Jessica Szucs Barlow
Jessica Szucs Barlow is the owner and director of Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio, since its establishment in 2005. Jessica has been dancing since the young age of 2 ½ and has not stopped since. She has studied all genres of dance including, ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, musical theatre, and modern. Throughout her adolescent years she competed in talent competitions with her previous studios companies and many beauty pageants. The combination of these performances has molded her into the confident woman she is today. When Jessica performs in front of an audience she commands a presence. This is what she tries to instill in each and every student she works with. She has also been educating herself outside her studios since her teenage years, taking classes in NYC and auditioning for musicals and cruise-ships.
Jessica graduated in May of 2005 with a Bachelor degree in dance from DeSales University. Throughout her college dance career, she studied with accomplished teachers, Vincent Brosseau, Trinette Singleton, Lynne Mariani and more. She was a member of DeSales University Touring Company where she traveled and performed for schools, nursing homes, etc. Jessica was also a DSU dance team member and has been an active performer in DeSales Young Choreographers Series and Dance Ensemble throughout her four years. She has performed in various venues around Pennsylvania and attended American College Dance Festivals and educational dance conferences as well. Jessica brought her love of teaching to DSU’s Conservatory of Dance program providing for children in the outside community. While attending college, she studied courses in Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Dance History, Dance Composition, Kinesiology, Teaching Methods and also became a member of National Dance Educators Organization which advances dance education centered in the arts. Miss Jessica has also volunteered her time teaching dance at local elementary schools for their after school and Summer Recreation programs. Jessica is not yet ready to give up her days of dancing either. She continuously studies dance at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and attends conventions and workshops to keep up with the latest choreography and teaching methods. Jessica’s inspires her students to be the best dancers they possibly can and encourages a love of dance no matter what age, level or style.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Ms. McCormac completed her Masters in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006. A registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, Ms. McCormac holds her Jazz Award and Teaching Diploma in Tap for the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance and in 2002 was the recipient of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dances’ Blue Sash Award. A successful audition for LINK Dancer’s Company in 2005, spurred a European tour and an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honor Society. In 2008, Ms. McCormac moved to New York City to join Barry Blumenfeld’s Tap Fusion, Ellen Stokes-Shadle’s Dance Works and the faculty at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio. In 2011, Ms McCormac founded CoreDance Contemporary, an Australian Modern Dance Company, which holds residence in New York City. Still living and working in the New York Tri-State area, she has been commissioned to teach and choreograph contemporary, modern and tap work on both a national and international scale. Most recently she was engaged as the Dance Adjudicator for the 2018 Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod, TAS, and to teach at Peridance and PMT Dance Studio’s in New York City. McCormac has an interdisciplinary approach to her work drawing ideas both contextually and visually to create work that is engaging for herself and her audience. Her work has been shown at APAP New York City Center, The ODC Theatre San Francisco, The Dairy Arts Center Boulder, The Dance Complex Boston, CHI Movement Arts Center Philadelphia, Your Move NJ, Alvin Ailey, New York City Center, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Green Space.
Lesley started dancing at the age of three and took recreational classes in tap, jazz, ballet and acro. When she was 9 years old, her acro teacher recommended her for gymnastics. With her dance background and foundation, she made the competitive team at her gym and competed through high school. During those years she was New Jersey State Champion and competed through USA Gymnastics Level 10. She competed for Eastern National Academy in Pompton Plains, but also for her high school varsity team. All four years of high school, she was awarded first team all-county, first team all-conference and all-state. In 2000, The Record named Lesley one of the gymnasts on the 1990's all-decade gymnastics team. Recreationally in high school, she also joined her school's competition cheer team where she was chosen individually to cheer at the Hula Bowl college all star game in Honolulu. After high school, through college, she went to work for her childhood coach teaching gymnastics classes from pre-school through competitive level. In 2004, she became the varsity gymnastics coach at Wayne Valley High School in Wayne, NJ where, in her first year, the team beat school records and went on to win county, conference and state sectional championships. This also included many individual honors for her gymnasts. In her 12 years as head coach, her team went on to win three additional county championships, four conference championships and state accolades every year. Individually the team thrived as well. Lesley was personally awarded three time Passaic County Coach of the Year, four time Conference Coach of the Year and North Jersey Coach of the year twice. She is USA Gymnastics safety certified in technique, stretching and spotting. Lesley lives in Frankford with her husband, Rick, son, Chase and daughter, Lilly.
Nicole Finley is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, concentrating in Modern and Ballet. She was the recipient of the Choreographic Excellence Award upon graduation. Nicole is from Marlboro, New York and has been dancing since she was 3 years old, performing throughout her childhood at many competitions, community and charity events. Ever since a young child she knew dance was an important part of her life and wanted to make it her career. She has had the privilege of working with amazing choreographers such as Maxine Steinman, JT Jenkins, Urban Bush Women, Jesse DeMauro, and Karen Gayle. She has attended American College Dance Festival, conventions in the tri-state area and Hip Hop Worlds competitions, of which she has taken those experiences and used them to help create her own choreographic style. Her professional career started with hip hop where she has done music videos with Diggy Simmons, Maino, Swizz Beatz, Juelz Santana and has performed all over the east coast for artists, charity and entertainment events. As a dance educator of most styles and techniques, Nicole loves to continue to learn and grow by taking classes in New York City, and attending teacher’s conventions. Nicole has over 15 years of teaching experience ranging from ages three to adult and has won top score and choreography awards at regional and national competitions. As a dance instructor, Nicole is dedicated and always excited to share her love of dance and passion for choreography with all of her students.
Shannon began dancing at the age of three, where she took classes in ballet, tap, jazz and acro. She then moved on to become a competitive gymnast until high school graduation.
From 1997 to 2004, she taught ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling classes at the former Sussex County Dance Academy. In 1999 she began coaching gymnastics at Shield's Gymnastics of Mt. Freedom, where she created her own competitive JOGA gymnastics team. In 2002 she graduated with an associate’s degree in dance and fine arts from Morris County Community College after completing courses in ballet, modern dance and choreography. She used this degree to begin choreographing gymnastics floor and balance beam routines for her own gymnastics team and several other gyms in the Morris county area. In 2004 she began working at Randolph Gymnastics where she coached teams in USAIGC and USAG, a Junior Olympic program. These teams went on to win many team and individual state and national titles including being ranked 2nd in the nation in 2008.
Currently Shannon still coaches competitive gymnastics. She resides in Byram, NJ with her husband, Scott, her 4 year old son, Tanner, and her 7 year old daughter, Ashlynn, who is a gymnast and competitive dancer.
Jaime began her dance training at the age of 2 ½ . She studied all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and acro. She began competitive dance at the age of 9 where she won several top scores at both Regional and National levels. She competed and took convention and Master classes all around the country – traveling to CA, FL, MA, VA, RI, CT, PA, NY, and NJ. After High School graduation, Jaime attended Marymount Manhattan College where she studied for 4 years and graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Education while student teaching all over NYC public schools. After college, Jaime’s love of dance landed her a teaching job in the Ringwood area for 11 years, a job teaching in Fairfield, Succasunna and another in Livingston which she has currently been at for 16 years. Her teaching experience ranges from ages two to adult and during this time she has won several top awards and special awards at competitions in the NJ area. Jaime’s very excited to add Perfect Pointe to her list of studios where she loves teaching the babies and even having her daughter attend as a student this year. Jaime resides in Sparta with her husband, Joe and her seven year old son, Hunter and three year old daughter, Kendall. She can be found all around town, running Sparta Moms, going to football, basketball and baseball games for her son, and dance, giggle time and playdates with her daughter. She loves spending her free time with her family and just living life to the fullest everyday!
Margo Donovan began her dance education as a toddler. Her love and passion for the art continued to grow throughout the years as she was taught technique in ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics. She graduated from the County College of Morris in 2017 with an Associate’s in Fine Arts where her education focused on ballet and modern techniques. While studying at CCM, she performed in numerous dance showcases where she choreographed her very own piece “The Cuberix”. She also participated in several Musical Theatre productions, such as Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid. During her time at CCM, she had the opportunity to perform twice in the American College Dance Association’s Northeast Region Conference and completed an internship in Arts Administration with Burklyn Ballet Theatre. This opportunity led her to work at their summer intensive for the next two years, furthering her education in ballet. She was also provided with the chance to perform the role of “Head Mistress” in Graduation Ball both years. Miss Margo is ecstatic to be back at Perfect Pointe for her 2nd year where she can share her love and passion for dance with all of her students!
Melissa Reardon has been dancing since the young age of 2 1/2. After obtaining her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University, Melissa began her teaching career and has been sharing her passion and love of her art for 15+ years. She has taught at many studios throughout New Jersey and taught at, and continues to choreograph for, Roxbury High School (Choice School of the Arts). Melissa holds her NJ certification to teach dance in public schools and continues to study at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Peridance.
Melissa's work can be found throughout New York & New Jersey. Not only has her work won numerous choreography and high score awards, but has also been recognized as National Champions & invited to World Dance Championships several times. Her most recent work has been showcased at Jennifer Muller, The Works (NYC), Peridance (NYC) and various venues for Dance New Jersey's Show Up & Dance showcases.
Recently Melissa has been invited to choreograph for Dancers Make a Change Dance convention, has hosted workshops at various studios and is in the beginning stages of starting up a contemporary company to continue to showcase her work. She has also choreographed for The Dancers Dream Fund, assisted choreography for Roxbury High School musicals (Footloose, Beauty and the Beast & The Addams Family), taught workshops for MCST (VPA program), set choreography for The Nextstep Dance Company, Dance Innovations Performance Foundation, Randolph High School Dance Company and much more.
Pam began dancing at the age of three and she loved it from that moment! She studied ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. She started off her dance career at DeMarge Dance Studio in Newton and finished her middle school and high school years at Kempson Dance Studio in Sparta. She also went to Sussex County Technical School half day throughout high school to attend the dance program there. Pam attended Montclair State University where she majored in Dance and was cast in several college performances. Her first job was at a studio in Elmwood Park where she taught dance for 5 years. Pam took some time off to raise her family. When her children were in school, she went back to her passion and love of teaching dance. She worked at Moderne Academie of Fine Arts in Scotch Plains for the past 15 years. She moved to Sparta 2 years ago and is very excited to continue her love of teaching dance at Perfect Pointe.
Hayleigh Schmidt is a New York City based artist, born and raised the Utica NY area. Most recently she has performed during Dance Astoria in a work presentedby Makayla Sprague. Prior to her relocation to New York City, Hayleigh appeared as a guest artist performing with the Mohawk Valley Ballet and Lake Erie Ballet. Hayleigh also has been part of professional dance teams in the NBA D League (Erie Bayhawks) and the amateur football league (Erie Express). Hayleigh holds a BA in Dance and Arts Administration from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. During her time at Mercyhurst, Hayleigh was chosen to perform in José Limon’s Waldstein Sonata during a residency with Daniel Lewis and Nancy Jordan of the José Limon Foundation. She has recently completed the intensive Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, performing in multiple works during last summer’s Performance Project. Hayleigh has spent the last year training with some of Broadway and theater’s most prominent choreographers such as Joshua Bergasse, Richard Hinds, and Jim Cooney. Hayleigh’s initial dance training comes from 15 years of training in the RAD method at Ballet Arts under Delia Foley and Melissa Larish.
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