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Joede started Dance Plus along with her sister Sharyce with a vision of creating a studio where artistic and educational excellence was provided to ALL students.  Today she is the studio director as well as a full-time teacher of ballet, tap, modern, lyrical and jazz to all ages. Joede is a graduate of Mason Gross School of Fine Arts at Rutgers University with a B.F.A. in dance.   As a professional dancer, she has performed with the renowned Don Redlich Dance Company, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Fred Benjamin, Robert Christopher, Claudia Gittleman and Anne Reinking.  She has taught world-renowned entertainers and choreographed numerous music and exercise videos.  Her choreography from the American Dance Festival earned an invitation and opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  And she has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.  She has also served as a judge at the national level for several of the largest dance competitions in the United States, and was honored by Monmouth Arts as the 2014 Community Arts Education Advocate. 

Joede is the driving force behind Dance Plus’ community involvement and has received awards and accolades for her non-profit dance company, The Persson Dance Ensemble, which has performed from coast to coast.  Joede’s teaching, choreography and business intellect have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, TIME and Self Magazine as well as receiving the Young Entrepreneur’s Award from Ernst and Young. 

Studio Director, Owner

JOEDE PERSSON

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Robert teaches hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern and lyrical to all age groups.  His unlimited energy and top-notch choreography are student favorites.  He is also a highly sought after ballroom and wedding choreographer and shares these talents with numerous brides and grooms on a regular basis.  Robert is a product of Mason Gross School of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in dance.  As a professional dancer, he has performed with Madonna, Stevie B, Philadanco, Cirque, Dancesport NYC, the Don Redlich Dance Company, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Fred Benjamin, Robert Christopher, and Claudia Gittleman.  Robert was a featured performer at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and a competitor at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival in London.   Also a firm believer in giving back to the community, Robert participated in The Persson Dance Ensemble and carries this philanthropic nature to the Dance Plus students every day by supporting their efforts to “get involved.” 

Co-Owner, Assistant Director

ROBERT DIMAPILIS

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Kat Reese is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist working in the New York City and New Jersey areas. Kat has toured nationally as a professional dancer, and has taught a vast range of student populations, including preschool through 12th grade students in studios and school programs, college dance majors, adult beginners and dance professionals alike, and senior citizens. Kat teaches hip hop, modern, ballet, contemporary, jazz, and conditioning for all levels of physical ability. She believes that movement is powerful and essential to a full life, and feels that dance can be for everyone. Kat currently dances for the Equus Projects, a site-specific improvisational dance company based in New York City directed by JoAnna Mendl Shaw, as well as Monteleone Dance where she also serves as rehearsal director. Kat also dances for the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company in Jersey City, NJ, and serves as choreographer and rehearsal director for their pre-professional division, the Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Company. She also serves as a teaching artist for 10 Hairy Legs directed by Randy James teaching modern dance in New Jersey public schools. Kat's dancing, choreography, and thoughts on dance and art have been featured in multiple articles, on television (Dance Vista), and on podcasts (Artist Gripes). She graduated summa cum laude with her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Kat is also a graduate of Dance Plus, and is happy to be back home as a teacher.

Instructor

KATHRYN REESE

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Meagan is one of the very first graduates of Dance Plus, and is thrilled to be back teaching with her DP family!  Meagan earned a Masters degree in Dance Education at Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University where she studied extensively under nationally renowned dance educator Dr. Barbara Bashaw. Meagan also holds a B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Asian American History from Connecticut College, where she studied under Dan Wagoner, Lan Lan Wang, George de la Pena, Jeff Rebudal and numerous esteemed guest artists. Meagan also spent a semester at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she was fortunate enough to study various Asian dance forms in addition to ballet and modern dance under the tutelage of Peggy Gaither-Adams and Gregg Lizenbery. Meagan currently helms the dance program at Long Branch High School where she has been the sole dance educator for the last 15 years. In addition to teaching a full schedule of dance to over 120 students, Meagan also directs the award winning Green Wave Dance Team, the Long Branch Middle School Dance Club, and is the choreographer for the Westwood Players Ensemble, for which she was nominated by Count Basie Theater for a Best Choreography Award in 2015 for her work on "A Chorus Line." Meagan’s contributions to the Visual and Performing Arts department have helped Long Branch High School earn the ranking of #2 arts high school in Monmouth County as determined by the New Jersey Arts and Education Council. In 2014 Meagan was selected to be one of 7 dance educators in the state of New Jersey to write the performance assessment tasks for the NJ Model Curriculum in Dance for the New Jersey State Department of Education, and in 2015 Meagan was chosen to be one of 5 dance educators nationwide to serve on an assessment committee for the National Coalition for the Arts as they prepare PreK - 12 schools across the country to adapt the new National Core Arts Standards into their arts curriculum.

Instructor

MEAGAN RULAND

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Joe Monteleone, the “dazzlingly oddball choreographer--Andy Warhol of modern dance” (The Moving Beauty Series) is an award-winning solo dance artist and Artistic Director of Monteleone Dance.  His work has been presented extensively in New York City (Judson Church, Inception to Exhibition Festival, APAP, 92Y, Center for Performance Research, Peridance, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, the Dance Gallery Festival, Alpha & Omega Theater, The Current Sessions, Korean Dance Festival, Live At The Archway, Tranlsate: Voices of Dance, Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Norwood Club, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Green Space, The Moving Beauty Split Bill series, Triskelion Arts’ Split Bill Series, Comedy in Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Dumbo Dance Festival, the Chocolate Factory, Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, and various showcases). His work has been presented nationally at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Reverb Dance Echoes Tour (Boston University), Your Move Dance Festival (NJ), Rutgers University (NJ), The Wassaic Project (NJ), Crossroads Theatre (NJ), Motion: Best of NJ Dance, and the Breaking Ground Dance Festival (Tempe, AZ) where he was hailed as “far and away the most moving and meticulous dancer to take the stage during Breaking Ground 2017, Monteleone exudes remarkable energy that radiates even through his thumbs” (Phoenix New Times).  International credits include a tour with International BPM to Spain on multiple residencies, including commissions by the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and a performance in the Bailar al Sol Festival. Joe won the Audience Favorite Award at NYC10 in 2015 for his solo work “Defense Mechanism”, and was voted favorite choreographer at The Intimate Series. His live installation work has been presented at the Peridance Capezio Center (NYC), the Alpha Art Gallery (New Jersey) and the Infinito Gallery (NYC).   Joe has been commissioned by The Moving Beauty Series (Brooklyn), coLAB Arts (NJ), Rutgers University, and Amalgamate Dance Company as a choreographer for the Guest Artist Series, as well as receiving various institutional commissions. Joe has taught and lectured at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers), Raritan Valley Community College, PMT Dance Studio (NYC), Arizona State University, Ballet Forte, and DancePlus Little Silver. www.monteleonedance.com

Instructor

JOE MONTELEONE

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Emily began her dance and gymnastics training at a very young age.  Emily started as a dance major at Connecticut College where she studied with David Dorfman, founder of David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson and Shani Collins.  She was also selected to dance in Martha Meyers’ guest artist piece.  She graduated from Georgian Court University studying with Silvana Cardell, founder of the Cardell Dance Theater. Emily has been coaching competitive gymnastics for USAG and USAIGC since 2012.  During that time, she has coached many state champions as well as 4 world champions. Emily is excited to share her love and knowledge of dance and acro with her students.  

Instructor

EMILY SMIGA

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Instructor

ALISON GARDELLA

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Tommy teaches tap, jazz, contemporary, modern and musical theatre. Tommy is a Florida native, where he trained at New Tampa Dance Theatre. Tommy graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.F.A. in dance performance in 2005. While training, he has had the opportunity to work with many world-renowned choreographers and dancers. He has performed with Columbus Dance Theater contemporary ballet company, in the United Kingdom tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet, Columbus, Collide, and Parsons Dance. He is also currently dancing with dre.dance, Nicholas Andre Dance, marInspired, and Kristin Sudekis Dance.  In addition to company work Tommy has been featured in several movies, musicals and TV shows. Recent highlights are The Big Gay Musical movie, City Center Encores' production of "Where's Charley ?" and "Fiorello" and the premier of Rosie O'Donnell's return to prime time TV on Rosie Show, featured on the OWN network. Most recently he has had the honor of working with Verdon/ Fosse Estate on archiving the legendary work of Bob Fosse.  As a teacher he has taught master class all over the world including Brazil, China, and Russia.  Teaching students that are mentally and physically handicapped, autistic and blind. In the United States he has been privileged to teach at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, The Ohio State University, Adelphi University, Manhattenville College, and many dance studios across the nation. He is currently teaching classes in studios in New Jersey, New York City and Queens and judging completions all over the nation.

Choreographer

TOMMY SCRIVENS

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Choreographer

ALEXA LUCHESE