Jeannine Dunkel is an American dance teacher and choreographer at Anita's Studio of Dance and Theatre Arts.
Jeannie began dancing at age three and has been teaching dance for almost 20 years. Jeannie received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Master of Science in Education both from Hofstra University. Trained in the Ceccheti and Vagonava techniques, she studied Ballet with Lance Westergard and Diane Lichtenberg. With Robin Becker, Stormy Brandenberger and Cathy McCann-Buck Jeannie trained in the Graham, Taylor and Horton methods of Modern dance. As part of her degree requirements, Jeannie studied Choreography, Dance and Drama Production, Methods of Teaching Dance and Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology for the Dancer. As a member of the Hofstra Dance Theatre, DanceWorks Productions and MoVoM, Jeannie had the privilege of working with choreographers from dance companies such as Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Josè Limon and Joffrey Ballet. Miss Jeannie represented Hofstra at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University and received the Upperclassman Dance Merit Scholarship. In addition to making cameos on the stage with her students and colleagues here at Anita’s, Jeannie’s artistic accomplishments include New York Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker (Toy Soldier); Brookhaven Theatre Dance Guild’s Dance Spectrum (Ensemble Dancer); Plaza Productions’ Tri-State tour of Carousel(Beauty of Europe/Swing); Hofstra University Cultural Center’s Courting the Jester: The Life of Danny Kaye (Vera Ellen); Brookhaven Dance Festival’s Dans Trax: Celebrating a Legacy of Dance (Guest Alumni Dancer). At Anita’s Miss Jeannie has choreographed and directed the various Tap and Lyrical Companies and for the last several years has been choreographing and teaching for the studio’s successful competition team.
While dance is (and will always be) Jeannie’s first love, she has recently broadened her scope into the world of fitness. Jeannie recently became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and is teaching Cardio Kickboxing at a local Jiu-Jitsu Academy. She is also CPR/AED Certified through the American Red Cross. Outside of the dance studio Miss Jeannie is an active member of her community. Her two boys, Ethan and Jake surely keep her on her toes!