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Barbara is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She was a member of the MGSA Modern Dance Company and the L.T. Hip Hop Dance Company, during which she performed in such places as the State Theatre, the Count Basie Theater, and the Legendary Apollo Theatre. Barbara has been a dance instructor since 1990 and currently teaches classes in jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, musical theater, lyrical, and production. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified and follows the professional curriculum for Acrobatic Dance. She has choreographed routines at both regional and national levels. Her routines have won multiple High Score and Overall Awards, Judges Awards, and Diamond Awards, as well as Technique, Entertainment, Precision, and Outstanding Choreography Awards. Barbara choreographed the Spring Musicals at Matawan Regional High School for 11 years. Her choreography has been seen in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Applause, Cinderella, Fame, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Back to the 80’s, and The Wedding Singer. She is a two-time recipient and three-time nominee of the Basie Award for “Best Choreography in a High School Musical” from Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Barbara has choreographed for various festivals, church choirs, cheerleading, pom teams, body builders, and fitness competitors. She currently choreographs audition solos for NFL dance teams, as well as competitive routines at studios throughout New Jersey. Barbara is excited to share her love of dance with the community and bring Studio B to her Hometown of Matawan!
Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Mike has performed in circus for over 20 year's as a member of the Wallenda family. Setting a Guinness Book of World Record, performing an 8 person pyramid, 4 tiers high, 30 feet off the ground, without any safety devices. He has performed all over the world and has been the head of rigging and head coach for one of the largest youth performing arts circus schools in the world. During his time as the head training coach, Mike worked extensively with all levels of acrobatics and tumbling. Moving from performing on the high wire, he has fit many roles such as Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Engineer and Technical Director. Mike has filtered into the events and entertainment industry and now owns a full service events and entertainment company, Silver Wire Productions. Mike is very excited to work with such an amazing staff, dancers and parents here at Studio B!
Wendy Stein is originally from Long Island. She began her classical ballet training in NYC with Andre Eglevsky , Robert Joffrey and has continued her study of ballet with Finis Jhung. In her teens she studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South and Central America performing as a soloist with Larry Richardson, Yuriko, Pearl Lang and was on the staff of the New School in New York City. Miss Wendy currently teaches in several professional dance studios in the tri state area. She was a dance instructor at the Performing Arts High School in Middlesex County, New Jersey. In addition to her teaching commitments, Miss Wendy travels to many cities in the US Judging Dance Competitions both at Regional and National levels. She also conducts Intensives, Workshops and Master Classes in ballet, pre pointe, pointe and modern. As an accomplished ballet/modern dancer and teacher Miss Wendy is totally committed to giving back. “I teach from my heart, I want to give my students everything I know”. She is intensely passionate about dance and totally devoted to her students. She has instructed students of all ages. Miss Wendy has choreographed many award winning pieces in both classical and modern dance. Many students of Miss Wendy have been very successful in the dance industry performing on Broadway, TV, film, and stage. Dance Studio Life Magazine did a beautiful profile on Miss Wendy.
Originally from New Jersey, Sydney Price started her dance training at the age of 3 and has continued ever since. She trained on the East Coast at EPIC Dance Company, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and many different competitions and conventions. Throughout her younger career, Sydney earned numerous scholarships and titles such as Dance Spirit Magazine’s Future Star Award and Miss Dancers Inc 2015.
Right before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an education as a commercial dance major at Studio School in Downtown Los Angeles, she performed as a principal dancer at the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala, founded by Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman, in front of many different celebrities and reputable names in the industry. This performance also sparked her journey with being signed by MSA Talent Agency.
Throughout her career in California, Sydney danced in many different music and concept videos for names such as Kym Herjavec, Daniel Ezlarow, Ambrose Respicio, and Thailand pop star, Patee Sarasin. She graduated magna cum laude from Studio School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commerical Dance in May of 2019. Sydney looks forward to the opportunity to teach younger dancers and inspire others throughout her career.
Duane is an active and versatile dancer, and has trained under various professionals including Deanna Destito, John Burella, and Ashle Dawson. He has been a part of "Dead Mans Party" as a featured performer for the last 2 years at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Duane has mastered disciplines in Hip Hop, including popping and street jazz. He
continues to train weekly in all hip hop styles, including locking and breaking. Aside from hip hop, he is efficient in contemporary and jazz. He has won numerous awards at various competitions. His work can be seen at competitive events, festivals, and showcases across New Jersey. Duane is active in the competition circuit.
When Gina was 4 years old, her mom thought it was time to move from the fireplace stage inside the family room, into a real dance studio where Gina’s passion for dance truly began, and has continued to grow ever since. Gina trained at a local studio in NJ for 13 years. She competed in various dance competitions at both the regional and national levels. Gina has won multiple High Score Overalls and special awards such as “Fast Feet” and “Crystal Clear Sounds” for her tap performances. Throughout high school, Gina performed in theater productions such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ SuperStar and the Wizard of OZ with St. John’s Playhouse. She also played the role of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland winning a Basie Award for Best Supporting Actress in a High School Musical. In addition, she was a member and choreographer of Raritan High School’s Dance Troupe and Performance Workshop Program for 4 years.
As a young adult, she danced and choreographed for Rutgers Performing Dance Company and competed with the team for four years at University of Delaware’s Evolve Dance Competition. After graduating from Rutgers, she continued to dance post-grad with Continuum Dance CO in NYC and continues her dance training at Broadway Dance Center. She continues to share her love of dance by teaching students of all ages, hoping to spread positive light to her students on and off the dance floor.
Kali Lynch graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. She has performed with dance companies in NYC and at the Philly Fringe Festival. Kali has been teaching for nine years concentrating in Jazz and Contemporary dance. She has a passion for teaching and has choreographed at several award winning competitive dance studios and performing arts high schools. Kali Lynch has received multiple high scoring awards including a World Title at the World Dance Championship. She loves teaching all students and seeing their growth and passion through the art of dance.
Jayme Gordano began dancing at the age of 2.5. She trained with Barbara Gonzalez from pre-dance all the way to pre-professional level. Jayme competed at the regional and national level for over 8 years. She has performed in benefits such as Hurricane Katrina Relief, Sunshine Kids Foundation, Disney’s Magic Music Days and The Marked Dance Project. Jayme graduated from Georgian Court University with a BA in dance and is a certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts. She continues her dance education by attending workshops, master classes, intensives and teachers conventions. Jayme has been teaching for 9 years at studios throughout New Jersey, specializing in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, lyrical and pom. She is excited to join the staff at Studio B and to share her love of dance with the students.
I have danced since I was three years old and danced competitively since I was nine years old. I was on my high school dance team for four years and I was a captain for my junior & senior year. I graduated Old Bridge High School in 2018 and continued my education as well as my dance career at the University of Delaware on their Division One Dance Team. I am an Elementary Education Major concentrated in Special Education. I am also a double minor in Dance and Disability Studies. My experience on The University of Delaware Dance Team has been so fulfilling and amazing. I have met the best people who have become family and being on the team has grown my love for dance even more. My team won UDA Nationals in the D1 Hip Hop Division my freshman year of college which was a moment I will forever cherish. Dance has always been a huge part of my life and has shaped the person I am today. I am so excited to share my passion for dance with you all!
Melissa started dancing at the age of three at a local dance studio. Her interest has always been in the disciplines of tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She began competing and performing in showcases at the age of 8 and continued through high school. She attended the dance program at Red Bank Performing Arts High School, then obtained a degree in Business Management. After college, Melissa taught tap, jazz, and acrobatics for several years at a studio where she previously studied. Her passion is working with children to improve their self-image, achieve their goals, and most importantly watch them grow and enjoy dance. Over the years she has volunteered her time to work with children at local camps, school performances, and privately to improve specific skills.Melissa is a certified Acrobatics instructor through the Acrobatic Arts Program, and holds a safety certification with Youth Protection Advocates for Dance.She remains very connected to the dance world, attends classes in NYC, and enjoys watching her daughter have the same love for the arts that she has.
Christy Amato began her dance training at the young age of three taking tap and ballet classes at a local dance studio. Over the years Christy has evolved into a mature, talented and well rounded dancer with experience in a wide range of styles. She has performed in groups and as a soloist in national and regional competitions, local events, and clubs throughout the tri-state area. Christy attended The College of Staten Island where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Women studies with a minor in dance. She went on to receive a Masters Degree in Dance Education from Rutgers University in 2012 and is a New York State certified dance educator. She was also a graduate of Broadway Dance Centers’ Professional Training Program where she trained with elite faculty and prestigious guest artists. Christy has been teaching dance at various studios in New York for over ten years at both the recreational and competitive level. She is entering her 10th year as a full-time dance educator in a New York City Public School where she has designed and implemented a PreK-fifth grade dance program and curriculum. Christy loves sharing her passion for dance through teaching children of all ages and abilities.
Michael Crawford is from Takoma Park, Maryland. He began dancing with prestigious schools, including the Maryland Youth Ballet and Kirov Academy, with summer intensives at The Rock School and San Francisco Ballet on full scholarships. In his senior year, he was accepted into the Kennedy Center’s Master Class Series, where he trained and performed with top international companies.
Mr. Crawford then moved on to the Washington Ballet where, in their top training program, he performed with the company under the direction of Septime Webre. Upon graduation, he went on to study and perform in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell.
After Pacific Northwest Ballet, he danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, American Repertory Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. At these companies, he performed several ballets as a principal artist.
He has been privileged to work alongside top productions, such as “Guys and Dolls," "West Side Story," "Show Boat," and other musical performances at The Kennedy Center, as well as touring many other international stages. He has also worked as a principal guesting with The Washington National Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, TranscenDance Group, Brooklyn Ballet, and Ballet Neo.
While signed with New York Model Management, Mr. Crawford had the honor to internationally campaign. He has walked in several seasons of NYC Fashion Week. He also appeared in the feature film "Step Up" and can be seen on television in ABC’s production of “Forever.”
Michael is also an award-winning teacher and choreographer. He has been teaching and choreographing nationally and internationally for 10 years. He has coached many prize-winning students for competitions, such as Youth America Grand Prix, NYC Dance Alliance, and Showstoppers Dance Competition. He has taught at many studios including Broadway Dance Center, Metropolitan School of the Arts, Princeton Ballet, and many, many more.
Eileen is very passionate about dance and has trained in various genres such as: Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz Funk, and Street Jazz. She is a newly appointed NBA Brooklynette! Eileen has danced for artists such as DNCE, Cupid, Chris Porter, Macy Gray, The Stylistics, and Aloe Blacc. She was an apprentice for the Wild Dance Intensive, as well as Miss Dance America of NJ in 2017 and 2018. Eileen is an instructor and guest choreographer at dance studios throughout the NJ, NY and PA area. She so ecstatic to be able to work with the dancers at Studio B and can not wait to share her love for dance with these students! Let's do this!
Lindsey has been dancing since the age of 3 and is now going into her 15th year. She is a Captain of the Studio B Dance Company and studies a variety of genres that include Ballet, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, and she also competes at regional and national dance competitions with the SBDC team. Outside of the studio, Lindsey has been an active member of the Matawan HS Varsity Cheer Team and both the Dance and Performing Arts Academies since her freshman year. She is the Vice President of the Thespian Society and a member of the National Honor Society. She loves the comradery offered by the SBDC family and enjoys mentoring some of the newer and younger dancers to the studio. She is ecstatic and humbled in being a Student Teacher this 2021-2022 season and hopes to inspire others.
Olivia has been dancing since age 3 and is entering her 15th year. She has been on Matawan High School’s Varsity Cheer Team since her freshman year of high school and is currently enrolled in Matawan Regional High School’s Dance Academy program. She also participated in the Monmouth County Arts Modern Dance Program as a freshman in high school. Olivia currently dances at Studio B as a senior, taking a wide variety of classes such as ballet, lyrical, jazz, musical theater, hip hop and contemporary. She competes with Studio B Dance Company and loves dancing alongside her fellow SBDC teammates. She is honored and excited to be a Captain for the 2021-2022 season. She loves working with the younger dancers and being able to inspire them and help them grow as dancers.
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