We love what we do
and it shows!
Mallory Chesler Horowitz, Director & Teaching Artist
Miss Mallory has been studying dance for over 29 years. She is a graduate from Montclair State University where she received a B.F.A. degree in dance with a concentration in ballet and modern techniques. While at Montclair, she worked with many choreographers and performed pieces choreographed by Sean Curran, Donna Sco, Kim Whittam, Lisa Grimes, Lonne Morreton, and Nancy Lushington to name a few. Mallory is currently the choreographer for the STARS award winning competition team. Many of her dances have received Platinums, high scores and even received the golden ticket to the World Dance Championship. Miss Mallory has also received many choreography awards for her work. She also choreographs for high school musicals, her most recent work being“Pippin” "Beauty and the Beast” ,“The Sound Of Music”, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Bye,Bye Birdie". Mallory was honored by Who’s Who Premier International for outstanding professionals in the dance industry for 2008-2009 and selected as Executive Professional of the year in 2009-2010. Mallory is also a proud member of National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts for over 10 years and Dance New Jersey. She also has been involved with children’s outreach programs such as “Literacy Programs of NJ- Arts Come to Life”. Mallory feels very lucky to be able to impact children in a positive way through her love of the performing arts and is looking forward to a wonderful season!
Miss Christine Rizzo, Teaching Artist
Miss Christine has been studying dance for over 20 years, including competing, teaching and coaching at the regional and national levels. Throughout the years she has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, pom, and much more! Christine graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. During her time at Rutgers, she was also a four year member and captain of the nationally ranked Rutgers University Dance Team. Since graduation, Christine has been teaching and choreographing for various dance studios across NJ; as well as creating and coaching the nationally ranked Montgomery High School Dance Team in Skillman, NJ
Miss Sydney Groves, Teaching Artist
Miss Morgan Markowski, Teaching Artist
Miss Morgan began her formal dance training at the age of three, studying ballet, modern, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. She later stumbled across Irish-Step Dancing, which she quickly grew to love, and has since traveled the country competing at both the regional and national levels. Morgan is a recent (2012) graduate of Muhlenberg College (in Allentown, PA) with a B.A. in both Dance and Business Administration/Marketing. While at Muhlenberg, she had the invaluable opportunity to study under Karen Dearborn, Charles O. Anderson, Corrie Cowart, Shelley Oliver, Heidi Cruz, and Patti Bostick, continuing both her technical and academic dance training, while performing in many faculty and student choreographed concerts. Morgan also choreographed several pieces of her own, the most recent of which was Celtic; Knot, a fusion of modern and Irish-Step Dancing featured in Muhlenberg’s Dance Emerge. In 2011, Morgan was selected to study in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte, where she furthered her study of ballet and modern composition, while expanding her dance palette to include tarantella and other dances of the Mediterranean. Morgan is so excited to join the Rising Stars family, and is looking forward to sharing what she has learned with the next generation of young dancers
Miss Sally Garcia, Teaching Artist
Sally brings a wonderfully eclectic background to our gymnastics and acrobatics program. She comes to us from Capital Gymnastics National Training Center – one of the top gyms in the country where she coached level 4, 5 and 6 gymnastics and level 6 to Elite power tumbling. She was a state, regional and nationally ranked trampolinist and double mini trampolinist, and synchronized trampoline. She started as a dancer, then diver and found her passion as a gymnastics coach in 1999 to present. Sally is a USAG professional member for girls artistic gymnastics and has attended Region 7 Regional Congress regularly. She has an extensive cheer background as she coached high school competitive cheer for 5 years
Miss Kerri Fitzgerald, Teaching Artist
Miss Kerri began her dance training at the age of 4, studying many forms of dance including lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and modern. She was a member of a competition team for 10 years, competing at both regional and national levels. During her time as a student she was also a teacher’s assistant for various classes.
During her time as a Rutgers University student, Kerri was a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company for four years. She began choreographing in her sophomore year and was then elected to serve on the Executive Board as the Head Choreographer for her junior and senior years. During her time as Head Choreographer, Kerri choreographed a number of dances for end-of-semester shows, outside performances, competitions, and charity events. Kerri also taught contemporary dance for the Rutgers Recreation program. Kerri graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a double major in Journalism & Media Studies and Sociology.Since then Kerri has taught at numerous studios throughout New Jersey as a dance instructor and choreography for competition teams. Kerri is excited to be back sharing her love of dance at Rising Stars Studio of Dance.
Miss Nancy Dow, Teaching Artist
Nancy Dow received her ballet training in New York City. She graduated with honors in Dance from Smith College. Injuries precluded a full performing career, but Ms. Dow loved to teach. She completed courses in ballet teacher training with Don Farnworth, and taught at his school in New York City. Nancy has expertise with all levels of ballet students, from five-year olds through adult professionals. She taught for ten years in Manhattan, and has taught extensively in Central New Jersey. Throughout her career, Nancy has directed, created and revamped ballet programs. Dancers from the Paul Taylor and Jose Limon dance companies took her classes. Former students went on to dance with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Nancy Dow is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Miss Ashley Ruhl, Teaching Artist
Miss Ashley Ruhl began dancing at the age of 3. At 5,
she started training in ballet. By the age of 7, Miss Ashley was competing in
dance groups. She became a soloist at the age of 9, performing her first ballet
solo that ranked in the Top Ten at the National Finals. Ashley received her
first Top Soloist award at Starquest Dance Competition, at the age of 12. Miss
Ashley performed competitively with The Dance Academy of North Jersey, until
the age of 16, each time receiving top awards for her solos as well as her
groups. Some of her highest achievements include: title awards at Starquest,
Starpower and Rising Star, Top Regional Soloist at Rising Star and DEA (Dance
Educators of America) and, Top National Soloist at PDTA (Professional Dancer
Teachers Association). At her last national finals (Starpower), Miss Ashley's
contemporary ballet solo placed 8Overall out of over 800
Miss Ashley continued her
dance career, focusing primarily on ballet. From the age of 10, she
participated in summer intensive programs with the School of American Ballet in
New York City, The Rock School of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and The Harid
Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She was awarded a full scholarship to
participate in the Harid Conservatory's year round dance program. For her
junior year of high school, Miss Ashley moved away from home to enter into this
pre-professional ballet program, living and dancing on-campus, while maintaining
her academics at a local high school in Boca Raton. After a year in Florida,
Ashley moved to Philadelphia for the summer and the following year to dance
under a full scholarship with the Rock School of Pennsylvania. She still
attended Hillsborough High School as a senior. At The Rock, Miss Ashley was
titled as a Principal Dancer, dancing lead roles in original works by
Christopher Fleming. During this year she danced with The Pennsylvania Ballet
in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The summer after graduating,
Miss Ashley was asked to join Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah.Miss Ashley began dancing with the professional
ballet company Ballet West in July of 2001. She performed with the company in
several ballets including well known ones such as Who Cares?, La Sylfide, The
Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Swan Lake. She had the privilege of
working with several world renowned choreographers and teachers. Unfortunately,
Miss Ashley suffered a severe injury during her second season, rendering her
unable to finish. Ashley moved back home to New Jersey in April of 2003.
Ashley is joining Rising Stars as a teacher of ballet, pointe, lyrical,
tumbling and jazz. She is very excited to be teaching dance, especially to
dedicated students. Miss Ashley has
always loved to choreograph, and has the experience from her competition years.
She hopes to offer her students a new experience and share her love for dance,
especially tumbling, contemporary ballet and jazz styles!!!
Miss J'Loni Jones, Teaching Artist
J'Loni Jones was born in Somerville, NJ. She started training and performing when she was 4 years old. J'Loni loves training with her crew, Beat Club and gets stronger every class she takes. J'Loni trains in the hip hop/urban styles (b-boying, popping, locking, house, new jack swing, waacking, vogue), industry styles (like commercial street jazz), traditional styles (contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical).
J’loni has had the opportunity to perform in many different venues including Radio City Music Hall where she did “America’s got Talent” as well as the “Radio City Spring Spectacular”. She has done live performances and television performances like the Netflix Series “The Get Down” and Fox channel’s “Glee”, which other members of her crew did with her. J'loni has worked artist such as, Alicia Keys, Madonna, and Chris Brown and has danced on television networks like MTV and ABC. She has always loved to perform and now excited to teach what she has learned throughout her professional career!
Miss Alexis Lyon, Teaching Artist
Miss Alexis Lyon has been dancing since the age of
3 1/2 with ballet, tap and jazz. At the age of 9 she started competing regionally and nationally solo and groups in lyrical, tap, jazz, modern, and hip. After High School, Alexis graduated from Rider University with 2 degrees; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While in college her dance classes were at the American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School where she took many classes from professionals and with professionals. She had the opportunity her senior year to not only work in the business office but substitute teach for both ballet and tap for adults. Since graduating from college in 2007. Alexis has been working full time and taught Tap for ages 5-18 both recreational and competitive for 6 years.
Miss Schuyler Van Allen, Teaching Artist
Miss Schuyler has been formally
dancing since the age of six. As a child, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and
lyrical. When she was ten, she began taking tumbling classes and discovered a
talent for it. She competed on the floor
exercise for her high school gymnastics team from 2008 to 2011. She was
co-captain of her team and competed in two sectional championship competitions.
Schuyler also performed as a dancer in many musical theater productions
throughout her high school career. Following high school, Schuyler worked as an
assistant teacher at a preschool for two and a half years. In 2014, she
graduated Middlesex County College with highest honors and now she is currently
studying Elementary Education and English at Kean University. Schuyler is very
excited to be teaching tumbling at Rising Stars! Seeing her students’ passion
and excitement to learn gives her so much joy!
Sensei Dan Levatino,Karate Teaching Artist
Sensei Dan Levatino has been teaching at Rising Stars for 7 years. Currently he is a 4th degree black belt and has been studying karate since 1993 with San Lung Mui. Sensei Dan started teaching children and adults in 2001 and his passion of the art shows in his abilities of his students.
Sensei Dan is an expert in San Lung Tao (the way of three dragons) which is a combination of Jujutsu, Kung Fu, Shotokan, Ninjutsu and tae kwon do. Students of San Lung Mui at Rising Stars partictpate in tournaments where they have won medals in sparring and weapons katas. He has also been recognized by his peers recieving the prestigious award for outstanding dedication to Martial Arts in 2011 from Action Martial Arts magazine hall of honors. Sensei Dan is excited to continue to work with the students at Rising Stars!
Student Assistant Teachers 17/18
Christine Rizzo, Rutgers dance team & UDA
Katie Hamrah, Radio City Rockette
Elyse Deo, Disney Dancer
Amanda Cilento-Araya, NETS Dancer
Christina Cunningham, MSU Dance Alumni, NBA All Star Dancer
Lauren Amato, BA Dance from MSU
Victor Smalley, STARS Dance Studio, Dance moms Miami
Angel Armas, STARS Dance Studio, Dance moms Miami
Sara Ritz, Rutgers University Dance Team