What a successful year it has been for our SLTD dancers! We are looking back at our year of incredible Master Class Guest Instructors as we prepare for our final Master Classes of the season which take place this Saturday, April 16 with Ariana Crowder. Sign up for the advanced class from 9:00-10:00am, intermediate class from 10:00-11:00am or the beginner class from 11:00-12:00pm! Contact Miss Colleen, Miss Danielle or Miss Lauren at 732-449-4530 to sign up.
Ariana Crowder is 22-year-old dancer and artist based in NJ and NY. Upon becoming a member of Beat Club Crew 5 years ago, she began training in various styles including Hip Hop, Contemporary, Street Jazz, and Ballet as well as learning about Hip Hop culture and the industry dance scene. Most recently, Ariana was a Top 14 Contestant on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance on Team Street and in Carnegie Hall’s production of West Side Story. She can also be seen performing with Beat Club in NY and NJ at several different showcases and events, as well as with Chris Brown and Wendy Williams, and in the upcoming feature film Bolden! She would like to thank all of her mentors, teachers, friends and family for their support, and is grateful to have the opportunity to share her art with others.
Kelly DaRosa started dancing at the age of 3 and has trained in all styles of dance, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Kelly has performed at competitive and now, professional level. Many instructors have influenced Kelly’s tap career including Nick Dinicolangelo, Emily Shoemaker, and Jason Luks. Kelly has received multiple top honors and overall awards from some of the most world-renown competitions in the USA. Kelly DeRosa is a founding member of Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap Project, a tap dance company that features some of the best tap dancers from all over the country. Hands Down Tap Project has performed in Las Vegas, New Jersey, Boston, Pennsylvania, and Saint Louis. The up and coming tap company has been recently featured by the infamous brand, Capezio. Kelly frequently assists Nick Dinicolangelo at Adrenaline Dance Convention. She is also on staff at Syncopate, an all tap dance weeklong summer intensive and is the tap teacher for Limitless Dance Intensive.
Recently, Kelly graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Communication Studies. While at JMU, Kelly was President of Madison Dance and served as head choreographer for the Jazz Team for three years. Kelly has taught for multiple studios in the New Jersey area in many styles while specializing in Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She holds an inspiring number of awards and honors in acknowledgment of her choreography.
Melanie Kramer received her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where she received the Turner Choreography Award. Since graduating Melanie has performed with various choreographers including, Cleo Mack (founding member), Julia Ritter, Niles Ford, Stuart Loungway, Breezy Berryman, Randy James and Christine Bodwitch. She has performed in numerous dance festivals throughout the New York/New Jersey area and also internationally. Melanie has also acted as the artistic director of many dance programs in New Jersey including adjunct professor at Ocean County Community College, Middlesex County School of the Arts and spent three summers as a guest artist/teacher in residence at The American School in Switzerland. Melanie is currently teaching her tenth year at Freehold Performing Arts Center and in training for aerial dance at The Circus Warehouse in Queens NY. Recently, Melanie was awarded a grant by Ovation Television to collaborate on a lesson plan for educators around the world title “Innovators of American Modern Dance”.
Trey Mitchell is a New York City based Actor, Director, and Choreographer. A Virginia native, he graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts before receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University.
Trey’s acting career began on the road portraying Frank Lippencott in the National Tour of “Wonderful Town” and as The Cat in The Hat in “Seussical.” Regionally he was seen as L.A. in “Gypsy” at North Shore Music Theatre (starring Vicki Lewis) and as Posner in the regional premiere of “The History Boys” at Northern Stage Company. New York credits include “The Drowsy Chaperone” at The Gallery Players (Winner of four New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Best Musical) and as Trevor in “The Jungle Fun Room” (New World Stages/New York International Fringe Festival).
As a choreographer, Trey’s credits include “A Little Night Music” at The Gallery Players (2014 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee for Best Musical), “Wonderful Town” (Gallery Players), “The Lover” (GAMUT Theater), “Nine” (Hollins University), and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Burton Center for the Performing Arts). Other shows include Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, and as Associate Choreographer for Dreamgirls and Rent (Gallery Players).
For the past three years, he has served as the Master Jazz and Musical Theatre Instructor of Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer South Intensive. Trey currently performs with the Dance/Theater Company, “The Treehouse Shakers” and continues to teach and choreograph across the country. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Jonathan Godfrey began his dance training at the age of 9, at the age of 14 Jonathan was accepted into the South Jersey Performing Arts Program at Gloucester County Institute of Technology where he studied under David Kloss, Althea Leslie, Norman Taylor and other guest artists. At the age of 16 Jonathan performed the World Premier Contemporary Ballet “Van Gogh” with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia performing the role of “Little Theo” as well as training with their professional training programs on a full scholarship. He has also performed with South Jersey Ballet Theatre performing in “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake.” Jonathan has attended multiple intensives including Cooper River Ballet Summer Intensive, Atlantic City Ballet Winter Intensive, and Philadanco Summer Intensive. Jonathan has performed at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2011 and 2012, performing alongside of members from Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Alvin Ailey 2, Life Dance Company and many others. In the summers of 2012 and 2013 Jonathan received a full scholarship to Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts where he studied under Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown, Brian Harlon Brooks, Aubrey Lynch, and many others, as a student at EMIA Jonathan’s choreography was presented in the professional showcase. Jonathan performed under choreographers such Earl Mosley, Bill T. Jones, and Larry Keigwin, in such pieces as “Continuous Replay”, “Runaway” and “I See You.” In 2013 he performed “Continuous Replay” for the 92Y in New York City, and “I See You” at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series.
Jonathan has choreographed for Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts Benefit Gala, EMIA, Hearts of Men, Who’s Who in Asian American Culture, and the 2014 Maccabi Games. Recently Jonathan has had the opportunity to teach master classes at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, Center of Dance Arts and many other studios in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut. As an Intern for EMIA, Jonathan had the opportunity to choreograph for their weekly showcases, as well as teaching Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary. Most recently Jonathan has been given the opportunity to be apart of NYC’s Man In Mation. View Jonathan’s website at jonathangodfreydance.com
Chris Coates is a New York City based dancer/teacher/choreographer who has danced professionally for 12 years. He has toured Europe and the U.S. with Jeff Amsden’s “A Few Good Men…..Dancing” and danced for many Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway teachers including Tracie Stanfield, Geoffrey Doig Marx, Oliver Steele, and Mike Esperanza. A Georgia native, Chris trained in Atlanta for 10 years before starting his professional career performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Navigator and Explorer of the Seas.
Currently he is a member of Oliver and Teri Steele’s company, STEELEDANCE. In addition, Chris has performed with many other modern companies around the country, including BARE Dance Company and Salvatore La Russa Dance Theater in NYC, and Project 7 and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta. He’s staff member and teacher/judge with Onstage New York and New York City Dance Alliance with Joe Lanteri. He has done many industrials and commercials for top companies, including Wal-Mart (choreographed by Ray Leeper), the E.L.C.A, and New York Sports Club. Chris also danced with recording artist and Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson and has performed in the Annual Easter Bonnet Competition-Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
As a guest instructor, he has taught at Peridance and The Joffrey Ballet School in NY, as well as at many colleges across the country. He’s spent the past 9 years as a choreographer and teacher for The Joffery Summer Jazz and Contemporary Intensive in NYC, Joffrey South, and Joffrey Southwest. He continues his contemporary modern dance training in New York and travels around the country to teach and choreograph for many dance studios and schools.