Nicole was personally trained by Miss Gina, and as a result, encourages her ballet, tap and jazz students to strengthen their fundamental skills and maximize the performance quality they exhibit in the classroom and on the stage. Her attention to detail is a hallmark of her unique teaching ability. She spearheads the Tap program at Dance Stop, and is a very important factor as we aim to provide well-rounded dancers. With consistent practice of tap, her students achieve a clear understanding of musicality, the complexities of rhythms, and the layers and textures within the music that can be revealed through percussive sounds. Miss Nicole also is proud of her performance and collaboration with Mike Minery (see above), which has definitely brought a bright new approach to the art!
Jen is unmatched in her enthusiasm and energy for teaching and encouraging her dancers! With the dance education she received directly from Miss Gina, this graduate of Montclair State University thoroughly commits to creating a positive classroom and stage experience, and also supports her students on a one-to-one basis. Miss Jen is an extremely popular teacher with both younger and older students because of her positive energy and sincerity. She's a perfect leader for our Dance Team! Miss Jen believes the complete package in a dancer includes good body position, strong expressiveness, and a big smile!
Miss Melody is a graduate of Montclair State College with a Bachelor Degree in physical education with an emphasis on dance. She received her dance teacher certification from Dance Educators of America. Dancing since the age of three, Melody continued her dance studies with Patricia Walcoff-McCusker, studio owner past president of the NJ Dance Theatre Guild now NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble. Miss Melody is a previous studio owner for over 36 years. She is a board member of Associated Dance Teachers of NJ and a member of Dance Educators of America. Miss Melody has an extensive gymnastics background and has won many state and national titles. Miss Melody specializes in early childhood dance education. Miss Melody enjoys being a part of the high-quality education her students achieve under her direction.
R. Colby Damon was born and raised in Richmond,VA and received his early dance training at Richmond Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Virginia School of the Arts. He has danced professionally for Sacramento Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Northwest Dance Project, and BalletX among others. As a choreographer, he has worked with BalletX, Sacramento Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet II, Nashville Ballet II, Ballet West Academy, Bryn Mawr College, and DeSales University among others, and his work has been performed at festivals in Brazil, Mexico, Bermuda, and New York City. He is currently on faculty at the Rock School for Dance Education, The University of the Arts, and BalletX in addition to working as a freelance choreographer and performer based out of Philadelphia.
Brielle began training at Dance Stop Dance Education Center at the age of 3 and was trained extensively by Gina Forcella for 15 years. Brielle also trained under the direction of Al Blackstone, Thang Dao & Julie Shulman. Brielle studied dance, voice, and musical theatre for 4 years at the Freehold Performing Arts Center and then went on to studio dance and psychology at George Mason and Kean University. While training with Miss Gina at Dance Stop, Brielle discovered her love for working with children and sharing her passion for dance. Brielle credits Dance Stop with teaching her hard work, dedication and determination while being surrounded by supportive educators.
Kirsten Coco is a performer, choreographer, and teacher based in New York City. She was born and raised in Salem, NH and was educated at Donna Coco’s Performance Plus under the direction of Donna Coco. This is where her passion for movement and performance began. This passion eventually led her to
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her BFA in Dance. During her time at Tisch, Kirsten has had the privilege of working with and performing pieces by Yin Yue, Jeremy Nelson, and James Martin. She has also had the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin, Germany. While in Berlin, she worked with teachers Ayman Harper, Meg Stuart, and Judith-Sanchez Ruiz.
Since graduating, Kirsten has performed at the Aditya Birla Awards in Mumbai, India, has performed Jeremy Nelson’s “Unfurled” at Radio City Music Hall, and has performed at the Joyce Theatre in the Scottish Ballet Dance Exchange. Kirsten has been featured in the Dance Spirit Magazine “Audition Wear”
photoshoot and article, and has made appearances in several dance ﬁlms and festivals in New York City. She has choreographed and taught at dance studios in the New England and New York area since the age of sixteen. She has also
had the pleasure of choreographing three, 8 minute pieces at the Jack Crystal Theatre in New York City. Throughout her dance journey, Kirsten has found that her love for dance is able to be shared with dancers of all ages through her choreography and teaching, because it allows her to spread knowledge and
curiosity to others through her movement.
Kristo studied dance and voice at the Broadway Dance Center, University of South Carolina - Dance Performance Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre). Kristo has special skills in Advanced Tumbling, Advanced Juggling and Object Balancing Conversational Tagalog. Kristo has
Kristo has performed regionally in Born to Dance, Grease, Mamma Mia & Hooray for Hollywood. Most recently Kristo is in the national cast of Chicago as Fred Casley.
Lauren DiPietro began her life-long love for dance at age three, training formally in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, pointe, lyrical, and more at North Shore Dance Academy. She grew up as a competitive dancer in which she earned numerous scholarships and regional titles, then discovered her love for teaching as she was a teacher’s assistant throughout her teen years. As she transitioned out of high school she began seriously teaching and was recognized for her choreography. She also taught gymnastics at her local gym in MA.
Lauren’s passion for performing took her career to the next level when she moved to NYC and completed the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s conservatory program as a Dance Theatre Graduate. Not only did she study dance, but she trained in voice and acting as well. Upon graduation, she immediately made her professional debut in the role of Lisa in Royal Caribbean’s production of “Mamma Mia!”, where she was also a dancer and aerialist in “Blue Planet”. She has also performed with artists such as Jordin Sparks, The Pointer Sisters, and Patti Labelle in Las Vegas. Lauren has worked for competitions and conventions such as West Coast Dance Explosion and Elite Performance Challenge. She continues to teach master classes at a variety of dance schools in the New England Area.
Lauren feels strongly about sharing her years of knowledge and personal experience with her students while spreading her passion for dance and performing. Teaching brings her so much joy and inspires her to be a better person and mentor everyday. Her goal is to always “aspire to inspire” and help the next generation dancers embrace themselves and their dreams entirely and unapologetically.
Jillian Rosner began her training at the Dance Stop Dance Education Center under the direction of Gina Forcella. Jillian graduated with honors from Marymount Manhattan College earning a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Ballet. During her time at Marymount, she had the opportunity to perform works by a number of esteemed choreographers. Jillian received additional training from Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Perry-Mansfield. Most recently, she has performed in dance festivals throughout NYC and is a member of several contemporary dance companies including Keiko Fujii Dance Company, ARIM Dance, and mishiDance. Jillian takes pride in encouraging the value of proper dance technique in her students while fostering a lifelong love of dance!
Jessica began her dance career at an early age at Dance Stop Dance Education Center, under the direction of Gina Forcella. Jessica is a recent graduate from Penn State and was a four year member of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team. Jessica was a part of Penn States transition to the UDA collegiate national competition in 2017 where they have maintained a top 10 spot the past three years. In 2018, she was named Captain of the team for her junior and senior year. This allowed her to choreograph multiple game day routines within those two years for Beaver Stadium’s crowd of 110,000 fans. Throughout her time at Penn State she performed and choreographed dances of various genres such as jazz, contemporary, hiphop, acrobatics, and pom. In 2019, she was also a part of Penn States first pom team to compete at the UDA collegiate national competition. Jessica is excited to teach and share her passion for performing!
Jessica Powell is excited to join the Dance Stop Family this year! Jessica was raised in Toronto, Canada, and danced under the instruction of the prestigious Canadian Dance Company for 15 years. She spent 4 years as a member of the Toronto Raptors NBA Dance Pak, as well as a dancer/model for Sears Canada, Mary Kay and L'Oreal. Jessica was featured on So You Think You Can Dance, spent time as a dancer on Holland America Cruise Lines, and much more. Now, as a choreographer and dance educator, she has spent the last 13 years sharing her love of dance and passion for entertainment with students in both the United States and Canada
Jenna Ingui is a newly graduated Dance Stop alumni who trained at the studio for over 10 years. She began her dance career at an early age, and throughout the years developed an advanced focus on Contemporary and Acrobatics. Jenna assisted Dance Stop faculty members with various classes from toddler to pre-professional levels. She was honored to be awarded the Dance Stop Talent Scholarship in 2019 to further her dance education. Previously, as the captain of the Monroe Township High School Dance Team, Jenna choreographed original pieces weekly and led the team to win first place overall in the contemporary division at the Ramapo College Dance Team Invitational. She currently is a featured dancer on The College of New Jersey’s collegiate Dance Team focusing on Jazz, Pom, and Contemporary styles. Jenna is looking forward to continuing her training and competing on a national level at the UDA National Competition. Jenna is thrilled to share her passion for dance, and to teach and inspire young dancers at Dance Stop.
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