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Directors


Joelle Iuliano - Managing Director

JMissJoelleoelle Iuliano a New Jersey native brings over 37 years of dance and performance experience to Rising Stars and over 19 years as an instructor. Joelle began her dance career at the tender age of 2, at Miss Maureen's School of Dance in Nutley, New Jersey. , Joelle was competing within the East Coast competition circuit at the age of 7 and was accredited with numerous awards for solos and group performances. While continuing her dance training, Joelle developed a deep passion for the sport of Gymnastics and by the age of 12 she was crowned the all around New Jersey State Champion for Women's Youth Gymnastics. In addition to her deep love for Dance and Gymnastics Joelle decided to expand that passion for music and began to study Voice, Piano, and Violin. The next natural progression was acting. Joelle stared acting at an early age and was featured in such performances as: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Best Of Broadway, Cats (white lead Cat), The Nutcracker and Fame, just to name a few. While attending her local high school, Joelle was selected from over 500 of her peers to represent her school, and attend the prestigious Governors School of New Jersey to study dance. Upon graduation Joelle furthered her studies of performing arts and attended the highly accredited Herbert Berghof School (HB Studios), where Debbie Allen, Al Pacino, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Robert DeNiro are some of the highly acclaimed Alumni. Its here where Joelle learned from the best and truly diversified her skills in all aspects of the performance arts.

Joelle holds many certifications starting with the Dance Educators of America (DEA) in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Modern, Tap, Latin and Dance Sport (Ballroom). Joelle continues to further her education traveling the world studying with master teachers such as: Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Brian Freidman, Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo, Al Gilbert, Luigi, Cathy Roe, Daryl Retter, Steve Sirico, Angela D'Valda, Nan and Gus Giordano, Germaine Salsberg, Jermaine Brown, Rhapsody, Raymond Lukens, and Franco DeVita. Joelle enjoys teaching all ages and levels of ability, from 2 years thru adult. She also instructs, coaches and ?organizes the Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-Hop programs and competition troupes at Rising Stars. Her accolades in teaching include numerous Platinum, Hi- Gold and Gold awards for solos, small groups, large groups and production numbers in the category of Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Character Open and Lyrical. Joelle has been? bestowed with numerous awards for her unique choreography, best costuming, overall high score performance, most visually pleasing, best technique and many others. Joelle's students have appeared in the national tour of Les Miserable, on Broadway; have been accepted into Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Georgian Court College Dance program and the Howell High School Performing Arts (F.P.A.C) program. Her greatest enjoyment comes from her students and their accomplishments. Watching them grow from baby ballerina's into accomplished adults. Not only as dancers or performers, but as fine young men and women. Knowing that the time she has dedicated to her students helped mold them into the dancers, singers, actors, performers and more importantly, responsible young adults.

 


Jody Myslinski - Managing Director

MissJodyJody Myslinski was born in Staten Island, N.Y. and began her dance career at the age of 4. She studied under the guidance of Julia Brande, at Julia Brande's Dance Studio, a renowned Rockette and past President of DEA, Dance Educators of America. Throughout her childhood, Jody has performed numerous solos, danced with small & large groups, and performed in Pajama Game, The Wizard of Oz, as well as other regional performances. At the age of 10 Jody began traveling to NYC to study with Al Gilbert at DEA workshops. Dance has always been a major part of Jody's life. Jody has been recognized artistically throughout her teens and has had her art work showcased at many exhibits. At the age of 15 Jody was awarded a summer scholarship to Pratt Institute for Art & Design, Brooklyn, NY, At 17 she was 1 of 2 students from her high school accepted into New York University's early admissions program, thus skipping her senior year at high school. The NYU campus of Greenwich Village only enhanced her understanding of dance & the arts, and further provided her with easy access to train with the best. She continued dancing throughout college while also achieving a computer science degree. Jody's love of dance kept her performing and competing until she was 31.

For the past 21 years, Jody has taught dance for students from 2 years to adult. She is certified and qualified by DEA (Dance Educators of America) to teach tap, jazz, modern, Latin, acrobatics, ballet and pointe. She has and continues to study with some of the best teachers in the world, including Al Gilbert, Darryl Retter, Raymond Lukins, Charles Kelly, Gus Giordano, Steve Sirico and Germaine Salsberg. Jody continues to keep up with the current dance trends and techniques; she has recently begun studying the tap work of Anthony LoCasio and Debbie Dee. She continues her studies several times a year at numerous NYC workshops, this in addition to the Broadway Dance Center and various dance conventions Nationally. To date, Jody's competition classes have been awarded numerous 1st places standings, Platinum Awards, Golds, Hi-Golds. Jody's teams have been awarded the has won "most entertaining", "best costuming", "best musical selection" among a few.

In May of 2006, Jody's proudest moment was watching her Senior LID tap group perform on stage at the Leonard Nimoy Theatre at 95th & Broadway, NYC, with some of the greatest names in the tap industry. She was even more delighted when a photo of their performance appeared in a major dance magazine, Dancer. Her enthusiasm & supportive interaction with her students makes it natural for them to bond with her. Most of her graduated students return to visit and share their accomplishments with her year after year. Some of her students have continued their dance education after high school, excelling in their college/university dance teams as dancers & choreographers! Jody is the tap teacher for all the tap competition classes and coordinator of the pre-school through 6-year-old programs. Her greatest joy is re-living the joys of dance through her students and watching them perform.