Faculty

our team
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Angela Craft

Director

With more than forty years in the dance industry, Ms. Angie is blessed to share her passion every day with her Stage Stars dancers. She has a strong passion for coaching and teaching technique.  Over the years Ms. Angie has won several choreography awards, and even led her dancers to win a national title. Ms. Angie has trained in all genres, ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, and pointe with some of the best in the business, such as Doug Caldwell, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, Finis Jhung, Judy Rice, Gregg Russell and Robin Passmore. She continues to train yearly at various teacher workshops throughout the country. Ms. Angie is passionate about not just teaching steps, but instilling positivity and confidence. She encourages her dancers to step out of their comfort zone and be the best young adults they can be. In class Ms. Angie focuses on conflict resolution, discipline, and time management.  Ms. Angie's goal for her dancers is to graduate from the Stage Stars program as kind, confident, strong, respectful, and responsible young dancers.  

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Ralph Elliot

Lead Instructor

Mr. Ralph began his dance studies in college at UNC - Greensboro with Rick McCullough.  He appeared in numerous musical theatre and dance performances.  As part of "Accidental Dance Company," he performed at various venues throughout the greater Greensboro area.  Upon returning to Delaware, his emphasis switched to teaching.

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Sara Neal

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Master ballet teacher, award-winning choreographer, and entrepreneur, Sara has founded and directed three successful businesses: Mid-Atlantic Ballet, Dance Delaware, and Green Ballerina. She is honored to have directed the Delaware Dance Festival seven times and to have been selected as an Established Choreography Fellow by the Delaware Division of the Arts. She continues to be a sought-after teacher, choreographer, and consultant. Project Ballet, First State Dance Academy, and Wilmington Ballet, have all recently performed her work. Sara is excited to return to the faculty here at Stage Stars Dance and Acro to teach ballet, pointe, and jazz.

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Schuyler Sorensen

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Schuyler has been dancing since she was three years old and dancing competitively since she was seven. She competed in jazz, hip-hop, and tap and has won many first place trophies and several national titles along with her teammates while on Jamie’s Dance Odyssey’s competition team. While she loves all styles of dance, tap has always been her passion. Schuyler has been dancing and teaching at Jamies’s Dance Odyssey ever since it opened in 2003. After graduating from Arcadia University with her Bachelor's Degree in English and obtaining her Master's Degree in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she returned to JDO to teach tap classes, assist in teaching the tap teams, and choreograph tap solos and duets for competition. She also teaches at Artists in Motion in Cherry Hill as a recreational tap teacher, competition tap teacher, and tap solo and duet choreographer. Throughout her entire dance life, she has studied under master tap teacher Jamie Down and emulates her style of tap dancing in her own choreography. Her ideal student is not necessarily the best tapper in the room, but the one who works the hardest and does their best.

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Jennifer Cottrell

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Ms. Jen started dancing at age five and fell in love with jazz and tap.  In high school, Ms. Jen was a “drama geek” and not only participated in the school plays but also the competitive forensics team.  She also was on the marching band Danceline, which brought her to march in parades in Disney World and London, England.  In college, she participated in a modern dance company.  Life got in the way, and she left the dance for several years, but her passion for dance always remained.  Ms. Jen was thrilled to rejoin the dance world a few years ago when her youngest daughter started dancing at Stage Stars.  Ms. Jen lives in Hockessin with her husband, three children, and dog.  By day she is a Compliance Analyst at a large insurance company.  Dance keeps her young, and the time she spends teaching dance classes are her favorite hours of the week.

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Chayse Tucker

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Ms. Chayse started dancing with SSDA on our dance company, and continued to dance with us until she graduated high school in June of 2021. With Stage Stars she has danced in multiple award winning competition numbers and has even won regional solo title winner her senior year. She started teaching at the age of 14 and has choreographed multiple award winning numbers. Since graduating, she's been continuing her dance training by traveling to different states hoping to gain as much knowledge as possible to pass on to her students.

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Morgan Potter

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Morgan Potter is a teacher and choreographer based in New Jersey. After starting dance at age 11, continuing through high school, and then receiving her school’s Dance Scholarship, she decided to continue her dance education in college. Morgan then went to Stockton University where she majored in Dance and Teacher Education. Through the Stockton Dance Program, Morgan was given the opportunity to learn from professional dance artists, as well as present her choreography in multiple shows. Currently, Morgan is an elementary teacher by day, and dance/acro instructor at night. She specializes in teaching acrobatics, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and lyrical to dancers of all ages and ability levels. Morgan is Acrobatic Arts Module 1 certified and loves attending workshops and different professional development opportunities to grow as a teacher. Morgan also choreographs for the Washington Township High School’s dance program where she creates hip hop and jazz routines for performances and basketball games such as the 76ers. In addition, Morgan has worked with brands such as The Rockettes, Dream Duffle, The CheeseCake Factory, Acrobatic Arts, DoorDash, and more through her social media following. Morgan is so excited to spread her love of dance and acrobatics to Stage Stars Dance and Acro! 

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