Miss Laraine • Unique Kids Program, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz
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.
Miss Autumn • Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary
Autumn began her dance journey at the age of 3. Her love for dance was clear from the start and only grew as she did. As she grew up Autumn trained in many different styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip hop. She began dancing competitively at the age of 8 and competed for 9 years. At the age of 11, she discovered musical theatre and instantly fell in love with it. She participated in many shows with the Ashley Lauren Theatre Ensemble. Autumn attended the Performing Arts Academy (PAA) as a dance major for the duration of her high school career. While at PAA she expanded her knowledge of dance technique and dance history. Autumn discovered her love for choreography at PAA. Autumn currently attends Ocean County college and plans to continue her education at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts for dance after she graduates. Autumn is so grateful and happy to be apart of the From A Dancer's Pointe family. She cannot wait to teach the next generation of FADP students!
Miss Maria • Ballet, Pointe
Maria Siconolfi 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 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 Victoria • Artistic Director • Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Acro, Ballet/Pointe
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 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, 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. 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. 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. Victoria is ecstatic to continue sharing her love for dance with the FADP students.
Mr Jesse • Hip Hop, Acting, Singing
From Toms River NJ Jesse is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter/dancer. Since an early age, 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 Jesse has opened for performers such as Boyz2men, Flo Rida, and Danity Kane as well as in Theater tours around the world. 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
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. Kelly Bourke 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. Kelly is so excited and honored to be a part of the FADP family!
Miss Kelly • Assistant Preschool Director, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Acro
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, 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, 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. Anthony • Acro
Anthony Blasi 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!
Miss Shandelle • Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Ballroom
Shandelle has received dance training since the age of two. She has studied all genres of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary/modern, musical theater and hip hop. She became a competitive dancer and vocalist at the age of 7. Shandelle was a dance major at the Red Bank Regional High School for the Performing Arts and received her Bachelor of Science from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations with a minor from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She was also a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Shandelle has traveled the country for dance and performed in musical theater productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Beauty and The Beast and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Shandelle is certified as a master teacher through DEA (Dance Educators of America) Pre-K to Adult and has had the opportunity to study with industry talents; Al Blackstone, Danny Wallace, Shelia Barker of Broadway Dance Center and Todd Shanks of Steps on Broadway. Most recently, Shandelle has completed her foundation training as a ballroom instructor and competition dancer. She has been teaching and choreographing for studios in the Ocean County area for 12 years and is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with the FADP students.
Miss Kyleigh • Musical Theater, Jazz
Kyleigh Errico graduated in May 2019 from Rowan University with a B.A in Dance and a B.S in Business. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, was awarded the Bryna G. Goldhaft Dance Medallion and a four-year performing arts scholarship within the dance major. While attending Rowan, she was a member of the Rowan Dance Team as well as the contemporary dance company on campus, Dance Extensions. Throughout her time in school, she was cast in numerous main stage dance productions and was given the opportunity to present her own choreography in two of the student choreographed shows. She attended the American College Dance Festival all four years and was selected to present her own choreography there as well. Before college, Kyleigh went to the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy where she graduated from in 2015. She also grew up dancing and competing in many different styles since the age of two. She is so excited to now be teaching at FADP and cannot wait for a fantastic year!