Westfield School of Dance
137 Central Ave, 2nd floor,
Westfield, NJ, 07090
Ph: 908-789-3011
westfieldschoolofdance@yahoo.com

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Classes begin September 16th!
Come celebrate WSOD's 22 years of Dancing!
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Testimonials

"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


JOANNE CAREY:
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.

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.

Brittany Cohen:
Brittany is New Jersey dancer, choreographer, and dance educator who passionately believes in the power artistic expression as well as the science which supports it. She obtained her Master’s in Dance Education from The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance as well as a minor in Psychology. Brittany has been teaching in private and public dance sectors throughout New Jersey for the past eight years. Some of her active involvement in the dance field includes: vocational guest artist residencies, private studio workshops and masterclasses, elementary after-school dance programs, and choreographing/co-directing musicals for drama clubs in K-12 public schools.
Brittany has spent her life studying and performing dance in many settings. Her goals include advocating for the importance of dance and dance education in the lives of children and helping dancers maintain their wellness. She has been studying injuries, anatomy and kinesiology, and safe pedagogical practices for dance educators since her collegiate journey. Brittany has co-presented her discoveries about dance injuries and injury prevention in education in workshops for both dance educators and dance students in K-12 and higher education in New Jersey. Brittany specializes in making the technical/anatomical aspects of dance attainable for students of all ages while fostering their skills for expression. Brittany also holds a certification as a Yoga instructor from Om Factory, New York City. She uses her knowledge of Yoga to help dancers care for their physical and mental well-being. She hopes to guide dancers to understand their bodies in order to achieve healthy and fulfilled lives in and beyond their dance training. 
 

Erin Hicks:

Erin Hicks is a dance performance artist, choreographer, and teacher in the NYC and NJ area. She grew up in Maplewood, NJ and studied all styles of dance with various dance studios in the area. She joined Columbia High School's Special Dance Company in 2012, and was the 2014 recipient of the Janet Hicks Dance Scholarship through the program. She went on to attend Temple University and earn her Bachelor's degree in Dance Performance, where she had the opportunity to train with renowned professors such as Kun Yang Lin, Dara Meredith, and Kariamu Welsh. During her time at Temple, Erin performed in works by guest and resident artists like Brian Sanders, Jillian Harris, and Ishmael Houston Jones, and premiered several of her own choreographed works, culminating in her full length thesis work, "Rigor Samsa". Since graduating, Erin has been dancing with Philadelphia-based dance company Reveal Movement Project, and also had the chance to perform with NYC-based company JChen Project in the Translate Dance Festival at Dixon Place. Over the last several years, Erin has taught dance in a variety of settings from private studios to summer camps, and is so excited to be joining the WSOD family! She looks forward to continuing to grow as an educator and an artist, and fostering the growth of her students in a supportive, creative environment.

Bryana (Bry) Cruz: Hip Hop & Jazz

Bry has been a Dance Instructor in multiple states within the last 6 years choreographing numbers and routines that have won many different accolades. Bry attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut for her undergraduate studies. There she graduated with a BS in Health and Science Studies. Bry danced with Quinnipiac's Dance Company and served on the executive board throughout her college experience. During this time, Bry was also apart of the staff at Cheshire Performing Arts Academy in Connecticut teaching competitive dancers and recreational. Most recently, Bry just graduated from Lesley University with her Master's in Dance/Movement Therapy, as well as Mental Health Counseling. Bry just moved back to her home state, New Jersey, and is looking forward to being apart of the Westfield School of Dance staff while she is also a Dance/Movement Therapist for PennMedicine. Bry is looking forward to teaching, creating, and having fun with her students this year!

Kathleen Meyer: Musical Theater, Jazz, and Tap

Is a New York City-based, dancer, singer, and actor with a passion for teaching. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Kathleen moved to New York 4 years ago to attend the Joffrey Ballet School as a ballet trainee. Since then, she has changed her focus to musical theatre and has performed in shows at various different regional theaters. Her more recent credits include "Christmas at the Palace" at the Palace Theater in the Dells, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live; Orange is the New Black, among other titles. After subbing off and on last year at Westfield School of Dance, Kathleen is thrilled to be joining the staff this year as a regular teacher!

Morgan Preston Preschool, Jazz & Hip Hop

Morgan is a dancer and movement artist from Medford, New Jersey.  She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University and has had the opportunity to dance at NY City Center, the Joyce Theater, and NJPAC and to perform works by Batsheva Dance Company, PHILADANCO, Randy James, and Benoit Swan Poffuer of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Along with being chosen for works by Merce Cunningham, she free-lanced with NY based companies such as Connolly & Co, and Lattice Works Dance Collective. Morgan is currently a barre instructor in Jersey City and teaches ballet, jazz, and hip-hop for all ages. She is a NASM certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in PROnatal fitness. Morgan is excited to share her love of Dance with the students of Westfield School of Dance!

LAUREN TREAT - Ballet  

Lauren is a Dancer and Freelance Artist in New York City as well as a Dance Teacher to students of all ages. She has danced professionally with BalletMet Columbus, Milwaukee Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, American Circus Theater, and The Ride NYC. Originally from Upstate New York, she received training at local ballet schools and summer intensives across the U.S. before finishing out High School at Walnut Hill School of the Arts and, subsequently, Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York City where she danced in both the school and Youth Company for two years. Lauren is thrilled to be joining the Westfield School of Dance family!

NANCY RICHER - BALLET & POINTE

Born and raised in New York City, Nancy Richer began taking ballet lessons at the age of three. She began her formal ballet training at Ballet Academy East in Manhattan, where she studied intensively for six years. In 2004, she was accepted into the San Francisco Ballet School where she completed her studies on a full merit scholarship.

Richer made her debut at The Los Angeles Ballet in 2006, where she performed leading roles in Balanchine's 'Tarantella,' 'Serenade,' 'Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no 2.,' as well as leading roles in The Nutcracker and the Bournonville repertory and originating roles in works by So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Mandy Moore and Travis Wall. In 2012, she joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., performing a principal part in 'Divertimento no. 15' as well as soloist roles in 'Danses Concertantes' and 'Valse Fantaisie.'

In 2013 and 2014, Richer performed with former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold's company. Richer also danced with Intermezzo Dance Company, directed by American Ballet Theater soloist Craig Salstein, and originated roles in works by Marcelo Gomes, Gemma Bond, and Claudia Schreier.

In 2015, Richer worked with Twyla Tharp in New York City on the creation of two new works, Preludes and Fugues and Yowzie, in preparation for Tharp's fiftieth anniversary tour. Most recently, she danced with The Royal Danish Ballet in the premier of Silja Schandorff and Nikolaj Hübbe's Swan Lake in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Richer also works as a fitness and dancewear model. In 2015, she appeared in an Under Armour commercial as part of the company's Rule Yourself campaign with American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland. She has modeled for Allure magazine's YouTube channel, and appeared as herself in Jay Z's 2013 performance of "Picasso Baby" at the Pace Gallery in New York City. For the past two years, she has also worked as a model and product consultant for the dancewear company Bloch, and traveled to their factory in Thailand to give feedback on the development of their ballet shoes.

Richer has taught dance extensively throughout her career. She taught ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY as well as Ballet Academy East in Manhattan. In addition, she served as guest faculty at the Los Angeles Ballet School where she taught ballet, pointe, and variations, and was a faculty member at MNR Dance Factory in Los Angeles, California. She continues to give master classes and workshops across the country to children and adults.

 



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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