DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Kathie Kececi brings over three decades of elite training, experience, and enthusiasm to her role as Owner/Director of and Teacher at In Motion Dance, a Dorothy Del Guercio Legacy.
A native of Mendham, NJ, Kathie received her Master's Degree in Dance and Dance Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York City and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Among her many prominent industry-specific positions held, Kathie was a teaching artist for the prestigious New York City Ballet and served on the Board of Directors of Dance New Jersey, a service organization committed to advocating the excellence of dance and dance education in the state.
Throughout her career, Kathie has both choreographed for and performed at such renowned New York City venues as The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Joyce SoHo Theater, Merce Cunningham Studio, Dance New Amsterdam, and Ceres Art Gallery as well as at other well-known cultural hubs throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), The Bickford Theatre (Morristown, NJ), Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA), Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), Union County Performing Arts Center (Rahway, NJ), and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.). Kathie has danced in works by noted choreographers Claire Porter, Yas Hakoshima, Trish King, and Alison Oakes, was the featured choreographer in an article on emerging women choreographers in New Jersey, and has taught master classes at high schools and universities throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 2016, Kathie received The Performing Arts Educators Award in recognition of a lifetime of dedication to teaching and student growth through the performing arts.
In addition to teaching weekly dance and fitness classes at In Motion Dance, a Dorothy Del Guercio Legacy in Chester, NJ, Kathie is also Founder and Director of the school’s two signature modern dance and performing companies — 'In Motion Dance Company' for high school-aged dancers and 'In Motion II Dance Company’ for dancers aged 9-14. Through their participation, company members enjoy access to an array of outstanding guest choreographers and the opportunity to perform original modern dance works in many of the aforementioned venues within Kathie's expansive network.
Today, Kathie loves teaching students of all ages and skill levels and is proud to continue her mother's legacy by running a studio in the very community where she grew up and was first introduced to the magic of dance under her mother’s loving influence. Says Kathie, a mother of two grown sons, "I couldn’t be more excited to bring my years of undergraduate and graduate education, technical training, and performance experience to a new generation of students and help them experience the joys of dance and creative expression!"
Gioia graduated cum laude in 2019 from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College, with a BFA in Dance. She began dancing at the age of three focusing on ballet, among many other styles, and continued her more serious training on weekends at The New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble. While on her professional path, Gioia has performed works by David Parsons (Parsons Dance), Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), and Ana Maria Lucaciu (assistant to choreographer Alexander Ekman). In addition, she worked closely with ballet master and personal mentor Rosanna Seravalli (American Ballet Theater). Gioia loves spreading her passion to move with dancers of all ages, encouraging the fusion of creative expression with athletic movement. She specializes in the styles of Contemporary & Classical Ballet, Pointe, Classical Modern, Improvisation, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Floor-work. With an open mind and willingness to learn, she believes any student can succeed.
Ruthann Lanni received her MA in Dance and Dance Education from New York University. She has had the pleasure to train the In Motion and Dorothy Del Guercio dancers in ballet for the past 18 years. She has helped young children through adults grow and become strong beautiful dancers. Ruthann approaches each class with an appreciation for all learners knowing that everyone has different strengths and can all learn to improve. She has enjoyed choreographing for the annual performance, the In Motion Dance Company, community theaters and many high school musical productions as well as producing her town’s annual summer show. She has helped to build the ballet program, demonstrating a proficiency and expertise of the art form while creating a noncompetitive atmosphere.
Kimberly Pinto graduated from Caldwell College with a BA in psychology and from County College of Morris and is a Registered Nurse with an Associates in Applied Science. She started her professional dance training at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in NYC. Professionally she has performed with BEYONDANCE Inc., Freespance Dance, Moe-tion Dance and In Motion Dance. Kimberly is the Artistic Director and CoFounder of the Garden State Dance Project whose mission is to bring the human element of dance back to the community. Kimberly is also a registered yoga and pilates instructor and an avid soap maker. She is currently working as a nurse, dance teacher, and choreographer.
Jeffry is an actor, singer and tap dancer, and has been performing for over 30 years. Jeffry has trained in the art of tap with Deborah Mitchell, Karen Calloway Williams, Omar Edwards, and many others. Some of his past credits include "Riffin & Tappin", "Dance Bojangles Dance", "42nd Street", "Shades Of Harlem", and recently New York City Center Encores “Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" directed and choreographed by Savion Glover. He also occasionally performs as Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Together Again which performs all over the east coast. Jeffry also teaches tap in the tri state area and is a member and a principle dancer of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell.
PRESCHOOL COMBO CLASS
Roz Flanagan is a teacher at In Motion Dance Studio with degrees in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop from Dance Educators of America New York City. She enjoys teaching all age groups in all subjects. Her goal always is to make everyone feel like a dancer no matter their ability and to leave her class feeling good about themselves and their accomplishments. One of her greatest joys is watching her students, especially the preschoolers, perform on stage. Their confidence and smiles, especially those who started out so shy, is really what makes teaching so important to her.
Amanda Jean (AJ) Jordan is a dancer and choreographer based out of the Philadelphia Area. She is best known for being a part of various professional dance teams in Philadelphia, such as the Philadelphia KiXx, All Pro Dancers and the Philadelphia Soulmates. AJ was the captain of the Soulmates in 2011-2012 and was selected to represent the Soul at Arena Bowl XXV in New Orleans. She was the director and choreographer for the first dance team in the MLU, the Philadelphia Fly Girls. She has guest choreographed and coached many Junior dance teams for the AFL, NBA, and MLB in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
She has performed for recording artists, such as Karl Jackson in the Michael Jackson tribute tour, Fat Joe and Jazz Brown. AJ is currently a member of the FloMotion Dance Company, where she has had the opportunity to open for world renowned recording artist and actor Ludacris. As a choreographer, she has won numerous national awards. In 2014 she was the winner of the Young Choreographers Showcase with her piece "Circle of Life". AJ is the choreographer and assistant director of the competition team at the Miss Patty's All Star Dance Center in Drexel Hill, PA. There she also teaches all age groups from pre-k through advanced dancers.
Eric has instructed dance and choreographed throughout the New Jersey/New York metro area since graduating from Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. His choreography has been performed at Virginia Commonwealth University, The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University, Crossroads Theater, the George Street Playhouse, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Barishnikov Arts Center, Merce Cunningham Dance Theater, Lincoln Center and The Paul Taylor School. Eric has performed with GroundZero Dance, Moe-tion Dance Theater, & The Latin Ballet of Virginia, while also performing the works of Robert Battle, David Dorfman, and Stephen Petronio. Since graduating Rutgers, Eric has worked on arts legislation on Capitol Hill and currently serves as a news producer for NBC. He continues to choreograph, acting as guest choreographer for In Motion Dance Company and The Dance Gallery.
Lisa graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and received several scholarships throughout her studies. She was in residence with Donna Scro/Freespace Dance and performed extensively with the company for 7 years. Lisa was a scholarship apprentice/understudy for Jennifer Muller/The Works for several years and has performed with Flexicurve, project: Smith, BEINGs dance, and KDNY. She joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2011 and enjoyed 3 years of performing Ms. Monte's signature works as a soloist. Lisa's original choreography has been commissioned by several dance companies throughout New Jersey. Choreographic highlights include: International Dance Festival in Hawaii, the 2010 American College Dance Festival Gala, VA, Bryant Park, Merce Cunningham theater, the Fringe Festival Edinburgh, UK. Her work has received acclaim nationally and internationally. Lisa has enjoyed adjunct dance faculty positions at Montclair State University, Rutgers University, College of St. Elizabeth, Union County College, and County College of Morris (8 years). Lisa is currently the director of the dance program at Morris County Votech school.
STUDENT TEACHERS & ASSISTANT STUDENT TEACHERS
Mylee Anderson, Brianne Apostolico, Sofia Entrekin, Mira Forlenza, Maggie Kearns, Sophia Ludtke, Carmen Stanley, and Megan Turner
Print Designer — Megan Doremus
Receptionists — Kristen Anderson and Dominique Tufariello
GUEST TEACHERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS
Alex Beigelsen, Lauren Beirne, Justin Boccitto, Juliana Bosrock, James Duchateau, Eli Kababa, Daniel Padierna, Nikola Palivoda, Claire Porter, Samuel Pott, and Tabatha Robinson-Scott