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Diane Dragone

Diane Dragone

New Jersey University certified teacher of dance by NJ Department of Education.  Taught special education dance 1984-1992 at Hudson County Schools of Technology.  Performer/Teacher/Choreographer Regional and National Broadway Tours and North Jersey Dance Company.  Frequent guest teacher at several grammar/high schools and universities.  Executive producer of award winning Dance Vista cable telelvision program-now in its 15th season.  Artistic director/choreographer for the Kennedy Dancers.





Laurel Zeleski

Laurel Zaleski

Laurel Zaleski: Laurel Zaleski is a Jersey City based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Moving since birth- she has always been fascinated by the physicality of dance and the power of dance to evoke a cerebral response. Laurel has had the opportunity to dance all around the globe. In 2005 she attended the Jacobs Pillow Summer Dance Intensive where she performed works both classical and contemporary. She has danced in Copenhagen Denmark with the Royal Danish Ballet as part of their Bournonville Program. Also, she studied under Anna Marie Holmes at the Ballet Adriatico summer intensive in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. In 2010 Laurel received the Newcomb Fellows Grant and participated in the Skiing on Skin contact improvisation festival in Karjaa, Finland. She graduated from Tulane University where she was awarded the Minnette L. Starts award for her outstanding work the dance program. Since moving to New York Laurel has worked administratively for numerous New York City based dance organizations including; Hee Ra Yoo and Dancers, Sydney L. Mosley Dances, and Peridance Capezio Center. Laurel also had the opportunity to perform with Hee Ra Yoo and Dancers and in 2011 Laurel performed with Giada Farone in a Contemporary Nutcracker at the Alvin Ailey Center. She is currently teaches ballet, Jazz and modern at The Kennedy Dancers and is dancer in their professional company. Also, she is a registered 200-hr yoga and pre/post natal certified instructor through the Yoga Alliance and teaches for FlorYoga in Jersey City.






Eli Cano

Eli Cano holds a BFA in Ballet from Texas Christian University. Eli has studied with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and at The American Dance Festival in Duke University. He has performed choreography by Robert Battle, Mark Dendy, Dance China NY, Eli is active as a dancer for The Kennedy Dancers and Calpulli Dance Company. His film and television experience include “Gossip Girl,” “Law and Order SVU”, and original HBO movie “The Normal Heart.” Eli lives in New York City.




Rachel Khan


Rachel  was a student of the Kennedy Dancers for 8 years prior to becoming part of the teaching staff at the Kennedy Dancers. Rachel has taught Zumba, ballet, hip hop, tap and has also has been a teacher's assistant to several other classes. Rachel has also danced with the Kennedy Dancer's Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company, as well as the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company, as a transitioning semi-professional company member.




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