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

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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.
 

Garamh Kim (Ed.M., B.A. CMA.):
Ms. Kim holds a Master’s Degree in Dance Education with PK-12 Dance Teacher Certification (NJCEAS) from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Garamh's passion for dance began at the age of five.Garamh firmly believes in the ‘Dance for Every Child’ teachingphilosophy and advocates for dance education for every child
in PK-12 school setting. While in New Zealand, she acquiredthe Royal Academy of Dance teaching certification.As part of her graduate studies, Garamh has completed fieldwork in multiple PK-12 dance education studio-classroomsin New Jersey and New York City Public Schools. In Fall 2016,she completed a full-time student teaching internship in theFranklin Elementary Schools in Franklin, New Jersey. Duringthis internship, Garamh collaborated with the cooperating teacher, Michele Stevens, to develop andimplement dance lessons aligned with the state and national standards for dance.Garamh has also taught in the university setting. In the academic year 2015-2016, she instructedthe Ballet I course, for non-dance major students, at Rutgers University. She designed entire coursethroughout the semester which includes basic ballet steps, different ballet styles, and choreography.Garamh holds a B.A. in Dance from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea. She also minored inPolitical Science and International Relations at Ewha Womans University. While in Ewha Womans University, she participated in several performances. She served in University Campus Chapel Performance. Also, she choreographed and performed Creative Performance in each semester andGraduation Performance in 2013.
She recently achieved Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from Laban/Bartenieff Institution ofMovement Studies (LIMS). She researched the movement preference of a so-called ‘non-dancer’and choreographed a duet to observe how the relationship between two people was presentedthrough the dance. This project endorsed her philosophy, “Everybody is a dancer.”Garamh is an active member of the dance community and devotes much of her free time tovolunteering. She was an interpreter for HiSeoul Festival Foreign Artist Supporting Team where sheparticipated in Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC) and Seoul Performing Arts Festival(SPAF). She volunteered at the New Jersey High School Dance Festival and Rutgers Pre-CollegeDay. Garamh counseled at the Rutgers Pre-College Summer Dance Conservatory for middle and high school students.

Molly McCloskey:
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Molly McCloskey grew up discovering her love of dance at The American Dance Institute, Broadway Dance Center, and Point Park University, along with some prominent local studios. After high school, she continued her training at The University of the Arts, eventually receiving her BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. As a performer, Molly has had the fortune to travel all over the country performing in musicals including Mary PoppinsThe Music ManTarzan, and Cats. Her other credits include Xhale Dance Company, NLL Philadelphia Wings, RWS & Associates, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Six Flags America. Molly has also had the privilege of working and touring with amazing companies including On Stage America, Elite Dance Challenge, International Dance Challenge, Take Centerstage Dance Challenge, Elite Dance Cup, and Dance Olympus/Dance America. Molly is honored to be spreading her love of dance to the next generation of dancers, and is absolutely thrilled to join the WSOD family.


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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