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.
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.