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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

Brian Binion

Brian Binion is a triple threat artist hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. He began singing at the young age of 8 at his local church where is talents were cultivated and shaped. Brian Binion was accepted into the musical theatre department at Tri-Citites High School for Visual and Performing arts, this is where he found a true passion for the theatre. After graduating high school, Brian was accepted in The University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a Contemporary Dance major. Here he studied both classical and modern techniques of dance, while at the university Brian performed works by Merce Cunninghman, Mauria Kerr, Jose Limon, Mark Dendy, and Doug Elkins to name a few. During his summers away from the university Brian studied at The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre but he continued his passion for musical theatre performing professionally around Atlanta in shows like I Dream, (directed by Jasmine Guy) and a panoply of other musicals. Brian now lives in New York City where his career is quickly growing – since his relocation Brian has performed with the Buglisi Dance Theatre, Dzul Dance Company, and Catapult Entertainment, also performing such musicals as West Side Story, How to Succeed in Business without really trying, and first national tour of After Midnight (directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle) which was nominated for 7 Tony awards and won the Tony for Best Choreography in 2014 while it was on broadway. Through performing Brian has had the opportunity to dance and sing on stages around the world i.e. Italy, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Canada to name a few.  Brian aspires to work professionally on Broadway, his goal is share his passion and love of performing around the world and to pass on his lessons to future generations of performers.​ He is grateful and excited to be teaching at JCDA again​.

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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.

Jamie Hickey

Ms. Hickey completed her ballet training at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT & with Fabrice Herrault in New York City. She was recognized as an American Ballet Theatre national Training Scholar in 2007 and 2008.


American Ballet Theatre II where she spent two years touring and performing around the world. Her repertoire included White Swan Pas De Deux, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliant, Raymonda, and Carnival of Venice.

Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where she remained for four seasons performing in many ballets with the company including Summer Fairy in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto Aria II, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Merry Widow, Pretty Ballet, Mobile, Carousel, Othello, and more.

Ballet West and the Barak Ballet as a guest artist.


Accomplishments & Certifications:

Preliminary Champion Irish dancer

American Ballet Theatre national Training Scholar in 2007 and 2008.

Fully certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum

Javier Martinez

Javier Martinez

Javier was born and raised in Puerto Rico and learned to dance salsa and cha-cha when he was a small child. His first teachers were his parents and siblings, but developed his dance style heavily when he moved to New Jersey in 1999.  Javier’s style is a combination of the Puerto Rican flavor and the New York technique.

Javier taught for 2 years at Salsa Fever on 2 Dance Academy in Jersey City.

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

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Milcah Umali

Artistic Director of Stevens’ “TECHnique” dance club, she hopes to raise the dance culture at Stevens because she knows that there are students like her that need a balance of both the academic and dance worlds in order to be totally happy and proud of their accomplishments. She has been with JCDA for 11 years as a student, a dance team member, and now as an instructor. She is grateful for her years at JCDA for teaching her about confidence, determination, hard work, and leadership. She loves JCDA and the entire staff, and encourages those who have an interest in dance to join.

``I just want to inspire as many people as I can who are like me... You don't have to give up ANY of your dreams! Just pursue them all, at any pace, as long as you try!`` - Milcah

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.