By: Alison Chodak
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz is a Niagara University Adjunct Faculty member. Beyond that, she owns and directs a studio called ZPAC Company and ZPAC Performing Arts Center, LLC, has choreographed over 25 musicals and is now the choreographer of “ItsGisellemusic” under Royalty Records Label.
Zawadzki-Janusz started dancing at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. She explained that when she was little she would direct her brothers around and used to put on shows. While she loves hip-hop, her favorite type of dance is modern and contemporary which was what she pursued after high school. Zawadzki-Janusz attended the University of Buffalo and graduated with MFA-Magna Cum Laude. She has inspired many students, and she is proud and fulfilled that students are getting something out of each class she teaches.
Growing up, she never pictured opening up a studio, but lo and behold Zawadski-Janusz opened her very-own studio named ZPAC in 2007. Her studio teaches singing, dancing, acting and creativity. The creativity portion has students creating their own dances, music and scenes. Some of ZPAC’s work can be seen on “The X-Factor,” “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her studio also got asked to compete on seasons two through five of “Dance Moms.”
Zawadski-Janusz’s favorite recognition is “ItsGisellemusic,” which she was surprised to be asked to choreograph. Her favorite musicals she’s choreographed so far include “Grease” and “Anything Goes” because she explained you have to be on point for both musicals which is a challenge.
In the past, she studied privately with Marie-Christine Giordano and her personal favorite, Louis Facciotto, also known as Luigi. Facciotto was her favorite to learn under because his story following the paralysis of half of his body is truly incredible and inspiring. Her favorite quote by Facciotto is “never stop moving.” She also tells her students to never stop moving. In the future, she hopes for ZPAC to have more performances, tours, events and recognition. She personally hopes to earn her PhD in Physical Therapy. She has a few words for all the performers out there:
“As a business stand point, always know in your heart that you’re strong. As a performing stand point, love what you do. It has to show from your soul and the audience will feel your passion.”