Our Teachers
Debbie Anmuth (Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Zumba, HipHop, Children's classes)
Debbie Anmuth (Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Zumba, HipHop, Children's classes)

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 22nd  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!

 
Gregory Anmuth ( Competition Director, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Dance Conditioning)
Gregory Anmuth ( Competition Director, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Dance Conditioning)

 

            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”

 

 
Kira Hands-Damiano (Gymnastics, Ballet/Acro, Competition)
Kira Hands-Damiano (Gymnastics, Ballet/Acro, Competition)

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.

 
Sara Funicello (Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Children's Classes, Competition)
Sara Funicello (Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Children's Classes, Competition)

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 third season at Dance Class!

 
Jennifer Gordon
Jennifer Gordon

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.      

 

 
Caitlin Murphy (Irish Step)
Caitlin Murphy (Irish Step)

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.

 
Casie Zarin (Children's Classes, Tap)
Casie Zarin (Children's Classes, Tap)

Casie started dancing at the age of 3 in Elmer, New Jersey,  at Adams Dance Academy. By the age of 6, she was already competing in regional and national competitions. She has won several number one titles in solos as well as group dances. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary while at Adams. She has danced with famous tappers such as Michael Minery and Savion Glover. Casie attended Montclair State University, and graduated with a major in broadcast journalism. While at Montclair State, she co-founded a hip hop group, her freshman year, called "X-Quisite." She choreographed dances, competed in on campus competitions, and even took the group to local colleges such as Rutgers New Brunswick and William Patterson to perform and compete against other hip hop groups. She wanted to extend the horizons for X-Quisite so she incorporated her tap skills into the hip hop dances. For example, the other dancers would actually dance hip hop to the beat and rhythm Casie was making with her tap shoes. Casie has been teaching dance since the age of 13. She will be teaching our beginner to intermediate tap and ballet classes. She hopes that her knowledge and experience in both styles of dance, will bring enthusiasm to her classes. 

 
Kaleigh Sawers (Acro)
Kaleigh Sawers (Acro)

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.

 
Samantha DeBonis
Samantha DeBonis

 

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 also currently the co-captain for 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!

 

 
Alexandra Payton
Alexandra Payton

Alexandra Payton was introduced to dance at the age of three. Her training included hip-hop, tap, ballet, gymnastics, modern/jazz and pointe. As a special education teacher, Alex has found a balance of infusing both academic and dance instruction by cultivating energy and enthusiasm into her classrooms. The love and passion she has for dance continues to be the driving force of molding her dancers to discover their own passions and desires to excel. 

While growing up as a member of the Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble of Marlton, NJ, Alexandra studied under such talented choreographers as Billy Angell, Meghan Braun, Molly Misgalla and Carryl Slobotkin, and attended master workshop classes taught by Mia Michaels, Dan Karaty, Desmond Richardson, Dave Scott, Laurie Ann Gibson, Andy Blankenbuehler, Gil Stroming, and Chris Judd. Alexandra went on to attend Shippensburg University and became apart of the In-Motion Dance Troup that took a national title at the Reach the Beach Competition in VA. Since graduating, she went on to perform for the Philadelphia KiXX, became Captain of the Philadelphia “Soul”mates in 2011, and was chosen as the representative for the Philadelphia AFL Dream Team that performed at the Arena Bowl XXVIII in Phoenix, Arizona. She was also featured in a Sports Illustrated article covering the Dream Team journey. In 2010, Alexandra also became a certified Zumba® Instructor and choreographed for the Aqua String Band, who earned 4th place in the Mummers’ Day Parade.  While in 2012 she became a prospective dancer for the Philadelphia 76ers, she decided to continue her focus and attention on the Camden Catholic ‘Elite” Dance Team. She believes that to infuse her passion of dance she must have a primary concentration in order to convey her belief of making her position at CCHS a successful and long-term position. Her desire is to teach and be taught by ever dancer that walks into her classroom. As a means of keeping up with the ever changing styles, Alexandra continues to travel around the tri-state area to further her knowledge and understanding of movement.

This is Alexandra’s third year as a teacher/choreographer at CamdenCatholicHigh School. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education in the fall of 2009, but continues to keep dance as her number one passion and priority. She looks forward to helping the program at Camden Catholic develop and thrive throughout the upcoming years and at the team’s competition in Philadelphia this December!


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