Our Team

Meet Your Personal Dog Fitness and Dance Trainers

Sabatino Verlezza, MFA,CPI



SABATINO VERLEZZA Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Bachelor of Science (BA) Associate Arts (AA) 

Sabatino Vaerlezza received his MFA at the University of Michigan and danced professionally with the May O’Donnell Dance Company, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Sophie Maslow, Norman Walker, Laura Glenn, among others. 

Sabation's choreography has appeared in the companies of: 

  • Joffrey II, 
  • May O’Donnell Dance Company 
  • Joyce Trisler Danscompany 
  • Dancing Wheels
  • Verlezza Dance 

He has worked with performers like:

  • Ben Vereen
  • Christopher Walken
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
  • and music videos of Billy Idol. 

As artistic director of Dancing Wheels, a company of dancers with and without disabilities, Sabatino's work toured the United States, Central America, Europe and Taiwan. 

Sabatino is the recipient of the Spelman College National Choreographers Award, Northern Ohio Live Dance Award, Inclusion Award and the Governor’s Award. 

He presently teaches at New Jersey City University and dances with Heidi Latsky Dance, Verlezza Dance, and ILLUMINATIONS Dance Company. 

Sabatino is an original international Certifier of the May O’Donnell Dance Technique under the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation.

Sabatino is also a Certified Pilates Instructor and has taught Pilates in university as well as private settings in NYC and nationally. Hockey players, NCAA Basketball players, actors, dancers and the layman have celebrated his movement fitness method. His understanding of biomechanics and structural alignment has helped secure the physical integrity of many professionals who need their bodies to be at their optimum. 

His work with dogs comes from a long tradition and respect for Nature, Wellness, and Love for all creatures great and small. 

Sabatino is honored to be working with Suzanne Kalafian at 6 Hairy Legs and share the joy of movement with canines and their human friends.

Suzanne Kalafian, ABCDT, CS



SUZANNE KALAFIAN, Inc Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer (ABCDT) Certified Treibball Trainer (CTT)   

Originally from Pennsylvania, Suzanne, previously owned Superior Dog Training, relocated to North Carolina in 2004. Suzanne has been a professional dog trainer since 1997 and holds several certifications, including:

  • Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College;
  • Certified Mentor Trainer for Animal  Behavior College;
  • Certified Treibball Trainer;
  • Treibball Judge;  and
  • Assistant Trick Dog Instructor.        

Suzanne believes that enhancing the bond between dog and human is one of the most important aspects of training.

Whether teaching basic manners, addressing behavior concerns, or teaching a sport, she maintains an awareness of the partnership dynamic in order to keep frustration low and learning high. She promotes accurate communication and fun interactions as the cornerstones of successful training.    

Canine and Human fitness are the keys to a long healthy life together,  Suzanne truly believes that keeping a fit body will prevent injuries to you and your dog.  If you have a dog that participates in sports, plays fetch, likes long walks or runs or just likes to cuddle, it is important to keep their mind and bodies healthy and strong.  

Working on fitness  and dance with your canine friend has many benefits and Suzanne would like to share them with you .  

Suzanne firmly believes that continuing education is a must for furthering professional growth and providing top-notch services to clients. She attends a wide array of workshops and seminars, utilizes colleague-based forums, and reads extensively in order to stay current in the ever-changing field of training.   

Suzanne’s has been training for 20 years and has had many dogs teach her communication, respect, love, and joy!  Her goal is to help Dogs and their people live healthier lives together!  

Suzanne is excited to be working with Sabatino Verlezza to bring you this unique and powerful program to promote wellness, exercise, movement and dance to both Dog and Human together!