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, competing 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 5th 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. Amanda is a certified ABT Barre Instructor and loves to incorporate this ballet-inspired workout into class. She also enjoys pressing the importance of dancer wellness, including nutrition, injury prevention, and mental health, to all of her students. 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 for a second year!
Meet Miss Gabby, she is the heart of our studio handling both administrative duties while actively teaching and choreographing. "Gab" has been dancing for 17 years and has competed and performed 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.
Rayna started dance at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. Her love for dance grew more as years went on and she’s so happy to take the next step and teach here at EDPA. She began taking dance seriously when she entered high school and was apart of her schools dance team. She started competing, performing, and learning a variety of dance styles that showcased at many different events. Outside of school she started her professional training at Icon dance complex. At Icon she was apart of the iconic girls crew and team iconic. With both hip hop crews she had the chance to perform for the Brooklyn Nets, and compete at competitions including World of Dance Live. She also trained at workshops such as Monsters of Hip-Hop and Pulse. As a performer and entertainer Rayna expand from the studio and went onto dancing for Rutgers University and most recently, Walt Disney World. Rayna also gets to dance for Dj entertainment company Noble productions. Over the years she has gotten the opportunity to dance with hip-hop professionals such as WilldaBeast Adams, Dana Alexa, Geo Hubela, Hamilton Evans and more. This will be Raynas third year teaching around New Jersey, and with over 15 years of dance experience she hopes to pass along her love of dance to the next generation.
Ryan Skrocki resides in New York City and has trained in all arenas of dance and musical theatre. Ryan’s talent has taken him around the world performing with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and in Orlando theme parks including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. His musical theatre background has allowed him to travel throughout the U.S to perform in productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, and On the Town to name a few. His television credits include commercials for Party City, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Walt Disney World Hotels and has been seen dancing with Alejandro Fernandez, Asher Angel, Disney’s Descendants, and Idina Menzel. Ryan has been teaching for 8 years and his choreography has won numerous regional and national titles around the country.
Samantha Gullace of Millstone Township, NJ started her serious ballet training at Princeton Ballet School. Upon graduating high school, she trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and worked with choreographers such as Peter Pucci, Margo Sappington, Cameron Baasden, and performed in Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards: Willing and Able. Ms. Gullace also completed the Trainee Program of the Academy of Dance: Official School of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL, and performed in Paquita at the Joffrey Ballet’s annual gala. Her professional ballet career took flight after joining American Repertory Ballet, under the direction of Douglas Martin. Samantha’s most notable performances and roles featured as a principal dancer include Arabian and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Douglas Martin, Silence, Mourn, and Peace in Jose Limon’s There Is A Time, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” waltz in Kirk Peterson’s Tears of the Moon and the lead in his beautiful excerpt rendition of Raymonda: Glazunov Variations. Since retiring from her professional ballet career, Ms. Gullace now enjoys teaching ballet to students of all ages around central New Jersey. As a ballet instructor, she believes it is important to pass on her knowledge, artistry, and the passion of ballet onto young ballerinas of the future. Samantha is proud to be a part of the EPDA family!
JACKIE SEGLEDI, originally from Chatham, NJ, started dancing at the age of 11 at New Jersey School of Ballet in Livingston. Jackie received her Associate of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the County College of Morris, where she received the award for Outstanding Contributions in Dance. She has performed in, and choreographed for the County College of Morris Dance Theater Concert. Jackie participated in and performed at the American College Dance Festival in Springfield, Massachusetts; The Summer World of Dance Intensive Program at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; the 2,000 Feet Festival and the American Theater Dance Workshop at Hofstra University. Jackie attended the Paul Taylor School in NYC, where she was taught by Paul Taylor’s students and performed many of his works. She has performed professionally with, AP Motion Dance Company, a Modern Dance based company, in Warren.
Jackie’s strength is in the studio teaching. She has been a dance educator for over 2 decades in NJ. Schools such as; Garden State Ballet, Harbor Haven; Program for children with special needs, & Gotta Dance LLC. She has directed and choreographed; Sound of Music, Grease, Mary Poppins, & The Lion King, to name a few, for the Morris School District; Summer Plus Program, for school aged students. Jackie continues her education of the arts by attending Dance Teacher conventions annually.
Calli's love for dance started at the age of three and has only grown since! She began her training in Northwest Indiana and danced her way throughout the Chicagoland area. After traveling the country with "NRG Dance Project", assisting highly acclaimed choreographers, she finally landed in New York City. So far, Calli has performed all over the city and has even danced on Nickelodeon! Calli's teaching career began at the age of fifteen, as she was so inspired by her mentor to pass along what she had learned. Since then her style and confidence as a teacher continues to evolve, being highly influenced by her current work as a professional dancer and her time assisting BDC and Steps Faculty. Calli hopes instill confidence in her dancers and nurture their love for the art, as many teachers have done for her! “Never forget to bring your strength, perseverance, and warm heart with you wherever you go and you can achieve all of your dreams!”
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.