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Dance Arts Conservatory
Noell Mustazza, Artistic DirectorNoell has been performing, choreographing, and teaching for the past 20 years. She received her early training at Wendy's Dance Center (WDC) in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. While studying at WDC, Noell became a well rounded student in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. During her 9 years at WDC, Noell performed in over 75 regional and national dance competitions, receiving highest overall scores, national awards, and top choreography awards. Noell's other performance credits during her time at WDC include performing for the 1996 Olympic Torch and dancing, by invitation, in Disney World, in addition to several other performances around the country.
Upon graduation from Archbishop Wood High School and completion of her time at Wendy's Dance Center, Noell enrolled at Cedar Crest College (CCC) in Allentown, Pennsylvania and started working toward her BFA in Dance. During her first year Noell received the honor of being the only freshman to be accepted into the Cedar Crest Dance Company as a full member. While at CCC, Noell studied under Robin Gerchman, Nicole Hockenberry (T.A.P.), Margo Clifford Ging (DanceGing), and Michelle Barber (Broadway Dance Center). During her second year Noell decided to expand her dance knowledge and transferred to the prestigious Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Noell quickly became immersed in the world of modern dance and studied under some world-renowned modern teachers such as Anne Vachon(Jose Limon Dance Company) and Phil Grosser(Martha Graham Company). While pursuing her degree in dance, Noell also was chosen to be part of the Diamond Gems Dance Team. As a dance team member, Noell performed at all Temple University football games, men's and women's basketball games, and volleyball games. Being a member of the dance team gave Noell a multitude of venues to perform in, such as USC Santa Barbra, Heinz Field (Pittsburg PA), University of Florida, Penn State University, The Palestra at University of Pennsylvania, Veteran Stadium, and Temple's own Liacouras Center.
While performing with the Diamond Gems, Noell was also a member of Amanda Diorio Dance and Underground Dance Works, two Philadelphia jazz-based companies. Noell graduated from Temple University in December of 2004 with a BFA in Dance with a Modern concentration. After graduation, Noell became jazz instructor and choreographer at Wayne Ballet and Center for Dance Arts (WBCDA). For the past 5 years, Noell has called WBCDA home. She has taught ballet, tap, and jazz to all ages and levels. While teaching and choreographing at WBCDA, Noell became a member of Wayne Ballet Theater. As a soloist, Noell performed the roles of Clara, Snowflakes, and The Dew Drop Fairy in the annual Nutcracker, The Canary Fairy, and White Cat in Sleeping Beauty, and several original compositions. Noell continued her own dance education by studying under Patricia Brown (Joffrey Ballet), Laura Brownstone (New York City Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance), and Lina McMenamin (Opus1). Noell has had a true passion for dance for the past 20 years. After years of hard work, education, and many performance opportunities, Noell is ready to pass those experiences on to her own students.
Marianne Sifer, Acro, Tap, Musical TheaterMiss Marianne has been teaching in the Bucks County Area for the past 45 years. 19 of those years were involved in running a family owned dance studio, The New Dance Studio, under the ownership of brother, and professional dancer, Gary Flannery. Miss Marianne also taught at Bucks County Community College for 8 years and choreographed their musicals for the then Performing Arts Department. Miss Marianne also choreographed the Neshaminy High School Summer Stock for many years under the direction of Mr Theodore Kloos. Miss Marianne teaches all genres of dance, but specializes in Tap and Jazz, as well as Acrobatics. Miss Marianne trained extensively under her brother in Jazz, but also studied under Fred Benjamin and Lynn Simonson. She trained in Ballet with Marilyn Budzynski, who taught at The New Dance Studio in it's early years, Ginger Garton of the Boston Conservatory, Gloria Govern, and Germantown's own Jean Williams. Gymnastic training under Bob Baminster from Temple. Modern was studied under Lucas Hoving. Tap was studied under Bob Audy and Charles White at the former Wilson Morelli studios in New York City. Miss Marianne has several former students who are dancing professionally, one as a Rockette at Radio City, as well as many who go on to college and make a NCAA Division 1 Dance Team in their Freshman year. Miss Marianne is very excited to becoming a member of the DAC dance family.
Michelle Figuerdo, Hip HopMichelle Figueiredo, "chelliefig," is a dancer, choreographer, dance adjudicator, and master class teacher. She graduated magna cum laude from Rider University as a double major with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, and a certificate in leadership. Throughout college, Michelle trained with American Repertory Ballet at the Princeton Ballet School, was the recipient of the Mildred C. Hawkins Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, and is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Michelle is a former captain of the Sixers Dancers. Through the Sixers, Michelle not only performed at all home games during the 2012-2016 seasons, but also performed on an NBA China tour in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Lanzhou, Fuzhou, Dongguan, Nanchang, and in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2014, Michelle was selected for the NBA All Star Dance Team for the All Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, she has performed at the 2015 All Star Game in New York City. She has also performed during halftimes and other events with various artists including Nico & Vinz, Tag Team, Montell Jordan, Naughty by Nature, Pharrell Williams, and Vanilla Ice. When Michelle is not performing, she is teaching dance at numerous studios, giving master classes, and adjudicating dance competitions. Michelle's students have gone to train with the Rock School, Rockette Summer Intensive, and as trainees with Joffrey Ballet School.
Jaimie Geddes, Ballet, Musical Theater, Performance TeamJaimie is a South Jersey native who currently resides in Bucks County, PA. She received her BFA in Theatre from New York University and has studied at Steps and Broadway Dance Center. She grew up dancing at Jazz Unlimited in New Jersey and competed with their ensemble, where she received numerous titles and overall awards. She has taught and choreographed throughout the area, including at the Bucks County Playhouse and the Pennsylvania State Thespian Conference. Her favorite performance credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Charity in Sweet Charity, Lola in Damn Yankees, Demeter in CATS, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. By day, Jaimie works in the philanthropy office at A Woman's Place. She is THRILLED to join the DAC family!
Doreen Dulay, Ballet, Jazz
Doreen grew up in New Jersey and began her dance training in ballet and jazz at the age of 6 at Marilu's Dance Studio. Her early performances included annual dance recitals and community functions such as a televised solo for the American Cancer Society telethon and an appearance at the local Earth Day celebration. Over the years, Doreen continued to nurture her talent and passion for dance. In high school, Doreen danced under the instruction of Marilyn McElroy (ballet / jazz) and Gerry Hopkins (ballet / tap). Under scholarship, she became their assistant teacher and began teaching classes of her own. She also performed in annual school productions and school functions as a lead dancer and student-choreographer. In addition, Doreen participated in productions of The Nutcracker and was a finalist in the Governor's School of the Arts program for dance. Doreen graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry / Biochemistry concentration from Villanova University where she continued to dance as a member of the Villanova Dance Company under the direction of Jamie Lee Dain (McHenry Dance Centre). Doreen held office in this organization and competed nationally with her team at the Universal Dance Association competition held in Orlando, FL. As a dance company member, she performed for numerous school functions including St. Thomas of Villanova Day, Balloon Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day, Special Olympics, and men's and women's basketball games, among many others. In addition, Doreen was able to expand her creativity and share her passion for dance by choreographing for the dance company's semester shows. During the summers of her collegiate years, she trained at numerous studios (local as well as in New Jersey) and attended Universal Dance Association camps. Doreen graduated with her Masters in Biomedical Sciences degree and is currently a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine pursuing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. As Doreen continues on her professional career path, she is extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity to share her talent and love for dance with her students!
Brenda Jagelka, Tap, Musical TheaterBrenda was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. She has been teaching, choreographing and dancing for over 30 years. She's accomplished in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop dance & she's trained and performed all types of Polynesian dance. Brenda was also an accomplished gymnast and made it to the Junior Olympics. She has performed on stage in Los Angeles and has choreographed and performed in several music and instructional videos. Brenda has choreographed "Chicago" and "Cabaret" for High Schools and has been assistant chorographer and director in many other shows in the Los Angeles area. Brenda studied with the best dancers and instructors in Los Angeles. She has had intensive training in dance and theatre. She received most of her training at Joe Tremaine's and Debbie Reynolds' studios in Los Angeles. Brenda studied with Gregory Hines, The Nicolas Brothers and many other masters. She continues with her training in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey and continues to attend workshops. She has taught at many studios around the Los Angeles area including Master Classes in Tap. She eventually opened her own studio in Northridge, California. She was also the director of a performance company and award winning competition company at her studio. Her company dancers won multiple awards and took top honors and high scores at numerous competitions. Brenda is proud that she's had many of her students go on to become professional performers, studio owners and acclaimed teachers. Eventually she moved with her family to the East Coast and lived in Morris County, NJ where she taught at Art of Dance in Chester, NJ. She taught tap and jazz there for 10 years and happy to be invited back to sub when she can. She's been teaching in Bucks County, PA for the past 6 years and was the director and choreographer of a local dance company before coming to DAC. Brenda is so happy to be part of the DAC family and is thrilled to be able to share her experience with her students! She is honored to share her passion for the arts with dancers of all ages and levels.
Bridget Holmes, Ballet, Musical Theater, LyricalBridget Holmes, a Philadelphia native, began her training at the age of three under Liz Fitchett-Tillotson and Scott Jovovich (Joffrey Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Tony Award Winning Broadway credits). As a company member of the Mid-Atlantic Dance Theater, she performed both classic ballets such as the Nutcracker and originally composed works by Mr. Jovovich as well as Nina Federova (New York City Ballet) and Jeffrey Lyons (Pennsylvania Ballet, San Fransico Ballet). Throughout her teenage years, Bridget also traveled, competed and took master classes with some of the industries most revered teachers and choreographers in the dance world such as Joe Lanteri, Joe Tremaine, Mia Michaels, Gil Stroming, Jason Parsons and Suzi Taylor. In 2004 Bridget earned her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Temple University. While there, she performed in student and professional concerts both at the University and in performances throughout Philadelphia and New York City, most notably with choreographer and director of danceTheaterX, Charles O.Anderson. In addition to her technique and composition studies in the music and dance program, she also was the Co-Captain of the nationally ranked Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team which performed at Temple University sporting and supporting events. To supplement her training further, Bridget also studied at The University of the Arts Summer Intensives and Koresh School of Dance where she was chosen to perform in numerous teachers works and showcases. After graduation Bridget danced professionally as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Dancers where she had the great experience of performing choreography by Brian Friedman, Tabitha amd Napoleon, Chris Judd and others. She also danced with the Philadelphia Soul, Soulmates Dancers which led her to several opportunities to dance live onstage with Bon Jovi in concerts. In addition to performing, Bridget has had the privelage and pleasure of teaching and choreographing for dance teams, studios, competitions, and musical theater performances in the tri-state are for the past 10 years. She is so thrilled to be joining the wonderfull staff and students at DAC this year!
Samantha Brown, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Ballet
Samantha Brown was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where she began her dance career. Under the instruction of Janette Brown, Samantha won several titles, overalls, and scholarship awards, including Ms. Dance Of Chapter 17 Dance Masters of America. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA to pursue a BFA degree in Jazz Dance at the University of the Arts. Not only is Samantha a certified member of Dance Masters of America, but she is an esteemed judge, teacher, and choreographer throughout the tri-state area. Professionally, Samantha has performed for Sting, with Disney in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, overseas in Saipan, Micronesia, and most recently with the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "Elf: The Musical" and "Grease" at The Sketch Club in Woodbury, NJ. Samantha is excited to become a part of the DAC family.
Emily Vallette, Creative Movement, Acro, Tiny Tots Tumbling
Emily is a Philadelphia native currently living and working in South Jersey. She achieved her Assoc Fine Arts in Dance and Early Childhood Education at Cedar Crest College. She has danced and cheered all her life joining her first company, The Elysian Dance Company at 15. She's had the privilege to perform at the "Philly Fringe Fest", "Garden State Dance Festival" "Cedar Crest Dance Works" and many local productions. She has performed with the Elysian Dance Company, Timmoney Dancers, Cedar Crest Dance Company, Vouge Players, Star Players, Cedar Crest Cheer Team, Lehigh University Cheer Team, and Mercer County Arts Group. She has been teaching in dance studios in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area for the past eight years, and has been teaching Acro dance and Gymnastics in bucks county for six years. She also had the please of teaching dance and acrobatics in Philadelphia Public schools as part of the PEAP program. Currently Emily choreographs for Glouscester City Highschool, Glouscester Catholic High School, Medford Cheer and most importantly DAC! Emily is USAG certified AACCA certified and TCRG certified as well as a licensed Cosmetologist. She is so happy to be a part of the DAC family!