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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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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.
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.
Pre-School, Jazz, Ballet
Alexandra is a graduate of Bucknell University with a degree in Anthropology and Dance. Alex grew up through The Westfield School of Dance since the age of 2 1⁄2 and is proficient in all areas of dance. In addition to teaching, Alex has served as Stage Manager for WSOD’s spring productions and backstage work-study coordinator. She also volunteers her time assisting with WSOD’s Little Stars Program. Alex danced and choreographed her own works for several of Bucknell’s dance showcases, as well as, choreographed Bucknell’s touring production of School House Rock Live! In addition, she took on the task of organizing and student directing many of Bucknell’s dance performances. Alex has performed in NYC with obKNOXious Dance and Susan Tenney Dance Company. Alex is pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rutgers University.
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.
Morgan has always been a mover. She began training in South Jersey, performing and competing with various dance troupes. She holds a BFA in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and has had the privilege of performing works by Merce Cunningham, Randy James, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Danielle Agami and Ohad Naharin. In recent years, Morgan has been able to share her gift with others by teaching creative movement, ballet, yoga, hip hop, and tumbling. She continues to teach and choreograph throughout New York and New Jersey. Morgan is also a freelance dance artist and a founding member of LoCo Dance, a New Jersey based contemporary dance company.
Tap, Theatre Dance, Jazz & Pre-school
Kelly has been dancing since age three and began her training at The Westfield School of Dance. Kelly trained at Broadway Dance Theatre for nine years and was a member of their competitive dance company. She won numerous awards and invitations from dance competitions nationally in various styles of dance. Her greatest achievements were for solo tap performances on the competition circuit. She also volunteered in Westfield School of Dance's « Little Stars » dance program for children with special needs since its inception.
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!
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!
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!
Westfield School of Dance
137 Central Avenue, 2nd floor, Westfield, NJ 07090