Staff

Linda DAmico Owner/Operator

Linda M. D’Amico has owned and operated Linda D’Amico’s Academy of Dance since 1976. Her motto is “Share Your Love of Dance” and has been doing so for last 54 years through studying, performing, choreographing and teaching. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she studied at Charlotte Teller School of Dance, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Her love of dance brought her to New York to study at Ballet Arts and June Taylor Dance Studio, and vocally trained with Robert Lewis of New York City.

She is Vice President of the New York Chapter of National Association of Dance Affiliated Artists. Some of her performances include, Odette from Swan Lake, Maria of Sound of Music, Sarah Brown of Guys and Dolls and Reverend Mother of Nunsense. Lead dancer in West Side Story and Brigadoon. Finnian’s Rainbow, Bye, Bye Birdie and Oklahoma, and Gypsy. She was a music teacher for Holy Spirit School and is now in the Music Ministry for Holy Spirit Church.

"Mrs. D" and she is called by her students, tries to inspire each of her students to rise to their potential through their love of dance and believes that each one of her staff members also believes in the same philosophy. Come, Share your love of dance with us!

Linda Rose DAmico Owner/Operator

Linda Rose D'Amico started dancing at a young age in Pequannock, NJ. After receiving the Choreographic Excellence Award from Montclair State University’s department of Theatre and Dance, she graduated with a BFA in Dance. During her studies, Linda performed works by Bill T. Jones, Daniel Shapiro & Joanie Smith, Paul Taylor, Earl Mosley, and David Parsons among others. Both during and after college, Linda has pursued performing professionally had the honor of working with Christian VonHoward, Derek Mitchell, Brice Mousset, Donna Scro, Dorrell Martin & Mario Zambrano among others. Linda has back up danced for artists throughout NYC and performed in music videos, flash mobs, variety shows, and independent films, and continues to study and teach dance to students of all ages.

Janine Dayson

Janine Dayson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University in Virginia. There she studied under Susan Shields, Dan Joyce, Linda Miller, Elizabeth Price, and Jim Lepore. She was cast in faculty and student pieces and performed throughout her four years.
Currently, Janine works in Westfield School District in a self-contained classroom for students with Autism. She is attending classes online at Penn State in their BCBA program. For the past two years, Janine has brought the competition team to dance and perform at the annual fundraiser for Autism education, Go the Distance for Autism.
Janine now teaches the competitive dancers here at the Academy. Janine has guided our competitive team towards winning many awards, such as Overall High Score at the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts for the team’s production numbers. Her production of “Circus” and “Any Other World” were recognized for choreography at various regional competitions. Janine is excited to be starting her ninth year at the Academy with the students and staff. She cannot wait to watch all of the student’s dance and shine on stage in another successful year!

Cathy Guiffre

Cathy Giuffre has enjoyed dancing since she was 6 years old. She has been teaching with Linda D’Amico’s for over 20 years as the Tap teacher for students from 4th grade through high school.

Her training includes classes taught by Michael Minery, Anthony LoCasio and Gregg Russell as well as attending Dance Caravan and NADAA conventions. She has choreographed for the LDAD competition team since the beginning and her routines have earned several outstanding awards. She has also been the studio office manager since 2007.

TJ Miller

TJ Miller attended Montclair State University, in NJ receiving dance scholarships both freshman and sophomore year, completing his BA in dance. Performance credits include lead male soloist in D-Man In the Water, under Bill T. Jones. Nightmare and Encounters, Fear of Clowns and Promenade under the direction of Robert Battle. TJ was honored to attend the American College Dance Festival his freshman year- performing Under God – choreographed by Nicole Smith. TJ was cast as a member of Ghoulmasters Ghost for Six Flags Great Adventure Frightfest 2009. In 2010 he was cast in Six Flags production - Dead Man’s Party under the direction of Ashle Dawson.

As a teacher and choreographer, TJ offers a male perspective on contemporary dance styles with an emphasis on strength, technique and performance quality. Future plans include teaching/performing while completing his education in film and production and pursuing excellence in both.

TJ began dance at the age of 13 at Allstar Dance Academy competing and winning numerous titles both regionally and nationally as Top Male Soloist as well as numerous group pieces. Dance and choreography styles include, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, and Lyrical/Contemporary. Dance training includes these forms of dance as well as ballet technique, and a background in partnering. TJ has performed with the Team Rave Dance company, as a member and then moving on to gain working experience in backstage management and crew work.

Lynsey Leigh Price

Lynsey has had the blessing of being raised in a dance studio much like Linda D'Amico's Academy of Dance. She began her dance education at the age of three and followed her dreams all the way to the University of West Florida where she studied Musical Theatre. In college, she gained invaluable knowledge and stage experience as both a performer and a choreographer.

Some of her performance credits include productions such as Kiss Me, Kate, 1776, She Loves Me, Beauty & The Beast, Guys & Dolls (Miss Sarah Brown), Footloose, Goblin Market (Lizzie), and Into The Woods, in her favorite role to-date as "The Baker's Wife". Her college choreography credits include musicals Goblin Market and Once On This Island-- a production that earned UWF a 2007 Southeastern Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival finalist nomination. Upon moving from Florida to New Jersey, she has successfully began fostering her budding career as a performer and a choreographer. Lynsey was most recently seen as the seductive suspected-murderess "Miss Scarlet" in Porch Light Theatre's production of Clue, The Musical.

Lynsey also sings, dances, and choreographs for the Manhattan-based cabaret group Hunnie Cabaret, and is currently working on a production of Showtune: Celebrating the Words & Music of Jerry Herman with The Park Players as their choreographer. Lynsey is thrilled to be teaching in a studio setting again; there is a distinct sense of camaraderie and warmth that comes with dancing with a studio like LDAD, and she is incredibly thankful to be joining the staff.

Hannah Castoro

Hannah Castoro will be receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Montclair State University in May 2015. During her studies at Montclair State University she has performed works by Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, Doug Varone, May O'Donnell, Jose Limon, and Larry Keigwin while studying under Nancy Lushington, Lynne Grossman, and Lonne Moretton. She has also had the opportunity of working with Francesca Harper, the Joffrey Ballet School, and Freespace Dance. Currently, she is looking forward to auditioning for work in the New York/New Jersey area following graduation in May. Linda D'amico's has been a home to her since previously dancing at the studio and she is so grateful for the opportunity to now share her love of dance as a teacher.

Meagan Salma

Meagan Salma began studying dance at the age of seven, training in the styles of jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, modern, and contemporary/lyrical. For over 10 years Meagan competed nationally and has won various scholarships to work with choreographers such as Frank Hatchett and Al Blackstone. She has choreographed a variety of pieces throughout the years on both the recreational and competitive level. Meagan has performed with multiple artists and groups in areas such as Florida, Boston, Washington D.C., Ohio, San Francisco, Jersey City, and New York City.

Meagan graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Dance Education and has received her Standard Certificate to teach dance in public schools, grades K-12. Upon completing her program, Meagan also received the MSU Dance Education Award for her achievements throughout her college career and student teaching experiences.

Additional accomplishments include developing and initiating a dance program at Mary Help of Christians Academy for middle school and high school students. She currently teaches and choreographs dance in the studio setting and continues to study various techniques.