Guest Faculty & Choreographers

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.

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Al Blackstone

Al Blackstone is an NYC-based choreographer, performer, and educator, and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.  While working mostly in musical theater, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. In July of 2012 he directed, and choreographed the original dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom.  

 

Other original works include; an upcoming premier at University of the Arts, Hello Dolly for Dancers Responding to AIDS’ Dance From the Heart, the solos performed on So You Think You Can Dance by season 8 finalist Jess LeProtto, and Defying Inequality: A Broadway Benefit (cast of The Lion King).

 

Theatrical credits include Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). Favorite performing credits: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages), the feature film A Winter’s Tale, NBC’s American Dreams, and TLCs Trading Spaces. 

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Daniella Cavaleri

Daniella grew up competitively dancing in New Jersey and has gone on to teach, choreograph and perform for the past 23 years.  Her dance education includes, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, full scholarship STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and other various teaching and choreography workshops.  Over the years she has been lucky enough to work in various areas of the entertainment industry.  Along with performing Mrs. Cavaleri has been Assistant Choreographer  to Ray Leeper and Brook Notary and was Resident Choreographer for Franco Dragone’s European Circus Show INDIA.   For the past 8 years she has coordinated and run the Dance Teacher Summit Fashion Forward fashion show and most recently has become in involved with choreographing photo shoots for BLOCH and Art Stone.  When not travelling she teaches and choreographs for various competitive studios in the tri-state area.  Her students have been seen in such shows as Hello Dolly, Cats, Newsie’s (Broadway), So You Think You Can Dance,  Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC and Tour) ,  The Grinch (NYC and Tour), White Christmas (NYC and Tour), Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins,  Bye Bye Birdie, 101 Dalmations and Annie the Tour.

Credits for performance include:  Radio City Christmas Show NYC (ensemble/swing), Fosse (International /National Tour), (Resident Choreographer) INDIA Franco Dragone Entertainment (Germany), Rolling Stones Tour, Mia Michaels R.A.W., Notario Dance Company (Assistant Choreographer), Mogan Scott Ballet (formerly Joffrey II), and Broadway Dances (DRA)

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Blake Krapels

Blake Krapels, a For Dancers Only Alumnus and 2011 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has been dancing since the age of three under the tutelage of Billy Larson and Jamie Salmon. In 2015, Blake graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While at Juilliard, Blake has had the opportunity to perform repertoire by William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Jose Limon and Peter Chu. Alongside the vast repertoire, Blake had the privilege of working with Larry Keigwin, Austin McCormick, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Emery LeCrone and Monice Bill Barnes on new creations. In addition to his core training at school, Blake traveled to Den Haag to partake in Nederlands Dans Theatre’s 2014 Summer Intensive as well as Montreal for Springboard Danse Montreal 2013. In 2011,The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts recognized Blake for his choreography and afforded him the privilege to present his work at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Blake is currently dancing with BalletX, Contemporary Ballet Company in Philadelphia, while continuing freelance work throughout the country.  Eventually he plans to launch his own collaborative company.

Justine Capria Morill

Justine Capria Morrill, a native of New Jersey, graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009, with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. Justine was a member of The Xhale Dance Company in Philadelphia where she choreographed and danced in numerous performances including the Philly Fringe Festival. Justine was a part of Marinspired the storyteller’s, under the direction of Marinda Davis, where she performed in the company’s NYC debut “Breakable,” and also performed at the Capezio A.C.E awards. She has also performed in many APAP showcases at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC, works by Michael Susten and Marinda Davis. She is a company member of Michael Susten and Company which is working on their third season this fall in NYC. Justine can be seen on season 5 of The Dr. Oz show as an OZ dancer, along side Stepp Stewart. She has performed alongside Stepp Stewart at the past two Health Corp Galas in NYC. Aside from performing Justine Capria Morrill has a passion for teaching and choreographing for award winning competitive dance studios, dance teams, and performing arts high schools throughout New Jersey where her work has received numerous choreography awards

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Amber Perkins

Amber Ann Perkins was born and raised in Norwich NY, where she began her dance training. She went on to the University of Brockport and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in Dance in 1994 and her BS in Economics in 1995. Amber performed with the Danscore Company as a principle dancer for three years. As a choreographer, Amber has worked with various companies and dance institutions across the United States and Canada, including Williams/Henry Dance in Kansas City. Amber is the owner of the nationally distinguished Amber Perkins School of the Arts and is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Phoenix Project Dance. Ms. Perkins has won many choreography awards, including the very prestigious Elan Award. The Elan Award is presented annually by Dance Spirit Magazine and Capezio, honoring one choreographer who has changed the way we view dance. Previous Elan Award recipients are Graciella Danielle, Jerry Mitchell, Ann Reinking and Rob Marshall and Susan Stroman. Ambers work has also been recognized in Dancer Magazine and Dance Studio Life.

Matthew Wiercinski

Matthew Wiercinski grew up in Totowa NJ, and started dancing at the age of six. He has trained in all styles of dance. His ownstyle is unique and uses technique from Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Matt’s home studio is For Dancers Only, FDO, where he really established his technique. He frequently takes classes in the city at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Matt recently made his Broadway debut in Anastasia and continues to work in professional theate