The Kennedy Dancers
“O’ Gracious Light”
at the yearly Holiday Showcase at the
Loews Jersey Theater
Kat is a a graduate from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and is currently a dance instructor as Kennedy Dancers.
Eli Cano holds a BFA in Ballet from Texas Christian University & has studied with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre & The American Dance Festival in Duke University. He has performed choreography by Robert Battle, Mark Dendy, & Dance China NY. Eli is active as a dancer & teacher with The Kennedy Dancers, Inc. & the Calpulli Dance Company. His film & television experience include “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order SVU”, & the original HBO movie “The Normal Heart.” Eli lives in New York City.
Abby Dias is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has worked with choreographers such as Mimi Quillin, Nuo An, Mary Seidman and is currently dancing with Bloodline Dance Theater and Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater. She has performed on stages such as Radio City Music Hall, the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, Jazz at Lincoln Center, TADA! Youth Theater, and multiple performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Abby is one of the newest members of the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company.
Nikola Palivoda began dancing at a young age with his church’s traditional Serbian Folk Dance group, Dukati, where he learned, performed and eventually choreographed professional and traditional repertory for 20 years. He trained and performed with the dance programs at Middlesex County College, Montclair State University and Raritan Valley Community College. Nikola has performed with the Nikki Manx Dance Project, T.MAJ Dance, HealthQuest Fitness, Luminarium Dance Company, for Freespace Dance, at several Dance New Jersey events and at the Koresh Showcase Series. He also Produces and Directs two annual dance concerts. Nik is one of the newest members of Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company.
Anna Antongiorgi is a choreographer, dancer, and writer from Redondo Beach, California. She received her B.A. in English from Harvard and was awarded the Suzanne Farrell Dance Award for her contributions to Harvard’s dance community. She works as a math and biology tutor and just graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School in New York City. Anna is currently performing with The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company.
Dane is a Montclair State University graduate. He is trained in Modern Dance, African Dance, Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Ballet. Burch was a part of the Montclair State Dance Company and currently trains at the Broadway Dance Center, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, and Art of Motion Dance Theatre.
Marquita Marie Christian
Marquita is trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Character, and West African Dance. She has trained in the Ailey School and the American Ballet Theatre Intensive to name a few. She has also starred in numerous commercials, theatre, and tv/film.
The Kennedy Dancers is a non-profit Jersey City Based Professional, American Dance Company established in 1976 with a mission of bringing high quality dance training and professional performance opportunities to the NY/NJ Metro area. Since it’s inception, the company has grown to responds to the community’s special needs serving low income/at risk/incarcerated teens/senior citizens through diverse dance classes offering fun/fitness/performance opportunities.
The company was founded by Artistic Director, Diane Dragone, in 1976, to bring high quality dance performances to Jersey City, greater Hudson County, and the tri-state area. Since it’s inception, the company has responded to needs in the community, and has grown to include a community dance school, dance programs in local public school systems, including programming designed specifically for the learning disabled, physically challenged and urban youth, dance programs for the elderly, and Dance Vista, a television program reaching 20 states focusing on emerging women and minority dance artists.
The professional dance troupe performs a regular season each year in and around its home base, Jersey City. Each year the company reaches 6,500 through its public performances, with an additional 2,000 reached through touring performances. Kennedy Dancers tours have ranged the mid-Atlantic coast, from New England to Washington, DC. Video footage of the company has also been shown in international venues in France, Spain, Malta, Germany and Austria. Additionally, the Kennedy Dancers’ performance of Artistic Director Diane Dragone’s Variations on a Folk Song: Giles and Josephine, a work which portrays the American immigration.
New Jersey University certified teacher of dance by NJ Department of Education. Taught special education dance 1984-1992 at Hudson County Schools of Technology. Performer/Teacher/Choreographer Regional and National Broadway Tours and North Jersey Dance Company. Frequent guest teacher at several grammar/high schools and universities. Executive producer of award winning Dance Vista cable television program-now in its 25th season. Artistic director/choreographer for the Kennedy Dancers.