Anjelica A. Roman most recent accomplishment is becoming the new Director of Denise Daniele Dance Center for the 2017-2018 season. She has been dancing for 23 years and has trained in countless styles of dance including world dances such as Flamenco and African. She has worked with numerous artists such as Mike Minery, Albert Blackstone, Germaine Salsberg, Micheal Leon Thomas and many more. Anjelica has been privileged to travel with Tremaine Dance Convention to perform and assist Laurie Johnson. She graduated from Long Island University and majored in Arts Management with a concentration in dance. She has been coaching/choreographing over hundreds of dancers for Statewide Pro USA for east coast dance teams, ages 8-18, like the Philadelphia Soulmates Junior Dance Team, Lakewood Blue Claws Dance Team and she has recently become a head coach for the Rutgers Junior Knights Dance Team. For the third year in a row Anjelica has been able to choreograph/teach for the Backstage Performing Arts team at Nationals. Not only is she a performer, but she also works as the awards coordinator for GROOVE Dance Competition and Convention. Being apart of the arts in all forms is a joy for Anjelica. Her main goal is to spread her love of the arts and inspire every person she encounters.
Denise and Richard met as professional dancers in New York City while studying with jazz legend Charles Kelly and ballet master Don Farnworth. After opening Denise Daniele in 1972, Denise asked her colleague Richard to come down and teach some master classes. Soon after they were dating and eventually married. As teachers, Denise & Richard have nourished and cultivated a huge pool of young dancers that have gone on to have great success as performers, teachers, choreographers, etc. Most of the faculty at Denise Daniele are alumni of the school and pass on the principles and values that they have learned firsthand from Denise and Richard. Denise continues to study dance twice a week in New York City as she has for 35 years at the Broadway Dance Center, New Dance Group, and Steps On Broadway. She believes that a teacher must keep up with the advancements in their field and has kept Denise Daniele’s curriculum consistently cutting-edge. She was named the 2005 Tremaine Dance Teacher of the Year presented by dance-legend Joe Tremaine. Chita Rivera was present at the ceremony. Denise and Richard are also accomplished ballroom instructors and continue to teach and perform on cruise ships throughout the season. Denise and Richard are immensely proud of the amazing dynasty of dancers who have touched their lives and hope to remain examples to the dance industry for another 35 years!
Corinne’s dance training began at a young age at Denise Daniele. She grew up dancing in the company and has performed around the country. Over the past years she has studied from such notable dancers such as Albert Blackstone, Michael Minery, Travis Wall and more. Corinne received a BA in Elementary Education from Rider University. During her time at Rider, she was a dancer and choreographer for the Rider Dance Ensemble. Corinne was also captain and head choreographer of the Cabrini Contemporary Dance Company and a co-choreographer of the production “Home” based off the play, “The Whiz”. Corinne’s passion for dance continues to grow each year as a performer and dancer at Denise Daniele.
Born a nerd with a love for computers, Dani never saw herself on a stage; however, after studying under the incredible teachers at ArtsYOUniversity and Ballet Technique, dance quickly became her passion. Soon after graduating from ArtsYOU, she continued her training in New York City through programs at Steps on Broadway, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Synthesis Dance Project. Dani is also a graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester.
Some of Dani's performing credits include Hasbro's national television commercial for Britney Spears' Twister Dance Rave, BC-EFA's Gypsy of the Year with the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, American Airlines Flash Mob, Good Morning America "Wedding in a Flash", Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's "Monster Mash", and Romeo and Juliet the Musical (Dream Juliet). She has worked with choreographer Al Blackstone (So You Think You Can Dance, Capezio ACE Award-winner) dancing in Capezio's Fashion Show 2014 and assisting him for Capezio's Fashion Show 2015. As an associate choreographer, Dani has worked alongside Rachel Bress (Annie, 9 to 5, The Pirate Queen) on TD Bank's "WOW" Awards (2014, 2015). Her choreography credits include VEEVA's Opening Number, "AC", and "Black and Gold" for VIVA Dance Company.
Dani has a passion for teaching children the knowledge and skills she has learned during her dance journey. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Three of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also certified through the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey and Simonson Method of Teacher Training course. Dani is a guest teacher at dance studios in the tri-state area as well as for Stage Door Workshops.
Jon Merced danced under Dancette Pratts, studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, salsa, and his favorite love, hip-hop. He continued his training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and has worked with Jared Grimes, as well as performing with recording artists, Psyche of Sounds, Jay Saint, and Alexa Ayaz.
Jon loved to perform but found out that teaching was his true passion! He has been teaching dance throughout the New Jersey, New York, and New England area for the last 9 years working with various studios. He has been on faculty for conventions and judging competitions such as, Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey (ADTNJ), National Association of Dance & Affiliated Artists (NADAA), Throw Down Dance Challenge, and he has been one of the faculty favorites for Backstage Performing Arts Competition. Jon’s next venture will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he will be teaching a series of master classes and workshops. Jon is one of the leading dance educators represented by Man In Motion, a network of over 60 male dance educators and choreographers.
"Dancing takes a lot of hard work and dedication, everyone has their own journey and truly embracing the good times with the bad is what makes it fun and curates the true love and passion for the art"
Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, Lauren Galarza is an alumna of The College of New Jersey and has been a dance instructor, choreographer, and performer throughout the tri-state area as well as a middle school math and science teacher at Bay Head School. She began her dance career under the instruction of Denise Blackstone, Finus Jhung, Mike Minery, and Sheila Barker, studying ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Lauren has also choreographed and/or performed for Dance for Diabetes, Success America, the AFL Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team, AIFL Trenton Titan Dance Team, Science Cheerleader, Dance the Magic on Broadway, and choreographed for Lakewood High School’s musical production of “The Wiz” and “Hairspray," as well as Point Pleasant Beach High School's production of "Guys and Dolls."
At 15, she began teaching all levels and styles at Denise Danielle’s Dance Studio while participating in the company and touring as a scholarship recipient for various competitions. Lauren danced with the Barry University Dance team in 2004, became a Philadelphia Soulmate dancer in 2007, and then a Philadelphia All Pro Dancer in 2009 all the while performing in stadiums throughout Philadelphia area. Broadening her dance abilities, Lauren joined Statewide Promotions as a Coach for the Philadelphia Junior Soulmates and Platinum All Stars Dance Team in 2007. In March 2010, Lauren coached and choreographed over 200 dancers for the Lakewood Blue Claws Dance Team, Trenton Thunder Dance Team and Somerset Patriots. In 2014, Lauren was named the Head Coach and Choreographer of the first ever, Rutgers Junior Knights Dance team, ages 8-18. Lauren currently teaches for Lakewood School of Dance, Denise Danielle’s Dance Studio, and Statewide Promotions all styles and ages including hip-hop, jazz, and tap.
Mr Scott began his dance training at age 7 studying multiple styles and being involved in community theater. He attended OCVTS Performing Arts Academy as a dance major to start his dance education. While in high school he was involved in the musicals and various dance clubs.
He continued his dance education at Georgian Court University under the direction of Silvana Cardell. While there he trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Choreography. He was cast in over 20 faculty and guest ensembles of various styles, and had the opportunity to attend ACDA. He was able to perform in NYC and Philadelphia, and had the opportunity to Study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr. Scott is excited to share his love and knowledge of dance with his students, and hopes to bring varying styles and teaching methods to his classes. He hopes to spark a life long passion for dance in his students so they can grow and create in their personal artistic journey.
Al Blackstone is a New York City based director, choreographer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” While working mostly in musical theater, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enrich his unique approach to storytelling. Most recent projects include Newsies at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, American Dance Spectacular (Northeast Tour) and the world premiere Off-Broadway musical The View Upstairs. Though well known for his witty and emotional work on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance (seasons 12-14) Al is perhaps best known for his original narrative style which blurs the line between dance, theater, and storytelling. In June of 2016 he directed, choreographed, and wrote Freddie Falls In Love at the Signature Theater (NYC). It was his second full-length work since Happy We'll Be premiered at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in July 2012.
Splitting his time between the commercial and concert world, Al has created new work for the contemporary dance company 10 Hairy Legs, The Fire Island Dance Festival, Good Morning America, Broadway Bares, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College. Additional choreography credits include two seasons at Music Theater Wichita, Crazy In Love (a musical by Kooman and Dimond), Born To Dance(Princess Cruise Lines), and the opening numbers for BCEFA’s Easter Bonnet (2013/14) and Gypsy of the Year (2015/16). As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center). He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza, is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC, and co-hosts a monthly charity dance party in Brooklyn called Sole Therapy. Al tours with JUMP Dance Convention and loves coffee, disco, and old-fashioned jukeboxes.
Cristina Marte received her B.F.A. in Dance from mMontclair State University. Post college graduation, she performed with NYC-based dance companies such as Underground Dance Project and Phoenix Rising. Cristina found her true passion in dance when settling into her position as a dance educator for the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools Performing Arts Academy where she took part in developing the dance curriculum and built the rigorous dance program. To further her dance knowledge, she received her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Cristina broadened her teaching range by joining the faculty of Montclair State University as an adjunct professor, as well as developing and teaching a full time dance program in Jersey City Public Schools for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. She was a member of the State Model Curriculum Writing Team for Dance responsible for developing model curriculums for grades Kindergarten through high school. Cristina holds a teaching certificate in the state of New Jersey, is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, has been a board member of Dance New Jersey since 2007 and is excited to embark on her new journey as Managing Director of Dance New Jersey.