Jacqueline J. Swetz
Owner/Director
Tap/Ballet/Jazz

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.

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TJ Swetz

Teacher

Tap/Hip Hop

Musical Theatre

Private Voice

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 tjswetz@gmail.com or 845-337-6552 for pricing.

 

Maria Coppola

Teacher

Hip Hop

Maria is a recent graduate of

the SUNY New Paltz Theatre

Arts program, where she studied performance arts, along with a minor in psychology. A Brooklyn native, Maria’s dance training was rooted in everything from ballet to hip hop at Triple Essence Dance Studio, which she called home for 12 years. Maria attended Edward R. Murrow High School, where she studied performance arts and graduated with a Theatre and Dance endorsed diploma. Today, Maria is a proud teacher and choreographer in the Hudson Valley. She primarily teaches a wide variety of ages and styles at Take The Leap Dance Studio, including hip hop, tap, lyrical, and jazz since 2017. However, Maria started her teaching career here in 2015 when she was hired to choreograph full musicals and cabaret style productions at Wallkill Senior High School, From Stage to Screen Acting Studio, and the Performing Arts Institute at Dutchess Community College. Other than teaching, Maria works professionally as a dancer and assistant for the national touring company Illusionist Ryan Dutcher. With the IRD team, Maria performs in large illusion shows across the country, as well as locally at Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, and many local resorts. In her free time, Maria continues to perform in musicals at The Center For Performing Arts in Rhinebeck. You may have seen her recently in shows including A Chorus Line (Laurie 2020), Newsies (Katherine, 2019), 42nd Street (Annie, 2018) and Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit, 2018). Maria wants to thank you for taking the time to read this, and is thrilled to be living her childhood dream as a dance teacher!

 

Miss Rhiannon Pendola

Teacher

Tap/Jazz

Born in Queens and raised in Putnam County, N.Y. Rhiannon began dancing at the age of 6, studying all forms of dance leading to her exceptional love for tap dancing.  In 2012 Rhiannon was part of a small group chosen to represent the United States at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany earning a Gold Medal.  Upon returning home Rhiannon began studying under her teacher and mentor, Aaron Tolson and Derick Grant, along with many other great teachers.  In January 2015 Rhiannon became a company member of Speaking in Taps and shortly after was named SIT captain. Rhiannon currently attends school at Manhattanville College earning a degree in Business with a minor in Dance Therapy. Rhiannon teaches at a various studios in her hometown passing her knowledge and passion for dance on to others. When Rhiannon is not teaching or at school she is taking classes in NYC with various teachers in the industry.
 

Thomas P. Swetz
Owner/Office Manager
Lighting &Sound Design
Scene Design
Tech Director

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.  Tom is 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 has been 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. 

Haley Kwak

Teacher

Acro/Dance

Haley Kwak began dancing at

the age of 8 and quickly

discovered that it was her passion.

Combining her love of children and dance, she began teaching for Got Rhythm? Dance Studio at the age of 15. Now at 24 years old, she has continued teaching jazz, tap, acro, ballet, and lyrical ranging in ages 3-17. She also has achieved a Level 1 certification from Acrobatic Arts, a world renowned Acro Dance Educator program. She is now the assistant studio director at Take The Leap Dance Studio. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Performing Arts Education and Management, Haley continues her education in dance at Broadway Dance Center in NYC as well as weekend conferences at Artists Simply Human and The Dance Teacher Summit. Haley’s work was featured in last three summers’ Choreography On The Edge at the Byrdcliffe in Woodstock. She is excited to be a part of the In Motion Family. 

 

Miss Sarah Olsen

Teacher

Contemporary/Ballet

Pointe

Sarah Olsen is from Wappingers Falls, NY. She holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Potsdam where she majored in dance and anthropology. At SUNY Potsdam, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, composition, improvisation, and pedagogy. She has performed in numerous student and faculty concerts at school. She also holds the K. Dunkley Award and Creative Achievement Award from SUNY Potsdam. Sarah has also choreographed many original works and has had the opportunity to have her choreography presented at the American College Dance Associate conference for adjudication. She has completed training with the Perry-Mansfield performing arts school in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, Dance Action under the direction of Carmen Caceres and Balasole Dance Company. She has also worked with choreographers such as Peter Chu and Christopher K. Morgan. She is currently a member of WellBeing Dance, under the direction of Katie Binder. Sarah is so excited for the upcoming season with the IMDC family!

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