Austin Jarred founded Lumina Dance Arts in 2013 after teaching at Roseland Performing Arts Academy and West Caldwell Ballet Arts. What she enjoys most about teaching is recognizing a student’s joy and passion for dance, and harnessing an individual’s “special spark” to help them reach their highest technical potential. Her choreography has been featured in a Dancer’s Responding to AIDS Benefit at the Purchase Performing Arts Center. Early on she was a member of the Irine Fokine Ballet Company and performed various lead roles in The Nutcracker, Carmen, La Traviata, and “I”. She also attended the School of American Ballet, was a student and performer with New Jersey School of Ballet, attended intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Academy East, and was a recipient of the Children’s Foundation for the Arts grant for 8 years. Austin holds a BFA in Dance Performance (Ballet Concentration) from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, where she studied multiple techniques under former company members from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, and The Martha Graham Dance Company. Austin has enjoyed touring nationally to theaters and venues including the Smithsonian Castle in D.C., Lincoln Center in NYC, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Austin continues to perform and tour with the Art of Motion Dance Theatre with whom she will perform at the TEDMED Conference at the Kennedy Center in NYC in Sept 2014.
Kyla Heinz, (New Jersey), has been dancing since the age of three and has a background of musical theater, dance and art. Kyla was a member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble for seven years traveling around New Jersey performing at venues such as NJPAC, SOPAC, Memorial Auditorium and several elementary schools for educational performances. In addition to performing in over 25 musicals, she performed in a medley of “Urinetown” and “West Side Story” at the Helen Hayes Theater, twice receiving the award for Best Musical, along with other nominations from Helen Hayes and Papermill Playhouse. She danced in Gil Stroming’s “Break the Floor” productions and Mike Minery’s Off-Broadway show “Slide”, accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, tapping at New World Stages, Acorn Theater, The Supper Club, and Terminal 5, NYC. She also performed in Pier I, Riverside Park South’s show “Tap Happens”. Kyla has appeared as a guest artist at In the Spotlight’s “Benefit Performance” for four consecutive years and is also a competition cheerleading coach for St. Elizabeth School. Kyla has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from William Paterson University.
Amanda Cohen – Received her BFA in performance from the University of Michigan. She has competitively danced since high school, and currently teaches competitive hip hop teams that range from 5- 14 year olds. Along with certification in Zumba fitness, Amanda instructs Hip Hop Cardio Fitness, Cardio Dance Fitness, as well as studio classes in Latin, African, Jazz, Belly dance, Modern, and Musical Theater. Amanda takes most of her dance influence from the styles of Bob Fosse, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Pilobolus Dance Theater Company (the latter two of whom she has personally studied with). When she is not instructing dance/fitness classes, she is directing/choreographing musicals and working as an arts faculty member at Golda Och Academy. Please be sure to visit www.amcohen.co for photographs and videos of future projects!
Amy Ruggiero trained under Mme. Valia Seiskaya at the Seiskaya Ballet Academy
and graduated from Goucher College, BA in Dance with Biological Sciences, Degree with Distinction, Honors in Dance. Ms. Ruggiero has danced with Ballet Austin, American Repertory Ballet, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC. She has also performed on both the 1st National Broadway and Japan Tours of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, acting as Dance Captain and Female Principal/Ensemble Swing. She was on faculty as a ballet instructor at both the Princeton Ballet School and Lackawanna Performing Arts Center, frequently returning to New Jersey and New York to teach master classes in ballet alongside workshop courses in musical theatre repertory and dance anatomy.