Meet Our Team
Soraya Hanzus – Owner, INSTRUCTOR & Artistic DirectoR
Soraya teaches both group classes and private lessons among all three of our locations. She is a seasoned Irish dance professional - having both performed and choreographed in Cleveland, Chicago and New York City. Soraya started teaching early on in her career and was appointed at the early age of 17 to serve as head performance instructor and choreographer for the Conway School of Irish Dance. After moving to New York, she joined a professional performance company in Manhattan and also led the Irish dance program at the Performing Arts Center of Southern Westchester.
In addition to managing The New York Studio of Irish Step Dance, Soraya serves as a marketing and communications consultant for a boutique business coaching firm. She previously served as Senior Director at DiGennaro Communications promoting Fortune 500 brands such as Microsoft and Live Nation. Soraya earned her BBA from Loyola University Chicago and MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. She is CPR and First Aid certified in addition to being certified in Principles of Dance Medicine by New York University Langone Medical Center. Soraya is a member of both Irish Network New York City and the American Irish Association of Westchester County.
MELISSA WEIGEL – instructor & company member
Melissa Weigel teaches advanced classes at our 68th Street location. She began dancing at age eight with the Rince na Cara studio in Chicago (later Norton-Healy). After her first Oireachtas regional competition, she was hooked and competitively danced for 15 years - eventually competing at the World Championship level. She began teaching private lessons at age 14 and spent time as a group instructor at Norton-Healy before moving to the East Coast for school and work. After spending nearly 10 years away from dance, Melissa joined The New York Studio of Irish Step Dance in 2017 where she quickly re-discovered her passion for the art form. Outside of dance, Melissa works for a global conservation organization in the impact investing space.
BAILEY LINK – Instructor & company member
Bailey teaches beginner classes at our 60th Street location. She grew up in Morristown, NJ with a strong Irish heritage. She has performed with The New York Studio of Irish Step Dance since 2017 - having been featured on NBC, ABC and CBS. Bailey received her BS in Finance from Fordham University and is also pursuing her MBA from Fordham. She currently works as an analyst at a large financial institution.
Melanie McSweeney- Administrative Assistant
Melanie is a performer of musical theatre and music in New York City and is thrilled to join this team - expanding her knowledge of dance, social media and administrative tasks.