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Meet the Company: Meet the Company
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Tap, Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Ballet,
Acting, & Musical Theatre Instructor

Jessica has taught ages 3 - Adult for the past 14 years throughout Northern New Jersey.  She brings years of performance experience to the classroom with professional credits that include Graziella in the European Tour of West Side Story, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Mitzi and Dance Captain in Crazy for You, and Texas in Cabaret. Other favorites include:  La Cage Aux Folles, Damn Yankees, Grease, and Little Women. Off Broadway, Jessica appeared in Marcus is Walking, Cotton Girls, The Brothers Menaechmus, Lives of the Great Waitresses, Spooktacular 2000, and The Great Debate.  She also danced the original choreography for PBS’s special of A Chorus Line with the Naples Philharmonic.  She choreographed and directed a mainstage production of Chicago for Otterbein College as well as dance sequences for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for Cleveland Signstage.  Jessica recently worked with the Summit Playhouse, Directing and Choreographing Frozen Jr., and Choreographing Elf Jr. and Violet. In addition to running PA5678 classes, she Choreographs and Directs the "Holiday Carolers" and "Broadway Songbirds" touring groups.  She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Otterbein College.

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Piano & Voice Instructor,
Musical Director

Courtney has served as the Musical Director for Frozen Jr. and Elf Jr. (Summit Playhouse), as well as The Little Mermaid Jr., and Honk Jr.  She has also adapted,  accompanied, and Musically Directed: Mary Poppins, Little Shop of Horrors, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Annie, and The Wizard of Oz (New Providence Recreation Department of Theatre and Dance).  Courtney also worked as Musical Director for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Allen W. Roberts Theatre Week).  During the COVID19 Pandemic, she has collaborated Writing/Co-Directing/Musical Directing The Wiz-Zoom of Oz, for Performing Arts 5678.  Most recently, Courtney has been Musical Director for both Performing Arts 5678's "Holiday Carolers" and "Broadway Songbirds" touring groups.  In addition to Musical Direction, she enjoys teaching private piano and voice lessons within Union County,NJ.

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Hip-Hop Instructor

Gia graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Fashion Studies with a minor in Dance. She also served on the Executed board of Montclair State Dance Company as President of the Organization. In her earlier years, she attended Arts High School in Newark, NJ where she majored in theatre. She's performed in many plays and musicals growing up. The performing arts has always been a huge part of her life since the 5th grade, but dance has always been her true passion above all. She took her first technical dance class at New Jersey Performing Arts Center(NJPAC) in Newark, NJ. Gia has taught for 4 years in Livingston, NJ (2 years to adult in various genres of dance such as Jazz, Ballet/Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre, and Modern Dance). However, her passion has always been Hip-Hop. It's the foundation of her style and the root of where she is from.

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