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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. Julia

Instructor/Dance Team Advisor

Ms. Julia began taking dance at age 6 and studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and acrobatics. When she saw the competition team perform she fell in love and knew she wanted to be up there. Ms. Julia began competitive dance at age 8 and won regional and national awards. Based on her dancing at competitions, she was selected to perform with Team Rave NY. Ms. Julia danced in the Franklin High School Dance Program, where she was introduced to modern dance. Ms. Julia then went onto to Raritan Valley Community College continuing her studies of dance. She received her BA degree in dance at Rider University where she studied dance history, choreography and laban movement. She also studied ballet and modern through Princeton Ballet School, which Rider has a partnership with. While attending Rider she did student teaching at Princeton Ballet School and began her teaching career at a local dance studio. Ms. Julia has been teaching for 2 years and hopes to further her experience and dream of teaching other students everything she has learned and help them grow as dancers. She has a passion for dance and love for working with children. Ms. Julia is excited to have become apart of Absolute Dance Center’s staff.

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

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. 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.