About Us

Sunnyside Ballet Studio

Sunnyside Ballet Studiowas created in 2009 as part of Sunnyside Arts Cooperative. We offer ballet classes for ages 3 years and up as well as Little dancers class, Tap, Theater Dance and HipHop. Classes are divided by age groups and taught using methods that take into account both age as well as skill levels.

Younger students will gainphysical coordination and musicalitythroughmovement. The repetition of materials gives the students confidence and control of movement.

Graded level students learn classic ballet technique curriculum. As they gradually improve their technique throughout the year individual attention is paid to each student with the goal of advancing to the next level.


Directors & Instructors

Yasko Takeno-Williams is the founder and director of Sunnyside Ballet Studio. She  served as a co-director of Washington Rock Youth Ballet in Central New Jersey where she taught over 15 years. Yasko received her BFA in dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has extensive training in classical ballet in Tokyo where she performed various roles in classical productions. Upon her arrival to the U.S., she continued to study ballet with Andra Corvino and Jackie Vilamille in New York while performing with modern dance companies such as Arch Dance Company, Gabriel Masson Dance, Sonia Dawkins Prism Dance Theatre, Philadanco II and others. Yasko has performed at numerous venues such as Kennedy Center in DC, The DUKE on 42nd street, Pace downtown theater and so on. She is also a certified Pilates trainer both in mat and apparatus since 2005. She is an American Ballet Theater Certified Teacher for Primary level through level Three of the ABT National Training Curriculum. One of her goals is to provide a place and education for young children to immerse themselves to the art of dance.

Ms. Hitomi Miyauchi started her classical ballet training at Rei Classical Ballet Institute in Japan at the age of four. During her training she performed as Clara in the Nutcracker and other numerous rolls in Coppelia, Don Quixote and so on.

Upon her 2006 arrival in the states she continued her ballet training as well as Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Theater dance. She holds a BA from Atomi University in Tokyo. Ms. Hitomi also appeared on K-broadway as well as several TV commercials in Japan. She has been working at SBS since 2011and enjoys teaching younger children as well as older students on pointe and private instructions.

Ms. Moeka Matsui initially began her classical ballet training at the age of six at Japan Junior Ballet. She graduated from Nihon University of Art in 2012 where she majored in contemporary dance. She received several awards in Japan. Among them are awards from competitions such as Saitama National Ballet Competition and Nakano International Dance Competition. After she moved to NY she continued her dance training at Peridance Capezio Center under the direction of Igarl Perry. Ms.Moeka completed the program in 2014. She is also a certified Gyrotonic instructor.

Ms.Melissa Orlando has been dancing for more than 30 years. She received her dance training from Debi Ferber-Klein in Rockland County, with a focus on ballet. In addition, Melissa studied ballet at the University of Utah – with teachers formerly of NYC Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, among others. Previously, Melissa taught dance at Debi’s Dance Shop, in Pomona, NY –including children’s tap/ballet classes, various levels of ballet, including pointe and private coaching.  She has a strong interest in choreography and intertwining of classical dance with modern music, making ballet accessible to younger, more diverse audiences. Melissa has completed Teaching Artist Training with the National Dance Institute for “Teaching Dance to Special Populations” and is an American Ballet Theatre-certified teacher of the National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary through Level 3.

Ms.Arleigh Rothenberg is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and performer specializing in Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Latin Styles.  Arleigh currenlty tap dances at The Cotton Club as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ Sophisticated Ladies.  She has recently appeared with Flash Mob America on “Good Morning America” as a part of 2 segments: Judson Laipply’s “Evolution of Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars” 2015 After Party. Arleigh is also a member of The Solettes, under the direction of Anika Tifft and Karla Choko.  In 2013 she performed as a cast member in “Rhythm Is Our Business”, produced by Tony Waag, directed by Derick K. Grant, with choreography by Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Television and Video Credits include the “Malibu Rum Funky Dip” Flashmob Commercial choreographed by Tweetie, the “Sesame Street” 40th Season, and appearances in the films “Step Up 3D”, “Eat, Pray, Love”, and “Friends with Benefits.

Ms. Dona Wiley received her pre-professional dance training at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in Connecticut under the direction of James Robey. She currently teaches ballet at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance and has taught throughout the tri-state area for the past five years, namely at Sas School of Dance (Connecticut) and In Motion Dance Center (Queens), among others. Dona Wiley is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. As a freelance dancer, Wiley currently works with the New York City based dance companies Lydia Johnson Dance, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, Neville Dance Theatre, Felice Lesser Dance Theatre, Neglia Ballet Artists, and as the rehearsal director and co- founder of CelloPointe.