When truly devoted to it, dance can develop into a character building and teamwork driven artistry. Due to the teachers who help them take their first steps, children are able to learn crucial, imperative life lessons that will stick with them for years to come. A dance teacher instills the confidence and passion in their students while teaching them discipline and commitment- principles that will shape them into productive people.
Kerri Ann Lepis
Kerri Ann Lepis opened En Pointe Dance and Acrobatics in September of 2017. As the director, Kerri prides herself on having developed a staff full of enthusiasm, drive, and wisdom. With the help of her faculty, supportive parents, and dancers of course, Kerri has built a name for EPDA- backed by principles of passion, teamwork, and dedication. As a director, seeing the success in her instructors through her students makes “it all worth it,” and she is honored to see all of her dancers go on to graduate and succeed in life.
Kerri was formerly employed as a professional NFL Cheerleader for the NY Jets. She has spent years becoming accomplished in various styles of dance that include jazz, tap, acro, ballet, pointe, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, and pom. Kerri has competed in prestigious dance events and competitions throughout the United States including twice in the NFL Pro Bowl.
Director of En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics
For the past sixteen years, Kerri has been teaching acrobatics and dance in many premier dance studios and gymnastic gyms through out New Jersey. As an instructor and choreographer, Kerri has achieved numerous awards from countless dance competitions for her carefully designed and flawlessly executed competitive routines. Through training with her, Kerri has lead her dancers to win scholarships that provided them the opportunity to travel across the country, performing in music videos to be shown at prestigious events. She is proud to say that every one of her graduating seniors has moved on to dance in college, and has even aided students into making College Dance Teams as well. Recognized at Groove, En Pointe Dance and Acrobatics , under the direction of Kerri Lepis, received the Inspired by Passion Award which was only awarded to one studio out of the entire regional competition. Her studio's 2019 Production, Atomic, was awarded an Industry Dance Award Nomination as well, along with numerous choreography awards, and First Overall wins. Bringing her studio's Competition Company to Nationals for the first time this past summer, Kerri was so proud to see her dancers come out on top in multiple categories, going on to recompete with 6 of their routines in the Showcase Finals. Moving into her fourth season, Kerri is so excited for the future of EPDA. There is nothing she loves more than her students, and she can't wait to see her studio grow so she can continue to share her passion.
Assistant Director of En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics
Amanda DeSarno has been training in dance since the age of 5. She competed regionally and nationally at a local studio throughout high school. After Amanda graduated from Wall High School, she attended Montclair State University and continued her training at a collegiate level on the Montclair State Dance Team all four years, since the start of the team. As President her senior year, Amanda led the team to a National Championship for Division III Team Performance at NDA Nationals in Daytona, Florida. This will be Amanda's 4th year instructing in all styles around New Jersey and has directed a local studio. Amanda graduated from Montclair State University with a BS in Business with a concentration in Hospitality Management. Outside of dance, Amanda is a Food and Beverage Manager at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan. She loves to spread her passion of dance to each of her students and is so thrilled to be the Assistant Director of En Pointe Dance and Acrobatics!
Meet Miss Gabby, she is the heart of our studio handing both administrative duties while actively teaching and choreographing. "Gab" has been dancing for 17 years and has competed and preformed on the Raritan High School Dance Team and is currently on the Ramapo College Dance Team. Gabby's been a part of the EPDA family since it first began. She was an assistant for five years before being asked to teach her own classes for the past two seasons. She is an accomplished tap dancer and has also competed and placed highly in jazz, acro, contemporary, lyrical, and contemporary styles. We are so lucky to have such an accomplished young woman as a role model to our dancers.
We also like to give recognition and a huge thank you to our office manager, office staff, prop manager, prop management, photographer, media staff, costume designer, costume seamstresses, event staff, and our classroom assistants for all of their hard work and incredible talents that helped us bring our dreams to life.