Owner & Director
Dawn has been teaching dance and exercise for over 40 years throughout Westchester County. During recent years she has had the fortunate opportunity to expose dance to children with special needs. She has two sons, Michael age 24 and Dylan age 19. She is very happy to have this opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream and passion. She would like to thank her husband Mike and her wonderful family for their unending support and blessings.
Competition Team Director
Lauren has been dancing for over twenty-eight years and is ASFA certified in dance and hip-hop instruction. She teaches various classes here at the School and for several recreation department programs throughout Westchester. Lauren would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support. She would like to extend a special thanks to Jacquelyn Giardina for her assistance with everything from costumes, competitions, choreography and basically every song choice from this season...Lauren couldn’t be more proud of all of her students this season, especially the competition team. Your hard work and dedication shows in your performance today.
DONNA MARIE CARO
Donna is the choreographer and instructor for the school’s ballet program. She has been teaching dance for the past thirty years and also works as a preschool teacher. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University. Donna has four children, all competitive Irish dancers, who range in age from 7 to 15 years old. She is very proud of all of her students this year. They have worked very hard and have been a joy to teach. It is a pleasure to watch them learn and grow throughout the year. She is excited for you to see what they have accomplished.
Kimberly Garrick has been dancing for over 15 years. She is an alumni of Dawn McMahon School of dance and is grateful to be able to come back and be apart of the dance family again. She is a recent graduate of Manhattanville College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a double minor in Music and Business. She was the captain of the Hip-Hop dance team called Minds in Motion at Manhattanville and had taken many dance classes with many well-known professors like Shawn Garnier & Heather Cornell. She has performed at many campus events and at Disney World two years in a row with her dance team. Kimberly would like to thank her family for always pushing her to be the best she can be and a special thanks to Mr. O’Grady for giving me the opportunity to start dancing. Thank you Lauren and Dawn giving for giving me the opportunity to come back and teach! Congratulations on a great show everyone!
Jazz & Hip Hop
Laurel Higa a native of Hawai’i, Laurel Higa began dancing at the age of 4 on the beautiful island of Oahu. Laurel moved to New York to pursue her dreams in dance and graduated from Manhattanville College where she received a B.A in Dance & Theater, with a concentration in Dance Therapy & Minor in Psychology. She has had the privilege of performing works by Peter Pucci, Marta Renzi, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Julio Monge, Arthur Aviles, & Roberto Villanueva. Laurel has also performed at renowned venues such as the New York City Center, Jacobs Pillow, Great Friends Dance Festival, & The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre. In addition to teaching dance, Laurel is a group fitness instructor. She has recently earned her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Baruch College.
Jimmy Tate has been performing on stage for over 35 years. He did his first Broadway show at the age of 13, where he played the title role in "The Tap Dance Kid". From there he went on to appear in the Tony Award winning best musical "Big River"; "Jelly's Last Jam", "Bring in 'da Noise Bring in 'da Funk, and the Irish smash hit "Riverdance". On tour Jimmy recreated Savion Glover's role in "Noise/Funk, and won a 1998 Ovation award for his performance. Jimmy danced for former President Bill Clinton at the 1995 Kennedy Center Honors, and at the 1997 Presidential Gala. He also danced at the 1996 & 1997 Tony awards; as well as the 1997 Grammy awards. He was last seen performing an original work called “Toe Tappin’ Blues” with bassist extraordinaire Rodney Appleby at the Niagara Falls Performing Arts Center. Jimmy is also a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His first CD "Play Me" was finished in the summer of 2000. Besides teaching dance and choreographing, he performs regularly at clubs playing guitar and singing.