FACULTY & STAFF
Leesa Csolak is the director of The Star Maker School and the owner of LBC Talent.
Leesa has been teaching performance to children through adults for the past fourty years. Csolak trains champion students who have won hundreds of State, Regional, and National titles and many who, as minors, went on to professional work in the arts performing on Broadway, in Film & TV and Commercials, VO, Print and Modeling.
She has managed her children's successful professional careers over the past 25 years. She continues to offer consulting and promotion to top SMS Stand-outs by helping them gain professional representation in both the NYC and LA markets.
She was a coach and choreographer to Madonna and her female dance ensemble on the 2012 MDNA World Tour. She has worked as the casting director on short and feature independent films and commercials, associate produced music videos for upcoming named artists and participated on numerous creative teams for stage and broadway projects.
Leesa has choreographed and directed for music videos for NBC and the Oxygen Network and assistant produced Music Videos and Concerts for Nickelodeon and Sony. She can be seen in the docu-series 'The Next Big Thing' as a successful manager of both her sons and her students and a consultant and a promoter for talented youth. Leesa wrote and choreographed educational and professional children's videos for major players in the industry. She can boast a world release by Sony and Home Vintage Entertainment.
She has directed and choreographed for the Junior Olympic Games, the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School in NYC and for a World Tour to Moscow, Leningrad and Denmark. She has produced and directed for the Miss America Pageant Organization, the New Jersey State and Hunterdon County Teen Arts, and the Hunterdon County C-Tec Talent Showcase television show. She has choreographed halftimes for the NY Knicks, the Net's, 76er's and various bowl games and opening/closing performances for the Olympic Committee.
A member of numerous performance organizations including, DMA, DEA, PDTA, NBTA, DMA, AAU, USTA, NJTA, TU, Leesa has been instrumental in re-evaluating programs for major organizations including the National Baton Twirling Association and it's National Dance contests. She was the National Director for the Junior Olympic Games and AAU Baton Twirling and Dance, was named to the NBTA National Corps committee and inducted into the National Baton Twirling Hall of Fame. She is a featured speaker at Regional and National conventions and a prominent National and World level judge.
Kurt Csolak, a New Jersey native, has established himself as one of the finest tap dancers, choreographers, and instructors working today. Growing up in SMS, Kurt has trained in all areas of performance including acting, singing, and all styles of dance for over 17 years. He has been performing professionally for over 10 years and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.
He was featured on Jennifer Lopez's World of Dance for NBC performing with Rythmatics Tap Company.
Kurt teaches at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance and has proudly seen many of his students go on to work professionally and land roles on Broadway (Billy Elliot). Stage/Live credits include: International Tour of Tap Dogs (swing), Carnegie Hall, Regional Theatre; White Christmas, Next Wave Music with Ian Axel at BAM, Derick Grant’s “I Love Tap”, 125th Anniversary Capezio Gala, Featured Soloist: Nancy Chippendale’s “United We Tap”, Dance Captain of “CPD Plus” tap company for 3 years, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Las Vegas NV, Echoes in Time: Symphony Space, FIT, QAS at Webster Hall, ’09 ’10 ’11 Tap Extravaganza in New York,
Dance Captain for Live events for Microsoft and Target, and also performed alongside Ne-Yo and Lady Sovereign in Times Square. TV/Film credits include; the voice of Speed in Speed Racer: The Next Generation on Nicktoons Network, As the World Turns, and numerous TV commercials. Kurt is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, and continues to perform, choreograph, and instruct around the NYC area. www.kurtcsolak.com
Kevin Csolak is a successful actor, singer and dancer working in both the New York and Los Angeles markets for the past 12 years years. Kevin is a proud, 12-year, member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor's Equity.
Kevin had the honor of dancing on stage for Justin Timberlake in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show for Super Bowl LII this past February. He also just completed the LAB and out of town world premiere as an ensemble member of Tina Fey's Mean Girls, the Musical. The show is presently in rehearsals for the Broadway run opening April 8th at the August Wilson Theatre in NYC.
In the Fall of 2016 he performed in the world premiere of the 'bound for broadway' musical, The Prom at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta after doing the LAB production and demo recording in NYC the summer before, with Broadway icon and multiple Tony winner, director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw.
Kevin can been seen in the new hit on FOX TV, The MICK, guest starring along side Kaitlin Olson. Kevin performed with Amy Schumer in the Emmy winning, 'Girl, You Don't Need Make Up' music video boy band spoof. #girlyoudontneedmakeup.
He guest starred on KC Undercover on the Disney channel as Marisa's love interest and on Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street for Disney on Amazon Prime. He also co-starred on NBC's Mysteries of Laura as Spencer Schofield this past Winter. In addition, he danced as an apprentice with the famed Phoenix Project Dance contemporary company directed by Amber and Mikey Perkins.
He has won scholarships at every national dance convention in the tri-state area in HipHop, Tap and Contemporary partnering. He was given the distinguished honor of being selected as a Monsters of HipHop nominee to perform in LA. He is Ivan Koumaev's assistant and demonstrator at the NUVO conventions and has been nicknamed K-Cso by this industry great.
He starred in the lead role of Jamie in the original cast of Cirque du Soleil's Wintuk at Madison Square Garden in NYC, he played Bugsy-Who in the original Broadway Show, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, he was the original Dusty in Burnt Part Boys, off Broadway. He returned to MSG the following year as a member of the 10th Anniversary Knicks City Kids.
Kevin also appeared in music videos for Kanye West, JayZ and Nicki Minaj and performed live with Ne-Yo and Lady Sovereign.
Kevin recurred in a co-starring role as Willie Thompson on the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. He also played as a guest star as Luke Ryder on the CBS hit, Blue Bloods. He was a featured guest star on Oxygen's The Next Big Thing Summer of 2012. Kevin has had recurring roles on the soaps, As The World Turns and One Life To Live as well as having done parts on Guiding Light and All My Children. He has done comedic spots on Late Night With David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Are We There Yet and 30-Rock.
Kevin appears in the movie, Disconnect, director Henry Alex Rubin, starring Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard opposite designer, Marc Jacobs in the role of Shane. He also played Ryan Price in We Made A Movie directed and produced by Rob Burnett for World-Wide Pants and starred as Eric in Poz Lang's We Could Be Ninjas. He is in his twelfth year doing Broadway, Stage, Film, TV, Commercials, Voice Overs and Print.
During the past four years, Kevin's choreography has been awarded top honors at numerous dance competitions including the American Dance Awards, OnStageNY, NUVO, Showstoppers & Beyond the Stars. He continues to be sought after by top performance schools throughout the East & West Coast to teach and choreograph.
Kevin, a member of PACE University's prestigious Musical Theatre Class of 2018 in New York City left school in 2015 to move to LA to continue to pursue his career.
Elisabetta Spuria is originally from Italy, where she grew up and started her professional career as a dancer/choreographer. Since she moved to New York City she has had the pleasure to work and collaborate with many directors and choreographers like Joshua Bergasse, AC Ciulla, Andy Sandberg, Andrew Goldberg, Michele Assaf, Bill Castellino. This has given her the opportunity to enrich her skills and become a versatile performer and choreographer, allowing her to work in all different areas of the entertainment industry, from industrials and corporate events to rock shows, music videos and very classic musicals.
She served as the associate choreographer and assistant director for Mariah Carey's “Charmbracelet World Tour” and for Michael Bolton's “Only A Woman Like You Tour”. She has been assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in numerous theater productions : Footloose, Nights on Broadway III, the operasCarmen, Candide and Aida to name a few.
Elisabetta was the choreographer of the regional premiere of Spring Awakening (ReVision Theatre/TheatreC), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (LIVE Asbury Park), Hair directed by Andrew Goldberg, Chicago at the Michael D. Palm Theatre (Co), The Who’s Tommy directed by Carlos Armesto, Tess A New Rock Opera (NYMF), disOriented, a play by Kyoung H. Park (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), the Off Broadway playZelda at the Oasis directed by Andy Sandberg, Standby (NYMF),Madame Infamy (NYMF), Billy Lewis Jr.’s Jealousy (music video).
More credits include numerous events in and outside New York City, and she was associate choreographer for the PBS children show The Electric Company and for ABC’s 2010 One Life To Live musical episodes. In addition to that Elisabetta travels extensively to teach master classes and workshops throughout North America and across the globe. She has also been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and at Steps on Broadway in NYC.
International dancer and choreographer, Jordan Washington (Toronto/Windsor) is a former core stepper for the legendary Black Ice step company. He is an entertainer and a soul movement enthusiast with the objective to develop and cultivate the minds of artists through quality education and higher learning.
Jordan's knowledge and ear for music, complimented by his diligent practice and persona, has made way for him to provide vital service to the under-served dance community nationwide. His new ideals and extraordinary visions can be seen in his works with media outlets Bravo, MuchMusic, BET, and CTV.
Jordan's credits include Ariana Grande, Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monae, Sean Paul, Divine Brown, Canadian Idol’s Eva Avila, and Gary Beals, the motion picture How She Moves, and the Grey Cup Half Time Show. He also choreograped for the 2010 Olympic Games Corporate stages.
Trapper Felides has been referred to by the New York Post as “the go-to voice coach for pint-size triple threats.” He recently starred in a reality show based on his coachings called The Next Big Thing on Oxygen.
Besides vocal coaching, his concert work includes Our Hit Parade, Trapper’s Greatest Hits, The Molly Pope Show, and Bridget Everett’s We’ve Got Tonight (Time Out New York’s pick for Top Cabaret Show of the year).
Additional highlights include music directing Arts Horizons’ Tribute to Paul Simon (with Paul himself in attendance), and music directing and producing Jay Kuo and Blair Shepard’s It Gets Better. He is also dedicated to his charitable work including benefits for The Point Foundation, GLAAD, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,The Human Rights Campaign, Susan G. Komen for a Cure, United Cerebral Palsy,The Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.
Trapper has been seen on The Today Show and Nightline, and he has been filmed for E! and the Oprah Women’s Network and profiled in the New York Post and the New York Times. Trapper founded LA’s Upright Cabaret with Shane Scheel and Chris Isaacson where he performed with the best talent in stage and screen.
With over eight years of experience in the music and dance industry, Jordan has emerged as a dynamic flame to aid the next generation of hungry minds.
Soprano Diana DiMarzio has appeared on theatrical and concert hall stages around the world. She was last seen on Broadway in The Visit as Annie Dummermut, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. The Visit, the final Broadway musical written by the Tony-winning team of Kander and Ebb with a book by Terrance McNally, garnered 5 Tony Award nominations. She recently reprised her role as the Beggar Woman in The Virginia Opera's production of Sweeney Todd, directed by Ron Daniels, co-author of the stage adaption that inspired the musical. She sang the role for the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in Munich, Germany in their 60th Anniversary Jubilee concert under the baton of Ulf Schirmer and starred on Broadway as the Beggar Woman in the critcally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revival, opposite Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris and directed by Tony Award winner, John Doyle. Her performance was widely recognized. Opera News declared “DiMarzio does impressive instantaneous transitions between vulgar and soulful” and Variety also confirmed that “Diana DiMarzio has striking moments as the Beggar Woman”. Her greatest personal acclaim came from Stephen Sondheim when he thanked her for “singing the role as I had originally intended!” She reprised the role across the country in the first national tour, playing such theatres as San Francisco’s ACT and the Ahmanson in LA, again to winning notices.
Following her Broadway appearance, composer Adam Guettel cast Diana as Signora Naccarelli in the first national tour of his Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and produced by Lincoln Center. She had the opportunity to work with John Doyle again in his newly conceived production of Ten Cents a Dance, making its American premier at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival and later at the McCarter Theater. Other Williamstown Theater appearances include Annie in The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Goldie in June Moon. She also appeared with Barbara Cook, Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth in The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, a benefit concert saluting Stephen Sondheim. Recent stage engagements include the role of Aldonza in the national touring production of Man of La Mancha, with Jack Jones and the mother in the National Tour of Evita, directed by Michael Grandage. Other roles include Donna Rafaella in White Widow at the Intar Theater, Mother Cratchit in A Christmas Carol with Shakespeare in the Park, and roles in Side by Side…by Sondheim, Showboat, and Desert Song. Opera performances include Frasquita in a European touring production of Carmen and Sally in A Hand of Bridge. Miss DiMarzio was also a featured soloist in a salute to Andrew Carnegie at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, featuring Andy Williams and Jerry Lewis. Orchestral and concert engagements include performances at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, guest soloist with the Aegean Chamber Orchestra at Ephesus in Turkey and soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Westfield Symphony. She has appeared on the television show The Sopranos and was cast by Sidney Lumet in his film Find Me Guilty starring Vin Diesel.
Miss DiMarzio's recordings include her debut CD including favorites from the classical and Broadway repertoire, demonstrating her versatility and vast range of interpretive skills. She can also be heard on both the German and Broadway recordings of Sweeney Todd and the original Broadway cast album of The Visit. She was also awarded a grant by the National Italian American Foundation to produce her concert entitled Cinema Italiano, which she debuted at Symphony Space in New York City. Diana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in New York City.
Lothair Eaton was born in Chicago, into a musical family. His father, Cleveland J. Eaton is a famous Jazz musician, playing Contra Bass with the incredible Ramsey Lewis Trio, as well as the World famous Count Basie Orchestra. Lothair began singing at the age of 5 in his children's choir at church, and has not stopped since. In his High School years he trained summers and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Then went on to study and graduate from the prestigious Theatre program at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Lothair has been very fortunate to perform on stages all over the world. Most recently he was seen playing his favorite role, Poppa the Old Steam Train in the UK Tour of Andrew Llyod Webber's STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Lothair has had the great fortune of playing this role off and on over the last 20 years, and is very close to having performed this role 3,000 times! And Still loves it! He has been seen in the German show '92-'95, 2001-2007, Las Vegas '96-'98, and New Zealand in 2009.
Last not least: Lothair was thrilled to once again play his most favourite role of 'Poppa' in the 2012/13 Starlight Express UK Tour.
Lothair was also seen in the '95 UK Tour of 5 GUYS NAMED MOE. Throughout Germany and the UK Lothair has performed in many Musical Galas and events, as well as his own Cabaret shows to rave reviews!
In New York, Lothair was seen in the original cast of NUNSENSE A-MEN as Sister Mary Hubert to wonderful reviews! Also in the York Theatre production of LOST IN THE STARS. And the Papermill Playhouse production of SHOW BOAT, which was also taped and shown on P.B.S. Great Performances. Enjoying time in Vegas, he went back to play the Master Of Laughter. Not surprising if you know Lothair's Laugh :-) In EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel starring Tommy Tune! TV credits include an episode of COP ROCK, and FORD commercials in Germany. Other favorite roles include The Voice Of The Plant in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, C. C. White in DREAMGIRLS and the Bigger is better character in WHEN PIGS FLY.
Ross Brown is a New York City-based Actor and Singer. He originally hails from the great state of New Jersey, and landed in New York by way of Boston, where he graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Vocal Performance and Psychology. After spending an inordinate amount of money at Dunkin’ Donuts, he departed Beantown in favor of the Big Apple, where he attended graduate school at New York University, earning an MM in Vocal Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, while serving as an Adjunct Professor of Voice in NYU’s Steinhardt School.
Ross’ New York credits include Grand Hotel (Baron Von Gaigern), A Man of No Importance (Alfie Byrne), and a concert production of Sweeney Todd (Anthony). His regional work includes Les Misérables (Marius), Noises Off (Frederick), A New Brain (Roger), Parade (Britt Craig/Gov. Slaton), Into the Woods (Jack, The Baker), and the World Premiere of Sense & Sensibility: The Musical (Willoughby). His fight direction credits include Macbeth, Hamlet, Les Misérables, South Pacific, Noises Off, Into the Woods, and the World Premiere of Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical. Ross will be performing in this summer's Broadway Rising Stars concert at Town Hall.
Deborah Heagen has been teaching at Star Maker since 2013 and has over 7 years teaching experience. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Five Towns College with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Deb had some success on Both regional and Off-Off Broadway stages.
Deb felt even more at home with her students and decided to pursue teaching full-time. Deb teaches Piano, Voice, Trumpet, and Acting. Deb recently received her Masters Degree in Music Therapy. www.deborahheagen.com
Thomas Sutter was born in Johnson City, New York where he studied tap for many years at Danek School of Performing Arts. He traveled to Germany with Stacy Eastman to compete in IDO's World Tap Dance Championships, where he took home the gold medal at age 15. At the age of 17 he began training in modern dance at the Perkins School of the Arts.
After graduating high school, Thomas was accepted into The Ailey School's Certificate Program, from which he attained a Certificate of Dance in May 2012. Upon graduation, Thomas became a member of Cats Paying Dues, a tap dance company under the direction of Andrew Nemr.
He was invited twice to "Vegas Week" as a contestant on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. Recent credits include White Christmas at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Burlesque Show at the Music Box in Atlantic City, Man of la Mancha and a touring work with Phoenix Project Dance, a modern company under the direction of Amber Perkins.
Aaron has over two decades of Tap dance experience, he received his early dance training in his hometown of Albany, NY, and has worked professionally for the past ten years in NYC, which he now calls his home.
Aaron is a Tap instructor for 24 Seven Dance Convention, Shuffles NYC, Dance Masters of America, Broadway Dance Center, as well as SLIDE, a week long tap intensive directed by Mike Minery. He also teaches weekly classes throughout NYC, and travels the country to choreograph and instruct master-classes. Aaron enjoys teaching and passing on his love for dance to younger generations, his passion for dance education has lead him to the title of Area Director for the Inspirare Dance Workshop, a personalized dance intensive that encourages personal and professional growth for dancers of all levels and ages!
Aaron has also enjoyed a career in concert dance, working as a soloist and collaborator in NYC and LA. You can see him dancing on NBC’s new hit show World of Dance premiering in May 2017. He is a company member and soloist for AM Dance Project, in New York City under artistic director Anthony Morigerato, and performed at the NY City Center in the 125th anniversary show for Capezio. Aaron was also a performer, in TAP: The Show!, choreographed by Mike Minery, as well as the associate choreographer and dance captain for the National Tour. Aaron has danced, choreographed, and entertained for corporations such as FedEx, Hershey Entertainment, and Gaylord Opry Entertainment among others. Favorite theatre credits: 42nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and My One and Only.
The "multitalented Alex MacDonald" (NY Times) is a NYC-based professional tap dancer, teaching artist, singer-songwriter, and researcher. He originally hails from Farmingdale, NY, where his first foray into the performing arts was a tap class at the local Oakwood Dance Studio at the age of three. What began as a fun outlet for a child's exuberance eventually ignited a lifelong passion for creative expression and education.
He has traveled throughout North America and Europe as the original tap soloist and tap choreographer for the wildly popular vintage jazz band, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, and will join them on the upcoming 2016 tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. Performance highlights include NYC's Highline Ballroom, City Center, and Best Buy Theater. Involvement in this project allows him to share his craft with a large, international fan base and raise awareness of tap as a richly musical dance form. To date, his videos with the group have garnered over 9 million views online.
Since 2009, he has continually entertained audiences as dance captain for Andrew J. Nemr’s tap company,Cats Paying Dues. Performance highlights with the troupe include NYC’s Symphony Space, Webster Hall, The Riverside Theatre, Laguardia Performing Arts Center, 92nd Street Y, and Town Hall; as well as live on national television for the 45th annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
As "Jumpsuit Alex," he is the passionate, tap dancing "hype" man for the Grammy Award winning kindie band, Tim and the Space Cadets. Performance highlights include NYC's Musical Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, The Intrepid, Symphony Space; D.C.'s Smithsonian Museum; and the 2013 and 2015 Austin City Limits Festival in Texas. The band's 2015 release, "Home," won the Grammy for Best Children's Album.
An accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist, his subtle blend of folk and jazz reflect eclectic musical influences. To date, he has released two full-length, independent albums, 2011's "Footprints" and 2015's "Seasons and Shadows."
A patient and intuitive teaching artist he is privileged to share his love of tap with children throughout NYC. Currently, he works as tap faculty for the Alvin Ailey Arts in Education and Community ProgramsDepartment and Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA). He has also taught technique classes to undergraduate and postgraduate dance students at the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy of Music and Danceand substitute taught for Tap 1 and 2 at Queens College. An experienced soloist and frequent collaborator, he has performed internationally in concerts and conferences in Ireland, Germany, England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Norway, and Canada.
In 2012, he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Student Scholarship to Ireland, where he conducted research on transmission and improvisation in the sean-nós dance tradition. His ethnochoreological work found him interviewing and training with master sean-nós dancers, Páraic Ó hOibicín, Emma O'Sullivan, and Róisín Ní Mhainín. In 2016, his talk, "Oral Tradition in the Age of Smart Phones," was selected for the TEDxFulbrightDublin event held at the Smock Alley Theatre.
Alex holds a M.A. in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, where he graduated with First Class Honors in 2013, as well as a B.A. in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from SUNY Geneseo, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2008. An alumnus of the School at Jacob's Pillow, he has studied under such tap luminaries as Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, and Nicholas Young. www.alexmacdonalddance.com
Megan Gecik is a world-class professional dance artist. Born and raised in Branchburg, New Jersey, Megan grew up training in dance, voice and acting at the acclaimed Star Maker School in Clinton, New Jersey.
A Rockette by the age of 22, she has performed the touring production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and has extensive training in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop. She is also an active AGVA member.
In addition, Megan is a Dance Educator at the Star Maker School and has graduated from Montclair State University in May 2015 with a BFA in Dance Performance.
Megan won the New Jersey State wide 2016 Perry Award for her choreography in 'Me and My Girl.'
She recently became an apprentice with Christian Von Howard's dance company, the Von Howard Project and performed work at the Making Moves Dance Festival this past September. Megan cannot thank her teachers, mentors, and educators enough for their training and guidance and hopes to continue to become a mentor for her own students for years to come.
Ashley Aquilo is from Upstate NY and has studied all forms of dance since the age of 3. She has assisted Anthony Morigerato (NUVO staff/SYTYCD choreographer) and Lauren Gaul (Pace University Assistant Professor of Commercial Dance Program/former Radio City Rockette). Ashley dabbled in musical theater and performed at the NYU Skirball Theatre, as well as many community plays. She also had the opportunity to assist and intern for Turn It Up Dance Challenge. Ashley now choreographs, teaches, and proudly works for a variety of dance studios. She studied commercial dance at Pace University, NYC. Currently, she attends the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. Ashley continues to broaden her education by studying Barre Certification through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association as well as continue to self-publish books.
Hannah Zin received her training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under the direction of Dennis Marshall and Marjorie Grundvig. In addition to being a scholarship student with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, she has studied at the American Ballet Theatre in New York, North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Movement Invention Project, and the Northwest Dance Project.
Hannah moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in Dance and Art History from Fordham University and The Ailey School where she had the opportunity to perform works by Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Manuel Vignouelle, Kate Skarpetowska, Elisa Monte, and Milton Meyers.
Currently living in NYC, Hannah is entering her third season with Phoenix Project Dance and working towards her comprehensive certification in Pilates.
Julie Gale is originally from Linden, New Jersey. She began her dance training, under scholarship from The Ford Foundation, with Fred Danieli at the Newark Ballet Academy joining his company, The Garden State Ballet, at the age of thirteen.
With The Garden State Ballet she toured throughout the state in their “Introduction To Ballet” school programs performing in Balanchine ballets such as “Stars And Stripes”, “Symphony In C” and “Allegro Brilliante” among others. She appeared with them for three years.
She went on to perform with The American Ballet Theater in the classics “Giselle” and “Swan Lake”. As a free lance artist, she has performed in New Jersey with The Westminster Dance Theater, Dances In The Park, Ren Media Productions, The Light Opera Theater, The River Ballet of Lambertville, as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their production of “The Nutcracker, and in New York with The Empire State Ballet.
Julie received her ballroom training with Angelo Calia and Jerry Parris and has appeared at The Marc Ballroom in Manhattan, Fandango’s Night Club, Paramount Dance Studio, Caesar’s Palace Resorts in the Pocono’s and in numerous ballroom exhibitions. She has choreographed extensively for the ballet, creating original works and full length productions including “The Nutcracker”.
Her musical theater and ballroom choreography includes the Broadway classics“Bye Bye Birdie”, “My Fair Lady” andworks for ballroom exhibitions.
Her teaching career includes being on the faculty of La Danse, Yvette Dance Studio, Fabulous Feet, Montclair State College and master classes both in New Jersey and New York. While in the Albany, New York area Julie has taught at The Guilderland Ballet, The Dance Experience, Premier Dance Performing Arts Center, The School Of The Arts at The National Museum Of Dance in Saratoga Springs and has been a member of Tango Fusion Ballroom Company.
In addition to dance, Julie replicates women’s historical dress from the 19th century which has led her to create a website and program “Reproducing Victorian Fashions” that she has presented in Cape May, The Victorian Society of Upper Montclair, Kuser Farm Mansion and historical groups throughout the state.
Andrew Plinio is a working actor, singer and dancer. His credits include Television, National Tour and Voice Overs. Born and raised in Clinton Township, New Jersey, Andrew became very involved in community theater at an early age and trained extensively at The Star Maker School, a local performing arts school. He was a member of the Nationally recognized Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory for five years. In addition to being an actor, Andrew has directed and served as musical director for a number of productions. Andrew was voted President of his class for all four years of high school. He is greatly involved in community service and the arts (especially music).
Andrew is an advanced piano player and has been playing for over 14 years. In 2014, Andrew toured with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in the role of Patrick. The following year, he was cast in HBO's new series 'The Young Pope' in the role of Billy.
Andrew is pursuing his passion for Musical Theater, having been accepted into the University of Michigan's top-ranked School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He will join Michigan's Musical Theatre program in the Fall of 2017 (Class of 2021, Go Blue!)
Andrew has been teaching Acting at SMS for four years as well as assistant directing and musical directing for the past two years. Recently he began teaching Voice and Piano.
Big thanks to all teachers, choreographers, coaches, managers, agents, casting directors, Broadway directors, musical directors, television directors, stylists, stage crews, photographers and most importantly, family and friends for their countless years of direction, support and encouragement.
A’Drey Vinogradov, born and raised in Russia, started dancing at the age of 7, had been professionally trained in different styles of dance, from ballet to Russian folk to Jazz; but decided to concentrate his training on Contemporary and Hip-Hop styles. At the age of 18, A’Drey moved to Moscow and entered TODES, one of the most famous commercial dance companies in the country. Within the next 3 years A’Drey had been travelling and teaching workshops and working with dancers in Latvia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Finland and also in the United States.
In 2008 A’Drey came to New York City and studied at Broadway Dance Center and Joffrey Ballet School. There, he was immediately recognized as a talented dancer and started working with and assisting a few faculty choreographers. After his program was finished he decided to move to New York City permanently to follow his dream to becoming a professional choreographer.
As a choreographer, A’Drey’s works had been featured in the biggest commercial dance showcases in New York City and Los Angeles. As a teacher he has taught his classes and workshops in the studios throughout the United States. Earlier this year he had a chance to work with Florence + The Machine on their latest music videos What Kind Of Man, under direction of Ryan Heffington (Sia, FKA twigs, Years & Years), and Delilah, choreographed by Holly Blakey (Florence + The Machine, Lianne La Havas).
In June 2015 A’Drey became a finalist for prestigious Capezio A.C.E. Awards (Awards for Choreographic Excellence).
A’Drey’s choreography style is a fusion of European Modern Dance and American Contemporary with Hip-Hop/Street-Jazz influences. It is always intricate, full of energy, emotionally charged fusion of movement. Stay on the look out because this young choreographer’s journey is only at it’s beginning.
Andrew Albanese - Hip Hop
AC Ciulla- Choreography
Natalie Berk - Acting
Jason Bernard - Tap
Anthony Bocconi - Ballet
Madison Embrey - Jazz
Sarah Flaim - Acting, Voice
David Gamboa - Jazz Funk
Kevin Glasford - Hip Hop
Kim Kafka - Children's Programs
Daniel Kermidas - Musical Theatre
Ivan Koumaev - Hip Hop
Patrick Meyer - Guitar, Song-Writing
Leo Manzari - Tap
Melissa McCann - Ballet
Dan Mitra - Tap
Dario Natarelli - Tap
Amber Perkins- Contemporary
Nancy Richer - Ballet
Devin Richey - Ballet/Contemporary
Matt Unger- Acting
Blake Zelesnikar- Contemporary
Pam Dean- Volunteer Associate/Accounts
Patty Chester- Volunteer Associate/Costumes
Kim Introbartolo - Volunteer Associate/Desk