Tap Bootcamp

August 6 - 9, 2017

At The Barre
 
Four Days: Sunday thru Wednesday
 
Four Levels
  • Level-Appropriate Curriculum - all including Combinations
  • Additional Skills and Complexity in More Advanced Levels
  • Content Varied by Faculty - Examples: Shim Sham, Tap Turns, Trick Steps, BS Chorus, Improv Jam, and Theater Tap
 
Faculty from On and Off Broadway, and Leading Tap Companies
 
Rhythm, Street, Heels, Tricks

Class Schedule


Faculty

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.

Aaron Parkhurst
Aaron Parkhurst

Aaron Parkhurst has almost two decades of tap dance experience under his belt. He received dance training in his hometown of Albany, NY. Working in NYC professionally for the past 10 years, he now calls the city his home. Aaron is a guest instructor for Shuffles NYC, Dance Masters of America, as well as SLIDE, a week long tap intensive directed by Mike Minery. He also teaches private lessons in NYC and travels to choreograph and instruct master classes throughout the country. He enjoys teaching and passing on his love for dance to younger generations. Aaron has also enjoyed a career in concert dance, working as a soloist and collaborator in NYC and in LA. He was a company member and soloist for AM Dance Project in New York City under artistic director Anthony Morigerato. Aaron has performed at NY City Center in the 125th anniversary show for Capezio. He performed in Tap the Show choreographed by Mike Minery for 4 years including a national tour with the show, traveling to almost all 50 states. He was an associate choreographer and dance captain while on tour. Aaron has danced, choreographed, and entertained for corporations such as FedEx, Hershey Entertainment, and Gaylord Opry Entertainment among others. Aaron's theatre credits include: 42 nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and My One and Only.

Anthony Russo
Anthony Russo

Anthony started with his feet in tap shoes at just 2 years old. Before his senior year of high school, Anthony was hired for a national tour of "Tap Dogs" and has continued with the show for over 10 years, performing all 6 roles in the show. He has danced with "Tap Dogs" through 49 US states, France, Italy, The Netherlands, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Australia. In 2009, Anthony was involved in the creative process for Cirque Du Soleil's vaudeville show, "Banana Shpeel", and continued with the show as a featured tap dancer in Chicago, New York, and Toronto. This show also made an appearance on America's Got Talent in 2009. Russo spent his summer of 2011 performing with Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance in Hamburg, Germany with a new tap show, "Tap Stars". Anthony has entertained for 25+ corporations including Microsoft, Pfizer, HILTI Tools, Chevrolet/GMC, Mitsubishi, MTX Audio, Charles Schwabb, Circuit City, IBM, and Marriott Hotels. He has donated his talents to many fund raising events including "Dance For It" for Breast Cancer, "Sidanse" for AIDS, and "Ghar Sita Mutu" for a community center in Nepal. Anthony created TAPademics INC., a company dedicated to tap dance education and entertainment, in 2003. As Co-founder and Director of the in-studio workshop, Tap the Map, Anthony continues to spread his knowledge and passion on to the next generation. Since 2007, Tap the Map has traveled to over 100 dance studios across the US and Canada and continues to grow.

Caleb Teicher
Caleb Teicher

Caleb Teicher, known for “mixing super-charged energy with tossed-off charm” (The New Yorker), is an acclaimed choreographer, performer, and teacher based in New York City.

Caleb began his dance career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated company, DorranceDance, in 2011. He was awarded a 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ A Shared Evening at Danspace Project, and he continues to perform with the company. Other favorite performance credits include The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Bang Group, iLuminate, West Side Story (Int’l Tour and London), and Irma La Douce (City Center Encores).

Currently an artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, he makes concert dance work under the banner of Caleb Teicher & Company. CT&Co has been presented by the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Queens College, LaMaMa E.T.C., The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, Jersey Tap Festival, The 92nd Street Y, Gibney Dance, Queens College, and many others.

Caleb also works as a choreographer and collaborator for interdisciplinary work. Favorite collaborative credits include directing A Very Brief History of the United States at the Kennedy's Center Millennium Stage, and choreographing Ga(y)ze as part of NYU's Site-Specific Festival. Commissions include The Most Wonderful Time for Chicago Tap Theater, House Points for the Peridance Certificate Program, Posin’ for the Tap City Youth Ensemble, and Senior Thesis solos at Pace University and Barnard College. Caleb has also worked as Associate Director or Associate Choreographer to Chase Brock, Bill T. Jones, Al Blackstone, and Joe Salvatore on dance and theater projects.

Caleb teaches tap and theater dance at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center and continues to teach workshops and guest classes at various schools and festivals throughout the US. He is a proud alum of the YoungArts Foundation and The School at Jacob's Pillow.

Teicher was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and, recently, the winner of Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Jenny LeProtto
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Jenny LeProtto started dancing at age four at Kelly Allen’s renown For Dancers Only, including studying tap with Mike Minery (Tapaholics, Slide, JUMP) and performed works by Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer, NUVO Director). While she trained in all forms of dance, Jenny's current fortes are teaching tap, hip hop and jazz, as well as teaching all styles of dance for young children. Jenny is best known for her tap choreography - most recently recognized by American Dance Awards at their 2015 Nationals in Hollywood Florida for two of her tap pieces, “Five Guys Named Moe” and “Hiccups.” Her work has been described as “intricate, polished and exciting!” Jenny is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a major in Education.

Justin Lewis
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Justin Lewis began studying dance at Knock On Wood Tap Studio and later became a member of Tappers With Attitude, dancing at Lincoln Theatre, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Blues Alley, The Smithsonian, National Corcoran Gallery, and The Apollo. Justin performed with renowned tap dancer and “hoofer” Savion Glover, Baakari Wilder, Jason Samuels Smith and Dianne Walker. He attended Columbia College Chicago, majoring in Performing Arts Management. Recently, Justin was a principle dancer on “Tap Worx” at Universal Studios. He is also a swing for Rhythmic Circus’s “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” Justin has geared his career and dancing efforts to bettering the art of dance. By adding new innovative ideas and new aged music, he performs, choreographs and stimulates audiences across the country and around the world.

Kelly Kaleta
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Kelly Kaleta started her dance training in Western MA at the age of 6, studying ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop before graduating from high school. While attending Boston University, she began teaching in the Boston area and throughout Massachusetts. She now teaches up and down the east coast and Canada, doing master classes and conventions, workshops and performances. She is a faculty member and choreographer for Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor, has done choreography for the Legacy Dancers and many competition groups, and her students have received numerous awards. In 2006, she was a cast member of Imagine Tap!, choreographed and directed by Derick Grant, and most recently can be seen in Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, a film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.

Leo Manzari
Leo Manzari


Leo Manzari and his brother John are Helen Hayes Award and Ovation Award nominated tap dancers/performers. The brothers have performed all over the United States at renowned venues such as Off-Broadway's New World Stages, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Theater, The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center and Arena Stage. In addition to theatre, the tap dancing duo has made television appearances on PBS' special Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Leo and John were awarded the Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award from the National Congress of Black Women in recognition of their work.

Lisa LaTouche
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Most recently, Lisa LaTouche was an original cast member of SHUFFLE ALONG on Broadway choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. She appeared with the cast on the TONY Awards, after which they received the Fred Astaire award for “Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway show” and the A.C.C.A. Actor’s Equity Award for “Outstanding Broadway Chorus.” Lisa toured with Savion Glover productions in STEPZ, and also performing in both New York's Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP. Lisa has performed, choreographed and taught world wide on various independent projects and was also faculty member of the School of Jacob's pillow under the direction of Dianne Walker in 2012. She is a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

Mark Osborn
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Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He was a soloist with the Tap America Project and featured in the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian 150th Anniversary shows. Mark is a former member of the touring company Tappers With Attitude. He was an original cast member in Debbie Allen’s production of Brothers of the Knight at the Kennedy Center. Mark choreographed and taught for numerous dance studios and companies before joining the faculty off several conventions and tap festivals including Kids Artistic Review, Starpower Power Pak, Dance Masters of America, Groove, and D.C. Tap Festival. Mark is the co-founder The JaM Project, and was recently recognized by Dance Spirit and The Washington Post for his choreography and concept video production.

Mary No
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Mary No began her training in New York City with teachers including Savion Glover, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Mike Minery and Gil Stroming. Immediately following high school, she started teaching classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway as well at as several dance conventions. She is currently a faculty member and choreographer for Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor tap convention and off-Broadway show in New York City. Mary has been the company tap teacher at In The Spotlight since 2004 and has won countless awards for her choreography. Mary graduated from Montclair State University.

Melinda Sullivan
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Melinda Sullivan is best known as the first tap dancer in the Top 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. She appeared as the first tap All-Star and was featured in Syncopated Ladies. Her stage credits include Disney’s High School Musical, Cats, and touring with Jason Samuels Smith. Melinda received the 2012 Capezio ACE Choreography Award, and was named among America’s “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Her TV/ film credits include Glee, As the World Turns, 90210, The Goldbergs, Dancing with the Stars, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and LaLa Land. Melinda has also won the World Dance Award for Best Choreography of Television Episodic the past two years. Melinda continues to teach, perform, and choreograph worldwide at tap festivals, universities, and dance schools. She is on faculty at the Colburn School in LA and NYCDA.

Randy Skinner
Randy Skinner

Randy Skinner is an award-winning director, choreographer, and performer whose work has been seen on Broadway, National and International tours, and Regional theatres. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Astaire nominations for his choreography for 42nd Street. He also choreographed the opening number for the 2001 Tony Awards television broadcast. Other shows include State Fair (Outer Critics nomination), Ain't Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), After the Night and the Music (MTC/Biltmore Theatre), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music and No No Nanette (the last four at City Center Encores), Gotta Dance! (City Center), Happy Days (Los Angeles), Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams/Pasadena Playhouse), An American in Paris (Alley Theatre), Abby's Song (City Center), Puttin' On the Ritz (Kennedy Center), On the 5th (Takarazuka Revue Company, Japan), Lucky In the Rain, George M, Babes in Arms (all three at Goodspeed Opera House), Hello Dolly, Strike Up the Band, Pal Joey, and Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination). He has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award, the Connecticut Critics Award, and the Cleveland Times Theatre Award. Among Mr. Skinner's performances are roles in A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Dames at Sea, Hello Dolly, Pay Joey, Once More with Feeling, High Spirits, Walking Happy and Babes in Arms, directed by the legendary Ginger Rogers. His "taps" can be heard on the recordings Lucky in the Rain, Sondheim, At the Movies, 110 in the Shade, and Strike up the Band.


Register for Bootcamp

Select your session(s) and level by clicking on the applicable Register link (in the left column). When you click Register, if you are not already set up in the online system, you will be required to do so by following the form displayed to you.

** Contact the studio if you are interested in registering for individual days
** Tuition must be paid in advance (i.e., when you register).
** Pay online with a credit/debit card or call or visit the studio.

** Contact the studio if you are interested in registering for individual days
** Tuition must be paid in advance (i.e., when you register).
** Pay online with a credit/debit card or call or visit the studio.


For Out of Town Dancers

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Directions from Hilton

Our address is not Navigation System friendly. You may use 5 Bowling Green Parkway in Lake Hopatcong to get you to the Jefferson Diner (if you are coming from Route 80); otherwise follow the directions below:

Route 15 North

You can get to Route 15 North from the Hotel on local roads or by getting on Rt 80 West for less than 1 mile to Exit 34). Follow Rt. 15 North for approximately 6 miles (follow signs to the Jefferson Diner). When you come to the traffic light at Edison Road, proceed in the left lane and take the next immediate left turn just past the Jefferson Diner sign. Proceed to stop sign and make left onto Bowling Green Parkway (Chase Bank and the Jefferson Diner will be on your right) and follow the road to the traffic light at the intersection with Rt. 15S. Cross Rt. 15 South (straight across Route 15) and follow the road between the Bank of America and Weichert Realty. Just as the road begins to bend to the right (at the Lakeside ball field), make a very sharp right turn into the back entrance or the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. Proceed toward Dunkin’ Donuts and you will see the dance studio on the left (beige stucco two-story building). Our entrance is the glass enclosed stairway.

Directions to the Studio

Only Minutes from the Rockaway Mall & Sparta
770 Route 15 S, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
(behind Dunkin’ Donuts)
Phone: 973-663-2009
Email: dance.danj@gmail.com

Our address is not Navigation System friendly. You may use 5 Bowling Green Parkway in Lake Hopatcong to get you to the Jefferson Diner (if you are coming from Route 80); otherwise follow the directions below:

From Route 80

Take Rt. 80 to Rt. 15 North (Exit 34). Follow Rt. 15 North for approximately 6 miles (follow signs to the Jefferson Diner). When you come to the traffic light at Edison Road, proceed in the left lane and take the next immediate left turn just past the Jefferson Diner sign. Proceed to stop sign and make left onto Bowling Green Parkway (Chase Bank and the Jefferson Diner will be on your right) and follow the road to the traffic light at the intersection with Rt. 15S. Cross Rt. 15 South (straight across Route 15) and follow the road between the Bank of America and Weichert Realty. Just as the road begins to bend to the right (at the Lakeside ball field), make a very sharp right turn into the back entrance or the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. Proceed toward Dunkin’ Donuts and you will see the dance studio on the left (beige stucco two-story building). Our entrance is the glass enclosed stairway.

From Sparta Area
Take Rt. 15 South past Weldon Rd. to the Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Make a right into the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. The studio is last building on the right (beige stucco building).

From the Randolph/Roxbury Area
Take Canfield (the road the Div. of Motor Vehicles Inspection Station is located on) to Route 46. Make a left onto Route 46 West. Make a right onto Dell Ave and follow to the end. Make a right at the stop sign and a quick left onto Berkshire Valley Road. Follow Berkshire Valley to Route 15. Take Route 15 North. As you approach the Edison Road light, stay in left lane. Just past the Edison light, exit from the left lane exit for the Jefferson Diner. At bottom of ramp, make left onto Bowling Green Parkway. Follow Bowling Green Parkway to the traffic light and proceed straight across Rt 15 South. Make first right (as soon as road bends to the right) into the back entrance of Dunkin' Donuts. The Dance Academy of North Jersey is the building on your left (beige stucco two-story building).

Matthew Powell Testimonial

“It has been wonderful working with the highly inspired dancers and faculty at DANJ's Summer Academy Tap Bootcamps. The facility is beautiful, among the nicest I’ve visited in the country. After working with Jason Luks in St. Paul and On Broadway, I was not surprised to find that the level of tap education being offered to the Tap Bootcamp students is top-shelf!” —Randy Skinner, Director & Choreographer “Dames At Sea” (Broadway), Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (Broadway and Tour), Winner - Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics and Astaire awards.