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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!
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.
Kyla Heinz has been dancing since the age of three and has a background of musical theater, dance and art. Kyla was a member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble for seven years performing at venues such as NJPAC, SOPAC, Memorial Auditorium and several elementary schools for educational performances. She danced in Mike Minery’s Off Broadway show “Slide”, accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, tapping at New World Stages, Acorn Theater, The Supper Club and Terminal Five. She performed in Pier I, Riverside Park South’s Show “Tap Happens” and Joelle Cosentino's Impressions IV with Jason Luks' Tap Ensemble at Symphony Space. Kyla performed as Joanne the American tap dancer in Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA, USATODAY named Celtic Fyre "Best Amusment Park Entertainment". She is a True Talent Dance Competition judge, is a teacher at Rock the City and Mind Body Sole Tap Intensive. Most recently, Kyla tap performed at Radio City Musical Hall for Youtube’s 2019 Brandcast Event with Mark Orsborn’s Jam Project under the direction of Kyle Hanagami. She currently teaches and choreographs for studios around the NJ area and has her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from William Paterson University.
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.
Dorothy started her dance career quite early, as she grew up the daughter of a ballet teacher. She trained and competed in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, and Musical Theatre. Currently, she is furthering her education at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she is majoring in dance. Dot graduated from Delaware Valley Regional High School where she was a part of the International Thespian Society. While there she performed in several productions, dancing as an ensemble dancer for four years and holding the position of dance caption for two years. Dorothy is so excited to share her knowledge and love of dance with the students at Studio B!
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 is 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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