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 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 faculty, and interact with current dancers and parents. Whether your child will make dance their primary extracurricular focus or just a fun after-school activity, they should start by learning sound technical fundamentals in a fun, nurturing environment. The faculty leading these classes are Katy Guth, Jessica Longo, Jaynie Gendreau, and Kathleen Arcieri.
Jessica Longo teaches 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.
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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.
Lake Hopatcong Preschool Classes
Sparta Preschool Classes
Combo classes will introduce your dancer to the basics of Ballet, Tap and, in Combo III, Jazz. Combo classes are appropriate for newcomers and for children with experience in preschool dance. Age Guideline: Combo I (Age 4 - 5): Ballet/Tap - Preschool/Pre-K; Combo II (Age 5 - 6): Ballet/Tap - Kindergarten; and Combo III (Age 6 - 7): Ballet/Tap/Jazz - 1st Grade.
Lake Hopatcong Combo Classes
Sparta Combo Classes
Tumbling offers children, ages 3 to 7, with an introduction to the fundamentals of acrobatics, including rolls, cartwheels and bridges, which will provide them with the building blocks necessary for development in dance, cheerleading, gymnastics and overall fitness. By learning the benefits of flexibility, balance, strength, and body control, your child will be better equipped to safely enjoy and excel in athletic endeavors.
Lake Hopatcong Tumbling Classes
Sparta Tumbling Classes
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.
Lake Hopatcong Beginner Classes
Sparta Beginner Classes
Pre-Competition classes are for young dancers who are interesting in competing in the future. They focus additional time on individual styles of dance - ballet, acro, jazz, and tap - in a relatively accelerated manner.
Lake Hopatcong Pre-Competition Classes
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