MEET OUR STAFF
Kelsay Stephensen, Director/Studio Owner
Kelsay started her dance career at a very young age. She is very well rounded and trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and Improv. At the Age of 10 she performed for Disney with 42nd street star Beth Level. She has received numerous scholarships and awards from competitions and conventions from choreographers included but not limited to Tice Diorio, Sheila Barker, Mandy Moore and Greg Russel. She started teaching at the age of 16 and from there discovered her love for choreography. She also trained at the University of the Arts summer intensive program summer of 2009.
Kelsay started college at Stockton University in 2009 where she decided to major in Public Health and minor in dance because of her love to help people. There, she was the president of the dance team and performed in many concerts. She trained in Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Tap. She was a soloist for Lauren Putty and also was chosen to work with Jai Hoon Lim and Henry Van Kuiken on new dance works. She also performed at the American College Dance Festival in 2012.
She knew she had a love for children so she obtained her B.S. in Public Health with a minor in dance and became an Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist, working with kids from ages 6 to 19. She truly loves helping others and is making it her life’s work to continue creating positive relationships, instilling great morals, and teaching life skills.
She has taught at many dance studios throughout the years including Ovations Performing Arts Academy, Encore Performing Arts Center, Dancing Lights Ballet School and The Dance Centre.
Kelsay’s choreography has won choreography awards, multiple overall high score awards as well as special awards and title winners at many different competitions. She is thrilled to be able to expand on her knowledge and learn from each and every student.
Brittany Reichert, Assistant Director/Choreographer/Teacher
Has been dancing for 23 years. She is trained in the areas of tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and pointe. She has been a dance instructor and choreographer for 7 years. Brittany has graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. She is now an Assistant Buyer for Brave New World Surf Shop, following her dreams in the fashion field. During her college career at the University of Delaware she was a member of a dance company on campus, Delaware Repertory Dance Company. From 2007 to 2010 she was captain and choreographer of Lacey Township High School dance team as well as other teams in the area. Brittany was a judge for Talent Olympics Dance Competition and enjoys watching the showcased talent of young dancers. In Summer 2013, she performed as a backup dancer and choreographer for an event against bullying called “Summer Jam” which was held at Webster Hall in NYC and TLA in Philadelphia. Through her years of dancing she has won many awards. Some include first place at nationals and 2nd runner up for title. She has placed in highest scoring soloists throughout all age divisions. She has also claimed many special awards for her outstanding ability to shine on stage. She is a Power Pak recipient as well as a scholarship winner at Co. Dance. She has been employed with the talent competition, Starpower. She has also enjoyed the experience of performing in a concert at the Taj Mahal with Jay Sean. Her love for dance shows through her hard work.
Joseph W. Sramaty, Vocal Director
Has been a performer, director, vocal coach, music director, technical director, production coordinator, producer, managing director, educator, pianist and arts publicist throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania for the last 10 years. His repertoire includes musical theatre, sacred music, classical music (instrumental and vocal), and opera. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Performance with a minor in British History from Stockton University, where he works for the Division of Student Affairs as the Assistant to the Associate Vice President and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Education from Lewis University. He currently trains under Dr. Beverly Vaughn. His theatre credits include: Pippin (Featured Player), High School Musical (Ryan), Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), Footloose (Reverend Moore), A Holiday Homecoming (Vocalist/Producer), Murder Me Always (Fritz Fontaine/Mr. Swanswallow/Sam Saturday/Producer) and Medley Series I & II (Featured Vocalist).
His credits as Music Director include: Medley Series I & II, Paris ’75, Frogs Re-Imagined, Ahab: A Musical Odyssey, and The Color Purple Musical. He regularly performs solo concerts as well as performing often with the Stockton Oratorio Society, the Stockton Select Chorale and the Stockton Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Sramaty often workshops and guest conducts choirs throughout the state as well as teaching classes on the history of musical theatre. Previously, he taught Musical Theatre, Group Voice and Private Voice at Rising Stars Performing Arts Academy in Tuckerton, NJ.
Sramaty has performed for audiences of over 13,000 people, earning him praise from the Asbury Park Press. Recently, he performed as a member of the chorus for Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall.
Samantha Wenstrom, Choreographer/Teacher
Samantha has been dancing for 20 years. She is trained in many styles including jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, modern, and hip hop. Samantha found her love for dance at Ovations Performing Arts Academy and went on to receive her BFA in Jazz Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. There, she studied under/performed for many world renowned choreographers. She graduated with honors and accepted an "Excellence in Jazz Dance" award. She has been teaching and creating for 6 years, which is where her true passion lies. She has performed and choreographed countless competitive dances where she has won numerous high scores, titles, and special judges awards. Samantha is ecstatic to share her love of dance with others.