Meet Our Faculty
Mariann Paul received her early training with Helena Baron, and Paul Sutherland and Brunilda Ruiz of the Joffrey Ballet. As a principal dancer with the Baron Ballet Company she has performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center and in New Jersey and regional dance festivals throughout the Northeast. She has won numerous awards for choreography at competitions, and has been an adjudicator for the Star Systems National Talent Competition. Always open to new ideas and innovations in dance, she has attended the Vaganova Seminar at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, Jazz Dance World Congress, David Howard Ballet Workshop, Broadway Dance Center Teacher's Workshop, Rhee Gold's DanceLife Teacher Conference, the Dance Teacher Summit and the IDEA Conference.
June Chin started ballet at age 3 and trained with Helena Baron in New Jersey beginning at the age of 6. She studied at the School of American Ballet for 2 years before going on to train with Madame Gabrielle Darvash, who was named as one of the ten great teachers of the 20th century. Miss June won first place in the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival two years in a row and has performed as a principal dancer with The Staten Island Ballet, The Ilya Gaft Ballet Theatre and the Whitney Ballet in Upstate New York. She was a principal guest artist with the Atlanta Ballet and Sawnee Dance Theatre. In 1998 she choreographed the "Mulan Parade" for Disney Land and Disney World. Miss June was Assistant Artistic Director of the Peninsula School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles for 13 years, restaging many of the classic ballets as well as teaching and coaching dancers to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix and the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Most recently she received the Bolshoi Teaching Certificate for grades 1-8. This is Miss June's tenth season at the studio.
Alina Dronova was born in the Ukraine and began her ballet training at Kharkov Choreographic School at the age of five. In 1996 she enrolled at the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. She perfected her technique with such notable teachers as Antonina Tumkovsky, Helen Dudin, Andrey Kramarevsky, Suki Schorer, Kay Mazzo and Susan Pilarre. In the fall of 2000 Miss Alina was invited to join the New York City Ballet as an apprentice and became a member of the company in 2001. During her 17 years as a member of NYCB, Miss Alina appeared in numerous works by founding choreographer George Balanchine. She has performed over 70 ballets of the company’s repertoire, including Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Serenade and Symphony in C. She was a featured soloist in many full length productions, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. She has also originated a notable role in “Russian Seasons “by Alexei Ratmansky. Ms. Dronova left the stage in July 2017 to concentrate on teaching. She is the proud new mom of a daughter, Beatrice. This is Miss Alina's fourth season at the studio.
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Amelia Lowe is most famously known for her time on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 as a member of their top 20. In addition to this she made it into the top 12, allowing her the opportunity to perform across the country with the So You Think You Can Dance tour. Since her time on the show, Amelia has appeared as a principal dancer in episodes of Boardwalk Empire and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She has been featured in multiple nationwide commercials for Wendy's, Target, the New York Stock Exchange, General Electric and American Express. Miss Amelia was a featured dancer at the premiere for The Great Gatsby. She has performed for emerging choreographer Lindsay Nelko at the Capezio Ace Awards and Warren Carlysle at the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. She is currently living in New York and dancing for fellow So You Think You Can Dance alum Ellenore Scott in Ellenore's up and coming company, ELSCO. This is Miss Amelia's third season at Mariann's School of Dance.
Nick started his dance training at an early age in California and was awarded a full scholarship to Pacific Northwest Ballet. As a member of a competition dance team, he received numerous awards regionally and nationally in solos and group routines. Nick has performed as a dancer, acrobat and aerial artist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has entertained audiences around the world with his energetic dance style. While working professionally in California, Nick was signed with DDO Artists Agency. His professional accomplishments include dancing in the Rose Parade, performing in a Sketchers Industrial, and the National Tour of Moving Out choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Nick has been offered leading roles to perform for Tokyo Disney, Disneyland, and Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas. He has trained with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, and Terri Best to name a few. He is excited to pass his passion of dance and acrobatics on to the next generation during his third season at Mariann's School of Dance.
Kalene Marulis began her dance training at Mariann's School of Dance at the age of two. As a member of the Terpsichore Dance Company, Kalene competed regionally and nationally, winning many awards including Top Teen Senior Soloist and Junior/Senior Group Grand Champions at the National Starbound Competition. She is a graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. At the university, Kalene performed works by Jesse Zaritt, Netta Yerushalmy, Sidra Bell, Katie Swords Thurman, Douglas Becker, Sharon Eyal and Ronen Koresh, among others. Kalene has worked with choreographers and dancers in workshop environments with Doug Varone and Dancers, Shen Wei Dance Arts and Keigwin + Company. Kalene has traveled to France and Belgium where she performed with a select touring ensemble associated with UArts. In 2015, she became a certified instructor for Pure Barre at Pure Barre Philadelphia, Pure Barre South Jersey and Pure Barre Main Line. This is Miss Kalene's sixth season at her home studio.
Tom McKie began dancing as a hobby at the age of 13. This love of dance was sparked by Michael Jackson’s performance on Motown’s 25th Anniversary special in 1983. Being a self-taught dancer, Tom learned his craft by watching programs such as New York Hot Tracks, Video Music Box, Soul Train and movies such as Beat Street and Breakin. After high school, Tom began to venture out to clubs in NJ and NYC such as The Sound Factory, The Shelter, The Tunnel and Club Zanzibar, just to name a few. It was not long before Tom found himself performing and choreographing professionally, landing work throughout the country as well as internationally (Europe and Canada). His work has been seen in an array of venues including Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and New York City’s Apollo Theater. Through choreographing and performing, Tom found a love for teaching dance as well, which he does in public schools and various dance studios. Currently, Tom is also an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, a teaching artist for NJPAC and teaches recreational hip-hop classes at Rutgers University. Throughout the years, Tom has had the privilege and honor of molding the careers of students who have gone on to appear on television, film and even Broadway. This is Tom's third season at the studio.
Alfonse Napolitano, native of Parsippany, New Jersey began dancing at the age of six. He is currently in his last semester as an undergraduate at Montclair State University, majoring in Dance Performance and Dance Education (K-12). While at MSU he has performed in works by Shapiro and Smith, Camille A. Brown, Alwin Nikolias, Fredrick Earl Mosley and many more. He has appeared at Madison Square Garden, 92nd Street Y, The Joyce Theater, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Alfonse was awarded the Frances Chalif Award for Excellence in Dance and recently was awarded Outstanding Senior in the Montclair State Dance Department. In addition, Mr. Napolitano has also won multiple awards for his choreography and performances at many competitions on regional, national, and world levels. He is an experienced teacher and choreographer of all ages and abilities and has used his love of dance to assist in teaching children with Autism in the form of dance therapy. He has learned various repertory from the O’Donnell Dance Company during his studies in their certification program and received his O’Donnell Technique teaching certificate in July 2019. This is Alfonse's second season at the studio.
Meagan Salma began her dance training right here at Mariann's School Of Dance. She has performed in New Jersey Ballet's "Nutcracker", at Disney's MGM Studios and Magic Kingdom, and received a scholarship to study with Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Center. In May 2009 she showcased on the B.E.T. network performing with the Hip Hop group Physha P, and has danced on tour with the group in venues throughout the metropolitan area. She has performed in Boston, Washington D.C., Ohio, San Francisco, Jersey City, and New York City. Other performances include the "Reach Out Charity Foundation" at various benefits for AIDS and Drug Awareness and Prevention forums, the WPIX Channel 11 Entertainment Stage-NYC 2nd Avenue Street Fair Festival, and the ICF Reachout Festival. Miss Meagan graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Dance Education and has received her Standard Certificate to teach dance in public schools, grades K-12. In completing her program, Miss Meagan also received the MSU Dance Education Award for her achievements throughout her college career and student teaching experience. Most recently, she started the dance program at Mary Help of Christians Academy for middle school and high school students. Miss Meagan is the proud mother of Brandon and Mia and begins her seventeenth season at her home studio.
Lacee Schuck began dancing at the age of two and came to Mariann's School of Dance at the age of 12 to continue her dance education. While at Mariann’s, she competed both regionally and nationally with the Terpsichore Dance Company for six years. Lacee expanded her knowledge in dance and theater through her attendance at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey. While there, she was involved in eight performances, three dance concerts, and four mainstage productions. In 2017, Lacee was the first student from Bergen County Academies to be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Lacee has been a teacher's assistant for Marquee Your Name in Lights, a tri-state area dance convention. Currently she is enrolled in a graduate program at Seton Hall University and is working towards her M.S. in Occupational Therapy. This upcoming fall will be Lacee's fourth season on Seton Hall University’s dance team, The Sapphires. With the team, she performs at all men's and women's televised home basketball games and has also traveled for both the Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments during March Madness for the past three years. This is Miss Lacee's second season at her home studio!
Paulina Hill began her dance training at Miss Patti's School of Dance at age 3. She passed the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Foundation Exam under teachers Rose Ivory-Yamout and Lili Jenkins. Paulina recently graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While at MSU she performed in many musicals under the direction of Rick Sordelet, Clay James, Mark Hardy, and John Housley and music directors Meg Zervoulis and Barry Spatz. She has trained in ballet, tap and jazz with Kim Whittam, Jeff Shade, and Geoffrey Doig-Marx. Paulina has done workshops and masterclasses with Chita Rivera, Andrea Burns, Patti LuPone, Martha Graham and many more. We are excited to have Paulina as part of our dance education staff this season!
Nicole Timpanaro began dancing at the age of 3 at Studio Workshop in Lyndhurst NJ. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre under the instruction of several former Broadway performers such as Claudia Shell (CATS, Merlin) and Jim Raposa (CATS). Miss Nicole continued her training as part of the dance department at Montclair State University where she also performed in works by choreographers such as David Parsons and Karen Gayle. She graduated from the program with a BA in Dance Education and a New Jersey K-12 teaching certification in Dance. She performed professionally for a year on the Bud Light MetLife dance team, appearing at pro football games and other events sponsored by the company. Miss Nicole specializes in teaching jazz and tap and enjoys teaching musical theatre and contemporary as well. As a dance educator, Miss Nicole has taught all over northern New Jersey for the last 8 years, and her true passion is to teach and make a difference in young dancers’ lives. This is Miss Nicole's second season at the studio.
Jazmin Tyson, born in New Jersey, is a choreographer and dance educator. She started her training in her home town of Teaneck and has received her Minor in Dance from The Pennsylvania State University. Miss Jazmin has performed at many venues across the East Coast such as Bergen PAC and the Harlem Stage. She has received numerous dance awards over the years including the East Coast USA Performer of the Year. She has worked with various companies including MOJAH dance theatre, UDC Performance Company, TAOE, and After 7 singing group. Miss Jazmin is the co-founder of AMBITIONS (2012) a university-based dance organization that focuses on bringing established performers and choreographers to teach, mentor, and set work on dancers in the central Pennsylvania area. She continues to fuel her passion for dance by working for All American Talent Dance Competition and choreographing for companies and studios across the East Coast. Currently, Miss Jazmin works for the American Music and Dramatics Academy in New York City and continues to further her dance education in as many ways as possible. She is passionate about dance and its ability to empower people, communities, and societies. This is Miss Jazmin's second season at the studio.
Kelly Kline, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a New York City based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her training began at Just Off Broadway Dance Studio where she was a member of their national award winning competition team. She holds a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University, where she was awarded the Terpsichore Award and the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann Choreography Award for her excellence in both performance and choreography. Kelly has performed works by artists including Mike Esperanza, Tiffanie Carson, Christopher K. Morgan and Stephanie Martinez, to name a few. She is an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher and a Balanced Body certified Pilates instructor. She has been teaching and choreographing for dance studios all over the country for over 10 years and loves sharing her passion and creativity with her students! We are excited to welcome Kelly to the studio this season!