History

North Fork Academy of Dance was started over 30 years ago by Harry M. Precht.¬†Harry held a M.A. in Dance from the American University in Washington DC as well as an M.S. in Elementary and Special Education from C.W. Post. Among many great things Harry danced with great masters in dance including Andre Eglevsky, co-directed the Manning-Fried Dance Company and toured to South America where he danced for Ballet Gloria De Lozano. His lifelong involvement in dance prepared him with the proper tools to pass on extensive and knowledgeable dance education to his students. Sadly, Harry passed away in 2014 but his positive and professional approach in and outside the classroom is still reflected in the teachers, staff, and dancers at North Fork Academy of Dance. Karrisa Despres, a former dancer of Harry’s, has taken over the role of owner and director of the studio. Karissa has grown the studio tremendously. She has developed the NOFO Dance Competition Team as well as introduced many new genres of dance into the studio.