Meet the Judges

Andrea Mychaels, EdM, MFA

Competition judge - Andrea Mychaels

Andrea Mychaels has been immersed in theatre and dance as an educator, choreographer, filmmaker and performer for more than 25 years. As a choreographer, she worked with Shawn T. (Hip-Hop Abs/Insanity), International Award winning Neo-Burlesque Troop "The Peek-A-Boo Revue" (America's Got Talent, season 5), the New Jersey Nets Dance Team and was the Director for the Philadelphia Soul (AFL) Dance Team in 2011.

As a vocalist, Andrea has worked with such musical artists as Kathy Sledge, Taylor Dayne, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and The Trammps. She is the recipient of three “Outstanding Choreography” awards for her work at various East Coast Regional Theatres and ICCA, and was a finalist in the Jazz Dance World Congress International Choreography Competition.

She earned her MFA in Dance at Texas Woman’s University where she was awarded an academic scholarship and Graduate Teaching Assistantship, her Ed.M. in Dance Education at Rutgers University and B.A. in Dance at Stockton University where she was an Adjunct Professor in the Dance Department, teaching Jazz, Tap, Modern and Ballet as well as directing and choreographing for Dance and Theater Department Productions.

In October 2012, Mychaels founded her dance company the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project (AMDP), which continues to be successful in providing performance opportunities for dancers and creating an entry point into the art of dance for a diverse population of youth through the company’s Educational and Community Outreach programming. (Andrea Mychaels Dance Project).

Felicia Rembert

Dance judge - Felicia Rembert

Felicia, grew up as a competitive dancer for over two decades and has trained at studios including Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway, and Alvin Ailey, She received scholarships to attend University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Rutgers University, and Point Park University.

Felicia was a member of the nationally ranked Rutgers University dance team for three years. She has modeled for Dance Spirit magazine, Bodywrappers, and the Dance Teacher Summit fashion show. She appeared on TV shows including The Apprentice, The Rachel Ray Show, Aeropostle commercial, American Gladiator, and many nationally televised news specials.

In 2008, Felicia appeared on MTV’s Season 2 of America’s Best Dance Crew. Following she became a member of the NJ Ironmen and New Jersey Devil Dance Team and was part of the New Jersey Devils Dancers for six years. In 2013, Felicia appeared in the Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger” music video. She also has trained with many choreographers such as, Geo Hubela, Dave Scott, Shelia Barker, Talia Favia, Sonya Tayeh, and Tabitha & Napoleon.

Felicia can also be found backstage or judging for High Demand dance competition and Break The Floor productions. 

 

 

Evan Ruggiero

Dance competition judge - Evan Ruggiero

Evan Ruggiero began dancing at the age of five in his hometown studio and by age ten, he was accepted into the famed New Jersey Tap Ensemble.

Upon entering his sophomore year at Montclair State University while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Evan was suddenly diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer of the right leg. Enduring nine surgeries in a six-month period in an effort to save the leg, the cancer returned more aggressively than the original diagnosis. He was faced with the ultimate decision of amputation in order to stop the cancer and save his life, as well as undergoing chemotherapy for sixteen months. Eighteen months after the amputation, and only two days after receiving his “peg-leg”, Evan was tapping again.

In 2018 he received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Best Dancer in a Musical, and was awarded a Clive Barnes Award in Theatre for his portrayal of Tom Jones in NYC’s off-broadway hit “Bastard Jones.” This past year he was seen performing at Carnegie Hall and at the 90th Oscars.

Evan has performed for many notable individuals such as Ellen Degeneres, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Egypt’s sixth and current president, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and most recently performed alongside two-time Grammy winning artist, Jason Mraz.

 

 

Phillip Solomon

Dance competition judge - Phillip Solomon

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Phillip Solomon has had dancing and performing ingrained in him from a very young age. The son of two musicians, Phillip has utilized his natural talent and ability to devote himself to his craft and the art of performance, choreographing for studios and colleges throughout the tri-state area.

As a singer, dancer, and actor, Phil has performed in productions of RENT, In the Heights, The Wild Party, and Altar Boyz, in addition to being featured on the TODAY show and National campaigns on MTV.

Dedicated to helping young performers reach their full potential, he has been recognized on both the regional and national level for his choreography in the genres of hip hop, street jazz, and musical theatre.

 

 

 

 

Shane Kesneck

Dance competition judge - Shane Kesneck

Bio to come.

 

 

 

 

Andrea Kron

Dance competition judge - Andrea Kron

A graduate of the Ailey School in New York City and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Associate Member. Andrea's specialties include in ballet, Lester Horton modern technique, Theatre dance, audition technique as well as injury prevention and Anatomy programs. Teaching credits include Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, Rutgers University, Montclair State University as well as many dance centers and festivals throughout the East Coast. Performing credits include "Hercules on Broadway" at the New Amsterdam theater, Radio City Music Hall, regional theater, nutcrackers playing the role of Arabian is a guest Artist as well as movie and print work experience.

 

 

 

 

Melissa West

 

Bio and headshot to come

 

 

 

 

AJ Mannion

 

AJ has 10 years of experience teaching dance, and is widely known for his compassionate and energetic teaching style, visually stimulating choreography, and anatomically precise technique. He takes his deep knowledge in the healing arts - (being a currently working Reiki Master, a full-time Master's Degree student of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and having previously worked as a licensed Massage Therapist) - and dance to create classes that help dancers bring finesse to their technique, voice to their inner creative spirit, and calm self-awareness to their physical, emotional, and mental faculties. AJ has taught classes and workshops for students and teachers alike all over the Tri-State area, for dancers of all skill levels ages 5-70. He received his BFA in Dance from Montclair State University and has extensive experience in yoga, acrobatics and contortion. AJ also works as a professional visual artist selling angelically-inspired artwork. More information on all AJ's professional offerings can be found on his website.