DANCE FACULTY

HYEREE JEONG

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Hyeree (Sarah) Jeong is the Director of Edgewater Performing Arts. 

Hyeree studied for 5years at the Elmhurst Ballet School, in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, in the United Kingdom. 

She earened her Masters in Ballet from Sejong University and has performed as a dancer in the Korean Ballet Theatre. 

Mrs. Jeong is American Ballet Theatre  Certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT teacher training intensive in  pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum and affiliated  teacher from American Ballet Theater.

She also possesses various experience in contemporary, tap, jazz, and flamenco, korean traditional dance  as well as dance choreography and drama. 



JUYEUN LEE

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Ju Yeun, Lee went on to Hanyang University in Seoul where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Ju Yeun

came to New York to continue her dance training and education. She graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, with a Master of Arts in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy. As a student in the NYU Master’s program, 

Ju Yeun continued her dance studies and gained a p rofessional certifica tion ABT’s National

Training Curriculum Primary Level to Level 7 in dance education from American Ballet Theater and Ballet Teaching for Kids from Korea Kids Physical Association. 

Chanmee Jeong

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Chanmee Jeong was born in Seoul, Korea, and graduated from Deokwon Art High School in ballet. She trained at Bolshoi Ballet School in Russia and at Vaganova Ballet Academy in Seoul. She holds a BA and MA in Dance from Ewha Womans University.

Chanmee has performed internationally various pieces with the Ewha Ballet Ensemble, also has performed with Vladimir Varnava in World Premiere of Isadora starring by Natalia Osipova in Costa Mesa, California and Russian Premiere in Moscow, Russia.

Chanmee obtained her teaching certification from American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum, pre-primary through Level 3.

YUKA KAWASAKI

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Graduated Osaka University of Arts with a degree in Ballet at theatrical performing arts devision. She had worked at Ooze Dance and Ono Ballet Studio and joined several Ballet performances,fashion&hair shows,events as a dancer and a choreographer.  She is a certificated pilates teacher by Pilates Academy International,Medicinal cooking adviser,Yogateacher(RYT200,RYT85) and Aromatherapy adviser by Aroma Environment Association of Japan.   She is currently teaching ballet and body conditioning at Hariyama Ballet in NYC and teaching anatomy and yoga posture for yoga teacher training at Body Tone Yoga NY.

Laura Schutter

Laura Schutter spent six years performing in Mary Poppins on Broadway. Other Broadway and National T

Laura Schutter spent six years performing in Mary Poppins on Broadway. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade,The Music Man and Showboat on London's West End. Laura has toured throughout the US and Canada performing and teaching theatre, voice and dance.  She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships from dance conventions and competitions such as Dance Caravan, PDTA, Dance Masters and Dance Olympus.  Laura studied at Roosevelt University in Chicago and continues to study in NYC at Steps and Broadway Dance Center.  A proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, she is also a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor, choreographer

Dani Goldstein

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Dani is thrilled to be teaching at Edgewater Performing Arts!  Born and raised in Toms River NJ and a true competition kid,  Dani grew up dancing at Steppin Up' Dance Studio (Now First Class) under the tutelage of Maria Petrizzo and attended master classes and conferences all over the country.  She followed her dreams and was admitted to The Boston Conservatory where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater and a Concentration in Dance.   Whille at Boco she performed in Smile, Into the Woods and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Rita).  Dani has performed all over Europe as Ali/Sophie in Mamma Mia with RCCL and made her New York City stage Debut at Lincoln Center in NYCO's Candide directed by the illustrious Hal Prince.  During this season she also served as Dance Caption in NYCO's staging of La Campana Sommersa.   Other favorite shows/roles  include A Chorus Line(Val) with RMT,  Legally Blonde and Singin in The Rain with PCLO,  Theory of Relativity (Jenny/staged reading) at Goodspeed Opera House, Singin in The Rain (Kathy Selden) with New Bedford Festival Theatre, Seven Brides for Seven Bros (Sarah) with OPTC  and 42nd Street with Surflight Theatre.  She is represented by Clear Talent Group and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

JASON WELLS

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Jasón Wells is a junior at Montclair State University, where he is majoring in Musical Theatre. With the hopes of being a performer on stage/ behind screen, he has trained in styles such as: Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary/ Lyrical, and Hip Hop. With a love for kids and working on his craft.
Since Jasón is a Musical Theatre Major, he’s performed with different theater companies across NJ doing shows like Newsies, West Side Story, The Fully Monty, Bring it On, and many more. He was also on an award winning show-choir with PaperMill Playhouse.
At Montclair state, he was Dance Captain to a company (Montclair State Dance Company) where they won first place to a competition. And went to Delaware State University and competed amongst other colleges. Jasón won a scholarship to be a Phoenix Fire 2019 Apprentice to train with professionals and assist well known choreographers in New York City with Liberate Artists. With this gratifying experience, it’s opened up other doors for him, and he can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him!

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CONNER BURMINGHAM

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Connor Bermingham is a graduate of Pace School of Performing Arts in NYC where he received his BFA in Commercial Dance. Recently, Connor toured internationally as a lead dancer on Azamara Club Cruises. He also was a member of Broadway Dance Lab in NYC where he worked with professionals curating new works for broadway musicals. Connor had the privilege of dancing with Misty Copeland in front of the National Symphony Orchestra for Leonard Bernstein’s centennial tribute. His choreography has been featured in the prestigious Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC. He was also seen on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance, where he made it to the top 20 stage boys. Connor has trained on scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joffrey Ballet and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Favorite stage credits include: Bob Fosse's: Sing Sing Sing, Jerome Robbins: Billion Dollar Baby, Tyler Peck and Robbie Fairchild's: Moments, Mia Michaels: Reactions, featured dancer in Eddie Money’s revival tour, and Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats. Connor is represented by CESD Talent Agency in NYC. He’s worked as a dance choreographer and instructor in NYC and across East Coast.



MUSIC FACULTY

DMITRII MOKRENKO

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9 years of teaching experience (private, group, and masterclasses)  The Juilliard School of Music BM 

Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory MM  

Knowledgeable in a wide variety of styles and musical standards that he thoroughly cultivated during his studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and The Juilliard School, Dmitrii continues to share his musical passion and experience by teaching private lessons and giving masterclasses in different parts of the world. Born in Novosibirsk (Siberia) Russia, Dmitrii came from a musical family and began his first piano lessons at the age of 3. He was later admitted to the Novosibirsk Specialized Music School for the Gifted and Talented, where he also began his teaching career.  Teaching brass and piano at an All-Boys' Jewish High School and Woodmere School of Music

LOUIS DAY

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Louis Day has studied with Karen Tuttle at the Mannaes Clollge of Music, with Wolfgang Krist at Wofang Hoch Orchester Schule in Germany, and with Berrd Kadinoff at Boston University. Mr. Day has performed on violin and viola with numerous orchestras in the Tri-State area and abroad, including the American Symphony, Philharmonica Virtuosi, the Stamford and Fairfield symphony orchestras, the Connecticut Gand Opera, the New York Pops, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the New York Virtuosi. He has also played in the orchestras of the musical shows Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the opera. Internationally Mr. Day performed with the Oquestra Syphonica Portugiesa ' Soa Carlos' in Portugal, the Orchestra Sinfonica de Sevilla and the New American Chamber Orchestra in Spain.

HEE JO KIM

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 Hee Jo Kim earned her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, and her Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Mannes School of Music(The New School) in New York. 

She has taken a number of masterclasses with Haejeon Lee and Sookmyung women's university professor Mikyung Kim. 

She has performed at the 20th Eumyoun Summer Music Festival and the 2007 Euro Music Festival.

ALEXANDER J. SARTAKOV

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Alex has extensive experience as a performer, composer, producer, and educator. After receiving the prestigious World Tour Scholarship award to attend Berklee College of Music, he graduated Summa Cum Laude and continued his career in New York City. Often working with Grammy Award-winning producers, engineers, and musicians, he performed and recorded in NYC and across the US. Alex also recieved an M.A. in Music Composition from New York University and taught music courses at City University of New York and State University of New York.

DONGHYUN PARK

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Donghyun Park received his Bachelors in Music at the Mannes College of Music and his Masters in Music at the  Brooklyn College of CUNY. He has performed at numerous venues in NYC including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, etc. 

He has taught more than 100 students over 10 years in NYC and New Jersey. 

AHU GUNERI

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 She has been playing flute and piano for 27 years, singing professionally 17 years.

She used to work as Coloratura Soprano at Opera Houses in Europe. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degrees ( flute & vocal ) at Istanbul State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey and her Master’s of Music at New York University Steinhardt in New York.

She has taught piano, flute and singing for 20 years in Turkey and the US. She can sing in English, Italian, German, Turkish, French and Spanish. Angelina has been performing live as singer and flutist with her band all over the country. 

GRACE KIM

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Grace Kim recieved her Bachelors in Music in Organ and Piano from the Julliard School, and her Masters in Music in Organ from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  She won the Vernon de Tar, Alice Tully, and Carlo Mannino scholarships, as well as the IU School of Music Graduate Scholarship. She has over 15 years of teaching experience.  

SOYEON LEE

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Soyeon Lee, born in Pusan, South Korea, earned her Bachelor’s degree at Pusan National University in piano performance and her master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music in honor of an outstanding performer last year. She received full scholarship from UGA and a teaching assistantship for 2 years while pursuing master’s degree. She was a pianist for Rote Hund Musik, a contemporary chamber ensemble in UGA. In addition, she was a teacher for Community Music School at UGA. She got an outstanding performer award at the Georgia Music Teachers Association’s competitions and a Pedagogy Award from UGA. She also participated in the Art of the Piano festival, which is one of the competitive festivals in USA. She currently works as a piano teacher and an accompanist in New York after she has moved to New Jersey since last year.

HEEYA KIM

Heeya Kim majored in Voice and Musical at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. She began her care

Heeya Kim majored in Voice and Musical at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. She began her career as Kim in Miss Saigon in The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ.  She also has been performing as a choir soloist, A cappella singer with various musicians. She is now performing in various Equity Shows, had her NYC debut in 2019. She has been teaching both music theory and vocal performance as a professional music artist.

LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR

TAMA NAKATA

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Ms. Tama Nakata, a native of Japan, earned her Bachelors of Arts from Osaka University in Osaka, Japan, where she concentrated in Germanistik (German Studies) and  English. Under Dr. Koji Sonoda, Ms. Nakata completed the Method of Teaching Japanese program at the Japanese American Society in New Jersey, and has certification  to teach Japanese as a Second Language. Ms. Nalata has been teaching Japanese at language schools, weekend schools, and American companies since 2001. She has experience instructing all manner of students, including children as young as seven, college students, and adults. She is a skilled and proficient instructor with the ability to  teach Japanese at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

Art instructor

HYAEMI SEO

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Hyaemi graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Art & Fashion Design from Hongik University, which is the best art school in South Korea. She has an Associate Degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been teaching art for 16 years to all levels of children, teens and adults in New York and Seoul. She covers a wide variety of art projects within various mediums such as acrylic, water color paints, graphite pencils, colored pencils, conté and oil pastels, etc. While Hyaemi works in all types of media, she believes it all starts with a strong foundation in drawing. She teaches art from her heart building self-esteem in her students and challenging them to find their inner artist.