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49 E. Midland Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 261-1207
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Meet Our Faculty

Mariann Paul

Mariann Paul
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Mariann Paul received her early training with Helena Baron, and Paul Sutherland and Brunilda Ruiz of the Joffrey Ballet. As a principal dancer with the Baron Ballet Company she has performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center and in New Jersey and regional dance festivals throughout the Northeast. She has won numerous awards for choreography at competitions, and has been an adjudicator for the Star Systems National Talent Competition. Always open to new ideas and innovations in dance, she has attended the Vaganova Seminar at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, Jazz Dance World Congress, David Howard Ballet Workshop, Broadway Dance Center Teacher's Workshop, Rhee Gold's DanceLife Teacher Conference, the Dance Teacher Summit and the IDEA Conference.

megan bennett

Megan Bennett
DANCE EDUCATOR
Megan Bennett began her dance training at Theater Under The Stars, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre in Houston, Texas. She was a member of her High School dance team and continued to train at Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance in Texas. Megan graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Theater and a minor in Musical Theater. She has performed in numerous musical productions in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. She has played the roles of Lola in Damn Yankees, Louise in Gypsy, and has been part of the dance ensemble in The Music Man, The Christmas Carol and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This summer she performed at The Clay & Wattles Theater Company as Antonia in Man of La Mancha. She continues to study dance at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. This is Miss Megan's fifth season at the studio.

 
kathleen carnevale

Kathleen Carnevale
DANCE EDUCATOR
Kathleen Carnevale began her training at Mariann's School of Dance at the age of three. As a member of the Terpsichore Dance Company, she participated in regional and national dance competitions where she won overall high score awards. She continued her studies at Rutgers University where she double majored in both dance and biological sciences. After graduation, she completed a post-baccalaureate teaching certification program and now teaches high school biology. She is currently pursuing her masters in biological science education at William Paterson University. This is her sixth season at her home studio.

 

June Chin

June Chin
DANCE EDUCATOR
June Chin started ballet at age 3 and trained with Helena Baron in New Jersey beginning at the age of 6. She studied at the School of American Ballet for 2 years before going on to train with Madame Gabrielle Darvash, who was named as one of the ten great teachers of the 20th century. June won first place in the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival two years in a row and has performed as a principal dancer with The Staten Island Ballet, The Ilya Gaft Ballet Theatre and the Whitney Ballet in Upstate New York. She was a principal guest artist with the Atlanta Ballet and Sawnee Dance Theatre. In 1998 she choreographed the "Mulan Parade" for Disney Land and Disney World. Ms. June was Assistant Artistic Director of the Peninsula School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles for 13 years, restaging many of the classic ballets as well as teaching and coaching dancers to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix and the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Most recently she received the Bolshoi Teaching Certificate for grades 1-8. This is Miss June's fifth season at the studio.

Victoria DeMarco
DANCE EDUCATOR
Victoria DeMarco grew up in northern New Jersey. She began her training under the direction of Heather Soccio at Dance Arts Academy at a very young age. As a member of the Rising Star Dance Company at Dance Arts, Vicki competed and won numerous awards with her fellow dancers on both a regional and national level for many years.  Vicki has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.  Miss DeMarco has had the opportunity to study various styles of dance with many talented instructors and choreographers including Katya Surrence, Matt Boyce, James Tabeek and Michelle Dorrance, just to name a few. She has served as an assistant at "Shock the Intensive" for Star Systems National Dance Competition.  Vicki has choreographed for the dancers of Dance Arts Academy and is excited to become part of the staff at Mariann’s School of Dance this season.  

Ginny Germakian
DANCE EDUCATOR
Ginny Germakian was raised in northern New Jersey where she completed her early training at Metro Dance, Inc. studying tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and voice. As a member of the Dance Department at Bergen Community College, Ginny pioneered many endeavors, including captaining the college’s inaugural Bulldogs Dance Team. She continued her training in New York City at Broadway Dance Center, where she was introduced to a vast range of styles— contemporary floor work, street jazz, and Latin Fusion to name a few. She has had the pleasure of receiving high-caliber instruction from Ashlé Dawson, Derek Mitchell, Chio, Joanna Numata, Jamie Jackson, Luam, Jared Jenkins, Jon Rua, Ryan Daniel Beck, Aaron Tolson, and Robert Battle. Ginny has performed at Symphony Space, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre and Madison Theatre, Carnival NYC, Sybarite, and The Prudential Center. She has been featured in Six Flags Great Adventure’s annual Fright Fest Halloween stage show “Dead Man’s Party”, toured with BLAISE and the Dirrty Pretty Guys & Dolls, and danced at sea on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She continues to push herself as hard as she can through dance in order to further her knowledge and pass on as much of her own experience as possible. 

Yoko Kono
DANCE EDUCATOR

Yoko Kono is a New Jersey native who found her love of dance at the age of 4. She has had extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, and has been part of performing companies Fusion, directed by Deborah Cofrancesco and the hip-hop Q Company directed by Q Pittman. At the age of 16, Yoko auditioned for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap City Youth Ensemble directed by Susan Hebach, where she was accepted and a proud member for 3 years. During her time with the Ensemble, she studied tap dance with Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Brenda Bufalino among others. Miss Yoko has had the opportunity to perform at Tap Extravaganza, Tap City, New York School Shows, The Pulse, and The Macy’s Day Parade. She graduated from William Paterson University of New Jersey where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Miss Yoko currently educates dancers at the American Tap Dance Foundation and is excited to be part of our staff. 

  

Kalene Marulis
DANCE EDUCATOR
Kalene Marulis began her dance training at Mariann's School of Dance at the age of two. As a member of the Terpsichore Dance Company, Kalene competed regionally and nationally, winning many awards including Top Teen Senior Soloist and Junior/Senior Group Grand Champions at the National Starbound Competition. She is a graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. At the university, Kalene performed works by Jesse Zaritt, Netta Yerushalmy, Sidra Bell, Katie Swords Thurman, Douglas Becker, Sharon Eyal and Ronen Koresh, among others. Kalene has worked with choreographers and dancers in workshop environments with Doug Varone and Dancers, Shen Wei Dance Arts and Keigwin + Company. Kalene has traveled to France and Belgium where she performed with a select touring ensemble associated with UArts. In 2015, she became a certified instructor for Pure Barre at Pure Barre Philadelphia, Pure Barre South Jersey and Pure Barre Main Line. She continues to work on project-based opportunities and is excited to teach at her home studio.

Sophie Moyer
DANCE EDUCATOR
Sophie Moyer, originally from Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in NY & PA. Growing up, Sophie studied intensely at the Moyer Institute of Dance in ballet and jazz, as well as at summer intensives with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. Sophie went on to receive her BA in Dance with a double major in Sociology from The George Washington University, graduating with honors in dance and with nominations for both choreography and performance excellence awards. Most recently, Sophie was on the faculty and staff of Joy of Motion Dance Center and Born 2 Dance Studio in the DMV area, and is the Competition Team Director and choreographer at the Moyer Institute of Dance where she teaches and choreographs in the styles of ballet, contemporary, and jazz. She continues her own training by attending classes, workshops, and intensives around the US. Sophie’s classes focus on technique, strength, musicality, storytelling, self-confidence, and the development of a personal and unique voice to share through dance. 

Kimberly Pfeifer
DANCE EDUCATOR
Kimberly Pfeifer found that she had a passion for the arts and making a connection with others at a very young age. She has been dancing since the age of 3, and joined our dance family at Mariann’s School of Dance at the age of 7. Growing up at MSD gave Miss Kim a place to find peace and joy outside of a hectic home life (she is one of eight children), and her dance company teammates became her second family. As part of our Terpsichore Dance Company, Miss Kim had the opportunity to express herself through the art of dance.  Working with many talented people throughout her competitive journey at MSD, she was inspired to continue expanding her love for the arts through teaching children at a local preschool in Bergen County. She has been a dance educator for the past four years, is currently training for her certification in yoga, and recently graduated from Bergen Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Professional Studies/Business. Miss Kim is excited to be back at her home studio and says “Teaching is a very personal, compassionate job and being able to work with children and students of all ages, teaching them the art of dance and getting to know them each individually, is an absolute gift that I continue to love and look forward to each day.”

Corey Randle
DANCE EDUCATOR
Corey Randle is a native of Columbia, South Carolina where he began dancing at a young age. He finished his pre-professional training at Columbia City Jazz Dance Company. In addition to performing with CCJ Corey has also danced in numerous performances and shows throughout the Southeast. Corey is currently living in New York City and has recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Corey has training in all styles of dance and is now using all that he has learned to spread the love of movement through performance, choreography and teaching! 

Janette Rawls
DANCE EDUCATOR

Janette Rawls holds a B. F. A. in Dance from Belhaven University.  Her training includes summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and the American Dance Festival. In addition to her dance studies, she worked on technical crews for Pilobolus, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Paul Taylor Dance Company as a stagecraft apprentice. Janette started her professional career in Kansas City with Storling Dance Theater, performing in the large productions Underground and The Little Match Girl. In Houston, Janette danced with Earthen Vessels: Sandra Organ Dance Company and appeared as a guest artist with FrenetiCore, Jhon Stronks, and for several commercial dance and modeling projects with Dance Houston. Janette performed with Catapult on their international tour after their feature on “America’s Got Talent.” Janette has ten years of teaching experience including teaching at the collegiate level, for summer intensives, and in performing arts schools. She is certified in Stott® Pilates and holds an ABT® National Training Curriculum teacher certification in primary through level five. 

Shawn Rawls
DANCE EDUCATOR

Shawn Rawls grew up in Cleveland, Ohio studying martial arts and street dance from a young age. At sixteen he attended Cleveland School of the Arts and began dancing with the Y.A.R.D (Youth at Risk Dancing) an award winning program helping youths develop an artistic voice and U.D.C (Urban Dance Collective). These youth company experiences provided training with Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. In 2003, Shawn graduated as a Visual Arts and Dance major. He has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance, and with artists from So You Think You Can Dance, Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Company, Inlet Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey. He received a full scholarship in dance to pursue a B. F. A. in performance and choreography from Belhaven University. Shawn has performed with over a dozen shows and dance companies throughout the United States and abroad.  As a freelance choreographer for more than seven years, he recently won the first round of NYC XYZ choreography competition and placed runner up in the final round. Shawn is the founder and artistic director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a dance company that performs in New York and around the United States. 

Mariah Ressler
DANCE EDUCATOR

Mariah Ressler began her dance training at the age of 2 at Dance Designs, and has known that this was her passion ever since. She trained under Diego Funes throughout her high school career, and went on to train with him at Peridance Capezio Center in New York. She continued her studies at Stockton University where she was a dance major. While at Stockton she choreographed for numerous student showcases and dance concerts. She was captain of the Stockton University Dance Team and won numerous awards at competitions all over New Jersey and has danced for the Philadelphia 76ers  pre-game show at the Wells Fargo Arena. She is currently furthering her dance studies in New York at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Peridance Capezio Center.  

  
Meagan Salma

Meagan Salma
DANCE EDUCATOR
Meagan Salma began her dance training right here at Mariann's School Of Dance. She has performed in New Jersey Ballet's "Nutcracker", at Disney's MGM Studios and Magic Kingdom, and received a scholarship to study with Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Center. In May 2009 she showcased on the B.E.T. network performing with the Hip Hop group Physha P, and has danced on tour with the group in venues throughout the metropolitan area. She has performed in Boston, Washington D.C., Ohio, San Francisco, Jersey City, and New York City. Other performances include the "Reach Out Charity Foundation" at various benefits for AIDS and Drug Awareness and Prevention forums, the WPIX Channel 11 Entertainment Stage-NYC 2nd Avenue Street Fair Festival, and the ICF Reachout Festival. Miss Meagan graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Dance Education and has received her Standard Certificate to teach dance in public schools, grades K-12. In completing her program, Miss Meagan also received the MSU Dance Education Award for her achievements throughout her college career and student teaching experience. Most recently, she started the dance program at Mary Help of Christians Academy for middle school and high school students. Miss Meagan is the proud mother of Brandon Paul and begins her for her twelfth season at her home studio.

Michelle Stuckey
DANCE EDUCATOR
Michelle Stuckey was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She grew up running in the woods in a pink princess dress, riding horses, and competing gymnastics.  At 15 she sustained a back injury that ended her gymnastics career.  She decided it was time to pursue dance seriously.  Michelle trained at Broadway Dance and Fitness with former Rockette and Ms. Fitness West Coast Heather Nickens O'Hara. There she joined the competition team, became an intern and, over the next few years started teaching, choreographing, and directing. She graduated high school a year early, travelled to Europe and studied abroad in Peru. She graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance.  In Texas she performed and choreographed professionally in Jesus Christ Superstar, Nunsense, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hair, Imagine Christmas, Let it Be Christmas, The Fantasticks, and The Red Shoes. After dancing with Celebrity Cruises moved to New York City where she has performed in Gypsy of the Year, a Nikki Minaj concert in Time Square, and MTV show Say it in Song.  Michelle has brought her dream to life by creating an original show based on the short story "The Blue Jar." In February 2015, in partnership with Artistic Abandon NYC, "The Blue Jar" sold out Cherry Lane Theater. In the last year she has danced with Concrete Timbre, Mixt Dance, Smashworks, and Chezzam Event Group. 

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