2015/2016 Staff Bios:
Morgan Kimmerle has trained with the AOGAC for over 15 years. She also has participated in workshops and dance clinics around the country with companies such as Stapower, USTD, dancers inc., Dance Educators of America and many more. She has competed at the regional and national level for 12 years accumulating over 50 Regional and National titles and high score awards. She is currently a pre-med student at St. Joesphs University where she is also a competitive cheerleader for the SJU Hawks. This year she became an official choreographer for the AOGAC's competition team and is the Assistant to the Directors of the Academy. Already in her first year of coaching and choreographing, her students have won special judge's awards, and high score awards! Miss Morgan can literally "Bring home the Crown," as her titles and wins have garnished over 13 of these amazing tiara awards! Morgan titles are very extensive, however her top most honorable awards are: Teen Miss Headliner, two-time winner of Teen Miss Starpower, two-time winner of Miss Acrobat of Pennsylvania, and THREE-time winner of Miss Acrobat of New Jersey!
Pic & bio coming soon!
Jay began his training as a gymnast and segued into dance at the age of twelve. He hasn’t stopped dancing since then and has won numerous national and regional titles and 1st Overall awards. He was one of the first boys to be accepted into, and attend The New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts on a full scholarship, and also received full scholarships to The Washington School of Ballet and School of American Ballet’s summer intensive programs. Jay was offered the lead role in the National Tour of Cats as Mr. Mistoffelees, and dazzled audiences throughout the world as a dancer, acrobat, and aerial artist for several Royal Caribbean Cruise ships. He starred in Disney's High School Musical LIVE on stage at the Theatre of the Stars in Georgia. He has performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden, the Prudential Center, The Grove & the Dolby Theatre in California, where he performed with Miley Cyrus. Jay has been offered leading roles to perform for Tokyo Disney, Disneyland, and Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas. His professional credits also include performing for Walt Disney’s Toy Story 3 at the Kodak Theatre, a Reebok Industrial, and starring in an ABC promo commercial. He can be seen in the pilot episode of the WB's Gossip Girl as well as the feature film Gracie starring Elizabeth Shue. Jay has had the privilege of working with prominent choreographers Marguerite Dereks, Travis Payne, and Jimmy Locust to name a few and had the honor of assisting classes taught by legendary Frank Hatchett. Jay has also performed as a backup dancer for Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, Liz Phair and Kristine W. Currently Jay is teaching acrobatics and dance, to kids of all ages, at a competitive level at studios around New Jersey. His choreography has won numerous regional and national Overall, Entertainment, and Choreography awards.
Nick started his dance training at an early age in California and was awarded a full scholarship to Pacific Northwest Ballet. As a member of a competition dance team, he received numerous awards regionally and nationally in solos and group routines. Nick has performed as a dancer and acrobat on many cruises for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has entertained audiences around the world with his energetic dance style. His professional accomplishments also include dancing in the Rose Parade, performing for Sketchers Industrial, and the National Tour of Moving Out choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Nick has been offered leading roles to perform for Tokyo Disney, Disneyland, and Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas. He has trained with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, and Terri Best to name a few. He now teaches dance and acrobatics at various studios all over New Jersey. His students and choreography have won numerous overall awards on the regional and national level. He is excited to bring his love for dance to the next generation.
Pic & bio coming soon!
Ashlyn Knudsen has been a lifelong resident of Cape May County. A Lower Cape May Regional alumni, she graduated in 2008.
Ashlyn began her dance career at the age of two-years-old. She continued to dance throughout her childhood and teens, winning many Regional and National awards with the Art of Gymnastics and Cheer studio. She also had the chance to perform with the New Jersey Ballet, dancing in their production of The Nutcracker. In 2013 Ashlyn made the switch from competitor to instructor, and is currently a teacher here at our studio.
Ashlyn's two daughters have followed in her footsteps, both dancing and now competing with the Art of Gymnastic and Cheer dance team.
Ashlyn's mother, Pamela Proud, was an active member in the dance community before she passed away. To honor her memory, Ashlyn and her family sponsor the Pamela Proud Scholarship every year, a contortion scholarship awarded to one AOGAC student who works hard in contortion throughout the year, and exemplifies the dance spirit.
Gia began her dance training at Chez Dance Studio in Turnersville at the age of five, where she later became a member of the Chez Dance Company. As a part of the company, she studied tap, Jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop, and had the oppurtunity to perform at numerous venues and competitions.
During high school, Gia was a part of the varsity cheerleading squad for all four years. Her senior year, she served as a captain and often assisted with chreographing routines. After graduating from Glassboro High School, Gia attended Rowan University with a major in public relations and minors in advertising and dance. Gia was a member of Rowan's dance team for all four years of her college career and served as captain and president her senior year. As captain and president, she led team practices and choreographed routines. During college, she also began teaching at Chez Dance Studio.
Gia graduated from Rowan in May 2015 and now works at the Cape May County Herald. She is very excited to continue her career as a dance teacher at AOGAC!
Ashley Gilly Tabano
Ashley Gilly Tabano graduated with Honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in dance. She's been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and pointe. As a child she studied dance at Encore Productions in Absecon, New Jersey and performed in various productions in Atlantic City. These productions include: Reflections of Woodstock, Andrea McArdle’s Family Christmas, Louis DuArt’s Christmas Show, The Magical Christmas Wish and several Nutcracker performances. She also competed in various national competitions and won national titles at several venues. At NYU she was also cast as a soloist in Alonzo Kings Koto. She has had the opportunity to work with with many well-known choreographers and teachers from all over the country. In the Summer of 2003, she was chosen to study abroad in Salzburg, Austria at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance where she studied with many European choreographers and teachers. Aside from her dance training, she has assisted directors in many different shows in Atlantic City such as Mickey Rooney’s Christmas Memories and John Byner’s Christmas.
Art of Gymnastics and Cheer
28 Indian Trail Road
CMCH, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 886-7200
Fax: (609) 522-8098