Dance Sensation Dance Academy

Artistic Director: Miss Susan Nachtrab
Artistic Director: Susan Nachtrab
(Ballet, Pointe, Tap & Theatre Jazz)

Susan Nachtrab has over 35 years teaching experience.  She has studied and taught at various schools in New York.  For the last twenty five years she has devoted and dedicated herself to her students on Long Island.

Susan is a participating member of The Professional Dance Teachers Association, as well as The National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts,  The Brookhaven Arts & Humanities Council and The Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council. 


Her students have auditioned and received scholarships to prestigious ballet summer intensives, such as The Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, “The Rock” – Pennsylvania School of Ballet, ABT, Joffery, Kirov Academy, Chautauqua, The Dance Place, NYSSSA, Miami Ballet, San Francisco Ballet & USDAN.


Miss Susan boasts that dancing is "her love and her life" and feels lucky to share her passion with all her students throughout the years. Credits of her students may be seen in their acceptances to prestigious dance and theater programs at such top tier institutions as: Indiana University (ballet), SUNY Buffalo (theater) and SUNY New Paltz (theater).  Students have also received apprenticeships and trainee positions in their artistic fields and many have gone on to pursue their passions as their professional career.  Students of the past and present relay much of their gratitude toward Miss Susan's overwhelming encouragement, love and  unforgettable friendship. Miss Susan is also the artistic director of The Elite Corps de Ballet of Long Island.







Dance Sensation Dancers Backstage
Teacher: Brendan J. Nachtrab
(Hip Hop, Jazz,  Acrobatics, Pre-Dance)

Brendan's youthful personality and enthusiastic approach to dance has helped create a foundation of relaxation, fun and respect within his students at Dance Sensation.  He began his dance studies at the age of four, with his mother as his first dance teacher.  Through his training he has excelled by accepting new challenges without fear and encourages his students to do the same. 

After studying at Ithaca College, Brendan is now working towards his Master's Degree in Health an Elementary Physical Education at CW Post - while also working with young adults at Maryhaven Center for Hope.  Brendan is noted for his fine work and patience with younger students, for which he has developed a unique style of teaching that is conducive for individual growth and knowledge of basic motor skills - and of course a deep love for dance.



Dance Sensation Dancer: Miss Julia Lettieri
Guest Teacher, Choreographer & Lecturer:
Christopher B. Nachtrab

Christopher began his dance training under the guidance of his mother.  In his youth he excelled in all areas of dance, yet dedicated much of his training  toward ballet and spent summers studying at various summer ballet intensives such as “The Rock”, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Chautauqua.  In the fall 2002 he was accepted into the prestigious Indiana University Ballet Theatre where he became a star pupil under Violette Verdy, Guoping Wang & Jacques and Virginia Cesbron.  During his collegiate years he was able to work directly with such famed dancers and choreographers as John Clifford, Guillome Graffin, Suzie Pillare, John Meehan, Angel Corella, Jose Manuel Coreno & Julie Kent. 

In May 2006 Christopher graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in ballet and an outside field in comparative literature.  Upon graduation he accepted an offer to dance professionally with the Richmond Ballet, the State Ballet of Virginia.  After three years with Richmond, Christopher was chosen to dance with The Sacramento Ballet, the capitol ballet of California.

His many honors include the Robert Sullivan Memorial Award, the Marjorie K Borkenstein Award and the Violette Verdy Merit Award in 2006 (NSAL) Chapter Award (NSAL) in 2005, Marina Svetlana Award (NSAL) in 2004, the Kenneth C. Whitener Scholarship Award for Ballet Excellence and the Music Dean’s Merit Award.

Christopher's vast repertoire includes principal roles in Asaf Messerer's "Spring Waters", Jacques Cesbron's "The Nutcracker", George Balanchine's "Who Cares?", Jacques Cesbron's "Cinderella", Gerald Arpino's "Viva Vivaldi!" George Balanchine's "Mozartiana" Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs" Trey McIntyre's "Second Before the Ground" and several featured and premier roles by choreographer Ron Cunningham.



Assistant Teacher: Kathleen Flacccomio, Madison Miller

DS Baby Dolls 2016 

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