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Michelle Cano, a student at Manhasset Middle School, has established herself as a major competitor at various Latin dance competitions. With her dance teammates – Genelle, Stephanie, Melanie, Karen, Isabella, Gabriela, Sabina and Katherine – she recently won first place in the Salsa Junior Division at the World Salsa Summit 2017, one of the largest Latin dance competitions in the world. It was held at the Miami Deauville Beach Resort Hotel on January 21st of this year. Her team represented New York and the Mestizo Art Center, where she trains.
Medals keep piling up for Michelle and her teammates from one competition to the next. It should be noted that not only is it their talent, but their dedication, practice and rehearsal that has made them so successful. Last October, Michelle and her team won first place in the Long Island Latin dance competition called “Fire in the Feet”. While two years ago, Michelle and her team participated in the World Latin Dance Cup 2015/2016 and won first place in the World Champions of Salsa.
Michelle has been a student at Adventures in Learning, as well. Diana Holden, Executive Director of Adventures, praised Michelle and her team. “Everyone at Adventures is thrilled for Michelle. There is no doubt that she is both an inspiring and magnificent representative of the Manhasset School District, Adventures, and, most especially, our community. What an enormous accomplishment for Michelle and her team, and we send them our congratulations. They certainly have earned a standing ovation! Bravo!”
Founded 48 years ago, Adventures in Learning is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Great Neck/Manhasset EOC building at 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in need of after-school care and instruction.
Adventures in Learning’s Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointments of Manhasset residents, Connie Parsons and Michael Ryan, to its Board. They replace Board Members Bill Ross and Ramon Parsons, whose terms just ended.
Adventures’ Executive Director, Diana Holden, saluted their appointments, stating, “First of all, I wish to recognize and to thank Bill Ross and Ramon Parsons, both long time supporters, for their tremendous Board work and contributions to Adventures. And now I welcome both Connie Parsons and Michael Ryan, who are also at the forefront of community leadership. I am so grateful that they have joined our Board and look forward to working with them.”
Connie Parsons graduated from Barnard College, received a Law Degree from Hofstra University Law School, and is a member of the New York Bar Association. An active Manhasset community resident, she is a member of both the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church and the Manhasset Congregational Church. Mrs. Parsons is employed by Pappas Realty in Astoria, as well. She resides with her family in Munsey Park.
About her Board appointment, Mrs. Parsons remarked that “Adventures is a wonderful organization and I am so happy to be a part of it.”
Michael Ryan moved to Manhasset nearly 10 years ago with his family. He is a member of the Congregational Church and an active golf, tennis and platform tennis player. Mr. Ryan is a steadfast volunteer for RBC's Race for the Kids and Youth INC. He works in Capital Markets for the Royal Bank of Canada.
Expressing his enthusiasm about the Adventures board appointment, he said, “I love the Manhasset community, and all I can say is that I am both thrilled and honored to be invited to serve on the board of such an exceptional organization as Adventures in Learning.”
Founded 45 years ago in 1969 by the Congregational Church in Manhasset, Adventures in Learning is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC building at 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.