Orlando Pena, Artistic Director ....WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE A REALITY...
The love of acting, dance, singing and building character develops and unfolds at Ovations.
O V A T I O N S
Natalie Isaza: Tiny Tots, Combo, Ballet I, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop.
Natalie began dancing at age 4 studying ballet, tap, and jazz. As her love for dance grew stronger she attended the Long Island High School for the Arts. Through LIHSA she had the pleasure of dancing in their promo video filmed by Buddy Casimano, the Jazz Company, and alongside(teaching) children from the Rosemary Kennedy School. She is a recent graduate from Adelphi University where she earned her B.F.A in Dance. Natalie has performed in many works in Dance Adelphi, student workshops, and senior showcases. Since 2012 she has been a dancer performing for Dance Visions NY.
Gabrielle Jimmerson: Hip Hop
Samantha Cajade: Acting, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Hip Hop
Samantha has been dancing since the age of 4. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. Trained at American Theatre Dance Workshop. A recent graduate of Five Towns College in Long Island she earned her BFA in Theatre Arts. Emphasis in acting, singing and directing.
Orlando Pena, Artistic Director of Ovations Dance Academy Inc. in Bohemia of 20 years and Oyster Bay for 5 years. Founder of Ovations Dance Repertory Company, a non-profit organization since 1997.
Mr Pena has toured the United States and Europe performing and choreographing with numerous dance companies. His ballet credentials come from being a principle dancer and soloist with The Windermere Ballet Theatre under the direction of the late Sally Hammond. After the company, he continued on tour with “A Chorus Line”, “Music Man”, “Oklahoma”, and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” in Bochum, Germany. Orlando is a member of The Actors Equity Association.
Since Ovations Dance Academy inception 20 years ago, Mr Pena has trained and guided students who have been accepted to Vail International Dance Festival, The Rock School in Pennsylvania, ABT Alabama and Bermuda, USDAN, Alvin Ailey, The Boston Ballet, The Joffrey School and Orlando Ballet in Fl. His students can also be seen on Broadway, National Broadway Tours, Cruise ships, National Commercials, HBO Movies in featured roles and Off-Broadway productions.
His latest charity event production “A World of Pink”, as Artistic Director of the fashion show under the direction of Christine Guarino raised funds for post breast cancer survivors. Previously, the director and choreographer of a sold out house “Did You Talk To Him Today” which raised $30,000 for local homeless charities throughout Long Island and orphanages. He is a past volunteer of The Patchogue Theater Committee and past Board Member of The Brookhaven Arts Council and Humanities.
ODRC has established a reputation on Long Island for the pre-professional quality of musical productions. Since 2019 we have produced 20 musicals in addition to our yearly Nutcracker productions. Currently, Ovations at East Woods School in Oyster Bay Ovations averages 5 performances a year to a sold-out houses. With his exuberant energy and love for his students and the arts, it is no wonder he is highly respected.
In addition, ODRC is the only dance company in Suffolk County which performs the full Nutcracker Suite with a live professional orchestra, The Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, at The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Kim McCann-Mahoney began her training at the age of 4 at Sally Hammond School of Dance in Jackson Heights, Queens. Her first role was Clara in the Windermere Ballet Theatres Nutcracker with the late Sally Hammond. Performed in the Corp and as a soloist. Workshops with Ballet West in Aspen CO & NYC Ballet.
The Hannah Kronner School of Dance and also helped stage and choreograph many of their performances.
Aside from taking yoga and pilates classes Kim is Registered Dental Hygienist and have been in practice for the past 20 years.
Her AKC Champion German Shorthaired Pointer and compete in AKC obedience and agility.
Valerie Murray: Valerie is thrilled to be joining the Ovations Family for another year. Valerie has been dancing since the age of three. She has training in the areas of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary. Valerie performed on a kickline for seven years. She has trained under various Broadway performers and several different Rockettes. Valerie continues to take classes in Manhattan and is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance with her students. Valerie is presently double majoring in Elementary Education and Speech at St. Josephs Collage and will be graduating this upcoming May. Valerie would like to thank Orlando and the Ovations staff for all their support and allowing her to become a member of the Ovations Family.