Dance Designs

Our Faculty

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Amanda has been teaching Hip Hop for nearly 15 years. Growing up in the Paterson area, her main focus has always been the community. Amanda initiated an inner city dance program through the Girl Scouts when she was 19, and six years later she co-founded an arts-based non-profit organization that brought affordable arts and dance programs to the youth in and around Paterson.  While at her non-profit, she also developed, implemented, and instructed curriculum, meeting NJ Core Standards called- “Intro to Hip Hop: The 5 Elements”.  In Amanda’s class, students will not only learn Hip Hop choreography but will also learn about the culture in order to instill a deeper appreciation that will ultimately become evident in their dancing.

 

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Ashley has studied dance for 22 years and has a diverse education in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, pointe, musical theater, hip hop and acrobatics. She has performed for various benefits such as Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA) and the Governor’s Inaugural Ball. Ashley performed with the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive Program in NY, at Union Square Park & LaGuardia High School. She also was a New Jersey Devils Dancer for three years and was named Captain. Ashley has performed alongside artists such as Jay Sean and Run-D.M.C. She currently coaches the Lakeland Dance Team and lead them to win Nationals last year. Ashley is very excited to share her passion with her students and join the staff at Dance Designs!

 

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Pamela began performing at the age of twelve as a soloist with the Westchester Children’s Ballet Company. For several years, she appeared at Radio City Music Hall in the Corps de Ballet. Pamela received extensive training in Ballet, Pointe and Character dancing at the School of American Ballet and at the Igor Youskevitch School of Ballet in NYC.

 

 

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Rachel has 28+ years of professional training/performance experience & many honors including being chosen for “The Arts Issue” cover/featured article of the (201) Magazine. Rachel (SAG-AFTRA; NARAS [The Grammy Awards]; VASTA; NATS; NYSSMA; NAfME; NJMEA; MAC; BMI; NSAI; The NJ Theatre Alliance) has been able to share her voice, acting skills, directing skills, & performing arts expertise with students as well as audiences for over two decades. Her students have gone on national tours, released albums, have been accepted into performing arts programs (high school/college), cast in regional/Off-Off-Broadway/Off-Broadway theatre, movies, music videos, & seen on TV. As a teacher for 16+ years, Rachel teaches each student differently to accommodate their personal learning style which helps each student grow as a performer at their own pace. She challenges each student without intimidation & without taking away the part of them that makes each student unique! As a recording artist & touring performer herself, she teaches healthy, efficient, & effective technique (singing/acting) that is based off the human anatomy; the science of how the body/mind works. She feels so fortunate that she is able to share her passion of the performing arts through teaching, directing (on-stage; on-camera), writing (songs; scripts), mentoring, & performing!

 

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Stephanie is a South Carolina native who began dancing at the age of 2. She studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, modern, tumbling, and musical theater and was a competitive dancer for 7 years. Stephanie has won numerous awards for her dance talent including her top 10 finish at nationals in 2009 along with many overalls at regional competitions. She was  a contestant in the 2010 and 2011 Miss South Carolina Teen pageant, a state preliminary to the Miss Americas Outstanding Teen Pageant, where she won Physical Fitness, Evening Gown, On- Stage Question and placed in the top 15 in 2011. Stephanie currently trains with celebrity dance coach, former Laker Girl and Radio City Rockette, Rhonda Malkin. Stephanie also just became an award winning choreographer for her recent ͞Overall Highest Score Of The Weekend͟ routines this past competition season.

 

 

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TicTock brings over twenty years of Hip Hop experience to Dance Designs along with past choreography with the likes of Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston, Fabolous, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes and many more. When he is not working with today’s popular artists, he is doing guest master classes around the world with his unique brand of Hip Hop Street Jazz Blast. TicTock also formed and choreographs for the All-N-1 Hip Hop Crew.

 

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Colleen  began her dance training at Dance Designs in jazz, tap and ballet.  After graduating, she continued her studies at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC, attending master classes and teacher workshops with legendary choreographers such as Judy Ann Bassing, Lynda Gache, Frank Hatchett, Charles Kelley and Mark Santoro. With over 20 years teaching experience, Colleen has won numerous awards as a competition dance team performer and instructor, choreographed many shows for community theater groups in NJ, worked with bodybuilders to choreograph competition routines, worked with professional singers to choreograph routines and worked with the FLHS marching band’s award winning color guard.  She also works full time teaching children with special needs.

 

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Jeffry is an actor, and tap dancer.  Jeffry has been performing for many years in the tri-state area. Some of his credits include Shades Of Harlem, Dance Bojangles Dance, Riffin & Tappin, 42nd Street, and he is a principal member of the NJ Tap Dance Ensemble. He has also performed in venues such as NJPAC, BergenPAC, and Mayo Performing Arts Center. Jeffry teaches tap in Morris and Essex Counties, and has been teaching rhythm tap for 13 years. He has also appeared in short films, and has some various voice over projects as well.

 

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Jeffery  brings nearly 15 years of voice teaching experience to students her at Dance Designs. He is a long-time student and associate teacher of internationally renowned voice teacher David L. Jones. Jeffery has successfully coached many students on Broadway, Cruise Ships, Las Vegas, Film/Television and the Recording Industry. He is a firm believer that if a student is taught healthy vocal concepts, rooted in old school Italian traditions, then he or she will be able to sing any genre of music without damaging their voice! Jeffery will take your “little superstar” to the next level. His motto is “LET YOUR VOICE SOAR!”