Mr. Castilone has been involved with The David DeMarie Dance Studio since its inception in 1968. His formal training has been entirely with the DeMarie Studio and he continues to broaden his expertise by studying with renowned teachers and attending dance seminars throughout the country. He has had twelve years of classical training in music, performed in musical theater, and has taught for many dance organizations and studios in the U.S. and Canada.
Leonard's choreography has been recognized with top honors both locally and nationally, and his students have won high score awards for excellence in dance at Dance Masters of America, New York City Dance Alliance, Rochester Invitationals, Starbound, Starpower, WNY Dance Championships, Showstoppers, Summerdanse Festival, Onstage New York, and the American Dance Awards.In addition, Leonard has adjudicated for all of the major dance competitions in the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Castilone takes pride that all of his tap and jazz faculty have been trained at the studio, insuring consistency in education throughout the school. Leonard and his entire faculty are members of Dance Masters of America, and are "certified by test to teach."
WILLIAM MINSTERMAN - ASST. DIRECTOR
"Mr. Bill" has been associated with the DeMarie Studio since 1985. He has studied dance with David DeMarie, Leonard Castilone, and musical theatre at SUNY Buffalo.
Professionally, he has performed at theme parks across the country including Busch Gardens and Six Flags. His theatrical credits include performances at Studio Arena, Artpark, Musicalfare, Buffalo United Artists, and the Kavinoky Theatre. He has performed lead roles in productions of "West Side Story", "A Chorus Line", "Grease", "Hair", and "Sweeney Todd" (1993 Artie Award, Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical).
In addition, Mr. Bill has worked as a casting director for Encore International, which stages theme park shows across the country and cruise line shows all over the world.
Mr. Bill also teaches private voice lessons at ddd.
The David DeMarie Dance adult faculty bring a wealth of knowledge to their students. From professional performing and choreographic experience to college degrees, they offer training unmatched by any other studio in Western New York.
OUR 2012-2013 FACULTY INCLUDES:
Ann Marie Jenczka-Caldiero
To further technique and performance ability, guest teachers are scheduled throughout the season. Past Master Class teachers/choreographers include Allain Lupien, Tiger Martina, and Vlad Novitski to name a few.