Faculty & Staff
Frank Ohman is an internationally known dance professional. His critically acclaimed ballet career began with the San Francisco Ballet in 1959 and in 1962 he joined the New York City Ballet where he was a soloist for twenty-two years. During his distinguished performing career, Frank studied professionally with George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, Harold Christensen, Ernest Belcher, David Lichine, Alexandra Danilova, Muriel Stuart, Andre Eglevsky, Stanley Williams, Pierre Vadimirov and John Taras.
Corps de Ballet Mistress, Ballet Instructor and Assistant to the Director
Frank Ohman School of Ballet, New York Dance Theatre
Diane Lichtenberger was trained at the School of American Ballet, under such notables as Felia Doubrovska, Helene Dudin, Murial Stuart, Antonina Tumkovsky, Anatole Oboukhov and Pierre Vladimirov: at the Eglevsky Ballet School with Andre and Leda Eglevsky; and the Juilliard School with Alfredo Corvino, Jose Limon, Sara Stackhouse and Antony Tudor where she graduated with a B.F.A. Degree in Ballet and Modern Dance. She has appeared in the New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, on television, in the corps de ballet at Radio City Music Hall, and as a soloist with the Eglevsky Ballet, the Louis Falco Co. and the Jose Limon Company.
Ms. Lichtenberger regularly choreographs pieces for the Ohman School of Ball and New York Dance Theartre. Her most recent choreography was “Baroque and Blue” performed by Ohman students at the 2013 gala “he Prodigal Son Returns” honoring Edward Villella. She has also done the choreographies for the galas honoring Jacques d”Amboise, Allegra Kent and Arthur Mitchell.
Ms. Lichtenberger has choreographed over 70 musicals for theater groups on Long Island. She has also directed musicals, including “Brigadoon”, “Kiss Me Kate”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Carousel”, “Oklahoma”, and “The World Goes Round”. Diane has been on the faculty of the Ohman School of Ballet since 1989, and was an adjunct professor of dance at Hofstra University for thirteen years. She has directed and choreographed numerous productions for Plaza Theatrical Productions and has also choreographed for the Hofstra Faculty Dance Concerts. She is both Ballet Mistress and Assistant to the Director (Frank Ohman) for New York Dance Theatre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”
Danielle has studied at the Ohman School of Ballet since the age of six and has been on the teaching staff since 2002 teaching Ballet, Pointe, and Yoga. Danielle has her Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science Education and a minor in dance from SUNY Stony Brook. She has also received her Master’s degree in Science Education from Dowling College. She has been teaching science from 4th-8th grade for the past five years. She has danced in many performances with New York Dance Theater throughout her high school and college years including the annual production of NYDT’s Nutcracker. She has performed in the Nutcracker for 21 years dancing in soloist roles such as Arabian, Hungarian, and Dewdrop. Danielle continues to perform.
Donna has over thirty-five years of classical ballet training and has studied various forms of tap, jazz, theater and modern. She is an active participant in national teaching conferences, educational programs and workshops with master teachers.
Ms. Floridia participates in open classes in Manhatten studios and continues training with Frank Ohman in his adult classes. She has received certifications from the New York Dance Guild and American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum. As a member of the School of American Ballet, Donna is invited periodically to observe classes of various levels.
Ms. Floridia has been on the faculty of the Ohman School for twenty years and has developed a unique pre-school and early childhood ballet curriculum which weaves ballet theater skills, choreography, and writing into the program and uses it in the Creative Movement, Introduction to Ballet, and Mommy and Me classes at the school. She has performed supporting roles with the New York Dance Theatre for nineteen years and in her prime performed solo and demi-solo roles in dramatic/liturgical dance.
Donna has been a choreographer, set designer and co-director for the outstanding Bay Shore Cultural Arts Program where she also serves as a board member of the Arts Endowment Fund.
Andrea began dancing at the age of three learning tap, jazz and ballet before moving to the Ohman School of Ballet when she was seven. She found her love of teaching when she became an assistant for our children’s ballet mistress, Donna Florida, at the age of fourteen. It was also within this year that she attended the New York State Summer School for the Arts. After her second summer at NYSSSA, she attended two summers with American Ballet Theater in Austin Texas, and then returned to study with Ballet Austin. Once she graduated from the Ohman School, she started teaching her own classes for divisions I through V and has recently been asked to run the Soldier rehearsals for our annual production of The Nutcracker. Andrea received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in June of 2013 and is in private practice in Commack.
Summer Intensive 2015 Staff, TBA (To Be Announced)