Meet Our Teachers
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Donna Havranek
Teacher

   
Donna Havranek teaches Classical Ballet, Pointe, and Adult Ballet at Center Stage Dance and Creative Arts.
Ms. Havranek has studied with Robert Mann, Linda Gendell, Gary Gendell, Debra Punzi and Trutti Gasparinetti at the Long Island Ballet Center, Ballet Arts in NYC, and with noted dancer, teacher and author, Raoul Gelabert  (“Anatomy for the Dancer”).
In addition to her work at Center Stage DCA, "Miss Donna" has taught Master Classes in numerous local public and private schools. She is also a Cantor and member of the St. Mary’s RC Church’s Music Ministry.
In 2000, she served as the ballet coach for the NYS Empire Games' Women's Junior Figure Skater 'Gold Medalist'.
"Miss Donna" danced professionally with Ballet Long Island in many classical ballet, contemporary and modern works including:
      The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Queen Rat, Ballerina Doll, Flutes, Chinese, Arabian, Spanish, Waltz of the Flowers)
   Cinderella (Cinderella, Stepsister, Stepmother)
      Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena)
      Peter and the Wolf (Blue Bird, Duck, Hunter)
      Snow White (Butterfly, Dwarf)
      La Boutique Fantasque (Can Can Doll, Ballerina Doll)
      Opus 1,
      Adagio in G,
      Ocean Waters,
      Cole Porter Celebration,
      Irish Fantasy,
      Folkways,
      My Name is Gypsy,
      Blue,
      Suburban Mall Women
She also performed and choreographed productions of Carousel, The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun with regional theater companies.
In addition to teaching as “Miss Donna”, Ms. Havranek is also extremely happy and proud of her other title of “Grammy” to her 4 grandchildren




Amanda Zabbia
Teacher
Amanda has been teaching at Center Stage Dance and Creative Arts for the past seven years. Growing up as a Center Stage dancer herself, she is so excited to continue doing what she loves at the place she’s always called her second home. Amanda recently graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a degree in English Adolescence Education. She served as the president of the college’s dance club for two years and performed with the club across Long Island, raising money for numerous local and national charities while also organizing the club's showcases at the end of each semester. Over the summer, Amanda is the Director of Choreography for the Farmingdale Youth Council’s Theater Arts Program, where she is responsible for all choreography in the show. Amanda is looking forward to another great year at Center Stage, and cannot wait to get back in the studio with all of her students.