Downstage Center Presents


August 2019

On August 7, 2019, Downstage Center Dance Studio performed at one of Europe’s most sought after tourist destinations- Croatia.

Produced, Directed and Choreographed by Dani Tucci-Juraga the Musical Review “Broadway in Croatia” was presented on the Dalmatian Island of Murter and was a hit for tourists and locals enjoying the summer holiday.

The cast of eleven included: Alain Brutus, Emily Eisengrein, Noah Eisengrein, Pete Eisengrein, Charlie Gormley, Adam Juraga, Dani Juraga, Colleen Nay, Matthew Robertson, Katie Skelly, Matthew Snyder with crew members: Kresimir Juraga (video) and Jordan Sheetz (mc)

"Broadway in Croatia" was sponsored by the Murter-Kornati Tourist Board and the first performance of it’s kind on the island. The show included Broadway classics like Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, 42nd Street, Cabaret and so much more.

This year is the beginning of what will be a growing partnership with Croatian Tourist Agencies to bring Musical Theater song and dance to the Adriatic’s Dalmatian Coast.


This time last year Dominick Sannelli and I auditioned for Mandy Moore (emmy nominated choreographer) and were chosen as featured dancers for the movie 'Silver LInings Playbook' starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DiNero.

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We spent a week at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia, filming and are THRILLED to announce that we made the cut!  

Here's what to look for if you see the movie:  
(It's at the end of the movie when they go to the "dance competition")

Shoot 1:   We are the dancing couple wearing GREEN (I am in a Green Corset and Black Fishnets, Dominick is in a Green Dress Shirt).  They pan in on us dancing and DiNero says "What is this Dancing with the Stars?"

(you'll see us here a few times dancing)

Shoot 2:  When Jennifer Lawrence runs into the ballroom, Dominick and I are behind the door practicing our dance (don't blink or your miss this one)

Shoot 3:  Bradley Cooper is walking into the ballroom by himself and we are the "contestants" walking in right behind him.

This movie is rated R for language.  Parents, please use your own judgement.

Aside from my excitement of being in it,  I can confidently say that it's an excellent movie....I give it 5 out of 5 stars!!!!  



A Dance Teachers Journey

Written below is a glimpse at what I do and why.  It’s also a message to my dancers. 

A Dance Teachers Journey-By Dani Tucci-Juraga

I am a dance teacher. I am a choreographer. But beyond that, I am an educator, a mentor, and a friend.  It is my responsibility to teach my dancers about pliés and shuffles, but more importantly about commitment, teamwork, responsibility and accountability.   

My brain never turns off.  When there’s music on I am choreographing it.  If I am shopping, I think to myself, “Could I use this for a costume or prop?”  I am forever answering emails.  I am constantly thinking about the next show, even though I am barely through the current one.  I am always searching for music and combinations because I crave inspiration for my dancers and myself.  I am endlessly editing music.  I often need to skip family gatherings to finish a 3-minute dance that takes all weekend long.  I can sometimes be found in an empty studio or theater on an anniversary or birthday, preparing a show until 2am because I would rather die first then have anyone of my dancers disappointed.   I am “at work” always, mentally and/or physically.


Giving 100%

Will always be enough!

I am an artist, entertainer, costume designer, creator, sculptor, music editor, marketing manager, bookkeeper, guidance councilor, cheerleader and salesman.  I am a self-motivated entrepreneur. I am always and forever a student, realizing that the main component to growth is exposure and education.  It is my duty to pass these invaluable life lessons on to you as those before have done for me.

Me upholding a dress code goes so much further than ‘being mean.’ It instills the necessity of preparation for the day of classes and ultimately life. Your boss may not be forgiving when one day you show up unprepared for the assigned work or presentation. It could cost you your job.  

Me encouraging you to ask questions goes much further than you understanding the combination or choreography at hand. It builds the confidence to know when you need help, take a step back and look at things objectively and subjectively. It allows you to communicate confusion or frustration.

Me teaching you how to layer your tights and perform a 1-minute quick change in the wings goes further than just the dance recital.  It teaches time management – multitasking, prioritizing, and knowing when to ask for help.

Me drilling you on the importance of a technique goes beyond me saying it over and over. It shows that with the proper training and the right coaching and mentoring, that anything is possible. And that one-day with all of the hard work you have dedicated in class, that you will get to your full potential as a result.

I know how much you are capable of and expect nothing less than your full potential at all times. I hold you to a higher standard because I know that you are more than able to meet and surpass that standard. I push you because I know that once you move on from the studio, the world will be so much harder than I ever was.

I educate my dancers to not only be technicians and performers, but to be highly effective contributors to society, no matter which path they choose.  

So dancers, know this:  I love you and am more proud of you than you will ever know. We will always have an unbreakable bond that was formed within the four studio walls, at a ballet barre, with marley and sprung wood floors underneath us.  Remember that nothing, (bent knees, sickled feet, etc..) can alter the respect I have for you.  I know that each time you put on those shoes and step onto the floor, you’re invested, you’re dedicated and because you decided to show up, you’ve stepped up.  Because you’ve done that, I am there for you!  You will always be a winner.