Meet Our Team!
At Sharon’s Studio of Dance & Music in Whippany, NJ, we understand that your child deserves the best and that’s what we provide. Meet our team of highly trained New Jersey Dance Teachers and Music Instructors!
Miss Sharon, Studio Director/Owner
Destiny was already written for Miss Sharon as dance was constantly present in her family. Her mother, (so fondly known as) Mrs. "D", was a professional ballroom teacher and performer and was a driving influence in Sharon's life. Miss Sharon started her formal training, at the age of four, in her home town of Whippany, NJ with Betty Welsh Clemens, a former NYC Radio City Rockette. Miss Sharon started teaching at the age of thirteen and immediately fell in love with children, teaching and passing on the fun and joy of dancing! She knew then, this would be her life. Sharon continued her training at the age of seventeen with the New Jersey School of Ballet and performed in the Nutcracker Christmas Shows. At the age of nineteen she was offered a position as a NYC Radio City Rockette and also, to compete in the "The Harvest Moon Ball" ballroom championship competitions. However, Miss Sharon chose to open the doors to her school because her true passion and love was in teaching. Miss Sharon is honored to have second and third generation dancers attending her school and feels this is the highest compliment. Many of Sharon's students have gone on to professional acting, performing and teaching careers, and have opened their own schools. Over forty years and tens of thousands of students later, Miss Sharon is still doing what she loves to do best, pass on the joy of DANCING!
Miss Tammy began dancing at age two. When her sister Sharon began her school, Miss Tammy would take the bus to the studio and spend her days there, dancing and student teaching. She has choreographed the Middle and High School musicals for over 20 years. Her students have been recognized by Rising Star Awards at the Paper Mill Playhouse. This is a competition modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards for high school musical theatre. Miss Tammy has also judged dance competitions. She taught at the studio for 42 years and is also the studio manager.
Susan Deventer-Zakosky began studying dance at the age of 3. She fell in love immediately and could not get enough. Luckily her older sister opened Sharon's Studio of Dance & Music in 1975. This gave Susan not only the opportunity to study every day but also to teach along side her sisters. She has won national dance titles and has performed professionally in the Tri-State Area. Susan has been teaching all styles of dance to all levels and ages. She has also taught Broadway performers at the world known Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Amanda began her dancing career at the young age of three. She is experienced in teaching a variety of dance styles which includes Ballet, Contemporary, Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, and Tap. She is a graduate of Montclair State University (MSU), where she achieved Cum Laude honors while receiving a Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in Dance. While attending MSU her extensive training in Ballet, Modern, and Choreography provided her the opportunity to work with acclaimed chorerographers such as Maxine Steinman, Jose Limon, Joelle Van Sickle, and Shapiro & Smith. Additionally, she was a member of the Six Degrees Dance Company which performed at various notable venues including the Tsunami Benefit, and the Garden Opening Concert. She began her career as a professional dance instructor in 2000.
Rebecca has been dancing since the age of four and has over 25 years of teaching experience throughout New Jersey and New York. She instructs in all genres, levels, and ages. Rebecca has choreographed dance pieces for numerous competitions and recitals, and her competition routines have won countless regional and national awards including choreography, judge's special, judge's choice, and top overall high score. During her youth, she had trained at various schools in NJ and studied under top choreographers in workshops, intensives, and conventions in NYC and NJ. She also spent many years in the competition circuit, competing throughout NJ, NY, and PA, winning numerous awards, top overalls, and titles on both regional and national levels. Rebecca later attended Morris County College and holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science as a Dance Major. While there, she was awarded the Argenis Belle Memorial Dance Scholarship. She continued on to achieve her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Dance Minor from Montclair State University. Some past credits include Mountain Creek's "Wacky World" dance variety show (Vernon NJ), as well as judging dance competition Sophisticated Productions. For the past ten plus years, Rebecca has been a regular judge for PVHS’s Annual Girl's Show for dance, cheer, and exercise. Rebecca is a proud member of the United States Achievement Academy/National Awards for Dance and Cheer (1989-1992, Vol.85). Rebecca is always eager to learn and grow as an educator, dancer and choreographer. She continues to attend classes, workshops and seminars from the most current and popular choreographers such as "Twitch", Mia Michaels, Al Blackstone and Mandy Moore. She has a strong passion for dance and loves inspiring her students. Rebecca enjoys watching her students express themselves and is always so proud of them. She is overjoyed to be a part of Sharon’s Dance family since 2012.
Victoria began her teaching career in 2002. Her teaching experience includes recreational and competitive dance in the studio setting, as well as a period as an adjunct instructor in the higher education setting. She is a perpetual student, and enjoys taking class at Gibney Dance, Peridance, Steps, and Broadway Dance Center. As an employee of the former Dance New Amsterdam for four years, Miss Victoria had the pleasure of studying Simonson Technique, modern dance, and ballet. She received her BA in Integrative Arts with a concentration in dance from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. As a choreographer, Miss Victoria was the Artistic Director of Victoria Scanga / scangadance from 2009-2012. Her choreography was performed at festivals throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania including 60×60 Dance at both the World Financial Center Winter Garden (2009) and DanceFest at Tompkins Square Park in New York City (2010), at the Fertile Ground Performance Series at Green Space in Queens, NY (2010), the Koresh Artist Showcase in Philadelphia, PA (2010), the Sunday Brunch Series at The Rover in New York City (2010), the Silk City Arts Festival in Paterson, NJ (2010), Penn State University (2011), WAXworks at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY, and the Mish Mash Performance Series at Sukha Arts Center in Harrington Park, NJ (2012). In the competition dance world, Miss Victoria is a national award winning choreographer and has choreographed numerous regional and national top ten solos, duos, and group dances. Her teen modern group, Survivor, was the highest scoring intermediate 15-19 group for Star Dance Alliance’s Power Rankings for the 2019 season in NJ and PA. Miss Victoria holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School.
Noel grew up dancing at Sharon's Studio of Dance from age 3-18. During her years at Sharon's, Noel was trained under Miss Tammy, as an assistant teacher. Noel graduated with a BA in Finance from Muhlenberg College. While at Muhlenberg she also studied several forms of dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and African as well as substitute teaching at Sharon's during school breaks. After college she began working at UBS Financial Services and at Sharon's Studio of Dance & Music as a dance teacher. Noel also has an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Corrine started her dance training at age 5 in Dunellen, NJ in ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She then went on to train with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble once entering junior high, focusing primarily in ballet, modern, and contemporary, under the direction of Nancy Turano. With NJDTE, Corrine performed works and trained with artists such as Fabrice Lamego, Bradley Shelver, Elisa Clark, and Andrea Miller, to name a few. She has learned and performed the choreography of choreographers such as Robert Battle and Twyla Tharp. Corrine also attended Somerset County Vocational Technical school part time, where she continued to study the art of dance. Corrine then went on to pursue her dance career by attending Marymount Manhattan College as a B.F.A. dance major. Corrine has performed at venues such as the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Corrine holds her B.A. degree in psychology from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in dance/movement therapy from Pratt Institute. Corrine is delighted to be teaching at Sharon's studio and is eager to share her knowledge with her students while watching them learn and grow.
Kari has been dancing since the age of three. She has been formally trained in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Ballet. Kari began student teaching where she learned that she had a passion for helping to educate young dancers. She has been teaching dance since the age of 18 at East Stroudsburg University, as well at other local dance studios throughout New Jersey. She has danced professionally with the NFL for two years. She was afforded the opportunity to dance with Lenny Kravitz in the Thanksgiving halftime show, as well as dancing with Lilian Garcia. Kari currently holds a Masters Degree in Administration, a BS in Education and a minor in dance, Kari is an avid student and teacher. She grew up dancing in Rockaway, NJ where she trained under numerous choreographers. She was a member of the competition team, and selected for a performance at the home of Bon Jovi. While at East Stroudsburg University, Kari was a member of the Dance Team, Cheerleading Team, and University Dance Company. There she was able to learn and perform new styles, while being instructed by top choreographers. Upon graduating, she was able to coach and choreograph for a semi-professional dance team for 2 years. Miss Kari has been a judge for numerous cheerleading teams. She is proud to be a member of Miss Sharon's Dance and Music and sharing her passion of dance with her students!
Max, aka Bboy Airmax, has been dancing for nine years, seven of which have been with souljerz crew, competing and doing performances with souljerz all over the world. Mr. Max's most memorable shows include MTV, the US Open, Disney, Pepsi and the Super Bowl. Mr. Max is most known for his aerial abilities and power moves. He can be seen judging competitions worldwide, in commercials and of course, in the air. Mr. Max has been teaching at Sharon's since 2009.
Miss Carly started dancing at the age of 4. She has studied numerous styles of dance and loves to share her passion with her students. Carly competed on her high school dance team where she ranked nationally. She is a three time performer at Lincoln Center and has performed at multiple charity events throughout New Jersey. Miss Carly graduated Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is very excited to continue her love of teaching dance at Sharon's!
Megan has been dancing since the age of three. She has trained in many styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Modern. In addition to her regular training, Megan has attended dance conventions and workshops all across the country. During High School Megan attended the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School’s Gifted and Talented Dance Program. She graduated the program with a concentration in Dance Education and it was there, that her love of teaching dance began. After graduating high school, Megan attended Rutgers University where she majored in Sports Management and minored in Dance. While at Rutgers, Megan was a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company for four years. During that time she was a participating member of the executive board as the Fundraising Chair. In addition to being a part of the executive board she also choreographed Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop routines. Since graduating, she has taught at several dance studios throughout New Jersey, teaching both recreational and competition dancers. Megan loves working with dancers of all age but especially loves sharing the art of dance with the little ones.
Sarina Taggart has been dancing since the young age of 3. She studied and competed in various types, such as rhythmic tap, soft shoe tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre. Sarina has trained at many prestigious programs and schools, such as Joffrey Ballet School, The Boston Conservatory and she is an alumni at the Rockette Summer Intensive. Sarina has received her A.F.A degree in the fine arts and is now a professional dancer in New York City. She is dance captain for Flying Metals Tap troupe and a company member in Aries in Flight. She also does free-lance work with other choreographers and appears in many shows throughout the year. Besides performing, Sarina, has been teaching since she was 16 years old. Sarina's love, passion, and knowledge for the art of Dance is passed on to her students, which makes her job even more enjoyable!
Kamryn Noelle has been dancing for 18 years. She’s trained in every style such as Tap (Broadway tap & Rhythm tap), Jazz, Musical Theater, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Heels and some ballroom. In addition to dance training she’s trained in acro, singing, acting, and is an accomplished self-taught contortionist since age 13. Some additional training included selection into the Gifted & Talented program in high school allowing more training time but during school hours. Additionally, she’s done workshops, drop in classes, and dance conventions. Being a competitive dancer for most of her life naturally she found her love for choreographing and teaching. She’s choreographed/co-choreographed musicals, concerts for newer artists, and recreational/competition pieces. Kamryn’s continuing her dance training at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Peridance Capezio Center. She’s worked with choreographers such as Guy Groove, Gianna Martello, Chelsie Hightower, Jen Freeman, Jeremy Arnold, MJ (Melissa Jackson), and Erica Marie Marr. Kamryn not only loves the style Musical theater but, also loves musicals and has been in them since age 12 accomplishing being named dance captain numerous times. She’s currently a backup dancer having performed in numerous concerts/music videos and is also currently a dancer for V Squared Events. Kamryn started teaching as a student teacher for 12 years, moving to an assistant teacher for 3 years, leading to becoming a teacher. Kamryn can’t wait to pass on everything she loves about dance and is grateful to be teaching for Sharon’s Studio of Music and Dance.
Miss Alissa began dancing at age three with tap and ballet and progressively gained more experience with jazz, hip hop, pointe, and cheerleading. Alissa received a double major in Sport Psychology and Psychology from Olivet College. While in college, Alissa was a three sport athlete; in Cross-country, Track & Field, and Cheerleading. During her senior year she competed as a STUNT team as well as a National team for cheerleading. Once Alissa graduated from Olivet, she moved to Southern Illinois to pursue a Masters degree in Kinesiology. While at SIU she taught Zumba classes through the rec center. Alissa have always had a passion for dance and is am excited to be a part of the amazing staff at Sharon's Studio to give students the opportunity to prosper their love and expression of dance.
Jeanette, voice teacher and vocal coach, sang her first solo at age seven and became a soloist in church at age 12. She went on to study voice with the best teachers in Chicago. Later, she joined two prestigious Chicago choral groups. One group sang music of the Middle Ages and the other was devoted to Baroque music. Miss Jeanette has soloed with several choirs, chamber groups, and orchestras and sung with many of the best musicians in the United States and abroad. As a vocal teacher, she has coached students for auditions to highly sought after solo singing positions. Miss Jeanette's piano students advance rapidly and some have gone on to study music in college. Miss Jeanette holds a B.M. degree in Musicology from Roosevelt University (The Chicago Musical College). In addition, she received a Certificate of Music Therapy from The Institute for Music Health and Education in Boulder and is a lifetime member of the Sound Healers Association. Not only does she teach piano and voice, but she has led courses in music therapy both here and in Scandinavia. Miss Jeanette was also a music critic for several years and has conducted several choirs. Her latest endeavor, in addition to teaching and giving courses, is teaching people with sleep apnea specific singing techniques that aid in the recovery of sleep apnea and snoring.
Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Mariah graduated from Indiana University where she pursued majors in both voice and psychology. In the summer of 2010, she performed with the American High School Honors Series at Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has spent summers at The Manhattan School of Music, an internship with Boston Conservatory, and had a leading role in Offenbach's Un mari a la porte in Perigueux, France with the Franco- American Vocal Academy. She believes in using psychology with vocal training by using imagination to enhance expression. This combination of psychology and music training has led her to be very patient and nurturing with her students and a positive fit for students with special needs.
Jaclyn Layman is a music educator and stay at home mom who graduated from New York University in 2007 with a BA in Vocal Music Education and a concentration in Musical Theater. Before staying home with her two children, Alexander and Rosie, she taught vocal and general music in two Madison elementary schools for almost a decade. She has directed many children and teen musical theater productions and now spends most of her time singing to her kiddos, seeing Broadway shows and traveling. She is a contributing writer for BroadwayWorld.com.
Jackie Moldawsky began studying piano and fell in love with the instrument when she was 5 years old. She continued to study classical piano for 12 years and has been teaching piano privately for the past 5 years. Jackie is a recent graduate of Drew University with a double major in Music and Italian. She graduated summa cum laude with specialized honors in music for her thesis in music. Jackie also completed Montclair State University’s Piano Pedagogy course. Teaching piano has been one of the joys of her musical journey. Her students are extremely motivated and enjoy practicing and performing. Jackie’s teaching philosophy prioritizes the individual needs of each student. In her teaching, she emphasizes self-discovery and the benefits of practicing. By providing her students with fun and simple strategies for practicing, her students are encouraged to learn, improve, and make new discoveries both in the studio and at home.