The Academy of Dance Arts

Academy of Dance Arts (732) 842-9262
70 Apple Street, Suite A
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Our Faculty

The Academy has an exceptional faculty of highly qualified and experienced dance instructors who provide exposure to a wide range of techniques and teaching styles. Students may also work with guest teachers, choreographers and professional dancers from around the world.

Our Directors


The Mishoes have been Co-Artistic Directors of The Academy of Dance Arts since 2008 and have inspired and educated thousands of students over the years!… Read more about the Mishoes…

Since taking over directorship of The Academy the Mishoes have maintained the excellent caliber of training established by Jennifer Church, while continuing to add exciting, cutting edge training methods. During their directorship they have restructured The Academy’s training curriculum including the addition of Pilates equipment classes which has resulted in a higher level of dancing at ADA. The Mishoes have implemented intensive training programs like the 14+ hour per week “Merit Scholarship Program” and the 2 week summer program “Performance Intensive” that gives students a taste of a professional dancers schedule. A weekly Advanced Ballet Class with guest teachers is now on the regular schedule, and frequent master classes expose students to the different styles & techniques that exist in the current dance world. Through the Mishoes relentless dedication to The Academy, students are better equipped & more inspired than ever to be part of the world of dance!

The Mishoes are detailed coaches, and under their direction the vast majority of Academy students who have participated in RAD exams have received the highest grade of Distinction from grades 2 through Advanced 1. The Mishoes thoroughly enjoy coaching their students for the Youth America Grand Prix, and are thrilled that out of thousands of competitors from around the world their students have been selected to perform solos and ensembles at the competition’s finals in New York City! In 2016 the Mishoes were honored to receive YAGP’s ‘Outstanding Teacher Award’ at the Semi-Finals in Boston.

The Mishoes are passionate about working with their students on repertoire and full length ballets, which lead them to take over artistic directorship of the Company Of Dance Arts in 2010. CODA is a pre professional youth dance company affiliated with the Academy founded by Jennifer Church in 1985. CODA performs twice a year at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank and as Company directors the Mishoes have overseen numerous Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Wizard of Oz productions. The Mishoes added their own choreography to CODA’s repertoire with their premiere of Cinderella in 2012. The Mishoe’s love watching these productions grow and improve each year and are thrilled that new students are drawn to train at The Academy because of them.

The Mishoe’s students have received scholarships and acceptances for the summer & school year at such prestigious programs as Ellison Ballet, Chautauqua, San Francisco Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Harid Conservatory, JKO School at American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and School of American Ballet. Their students have gone on to dance with such notable dance companies as American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Charlotte Ballet 2, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Met 2, Joffrey Ballet Trainee group in Chicago, Francesca Harper Project and Roxey Ballet.

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Nicholas Mishoe, co-director (ballet) began his ballet training with Ella Hay in Huntington, West Virginia, then completed his education at the North Carolina School of The Arts… Read more…After graduating from NCSA he went on to dance with Boston Ballet under the direction of Anna Marie Holmes, where he had the privilege to meet and work with former Dutch National Ballet director, Rudi van Dantzig, on his acclaimed “Four Last Songs”. After 4 years with Boston Ballet Mr. Mishoe moved to Amsterdam to dance with the Dutch National Ballet where he was promoted to Demi-Soloist under the direction of Ted Brandsen. During his dance career Mr. Mishoe performed soloist and ensemble roles in a wide range of classics as well as cutting edge contemporary. He had the joy of working with such influential choreographers as Sir Peter Wright, Natalia Makarova, William Forsythe and Christopher Wheeldon among many others as well as the thrilling experience to dance with such powerhouses as Sarah Lamb & Pollyana Ribeiro. In 2006 Mr. Mishoe was named one of ’25 To Watch’ in Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics’ Choice Awards and soon after this had the distinct pleasure of dancing for Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands! In 2014 Mr. Mishoe was a contestant on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” and his act “Blue Journey”, danced together with his partner Rachel Kivlighan, made it to the Top 12! Since then he has performed excerpts from “Blue Journey” at venues across the U.S. including the Youth America Grand Prix’s 2016 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala in New York City. Mr. Mishoe has been a guest teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance Summer Intensive in Long Beach, California and at the Red Bank Regional High School dance program. Mr. Mishoe’s classes emphasize pure ballet technique with an aim to educate dancers on the importance of self awareness. He is known for his lengthy and challenging exercises delivered with a dose of dry humor!
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Shayne Gottdenker Mishoe, co-director (ballet, pilates, Gyrontonic, private coaching) is a proud alumni of The Academy of Dance Arts! Read more…

Mrs. Mishoe began her training with Jennifer Church, Charles Nicoll and Bridget Trochiano and danced with The Company of Dance Arts until graduating from high school. She then went on to train at the Boston Ballet School, and perform with Boston Ballet and various contemporary choreographers. While performing in Boston, Mrs. Mishoe received teachers certificates in Pilates & GYROTONIC® and began teaching those methods at Boston’s premiere studio, Boston Body Works. In 2003 Mrs. Mishoe moved to Amsterdam where she quickly became a teacher in high demand. She taught a wide range of students in ballet, pilates and GYROTONIC® including several principal dancers with the Dutch National Ballet! She was a founding company member of “The Movement Network”; a contemporary ballet and modern dance company. From 2008-2012 Mrs Mishoe was a guest ballet mistress for the Trey McIntyre Project in Boise, Idaho. In her time with TMP she staged many of Mr. Mcintyre’s works on his company as well as Point Park University and Boston Conservatory dance majors.
In 2011 Mrs. Mishoe represented TMP as a guest teacher at the Snowy Range Dance Festival in Laramie, Wyoming. An experienced teacher and coach, Mrs. Mishoe believes that with the combination of ballet, Pilates and GYROTONIC® dancers can gain a much deeper understanding of their own bodies, overcome physical limitations and develop a technique based on muscular efficiency. This has proven itself to be true through her students’ successes. Mrs. Mishoe loves to teach and in particular, to instill love and respect of the art of dance. She challenges students to approach ballet analytically and to develop a strong sense of awareness and self discipline. She creates an extremely focused classroom environment where each moment is utilized and details matter immensely. Mrs Mishoe is deeply passionate about her art and her teaching. She is known for her no nonsense approach and for the way that she aids students in developing the muscular awareness necessary to create a reliable base of technique. Close.

Our Founder and Artistic Advisor

Jennifer M. James Church, ballet RTRAD; AISTD,Adv., a registered teacher and member of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) and holder of the Advanced Teaching Certificate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) in Classical Ballet, National Dance, Modern and Jazz, also holding Associate Status in Greek Dance… and Cecchetti Ballet. Ms. Church owned and directed The Academy of Dance Arts for 25 years. The quality of instruction has earned The Academy a reputation of being one of the premiere schools in New Jersey. In addition, she is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Company of Dance Arts. It is with great pride and joy that Ms. Church hands her life’s work over to the care of Shayne and Nick.Read more…

Our Staff

Leora Korb Administrative Director joined the staff in 1991. She prides herself on having brought The Academy into “the computer age”. Responsible for the overall running of the business, she has seen the school grow tremendously. Being able to combine performing arts with a strong sense of what it takes to make that type of business successful is a challenging task.  She worked in New York City in Press relations and has an Associate degree in Communications. She utilizes her skills in helping make The Academy of Dance Arts the success that it has become. Leora has lived all over the world and has always had a love of ballet and dance.Read more…
Kristen Driscoll headshotKristin Driscoll was a student of The Academy of Dance Arts at it’s inception in 1985 and an original member of the Company of Dance Arts when Jennifer Church founded it. She graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Communications and Journalism and went on to become an Emmy Award winning television news writer/producer. She also spent time studying early childhood education and worked as a preschool teacher for several years. Kristin found her way back to the Academy in 2008 when her daughter began training here. She volunteered for the Company of Dance Arts and became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2010. Kristin worked part-time in the Academy office for 2 years before joining our staff in 2015.Read more…

Our Teachers

Lisa Buono ballet
is a native of Northern New Jersey and proudly began as a young ballerina with New Jersey Ballet. She continued her instruction in her teen years with The Garden State Ballet.Lisa received her B.A. from Boston University, College of Arts and Science. In addition to pursuing her degree in Political Science, she trained and formally studied ballet and theatre at Boston University, College of Fine Arts. Lisa’s performance credits include The Nutcracker and workshop performances with New Jersey Ballet, Garden State Ballet and Boston University’s Dance Theatre Group. Lisa continues working in community theatre directing, choreographing and teaching dance. Lisa is a Board of Trustees member for The Company of Dance Arts. Read more...
Sori Gottdenker, RTRAD ballet
developed ADA's successful pre-pointe and stretch program. She is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She also acts as rehearsal assistant for the Company of Dance Arts.She creates choreography for children, and has designed many ballet costumes and sets for the stage. In addition, she is a registered nurse. Trained primarily at the Academy of Dance Arts under the direction of Jennifer M. Church and Charles Nicoll, she also studies at the Joffrey Ballet , and at the American Ballet Theatre. Sori has been on staff since 1990. Read more...
Margot McCray Gough hip hop
graduated with a Dance Minor from Montclair State University and a Dance Major from SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory. After completing her education,she went on to choreograph and perform for Ian Van Dahl’s Castle in the Sky tour on the East Coast and perform on the New Jersey Nets Dance Team. Margot has appeared on MTV and danced for such renowned artists as Gloria Gaynor, George Lamond and Duane Harding. Margot is certified with the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey and is a certified Zumba instructor. She was the owner and director of MTM Dance Factory in Atlantic Highlands for a number of years and has taught and choreographed for many dance institutions throughout NJ. Her dance career has come full circle and now she is ready to share her knowledge of dance with Academy students! Read more...
Elise Klinger jazz, ballet, modern
a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, has received training from Joffrey Ballet, Luigi, Martha Graham School of Contemporary and The Alvin Ailey School.She has performed at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, New York City Center, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center. She has owned a lucrative dance school for thirty years and has been rewarded with the success of her students, some of which received scholarships to Juilliard, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. Elise Klinger has also held the top ten percent of students accepted to The High School of Performing Arts in New York City. She has choreographed numerous musicals as well; some of her favorites are Godspell, Evita, and Carousel. Several students have worked on Broadway as well as on Regional Tours. Her latest piece was seen at the Welmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey with the band Foreigner. Elise enjoys teaching a variety of students and styles; she currently works with competitive gymnastic teams, aspiring actors, singers, and dancers. Elise is ecstatic to be part of such an esteemed community. Read more...
Denise Kornblatt pilates
has Power Pilates certifications for Beginner Mat, Intermediate Mat and a 600-hour Comprehensive including Reformer, Tower, Cadillac, Chair and Advanced Mat.Her experience also includes 235-hour Yoga Therapeutics Certification and teaching Yoga to special needs young adults. College credits include a BS in Psychology and a BS in Nursing. Her RN career included Pediatric and Neonatal experience. Denise also enjoys teaching Zumba and Aqua Zumba at various facilities in the area, as well as taking Yoga and Pilates classes regularly. Read more...
Linda Minnella tap
received her B.A. from Montclair State University and Kean College. Her performing experience includes community summer theater, The Company of Dance Arts productions andAmerican Repertory Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. Linda joined the faculty in 1995. Read more...
Elaenee Nowell ballet, pilates, jazz
began dance training at the age of 5. She has studied ballet, jazz, modern and tap. She has appeared in Frank Hatchetts Showcase and at Merv Griffins Resorts Casino.As a student of the Academy of Dance Arts, she was trained in the Royal Academy of Dance. Mrs. Nowell continued her training, on scholarship, at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Performing credits include The Nutcracker, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Rabbit & Other Tails with the Company of Dance Arts, The Nutcracker, Petrouchka, and Romeo and Juliet with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Opera Companys Aida. Elaenee has been on the ADA Faculty since 1999. Read more...
JoVonna Parks ballet, contemporary
is a native of Philadelphia where she began her dance training. She received her intensive, formal training in ballet, Horton, and Graham techniques at The Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center.JoVonna attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA under the direction of Ana Marie Forsythe and graduated in 2012 with her BFA in dance. While in college JoVonna was a member of Ballet Hispanico's second company BHdos. Upon graduation she was invited to work with John-Mark Owen Presents... in his premiere of Requiem. She has attended summer intensives including Dance Theater Harlem: Masters and Mentors, Pennsylvania Governor's School of the Arts and Jacob's Pillow. She has had the pleasure of working with and performing works by Camille A. Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Donald McKayle, Hofesh Shector, Didy Veldman, Robert Battle and many others. In addition to dancing, JoVonna teaches at Brighton Ballet Theatre: School of Russian American Ballet at Kingsbourgh and also works with Ballet Inc. Previously she taught at Brooklyn Dance Project and Centerstage East Brunswick. JoVonna joined the ADA faculty in 2016. Read more...
Dan Peterson tap
is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television & Radio Artists). He has performed in both regional and professional theater productions and has made severaltelevision appearances. He won a world title as a tap soloist at the Fred Astaire International Jazz and Tap Championships held at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, NY. He currently teaches at a number of facilities including the Academy of Dance Arts and the New York City Performing Arts Centre. Dan has served as a guest artist for the Dance and Drama programs and as Choreographer of the Spring musicals at Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Dept. He has also been an instructor for the Shakespeare Young Peoples Company as part of the the Count Basie Theaterʼs educational program. Read more...
Viorica Stampfel ballet
began training at the Institute of Choreographic Arts in Bucharest, Romania at the age of 9. She studied the Vaganova Ballet Technique, Modern & Character danceas well as Choreography and Piano. She apprenticed with the Romanian Opera Ballet Company for six years before joining their corps de ballet. After 1 year she was promoted to soloist and 3 years later to Prima Ballerina. She performed an extensive repertoire as Prima Ballerina including Kitri from Don Quixote, and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. Viorica moved to the Red Bank area in 1984 and has been teaching ever since Read more...
Michelle Symos ballet, body conditioning
considered the Academy of Dance Arts her second home while growing up and training under the direction of Jennifer Church.Michelle has been teaching at The Academy since 2012 and has been part of the Company Of Dance Arts Artistic Staff for many years, acting as Ballet Mistress for The Nutcracker, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella. Read more...
Bridget Trochiano modern, ballet
has been a featured performer and a member of The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and The Joyce Trisler Dance Company.She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music and toured extensively worldwide. She has done various music videos and television specials with artists Roberta Flack, Liza Minnelli and Shirley McLaine. She has taught Modern and Jazz dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She rejoined the faculty at The Academy in 2005. Read more...

Accompanists

Diane Lynch pianist
received her musical education in Lima, Peru with Blanche and George Czemere; she continued her study at the Rollins Music Conservatory in Florida.Diane has been a group accompanist for the theater group Saints & Sinners and a choral director for area churches and temples. She joined the Academy staff in 2000. Read more...
Julia Muench pianist
studied piano at the Juilliard School and the University of Miami.She has 20+ years of experience teaching and performing including 14 years at the Monmouth Conservatory of Music where she is currently a piano faculty member. Julia Joined the Academy's faculty in 2011. Read more...
Joe Bellia percussionist
is a drummer/percussionist in the NJ/NY area and currently a member of Jon Bon Jovi's Kings of Suberbia.Joe is honored and blessed to have toured, performed, or recorded with Dave Mason, Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Rick Derringer, Nils Lofgren, Gregg Rollie, Gary US Bonds, Mark Rivera, Cyndi Lauper, Bobby Bandiera, Beth Neilsen Chapman and The Dave Parsons Dance Company among many others. Joe joined the Academy's faculty in the Spring of 2012. Read more...
David Halpern percussionist
has been playing drums and percussion professionally for over 30 years. David has received four multi-platinum record awards with The Bee Gees,toured the world with award winning artist/dance diva Deborah Cox, the Iconic Spencer Davis Group and has signed to major label record contracts with bands mR. reality, Samhill, Hwy 9 and Love In Reverse. Also, David is presently the drummer in The John Eddie Band based out of Nashville who recently toured with Kid Rock and will again in the spring of 2014. David recently returned to teaching drum set, conducting drum circle classes and has played percussion for modern dance classes at The Academy of Dance Arts since 2012, which he is having a great time with. Read more...
David de la Mora pianist
joined the Academy faculty in 2016 and is also an accompanist in Georgian Court University's Dance Department. Read more...

Guest Teachers

Alexandra Basmagy
was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and began her ballet training at The Academy of Dance Arts under the direction of Jennifer James Church.There, she achieved the grades of Highly Commended and Honours in the Royal Academy of Dance examinations in Grade 4 through Advanced. In 2001, she continued her training at Studio Maestro, in New York City, with Francois Perron, Deborah Wingert, and Fabrice Herrault. In 2004, Basmagy was accepted into the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT under the direction of John Meehan. She continued her studies and graduated from the JKO School under the direction of Franco de Vita. During her training, Basmagy attended Summer Intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and three consecutive summers at American Ballet Theatre in New York. In 2008, Basmagy joined as an inaugural member of Corella Ballet Castilla y León, in Segovia, Spain. Under the direction of Angel Corella, Basmagy performed tall pas d'action and a shade in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadère, pas de trois and a big swan in Swan Lake, stomper in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, friend variation in Marius Petipa's Raymonda, Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto, Christopher Wheeldon's VIII and the first principal pas de deux in DGV: Danse a Grand Vitesse. Basmagy joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in October 2011. Her repertoire includes Madame in Manon, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets. Read more...
Chris Bloom
is from Middletown, VA where he started training at the Vostrikov Academy of Ballet at the age of 15.Christopher trained as a scholarship student at the Ballet and Contemporary Dance Programs in the School at Jacob’s Pillow under Anna-Marie Holmes and Milton Myers. Since graduating from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Dance program in 2012, he has performed and toured with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Parsons Dance performing masterworks by David Parsons, Igal Perry, and Ohad Naharin across several continents. Christopher joined Ballet Hispanico in 2013 and has since originated roles in works by Edgar Zendejas, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Eduardo Vilaro. Read more...
Sabine Chaland
started her training in Toulouse France and finished it at the Vaganova school in St. Petersburg, Russia with Madame Dudinskaya.She enjoyed a long career as a soloist with both Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Boston Ballet. She performed principal and soloist roles in all the major classics as well as the works of Balanchine, Forsythe, Duato and Van Manen. After her dance career she joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as ballet mistress where she taught, coached, and re-staged renowned classics. Read more...
Chanel DaSilva
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Chanel fell in love with dance at the age of three.She studied at The Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and also studied at Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn under the tutelage of Jamel Gaines, Kevin Joseph, and Lakai Worrell. Her training continued at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, The Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Chanel has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Eliot Feld, Doug Varone, Jose Limon, Jessica Lang, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, and Lar Lubovitch. Chanel is a 2004 Level 1 YoungArts Awardee, a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and also a 2011 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium Awardee. From 2008 – 2014 Chanel was a member of Trey McIntyre Project where she was a muse for many of Mr. McIntyre’s works. She is now a member of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and currently resides in New York City. Read more...
Erin Forrest
Erin Forrest began her ballet training at the O.D.U. Ballet in Virginia with Istvan and Ana Ament of Romania. In 1992,she received an invitation to study with Nina Sakhnovskaya at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. While at Vaganova Academy, she was awarded a scholarship to continue her education at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture & Arts, studying Ballet Pedagogy, Choreography, and Russian language under Boris Bregvadze and her teacher, Olga Muxhortova. Following graduation from the Institute of Culture, Ms. Forrest returned to the U.S. to open and manage her own ballet school in Virginia, The Russian Academy of Ballet. She later moved to Boston to teach at Boston Ballet where she instructed beginning through advanced classes for eight years. She was also the audition teacher for Boston Ballet School, an instructor for Young Dancers’ Summer Workshop and Dance Lab, choreographed ballets, taught repertoire classes, coached dancers for competitions, rehearsed students for performing with the company, and was an adjudicator for Boston Ballet’s City Dance Outreach Program. Upon moving to New York City in 2010, Ms. Forrest taught at Joffrey Ballet School and Gelsey Kirkland Academy. She then joined the faculty at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where she created the Variations Intensive and an Intermediate level for the program. Ms. Forrest later became Head of Faculty and was in charge of the Advanced Ladies class. She has coached gold medalists at YAGP and Indianapolis International Ballet Competition. In 2014, Ms. Forrest’s students were selected to take part in “Class Concert” with Mikhailovsky Ballet at Lincoln Center where she assisted in coaching and translating for rehearsals. She has also successfully taken part as an instructor and a choreographer in Classical Dance Alliance’s “International Youth Ballet Festival” with Oleg Vinogradov, Artistic Director. Ms. Forrest has coached students to perform the lead role in full-length Giselle in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has produced choreography which was taken on tour around Russia. Her students have performed at International Dance Day Gala in St. Petersburg, Russia, and can be found dancing at Dutch National Ballet, Stuttgart, Salzburg Ballet, and Colorado Ballet. Read more...
Rachel Hamrick
trained at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. and went on to dance withthe Dutch National Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Universal Ballet, Orlando Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She is also the creator of the FlexiStretcher: www.FLXBody.com Read more...
Anitra Keegan
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Holmdel, New Jersey, Anitra N. Keegan brings a wholly unique and diverse approach to her passion for dance.With close to three decades of experience, Ms. Keegan began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey with continued study at the famed Royal Academy of Dance in London, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School for Dance Education. Out of high school, Ms. Keegan began her professional career in Philadelphia with the Pennsylvania Ballet, where she performed in classical works such as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, and Who Cares? Ms. Keegan was later accepted to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating, she was asked to join the Ohio Ballet in Akron, Ohio. Under the direction of Heinz Poll and Jeffrey Graham Hughes, Ms. Keegan had the privilege to work with distinguished choreographers, including Alonzo King, Donald Bryd, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Laura Dean, and Anne Marie DeAngelo. Looking to strengthen her dance repertoire, Ms. Keegan then moved to New York City to pursue a free-lance career, which allowed her the opportunity to work with companies including DancesPatrelle, Chamber Dance Project, and BalletNY, where she was featured as “Desdemona” in John Butler’s Othello. In 2007, Ms. Keegan returned to Philadelphia and joined BalletX as a Principal Artist, where she was featured in world-premiere roles by such noted choreographers as Matthew Neenan, Edwaard Liang, Alex Ketley, Jorma Elo, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jodie Gates, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Ms. Keegan continues to pass along her knowledge and passion to a new generation of dancers, serving as an instructor at numerous schools and academies, including the Pennsylvania Dance Conservatory, Metropolitan Dance Academy, and Bryn Mawr College, where she is a distinguished member of the dance faculty. After retiring from BalletX in August 2012, she has had the unique opportunity to continue her passion for dance as the Pointe Shoe Specialist for Ballet Makers/Capezio Inc. Read more...
Elaine Matthews
danced with the corps de ballet of The Pennsylvania Ballet where she performed soloist roles until joining "The Phantom of the Opera" Broadway National Tour.Elaine has taught master classes through The Broadway Connection in over ten major cities in U.S. Including Los Angeles and New York City. Her training includes: The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Royal Academy of Dance, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Atlantic Theater School and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Dance Program, amongst others. Elaine is married and often collaborates on projects with her husband, broadway actor and singer, Sean MacLaughlin. Also a proud alumni of ADA, she is thrilled to be home. Read more...
Amar Ramasar
was born in the Bronx, New York, and studied at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Ramasar worked his way up through the ranks of the New York City Ballet from Apprentice to Principal over the past 13 years. He has toured extensively with NYCB delighting audiences around the world with his performances of the great works of Balanchine and Robbins. Read more...
Andrea Schermoly
a native of South Africa, trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, England and danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theater.She has trained many top competitors of the Youth American Grand Prix and her choreography has received numerous awards. Read more...
Glenn Allen Sims
began his training at The Academy of Dance Arts. He was a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and The Juilliard Schoolbefore joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1997. He has achieved soloist status and travels worldwide with Ailey. Read more...
Elizabeth White
began training at the Alvin Ailey School via the BFA Fordham/Ailey program in 2010.There she spent her years broadening her technical range and dancing works by leading choreographers from companies including Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. During her later years in NY, she continued her ballet training with former NYCB dancer Deborah Wingert Arkin, while studying and exploring visual arts at Fordham University. In 2014 Elizabeth had an exposé where she merged her love of dance and drawing into one project titled The Body. The success of this project set her on a path to examining the relationship between dance and visual arts and exploring every possible facet involved in the art of dance. A proud alumnus of the Academy of Dance Arts, Elizabeth returned in 2014 as a part-time faculty member to assist in the cultivation of the talent and artistry that flows through the students. Read more...