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Meet one of our 2018 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists’ Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Company Manager Madeline Moore,, with any questions.

Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance, and click here for the complete drop-in class schedule.

Rokafella, Classic Hip Hop Dance and Culture

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Rokafella HeadshotNJ SummerDance 2018 welcomes Hip-Hop Artist and B-Girl Rokafella. “Classic Hip hop dance” is a term used to describe the styles that created the foundation of what is seen today in popular concert choreography and dance competitions. Breaking, Popping, Locking and Up/ Rocking emerged in the late 70’s in NYC. In the 80’s and 90’s other social dances appeared in response to the new rap music trends including New Jack Swing. This class will introduce students to basic movements in each of the styles with brief historical references that will help position today’s trends in a continuum of urban expression.

About Rokafella

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia is a NYC native who has represented Hip-hop dance professionally over the past two decades. She co-founded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC’s only nonprofit Break Dance Theater company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep. Together they have generated theater pieces, poetry, a documentary highlighting the Bgirl lifestyle entitled “All The Ladies Say” and original music based on her experiences growing up in Hip-hop’s Mecca. She is hired internationally to judge Break dance competitions based on her mastery of the classic Hip-hop dance style and she teaches unique workshops aimed at evolving and preserving its technical aspects. The NYC public, private schools and universities as well as local community centers present her workshops to aspiring dancers as part of mentoring programs. Presently she is an artist in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, an adjunct professor at The New School and former member of the Bessie’s Dance Performance Award committee. She has been featured in pivotal Rap music videos, tours, film and commercials as well as choreographed for diverse festival concerts such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In the Spring of 2017 she launched ShiRoka–a T shirt line collaboration with Shiro Japanese Graffiti writer to add to her Earring Designs which can be found at the Bronx Museum gift shop and online. Rokafella is a multi-faceted Hip-hop artist who references street and Latino culture as her foundation.





Meet one of our 2017 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Janel Brown,, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Erika Mero, Ballet Technique and Performance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist Erika Mero, ballet instructor at American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Princeton Ballet School, The Lawrenceville School, and Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Erika’s ballet technique class involves working at both the barre and in the center. Intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to not only work on perfecting their technique, but to also work on the performance aspect of ballet technique and how to strengthen and improve these skills.


About Erika Mero

Erika Mero began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff.  Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years.

In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet’s DANCE POWER in New Brunswick and was named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika’s performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University.

Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Meet one of our 2017 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Janel Brown,, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Jenna Riegel, Intermediate/Advanced Partnering and Improvisation

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 to 2:50 pm


NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist, and former Carolyn Dorfman Dance company member, Jenna Riegel. This two hour workshop will delve into the techniques and mechanics of contemporary partnering focusing on anatomical efficiency and the coordinated efforts of both partners. We will utilize some of the foundational elements of contact improvisation such as gradation of weight sharing and giving, qualities of touch (low tone to high tone) and physical listening and alert responsiveness. We will examine and talk about the importance of the pelvic relationships between partners during any lift or maneuver. We will put theory to practice and learn codified lifts and maneuvers that highlight certain principles of partnering and also incorporate improvisational exercises centered around certain skill sets to help expand our partnering toolbox. The workshop will emphasize sensation, safety and economic execution over aesthetic or style.


About Jenna Riegel

Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Currently a member of the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company, Jenna also had the honor of performing with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, johannes wieland, Tania Isaac Dance and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company. She has also toured nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance and Alexandra Beller Dances. Jenna has performed in New York City venues such as The Joyce, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Danspace at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Aaron Davis Hall, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, John Ryan Theater, Symphony Space and the Duo Theater.

Jenna has been on faculty at Barnard College and The Juilliard School teaching contemporary technique and contemporary partnering. She has also taught classes in contemporary technique at Dance New Amsterdam, The Joffrey Ballet School, 100 Grand, Gibney Dance as well as at festivals around the world such as the New York University’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival, the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Annual Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland and the Dance Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Jenna is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and taught pilates in NYC from 2007-2014. Jenna holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and a B. A. in Theater Arts from Maharishi University of Management.


Meet one of our 2017 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Janel Brown,, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Amit Shah, Bollywood

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist Amit Shah, creator of AATMA Performing Arts, “an award-winning dance company that stands at the unique intersection of traditional Indian performance and modern movement.”

In Amit’s class, students will learn the origin of “Bollywood” dance through Indian classical and folk technique and choreography.


About Amit Shah

Amit Shah is the Founder and Creative Director of AATMA Performing Arts and the Choreographer and Director of the internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular, Mystic India: The World Tour. His experience in theater, visual arts, and dance allows him to serve as a compelling force in the performing arts industry, especially in the realm of modern Indian entertainment. Amit’s unique dance style merges strength and sensuality, while his perception of choreography and production combines both a dancer’s emotions and an audience’s virtual experience. He earned his reputation through his distinctive approach to presenting traditional Indian dance for a modern audience. 

In 2009, Amit created the award-winning dance company, AATMA Performing Arts, which quickly became a leading worldwide brand in Indian dance with branches in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles. Of its projects is Mystic India: The World Tour, the first USA-based Bollywood dance spectacular seen by over half a million people worldwide. 

Amit’s work has been featured globally on stage and received tremendous accolades with the media worldwide (notably with The New York TimesThe Star Ledger, NBC’s The Today Show, and Dance Teacher Magazine). Amit has also worked on live shows with AR Rahman, Priyanka Chopra, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, as well as assisted in choreography on Bollywood film sets with Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza and Shahrukh Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment. His work has also been featured on the Netflix series Brown Nation.

In 2012, Amit launched Andaz Costume Design, a company dedicated to designing and fabricating costumes to dance companies around the world, and Aura Events & Entertainment, an event production company that plans private, corporate, and other branded events. In 2013, Amit founded South Asian Choreographer’s Alliance (SAC Alliance) with the goal of uniting South Asian artists and choreographers for the purpose of cultural preservation. He has also been a chief public speaker at a number of colleges to promote the pursuit of passion as a career and continues to conduct workshops on dance, entrepreneurship, and brand building to inspire students and future generations to make their dreams into reality.


Meet one of our 2016 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey,, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Juel D. Lane, “Movement as a Voice” – Contemporary Technique

Wednesday, August 17th at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Juel D. LaneNJ SummerDance 2016 welcomes guest artist Juel D. Lane, dancer with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, choreographer, and former Carolyn Dorfman Dance company member.

Juel’s contemporary class will explore a technique based on rhythm, alignment, physicality, precision, and articulation, with an emphasis on understanding the full body in an exciting and organized way with the goal of self-expression as a dancer.


About Juel D. Lane

JUEL D. LANE is an artist from Atlanta, Ga. He is a graduate of Tri-Cities High School, former member of The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina of the Arts.

Alliance Theatre Credits: C.A. Lyons Project,  I DREAM (Assistant Choreographer).  

Regional: SPUNK (True Colors Theatre- Choreographer),  Rob Jackson’s, Rebirth (The Fox Theater, Atlanta-Choreographer), STAGGER LEE, Dallas Theater Center, Associate-Choreographer).

Mentions:Cover of  May/June 2015 Dance Studio Magazine, Dance Magazine “25 to Watch” (2013),Creative Loafing, Arts Atl( Atlanta).

Professional Dance Companies:Andrea E. Woods Souloworks and Dancers, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Ronald K. Brown Evidence,  Helen Simoneau Danse, and currently with Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

Commissions: Atlanta Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University. 

Dance films: “Just Another Day” and “How to Kill a Ghost”, “Made of Matter”, “When The Beat Drops.”

Lane was recently awarded to participate in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Alvin Ailey artistic director Robert Battle.



Meet one of our 2016 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey,, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Barbara Angeline, Theatrical Jazz Dance

Thursday, August 18th at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Barbara AngelineExpressions that illuminate any stage, precision marked with pizzazz and all the enthusiasm of a Broadway production! Theatrical Jazz distinguishes itself from the more familiar jazz dance forms. Drawing inspiration from Bob Fosse and encouraging the truest form of self-expression from each dancer will be the goal of this summer’s Theatrical Jazz master class.

NJ SummerDance 2016 welcomes guest artist, Barbara Angeline, Instructor of Dance Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Under the unique instruction of Barbara Angeline, students can look forward to immersing themselves in a choreographic learning process that holds true to the depth of American jazz dance.

Barbara’s accomplished work, Rhapsody, presented itself as a stunningly cohesive partnership between the style of George Balanchine and the influence of Bob Fosse. The importance of individuality presses on, especially in our age of highly marketable trends and instantly gratifying portrayals of the ‘ideal’ lifestyle. Leaving lasting impressions is what it’s all about. As an audience member it is energizing to watch jazz numbers; with electrifying confidence accompanying each step, jazz dance vividly celebrates self-expression.

Under Barbara Angeline’s well-rooted leadership in the classic American technique, NJ SummerDance students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to sculpt their personal styles of expression, while still executing the legendary styles of Bob Fosse and Jack Cole.

During the 2016 NJ SummerDance program, students will be encouraged to explore movement technique in efforts to understand and answer questions like, “How do I craft my own style of performing while still capturing the essence of traditional theatrical jazz?”. This summer the dance studio will serve as a space for both historical education and choreographic experimentation.

About Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline is the founder and Artistic Director of Hysterika Jazz Dance. HJD is a jazz dance company dedicated to expanding the legacy of jazz dance as an American art form with a rich and powerful history. The company’s first performance took place in Fall 2014, when the company premiered Mi Maschera (Mask Me), an original jazz dance work that illuminated the use of Venetian Masks in the Baroque Period as it related to issues of gender bias and explorations of female identity. HJD made its New York City debut in two concerts, premiering a new solo, N’est-ce Pas Si Bon? at the Artists in Flight Showcase and reconstructing eat Crow at the Salvatore Capezio Theater for the New York Jazz Choreography Project.

Barbara’s historical collaboration process has been used in many of her choreographic works, including: “Rhapsody” – choreographed in the style of George Balanchine; “Tightrope” – choreographed to immerse performers in the significant contributions of Bob Fosse; and “eat Crow” – inspired by the movement style, performance quality and history of Josephine Baker. In 2014, Barbara presented her process in a workshop titled “Jazz Dance Choreography – Historical Collaborations with Dance Luminaries” at the National Dance Education Organization’s conference in Chicago. She also created and facilitated a jazz dance panel at the conference that gathered jazz dance educators from around the country to discuss “Jazz Dance in Higher Education and The Professions: Where Do We Go From Here?”

As a performer, Barbara has been featured in Broadway Backwards 5 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre (soloist), Broadway Backwards 6 at the Longacre Theatre (dance captain) and Broadway Backwards 7 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Credits also include: The Oakland Ballet Company (soloist), Broadway Bares, The Gypsy of the Year Awards, featured roles in Equity musicals–The Wizard of Oz (National Tour), Oliver, On the Town, Joseph…, Carnival, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers—five years inarial the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and dance captain and adagio feature for The Radio City Easter Spectacular. Barbara has worked with Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Bob Bartley, Bernadette Peters, and Aretha Franklin.

Barbara holds an M.A. in Dance Education (New York University) and a B.A. in Dance (UC Irvine). She is a full-time Instructor of Dance Arts at Rutgers, teaching Broadway Jazz Technique, Jazz Dance, History of Broadway Dance (fully online, author), Dance Studies, Dance History, and Improvisation. Barbara taught Choreography for the Theater at Hofstra University and teaches master classes nationally. She was an assistant and substitute teacher in Musical Theatre Dance at the Steinhardt School at NYU. She also taught weekly Musical Theater Audition workshops to students in the vocal performance and musical theater programs at Steinhardt. Barbara was a faculty member at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she developed curriculum; staged movement and combat for Academy Company plays; and taught Movement for Actors courses as well as musical theater and period movement workshops. Barbara is a guest lecturer at the Lee Strasberg Institute (ballet, jazz), NYU (ballet, jazz, musical-theater dance).

Barbara’s research area is critical thinking in dance education. She has presented her research and “Critical Pedagogy in Dance Technique Class” movement workshops at Harvard University, Hofstra University, Rutgers University, SUNY Brockport, Tisch School of the Arts and the Steinhardt School at New York University, and at the NDEO’s national conference. She was on the Board of the New York State Dance Education Association. Barbara was on the writing committee that synthesized, facilitated and wrote information for the NDEO “Vision Document for Dance 2050: The Future of Dance In Higher Education.”

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