Jacqueline J. Swetz
Miss Jackie has been dancing for more than
30 years and is certified by the Dance
Educators of America in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre.
She holds her degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Lehman College in the Bronx. She was a New York City school teacher for several years while performing and continuing her dance studies. In addition to teaching all of the subjects to her class, Jackie was responsible for organizing performances and assemblies for the school.
Her training has been with Gus Giordano, Charles Kelly, Joe Tremaine, Dorothy Jaggi, Andrea Verdeschi, Bobby Gerlich, and Jules Faber.
She has recently been choreographing for Union Vale Middle School’s musicals (The Coney Island of Dr. Moreau, In St. Louis, at the Fair, A Pirates Life for Me, Time and Time Again, Aladdin Jr, and Seussical Jr) in the Arlington School district. Miss Jackie's performance credits include dancing with the 20th Century Foxes Dance Troupe, Tommy Tune, the RedMagik Dancers and Composer Cris Spinner. She has performed at Bally's in Atlantic City, the Catskills Nightclub circuit (The Brown’s, The Neville, The Concord, Kutscher’s), The United Nations, Rye Town Hilton, Actor's Conservatory Theatre, and HersheyPark with husband Tom. Miss Jackie’s most important achievement is being the proud mother of her sons TJ and Brandon.
TJ Swetz is a professional actor, singer, dancer, and teacher currently residing in the Hudson Valley. TJ graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He has over 15 years of dance training, worked in professional theater companies, and helps to train young performers wanting to audition for professional theater. Tap is his favorite style and he likes to bring in new and interesting rhythms that can explore different sounds that complement the music.
TJ has been teaching kids for about 10 years now traveling between NY and CT teaching musical theater camps/masterclasses/private lessons (Star 2 B, ERA Productions, Fineline Theater Arts, Dutchess Community College Performing Arts Institute, Workspace Academy). TJ was grateful to accept the Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Musical for his role of Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (his college’s 2016 production). His fun, loving, and energetic teaching style is what drives students to take his classes again and again.
TJ teaches private lessons (voice, piano, audition prep) out of In Motion Dance Center (both online and in person coming soon). Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-337-6552 for pricing.
Lindsay T. Miller
Lindsay T. Miller is a former award-winning competitive dancer with over fifteen years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. She has previously taught classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater at Betty Jean’s Dance Studio as well as Dance Expression of Dutchess & Westchester. Most recently, she has been teaching Beginner Ballet Barre for adults at Barre Fitness Poughkeepsie and plans to get her certification in Barre Fitness. Lindsay started her dance education at Betty Jean’s Dance Studio in Wappingers Falls, NY and later continued at The American Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence, and Broadway Dance Center. She began teaching and choreographing at the age of 16. She went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in 2006 from Binghamton University, where she studied English Literature and Theatre. During her time at Binghamton, she performed jazz and hip hop routines at NCAA Division I basketball games with the Binghamton University Dance Team, danced and choreographed for Children’s Dance Theatre, and was involved in several productions with the University Theatre Department, Hinman Production Company, and Dickinson Community Players. In 2010, she studied modern dance at The Taylor School and was a Development & Special Events Intern for Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City. In 2012, Lindsay added ballroom and Latin dance training from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess to her repertoire. She is currently a competitive dancer in American Rhythm and Smooth styles. For several years, she has worked with local community theaters in various capacities (performer, dance captain, choreographer, dance consultant, crew) including County Players, Standing Room Only Productions,Trinity Players, Spotlight Theater Productions, 4th Wall Productions, and Musicals at Richter where she served as Treasurer on their Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 season. Choreography credits include: Once Upon a Mattress (Dickinson Community Players, Standing Room Only), The Will Rogers Follies, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, …Spelling Bee (Spotlight Theater Productions), Hollywood: Big Band Style, Pride & Prejudice (County Players), Crazy For You, High School Musical, Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, Newsies (John Jay High School), and Shrek: The Musical (Musicals at Richter - Broadway World Nominee). Lindsay is a 2017 graduate of Marist College with her Master's degree in Integrated Marketing & Communications. When she’s not dancing, teaching, or working on a show, she is a Development Coordinator for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.
Thomas P. Swetz
Lighting &Sound Design
Tom has been an entertainer performing throughout the Tri-state area for the last 40 years. He attended Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx as a Theater Major and graduated Summa Cum Laude from WCSU in Danbury, CT with a BA in Theater Arts performance option. He also holds an MFA in Theatre Arts Technical Direction thru the University of Idaho. Recently, he was the Production Manager/Technical Director for ACT of Connecticut in Ridgefield, CT, a regional theater. He has worked as part of the Adjunct Faculty at WCSU as one of the Technical Directors/Production Manager and will be returning to WCSU starting this fall 2021. He is also the Technical Director for Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT. His training is varied from voice and acting to dance, stage combat, makeup, scene design and construction, lighting and sound design, magic and juggling. He has had the privilege of training with B. H. Barry, Joe Travers, Nathan DeCoux, Ian Rose, and Brad Lemon for Stage combat, Doug Bischoff of Youth On The Move, Thom Houser, and Janelle Robinson for Voice, performing illusions by Franz Harary, and performing for both Ron Howard and Robin Williams. Most recently, Tom has worked on the Harrison Ford movie, Morning Glory, appeared in an episode of MERCY, and the Showtime series The Big C. Tom spent three years performing for Hershey Park, two with Allan Albert Productions and the third was a magical, musical, pirate show he wrote, produced and performed with Jackie, his wife of 27 years. He has performed the lead roles in Godspell (Jesus/Stephen), Pippin (Pippin/Magic Consultant), and Oklahoma (Curly), as well as supporting roles in Geography of a Horse Dreamer, West Side Story (Snowboy), Hello Dolly (Barnaby), Grease (Roger), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon), both on the Community as well as the Regional Theater Level. His performances have taken him throughout the area, from New York to Pennsylvania to Germany and back. He has performed for Actor’s Conservatory Theater, IBM, Westchester Medical Center, Blythedale Children's Hospital, Hudson Valley Credit Union, Hershey Park, Chevrolet, The Star of the North Games, Beekman Recreation Department, Poughkeepsie Recreation, the Towns of Millbrook, Dover, and Pawling, Ann’s Place, Arlington School District, German American Society in Peekskill, The Scottish Society, Play and Learn, Trinity Pre-school, Natural Wonders, and Traumland Park in Germany. Tom is a member of the SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors), SAM (Society of American Magicians), and NYSTEA (New York State Theater Educators Association).
He is also the proud father of two very talented young men, TJ and Brandon, who have already begun to follow in their parent's performing footsteps.
Kayla Praino is an In Motion Dance Center alumni raised in Poughquag, NY. Kayla recently graduated from Sacred Heart University in May 2021, with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Pre-PA, and with minors in honors and Dance. Kayla started her dance training in 2002 with In Motion Dance Center and proceeded to train with Miss. Jackie and her teachers for 15 years. At IMDC, Kayla trained in all styles including Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Pointe. At the end of her senior year, Kayla accepted a spot on the pre-professional dance company at Sacred Heart University. While completing her degree, Kayla trained and performed with the Sacred Heart Dance Company focusing in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Heels/Commercial Dance, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Theater Dance, and Contemporary; Kayla was given the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers. In 2019, Kayla became an original member of Inception Dance Crew, a pre-professional Hip Hop crew under the Sacred Heart Dance Company. Inception Dance Crew competed both locally and globally, recently placing in both first and second place in the Senior Street Dance Division in the World Dance Movement Competition. Kayla also holds a background in theater arts as she performed throughout middle school and high school with local theater groups and the Arlington High School Admiral Players, respectively. When Kayla isn’t doing schoolwork and dancing, she works as a full-time rehab aide in an orthopedic clinic. Kayla is currently applying to PA schools in the northeast with the aspirations of becoming a PA in a hospital setting. For fun, Kayla enjoys spending times with friends and family, reading, and takes drop-in dance classes in Connecticut with her college friends and choreographers. It is Kayla’s hope that she can instill her passion and love for dance with each of her students at IMDC.