Board of Directors

Toni Wortman

President

Toni started dancing when she was 3 years old.  She earned her BA and MS degrees from Queens College and taught first, second and third grades in Port Washington.  After moving to Huntington, she returned to her first love- dancing. She took classes with Sandi Bloomberg at North Shore Studio of Dance, became a member of North Shore Dance Theatre and taught tap, jazz and creative dance at the studio. 

Toni is the Co-Artistic Director of The Red Hot Mamas. Before her election as President, she served as Secretary of the Long Island Dance Consortium.  She sits on the Boards of the Huntington Arts Council and Maccabi USA, a national non- profit organization, where she served as President for 8 years.

Toni is married to Walter, an attorney. They have two daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 4 grandchildren.

Kathleen Kairns-Scholz

Vice President

Kathy is the founder and Artistic Director of the American Dance Theatre of Long Island. She is also the Artistic Director of the American Ballet Studio, which is the official school of ADTLI. A native of Long Island she began her ballet training under the direction of Andre and Leda Eglevsky. Kathy was formerly a soloist with the Richmond Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and the Eglevsky Ballet. Kathy danced in many Balanchine ballets including Who Cares, Donizetti Variations, Tarantella, Serenade, and Allegro Brillante. She has also danced in a variety of classical roles, two of her favorites are the Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker and Swanhilda in Coppelia. Kathy served as ballet mistress for Frank Ohman and the New York Dance Theater for five years before she opened her own studio in Bayport, New York. She has been a member of the Long Island Dance Consortium for the past 20 years and is serving her 2nd term as Vice President. She is excited to help develop awareness and increase understanding of all forms of dance in order to expand and cultivate the dance audience on Long Island. Ms. Kairns- Scholz is married to her husband Michael and is a proud mother of Megan, Kevin and Kerri.

Laura Stein

Treasurer

Louise Rastu

Secretary

Louise Rastu has been teaching dance to children and adults for 40 years and has a wonderful gift of working with people of any age and experience level.  She is the owner of A Lifetime of Dance, Inc. in Huntington Station NY, where her focus has been on introducing women, of all ages, to the joy of tap dance.  Louise’s students range from mid-20’s to mid-80’s, with abilities from beginner to semi-professional.  She has taught and volunteered her talent to the Huntington Bulldog Cheerleaders, South Huntington School District, Carillon Adult Day Care, St. Francis Church, The Veterans Association, and others in the Huntington Community and beyond.

She is co-director and choreographer of The Red Hot Mamas, a unique, professional, senior performing tap company, ages 60-88, who perform regularly throughout the tri-state area.

Louise was the 2012 En Pointe Award recipient for her dedication and support of the Performing Arts on Long Island.