Westfield School of Dance
137 Central Ave, 2nd floor,
Westfield, NJ, 07090
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"My daughter, Kaila, has attended WSOD since its inception in 1997. It has been a great privilege to be part of a school where all the instructors are very caring and extremely dedicated to their students. Joanne Carey’s devotion to the art of dance has made the school a huge success and all the students adore her. Her commitment to the community is commendable and is evident through fundraising, offering a work study program and just this year introducing a “Little Stars” program for disabled children. The recitals are comparable to a professional production and leaves the audience feeling very proud to witness the cultivation of the dancers’ skills year after year. WSOD is a very special place and we are so happy to be a part of it." - Diane Starita

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Our Staff &Teachers

Owner/Artistic Director
Joanne Carey, owner and artistic director since the fall of 1998, is pleased to be sharing her love of dance at WSOD. A professional, actress, dancer, and singer Joanne's work has been seen throughout the tri-state area as well as Canada and Bermuda. She appeared as a soloist and company member for many years with Andrew Jannetti & Dancers, a NYC based Modern Dance Company, in such venues as the Forum Theatre and The George Street Playhouse, as well as Dance Theatre Works NYC, St. Marks Place, Brooklyn Arts, Joyce SoHo and the newly renovated Duke Theatre on 42nd Street. She has performed with such artists as Gene Kelly, Liza Minelli and Shirley Maclaine. Her theatre credits include Annelle, "Steel Magnolias" and Julie from "Jake's Women" (to name a few). Joanne has worked in both the Industrial Film and Voice over Industry. She has also worked with Papermill Playhouse and their artist-in-schools program as well as Papermill's Summer Musical Conservatory.

Joanne served for five years as both a board member and executive board member of Dance New Jersey, a service organization committed to promoting the excellence and excitement of dance in the state of NJ, where she worked alongside NJ's premiere dance companies, educators, mentors and colleagues to successfully break the barrier and forge working relationships between the neighborhood dance studio and the professional dance academy.

Joanne received her BA degree from Rutgers College in French and Political Science, taking her abroad to study at the Sorbonne in Paris, France where she holds a business certificate for International Commerce from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and is recognized as a lifetime member of Cambridge Who's Who of Successful Women in Business.

She received her education in dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and in the masters program for Dance Education at New York University as well as in theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Joanne is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3. Joanne's goal is not only to offer the finest dance education to children and adults alike, but to establish WSOD as a major learning center for artistic excellence. She continues her own weekly ballet training at Princeton Dance & Theatre and assures you her love of children and the Arts will bring you continued excellence and an exciting future at WSOD.

Trina Moffett:
Modern, Jazz
Attended S.U.N.Y.-Purchase College and received her B.F.A. in dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While at UArts she earned the Presidential Scholarship and received the award for Outstanding Performance in Jazz Dance. During her time at UArts she was chosen to perform in works created by Ronen Koresh, Cuban Pete, and the late Fernando Bujones. She also worked with Andrew Pap, Brian Sanders, Kim Bears-Bailey, Curt Haworth, Jennifer Binford-Johnson, Molly Misgalla, and Wayne St. David. Upon graduation she joined Broadway's National Tour of CATS. Additionally, Trina danced for Holland America Cruise Lines on their inaugural Noordam in Europe and the Caribbean. She has also performed with New Vision Cirque and Dance Company, FluidEdge Dance Company and ContempraDance. She has taught dance classes at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, ContempraDance Theatre, Conestoga High School and Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter High School. Trina currently dances with Opus1Contemporary Dance and takes class at Gibney Dance and Peridance in Manhattan. When not dancing, Trina is a 5th grade teacher pursuing her Master's degree in Education from Drexel University.

Diana Brooks:
Tap, Musical Theater Dance

Diana Brooks is a teacher and choreographer in NYC. Since moving to NYC, she has started her own tap classes where she teaches weekly and tries to make it as affordable as possible for the NYC performer. Diana is an Adjunct Professor at Pace University and she travels on weekends with Industry Xperience teaching tap. Prior to NYC, she was an Associate Professor of Dance at Oklahoma City University where she taught Tap, Rhythm Tap, Jazz and many dance academic classes. She spent most of her performing and teaching career in Chicago, IL, where she danced in companies such as Rhythm ISS…, BAM!, and M.A.D.D. Rhythms. She has had the opportunity to travel all around the United States with these tap companies, sharing the stage with such performers as Savion Glover, Tommy Tune, Lane Alexander and many more. As well as performing with tap companies, she also danced in several Regional Musical Theatre productions and industrials, including Singin’ in the Rain, Babes in Toyland, the alternative hair show and a 1920s dance revue at the Black Orchid Supper Club. Diana considers herself a teacher through and through and loves sharing the knowledge that she has learned with her students

Mirta DiFelice,
Pre-school, Ballet, Jazz & Adult Sampler

Miss M, as she is affectionately called, has been teaching throughout New Jersey for over thirty years. She has performed with The New Jersey Ballet Guild in the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and participated in master ballet classes with Edward Villela and Carolyn Clark. Mirta graduated with a BA from Douglas College where she studied business and dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Mirta performed in major pieces directed by pioneers in the modern dance field like Don Redlich and Paulette Sears and Sherry Alban. She is also a member of Associated Dance Teachers and regularly attends dance and teacher training work shops and classes in NYC.

Amanda Cuoco:

Amanda Cuoco currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey and is originally from El Paso, Texas. Amanda graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Amanda has performed with Ballet of the Americas, Ballet El Paso/UTEP Ballet, Lone Star Ballet, El Paso Opera, El Paso Symphony, and “Viva El Paso!” Shakespeare on the Rocks, El Paso Salseras, UTEP Dinner Theater, Amarillo Little Theater, West Texas A&M Ballet, & "TEXAS!" Outdoor drama. Amanda has performed in productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Scaramouche, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Canival of the Animals, Samson and Delilah, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, & Rodeo. Amanda began teaching ballet at the age of 18 at Champion Studios in El Paso, Texas under the direction of Andree Harper. Amanda continued to teach ballet at various studios throughout Texas under the direction of Neil Hess. Amanda has also worked in arts administration for nearly a decade with The School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in New York City, was a resident substitute teacher, and Stage Manager for numerous shows for the school. Some may call her a "Jack of all trades."

Jackie Carrelli:
Pre-school, Hip Hop

A native of Bridgewater, New Jersey, Jackie Carelli is a dance artist, performer, educator, yoga instructor and choreographer. Jackie is a recent graduate from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, obtaining her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance. At Mason Gross, she trained extensively in ballet, modern, creative and somatic practices. She was fortune enough to have had the opportunity to spend a year abroad, studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, located in London, England. While at Trinity Laban, she worked alongside the Candoco Dance Company, a multi-disability repertory company. Over the course of her college career she has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Brian Brooks, Meghan Frederick, Randy James, Paul C. Ocampo and Javi Padilla/ The Movement Playground. A passionate dance educator, Jackie has been teaching in studios and private education systems for the past five years. With knowledge of many disciplines, she has had the privilege of teaching students of all abilities, from the ages of two to adult. She has had the opportunity to work in private school systems for teenagers and young adults with mental and physical differences, instructing in both academic and dance classroom environments. She believes that dance has no boundaries, and all bodies have the right to experience a movement and language vocabulary. Jackie is also a recently certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga instructor through OM Factory NYC and Yoga Alliance and is hoping to find creative methods to teach dance and yoga in harmony, in safe and effective practices.

Celeste Landa:
Ballet, Modern

Celeste began her young career as a dancer and developed a wide array of dance styles, including, ballet, jazz, and modern. Her professional career escalated when she became a corps member with Ballet des Amériques in New York. She has had a number of teaching and choreographing opportunities throughout New York, New Jersey, and Florida over the last eight years. In addition to her dance career she is talented into production management. She began production management with STAGES! at Art House Productions in New Jersey in 2014. More recently, Celeste began managing solo artist, Giselle from Louis C.K.’s, hit show LOUIE. Additionally, she began choreographing and producing music videos for Good Day Entertainment. Starting in 2016 Celeste began judging for Epic Brand Dance and Cheer Competitions. Celeste holds a B.A degree and is certain her passion fro dance and advocacy for the arts will bring a lot to the students at WSOD!

Paige Matt:
Pre-School, K Ballet/Tap, Jazz & Hip-Hop

Paige has been performing almost her whole life, whether in dance or theater. She began dancing at the age of 4, and competed with a dance team from 7-18. She holds a BS in Elementary Education and English from The College of New Jersey, but even while studying still made time for dance and theater in college. Paige is overjoyed to have the opportunity to be back in the dance studio sharing her two true passions with others, dance & education!

Fiona Laube:
Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Musical Theatre Stage Presence & Performance

Fiona is a New York-based dancer who has spent several years performing and teaching worldwide. She was a featured dancer in the National Tour of Sweet Charity, and sailed the Atlantic and Pacific while performing and teaching aboard Princess Cruises. Regional theater credits include Singin’ in the Rain, White Christmas, Hello Dolly, The Producers, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Will Rogers Follies to name a few. Although the Oklahoma City University alum’s passion has turned to a focus on teaching and choreographing, she continues to perform seasonally with Donation Dance NYC. Other than teaching various styles at studios in the tri-state area, she also teaches master classes nationwide and adjudicates dance competitions. She is always eager to inspire young dancers to become better technicians and performers.


Why We’re Different

At the Westfield School of Dance we do what we love and love what we do - and it shows! We are very proud of our reputation as a leader in dance education and stand by our commitment to excellence for your child’s dance education. We want you to have every opportunity to register for class so please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. We are currently accepting registration for the dance season.Thank you for celebrating 16 years of providing quality dance education in the Westfield area and hope that you join us for an amazing year of dance!

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