The “Right Studio” for Your Children! Do your homework, visit the studio, meet the people who will be teaching your children, and take free trial classes. Call us at your convenience or stop by our beautiful Lake Hopatcong and Sparta studios. In addition to learning about our classes for young children, you will have an opportunity to tour our state-of-the industry facilities, meet our professional faculty, and interact with current dancers and their parents. You will also learn about our summer programs including Petite Feet evening classes and camps. Whether your child will ultimately make dance their primary extracurricular focus or simply a fun after-school activity, they should start by learning sound technical fundamentals in a fun, nurturing environment. For more about what distinguishes DANJ among America’s top dance studios, click = Why DANJ?
Nicole Pietraszkiewicz grew up training at The Dance Academy of North Jersey, studying with Jaclyn K. Walsh, Joelle Cosentino, Angelica Stiskin, and Jason Luks. She is currently attending the Ailey School in NYC. Nicole has been a featured dancer in many award winning pieces including: “Shame” (Impressions IV Benefit Dance Concert at NYC Symphony Space); and “Mutual Core” (Broadway Care’s “Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce” at NYC’s Joyce Theatre). Following its performance at the Joyce, NYC’s Arts Council awarded the piece the coveted annual Choreography Award and invited the trio to perform at New York City’s Central Park ‘Summer Stage’ Main Stage.
Nicole Hete received her early training at The Dance Academy of North Jersey, studying with Jaclyn K. Walsh, Joelle Cosentino, Angelica Stiskin, and Jason Luks. She also trained and performed with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble for over five years under the direction of Founder and Director Deborah Mitchell. As a member of DANJ’s competition team, Nicole received many awards including the Overall Senior Solo Title winner at Nationals for her tap solo “Tom’s Diner.” Nicole graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Jessica Longo’s training included ballet, pointe, acro, modern, lyrical and tap. She studied with George Lon, Chris Lee, Mary Felber, Dawn LaViola-Schaub, Frank Hatchett, Michele Assaf, AC Ciulla and Joe Lanteri. Jessica also trained as a gymnast, reaching the Class III competitive level, and was named to the All County and All Conference gymnastic teams. Prior to joining DANJ, she was on the artistic staff at Performing Arts Academy for over ten years. Her credits also include commercial and modeling roles. Jessica attended the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City and Montclair State University where she majored in Dance.
Kathleen Arcieri grew up in Ridgewood, NJ where she began ballet lessons at the age of five. As a prized student at Irine Fokine’s School of Ballet, Kathleen performed in annual recitals as well as in Tchaikovsky’s classic, The Nutcracker, for over twelve years. At the age of 17, Kathleen was chosen to dance the coveted Sugar Plum Fairy role. After seeing her perform, the renowned Russian ballet dancer, Igor Youskevitch, invited her to train and compete professionally. In 1990, Kathleen was awarded the bronze medal in the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition. Kathleen also danced with the Connecticut Ballet Theater and taught classes at Irine Fokine's School of Ballet.
Katy Guth began dancing at the age of three and competing at the age of eight. Her training focused on Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She continued her dance eduction at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and dance seminars hosted by Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Katy began her teaching career in 2001 while attending East Stroudsburg University of PA. In addition to her teaching experience, with expertise teaching young children and teens, Katy is an established choreographer and has received numerous awards recognizing her work. Katy manages the Sparta location for The Dance Academy of North Jersey.
Preschool I (Age: 2 1/2 - 3) and Preschool II (Age: 3 - 4)
These fun-filled classes will introduce your little dancer to the basics of Ballet and Jazz. Ballet provides the perfect foundation for all dance styles a dancer may be interested in as they mature. The Jazz portion of the class continues to develop rhythm and coordination. Preschool students participate in the annual end-of-school year recital.
Combo: Ballet/Tap I or II (Age: 4 - 6) and Combo III: Ballet/Jazz/Tap (Age: 6 - 7)
These fun-filled combo classes will introduce your little dancer to the basics of Ballet and Jazz or Tap (depending on the Combo class selected). Combo classes are appropriate for newcomers and for children with experience in preschool dance. The age guidelines for the Combo classes are as follows:
• Combo I (Age 4 - 5): Preschool/Pre-K
• Combo I (Age 4 - 5): Kindergarten
• Combo II (Age 5 - 6): Kindergarten
• Combo III (Age 6 - 7): 1st Grade
Tumbling I or II (Age: 3 - 7)
Tumbling offers young children an introduction to the fundamentals of acrobatics, including rolls, cartwheels and bridges, which will provide them with the building blocks necessary for their potential development in dance, cheerleading, gymnastics and overall fitness. By learning the benefits of flexibility, balance, strength, and body control, inherent in all aspects of tumbling, your child will be better equipped to safely enjoy and excel in all of his or her future athletic endeavors. The confidence and sense of accomplishment your child will gain from learning new skills will show, and will stay with them forever.
Beginner Classes (Age: 6 & Up)
Beginner Classes (for Ages 6 and up) are available in Ballet, Tap, Acro, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. These classes require no previous experience in dance and begin with the fundamentals and progress at an age appropriate pace.
To register, click on the applicable "Register" link (in the left column). When you click on Register, if you have not already been set up in the online system, you will first be required to do so by following the form that will be displayed to you. For tuition and payment plans, click => Tuition
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