DECA Family

Adrianna

Dance Education Faculty & Judge

Angela

Dance Education Faculty & Judge

Fernando

Dance Education Faculty & Judge

 

Jake

Dance Education Faculty & Judge

Jeffry

Dance Education Faculty

Kelly

Dance Education Faculty & Judge

 

Matt

Dance Education Faculty

Rohit

Dance Education Faculty

Mariah

Dance Education Faculty & Judge

DECA Family Bios:

 

 

Adrianna Poindexter

Adrianna is a freelance dancer and choreographer that has been showcasing her work in Philadelphia, PA since January 2015. Her choreography spans various genres, including jazz, modern and hip-hop, and oftentimes, a fusion of all three to create unique movement that is intriguing to watch. She earned a BA in Dance Performance, with a Theatre Performance minor from Stockton University. Some of her dance credits include PROHIBITION at Ocean Casino, BORGATA HOLIDAY SHOW at Borgata Casino, and dancing as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team. She also took part in the 2016 and 2018 Philly Fringe Festivals, choreographing and producing ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING, and co-choreographing and co-producing CHURCH + STATE, respectively.

Adrianna is the creator, choreographer and producer for HOT DAMN!, a cabaret style dance show in Philadelphia that features a troupe of beautiful dancers. Adrianna’s mission is to create works that entertain, inspire and move audiences and dancers alike.⁠

 

 

Angela Cusumano

Angela Cusumano started dancing at the age of 5 in Brooklyn, New York. With hip-hop being her forte’, she has studied under some of the biggest choreographers in the industry. She has toured as a dancer Nationally and Internationally for Subliminal Records’ artist, “Who Da Funk” for their #1 radio club hit, “Shiny Disco Balls.” She has performed for numerous years as a principal dancer at Six Flags Great Adventure during their summer and Frightfest seasons. Angela was a member of the “alternative jazz” dance company, “Push Factor Dance Company“ (Astoria, Queens) as well as the hip-hop dance crew, “Iconic” (Englishtown, NJ). She has served as the hip-hop instructor for Push Factor’s National Dance Convention, “DanzJam” and currently guest teachers in numerous studios and conventions throughout the East Coast. She was a featured dancer in the Bollywood film “Chinna Cinema” and also appeared on Season 1 of “Live To Dance,” aired on CBS, hosted by Paula Abdul. Other professional performing credits include corporate events as a Britney Spears impersonator, Tubway’s “In Living Color’s Fly Girl Tribute,” KTU’s Beatstock Concert (Jones Beach), and the “Fashionably Yours” Fashion Show.

Angela has served for years as a faculty member of American Repertory Ballet’s Dancepower & Dancepower II programs, founded by Gregory Hines. Choreography credits include performances at University of Delaware, Kean University and Rider University, R&B group, “Love Jones Girlz” (Urban Melodic Entertainment), and pop artist, Veronica Kole (Team Snooki Music). Her work on the musical theater production of “Altar Boyz” at Villagers Theater in 2017 won her the “Outstanding Choreography“ award at the NJact Perry Awards. Up next, she is slated to choreograph a production of “In The Heights” for Light Opera of New Jersey, opening at SOPAC in July of 2021.⁠

 

 

Fernando Naranjo

Teacher and Choreographer, Fernando Naranjo, has extensive experience teaching classes and workshops at numerous schools and studios in the DMV area. His broad, rich and varied dance training affords him expertise as an instructor in Contemporary, Jazz, And Latin Dance Choreography credits include setting pieces on a variety of studios and schools to “1-800-799-SAFE”, “An Evening I Will Not Forget”, “The Tornado”, “Surfin”, “Get Back Home” and “Unsteady” as well as creating a tribute to Celia Cruz.

A well rounded dancer, Fernando's performing credits include company membership in The Showbiz Dancers, performing on the stage of The Kennedy Center as well as a wide variety of other venues. He has worked with and trained under such dance luminaries as Shawn Cosby, Derrick Evans, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Hinton Battle.⁠

 

 

Jake Dylan

Jake received his BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace University. Favorite performance credits include: “Nickelodeon Live!” on Norwegian CruiseLines, Fender in “Hairspray” at the Palace Theater, and Larry in “A Chorus Line” at Pace University. He now mainly teaches at Center of Dance Arts in Marlboro, but also loves to teach master classes all over NJ/ NYC! He specializes in Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theater styles. His students placed 1st place at Backstage Dance Competition Nationals 2018 for their performance of his contemporary choreography. Jake also won the National Dance Showcase 2019 regional award for contemporary choreography. He’s looking forward to dancing with you soon! ⁠

 

 

Jeffry

Jeffry is an actor, singer and tap dancer, and has been performing for over 20 years. Jeffry has trained in the art of tap with Deborah Mitchell, Karen Calloway Williams, Omar Edwards, and many others. Some of his past credits include "Riffin & Tappin", "Dance Bojangles Dance", "42nd Street", "Shades Of Harlem", and recently New York City Center Encores “Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" directed and choreographed by Savion Glover. He also occasionally performs as Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Together Again which performs all over the east coast.

Jeffry also teaches tap in the tri state area and is a member and a principle dancer of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell.⁠

 

 

Kelly Peterson

Kelly is a NYC based dancer, singer, and actress born and raised in NJ. She performed as a Rockette in the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular on tour. She was a swing and dance captain in the Bullets Over Broadway 1st national tour. She has performed in various regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and Ogunquit Playhouse. Kelly studied at Pace School of Performing Arts in NYC and received a BFA in Commercial Dance. A proud dance educator, Kelly is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and passion for dance and theatre with young dancers.

 

 

Matt Mancuso

Matt is a Professional Ballroom dancer who has performed, instructed and competed nationally in the American Rhythm style of ballroom dance. Throughout his professional dance career, Matt has been a finalist in many competitions. He has danced in numerous live shows, and has trained with well-known choreographers: Anna Trebunskaya, Carolina Orlovsky, Corky Ballas and Jonathan Roberts. Choreography by Matt has been featured at institutions such as You Can Dance Studio in Hermosa Beach, California, and he has been guest artists at many other institutions and studios including the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts in Irvine, California.

With Hip Shake Fitness, Matt started with the company from the first the day bringing his LA Latin: Fun & Fitness class to the online company. A class that is specifically geared to get the dancer’s heart pumping both from an aerobic workout and fun itself It is such a pleasure to help people achieve their dance and fitness goals! Matt also works as an actor having performed in several musicals in regional houses both on the east and west coasts.

 

 

Rohit Gijare

Rohit is a professional choreographer and dancer based in the United States. With over twenty years of experience in the field, Rohit has performed on a variety of international platforms. His grace and versatility have made him a sought-after performer, with a charisma and energetic stage presence that has mesmerized audiences and critics alike.

As a disciple of renowned Kathak dancer, Guru Archana Joglekar, Rohit has developed both strength and grace which form the foundation of the classical Indian dance form. Rohit combines this classical background with his traditional Indian folk dance experience, while adding influences from modern western choreography to produce a unique style of choreography all his own.⁠

 

 

 

 

Mariah Pizzo

Mariah Pizzo has been choreographing competitive work and creating for local theatre programs for over 12 years. She is a part of Truman High School's Theatre Alumni and is their lead choreographer. Musical accolades include: “Kinky Boots” (HS Pilot) Disney’s “Freaky Friday” (HS Premier) , “Honeymoon in Vegas” (HS Pilot) and Fosse’s “Chicago”. Mariah also teaches and choreographs for the Bristol Township Musical Mentorship Program every year from July to August. This summer program shares the love of Hip Hop with all students. Classes are based around learning rhythm, grooves & social dances. It is an outlet of creativity, musical expression (in the form of bucket drumming) & a genuine love of dance for beginner and advanced students alike. Attendees range in age from eight to high school seniors.

Mariah began taking ballet classes at the age of three and went on to explore and study many other styles of dance which has made her a well-rounded educator. She trained competitively for fifteen years collecting many scholarships and experiences along the way. Scholarships include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, & The Rock School of Ballet. Mariah continues her dance education by taking classes in the Philadelphia and New York City area regularly.

Mariah loves to share her knowledge and passion for dance with dancers of all ages. Mariah loves to teach Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, technique, and conditioning classes.