The SassClass Team

Julia Sokol

Julia created SassClass in 2016 as an oasis for the modern woman, a distinctly Feminine experience, using dance and performance to foster self-love, connection, confidence, and self-expression.

Julia graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in economics and business. Prior to creating SassClass,  Julia had a career in Marketing and Data Analytics, most recently as an Associate Director at a top ad agency in NYC.

Julia's hobby and passion throughout her life is dance. She was the main hip hop choreographer for Adagio Dance Company and OnStage Dance Company and for performing artist Pastele. She has danced with Reaction Dance Company, RiSE, and Mint Dance Company. 

Through SassClass, she gets to blend her passions for business, dance, and women's empowerment.

Julia's Philosophy:

Practicing everyday to live life full-out

and to embody love and generosity!

Julia is our Founder & CEO aka our SassMama!

Julia curates and maintains the overall vision of SassClass, collaborating with our talented team of Instructors, Videographers, Photographers, and more to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of everyone who joins us at SassClass!

 

Frida Persson

Frida is originally from Sweden and has been living in New York City for six years, working as a professional dancer and choreographer. She has danced for brands such as L'Oreal, Samsung, and Blvgari, and in music videos for Jennifer Hudson and Basement Jaxx. In the Summer of 2017, she was the head choreographer for the Gothia Cup Opening Ceremony, the biggest soccer cup in the world, with 48,000 people in attendance.

Credits: L'Oreal, Samsung, Blvgari, Jennifer Hudson

Frida's Philosophy:

Live your life like it's golden.

You can do anything you put your mind to.

 

Frida teaches:

Sexy Stilettos

Tony Guerrero

Tony Guerrero blends the sexy, exciting styles of today’s commercial and nightlife world with the sense of purpose, setting, and motivation of theatre.

With husband JT Horenstein, Tony has co-choreographed for Taylor Swift, the NY Knicks City Dancers, Brooklynettes, and Team USA in Shanghai, China.

As a seasoned performer, Tony is currently in his 13th season at the NY Metropolitan Opera as a dancer, actor, fighter, and stunt performer.

Tony toured nationally as the Latin feature in the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever and completed three world tours of West Side Story.

Recording artist performances include Pitbull, Lonely Island & Lenny Kravitz.

Tony has worked under such theatre staples as Arlene Phillips, Rob Ashford and Joey McKneely, and has been directed by the likes of Baz Luhrmann, Ryan Murphy, Amy Heckerling, Jodi Foster and Martin Scorcese.

Credits: Taylor Swift, NY Knicks City Dancers, Metropolitan Opera, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story, Pitbull

Tony's Philosophy:

I believe in nurturing a safe space for sensual expression and celebrating all aspects of ourselves in a healthy and festive manner. In my classes, you are not only allowed to wave your freak flag high -- you are encouraged and rewarded! 

 

Tony teaches:

Burlesque

&

Chairography

Janine "J9" Micheletti

Janine "J9" Micheletti is a native New Yorker and a street fusion choreographer. She graduated from SUNY Purchase’s School of Art & Design with a concentration in photography. Her current focus is working towards blending her knowledge from visual art with dance, and she is particularly interested in telling stories through fusing street styles and digital technology. (Sidenote: could there be a more appropriate fit with SassClass?!) Janine was recognized as an emerging female choreographer, and has shown her work at Alvin Ailey, MMAC, and Highline Ballroom. She has also danced with brands and artists including MTV, Fallout Boy, and Squarespace.

Credits: MTV, Fallout Boy, Squarespace, Highline Ballroom

 

J9 teaches:

Fierce Feminine Hip Hop

J9's videos:

Shirlene Quigley

Shirlene Quigley's dance career began at 18 years old, when she danced as one of the original "uhh ohh girls" in Beyonce's Crazy In Love music video. The next day she found herself traveling the world with Beyonce promoting her first album Crazy In Love! Shirlene has starred in music videos with Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot and more, and she has performed at The Grammy's, The VMA's, The BET Awards, America's Got Talent, Saturday Night Live, and more!

Credits: Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, The Grammy's

Shirlene's Philosophy:

"Strength and dignity are her clothing,

and she smiles at the future"  Proverbs 31:25

 

Shirlene Quigley

Shirlene Quigley's dance career began at 18 years old, when she danced as one of the original "uhh ohh girls" in Beyonce's Crazy In Love music video. The next day she found herself traveling the world with Beyonce promoting her first album Crazy In Love! Shirlene has starred in music videos with Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot and more, and she has performed at The Grammy's, The VMA's, The BET Awards, America's Got Talent, Saturday Night Live, and more!

Credits: Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, The Grammy's

Shirlene's Philosophy:

"Strength and dignity are her clothing,

and she smiles at the future"  Proverbs 31:25

Shirlene teaches:

Starlet by Sunday: Heels

Shirlene's videos:

Candice Segarra

Candice graduated from Manhattanville College with a B.A. in Dance and Theatre and a minor in Communications on a performing arts scholarship. She has danced on tour with Marta Renzi & Co. at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and has performed at and for RAW Artists, Peridance APEX Showcases, Abrons Arts Center, Disney World, New York City Center,  Atlantic Records, Good Morning America with Flo Rida, TRL and more. Candice has also trained and performed in Italy and freelance performs with various entertainment companies, choreographers and recording artists. Candice is experienced with teaching a variety of dance styles to all ages spanning 2 years old through adult. Outside of teaching dance, Candice is Creative Director of her project-based dance theatre company, Segarra Dance Theatre Projects. 

Credits: Good Morning America, Flo Rida, TRL, Disney World

Candice's Philosophy:

I believe every woman, regardless of ability and level, deserves to express themselves through dance and to feel beautiful, powerful, and valuable. It is every women's right to discover her inner feminine beauty and the goddess that is already within her. 

 

Sophia Marrapodi

Hailing from Miami, Florida, Sophia has worked with Flo Rida, Red Rat, Guop Boys, and Pitbull and was featured in Kat Deluna's video for Drop It Low.

Sophia currently back-up dances for Soave, 80s freestyle singer and has performed at Radio City Music Hall.

Sophia teaches in New York City as well as internationally in Italy.

She absolutely loves to dance - anytime she gets the chance to do it, she lights up! Her love for dance and performance is as strong as her love for people.

She considers herself a perpetual student and trains in all style of dance. She is so excited to join the Instructor team at SassClass!

Credits: Flo Rida, Pitbull, Kat Deluna

Sophia's Philosophy:

When you are dancing you should feel like you are in a music video or a movie, telling a story. Living in each movement, no matter how slow or fast. Always feel!

 

Emma Rosa

Emma Bigelow, originally from New Jersey, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator in various styles ranging from commercial heels and hip hop to contemporary and tap. Currently, she is a member of Shirlene Quigley's Queendom Crew, Theresa Stone's AbstraKT BEINGS, Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33, and Maurice Chestnut's Dance Therapy. Emma has also worked on music videos for artists including Roc Nation's Neisha Neshae as well as Latin artists Lisenny and Tony Cabrera and is a movement coach for vocalist Remi Lewis. She has performed live for sold-out shows at Harlem's Apollo Theater, the NJPAC, Jacob's Pillow, and the Highline Ballroom while working with artists such as Savion Glover, Ayodele Casel, and Michelle Dorrance.

Credits: Queendom Crew, AbstraKT BEINGS, Apollo Theater

Emma's Philosophy:

You define yourself. You are your own definition of beautiful, powerful, intelligent, feminine; your own definition of a woman.

 

Bri Mercado

Brianna Mercado is a professional dance artist, teacher, choreographer, and inspirational speaker. She has worked on projects for Nike, SEARS, NBC, and the Rachael Ray Show, and is a featured dancer in the new film Isn’t It Romantic. Credits include: MUNY’s Jesus Christ Superstar (Dance Captain), MUNY’s Aida (Dance Captain), Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, Broadway Underground, PHISH ‘Fuego’ Tour, Humans Collective, Masterworks Festival Chorus in Carnegie Hall, and The Grit. Brianna’s choreography has been featured on Quartz and TED talks, and her students have earned prestigious awards at both local and national dance competitions.

Credits: Nike, NBC, Rachael Ray, Fuerza Bruta

Bri's Philosophy:

Inside every situation there is an opportunity to be great.  If there is more to learn, someone to love, something to give, and things to do, then do them, now.

Bri teaches:

Contemporary Fusion

 

Contact:

SassClass Studio, 41 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018

(646) 450-9050

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