Melissa DeLorenzo | Instructor and Choreographer

Melissa's passion for dancing and the arts runs deep within her soul. She began dancing at the age of 4 under the direction of Lisa Zola-Delibero and Sherri Distefano and branched out from there. Some of Melissa's most note-able recognitions include; creating a fully produced album as the vocalist in Kickin' Daisies which allowed her to perform her songs in historic landmarks such as CBGB in NYC, being featured in a music video aired on MTVU, landing a small part in an episode for Style Networks Glam Fairy, winning the Best Costume award at Nexstar Nationals in Virginia Beach, 2009 (she created 76 costumes for The Ballet Studio's musical production of CATS), and was a professional dancer in the Elvis spectacular, Burn'n Love on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. In addition to teaching the Technique Classes at TBS, Melissa continues her own dance education with Julie Caprio and takes trips into NYC for classes when she can. You can find her teaching Pure Barre classes at Pure Barre Princeton, dance cardio classes at Zephyr Yoga New Egypt & RWJ Hamilton, and running her 81 year old family business DeLorenzo's Pizza. If she's not doing any of the above, she's probably at home working on her sewing machine, creating beautiful ballet skirts for her Etsy shop!

Jaime Maerz | Instructor and Choreographer

Jaime began dancing at the Ballet Studio at the age of 3, under the direction of Beverly Zola. She continued dancing until entering college, where she received her BA from Rutgers University. Shortly thereafter, Jaime spent some time living down south, working as an Educational Director, while always holding on to her love of dance and taking dance classes every chance she had. Jaime has since made her way back "home" and was welcomed back to The Ballet Studio, where her passion for dance first began. She is also the owner of Petite Treats by Jaime Christine, a chocolate specialty company, although dancing will always be her first love. "Working with young dancers is such a joy, and I am thrilled to be back and part of the TBS family, doing what I love and seeing that same joy radiate on the dance floor through our dancers!"

Brenda Siracusa | Instructor and Choreographer

Brenda began dancing as a child at the Howley Sisters School of Dance. At the age of eleven she started dancing at The Ballet Studio, with the beloved Miss Beverly Zola as her teacher and mentor. Brenda also danced at Princeton Ballet during their summer program. In the early 1980s she began teaching at the studio. Over the twenty-five plus years of teaching, Brenda has taught all levels of dance and age groups, starting with the pre-schoolers to the advanced adults. Ballet continues to be her passion. During her retirement from teaching, she has been a substitute instructor when needed. Since childhood Brenda has had a love for musical theater. She has performed in many musicals, such as The Music Man, Hello Dolly, Brigadoon, Lil' Abner, and Destry Rides Again, to name a few. Outside the studio, Brenda has been an elementary school teacher for more than twenty-five years, teaching everything from kindergarten to fifth grade. Recently she completed her graduate studies at her alma mater, TCNJ, to become certified in English as a Second Language. Last year she left the general education classroom to become an ESL teacher. Her greatest accomplishment is her family, especially her children Robert, William, and Emilia. Also, it brings Brenda great joy to see her love of dance continue in her daughter.

Michaela Mabin | Intern

Michaela began dancing at The Ballet Studio at the young age of four years old. She always enjoyed performing and took every opportunity to become the center of attention, so her mom thought enrolling her in dance would be a good idea. Michaela continued to dance throughout high school, and was casted in several plays and musicals at her school's theatre program. Her favorite role she has performed thus far was Cha-Cha in Grease. Dance has always been a form of therapy for Michaela and has helped her through the good times and the bad. The Ballet Studio will always be Michaela's second home, and she is so grateful for all the friendships and memories she has made. Some of her favorite memories include dancing with her sister and best friends. She also cherishes having Ms. Lisa as a dance teacher, and her always reminding her students how beautiful they are inside and out. Michaela is so excited to be helping out again this year, and looks forward to making more amazing memories!

Anne Johnson | Instructor

Anne Johnson trained in classical ballet at Ballet Technique in Hamilton, NJ under Julie Caprio. After high school she attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN where she graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Dance Performance. While at Butler she performed soloist and corps roles in full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty as well as modern and contemporary works. Her summers have been spent at numerous intensives such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Currently Anne is a second company member at American Repertory Ballet.

Kristin Ranke-Brown | Instructor and Choreographer

Kristin was born and raised in New Jersey and has been studying dance since the age of 3. From a very early age she knew that performing was ultimately what she wanted to do. With the help and support of her family, Kristin was able to study many genres of dance to really hone in on her skills. Her love of dance brought her to study at DeSales University, earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance with a minor in management. She was given the opportunity to work with wonderful artists from throughout the tri-state area; Tim Cowart, Kristin Fieseler, Tara Madsen-Robbins, Trinette Singleton and Lynne Mariani. Kristin has also had the opportunity to perform works by Trinette Singleton, Charles Weidman (restaged by Janet Towner), Sydney Skybetter (Skybetter and Associates) Alwin Nikolais (restaged by Alberto Del Saz), Rennie Harris (Rennie Harris Puremovement), Caroline Copeland, and Kristin Fieseler (Annex Dance Company). Kristin's training has giving her the opportunity to work and perform in New York City. Kristin studied closely with Sheila Barker, Ginger Cox, Finis Jhung, Jamie Salmon, and Tracie Stanfield. She was an assistant for the Radio City Rockette Experience and performed Tensile Involvement as part of "Sharing the Legacy" at Hunter College in NYC in honor of Alwin Nikolais. Some of Kristin's favorite theatre credits include Camelot (asst. choreographer), Guys and Dolls (Ensemble-Hot Box Girl), You Can't Take it With You (choreographer), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ensemble- Pearl Lady.) Kristin has had the opportunity to travel the world performing on Holland America Cruise Lines. Upon her return she had the pleasure of working with Director Paul Chau and choreographer Wendy Seyb on her first SAG film, "Life of an Actress." Following that adventure she moved across the country to Las Vegas to perform in Donn Arden's Jubilee! at Bally's Hotel. While in Las Vegas Kristin had the opportunity to be a model for the Paul Mitchell "Caper" Beauty Fashion Show and JVA Inc. After returning to New York City the opportunity presented itself to work with the Make Up For Ever Academy as a body art model, a performer for Tryon Entertainment, and began performing in her first Off Broadway show, "Linda Miller's Legendary Ladies of Music" at The Triad Theatre. Kristin currently resides in the Lehigh Valley with her husband and is pursing her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Dance Movement Therapy at Lesley University.

Stacy Danka | Instructor and Choreographer

Stacy Ann Danka has been teaching pre-k dance for many years. She attended The Ballet Studio as a student for 15 years. Miss Stacy attended Rutgers University and Graduated from Mason Gross School of Arts with a bachelors degree in music education. She also holds a masters degree from Rutgers in infant and child develpoement. Stacy works in Hamilton Township schools their special education pre-k department. Stacy is a church cantor and performs throughout NJ with many different community theatre groups while also teaching private voice lessons. Stacy feels truly blest to be part of the TBS family.

Victoria Mosca | Instructor and Choreographer

Victoria started dancing at The Ballet Studio at the age of 5. Her first classes were with Miss Lisa. When she got to be in the third grade, she started competition dance with Miss Sherri and loved it. She continued to dance competitively under the supervision of Miss Sherri and Miss Shelly and didn't stop until the age of 17 when she graduated high school. Once she turned 11, Victoria began pointe under the instruction of Miss Penny and later Miss Amber. Victoria loves pointe and ballet - its her favorite type of dance to watch, choreograph, and to dance. She is the beginner, intermediate, and advanced pointe instructor at The Ballet Studio. Victoria also teaches Ballet and Jazz combination classes at TBS. She has taken numerous workshops with professional instructors including Mr. Thomas Hanner, a guest professional instructor. Teaching dance isn’t a job to Victoria, it’s her passion. She loves the dancers, parents, and fellow instructors at The Ballet Studio. Victoria graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 from Rider University with a BA in Elementary Education, Psychology, and a minor in Special Education. Victoria worked for the Bordentown Regional School District as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities for two years. She is currently the Practice Manager at The Eye Care Center of Bordentown.

Kaitlyn Kehoe | Instructor and Choreographer

Kaitlyn received a B.A. in dance from George Mason University. She performs every year with the Mercer Dance Ensemble and has a passion in all styles of dance from ballet to ballroom. Kaitlyn has been dancing since the age 5 and teaching since 2008. "My first job when I was 14 was a party motivator for Cutting Edge Entertainment and My most recent job was a wedding specialist for Arthur Murray, I believe dance should always be a mix of professionalism and fun and I'm excited to share my experiences with the students this year!"

Shelly Danese | Instructor and Choreographer

Shelly joined the Ballet Studio when she was 8 years old. Her first classes in ballet and jazz were with Miss Lisa. It was not long before Shelly joined the competition program with Miss Sherri competing in regional competitions until graduating from high school and then becoming part of the Ballet Studio staff. Shelly attended The College of New Jersey where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business. The dance background and skills she acquired as a student at the Ballet Studio earned her a spot on the college's dance team. As a member of the team, Shelly performed at football and basketball games in addition to other campus events, attended workshops and camps with other local college teams, and competed on a national level at the UDA College Dance Team Nationals in Orlando, FL. She served as captain of the team her senior year. Shelly teaches advanced level classes at the Ballet Studio and is a part of the TBS Competiton Program. She currently works for the State Department of Treasury.

Corinne Hughes | College Intern Instructor and Choreographer

Corinne started her love of dance at the age of 3 and moved on to competing with dance from the age of 5 through high school graduation. She has recently graduated from Middlesex County College with her Associates in Dance and is continuing to get her BA in dance as well. While at Middlesex, Corinne participated in both performing and choreographing with the Middlesex Dance Ensemble for the past three years. Corinne is very excited to bring her passion and love of dance to her students at TBS.

Alyssa Robbins | Instructor and Choreographer

Alyssa has been dancing since the age of four. Throughout her years of dance she has competed in many regional and national competitions. She has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern/contemporary. Her love for dance continued to follow her into college where she attended Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She graduated in May of 2010 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Dance) degree. Alyssa is looking forward to sharing her love for dance with her students.