Our Teachers
Debbie Anmuth (Tap, Ballet/Acro, Zumba, HipHop)
Debbie Anmuth (Tap, Ballet/Acro, Zumba, HipHop)

Miss Debbie 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 she enrolled in a five year intensive teacher training program with Dolores Patrone.   She taught for Dee's School of Dance for 6 years during which she also worked as an intensive care nurse, met and married her husband, and had two children.    Miss Debbie 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.   She has also spent many years with a business coach that she feels 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.  Miss Debbie strives to maintain an uncomparable level of professionalism while offering the best dance, gymnastics, and fitness education possible.  Organizations that she is 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).   This year makes her 20th year of success!   The team that she has put together  this season will help her take the school to the next level.  In her words, "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."  With the expansion of our dance company "Classified" to include a Petite division along with the junior and senior  teams, the sky will be the limit for Dance Class students.   With the same great customer service that parents have come to expect combined with a top-notch team of instructors, the 2013 -2014 season will truly be one to watch!

 
Gregory Anmuth (HipHop, Jazz, Contemporary, Dance Conditioning, Competition)
Gregory Anmuth (HipHop, Jazz, Contemporary, Dance Conditioning, Competition)

Greg began his dance training right here at Dance Class at the age of 3.  After tumbling for a few years he set his sites on performance and showmanship.  20 years later, Greg is now the Artistic Director at Dance Class and has played an integral role in introducing new styles of dance to our school.   Having earned his BA in Health and Exercise Science, Greg is well versed in current training trends and hopes to safely and effectively train our students to reach their full potential.   As an undergrad student he was the President of the Contemporary Dance Company at Rowan University,  "Dance Extensions" and choreographed an evening length modern dance entitled, "Terra Potesta".  Performance credits include Legends in Concert at Bally's  Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, The Philadelphia Live Arts Fringe Festival, four years with Rowan University's Dance Company, and many local venues.  In the classroom, Greg draws upon his ample teaching experience to individualize instruction for each student.  He has created Health and Fitness programs for The Glassboro Intermediate School and the Kingsway ARC and has served as a mentor/choreographer for the CW Lewis Middle School Dance Troupe. Greg holds multiple certifications with YogaFit Training Systems and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).  He hopes to guide his students on a path that will allow them to feel empowered and confident on and off the stage.  As the Artisitc Director, his main goal is to see students learning as much as they can about the amazing world of dance. "When in Doubt, Dance!"

 
Chiquita Anderson (HipHop)
Chiquita Anderson (HipHop)

This Chicago native is a former WWE/WCW Celebrity Nitro Girl has toured and performed all over the US and abroad.  She studied dance at the prestigious Academy of Movement and Art in Oak Park Illinois and Joseph Holmes Chicago School of Dance.  She received a partial scholarship to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she majored in Dance Education.   Chiquita has worked with some of the industry's most prominent music directors, including Hype Williams, Lionel C. Martin, Diane Martel, Paul Hunter, and Christopher Earksin, along with choreographers such as Fatima Robinson and HiHat. She has been involved with various music videos, such as Michael Jackson's "Jam", Boyz II Men's "Vibin" (choreographer), Will Smith's "Freak This" (co-choreographer) and "So Fresh." She has performed live with Missy Elliot at the MTV/ VMAs, Nickelodeon, Family Matters, and the Rosie O'Donnell show, with Eve at the Essence Music Awards, and has choreographed and performed with Nike. She was with the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team as a dancer (1996-2000) and an  assistant choreographer (1997-2000).  There she met partner Renee DeJohn Renzi and the two created Swirl Entertainment, a company specializing in choreographing and performing for NBA/NFL/Celebrity Events--clients include, Eddie George (NFL), Theo Ratliff (NBA), Allen Iverson (NBA), NBA All Star Game, recording artist Pharell, Nike Summer HoopsTour & Reebok In.  For 8 years she has ownedand operated Infiite Group East Talent Management/Consulting Company, where she represented over 60 actors, dancers, choreographers and singers in the Tri-State area, Atlanta and Los Angeles.  From 2006 - 2009 Chiquita was the choreographer for the Cherry Hill East High School Dance Team Championship.  She has been seen in countless commercials and editorials (Oxygen, Ebony, Muscle & Fitness, Essence and Iron Man and others) and NPC figure competitions where she has been awarded 1st place and Overall. Her teaching credits include Koresh Dance Center, Joanna's School of Dance, Trisha Sloan Dance School, and, of course, Dance Class.

 
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 is currently a member of the Janine Williams Dance Company.  Sara will be teacing our Classical Ballet students again this year as well as Contemporary.   She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the technique with her students by promoting professionalism and grace while exploring  terminology.

 
Jenn Gordon (Ballet, Competition)
Jenn Gordon (Ballet, Competition)

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 City Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker and training with Phyllis Papa, learning dance forms from ballet, pointe partnering, ethnic, character, jazz, stretch, and more.  She 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 appretice with ACBT and received full company studtus in 2000.  Among her favorite roles withthe company are: Clara, Marzipan, Arabian, Shulu 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 in 2002 and 2003.  After joing her huswband at Fort Bragg, NJ; Jennifer began teaching and also started a dance program on Fort Dix, NJ druing her husband's deployment.  She has continued to train with the Atlantic City Ballet, Koresh, and many master classes.    Jenn has performed with the Broadway Theatre of Pitman in their productions of the Mystery of Edwin Drood and Guys and Dolls, and in Greg Anmuth's Side-Effect Earth at the ETC Series in Philadelphia.   In 2012 Jenn created her contemporary ballet company,  Reverie Dance Theatre.  It is through Reverie that Jenn is bringing collaborative dance and music performances to Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and creating a dance workshop program for children with special needs. Photo Credit: Juan Irizarry

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Caitlin McMonagle (Irish Step)
Caitlin McMonagle (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.

 
Natasha Pollock (Kidnetics, 3 Year Olds Class)
Natasha Pollock (Kidnetics, 3 Year Olds Class)

Natasha trained in many styles of dance and ballroom in Russia. She then danced with a Russian dance company and toured with a company in Korea before coming to the United States in 2005.   She has worked with children for many years and will be teaching our youngest stars in our KIDnetics class as well as our 3 year olds.   Natasha will also be heading up our couples dance program to create a fun atmosphere for couples to learn fun and exciting dance styles. 

 
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. 

 
Lindsay Anmuth
Lindsay Anmuth

Lindsay began dancing at the age of 2 and has enjoyed such styles as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and also Gymnastics. She has competed and won numerous 1st and 2nd place awards from organizations such as ITDI, PDTA, and Stars of Tomorrow. She has appeared in local stage shows and commercials and was a featured dancer for the artist Denine in her music video and Atlantic City performances. Lindsay taught Gymnastics at Dance Class for 9 years and has since become one of our Zumba instructors, as well. Lindsay earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and International Studies and a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rowan University and is now in Virginia  pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at James Madison University. Lindsay remains an active member of our staff (albeit from afar) and will forever retain her identity as a dancer and gymnast.


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