Doreen Godfrey (D) / Co-Owner, Director & Instructor
Born and raised in Maspeth, New York, Doreen was a member of the National award winning Moves & Motions dance company from the age of 6 and performed with the company for 11 years. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Her dance career has allowed her to perform for MTV’s “A Night of Fashion”, “The Grind Workout Series” and “TRL”. She was a singer and dancer in the ABC show “CityKids”, the WB series “Popstars” and was a soloist on the “H&M Valentines Day Show” airing on CBS and NBC. After performing with the AFL, she went on to become Head Coach and choreographer for the Fordham University Cheerleading Team. She has also choreographed for various New York theatre companies including the Black Friars Theatre Group, Alvernian Theatre and Andrean Players.
Doreen resides in Darien with her husband and three beautiful daughters. It is a dream come true for her to share her love of dance with her students and adults alike. You will always hear her say, "no matter how you feel just dance it out, because dancing makes everything better."
Linda Cicero (L) / Co-owner, Director & Instructor
Born and raised in Trumbull, CT, Linda grew up loving to dance, but it wasn't until her mid 20's that she was able to take her first official dance class (although MTV provided free lessons for years ;)). And after one spin on the dance floor, Linda knew that she found her soulmate in dance. Linda's training includes Ballroom and Hip Hop, learning from Danish World-Champion dancer, Martin Goethche, Paul & Brian Herman, Galen Hooks and more.
Linda is also an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, currently teaching classes at DL Studio, independently and with Equinox. She has been teaching for over 5 years and finds no greater joy than looking out into class and seeing a room filled with positive energy and smiles. She believes there is no greater joy in the world than pushing play and dancing (or sweating) your troubles away.
Wilfredo Munoz / Instructor
Wilfredo "Freddy" Munoz, a native born dancer out of Bridgeport, CT, originally started his training in the hallways of Central High School. Overtime he has been mentored by dance industry icons including, Rhapsody James (Motivating Excellence S4), Luam Keflezgy (Rock The Industry), United OutKast and Galen Hooks (The Galen Hooks Method). He is now represented bi-coastly by Clear Talent Group in both Los Angeles and New York. While maintaining time in the Commercial industry he also stays true to his Hip hop Underground scene upbringing as Bboy Frenzy.
Ivan Castillo / Instructor
Born and raised in Danbury, CT Ivan's passion for music and dance started at a young age. Influenced by dancers he watched on TV and on-line, Ivan spent many hours teaching himself, putting countless practice hours in. He is proof that hard work pays off. Ivan has trained and performed with several well-known and respected industry leaders including Rhapsody James, Paul & Brian Herman and Corey Grimes and is currently represented by Bloc Talent Agency in New York City. Through his teaching, Ivan aims to share his love for the art of dance with others.
Byron Burton / Instructor
Born and raised in Connecticut, Byron Burton has been dancing since he was in the second grade. Byron spent many a days, watching music videos and live performances, emulating his favorite artists including Britney Spears whose "Hit Me Baby One More Time," hit Byron with a boom and launched him into pursuing a career in dance. Byron has trained under some of the top choreographers in the industry including, Luam, Princess Lockeroo, Keenan Cookz, and deshawn Da Prince. Byron loves to teach and ensures his students know that messing up and stumbling are part of learning. And above all else, it is okay to be yourself and express yourself.
Jordyn Brooks / Front Studio Manager & Instructor
Born in New London and raised in Norwich CT, Jordyn started dancing at the age of 6. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop styles for 15 years and counting. Jordyn began working in early childhood education after graduating from Norwich Free Academy at the same time pursuing a professional dance career, traveling and performing in major cities such as LA, New York, and Atlanta. She has currently been teaching dance for 6 years and is now furthering her knowledge in studio and company management here on the east coast.
Eric Shoji / Instructor
Eric Shoji has been a Dance Instructor for the past 10 years. He has traveled the world performing as an international Instructor and DJ/Emcee including the most iconic venue in the world, Madison Square Garden. Eric also co-stars in the new TV Show Dance It Out airing on the Lifetime Network.
Eric is also business partners with Billy Blanks Jr. and currently runs and operates their two dance studios on the West and East coast, Blanks Studios. Together they own the dance fitness program Dance It Out, their production company Jumpcast Productions, and their MoveTube channel on YouTube which is approaching 200K subscribers around the world. He has also worked with Paula Abdul, Jordan Sparks, Natasha Bedingfield and more.
Billy Blanks Jr. / Instructor
A self-taught working professional from his youth, Billy Blanks Jr. gained much exposure and experience in the world of dance and entertainment. As Billy’s prominence grew, he earned roles as a dancer in music videos with Paula Abdul, Madonna, Celine Dion, Crystal Method, Quincy Jones and Babyface. His credits include TV appearances on American Dreams with Alicia Keys, The Practice, Sister Sister, Kids Incorporated, Homeboys From Outer Space, My Cousin Skeeter, and The Tonight Show. Billy starred as Tyrone Jackson in the US and European tour of the Broadway musical Fame. He went on to direct and choreograph the WeSparkle Take II Celebrity Concert with Tom Hanks, Jason Alexander, Brian Cranston, Joey Lawrence, Britney Spears, Michael Chiklis, Hal Sparks, the cast of Will & Grace and more. He also choreographed the end sequence for the movie I Hope You Dance. Billy made his directorial debut in NYC at Madison Square Garden directing One Night With The Stars starring Broadway Legends Betty Buckley, Lainie Kazan, Telly Leung, Mandy Gonzalez, Constantine, Tom Bergeron, Jordin Sparks, Noah Galvin, Fran Drescher and more.
Over time, Billy became the face for the new generation of fitness with his revolutionary dance program, Dance It Out. He made history on Shark Tank after turning down a deal proposed by Mark Cuban and Daymond John when the latter shark left the tank and talked Billy into taking the deal. The result was his business Dance It Out® (DIO®) becoming the fastest growing fitness based dance program in America. Billy is the son of Tae Bo® creator Billy Blanks.
In October 2015, Billy launched the MoveTube Network where he produces and directs feel good workouts, motivational content and inspirational videos featuring today’s hottest dancers and celebrities. Billy is thrilled to launch his dream Moving Fitness Talk Show Dance It Out on Lifetime!
Joshua Davis / Assistant
Bridgeport Connecticut based dancer, Joshua Davis also known as Woojyie (Wuu-G), has been dancing for 7 years. Originally a freestyle dancer, Joshua has been trained professionally for the past 3 years absorbing many different styles including Hip-Hop, Breaking, Tutting, Waving, and more. Josh also enjoys traveling to different states and countries to learn, grow and experience the energy of different cultures.
With his experience, Josh has also started his own YouTube series called “The Woojyie Project” focused on creating dance concepts with dancers throughout Connecticut. Joshua wishes to express his style in dance on stages or studios around Connecticut, and maybe even the world.
Maria Cherniske / Instructor
Maria Cherniske was born and raised in Connecticut where she took her first class at the age of three. Since then, her passion for the arts has continued to flourish. In addition to being a performer, Maria has taught dance to students of all ages for the past seventeen years, is a coach for competitive level gymnastics and is an AFAA licensed Group Fitness Instructor as well as a certified bodyART® Instructor.