Jennifer grew up in lower Westchester and trained both at local studios and at Joffrey Ballet & Peridance Center, NYC while growing up. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University and performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Nikolais/Louis Dance Company. Although her degree focused more on the Modern and Ballet side, Jennifer's passion was in Jazz, Tap & Theatre Dance, and once out of school she followed her passion touring and performing in various shows. Credits include West Side Story, Godspell, Chess, Me and My Girl, King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma and The Music Man.
Jennifer's TV appearances include roles on the "The Good Wife", "Celebrity Ghost Stories", "On the Case with Paula Zahn", "Mysteries at the Museum", "Restaurant Stakeout", "Redrum" and "Crime to Remember", Films "Frenemy", "Handle Your Business", "Rest in Peace", "Hearsay", "I Don't Want to Know", as well as various Industrials and Commercials.
As much as she has always loved performing, one of her favorite pastimes has always been choreographing Musical Theatre. Choreography credits include Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game and Pippin.
While she has had the great fortune to perform and choreograph throughout her career, her absolute BIGGEST PASSION lays in teaching children the joy of dance. She celebrated that passion by opening Academy of Dance Arts 18 years ago. Since then she has taught and passed down that love to the next generations so she could watch them spread their wings and fly. She has coached dance to children working on Broadway, (Billy Elliott, Matilda, A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Will Rogers Follies) and her older dancers have gone on to College Scholarships at major Universities then successful careers in the industry.
Jennifer has judged nationally for various competition companies and is a Certified Member of Dance Educators of America and a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics.
She is excited about celebrating Academy of Dance Arts' 20th Anniversary Season with a wonderful faculty and excited to work once again with such fun and talented dancers!
Casey Hartman is a dancer and choreographer born and raised in South Florida where she studied from the age 3-19. Upon graduating, Casey attended New World School of the Arts in Miami for two years, earning her Associates Degree in Dance. She also taught and choreographed many numbers throughout FL.
Upon moving to NYC, Casey joined BEings Dance Company Directed by Emily Bufferd, where she has performed for numerous concerts and showcases throughout New York, New Jersey and Boston. Casey has performed at Peridance Capezio Center, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and many more.
Casey is thrilled to be a part of Academy of Dance Arts and looks forward to a fun and exciting year with her Lyrical, Ballet & Acrobatics students!
Shannon is an ABT National Training Curriculum certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering and has extensive teaching experience. She also has a business degree and graduated from Columbia University. She is thrilled to join Academy of Dance Arts this year and bring the years of her expertise to our ballet students!
Rachel Johnson is a dancer, singer, choreographer who began dancing competitively both regionally and nationally from ages 6 to 18 for The Dance Connection of Morris County, New Jersey. Rachel is a Manhattanville College ‘16 Cum Laude graduate with a BA in Dance and Theatre, Minor in Psychology, and concentration in Dance Therapy. Rachel is a company dancer for At The Brink Dance Projects, and JKing Dance Company- performances including Dumbo Dance Festival, Making Moves Dance Festival 2018, and APAP 2019. Manhattanville College credits include: Greasepaint (The Kid, Dance Captain) and Working (The Waitress, Dance Captain), The Boyfriend (Maisie). Manhattanville Choreography: One Within Many, PATH, and SYNC, receiving the Outstanding Academic and Artistic Excellence Award, as well as Distinction for the Choreography and Direction of her Thesis. She has also danced for Endless Voice Productions, Allison Pagano, Keith Saunders, Claire Porter, Early Mosley and Peter Pucci. Off-Broadway Credits: Assistant to the Choreographer Peter Pucci for Manhattan Theatre Club’s INCOGNITO, Signature Theatre’s “Master Harold” and The Boys, and Hartford Stage and McCarter Theatre’s Age of Innocence. Film: Swag N’ Bach dancer, Jacob Burns Film Center. As a teacher she seeks to bring positivity, confidence, skill, and creativity to every student in the hopes that they too will find ways to collaborate in life and in the arts.
Jose Rivera is a graduate of the Juilliard School and also trained at School of American Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem during his Juilliard tenure. After graduating Juilliard, he traveled to Munich, Germany where he danced lead roles in such Operas as Aida, Die Fledermaus and Carmen with the Gärtnerplatz Theater and the Bayarische Opera Ballet. Mr. Rivera returned to the United States and began his eleven season tenure with the Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia where he continued to dance lead roles in such ballets as the Nutcracker and various other classical and contemporary roles. He has been a guest artist with the Virginia Ballet Theater, Georgia Ballet, and the Connecticut Ballet dancing in Allegro Brillante, Le Combat, Coppelia, and Romeo and Juliet to name a few. Mr. Rivera began teaching in 1997 and has continued teaching in numerous studios all up and down the East Coast. Mr. Rivera has been a favorite ballet faculty member of all ages and levels of students at Academy of Dance Arts since September 2006.
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