Faculty

JANICE VERONE
Owner/Director
Age 2-7 Combo Classes, Elite Jazz, Elite Tap, Tumbling, Elite Musical Theater, Open Musical Theater, Special Needs,
Competition Team Choreographer

Janice Verone started dancing at the age of 3, began training in gymnastics at the age of 5, added baton, sword and fire twirling at the age of 7 and began to study singing and acting at the age of 8. During high school Janice taught dance and gymnastics at local dance schools, performed in local theater productions of No No Nannett, Music Man, and 42nd Street all while dancing and choreographing in Dance Troup. Janice was accepted into the University of the Arts where she studied under Pat Thomas, Andrew Pap, and Manfred Fishbech. Janice studied under and performed with tap legend Lavaughn Robinson. Since graduating from college Janice has had the opportunity to work for many excellent studios in the area where she choreographed award winning competition level dances. Janice’s creative choreography has won her many prestigious awards such as: The Ticket To Broadway Award for 5 years in a row, The Rising Star Award, Best in Show Award, 7 Best Costume Awards, and countless 1st Place and Overall Awards.

Janice’s greatest award is the pleasure of teaching dance and working with young people to see their skills develop, their ability to perform blossom and watch special relationships form that are fostered in a positive and exciting classroom environment.

Janice is excited to offer a quality dance school with exceptional teachers that is a place that has a heart for the community.

 

 

Melissa Caterina Chisena

Elite Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical,  Modern/Contemporary Teacher / Competition Team Choreographer

Melissa Chisena started her dance career with the New Paltz Ballet Theatre, dancing and training for Peter and Lisa Naumann. At the age of seventeen, she went to dance professionally with The North Carolina Dance Theatre, and after with The Richmond Ballet. Melissa began exploring and falling in love with modern dance during her summers at The American Dance Festival. At the festival, she was chosen to perform a work choreographed by Miguel Rhobles as a part of the International Choreographer Commissioning Program and a work choreographed by Richard Siegal. Melissa also has been a guest artist at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her own choreography has been featured at the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet, American Dance Festival, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Regional Dance America and various dance competitions across the United States. Melissa is currently dancing with Tania Isaac Dance, Merge Dance, PIMA Group, and does her own solo work in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Kristen R Bashore
Elite level Ballet, Elite Level Ballet/Lyrical, Open Ballet/Lyrical 

Kristen R Bashore is a Pennsylvania native. She began dancing at the age of three and has yet to stop. While training with Viktor Yeliholin’s International Ballet Academy, Kristen was a principal dancer and soloist in variations of Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Chipolino. During her time at Temple she has worked along side and been inspired by Nora Gibson, Melissa Chisena, Scott McPheeters, Marion Ramirez, Kun Yang Lin, and Merian Soto. She has performed works by Laura Katz, Brian Sanders, Tatiana Hassan, and in various student run pieces. Kristen graduated in May 2017 with a BFA in dance and a minor in Speech Pathology. Kristen is excited to continue working with DanceWorks’ students!

 

Brett Ebling
 Competition Team Choreographer

Brett Ebling began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, tumbling, modern/contemporary and musical theater dance. Brett continued her love of dance all the way through college, receiving her B.F.A. in Dance Choreography from Arizona State University. She has studied under the direction of Shouze Ma, a founding member of the first modern dance company in China. At ASU, Brett participated in the inaugural year of the ASU Summer Study Abroad Dance Program in Beijing – the first Chinese summer dance program offered by a U.S. institution. During the program, she lived in China for a month studying in the art of Tai Chi and contemporary and folk dance with some of the country’s most renowned instructors. She has performed and choreographed in works for ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Phoenix Suns halftime show, and various musical theater productions in South Jersey including Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Footloose, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, Into the Woods, and Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up?. Brett also served as a co-captain for the 2011 Philadelphia Soulmates, the professional dance team for the Philadelphia Soul arena football team. She is a founding member and guest choreographer of Project Dance, an annual dance festival in Haddonfield, New Jersey aimed to increase community awareness of the importance of arts education in our nation’s schoolsBrett has also performed as a company member in the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project (AMDP) at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburgh, PA in 2012. She is thrilled to bring her love of dance and the stage to the students of Janice’s DanceWorks.

 

Mr. Mike Grandizio
Superhero Boys Class  Teacher, Autistic Boy’s Class, Ninja Fitness and Special Needs Classes / Birthday Party and Dance Party Director

Mr. Mike is A Certified Youth Fitness Trainer and a professional entertainer who has been captivating audiences of all ages for over 15 years as a professional wrestler as well as with his company Grand Family Parties! Mr. Mike entertainment talents have been sought out for special functions organized by schools, churches, libraries, benefits and festivals throughout the Tri-State area.  Mr. Mike’s unique ability to entertain and engage children of all ages has brought him fame from his specialized birthday parties to his balloon artistry to his work in local libraries throughout Delaware County. Mr. Mike achieved his teaching experience assisting physical education and as a personal trainer.  We are excited to have Mr. Mike’s creating and developing our All Boys’ Superhero Dance and Tumble classes incorporating physical fitness, dance and tumbling along with his special creative touch to teach boys ages 4-7 strength, agility, self discipline and team work.

 

Carly Green
Open Hip Hop
Dancing since she was in diapers, Carly grew up in a very artistic family. She has studied many aspects of dance including, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Pointe & Hip Hop. A master of expression within the performance, Carly has won many exceptional awards since she started competing at the young age of 5. At 7 years old, she earned the Title Award for Miss Petite Dancer… never giving up and pursuing her competitive career, she won 3rd runner up overall for her senior solo when she was 17 at a National Competition in VA. Exploring her training, Carly has traveled around the U.S. to attend dance conventions and take master classes. She has performed at Walt Disney World, and is a former member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks Dance Team. Last year, Carly became the Head Coach and choreographer of the O’Hara Dance Team at Cardinal O’Hara High School. She will continue to manage and coach the O’Hara Dance Team and is starting a competitive team for the school!
She enjoys sharing her passion of creative movement with all of her students!

 

Sarah Harlen
Hip Hop , Hippity Hop, Jazz Funk,  Boys’ Hip Hop/Tap, Adult Hip Hop and Adult Tap

Sarah Harlan is excited to be returning to the Janice’s DanceWorks’ Staff! She began dancing at the age 3 until age 18.  Sarah trained at Crane Performing Arts and studied for 15 years under Joyce Crane and Braham Crane the owner of ASH Dance Company. During these 15 years Sarah became accomplished in hip-hop, tap, jazz, and ballet. She was an active member of the Crane competition team participating in local and regional competitions including Jump and Rising Star. Sarah was honored to be one of the captains of her high school dance team at Downingtown West High School.  Since then, she has been enjoying becoming a mother of two wonderful boys. Sarah is happy to return to the Janice’s Dance Works team and share her enthusiasm and energetic personality with the students. See You In Class!

 

Mr. Kenny Hudson
Advanced level Tumbling  / Flips and Tricks Tumbling

Kenny Hudson has over 30 years of experience in competing and coaching boys’ and girls’ gymnastics. As a gymnast Kenny was coached by Miles Avery the 2004 and 2008 USA Olympic team coach. He is a 2 time Pennsylvania State All Around high school champion, Division 2 college All American at East Stroudsburg University and All Around competitor for Temple University and “EIGL” finals qualifier on several events.  He has coached numerous state, regional and national champion gymnasts at several gymnastic school including Kehlers Gym, Macey’s Gym, Germantown YMCA, and The Delco Gym.  Mr. Kenny has sent several former students to college on scholarships to schools including Temple University, Oklahoma University, Illinois University, Penn State University and James Madison University.  He has coached NCAA All Around competitors and Olympic trials competitors! Mr. Kenny is looking forward to working with the competition team members to achieve their highest potential in the upcoming competition season!

 

Danielle McKillip
Jazz / Hip Hop Rec. Competition Team Choreographer

Danielle received her dance training at a local dance studio starting at the age of 13. Throughout her 14 years at this studio as jazz and hip-hop dancer, she competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions in various part of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Danielle was an instructor at the Ridley Area YMCA and taught classes such as Adult Jazz, Adult Hip-Hop, Cardio Dance and Low Impact Aerobics. She has also taught hip-hop at Agnes Irwin’s Summer Session and has done choreography for Cabrini College’s Dance Team. Danielle is a proud mommy and loves spending time with her family. Danielle is very excited to be a part of Janice’s DanceWorks!

 

Kate O’Brien, TCRG
Irish Dance
Kate O’Brien Marshall, TCRG, started Irish dancing in 2001. Kate competed and studied under the open platform organization Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN), for several years. She has attended many workshops and camps in various states, including New York, Texas, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Kate has danced at many venues throughout her career and became a principal dancer who was featured at The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, the Penn’s Landing Welcome America Festival, and Bally’s Resort. After many years of performing and assistant teaching, Kate decided to open her own school, Emerald Isle, in 2008.
Kate has received recognition from her peers and the community for her creative choreography, and currently enjoys choreographing for recitals, parades, and competitions. Many of her students have also competed and earned top placements on the international stage. In 2013, Kate joined the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA) where she was a fully accredited teacher (TCRG), adjudicator (ADCRG) and examiner. After many successful years with WIDA, in late 2017 Kate decided to pursue her teaching accreditation with the largest Irish dance organization in the world, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG). She was successful in her exam and is now a registered member of CLRG. Kate is committed to passing on her love of Irish dance to her students in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

 

 

 Khristine O’Donnell

Ballet/Lyrical, Ballet/Contemporary,  Teen Jazz,  Teen Tap, All class Substitute 
Khristine began dancing at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love. She trained for 15 years in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and musical theater. During those 15 years Khristine competed in regional and national level competition across the country. During her high school years, Khristine created the high school’s very first dance team and held the positions of Captain and Choreographer. She was master choreographer for the Performing Arts Youth Theater for 12 years staging and choreographing children’s musicals. She branched off with the theater creating and teaching additional hip hop and jazz classes. Her daughter, Tessa, is following in her footsteps and falling in love with dance just as she did. Khristine is and always will be excited to share her passion for dance with her students at Janice’s DanceWorks!

Kimberly Pike

Tumbling, Pre-Dance Combo, Contemporary Competition Team Choreographer

Kimberly began dancing at age four and was trained in all genres of dance at a local dance studio. Kim successfully completed a rigorous teacher’s training program which included both class time and internships and has been teaching dance and acro for the past 8 years. Over the past 17 years Kim performed with a traveling dance troupe, who provided community service in Delaware County; she would volunteer her time to entertain the community at local malls, nursing homes and civic events during the holiday season. She was also a member of an Award winning Competition Team that attend both regional and national dance competitions, including Star Power, Company Dance, and New York City Dance Alliance. She has also performed in Walt Disney World. Kimberly attributes much of her success to “hard work” and “dedication” and she is truly excited to share her love of dance and performance with all of her DanceWork’s students.

 

 

 

Casie Zarin
Elite  Tap,  Elite Jazz,  Elite Contemporary, Elite Hip Hop, Elite Musical Theater
Open Hip Hop, Technique/ Competition Team Choreographer

Casie began dancing at the age of 3 in Elmer, New Jersey,  at Adams Dance Academy. By the age of 6, she was already competing in regional and national competitions. She has won several number one titles in solos as well as group dances in which she was the featured dancer. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary while at Adams. She has danced with famous tappers such as Michael Minery and Savion Glover. Casie attended Montclair State University, and graduated with a major in broadcast journalism. While at Montclair State, she co-founded a hip hop group, her freshman year, called “X-Quisite.” She choreographed dances, competed in on campus competitions, and even took the group to local colleges such as Rutgers New Brunswick and William Patterson to perform and compete against other hip hop groups. She wanted to extend the horizons for X-Quisite so she incorporated her tap skills into the hip hop dances. For example, the other dancers would actually dance hip hop to the beat and rhythm Casie was making with her tap shoes. Casie has been teaching dance since the age of 13. Casie is excited to share her experiences and creative choreography with all the dancers at Janice’s DanceWorks!

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