Since our start in 2012 our mission has been to build our student’s self esteem through dance. We intend to make all of our dancers feel confident and comfortable while experiencing the joy of dance and movement.
Stefanie is from San Francisco and took her first dance class at the age of 3 becoming involved competitively, winning national championships, titles and various scholarships. At 12 years old she realized her main love was in the style of ballet and from there began intensive technical training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Lines Ballet School, Berkeley Ballet Theater and Oakland Ballet School under the direction of Ron Guidi. The following summer an audition afforded her a spot to attend a prestigious youth performance workshop in NYC and she had the privilege to perform Off-Broadway. At 16 she created an outreach program which brought formal ballet classes to the underserved community of inner city Oakland, CA. Always inspired to increase her scope of the arts she received a Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of Southern California and performed with the university’s ballet company. She moved to New York City to broaden her dance education with an emphasis to teach. She is super thrilled to teach ballet at Inner Grace and keep things exciting and fun!
Miss Carol received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in Physical and Health Education from Montclair State College. She is also a NJ certified teacher K-12. Miss Carol was the Director of the Dance Department at the Madison Area YMCA for 10 years. After a total of 29 years of service to the YMCA she has retired and is focusing on a freelance career doing birthday parties and teaching dance. Carol is best known for her Creative Movement classes as well as her famous tea parties. The creativity and themes she uses teaching Creative Movement is unparalleled and she is excited to begin on her new path teaching at Inner Grace.
Miss Casey has been a performer and dance teacher in the surrounding area for the past 13 years. She has performed at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown and more recently danced for the professional football league, the AFL. She has studied dance since the age of three in all styles and has studied at Broadway Dance Center for the past five years. Since the early age of six years old Casey became an accomplished competition dancer. She received numerous “Best Overall” in a number of categories. As a teacher, Casey’s students have also received high recognition in choreography and performance. She currently teaches all of our lyrical and competition groups.
Miss Cassandra has been dancing since she was three years old. She attended her dance school for fifteen years where she studied jazz, ballet and modern dance. In addition to dancing, Cassandra was a member of the YMCA rosette gymnastic team for 14 years. During this time she received an All-American Gymnast honor. In addition to her Associates in Fine Arts in dance from Morris County College where she received an outstanding choreographer and dancer award her other credits include dancing for the NJ Revolutions and The Stags professional football teams. She is also a performing member of Rock Roulette Productions and Gillian Petrie Dance Company. She has performed at NJPAC Cassandra has taught dance for over 10 years and is a gymnastic coach as well. In addition to constantly taking class in the city to improve her technique and skills, she is an integral part of Inner Grace. She teaches many of our recreational classes and advanced competition teams. Her choreography has been celebrated at multiple dance competitions in the area.
Miss Connie started her dancing career when she was four years old in New York City. She studied ballet, jazz and tap and was taught by many a-list teachers at a very young age. She became a member of her school’s dance company and performed in numerous competitions and venues including Madison Square Garden. In order to supplement her dance tuition, she began teaching at a very young age. She was teaching at the age of sixteen at her local dance school and continued doing so throughout high school and summer college years. Connie received her B.A. from Rutgers University and studied dance throughout college. In 2002, she decided to go back to her roots and began teaching dance again in numerous studios in the area. She has taught in every dance style, including ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement and hip-hop. In addition to dance and raising her three children Connie has experience working with children who have learning differences in an academic setting. She feels that this work has been helpful in understanding how all children learn and has definitely made her a better