Steffi Nossen School of Dance

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Steffi Nossen


Steffi Nossen


Shelley Grantham, who many may remember as a popular Steffi Nossen jazz and tap teacher, has returned to Steffi Nossen – this time as the dance education organization’s Executive Director.  Shelley was with New York City’s esteemed Peridance Capezio Center for more than 17 years, serving as school director. Since 2001 Shelly also served as School at Peridance Youth Ensemble Director, directing and coordinating programs of all child-related programs, classes and curricula. In 2013 she added the role of Outreach Coordinator for the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Peridance Capezio Center; in this capacity she developed new programs in the Pre-Professional Division and Youth Ensembles and coordinated all outreach efforts for the not-for-profit dance companies Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and the Peridance Youth Ensemble, working closely with organizations such as University Settlement, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Free Arts and NY Cares. Shelley also serves as a facilitator for the NYC Department of Education Dance Program, developing curriculum to be implemented in the public school dance program.  Shelley’s teaching career spans 20 years at dance institutions in Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. 


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Since 1937, Westchester’s dance destination! Our faculty–college dance graduates with performance experience-transmits the joy and discipline of dance with warmth and enthusiasm. Our dance classes develop creativity, technique, and proper body alignment. Classes include modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, classical story ballet, and Moving Wheels and Heels adaptive dance. Live music! Dance birthday parties arranged at our studio or your home, based on your child’s special interests and theme ideas.

Meet the Director

Since Kaylen Ratto Giannini was appointed executive director in 2013, her goals include restoring the community’s awareness of the illustrious Steffi Nossen School of Dance, elevating the technique and artistry of the dance program, increasing outreach efforts, and continuing our philosophy of educating the whole dancer: mind, body, and spirit. Growing up, Kaylen trained in ballet and modern dance alongside one of the most famous ballerinas in the world, Misty Copeland. Kaylen says, “Misty’s story is an inspiration for our students to work hard, be passionate, and give back to the community.”