Ensemble General Info

The Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble is an award-winning, nationally recognized troupe of approximately 75 young performers who dedicate their time and energy to the art of dance.  Chosen for the group because of their talent, passion and potential, Ensemble members log thousands of hours in classes and have earned innumerable accolades from audiences inspired by their work. 

The Ensemble dancers remain committed to furthering their dance education and giving back to their community.  This year, they honed their craft at the Pulse workshops and in classes given by master teachers such as Mia Michaels at the Jump Dance Convention.  Jazz Unlimited also hosted a Guest Instructor Summer Intensive where the Ensemble dancers took master classes with Misha Gabriel (Step Up movies), Thayne Jasperson (Hamilton), Mallauri Esquibel (Shaping Sound) and more right here in our own studio.  The dancers were also lucky enough to have Misha Gabriel return to the studio to choreograph a routine, “Divas Live.”  This year, the Ensemble dancers have performed in some incredible venues including a halftime performance at the 76ers game and the halftime show at the Orange Bowl in Florida alongside pop superstars, DNCE!  This summer, the Ensemble will travel to Disney World for a National dance competition and performance in the Magic Kingdom parade.  The Ensemble was also proud to perform at two charity events including the ninth annual DANCE 4 A CAUSE event created by Sammy Zweben and Studio L’s DANCING FOR ST. JUDE.

The Ensemble received multiple honors for their performances this year.  At National Dance Showcase in Moorestown, NJ, the Ensemble earned the “Best of NDS” award for “Stutter” (Michael Susten) for receiving the highest score of the entire competition.  “Team PHILLY” (Nikki Dean-Hocker), a high-energy jazz production number that highlighted the entire JU Ensemble, received the Entertainment Award at Dancers Inc. competition in Manahawkin, NJ.  “Can’t Hold Us” (Sky Hoffmann) was awarded the prestigious Best of JUMP award at JUMP dance competition in New York City. JU Ensemble members won over 50 individual dance scholarships at the various dance conventions they attended.  Many dancers also took home overall awards for their solos, duets & trios, and we currently have more than 5 reigning title winners from various competitions. 

Auditions for the JU Ensemble will be in the Spring.  For more information, please contact Nikki at juensemble@gmail.com.