unnamedEmily Elizabeth Advani, 
Co-founder/Managing Director

As co-founder and managing director, Emily Elizabeth Advani has been a member of the CaRu Entertainment team since the company’s inception in 2009. Emily brings an array of professional experiences in business, communications and performance to her behind-the-scenes work at CaRu.

Emily is the host for Wilhelmina Philadelphia and WMCN TV’s Philly Kids Got Talent. Previously, she was producer and host of Radio Disney Philadelphia’s The Backyard Show, a Sunday morning public affairs talk show for kids and families. She was also a live event host for Radio Disney emceeing events throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Emily started her TV and radio career in broadcasting as a national news correspondent for KLBK and KAMC in Lubbock, TX, a host for the Financial News Network Online and as an on-air contributor for the WBCB 1490 AM. She has lent her talents to numerous print advertisements including Tic Tac and Marriott and to countless TV commercials such as CONAIR and Boscov’s, and has walked to runway for brands like David’s Bridal and Betsey Johnson. In her first major film role, she played one of the lead characters in Red Wagon Film’s indie flick Carver.

Emily met Cassie Russo during their rookie year on the Philadelphia Wings Angels Dance Team for the National Lacrosse League. Emily performed with the Angels for three years where she was awarded “NLL Girl of the Week.” She also had the distinct honor of working under Cassie’s direction as a member of the 2012 Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team.

As a professional dancer, Emily has performed on FOX10 Phoenix, The Early Show, Good Day Philadelphia and CBS’ Tailgate Takeover with Bob Kelly. She also had the opportunity to perform with country superstars Rascal Flatts on their “Bob that Head” concert tour. As a competitive figure skater, Emily was a guest NBC 10’s 10! Show and Good Day Philadelphia. With Cassie, Emily co-hosted a Comcast OnDemand series entitled Girls Night Out, profiling Philadelphia clubs, restaurants and clothing boutiques, and co-founded the Philadelphia Fight Vixens Dance Team – the second-ever dance team in the U.S. for the former American National Rugby League.

Emily has served faculty member and workshop leader at the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. She also enjoyed being an instructor for Kathy Wickline Casting’s “So You Want to be a Model” youth summer camp series.

She received a Master of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Prior to her time at Syracuse, Emily obtained her B.A. in English/Theater Concentration and M.A. in Writing, both from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

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404434_147383685382448_100003324515026_177169_1500028997_nNicole Lodato, Office Manager and Instructor

Nicole Lodato has been dancing since the age of three. She has trained multiple schools in South Jersey including, Marcia Hyland Dance Center and South Jersey School of Ballet, where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern. She has been a part of many dance shows throughout her college career, mostly focusing on Modern dance.  From 2011-2012, Nicole went back to her high school to become co-coach of the dance team for the football and basketball seasons. She was also a member of the 2012 Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team. Being a member of the Philadelphia Soulmates created many opportunities for Nicole including, being a back-up dancer for pop singer GoGo Morrow and rap artist Fat Joe. Nicole graduated from Rowan University with a B.F.A. in Theater and Dance along with a minor in Communications.

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WendyHeadshotWendy Baughman, Instructor

Wendy Baughman spent 13 years in formal dance training – competing for 8 of those 13 years – at Innovative Dance Academy in Ewing, NJ. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Modern and Lyrical. She went on to train and compete for two years at Stewart Johnson Dance Academy in Hamilton, NJ and landed a spot on their senior company continuing in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Wendy attended Mercer County Performing Arts High School for two years where she studied Ballet, Jazz and Modern. At The College of New Jersey, Wendy enjoyed three years as a member of the TCNJ dance team and spent two years as their captain. During her time with the team, they were ranked in 6th place by the Universal Dance Association. Wendy was also a member of the Philadelphia KiXX dance team for two years, and was one of 20 chosen out of 300 candidates for the 2012 Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team. She is now on the team for a second year and was elected as their 2013 team captain.

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Amanda Page HeadshotAmanda Page, Instructor

Amanda has trained in all styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics and Modern. She is a dance major at Rider University with a minor in Arts Administration. Recently, Amanda has performed two separate times in Cabaret for a Cause in New York City with talented children from Lifetime TV’s Dance Moms, and multiple television and Broadway stars. She was a member of the Jr. Soulmates Dance Team and the assistant coach of the Jr. Trenton Thunder Dance Team. She has recently made an appearance in Red Wagon Films’ Carver as a dance extra. Amanda has received multiple first place overall and judge’s awards, as she competed in dance from ages 6 to 18. Headliners Dance Competition awarded her the Overall Excellence Award in their 2012 National Finals, and was selected as Regional Ms. Headliner in 2014. Currently, Amanda works as a dance teacher at multiple studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Amanda attends multiple dance conventions such as “The Pulse” and “JUMP” semi-annually, attends the Princeton Ballet School multiple days a week, takes class at Millennium Dance Complex in Philadelphia, and drops in to Broadway Dance Center in NYC in order to keep up with the most recent techniques and styles. She thrives off of passing this passion and technique onto her students.

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Wheeler Hughes, Founding Competition Director

Wheeler Hughes graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with B.F.A. in Dance, and immediately after began a career performing, teaching and choreographing in New York City. She has been seen on Fox Network’s Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance; “Run This Town” music video with Atlantic Records featuring Kanye West, Rihanna and Jay-Z; Highline Ballroom NYC for VH1’s Save the Music: Breakin’ Through Performance; Alvin Ailey City Group Theater NYC; The Joyce Theater NYC; White Wave Dance Festival Dumbo; NYC RAW Dance Festival; Dance Teacher’s Summit hosted by the Pulse Dance Convention; WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, and the New York Fringe Festival, just to name a few. Wheeler has also taught and choreographed all around the country, inspiring young and old dance students alike.

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