Meet your Summer Special Guests at ODF!
As many of you know, I am expecting TWIN GIRLS this summer!! I am so excited to welcome my bundles of joy to the world but because of the timing of the babies, my schedule this summer will be VERY busy personally.
I was a little nervous at first, but then so many of my friends in the industry reached out to help in anyway that they could- and I thought what an amazing opportunity to bring some of my very wonderful friends to ODF to share their knowledge and passion with my students. Check out some new faces that will be teaching throughout the Summer Boot Camps and choreographing at Company Choreography Camp this summer 2018!
Daughter of a dance studio owner, Giana was born into the art as a Jersey girl. She’s worked her way up to choreographing the opening number for the Dizzy Feet Gala co-founded by Nigel Lithogoe and Adam Shankman, featuring in music videos for Pretty Much and BP Major; as well as directing and choreographing for Thailand artist Patee Sarasin. Following that, she worked with Christopher Scott appearing in the web commercial “Funraise The Musical”. After studying fashion merchandising at Brookdale Community College, Giana moved to California where she earned a BFA in Commercial Dance from The Studio School LA as a 2018 inaugural class graduate. There she became versatile in acting, film-making, producing, and directing. She’s also trained in unique styles from street styles to arial silks. Giana continues to teach at local studios, choreograph competitive dances, and work on creative projects bi-coastal.
Dancing since age 2, Miss Haley has always loved the stage! She danced under the instruction of Miss Erin McNerney and Miss Sheryl Linfante for many years and has had countless performances since. Throughout her instruction at Ocean Centre East and Ocean Dance Force (2004-2012), Haley was an assistant teacher for several classes and a guest choreographer for the Performance Company. She performed at the Jack Nicholson Theatre in the Manasquan High School's production of Cats in 2010 as Mr. Mistoffelees. She also has extensive experience in studio classwork and conventions with industry professionals throughout the Tri-State area. Haley danced with the Division I Dance Team at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. She also choreographed for the Performing Arts Academy Summer Series at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ. Professionally, Haley has performed in such shows as We Got The Beat, Bust A Move, and Block Party at Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park. Teaching dance for 5 years, Haley has formed quite a love for inspiring her students through dance!
Originally from Utica, New York where he started dancing at Dance 10 Studio's at the age of 16. He competed for four years on both regional and national levels. He then furthered his training at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute with a focus in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance styles. During his training he performed in numerous lead roles in productions such as The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonder Land, and Gete Peresian to name a few. He then went on to teach for many dance studios in the area such as Dance10, The Dance Academy, and Ondrea’s Center Stage, winning numerous choreography awards for his creative and innovative pieces of work. Cody then toured with Celebrity Cruise Lines for 2 years as a Production Dancer and Dance Captain touring all over Europe the Mediterranean the Caribbean and Alaska. Cody then moved to London, England for 3 months where he trained extensively at Pineapple Dance Studio in all styles of dance and also trained at The Place Dance Studio with a focus in Ballet and Modern. Cody furthered his career as a choreographer for Mike Malony Entertainment producing shows for Celebrity Cruises and as a dancer and dance captain for Jersey Rocks at the Snoqualmi Casino in Seattle Washington. Cody had the honor of performing in the STREB emerging artist series under the direction of Ashley Walters. He was also a Dancer for Spirit productions performing at Casinos in Niagara Falls in shows such as Rocket Man (a Elton John tribute show ) Dancing Queen (a ABBA tribute show ) and The Spirit of Christmas where he had the honor of playing Santa Clause. He is also an accomplished Acrobatic instructor that has taught all levels around the state. He also participated in the work study program at Broadway Dance Center in NY and was a company member of the modern dance company ANAHATA, under the direction of Lauren Rosenstein Olmo. Cody is now a dance teacher and the Artistic Director at Empire of the Performing Arts in Totowa, NJ. He is also a judge for Dancers Inc.Competitions and conventions. Cody has been cheering and coaching for 16 years on the regional and national level for pop warner, high school and collage levels with National Cheerleading Association Camp background and Universal Cheerleading Association. He is currently the coach and director of the cheerleading program at KIPP NYC College Prep High School in New York, which has won over 15 competitions in a short 3 years.
Liz, who’s involvement in the arts spans over 3 decades, has studied with industry greats, such as, Dave Russel, Sheila Barker, Frank Hatchet and Germaine Salsberg. Lizzie is currently an Assistant Director/ Head Judge for Dancers Inc Competitions travelling throughout the country adjudicating young dancers. As a singer, Lizzie released a 12 inch single Titled, Not Gonna Be the One on Renegade Records. She also currently enjoys performing with various Wedding and Cover Bands. In Theatre, some of her favorite roles have been Miss. Hannigan in Annie and Anita in West Side Story. She has been awarded numerous choreography awards over the past twenty years. She has also choreographed several pre-professional musicals throughout NJ and enjoys teaching Master Classes throughout the country. Several of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, at Radio City, in LA and can be seen on Glee. Lizzie is certified by both DMA and DEA, and in addition, works for the Passaic Public School System.
Of course- your favorite teachers will be returning this summer as well! You can read all about the regular ODF Staff here!
So- what do you think? Are you jumping up and down like I am? Don't miss out on the summer of wonder at ODF- REGISTER NOW!