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Jill Cookingham, Founder & Artistic Director

jill_lg2I was a “gypsy” in the professional dance world, dancing in concert performances, theatrical revues and touring with Broadway shows. I lived in New York City, the dance capitol of the world, and studied with the world’s best teachers.

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Rutgers University.
  • Dance Clinician for the Junior Olympic National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 2008.

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Patricia Dingle-Killpack, Master Teacher-Advanced Classes


  • Soloist, Company Member and Choreography Assistant with the internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
  • Extensive teaching experience from master classes in children’s programs to setting Ailey works in college dance programs.

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Michelle Puskas, Instructor


  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.
  • Recipient of the Garden State Arts Foundation Thomas H. Kean Scholarship


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Kristen Darthard, Instructor, Choreographer

  • Dance, Acro, Gymnastics and Tumbling Instructor at TFDC.
  • Competitive Gymnastics Coach and Judge.
  • Acro Instructor for Stacie Webster’s famous “Jazz Boot Camp”.
  •  Professional Choreographer for Dance, Acro and Gymnastics.




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Theresa Orth, Instructor, Choreographer

  • Theresa is in her fourth year of college at the College of New Jersey. She is studying for her Bachelor & Masters’ Degrees simultaneously. 

Theresa has extensive teaching experience, especially with ages 3-7.


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