SANDRA JEMAL - founder LIAD in 1969 - retired after celebrating her 50th Anniversary in 2019 and now teaching and choreographing for the Teen & Sr. level in Miller Place! Sandy was born in Washington D.C., raised in NY, attended Queens College and received an “Honorary Alumni” from Dowling College for her ‘exemplary contributions to the performing arts’. She received her professional ballet training with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, under the direction of Madame Swoboda. Additional ballet studies were with Jacques D’Amboise (ABT), Melissa Hayden (NYCB), and Karl Shook (Harlem Ballet) Her studies in modern and jazz were with such greats as Martha Graham, Matt Mattox, Luigi, Peter Gennaro and Gwen Verdon. Tap with Charles Kelly, Henry LeTang and Mercedes Ellington. She is a ‘life’ member of Dance Educators of America (where she also served on the “Board of Directors”), and Dance Masters of America. She was an active coordinator, Secy & President of the Huntington Arts Councils Consortium of Dance for 18 yrs, as well as a major contributor of the annual “Celebration of Dance” Festival for 40 yrs. She has choreographed for High Schools, Universities and Summer Stock, taught master classes at SUNY Stony Brook, at Arts Council Conventions & has judged Dance Competitions.
Her students have won the title of “Miss & Mr. Dance” as well as overall high score awards for Groups. Most recent accomplishments include 2021 TIU soloist Mon Dieu taking 5th place & best tech. out of 150 soloists, and Military Wives winning best choreography and technique, 2018 1st pl. soloist, and best choreography. 2017 2nd pl. NY NY. 2016 X-Calibur Award for “Say Something, the Highest Scoring Teen Dance of the entire weekend. 2015 “Sweet Dreams”. 2014 Miss Dance. 2013 Mr. Dance. She has been awarded the National Grand Champion for her work in 2001 “Sunscreen”, “Avatar” (2011) winner of the “Federation of Dance Award.” “Walk for Beauty” (2000), a tribute to Breast Cancer Survivors) Presented by the Baldwin family, “Big Spender” (accepted to compete for World Title in “The World Competition” in Germany (2000). Her dancers have always been the recipients of esteemed high honors for “perfect scores”, “best technique”,“best choreography” & have received scholarships from DMA, DEA, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Alley, & Universities. Others have gone on to perform with touring groups, music videos, cruise ships and …. Broadway!