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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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Germaine B. Trabert - Member, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
"As a member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, I want to salute you on the tremendous job that you do at the Westfield School of Dance in promoting the art of dance in the Westfield area. It is so important for
our young people to have the opportunity to experience and appreciate the life-long art of dance as studies have consistently shown the correlation between those who engage in the arts and those who positively develop personally, academically and socially. Your studio and your teachers are committed to nurturing the very skills, motivations, and attitudes that will make your dancers not just outstanding performers, but also successful individuals who will carry teamwork and self-confidence into every area of their lives.
The studio's dedication to the discipline of dance is clearly evident in your yearly recitals, which enable both the performer and the spectator to experience all forms of dance through a cohesive, creative and exuberant showcase of your students. I have been particularly impressed over the years with your efforts to encourage collaborative artistic endeavors, including the use of live onstage musical accompaniment and even, the incorporation of puppetry.
Martha Graham once noted that "dance is the hidden language of the soul."
Congratulations to you and your studio on providing the tools for young dancers to find themselves and their strengths so that they are prepared to perform on all of life's stages."
Diane Starita - Parent
"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."
Elsie Powell - Parent
"My daughter has been dancing for 15 years. At the age of 3, she began her classes at the Westfield School of Dance. From her first plies and tendues, she had the desire and dream to become a ballerina. At the Westfield School of Dance she was inspired, guided and encouraged to “Dance with all her heart”. Her grace, poise and stage presence have emerged under the guidance of Miss Joanne, Mr. D and the staff of the Westfield School of Dance."
Susan Speidel - Director of Education, Paper Mill Playhouse
“Joanne Carey’s approach to Dance Education reaches the whole student and is beneficial to anyone interested in performing – not just the trained dancer. Her Jazz Dance class not only offered excellent technique & dance skills to students of the 1998 Paper Mill Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, but provided a firm foundation of self discipline, an aesthetic focus that can be related to acting, singing or any other area of performance study. What I loved most about her classes was it was not just about dance, it was about the whole performance package. Becoming a more complete performer overall.”
Judy & Paul Huyer, - Parents, Ontario, Canada
We are so sad about having to leave. Our daughter has really enjoyed class. She comes home every week dancing up a storm showing us her latest moves. You have a wonderful school. Thank you for everything. We will have a hard time replacing you for sure. Ever think about moving to Toronto?
Deanna Goldner- student
I want to thank you for a great year of ballet. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience you as my teacher. Your energy and creativity adds so much to the class. I love your style of teaching and I feel I grew a lot in those few months as a dancer. You make sure we all understand the combinations and focus our attention to what we do internally as well as externally. There’s a lot of talent at the school and you naturally know how to mold it. You are a role model and an inspiration. Thank you for everything.
The Dalli family-
Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to excellence you strive for and try to make the girls aim for as well. Alex has definitely grown as a dancer and performer since she has been with you. She is becoming such a serious performer and we are so proud of her. Again, thank you.
Michelle Haar- parent
Thank you for creating a space that both me and my daughters love coming to and for creating a space we all feel so comfortable and graceful! Every year my daughter’s love of dance continues to grow. She loves being at the studio and learning from you. Thank you.
Dawn Farella - parent
Thank you for continuing to inspire young dancers. We love every recital! I always enjoy watching you interact with the kids; your demeanor is so kind and caring. Looking forward to another great year!
Jessica Harmer - student, employee, college student
I have enjoyed working at the Westfield School of Dance and I can't express enough how much I have grown from this experience. I have grown as a person. I have learnt more than I could anywhere else about responsibility, kindness and a love for dance. I have you to thank for a large part of how I've grown up. Ever since I was about 8 years old, I truly believe my life has been influenced by your kindness, and how you shared your love of dance with all of us. Everything you do results in a growing passion for dance and a firm and good direction for young girls and boys. Thank you for everything you've done for me, you are truly an inspiration!
Hannah Haar- student
I have been at the studio since I was 3. The studio is one of my favorite places to be. Dancing always makes me feel better.
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