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A BFA graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York City Jay started his dance training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC and also trained at The Rock School of Dance Education and The Washington School of Ballet. 

Professional Dance Companies

  • Camille A. Brown and Dancers

  • Principle with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco)

  • Danced with Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater 



  • NBC'S TV series Smash

  • PBS’s A Fourth of July Celebration

  • Amici (Italian TV Show)


  • Soloist After Midnight on Broadway

  • New York City Center’s Encores production of Cabin in the Sky

  • Broadway workshops of Shuffle Along

  • The Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular

  • Toured internationally with the musical Virtuosity

  • Dance Captain for Super Fly the Musical

  • Dallas Theatre Center’s Production of Stagger Lee the Musical

  • Dreamgirls at Dallas Theatre Center (Dance Captain)

  • Apollo Club Harlem


Jay also has a great love for the business side of dance as well. He has experience working as:

 Former Artistic Director

  • Best Dance and Talent Center in St. Louis, Missouri

  • First Class Dance Studio in Temple Hills, Maryland

  • St. Louis Elite Dance in St. Louis, Missouri

  • D3, Philadanco Children's Dance Company in Philadelphia, PA


  • Judge and Master Teacher for Youth American Grand Prix

  • Co-Founder of D3, Philadanco Children's Dance Company

  • Development Associate and Tour Manager of D3, Philadanco Children's' Dance Company

  • Board Member for Dance Advisor Board at Marymount Manhattan College

  • Educator of Dance on Screen at Alabama State University 

  • Consultant for International Association of Blacks in Dance Annual Conference

  • Re-staging of Camille A. Brown’s Choreography & Associate Choreographer for Tony Stone


Jay is the Founder and Creative Director of Bring it to the Marley-DC. Currently finishing Season 6, this project culminated in an event where over 300 children from dance studios across the East coast came to perform all together in one show. This project aims to give kids more on-stage performance experience, but its main objective is to foster community. It also provides dance scholarships and aid to its participants. This event is held in the Washington, DC area with plans on adding Chicago, IL to the Bring it to the Marley Family in late 2021.


Making its debut in August of 2020, Jay’s social-political dance company for children Movement-X By Jay Staten is a company that cultivates its members artistically and socially. Teaching youngsters the art of dancing on stage, on camera, and in photographs. Working hard to stand beside one of the companies most respected bylaws “Black Excellence” MXJ is ready to make great strides in socially impacting the community it serves. Jay Staten is a proud member of AEA, AGMA and the IABD.