NJDTE alumni have gone on to pursue dance in the top universities including; Juilliard, NYU, Ailey/Fordham, Marymount, USC, and Purchase to name a few. Others successfully transitioned into professional careers in prestigious companies such as National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, Houston Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Staatsballett Saarbrücken, Sacramento Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Complexions, and New Jersey Ballet amongst others. They have additionally become master teachers and choreographers throughout the world.


New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble celebrates 55 years of forward-thinking programming that empowers dancers with contemporary technologies as well as traditional dance forms. NJDTE, located in Summit, NJ, provides the highest quality, pre-professional training to aspiring dancers through professional experiences with world-renowned dancers, teachers, choreographers, and musicians. Founded in 1969 under the direction of internationally acclaimed ballet master Alfredo Corvino, and led by award-winning Artistic Director Nancy Turano since 1994, NJDTE has maintained a successful dance curriculum with an unparalleled outcome of artistic excellence. NJDTE has been acknowledged for creating innovative training and mentoring programs for dancers and choreographers in the New York City metro area, including MOVEMENT INVENTION PROJECT2®. NJDTE mentors dancers toward higher education and professionalism in dance and provides its alumni with employment opportunities as NJDTE guest artists, faculty, choreographers, and staff.


Since 1969, NJDTE provides pre-professional performance opportunities with internationally renowned choreographers including Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, Shannon Gillen, Adam Barruch, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Cherice Barton, Loni Landon, Belinda McGuire, Kate Skarpetowska, Bradley Shelver, and Artistic Director Nancy Turano. Students have also performed works by master choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, and Robert Battle. Auditions for the Ensemble are in September and January for ages 9-18. Performance opportunities include The Nutcracker and repertory performances at Montclair State University, Purchase Performing Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and other venues in the New Jersey and New York City Metropolitan Area.

Cloven Kingdom excerpt. Choreography by Paul Taylor. Courtesy of the Paul Taylor Foundation.