Cedar Brook Dance Academy
FACULTY / STAFF
Eve Persicketti (Artistic Director / Studio Owner)
Eve Persicketti believes that grace grows from strength, and she has spent many years combining her dance and fitness backgrounds to develop a teaching style that nurtures both sides of her students. Miss Eve is certified in numerous dance and aerobics organizations, including Dance Educators of America and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She holds a Masters certification from AAAI/ISMA. Eve has studied with many dynamic and talented artists such as Shimon Braun, Rex Henriqu, and New York City Dance Alliance founder Joe Lanteri. Miss Persicketti had the opportunity to work with Scott Jocovich formerly of Joffrey Ballet. Before the opening of Cedar Brook Dance Academy in 2004 - Miss Eve was the jazz instructor / choreographer for Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Jenkintown, PA and continues to teach jazz during the Summer Intensive Program each year. She was a teacher for many years at Jazz Unlimited in Marlton and choreographed many award winning routines for the Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble. Here at Cedar Brook Dance Academy Miss Eve takes great pride in watching the talented dancers grow increasingly stronger. She is thrilled to see the CBDA Dance Company take home so many top scoring awards at Groove, On State America and many other Regional and National competitions. Miss Eve is very excited to see so many new dancers here at CBDA in our new home in Berlin, NJ. Eve is very proud of her warm and loving family and watching our little grand babies grow is her greatest joy. Miss Eve resides in Cedar Brook NJ with her husband Joe.
Erin McCloskey (Dance Instructor)
Erin first started her dance training at the age of 13 and quickly fell in love with ballet. She began her training at the Hanover School of Ballet in Hanover, PA before attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. During her college career, she had the opportunity to perform at both the Merriam Theatre and The Drake Theatre, even showcasing her own choreography at the latter. Erin graduated with honors in 2006 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Erin received the prestigious Alesei Judenic Ballet Award. She has worked with choreographers Matthew Neenan, Andrew Pap, Roni Koresh, Molly Misgalla and Scott Jovovich. Erin spent the summer of 2001 studying as a trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She is one of the “posers" for the yearly Costume Gallery costume catalog and is on staff at Camden County College teaching Ballet and Dance Appreciation. She also works at numerous studios throughout the South Jersey area spreading her love for ballet to many aspiring dancers. Erin is thrilled to be on staff at Cedar Brook Dance Academy. Over the past year, the students have grown so much as dancers and she couldn't be more proud. Miss Deb and Miss Eve are the absolute best!
Jennifer Radkowski (Dance Instructor)
Jennifer Radkowski grew up in New Jersey and began dancing at the age of three. She spent her early years of dance training studying mostly under the instruction of Michele DiCola, Shaun Doyle, and Viktor Yeliohin, concentrating on her ballet technique. She continued her study of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland for one year before transferring to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At The University of the Arts, she had the opportunity to perform at the Merriam Theater and at the Drake Theater, where she also showcased her own choreography. Jen graduated from The University of the Arts in May 2006 with her BFA in Dance Education, with a concentration in modern dance. Upon graduation, Jen began teaching all styles and levels of dance at many local studios, performed with several local modern dance companies, and was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders from 2010 – 2014. As an Eagles Cheerleader, Jen had the opportunity to appear in Esquire Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning Kickoff, Eagles MasterCard Commercial, NFL Magazine, featured months in the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Calendars, perform in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Parade, and was the only Eagles Cheerleader do be selected to perform at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii in January 2012. Jen has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School in Buffalo, NY and also has her Cecchetti Council of America Certificate. Some of Jen’s former students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as ABT, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and have even gone to star on a Broadway National Tour. Her biggest passion is choreographing and sharing her knowledge of dance with students who are eager to learn. She is truly honored to call Cedar Brook Dance Academy her second family.
Leigh Blasé Strain (Dance Instructor)
Leigh grew up in New Jersey and began dancing at the age of 7. In her early years she studied ballet only until attending her first Jay Dash Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the age of 13. There Leigh was introduced to acrobatics, jazz and tap. She was very inspired by the acrobatics' instructor, Mary Jane Scanlon Logan who was a well known performer, former gymnast and owner of her own gym where she trained all levels of gymnasts in Reading, PA. Leigh participated in the five year Jay Dash Teacher's Program and student teacher program at her home dance studio, receiving her teaching certificate in 1981 at age 18. Wanting to expand her skill level, Leigh enrolled in the summer program at the Cherry Hill Gymnastic Academy right after graduating high school and studied ballet and jazz at the School of the Mount Laurel ballet. Leigh has taught acrobatics and gymnastics on a part time basis at several area dance studios and gyms since 1981 while working on a full time insurance career, earning the insurance designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, CPCU and raising three children. In addition to teaching, Leigh works full time as an Assistant Vice President of Professional Liability at a underwriting management company in Marlton, NJ. Leigh truly loves teaching all levels of acrobatic students and is excited to see the accomplishments and improvements of the students of CBDA in their 3nd year of acrobatic training as well as the new student growth. Many students - new and old have jumped from beginner skills to intermediate/advanced skills and the momentum for advancing students can be seen in every class. The acrobatic program has grown from three classes of age groups/levels to five this past year and we plan to add additional classes in the fall to accommodate growth in numbers and level.
Ro Cornwell (Dance Instructor)
Miss Ro graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in 1987 with a degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education. She was employed by Winslow Township Public Schools for 12 years working with kindergarten and preschool children. Although sports and physical activity have always been a part of her life, Miss Ro didn’t start dancing until well into adulthood. When Miss Eve and Miss Debbie opened their new school, she signed up as soon as adult classes were offered and has been dancing ever since. Miss Ro would like to thank Miss Eve and Miss Debbie for giving her the opportunity to teach young children again. Encouraging creativity, physical activity and self expression through movement and dance is what she wishes to accomplish with the children at Cedar Brook Dance Academy.
Angelique Grasso (Dance Instructor)
Angelique is happy to be a part of the CBDA teaching staff for another year. She has been dancing since the age of three and begun training at Cedar Brook Dance Academy at the age of 13 and was a member of the CBDA Dance Company from 2007 through 2012. She was a strong competitor in various regional and national dance competitions where she won many top awards. She has studied many different styles of dance to include Ballet - Pointe - Tap - Jazz - and Hip Hop and Acro. Angelique was also a competitive figure skater for four years and was a member of the Hollydell Figure Skating Club where she was won numerous awards for intermediate free style senior moves. Currently Angelique attends Rutgers University and is pursuing a career in nursing. Angelique would like to thank all the teachers at Cedar Brook Dance Academy for helping her achieve her goals to be the best dancer she could be. CBDA is thrilled to have Angelique on Staff! She is terrific with our youngest of dancers where she always offers them a hug and a big smile whenever they need it! She is also assisting Miss Leigh in all the Acro classes.