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49 E. Midland Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 261-1207
info@mariannsdance.com

Meet Our Faculty 
  
  
Mariann Paul

Mariann Paul
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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.

Toni Blockburger
DANCE EDUCATOR
Toni Blockburger is a BA Dance Education major at Montclair State University. She has been training since the age of 2 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern. She began competing at the age of 10 and has won numerous top awards at regional and national competitions on the east coast. At Montclair, she studies ballet, modern, and contemporary, and has had the privilege of performing in works by Jessica Di Mauro and Alwin Nikolais. She recently received the Peins Dance Scholarship for excellence in dance education. Miss Toni is anticipated to graduate in May 2020. She is eager to teach and share her passion for dance with her students at Mariann’s School of Dance for her second season.

 

Aliymah Campbell
DANCE EDUCATOR 
Aliymah Campbell received her early training at the Ailey School, as well as the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. There she studied a variety of styles including ballet, Horton, Graham, Límon, flamenco, jazz, hip hop and more. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a ballet concentration at the University of Arts, she moved to Alaska teach a ballet master. She has performed and choreographed in numerous projects as an independent artist including TRANSLATE (Voices of Dance) and Pushing Progress platforms. She has worked with renowned choreographers including Troy Powell, Aubrey Lynch, Sidra Bell, Douglas Becker and Christine Cox of BalletX. Miss Aliymah is also a photographer and editor. She is a humbled mother of her 1-year old Saharah and an excited new member of Mariann’s Dance faculty. 

June Chin
DANCE EDUCATOR
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. 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. Ms. 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 eighth season at the studio.

Alina Dronova
DANCE EDUCATOR

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 Ms. Dronova 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, Ms. Dronova 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. This is Miss Alina's second season at the studio. 
Erika Gilmore
DANCE EDUCATOR 
Erika Gilmore grew up training in the Tampa, Florida area. She subsequently moved to New York to continue her studies and broaden her own dance endeavors. She has worked with industry professionals in theatre and commercial dance, taking part in numerous live performances in New York and the Central Florida area including Brooklyn Dance Festival and Busch Gardens Tampa. She was assistant director and choreographer for acclaimed dance companies in the Tampa area. Her choreography has been nationally recognized for pieces that display not only technical strength, but showcase a unique, seemingly effortless movement. In addition to teaching, she is part of the Starbound National Talent Competition where she travels all over the country working with young dancers. Miss Erika considers being a part of the shaping and mentoring of young dancers to be most rewarding and she is excited to join the staff of Mariann’s School of Dance. 
Ginny Germakian

Ginny Germakian
DANCE EDUCATOR
Ginny Germakian was raised in northern New Jersey where she completed her early training at Metro Dance, Inc. studying tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and voice. As a member of the Dance Department at Bergen Community College, Ginny pioneered many endeavors, including captaining the college’s inaugural Bulldogs Dance Team. She continued her training in New York City at Broadway Dance Center, where she was introduced to a vast range of styles— contemporary floor work, street jazz, and Latin Fusion to name a few. She has had the pleasure of receiving high-caliber instruction from Ashlé Dawson, Derek Mitchell, Chio, Joanna Numata, Jamie Jackson, Luam, Jared Jenkins, Jon Rua, Ryan Daniel Beck, Aaron Tolson, and Robert Battle. Ginny has performed at Symphony Space, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre and Madison Theatre, Carnival NYC, Sybarite, and The Prudential Center. She has been featured in Six Flags Great Adventure’s annual Fright Fest Halloween stage show “Dead Man’s Party”, toured with BLAISE and the Dirrty Pretty Guys & Dolls, and danced at sea on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She continues to push herself as hard as she can through dance in order to further her knowledge and pass on as much of her own experience as possible. This is Miss Ginny's fourth season at the studio.

Amelia Lowe 
DANCE EDUCATOR

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 first season at Mariann's School of Dance.
 
Nick Lundquist  
DANCE EDUCATOR
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 generationdurng his first season at Mariann's School of Dance.

Kalene Marulis
DANCE EDUCATOR
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 fourth season at her home studio. 

Tom McKie 
DANCE EDUCATOR

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.
Lauren O'Brien
ADMINISTRATION
Lauren O’Brien is from Oaklyn, NJ and started her pre-professional training at the Koresh School of Dance in Philadelphia, PA. While there she was a member of the Koresh Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector. Lauren recently graduated from Montclair State University with her BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications Studies. Lauren is also part of the staff at Beyond the Stars Dance Competition. Lauren is constantly traveling back and forth between NYC and NJ, continuing her dance education as well as performing with various companies and is excited to start her second season as a part of Mariann’s School of Dance!
Meagan Salma

Meagan Salma
DANCE EDUCATOR
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 fifteenth season at her home studio.

Elizabeth Scully   
DANCE EDUCATOR/ADMINISTRATION
Elizabeth Scully began her dance career at age three and danced for 15 years at Studio L in Waldwick, NJ. She recently graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Theatre. While earning her theatre degree, Elizabeth continued her dance education through classes at DeSales where she choreographed and directed her own piece entitled This is What I Wrote. This is Elizabeth’s first year at Mariann’s School of Dance, and she is so excited to share her love of dance with her students.
 
Skyler Walters  
DANCE EDUCATOR
Skyler Walters is a NJ based dancer, teacher and choreographer who graduated from Montclair State University's BFA dance program in May of 2018. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, Fredrick Earl Mosely, Christian von Howard, and Kathleen Kelley. She has studied at the Keigwin + Company Summer intensive as well as Fredrick Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. In 2017 her work dislocation, in collaboration with Lauren O’Brien, was shown in Dance Collage, an annual student choreography showcase at Montclair State University. This will be Miss Skyler’s first season with the studio and she is excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance with her students. 

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