Board of Directors

Kathleen Kairns-Scholz


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.

Tanya Neary

Vice President

Tanya is the founder and CEO of Stars of Tomorrow Dance Academy in Centerport NY, currently in its 23rd season, where she serves as Program Director as well as Choreographer for the competitive program.  A student of dance since the age of 5, a graduate of Long Island High School for the Arts, and a dance major at Hofstra University; Tanya still maintains a love of learning to better herself and the industry.  She is a member of NDEO, runs 2 chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and is YPAD, PBT, and Alixa Flexibility certified.  Her passion for her students is matched only by her passion for helping fellow studio owners.  As part of the Education Department at Dance Studio Owners Association, she works closely with studio owners to pursue growth in their businesses, hone their leadership skills, and find harmony between work and home life.  Tanya feels deeply that the LIDC can continue to expand and serve the entire dance community on Long Island.  She is the driving force behind the Youth Choreographers Contest and is working to expand the scholarship opportunities we can provide. She proudly holds the position of Vice President for LIDC and will continue to work to attract like-minded members, while bringing more training and resources to the membership

Toni Wortman


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.

Lauren Bogovic

Social Media/PR

Bio to come!

Laura Stein