Patricia M Kurasz
Patricia M KuraszDirector
PATRICIA KURASZ, a professional dancer, choreographer, vocalist, actor and educator since her teens, holds the Teacher's Certificate in Kinesiology from the Dance Kinetic Institute of NY.

She has created Multi-Cultural programs for schools and worked as an artist in residence as part of the NJ State Council on the Arts program.

Miss Pat was Co- Creator/Instructor of the Theater Camp at the Union County College for Kids summer program from 1994-2000. Her performing venues have brought her to New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami as a performance vocalist and dancer.

As Co-director at Ren Media Publishing and Ren Music Record Label, Miss Pat has worked in ARTIST DEVELOPMENT in:
• Creative vision
• Acting
• Stage presence
• Dance/movement
• On-camera technique
• Vocal & music workshops.
• Record and Artist Radio Promotion

Review Editor for JazzMonthly. is an online publication of interviews, new releases, reviews, news and entertainment covering all genres of Jazz and Blues.

She performed over 300 voice-overs and vocals for commercials throughout the United States. As the Director of the Union County Dance Centre, Patricia is overseeing the expansion of the studio to broaden the range of classes to meet the needs and interests of the community.

Joe Kurasz
Joe KuraszDirector
JOE KURASZ, a music educator for over 45 years, includes work with many composers and industry professionals:
• Denny Diante ( Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, BB King…)
• Alan Menken ( composer of Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast…)
• Dave Wilkes (Barry Manilow, Ringo Starr, Joan Baez…)
• Bill Aucoin ( Manager of KISS, Billy Idol…)
• Joey Quarles ( Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Aerosmith…)
• Gary Anderson (composer- Guiding Light, Family Feud, All My Children….)
• Cab Calloway appearances ranging from film soundtracks to reality television & daytime soaps.
Joe composed music on THE BRAVEST, a show on CBS. Applauded by the viewing public as the first series to accurately portray real life firefighters in real-life situations. Joe also composed music for B SMITH WITH STYLE which airs on NBC and was a composer for THE GUIDING LIGHT.
Joe is also the recipient of a H.E.A.R.T. grant awarded to develop and conduct workshops for high school students on the topic "From Idea To Song".
Composed original song "Intergeneration" performed by New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra at Lincoln Center and on NBC's "4 Stories" Television Show.
Joe's original song "Just A Simple Song" was voted #1 Jazz Song in Billboard Magazine's Songwriting Competition.
Joe has also received credit for his contribution to Disney's 4 CD box set "The Music Behind The Magic" featuring composer Alan Menken and lyricists Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman.He was invited to perform original music from his showcase CD at the Maui Music Festival in Hawaii.

TEACHING - Teaching music has been as much a part of Joe's life as performing has been. Joe introduces composition and jazz improvisation early in his teaching methods in group classes and private piano instruction and enjoys watching his students develop their own creativity.

Donna K. Vaupel has an MA in Education Administration with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented.She is a Past President of NJ Association for Gifted Children and a retired Coordinator/Teacher of Gifted and Talented in the Cranford Public Schools. Donna has been part of Union County Dance Centre in many roles including office volunteer, as a theater class instructor, co-director with Miss Pat for the Union County College for Kids Theater Camps, UCDC summer camps and annual programs.

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