Owner, Managing and Artistic Director
Ms. Jaclyn’s training began in Youngstown, Ohio. She went on achieve her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University with a focus in technology, production and performance as well as arts management. Her talents were put to work at OSU where she taught undergraduate dance classes, and facilitated Dance Major auditions with Professor Mockabee while bringing back the annual Jazz/Tap concert for budding choreographers. Named in the Who’s Who National Registry for Business owners in 2007-2013 and National Registry for Professional Women in 2014, Jaclyn’s fearlessness has pushed CORE to become the fastest growing dance school in our area and is recognized by Dance publications for her marketing techniques and success since 2004. Jaclyn works as a consultant for various Dance magazines in areas such as marketing, curriculum writing, early childhood dance programs and business management and was featured in Dance Magazine in 2006 as a “Force to be Reckoned With” in their spotlight article for dance professionals under the age of 30. CORE has been voted as Burlington County’s “Best Dance Studio” for consecutive years since 2009.
Her combinations of traditional and contemporary styles create unique pieces from beginner to the most advanced dancers and range from high school musicals to Off-Broadway performances with the American Tap Dance Foundation, The 2003 Elan Awards honoring Rob Marshall from the motion picture Chicago and as a featured dancer in the Garden State Dance Festival among others. She has been invited by countless companies such as J&J’s Dance, BCIT and BCC, Holy Cross HS, as well as Westminster College to create choreography and curriculum including local public and private high schools. Ms. Jaclyn maintains her own training at STEPS on Broadway in NYC and introduces her students to the “scene” as often as possible. Jaclyn’s dedication as an educator has allowed her to reach into various aspects of the dance industry such as competition judging, and the development of a system of exercises and techniques based upon Myo-Skeletal Therapy used to strengthen dancers who have sustained injuries or suffer from chronic weaknesses. Ms. Smith also participates in National Dance Week as a State Delegate. She works for the Costume Gallery, posing models for their annual costume catalogs and helps raise money for Dance for the Cure. Through Future Scholars Early Learning Center in Hainesport, The YMCA and other township based programs, Ms. Jaclyn is implementing after school and rec programs for the elementary children at schools in our county. Her teaching can be enjoyed at local schools and day care centers and her dancers have gone on to successful careers at esteemed Colleges and Universities such as Ohio State, Boston Conservatory, Fordham, Montclair… In 2008, Jaclyn began a course for Graduating SR’s that will prepare them for auditions, interviews and other areas for entrance into a professional arts career. Her coursework has been redesigned and organized as an Associate degree at Rowan College and is currently being evaluated at national college and universities as a “Dance Studio Management” track within their reputable Dance Degree.
Jaclyn’s projects have included the founding of the performance group, Xtensions, for community outreach and the development of young dancers. Xtensions has performed at the Jeanne Ruddy Performance Garage in Philadelphia, the Garden State Dance Festival and Project Dance. In 2010, the company was recognized by the esteemed panel of judges from “So, You Think You Can Dance.” With choreography by fellow teachers, the cast received national awards and will present at the PULSE National Convention in NYC in summer of 2010. During the 2009-2010 dance season, Ms. Jaclyn began a Master Class workshop on behalf of CORE titled “Dance Touch Collective” that continues to travel internationally and includes Teachers’ Training syllabi, pre-professional coursework and choreography as well as kinesiology for the dancer with So You Think You Can Dance cast mates Brice Johnson, Tadd Gadduang, Wadi Jones, Ashley Rich, Clarice Ordaz, Jess LeProtto and several Broadway performers.
With invaluable input from Lauren Rahilly, the team has designed a complete adult fitness program, COREvolution- a comprehensive fitness program including strength, resistance, endurance and stretch that is taught in house at CORE. Lauren’s extensive fitness experience as a member of the coaching staff at Philadelphia Crossfit and fitness centers allows the program to remain cutting edge.
Jaclyn holds a multitude of certifications in pre/post natal fitness instruction and health, Pilates, and has released a number of instructional DVDs. She maintains professorship at local colleges and universities implementing dance technique and movement fundamentals.
What started as a random decision for her mother to enroll her in classes at a new local dance school, soon grew into a passion that Lauren Rahilly has been pursuing since the age of four. Miss Rahilly has been classically trained in Ballet & Pointe, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Becoming a dance educator at the studio where she grew up, she furthered her dance education by attending additional conventions, workshops and competitions. Not only has Lauren shared her love of dance with her school but she has also devoted herself to sharing her talents with the community around her. Lauren represents CORE’s acclaimed Early Childhood Program at a number of local pre-schools and day care centers. Lauren has helped raise thousands of dollars through dance for such charitable foundations as Samaritan Hospice and Providence House, both of Burlington County. Her choreography has been featured in community performances for local events, performances by Arcadia University’s Knight Club Dance Company and most recently was sought after to be represented by DDO Arts Agency to appear in national venues and multi-media outlets. Lauren’s choreography has also earned various awards such as choreography, performance and top score awards. Her soloists rank among the highest in the country on the National competition circuit, making her one of the most awarded choreographers in the region. With a degree in Psychology from Arcadia University, Lauren utilizes her knowledge of child development and human interaction in the classroom and in her daily tasks as the Managing Director for CORE for the 3rd year in a row. She has pursued additional certifications in fitness, including Turbo Kick®, CrossFit and Kettle Bell Fitness. Her choreography was recognized at the Pulse National Convention as a staff favorite by the esteemed panel from “So, you think you can dance” including Mia Michaels, Cris Judd and more. The piece was presented in NYC in summer of 2010.
Lauren maintains her education in health in fitness through certification programs and has designed a fitness regimen with Jaclyn called COREvolution that includes nutritional information for adult clients as well as healthy conditioning for our highschool and college students. Her natural abilities as a teacher once again opened doors when she and Jaclyn produced COREvolution fitness program and most recently, her own creation FitKidz;a full health and fitness program for kids ages 8-12 years. Lauren’s personal training is sought after both in the studio and from professionals in dance and athletic training both here in NJ and Philadelphia- her own coach has offered her opportunities with sports training or Penn State’s football team. As a member of the Crossfit team in Philadelphia, Lauren’s fitness pursuits are sponsored by Reebok and she appears regularly in print and live modeling for the brand.
Intensive Artist in Residency (Winter and Summer)
LaMia is from Camden NJ, a graduate of the city’s first arts high school. She attended the University of the Arts Philadelphia where she trained vigorously in ballet, modern, jazz and other cultural dances. LaMia’s artistic flare was recognized by recording artist, Jill Scott when she was in high school and was asked to appear as lead dancer in her music videos. Always an avid fan of hip-hop, LaMia began to delve into the dance style after joining Face Da Phlave a Hip Hop company that focuses on pure hip-hop movement and positivity. Through Face Da Phlave, LaMia has trained in the styles of locking, popping, breaking, and house and teaches each style at several studios in South Jersey. LaMia continues to train and perform in all forms of dance and performed as a dancer for the Garden State Dance Festival’s repertoire company.
LaMia has performed with ICMovement in Philadelphia and travels internationally using dance as an instrument of education for young women. Her summer plans include pursuing further education in dance therapy as well as the development of a Praise Dance class. LaMia continues her own dance performance training under Rennie Harris and Lauren Putty. Ms. Dingle’s concept based choreography draws a wonderful and committed crown of young dancers every year as participants and her private lessons ahve helped place our college dancers in prestigious dance colleges and companies across America. Lamia’s solists are recognized for their innovative take on populat music and are recognized on the National Competition circuit for level of difficulty, technique and artistry.
Lamia and her husband Josh welcomed their first child in November 2013. Her next greatest production is REVEAL Movement Co. which is housed here in CORE Academy twice yearly and travels nationally with guest artists from Philadelphia, Atlanta, Las Vegas and abroad.
Ballet and Pointe, Nutcracker and Variations
Born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, Alexei began his ballet training at age nine and graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg – home of the famed ballet traditions developed by Agrippina Vaganova and Marius Petipa. His studies there included classical ballet, history of theater, history of music, acting, stage make-up, history of European and American ballet, character dance and pas de deux. Mr. Charov started his professional career at the age of seventeen at the Donetsk Opera and Ballet House in Ukraine. He began touring nationally and abroad and enjoyed great success, quickly building a rich classical repertoire. In 1991 he moved to the United States and continued his performing career with the Indianapolis Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet, adding a wide collection of Balanchine works to his range.
Alexei has also performed in original works by many internationally acclaimed choreographers in a constellation of traditional and classical parts, which he has interpreted in new and exciting ways. His partners have included such ballet luminaries as Oscar-nominee Leslie Brown, Jodie Gates and Tatiana Pali, and his dancing has been highlighted and reviewed by the press in Europe and Asia, as well as in the United States. Alexei and his wife, Natalia reside in Philadelphia Charter Schools as chief ballet staff and most recently accepted a position on the teaching staff at Pennsylvania Ballet for the 2017-18 season.
Tap and Modern Programs
Lisa Gaunt is a 2005 Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Montclair State University where she earned her BFA in Theatre Studies with Concentration in Production and Design and holds minor degrees in both Musical Theatre and Dance. She has studied under Nancy Lushington, Lonne Morreton, Maxine Steinman, Freespace Dance founder Donna Scro Gentile and Alexdra Bellar, to name a few. During her college career she performed with the Montclair State Reparatory Dance Company and at the Kennedy Center’s American College TheatreFestival in 2004 and 2005, where she also won the Regional Stage Management Award for Outstanding Stage Management both years, and has performed in the final rounds of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition.
Professional Stage Management and Performer credits include venues such as NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre, The Count Basie, The State Theater, Algonquin Arts Theater, Alexander Kasser Theater, and several Off-Broadway venues. Since 2005 she has taken up her love for the arts through teaching, directing and choreographing at numerous schools across New Jersey . Her choreography in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Liturgical and Modern/Lyrical Dance has won her many Highest scoring awards at top Dance Conventions such as Dancers Inc, Headliners, Starbound, Star Systems, Nexstar, International Dance Challenge, Cathy Roe, Dance Rave, Groove and more. Her choreography has also won Special and Judge’s Choice awards described as “Most Entertaining,” “Terrific Staging,” “Broadway Bound,” “Best Choreography,” and “Fancy Feet,” and her dances and soloists often place top ten. Although proud of her convention and competition experience, she is most proud of her years as founder and director of Movements of Grace, a modern liturgical dance company that for two years, along with her student/company members, raised thousands of dollars for charities through performances. That halted only to make room for her greatest accomplishment yet, becoming a mother to two girls in 2011!
Lisa always continues to further her dance education, studying under current top teachers in order to pass on top notch technique and fun to her students. Additionally, she has written dance studio syllabuses for Modern, Tap and Jazz studios, and choreographed numerous Musicals. She has provided private lessons and audition coaching to students currently on National Tours and accepted into prestigious dance programs across the country including, Rutgers Mason Gross, NYU Tish, Alvin Ailey. and her Alma Matter, Montclair State University.
Lisa’s years of experience as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Yoga and Zumba (International/Latin Fusion Dance) Fitness Instructor gives her valuable insight to her students dance training and tools for training she applies to each class she teaches. She has a passion for freedom of human movement, health, and artistic expression, but mostly for inspiring young people in the arts.
Marcus “Epic” Tucker is well rounded in every style of hip hop and funkstyle dance and has much experience on the theatre stage as a director, choreographer and performer. He is also a very inspirational teacher and workshop leader The summer of 2001, Marcus was introduced to Clyde Evans Jr. Owner of Philadelphia based Chosen Dance Company. Marcus began his hip hop theatre career here when he did his ﬁrst theatre show in December 2002, in the “Philly Nut Crack up”. In 2003 Clyde Evans was asked to chose three of the best dancer in Philadelphia to do a hip hop theatre tour in England with Kompany Malikhiʼs “Hip- Hop story “.Marcus was one of the three chosen. There Marcus met Judi McCarthy from Independance. Interested in his ability to teach and leadership qualities, Judi gave Marcus the opportunity to be in the driver seat. He directed and performed in his very own theatre show called “Heroes”. Heroes toured the UK from March 2004 to August 2004 and May 2005 to August 2005. Following His tours, marcus then became a menber of a company called Funkstylerz UK. It was with Funkstylerz that Marcus was given the opportunities to perform with numerous artists such as singer Pixie Lott, one of UKʼs biggest international pop sensation. Marcus then returned to America to create a dance company called, “Face da Phlave Entertainment”, alongside partners Andrew Ramsey and Kennith Thomas. As word spread of His rapid success, Marcus was then invited to choreograph and perform for the world leading Hip-hop Theatre Company, “Rennie Harris Pure movement”. . Marcus recently traveled to Malaysia with partner Norman “Shay” Williams, dancer and choreographer for “Madonna”. Through Norman, Marcus has recently become a regular performer and artist for Madonnaʼs private parties and events. Marcus has been chosen to be the Hip-Hop choreographer for several dance shows such as “So you think you can dance Malaysia” season 2 and as a judge for 5 seasons in a row on “Astroʼs Battleground”, Malaysiaʼs ﬁst Hip Hop television show. He plays a pivotal role in transforming the attitude towards hip hop and creating a phenomenal response to the show through each season. Marcus most recently collaborated and choreographed with Malaysian pop star “MiZZ Nina”.Through her projects, marcus was able to collaborate and choreograph for American “Colby Oʼ Donnis, Flo Rida, Taboo of Black Eye Peas and Korean K Pop superstar JAY PARK. Marcus also choreographed and danced with Melissa Indot, Dennis Lau Chris Willis, Yalonda Be Cool and Havana Brown. Marcus has dedicated his career to preserve and protect the foundation of the hip-hop community through performance and education. His mission is to eliminate the misunderstanding of a brilliant subculture and return a new understanding to the culture on a larger scale.
Jazz and Choreography
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Molly began her training under the direction of her mother, Beverly Misgalla. Following her passion she went on to major in dance at Point Park University studying with Douglas Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Jodi Welch and Ron Tassone, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. While at Point Park she was a swing for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall. After graduation she danced with the site specific, modern-based Mary Miller Dance Company and with the Philadelphia-based jazz dance company ‘Waves’ under the direction of Shimon Braun.She performed in the feature film “Living Out Loud” starring Holly Hunter, Inatoriso Cabaret Show in Tokyo, Japan and in numerous industrials and commercials for companies such as Glaxo Smith-Kline. Molly is a Philadelphia-based teacher and choreographer renowned for her innovative jazz and contemporary technique. Her style blends a solid dance foundation with a unique interpretation of musical and cultural influences. Her passion for jazz dance shines through in her work, showcasing her characteristically bold yet fluid use of movement, unique interpretation of music, and creative staging with large groups of dancers.
An assistant professor of dance at the University of the Arts since 2000, Molly is a prominent choreographer and guest instructor working regionally, nationally and internationally. Teaching engagements include Jacksonville University, DeSales University, Pennsylvania State University and the Manhattan Dance Project. Molly was an artist-in-residence at Ecole de Ballet and Just Move Dance in Luxembourg. She has also taught Master classes in Luxembourg, Paris and London, as well as studios and conventions throughout the US. Molly has choreographed nearly 20 original premiere works on stage as well as in concert venues including: Oops Office (rooftop performance) Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia Film Society/Phl International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Six Flags/Great Adventure featuring recording artist; Aeryanah Von Moi, Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, DeSales University as well as a premiere ballet for Eleone Dance Theater “For Always and For Ever Luther” celebrating the late Luther Vandross. Molly has fostered strong links with the professional dance community through both her own experience as a working dancer and as a teacher and mentor. Molly maintains a direct connection with MSA Dance Agency in New York, and is a frequent panel member for dance scholarship auditions such as A.S.H The Workshop Experience, and Jazz Dance World Congress. She has been a professional representative to “National Dance Week” celebrations and has produced many “Celebrate Philly Dance” performances. Molly continues to study and develop her own technique and experience of dance, recently travelling to Tel Aviv, Israel where she attended an immersion program in ‘Gaga Technique’, under the direction of Ohad Nahrain and the Batsheva dancers. Molly achieved her Masters degree in Spring of 2016 and is happy to be joining us as a faculty member this September.
Tap and Special Performance Events
A native of Philadelphia, Matt has been dancing for most of his adult life, while his passion has always been tap; he is also proficient in ballroom dance as well. As Matt teaches his tap classes, he shares a little bit of the history of what he is teaching making his teaching style unique. His classes focus on technique and cross over several different styles. Matt has studied under award winning tap choreographers Debbie Gatto who he considers his mentor, Karen Pauro, Robert Burden, Ray Hesselink and Dianne Walker and has had social dance training from champions Shana Vitoff, Barbara Miller, Bronislava Vrtalova and Vladimir Martinek . Matt has used his networking skills to build professional relationships with many of the professional dancers of TV’s Dancing with the Stars as well as other dance professionals worldwide. Matt had the honor of dancing with his students on TV in the 6 ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade.
He has also recently joined the advisory board of Infatuation Dance Company based in Philadelphia and continues to lend his talents annually to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation’s Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars.
Early Childhood, Jazz/Tap, Musical Theatre Dance and Modern program
Emily received her Master’s in Dance Education from Temple University. Her training began with David Gallagher of the Academy of Ballet for Children (now Ballet NJ). She has studied classical ballet, jazz, modern, and musical theater. She is a teacher, choreographer and performer in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, having performed and choreographed for Haddonfield Plays and Players, The Eagle Theater Company, The Broadway Theater of Pitman, and the Woodbury Sketch Club.
Her passion is introducing dance history into technique classes, while exploring new dance forms with young dancers. Emily is dedicated to educating our musical theater students and dancers alike, the benefits of performance training for both self confidence and to enhance their overall education in movement and theater arts. She directs our Cabarets every 12 weeks- they are original productions that provide a professional Guest artist to both workshop and perform alongside our musical theater students.
Ballet, Early Childhood, Tap Xtensions
Karen Pauro’s long-standing and extensive career as a dancer, instructor, choreographer, studio director and producer (costuming, lighting and set design) has culminated in legions of energetic, inspiring performances and paved the way for hundreds of students to nourish their love of dance.
Karen began her dance training at a very young age. Throughout the years she enhanced her training by attending classes at the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy, Waves in Philadelphia and the Broadway Dance Center in New York, along with national dance conventions and seminars. Karen’s performances include the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker, various television programs and dance competitions, both locally and nationally. She also had the honor to perform for Dean Martin and Pavarotti in Atlantic City.
Although Karen immensely enjoys performing, her greatest love will always be instructing and choreographing and she takes great pride in mentoring and developing the talent of her students of all ages and skill levels. Certified by the international organization of Dance Masters of America, Karen’s creative guidance is founded on decades of teaching experience in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics. Karen has taught at several area dance schools, including The Ronnie McLaughlin School of Dance (where she was owner and director from 1994-1998) and others. Karen designs innovative instructional programs and trains her students to perform professionally, including on Broadway. She is excited to about her most recent opportunity to choreograph the 2015 performances of the Mask and Wig Club, an all-male Ivy League theater troupe at the University of Pennsylvania. Notably, Karen has won many top awards for her stellar dance pieces, including a Critics Choice award. Karen was responsible for training Miss Pennsylvania for her talent portion in the 2015 Miss America pageant.
Ballet and Pointe Programs
Jazz, Modern and Xtensions Programs
Since Kayla turned 8, she made dance her passion in life. Training in classical disciplines, Kayla was fortunate to garner great attention on the competition and convention circuit from Master Teachers such as Tyce Diorio, Cris Judd, Sheila Barker and Chebar Williams. In 2005, Kayla successfully auditioned to appear in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco under the choreography and direction of LA based choreographer, Erin Lamont.
Locally, Kayla was a member of the RV Dance team, helping to lead the team to NDA titles and went on to study dance at Rutgers University in the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Miss Kelly was a member of the Rutgers Dance company.
Kayla is looking forward to another great year at her second home, CORE Academy.
Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Xtensions Programs
A native of Camden, New Jersey began his dance training at the age of 14 . Anthony is a graduate of the Creative & Performing Arts High School , where he majored in dance.He continued his dance training at various institutes such as Halliday Dance , Philadanco (Training Company ) , DCNS ( Summer intensive Program ), Grace Dance Theater and Eleone Dance Theater . Under the mentorship of Dara Stevens- Meredeth and Luceda Cuyler , Anthony was accepeted into Eleone Connection the second company of elone Dance Theater where he danced for 5 years . He is a 2005 NAACP ACT-SO Silver Medalist for dance . Anthony’s choreography was featured in the 2008 philadelphia Film Festival, as well as the 2007 production of ” For Colored Girls ” at he Walt Whitman Center for Performing Arts. He was the 2014 recipient of the Rocky Award in Philadelphia and a celebrated member of Grace Dance Theater and Eleone Dance . He is cofounder of Reveal Dance Intensive Co., based out of Atlanta, GA with it’s roots in the Philadelphia area. CORE is the winter and summer home to Reveal with guest faculty and artists in residency.
Early Childhood, Ballet, Jazz and Modern Programs
Miss Victoria Holloway has trained at several studios after her formal training with Princeton Ballet School, Koresh, and Core Academy of Movement. She has danced a number of roles in The Nutcracker with a variety of dance companies including the American Repertory Ballet, The Donetsk Ballet, The Moscow Ballet, and En Pointe Dance Studio. She has also performed in Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote with the Princeton Ballet School. In addition to her formal training, Victoria has had the pleasure of studying under Rachelle Rak, Kyra Nichols, Graham Lustig, Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Kathleen Moore, Andre Pirozzi, Jennifer Tinsley-Williams, and most recently, studied with the Rockettes in a summer intensive program, for which she received a scholarship. Miss Holloway has worked with CORE for two consecutive seasons as a substitute teacher and rehearsal director for our Xtensions companies and Youth Theatre workshops and is thrilled to be a part of the weekly schedule this fall.
Technical Stage Production, Music Compilation
No stranger to the arts, Chris has been working behind the scenes in stage and screen productions for the past 15 years. He began his career by providing lighting, audio, and stage management services for a variety of high school and community theater performances. While in still in high school, he worked for the stage management and rental company Earl Girls, Inc. out of Egg Harbor City, NJ. Chris shifted gears in college to pursue work in television and multimedia production, earning a B.A. from Temple University and an M.A. from Syracuse University. He developed a passion for TV sports production, and has since worked for NFL Films, ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, and the Philadelphia Phillies in a variety of roles including camera operator, editor, and associate director. He is currently teaching TV production classes and working full time as the Television Production Coordinator at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Still, Chris is happy to return to his roots in live stage and fine arts performance, and 10th Annual CORE Academy Awards in 2014 marked his 9th show with CORE Academy.