Our Staff

Dana Ranieri

Amanda Dempsy - DanceSations Dance Instructor

“Miss Dana” began dancing at age 4. Growing up she danced on Al Alberts & Chief Halftown TV shows, performed at local events and did numerous performances for the March of Dimes telethons.. Throughout her training she has studied all genres of dance & grew up competing in local & national dance competitions..

Dana pursued her passion for dance and studied at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she graduated with her Associates Degree in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. As a student at the University, Dana trained extensively with Master Modern teachers, Roni Koresh, Pat Thomas, Milton Meyers, and Faye Snow, focusing on the Graham & Horton Modern Technique.

Dana was a member of The Philadelphia Kixx Dance Team for 2 years, within that time she performed at games, dance appearances, charity events, and live TV. She was honored to be part of such a great organization, and happy to be able to raise moeny for many different charities. She also had the opportunity to appear with her team in the movie Unbreakable & MTV’s Global Groove.

Dana has been an Instructor and Choreographer at Dancesations since we opened in 1995. She teaches our Contemporary/Modern & Lyrical classes as well as trains our mini-petite dancers in Jazz. Dana’s choreography for our Competition Team has won top awards on the Local & National levels. She has won multiple Choreography Awards for her work.
Dana is always excited to share her passion, love, and enthusiasm for Dance with her students and to motivate them to continue learning and excel in dance and in their everyday lives.

Dana is married to her husband Bobby and has 3 daughters Gianna, Olivia & Ava. She is so happy that all 3 of her girls love to dance!!!


Nicole Billow

NicoleBillow“Miss Nicole” trained in all types of dance since age 6. She grew up performing in shows for the Boardwalk Star Review in Atlantic City and the March of Dimes telethon. She also competed in pageants and competitions, capturing more than 40 state and national titles as a child and a teen.

Nicole continued her dance training while attending the University of Maryland and then traveled to New York weekly to take classes at Steps and the Broadway Dance Center.

In 1998, Nicole won the title of Miss District of Columbia and was a top 10 finalist and preliminary talent winner at the 1998 Miss America Pageant, performing a tap dance.

Nicole has danced professionally in tours and shows at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Marquis Theater on Broadway in New York. She toured the nation in a professional tap dance tour called Absolut Tap with other professional tap dancers including Aaron Tolson and Derick Grant. Nicole has also done numerous television and radio ads for Comcast, Volkswagen, Bell South, and served as a host for 2 years on QVC. She also appeared in several television shows and movies.

Nicole has taught tap and jazz at DanceSations Studio of Performing Arts since 2002. She resides in Marlton with her husband Mitch and her 3 children, Shane, Matthew, and Jordan.


Nicole Theodore

NicoleTheodore“Miss Nicole” began her formal dance training at the South Jersey Ballet Company and enrolled at the prestigious University of the Arts in Philadelphia after high school. There, she had the opportunity to work and perform for many choreographers such as Fernando Bujones, Scott Jovovich, Roni Koresh, and Wayne St. David. Nicole obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with an emphasis on Ballet in 2003.

Nicole continues to travel the country, performing in many shows and special events including Legends in Concert, The Rat Pack Tribute Show, various Disney productions, The Carnival of Wonder, on the Apprentice and at Donald Trump’s birthday party, and “The Show” in Atlantic City. Nicole is also a former Miss New Jersey Teen USA.  In addition to her performing career, Nicole has taught ballet, contemporary, and Broadway jazz for over 10 years.  Nicole is happily married to her husband Joe and is mom to their 2 children, Logan and Lyla.


Amanda Dempsey

AmandaDoran“Miss Amanda” began dancing at age 3 and has been dancing, competing, and teaching for 29 years. She began her training as a student at DanceSations and Ballet South of New Jersey ballet company. Amanda was a member of DanceSations’ Competition Team.  She was cast in the leading roles of “Clara” in Ballet South’s production of “The Nutcracker” and as “Peter” in their production of “Peter and the Wolf.” Amanda is also a former Miss New Jersey National Teenager and Miss Teen New Jersey. She began teaching at DanceSations in 2002.

After graduating high school, Amanda enrolled at Georgetown University and joined its competition hip-hop team “Groove Theory.” With Groove Theory, Amanda won 2 American Cheer and Dance National Championship titles in the hip-hop division and other regional D.C. titles. Groove Theory also performed at countless campus and charity events, including Georgetown’s annual Midnight Madness celebration, nationally televised Georgetown basketball games, and their annual recreation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.  Amanda served as president and choreographer of Groove Theory from 2005 to 2007.

After graduating from Georgetown, Amanda re-joined the staff at DanceSations. She graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2011 and works as a corporate lawyer practicing in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She lives in Woodbury with her husband Matt and their son Morgan.


Elizabeth DeMarco Gibison

Elizabeth, also known as “Miss Liz” has been dancing and performing for over 40 years. She grew up in a performing family and began dancing at the age of 5. Liz appeared on television as one of the original “teeny boppers” on the Al Alberts Showcase, and also performed at Madison Square Garden as a member of a tap dancing trio with her two brothers, known as “The Dancing DeMarco’s”. Liz later attended the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts where she received her degree in Dance. From there, she began her teaching career and has successfully and passionately taught children of all ages for the past 32 years.

When Liz is not dancing or performing, she works as a physical education teacher for children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Liz has been married to her husband for 26 years, and is the proud parent of two daughters, Harley and Giannah, who are both currently attending college.


Joann Weindel

JoannWeindel“Miss Joann” began her gymnastics career at age ten. By age thirteen, she was competing in national competitions. She began her extensive teaching career when she was fifteen and, since then, has taught pre-school gymnastics, mommy and me, and recreational gymnastics to levels beginner to advanced. She also taught and coached the level four and five USAG Gymnastics Teams. Joann studied Health and Physical Education at Rowan University. During her college years, Joann won first place at the Women’s Bodybuilding competition. She is also a certified personal trainer. Throughout her 20 years in the acro world, Joann has made herself known as one of the premiere acro teachers in South Jersey. She has been teaching here at DanceSations since 2012 and her students excel thanks to her professional teaching.


Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle - DanceSations Dance Instructor

“Mr. Shaun” has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Chicago City Ballet with Maria Tallchief, among other companies. He has performed professionally with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and in the Emmy-award winning production of Petrushka with Rudolf Nureyev and the Joffrey Ballet. He taught and was director of Ballet South at Rowan University for 15 years. More recently, he has choreographed dozens of shows, many at Burlington County College, including Cabaret, Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Man of La Mancha, Aida, Footloose and more. He also choreographed on Broadway at the Lamb Theatre, and provided dance training for the rhythmic gymnastics US Olympic team.

Shaun has privately coached numerous students who have gone on to careers in dance, including Ashley Dawson, who placed in the top 4 of Season 1 of “So You Think You Can Dance”.

 


Caitlin Jordan

Caitlin started her dance journey as a student at DanceSations at the age of 2 years old. While at the studio, she studied jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, Hawaiian,gymnastics, and tap, which is her true passion. In addition to taking classes, she also competed on DanceSations’ competition team and served as a student teacher. After 18 years of dance at DanceSations, Caitlin attended college at Widener University, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality Management.  After graduation Caitlin has completed the cycle and joined the staff at DanceSations in 2016, teaching tap and sharing her love of dance with all of her students.