Kelby Brown scored simultaneous achievements on stage, film and in the television world. Kelby has performed with some of the biggest stars in entertainment including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Usher and he choreographed the feature film, " Spring Breakdown", starring Parker Posey and SNL's stars Amy Phoeler and Rachel Dratch. Some of his most outstanding dance accomplishments include roles with Ballet Chicago, State Ballet of Missouri, Hartford Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet Company and the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. Kelby also danced a principal role in Los Angeles Opera's production of a Merry Widow, and as the "Oiseau", in Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas production of "Mystere". The biggest highlight of his career came when he was asked to be a charter member of Celine Dion's highly acclaimed Las Vegas production of "A New Day", where he worked with Director, Franco Dragone and choreographer, Mia Michaels. He can be seen in the feature film, The Dance Flick, Transformers 2, SYTYCD, (dancing alongside Lady Gaga), Gossip Girl and the hit HBO series, Weeds. He has also worked with some of the top choreographers in the business including Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Michael Rooney, Sonya Tayeh, Stacy Tookey and Tony Testa. Kelby has made appearances on MTV's House of Style, Good Day Live LA, the Today's Show, World Music Awards and Oprah Winfrey. Choreography credits include MTV’s “Awkward”, the opening number of the 20th anniversary Kid's Choice Awards, starring multi-platinum selling recording artist, Justin Timberlake and Opera Noire's homage to the legendary Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Kelby Brown began his professional dance and entertainment career at a young age, and successfully parlayed his experiences into choreography and teaching both nationally and internationally. Kelby has been on the dance faculty with Celine Dion, and at the infamous Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, Millenium Dance Complex in LA, the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in NY, as well as The School of Ballet Chicago, State Ballet of Missouri and Champs Charter High School of Performing Arts. He has taught on numerous dance conventions including Dance Masters of America, The Pulse, LA Dance Force and Urban Jamm. Kelby trained at Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Boston and continued his training at the School of American Ballet, (the official school of the New York City Ballet). At the same time, he also studied hip hop, jazz, tap and contemporary. Kelby went on to build a career that includes everything from principal roles with classical ballet companies to film, television, choreography and hosting credits.
Kelby continues to work as a dancer, actor and choreographer in numerous live industrials, commercials, stage and tv/film productions.
Jessica has been dancing since the age of three, training in a variety of styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and acrobatics. Jessica was a competitive dancer from ages 6 through 18 winning many overall high scores, national titles, and special awards for both solo and group performances. Jessica has danced throughout the country, and has also performed in other countries such as the Dominican Republic and China. After high school, Jessica furthered her dance education at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia studying in all styles, and graduating in 2011 with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. She continues to study in New York City taking classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. Jessica loves to share her passion of dance with her students, and help educate them to become the best artists and dancers that they can be.
Erin Garolis grew up as a competitive dancer. She studied ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum and trained in tap, jazz, and lyrical. Erin competed as a soloist and a team dancer at regional and national competitions as well as national pageants. She has held numerous talent and pageant titles over the years. With a love for all aspects of performing arts, Erin studied acting and voice in NYC while auditioning for professional roles. In 2001, she called Walt Disney World “home” while dancing full-time in “The Festival of The Lion King” with Tituss Burgess, as well as other varied parades and special events across Disney property. Erin traveled across the United States as the only singing/live actor for the National Arena Tour of Sesame Street Live’s “Everyone Makes Music”. At William Paterson University, she studied Education as well as Math and Science. Her experience working with children both on and off stage has given her an innate ability to extract the best out of each of her students. Erin’s forte is in perfecting performance quality and correcting technique. She has a true passion for instilling a love of the arts in her students and sharing with them the tools that they will need for future success. Erin’s son Gavin started competing on the company team in 2015, and they are thrilled to call Prestige Academy of Dance their “dance family”!
Caitlin Garry began dancing at the age of five. Born and raised in Jackson, NJ, she trained as a competition dancer in various styles of dance, specializing in tap. At the age of fifteen, she began teaching tap alongside her lifelong mentor, Mary Nosuchinsky, and became a founding member of Nosuchinsky’s company Mary No & Co. While starting her teaching career, Caitlin also furthered her training by studying with Nick Dinicolangelo, Emily Shoemaker, Lisa Hopkins, Christopher Erk, Derick Grant, and Aaron Tolson. In 2012, she became a member of Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap Project and has been performing with the company ever since. Caitlin then joined Christopher Erk and the Tap Factor in collaboration with Best Buddies which resulted in performances at Carnegie Hall and Harvard University. Most recently, Caitlin has become the Assistant Director/Manager of Aaron Tolson’s Speaking in Taps. While pursuing a career in tap dance, Caitlin simultaneously attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, graduated with a BS in Physics and a minor in Social Science, and is now working as an engineer for General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Marissa Herrmann began her dance training at the age of two, and has been dancing ever since. Growing up in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, as a highly competitive dancer, her world revolved around dance. She is currently in the process of receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Montclair State University. At MSU, she has performed works by various choreographers. Most recently, she trained with Contemporary choreographer Tracie Stanfield and at DOCH University, in Stockholm, Sweden. She has also performed as a backup dancer, behind a rising Pop performer, and participated in That Which Connects dance Festival. At the age of 14 she began assisting dance classes at her studio, which started her love for teaching. Marissa plans to pursue her dance career by performing, as well as teaching the art of dance to the future generation of dancers.
Amanda Jenny is originally from the beautiful Garden State, currently residing in New York City. She began her dance training at the age of three studying various styles of dance and is constantly searching for new ways to move. Amanda received a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, where she was awarded several scholarships and distinctions. Since graduating, Amanda has worked with several New York based dance companies and teaches Xtend Barre classes as well as Pilates. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance with the talented dancers at Prestige Academy of Dance!
Bonnie Lincoln started dancing at the age of 3 and began competing at age 8. She has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop, acro, and pom. She won such titles as Miss Dance of Pennsylvania, Dancer of the Year New Jersey, and Miss Dance of the United States. She attended The College of New Jersey, where she was a 4 year member and 2 year captain of the nationally ranked dance team. Bonnie worked for Universal Dance Association for 3 years where she was quickly promoted to Region Leader for the Northeast and a Head Instructor. She travelled the country running competitions and teaching middle school, high school, and collegiate dance teams. Bonnie's proudest professional accomplishment was becoming a 3 year member and 1 year co-captain of the New Jersey Nets Dancers. Recently, Bonnie has worked with children ranging in age from infancy to 18 years old in various environments such as Gymboree Play & Learn, Pre-K Day Care, as an elementary instructional paraprofessional, and as a dance teacher in her local community. Sharing her love of dance with children is Bonnie's passion, and she's looking forward to working with the young talent at Prestige Academy of Dance!
Justine Capria Morrill a native of New Jersey, graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009, with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. Justine was a member of The Xhale Dance Company in Philadelphia where she choreographed and danced in numerous performances including the Philly Fringe Festival. Justine was a part of Marinspired the storyteller’s, under the direction of Marinda Davis, where she performed in the company’s NYC debut “Breakable,” and also performed at the Capezio A.C.E awards. She has also performed in two APAP showcases at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC, works by Michael Susten and Marinda Davis. Justine can be seen on season 5 of The Dr. Oz show as an OZ dancer, along side Stepp Stewart. Aside from performing Justine Capria Morrill has a passion for teaching and choreographing for award winning competitive dance studios, dance teams, and performing arts high schools throughout. New Jersey where her work has received numerous choreography awards.
EMMA PRESSMAN began her professional training at Sarasota Ballet and graduated from The Harid Conservatory. She danced professionally with Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Connecticut Ballet and Verlezza Dance. She has a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. At MSU she danced in works by Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, May O’Donnell, José Limón, Antony Tudor, and Larry Keigwin, amongst others. She received the Cento Amici Scholarship both in 2014 and 2015 and the Dean’s Scholar/Artist Award for the College of the Arts upon graduation. She choreographed Carmina Burana for a collaboration between MSU's Dance Department and the Cali School of Music. She has been teaching ballet to students ages 3-18 since 2011. In addition she is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University and a dancer with JKing Dance Company.
Jamie Salmon has over 35 years of experience as a professional dancer and educator. Jamie's classes are based on a fusion of the varied syllabus learned from her training at the finest dance academies in the USA. She trains and shares her passion for ballet with her students emphasizing details, alignment, kinesthetic awareness, musicality and phrasing, using imagery and physical, 'hands on corrections' throughout the class.
(* Current, ** Past)
*Broadway Dance Center NYC Ballet and Pointe All Levels/ages
*Peridance Capezio Center NYC Ballet All Levels/ages, Certificate Program Faculty
*Ballet Academy East NYC:
All Levels Open classes
*Prestige Academy of Dance NJ Ballet and Pointe All levels 7-18 years
**The Ailey School,
**The Joffrey Ballet School, **Irine Fokine Ballet,
**For Dancers Only
*Dance Theatre USA/International,
*Dance Educator Development, *The Pulse,
**Professional Dance Teachers Association
**Stars of Tomorrow
*Faculty Board Member , Mentor and Coach in all Education Departments, Masterclasses at Broadway Dance Center NYC
*Mentors and Coaches all genres for dancers
Competitive, novice and professional nationally and internationally.
Began with Melissa Hayden, Dana Kennedy Paul Mejia, Juan Anduze
*North Carolina School of the Arts ( now UNCSA)
*School of American Ballet
(Sponsored and mentored by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon)
*The Joffrey Ballet School NYC
*Finis Jung, *David Howard
Started with Joffrey Ballet Concert Group and continued extensive performance career dancing and acting in Industrials, Regional Theatre, Commercials and Film
Has danced classical, neoclassical, contemporary and commercial works in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary Jazz, Musical Theatre and with a range of Choreography by Fokine, Petipa, Balanchine to Luis Falco just to name a few.
Brianna Santigate recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance from Montclair State University (MSU). As a member of the MSU Repertory Dance Company Brianna has performed the choreographic works of Bill T. Jones, Larry Keigwin, Christian von Howard, Maxine Steinman and various others. Her dance training began under Gina Forcella at the Dance Stop Dance Education Center in Parlin, New Jersey. Brianna has taught jazz, lyrical, ballet, acro, and tap as well as choreographed for many studios throughout the tristate area including; Umoja Dance Studio, Dancin’ on the Edge, Complexity Dance Center, and Prestige Academy of Dance. Her choreographic work Amphibian Demeanor was presented during the 2016 Dance Collage Series at MSU. Her most recent work Colonized was performed at MSU Fall Senior Project production and by the Montclair High School Dance Company in their spring performance. Most recently Brianna represented Hilton Hotels performing and being a featured dancer at the Pride Parades in NYC and D.C this June 2017.
Samantha Scarpa is currently a full time student at Pace University, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences striving to receive her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies. She began her dance education at a young age and participated in many regional/national competitions. Samantha performed as a group dancer in Disney’s Performing Arts showcase, was a part of the Gotham City Cheerleaders serving as a dancer and model, and danced at Barclay’s Center for NYC Dance Arts. She continues her dance education presently, has attended the ALL PRO convention in Atlanta, Georgia while on the Gotham City Cheerleaders, and works as a motivational dancer for NJM Events. Samantha was a part of the CBS Kick Off to College Football Commercial in 2015, she was “Cinderella” for Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund Annual Holiday Party, and was an instructor for the Revolucion Latina Dance Summer Program in 2015. Samantha is so grateful to be a teacher at Prestige Academy of Dance and is enthusiastic to share her love of hip hop with students!
Kristin Seneca is one of the most diverse dancers in the industry. She has extensive commercial and conservatory based training, has a BA degree in Dance Education with a Minor in Business from Montclair State University’s College of the Arts and is a certified Zumba fitness instructor. Some of her performance credits include Kat DeLuna’s “Drop It Low” music video, The Wendy Williams Show, Crystal Waters @ Madison Square Garden, artist DOMO (The Voice – Season 3), Hip Hop Squares on MTV2, Legends of Freestyle Tours for artists Rockell, Cynthia, Joe Zangie, Noel and hip hop legends The Sugar Hill Gang, Radio City Music Hall, The Moscow Ballet’s “Russian Nutcracker”, Taj Mahal Arena, Disneyworld, World of Dance, KTU’s Beatstock at PNC Arts Center & Jones Beach, Coca-Cola, NJPAC and a private event for Madonna. Kristin is a member of Rhythm City Entertainment, Ashle Dawson’s Breaking Comformity Productions, Latin Fusion Dance Project and has been a cast member of the “Dead Man’s Party” show at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest for the past 3 seasons. She is on staff at various studios in the tristate area (teaching ages 2 through adult), teaches masters classes, is an award winning choreographer & is the co-creator of the “unbreakable” workshop focusing on injury prevention for dancers (launching this season). Kristin is honored & excited to be on staff and looks forward to sharing her passion, knowledge and experience with the talented dancers at Prestige Academy of Dance!
Ami Setlock is certified in both elementary education and teacher of students with disabilities for the state of NJ. Her first experience working with children with special needs was in college when she organized a special needs dance class at a local elementary school. From there, she was hooked and knew she had found her true passion in life. She has worked in schools since 2011 with children with special needs ranging from ages 3-11. Ami has also studied dance since the age of 2 and became a competitive dancer at age 8. Ami danced with Miss Dina and they became instant friends! Ami and Dina have been friends since 2001! Ami began assisting and teaching dance at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since! She continued to study dance at Marywood University and performed with the Dance Team and Dance Ensemble. Currently, Ami is a teacher in Pequannock Township. She is enthusiastic, passionate, and patient with the children and truly involved in making a fun, safe and energetic environment for our Prestige Puzzle dancers!! Ami is very excited to be apart of the PAD family, supporting her very good friend, Miss Dina.
Yvonne Setlock, a graduate from Montclair State University, has achieved her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Business. Yvonne has been dancing since the age of 2 ½ and competitively since age 6. Yvonne has studied under many well-known dancers and choreographers, including Jamie Salmon, Ray Leeper, Michael Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Al Blackstone, and Tom Richardson. While at Montclair State University, Yvonne has studied many different modern techniques and performed in works by various choreographers. Yvonne has studied ballet and modern under Frederick Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, Maxine Steinmen, Lynne Grossman, Nancy Lushington, Jennifer Chin, Jessica DiMauro, and Joao Carvalho. Throughout her years at MSU, she has performed works by Jessica DiMauro, Lynne Grossman, Christian Von Howard, and Nancy Lushington. She has also had the opportunity to be able to perform in José Limón’s Choreographic Offering, Martha Graham’s Panorama, Mark Morris’s Polka, Larry Keigwin’s Exit Like an Animal, and as a soloist in Antony Tudor’s Continuo. Yvonne has also performed in various venues throughout the tri-state area, including Alexander Kasser Theater, Manhatten Movement and Arts Center, Martha Graham Studios, and The Joyce Theater. In addition to performing, Yvonne has choreographed many works on young students and received numerous Choreography Awards. Most recently, she was awarded as a High Score Solo Choreographer from American Dance Awards.
Michael Susten is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and was honored with the Choreography Prize upon graduation. In 2006 Michael moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue a job offer at the Walt Disney World Resorts, where he went on to perform in “The Festival of the Lion King” and Magic Kingdom’s “Trolley” Show. He then became a seasonal employee and continued to perform over the next five years. He also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for Disney’s ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. While a sophomore in college, Michael created the Xhale Dance Company, a contemporary company based in the heart of Philadelphia. He produced and directed eleven shows while he was still a student. In addition to their seasonal productions, the company also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Koresh Artist Showcase and The Choreographer’s Canvas. After graduation Michael continued producing his company, while teaching at studios in the Tri-State Area, including Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. In 2010 Michael and his dancers were selected to showcase his work in the Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, California. The Xhale Dance Company also had the opportunity to perform as a guest with Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Dance Project, before celebrating its 5th Anniversary concert, here at the Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance. Michael was honored to be a finalist in the International Choreography Competition at Jazz Dance World Congress. He was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (November 2012 issue) and also won the video of the month. This March Michael had the debut of his new company Michael Susten & Company which was a two night sold out even held in NYC. This May Michael showcased his work in the Pushing Progress Showcase for the second time. Michael Susten is currently on the guest artist roster at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and is an adjudicator and master class teacher for regional and national competitions and continues to travel the country to educate and inspire young artists.