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Dani Tucci-Juraga

Owner/Director All Tap, Ballet I, Jazz II, III, Adult, Contemporary


Dance Educators of America, SAG-AFTRA, AEA. 

She has enjoyed a professional dance career as Principal Dancer, and Swing for; (Broadway) Sesame Street Live, Camp Broadway (Tours) Sesame Street Live (USA/Asia), The Magic School Bus, Disney Cruise Lines. (Film) 'Silver Linings Playbook’, (TV) Choreography for NBC’s Hairspray LIVE Kimmel Center, Phila.  Other choreography credits ‘Waist Watchers' The Musical (National Tour), YouTube series ‘My Sister’s Workout’ and real life choreographer to Director, Lou Volpe (NBC's 'RISE').  Dani is a teaching artist at the Bucks County Playhouse and adjunct Professor at Rider Universtiy.  She is thankful for God’s gifts and promises that are the driving force behind her every move, and Kresimir and Adam whose love is simply amazing.

Jake VanHorn

Hip Hop III & IV


Jake is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance.  He has appeared in works by:  Tommie-Waheed Evans (philadanco), Wayne David and Curt Haworth and has performed as a member of Bradley’s Bucks in Center City, Phila.  He starred as Graffiti Pete in Kelsey Theater’s production of In The Heights and was dance captain for Hairspray Live at the Kimmel Center (Phila). 

Search ‘Jake VanHorn’ on Youtube to find videos of his new work and see the movement quality he brings to the dance floor.  Jake is excited about training his students and seeing them grow throughout the season with challenges in choreography all under the umbrella of hip hop.

Kim Pearson

Pre-Dance I & II (Saturday)


Kim has been teaching at Downstage Center since 2007.  She has always wanted to spark a love and passion for dance in young children and she is so grateful she has the opportunity to do so!
Kim has been performing since the age of 5 in all areas of dance, theatre and vocal performance.  She has performed professionally at Sesame Place and can be seen on the stage at Kelsey Theatre where she has appeared in musical productions such as: City of Angels (Donna/Oolie), Shrek (Fiona), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), Suessical (Gertrude), and The Wiz (Addapearl). Other credits include: Les Miserables, The Wedding Singer, Snoopy – The Musical, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Music Man, Once Upon a Mattress, The Boyfriend, Lucky Stiff, Irene and Anything Goes.
Kim has had the opportunity to work behind the scenes as a choreographer for her college Dance and Theatre companies and has helped produce and choreograph shows at Sesame Place.  She has choreographed musicals at Kutztown Middle School and has a teaching degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  Of all the roles she has played throughout life, her most favorite and memorable one is being “Mommy” to the most amazing little boy, Parker!  

Stephanie Vandegrift

Jazz Pop I & II


Stephanie Venanzi began her training at the age of five and continues to this day to further her education both as a dancer and a teacher. She hopes to inspire her students and allow them to have a creative voice through dance. She has appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie (featured dancer), The King & I (Simon of Le Gree), The Fantasticks (The Mute) for which she was nominated for a Perry Award, A Chorus Line (Judy), Legally Blonde (Chutney Windham).  Other credits include: Fame, The Producers, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown, MCCC's Camp College dance, hip hop, and stomp programs. Choreography includes: Annie, South Pacific, Eloise, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, The King and I, Oliver, Seussical, Annie Get Your Gun, & Legally Blonde. Professional Choreography includes: Maurer Production's SHREK at The Kelsey Theater for which she won a Kelsey Award.

Stephanie holds a BA from The College of New Jersey specializing in Elementary Education and English.  Her days are spent as a high school English teacher.  

Kathryn Skelly

Ballet III, IV & Pointe


Kate has been training in Ballet since age 8.  She was a member of the Ballet NJ company in Berlin NJ for over 12 years performing in full length professional ballets such as: Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and La Bayadere. Other stage credits include: Cats, White Christmas, Riding the Comet, My Three Angels, Once Upon A Mattress, A Chorus Line, Cabaret.  She has also Choreographed: Company, Anne of Green Gables and The Scarlet Pimpernel at Town and Country Players. Kate is currently studying for BS in Environmental Design at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.

Trina Mar

Modern I/II & III/IV, Jazz IV, Pre-Dance II (Thurs), Ballet II


Trinaʼs love of performing began as a child while watching her mother direct and choreograph.  She grew up a dancer and theatrical performer, eventually graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Theater Arts/Acting as well as continued studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.  Professional credits include:  Sesame Place- Dance Captain and Entertainment Supervisor, ‘Playhouse Disney Live’-National Tour, Mahattan’s Children’s Theatre and McCarter Theater. 

Recently Trina is certified to teach Zumba and Yoga Alliance.
A New York City based actor for over 10 years, she now resides in Bucks County and splits her time between both.  A voice over artist and an avid sewer as well, Trina is thrilled to be sharing her love of the arts with her students!  

Brenna Bajor-Strine

Pre-Dance I (Tuesday), A Chance To Dance


Dancing since age 4, Brenna is a DSC Alumnus and teacher, trained in all areas of dance. She studied at West Chester and DeSalles Universities for dance, graduating with her bachelors in physcology and masters degree in counseling. Brenna Works full time as a therapeutic support staff counselor.

Tia Brown

A Chance To Dance


A performer and educator who has her masters degree in special education from TCNJ, Tia is a kindergarten teacher and works for the Mercer County Special Services. She is experienced in teaching general and special education as well as students with varying abilities and loves to sing and dance.

Downstage Center Student-Assistants

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