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Doreen Angarano

Doreen is the founder and director of Reflections New York and Reflections West. She is an established teacher and choreographer and has gained recognition over a course of 33 successful years.

Reflections was established by Doreen in 1982 and its reputation of excellence in performance is evidenced by Reflections’ hundreds of awards over the past 33 years. Doreen’s philosophy has been to give a professional touch to her amateur dancers. Students explore new territory in movement and mental development, for Doreen insists on each student performing at their personal best. A motivator, with endless energy and warmth, she embraces her students and their unique talents and continues to infuse her students with confidence and poise through dance. Her success in teaching dance is both a result of her outstanding training at Dance Educators of America, and her ability to clearly convey her love of dance and her unmatched enthusiasm to all of her students. Her studies continue as she is always able to bring the latest creations and ideas to her studios. After moving to California in 1999, Doreen expanded her Reflections Family and opened Reflections West in 2002. In addition to continuously directing her New York schools, Doreen teaches, choreographs, and directs her school in California with her daughter Kristen.

Doreen is affiliated with several talent and management agencies in both New York and California, enabling her to bring her students to a professional dimension in commercials, television, dance and theatre. Doreen also judges at many nationally recognized competitions across the United States. She is a perfectionist who brings out the best in her students. Her love for her work and the children keep her focused on finding the best things possible for them.

Kristen Karasek

Raised in New York, Kristen began dancing when she was two years old. By the age of 16, she attended Dance Educators of America and became certified to teach all areas of dance, acrobatics, anatomy and musical theory. Kristen attended California Lutheran University on an academic scholarship and was later granted an endowment scholarship before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. While a student, she was a member of the Regal Dance Team, the first dance team in the University’s history to become nationally ranked. Kristen is currently the co-director of Reflections in Dance West and serves as the Administrative Director of Reflections in New York. Kristen strives to keep her students connected to the community by performing at various local events that support important causes. In 2010 Kristen founded the Dance for a Cure organization for Multiple Sclerosis. Featured by the world renowned TED-X, Dance for a Cure aims to help raise funding and awareness to help find a cure for MS. To date, in conjunction with local partners, Dance for a Cure has raised over $50k for their cause. Kristen is an exemplary role model for her students and her superlative leadership qualities consistently bring her students to higher plateaus.