Grace Buckley grew up dancing in and around New York City before heading to Colgate University. Since graduating from Colgate in 2007, Grace has dedicated her time to working and training as a dancer in NYC. Grace has performed as a member of DeMa Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY, Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet in Louisiana, and recently returned from touring with Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance. When she is not traveling, Grace works as a guest teacher/choreographer around the country, most recently debuting her choreography at the Joyce Theater this past April. Grace remains a regular faculty member at Kelly Burke-Fitzpatrick’s Westchester Dance Academy as well as a guest teacher at studios in the NYC tri-state area and around the country.
Terk Lewis, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artist in Residence, joined Complexions in 2010, performing works by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jae Man William Forsyth and Marcelo Gomes. Terk has taught at The Joffrey Ballet School, Marymount Manhattan University, Western Michigan University, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey Extension Program, American College Dance Festival, NYCDA, The Pulse, and Complexions intensives. After training with the City Ballet of San Diego and River North Chicago, Terk received his BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University where he performed in works by Ron De Jesus, Frank Chavez and Antony Tudor. "I believe greatness resides in Terk Waters. He is not just a really good dancer but a dancer rare for his generation." - Darrell Wood, Critic, NYC Dance Stuff
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.
Kelby Brown received his training at the School of American Ballet, the official School of the New York City Ballet. As a classically trained dancer, he performed with State Ballet of Missouri, Ballet Chicago, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific NW Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. He danced featured roles on some of the most notable stages including, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Opera and Cirque du Soleil’s, Mystère. After Cirque he was invited to join Celine Dion’s, A New Day Las Vegas Show, Directed by Franco Dragone and Choreographed by Mia Michaels.
He has worked with other musical artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Melody Gardot, Elton John, and Usher. He has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, dancing alongside Lady Gaga. He also assisted Emmy Nominated Choreographer, Stacey Tookey and Emmy Award Winning Choreographer, Mia Michaels on SYTYCD. He graced the big screen dancing in, The Dance Flick, Transformers 2, Showtime’s Television Series, Weeds, as well as the hit TV show, Gossip Girl.
Kelby, the Choreographer, joined forces with Director, Ryan Shiraki, on the big screen for the movie Spring Breakdown, where his moves were showcased by the star studded cast, including Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch. He reunited with Ryan Shiraki, to choreograph for the hit MTV show Awkward. His Choreographic stage credits include, Zombie Strippers the Musical, where his choreography was quoted as being, "the star of the night”. He choreographed the 20th Anniversary of The Kids Choice Awards, where he got to work exclusively with multi-platinum recording artist Justin Timberlake.
Kelby’s dedication to the art of dance naturally carries a presence in teaching. His expertise in the art of dance has made him a highly sought after instructor, coach, and choreographer. He has held faculty positions at some of the most prestigious institutions including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and State Ballet of Missouri. He regularly adjudicates and teaches for dance conventions, like CANDANCE and THE PULSE.
Kristilee Maiella, native of Landing, NJ, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Montclair State University where she was a recipient of the Linda Roberts Outstanding Senior Dance Award. She is also a recipient of NJPAC and Dance NJ’s "Jersey New Moves" fellowship for emerging young choreographers. Maiella began her early dance education at DANJ, where she trained in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and musical theater. In her time competing in dance competitions, Maiella received the title of America’s 2016 Female Dancer of the Year at American Dance Awards. In her concert performance career, Maiella has performed featured roles in works by many eminent choreographers such as Martha Graham, Larry Keigwin, Nancy Lushington, and Frederick Earl Mosley. She has also worked closely with Stacey Tookey and was the lead dancer in her piece entitled “Gift” set on Montclair State dance majors. Maiella has performed at venues such as Symphony Space, Prudential Center, MMAC, and NJPAC. Her most notable performance involves dancing backup for ASAP Live in New York at the Barclays Center. Maiella is the artistic director of her own contemporary dance company, KM Dance Collective.
Larissa Gerszke hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2015 and is currently a senior member of the Company under the direction of Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson. Larissa has performed works by Matthew Rushing, Taryn Russell, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, and Carmen Rozestraten. Her career has allowed her to train, teach and perform globally. Larissa began her formal dance training at Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2016. Her life's work is in bringing a modern-day relevance to the 16th century craft of Ballet.
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.
Sondra Steiner started her dance career at the Budzynski Studios of Ballet. She trained with The Pennsylvania Ballet School (The Rock School) and performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet. Sondra was accepted by The Boston Ballet, Richmond Ballet, BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet into their intensives. Sondra has studied and worked with Melissa Hayden, Gloria Govrin, Trinette Singleton, Christopher d’Amboise, Jacques d’Amboise, David Howard, Fernando Bujones, Roy Kaiser, and Barbara Sandonato. Her repertoire has included principal, soloist, and corps roles in the ballets Paquita, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, Dracula, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Giselle, and Petrushka. Sondra attended college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in ballet and traveled abroad to perform with The Hungarian Ballet Academy and in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Sondra's daughter, Leah graduated from DANJ (her dance eduction :))!
Ashly Gallotto began dancing at young age, primarily training at The Dance Academy of North Jersey. Ashley teaches all styles of dance as well as acro and aerial silks! Her dances have been recognized for their technique, performance qualities and choreography by many leading competitions.
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As a guest faculty and choreographer at DANJ, I am so excited for all the dancers who will be attending Ballet Bootcamp and learning from this amazing faculty.... it's going to be awesome!!!!!” — Ashley Lindsey (Limón Dance Company, UNSCA Faculty and Graduate)