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Our Staff

Maxine Chapman
Maxine Chapman Artistic Director and Founder
Owner, teacher and choreographer of Maxine’s Studio of Dance which she opened in 1970, Maxine Chapman also founded and became the Artistic Director of the Vineland Regional Dance Company (VRDC) incorporated in 1980 under the laws of the State of New Jersey as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation to further cultivate and develop interest in the Art of Dance. Ms. Chapman is a lifetime accredited member of “Dance Educators of America” ...
Kimberly Chapman
Kimberly Chapman Artistic Co-Director
Is a graduate of Juilliard, and danced professionally with the Eliot Feld Ballet. She received two choreographic scholarships to Jacob's Pillow in 1985 and 1986, received the Monticello Choreographic Award in 1987 and was the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Dance Scholarship in 1987. She was on the dance faculty at University of Nevada at Las Vegas from 1996-1998, and was the ballet mistress at the...
Kelly Bocchetti Millar
Kelly Bocchetti Millar Choreographer/Ballet Mistress
Kelly was a Ballet Mistress for the Delaware Ballet for 7 years and now is serving her fourth year as Ballet Mistress for Maxine's Studio of Dance. Kelly is a 2001 graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Human Services, Education and Public Policy. Raised in Elmer, NJ and now lives in Milford DE with her husband Jason. She started dance training at the age of nine under the direction of Maxine and Kimberly Chapman.
Elizabeth Tkaczynski
Elizabeth Tkaczynski Master Teacher/Choreographer
Elizabeth was trained at Maxine’s Studio of Dance since she was four years old. She joined the Vineland Regional Dance Company in 2002 and was made a soloist for the 2009 – 2010 seasons. She performed lead roles such as the Angel of Dreams and the Dew Drop in the Nutcracker Ballet from 2005-2009 and was a student teacher from September 2006 – June 2010 at Maxine’s Studio of Dance. Elizabeth performed...

Guest Teachers and Choreographers

In addition to our outstanding teaching staff, upper level students regularly study with guest teachers and choreographers who maintain performing and choreographic commitments, bringing these perspectives to their classroom teaching. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education, which includes providing the atmosphere and training that will nurture both the potential artist and the dance student who studies only for the inherent rewards: self-discipline, physical fitness, and a greater appreciation of movement, music and the arts. These guest teachers are provided to the dancers at no additional fee.

Colby Damon: Born in Richmond VA he began his training at the Virginia School of the Arts. A former dancer with Ballet X he is their current class teacher.

Bruce McCormick: Juilliard Graduate/Former professional dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany and the Bern Ballet of Switzerland/Choreographer and Master Teacher/Former VRDC Dancer

James Ihde: Principle Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet

Angelo Lemmo: Resident Choreographer and Faculty member at Canton Ballet

Gwen Baraniecki Zwil: Former Maxine’s Studio of Dance Student and VRDC dancer; Gwen is an NYU graduate and certified in the Horton Syllabus.