Instructors

Meet the Instructors of Chez Dance


AmandaAmanda Buchanan Darby 2
Darby Clouser 
 Picture3Danielle Falciani MikaelaMikaela Fenton BrielleBrielle Gatto

 Debbie Debbie Gatto

Picture1Tiffani Giosa

carla-hillCarla Hill

Picture6Leilah Khazamipour Jessica LaMonaca
Picture2Bianca Gatto Moore Picture8
Amy Petrongolo
Sophia Petrongolo Picture7
Michele Romond
SasseMichele Sasse
Guest Instructors


  • Laney Englehard
  • Rochelle Haynes
  • Barbara Sandonato
  • Jaclynn Dunn

Instructor Bios


 

Amanda Amanda Buchanan began her dance training at Chez Dance at the age of 3. She was a company member for 7 years and participated in numerous competitions, charity events, workshops and fundraisers. In 1995, Amanda was awarded highest scoring senior solo in a national competition. She was invited twice to participate in the Teen Arts Festival at Rowan University, a day dedicated to teens involved in visual and performing arts. Amanda decided to continue her studies in dance by attending Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.While attending Mason Gross she was a finalist for the DancePlus scholarship awarded annually to one student.   As a member of the DancePlus performing group, Amanda had the opportunity to perform for a variety of local events. During her time at Mason Gross, she was able to train with the American Repertoire Ballet and take many master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York.In addition to teaching at Chez Dance, Amanda taught at Allstar Dance Academy where she helped implement a dance program for children with special needs. Amanda continues to take master classes in Philadelphia and New York. She is thrilled to be teaching at Chez Dance and is very proud of all her students.
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Darby 2 Darby Clouser began dancing at Chez Dance Studio at the age of four. Later becoming a member of the company, many years have been spent under the direction of Roseann Gatto. Throughout high school, Darby was a member of the Paul VI Varsity Dance team, performing during halftime at football games. Dancing both during the day at school and at Chez, dance has become a large part of her life. Performing at numerous competitions, games, and shows, she could not just let this part of her life go. After helping classes for years, Darby is excited for her first year of teaching. She is currently studying Speech-Language Pathology at Stockton University with a minor in Childhood Studies. Darby wishes her students good luck in the show and thanks Roe for this opportunity!
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Picture3 Danielle Falciani started her dance training when she was five years old.  During this time she studied all forms of dance including jazz, tap, modern, with a concentration in ballet (Russian Vaganova Method Technique) until she was 14 years old. She also attended various dance camps during her summers.  At age 15, Danielle and her family moved and she began taking classes at Chez for one year before trying out for the Chez Dance Company.  While in the company, she assisted dance instructors when she wasn’t taking classes. After graduating high school she went on to pursue her dream to become a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Danielle became interested in the dental field when she was young with braces.  When she was in college, she held a job part time in an orthodontist office.  Danielle graduated from Camden County College in 2007. During graduation she was awarded the “Dr. Greg Shupik Award,” given to a student who has demonstrated a spirit of cooperation with team members and positive interaction with others.  Danielle enjoys spending quality time with her husband, boy/girl twins, family and friends.  She also loves to travel and go to the beach!  Danielle and her husband, Michael, are proud owners of Falciani Photography, LLC.  In 2009, they began taking pictures at friends weddings, shooting portraits, and photographing multiple events.  Finally, in 2014 they decided to make a husband and wife team photography business.  As a team, they pride themselves in capturing all of the emotions in weddings, family, engagement, maternity, and newborn portrait sessions.  This year, Danielle was given the opportunity to come back home to Chez and teach.  She was also asked to be the Assistant Choreographer for the 2019 St. Joseph High School musical “Guys and Dolls”.  She loves getting to know each and every one of her students.  She likes to focus on each individual’s needs and teaches from her heart. Danielle loves being able to give back what was given to her.
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Picture5 Mikaela Fenton native to Southern New Jersey, began dancing at the age of four. Her training with Chez Dance Studio, under the direction of Roseann Mastrogiacamo Gatto, sculpted her during her early stages of dance. She later was a part of the performing arts program with Paul VI High School under the direction of Courtney Daniels, where she received a scholarship in dance to further her education. While attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Summer Program, she had the opportunity to perform several works by Jonathan Lee. Mikaela, under scholarship,earned a BFA in dance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During this time she performed in works choreographed by Katie Swords-Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, Tommie Waheed, Kyle and Dinita Clark, Milton Myers and Meredith Rainey.  Parallel to her schooling and prior to her apprenticing, Mikaela joined Philadanco’s D/2, under the direction of Donald T. Lunsford and was later welcomed into Philadanco!, The Philadelphia Dance Company. This is Mikaela’s fourth year of teaching and we are grateful to have her on our staff
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 Brielle Brielle Gatto began her training at Chez Dance Studio under the direction of Roseann Mastrogiacomo Gatto. She has won numerous competitions and special awards. Brielle is a two-time recipient of the Tremaine Dance scholarship in New York City and was a member of the Jr. 76ers DanceTeam. She also performed as Clara in the Nutcracker for two consecutive years with Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre. Brielle has performed at the Merriam Theatre, with the Harlem Globetrotters, at Rowan University, Universal Studios, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney,Citizens Bank Park and many other places throughout the Delaware Valley. Brielle graduated from the University of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Jazz Dance.She was also a member of Enso Ensemble under the direction of Michele Sasse and is contracted through Center Stage Entertainment working and dancing for various events and venues. Since graduating, Brielle has been featured numerous times as a QVC product model.  After dancing on the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team for their 2013-2015 seasons, Brielle danced for the Chicago Bulls Dance Team for their 2015-2016 season, where she made many appearances for promotions and fans, while performing as a Luvabull at the games. Brielle got the amazing opportunity to perform alongside artists such as Busta Rhymes, Juicy J, Fetty Wap and Pitbull (Season two of the TV hit show Empire). Three times Brielle has choreographed for our performances in Walt Disney World, Orlando.  Brielle guest choreographs for dance teams such as Camden Catholic, Timber Creek, Gwynedd Mercy U, Drexel University, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia Wings Dancers, Philadelphia 76ers Dancers and many more. July 2016, Brielle was one of the featured dancers in Rachael Yamagata’s music video“Nobody”.  Brielle danced on the Brooklyn Nets Dance Team for their 2017-2018 season. While in New York City, she had the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers such as Tanisha Scott (Cardi B’s Choreographer), Neil Schwartz, Ruth Akasia, Selena Watkins, Jessica Castro and many more. Brielle signed with Bloc Talent Agency in NYC where she continuously auditions for commercial work. After four years in the NBA on three different teams, Brielle is now a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader and will be returning for her second season. Brielle is the director for Chez Impact of South Jersey, an adult dance program. Chez Impact is geared towards those looking to train seriously or just have fun! We are so proud of her accomplishments and wish her luck in the future!
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Debbie Debbie Gatto was six years old before taking her first dance class, and she quickly caught up with the dance world.
A talented dancer and quick study, she began her dance teaching career after winning the title of “Miss Marlton.” After placing first in the talent event in the Miss Burlington County Pageant, she was offered her first teaching job at a local dance studio. Debbie has served as both judge and choreographer in several Miss America pageants.   She has been a guest instructor at the Dance Masters of America, Professional Dance Teachers Association and the International Dance Techers Association. “Show me a tap shoe and I’ll make it tap.” Debbie believes in a very regimented style of teaching that leaves each student who passes through her class with a very strong understanding of what makes a dancer the best performer they can be…repetition, repetition, repetition. It is Debbie’s insistence that all dancers have a solid foundation in the basic rudiments of tap. This insistence has led her dancers to unwavering success. During her thirty years of teaching, her students have won over 200 first place awards in various dance competitions, many of them dancing to original choreography by Debbie herself. She is especially proud of her Junior and Senior Tap Ensembles for being awarded Critics Choice Award at the New York City Dance Alliance Regional Competition in 1999 and 2003.  In 2003, Debbie served as Artistic Director of Jazz Unlimited Tap Ensemble. Before joining the staff at Chez Dance she owned and operated her own studio.   Debbie has trained some of the most outstanding young performers in the Mid Atlantic Region. Under her direction, Shane Rutkowski became one of the “Netherlands Kids” and performed in Amsterdam for the Queen of the Netherlands. Debbie is thoroughly enjoying teaching with the Chez Dance staff and her students. She wishes them the best of luck in the show.
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Picture1 Tiffani Giosa has been dancing at Chez Dance Studio since the age of two.  During that time, she was a member of the Company for nine years and an assistant for four years.  She has performed at numerous festivals, benefits and concerts including Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, 76ers and Harlem Globetrotters and Drake Theatre.  Tiffani has also performed Pulchinelle in the Nutcracker with the professional ballet company Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre.  She has won several special awards such as the Beautiful Ballerina at the National Dance Showcase Competition and Studio Dancer of the Year Award at the Tremaine Dance Convention in New York City.  Tiffani was a member of the modern dance company, Enso Ensemble, directed by Michele Sasse and was a member of the Philadelphia KIXX Dance Team.  Tiffani graduated from Widener University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  During that time, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  Tiffani is currently a 6th grade teacher at Williamstown Middle School.  She has been a co-adviser for the WMS Talent Show and co-choreographed the finale dance for the last four years.  Tiffani is very excited to be teaching at the studio again and wishes her students the best of luck in the show!
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carla-hill Carla Hill was a member of Scull and Bones Dance Company for seven years.She is a local dance educator and performer. Her dance training primarily consisted of classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance which started at Gwen Bye Studio in Philadelphia and continued at Chez Dance Studio until she attended college. She also has a background in Latin and ballroom dance styles. She holds a BFA in Dance(2005) and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2009) from Temple University. She has performed in the Philly Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Rocky Dance Awards, at Show Up and Dance New Jersey, the Etc. Performance Series, and the Inhale Performance Series. She has taught off and on in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas. She continues to take classes at various dance studios and master classes in the Philadelphia area. She hopes to continue to perform and expand on her skills as a performer and teacher so that she may offer her students the most rewarding experience.
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Picture6 Leilah Khazamipour began dancing at Chez Dance at the age of five and remained a student of the studio for seventeen years. As a Chez Dance Company member of nine years, Leilah participated in many performances at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.She also performed in a number of local events and competitions including the Tremaine Dance Convention in New York City and the National Dance Showcase in Atlantic City. Leilah has also participated in various University of the Arts performances at both the Merriam and Drake Theaters. In June of 2003, Leilah graduated from Chez Dance as a senior company member to attend Temple University. Considering her passion for dance has always been a major part of her life, Leilah joined Temple’s Diamond GemsDance Team where she performed for the University’s football and basketball teams at both Lincoln Financial Fieldand the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. During this time, Leilah also danced professionally with the Gemini DanceProjex modern company under the artistic direction of Jeanine Shoemaker.  With this company, Leilah performed in multiple performances at the Drake Theater, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Arts Bank and was a guest artist in the Garden State Dance Festival in Collingswood, New Jersey. In 2007, Leilah transferred from Temple to attend Rutgers University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in General Science. Leilah was also a member of the professional modern company Enso Ensemble under the direction of Michele Sasse, and continues to take classes in New York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City to further her dance background. Leilah received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Gloucester County College and graduated from Rutgers with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Currently, she is a registered nurse at Jefferson University Hospital. This is Leilah’s sixteenth year teaching at Chez Dance and she is very excited to share her extensive dance background with her students.
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Jessica LaMonaca has been dancing since the age of three at various studios in Philadelphia, Delaware, and New York. She was in numerous shows and musicals growing up, as well as three different competition teams, and has held three national titles.Jessica has been assisting and teaching dance since the age of 12.  Her mom, Missy, was the first dance teacher she ever assisted. She grew up attending Cab Calloway School of the Arts during the sixth through twelfth grades as a dance major. Right out of high school Jessica started her professional dance career with the Philadelphia 76ers NBA dance team for four seasons. The Sixers gave Jessica the opportunity to travel to China two times, be apart of the NYC 2015 All-Star dance team, and in-arena host a few games. She was also the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Old City Senior Dance Team. Jessica has been in multiple music videos, including Rachael Yamagata’s video“Nobody”with her fellow Chez teachers and Joe Budden’s video“Broke”.  She has back up danced for recording artists such as Jordin Sparks and Nile Rogers. Jessica got her improv and sketch comedy certificate in NYC at Upright Citizens Brigade.  She has written and performed in over 40 live comedy and sketch shows in NYC and Philadelphia. You can see Jessica perform monthly on the UCB stage in NYC and weekly at the Philly Improv Theater.  You can also look for Jessica on the TV show ‘Impractical Jokers’Season 7.  Jessica loves Chez and has had a blast teaching here.
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Picture2 Bianca Gatto Moore has been dancing at Chez Dance Studio since the age of two.  During that time she was a member of the company for nine years under the direction of Roseann M. Gatto.  Throughout her years at Chez, Bianca has won numerous competitive awards such as Poetry in Motion and Most Intense Dancer.  At a dance convention in New York City, she won the Tremaine Dance Scholarship and received the Studio Dancer of the Year award.  In 2003 and 2004, Bianca danced the lead Pulchinelle in the Nutcracker with the professional ballet company, Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre.  Bianca has performed at many different venues, including Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney, Merriam Theatre, Drake Theatre, Philadelphia 76ers, Harlem Globetrotters, and the Garden State Dance Festival. She has also performed and choreographed for various senior citizen homes, a show in honor of the 9th and 10th anniversaries of 9/11, the Terry Myers’ Showcase, and the “Everybody Loves Italian” Festival in Atlantic City numerous times.  Bianca was also a member of the modern dance company, Enso Ensemble, directed by fellow teacher Michele Sasse.  In 2011, Bianca graduated with honors from the University of the Arts, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Dance.  She was also awarded Most Academic by her graduating peers.  Since 2011, Bianca has been a featured product model on the QVC Channel, was a featured clothing model for the Fan Treasures commercial on ESPN, and was hired to be in a web commercial for a product pitch to China.  In addition to her side jobs, Bianca is very involved in Chez Dance’s competition seasons.  Her Platinum winning dances have received numerous awards of recognition over the years.  In March of 2015, Bianca won the Viewer’s Choice Harlequin Scholarship for her choreography of the dance, “No Trace.”  In 2015, ”Elephants” won the Impact Award, and in 2016/17 she became a two-time Choreography Award recipient for “Work Song.”  In the 2017/18 competition season, Bianca won the Choreography Award for her Platinum Perfection winning dance “Inception” and during this most recent competition season, she won the Choreography Award for her Platinum Perfection winning dance “Dreams” and Diamond winning dance “What’s My Name.”  Bianca also choreographed four times for the performances in Orlando, FL, most recently in June 2018.  She has choreographed many audition dances, where her students got accepted to Colleges such as the UARTS, Saint Joseph’s, Stockton and Rowan Universities.  In July of 2016, Bianca danced and co-choreographed for singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata’s music video “Nobody”.  She also worked for Center Stage Entertainment for six years, dancing professionally for various events and venues in Delaware and Atlantic City.  This is Bianca’s 13th year teaching at Chez.  She would like to take this opportunity to say how proud she is of all of her students, and to thank all of the students and parents who have supported her in the past.  She will never forget their kindness.
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Amy Amy Petrongolo has long been a familiar face at the Chez Dance Studio, having been affiliated for thirty seven years. First having danced at age six, Roseann Mastrogiacomo Gatto has been her principal teacher throughout. While attending a Tremaine workshop with the Chez Dance Company in New York City, Amy received a scholarship from Serge Rodnunsky Arts Center, Studio City, CA. In the summer of 1992, Amy was chosen as a scholarship student with the Philadelphia Dance Company. Amy is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Modern Dance and Dance Education. During her time at the University she has performed at the Merriam and Drake Theatres in Philadelphia. She is very happy to have received a scholarship to attend the University, where she furthered her education. Amy has also taught for Gloucester Township Summer Stage where she choreographed the stage production of “Jungle Book.” Amy has long shown her dedication in becoming a dancer and choreographer. She started a program called Mommy and Me at Chez Dance with great success. Amy has also choreographed for the Chez Dance Company to perform at the Philadelphia 76ers, the halftime show at the Globetrotters and for the sixth time in Orlando, FL. She is extremely happy that the girls did such a wonderful job.  She is an excellent instructor and is thrilled with her students. We are delighted to have Amy as a member of the Chez Dance staff.
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Sophia Petrongolo has been a familiar face at Chez Dance Studio for the last 19 years.  She started dancing at Chez when she was two years old and worked all the way up to Senior Company, graduating in 2017. Sophia has received many competitive awards over the years and was granted a scholarship to perform at Nationals for being one of the highest ranked soloists at the National Dance Showcase competition. She has been an assistant with her mom (Amy Petrongolo) since the age of eleven, up until she graduated two years ago.  Sophia loves teaching her students everything she has learned over the years and making sure her students feel important and confident in themselves. She hopes to further her dance education by attending workshops and auditions, therefore growing as an instructor and artist for herself and her future students. Sophia is planning on becoming a pediatric dental hygienist and is working towards getting into the program this year. Sophia wants to wish her students the best of luck on their dance show and is so proud of everything they have done this year.
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Romond Michele Romond trained as a young girl at Chez Dance Studio. In 1998, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Modern Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While attending The University of the Arts, Michele performed in many concerts at the Drake, Merriam and Kumquat Theatres in Philadelphia. Michele was a part of fellow teacher Michele Sasse’s modern dance company, Enso Ensemble.As part of Enso, she performed in and choreographed for the Philly Fringe Festivals, Frankford Arts Festival and other Enso productions. In 2016, along with Chez Dance instructors and Senior Company members, Michele co-choreographed and performed in Rachael Yamagata’s music video,“Nobody.” In April 2018, Michele and Michele Sasse again partnered and choreographed “Shout, The Mod Musical”for the Ritz Theater Company in Oaklyn, New Jersey. In October 2018 Michele returned to the Ritz to choreograph “Into the Woods.” Michele wishes her students good luck on stage and dancing through life!
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Sasse Michele Sasse is happy to be teaching at Chez Dance Studio where she studied as a young student and first began teaching. She graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance. Michele was a recipient of the Pulaski Dance Scholarship and was recognized by the UArts faculty as her classes’ “Outstanding Performer in Modern Dance.” Michele has established herself as an accomplished performer, choreographer and instructor. She performed for Brian Sanders’Philadelphia based Archetype dance company, then made her New York City debut performing in the Off-Broadway play“Sisters Dance,”under the direction of Maja Lorovic. Michele has toured the world performing with many talented New York choreographers, including Henning Rubsam of Sense Dance, Robert Battle of Battle Works, Isabel Gotzkowsky and Peter Pucci Plus. Michele also performed in the Vienna based modern dance musical “Listen To The Colors”directed by Erin Elliot. Michele directed and choreographed the children’s program for the Isaac Chauncy Public School and was an instructor at Queens Dance Academy in Glendale, New York. Michele has served as an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and is the founder and artistic director of Enso Ensemble. Michele has choreographed for the Ritz Theatre productions of“Kiss Of The Spider Woman,” “Purlie” and “Shout, The Mod Musical.” She also co-choreographed and was one of the featured dancers in singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata’s music video,“Nobody.” Michele is very proud of her students and wishes them the best of luck.
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