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Josie LaRiccia, the founder and artistic director of Josie’s International School of Dance since 2004, boasts a diverse and rich background in dance and academics. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and also received an Avocational Degree in Archaeology from Norwalk Community College. Her dance education includes studying Ballet under Diane DuPre of the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, where she also served as an assistant Ballet instructor. With a special interest in character dance, Josie pursued Flamenco in New York City with renowned instructors such as Mariquita Flores, Mariano and Mariana Parra, and Jose Molina. She also studied Escuela Bolera (Classical Spanish Dance) with experts like Daniel DeCordoba, Mariano Parra, and Jerane Michel.

Josie’s expertise spans various dance styles, and she actively presents and performs Flamenco, Argentine Tango, and Salsa in Westchester and New York. Beyond her performance career, she holds certifications in Pilates and Kindermusik. Her dedication to dance education extends to her role as an adjunct dance teacher at Purchase College in Rye, New York, where she continues to inspire and educate the next generation of dancers.

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Dance Styles: Argentine Tango, Bachata, Dance Fitness, Salsa
Studio: Westchester

Josie LaRiccia at Danznik Studios

Reviews About Josie LaRiccia

5
Mar 2024
I just took my first group bachata dance lesson at Danznik in Westchester County. What a pleasure! The space was beautiful! The teacher, Maria, was awesome! Patient. Clear, explained things so well. Knew her stuff. Was fun. Great rapport with the students. Fun choreography. Gave personalized time, but always kept an eye on the entire class. And didn’t make us switch every 2 minutes, so we had time to get to know the partner to figure out the moves. Having just come from a group class elsewhere where the teacher spent his time trying to impress and made it all about him, this was SUCH a pleasure!! Thank you Danznik, I will be back, even if I have to drive 35 minutes to get there! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ•ΊπŸΎπŸ’ƒ
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5
Feb 2024
What a great dancing experience! The instructor Josie for beginner's salsa is amazing, kind, warm and encouraging, as well as patient and informative. Eddie taught me my very first salsa class and helped me to properly learn the foundation steps and was very informative and knowledgeable in knowing many other dance styles. Nikolai helped me register for the first class and was very kind, warm, friendly and accommodating. I felt very welcomed. I would highly recommend this dance studio to others! They also teach other styles of dance such as bachata, tango, swing dancing and more!
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