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Sharon

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. 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!

Tammy

Miss Tammy began dancing at age two. When her sister Sharon began her school, Miss Tami 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 student's 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 Tami has also judged dance competitions. She has been a teacher at the studio for the past 38 years and is also the studio manager.

Susan

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 and 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 know Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Susan is currently teaching movement and dance classes to over 100 pre-school students a week in the area.

Rebecca

Rebecca has been dancing since the age of four and has over 20 years of teaching experience throughout New Jersey and New York. She instructs in all genres, levels, and ages. Miss Rebecca has choreographed dance pieces for recitals and competitions, and her competition routines have won numerous 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 New Jersey and studied under top choreographers in workshops, intensives, and conventions in NYC and NJ. She danced in, competitions throughout NJ, NY, and PA, winning numerous awards, top overalls, and titles on both regional and national levels. Miss Rebecca 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. 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 years, Miss Rebecca has been a regular judge for Passaic Valley High School'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) She is proud to be a member of Sharon's teaching staff since 2010 and continues to train with the most current and popular choreographers.

Noel

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 Tami, 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 and Music as a dance teacher. Noel also has an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Sabrina

Sabrina, professionally trained for 15 years with prestigious Russian teachers, Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Dancing With The Stars) and Violeta Angelova (Moscow Ballet) her Russian training led to professional televised dance competitions, crowning her 1st place and "Outstanding Dancer" on ABC's 'Good Morning America'. Nanci Cruz, (The American Ballet Theatre), Dance For Life Studio, and dance team. Sabrina competitively danced for over 10 years achieving high scores, outstanding honor, 1st place awards in all divisions of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, ballroom, and Tahitian/Hawaiian. Sabrina has been teaching in Orlando, Florida and northern New Jersey Catholic and Christian schools (St. Cecilia's of Rockaway, and The American Christian School of Sucasunna NJ) her experience in the professional and competition world of dance drives her to share her passion for dance with students in their after school programs. Sabrina is continuing to perform and train furthering her dance studies in New York City.

Amanda

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.

Jeanette

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.

Max

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.

Kari

Kari has been dancing for over 20 years. 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. Currently holding a BS in Education and a minor in dance, Kari is an avid student and teacher. She grew up 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!

Corrine

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 has recently earned her B.A. degree in psychology from Rutgers University, and aspires to further her education in dance and movement therapy. She 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.

Victoria

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 and duos. Miss Victoria holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School.

Mitch

Mitch is thrilled to join the music faculty at Sharon’s School of Dance and Music. Mitch is a professional guitarist, pianist and singer with over 20 years teaching students of all ages. Mitch attended Manhattan School of Music where he studied classical guitar, piano, and voice. Mitch regularly performs solo and with his group “No Strings Attached” throughout the tri-state area.


Sarina

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!

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Sharon's Studio of Dance and Music is conveniently located in Whippany, just minutes from Morristown, Morris Plains, Hanover Township, Florham Park, East Hanover, Cedar Knolls, Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha, Pine Brook, Convent Station, Towaco, Denville, Randolph, Boonton, located in Morris County and Livingston located in Essex County.
  • Address:
    622 State Route 10 West, Unit 25
    Whippany, NJ 07981
  • Phone:
    973.386.0259