DAA STAFF

Nick Lundquist 

Nicole Thessen

Nick started his dance training at an early age in California and was awarded a full scholarship to Pacific Northwest Ballet. As a member of a competition dance team, he received numerous awards regionally and nationally in solos and group routines. Nick has performed as a dancer and acrobat on many cruises for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has entertained audiences around the world with his energetic dance style. His professional accomplishments also include dancing in the Rose Parade, performing for Sketchers Industrial, and the National Tour of Moving Out choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Nick has been offered leading roles to perform for Tokyo Disney, Disneyland, and Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas. He has trained with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, and Terri Best to name a few. He now teaches dance and acrobatics at various studios all over New Jersey. His students and choreography have won numerous overall awards on the regional and national level. He is excited to bring his love for dance to the next generation. 

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Tatyana Yatsenko

Tatyana Yatsenko is an accomplished ballet dancer with over twenty years experience performing solos and leading roles in many classical ballets as a Principal Dancer for over ten years each with: the Moscow State Classic Ballet Theatre; and New Jersey Ballet. She has performed internationally, touring the USA, Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, China, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Norway, Belgium and Holland. Tatyana graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choreography with special recognition from the International Competition and International Festival of Music and the Arts; and maintains her professional membership with the Union of Theatre Professionals of Russia.

Kyle Wilder

Kyle Wilder is a soloist/performer, choreographer, teacher, and producer straight out of Dover, New Jersey. He began his formal dance training at age 8, studying tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. 

In 2002, Kyle auditioned for and joined the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble's Young Talented Tappers and has since become a Principal Dancer and Soloist for the Ensemble's professional adult company under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell. In 2003, another turning point in Kyle's education came when he met and studied with Savion Glover during a workshop at NJPAC. 

Additionally, Kyle has worked with Maurice Chestnut's Above Ground Project in performances such as the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, as well as the E-Moves Concert Series at Harlem Stages. 

In 2008, Kyle worked with Savion Glover in the recreation of a piece titled "Black Out" from the Tony Award winning production "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk." It was performed on National Tap Dance Day as part of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble and Savion Glover's Celebration at Newark Symphony Hall. 

In 2012, Kyle became 1 of 6 artists featured in The Bad Boys of Dance production, Rasta Thomas' Tap Stars. As a member of the cast, Kyle has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in "JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" as well as The Norman Rothstein Theatre In Vancouver, BC Canada alongside Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies for the prestigious Vancouver International Tap Festival.

As an independent soloist, Kyle has worked with numerous bands/artists such as Yvette Glover, Hillary Marie Michael, Jeff Foote, Tyler Mahler, The Natt Adderly Jr. Trio, and The Artificial Heroez. Kyle has also been featured in The Boston Tap Company's production "Rhythm in the Night", and New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble's "Generation Tap."

Kelly, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a New York City based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her training began at Just Off Broadway Dance Studio where she studied many different styles and was a member of their national award winning competition team. She holds a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University, where she was awarded the Terpsichore Award and the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann Choreography Award for her excellence in both performance and choreography. Kelly has performed works by artists including Mike Esperanza, Tiffanie Carson, Christopher K. Morgan and Stephanie Martinez, to name a few. She is also a Balanced Body certified Pilates instructor. She has been teaching and choreographing for dance studios all over the country for 10 years and loves sharing her passion and creativity with her students!

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Lindsey Sengebush

 

 

Lindsey Sengebush is a native of NJ, where she currently teaches and choreographs Jazz and Contemporary. She holds a BFA Cum Laude in Jazz Dance Performance from The University of the Arts, in Phili, PA. While obtaining her degree, she was a highlighted performer at the Merriam Theater.  Lindsey has been a featured dancer in the International Tour of the “Spirit of Christmas”. While in Philly, she appeared on the NFL sidelines as a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader, gaining recognition as ESPN’s Cheerleader of the Week. She was the assistant choreographer to Serena Soffer for the “Panic at the Disco! Nothing Rhymes with Circus” Tour.   

Victoria DeMarco

Vicki 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. She grew up as a member of the Rising Star Dance Company and was in many of the Nationally award winning competition numbers through the years.  Vicki has trained in Ballet, tap, Jazz, acrobatics, contemporary, and Hip Hop.  Through it all, Vick has had the opportunity to study various styles of dance with many talented instructors and choreographers including, Katya Surrence, Matt Boyce, James Tabeek, Michelle Dorrance, just to name a few. She has served as an assistant at "Shock the Intensive" for Star Systems National dance competition.  For the past few years Vicki has done tap choreography for the award winning students of Dance Arts!  

Callie Vnencak

Callie began her dance training at a young age and is a proud alumna of Dance Arts Academy. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, lyrical, and acrobatic dance. As a member of the Rising Star Dance Company and under the direction of Heather Soccio, Callie obtained many high scoring and overall awards as a soloist, including 1st runner up as ADA Dancer of the Year in 2014. During her dance career, Callie performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Kennedy Center, as well as during the halftime show in the Orange Bowl.
Callie received her BA in psychology from Ramapo College graduating cum laude. She will be going for her Master’s in Counseling in 2019. Callie has kept her love for dance close to her heart by continuing to work with our company members on their nationally award winning routines. 

Jessica Simon

Jessica was a competitive dancer for 12 years. She is highly trained in a multitude of dance styles including;  Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Acrobatics. She graduated from Bloomsburg University under the direction of Julie Petry. Jessica earned a minor in Dance.  She was also a member of the Dance Team for 4 years and co-captain for 2.  Jessica has been on Staff at Dance Arts Academy for 3 seasons now and is so excited to return for the 2020-2021 dance year! 

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