Dance Academy

High-quality instruction in a warm and nurturing environment

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The experienced instructors at the Dance Academy of the Westfield Area YMCA teach a variety of dance styles to students of all ages and levels. Our goal is to provide high-quality instruction in a warm and nurturing environment. Students learn and develop proper technique and are encouraged to be creative and artistic. It is our mission to develop skilled, well-rounded and confident dancers.

A variety of youth and teen classes are available for students ages 3-16 and include Little Movers, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Modern.  Dance Company is a performance group geared towards dancers ages 10-16 of higher level abilities. Various choreographers create works to be rehearsed and performed in multiple venues within and outside of the Westfield community. Committed dancers are required to attend one or more technique classes, Dance Stretch & Conditioning, and a weekly company rehearsal. An invitation or audition is required to participate.  Adult classes are also available.

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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Marianna Tsartolia, Director of the Arts

Amanda Bigelow, Coordinator

Adrienne Asterita

Isabelle Filiciello

Lauren Frazier

Gregory J. Hanks

Imani Munford

 

OUR STUDIO:

Our new studio space opened in 2016 at the Garwood Family Center YMCA! This fully renovated, approx 1,700 square foot dance studio space features a Marley floor, height-adjustable dance bars, mirrored walls, new lighting, and a professional sound system. There is also a separate seated viewing area for parents and caregivers with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall.