DANJ’s ballet, pre-pointe and pointe classes are led by a professional ballet and pointe staff including Sharon Hockstein, Jennifer Savelli, Jaclyn Walsh, Terk Lewis Waters, Angelica Stiskin, Kathleen Arcieri, Katy Guth, Jordan Norton, and Tatyana Yatsenko. In addition, DANJ rotates in highly sought after ballet instructors to guest teach technique and classical and contemporary variations from their individual set of experiences.
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Jennifer Savelli has danced professionally for over 25 years. At the age of 17 she joined The Pennsylvania Ballet and was a member for four years. She was a Radio City Rockette under the direction of Maurice Hines in Las Vegas. Jennifer’s Broadway show credits include Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, The Boy From Oz, Dance Of The Vampires, and Fosse. Along with being a Dance Captain on Broadway, she served as Kathleen Marshall's Associate Director and Choreographer for the National Tours of the Tony Award-winning Anything Goes! Jennifer has been in the casts of five City Center Encores Productions and was featured opening The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas with Hugh Jackman performing an Apache duet. Her movie and television credits include CHICAGO, Not Your Time, thePBS TV series Broadway: The American Musical, and the CBS series NYC 22. Jennifer has also danced in several television award shows including The Kennedy Center Honors, The Tonys, The Academy Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, and The VMA's with J.Lo and Ja Rule; and she has directed and choreographed shows for Princess, Radisson, Carnival, and Oceania Cruises.
Jennifer is on the permanent guest faculty at The Rock School in Philadelphia, PA. and has taught at Akron University and Pennsylvania University's Dance Arts Company. She has taught all forms of dance at studios and universities across the country sharing her vast knowledge and love for the performing arts. She likes to encourage the importance of being proficient in and respectful to as many forms of dance as possible -- to have the freedom and flexibility to make the choices desired for a long career in dance. Jennifer also loves being able to teach dance as a means of expression and enjoys sharing its positive impact and tools in preparation for her students' future endeavors.
Terk Lewis Waters, 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
Sharon Hockstein received her Ballet training at the School of American Ballet, and studied on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and with Robert Denvers. She danced many leading roles in the School of American Ballet Workshop performances, such as George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barroco. Sharon danced professionally with The New York City Ballet performing at Lincoln Center, touring the West Coast, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was also a Guest Artist with other Ballet companies across the USA, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Sharon currently teaches ballet on the adjunct faculty at Montclair State University. She choreographed Ballets and full-length Musical Theater productions at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Sharon truly enjoys passing on her knowledge and love of Ballet to future generations of dancers. She has been teaching for over twenty years and is thrilled to join the DANJ family – and we are thrilled to have her!
Kathleen Arcieri grew up in Ridgewood, NJ where she began ballet lessons at the age of five. As a prized student at Irine Fokine’s School of Ballet, Kathleen performed in annual recitals as well as in Tchaikovsky’s classic, The Nutcracker, for over twelve years. At the age of 17, Kathleen was chosen to dance the coveted Sugar Plum Fairy role. After seeing her perform, the renowned Russian ballet dancer, Igor Youskevitch, invited her to train and compete professionally. In 1990, Kathleen was awarded the bronze medal in the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition. Kathleen also danced with the Connecticut Ballet Theater and taught classes at Irine Fokine's School of Ballet.
Jordan Norton is a member of Asha Dance Company. Jordan was a member of “Broadway’s Leading Men” national tour where she performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Jordan graduated with honors at State University of New York at Purchase College with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts Degree in Dance while working closely with her mentor and choreographer Nelly van Bommel. Jordan began her dance training with Jamie Salmon, Ray Leeper, and Al Blackstone in the studio and at Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. While dancing competitively, Jordan won two national titles.
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.
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." 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.
Ashley Lindsey graduated from the University North Carolina School of the Arts. He has since performed with the Limon Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Defero Dance Collective, VIA Dance Collaborative, and Jessica Gaynor Dance Company. Ashley worked with choreographers Jason Parsons, Mia Michaels, Lauren Adams and Suzi Taylor; and created works for the North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC, American Youth Grand Prix, CC& Co Dance Complex, Plumb Performing Arts Center, and Defro Dance Collective. Ashley has taught at UNCSA, Duke University, Elon College, and Jose Limon Workshops. He was a 2013 finalist for the Capezio ACE Awards.
Jourdan Epstein began her dance training at Summit School of Dance and won 1st place at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. While training at Ballet Arts Minnesota, Jourdan received a scholarship to attend the Walnut Hill School. Jourdan earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School. The following year, as a Complexions apprentice, she performed Benoit-Swan Pouffer’s choreography in Fashion Week. Jourdan has studied at ABT, The Juilliard School, Kirov, Kaatsbaan International Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. She was a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company from 2011 to 2014 before joining Rasta Thomas’ Romeo and Juliet.
Tatyana Yatsenko is an accomplished ballet dancer with over twenty years experience performing solos and leading roles in many classical ballets as a Principal Dancer for over ten years each with: the Moscow State Classic Ballet Theatre; and New Jersey Ballet. She has performed internationally, touring the USA, Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, China, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Norway, Belgium and Holland. Tatyana graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choreography with special recognition from the International Competition and International Festival of Music and the Arts; and maintains her professional membership with the Union of Theatre Professionals of Russia.
Katy Guth began dancing at the age of three and competing at the age of eight. Her training focused on Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She continued her dance eduction at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and dance seminars hosted by Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Katy began her teaching career in 2001 while attending East Stroudsburg University of PA. In addition to her teaching experience, with expertise teaching young children and teens, Katy is an established choreographer and has received numerous awards recognizing her work. Katy manages the Sparta location for The Dance Academy of North Jersey.