FDO Faculty

Kristen Gorski

Growing up 20 minutes from NYC, Kristen was immersed in a world of dance and theater. As a child she did numerous national television commercials that lead to voice and acting lessons that sparked her passion for Broadway. At the age of 8, she was accepted into the School of American Ballet where she trained for 8 years and performed with the NYCB in many productions. She competed at a national level from the age of 10 through High School where she was recognized for her well rounded and versatile abilities. Kristen continued her education at Syracuse University as a Musical Theater major and while still attending school she began her 15 year career on Broadway when she was cast in the original company of FOOTLOOSE as a featured dancer and understudying the role of Wendy-Jo.

It was during this time that she started assisting and working under Ray Leeper on off-broadway shows, music videos and film workshops, as well as, master classes around the country.

Kristen recently completed a 10 year run as an Original Cast Member of WICKED the Musical where she had the opportunity to be Dance Captain, play the role of the Witch's Mother, and was Assistant Choreographer to Wayne Cilento for the 1st National Tour. Kristen has taught master classes in Musical Theater all over the country. Her focus in her teaching is performance, intention and energy! She is a Mommy to Kylie...which has been her best job yet!

Mike Minery

Mike Minery, a New Jersey native, has established himself as one of the finest tap dancers and choreographers working today. Mike has been named the 1997 World Tap Champion and was a recipient of a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award. He toured the world as a soloist with the internationally acclaimed Manhattan Tap company, and has been featured at The Supper Club on Broadway, in the '40s revue This Joint is Jumping. He has created his own tap company, "Tapaholics", which debuted at the famed Duke Theatre in New York City and has performed in countless theatres and on television as a feature guest on The Tony Danza Show. Mike has been seen in Footprints Tap Jam 2000 in Chicago, an Equity Cares Fight AIDS production of "Zoot Suit Strut", and was a soloist in the 2001 Tap Extravaganza at Town Hall Theater in Manhattan. He has choreographed pieces for Manhattan Tap, The New Jersey Tap Ensemble and The North Carolina Youth Ensemble, as well as numerous companies and studios around the world. Most recently, Mike choreographed "Tap: The Show", which is running at the Music Box Theatre in Hershey Park for the next three summers. He is also the Director and Choreographer of SLIDE, a tap workshop and Off-Broadway show!

Patti Krapels

"Miss Patti" Krapels, Young Dancer Director, began her career, and continues today, as a Chiropractic Physician specializing in Pediatrics, and practices with her husband, Glenn. As her children, Ashley, Trevor and Blake began to demonstrate a love for dance at a young age, she became actively involved in a program specializing in children’s dance education. Her experience with the program evolved into a true passion for teaching dance to young children -- starting at the beginner level as they first experience rhythmic movement, to their first on-stage performance, and thereafter, as they develop their skills in ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz styles. Miss Patti is Director of the Performing Hearts Dance Program which provides classes for girls and boys living with physical or mental challenges.This program allows children with special needs to express themselves creatively, strengthening confidence and social skills. Miss Patti is a children’s dance program designer and lead teacher at several area dance studios and preschools.

Kelly Schlosser

Kelly has trained at For Dancer’s Only under the direction of Kelly Allen for 15 years. A competitive dancer since age 5, she has been recognized for countless awards and titles at both the regional and national level. Through it all, Kelly has had the opportunity to study various styles of dance with many talented instructors and choreographers including Jamie Salmon, Ray Leeper, and Mike Minery. 

For the last four years, Kelly danced for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils hockey team as a Devils Dancer.

Kelly is a graduate of Montclair State University, earning her B.A., with honors, in Family and Child Studies.  Currently, she is also working as a teacher in Cedar Grove, while also pursuing her Master's degree in Special Education. 

Elisabetta Spuria

Elisabetta Spuria is originally from Italy, where she grew up and started her professional career as a dancer/choreographer. Since she moved to New York City she has been working with such artists as Mariah Carey (“Charmbracelet World Tour”) and Michael Bolton (“Only A Woman Like You! Tour”) as both associate choreographer and assistant director. She has been assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in numerous theater productions: Footloose, Nights on Broadway III, the operas Carmen, Candide and Aida to name a few. Elisabetta has had the pleasure to work and collaborate with many directors and choreographers like Josh Bergasse, AC Ciulla, Andy Sandberg, Andrew Goldberg, Michele Assaf, etc. This has given her the opportunity to enrich her skills and become a versatile performer and choreographer, allowing her to work in all different areas of the entertainment industry, from hip and edgy industrials to the most classic of all musicals. Elisabetta was the choreographer of the regional premiere of Spring Awakening (ReVision Theatre/TheatreC), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (LIVE Asbury Park), Hair directed by Andrew Goldberg, Chicago at the Michael D. Palm Theatre (Co), The Who’s Tommy directed by Carlos Armesto, Tess A New Rock Opera (NYMF), disOriented, a play by Kyoung H. Park, (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), the Off Broadway play Zelda at the Oasis, Standby (NYMF), Madame Infamy (NYMF), Billy Lewis Jr.’s Jealousy (music video). More credits include numerous events in and outside New York City, and she was associate choreographer for the PBS children show The Electric Company and for ABC’s 2010 One Life To Live musical episodes. In addition to that Elisabetta travels extensively to teach master classes and workshops throughout North America and across the globe. She has also been a guest teacher at! Broadway Dance Center and at Steps on Broadway in NYC.

Daniel Vaniska

Most recently, Daniel was a cast member of Rosta Thomas' "Bad Boys of Dance" and the broadway musical "Hairspray" on the world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Some of his past performing credits include: "Footloose" at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Ohio, choreographed and directed by Emmy Award winning and Tony nominated broadway choreographer AC Ciulla. Daniel has also performed in the first national tour of "The Music Man" with original choreography by Susan Stroman. He performed in Atlantic City for two consecutive years in the broadway review productions entitled "Nights on Broadway II & III" at Caesar's Palace. Daniel's industrial/TV appearances include: major events for Volkswagen Germany and Walmart, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He can also be seen on television screens in Spain for the Spanish National Lottery. Prior to Daniel's professional career he held numerous titles, including 'National Outstanding Dancer' for New York City Dance Alliance! He was also a recipient of Broadway Dance Center's Richard Ellner Scholarship.

Terk Waters

Terk Lewis Waters (Mansfield, OH) began his training at the age of 17 with Tony Calucci at the Dance Extension in Columbus, OH. He went on to receive his B.F.A. in dance from Western Michigan University where he performed in works by Antony Tudor, Frank Chaves and Ron DeJesus. In addition, Terk has trained at The City Ballet of San Diego with David Howard, Gelsey Kirkland and Sandra Jennings and at River North Chicago Dance with Frank Chaves and Sara Bibik. Before Joining Complexions, Mr. Waters danced with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, where he performed in works by Laurie Eisenhower, Louis Falco, Eddy Ocampo, Joel Hall and Michael Foley. Mr. Waters performed as a soloist in Lindsay Nelko's full length contemporary ballet "Awekening", and at the Sundance Film Festival with the band O.A.R., as well as the Dance Open Festival in Russia and the Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. Waters has also had the opportunity to perform as a guest at the World Ballet Competitions "All Stars of Dance Gala", The International ballet Competition (IBC) Gala and Rasta Thomas' "Dreamscape" Gala. Most recently, Waters performed as a gust artist in "Impressions" presented by Joelle Cosentino and Chaz Buzan. Waters has also worked on music videos for artists Jill Scott, Nile Rogers and ELEW. Since joining Complexions in 2010, Waters has performed in world premiere works by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jae Man Joo, William Forsythe and Marcelo Gomes.  

Jordan Norton

Jordan Norton began her dancing career at the age of three in Little Falls, New Jersey at her local dance studio, For Dancers Only, where she studied dance under the direction of Kelly Allen and teachers including Ray Leeper, and Al Blackstone. Jordan also studied in NYC at the Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. While dancing competitively and winning two national titles in 2004 and 2005, Jordan also had the pleasure of being a part of Jamie Salmon Hoctor’s instructional video “Sleeping Beauty” as well as “Broadway’s Leading Men” national tour, where she performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her high school career at Wayne Hills High School, Jordan was head of the school’s Dance Team and Student Dance Association programs. She then moved to Purchase, New York where she graduated with honors at State University of New York at Purchase College with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts Degree in Dance while working closely with her mentor and choreographer Nelly van Bommel. Jordan is currently a dancer for Asha Dance Company, NØA Dance, Moonwater Dance Project as well as Harper Continuum Dance Theater. 

Jourdan Epstein

Jourdan Epstein is a professional freelance dancer based in NYC. Jourdan began dancing in Minnesota at age 3, trained at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and earned her Bachelor’s from NYU in Dance Medicine & Science. Ms. Epstein was a member of Complexions contemporary Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance and Company XIV. Jourdan was an original cast member and Dance Captain of the World Premier of Prince of Egypt and featured in Art On Ice with James Blunt. She was a finalist on Season 11 of SYTYCD, has danced in national commercials, music videos, and television spots and will be dancing in the 2020 In The Heights feature film. She loves traveling & performing around the world as well as teaching and choreographing whenever she can. 

Samantha Sonzogni

Samantha Sonzogni is an award winning choreographer who has been dancing since age three. She has been trained extensively in all genres of dance under names such as Michael Minery and Ray Leeper. Samantha also works with company's such as Capezio to help move the dance world forward, with new dance wear products. From 2003 until 2010 Samantha was apart of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble where she performed in many theaters such as NJPAC, along side notable tappers Maurice Chestnut and Deborah Mitchell. Samantha is currently a college student at Montclair State where she will soon earn her degree as a teacher. Samantha has traveled around the United States teaching aspiring new artists and hopes to continue to do so for a very long time. 

Melanie Schmidt

Melanie Schmidt’s dance education began at the prestigious schools of the Garden State Ballet, Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater School in New York City. Melanie performed in professional ballet for many years and was awarded the Miss New Jersey Pageant’s scholarship for talent. She continues to teach and choreograph at various dance organizations and conventions throughout the United States. She has won top awards at competitions and pageants for her choreography for group and solo variations, and each winter she appears as the guest artist in the “Nutcracker” with Garden State Ballet Company. Melanie is a college graduate with a license in physical therapy, and she is a certified Pilates instructor from the Pilates Studio in New York City.

Jianna Prall

Jianna Prall is a For Dancers Only alumni who has been teaching  at FDO and various studios for several years. Dancing since the age of three, Jianna has had the privilege to train in many different styles of dance under world recognized teachers and choreographers,  including Al Blackstone, Ray Leeper and Kristen Gorski. Throughout her dance career, Jianna has won many awards and scholarships, being recognized not only for her technique and training, but her passion.  Jianna is currently completing her bachelors degree at Montclair State University for Business Marketing and Dance. Jianna is not only a teacher, but also a choreographer, working with recreational and competitive dancers.

Hannah Zin

Hannah Zin received her training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under the direction of Dennis Marshall and Marjorie Grundvig. In addition to being a scholarship student with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, she has studied at the American Ballet Theatre in New York, North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Movement Invention Project, and the Northwest Dance Project.
Hannah moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in Dance and Art History from Fordham University and The Ailey School where she had the opportunity to perform works by Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Manuel Vignouelle, Kate Skarpetowska, Elisa Monte, and Milton Meyers. 
Currently living in NYC, Hannah is entering her third season with Phoenix Project Dance and working towards her comprehensive certification in Pilates.

Tommy Sutter

Thomas Sutter was born in Johnson City, New York where he studied tap for many years at Danek School of Performing Arts. He travelled to Germany with Stacy Eastman to compete in IDO's World Tap Dance Championships, where he took home the gold medal at age 15. At the age of 17 he began training in modern dance at the Perkins School of the Arts. After graduating high school, Thomas was accepted into The Ailey School's Certificate Program, from which he attained a Certificate of Dance in May 2012. Upon graduation, Thomas became a member of Cats Paying Dues, a tap dance company under the direction of Andrew Nemr. He was invited twice to "Vegas Week" as a contestant on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. Recent credits include White Christmas at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Burlesque Show at the Music Box in Atlantic City, and a touring work with Phoenix Project Dance, a modern company under the direction of Amber Perkins.

Christina Kotsopoulos

Christina Kotsopoulos is originally from Toronto, Ontario, where for 14 years she trained extensively at a competitive level at Vlad’s Dance Company. Starting from a very young age, she had the privilege of working with many prestigious choreographers in both the commercial and concert dance settings. Christina’s film and television credits include programs such as Pop IT!, Lego Girls, The Next Star, and Backstage. In 2014, Christina moved to New York City to study at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory for Dance. Here she had the pleasure of learning from many brilliant teachers such as Stephanie Tooman, Doug Varone and Kevin Wynn. Additionally, she had the chance to perform a solo excerpt from Kidd Pivot’s repertoire choreographed by Crystal Pite, set by Cindy Salgado. In 2016, Christina was chosen to study abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands for a semester at Academie Voor Theater en Dans in the Modern Theater Dance department. Christina graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in May 2018. Soon after graduation Christina joined Broadway Dance Lab, directed by Josh Prince, working with many different choreographers on a selected process. Christina is currently a freelancing artist based in New York City. Everyday Christina strives to push past her comfort zone and continues to pursue her dreams by trusting the process!

Alexandra DeTrolio

Alexandra DeTrolio or “Miss Alex” has been dancing since the age of 3. Aside from growing up at her home studio she trained at New Jersey Ballet and was a member of the New Jersey Tap ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. She’s performed with the New York Liberty “Lil Torches” and the Knicks City Dancers as a Knicks City Kid at the worlds most famous arena, Madison Square Garden! She is best known for her leap and turn training techniques which have become well known not only in the competitive dance world but with gymnasts and ice dancers as well. Her students have been recognized in top ten overalls, regionally and nationally as title winners and received many special awards! She is also currently on staff with Imagine Dance Challenge. Miss Alex’s attention to detail and passion for the job make her an asset to any staff!

Steven Ted Beckler

Steven Ted Beckler is an American film, television and stage actor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he now resides on the East Coast. His debut on Broadway was in Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" at the Palace Theatre where he played Wednesday matinees as Gaston and understudied The Beast, Steven also performed in such stage shows as the 1st National Tour (Los Angeles company) "Beauty and the Beast", Mel Brook’s "The Producer’s" ("Leo" Company National Tour, Las Vegas Company and Hollywood Bowl) where he understudied the roles of Max Bialystock, Roger Debris and Franz Liebkind. He also starred in The Radio City "Christmas Spectacular" as Santa Claus at the Grand Ole Opry In Nashville and Broadway's "The Most Happy Fella" at Lincoln Center. Steven has performed in theatre all over the country. You may have also seen him on Netflix’s "The House of Cards”. Steven has appeared on television series such as “Limitless", "The Affair", "White Collar", "Luke Cage" on Netflix, and several other TV series. He co-starred opposite Charlene Tilton in the film “Second Chance Christmas” and appeared in “Weiner Dog” with Danny DeVito to name just a few. Steven studied acting at Gene Bua’s “Acting for Life” in Burbank, California as well as with Austin Pendleton of HB Studios in New York City. He also studied singing in LA and NY with Bill Shoeman, Clark Harris, Peter Pergelides (The Voice) & Shigemi Matsumoto. He has taught and coached both acting and singing for adults and children in Los Angeles and New York. Steven also ran a theatre program for high school students in Los Angeles as Director, Lighting Designer and Set Designer.

Marissa Perkins

Marissa Perkins, at the age of 3, found a love for dance and began training in all genres.  A competitive dancer since the age of 6, Marissa held titles and high score awards both at the regional and national level.  Marissa spent her summers attending intensives at Broadway Dance Center, ballet seminars, and gymnastics training courses throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa is a graduate from Montclair State University with a degree in Nutrition Sciences. She has taught acrobatics and gymnastics for the past 5 years and has continued training, as well as completing safety courses. Marissa’s passion and knowledge in the dance industry has opened the doors for her to work at Capezio’s headquarters full-time as a sales and marketing representative. 

Kathy VanDereedt

Kathy VanDereedt is based out of NYC. She has toured and performed professionally around the world in a number of mediums, including concert dance, musical theater, television, commercial, and aerial work. As an instructor Kathy has taught and choreographed internationally at various schools, studios, and colleges, including NYC's famous Broadway Dance Center, and Dance Masters of America. She was also on faculty for ten years with Pushing Progress workshops, and was the Ballet Director for the Nourish Through Movement Tour, on which she also performed as a Principal Dancer. Kathy is also an adjudicator and master teacher for multiple top U.S. and Canadian dance competitions. Kathy enjoys bringing an informative and academic approach to her classes, inviting students of all ages to explore, challenge and dig for a deeper understanding of everything they know about technique, movement, and performance.

Olivia Alboher

Olivia Alboher is a proud graduate of For Dancer’s Only. Olivia is now honored and inspired to share her talents, knowledge and passion for dance as an FDO  faculty member and choreographer. By the age of ten, Olivia secured her first Broadway credit in Billy Elliot the Musical. Soon after that she was featured in  Al Blackstone's “Happy We’ll Be” at the Roseland Ballroom, and appeared on Oxygen Networks  "The Next Big Thing". Olivia has appeared in various TV commercials and industrials and is also a featured model for Jo+Jax, and Capezio dancewear. One of the original Protege's at Stacey Tookey's exclusive mentorship program, Olivia loves to travel and is always learning, growing and pushing boundaries when it comes to dance and performing. She has been awarded scholarships at many conventions nationwide, including JUMP, NUVO, 24 Seven, NYCDA and RADIX. Olivia is also an honored Beat Squad member since 2014 and is a consistent nationally ranked soloist. She has performed at Joe Lanteri's “Destiny Rising” at the Joyce Theater and Senior Gala 2018/2019. Most notably, Olivia is a four time national champion title holder at the prestigious American Dance Awards, and the only dancer in ADA's history to ever have won all four titles. Currently, you can find Olivia as one of the top 12 females on season 16 of SYTYCD!

Pamela Gaccione

Pamela Gaccione, at the age of 5, began dance training and competitive dance at For Dancer’s Only in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, acro, contemporary, modern, & hip hop. Currently studying at Montclair State University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in dance and currently performs at the Barclay’s Center as a Brooklynette Dancer for the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Association.  Also a Two-time National Title Winner - American Dance Awards Junior Dancer of the Year 2006 & National Miss Preteen Stars of Tomorrow 2006.  Also holds the title of DMA Little Miss Dance of NYC 2004, and was Petite, Junior and Teen Miss Starquest and Dance Xplosion.  Performed as a Nets Kids Dancer for the NBA New Jersey Nets Basketball for 3 years and has modeled for Capezio dancewear. 

Dani Loewen

Dani Loewen began dancing at the age of 3. She grew up in NJ, training primarily at the Dance Academy of North Jersey. Here she studied under Mark Burrell, Tom Richardson, Jaclyn Walsh, Amber Perkins, Jason Luks and Joelle Cosentino. Dani’s passion led her to The University of the Arts under the Direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While at UArts Dani performed works by Katie Swords Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, Roni Koresh, Wayne St. David, Teddy Tedholm and Netta Yerushalmy. During her last semester she was an apprentice/intern for Project Moshen Dance Company. During her final semester she interned for Project Moshen Dance Company and joined At the Brink Dance Projects. She performed in Fertile Ground and DUMBO Dance Festival 2018 with At the Brink Dance Projects. Dani was the assistant choreographer for DanceXplosion National Finals 2018 in Lake George, NY and Wildwood, NJ. She has performed in APAP 2019 and New Wave 2019 with JKing/Joyce King Dance Company. She currently teaches and choreographs at three NJ competition dance studios.  After a year of performing with 2 contemporary dance companies she has changed her focus to commercial dance. Dani is currently auditioning for regional theatres, Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tours. She is excited to see what the future holds.

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