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Faculty and Staff

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 - Co-Artistic Director
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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 - Co-Artistic Director
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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.

Tara Madsen Robbins - Modern
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Tara Madsen Robbins earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Smith College and her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University. She is on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Dance Education Organization (state affiliate of National Dance Education Organization) where she serves as the Vice President of Communications. Tara performed/toured nationally with the Modern Company Tania Isaac Dance, based in Philadelphia.  She has presented her original 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. She 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, Cedar Crest College, and Tarrant County College. She’s been invited as a master teacher, choreographer and adjudicator to numerous colleges, universities, performing arts high school, conferences, regional and national festivals, conventions, dance camps, conservatories and many private studios along the east coast.  Tara is currently in her 6th year as a full time faculty member in the Dance Program at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, a magnet public arts school, in Wilmington, Delaware.  She is currently working towards a second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with a K-12 Principal Certification along with a Social Emotional Learning Endorsement at Immaculata University.

Becca Man - Acro
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Becca Mann, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began her dance training at the age 15 at JovoDance under the direction of Scott Jovovich and Liz Fitchett Jovovich. She continued to her dance education and earned her BA in dance from DeSales University, having the opportunity to train under Trinette Singleton, Tim Cowart, and Julia Mayo. While at DeSales, Becca had the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by artists such as Jeff Shade, Jessica Chen, Michio Ito (staging by Kumiko and Imura). As well, she was chosen to perform solo features in work choreographed by Doris Humphrey (staging by Dr. Jessica Van Ort) and Paul Ocampo.

 

Becca is a current collective member of eSKay Arts Collective based in NYC where she dances as well as choreographs for the collective. In her spare time, Becca teaches at JovoDance in Langhorne PA, and Power and Grace Gymnastics and Dance in Quakertown PA.

Lynzee Lynn Laychock - Contemporary
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Lynzee Lynn Laychock fell in love with dance in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. It wasn’t until age 13 when she decided to become more serious about dance. Knowing that she had a lot of work to do, she went and trained under the direction of Scott Jovovich and Liz Fitchett Jovovich at JovoDance and stretched her education even further. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, with a minor in Education at Point Park University. Lynzee will be graduating in December 2019.

 

Lynzee has been blessed with the opportunity to train and perform works by Mark Burrell, Kiesha Lalama, Kiki Lucas, and guest artist Amy Hall Garner at Point Park University. Lynzee’s professional career has developed with three consistent summers working for RWS Entertainment Group. Through RWS, she has had the privilege of working with Chip Abbott in his production of Dance Dance Dance: Heartbeat at Hersheypark, and Melanie Lewis-Yribar and Jason Yribar in their production of Sunset Party Mix at Dorney Park.

 

Lynzee Lynn Laychock aspires to set high standards of courage, work ethic, and positivity. She strives to demonstrate the meaning of authenticity and creativity in her movement, while bringing nothing but joy to herself and those around her.

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