staff-june-2020

Fran Skiba

  • 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, proud grandmother of 4!
  • 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

  • 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 25 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 1980
  • Mother of 2

Emily Rossetti

  • 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

  • Teaches Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz, including Competition Hip Hop and Performance Tap
  • Held various certifications through Body Training Systems and Zumba
  • 1994 recipient of the Dance Den’s Monica Ann Talcott Award
  • Certified in CPR
  • Started at the Dance Den in 1983
  • Teaching at The Dance Den over 20 years
  • Full time Accounting/HR for Servpro of Freehold, Middletown, and Jersey City/Bayonne
  • Proud advocate for Autism awareness
  • Lives in Jackson with husband and son

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

Zoey Sloane

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with a double major in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University
  • Graduated with a focus in dance film and technology
  • Alumna of the dance organization, Dance Connection at The Ohio State University
  • Full time Business and Marketing Manager in New York City
  • Continues to study dance in New Jersey and New York
  • Graduated from Howell High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Dance Program in 2016
  • Was a Dance Den student for 15 years and was a student teacher’s assistant for 5 years

Tanika Peart

  • Masters and Bachelors degree from Penn State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Studied dance in Dublin, Ireland for a semester and was one of 10 dancers selected to represent Penn State University in the Dublin Dance Festival
  • Former PSU Dance Company  member (Dance Alliance & Ivyside)
  • Alumna of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team and the 1st team in the university’s history to win a national championship
  • Current School Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Extracurricular dance instructor and choreographer at NYC Public Schools
  •  Certified WERQ Dance Fitness Instructor
  • Dance Den student for 10+ years
  • CPR Certified

Alyssa Dice

  • Currently attending accelerated nursing program at JFK Muhlenberg School of Nursing
  • Bachelors of Science in Health and Human services with a minor in international studies from St. John’s University
  • Danced for St. John’s University Dance team for 4 years
  • UDA 2016 Division 1 Hip Hop National Champion
  • 2015 recipient of The Dance Den’s Joseph Skiba Scholarship
  • Certified in BLS
  • Started at the Dance Den in 200

Alana Beldowicz

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Management from NJIT
  • Certified K – 8 & Middle School Mathematics Teacher
  • Fitness Certifications include: Personal training, Pilates, Spinning, Kids Fit Boot Camp, Sports Nutrition Consultant, CPR & AED
  • Cheerleading Coach
  • Started at the Dance Den in 1985
  • Lives in Jackson with husband and 4 children

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