When choreographer and director Graham Lustig founded his studio in 2010, he did so with a mission: to inspire a love of dance throughout New Jersey. To that end, Lustig Dance Theatre's company performs across the state while a core group of teachers stays behind to offer education and outreach to future ballet stars. Yet seen in both of the Theatre's halves is a focus on innovation, most apparently in its resolve to support vibrant, forward-thinking new works.
Rhythmic Arts' diverse classes enlighten the minds and lighten the toes of students through a variety of formats. All of the studio's classes are intimately sized, and many of the adult and children's classes conveniently occur at the same time. Perfect a pirouette in ballet or learn tap as a means of notifying the downstairs neighbors that they're being too loud. Fitness courses such as yoga and Zumba keep students tunefully toned, and Bollywood Babies prepares little ones for their inevitable fame and fortune. See the school's online schedule for complete details.
A dancer since age 6, Dasha Sushko founded Ballroom Dream in 2011 after a successful professional dance career in both Russia and the United States. She and her instructors teach fledgling dancers at ballroom, Latin, and swing classes inside Ballroom Dream’s 4,000-square-foot facility, which features a floating hardwood dance floor. Mirrors help students assess their form during group or private lessons, and on every first and third Friday and fourth Saturday of the month, the studio turns up its professional-grade sound system to let students flaunt their newfound form during social dances. Classes are open to adults as well as kids, who discover dance basics during entertaining classes that help expend youthful energy faster than a feverish baseball-card trading session.
The teachers of Dance Factory lead students of all levels through ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics, pointe, and contemporary dance instruction during their year-round sessions. In addition to teaching students the proper technical skills, the instructors seek to instill good habits and character traits in their students.