Marie Fichaux graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School in France before completing her studies at the Ballet School of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Marie performed with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet as a First Artist. In 2003 she has been invited by choreographer Nacho Duato to be a First Soloist of La Compania Nacional de danza (Spain). Recently she was chosen as a guest Soloist for the Boston Ballet and for international performances with American Ballet Theatre & Friends and Paris Opera Ballet. As a Principal Artist she toured internationally with Le Ballet Classique de Paris, the English Youth Ballet and Victor Ullate Ballet among others. Marie furthered her studies in Dance Education earning a Master Degree at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and holds a Doctorate in Languages and Foreign Literaturers by the Geneva University.
Kelby Brown scored simultaneous achievements on stage, film and in the television world. Kelby has performed with some of the biggest stars in entertainment including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Usher and he choreographed the feature film, " Spring Breakdown", starring Parker Posey and SNL's stars Amy Phoeler and Rachel Dratch. Some of his most outstanding dance accomplishments include roles with Ballet Chicago, State Ballet of Missouri, Hartford Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet Company and the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. Kelby also danced a principal role in Los Angeles Opera's production of a Merry Widow, and as the "Oiseau", in Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas production of "Mystere". The biggest highlight of his career came when he was asked to be a charter member of Celine Dion's highly acclaimed Las Vegas production of "A New Day", where he worked with Director, Franco Dragone and choreographer, Mia Michaels. He can be seen in the feature film, The Dance Flick, Transformers 2, SYTYCD, (dancing alongside Lady Gaga), Gossip Girl and the hit HBO series, Weeds. He has also worked with some of the top choreographers in the business including Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Michael Rooney, Sonya Tayeh, Stacy Tookey and Tony Testa. Kelby has made appearances on MTV's House of Style, Good Day Live LA, the Today's Show, World Music Awards and Oprah Winfrey. Choreography credits include MTV’s “Awkward”, the opening number of the 20th anniversary Kid's Choice Awards, starring multi-platinum selling recording artist, Justin Timberlake and Opera Noire's homage to the legendary Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Kelby Brown began his professional dance and entertainment career at a young age, and successfully parlayed his experiences into choreography and teaching both nationally and internationally. Kelby has been on the dance faculty with Celine Dion, and at the infamous Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, Millenium Dance Complex in LA, the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in NY, as well as The School of Ballet Chicago, State Ballet of Missouri and Champs Charter High School of Performing Arts. He has taught on numerous dance conventions including Dance Masters of America, The Pulse, LA Dance Force and Urban Jamm. Kelby trained at Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Boston and continued his training at the School of American Ballet, (the official school of the New York City Ballet). At the same time, he also studied hip hop, jazz, tap and contemporary. Kelby went on to build a career that includes everything from principal roles with classical ballet companies to film, television, choreography and hosting credits.
Kelby continues to work as a dancer, actor and choreographer in numerous live industrials, commercials, stage and tv/film productions.
Yvonne Setlockis currently a sophomore at Montclair State University, working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Business. Yvonne has been dancing since age 2 ½ and competitively since age 6. Yvonne has had the honor and privilege to have studied under many well known dancers and choreographers. Some of which include; Jamie Salmon, Ray Leeper, Michael Minery, Anthony Morigerato, and Tom Richarson. Working with Mike is where Yvonne found her love for tap dancing. As a competitive dancer, she has been a title contestant at many regional and national competitions where she has won many awards. Through her relationship with some of her teachers, she has been able to participate in their choreography opportunities, most recently in a piece byTom Richarson “Swing”. Yvonne has been assisting and teaching dance since the age of 13. Yvonne is very lucky and honored to be working side by side with one of her mentors, Miss Dina. Yvonne danced with Dina back when Yvonne was 9 and Dina was 12!! This was the start of the “Setlock & Crupi” dance family. Yvonne has danced side by side with Dina’s sister where they “family” relationship only grew even stronger; which brings us to Prestige. Yvonne is very excited to be apart of the PAD family and can’t wait to watch the success of the studio!
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 two APAP showcases at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC, works by Michael Susten and Marinda Davis. Justine can be seen on season 5 of The Dr. Oz show as an OZ dancer, along side Stepp Stewart. 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.
Holly Kerr is thrilled to be a part of Prestige Academy of Dance and share her love of ballet! Holly received the highest technical and artistic training at the Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts ballet conservatory and wants to share this knowledge with her students. For 12 years, Holly served as a ballet teaching artist and teacher trainer for New York City Ballet’s education department, training New York DOE dance teachers for the New York City Ballet Workout high school ballet program. She conducted master classes and choreography workshops based on the New York City Ballet repertory for high school dance students at the New York City Ballet studios at Lincoln Center and in over 25 New York City performing arts magnet and public and private high schools. In addition, Holly served as instructor trainer for over 135 national and international dance teachers for the world-wide New York City Ballet Workout program. She conducted instructor trainings in ballet and fitness pedagogy and choreography at the New York City Ballet studios and in London. Holly served as teaching artist in four American Ballet Theatre educational outreach programs and was a choreographer for ABT’s Make a Ballet high school ballet program. Holly served on the Faculties of Broadway Dance Center, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Denver Ballet Academy, and Brant Lake Dance Camp. Some highlights of the master classes and teacher workshops Holly conducted include Rosie’s Theater Kids, Lincoln Center Institute, New York City Center Dance Education, Towns Sports International, Main Stage Productions and The Pulse! Holly’s choreography credits include the Off-Broadway show The Little Mermaid at The Players Theatre, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and Broadway Dance Center’s AIM Performing Company. Holly has lectured on ballet at Lincoln Center and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs and writes about dance for Broadwayworld.com. Holly holds a BA and a MA in Dance Education from SUNY Empire State College (in conjunction with DEL/Dance Education Laboratory) and a New York State Education Department K-12 Dance Certification. Holly was a soloist with New Performing Dance Company of North Carolina and Ballet Colorado, and a principal dancer of MGM Grand’s Hallelujah Hollywood! Other performing highlights include Ziegfeld: Haunting Refrains at the Edison Theatre and touring the world as one of The Flirts, the 1980s female recording trio. Holly has appeared as a dancer, actress and singer in theatrical, film, and television productions as a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She is a certified Pilates instructor and American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer.
Amanda Jenny is originally from the beautiful Garden State, currently residing in New York City. She began her dance training at the age of three studying various styles of dance and is constantly searching for new ways to move. Amanda received a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, where she was awarded several scholarships and distinctions. Since graduating, Amanda has worked with several New York based dance companies and teaches Xtend Barre classes as well as Pilates. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance with the talented dancers at Prestige Academy of Dance!
Ami Setlock is certified in both elementary education and teacher of students with disabilities for the state of NJ. Her first experience working with children with special needs was in college when she organized a special needs dance class at a local elementary school. From there, she was hooked and knew she had found her true passion in life. She has worked in schools since 2011 with children with special needs ranging from ages 3-11. Ami has also studied dance since the age of 2 and became a competitive dancer at age 8. Ami danced with Miss Dina and they became instant friends! Ami and Dina have been friends since 2001! Ami began assisting and teaching dance at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since! She continued to study dance at Marywood University and performed with the Dance Team and Dance Ensemble. Currently, Ami is a teacher in Pequannock Township. She is enthusiastic, passionate, and patient with the children and truly involved in making a fun, safe and energetic environment for our Prestige Puzzle dancers!! Ami is very excited to be apart of the PAD family, supporting her very good friend, Miss Dina.
Bonnie Lincoln started dancing at the age of 3 and began competing at age 8. She has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop, acro, and pom. She won such titles as Miss Dance of Pennsylvania, Dancer of the Year New Jersey, and Miss Dance of the United States. She attended The College of New Jersey, where she was a 4 year member and 2 year captain of the nationally ranked dance team. Bonnie worked for Universal Dance Association for 3 years where she was quickly promoted to Region Leader for the Northeast and a Head Instructor. She travelled the country running competitions and teaching middle school, high school, and collegiate dance teams. Bonnie's proudest professional accomplishment was becoming a 3 year member and 1 year co-captain of the New Jersey Nets Dancers. Recently, Bonnie has worked with children ranging in age from infancy to 18 years old in various environments such as Gymboree Play & Learn, Pre-K Day Care, as an elementary instructional paraprofessional, and as a dance teacher in her local community. Sharing her love of dance with children is Bonnie's passion, and she's looking forward to working with the young talent at Prestige Academy of Dance!
Caitlin Garry began dancing at the age of 5. Growing up in Jackson, NJ, she received her formal training in dance at Freehold Academy of Performing Arts. At the age of 15, she began teaching tap alongside her lifelong mentor, Mary Nosuchinsky. Caitlin’s choreography has won her multiple first place and high score awards. In 2012, she became a member of Nick Dinicolangelo's Hands Down Tap Project and has been performing with the company ever since. Most recently, Caitlin has joined Christopher Erk and the Tap Factor in collaboration with Best Buddies which resulted in performances at Carnegie Hall and Harvard University. Now she is attending Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and will graduate with a BS in Physics in 2017.
Dina Crupi a native of northern New Jersey, is widely recognized for her versatility as a performer and teacher. She has trained extensively in all styles of dance. Dina has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Montclair State University with a Minor in Business. She is a former New Jersey Nets Dancer and has had the opportunity to travel the world and perform in places such as London, Russia, Spain, and China. She also recently traveled to South Africa to judge and teach master classes for American Dance Awards Competition.
Dina has appeared on Fox5, CBS, NBC, and the cover of the NY Daily News. One of her recent projects featured her starring in a music video by rising artist Billy Lewis, Jr. Her creativity and choreography has won her many first place, highest adjudications and special recognition awards. She is the proud recipient of the 2012 and 2013 American Dance Awards Young Choreographer of The Year and many others!
Michael Susten is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and was honored with the Choreography Prize upon graduation. In 2006 Michael moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue a job offer at the Walt Disney World Resorts, where he went on to perform in “The Festival of the Lion King” and Magic Kingdom’s “Trolley” Show. He then became a seasonal employee and continued to perform over the next five years. He also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for Disney’s ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. While a sophomore in college, Michael created the Xhale Dance Company, a contemporary company based in the heart of Philadelphia. He produced and directed eleven shows while he was still a student. In addition to their seasonal productions, the company also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Koresh Artist Showcase and The Choreographer’s Canvas. After graduation Michael continued producing his company, while teaching at studios in the Tri-State Area, including Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. In 2010 Michael and his dancers were selected to showcase his work in the Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, California. The Xhale Dance Company also had the opportunity to perform as a guest with Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Dance Project, before celebrating its 5th Anniversary concert, here at the Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance. Michael was honored to be a finalist in the International Choreography Competition at Jazz Dance World Congress. He was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (November 2012 issue) and also won the video of the month. This March Michael had the debut of his new company Michael Susten & Company which was a two night sold out even held in NYC. This May Michael showcased his work in the Pushing Progress Showcase for the second time. Michael Susten is currently on the guest artist roster at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and is an adjudicator and master class teacher for regional and national competitions and continues to travel the country to educate and inspire young artists.
Willie "Tre" Smith III a native of Charlotte, NC began his training at the age of ten at Weir Dancing Inc and numerous other intensives such as Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philadanco, and International Ballet Classique. After graduating with honors from Northwest School of the Arts he continued his education and training at The University of the Arts. Willie graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Willie was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Willie has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Noir, Waheed Works, Ballet Folkloric Di'Haiti, Collage Dance collective, and on America's Got Talent.