Dance faculty

Trista DeFilippis, High Tech HS Performing Arts - Dance

Trista DeFilippis

Head of Dance Department

Trista DeFilippis holds a BFA degree in Dance from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts and an MA in Dance and Dance Education from New York University. She danced professionally for many years with the world-renowned NYC-based modern dance company, Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance. She serves on the Nikolais Legacy Committee whose mission is to preserve the works and pedagogical philosophies of these legendary modern dance pioneers.


Trista has also performed with Beyondance, Inc., Janetti/Haver, Acrodanse Theatre, FreeFallDance Company, KDNY, Thomas/Ortiz Dance in addition to presenting her own work. She is a member of NDEO and DanceNJ.  She is the chapter sponsor for the National Honor Society For Dance Arts at High Tech and has been Head of the Dance Department since 2002.

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Harumi Elders

Ballet Instructor