christine pam

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 seventeen years. They have two children - Ryleigh, 14 and Zachary, 13. 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. 


marissa sciaccaMarissa Sciacca (Competition Director):  Marissa began training at Inspirations 13 years ago. She is an accomplished dancer and national champion. Her routines for our competition team have received numerous awards, including Most Entertaining, Most Technical, Best Choreography, and both Regional & National Top Score. In both 2015 & 2016, she was chosen as a finalist for the ASH choreography contest. When she is not at IPAC, Marissa coaches kickline at a local high school. She is also a certified Flexistretcher trainer. We are so proud and lucky to have such a talented teacher whom our students adore on the IPAC staff.

jess lattenhauerJessica Lattenhauer: Jessica has been a part of Inspirations since the year 2000. She danced on the National Team for 10 years. In those years, she traveled to numerous states competing and attending workshops from some of the best choreographers in the world. Some exciting things included dancing at Madison Square Garden opening for the NY Knicks, and performing in Downtown Disney. Her performances ranged from as big as a national competition, to as small and wonderful as a nursing home around the holidays. Jess earned her BA in psychology at Stony Brook University in 2016, in hopes to explore counseling children and adolescents. Jess began teaching in 2010, and found a whole new level of her passion for dance. Her students mean the world to her, and their connection is unbreakable. Her main goal is to reach their hearts, as well as working their minds. Having fun is priority, and making memories that will last a lifetime is her key task at hand. Jess has traveled to Wisconsin and New York City, where she has learned more about being the best possible teacher she could be. In the past few years, her choreography has taken many top scores, as well as entertainment awards. In 2018, she received the Xcalibur award for the highest scoring dance in the entire division! She is eager to continue expanding her choreography in different directions, and to raise dancers that are winners on and off the dance floor. In 2015, Jess began managing IPAC's STEP program, mentoring students to transition into strong leaders and role models for younger dancers. She also began coaching Centereach High School Varsity Kickline in 2016, where teamwork comes first, and her newly built team showcased performances that stand out at games and regional competitions. In 2018, Jess married her high school sweetheart Mike! Jess can't wait to continue her journey and see what the future holds!

skylar lattenhauerSkylar Lattenhauer: As a graduated member of our National Competition Team, Skylar completed her 15th year dancing this Spring, as well as her 2nd year teaching at IPAC. She is currently attending Suffolk County Community College. She is proud to say that this past season was her very first time time choreographing for the competition team, a routine which received 1st place at both competitions her Hip Hop Crew competed at. Skylar says that whether she is dancing herself, or teaching dance to her amazing students, it makes her heart jump with joy. The dance world is where she is happiest, and she considers it such a pleasure to now be able to share her views and experiences. 

shonie melisShonie Melis: Shonie has been dancing since the age of two, and has been trained in various styles of dance: lyrical, jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap and hip hop. She was also a member of her schools dance team for seven years, and became a national champion at NDA nationals both both jazz and hip hop. As well as teaching at IPAC, she attends Hofstra University, where she is majoring in health science to become a physicians assistant. Choreographing for both our recreational and competition kids is one of her greatest passions, and she is so excited for the opportunity to teach our future dancers. 

ashtyn muzioAshtyn Muzio: Ashtyn is a junior at Stony Brook University studying Interdisciplinary Biology. As a Dean's List student in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, her goal is to complete her Bachelor's of Science Degree and go on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Specifically, she would love to work with young dancers to make sure they can understand their bodies and how to take care of them with intense dance training. Ashtyn continues to learn somatic science in dance classes in college and enjoys exploring how the body works to create the art we all love. After working as a teaching assistant for two semesters on campus, she loves connecting with her students to understand their personal needs for success. Ashtyn carries this passion into the studio at IPAC always challenging herself to find the best way to channel to her dancers. She loves the beauty the foundation ballet provides, along with all of the flexibility, strength, and creativity all styles of dance let us convey. Dance is a gift we are so lucky to have as a building block of our lives, as well as share and cherish with our friends and family every day.

Lindsey McDonald: Lindsey has been a teacher with Inspirations for the last 8 years. Before becoming a dance teacher, she danced at Inspirations for 10 years. She was an active member of the Regional Competition team and studied directly under the director as a student and a student teacher for several years. She has recently completed her Master's degree program at Columbia University and works as an English teacher. She continues to teach at IPAC and thoroughly enjoys watching the process that her students make each year.

Brittany Rocco

Lindsey Krevitsky

James Myers

Loren Prestano

Victoria Schrager

Emilia Ganci

Allison VerStraten


Sharon Hickman: Miss Sharon graduated from Liberty University with a degree in music education, and then went on to receive her graduate degree in special education from St. Joseph's College. She has a deep passion for ensuring that all students, regardless of ability or background, receive a positive and engaging music education experience. Miss Sharon has previously taught private voice, cello and piano lessons, where she tailored the lessons to meet the needs and desires of each of her students. She prepared students for NYSSMA, college auditions, musical theater auditions, and provided music therapy for students with Autism and Alzheimer’s disease. Her end objective in every lesson taught is to influence students towards a lifelong love of music, and she strives to make her lessons as engaging and fun as possible by incorporating musical games and improvisation. As well as teaching at IPAC, she also teaches general music in a local school district. Miss Sharon is so excited about working with our IPAC students in expanding both their musical skills, and love of music.

Ron Matthews: Before graduating from [email protected] Cortland in Childhood Education, Mr. Matthews had studied with Music Professor Sy Schaffer, at Suffolk Community College. During  that time, he had received a Music Composition Award from S.C.C.C.  for a contemporary original arrangement  performed by their College Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Matthews has taught for a variety of private schools before joining IPAC and enjoys teaching for every student level. In addition, he has directed, performed and produced several musicals. His lessons include voice, piano, improvisation, theory, and music composing. His major goal is to maintain a positive musical experience with each student, bringing out the best in their ability as well preserving their own love of music.

Samantha Slomin


Joanne Bates

Allison de Lauzon

Mary Blount: Miss Mary started dancing at the age of 2, and was part of IPAC's National Competition Team for 10 years, performing in tap, lyrical, ballet/pointe, and hip hop. During her tenure on the team, Miss Mary won numerous awards both in group and solo performances, including Teen Miss StarQuest, First Runner Up Teen Miss Legacy, and First Runner Up Teen Miss On Stage America. Miss Mary has been a helping hand at IPAC since the age of 14, and has been teaching since the age of 16 in all styles of dance. Miss Mary graduated as Salutatorian from Centereach High School in 2012, and went on to Cornell University where she continued to dance and lead Shadows Dance Troupe on campus. Miss Mary returned home to Long Island after graduating from Cornell in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development with Minors in Business and Health Policy. After returning home, Miss Mary spent 2 years as a community care coordinator with WellLife Network for those with severe mental illness actively abusing drugs, helping those individuals secure housing, food, support, and treatment they desperately need. Miss Mary left her role in April of 2018 to pursue a more clinical opportunity as part of the medical team at CityMD. When not at IPAC or CityMD, Miss Mary continues to take classes at Stony Brook University and Suffolk Community College, with the intent to return to school and ultimately become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In her free time, Miss Mary likes to play with her dogs Dakota and Charlotte, to attend her sisters Megan and Abby's basketball games, to be first in line for IMAX movies opening weekend with her boyfriend Manuel, and to craft anything from crocheting a blanket to painting a canvas. Miss Mary has been a dedicated member of IPAC since the age of 5, and hopes to continue to provide our families with the help and support they need so the next generation of IPAC alumni can have an equally amazing experience as part of the IPAC family.

Lisa Graff

Katy Carey