Fran Skiba

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  • Certified New York State Teacher
  • BA in Sociology and Education from SUNY New Paltz
  • Masters credits in Special Education from Staten Island College
  • Studied dance in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Connecticut and upstate New York
  • Licensed Kindermusik instructor
  • Previous 4th grade, Kindergarten, and reading teacher in Brooklyn, NJ (1973-1978)
  • Choreographer of Freehold Township High School for 8 years
  • Dance Coach of Freehold Township High School’s Dance Team for 8 years
  • Specializes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Performance and Competition classes
  • Taught dance and movement seminars at western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteered at the elementary schools in dance
  • Choreographer for Center Players Theatre Group, Freehold, NJ
  • Certifications in dance, aerobics, step classes, CPR
  • Lives in Howell, mother of 3 children
  • Original director of the Dance Den, opening in 1980

Amy Sloane

  • Teaches ballet, tap and specializes in street jazz and other contemporary jazz techniques
  • Teaches performance and competition classes
  • Member of New Jersey Dance Association
  • Coaches and choreographs for Pop Warner Cheerleading
  • NYSCA Certified
  • Continues to study in Manhattan
  • Lives in Howell with husband and 5 children
  • Started at the Dance Den in 1981

Heather Rosenberg

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  • Masters of Science in Dance Therapy from the Pratt Institute
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey
  • Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT)
  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY (LCAT)
  • Previous Senior Dance Therapist at Princeton House Behavorial Health (Psychiatric Hospital)
  • Thesis on dance education and dance therapy
  • Dance Graduate of Howell High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Program
  • Teaching at The Dance Den for the past 20 years
  • Administrative Manager at The Dance Den
  • Specializes in Lyrical, Pointe, Ballet, Performance Tap classes, and Competition classes
  • Reception, and assistant recital coordinator, helping with the audio portion of our recital program and the organizational material
  • Previous Howell High School Dance Team Coach
  • Certified in CPR
  • Started at the Dance Den in 1981
  • Mother of 2

Emily Rossetti

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  • Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a minor in sociology from Rutgers University
  • Specializes in Jazz and Lyrical
  • Studies dance in Manhattan
  • Graduated from Howell High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Program
  • Dance Captain for four years in Freehold Township High School
  • Received prestigious award for “Growth and Development” at FPAC
  • Previous Dance Counselor at the Ivy league Day Camp
  • Was a Dance Den student for 15 years

Angela Kazima

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  • Teaches Tap and Jazz, specializing in Hip Hop
  • Continues to study throughout New York and New Jersey
  • 1994 recipient of the Dance Den’s Monica Ann Talcott Award
  • BTS Certified Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Zumba Instructor
  • Certified in CPR
  • Started at the Dance Den in 1983

Christina Bucco

Christina Bucco

  • Began dancing at the age of 6 in Aberdeen, NJ (studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical).  Was on her studio’s competition team
  • Graduated Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales as a Dance Major
  • Worked with Robert Battle, the director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Compay
  • Has taught ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and folk dance over the past 16 years
  • Previous chairperson for the National Honor Society of Dance Arts
  • Full time dance teacher for the Newark Public Schools, and won the “Dance Teacher Rookie of the Year Award” during her first year there
  • Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on Reading

Duane Mitter

Duane Mitter

  • Active & Versatile dancer, and has trained under various professionals including Deanna Destito & John Barrella
  • Mastered disciplines in Hip Hop, including popping and street jazz
  • Continues to train weekly in all hip hop styles, including locking and break dance
  • Aside from hip hop, he is efficient in jazz and contemporary
  • Has won numerous awards at various dance events
  • His work can be seen at competitive events, festivals, and showcases across New Jersey

Many of our teachers have studied with, taken classes from, and participated in lectures given by the following dance artists: Mia Michaels, Dan Karaty, Wade Robson, Gregory Hines, Anthony Locascio, Frank Hatchett, Debbie Allen, Ben Verene, Judy Rice, Joe Tremaine, Jerry Rose, Doug Caldwell, Desiree Robbins, Debbie Dee, Mallory Graham, Bob Rizzo, Cathy Roe, Gregg Russell, Deborah Vogel, Finis Jhung, Laurie Johnson, Danny Hoctor, Barry YoungBlood, Rhonda Miller, Bethany Hooks

Student Teachers and Assistants

We pride ourselves in encouraging students to become a part of our staff in an assisting role. Our younger classes often have a teacher and assistant in the room for extra individual attention. Our student teachers are honored to be specifically selected into our family and do so with enthusiasm, excitement, creativity and the joy of working with children.