Instructors & Staff


All of our instructors have a love and passion for dance and artistic expression, with extensive background in their respective disciplines.


Shoshanna Babitt

Beginner and Intermediate Ballet
Beginner and Intermediate Contemporary
Beginner Tap

Shoshanna has been dancing since the age of 2, and is classically trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Modern. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Shoshanna has had many years of experience with studio competitions as well as dancing as a Dazzler at Seminole High school where she was an officer and started choreographing at a young age. She graduate from UCF and has been recognized for her leadership and artistic roles with Knights and Damsels Contemporary Company and UCF’s Hip Hop team ‘Rukus Entertainment’. She has taught workshops with local non-profit Dancing for Diabetes, won choreography awards for her competition hip hop routine with the Seminole Dazzlers, and worked with up and coming artists Dotti J and Sami Omari. She has also had the opportunity to train under many renowned choreographers at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and continues to dance professionally at various events and shows.

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Ty Evans

Advanced Contemporary
Advanced Jazz

Ty Evans is a NYC bred performer who comes from a family of performers. As a child his hip hop skills were given a foundation by his aunt Mildred "Cherokee" Evans who provided  him his first performance at the age of 11 in her talent showcase and continued to train him in her dance organization C.Y.P.A.O.

While continuing to perform in dozens of shows across the east coast as a teen Ty expanded his talents into theatre staring a lead an off-Broadway musical named  "License To Dream", working with Castillo Theatre and Dzul Dance Company, and the following year worked with choreographer Desmond Richardson for the All Stars Project 2012 Gala. Ty Evans has also trained and danced with performance crew D Solez and Fiyah Dancehall Theater as well as artistic directing, choreographing, and performing for various singers, artist, and groups. 


Kayli Jackson

Pre-Class Hip Hop
Beginner Hip Hop


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Yuka Kameda

Advanced Tap

Yuka began tapping at the age of 10 in her native city Osaka, Japan. In 2003, she saw the movie of "TAP" and the musical "Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk" and she met her passion, Rhythm Tap.  In 2004, she joined funk tap dance company "Beis Crew," and has performed at many theaters and schools.

In 2005, Yuka moved to New York City to further pursue her career. Since then, she has performed in various venues including the Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, Aaron Davis Hall, Knitting Factory and many more.

Yuka has also performed for two of the biggest tap events, New York Tap Extravaganza and The New York City Tap Festival.

In Feburary 2011, she produced and performed an entertainment    concert called “The Power of Dreams Presented by CASIO” at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, which was broadcast on TV and many newspapers. This year, she also performed for Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”, “Taste of Broadway” at Town Hall and many more.         


Liz Lindau




LaTisha Mercedes

Artistic Director



Anna Nowak

Advanced Hip Hop

Anna was born in Poland, but has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past fifteen years. She is a dancer and choreographer and has a B.A. in Dance from Hunter College where she was privileged to work with incredible professional artists. While at Hunter, she had the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange with Trinidad and Tobago where she performed and participated in lecture demonstrations for local schools. As a professional dancer, Anna has performed for Emilio “Buddha Stretch” Austin Jr., Adesola Osakalumi, Gus Solomons Jr., Robin Dunn and Eric Jenkins. For the past three years she has toured the country with the artists Jim Linehan and amberRose Marie. She continues her training as a dancer, and is motivated and eager to continue fulfilling the goals and expectations she has set for herself.


Tiffany Tipton

Pre-Class - Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Junior Intermediate Tap

Tiffany has danced for 20+ years, studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, and Modern.

She has performed in both regional and national dance competitions as a member and later captain of the nationally top-ranked St. John’s Dance Team for St. John’s University in New York, performing at Madison Square Garden regularly throughout her collegiate career.

Her work with theatre company End Times Productions began in 2009 as choreographer for Manson: The Musical where she received rave reviews from sources such as the NY Times and among others, and continued on other projects such as the off-Broadway production of Naked Holidays and Vignettes of the Apocalypse festivals.

She has created various works for Millennium Dance Company’s dance studio in Harlem and the Bronx for more than a decade, performing professionally with the Millennium Dance adult performance company from 2011-2015.


Nicole Williams

Tiny Tots - Ballet, Tap
Junior Beginner - Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Rehearsal Director


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Nao Yamada

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

From Chiba, Japan, Nao began Ballet training at the age of 10 with Ms. Takane Koizumi. She moved to NYC in 2000 and attended the Alvin Ailey school. As an international performer, Nao has performed in U.S.A, Japan, Scotland, Brazil and worked with numerous television, film, and magazine productions. She is currently working with a variety of dance companies including Michael Mao Dance(Modern), Kotchegna Dance(West african), Grupo Ribeiro(Brazilian), JC caribbean entertainment(Caribbean) and Fusha dance(Congolese) and Silva Dance Company (Afro-brazilian and Capoeira fusion contemporary). She is also a certified Zumba Basic 2 and Zumba Gold instructor.

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Thea Ogunusi

Staff Position
Secretary, MDC Board of Directors


Karen Verges

Staff Position
Front Desk Manager