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 such as “Meteorite” in A Planetary Interplay and “Pixie” in A Unicorn of Fairy Forest. During her career, she has danced both soloist and principle roles with many of the outstanding choreographers of our day, 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 20 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. With a strong belief in the importance of continuing her own dance education, Michele travels to take class from Master Teachers all over the country. In addition to her passion for dance, she is the proud mother of four wonderful children and thanks them, along with her loving husband Michael, for allowing her to live out her dream and open the doors to ARTISTS IN MOTION DANCE STUDIO. 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!
AIM Elite Performance Team Director
Theresa started her dance journey at the Patricia Bostick School of Dance in Allentown, PA, where she studied for 16 years. She earned her BFA in Dance from Temple University, where she studied Dance Pedagogy, performed in Master and Doctrine performances, and had her choreography performed in numerous on-campus concerts. She spent 6 years as the cheerleading coach and choreographer for various teams in Allentown, where her squads won both regional and state titles. She also directed and choreographed for the Allentown Central Catholic Dance Team, with her team and choreography being featured at Disney World.
Theresa has worked for over 12 years with children and adults teaching Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap, Yoga, and Barre Workout (as a certified Barre Above Instructor) throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Theresa is certified to teach children’s yoga through Karma Kids Yoga, NJ, and developed a two-day program for elementary school teachers providing tools and methods to integrate yoga into the curriculum. She has also logged over 900 hours in preschool classrooms through Jumpstart (an Americorp Program).
Theresa loves sharing her passion for dance with all her students and encourages hard work, kindness, collaboration, and fun in the classroom.
Hip Hop/Acro/Dance Team
Stephanie – Hip Hop/Acro/Jazz/Barre and Zumba Instructor – Stephanie graduated from Kean University with a B.A and dual certification in Early Childhood Education and teaches first grade in Deptford, NJ. In December 2013 she graduated from Rutgers University with her Master’s in Public Administration. Stephanie began her dance education at Washington Township Academy of Dance and Gymnastics and then moved on to DANCE! by Debra DiNote. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, and lyrical. 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 and Motion family for four years now and during that time her Zumba class was voted the “Best Way to Break a Sweat” and she is featured in South Jersey magazine’s “Best of the Best” 2012 issue. Stephanie enjoys sharing her love of dance and fitness with all of her students, children and adults!
AIM Elite Competition Team Director
Nicole Lodato is a formally trained dancer who has a passion for being with young dance artists in the classroom as an educator. She currently serves as the director of the competition and performance teams for Artists in Motion and a competition team choreographer, instructor and office manager at nationally- recognized dance company CaRu Entertainment. Nicole is also on the panel of judges for Cue the Music Dance Competition, which travels along the East Coast judging young aspiring dancers.
Her choreography has received many accolades including Highest Score for the 12 and under division at 2014 Encore Grand Finals, Highest Score for the 12 and under division at 2017 BTS regionals, and a choreography award at BTS regionals. Nicole has been dancing since the age of three and has trained at multiple schools in South Jersey where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern. Throughout her college career, Nicole was selected to be part of many dance shows, mostly focusing on Modern dance. She was also a member of the 2012 Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team. Being a member of the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soulmates afforded her numerous performance opportunities like being a back-up dancer for pop singer GoGo Morrow and a back-up dancer for rap artist Fat Joe, and appearing on Fox 29's Good Day Philadelphia. In some of her latest ventures, Nicole shot a pilot for a non-scripted TV series, was a featured dancer in Red Wagon Films' Carver and performed in a commercial for Millennium Dance Complex which aired on MTV, BET and
VH1. Nicole graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Theater and Dance along with a minor in Communications.
Jennifer - Ballet / Barre - Jen started her training with Mount Laurel Regional Ballet. She went on to study with Alexander Borovic of the Donesk Ballet. She was coached by Leslie Browne of ABT and Irina Kolopakova. She toured with International Ballet Theater as a teenager and was an apprentice with Russian Ballet Theater.
As an adult she was a soloist with International Ballet Theater and a principal with Roxey Ballet. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, La Corsaire and many others. She also performed in Dracula and The Nutcracker with The Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed with Melinda Roy in Florida and with Sarasota Ballet.
Jennifer was offered a position with Sarasota Ballet in Florida in 2002 but decided to move back to NJ to get married. She lives in the area with her husband and three children and has been teaching for the past eleven years.
Sara Plunkett grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and started her dance training at the age of 3, studying at The Dance Academy under the direction of Donnajean Kline and Cathy Greco. She trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical and immediately fell in love with performing and being creative. At the age of 5, she joined her studio’s competition team, competing in tap, jazz, and lyrical, as well as in tap duos, trios, and solos. Sara danced competitively for 13 years and during this time qualified for national competitions in Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, and New York. Sara went to college at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of their dance ensemble, performing annual showcases in jazz and tap. After college, Sara pursued a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and now works as an Elementary School Counselor in the Barrington School District. Sara has been teaching and choreographing for the last few years and has loved being able to share her love of dance with her students.
A native of Philadelphia, Matt Elliott has been dancing for most of his adult life. It was the Movie “TAP” with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. that reignited Matt’s passion for tap.
Through social network, Mr. Elliott has been able to build an impressive reputation and professional relationships with some of the leading tap dancers seen on stage and screen worldwide which has made him a recognizable face in the tap dance community. Most recently, Mr. Elliott has become a teacher brand ambassador for Capezio and was also named ambassador to the Tap Legacy Foundation co-founded by Gregory Hines and Andrew Nemr.
This summer Mr. Elliott returned to the prestigious Dance Life Retreat Center in Norton, MA to continue his education with renowned instructors Kaelyn Gray, Thelma Goldberg, Drew Burgess and Rhee Gold. In addition, he has trained under instructors such as, Dianne Walker, Gregg Russell, Dorothy Wasserman, Danny Gardner, Robert Burden Jr. Andrew Nemr, Michelle Dorrance, Karen Calloway Williams, Sarah Reich, Karen Pauro, Christopher Erk, Anthony LoCascio And Debbie Gatto, who he considers his mentor. Mr. Elliott and his students have performed in numerous parades and events including, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade, Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC and Miss America’s show us your shoes parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Kayla Johnson began dancing at the age of one at a local dance studio and hasn't stopped since. As the daughter of a dance teacher, she has grown up in the dance studio both training and assisting. Kayla has been studying ballet intensely with her mentor, Beth Allen Motzel, since the age of 8. She has been an assistant for ASH ( Artists Simply Human) for two seasons, 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. She is one of only two dancers ever to be chosen twice to assist this dance convention. While on tour, Kayla worked closely with many well known choreographers, such as Desmond Richardson, Rudy Abreu, JoJo Gomez, Tokyo, Dee Caspary, Judy Rice, Dwight Rhoden, and many more. Kayla has competed both regionally and nationally and has consistently been awarded top scores for solo and group pieces. Last year she competed her first self-choreographed solo and won 1st place overall and a choreography award with a near perfect score. Kayla is excited to share her passion for dance and choreography with Miss Michelle's students this year !
Jazz & Contemporary
A Philadelphia native, Frankie Markocki began his training at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has performed at events such as the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Disney World Parade, multiple MFA Thesis Concerts, and also many other performances. Frankie received his BFA in Dance from Temple University in 2016. He is a certified M’singha Wuti instructor in the Umfundalai Dance Technique, for which he studied under its founder Dr. Kariamu Welsh. Frankie is apprenticing and training with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, a company he has just joined in the summer of 2016. He is a dance teacher and also an aspiring choreographer, and also holds interests in Arts Administration and Dance Production.
Rebecca Cupples began her training at Philadelphia Civic Ballet where she studied and performed until attending University of the Arts where she received her B.F.A. in dance. Miss Cupples has studied with Andrew Pap, Barbara Sandonato, Carol Sklarroff, Roni Koresh, Milton Myers, Faye Snow, and Pat Thomas. Miss Cupples continues to further her dance education and experience attending class and workshops frequently. Rebecca has performed and staged her own work on both the east and west coasts as well as collaborating with other artists in television, film and stage. Miss Cupples currently teaches in the Philadelphia area and sets her own works in and around the Philadelphia area. Rebecca has most recently worked with Tap Team Two performing a modern piece choreographed by Corinne Karon as well as occasionally performing with Charles Tyson’s Sawtown Dancers. She was Artistic Director of Doylestown Dance Centre Youth Ballet from 2009-2019. Rebecca’s choreography has received many awards and recognition on the competition circuit. Teaching remains her first love and nothing brings Rebecca more joy than sharing her beloved art form with others. She is proud to say many of her students have gone on to University dance programs, among them University of the Arts, Point Park and Fordham. Many perform in dance companies and theater, become dance educators themselves and a few have even formed their own dance companies.
Abby has been dancing since the age of 4, at her family studio, Carbondale Dance Academy. Abby started the studios 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 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 Brittney 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.
Abbycurrently 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.
Sophie Malin grew up in Boston, MA and Mason, OH. Sophie trained extensively in Ballet & Modern dance at Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet under the direction of Oliver Arana (Cincinnati Ballet) and Susanne Payne (Dayton Contemporary). After relocating to Philadelphia, Sophie danced professionally with Alchemy Dance Company, SHARP Dance Company, and Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company. She also worked as a freelance artist for Blythe Smith, Evalina (Wally) Carbonell, Asya Zlatina and several others. Sophie has attended summer intensives at BalletX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joffery School of Ballet and Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet. Besides dancing Sophie has a deep passion for teaching most recently working as the Assistant Director/Artist in Residency at Wilmington Ballet in Delaware. Ms Malin is currently dancing with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and can be found teaching in Pennsylvanian and New Jersey.
Melanie started dancing at the age of 3, and has studied many different forms of dance over the years including Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Modern. Some of Melanie’s greatest accomplishments include modeling for A Wish Come True Dance Costume Company, and Capezio Dance Makers Inc. as well as being a proud member of the 2012 Philadelphia Soul Dance Team, of the Arena Football League. Melanie graduated from Rowan University in 2017 with her Bachelors in Biological Sciences and her Bachelors in the Arts of Education.
Jennifer Canfield-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. As a member of the South Jersey Ballet Theatre Company for twelve seasons, Jennifer performed the roles of Chinese lead, Marzipan lead, Spanish lead, Flowers, and Snow Corps in the Nutcracker Ballet, as well as numerous roles in Cinderella, Coppélia, Giselle, and Snow White Spring Ballets. She also trained in ballet under the direction of Dalia and Douglas Hay, Meredith Rainey, Andrea Duffin, Christine Cox, Dede Barfield, Valerie Amis, and Cheri Noble. She studied tap since the age of four under the direction of Debbie Gatto, Darrell Williams, and Rochelle Haynes. Jennifer also trained in jazz since the age of five under the direction of Jose Rodriguez, Suzy Zucker, and Andrea Michaels. Jennifer trained in modern under the direction of Tommie-Waheed Evans and Zane Booker. Also, Jennifer performed in The Garden State Dance Festival under the direction of Suzy Zucker for eight seasons, where choreographers selected her for several pieces including modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre. During Jennifer’s time in College, she performed in a Philadelphia based Tap Dance Company, Uniting Colleges Through Tap under the direction of Corinne Karon.
Jennifer has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical for 10 years at various local studios. During this time Jennifer founded and directed the Junior Ballet Company at Dance Arts Cherry Hill. The competition and performance company won numerous awards over the years for choreography, staging, and performance. Jennifer choreographed the Moorestown Friends High School’s Fall Production of Shrek The Musical. She also choreographed a Prekindergarten-8th grade Christmas Show at Saint Peter School in Merchantville, NJ.
Jennifer currently teaches and choreographs for Artists in Motion Dance Studio and competition team. 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. Aside from teaching dance Jennifer is employed as an Integrated Preschool Teacher in Moorestown Public School District.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Natalie began her dance education under Debbie Apalucci’s Touch of Class and after moving, graduated under the tutelage of Joan Bread and Lisa McLaughlin from Dance Elite. Natalie spent summers at Vassar with the American Academy of Ballet directed by Mignon Furman who brought in greats like David Howard and Fernando Bujones. She received her professional training and BA with a Ballet concentration, at Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. There she studied under Nicolas Petrov, Ron Tassone, Kenneth Johnson, Susan Stowe, Judith Leifer, Doug Bentz, and Ronald Hutson. Natalie was an apprentice with Pittsburgh Playhouse where she performed various roles in ballets like “Cinderella”, “Les Sylphides”, and “Don Quixote”. She also was casted as the lead for an original children’s musical, “The Pied Piper” and performed other original modern dance works with the Playhouse’s dance company. After a career changing knee injury, Natalie returned home to begin teaching and coaching. She began as an assistant coach for Temple University’s dance team, the Diamond Gems, and after a year took over as head coach preparing the girls to compete on a national collegiate level with NDA. Natalie choreographed a number of musicals for Montgomery Theatre Project and has coached junior ballet, teen jazz, and senior lyrical competition teams for over 10 years at her local studios. Natalie sat on the judge’s panel for 5 years with That’s Entertainment Performing Arts Competition. She and her husband are now the proud parents of 3 little dancers, June, Holly, and Ashlin. Natalie is thrilled to share her passion of dance with the dancers of Artists in Motion.
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 under 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 and 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, 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 31. Todd currently is 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 7-13) and as the founder of DelAWAREness (A dance showcase that benefits Autism Delaware, raising over $130,000 in it's first 5 years).
Kristen - Acro / Jazz / Ballet - Kristen began her career at age three as a competitive dancer in the southwest Washington/Portland Oregon area where she received numerous awards at the national level. Her training led her to numerous performances all over the United States. After 9/11 Kristen had the esteemed opportunity to perform with Disney in their American Pride production. Kristen has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, Vancouver Ballet Theater, NBA, NFL and IBL. Her career continued to progress in 2006 when she became a member of the Agneizhka Laska Modern Dance Company. After touring with the company for several seasons and performing at an international level she packed up and headed for the bright lights of Las Vegas. In 2010 and 2011 Kristen choreographed for Paul Mitchell the School of Las Vegas National Caper Launch which allowed her work to be commended by John Paul DeJoria, Angus Mitchell and Robert Cromeans. Kristen has had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the entertainment industry.
In addition to instructing and choreographing, Kristen is a Director for Thunderstruck Dance Productions which is an international dance competition. This allows her to travel the country and work with talented competitive dancers.
Whether it's teaching, judging, choreographing or mentoring, Kristen feels blessed to be able to share her passion of dance with others who embrace a love for the arts.