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About Us


We nurture potential artists and recreational dancers.


We use a progressive approach built on technique.


Student are encouraged to discover dance and movement in order to better understand themselves.


We begin in our Early Childhood program by mastering the basic concepts through imagination and exploration. As a student progresses they are challenged with the latest dance innovations and choreography while emphasizing technique, safe work habits , personal responsibility and concentration.


Students are encouraged to explore our various performance opportunities.

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We guide our students so their movement will become magic!

Jeannette Pilger-Brown

Jeannette Pilger-Brown has been the director of the Jersey City Dance Academy for the last 25 years.  She began her dance career at Jersey City Dance Academy at the age of 10.  Jeannette received a B.S. degree from Boston University with a major in Film and Broadcasting and a minor in English.  Jeannette has studied dance at Boston University, the Carnegie Arts Center in NYC and Broadway Dance Center.  After college Jeannette found herself back at the Jersey City Dance Academy and soon fulfilled a childhood dream by taking over the studio.  Jeannette has dedicated her life to bringing the joy of dance to students of all ages.  Jeannette has been trained in many styles of dance including:  Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz and Tap.   She is also the director of the JCDA Dance Team.  She donates many hours of her time choreographing and training students for competition.  She has won many awards for choreography at various competitions.  Jeannette has also developed a specialized curriculum for Early Childhood Dance Training.  This program for 2-5 year olds prepares children to dance through imagination and movement exercises.  She has also instituted the JCDA Boys Training Program.  This is a free program developed  to offer  dance opportunities for male dancers.  Jeannette is also a member of Dance Educators of America.

“Dance is life and life is dance. There is always more to learn and experience. Dance is a lifelong passion and I’m enjoying the journey!” --Jeannette

Serena Brown

Serena has been studying various styles of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and acrobatics at Jersey City Dance Academy for 14 years. She was accepted into Morris County School of Technology’s Visual Performing Arts Dance program where she takes Improvisation, Choreography, Dance Science, Dance Repertory, Film Editing courses.

She has studied under Ruth Clark, Lisa Peluso, Lynne Grossman, Alex Biegelson & 10 Hairy Legs, Michelle M. Robinson, Tammy Klinck, Donna Scro with Free Space Dance, Natasha Del’Elmo, Marina Del’Elmo, Jamie Hickey, Oliver Till, Michael Cerwinski, and Brian Binion.

Serena has been accepted into Paper Mill Playhouse’s Senior Musical Theater Conservatory Company for the past three years. She has also accepted a scholarship for the Joffrey Summer Jazz and Contemporary Intensive in NYC.  

She has also appeared in various musicals such as West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie  and Footloose. Serena was the youth lead twice for Nimbus Dance Works’ The Jersey City Nutcracker, with dancers from The Martha Graham Dance Company.  

Serena recently received the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Dance, is an active member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts and the International Thespian Society , and was nominated for the National Dance Education Organization Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award.



Natasha Del’ Elmo

Miss Del’Elmo began her formal ballet at the school of the Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas. There she continued her teaching training and became a teacher for the school of the company as well a rehearsal assistant. Miss Del’Elmo also taught at the Ballet Nina Nikanorova in Valencia, Venezuela. She was a corps de ballet member and a soloist of both above companies.

Miss Natasha has been a faculty member at the New Jersey School of Ballet since 2002 & is the ballet program director at The Dancers Edge, NJ. She has been a guest and substitute ballet and Pilates teacher at Broadway Dance Center, NY, since 2003.

Natasha Del’Elmo 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 Del’Elmo had the privilege to be trained and to work with many great teachers and choreographers like Lidija Franklin, Taormina Guevara, Keyla Ermecheo, Eric Volodin, Henry Danton, Tatiana Lancovits, Mikhail Kuharev, Hector Zaraspe, Nina Nikanorova, and Ali Pourfarrokh to name a few. Her repertoire includes: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Graduation Ball, just to name a few, as well as character, folk and original works.

Ms. Gracy-Frye completed her Minor in dance from Montclair State University. While attending Montclair State University, she studied vigorously in the Dance Company’s Repertory Program. She trained and performed a variety of works by her skilled instructors, that have been in professional dance companies such The May O’Donnell and Paul Taylor Company. Her training experience included many forms of modern dance, such as techniques inspired by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon and her personal favorite, Alvin Ailey. In addition to her core classes, she enrolled in an African dance, course where she learned to incorporate diversity and mobility in her dance practice. The highlight of her training was performing “Footage,” by Lori Katterhenry, the director of the Montclair State Dance Company. Nevertheless, the most memorable part of her training, was performing Fredrick Earl Mosley’s piece, “Young and Free.” Ms. Gracy-Frye’s teaching experience includes working with children in a kinder gym/ creative movement class for Kinderdance Co., at the World of ABC Daycare. In her college training course, “Dance for Children” she instructed children at The Bradford Elementary School. She looks forward to teaching Modern Dance at The Jersey City Dance Academy, where her love for dance began.

Jennifer Stern

Jenn started dance classes at the Jersey City Dance Academy at the age of 3, taking classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Gymnastics. As a student she competed in dance competitions and loved learning about the art of dance throughout various dance workshops in NJ and NY. At the age of 16 she starting instructing and making JCDA her second home.

Jennifer is an integral part of the JCDA Early Childhood program. She has helped develop customized age specific classes for ages 3 and 5. Jennifer also teaches beginner and intermediate tap. She is thrilled to work with students of all ages so she can share her passion and knowledge as they develop a love for the world of dance.

Aside from her dance work, Jennifer is also the office manager at Jersey City Dance Academy. She is always ready with a smile to offer assistance and provide great customer service.

Oliver Till

Oliver Till, Former Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, England, was born in Virginia, USA.

He started dancing ballet and tap at the age of 8 and joined The Royal Ballet Schools Junior Associate program at age 10, where he performed the role of Fritz in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Lyceum Theatre London.

At 11 Oliver was accepted to The Royal Ballet School White Lodge under the Directorship of Gailene Stock OME.

Age 16 he joined The Royal Ballet School’s Upper School in Covent Garden, London. He received Distinction at RAD Intermediate level and The Potential Award at The Young British Dancer of the Year.

He graduated in 2007 with Highly Commended and joined the ranks of Birmingham Royal Ballet, during which time he has performed roles such as; Hilarion, Eros, Dr Coppelius, Dancing Partner in ballets The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sylvia, choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kennith MacMillan, Sir Peter Wright, David Bintley OBE and George Balanchine.

Oliver was promoted to First Artist in 2011 and to Soloist in 2016.

His repertoire includes:



Pas de Quatre,Sleeping Beauty,Sir Peter Wright

NeopolitanSwan Lake, Sir Peter Wright

Lead CombatCoppelia,Sir Peter Wright

Dancing Partner,Nutcracker, Sir Peter Wright

3rd Movement Principal,Dance House, David Bintley

Brazilian Woolly MonkeyStill Life at the Penguin Cafe, David Bintley

HilarionGiselle,David Bintley and Galina Samsova

Pas de Trois,Galenteries, David Bintley

Eros,Sylvia, David Bintley

 Brown CoupleConcerto,Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Dr CoppeliusCoppelia, Sir Peter Wright

Four men, Serenade, George Balanchine

Carabose Attendants, Sleeping Beauty, Sir Frederick Ashton

Lead Mandolin, Romeo and Juliet, Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Pas de Six, Taming of the Shrew, John Cranko

RaeAnn Valentine

RaeAnn has been at the Jersey City Dance Academy since she was 4. She studied jazz, tap, ballet but found her love of gymnastics through her original instructor, John DiNardo. RaeAnn is a certified USA Gymnastics Instructor.

RaeAnn’s current curriculum includes all levels of Gymnastics, Tap Level 2, and Creative Stars, an early childhood pre-ballet/pre-jazz class of 4 & 5 year olds.

RaeAnn always adds fun yet safety to all her classes and enjoys when her students realize their own potential.

Naya Vasilou

Naya has been at Jersey City Dance Academy since the age of three where she danced as a student and competed in competitions until she graduated from Academic High School. At 17 Naya moved on to instructing at JCDA and has studied and taught all forms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and hip hop. Naya is currently instructing all levels of Jazz. Naya also has choreography numerous award winning dances for the JCDA dance team. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with children, teenagers, and adults alike. Enthusiastic, fun and professional, she gives each of her students the individual attention they need to learn and grow.