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. 

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 (competition director) 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.