Joelle Iuliano - Artistic Director
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.