GINY RAE, Owner and Director
A member of the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA) and the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), Giny Rae has over 29 years of experience as a social and competitive dance instructor in American, International, and Cabaret styles of Dancesport, which encompasses Ballroom Dancing, Latin Dancing and Theatre Arts. She has competed and performed nationally, internationally, and on television, where she was featured performer on PBS's "Championship Ballroom Dancing". Giny Rae’s students have earned junior, amateur, and pro-am championships, and Dance Magic Ballroom Dance Studio has won several studio awards. Giny Rae’s corporate clients include the Ballroom Dance Club at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Western Suffolk BOCES, the Middle Country and Three Village School Districts, and the Town of Smithtown. Giny Rae has been Adjunct Professor of Ballroom Dancing at Stony Brook University, in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, and the Founding Coach and Head Coach of the Stony Brook University Ballroom Dance Team and Club for 17 years.
Giny Rae also has over 20 years experience as a competitive professional dancer in the Latin, Ballroom, and Cabaret divisions. She also holds the degree of "Member with Honors" (Licentiate) from the North American Dance Teachers Association, qualifying her as a Championship Level Competition Judge. Giny has also earned the degree of B.A in Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.
Some of Giny’s competitive accomplishments are as follows:
- 1993 - Empire State Ballroom Classic Champion
- 1992 - PBS-TV "Evening of Championship Ballroom Dancing" - Featured Performer
- 1991 - U.S. Ballroom Champion - Rising Star Cabaret Division
- 1991 - U.S. Ballroom Finalist - Open Cabaret Division
- 1987-1991 - American Star Ball Champion (5 time champion)
- Baltimore / Washington Open Champion
- Imperial Star Ball Champion
- North Star Ball - Rising Star Champion
- North Star Ball - Open Division Champion
- New England Imperial Champion
Lexi Andrea - Instructor
Lexi Andrea, is an accomplished dancer and aerialist, and the daughter of Giny Rae. She is a graduate of the Performing Arts High School in Syosset, Long Island, New York and has earned the degree of B.A. in Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. She is a past President of the Stony Brook University Ballroom Dance Club and Competition Team and has won many awards during her competitive career. Some of the aerial skills in Lexi’s repertoire include the Static Trapeze, Spanish Web, Silks, and Lyra (Hoop). She has traveled extensively through her performance career to such places as Iceland, the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Caribbean regions, and Central and North America. When she is not traveling and performing, Lexi teaches private and group dance lessons at the Dance Magic Ballroom Dance Studio. Some of Lexi's professional accomplishments are as follows:
Aerial Captain / Aerialist / Dancer - Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Reflection -performances throughout the Canary Island, the Mediterranean (including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, and Malta), and Caribbean.
Aerial Captain / Aerialist / Dancer - Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Eclipse - performing throughout the Mediterranean, the Baltic countries (including Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Estonia, Russia), Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords
Aerialist / Dancer - Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Reflection - performances throughout the North Atlantic, Holland, the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Inaugural Cast Member for the ships’ maiden voyage.
Aerialist / Dancer - Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Equinox - performances throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Dancer - Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Millennium - Rehearsals in London, performances throughout the Caribbean, Central America (including the Panama Canal), Mexico, The United States and Canada.
Assistant Choreographer - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Featured Ballroom Dancer - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Navigator of the Seas - featured performances throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Ballroom Dancer - U. S. tour with the London cast of "Simply Ballroom", featuring celebrity host Debbie Reynolds, and American Idol finalists Anthony Federov and Vonzell Solomon
Ballroom Dancer - London based production of "Simply Ballroom", Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV