August 2 - 3, 2019
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Angelica Stiskin is the Director of Joffrey Ballet School's Contemporary and Jazz Program. She earned her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Shen Wei, Robert Battle and Lar Lubovitch. Her credits include ASH Contemporary Dance Company, and American Dance Artists, dancing with Travis Wall and Rasta Thomas. Angelica performed a self-choreographed solo at Jerome Robbins Theater as an advocate for solo artistry in concert dance. She is widely recognized for her versatility as a performer and teacher and has assisted Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels.
Angelica's "My Rooms" explores the compartments of the human spirit. The bold voices that direct decision can easily be the same voices that distract from reality. Her choreography is the guide through the rooms we create to survive circumstance. The dancing follows the tour between head and heart, leading us into the rooms we hide in to save ourselves from the truth.
Ben Cameron is a Broadway veteran having appeared in Footloose (original cast), Aida and a little show called Wicked (original cast, if you listen to track #2 of the Wicked cast album you can hear Ben drop the plot pivotal line "Glinda, Is it true your were her friend?"…feel free to applaud wildly into your computer screen). Ben has toured the US and Europe in productions of Footloose, Fame, The Who's Tommy, State Fair and Sweet Charity (playing opposite Molly Ringwald, and yes, she's as good a kisser and you had hoped). Ben has appeared on cast albums of Footloose, Wicked and Reach The Sky: The Music of Bobby Cronin singing 'Dance Your Troubles Away' (a song written for him by Mr. Cronin). Ben has enjoyed 2 sold out runs of his 1 man show "Different is Good" in 2005 and 2010. He continues to write and direct and choreograph intimate shows for Broadway and cabaret stars at some of NYC's most notable venues. Ben's signature, zany wit has has found him writing for NYMF Inaugural Gala, The Lucille Lortel Awards, Broadways Benefit for Hurricane Relief and more. As a dancer Ben has performed on The ESPY Awards, for recording artists, in the inaugural companies of Odyssey Dance Theatre and Dre.Dance (Taye Digg, Andrew Palermo dirs.), Club Indigo and Broadway's Best in Atlantic City under the direction of Joe Lanteri. Ben has served on the faculties of NYU's CAP21 studio and Wagner College and as creative consultant for Mapinspired:The Storytellers' Dance Company. Ben continues to teach dance and theatre workshops and choreograph around the world.
Billy Griffin is a dancer and choreographer who received his BFA from NYU. His performance credits include the 1st National Tours of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas, A Few Good Men Dancin’, The Electric Company on PBS, the film Clear Blue Tuesday, and the video game Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii. His choreography credits include assisting Andy Blankenbuehler on Only Gold and Joshua Bergasse on episodes of NBC’s SMASH, and creating pieces for The Miss America Organization for seven years. Billy is the Associate Choreographer to Marlo Hunter for My Life Is A Musical at Bay Street Theater and the Assistant Director for Date Of A Lifetime at NJ Rep.
Blaine Krauss grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida where he attended Pinellas County Center for the Arts. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 2014 with a BFA in Musical Theater, Blaine joined Walt Disney’s Lion King Broadway National Tour as an ensemble member and understudy for the role of Simba. Blaine is currently a cast member for the new show "Cher" opening in Chicago and coming to Broadway this fall. Most recently, Blaine was a member of the Broadway Kinky Boots cast, playing the lead "Lola" on a regular basis. Blaine was an ensemble member and the swing for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. He was heralded as Blanitole for his powerful performances as the lead "Anatole" on many of the show dates. He was cast as ‘Busker,’ as well as understudying Euan Morton, in the 2016 summer “New York Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels, and starring Euan Morton, Danny Gardner, Kacie Sheik, and the Radio City Rockettes. Blaine has also been a featured singer in many concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Chris Jarosz started his dance training at a very early age. After continuing his dance training throughout high school, Chris was accepted to the prestigious Southern Methodist University dance program on scholarship. At SMU, Chris studied ballet, modern, and jazz, and performed works by Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor as well as many others. His choreography at SMU was often featured in Best of Student Choreography showcases.
In 2008, Chris auditioned for the fourth season of the hit reality TV show "So You Think You Can Dance", and made it all the way to the top 20 dancers. There, he had the honor of working with Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, and Tabitha and Napoleon. After the show, Chris returned to college where he graduated with a BFA in dance. Immediately after graduation, he was offered an original cast member role in Cirque Du Soleil's Viva ELVIS! in Las Vegas. Cirque Du Soleil handpicked Chris to represent the show on many television shows, such as "So You Think You Can Dance", "Dancing With the Stars", "The Bachelor", and "The Emmy's".
After his time in Vegas, Chris decided to move to Los Angeles, where his dance credits continued to thrive. He was a featured dancer on television shows/commercials such as "Glee", "Fuller House", ABC's "The Secret Life of an American teenager", Toyota 2015 and was a dancer in the films LA LA Land (Choreographer Mandy Moore) and Behind the Candelabra (choreographer Marguerite Derricks). He can also be found right next to pop star JLO on her "Dance Again" single album cover. Chris rejoined Cirque Du Soleil in the cast of IRIS at the Kodak theater as well.
After over four years in LA, Chris decided to change things up and move to NYC. In the summer of 2016 he was part of the original cast of the Radio City summer show The New York Spectacular. Since the show, Chris continues to work commercially in NYC. He has appeared multiple times on "Good Morning America" and "The Today show", representing artists such as Derek and Julianne Hough and Betty Who. He has been fortunate to work closely with other choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Spencer Liff, Vincent Paterson, Bonnie Story, Mia Michaels, Rich and Tone, Al Blackstone, Zach Woodlee and Brooke Lipton. In his spare time, Chris teaches and choreographs all over the United States and internationally.
Most recently Chris finished the National Tour of Wicked.
Elisabetta Spuria started her professional career as a dancer and choreographer, working as associate choreographer and assistant director for artists such as Mariah Carey and Michael Bolton. Elisabetta was assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in theater productions including “Footloose”, “Nights on Broadway III”, “Carmen”, “Candide” and “Aida.” She assisted directors and choreographers AC Ciulla, Michele Assaf, Josh Bergasse, and Terry Beeman; choreographed regional productions of “SPRING AWAKENING,” “HEDWIG and the Angry Inch,” “HAIR,” “CHICAGO,” “The Who’s TOMMY,” and “TESS A New Rock Opera.” Elisabetta was nominated for an NYIT award for her work in “disOriented” and has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC.
Jaclyn Walsh was a principal dancer of Keigwin + Company from 2011 thru 2017, was named by Dance Spirit magazine as one of the dance world's thirteen "Hottest Young Choreographers" and by Dance Magazine as one of the dance industry's "Top 25 to Watch." Her choreography has been presented at numerous dance festivals and conservatories/universities including: Perceptions Contemporary Dance Festival, American Dance Guild Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, NYU’s Past/Forward, NY City Parks Foundation SummerStage Main Stage, Joffrey Ballet School, and Montclair State University. She received Broadway Care’s coveted Choreography Award at the Joyce. Jaclyn choreographed and performed in Vienna Teng's music video "Level Up." Jaclyn received ADA's coveted Choreographer of the Year Award (2019) for "The Knot." She was named a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards for choreographic excellence in 2018 for "Appalachian Spring" and in 2016 for "Off The Grid", both choreographed for and presented by DANJ dancers. Jaclyn received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she performed works by Susan Marshall and Ronald K. Brown and received the Tisch Achievement Scholarship in Dance. Jaclyn is on faculty at Crunch Fitness and BDC’s Contemporary Variations Series.
Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He is currently on faculty at 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." 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 (’03), and ADA’s National Young Choreographer of the Year Award (’05). 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.
Jason Williams started his professional career as a top finalist on Season 2 of "So You Think You Can Dance." After his SYTYCD journey he has worked with artists like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Paula Abdul, Jordan Sparks, Keri Hilson, Demi Lavato, Christina Aguilera, Kelsea Ballerini, Ne-Yo, Beyonce, BANKS and many more. He has danced on numerous awards shows such as "The Academy Awards", "The Country Music Awards", "The MTV Awards", "The BET Awards", "The Emmys", "The Peoples Choice Awards" and "The Billboard Awards". Jason was also the original cast of the Las Vegas show Showstoppers at the Wynn Hotel choreographed by Marguerite Derricks featuring original A Chorus Line choreography taught by original cast member Baayork Lee. He has danced on television shows such as "Dancing with the Stars", "Rupaul's Drag Race", "Jimmy Kimmel Live", "Saturday Night Live", "Mad TV" and "Lip Syncs Battle".
Jason lived in London for a year while working on X-factor UK with Brian Freidman. Living in London afforded him the opportunity to teach and share his industry knowledge at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studio and studios all over Europe. Along with television Jason has been a principal dancer in over a dozen feature films; Including the iconic Disney franchise High School Musical choreographed and directed by Kenny Ortega, the remake of FAME choreographed by Marguerite Derricks, Hairspray Live choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and most recently the remake of Dirty Dancing choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. Along with dance Jason has studied at the prestigious Lesly Khan Acting Studio in Los Angeles, landing him acting roles on HBO's "Hung", a national Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi and a currently running Hotels.com national commercial.
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 began taking dance classes when she was only 2 years old. She started out in tap and jazz before expanding her training to focus on ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and musical theater. Kristilee spent the majority of her dance training pre-college years at a competition dance studio where she had the opportunity to travel and perform in several different dance competitions as an ensemble dancer, as well as a soloist. As a high school senior, she earned the title of National Miss Dance from American Dance Awards. Currently pursuing dance as a major at Montclair State University, Kristilee has been cast as a lead dancer in pieces pieces including: “Horizon” by Early Mosley, “To Have and To Hold” by Shapiro and Smith, and “Gift” by Stacey Tookey. Kristilee is also a member of DANJ's rehearsal and choreography faculty. Her choreography has already won awards at several leading competitions.
Lauren Gaul performed as a Radio City Rockette for ten years appearing in the Christmas Spectacular, NBC Behind The Scenes Special, Monday Night Football, Columbus Day Parade, and numerous other shows and events. She performed in shows such as Nothing Like a Dame, Dance Break, The Astaire Awards, The Élan Awards and numerous industrials. She performed in industrials for Audi, Astra Zeneca, Warburg Pinkus and with companies such as Tap Team II & Co, Journey Dance Co, and as a guest artist with Riedel Dance Theater. Lauren choreographed industrials for Lady Footlocker, IZOD, Capezio, Sesame Street, and Sesame Workshop featuring recording artist Brandy. Most recently she choreographed Tennesse William’s The Mutilated starring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade (Off Broadway). Her work has been presented at Jacobs Pillow, Jazz Dance World Congress, Broadway Dance Center, the Bridge for Dance and numerous other venues. She was assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares, the Élan Awards, Chicago (Regional), Torched (Off Broadway), and for cruise lines such as Princess and Celebrity. She received her MFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory or Dance and is an ABT Certified Teacher. Lauren is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Pace University in the Commercial Dance Program.
Mia DiLena a professional dancer from Toronto, received her Certificate of completion in 2009 from The Ailey School (home to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) in New York City. There, she worked with several multi-award winning teachers and choreographers such as Camille A. Brown, Pedro Ruiz and Milton Myers. At an audition in 2008, Mia was one of the few dancers selected from the student body to perform with the Alvin Ailey Company at the New York City Center Theater as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary featuring Oprah Winfrey as honorary chair. After graduating, Mia was accepted into the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of Springboard Danse Montréal directed by Alexandra Wells. Here she had the chance to work with many prestigious choreographers and companies like Margie Gillis, Ballet Jazz de Montreal and RUBBERDANDance. Prior to her post-secondary education, Mia received the Proficiency Award in Dance from her high school, Etobicoke School of the Arts. She also passed her Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Advanced 1 Ballet Exam with Distinction, and was accepted into the distinguished National Ballet School of Canada summer intensive. During Mia’s time as a competitive dancer, she won several regional titles and top overall awards at American Dance Awards and other competitions. She also won a 1st place full scholarship for an exchange program to study ballet in Genoa, Italy in her final year of high school.
Mia was chosen at an audition for the role of Gracie Shinn in Disney’s The Music Man starring Kristen Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick. Later, she played the lead youth dancer in the Bravo! Fact film, From Time to Time, directed by Moze Mossasnen and choreographed by Ginette Laurin. Mia has danced in several Toronto based dance companies including Helix Dance Project, directed by Linda Garneau, Conteur Dance Company, directed by Eryn Waltman, and Bridge To Artists, directed by Vlad Novitski. Mia had the extreme honor of performing with and assisting Teddy Forance and his entire esteemed faculty at his workshop, Generation IV Dance, in Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 and 2014 Mia was invited to dance with Bridge Dance Concepts, directed by Derrick Yanford, at the EDANCO International Contemporary Dance Festival in the Dominican Republic. She has also been featured in music videos, including Heaven by Blake McGrath, Time’s Up by Aleesia, and Graceland by Allan Rayman. As well she performed for Aleesia at the CityTV’s New Year’s Eve Bash in 2011 at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.
Mia has travelled throughout Canada teaching on the faculty of many workshops and dance studios. She currently teaches and judges for On The Floor directed by Mitchell Jackson and Lisa Hupe, FRESH Dance Intensive directed by David Norsworthy, and Vlad’s Dance Company directed by Vlad Novitski. Mia has also had the pleasure of assisting many respected choreographers in Canada and the U.S. including Derrick Yanford, Teddy Forance, Jason Winters, Vlad Novitski, and more.
Stephanie began taking classical voice lessons, piano lessons, and ballet classes when she was four years old, and continued throughout her childhood on Guam. In the Opera of the Pacific's production of Puccini's La Boheme, Stephanie proudly joined her mother, who was playing Mimi, on stage as the child soloist. She became the youngest member of Cantata Choir Guam at age 11, and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City.
After moving to Boulder, Colorado, Stephanie continued to pursue her passion. She was choir president, a soloist in Colorado's All State Choir and All State Jazz Choir, and won Outstanding Choral Person of the Year. Over the summer, she attended the Oberlin Conservatory and Interlochen summer program for Vocal Studies, and competed in NATS Competition, winning 1st place in Classical and 2nd place in Musical Theatre. When she wasn't singing, Stephanie danced with Expressions Dance Company, and worked as the rehearsal/audition pianist for a production of Les Miserables.
Stephanie spent her freshman year at Northwestern University with a major in Opera/Vocal Performance. After deciding to delve more deeply into theatre, she transferred to University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she got her BFA in musical theatre. During her time at CCM, Stephanie consistently worked in shows educationally and professionally. Her favorite experiences were playing Tuptim in The King and I at St. Louis's The Muny, and playing Cosette in Les Miserables at CCM.
After graduation, Stephanie joined the original company of the First National Tour of Cinderella. She then moved to New York City to make her Broadway debut in The King and I at the Lincoln Center. After 14 months, she left the show to join the original company of War Paint, featuring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, which made its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before transferring to Broadway in January 2017. Stephanie currently resides in New York City, where she participates in workshops, cabarets, readings, concerts, and theatre productions. She is the co-founder of Broadway Future Artists.
New York born, Miami raised, Syndee Winters has the privilege of touring the world doing what she loves. Her career began shortly after high school, as a dancer NBA team, The New York Knicks City Dancers. She also danced behind American Idol Jordan Sparks.
Syndee would be nowhere without her love of music. Reflections of The Fugees, The Marleys, Michael Jackson, andSarah Vaughn appear in her original work. She has worked with artists Snoop Dogg Big Daddy Kane, writing and performing on 4 tracks on the 2009 album The Bridge by Legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash. Her single, “Focus” is now available, on iTunes.
In 2010, Syndee’s dream of being on Broadway came true, when she starred as her dream role, 'Nala', in Disney's The Lion King. She has traveled North America performing the role, and has received several drama award nominations. She’s also portrayed iconic artist, 'Ms. Diana Ross' in Motown the Musical, along with performing in the revival production of Pippin on Broadway as 'The Leading Player', a role originally made famous by Ben Vereen. Today, Syndee is still on Broadway, in the biggest musical in American History, Hamilton: An American Musical. She has had the honor of performing before global influencers, Sir Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey.
In 2017, Syndee made her TV debut as "Ms. Smiley" in Law & Order: SVU opposite Mariska Hargitay. She can most recently be seen in the NBC network broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Legend , Sara Barellies, Alice Cooper & Brandon Victor Dixon.
Constantly inspired by the art of storytelling, Syndee’s latest writing project celebrates the life of American Icon, Lena Horne, in a one- woman play with music entitled, LENA: A Moment with a Lady. Through words and music, “Lena”, portrayed by Syndee Winters,
attempts to relate the most pivotal personal and professional moments in her life.On a mission to share the truth, she
unexpectedly opens the emotional crevices that have eluded her for years.
In her spare time, Syndee is passionate about working with young people. She makes time to teach master-classes, workshops and private lessons to young artists. "It's crucial to affect possibility into a young person's life. I've had many people influence my journey, and it has made me the person that I am today.”
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