Gina Daugherty  is a dancer and choreographer currently located in New York City. Originally from Minnesota, she grew up dancing at Northern Force Dance Company under the direction of Kara Bode and Joe Meyer. She has studied at many prestigious schools including The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Peridance Capezio Center (New York, NY), and most recently the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center (New York, NY). She also has attended the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary LA Summer Intensive on a full tuition scholarship. Gina has been able to perform works by Michael Mindlin, Ephrat Asherie, Candace Brown, Sabrina Phillip, Cheryl Copeland, Cassie Nordgren, Mandy Moore, Diego Funes, Vivake Khamsingsavath and more.

Alli Gallant  began Irish Step dancing at the age of four years old. She continued training in Irish dance throughout her childhood while adding other genres to her repertoire, including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater. She trained with the Duffin-Murphy School of Irish Dance and North Shore Dance Academy in Massachusetts, where she competed on a regional and national level and has also taught various styles of dance. In addition, Alli has been teaching at American Dance Training Camp in Vermont for the past five summers. While attending Stony Brook University in Long Island, Alli was Captain of her hip hop team Deja Vu Dance. Alli is currently studying at Broadway Dance Center where she is a part of their prestigious Professional Semester Program.

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Alli Gallant

Lead Instructor/Choreographer

​Hip Hop, Jazz & Lyrical 

Omar Edwards: Associate Choreographer 

World renowned Tap dancer, Omar Edwards, has been in love with tap since he was twelve years old. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Omar’s dancing has been shaped by more than twenty-three years of experience and formal training with the “Masters”, including Henry LeTang, Jimmy Slyde, Marie Brooks and his legendary cousin, Savion Glover. His other talents of music and songwriting have been honed under the tutelage of the musical genius Olu Dara.

Edwards first earned national acclaim when he and then tap partner Daniel B. Wooten Jr. were grand prize-winners on the famed TV show “Star Search”. From there, he embarked on a tap dance career that now spans the worlds of music, dance, television, theatre, and film.  His "foot music” has reverberated in more than 20 countries and from countless American stages, including Broadway in Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk; as a featured performer in the National Touring Company of Black and Blue; a stretch of seven years as the “Sandman” on NBC's Showtime at the Apollo; a guest performance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show; and a Command Performance at the White House with cousin Savion Glover before President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. In addition, Omar has performed with Alicia Keys (Live at the Hollywood Bowl), and danced on record with rappers Common and Mos Def on the song The Questions.   Omar was the first of his generation to record an album (Tap Dancin’ is Music) where the Tap Dancer is the leader of the Band as well as the lead instrument. 

Omar has a unique ability to transfer his passion through the rhythm of his tap shoes, and “is honored to have been selected to originate and choreograph the role of the 'Tap Griot’ in FLY”, The Award-Winning play about the famed Tuskegee Airmen of WW II--written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan.  His performance in FLY garnered him a Bessie Award for Featured Dancer (New Victory Theatre/NYC) and also a Broadway.com LA Award for Best Featured Actor in a Local Production (Pasadena Playhouse/CA).

A gifted tap artist, Omar is committed to the education and preservation of Tap Dancing. And, has been engaged in creating, teaching, performing and promoting the art form since he put on his first pair of tap shoes. In the words of Ricardo Khan (Tony Award-winning Artistic Director), “Omar is a consummate artist in Tap and presentation, always reaching, never relenting.”

 Read more about his journey in:  Tap Dancing America:   A Cultural History by Constance Vallis Hill.

NJ Dance Academy Staff

offering the finest Dance Instruction in NJ

Dawn Kranz  has her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Montclair State University where she has set multiple pieces of Modern Choreography. She has studied under numerous Dance Masters with various professional Modern and Ballet Companies. She has been teaching for more than 20 years and has won uncountable accolades for choreography for her unique style of Modern dance as well as her Classical Ballet pieces. She also has experience in Judging for dance competitions. Her passion for dance is seen through the success of her many students to go on to professional dance careers. Her most recent success is her partnership/Artist Director of New Jersey Dance Academy.

Omar Edwards

Associate Choreographer

Tap

Asha Griffith

Instructor /Choreographer

Tap 

Gina Daugherty

Instructor/Choreographer

Musical Theater, Jazz & Lyrical 

Dawn Kranz

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Ballet, Pointe & Modern