Miss Deanna • Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Pointe, and Modern, Musical Theater, Creative Dance, Tap, and Acro
Miss Deanna began dancing at age 4 studying tap, ballet, and jazz. At age 13, she attended The Dance Academy of NJ to train in ballet, pointe, musical theater, and jazz more intensely. After studying Dance, Theater, and English at Montclair State University, Miss Deanna continued her dance training at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and Princeton Ballet. Miss Deanna choreographed for several musicals including Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and The King and I. Her performance credits include Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything Goes, and many others. In addition, Miss Deanna has been featured in a variety of film projects both as a dancer and an actor. Formerly a preschool teacher, Miss Deanna uses her extensive study of early childhood education to develop a creative curriculum for the young dancer. Miss Deanna is also a trained vocalist and pianist who incorporates her knowledge of music theory into all of her dance classes. Miss Deanna is ecstatic to continue sharing her passion for dance with the FADP students.
Miss Victoria • Artistic Director • Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Acro, Ballet/Pointe• PBT Certified
Miss Victoria has been dancing since her early childhood. During her years' training, with a focus in technique, she has mastered styles such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz-funk, pointe, tap, acro, and musical theater. Competing since age six, she has won countless high scoring routines and coveted awards including the Bob Fosse Award, The Quality of Motion Award. As a choreographer she has received top-scoring acro group, best choreography, Most Entertaining and Best Story Telling in a competition setting. While attending the Ocean County Performing Arts Academy High School Miss Victoria was involved in National Honor Society for Dance Arts, Performance Troupe, and the award-winning musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Outside of PAA, Miss Victoria was a member of the Dance Rave Dance Competitions Traveling Performance Troupe, Ticket to Broadway’s Circle of Stars, and was the only soloist at Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit in 2010 and 2014. Victoria has performed professionally on HGTV’s hit show Spontaneous Construction, ABC’s The View, and NBC’s Smash. Her dedication to volunteer service is recognized through her time in USA Cheerleaders, an organization that shares the love of dance and performing with our military service members. Her passion for the team has led her to be a judge for them as well. Miss Victoria is continuing her dance education at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and conventions such as the PULSE, NYCDA, and JUMP. She was also a judge for the Sussex Stags Dance Team Auditions and the USA Cheerleader auditions in New York City. Miss Victoria’s passion for dance and furthering herself to better serve her students has been a cornerstone in the lives of all of her pupils. Miss Victoria is ecstatic to continue sharing her love for dance with the FADP students.
Miss Dana • Unique Kids Program, Level II Occupational Therapist
Dana found her love for dance around the age of 10 when she joined the Brick Dragon’s Pop Warner Cheer/Dance team. Her team placed 1st numerous times at the Jersey Shore and Eastern Region Competitions, and each year placed in the top 5 at Nationals in Orlando, FL. Her last year on the team, the dance team took 1st at Nationals. After aging out of the Pop Warner program, Dana became one of the first coaches of the Brick Dragon’s Inspiration team, the first national Pop Warner Cheer/Dance team for children with special needs. There, she found her passion of working with children with special needs by teaching them routines that they would perform at football halftime shows and competitions. She continued to coach this team throughout high school and college. Dana attended the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy High School where she majored in Dance. There she performed in the spring dance concerts, the spring musicals “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Cabaret”, and the winter Nutcracker performances. She was a dancer in Performance Troupe, a dancer, and choreographer for the Dance Club, and a member of the National Society for Dance Arts. After high school, Dana attended Georgian Court University as an Exercise Science major and Dance minor. While at GCU she performed in the annual dance showcase working with GCU faculty Silvana Cardell, Hee Ra Yoo, and Steven Vaughn, and guest artists Gregory King and Nora Gibson. She also had the opportunity to be a dancer in a piece choreographed by a fellow student that was selected to perform at the American College Dance Association’s college dance festival and in Introspective Movement Project’s, “That Which Connects – Camden’s Festival of Dance” at Rutgers University’s Camden campus. Dana continued her studies as a Master’s of Occupational Therapy student at Wesley College and graduated in May 2019. Dana has since completed both of her Level II affiliations and is awaiting the completion of her occupational therapy license/registration. Her passion is working in pediatrics. Dana has been instructing with the Unique Kids dance program since 2017 and is excited to continue working alongside Miss Laraine and Miss Mary to help grow this amazing opportunity for children of all abilities at From A Dancer's Pointe.
Miss Maria • Ballet, Pointe
Miss Maria was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her passion for ballet was ignited as a child at the Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company. She has been teaching dance for 25 years. Her dance education includes several years with the Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company, Peridance, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She also performed with the Wagner College Theatre Department. She is proficient in many disciplines including ballet, pointe, jazz, flamenco, tap and modern. Over her career she has been the artistic director of several dance studios and has developed and choreographed numerous programs for their competition teams.Her professional credits include performing in The Nutcracker with VSDC, and as Maggie in Brigadoon with Music Theatre North. Additionally, she had roles in 42nd Street, My One and Only, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Annie Get Your Gun with Staten Island Civic Theatre. She currently performs with Smooth T and Company, a live 70’s vocal show. She has worked as a judge and emcee for the True Talent Dance Competition for the last six years. Miss Maria is so excited to share her passion for dance with the students of FADP!
Miss Kelly • Assistant Preschool Director, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Acro• PBT Certified
Miss Kelly began her dance training at 5 years old and has studied a variety of dance styles since then. Her early training and competition experience began in Staten Island. After moving, she grew up dancing competitively as a member of local dance teams. In addition, she graduated from the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy in Lakehurst in 2014. In May 2018, Miss Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University as a double major with a B.A. in Dance, and a B.A. in Health & Exercise Science. Throughout her time at Rowan she received several performing arts scholarships and a health promotion medallion award. She was the president of the Rowan Dance Team as well as Dance Extensions, the contemporary company on campus under the direction of Paule Turner. She had the opportunity to perform in several mainstage productions, student choreography projects, and at the American College Dance Conference for four years. This year she also had the opportunity to present her choreography at the conference and serve as a rehearsal assistant to Dawn Marie Bazemore for a professional dance performance of The Browder Project. Currently, Miss Kelly works as a personal trainer and dance teacher throughout NJ, and is inspired to keep people moving. She is a ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Certified, and has a Bachelors Degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management. Miss Kelly is so excited to share her passion for health through dance with FADP!
Mr Matteo • Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary
Mr Matteo is an Actor, Singer, and Dancer born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. He began dancing at the age of nine. He attended the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy from 2016-2020, where he studied as a dance major, minoring in acting and singing as well. Outside of school, Mr Matteo studied within the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, as well as the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, working with directors/choreographers such as Lane Napper, Marcos Santana, and Gabriel Chajnik. Mr Matteo spent this past year touring the United States within The Dance Experience’s 2019-2020 tour, being awarded as a TDX Pro Protégé. He currently trains/auditions/works within New York City, aspiring to pursue a career within the performing arts. Mr. Matteo is so excited to share his passion for dance and performance with the students of FADP!
Mr. Anthony • Acro
Mr Anthony began his acro training at just 5 years old. He spent more than 10 years studying acro at DanceForce in Edison Nj. He taught professionally as an Acro teacher at DanceForce, and The Premier Gymnastics and Cheer Academy in Morganville, NJ. Anthony is the co-creator of a tumbling company known as SET (Synchronized Elite Tumbling) and is a certified SET instructor. He continues to teach at dance studios and gyms across New Jersey, and is excited to share his knowledge with the students at FADP!
Mr Jesse • Hip Hop, Acting, Singing
From Toms River NJ Mr Jesse is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter/dancer. Since an early age, Mr Jesse has honed in on the skills of a Triple Threat. His dedication and tenacity have led to appearances on X Factor USA as a Vocal Finalist, as a dancer for nationally aired commercials like Jennifer Lopez fiat and a commercial/campaign for Sprite. On stage Mr Jesse has opened for performers such as Boyz2men, Flo Rida, and Danity Kane as well as in Theater tours around the world. Mr Jesse is so excited to take all he has learned through his years of training and performing to create the next generation of stars with FADP.
Miss Kelly • Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Modern
Miss Kelly Bourke’s dance training began at a Verne Fowler School of Dance in Woodbridge, NJ. In 2007 she achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. During her time at MGSA she had the honor and privilege of performing in the works of Bill T. Jones, Julia Ritter, Randy James, John Evans, and Reagan Wood. She graduated with a Turner Choreography prize for Choreography. Since then, she has taught a variety of dance styles to adults and children of all ages. Her teaching credits include: American Repertory Ballet’s Dance Power program, Middlesex County’s Arts High School, Jackson Dance Center and Movement Dance Academy, Oceanport, NJ. For the past 10 years, she has been a Dance Educator at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy. Miss Kelly has choreographed spring musicals such as A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Best dance number and featured dancer award from Ocean Arts), Shrek the Musical (Honorable mention from Papermill Playhouse Rising Stars for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography), Sweet Charity, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Addams Family, Anything Goes and Beauty and The Beast. She also advises the Performing Arts Academy’s Dance Club and recruiting ensemble, Performance Troupe. In 2014, she was awarded Teacher of the Year by Ocean County’s teacher recognition program. She takes great pride in sharing her passion for dance with her students. Miss Kelly is so excited and honored to be a part of the FADP family!
Miss Charlie • Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater
Miss Charlie began dancing at the age of two. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, and Lyrical. She is a local to Toms River, New Jersey and has studied extensively within the area. Miss Charlie has studied as a dance major at the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy with a minor in Audio. She studied at the American Ballet Theater with their Summer Intensive. Miss Charlie has been a title winner for many competitions and has been awarded the Highest Scoring Teen. Miss Charlie plans to continue her education by earning her Doctorate in Exercise Science with a minor in Dance Education. Miss Charlie is so excited to share her passion for performing with the students of FADP!
Miss Carolyn • Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical• PBT Certified
Miss Carolyn grew up as a competitive dancer. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC as a Dance Theatre Major. Miss Carolyn has worked professionally for many national children theater shows such as, Super Why Live, Sid the Science Kid Live, Fisher Price Live, and Sesame Street Live. Her other credits include theme parks, off broadway, and concert dancing. Miss Carolyn is so excited to take all she has learned through her years of training and performing to create the next generation of stars with FADP.
Miss Gina • Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Ballet, Modern
Miss Gina has been a dancer since she was 3 years old, growing up competing and performing in a variety of styles including jazz, ballet, acro, tap, and lyrical. When it came time for high school, Gina decided to pursue her passion for dance and attend the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy, and later graduated in 2016. While at PAA, Gina was introduced to Miss Victoria and FADP and later joined FADP that year as a student and teacher — She has been apart of the FADP family ever since! After high school, Gina entered Drexel University as a Dance Major and part of the Drexel Dance Ensemble. While at Drexel, Gina participated in several dance-focused community-based learning programs that helped introduce the youth of Philadelphia to the art of dance. Miss Gina continues to train and take classes as she believes you should never stop learning. Miss Gina is excited to be rejoining the staff at FADP this year and is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with all FADP students!
Miss Laraine • Unique Kids Program
Miss Laraine has been an instructor for over 10 years who prides herself on teaching proper technique to children of all ages ranging from 2 years to 18 years. She loves sharing her passion for Ballet & Graham technique with older students and grooming them in the arts. She also enjoys working with young children in ballet helping them to recognize a strong posture and body awareness through creative dancing. For the last 3 years, Laraine has had the great privilege of instructing children with various disabilities such as autism, selective mutism, and Down Syndrom. It is her passion to share her love of dance by training all levels of students in the arts.
Miss Laraine attended The Fiorello la Guardia High School of Performing Arts in New York City and then went on and trained in-depth at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for 5 years under the direction of Dorothy Lister. She has also studied with famous choreographer Tyce Diorio from "So You Think You Can Dance". She has established a Special Needs Dance Team and has taken them to competitions and local performances. She developed creative dance programs that are integrative and inclusive for children with disabilities and has been recognized in The Coast Star newspaper for excellence and dedication for these programs. From A Dancer's Pointe is very excited to be working with Miss Laraine and integrating the Unique Kids program into our curriculum.