DANJ’s lyrical classes are led by a active professional performers, choreographers and educators including Daniel Vaniska, Katy Guth, and Jason Luks.
DANJ’s lyrical classes are led by active professional performers, choreographers and educators including Daniel Vaniska, Katy Guth, Kristilee Maiella, and Jason Luks.
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Daniel Vaniska was recognized as 'National Outstanding Dancer' by New York City Dance Alliance and Broadway Dance Center, honoring him with the coveted 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.
Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He is currently on faculty at Joffrey Ballet School teaching Musical Theater. He was a member of the Tony Award nominated Falsettos choreography team with Director and Pulitzer Prize winner, James Lapine. He worked with Josh Prince and 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), Rasta Thomas' Tap Stars, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Late Late Show with James Corden, MTV’s Video Music Awards, and Good Morning America. He has performed at the Kennedy Center for Presidents Obama and Bush. Jason is a member of the award winning The JaM Project. He won the Adult World Tap Dance Solo Championship at International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Competition, and ADA’s National Choreographer of the Year. Jason’s choreography has been presented on Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater (Falsettos), the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Space NYC. Jason graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance.
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.
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.