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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

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. Toni is anticipated to graduate in May 2020 and is eager to teach and share her passion for dance with her students at Mariann’s School of Dance.

 
Veronika Buder-Collado

Veronika Buder-Collado
DANCE EDUCATOR 

Veronika Buder-Collado is a German native. In 2003 she graduated dance college in Munich and went on to perform all over Europe from Luxemburg to Belgium, Swizerland, Germany, Spain and Austria. During this time she worked with Vivienne Newport, Nancy Seitz-McIntyre, and other local choreographers. While performing she was constantly and deeply involved in teaching, choreography, and dance pedagogy for children in need of psychological care. In 2007, she went to Steps on Broadway through a Visa program and quickly made it into the Steps Repertory Ensemble, performing in New York City for two years. During this time she was able to work with well known names such as Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Alan Sener, Andrea Miller, Naomi Perlov, Karine Plantadit, and dance legend Milton Myers. She also attended the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program in the summer of 2008. In 2010, after having danced and performed in New York City for nearly three years, she moved to Spain. She quickly opened up her own dance studio in Madrid where she focused on teaching ballet to children from the German community. Miss Veronika has recently moved to the tri-state area with her husband and two children, and is excited about her second season teaching at Mariann’s School of Dance. 

kathleen carnevale

Kathleen Carnevale
DANCE EDUCATOR
Kathleen Carnevale began her training at Mariann's School of Dance at the age of three. As a member of the Terpsichore Dance Company, she participated in regional and national dance competitions where she won overall high score awards. She continued her studies at Rutgers University where she double majored in both dance and biological sciences. After graduation, she completed a post-baccalaureate teaching certification program and now teaches high school biology. She is currently pursuing her masters in biological science education at William Paterson University. This is her eighth season at her home studio.

June Chin

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 seventh season at the studio.

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis 
DANCE EDUCATOR
Alyssa Davis recently received her Bachelor's Degree in Dance from Dean College. She has worked as the assistant to the director of the New York Dance Experience, which partners closely with Lifetime's "Dance Moms", and as a stage manager and tabulator for the competition Step Up 2 Dance. Her choreography has been showcased at the Kennedy Center, Utah Valley University, Dean College, and throughout New England. Her performance career includes dancing at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Gillette Stadium, Dean College, Disney World, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and the American College Dance Association's Festival. This is Miss Alyssa's second season at the studio. 

Victoria DeMarco

Victoria DeMarco
DANCE EDUCATOR
Victoria DeMarco grew up in northern New Jersey. She began her training under the direction of Heather Soccio at Dance Arts Academy at a very young age. As a member of the Rising Star Dance Company at Dance Arts, Vicki competed and won numerous awards with her fellow dancers on both a regional and national level for many years.  Vicki has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.  Miss DeMarco has had the opportunity to study various styles of dance with many talented instructors and choreographers including Katya Surrence, Matt Boyce, James Tabeek and Michelle Dorrance, just to name a few. She has served as an assistant at "Shock the Intensive" for Star Systems National Dance Competition. 
This is Vicki's third season at the studio.

Alina DronovaAlina 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. She is excited to be part of the dance educators at Mariann’s School of Dance.

Lisa GarinoLisa Garino
DANCE EDUCATOR
Lisa Garino has been teaching acrobatics, artistic gymnastics, cheerleading, and many styles of dance for more than 15 years at studios and gyms all over New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Florida.  She studied dance and acrobatics at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York, trained in gymnastics at multiple gyms, and continued her studies in dance and theater at Montclair State University.  Though she greatly enjoys performing, Lisa finds it much more rewarding to teach recreational dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading classes and to coach competitive teams.  Her group pieces and solos have received special awards and many of her students have gone on to perform professionally.  Miss Lisa enforces basics and fundamentals to build a strong technical foundation. She gives every student as much one-on-one attention as possible, accentuating their strengths, and helping each student accept and improve upon their weaknesses.  Using positivity and a sense of humor to connect with and motivate her students, she often uses the class’s lessons as a metaphor for important life lessons.  In her spare time, she studies psychology, which has been a huge asset in her teaching career. This is Miss Lisa’s second season at the studio. 
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 Ginny's third season at the studio.

Mariann's School of DanceLauren Guida
DANCE EDUCATOR  

Lauren Guida began her training at age three at Mariann's School of Dance. She danced and choreographed competitively for over ten years, winning various regional and national titles. In 2007 her choreography 'Lifesaver' was the Grand National Champion winner at the Starbound Talent Competition. Her studies continued at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA from 2006 to 2008. During this time Lauren performed as a member of the Xhale Dance Company, under the direction of Michael Susten. In May 2010, Ms. Guida graduated with a BFA in Jazz Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, under the direction of Katie Langan. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to train with and perform works by nationally acclaimed artists including Al Blackstone, Robert Battle, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Edgar Zendejas Takehiro Ueyama and David Parsons. In addition to teaching dance, Miss Lauren is a certified elementary school and middle school science teacher and is the proud new mom of Cameron, age 1. She is thrilled to be teaching at her home studio for the 7th year.

Kalene Marulis

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 third season at her home studio. 

Sophie Moyer

Sophie Moyer
DANCE EDUCATOR
Sophie Moyer, originally from Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in NY & PA. Growing up, Sophie studied intensely at the Moyer Institute of Dance in ballet and jazz, as well as at summer intensives with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. Sophie went on to receive her BA in Dance with a double major in Sociology from The George Washington University, graduating with honors in dance and with nominations for both choreography and performance excellence awards. Most recently, Sophie was on the faculty and staff of Joy of Motion Dance Center and Born 2 Dance Studio in the DMV area, and is the Competition Team Director and choreographer at the Moyer Institute of Dance where she teaches and choreographs in the styles of ballet, contemporary, and jazz. She continues her own training by attending classes, workshops, and intensives around the US. Sophie’s classes focus on technique, strength, musicality, storytelling, self-confidence, and the development of a personal and unique voice to share through dance. 
This is Sophie's third season at the studio.

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 fourteenth season at her home studio.

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