Jonathan spent 25 years with the VRDC and he is greatly missed! Thank you Jonathan. You are loved.
1988 – Mercy Street
1989 – Clouds of Crying Witnesses
1990 – Vagabondage
1991 – Threads
1992 – Strange Places
1994 – Waiting for Trains (trilogy)
1995 – Too Many Monkeys
1996 – Rhapsody in Blue
1997 – The Dove and the Olive Branch
1999 – Birds and Airplanes (trilogy)
1999 – Lyrics No Voices
2000 – Rapture
2001 – While in Bed 2
003 – Road Kill (trilogy)
2006 – A Murder of Crows
2008 – Too Many Monkeys (restaged)
2009 – Shine
VRDC Hall of Fame
Currently attending Monmouth University for her Masters in Social Work. On the Monmouth University Dance Team, a sister at Alpa Omicron Pi, and the administrative assistant for the Greek Senate.
Gwen Baraniecki Zwil
Graduated with a BFA in Dance and a double major in Political Science from NYU with honors. Currently a MSc of Dance Science candidate at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London.
Graduated Arcadia University. Director of Annual Giving and Volunteer Engagement for the YMCA, where she also teaches group fitness classes including Zumba, Hip Hop Pilates and and Sculpt and Flow.
Kelly Ryan West
Currently Producer for Stage 3 Productions-“Seeking Solutions with Suzanne”
Anita Asselta Formisano
Former Professional Dancer at Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City
Professional Model in Paris, France
Currently Manager for Radio City Music Hall, Rockettes: Stage Manager, Producer for several off-Broadway shows, guest professor at New School University in New York
BFA: Juilliard – Professional Dancer: Eliot Feld Ballet, Dance Professor at University at University of Las Vegas, Performer with Balley’s Hotel and Casino-Las Vegas, Ballet Mistress with the Cincinnati Ballet, Currently Artistic Director of the VRDC.
Katie Schoch Coltri
BA: Glassboro State College – Library Media Specialist-Dr. JP Cleary Middle School, Ballet Mistress and Assistant Choreographer for Maxine’s Dance Studio, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the VRDC
Former Professional Performer with Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City
Professional Dancer with Magician Lance Burton at Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, currently studying to become a veterinarian
Physical Therapist, and currently on the Board of Education for Vineland Public Schools
Dual Degree: Civil Engineering & Financial Management – Drexel University – Currently on the Vineland Housing Authority, Former Technical Director and Lighting Designer for VRDC and RDA/NE festivals
Lisa D’Augustino Kucia
Dance Instructor – Dennis, Massachusetts
BFA: Juilliard – Artistic Co-Director in New York City
Gina Toffenetti Guertin
Physical Therapist working primarily with neurological patients, specializing in spinal cord injuries. Formerly of Craig Hospital, one of the top SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) clinics in the world, located in Michigan.
Kristin Mazzoni Cullinane
BS: Accounting-Rutgers University – Senior Accountant – Atlantic County Improvement Authority, member, Former Vice President
Janeen Amico Capizola
Former Dance Teacher and Choreographer in Milan, Italy
Crissy Amico Borowski
BS in Journalism: Ohio University, Masters of Science from Long Island University – Former dance teacher (all forms) on Long Island, NY, Currently English (Language Arts) Teacher-Omni Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida. Choreographer, Cumberland County College.
Nicole Ternay Simonin
BFA: Dance-Radford University – Professional Dancer with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, National Ballet of New Jersey, the Peninsula Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet for “Shut Up and Dance”. Former Ballet Mistress and Choreographer for the VRDC. Owner, Shape It Up, LLC.
Debbie Blinder Welch
BA: Dance-Stockton State College – Dance Teacher, Choreographer and Director of a Modern Company in Florida
Juilliard – Salon owner and Hair Care Specialist-Philadelphia, PA
Melissa Festa Gehres
BS Biology from Stockton College, MBA in Technology Management from University of Phoenix. Global manager of Regulatory Affairs / Pharmacovigilance for the small volume injectable drug division of Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
Heather Lipson Bell
Has worked with the Los Angeles, Dallas, and Palm Beach Operas; New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Symphony, Cabrillo Music Theater, South Bay CLO, Musical Theater Guild, City Ballet of Los Angeles,Helios Dance Theater, Bethune Theatredanse, Wenta Ballet of LA, and La Danserie. Her
choreography has been presented nationally on stage & screen. She is a certified flexibility technician, a movement specialist for the mentally and physically challenged.
BFA Dance- Juilliard. Former Professional Dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal, Canada), The Bavarian State Ballet (Munich, Germany), and Former Soloist and Ballet Master with the Bern Ballet (Bern, Switzerland). Former Assistant Artistic Director/ Rehearsal Director with North Netherlands Dance. MFA in Dance at the University of Washington and current assistant professor there.
Has worked for Nickelodeon and was a professional dancer in San Diego, California
Amy Letizia Megules
BFA: SUNY Purchase – Toured with Joffrey Ballet of Chicago; Professional Dancer with the American Repertoire Ballet Company (formerly Princeton Ballet); Forme Master Teacher for the Cincinnati Ballet, American Repertoaire Ballet and VRDC.
BA: Theatre Arts-Montclair State University – Miss New Jersey 2001 and participated in the Miss America Pageant; received $30,000 grant to awareness of Mental Health Issues. Professional Performer
Nicole T. Duane
Rowan University – Accountant SJ Industries, former VRDC Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chairperson Fundraising Committee, Choreographer/Consultant Millville Senior High’s Spring Musical
BFA: Dance-Juilliard – former professional dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet; Master Teacher and Choreographer for the VRDC, formerly with Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago. Now a practicing Doctor in New York.
Doctoral Candidate at MIT in Computational and Systems Biology studying the mathematics of cancer progression. Her research is conducted at Harvard University. In her free time, she dances competitively with the MIT Ballroom Dance Team and has taken up skiing.
Kelly Bocchetti Millar
BS: Human Resources-University of Delaware – former Ballet Mistress with the Delaware Ballet, current Ballet Mistress/Choreographer for the VRDC and Director of the Delaware Dance Festival
BFA:Exercise Physiology & Masters in Physical Therapy: UMD of NJ – Dancer for the Philadelphia Soul; Physical Therapist at Underwood Memorial Hospital; Master Dance Teacher at various dance schools in South Jersey
Jillian Dannenberger DiBiase
BA: Dance-SUNY Purchase
Studied at SUNY Purchase – former Professional Dancer with the Cedar Lake II Dance Ensemble, Missouri; Guest Dancer with the VRDC, also a former dancer with Rebecca Davis Dance Company in Philadelphia, PA
BFA: University of the Arts, Philadelphia-Dance Studies. Dancer with BalletX, director Matthew Neenam
Scholarship Graduate-University of Hartford: The Hartt School-Dance Performance. Professional Dancer: Adam Miller Dance Project, Configurations Dance Theatre, Eryc Taylor Dance, Contempra Dance Theatre. Currently Master Teacher, Choreographer & Guest Artist for the VRDC, and MSD Staff Teacher.
Jamison Goodnight 1995-2004
Scholarship Student- SUNY Purchase-Dance Studies
Scholarship Student – University of Hartford: Hartt School- Dance Studies
Current school teacher and former VRDC Board Member
Current professional dancer with First State Ballet.