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AIM STAFF

 

Michele Wolf
Owner
Artistic Director

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 Stephanie Martucci
Studio Administrator

Michele's life long dream of opening her own studio came true in 2009 when she opened Artists In Motion Dance Studio. Pulling from 18 years of teaching dance at many other studios in North Jersey, she wanted her studio to ensure quality training with all positive reinforcement, believing that no child should ever leave the studio feeling bad about themselves. She felt strongly that her dancers should give back through their dancing by performing at local community events as well as donating to a different charity each year during their recital. With “Be Kind” as their motto, AIM has donated thousands of dollars to numerous charities over the years. Artists In Motion started out as a one room studio in the Cherry Hill ISC and has grown to the 17k square foot complex it occupies today.  

Michele received her training early on under the direction of Dance Masters Rosemary and Bob Boross and began performing professionally at the early age of 10. While dancing with the Red Bank Ballet, she was cast in the lead role Clara in The Nutcracker by age 12, and then continued on with the company to perform multiple leading roles. During her career, she has danced both soloist and principal roles with many outstanding choreographers, and has had the opportunity to study under/perform works by notable choreographers such as David Howard, Christine Spizzo, Terry Lacey, and Mia Michaels. With 25+ years of professional performance experience, Michele has done both television and print work for numerous national companies throughout her career in addition to her stage credits. Certified through Dance Educators of America (DEA), she has been teaching, judging, and choreographing for more than 30 years, and has been both a Master Teacher, and award winning choreographer for numerous studios and Performing Arts High Schools throughout the tri-state area. Many of Michele’s students have gone on to college with full dance scholarships while many others are now dancing with professional companies.

 

In addition to her passion for dance, she is the proud mother of four wonderful children and thanks them for allowing her to live out her dream and open the doors to ARTISTS IN MOTION DANCE COMPLEX. While striving to fulfill the goals of a dance educator to develop strong and knowledgeable dancers, Michele also hopes to instill a love of the arts in EVERYONE!

Jennifer Canfield 
Early Childhood Program Director

Jennifer began dancing at age three at a local studio. By the time she was five, she began training

seriously in ballet under the instruction of Andrea Duffin. She danced as a member of the South

Jersey Ballet Theatre Company for twelve seasons. Jennifer also performed in the Garden State

Dance Festival for eight seasons under the direction of Suzy Zucker where she performed in

modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre pieces choreographed by Rochelle Haynes,

Darrell Williams, Meredith Rainey, Jose Rodriguez, Andrea Michaels, Zane Booker, and

Tommie-Waheed Evans. Jennifer also performed in a Philadelphia based Tap Dance Company,

Uniting Colleges Through Tap under the direction of Corinne Karon.

Jennifer is a certified public school teacher holding New Jersey licensure in early childhood

education, elementary education, special education, and dance education. She has taught preschool

and pre-kindergarten in both public and private school settings, most recently teaching integrated

preschool in Moorestown Public School District for four years. She holds a B.A. in

Elementary/Special Education from Holy Family University and a Masters in Dance Education

through the University of Northern Colorado.

Jennifer has been teaching and choreographing for over twelve years at various local studios. During this

time Jennifer choreographed competition pieces and founded and directed the Junior Ballet

Company at another local dance studio. The competition and performance company won numerous

awards over the years for choreography, staging, and performance. She also choreographed

Moorestown Friends School’s Fall Production of Shrek The Musical and choreographed a Christmas

Show at Saint Peter's School. Jennifer also taught after school and summer dance enrichment courses for

Moorestown Friends and Moorestown Public School District.

Jennifer loves sharing her passion for dance with her students. She especially enjoys teaching the

foundational skills to young dancers. She is very excited to be directing the Early Childhood Program

at AIM!

Reese Wolf

Reese began her dance training at the age of five and has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and musical theater. As a previous member of the AIM Elite competition team, Reese has won numerous 1st place overall awards, judges awards, and entertainment awards at many regional competitions.  Her competition choreography over the last 3 years has continued to impress the judges and has earned her multiple choreography awards, judges awards, and 1st place overalls including a Golden Ticket Invite to the World Dance Championship, Entertainment Award, and the SDA Regional Champion title for her Junior Hip Hop number, "Boss Babes" Reese is always looking to expand her teaching knowledge by participating in ongoing workshops and dance teacher trainings.

Reese aims to create a learning environment that is positive, fun and exciting, while still working to improve each individual’s skill level. She loves to share her passion for dance with her students and wants to ensure that her students are always comfortable, encouraged, and productively motivated.

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Todd Munoz

A growing name in the dance community. It wasn't until the age of 19 that Todd took notice to the hip-hop scene and became completely entranced in it. He was discovered and began his training with Andreas Johnson and Versatile Entertainment and devoted all of the time he had to learning this art form. This was difficult because Todd was already a full-time Physics Education student at the University of Delaware. His passion has always been found in education and the classroom but it wasn't until his senior year that Todd realized he could combine both his passion for educating children with his new found love for dance.

 

Todd still enjoys a life of performing. He has worked internationally as a choreographer and trainer for University dance teams and as a feature dancer in the Blockbuster film Silver Linings Playbook, but he finds himself enjoying a new passion of being a young Entrepreneur and Philanthropist at his current age of 34. Todd is currently the co-owner and co-director of Beat Addikts United (a youth hip hop company aimed to bring a safe haven and unified environment for hip hop dancers from across the tristate area), The Werkshop (a series of hip hop camps for ages 8-18) and the founder of DelAWAREness (a dance showcase that benefits Autism Delaware, raising over $190,000 to date!).

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Amanda Fruchter

Stephanie began her dance education at age six at Washington Township Academy of Dance and Gymnastics and then moved on to DANCE! by Debra DiNote. Over those years she studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, modern, and lyrical. Stephanie graduated from Kean University with a BA and dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She also has a Masters degree from Rutgers University with a focus on Educational Administration. She currently teaches Digital Literacy to Grades K-5 in Washington Township.

 

During college, Stephanie served as a part of the Kean Dance Theater and held the positions of Treasurer and Public Relations Chair. Shortly after, the newly created company, The Well Dance Performance Project, chose her as one of its first dancers in its inaugural year on campus.  Under the artistic direction of Dawud Jackson, Stephanie also studied African and jazz funk dance styles. She performed on and off campus for open houses, graduation ceremonies, charity events, and seasonal showcases. Stephanie also attended the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) at Montclair State University for two years learning the styles and steps of new choreographers in the tri-state area.

 

Stephanie has been a part of the Artists in Motion family since 2010. During that time her Zumba class was voted the “Best Way to Break a Sweat” and she was featured in South Jersey magazine’s “Best of the Best” 2012 issue.  She and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of two tiny dancers, Adria and Vienna. Stephanie enjoys sharing her love of dance and fitness with all of her students, children, and adults!

Abby Leoncini

Abby has been dancing since the age of four, at her family studio, Carbondale Dance Academy. Abby started the studio's contemporary division and she still teaches and choreographs there whenever she is home.
    She was also a student at Ballet Theatre of Scranton from the age of 7-18, where she was a principal soloist and had the privilege of being coached by Ballet Master Henry Danton, one of the original surviving members of the Sandler’s Wells Ballet, which is now The Royal Ballet.

 

Abby continued her dance education in college as a dance major at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
   After college, Abby began her career as a professional dancer with Simon-Will Entertainment, a Las Vegas based dance company that specializes in Tribute Shows.  She was an ensemble dancer in several Tribute Shows and was promoted to Dance Captain. Following her years with Simon-Will, Abby was hired by Norwegian Cruise Lines. She traveled the world for 7 years as a dancer and was also promoted to Dance Captain. While traveling overseas, Abby was cast in the show “Elements” choreographed by Broadway star Patti Wilcox and a brand new show, “Blazin’ Boots” where she was afforded the opportunity to work with Chase Benz, who is Britney Spears' choreographer.


    Abby is also a professionally trained aerialist. She studied for 3 years with The Toronto Circus School of the Arts. She has performed in many Cirque style shows and is proficient in several apparatuses including Spanish Webb, Lyra, Bungee and Silks.
   Abby currently shares her passion for dance through teaching and choreographing throughout the States. She is beyond excited to share her love of dance with everyone at Artists in Motion. 

Natalie Stairiker

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Natalie began her dance education with Debbie Apalucci's Touch of Class. At a young age, she was hand picked by Apalucci to perform with an elite traveling group called the Dancertainers. After moving to central Bucks County, Natalie continued her training with Joan Beard from Budzysnski's Dance Elite and Dance Techniques. It was then that she fell in love with ballet and spent her summer at Vassar with the American Academy of Ballet. Under the direction of Mignon Furman, Natalie was able to study from greats such as David Howard and Fernando Bujones.

 

Natalie recieved her BA at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. She apprenticed with Pittsburgh Playhouse for four years performing various roles in ballets like "Cinderella", "Les Sylphides", and "Don Quixote". Natalie recieved a rave review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her solo debut as the lead in the company's orginal children's musical "The Pied Piper".  A career changing knee injury lead Natalie to return to Philadelphia. There she began coaching for Temple University's Diamond Gems Dance Team. This experience ignited her passion for competitive dance. Natalie traveled with the Diamond Gems to California to train with the United Spirit Association and also conditioned the team to compete with the National Dance Association in Daytona Beach. During the summers, she worked for Montgomery Theater Project which she received a Special Recognition Award for her choreography of "Tommy".

 

Natalie has been teaching dance and competing her choreography for 20+ years. She has sat on the judges panel for five years with That's Entertainment. Natalie is a mother to three of her own little dancers: June, Holly, and Ashlin. They are all thrilled to be a part of AIM's dance family!

Schuyler Sorensen

Schuyler has been dancing since she was three years old, and dancing competitively since she was seven. She competed in jazz, hip-hop, and tap and has won many first place trophies and several national titles along with her teammates while on the Jamie's Dance Odyssey competition team. While she loves all styles of dance, tap has always been her passion. Schuyler has been dancing and teaching at JDO ever since it opened in 2003. After graduating from Arcadia University with her Bachelor's Degree in English and her Master's Degree in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she returned to her studio to teach tap classes, assist in teaching the tap teams, and choreograph tap solos for competition.

 

Throughout Schuyler's entire dance career, she has studied under master tap teacher Jamie Down and emulates her style of tap dancing in her own choreography. Her ideal student is not the best tapper in the room, but the one who works the hardest and does their best. Schuyler is excited to be working with the dancers at Artists In Motion!

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Sydni Wolf

Sydni began her dance training at the age of seven and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater. As a member of the AIM Elite competition team, Sydni has won numerous 1st place overall awards, judges awards, and entertainment awards at many regional competitions. Her talent as a choreographer became obvious early on when she choreographed her own contemporary duet routine at the age of 17 and won many judges awards as well as 1st place overall. Her competition choreography over the last 3 years has continued to impress the judges and earn her multiple choreography awards, judges awards, and overall awards.  

 

As a dance teacher, Sydni wants to see all of her students succeed and feel confident and motivated to try new things!  She wants her students to be proud of all of their accomplishments and loves being a part of their dance journey!

Amanda Keller Fruchter is a dance teacher, choreographer, and a former professional dancer. She studied ballet at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet for 13 years and performed in various productions in the corps and as a soloist. She holds her BA in Dance and Social and Historical Inquiry from The New School in NYC. After college, she performed professionally with In-Sight Dance Company before moving to Chapel Hill, NC to attend UNC Chapel Hill for graduate school in Education (MA Education). Amanda moved to Philadelphia in 2016 to pursue her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Dance and Choreography from Temple University. After graduating with her MFA, Amanda taught in the dance department at Temple University. In addition, Amanda has worked as a creative movement instructor and ballet teacher for Cherry Hill Recreation Department, Monarch School of Dance, and the Katz JCC. She is a Substitute Teacher for Cherry Hill School District and loves teaching children. In addition, Amanda is the Assistant Director for Rosa Middle School’s musical production. She is very excited to be joining Artists in Motion! 

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