Dance For Boys

  • Griffin, Julia and Brianna
  • Robert in Long Road
  • Zas
  • Joey with the Minis
  • Four Boys with Summer
  • Chris at the Genius Bar
  • Zas in Blue
  • Sica, Zas, Izzy and Kyla
  • Sica and Anna
  • Dee Capary's Make You Feel
  • Chir Coming Home
  • Daft Punk Interlude
  • Robert in Five Pianos
  • Dynamic Duo
  • Missing You Both
  • Chris and Nicole
  • Robert in VA
  • Chris at Nationals
  • Chris has our Gratitude
  • Zas getting closer
 
Male Role Models and Mentors including Artistic Director, Jason Luks
 
Included in Pieces in all Styles of Dance
 
Special Classes including Partnering
 
Tuition Scholarship for All Male Members of the Competition Team
 
Accepted by Leading Dance University/Conservatory Programs (e.g., Juilliard, Boston Conservatory)
 
Working in Leading Dance Companies and Theater

Recent Male Graduates

Chris Kinsey
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Chris Kinsey studied at DANJ with Jaclyn K. Walsh, Joelle Cosentino, Angelica Stiskin, and Jason Luks. He is currently attending Boston Conservatory (class of 2018) as a scholarship recipient. Chris has been a featured dancer in many award winning pieces including: “To Make You Feel My Love” (chor. Dee Caspary; performed at Impressions IV Benefit Dance Concert at NYC Symphony Space). In his senior year, Chris was the Senior Solo Champion at Hall of Fame Nationals. Many dancers performing Chris’ choreography have received awards at competitions including ADA, NUVO, Open Call and others.

Conner Bormann
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Conner Bormann entered Juilliard School in New York City (class of 2017). He was recognized by New York Times Dance writer Ruby Washington for his performance in Loni Landon’s “And Then There Was One” stating “this dark, bracing piece … ferried bodies across the stage like cresting, breaking waves, as groups scattered and converged and scattered again.” Conner traveled with choreographers Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman as a ”Pulse Premier Performer.” He performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and has received many awards and scholarships including National Junior Dancer of the Year at American Dance Awards.

Anthony Zas
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Anthony Zas graduated from The Dance Academy of North Jersey in 2015. He is currently making his National Tour debut in Disney's 1st National Tour of Newsies (Elmer/Spot Conlon). Anthony has performed in regional theater in New York and New Jersey. Some of his past experience includes multiple dance works in Choreographers Canvas and feature roles in NYMF. While at DANJ, he studied tap with Jason Luks, Modern and Ballet with Jaclyn K. Walsh, Jazz with Joelle Cosentino, and Contemporary with Angelica Stiskin and Jason Luks. While at DANJ, Anthony was the recipient of many regional and national awards at American Dance Awards, Hall of Fame, NUVO and others.


Male Faculty and Guests

Jason Luks
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Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He was recently a member of the Falsettos Broadway choreography team, including preparing the cast for their Tony Awards performance. He worked with Josh Prince and Pulitzer Prize winner, Director 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), Tap Stars (international tour), Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and MTV’s Video Music Awards. Jason performed at the Kennedy Center for Presidents Obama and Bush. He earned the title of Adult World Tap Dance Solo Champion at the International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Championships (’03) and ADA’s national Young Choreographer of the Year (’05). Jason’s choreography has been presented on Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater (Falsettos), the Kennedy Center and Symphony Space NYC. Jason is a guest teacher at many conventions including NYCDA, ASH, Syncopate, and Tap the Map. Jason graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance.

Daniel Vaniska
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Prior to starting his professional career, Daniel Vaniska was recognized as 'National Outstanding Dancer' by New York City Dance Alliance and Broadway Dance Center, honoring him with the Richard Ellner Scholarship. Daniel’s credits include Rosta Thomas' "Bad Boys of Dance,” "Hairspray,” "Footloose,” and the national tour of "The Music Man" with original choreography by Susan Stroman. He performed in Atlantic City’s Caesar's Palace in the Broadway review productions "Nights on Broadway II & III.” Daniel's industrial/TV appearances include: Volkswagen Germany, Walmart, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Jimmy Stuart
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Jimmy Stuart grew up in Long Beach, California where he began dancing under the guidance of internationally recognized master instructor, Paula Morgan. Jimmy has traveled the country choreographing and teaching, as well as performing in numerous music videos, industrials, and live stage shows. Recent works include dancing for American Idol’s Lovey James, “The Vampire Diaries” star Kat Graham on her debut nation-wide tour, International K-Pop Star Kim Jang-Hoon’s “Miracle Tour”, and “Forever Dangerous” – a Michael Jackson tribute created by his original and long-time guitarist, Jennifer Batten.

Ashley Lindsey
Ashley Lindsey

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.

Chris Kinsey
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Chris Kinsey studied at DANJ with Jaclyn K. Walsh, Joelle Cosentino, Angelica Stiskin, and Jason Luks. He is currently attending Boston Conservatory (class of 2018) as a scholarship recipient. Chris has been a featured dancer in many award winning pieces including: “To Make You Feel My Love” (chor. Dee Caspary; performed at Impressions IV Benefit Dance Concert at NYC Symphony Space). In his senior year, Chris was the Senior Solo Champion at Hall of Fame Nationals. Many dancers performing Chris’ choreography have received awards at competitions including ADA, NUVO, Open Call and others.

Conner Bormann
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Conner Bormann entered Juilliard School in New York City (class of 2017). He was recognized by New York Times Dance writer Ruby Washington for his performance in Loni Landon’s “And Then There Was One” stating “this dark, bracing piece … ferried bodies across the stage like cresting, breaking waves, as groups scattered and converged and scattered again.” Conner traveled with choreographers Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman as a ”Pulse Premier Performer.” He performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and has received many awards and scholarships including National Junior Dancer of the Year at American Dance Awards.

Tre Smith
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Tre Smith​, a native of Charlotte, NC began his training at the age of ten at Weir Dancing Inc and intensives including Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philadanco, and International Ballet Classique. After graduating with honors from Northwest School of the Arts. Tre continued his education and training at The University of the Arts, graduating in 2009 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Tre was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. He has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Noir, Waheed Works, Ballet Folkloric Di'Haiti, Collage Dance collective, and on America's Got Talent.

Billy Griffin
Billy Griffin

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.

Dee Caspary
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Dance Magazine has called Dee Caspary “the modern day Fosse.” His TV credits includes Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Dee has directed and choreographed live events for Billboard Live, Hard Rock Café, Oakley, Key Club, and The Stone Movement. He was a Choreographer and Director for Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow. Dee choreographed for Odyssey Dance Theatre and Evolution Dance Company. His work has debuted at the El Portal Theatre, premiering A Time No More, The Glass Case, The Last Letter, and Inferno of Sin. Dee has worked with Kenny Ortega, Peggy Holmes, Jerry Evans, and Bonnie Story-Baker.

Chaz Buzan
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Chaz Buzan discovered his passion for contemporary style movement training with Dana Metz and Natasha Louis at Initial Existence. Chaz’s credits include Cirque du Soleil, Florence + the Machine’s MTV VMAs, Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” video, and Demi Lovato on “Dancing with the Stars.” Chaz has been the featured performer at the Impressions Concert Series at Symphony Space. He recently performed as a principal dancer in “Grace” choreographed by Mia Michaels and in “The Difference Between” created and directed by Talia Favia. Chaz also became known for being Madonna’s principal lead dancer. He starred in her film “Love Revolution” and performed in her world tour “MDNA”.

Al Blackstone
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Al Blackstone, choreographer, performer, and educator, was the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” He was recently a featured choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. In July of 2012 he directed, choreographed, and co-wrote the original dance narrative Happy We'll Be. Al created work for The Fire Island Dance Festival, Broadway Bares, Dancers Responding to Aids, BC BEAT, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College. As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye, Kung Fu, Head Over Heels, and The Wild Party. He is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC.