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Dani Tucci-Juraga

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

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Dance Educators of America, SAG-AFTRA, AEA. 

Dani has enjoyed a professional dance career as Principal Dancer, and Swing for; (Broadway) Sesame Street Live, Camp Broadway Thanksgiving Day Parades, (Tours) Sesame Street Live-USA/Asia, The Magic School Bus, Disney Cruise Lines.; (Film) 'Silver Linings Playbook’ under the direction of David O. Russell and choreography by Mandy Moore; (TV); Choreography for NBC’s Hairspray LIVE Kimmel Center, Phila, Playhouse Production’s ‘Waist Watchers' The Musical (National Tour), The Bucks County Playhouse’s ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show’ (Scene Stealers Choreography), YouTube series ‘My Sister’s Workout’ and real life choreographer to Director, Lou Volpe (NBC's 'RISE').  She is a teaching artist at the Bucks County Playhouse and Adjunct Professor at Rider University for the Musical Theater Department. Her specialties are: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Zumba and Bikram “Hot” Yoga. She is thankful for God’s gifts and promises that are the driving force behind her every move, her parents Marlene & Ron Tucci who taught her to work hard and never quit and Kresimir and Adam Juraga whose love is simply amazing. DaniTucciJuraga.com

Jake VanHorn

Hip Hop III & IV & Adult Hip Hop Fitness

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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). As a freelance entertainer, Jake works with Xplosive Entertainment & Philly/New York Production Companies.

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)

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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!  

Nicole Decker

Jazz Pop I & II, A Chance To Dance (teach teacher)

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Nicole has been dancing at Downstage since the age of three studying all styles of dance. While in High school she assisted Jazz Pop as well as A Chance to Dance. She also has had several choreographing experiences such as Afton Elementary’s production of Dear Edwina Jr. in 2018-2019. Nicole is now attending The College of New Jersey in hopes of becoming a Nurse Practitioner in the Mental Health field. Nicole is so excited to share her love and passion for dance with her students.


Kathryn Skelly

Ballet III, IV & Pointe

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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 Choreographed: Company, Anne of Green Gables and The Scarlet Pimpernel at Town and Country Players

Trina Shumsonk

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

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Trina's love of performing began as a child watching her mother direct and choreograph productions.
After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts/Acting and continuing her studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse- Trina has enjoyed a career as an actor, voice over artist, choreographer, and performing arts/yoga instructor. She has toured nationally with Feld Entertainment’s Playhouse Disney Live, as well as performed in productions with The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Manhattan Children’s Theatre, Hairspray Live at the Kimmel Center, The Kelsey Theatre, The Xoregos Performing Company and voice overs for several commercials.
Trina has also worked in a variety of professional capacities with organizations including Dance Masters of America, Bucks County Playhouse,UGOT Active Kids, Ballet Tech-NYC's public school for dance, Sesame Place, Curtain Call costume catalogues, Bucks Gymnastics II, Astoria Fine Arts, The Craft Studio NYC, University Park Ensemble, Grumblings Gryphons Traveling Children's Theatre, and Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop.

Trina is the choreographer for Pennsbury High School, Ewing High School, Charles Boehm Middle School, and Neshaminy Summer Stock.

Trina is also a proud Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga teacher, a SPRY Certified Yoga Instructor, and Certified Women's Circle Leader with The Wild Woman Project.

When she has free time Trina loves sewing, quilting, gardening and traveling the world. www.trinamar.com

Brenna Bajor-Strine

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

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Dancing since age 4, Brenna is a DSC Alumnus and teacher, trained in all areas of dance. She was Downstage Center’s first student back in 2001. Brenna 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 and lives in Bucks County with her husband Alex and their son Liam.


Tia Brown

A Chance To Dance & Pre-Dance II (Sat) Team Teacher/Assistant

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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. Recently Tia started as “St. Jimmy” in the Kelsey Theater’s production of AMERICAN IDIOT and will soon be featured in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, also at the Kelsey Theater.

Downstage Center Student-Assistants

(left-right) Liliyanna Rivera, Victoria Falkevitz, Rianna Stradling, Ashlyn Hale, Kaylin Buchanan, Holly Dugan, Charlotte Gougher

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