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Tap Bootcamp

July 24-27, 2023

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Tap Bootcamp

July 24-27, 2023

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  • Program Highlights
    • Four-Day Program, 11am-3pm daily, doors open 9:15am
    • PROGRAM EXTENDED TO 4 DAYS!
    • Open to Studio Dancers and Independents
    • Adv. Beginner thru Adv./Pre-Professional Levels
    • Level-Appropriate Technique & Combinations
    • Additional Skills and Complexity in More Advanced Levels
    • Shim Sham, Tap Turns, Improv Jam, Theater Tap**
    • Rhythm, BS Chorus, Street, Heels, Tricks**
    • Large Studios, Sprung Floors, Air Conditioning
    • Parent Lounge with CCTV
      **Content Varies by Faculty
  • Schedule by Day
  • Enrollment - Click Here to Register
    • Open to Studio Dancers and Independents
    • Tuition must be paid in advance
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Faculty

(Kelly Kaleta not pictured below)
2023 Tap Bootcamp Faculty
Jason Luks
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Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He is currently on faculty at Steps on Broadway, NYCDA, and Joffrey Ballet School teaching Musical Theater. He was a member of the Tony Award nominated Falsettos choreography team with Director and Pulitzer Prize winner, James Lapine. He worked with Josh Prince and James Lapine on the choreography for "Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing." Most recently, Jason served as Ryan Reynold's dance instructor for "Spirited" while dancing as a member of the Spirited Dance Company. Jason's performance credits include “White Christmas” (Broadway), “On The Town" (Barrington Stage), “My One And Only” (Stages St. Louis), Rasta Thomas' Tap Stars, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Late Late Show with James Corden, MTV’s Video Music Awards, and Good Morning America. He has performed at the Kennedy Center for Presidents Obama and Bush. Jason is a member of the award winning The JaM Project. He won the Adult World Tap Dance Solo Championship at International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Competition, and ADA’s National Choreographer of the Year. Jason’s choreography has been presented on Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater (Falsettos), the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Space NYC. Jason graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance.

Dario Natarelli
Dario Natarelli

Dario Natarelli is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York where he was a drama major and delivered a commencement address at Lincoln Center centering around the importance of arts education. He is also a 2020 Cum Laude graduate of The Pennsylvania State University’s BFA Musical Theatre Program, where he achieved Dean’s List status for every semester, and he was the Student Marshal for the School of Theatre. Dario's Credits include: Dance Captain & Swing for Justin Peck (Broadway Labs), Tappin’ Thru Life with Maurice Hines (Off-Broadway), The Tap Dance Kid (New York City Center Encores!), Maestro (upcoming Netflix film with Bradley Cooper & Justin Peck), Funny Girl (Broadway Pre Production), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (National Tour), A Salute to the Presidential Scholars at The Kennedy Center directed by Debbie Allen, Breaking Brooklyn (film), Vail Dance Festival (performer/soloist), Assistant Choreographer to Michelle Dorrance at Vail Dance Festival, Assistant Choreographer to J. Austin Eyer for Hands on a Hardbody at Penn State Centre Stage, Assistant Choreographer to Michele DunLeavy for Men on Boats at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow, Demi Remick Dance Company, Jazz at Lincoln Center, national commercials, and more. Dario is a tap dance teacher at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He has taught master classes in tap dance and contemporary dance internationally. He teaches private dance lessons and creates choreography for dancers of all levels. Dario volunteered for many years as an assistant teacher at American Tap Dance Foundation (NYC) and with Broadway Workshop for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. Dario is grateful to all of his teachers and supporters, at Penn State and throughout his training - especially his late tap dance mentor, Robert L. Reed, who always reminded him to “Respect the Dance."

Jenny LeProtto
Jenny LeProtto

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.

Jeremy Arnold
Jeremy Arnold

Jeremy Arnold earned his MFA in Dance and Social Justice from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2020. He is an alumnus of the tap program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Michelle Dorrance. Jeremy was a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company from 2014 through 2017, performing in the United States and abroad and was and featured in the PBS docuseries Arts In Context. Before joining Tapestry, Jeremy toured nationally with Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers. From 2015 through 2020, Jeremy was a lecturer on the faculty of University of Texas at Austin dance department, teaching courses in rhythm tap, jazz, composition, and music theory. He served as artistic director for several mainstage productions. Since 2013, Jeremy has worked with Charles O Anderson’s Dance Theatre X, performing in and choreographing works which premiered at American Dance Festival, MANCC at Florida State University, The Fuzebox Festival, and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. In 2020, he was associate director of and performed in the dance film (Re)current Unrest, described by Sightlines Magazine as a “masterpiece.” Jeremy has served on the faculty of many tap festivals including Soul 2 Soul, True Sound Rhythm Festival, Riff, Phoenix Tap Fest, Little Rock Tap Fest, and SynCoPate. His work has been commissioned by Tap Ties, Third Coast Rhythm Project and Tapestry Dance Company. Most recently, Jeremy can be seen dancing alongside Karissa Royster in Mood Indigo, a short dance film produced by Amplified Productions.

Kelly Kaleta
Kelly Kaleta

Kelly Kaleta started her dance training in Western MA at the age of 6, studying ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop before graduating from high school. While attending Boston University, she began teaching in the Boston area and throughout Massachusetts. She now teaches up and down the east coast and Canada, doing master classes and conventions, workshops and performances. She is a faculty member and choreographer for Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor, has done choreography for the Legacy Dancers and many competition groups, and her students have received numerous awards. In 2006, she was a cast member of Imagine Tap!, choreographed and directed by Derick Grant, and most recently can be seen in Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, a film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.

Lisa LaTouche
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Most recently, Lisa LaTouche was an original cast member of SHUFFLE ALONG on Broadway choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. She appeared with the cast on the TONY Awards, after which they received the Fred Astaire award for “Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway show” and the A.C.C.A. Actor’s Equity Award for “Outstanding Broadway Chorus.” Lisa toured with Savion Glover productions in STEPZ, and also performing in both New York's Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP. Lisa has performed, choreographed and taught world wide on various independent projects and was also faculty member of the School of Jacob's pillow under the direction of Dianne Walker in 2012. She is a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

Mary Giattino
Mary Giattino

Mary Giattino is the Associate Choreographer of the Tony Award Winning First National Tour of Fun Home. She is also the Associate Director/Choreographer of the National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Mary served as Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain/Swing, for both Broadway productions of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, in addition to LA, Detroit and Toronto companies. She also worked as the Associate Choreographer for Dear Evan Hansen (NY workshop), Networks Nat'l Tour of Billy Elliot, Resident Choreographer/Swing for the 1st National Tour of Billy Elliot, and was Tap Teacher for Billy Elliot on Broadway. Her Assistant Choreographer credits include: City Center Encores! productions of Lady Be Good, No No Nanette and Of Thee I Sing, in addition to All Singing, All Dancing (92nd St. Y); Choreography credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street at the Gateway Playhouse and 42nd Street at Lexington Theatre Company. As a Dance teacher, Mary was on faculty at Steps On Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and teaches Master Classes all over the U.S. Her other performance credits include Broadway National Tour of 42nd Street, kicking up her heels as a Radio City Rockette, shaking hands with President Obama on stage at the Kennedy Center, and performing in over forty stage regional theater productions across the country. www.marygiattino.com

Mary No
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Mary No began her training in New York City with teachers including Savion Glover, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Mike Minery and Gil Stroming. Immediately following high school, she started teaching classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway as well at as several dance conventions. She is currently a faculty member and choreographer for Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor tap convention and off-Broadway show in New York City. Mary has been the company tap teacher at In The Spotlight since 2004 and has won countless awards for her choreography. Mary graduated from Montclair State University.

Richard Yoder
Richard Yoder

Richard Yoder is an Astaire Award-winning Broadway veteran of five Tony-nominated and winning musicals and is currently an original cast member of Some Like It Hot on Broadway! He was nominated for Best Male Dancer in a Broadway Show by the Astaire Awards and has received two others. His Broadway credits include White Christmas, On The Twentieth Century, Shuffle Along, Hello Dolly, and My Fair Lady. Richard’s TV credits include Co-Starring as Conrad on Mom on CBS, featured performer on the Late Late Show with James Corden starring Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Hugh Jackman and two Tony Awards Telecasts. He can also be heard on the revival cast recordings of Hello, Dolly!, and On The Twentieth Century. He has also worked as a master tap and jazz teacher around the country when not performing. He has had the pleasure to work onstage with Julie Andrews, Billy Porter, Bette Midler, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Savion Glover, and Kristin Chenoweth to name a few.

Robin Passmore
Robin Passmore

Robin Passmore has devoted her life to the art of tap dancing. Her love for performing has led her to perform in New York City, and Las Vegas, where she was dance captain for the closing act of Opium, at the Cosmopolitan. She is the dance captain of Chloe Arnold’s Apartment 33 and she has performed with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, on stage and in a Ted Talk. In 2018, she performed and taught at the UK Tapfest in London. Robin was a cast member of Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground. Robin has performed at the Lincoln Center, for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala, and Summer at the Lincoln Center. She participated in preproduction workshops for the new 42nd Street. She was featured with Jared Grimes in the April 2015 edition of Dance Teacher magazine. She has also appeared in several Sesame Street segments and on Good Morning, America. Robin travels the East Coast and Canada teaching master classes and setting choreography.

Sydney Burtis
Sydney Burtis

Sydney Burtis was born and raised in Central Florida, Sydney is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. She has had the honor of training under Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Sarah Reich, Danny Wallace, and more. In 2017, Sydney was recognized as one of "Tap's Next Generation" in Dance Spirit Magazine, and was later featured on the October 2018 cover.
Some of her performance credits include The National Broadway Tour of Billy Elliot, Battery Dance Fest, Little Island, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rhythm in Motion, as a featured contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, and the understudy for Dorrance Dance's "Nutcracker Suite." With a passion for creating, she recently developed her company, "Elements of Sound," which has since performed in Arts on Site's "Tap Festival," Steps Beyond Foundation's "Performance Lab," and OC Tap Festival's "Live at the Fest" in California. Sydney is a 2017 YoungArts Silver award winner, a 2018 Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist, an alumnus of the Jacob's Pillow Tap Program, and co-founder of the Orlando Tap Festival.


For Out of Town Dancers

Suggested Hotels
Hilton Gardens Inn (Rockaway)*
Homewood Suites (Rockaway/Dover)*
Hampton Inn (Denville)
* We understand that these hotels have limited availability for the Tap Bootcamp dates (status as of July 29th)

Studio Location and Directions
Only Minutes from the Rockaway Mall & Sparta
768 Route 15 S, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
(behind Dunkin’ Donuts)
Phone: 973-663-2009
Email: dance.danj@gmail.com
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Matthew Powell Testimonial

“It has been wonderful working with the highly inspired dancers and faculty at DANJ's Summer Academy Tap Bootcamps. The facility is beautiful, among the nicest I’ve visited in the country. After working with Jason Luks on Broadway, I was not surprised to find the level of tap education at Tap Bootcamp to be top-shelf!”
—Randy Skinner, Director & Choreographer “Dames At Sea” (Broadway), Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (Broadway and Tour), and Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award and Astaire Award winner!