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Dear Studio Families,
We are deeply saddened to inform you all that our beloved Mrs. Elaine has passed away. Please be understanding and respectful as we work out our future plans and schedules.

Thank you,

The Staff

The Place to Dance and Exercise!  It's one of the most elegant, newly renovated indoor spaces on the peninsula— Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance at 112-20 Beach Channel Dr, Far Rockaway, NY 11694. Proprietor Elaine Freeburg found the perfect spot for the school last year, and designed the space as a soothing and inviting haven for dance and exercise.

In brief, you should know the following about us: our company was established in 2009 and has been responsible for providing outstanding Instruction in Dance and Yoga ever since. Our regular customers particularly value the personal commitment provided by our staff.


Our Staff:

Stephanie Shapiro


I found a love for dance when I was very young and I have been dancing for over 14 years.  I currently attend Adelphi University where I am studying psychology and early childhood education.  I have been teaching dance for 5 years and love the experience of working with children.  I thoroughly enjoy watching my students grow over the year and hope they find a love for dance as I did.  I love watching my students perform on stage and enjoy what they are doing.  Outside of teaching I also work with children as a babysitter and camp counselor.  Working with children has always been a part of my life and teaching dance is one way I continue to do so.

 Stacey Bennett
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I began my dance training quite some time ago. Over a period of 16 years I received training in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. I continued to study dance while attending the Univ. of P.A., where I received my Bachelor’s Degree. After that I received my J.D. at Brooklyn Law School and went on to pursue my professional career as a litigation attorney. After having my first child in 1999, I returned to dance which has always been my passion. My children are now students at Mrs. Elaine’s and they are loving it! I have been teaching dance for the past 10 years. I love being around the young dancers, watching them grow and learn as it helps keep me feeling young and “on my toes”. I am so very proud of my dear friend Elaine for having fulfilled her dream and for doing it so well. I am equally proud of the quality of dance education we provide to all our students.
Our Staff:

Tara Shea

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My mother used to bring me to dance class with her as a child. I would sit in the back of the room with my coloring books and watch as Mrs. Elaine taught my mother how to tap dance. Who would have thought that this many years later, Mrs. Elaine would have opened up her own studio where I would be teaching students how to dance just like Mrs. Elaine taught my mom so many years before. I have however traded in my coloring books as I am currently entering my sophomore year of college at Adelphi University where I am studying Chemistry. Although a lot has changed since then, I find myself loving dance more and more with each passing year. It is a privilege to be able to teach your children and it is my hope that they find the same love and passion that I have found for dance all those years ago. Mrs. Elaines School of Dance is truly a family where we encourage progress and nurture talent. I am truly lucky to be apart of something as special as this and I look forward to working with you in the future. 

 Shannon Marie Caparatta

When I was seven years old I entered a world that changed my life, dance. Even though I started dancing over fourteen years ago, it will always be that one thing that will bring a light into my eyes and make all my worries go away.

On top of dance I also have a love for the sciences. I am currently a Biology major at Adelphi University with aspirations to graduate in December 2013. I then plan to attend graduate school to attain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have also been a part of Adelphi’s Dance Team for three years which gave me the pleasure to dance at every home basketball game, some lacrosse and soccer games, Midnight Madness, dance clinics and many dance competitions.

I am so privileged to have met such a wonderful dance teacher at Mrs. Elaine’s and follow her in her journey of opening up her own studio. I am thoroughly excited to start teaching for Mrs. Elaine this year and watch all of your children grow as dancers and performers, and hope they find the same love for dance as I do.

Our Staff:

Helen Kilgallen

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My experience includes:

  • Practicing yoga for 10 years.
  • Certified VINYASA Yoga Teacher with Joschi Institute in Chelsea.
  • Taught special needs children Hatha Yoga in the New York City Board of Education.
  • Teaching children’s yoga.
Decided to follow the love of my life, yoga; bringing it to the community in Rockaway Park. Classes focus on breathing, focusing, and opening up the heart and body; by going into different postures in a flow class. I encourage each student to go at their own pace seeking to find good alignment in their postures using the breath with each movement. Classes are light hearted and fulfilling; bringing students to their full potential in their practice.



Simo , Born and raised in Morocco , started dancing when he was 8 years old , had basic training in : Ballet , Jazz and hip hop in " la Petite Maison ". Moved to the United States at the age of 15 and pursued his dream of dance . First he trained intensively with Robin Dunn ( hip hop ) at Step On Broadway , then trained with Sheryl Murakami ( jazz funk) at the Broadway Dance Center; he also trained with Derek Mitchell .
The style of this class is girly Jazz funk with a twist of latin;
" so make sure you warm up you necks and backs , he does a lot of head rolls "

112-20 Beach Channel Dr, Far Rockaway, NY 11694