ALEXIS DIAZ-MENENDEZ
Street Beatz Dance Studio Owner and Artistic Director
a graduate from Dean College in Massachusetts knew she wanted to teach dance at a very young age. After studying dance everywhere from the Bronx, Westchester , Massachusetts, California, Florida and Manhattan Alexis quickly began to teach dance throughout Westchester. After teaching for several years Alexis decided to open her own studio, a place for her to express herself without boundaries. Her love for dance and dedication to the students are what help make Street Beatz the wonderful studio it is today. Along with Alexis we have an amazing staff that have helped bring Street Beatz to the next level.

was born in China and began her professional career as a soloist with the Theatre Ballet of San Francisco. She has performed with the Hong Kong Ballet where she worked with international choreographers Ivan Nagy, former principal with American Ballet Theatre, Kenneth Gillespie and Patricia Merrin. Classical repertory included Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide and La Boutique Fantasque. Influential teachers included Merriam Lanova, Antonio Mendes and Robert Blankshine. Upon retiring from performing, Manching has taught classical ballet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Ballet, London School of Ballet, San Francisco State University and Manhattanville College, among other institutions and dance studios throughout the Hudson Valley.

MANCHING TOM

JESSICA ARONOFF

KAREN CORNETZ

Dancing since the age of 7, Karen studied tap, jazz and ballet with Julia Brande, former Vice President of Dance Educators of America and Dean of Student Conventions. Karen was fortunate to attend annual summer conventions in NYC and study with the some of the best ? Frank Hatchett, Chuck Kelley and Al Gilbert. She had the privilege of working as a dance teacher assistant throughout High School, choreographing and dancing in High School and College productions, and graduated with a BA in English from the College of New Rochelle. In 1988, she took the plunge and opened her own studio, Get Fit/Fit Kids Corp, better known as Dance Fit. 

She happily spent the last 29 years introducing children to the love of dance ? a passion filled with joy.

Michaels dance journey started when he was nine years of age as he began Mime Ministry with his father. Miming is all about facial expressions and animating your body to get across the emotions of the music being used for the ministry.
In 2015 Michael started a new chapter of dance by joining the Mercy College Dance Club which has now become a Dance Team. Michael is happy to be apart of something so great where he was able to expand his dance styles in Afrobeat/Afrofusion and Hip Hop along with being educated in the culture background of these styles. Michael believes that dancing is about challenging yourself, it is your release, your escape, the love for versatility and a way for you to show who you really are.

MICHAEL CORLETT

TASHINA BRADSHAW
Tashina graduated from Mercy College with a BS in Criminal Justice in May of 2016. She has been dancing for about 7 years now. In High School Tashina was apart of the Breakdancing Club. When she attended Mercy College, she decided to create a Dance Club, since the school didn’t have a dance program. Tashina created the club in 2013 to not only have fun, but to make a difference for the school and the students. The club is available to everyone who is willing to dance, learn, to have fun, to express oneself and meet new people. The Dance Club has performed at the schools talent shows, fashion shows, basketball games and The Make A Wish Spirit Showcases as well as hosted their own shows. Tashina shares her passion with her husband Michael, they often teach together helping Street Beatz be a true family.

AUGUSTINE RYSER

Augy is a dancer represented by Bloc Agency NYC, featured in music videos such as “Deja Vu”, and a member of The hip hop team Royal Thieves

Jessica earned her BFA in Dance from New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently resides in New York City where she is enjoying life as a freelance dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, and fitness instructor. Jessica is represented by McDonald Selznick Associates and is a member of J CHEN PROJECT. She has performed works by Gus Solomons Jr., Deborah Jowitt, Keigwin + Company, David Dorfman Dance, Patricia Hoffbauer, Brian Thomas, Rachelle Rak, JT Horenstein, Adam Cates, Eryc Taylor, and Derek Mitchell. She has danced at Danspace at St. Marks Church, Alvin Ailey, Symphony Space, Peridance Capezio Center, La Mama, The Skirball Center, Dixon Place and Lincoln Center for NYC Fashion Week. Jessica has had the honor to dance back-up for Paula Abdul, perform at a TED Talks TEDx event, and most recently was Dance Captain in the off-Broadway production of The Portal at Minetta Lane Theater.

VETTE WILDE

Vette began taking ballet at the age of four. She was on the Ohman School of Ballet's Junior Company when she was nine and ten years old. At the age of eleven, she discovered gymnastics and switched over to this sport. Her previous years of training in ballet enabled her to catch on quickly and at the age of 12 she became a competitive gymnast. Vette went on to compete in gymnastics throughout high school and made it onto West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Division II Women's Gymnastics Team. While in college, Vette also auditioned for and made it into the University's annual Dance Production Workshop performances. She was chosen to perform every year in ballet and lyrical numbers and in her senior year, she was asked to choreograph the very first Acro dance for WCU's Dance Production Workshop. This began Vette's love of choreographing, and after graduating from WCU, she not only coached competitive gymnasts, but also choreographed their floor and beam routines. She coached club gymnasts for ten years, high school Varsity gymnasts for seven years, and acro dancers for five years, during which time she also choreographed for the team dancers. Vette is excited to join the Street Beatz staff this year as an Acro Teacher and a Team Teacher and Choreographer.

REBECCA ALLEN

Rebecca, a New York City native, is a graduate of LaGuardia H.S., and the Dance Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. During her college years she performed works by Doug Varone, Ori Flomin, Mark Morris, and John Heginbotham. She also studied in Perth, Australia at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, focusing on contemporary dance and aerial circus silks. Rebecca has danced with AMS Project and was a guest artist in Doug Varone's Choreographic Intensive where she had the opportunity to dance with Dance Householder, MATYCHAK, and Sum Bones Co. She is currently a member of CoreDance Contemporary, Synthesis Dance Project, and Copy That Dance.

JAZMIN BARNETT

Jazmin began dancing at Street Beatz back in 2009. Her dedication to the studio and to her dance education earned her an assistant teacher position. With this position Jazmin learned the ins and outs of teaching dance and has now moved her way up to being a hip hop instructor. She continues to take dance classes to further her knowledge and is excited to share all she has learned with our young dancers!