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The Faculty

We love what we do

and it shows!

Mallory Chesler Horowitz, Director & Teaching Artist

     Miss Mallory has been studying dance for over 30 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 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 Jessie Whelan, Teaching Artist​


Jessie Whelan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University’s Department of Theater and Dance in 2012. Since graduating Miss Jessie has taught in various studios primarily in Northern New Jersey and her hometown studio where she grew up dancing in Forked River, New Jersey. Miss Jessie has taught dance in Manhattan and Newark Charter Schools, and currently runs the toddler dance program at the Alvin Ailey School in Manhattan. Miss Jessie has performed for various modern dance companies in central and northern New Jersey, Suffern (New York), and New York City. She holds additional certifications in Acrobatic Arts, Pilates, Personal Training, along with an additional Bachelor’s and Masters in Nutrition (Registered Dietitian eligible Spring 2024). When she’s not in the studio Miss Jessie loves dancing around and playing at home with her toddler daughter! Miss Jessie is so excited to be joining Rising Stars Studio of Dance and fostering the love of dance in children!

Miss Kaitlin Geoghegan, Teaching Artist

  Miss Kaitlin Has been dancing since the age of 2. She is experienced in Musical Theater,Jazz,HipHop, modern,Tap,Ballet,Contemporary and Lyrical. She has performed in different community theater productions around NJ since the age of 10 eventually moving to production staff in Directing,Choreographing, Stage managing and much more. After graduating HS kaitlin continued her dance training at Raritan Valley Studying with Lorreta Fois , Sabatino Verlezza , and Lisa Grimes .She currently sits on the Board of Trustees at Villagers Theater in Franklin NJ as Fundraising chair along with working with their Kidsvill program as a Director and Choreographer. Kaitlin has had her choreography performed at the American College Dance festival as well as the Raritan Valley traveling company and many concerts as well. Kaitlin is also the Assistant director of a preschool and works with children from the age of 6 weeks to 5years . She is so excited to bring her love of dance and theater to the next generation and keep this passion going!


Miss Gianna Bovino, Teaching Artist

Miss Gianna has been dancing at Rising Stars for 12 years. She has experience in Contemporary, lyrical, acro, jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, and hip hop. She has also been competing for 5 years. Throughout her years of competing she has received many judges awards for power and strength. She also competed at NADAA where she received High Score 13-15 age division, TOP SCORE division and Highest Scoring routine of the competition! Miss Gianna plans on attending Raritan Valley Community College to study dance and business. She will later transfer to Montclair State University to continue her education. She excited to be teaching along side Miss.Schuyler in acro classes this year and can’t wait to see all my students grow and work towards more skills! She is so excited to be teaching this year at Rising Stars!


Miss Kyleen Constant, Teaching Artist

Sabrina started her dance training at 6 years old. She has heavy experience with ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and pom. Once she finished her dance training at RSD, she took her career to the collegiate level with the Rutgers University Dance Team. She has performed at local and national dance competitions, traveled to the ICU World Championship with the US National Pom Team, and performed with New Kids on the Block. When she is not in the studio, Sabrina is a full time orthopedic and sports physical therapist. In this next chapter of teaching at Rising Stars, she wishes to spread her love for the sport by challenging, guiding, and building a similar passion in the upcoming generation of dancers. 

Miss Kyleen Constant is a recent graduate from East Carolina University with her BFA in dance performance and choreography. She is professionally trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and contemporary. Along with performing in varying dance performances in university, she has studied abroad and danced in Nairobi, Kenya. Most recently she attended American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. 


Miss Sabrina Estevez Teaching Artist


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 acro 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 acted and danced in many musical theater productions throughout her high school career. Following high school, Schuyler worked as an assistant teacher at a preschool while attending college. In 2016, Schuyler graduated from Kean University and now works as a public school third grade teacher. Schuyler loves teaching at Rising Stars! Seeing her students’ passion and excitement to learn gives her so much joy!


Miss Alicia Giglio, Teaching Artist


Alicia Giglio

Alicia Giglio is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and registered yoga teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her Master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University. She has her 200 hour yoga certification from Inner Light Yoga Center and has danced with Solo Danza Dance Company, Freespace Dance Company and Insurgo Dance Project. Her choreography has been performed throughout New Jersey, Switzerland and Uganda. She has taught in a variety of summer programs including: The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), The Rutgers University Summer Dance Camp and The Newark Museum Summer Camp. 

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