WHAT ARE THEY UP TO NOW
SEE WHAT SOME OF OUR ALUMNI ARE EMBARKING ON AFTER THEIR Time AT STUDIO L
Micaela is a graduating senior in the English Department at Princeton University. She was the previous Artistic Director and President of BodyHype Dance Company, Princeton's elite student-run dance company, and is hard at work on her culminating senior thesis. Though it will be hard to say goodbye to Princeton, Micaela is excited to see what's in store for the future as she makes her way to New York City!
I’m currently studying at Vanderbilt University, double majoring in Neuroscience and Russian. I work in a research lab that studies the brains of monkeys to see how their motor function recovers after damage to the brain. I am in Pi Beta Phi sorority and am on the executive board as the Director of Member Conduct. I am a part of a student-lead dance company on campus; I serve on the executive board and choreograph several dances for our two shows each year. I also help choreograph dances for my sorority for our philanthropy event and Sigma Chi’s Derby Days competition. I hope to work in the software development industry following undergrad, and hopefully travel!
Carly Blaney is a professional dancer with Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles. She was a finalist on the hit FOX television show "So You Think You Can Dance." After finishing in the top 12, she then continued on to tour 77 cities across the United States and Canada. Since moving to Los Angeles, Carly has been able to pursue her dream as a professional dancer. Recently she was in Meghan Trainor’s and Nicki Minaj’s new music video “Nice To Meet Ya”. She has performed with Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards.
Macey is entering her third year at Rutgers University where she is studying Public Health and minoring in psychology. She is a member of the Rutgers University Dance Team. Macey hopes to continue her education by attending nursing school upon graduation. She hopes to have a career in nursing and work in labor and delivery or pediatrics. Macey states how, “Studio L helped show me my love of working with children”. Teaching classes at studio L through high school and college caused her to want a career caring for kids. Macey has been happy to have continued her dance career through college and will always love her studio L family.
Justin DeParis is now a professional actor/dancer living in New York City. Signed with Bloc talent agency the past 2 years and has danced in music videos including the Jonas Brothers and worked at professional theaters such as Paper Mill Playhouse (recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Regional Theater), Pittsburgh CLO, Fulton Theater, and more. He has also modeled for numerous print and video ads for companies such as Pvolve Fitness and Eversense. When not performing or dancing, Justin works as a trainer at Switch Playground NYC.
CAITLIN & COURTNEY SULLIVAN
Courtney and Caitlin are currently finishing up their senior year at Rutgers University. They are both Psychology majors with Business Administration minors. They are 4th year members and captains of the Rutgers Dance team! Over the past 4 years they have helped lead the team to top 3 finishes in D1A pom at UDA College Nationals and multiple top 10 placements in the jazz category.
My name is Jenna kyme, and I am currently on the dance team at Florida State University. I am a marketing major with a minor in entrepreneurship. I have continued to dance throughout college including getting the opportunity to perform with Derek hough in the 4th of July Spectacular, and with Bobby Newberry in the world pride show in NYC. I also am training to complete a half marathon this year.
Skylar Adelson is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying Communications under the Public Relations track. Skylar is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Sorority for academic and scholarly success. She is currently serving as the president of Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Mu chapter, who is in charge of keeping the sorority in good standing within the Maryland community and Nationals. She has recently returned from a two-week volunteering trip in Tanzania, Africa, where she taught English as a second language and assisted with several infrastructure projects in the village of Kairo.
Sara Sepulveda is a Manager on the Brand Experience (BX) team at UEG New York. She spent five years at Studio L before graduating from Florida State University (FSU). Sara’s years at the studio trained her to be diligent, present, well-disciplined and prepared for what was to come in her future. After Studio L, Sara continued to dance for four more years on the FSU Golden Girl Dance Team as well as taught classes and choreographed for the competitive team at Dance Fusion Studios in Tallahassee.
My name is Will Cardew. I come from a family of 6 kids. 4 brothers and 1 little sister who always loved coming to competitions to see me dance. Since I've graduated I've been spending my days playing D-1 football at Monmouth University. Dance has helped me in what I believe is the most important aspect of life which is to enjoy what you have. As much as I loved going to the studio everyday to dance and fool around with the other boys (only when appropriate of course!) I didn't fully appreciate what I had because I was too caught up with feeling like I had to decide between football and dance
After graduating from Studio L, I became a member of the Rutgers University Dance Team. I am studying Nutritional Sciences to become a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Being a part of Studio L has taught me many things in life. Two of the most important are hard work and time management. I learned that anything is achievable if you put in the time and work for it. These two things have helped me succeed in school and on the dance team.
Since graduating Studio L in 2018, Ashley OKeeffe is currently majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Dance. Her major is helping her start up her own company she is developing herself. The company is based on all natural essential products for self care. She also is working in the fitness industry full time alongside the company Town Sports International where she focuses closely with sales,marketing, etc.
I started dancing at Studio L when I was two years old so when my senior year came, I knew that I couldn’t just leave all that I’ve learned behind. I continued my training as part of the dance team at the University of Cincinnati while studying in Communications and Public Relations. I was extremely fortunate because I was getting the best of both worlds, training with (at that time) the 10- time world champion and 7-time national title winning dance team while on the path to receiving my degree. It didn’t take very long for me to realize that although I loved my team, my school, and the relationships I was creating in Cincinnati, it felt like something was still missing. That was when I decided the next year I would not return to campus.
Alexa danced competitively with the Studio L team starting at 5 years old and graduated with the class of 2013. She continued to dance on the Lionettes Dance Team at Penn State University where she danced in front of 110,000 people at every football game and competed with her team at NDA - winning a national championship in 2014. After leading the Lionettes team as captain her senior year, she graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business. Alexa now lives in NYC and works at Accenture as a Management Consultant.
I began dancing at the age of three and started my journey with Studio L in 2015. After five years of training at Studio L Hoboken, I graduated with the class of 2019 and furthered my education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. I am currently apart of the Rutgers dance team and attended my first college UDA nationals this past year.
Lara danced at Studio L for 16 years and she still considers it to be her second home. She is currently a junior studying Photography at Penn State University. She was on the Lionettes dance team for her first two years there and also participated in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, Penn State’s THON, as a member of the photography committee. In the summer of 2018, Lara had the privilege of interning at NYLON Magazine where she learned about social media analytics.
Since graduating Studio L, Madisen Petersen entered Hofstra University in 2018. As a freshman, she became a member of the Hofstra University dance team and credits Studio L for preparing her with the proper technique to excel on the team. The Hofstra Dance team won the National championship at UDA in Division 1 Pom in 2019. In 2020 HUDT won second place in all three divisions of pom, jazz and game day.
I have been dancing since the age of three and when I discovered Studio L, I knew it was the best fit for me! After graduating from the studio in 2019, I attended Rutgers University and continued my love for dance by being a part of the Rutgers University Dance Team! Along my journey at Studio L, I was taught the importance of determination, perseverance, and what it means to be a part of a team. These qualities guided and prepared me for the new life I had ahead of me.
My name is Bevinn Byrne, and I danced at Studio L for six years. I am now attending Rutgers University and I am a member of the Rutgers University Dance Team. Studio L has helped prepare me for my future in so many ways. I can’t thank my Studio L family enough for everything they have done for me throughout the years. I miss Studio L very much, and I will forever cherish all of the memories I have made. It is a privilege being a Studio L alumna!
Jackie Poulis graduated from Studio L in 2013 after training there for 13 years. At the studio, Jackie learned many core values like teamwork, dedication, and leadership which has helped shape her future. She went on to attend the University of Tennessee and was a part of their dance team, winning two national championships in 2015 & 2016 in the jazz category. Jackie is now working as a Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA while also staying involved in dance through choreographing for high school and college dance teams. Dance will always be a major part of her life and she thanks Studio L for igniting her passion.
Amanda graduated from the University of Delaware, in June 2019, where she received a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Business Administration. While at Delaware, Amanda was a member of the dance team where she served as captain and won two National Championships. Currently, she is continuing her passion for dance as a Knicks City Dancer and is grateful to call Madison Square Garden her stage. So far during her time with the Knicks, Amanda has enjoyed promotional appearances and performing with celebrities such as ASAP Ferg and A Boogie Wit a Hoodie. Amanda is also teaching high school dance teams throughout the area as they prepare for Nationals. Aside from dancing, Amanda is looking forward to pursuing her career in the fashion industry.
Madeline Nover graduated from Studio L in 2019. After four years of dancing for Studio L, Madeline would like to thank her coaches and teammates for constantly pushing her to be her best.She is currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota where she is double majoring in Psychology and the Sociology of Law, Crime, and Deviance. At Minnesota, Madeline is a member of the University of Minnesota Dance Team. Her time at Studio L was crucial in preparing her for the collegiate dance team experience. Madeline will always cherish her time with her Studio L family.
Elizabeth Nocera graduated from Studio L in 2019 and is currently attending Bucknell University. She is majoring in Pre-Med Biology with a minor in Dance. At school, she is a member of the Bucknell Dance Company, which she co-cohreographs for and performs in. She is excited to choreograph her own piece for Bucknell’s Dance Showcase next spring. Elizabeth thanks the Studio L staff for all the great lessons she now uses in college, especially with time management and dedication to a team. She sends all her love to her Studio L family and loves visiting the place that made her who she is today.
Victoria has pursued her creative dream, becoming a professional hair dresser at a high end salon in Bergen County. She is a certified yoga teacher, and will also be a certified personal trainer by 2021. Dancing at Studio L has taught her how to be driven, dedicated, passionate, and has shown her the importance of staying active!
I’m Alex Caricato an alumni who graduated Studio L in 2017. I am now attending the University of Tennessee and will be going into my 4th year being on The University of Tennessee Dance Team. For the past two years, I’ve been working at Revolution Dance Studio in Knoxville Tennessee teaching both once a week classes and company classes. I am majoring in Kinesiology and plan to attend graduate school to become a Physical Therapist.Without all I have learned from Studio L I would have not been where I am today. Not only did Studio L improve my dancing but it has taught me time management and the value of both teamwork and hard work. I have taken what I’ve learned from Studio L to help further my dance career as well as these life lessons needed in the real world.