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STAFF

Ms. Jackie-Owner

Artistic Director

Ms Jackie began her studies at former Rockette Linda Jandoli’s School of Dance which later became Absolute Dance. Ms Jackie has been dancing for over twenty years and has studied the art of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, and Hip Hop. She continued her dance education by attending classes in New York City. This foundation led to many successful endeavors including finishing first place in various competitions, acceptance into Middlesex County Arts High School, Radio City Rockette Intensive, and acceptance into Montclair Sate University’s dance program.

Ms Jackie completed a Bachelors Degree from Montclair State University as a Communication Major and Dance Minor. There she studied Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, and Laban Movement. In 2009 Ms Jackie became the new owner of Absolute Dance Center and has since had the privilege of working with and challenging dancers of all ages. This varied career as a student, performer, and instructor allows Ms Jackie to bring a great deal of experience and passion to the classroom.

Ms. Cherisse

Instructor-Dance Team Advisor

Ms Cherisse began her dance career over 25 years ago at The Showtime Dance Studio in Queens, New York. There she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe. She continued her dance education at Cardozo High School where she was introduced to and studied Modern Dance. During this time, she also had the opportunity to take part in the Martha Graham intensive dance program.

Ms Cherisse graduated from Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She was able to further her studies in Ballet, Modern, Ethnic Dance, and Choreograph as well as perform with the dance company. In 1998, Ms Cherisse and the privilege of joining two New York City based dance companies; Sensedance Modern Company and The Mariana Bekerman Dance Company. After 8 years of performing, Ms Cherisse began her teaching career. She has experience teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Toddler classes and works with very closely with the school’s Performance Team.

Ms Cherisse finds absolute gratification in teaching children of all ages, and is so proud of the work she is able to accomplish with the children.

Ms. Stephanie

Instructor/Dance Team Advisor

Ms. Stephanie began dancing at the age of 5, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. She danced at American Repertory Ballet for 2 years and performed in Princeton Ballet School’s rendition of the Nutcracker and Peter Pan at a young age. At age 10, Ms. Stephanie began competitive dance, where she won many regional and national awards as a group and solo/trio competitor. Upon graduating high school, Ms. Stephanie went on to being a member of the Rutgers University Dance Team for her freshman year. She competed at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) competition with her team. She has also taught dance classes since age 17 at her old dance studio.

Currently, Ms. Stephanie is attending college at Rutgers University, obtaining her BA in Criminal Justice. She has a passion for dance that she will never give up, still taking classes in NYC and other studios whenever she has the chance. Ms. Stephanie is committed to teaching students everything she knows, as well as spreading her passion. She is very excited to be a part of Absolute Dance Center’s staff, and to teach the Mini Dance Team!

Ms Joanna

Instructor/Dance Team Instructor

Ms. Joanna has been choreographing and teaching dance since 2001. Trained in ballet, tap, and jazz at local dance schools in her youth, Joanna continued studying dance as an adult, taking classes at Rutgers University, New Jersey School of Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet. Combining her love of the performing arts with a passion for service, Joanna founded and directed a community service performing arts recital project from 2001-2004, in which volunteer musicians, singers, and dancers performed for nursing home residents and after school youth. During that time, she also taught ballet, tap, and jazz/hip-hop at a local dance school. She has a B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Joanna spent several years working with adolescents at a youth organization, and became proud a stay-at-home mom in 2010. She is excited to return to dance and share her love and knowledge of the art with the students at Absolute Dance Center!

Ms. Lauren

Instructor-Dance Team Advisor

Ms Lauren started her love of dance at an early age after seeing Liza Minelli tap dance on TV.   She immediately wanted to “make noise with her feet!”   Lauren has been dancing for over twenty years, studying tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, pointe, lyrical and gymnastics.   She has attended numerous workshops and classes where she has had the privilege of learning from dance greats such as Brian Friedman, Liz Imperio, Shiela Barker and many others.

Ms. Lauren has experience as both a competitive dancer and cheerleader.   As a competitive cheerleader she got to expand her repertoire to include gymnastics and stunting.   Lauren studied acting at George Street Playhouse and has performed in such classics as The Wizard of Oz and Annie Get Your Gun.    She loves to perform and especially enjoys sharing that passion with others!

Miss Lauren has her Bachelors of Arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her Masters of Arts from Kean University.

Ms. J’Loni

Instructor-Dance Team Advisor

J’Loni Jones was born in Somerville, NJ. She started training and performing when she was 4 years old.  J’Loni loves training with her crew, Beat Club and gets stronger every class she takes. J’Loni trains in the hip hop/urban styles (b-boying, popping, locking, house, new jack swing, waacking, vogue), industry styles (like commercial street jazz), traditional styles (contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical).

J’loni has had the opportunity to perform in many different venues including Radio City Music Hall where she did “America’s got Talent” as well as the “Radio City Spring Spectacular”. She has done live performances and television performances like the Netflix Series “The Get Down” and Fox channel’s “Glee”, which other members of her crew did with her. J’loni has worked artist such as, Alicia Keys, Madonna, and Chris Brown and has danced on television networks like MTV and ABC. She has always loved to perform and now excited to teach what she has learned throughout her professional career!

Ms. Sydney

Instructor/Dance Team Instructor

“I teach because it is my small way of changing the world.” Sydney is an educator, creative artist, and animal lover. Beginning her dance training in a small studio in Deptford, NJ, she has since grown to pursue a dance career in high school and college. Sydney will obtain her B.A. in Dance Education from Montclair State University in December 2017 after having the honor to study with a wide range of teachers and perform the works of Charles Weidman, Frederick Earl Mosley, and Anna Sokolow, among others. In 2013, Sydney had the opportunity to study and perform in Livorno, Italy. Despite her love for performing, Sydney finds her true sense of purpose to be with teaching. For her, there is no greater reward than seeing a student proud of their work. In her past 5 years of teaching, Sydney has developed a philosophy of education that is encouraging of individuality, creativity, self-awareness, teamwork, diligence, and respect. Sydney is proud to have made the progression from Intern to Teacher.

 

Ms. Lynda

Office Manager

Ms. Lynda is our Office Manager at Absolute Dance.  She has been with the studio since 2009.  She has a varied background in Residential Interior Design, Custom Window Treatment Design, and General Clerical work.  As a mom of a dancer, she understands the world of dance, and what comes with this art-form.  Ms. Lynda is not only our office manager, but our backstage manager for the annual recital.