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Faculty and Staff

Scott Jovovich - Artistic Director
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Scott Jovovich began performing at the age of 8, and since that time, his career has taken him worldwide. Exploring his wide range of interests, he has worked in diverse areas of the performing arts field, including dance, musical theater, television, print, choreography, directing and teaching, as well as set and costume design.

 

From 1982-1995, Mr. Jovovich was a Principal dancer with such companies as The Joffrey Ballet, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Northern Ballet Theatre (England) with Rudolph Nureyev, The Universal Ballet (Korea), Ballet Arizona, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. His repertoire includes leading roles in ballets by some of the world’s foremost choreographers including, Balanchine, Tudor, DeMille, Ashton, Cranko, Massine, MacMillan, Robbins, Arpino, Joffrey, Lander, Lubovitch, Naharin and Ailey, as well as many of the great 19th Century Classics.

 

In 1989, Mr. Jovovich was featured in the Tony Award winning musical, Jerome Robbins Broadway”. The experience not only afforded him the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Robbins, but several other musical theater greats, among them, Mary Martin, Adolph Green, Nancy Walker, Betty Comden and Leonard Bernstein. Jovovich worked on two subsequent projects with Mr. Robbins, a reworking of West Side Story”, and The Home Play, a play based on Robbins’ life. Since then he has appeared in Carouselat Lincoln Center, Once Upon a Mattresswith Sarah Jessica Parker, and featured in Fosse”, where he was privileged to learn the incomparable Fosse Legacy from Anne Reinking, and Fosse’s greatest muse, theater and film legend, Gwen Verdon. Mr. Jovovich has appeared in numerous TV commercials and soaps as well as performed on the 1989, 1997, and 1999 Tony Awards, andBroadcast TV Show The Rosie O’ Donnell Show. He was also a guest on Monday Night Sports”.

 

Jovovich has directed and choreographed for nightclubs, musical theater, ballet and commercials, and industrials. In 1987, his Variations on I Got Rhythmwas created for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He directed and choreographed a commercial, also for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He’s choreographed several musicals including, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”,  “Slaughter of the Innocents”, Anything Goes”, and On Your Toes”. Jovovich has created a number of ballets for various companies, among them a full length Nutcracker”, “Send in the Clowns”,  “Georgie’s Blues”, “Carmina Burana”, “Blue Metallica”, Frank’s Place”, “Glazunov Fantasy”, “Tango Talk”, “Summer’s Call”, “O Magnum Mysterium”, and a concert version ofPorgy and Bess.

 

As a teacher, Mr. Jovovich has been on the faculty of The Joffrey Ballet School, The Shirley Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, The Brandywine Ballet, The New York City Dance Alliance, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and in 1991, Jovovich opened his own school in Philadelphia, The Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2008, Mr. Jovovich incorporated JovoDance Productions, a company that provides training in the Performing Arts,  Costume and Dancewear Lines, Choreography and Direction and Performing Opportunities.

 

Jovovich received his training from several of the most renowned teachers in the performing arts field, including Patricia Wilde, Lupe ’Serrano, Cherie’ Noble, Barbara Wiesberger, Lee Theodore, Benjamin Harkavy, John Prinz, Maggie Black, Valentina Pereyaslavic, and Edward Myers. He studied voice with Paul Elkin, Gene McLaughlin, and Tom Sheppard, and received his drama training from The Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Liz Fitchett Jovovich - Managing Director
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Liz has studied dance since childhood and has worked with some of New York’s finest for years.  Her dance training stems from Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Ballet School of Dance, to Langhorne, with Fosse’s own Gary Flannery.  She has studied with New York’s famous Tim Everett, Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Joe Lantieri and Scott Jovovich. Liz has been teaching, coaching and choreographing for the past 32 years.

 

She has danced in many theatre shows such as, Promises, Promises, Oklahoma, Cabaret and A Chorus Line. She has performed in many ballet reps such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and danced the role of “Eve” in a ballet of “Adam and Eve” set and choreographed for Liz by Eva Stanova. She was the dance captain for “Pure Platinum”, a tri-state touring Dance Company. Liz has walked the New York runways for such designer’s as Elizabeth’s, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Mauana and more. She has staged, directed and choreographed many events for TV such as,The Variety Club Telethon”, The Al Alberts Showcase and with Channel 6’s Dave Roberts, “A Night on the Town” for the annual fundraiser for The Brandywine Ballet Company in West Chester, PA. She choreographs, coaches and directs national winners for some of the most elite dance competitions, such as New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA), Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), OnStage New York and many, many more. Her students have won many scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, NYCDA and more.

 

She currently works closely with Scott Jovovich as managing director of “JovoDance Productions”, and executive director of Mid Atlantic Dance Theater, a non profit dance company bringing arts and educational performances to the Langhorne area of Bucks County. She also  continues to follow her passion to teach and coach students to find their own highest level of potential in dance.

Priscilla Alexandria Garner - Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop
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Priscilla Alexandria Garner has been dancing since the age of 2. Priscilla has danced and trained alongside her parents Liz and Scott Jovovich. Her passion to always be dancing has led her to some very exciting experiences as a Dancer. At the age of 12 she was seen by talent scouts in New York and invited to audition for the Broadway Show “Oklahoma”.

 

She was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers  Junior Dance Team for 3 years and the Fox Television’s Good Day Philadelphia Dance team for 2 years. At the age of 14, Priscilla became a member of the Brandywine Ballet Theatre, where she performed in The Nutcracker, Dracula, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Georgie’s Blues and Frank’s Place, where she was partnered with SYTYCD’s first season winner, Nick Lazzarini. At the same time, she was a Regional Outstanding Dancer for NYCDA in Philadelphia. She has attended the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in New York. She attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

 

Priscilla has had the opportunity to work with some of today’s most exciting Teachers and Choreographers, including Suzi Taylor, Travis Wall, Zane Booker, Roni Koresh, Andrew Pap, Dana Wilson and Joe Lanteri. She has danced in the opening number “On The Town” for NYCDAF’s Bright Lights, Shining Stars, 1st annual performance. In May of 2017, Priscilla Graduated from Holy Family University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

 

She continues to train with her Dad who is her greatest supporter, inspiration and mentor in dance. This is her 11th season with JovoDance.

Maureen McCrimmon Leporace – Tap
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Maureen McCrimmon Leporace was born and raised in Rockledge, PA. She has been dancing since the age of 3 under the direction of Rita Rue. Her classic ballet training was under the direction of Ms. Alicia Craig at the Philadelphia Civic Ballet. She was a part of the travel company of TV celebrity Gene London and The Hannah-Barbara Production Company. During this time, she was also an award-winning competitive dancer. She also had the opportunity to appear on many TV Shows including, Steel Pier, Tony Grant, Al Alberts and more.

 

Maureen walked the runway in modeling with Jane Kirby Harris Productions, where she also choreographed the opening number of the show. Since 1985, Maureen has worked closely with Liz and Scott teaching tap and choreographing award winning teams such as the Portfolio and The Jets.

 

She is a certified Zumba and Bokwa Instructor and conducts several classes and master workshops in the tri-state area. She currently sits on the Board of The Metropolitan Ballet.

Laura Mancuso Veitz – Ballet & Tap
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Laura Mancuso Veitz began her dance training under the direction of Eve Persicketti and Liz Fitchett Tillotson at the age of 2. From such an early age, Laura always knew she loved to dance and continued her dance training at New Horizon Dance Studio in Northeast Philadelphia for sixteen years. While at New Horizon, Laura had the opportunity to train in ballet, tap, jazz, modem and hip hop. It was there that she became a member of the Holiday Ballet Theatre under Scott Jovovich and Liz Fitchett Tillotson, as well as a member of the Senior Portfolio, an award winning competition team.

 

Laura has danced the roles of “Clara” and “Arabian Princess” in The Holiday Ballet Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker, and her favorite piece, Rhapsody in Blue, choreographed by Scott Jovovich. Laura is thankful to have trained with many other amazing teachers while at New Horizon, some of which include Nina Fedorova, Carla Craig-Krochak, Maureen Leporace, Jeff Lyons, and Cherie Noble to name a few. In college, Laura continued dancing at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy with Lisa Collins-Vidnovic and began teaching jazz classes there with Eve Persicketti. She has also taught ballet at the Professional Dance Academy and is now so excited to be working again with two of the artists who inspired a love of dance in her, Liz and Scott.

 

In addition, Laura has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field of Education and currently teaches English at Pennsbury High School. She has enjoyed teaching high school students for the past ten years and is glad she can now share her passion for dance with the students at JovoDance. Laura resides in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband, Chris, and three-year-old daughter, Juliana, who also dances at Jovo.

Andreas Jovovich – Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theater
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Andreas Jovovich, at the age of 15 ½, decided to follow in his parents footsteps and began to take dance lessons. He took his first ballet class then and never looked back. He is a recent 2018 graduate of Pace University Commercial Dance Program in NYC. He works closely with NYCDA as an assistant to his ballet/musical theater dad, Scott Jovovich. He also has had numerous opportunities to work with some of NYC’s best like, choreographer’s Josh Bergasse, Misty Copeland, and Tony Yazbeck.

 

Andreas performed in Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and he is currently working on some new upcoming projects for 2019. In his spare time he teaches at his parents studio, JovoDance, in Langhorne, PA.

Daniel Santiago - Hip Hop
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Daniel Santiago, originally from Long Island, is a senior on his way to earning his BFA in the Pace Commercial Dance Program. Starting at the age of 12, Daniel has trained in all styles of dance and continues to nurture his craft daily. He has had the opportunity to work closely and perform works by Martha Nichols and Zachary Venegas, to name a few. As well, he has done dance on film for choreographers such as Kirsten Russell and Andrew Winghart. Daniel is set to stay in New York City after graduating to begin his career as a working commercial dancer.

Tara Madsen Robbins - Modern
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Tara Madsen Robbins earned her MFA from Smith College and her BA from Slippery Rock University. She performed/toured with the Modern Company Tania Isaac Dance.  Tara has presented her work internationally throughout Italy, Spain, Guatemala, Greece, and in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where her work received critical acclaim. Tara taught in the dance department at DeSales University from 2006-2016 as an adjunct dance professor.

 

Tara has been invited to many colleges as a guest artist including Bucknell University, College of Charleston, DeSales University, Slippery Rock University, West Chester University, Kutztown University, Montgomery County Community College, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Delaware, Northampton County College, Lafayette College and Cedar Crest College. She is on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Dance Education Organization (state affiliate of NDEO) where she serves as the Vice President of Communications. She is currently a full time faculty member in the Dance Program at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, a magnet public arts school, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Robert Burden Jr - Tap