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.
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.
Ariana Crowder is diversified dancer trained in many forms of dance ranging from Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary through the various Hip Hop styles including Popping, Locking, Breaking, Waacking, and Vogue to name a few. She continues to train in NY and LA with some of the industry's top professionals. Ariana is signed with Clear Talent Group Agency and was recently a Top 14 contestant on the FOX television show So You Think You Can Dance! She can be seen dancing alongside Beyonce in the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, featured in Carnegie Hall's production of West Side Story, and in several commercials including Aeropostale, the Season Premiere of The Wendy Williams Show, and on the hit television show GLEE. Ariana is excited about teaching at Perfect Pointe! Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical are the styles she'll be teaching her first year!
Margo Donovan began dancing as a toddler, and her love and passion for the art brought her back after a short hiatus. She recently graduated from the County College of Morris with an Associate’s in Fine Arts where her education focused on ballet and modern techniques, as well as choreography. She has also taken part in many other classes throughout her years, such as tap, jazz, gymnastics, lyrical, and hip hop. She participated and performed twice in the American College Dance Association’s Northeast Region Conference. She completed an internship in Arts Administration with Burklyn Ballet Theatre which lead her to the opportunity to work at their summer intensive, furthering her education in ballet, as well as providing her with the chance to perform. She is currently studying Progressive Ballet Technique and hopes to obtain her Teacher Certification. Margo is excited about the opportunity to teach Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop at Perfect Pointe!
Samantha began her dance training at the age of two with Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary, but found her true passion studying the Vagonova ballet technique. During her training with MCPA, she participated annually in Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) where she consistently received awards for Top 12 soloist in both the contemporary and pointe categories; she can be seen accepting one of her awards in the film “First Position.” As an MCPA ensemble member, Samantha received several awards including seventh place internationally. In 2011, she was selected to tour with “Ballet Grand Prix: Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow,” where she shared the stage with many notable dance performers such as Jose Manuel Carreno of American Ballet Theatre, Drew Jacoby of Complexions, and Charles Askegard of New York City Ballet. From 2010-2012, Samantha participated annually in Dancers Responding to AIDS “Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce” at the Joyce Theatre in NYC. In 2012, she was invited to open professionally for Keigwin + Company in Central Park, NY’s “Summer Stage” Main Stage where she performed a piece choreographed by Gus Giordano’s Maeghan McHale. She completed high school and furthered her dance and general education by being accepted into the Conservatory of Dance at State University of NY at Purchase College (SUNY Purchase). She performed in multiple pieces choreographed by Shannon Gillen, Kimberly Bartosik, and “The Nutcracker” choreographed by New York City Ballet’s Bettijane Sills. During her SUNY training, she studied Graham, Limon, ballet, pointe, and numerous choreography classes which helped her to complete her senior project in February of 2016. For this project she showcased her choreography entitled “Not with the eyes, but with the mind” and also performed a solo entitled ““Square None (Excerpt)” + “Fold by Fold (Excerpt)”” choreographed by Norbert De La Cruz III. After working with Mr. De La Cruz III, she was asked to work as his personal assistant which included auditioning Marymount Manhattan students for their spring concert. After completing four years of education, Samantha graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance in May of 2016. After graduating, she moved back to Baltimore to continue choreographing, teaching and performing. After one year of experience teaching, Samantha moved to New Jersey to further her dance career.