About Stacey Tookey - Emmy-nominated choreographer Stacey Tookey is a multitalented, Canadian-born director, choreographer and dancer who has worked with legendary musical artists such as Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Paula Abdul and Michael Bublé. Stacey performed as a member of Mia Michaels’ cutting edge dance company R.A.W., New York’s Parsons Dance Project, Ballet British Columbia, ChuThis, and the Houston Grand Opera’s Carmen. She earned the coveted role as Assistant Choreographer for Broadway’s A Few Good Men Dancin’ and was an original cast member for the entire five-year run of Celine Dion’s record-breaking show, A New Day at Caesars Palace. Stacey’s passionate pieces on So You Think You Can Dance have earned her three consecutive Emmy nominations. She has also choreographed for Dancing With The Stars in the featured Macy’s Stars of Dance opening number. She choreographed the video for Atlantic Records recording artist Christina Perri’s chart-topping hit Jar of Hearts, as well as Vienne’s She Breaks, and John Torres Ocean music videos. Stacey has choreographed works for the Los Angeles and Cincinnati Ballet; the feature film Le Castle Papier; the feature film Dance-Off (solo for Kathryn McCormick), and for her dance company, STILL MOTION. Stacey is the creator, director, producer, and choreographer for the dance drama webseries Chasing 8s. She is a proud board member of Nigel Lithgoe’s Dizzy Feet Foundation. She has taught worldwide in such countries as Italy, Russia, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bermuda, all across North America, and at prestigious Universities such as Loyola Marymount University, University of Jacksonville, and The Juilliard School.
Jessica Longo teaches ballet, pointe, acro, modern, lyrical and tap. She studied with George Lon, Chris Lee, Mary Felber, Dawn LaViola-Schaub, Frank Hatchett, Michele Assaf, AC Ciulla and Joe Lanteri. Jessica also trained as a gymnast, reaching the Class III competitive level, and was named to the All County and All Conference gymnastic teams. Prior to joining DANJ, she was on the artistic staff at Performing Arts Academy for over ten years. Her credits also include commercial and modeling roles. Jessica attended the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City and Montclair State University where she majored in Dance.
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.
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.
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