156 Franklin Ave Nutley, NJ ~ 973-667-4618

Dance Techniques Academy of Performing Arts

CELEBRATING 28 YEARS!

                                       Jessica Caraballo


Jessica Caraballo is 14 years old and has been dancing at the studio for 11 years. She has danced many different styles however her favorite is contemporary. She has been on the competition team for the past 6 years and has earned several judges' awards as well as winning regional titles and a national title. In addition, she has been chosen to perform in Elite Team performances. Jessica has been student teaching at the studio for the past two years and just recently started working in the office. Jessica enjoys learning different styles of dance and has also been involved with choreographing her own solos. 

                                      Veronica Monetti


Veronica Monetti is 16 years old and a member of our competition team. She is going into her 13th year of dance and her 7th year of competing. She is also going into her 4th year of student teaching, as well as her 3rd year of working in our office. Veronica has done many styles of dance, but her favorite is tap. This year she placed in overalls in two out of the three regional competitions and was chosen to be part of an Elite Team performance at nationals. She has also been a featured ensemble member in Nutley High School's productions for the past two years and was an assistant dance captain for last year's production of Annie Get Your Gun.

                                 Dyana Bollander


Dyana is a mom of two boys from Nutley, NJ. She has been studying dance, in all forms, since she was three years old and has a very solid background in ballet. At the age of 14, Dyana was given her first jazz class to teach. Ever since then, she has felt extremely blessed to be able to combine her two passions; dance and teaching. She has taught students from the age of two through young adults. Dyana studied dance for one semester at Long Island University, then moved on to get her degree in elementary education from Montclair State University. While in college, Dyana took dance classes in New York and New Jersey and also completed several dance teacher continuing education programs. She has been teaching dance in Wayne for the last 15 years. Dyana has had the privilege of performing with Immersion Dance Company for a brief time, performing in New York and Philadelphia. She also performed last summer, with Freespace Dance Company in Montclair, under the direction of Donna Scro. Dyana approaches all levels of her teaching with compassion and she has the patience to teach beginner levels and the knowledge and discipline to teach the more advanced dancers. Dance has been such a big part of Dyana's whole life and she could never imagine a day without it. Dyana hopes that her students can feel her passion and that each and every student she meets is affected, in some way, by her love of teaching. If everyone leaves her class learning something new then that is a great class. This past May Dyana became a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and is teaching classes in several yoga studios in the area. 

                                      Melissa Herman


Melissa began dancing at the young age of 8 years old at Dance Techniques. She continued training here in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and modern dance. DTAPA quickly became her second home. While in DTAPA's Dance Company, she competed in and won many dance competitions. She began student teaching under the direction of Miss Andrea for four years and has been teaching on her own ever since. Melissa specializes in instructing young students ages 3 and up. Her students have gone on to be a part of the Dance Company and have participated in many competitions. Melissa loves to share her passion of dance with her students and looks forward to the future!

INSTRUCTORS

                                               Cara Conte


Cara began dancing at DTAPA traveling to several national dance competitions, competing with her fellow dance company members, and making lifetime friends who turned into family. Cara's favorite DTAPA experience is performing at Walt Disney World with Dance Techniques when she was in high school. After graduating high school and finishing at Dance Techniques, Cara took dance classes at Montclair State University and performed with Rhytym Nation Dance Company while attending Montclair State. Cara has most recently taught at Ellis Dance Studio, choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie for Nutley High School, and has performed for several theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, and Sesame Street for SeaWorld Orlando. 

                  Andrea Harrison- Owner/Director


Miss Andrea Harrison started dance at the early age of 3. She continued her training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, pointe, and Tahitian dance until the age of 15 where she studied at and graduated from the Performing Arts High School of Montclair, NJ. She has studied dance throughout her life and continues to educate herself of the newest styles, trends, and choreography. Andrea is a certified dance instructor of the Associated Dance Teachers of NJ, dedicating her life to the art of teaching dance. Ms. Harrison has performed on MTV's daily fitness program as well as the home version. Her performance experiences include years of dancing throughout the tri-state area as well as hours of classes worldwide. In 2013 Andrea received her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification from the American Yoga Academy. Presently, Andrea spends her time developing dance program to better educate her students.

                                            Cheryl Kovacs


Cheryl Kovacs began dancing at an early age. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics at Debbie McCann School of Dance and danced competitively for many years. She earned her dance teacher certification from Dance Educators of America in New York City, Cheryl worked as a choreographer for Butler High School for eight years where she earned a Best Choreography Nomination from Paper Mill Playhouse. Some of her work includes Guys and Dolls, Grease, Footloose, and Gypsy. She has also worked with the Charles Sellers Foundation in Bloomfield choreographing A Music Man and A Chorus Line. She enjoys bringing her love of dance to the classroom where she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary. She has taught students age 3 to adult from beginner to advanced levels. Her students have earned several high scores and many awards at dance competitions. Cheryl hopes to continue to grow as a choreographer and teacher and share her passion with her students. 

                                  ​Rebecca Vigna


Rebecca is 16 years old and has been dancing at Dance Techniques for 14 years. Joining at the age of 8, she has been part of the competitive company for the past 9 years. Throughout the years, Rebecca has won many overalls and judges' awards for her solos and group routines in a variety of styles, her favorites being contemporary and musical theater. Most recently she has won 1st overall Senior Solo at Starbound Dance Competition. Additionally she has been awarded the Excellence in Musical Theater Award from Beyond The Stars Dance Convention and the NYDE Workshop Scholarship from Starbound Dance Competition. Rebecca has also been regularly chosen to participate in National Elite Teams for many competitions. Some of her other accomplishments include being named Dance Captain for Nutley High School's production of Annie Get Your Gun​ and being featured in a promotional commercial for Dancing With The Stars. In addition to dancing, Rebecca is also a varsity cheerleader, honors and AP student, and manages the studio's social media accounts.

​STUDENT ASSISTANTS

                            ​          Daniella Gonzalez


Daniella Gonzalez, 19, began dancing at the young age of 3. Although she has attended other studios, it is here at Dance Techniques where she found her true love for dance. Daniella has been at the studio for over 10 years and in this time she has worked at DTAPA for 5 years as part of the office staff, an instructor, and a student assistant for Miss Melissa. She taught the Junior Dance Company's Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary/Modern dances in which her students won many awards for stage presence and choreography. As for herself, Daniella has won awards for her solos in Contemporary and Jazz such as Highest Scoring Senior Soloist at Starbound Dance Competition and First Place Overall at Beyond the Stars. Daniella attended the University of Scranton from 2015-2017 but now she will be attending Montclair State University in order to get her degree in Education and History. Daniella will be teaching once again this fall and spreading her love of dance to her students.

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