The Academy of Dance Arts is where elite training meets inclusive community! For 30 years we have educated students of all levels and ages in the Art of Dance. You don’t have to audition or want a career in dance to enroll at ADA. We think of dance as a study and we think the fun part is getting good at it, not just knowing the steps! Knowing the technique behind the steps, and knowing how to apply that technique physically is what makes a dancer great and we specialize in teaching this in a way that is exciting and challenging! While other dance schools focus on learning a dance routine to perform at a recital or competitions, we train dancers to be knowledgeable about their art and their bodies, to be conscious in their movements and to enjoy dancing!
Founded by Jennifer Church in 1985, the Academy started with about 150 students in a 3 story walk up on Monmouth Street. Word spread about the quality of dance training offered at the Academy and by 1996, with more than 500 students, the Academy had outgrown its location and moved into 10,000 square feet at 59 Chestnut Street, where it is currently located. In 2008, Mrs. Church passed the position of Artistic Director on to her former student Shayne Mishoe and husband Nicholas. Mr. and Mrs. Mishoe continue the tradition of excellence at the Academy while implementing new and exciting classes to broaden students’ knowledge of the art of dance.
Center picture from left to right: Nicholas Mishoe, Jennifer Church and Shayne Mishoe
Who We Host
The Academy is proud to host many programs run by other organizations and teachers. Read up on these exciting people below and then try out their classes right here at the Academy!
The Little Rockers Band offers unique introductory music classes for babies, toddlers and early school age children, guaranteed to get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ to the beat! Our Little Rockers cool kids’ music classes are held in groups, because the best music out there is the music we make together! The Little Rockers Band believes that the best way to get children interested in music is to let them be a part of making it. All of our music classes are taught by experienced Teaching Artists, dedicated to nurturing a life-long love of music.
The Royal Academy of Dance was founded over 80 years ago, and is the largest, most influential dance teacher training and examining body for classical ballet in the world. Our teaching method is taught in over 70 countries in the world, setting high standards of dance training for over 250,000 students each year. The Academy of Dance Arts hosts RAD exams every spring; hundreds of students from surrounding states descend on ADA for these exams.
Gaia Fit Boot Camp & Tabata Burn inspires clients to have fun exercising and get real results with cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises. The dynamic workouts—which are fit for beginners and seasoned athletes alike—are paired with nutrition programs and support to propel clients toward wellness. Visit www.gaiafit.com for more information about Gaia Fit’s Boot Camp and Tabata Burn programs.
Ballet For Mind, Body & Spirit Whether you are new to ballet or advanced this adult class offers something for everyone! Build body tone and strength, work on posture, learn how to move efficiently and wake up your brain. All this in a fun and supportive environment! Contact Doreen Laperdon-Addison: dancenmove1 (at) yahoo (dot) com or 908-309-3987
Breakreate is a workshop that uses movement as a catalyst for change. In this workshop for children break dance, movement fundamentals and improvisations come together as a new and exciting hip venue. Find a new and creative solution to some of today’s toughest issues through artistic collaboration.
BREAK through negativity and fear. PAUSE stop and think to create value for yourself and others. FLOW with your individuality and take a new route for best results. Contact the Academy for info on class times.
About our website
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