Message from Elaine and Howard Luks

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Prior to launching our ‘second careers’, we were very involved with dance, as dance parents, for over twenty years. Our three children, Lauren, Jason and Jordyn grew up dancing. Lauren danced through college at Villanova and is now a psychologist in New York City. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, Jason became a professional dancer with credits including on and off Broadway productions, national and international dance company tours and performance, choreography and teaching credits in all segments of the industry. Jordyn graduated from the University of Richmond, with a major in business and a minor in dance - as a dance scholarship recipient and member of the University Dancers - before starting her career in digital marketing.

After retiring from our respective careers, we decided to use our experiences as dance parents and our contacts in the industry to create a unique dance environment. We acquired DANJ in 2010 with our primary goal being to provide children the opportunity to experience dance in an environment that is generally available only in NYC and LA. Our focus has been to recruit the best faculty, develop comprehensive curriculum for dancers age two thru eighteen, provide state-of-the-market facilities, and ensure that all of our students have a safe and fun place to pursue their passion for dance. We invite you to visit our studio and speak to the parents and dancers you meet. They will help you understand why they are amongst the many dancers who joined DANJ over the last five years. During this short period, over one hundred fifty children with between three and twelve years experience dancing have transferred to DANJ. The result has been a highly inspired group of dancers, many bringing different strengths and interests to the studio, each pushing us to continue innovating and improving every year.

We are also proud to have celebrated our fifth anniversary sponsoring the Performing Hearts Dance Program. The program provides creative movement workshops and ballet classes for girls and boys living with special needs - at no charge to their families. Many of our teen and senior dancers volunteer as mentors for each of the children in the program.

Our happiest times are watching your children in the classroom, developing new skills from week to week and making new friends, all while on their journey to becoming wonderful young adults. Many of our dancers have graduated and continued dancing in University and Conservatory programs, On and Off Broadway productions, Dance Companies, Film, Commercials, Cruise Lines and Dance Teams. Some have become Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and entered other occupations. The DANJ dancers have become a part of our lives. We hope we have touched their lives as much as they have touched ours.


Elaine and Howard Luks
DANJ Studio Directors

Director’s Message

Elaine and Howard Luks
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Prior to launching our ‘second careers’, we were very involved with dance, as dance parents, for over twenty years. Our three children, Lauren, Jason and Jordyn grew up dancing. Lauren danced through college at Villanova and is now a psychologist in New York City. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, Jason became a professional dancer with credits including on and off Broadway productions, national and international dance company tours and performance, choreography and teaching credits in all segments of the industry. Jordyn graduated from the University of Richmond, with a major in business and a minor in dance - as a dance scholarship recipient and member of the University Dancers - before starting her career in digital marketing.

After retiring from our respective careers, we decided to use our experiences as dance parents and our contacts in the industry to create a unique dance environment. We acquired DANJ in 2010 with our primary goal being to provide children the opportunity to experience dance in an environment that is generally available only in NYC and LA. Our focus has been to recruit the best faculty, develop comprehensive curriculum for dancers age two thru eighteen, provide state-of-the-market facilities, and ensure that all of our students have a safe and fun place to pursue their passion for dance. We invite you to visit our studio and speak to the parents and dancers you meet. They will help you understand why they are amongst the many dancers who joined DANJ over the last five years. During this short period, over one hundred fifty children with between three and twelve years experience dancing have transferred to DANJ. The result has been a highly inspired group of dancers, many bringing different strengths and interests to the studio, each pushing us to continue innovating and improving every year.

We are also proud to have celebrated our fifth anniversary sponsoring the Performing Hearts Dance Program. The program provides creative movement workshops and ballet classes for girls and boys living with special needs - at no charge to their families. Many of our teen and senior dancers volunteer as mentors for each of the children in the program.

Our happiest times are watching your children in the classroom, developing new skills from week to week and making new friends, all while on their journey to becoming wonderful young adults. Many of our dancers have graduated and continued dancing in University and Conservatory programs, On and Off Broadway productions, Dance Companies, Film, Commercials, Cruise Lines and Dance Teams. Some have become Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and entered other occupations. The DANJ dancers have become a part of our lives. We hope we have touched their lives as much as they have touched ours.

Elaine and Howard Luks
DANJ Studio Directors