Angelina Lorenzo

Angelina Lorenzo

Our Director/Owner

Angelina began her dancing as a child specifically Ballroom. At the age of 18 she began teaching and entering Pro-Am Competition through Arthur Murray- PHX-AZ. Specializing in Latin.. She then moved to San Francisco where she fell in love with the city and auditioned for "SalsaMania" which was focused more on Performance then Competition. A year after September 11th hit, she returned to the East Coast and would teach at local studios and Senior Centers, hoping to one day open her own studio, and was busy creating her own beautiful family.

 


She is currently trained and certified in
Progressive Ballet Technique
Gold Level Syllabus for American Ballroom Dance
Acrobatic Arts
Reikki

And is ALWAYS taking classes to further her education as a business owner, dancer, and teacher. She truly has a love for the Art, and enjoys all the students who come to just have fun, and the ones who really want to take their dancing to the next level. She has an award winning Competition Team, and has built everything on creativity and love. What she loves most about dance is that it gives ANYONE the ability to put their feelings, dreams, thoughts, and art into motion, and the emotions one can feel just from watching someone perform. But most importantly she loves that she can do this with her children.

 

Joey Schollenberger

Joey Schollenberger

Director's Assistant

Joey returned from the west coast with gained experience of the commercial dance industry, he is now ready to spread his knowledge and passion for dance across the east coast. Growing up on the jersey shore, he trained intensively at his studio while attending dance competitions and convention classes.

After graduating from High school, Joey made the move to California where he attended Studio School Los Angeles, studying commercial dance. While in California he was a featured dancer in "Still" choreographed by James Tabeek, Patee Sarasin's Civil War music video, and even had the opportunity of starring as a featured ballet dancer & choreographer for the soon to be released film "Forbidden Steps" directed by Iram Parveen.

Since returning to the east coast, Joey has began working full time for a dance competition, Judging for a pageant & talent competition, teaching at multiple dance studios summer intensives in New Jersey and New York, and became one of the Artistic Directors for Broadway on Main.

Joey is devoted to providing a positive dance education to help dancers build confidence & achieve their goals!

Mallory Williams

Mallory Williams, originally from Voorhees, NJ, started her ballet training at The Academy of Ballet NJ in Berlin NJ under David Gallagher, and at the Academy of Dance Arts in Redbank, NJ under Nicholas and Shayne Mishoe. Williams also received year round training under Darla Hoover at Ballet Academy East in New York City and trained with such teachers as Wendy Whelan, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Cheryl Yeager, Marcia Dale Weary, and Olga Dvorovenko. She has attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and The Nashville Ballet. While at Ballet Academy East, Williams had the opportunity of performing principal roles in Roger Van Fleteran's "Coppelia", Claudia Schreier's "Charge", and Alan Hineline's "Sans Nuages". As well as a soloist role in George Balanchine's "Raymonda Variations".

In August of 2016, Ms. Williams started dancing professionally with the Nashville Ballet at the age of 18. Her performances with the company have included an exert from "Swan Lake" in the pas de trois, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and Paul Vasterling's "The Nutcracker".

Bella Sopko

Bella Sopko

Bella is the oldest daughter of our Director Angelina! She is currently a dance major at the Performing Arts Academy located at The Ocean County College. Bella is an Award Winning Dancer, and has begun her certification process in Acrobatic Arts and other styles of dance. The Little ones LOVE her classes! Not only is she a great leader for our Competition Team, and one of the creative minds behind our business, but she is the perfect role model for your child!

Amanda Dodd

Amanda Dodd

Modern, Improvisation, Jazz

Miss Amanda Dodd has been a teacher in the Ocean County area for over 8 years. She is also a dancer who has danced with renowned artist such as Germaul Barnes and Caroline Fermin, a choreographer, performing works in the NJ and PA region, a social media Improvisationist and has been a Hatha Yoga certified instructor for over 10 years. She has an ASA in Performing Arts from Ocean County College and a BA in Studio Operations from Stockton University. Miss Amanda enjoys teaching young children to adults and helping everyone find their voice through dance. She teaches Ballet (traditional & contemporary), Modern, Jazz, Improvisation, and Choreographic Methods of Dance. She is currently working on a solo choreographic work.

Shawn Rawls

Shawn Rawls

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 double major in Visual Arts and Dance. Shawn is now a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer in New York City. He trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance, and with artists like Mia Michaels from So You Think You Can Dance, Ravenna Tucker from the Royal Ballet, David Keary of the New York City Ballet, Steve Rooks of the Martha Graham Company, Bill Wade artistic director of Inlet Dance Theatre, and Hope Boykins from 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 including Pilobolus, the Aluminum Show, Abarukas, Ad Deum, Monster Energy Drink and the Roots, Culture Shock, the Roxey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Tygo Ballets, K-Theory, Son Kiss'd Hip Hop Contemporary and the Chicago Lyric Opera. He served as dance captain and as a dancer on tour with Catapult from America's Got Talent. As a freelance choreographer for more than ten years, he won the first round of NYC XYZ choreography competition and placed runner up in the final round and placed third in VKIBC. He has been commissioned to create work on Dancing Wheels and the Roxey Ballet along with numerous choreography commissions for colleges and student training programs. Shawn is the founder and artistic director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a dance company that performs in New York and around the United States. His work has been seen in NYC 10 festival, the Houston Fringe Festival, and the Moving Beauty Series. He has curated and produced the Evening of Contemporary Dance and Thought Provoked where he presented his own choreography and the works of over 40 other artists. Through his company, Shawn works with the DEA to create shows and teach residencies that combine high quality dance presentations with and anti-drug message for at-risk kids. Shawn has also been teaching dance for sixteen years at numerous colleges, dance schools, training programs, summer intensives, conventions, public schools and for New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey.

John

John "Comix" Barrella
Owner/Director of Redef Hip Hop Company

Hip Hop/ Street Dance Educator, Choreographer, Consultant & Company Director

Based on the East Coast, John's work is based within street dance culture. His work utilizes a range of arts influences with techiques based in locking, popping, b-boy, and hip hop. As a performer, John works as a solo artist and in collaboration with members of the hip hop community. He has been a featured dancer in music videos "HSKT" by Tenin and "Get Away" By Alissia. Other works include a spoken & dance presentation on chaos in the arts for Tedx, a tribute to the Lockers at "Waack to the Future", Halftime shows for the NY Knicks, The Battle of the Boroughs reuinion and much more. As a choreographer, John's work has been presented internationally. His unique approach to movement has been placed on dancers in a number of states in the United States, dance schools in Canada and colleges/universities with dance programs in the tri-state area. John has also been owner of "Soul Sessions" Hip Hop dance convention since 2010.

John is director of "The Redef Movement: Artists of Street Dance" , a dance company he founded in 2007. He and his company present work both in a range of hip hop and professional dance atmospheres. The company was the champion of hip hop battle "Ill Bounce 3", finalists for "Battle for Your Life" and continues to make a presence at hip hop battles. Their work has been seen at Madison Square Garden, Tedx Asbury Park, The NY Filipino Festival, The Biomorphic Dance Festival, Show up and Dance, Monsters of Hip Hop and a number of other events in NY, Philly and NJ.

At the age of 14, John was accepted into the "School of the Arts" in East Brunswick where he spent four years learning modern dance and ballet from a variety of instructors and master teachers. Aside from traditional dance classes, he attended annual courses in human anatomy, improvisational techniques, teaching dance to children, choreography techniques, musical theatre and theatre. In college, John studied childhood education and small business management to round out the important aspects of his dance career training. From his early teens, John has studied under various hip hop artists and was recruited into WildStyle dance company where he learned his core hip hop techniques. He gained appreciation for street styles with glimpses into technique for house dance, waacking and dancehall. Furthering his training, John still regularly attends classes and events with master and pioneering hip hop artists. Notable influences on his work include Tom Mckie, Spex, Brian Green, Bev Brown, Jazzy J, Sekou, Pavan Thimmiah and more.

John is an active educator and choreographer with work recognized in both the U.S.A. and Canada. Currently, he has developed a curriculum and program that trains teachers in hip hop terminology and technique, applying it to class structure. This program, "Essentials for Dance Education" has been implemented in classrooms around the world and has offered countless teachers a look into his own method of instruction. Johns classes and events are designed to teach aspiring dancers the fundamentals of street & hip hop dance as a freestyle art and techniques to master choreography. His goals are to inspire people to be artists and push themselves creatively and positively both in and outside of dance.

Alicia Toff

Alicia Toff

Meet Ms. Alicia: (ACRO) "Alicia began dancing at the age of 3 at Lowe Dance Studio. She has studied ballet, jazz, modern, and acrobatics. During her time at Lowe Dance Studio, she danced competitively and took part in the student teaching program. She also attended The Voorhees Ballet Theatre and CPYB's summer intensives. In high school, Alicia began training with the Acrobatic Arts curriculum. By the end of high school, she was able to get certified up to level Pre-Professional 2.

Alicia is currently a student at Monmouth University where she is the president of the 5678 Dance Club. She has broadened her training and experience by performing in their musicals and taking dance classes there."

Kylie Newton

Kylie Newton

Kylie Newton has been dancing for 18 years. She has been trained in various types of dance including: Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, and many more including different types of cultural dances. Kylie graduated from The Performing Arts Academy in 2017 where she majored in dance. There she did countless shows either behind the scenes or on stage. She then went on to Ocean County College where she was the President of the Dance Club. In college, she currently majors in Business Management at Kean University.

Not only does Kylie love to choreograph pieces and perform, but she also loves to work behind the scenes. Kylie worked at Six Flags Great Adventure as an Entertainment Technician where she designed lights and sound for all the shows. Kylie loves anything entertainment related and wants to give that same love to every student she has.

Emily Limor

Emily Limor

Jazz Contemporary

Heather Zigmont

Heather Zigmont

Munchkin Ballet

Miss Heather is the type of person who eats, sleeps, and breathes Ballet! This lovely lady has an incredible amount of knowledge when it comes to the art of Ballet. The Little ones love her classes, she brings all the necessity like teddy bears, tambourines, and scarves.

Heather Zigmont is from Princeton, New Jersey 45 minutes south of New York City. She started ballet at the age of four at the Princeton Ballet School where she studied for fourteen years. Heather danced with their professional company American Repertory Ballet where she performed annually in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Dracula and Romeo and Juliet. In addition, she has attended on scholarship many prestigious Ballet summer programs such as; The Milwaukee Ballet, The Colorado Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, New Jersey Governor's school of the Arts and the Nevada Ballet Theatre.

She has also lived in New York City where she trained with top professionals at Steps and Broadway Dance Center. Heather has over 35 years of dance training and experience and has performed nationally including the tour of Phantom of the Opera. She has also freelanced with several Ballet companies including the Boston Dance Company, Colorado Ballet, American Repertory Ballet and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. Heather lived in California for seven years where she taught ballet all over LA and Orange counties. While living in California she danced professionally in two big shows in Orange County; The Glory of Christmas and The Glory of Easter at the Crystal Cathedral. She also danced at Disneyland in Orange County as the Music Box Ballerina in their Christmas parade. Heather later moved to Boston where she taught Ballet Technique and choreographed and restaged The Nutcracker Ballet for two year's while
performing with the Boston Dance Company. Heather has won many awards and scholarships for her dancing and choreography. She currently resides in New Jersey where she is teaching Ballet and pointe in addition to freelancing as a Guest Ballet instructor, Master class workshop teacher, and Private Lesson Instructor. Heather specializes in teaching Ballet and Pointe Private lessons in which she is most knowledge. She also Choreographs choreography on students that is technically challenging and geared to the intermediate and advanced students making certain they practice continually thinking on their feet. In addition, she can also choreograph on more beginner students while practically teaching them the most essential ballet steps and concepts. Also, how to link the in between steps and always keeping them learning.

Her main focus now as a dance educator/choreographer is to prepare all students so that whatever avenue the student chooses to pursue, whether in the field of dance as a profession or any other profession they are prepared to both command the stage or learn from the discipline valuable lessons on life. Heather is currently going back to college to further and expand her knowledge in the areas of Arts Administration and Production. Her goal is to continue to be a learner herself and continue to master Ballet education in addition to working more and more on her choreography for future concert dance projects and performances.