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Program Overview

A.C.E. is a five-week acrobatic, dance and conditioning program designed specifically for cheerleaders. The program features weekly Thursday evening classes, from 7:30 to 9:00pm, starting Thursday, November 14th. The faculty are professional acro and dance instructors who understand cheerleading skills and interests.


Enrolling in Classes

Use the links below to enroll in individual classes ($30 per class) or the full six-week program (discounted to $25 per class)


Faculty

Michele Micholas
Michelle Micholas

Michele Micholas grew up training with some of the finest teachers and choreographers in the industry. She excelled in all areas of dance and, while competing, held titles at both the regional and national level in the United States and Canada including American Dance Award’s Junior and Teen Dancer of the Year, Dance Masters of America’s Junior and Teen Miss Dance of America, and the coveted Miss Dance of American. After graduating high school, Michele went on to a successful career in the in the industry. Her Television and commercial credits include: Video Music Awards, Alanis Morrisette music video, Cinema Summer Screen, One Life to Live, and the Body Rock Workout video. Michele's theatrical credits include “Wicked” 1st National Tour, “We Will Rock You”, “Contact” 1st National Tour, "Saturday Night Fever" 1st National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and “Club Indigo” at the Taj Majal in Atlantic City.

Alex DeTrolio
Alex DeTrolio

Alexandra DeTrolio grew up dancing in all styles of dance. She went to to train at New Jersey Ballet and was a member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. Alex has performed with the New York Liberty “Lil Torches” and the Knicks City Dancers as a Knicks City Kid at Madison Square Garden. She is best known for her leap and turn training methods, which have become well known in the competitive dance, gymnasts and ice dancing communities. Her students have been earned regional and national titles. She is currently on staff with Imagine Dance Challenge.

Jenny LeProtto
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Jenny LeProtto started dancing at age four, studying all forms of dance including tap with Mike Minery (Tapaholics, Slide, American Tap Festival, JUMP Director) and performing works by Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer, NUVO Director). While she trained in all forms of dance, Jenny's current fortes are teaching tap, hip hop and jazz, as well as teaching all styles of dance for young children. Jenny is best known for her tap choreography. She was recently recognized by American Dance Awards for many of her tap, jazz and lyrical pieces. Jenny’s work has been described as “intricate, polished and exciting!” Jenny is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a major in Education.

Kristilee Maiella
Kristilee Maiella

Kristilee Maiella studied at Dance Academy of North Jersey where she trained with Jason Luks, Jaclyn Walsh, Angelica Stiskin, Lynn Grossman, and Terk Waters. In her final year of high school, she won the coveted "America's Dancer of the Year" ADA National Title, and she performed in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards as a cast member in Jaclyn Walsh's "Off The Grid". In her sophomore year as a dance major at Montclair State University, and member of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Works-a-Foot, Kristilee performed in three landmark pieces: Horizon (chor. Early Mosley), To Have and To Hold (chor. Shapiro and Smith), and Gift (chor. Stacey Tookey). As a senior dance major at Montclair, Kristilee focuses on the performance aspects of dance, as well as training in ballet and modern technique.



Program Description

A.C.E. is a five-week acrobatic, dance and conditioning program designed specifically for cheerleaders. The program features weekly Thursday evening classes, from 7:30 to 9:00pm, starting the week after Thanksgiving. The faculty are professional acro and dance instructors who understand cheerleading skills and interests.


Enrolling in Classes

Use the links below to enroll in individual classes ($30 per class) or the full program (discounted to $25 per class)


Faculty

Michele Micholas
Michelle Micholas

Michele Micholas grew up training with some of the finest teachers and choreographers in the industry. She excelled in all areas of dance and, while competing, held titles at both the regional and national level in the United States and Canada including American Dance Award’s Junior and Teen Dancer of the Year, Dance Masters of America’s Junior and Teen Miss Dance of America, and the coveted Miss Dance of American. After graduating high school, Michele went on to a successful career in the in the industry. Her Television and commercial credits include: Video Music Awards, Alanis Morrisette music video, Cinema Summer Screen, One Life to Live, and the Body Rock Workout video. Michele's theatrical credits include “Wicked” 1st National Tour, “We Will Rock You”, “Contact” 1st National Tour, "Saturday Night Fever" 1st National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and “Club Indigo” at the Taj Majal in Atlantic City.

Alex DeTrolio
Alex DeTrolio

Alexandra DeTrolio grew up dancing in all styles of dance. She went to to train at New Jersey Ballet and was a member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. Alex has performed with the New York Liberty “Lil Torches” and the Knicks City Dancers as a Knicks City Kid at Madison Square Garden. She is best known for her leap and turn training methods, which have become well known in the competitive dance, gymnasts and ice dancing communities. Her students have been earned regional and national titles. She is currently on staff with Imagine Dance Challenge.

Jenny LeProtto
My Image

Jenny LeProtto started dancing at age four, studying all forms of dance including tap with Mike Minery (Tapaholics, Slide, American Tap Festival, JUMP Director) and performing works by Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer, NUVO Director). While she trained in all forms of dance, Jenny's current fortes are teaching tap, hip hop and jazz, as well as teaching all styles of dance for young children. Jenny is best known for her tap choreography. She was recently recognized by American Dance Awards for many of her tap, jazz and lyrical pieces. Jenny’s work has been described as “intricate, polished and exciting!” Jenny is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a major in Education.

Kristilee Maiella
Kristilee Maiella

Kristilee Maiella studied at Dance Academy of North Jersey where she trained with Jason Luks, Jaclyn Walsh, Angelica Stiskin, Lynn Grossman, and Terk Waters. In her final year of high school, she won the coveted "America's Dancer of the Year" ADA National Title, and she performed in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards as a cast member in Jaclyn Walsh's "Off The Grid". In her sophomore year as a dance major at Montclair State University, and member of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Works-a-Foot, Kristilee performed in three landmark pieces: Horizon (chor. Early Mosley), To Have and To Hold (chor. Shapiro and Smith), and Gift (chor. Stacey Tookey). As a senior dance major at Montclair, Kristilee focuses on the performance aspects of dance, as well as training in ballet and modern technique.



Lake Hopatcong

768 Route 15 South
973-663-2009
dance.danj@gmail.com

Sparta

328 Sparta Ave
973-729-9449
dance.danj@gmail.com


Lake Hopatcong

768 Route 15 South
973-663-2009
dance.danj@gmail.com

Sparta

328 Sparta Ave
973-729-9449
dance.danj@gmail.com

Christine Kelly - 7/22/18

This week officially marked the end of a successful 2018 Dance season competing at OnStage New York Nationals whereby our dancers shared the stage at the advanced level with other talented performers from academies across the nation.

Our studio is special. The Faculty, Choreographers, Artists, and Proprietors (Howard & Elaine Luks) are incredibly talented human beings that inspire & invest their time in our children to be more than technically “perfect” dancers that can (and do) win 1st place and top ten trophies, titles, special awards, dance/modeling opportunities and scholarships.

These kids have ambition, strong work ethic a love for the performing arts, a respect for friendships they cultivate and their honorable Teachers. The Faculty of DANJ practice their craft with humility, kindness and the maturity & development we see in our children each year is astounding. The training & environment at DANJ is unsurpassed. Friendships and professional connections made will last a lifetime.

After the final Gala Awards ceremony, a judge (Rommy Sandhu) circled our studio dancers, and with tears, he spoke with them. I learned later the message he expressed... “You are all honest dancers... I could feel the emotions that you evoked and you MUST continue to grow. THANK YOU for inspiring all of us”.

THANK YOU Dance Academy of North Jersey for inspiring ALL OF US. This years’ performances did more than entertain audiences. They touched our souls, made us chuckle, silenced our voices, made us see beauty, feel pain and even made us tearful. Our children are in great company and we are looking forward to the future beside you💙💛!

Francine Aranoff - 7/20/18

This week flew! And WHAT A WEEK IT WAS! My heart is over come by the friendships that both Sami Coplon and I have made as part of the Dance Danj family!

The kids danced BEAUTIFULLY! They are truly a family and this year's seniors have left an AWESOME foundation of love, friendship and lifting one another up for the younger dancers!

This year was FAR more than our family ever hoped it could be.... Thank you to EVERYONE for being SO MUCH MORE than a studio to us....you are BETTER than family...you are forever!!!! The Coplons will miss next year but cant WAIT to see all your posts! AND CONGRATULATIONS TO Chris Coulter and Elyssia Currasca for winning the titles! You both are AMAZING dancers, supportive and beautiful people, inside and out! I can't think of 2 others who DESERVE those titles more! Love you to the moon and back!

Melissa Sprich - 7/20/18
....and the 2018 @dancedanj dance chapter is over! A fantastic, rewarding, positive season filled with love, laughter, friendship and growth. Thank you @jasonluks @jenleprotto @kristileemaiella @jaclynkwalsh and all the talented faculty & staff for guiding, molding and mentoring my girl. We are so grateful and thrilled to be a part of such an amazing studio! Congrats @dancedanj on a fabulous year💙💛....let’s go 2018-2019!