I began studying dance as a child as a hobby not realizing what that first lesson would lead to. After performing and competing for many years I enrolled in a five year intensive teacher training program with Dolores Patrone. I taught for Dee's School of Dance for 6 years during which I also worked as an intensive care nurse, met and married my husband Brian and had two children.
I studied Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Theatre at Camden County Community College and was priviledged to be the recipient of the dance award upon graduating. I have also spent many years with a business coach that I feel has really been an important tool in helping to create the best possible set of business practices and keep the running of the business at the cutting edge. There is a reason that the name of the school is Dance "Class". Yes, it's a play on words. I strive to maintain an uncomparable level of professionalism while offering the best dance, gymnastics, and fitness education possible. Organizations that I am a member of include International Teachers of Dance (ITDI), National Association of Dance (NAD), National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE), American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), ASCAP, and the Zumba Information Network (ZIN), and I've just recently joined the National Dance Education Association to continue my education and help set a national standard for dance schools.
This year marks my 23RD year of success!
The team that I've put together have helped me take the school to the next level. I am so pleased with our team of highly educated and professional instructors. I truly believe that our school can provide a full service performance education for those wishing to perform at the professional level. I am enourmously proud of the Classified dance team not only for being National Champs but for the way that they work together as a team. This group of young people are truly the most inspiring I have ever worked with. Thier coach and mentor, my son Greg, has helped to create an extremely happy and friendly culture at our school. I never take our success for granted. It's hard work and dedication and the partnering with my son Greg has been the best business decision I've made in 22 years. Dance Class is a place where kids are encouraged to be expressive and free and the atmosphere is truly one of compassion and caring. We are one big happy family at Dance Class. With the same great customer service that paree come to expect combined with a top-notch team of instructors, the 2014 -2015 season will truly be another one to watch!
Greg began dancing at the age of 3 at his mother’s studio, Dance Class. As a child, he showed an extreme interest in pleasing the audience that attended the annual dance recitals. For years dance was something mundane for Greg. After being subjected to vicious bullying in middle school, dance became something to defend. As a young male dancer, Greg felt discouraged and ashamed for doing something that was part of his “norm”. Upon entering High School, the conversation about his involvement in dance lessons was something Greg welcomed. No longer would he lie about something that he came to love.
While at Rowan University, Greg met the second of his two mentors, Paule Turner. (The first being his mother) It was in Mr. Turner’s company, Dance Extensions, where Greg grew immensely as an artist, athlete, and person. Greg went on to lead the company as President in his senior year and produce his own evening length work inspired by a short story written by his sister. The production of “Terra Potesta” helped Greg earn the Bryna G. Goldhaft Medallion award for Excellence in Dance that same year.
As an instructor, Greg draws from his experience in a variety of dance styles to deliver an immersive and invigorating experience in the classroom. Having earned his BA in Health and Exercise Science, students are treated to discussions about proper alignment, joint safety, and nutrition for young dancers all while gaining confidence and technique as part of everyday lessons. It is increasingly important that dancers are treated not as mindless robots that can execute complicated movement sequences, but as individuals with a unique approach to movement and artistic intent. Greg’s students are complimented for their maturity, control, artistry, and overall confidence in their abilities.
Performance credits include; “Legends in Concert” at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Jazz Dance World Congress, Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival, Legends: Past Meets Present at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, “Tourette’s: A Dancing Disorder” at the Painted Bride, and many others
Greg holds certifications in YogaFit training systems, International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and Giordano Dance Chicago’s NGCP (Nan Giordano Certification Program).
“Dance Class has always been and will forever remain my true home. Although we are now known for our National award winning competition team, there will never be day that you walk through our doors and you are not greeted by name with a smile by one of our staff members or students. My mother and I take so much pride in welcoming you to our family. This IS home after all”
Sara began dancing at the age of 3 in southern New Jersey, where she was a member of the DANCE! Workshop Company. During this time, she performed lead roles in company productions, as well as won national and regional awards at numerous dance competitions for performances in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and musical theatre. Sara graduated from Montclair State University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Dance Education. While at MSU, Sara was a member of the Repertory Dance Company and had the privelege of performing works by influential choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Charles Weidman, David Gordon, and Doug Elkins. She was asked to perform Fredrick Earl Moseley's Running Spirits at the American College Dance Festival's Gala Performance as well as part of a showcase at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studio. Sara has performed with numerous choreographers in the New York and Philadelphia area and is currently performing iwth Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, Instinct Movement Collective and Reverie Dance Theatre Sara teaches multiple styles of dance and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of those technique with her students by promoting professionalism and grace while exploring terminology. She can't wait to start her fourth season at Dance Class!
Sam DeBonis is a recent Rowan university graduate with her Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Wellness and Lifestyle Management as she balances her scholarly achievements with her successful dance career. Sam has been dancing since the age of 4; competitively since the age of 9. Winning many prestigious awards through competing during her high school years, she had been accepted into Rowan originally as a Dance major before switching majors. There she had been a member of Dance Extensions, Rowan's Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Paule Turner for four years and held the title as Vice President of the company. Sam is a former co-captain of the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul dance team. Her professional and commercial experience along with her passion in health and wellness has cultivated her into a well-rounded educator who puts her heart and soul into instructing dance and acro!
Kira is an accomplished gymnast having spent over 13 years competing. She earned second place on floor at nationals in 1996. Originally from northern New Jersey, Kira now resides in the Berlin area. She is a Graphic Designer and has a husband, Rob and a daughter, Kylee. Kira has coached for many years and believes there is nothing more gratifying then helping a student learn and gain confidence in themselves through gymnastics.
Caitlin began Irish dancing at age 5, with the Coyle School of Irish Dance, and began competing at age 7. She traveled up and down the east coast to compete in Irish dancing competitions, called Feis, and was awarded with hundreds of medals and trophies. At age 10, she joined her friends in forming the Blackthorn Dancers, accompanying a very popular Irish band in traveling throughout the Delaware Valley to perform at parties, festivals, and benefits, among other amazing venues. With the Coyle School's dance team, she performed for Bill and Hillary Clinton on the White House lawn, for governer Ed Rendell, for numerous charity functions, and for 10 years in the St. Patrick's Day parade. She is happy to bring Irish dance to Dance Class, as she is very enthusiastic about the fun and tradition the style has to offer.
Jennifer Gordon is a professional ballerina and the Artistic Director of Reverie Dance Theatre. She began dancing at the age of 6 with Dinshah Dance Studio in Malaga, New Jersey. At seven, she began performing in the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre’s (Now Atlantic City Ballet) The Nutcracker and training with Phyllis Papa, learning dance forms form ballet, pointe, partnering, modern, jazz, and more. She spent her summers training with the ACBT Dance Academy and was also invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive Program. In 1999, Jennifer was asked to be an apprentice with ACBT and received full company status in 2000. Among her favorite roles with the company are; Clara, Marzipan, Arabian, Shulah Shenti, Spring Water, Concerto Vivaldi, Drums, Tango, Eclipse, and many more. As well as being a company member, Jennifer was also ACBT’s rehearsal director for The Nutcracker remote casts in 2002 and 2003. After joining her husband at Fort Bragg, NC; Jennifer began teaching and also started a dance program on Fort Dix, NJ during her husband’s final deployment. She has continued to train with the Atlantic City Ballet, Koresh, and many master classes. Mrs. Gordon has taught dance for several studios in the Southern New Jersey, directed an updated version of The Nutcracker, was a solo guest performer for Rowan University’s Wind Ensemble, danced in Camden County College’s Spring dance concert, has performed with The Broadway Theatre of Pitman in their productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Guys and Dolls, and Cats (Victoria). She has choreographed for Classic Christmas and The Sound of Music at the Broadway Theatre, many student pieces and is set to choreograph Cabaret for the Woodbury Sketchclub Players in the fall. In the spring of 2012, Mrs. Gordon was invited to present choreography for the Dance for Dreams Gala benefiting Hope Dances. It was at this time that she created her contemporary ballet company, Reverie Dance Theatre. It is through Reverie that Mrs. Gordon is bringing collaborative dance and music performances to Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. As a visually impaired dancer, it is Mrs. Gordon’s mission to create a special needs program through Reverie to help people with physical, developmental, and emotional. Alongside of performing with Reverie, Jennifer is a dancer with Instinct Movement Collective under the direction of Greg Anmuth and often performs as a guest artist for several choreographers.
Kaleigh started her dance training right here at the age of 3. That following year she took an interest in gymnastics. From then on she has trained with many instructors and attended many competitions and dance events throughout her dance career. Kaleigh is now studying accounting at RutgersUniversity in Camden. She choose the Camden campus to stay close to and to continue her training at Dance Class. Kaleigh loves spending time at the studio whether teacing or taking classes. She hopes to help her students be the best they can be and to foster their love of dance and acro.
Erin grew up in Boston and moved to South Jersey after finishing college. She has been dancing since age three and is trained in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. She graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2012 with a BA in Theatre with a concentration in Dance. During her time at Franklin Pierce she was on the Raven Thunder Dance Team as a dancer and choreographer. She has had years of experience with children as both a dance teacher and nanny. Most recently, she just published her first novel in the spring of 2015, titled Going the Distance. She is very excited to join the staff at Dance Class!
Caitlin Robertson started her dancing career at the age of two at Triplett Dance Academy located in Medford, NJ. She studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, lyrical and modern genres. During her years at Triplett she was part of the competition dance team from the age of 7-17. While part of the competition team she performed all around the United States competing and dancing in workshops. At the age of 13 she was selected to travel to Buffalo, New York work with the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company.
Caitlin graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts focusing in Dance and Business. In the spring of 2006 she was chosen to be a part of the Orchesis Dance Company at the University. Throughout her 5 years of being a company member, she performed and choreographed multiple tap, modern, and jazz pieces for informal and formal shows.
After graduation, Caitlin’s main focus was teaching for a local dance studio in Ocean City, NJ. Caitlin is sought after as a choreographer for pageants, recitals and Disney pieces. In the summer of 2012 Caitlin was blessed with the opportunity to work in Walt Disney World for “Dance the World.” While in Walt Disney World she choreographed and performed pieces for the main street parades in Magic Kingdom.
Miss. Cait’s classes are always full of energy and enthusiasm, just like Miss. Cait. She feels very blessed to be able to share her love and passion of dance to all her students and can’t wait to start her 1st year at Dance Class.