Imani Munford

Instructor

Imani has a B.A. in dance from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. She is currently pursuing her EdM degree in Dance Education, with a teacher certification for K-12. She has been student teaching dance at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ for the past year. Also, she is a certified yoga teacher

Adrienne Asterita

Instructor

Adrienne has been teaching and directing children in Performing Arts for over 20 years. She has a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School in Acting & Directing. Adrienne also has experience as a professional actress & singer in theatre, film, TV, live

Lauren Frazier

Instructor

Lauren Frazier is a New York and New Jersey based dancer, singer, and actor. Lauren has been studying dance and performing for 15 years. A recent graduate of Fordham University, she has been able to study at the London Dramatic Academy, the Rockette Summer Intensive, Broadway Dance Center, New Jersey Ballet, and Broadway Dance Theatre.

Gregory J. Hanks

Instructor

Gregory J. Hanks is a New Jersey based performing and teaching artist. Originally from Maplewood, NJ, Gregory has had an undying passion for the arts for as long as he can remember. His arts training began as student of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Summer Youth Performance Workshop, also at NJPAC, he performed

Marianna Tsartolia

Director of the Arts, Dance Academy Instructor

Mrs. Tsartolia was born in Athens, Greece where she received her BFA in dance from the State School of Dance. A recipient of scholarships from the Alexander Onassis and Merce Cunningham Foundations, Mrs. Tsartolia graduated from the Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC in 1997. She performed in the US and Europe with Mandafounis Modern Dance Company,

Ms. Valentino

4th Degree Black Belt with the American Tae Kwon Do Association Competition Achievements New Jersey State Champ (Forms) 2006 and 2007,  (Forms and Sparring) 2008 and 2009, (Form and Weapons) – 2010 Top 10 Competitor in United States in (Forms) 2006, 2007, 2008 (Forms, Sparring and Weapons) 2009 Silver Medal in World Championships in Forms

Ms. Gedman

Chief Instructor Gedman’s Black Belt Academy, located at the Westfield Area Y 5th Degree Black Belt with the American Tae Kwon Do Association Member of the ATA since 2001, earned 1st Degree Black Belt in 2003 Competition Achievements New Jersey State Champ (Weapons, Sparring and Forms) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Mr. Rivera

Training in Tae Kwon Do since 1990 Competition Achievements New Jersey State Champ (Sparring and Forms) -2007 New Jersey State Champ (Weapons, Sparring and Forms) – 2008 New Jersey State Champ ( Form) – 2009 Top 10 Competitor in United States in Forms 2007, 2008 Top 10 Competitor in United States in Sparring 2007 Bronze

Mr. Ramirez

-2nd Degree Black Belt with the American Tae Kwon Do Association Earned 1st Degree Black Belt- with World Tae Kwon Do Association in 2000 Certifications Level 2- Specialty Trainer Level 1 Regional Judge

Michelle A. Tulloch

Michelle received her B.S in Psychology from Virginia State University, and she is currently enrolled in Pratt Institute’s Creative Arts Therapy program for her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy. Michelle has been dancing since the age of four in many styles from ballet, tap, African dance, hip hop, modern, and jazz.