Born and bred here in Brooklyn, Dakota began singing as a toddler when she would sing along with the records that her music-loving parents played every day. She continues to be influenced by Irish and Hungarian folk music and Eastern European folk dances that she grew up with as a child.
From the age of 10, she studied privately in voice training, sight singing, composition, theory, harmony, and counterpoint with instructors Gueneth Omeron and Paul Caputo. Some of the most inspiring pieces of music for Dakota are the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute and Olympia's aria from Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, both of which she sang at Carnegie Hall. Other highlights of her performing career include a Carnegie Hall debut of "Two Sopranos Sing Opera to Blues" and performing in "The Gospel According to Broadway" at the historic Hackney Empire Theatre in London, England.
Dakota approaches each student as an individual and believes that her teaching success is due to meeting students where they are, developing the talent within them, and helping each one find their individual voice.