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Welcoming Our New Teachers!

Our dance studio in Whippany, NJ is committed to providing you and your child with the best dance and music educators. We are excited to introduce some wonderful new additions to our already amazing staff!

Meet Miss Ava

Ava started dancing at the young age of two. She began competition dance at the age of 6 and finished up this past year. Now she is going to college for her majors of Dance and Psychology. She is trained in many different styles of dance such as, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern. In her most recent years she has been able to attend many great classes and conventions, training with amazing artists. Ava has assisted and trained as a teacher for 6 years and has been teaching her own classes for the past two years. She is very excited to share her knowledge and passion with her students at Sharon's!

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Meet Miss Leah

Leah started dancing at the age of two and hasn't stopped since. In her earlier years she trained at her local studio under Juilliard graduates and Rockette's dancers. She also spent a few summers training with NJPAC's youth performance program. She started her dance career in 2012 as a Walt Disney world performer. She then continued dancing and traveling with Disney Cruise Line performing Broadway-style shows. Wanting to build on her abilities, Leah attended the Toronto School of Circus Arts mastering a variety of aerial acrobatic skills on the static trapeze, silks, and Spanish web. Leah has her Bachelors in Communication, Associates in Exercise Science, and a minor in Dance from Rutgers University and Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has been a dance educator and competition choreographer for the past seven years. Her dance numbers have been known to bring home ultimate choreography and showmanship awards. Leah is so excited to start the next chapter of her dance career with Sharon's Studio of Dance and Music!

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Meet Miss Maria

Maria began her dance education at the age of three and has been dancing ever since! Participating and winning many overall high scores, national titles, and special awards for both solo and group performances in regional and national level competitions, Maria has trained extensively in all styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop, and modern. In high school, Maria was a four-time UDA All-American, being invited to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and New Year’s Eve parades in Rome (2011) & London (2012). Maria earned a BA in Dance and Theatre with a concentration in Dance Therapy and a minor in Psychology from Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. At Manhattanville, she had the opportunity to choreograph multiple pieces in the dance concerts and has also performed works by various respected choreographers; as well as appeared in several Dance on Camera films. Her senior thesis was selected as a Lounsbery Awardee to be presented at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York, NY. Most recently, she was the head director of the West Essex Regional School District Dance Program in North Caldwell, NJ. She has also danced with the Garden State Opera, and was previously a member of DanceWorksNYC. Maria performed as a group dancer in Disney’s Performing Arts showcase, was part of a select group invited to dance for the New Jersey Devils, a squad member for the semi-professional football team Jersey Sharks during their inaugural season, and trained with Amalgamate DanceCompany for a special show in Piobicco, Italy. Now, Maria plans to continue her dance career by teaching the art of dance to the future generation of dancers, and hopes to share her passion of dance with her students, and help educate them to become the best artists and dancers that they can be. She is very excited to be a part of Sharon's Studio of Dance & Music!

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Meet Miss Tina

Tina has been dancing since the age of 3 and started teaching at the age of 14. Growing up as a competitive dancer at Totowa Dance Center under the instruction of Barbara Bruno Campbell, she trained in many forms of dance such as; lyrical, ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary. She has won numerous platinum, first overalls, titles and special awards. Tina has taught and choreographed to a diverse group of students including preschool to adults and began choreographing dances for national competitions with her students also winning numerous accolades. Tina has also performed at various venues such as Six Flags and has taken multiple classes at Broadway Dance Center and workshops under the instruction of Ray Leaper, Frank Hatchet, and more. Tina loves to share her passion of dance with her students.

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Meet Mr. Jim

Jim loves to teach guitar and keyboards! Jim has been performing, writing and learning guitar and piano for over 40 years. He has been teaching steadily since 2015 at local music schools and private lessons. His passion for music came from growing up in a musical family and sharing the excitement of getting parts “just right”. Jim continues to provide musical arrangements for bands that perform for weddings, outdoor festivals and local clubs and restaurants. Jim wants his students to learn the songs that they want to learn while showing them the basics of music theory – not just the notes and melodies but also why they work together. Every student has their own learning style. Jim will listen and work with the student to play the heart of the song while emphasizing step-by-step success and fun along the way.

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Meet Mr. Wayne

Wayne has been a musician all his life, starting on piano as a child, and continuing his studies into singing and acting. He holds a BA in Vocal Pedagogy from TCNJ and was a fellowship recipient from Indiana University where he graduated with a MM in Vocal Performance in 2013. He has performed as a principal artist in over 30 professional opera and theatre productions with his singing career allowing him to travel to over two dozen countries and many of the major cultural centers of the world. With a children's/youth ensemble in nearly a third of the productions Wayne has been in, he often gave private lessons and coaching to many of the children's cast and has always enjoyed helping others find their voice in studio and on stage. He is equally adept at coaching voice for teens and adults and can help with auditions or college prep. With the uncertainty of the effects of the current pandemic, Wayne has decided to explore the field of teaching at a more permanent basis and is looking forward to joining the wonderful team at Sharon's Studio of Dance and Music.

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