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Discover the Joy of Dance



About Joy Dance Academy

Joy Dance Academy is a non-competitive recreational dance school located in Southampton, New York. We pride our studio on creativity, technique, individuality, and most importantly, the Joy in dance. Because we are a non-competitive studio, we are able to eliminate production fees, costume fees, rehearsal fees, as well as the competitive environment allowing our studio to have a “judgement-free” zone. At Joy Dance Academy, we believe that the relationship between dance and happiness go hand in hand. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment for our dancers to explore and create their own personal relationship with dance.

“We believe that the art of dance will bring joy, happiness and physical well-being to all who participate. We strive to provide quality dance training in a nurturing atmosphere while our students find their Joy in Dance.”



Tori King



Tori began dancing at the age of 3 while concurrently training as a competitive gymnast. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern and Hip-Hop. Tori graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Business. While at MSU, she had the privilege of working with Bill T. Jones, Larry Keigwin, Andrea Miller, interned with Doug Varone and performed at the Joyce Theater during the Martha Graham 2015 company season. After graduation, Tori became an official Brooklyn Bolts Cheerleader for the FXFL Brooklyn Bolts Football Team. Tori has been teaching a wide range of classes since 2010 and is honored to co-own and direct Joy Dance Academy with business partner Michelle Rosante.

Sara Helgans



Sara began dancing at the age of 4, studying many styles of dance:  Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Tap. She obtained her BFA in Dance at Temple University, where she continued her training in these styles at the colligate level, along with African Dance, Yoga, Education, Composition, and Improvisation. While earning her degree, she was trained by doctorate professionals: Kun-Yang Lin, Laura Katz-Rizzo, Karen Bond and yonTande Whitney V. Hunter. She also worked and performed in several productions by BFA and MFA students. Sara focuses on performance quality, dance science, and mindful stability in her teaching and is ecstatic to be a part of Joy Dance Academy.  

Michelle Rosante



Michelle began her dance career at the age of 6, where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern and Hip-Hop. Michelle’s enthusiasm and energy have transcended from her years of dancing and performing into her career of teaching. Michelle taught throughout college while obtaining her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. While receiving her BFA, Michelle also performed and studied under professionals such as Frank Augustyn, Ali Pourfarrokh, Leda Meredith, Trebien Pollard, Nick Ross, Sharon Wong, Darrah Carr, and Marnie Thomas. Michelle has been teaching a wide range of classes for the past 12 years and is also a Certified 305 Fitness instructor. Michelle is filled with joy to be co-owner and director of Joy Dance Academy with partner Tori Pisaneschi.

Midori Villacorta



Midori began dancing at the age of 3, where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, pointe and hip hop. She is currently enrolled at St. Joseph’s University where she plans to graduate in 2023 with a Bachelors in Child Study and a concentration in Spanish. While in school Midori has volunteered her time to be a cheerleading coach for the PAL and middle school level. Midori’s love for dance has shined through in her preschool classroom, coaching and everyday life. As a JDA alumni, Midori is super excited and grateful to work with the women who fostered her love of dance and she cannot wait to teach the dancers of Joy Dance Academy.



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Our Address:

SYS Inc.

1370A Majors Path

Southampton, NY 11968

Mailing Address:


PO Box 1284

Southampton, NY 11968


SYS: (631) 287-1511

JDA: (631) 594-5007

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