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Dance for Boys

  • Griffin, Julia and Brianna
  • Robert in Long Road
  • Zas
  • 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
  • Zas getting closer
  • Andrew and Ally
  • Flintsones
  • Boogie Wonderland

Recent Male Graduates

Conner Bormann
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Conner Bormann 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. Conner graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City and is currently a Principal Dancer with Saarländisches Staatstheater.

Robert Ciszak
Robert Ciszak

Robert Ciszak graduated from The Dance Academy of North Jersey in 2018. During his junior and senior years, his theater credits included Fiddler On The Roof (Barne Theater), Hairspray (Vanguard Theater Company), and Twelfth Night. He was also cast in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story as a jet. While at DANJ, he studied tap and musical theater with Jason Luks, Modern and Ballet with Jaclyn Walsh, Musical Theater, Ballet and Partnering with Jen Savelli, and Ballet and Men's Technique with Tercell Waters. While at DANJ, Robert was the recipient of many regional and national awards at New York City Dance Alliance, Hall of Fame, American Dance Awards and others. Robert received a full scholarship to Arizona State University where he is currently attending as a dance major.

Mateo Georgio
Mateo Georgio

Mateo Georgio graduated from The Dance Academy of North Jersey in 2020, receiving a full scholarship to Point Park University during his senior year. While at DANJ, he studied Theater Jazz with Jason Luks, Modern and Ballet with Jaclyn Walsh, Musical Theater, Ballet and Partnering with Jen Savelli, and Ballet and Men's Technique with Tercell Waters. While at DANJ, Mateo was the recipient of many regional and national awards at New York City Dance Alliance, Hall of Fame, American Dance Awards and others.

Chris Kinsey
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Chris Kinsey received a full scholarship to attend Boston Conservatory, where he graduated with a BFA in contemporary dance performance. While at the conservatory, Chris created three works, and performed the work of Shapiro and Smith, Doug Varone and Aszure Barton. He spent his summers studying abroad at Impulstanz, Henny Jurriens and Springboard Danse Montreal. Chris currently dances for MADBOOTS DANCE under the direction of Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz. As a choreographer, his work has been shown at Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, TRACKS Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Choreographers Canvas in NYC. Chris earned ADA's coveted Young Choreographer of the Year in 2015.

Austin Reza
Austin Reza

Austin Reza graduated from The Dance Academy of North Jersey in 2018. Austin attended Montclair State University, with a scholarship in dance. In addition to being recognized by numerous dance organizations for his outstanding interpretive abilities, Austin has excelled in other art forms including drawing and theatre (Fiddler On The Roof 2017 - The Barn Theatre).

Anthony Sica
Anthony Sica

Anthony Zas graduated from DANJ in 2015, before beginning his undergraduate studies, majoring in biochemistry at Hofstra University. Anthony was one of only three biochemistry majors named as a recipient of the Dr. Bruce and Doris Lister Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry Research, which entitled him to work directly with the department professors studying the mechanism of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Following his graduation, Anthony was admitted to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) PHD program in Physical Chemistry where he is currently attending.

Anthony Zas
Anthony Zas

Anthony Zas graduated from The Dance Academy of North Jersey in 2015. Immediately following his graduation, Anthony joined 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 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.

Terk Waters
Terk Waters

Terk received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Western Michigan University where he performed in works by Ron De Jesus, Frank Chavez and Antony Tudor. His formal training began with Tony Calucci at The Dance Extension in Columbus, Ohio. Terk also trained with the City Ballet of San Diego and River North Chicago. He joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2010 and has since performed in works by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jae Man William Forsyth and Marcelo Gomes. Waters became an Artist In Residence with the Company in 2017. Terk has taught at The Joffrey Ballet School NYC, Broadway Dance Center NYC, New York City Dance Alliance, The Alvin Ailey Extension Program, The American College Dance Festival, The Pulse Convention, Complexions Contemporary Ballet intensives (NYC, Atlanta, Detroit) , Atmosphere Dance Events (Ukraine), Vilnius Cultural Center (Lithuania), Marymount Manhattan University, and Western Michigan University. "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

Daniel Vaniska
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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.

Kelby Brown
Kelby Brown

Kelby Brown, is an American born dancer, choreographer, educator and adjudicator from St. Louis, Missouri. He received his early training at the Pelagie Green Wren Academy of Dance, as well as Alexandra School of Ballet. He went on to study at Walnut Hill School of the Arts. Kelby received a full scholarship to continue his professional training at the School of American Ballet, the official School of the New York City Ballet, known as SAB. While attending SAB he got to perform with NYCB in its productions of George Balanchine’s “Coppélia”, “Davidbündlertänze” and Peter Martin’s “Sleeping Beauty”. As a classically trained ballet dancer, he performed with companies, such as State Ballet of Missouri, Ballet Chicago, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific NW Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. He has performed featured roles on some of the most notable stages including, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Opera and Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystère”. Some of his favorite roles and ballets include Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, Kammermusik, Western Symphony and Graciela Daniele’s Armida for The Metropolitan Opera. After Cirque, he was invited to join Celine Dion’s “A New Day” Las Vegas Show, the most extraordinary and groundbreaking show to hit the Las Vegas strip, directed by Franco Dragone and choreographed by Mia Michaels. He has worked with other musical artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Melody Gardot, Elton John and Usher. Kelby has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, dancing alongside Lady Gaga. He also assisted Emmy Nominee Choreographer Stacey Tookey and Emmy Award Winning Choreographer Mia Michaels on So You Think You Can Dance. Kelby has appeared as a dancer on the big screen in “The Dance Flick”, “Transformers 2”, Showtime’s Television Series “WEEDS” as well as the hit TV show GOSSIP GIRL, dancing side by side with Blake Lively.

Kelby, the Choreographer joined forces with Director, Ryan Shiraki, on the big screen for the movie SPRING BREAKDOWN. His moves were showcased by the star studded cast, including Amy Poehler, Parker Posey and Rachel Dratch. He reunited with Ryan Shiraki, to choreograph for the hit MTV show “Awkward”. Kelby’s Choreographic stage credits include, Zombie Strippers the Musical, where his choreography was quoted as being, "The Star of the Night”, according to Broadway World’s review. He was also invited to create a special work to pay homage to the legendary founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mr. Arthur Mitchell for, "Opera Noire”. Additionally, he choreographed the 20th Anniversary of The Kids Choice Awards, where he got to work exclusively with multi-platinum recording artist Justin Timberlake.

Kelby’s dedication to the art of dance naturally carries a presence in teaching. Kelby’s expertise in the art of dance has made him a highly sought after instructor, coach and choreographer.

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.

Jake Casey
Jake Casey

Jake Casey is a New York based dancer, choreographer, actor, and teacher. He was born in Syracuse, New York, where he began his training with Kathleen Rathbun at the Syracuse City Ballet. He then moved to Philadelphia to train on scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education. During his summers, he studied with the Boston Ballet and at the Chautauqua Institution. In the 2013-2014 Season Casey danced as a corps de ballet member with Ballet Idaho, and as an Artist with Lauren Edson & Dancers. Under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos, he performed principal and soloist roles. In Summer of 2014, Jake joined the Cincinnati Ballet, where he danced as a corps de ballet member until Spring of 2017 performing in ballets by: Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Val Caniparoli, Viktor Plotnikov, Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre, Edwaard Liang, Jennifer Archibald, Adam Houghland, and many others. Jake danced at the National Choreographer’s Initiative in Irvine, CA. In Summer of 2017, Casey moved to Europe to dance with the Estonian Theatre Vanemuine. While with Estonia he performed Soloist and Principal parts in creations by some Europe’s most sought after choreographers. Choreographically, Jake has been commissioned by several companies to create new works. He has been commissioned by Cincinnati Ballet three times, Metamorphosis Dance Company (Trinidad), Pulse Dance Company ( Alaska), Miami Dance Project, and Stalder Dance (UK), to name a few. His work placed second at the Reverbdance Festival in NYC. Jake has also worked in the commercial dance world, where he is represented by The Movement. Casey was a 2013 NYC Finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix. He also competed nationally as a Level 10 gymnast with USA Gymnastics, where he was an academic All-American. As a Guest Teacher and Artist, Jake has instructed and danced at institutions around the world.

Jess LeProtto
Jess LeProtto

Jess LeProtto has been singing and dancing since the age of five. He recently completed filming Steven Spielberg's West Side Story. His Broadway credits include “The Boy From Oz” (2003), Dr. Suess' “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2006 & 2007), “Bye Bye Birdie” (2009), "Newsies" (2012), "On The Town" (2014), "Cats" (201), "Hello Dolly" (2017), and "Carousel" (2018). Jess made the Top 8 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”, Season 8 followed by the national tour for SYTYCD as Dance Captain. He has done voice-overs for Verizon, Chex cereal and nationally for Pound Puppies. Jess has appeared on the Maury Povich Show, performed with comedian Jimmy Fallon for MTV’s Video Music Awards and made appearances on Law and Order: SVU and One Life to Live. His Off-Broadway credits include “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” at City Centers Encores! and he has been on the national tours of “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and “Broadway’s Leading Men”.

Leo Manzari
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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.

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.

Conner Bormann
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Conner Bormann 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. Conner graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City and is currently a Principal Dancer with Saarländisches Staatstheater.

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 received a full scholarship to attend Boston Conservatory, where he graduated with a BFA in contemporary dance performance. While at the conservatory, Chris created three works, and performed the work of Shapiro and Smith, Doug Varone and Aszure Barton. He spent his summers studying abroad at Impulstanz, Henny Jurriens and Springboard Danse Montreal. Chris currently dances for MADBOOTS DANCE under the direction of Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz. As a choreographer, his work has been shown at Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, TRACKS Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Choreographers Canvas in NYC. Chris earned ADA's coveted Young Choreographer of the Year in 2015.

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.

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.

Lake Hopatcong

768 Route 15 South
973-663-2009
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Sparta

328 Sparta Ave
973-729-9449
dance.danj@gmail.com


Lake Hopatcong

768 Route 15 South
973-663-2009
dance.danj@gmail.com

Sparta

328 Sparta Ave
973-729-9449
dance.danj@gmail.com