has earned her degree in dance from Dean College. Joanne is an accomplished dancer and performer winning countless awards throughout her performance career. Joanne now chooses to share her expertise with the students at IPAC, preparing them to be the best they can be. Joanne is an active coach for the IPAC competition team where her students are nationally recognized for excellence in dance.

Jessica Lattenhauer is the cousin of our director, Christine. Jessica has been with Inspirations for the past 9 years, and has been training to become a dance teacher during the past couple of years. She joins us with much pride following in the footsteps of her family legacy. She is an award winning dancer and is eager to share her knowledge with her students, who she just loves. We are looking forward to many more successful years from Jessica!

Marissa Sciacca began training at Inspirations 9 years ago. She is an accomplished dancer and national champion. She began choreographing in the past couple of years for our competition team, in which her routines received numerous awards. Marissa is currently attending college full time, while teaching at IPAC. We are so proud and lucky to have such a talented teacher whom our students adore on the IPAC staff.

Macy Sullivan is a Julliard-Trained and New York City-based dancer, choreographer and teacher versatile in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. With "an impish grin and heaps of enthusiasm," she's "pure joy to watch" and has an affinity for sweet, light-hearted elegance and speedy, powerful dynamism (The Seahawk, GoUpstate). Sullivan recently played the lead roles of Peter in Isaac Mizrahi's Peter and the Wolf, Marie in Chase Brock's The Nutcracker, and a featured tap dancer in The Poor of New York (Off Off-Broadway). She has performed at Lincoln Center, The Guggenheim, Jacob's Pillow, Flat Rock Playhouse, Swing 46, Symphony Space, The Connelly Theater, Keller Auditorium, and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, among others. She has also performed work by Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Leon Collins, George Balanchine, and August Bournonville. As a teaching artist, Sullivan has worked for New York City's Department of Education, Lincoln Center, Cayman Arts Festival (Cayman Islands), and FRESH Dance Intensive (Canada). In 2011, she assisted Josie Moseley in creating and setting a White-Bird commission on Martha Graham Dance Company, later appearing in a PBS documentary. At 15, Sullivan began directing children's rehearsals for Oregon Ballet Theatre's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Sullivan is a recipient of the Julliard's School's Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, and Choreographic Honors. In 2003, Sullivan represented the United States of America in the World Tap Dance Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia and was unanimously awarded the First Place Title. 

MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

Christen Biviano graduated The Crane School of Music. She has a bachelors degree of Music and Music Education. Christen has been a substitute teacher and has participated in the summer teaching program for handicapped children for Boces. She has instructed clarinet lesson's at St. Mary's Elementary School, Potsdam, New York. She has also performed in the All County Band, All State Band, and the Mid-Island Band. She has experience teaching chorus, orchestra, band, and general music at elementary and Jr. High School levels. 

Andrew Kuftack graduated with a BA in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, concentrating in the clarinet. He appeared on the President's list all four years of college. While engaged in his studies, he received a Performance Certificate as well as the honor of being the Concerto Competition Winner. Andrew has also been trained in the field at the Shoreham-Wading River School District. There, he worked with students ranging from the elementary to the high school level, as well as instructing an autistic general music class and an advanced placement music theory class. He has extensive performance experience, including solo and principal leads. Andrew is a wonderful addition to the Inspirations staff and is very excited to be on staff. 

Robert Johnson has experience and training in vocal and piano. In 2012 taught vocal lessons at the Selden Library ages 8-17. He has received the Alfred Longo award for voice as well as the Voices of Newfield Award. He has performed in the Do Re Men Performance, Camerata Singers, Freshmen Jury, College choir, and Suffolk singers. He has performed with Suffolk Community College and Stony Brook University. Robert has also performed in the Nyscam All County choir and the All State Mixed Chorus in Rochester New York.