Debbie Coury was a child when she began dancing at Yvette Dance Studio. The passion cultivated in that community-focused studio catapulted her career, as she went on to dance on Broadway and in Atlantic City. Though she had a taste for the glamour of a big production, she was thrilled to return back to Yvette studio, which began as a focused training program in 1954, as head instructor. She has recruited professional dancers and certified-fitness instructors, along with guest Broadway dancers and choreographers to train children aged 3 or older and adults alike in dance fundamentals. Whether classical and barre ballet, tap, or jazz-funk hip-hop, they frequently incorporate character and lyrical work to familiarize students with all the elements of performing onstage and stomping out Morse-code commands to the band conductor.
In lieu of recitals, instructors dance alongside their youngest students in dance demonstrations, where students show their parents what they've learned without the pressure of performance or lights and makeup. Older children work out new techniques in front of judges for regular testing and receive specific feedback to foster a sense of accomplishment. With instruction spanning nearly 60 years, many former dancers now bring their own children to studio classes held in the original private home, a building that now hosts three private studios. Additionally, many former dancers have employed their movement skills to join companies such as the Rockettes, Alvin Ailey, and Geoffrey Ballet.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
For a swinging good time in Roselle Park, follow the music to Cathy Karosick Dancers Pointe.
Cathy Karosick Dancers Pointe features dance classes that will make anyone great on their feet.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When Tina Cristiano signed up for her first Zumba workshop, the only thing she knew about the program was that it involved Latin dance moves. She soon became addicted to the high-energy workout and encouraged her friend, Brianne Galante, to give it a chance. Within a few years after their first encounter with Zumba, both Tina and Brianne became instructors and opened Feel Good Fitness to spread the health benefits of the rhythm-filled routines. Today, they teach Zumba—which blends hip-shaking dance steps and international music—to students of all ages and skill levels. Tina and Brianne meticulously select each song and craft routines by blending traditional Latin steps dance styles including salsa, cumbia, and merengue with moves inspired by belly dancing and African rhythms. When they aren't helping classes swagger toward svelte frames, Tina and Brianne bring their encouragement to the community at large, hosting charity events to support worthy causes and volunteering for shifts on local superhero teams.
If dancing is on the agenda, be sure to swing by Kelly School of Irish Dancing in Westfield for an exciting (and exhausting) experience.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Zumba Fitness New Jersey's licensed head instructor Melissa Marcketta and her enthusiastic staff lead over thirty light-hearted, hip-swiveling Latin dance workouts per week across five locations. During one-hour Zumba with Zumba Toning classes, students become acquainted with pulse-pounding dance moves and strength training exercises that create physiques as tight and toned as a bass drum crafted from recycled Tarzan posters. The calorie-crushing combination of aerobic gyrations and shimmy-infused strength training is accessible for all ability levels. The studio employs multiple instructors to ensure varied workouts, eclectic soundtracks, and a spectrum of opinions surrounding the optimal peanut-butter-to-broccoli ratio for a postworkout sandwich.