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 alongside 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.
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.
Janine started dancing with Sharon’s at the age of three. During her time at Sharon’s, she was trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and was a member of the Performing Group and Competition Team. After 15 years of dance and several years as a student teacher at Sharon’s, Janine decided she wanted to continue her dance career at Muhlenberg College. Janine studied under Karen Dearborn, Jeffrey Peterson, Randall Anthony Smith and Teresa VanDenend Sorge in ballet, modern, african studies, choreography and educational techniques. Janine was a member of the department's dance company where she got to perform annually in the mainstages in both faculty and student pieces. While also in college Janine was a member of the school’s dance team, The Perkulators and taught at their local community arts program, Muhlenberg Community Dance Center (MCDC). This opportunity gave Janine the experience to work as a one of the performance managers behind the scenes of the MCDC shows. When Janine graduated she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Dance with a concentration in Dance Education. Since Muhlenberg, Janine spent a year in Washington DC working and teaching at studios down there and has since moved back to New Jersey, where she is excited to teach at Sharon’s Studio of Dance & Music.
Courtney Crerand is an experienced teacher, choreographer, and performer with credits throughout the tri-state area. She holds an AFA in dance from the County College of Morris where she graduated summa cum laude, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business from Montclair State University. At CCM, Courtney received the outstanding choreography award two years in a row for her works presented through the CCM Dance Theatre. Courtney’s choreography was selected to be presented and adjudicated at the American College Dance Association Northeast Conference in Brockport, NY. Additionally, Courtney’s students were selected to perform her choreography at Broadway Dance Center’s AIM Invitational.
She trained extensively at Broadway Dance Center and was a member of their Arts in Motion Dance Company where she performed in many locations throughout New York City. She has trained with and performed in works by Christina Paolucci, Terence Duncan, Darcy Naganuma, Kristin Flynn, Cat Cogliandro, Lainie Munro, Chio, Jamie Jackson, LaJon Dantzler, Stacie Webster, Eli Kababa/Garden State Dance Project, Joshua Bergasse, Christine Kohler, and Andrea Mychaels. Courtney is a seasoned performer, having performed at Alvin Ailey Studios with Naganuma Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Prudential Center, the Frying Pan, and at NYC Dance Week in Times Square among others. As a former competitive dancer, she received numerous high scoring awards placing within the Top 5 at competitions throughout NJ, NY, and PA. Courtney continues her dance education through attending Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey workshops and participating in the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC
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.