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 with Honors 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 commissioned to create the opening number for the C.S.T.D. Convention Gala in Brisbane, Australia. 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 Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts and Green Space.
Dawn Norman Klein spent much of her childhood receiving dance instruction in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and pointe at a local Sussex County studio. During those years Dawn was a member of her home studios dance company and participated in many regional dance competitions throughout NJ, NY and PA winning numerous awards. She spent many summers traveling into NYC taking classes at various workshops and conventions. During her high school years she served as a student-teacher at her home studio... this is where she discovered her love of teaching dance. Dawn was also a member of a competitive cheerleading squad at her high school and the choreographer of her high school dance team. Also, while in high school Dawn received her teaching certification from Dance Educators of America. Studying many genres of dance with renowned choreographers/teachers such as; Charles Kelley, Bob Rizzo, Nan Giordano, Karen Herbert, Robert Christopher, Bob Ziegler Beverly Veenker and Marguerite Long.
In 1988 Dawn became Miss Sussex Borough and went on to receive the honor of becoming Queen of the Fair at the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show. Also in 1990 she became the successor of the Miss Sussex County crown and competed in the Miss New Jersey Pageant. Dawn has also served as a judge for many local pageants and for 6 years acted as the executive producer, stage director and choreographer for the Miss Sussex County Scholarship Program, which is a local preliminary pageant to Miss America.
Dawn attended Montclair State College from 1989-1992 majoring in dance. She began her career as a professional dance teacher while in college. Dawn enjoys teaching young dancers of all ages and loves sharing her knowledge of dance with each of them. Her students have won numerous awards performing her dances at regional competitions while Dawn herself has received many special recognition awards for her choreography. Dawn believes the biggest reward in teaching is not the trophies, medals or ribbons that her students receive but to see their inner light shine whether they are in the classroom, at a competition or on a stage performing.
Dawn currently lives in Sussex, NJ with her husband Richard and their two children, Emma and Liam. She is an active member in her church where she and her husband are Senior High Youth Group leaders. Dawn is very excited about the opportunity to be teaching the joyful art of dance at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio.
Kelin is originally from New York, where she began dancing at the age of three. She has had the opportunity to study several different styles of dance and train at many different intensives including Jazz World Congress, New York City Dance Alliance and Dance Educator's of America intensives. Her passion and love for dance led her to continue her education and training at the University at Buffalo, receiving a BFA in dance performance. Upon graduating, Kelin was able to travel the world while performing with Royal Caribbean International. She has performed in many production shows across the country with Spirit Productions including “Dancing Queen”, “Spirit of Christmas”, and “Le Grande Cirque”. She has also appeared on PBS as a member of Zodiaque Dance Company and has done industrial work for Earthbound Entertainment and Promotions. While in NYC, she has performed at several different venues including the Salvatore Capezio Theater, Symphony Space and The Choreographer's Ball at the Highline ballroom,. Most recently, Kelin has performed in NYC with SynthesisDANCE Company, under the direction of Tracie Stanfield. In addition to her performance credits, Kelin continues to choreograph and teach for several competitive dance studios, as well as being on the judging panel for various dance competitions in the NY/NJ/PA area.
Kelin is thrilled to be returning for her second year on staff at Perfect Pointe and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all of her students.
Chloe Paul began dancing at the age of four, where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, hip hop, and acrobatics at her dance studio. At the age of eight she became a member of her studio’s competition team, competing on both the regional and national levels. Her dancing was continuous all the way through high school, as it became a part of Chloe’s everyday life.
In 2010, Chloe attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she became a co-captain of the Devils Dance Team as a freshman team member. As Chloe missed competing on a collegiate level, she transferred to the Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she joined the Ramapo College Dance team. That year the dance team took home their second, first place title in their division at NDA Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Chloe graduated Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, along with a minor in art in May of 2014.
While attending college, Chloe also began working for a dance program at local preschools, where she was able to share her passion for dance. Experiencing the happiness dance bought to these children, Chloe is thrilled to continue teaching dance to your child and join the Perfect Pointe family.
Born and raised in Queensland, Australia Maddison began dancing at the age of three, training in all facets of dance. After graduating high school in 2011, and having been accepted into ‘The Ailey School’ at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Maddison moved to New York City in 2012. In the Fall of 2013 Maddison began working with CoreDance and Asterial Dance until the Spring of 2014. After spending 2015 back in Australia teaching she is excited to be back in New York dancing CoreDance Contemporary and teaching throughout the City. Maddison has also completed her R.A.D Advanced 2 examination with distinction and holds a Certificate lll. in Performing Arts.
Nicholle discovered her love for dance at a very young age. At just three years old,
Nicholle was enrolled in ballet, tap and jazz. It was extremely evident that dance was something she loved to do, as she begged her parents to enroll her in other various styles. By the age of eight, Nicholle fell in love with hip-hop. It became her absolute favorite style of dance. Because her passion for dance kept growing with each year, Nicholle began competing through different studios around New Jersey. By her last year of middle school, it was time to make a big decision for her high school career; to attend her local high school with her friends, or attend a high school for performing arts. With passion in her heart, she made the decision to attend Morris County School of Technology for Dance. This turned out to be the best decision of her life, being given the opportunity to dance every single day at school, while continuing extra dance classes at night. MCST gave Nicholle intense ballet training, as well as introduced her to the world of modern dance. Being at this performing arts school allowed her to work on choreographing skills, technique, creativity, musicality, as well as allowed her to put on two shows every year. Furthering her dancing, Nicholle then chose to attend County College of Morris, majoring in Dance. Although attending school for dance was amazing, it was not enough dancing throughout the day for Nicholle. Searching for more ways to pursue her passion, Nicholle auditioned in 2015 for the first return season of the semi-pro Sussex Stags Dance Team. With making the team, she was determined to work everyday to ensure keeping her spot on the sidelines. Because of her hard work and dedication, Nicholle received the title “Dancer of the Year” which then molded the way for her to become Captain for the 2016 year. Not only does she perform for the Sussex Stags, she also helps choreograph sidelines, pre-game and halftime performances. The love for dance made Nicholle eager to bring this passion to others, as she then began teaching dance at various preschools around New Jersey. She could not wait to bring the joy and passion of dance to kids and inspire them to find a love for dance as well. Nicholle truly believes that hard work should never stop, which is why she continues taking classes constantly in New York and New Jersey to always keep improving her technique and style. She lives by the belief that if one has a passion and a dream, one can achieve anything. Nicholle is so thrilled to join the Perfect Pointe Dance Family!
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.