The Dance Corner

335 Princeton-Hightstown Road

West Windsor, NJ 08550



Phone: 1-609-799-9677

E-Mail: dance@TheDanceCorner.org



Southfield Shopping Center

Just to the left of

McCafferey's Supermarket

Our Faculty

Directors

Amy DeCesare

Amy is a graduate of the Professional Children's School in New York City. She has Royal Academy of Dance training through the advanced level. Coincidentally, Amy's first professional job was at the McCarter Theater located in Princeton. She toured throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, Panama, and South America with the International Pavlova Celebration starring Alexander Godunov and Starr Danias. She then became a soloist with Ballet Hispanico of New York. Amy spent four years touring the US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Italy as a principal dancer in American Ballet Comedy. This show became "Funny Feet," and Amy was one of the eight dancers to enjoy its Off-Broadway run in New York City. Other professional performances include: "7 Brides for 7 Brothers", "South Pacific"," Wizard of Oz", "Hello Dolly", "Music Man", "Guys & Dolls", "A Connecticut Yankee", "Peter Pan", and "Gypsy". She has been seen in soap operas, movies, videos (instructional and music), and national commercials playing principal roles. She is a member of Dance Masters of America and union affiliations include: American Federation of Television and Radio, Screen Actors Guild, and Actor's Equity Association.

Roni Wilityer

Roni studied ballet with renowned master teachers David Howard and Douglas Wassell in New York. She has been teaching dance for over 16 years and has choreographed numerous recitals. She attended David Howard's Teaching Seminar in New York. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Light Opera Of Manhattan, New Jersey State Opera, Bel Canto Opera, Monmouth Civic Ballet Company and the Bejart Dance Company. She was a featured dancer on "The New Show" with Steve Martin, MTV videos, Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and danced in various theater productions (Brigadoon, Cabaret, Man Of La Mancha, Faust, Duchess of Malfi). She is a member of AFTRA. She designed the sets for The West Windsor Plainsboro Dance company's productions of "The New Age Nutcracker" and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "The Tale of the Little Mermaid", and "The Lost Princess."

 

Instructors

Ashten Banister

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Ashten received training in ballet, modern, tap, and jazz at Studio Arts for Dancers. She danced in the company, Go! Contemporary Dance Works for six years. She attended Interlochen Summer Arts Camp from 2009-2011, and received training in acting, singing, and dancing. While at Interlochen, she performed in Anything Goes, and started her career as a Dance Captain in Aida and Carousel. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Rider University.

Throughout her time at Rider University she performed in Catch Me if You Can, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Dance Captain), and as Cassie in A Chorus Line. She choreographed the Rider University main stage production The Penelopiad, as well as the opera, il mondo della luna at Westminster Choir College.

Her professional credits include Singin' in the Rain at Park Playhouse, Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady (Dance Captain), A Chorus Line, and 8-Track: Sounds of the 70's (Assistant Choreographer) at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine. Few things make her happier than seeing her students grow and begin to believe in themselves. Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.

Debbie DeVries Wince

Debbie DeVries Wince has over ten years of teaching experience and is a certified dance instructor in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics through the Southern Association of Dance Masters. She received her BFA in Dance from Arizona State University in 2009 focusing on modern, choreography and community work. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and with several awards for service to the school and her work with at-risk youth in the Phoenix area. Before attending college she took two years to dance professionally with Thodos Dance Chicago. She has also performed with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Conder Dance, Aaron McGloin Dance and Found Movement Group. She has taught all over the United States, Ecuador and Russia and is thrilled to be a member of The Dance Corner team!

Kenroy Boothe, Jr

Kenroy is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He has been dancing since the age of 13 and has been afforded many opportunities through this art. He is excited to share his love of dance and music with our students and to join The Dance Corner team.

Lilah Ethé

Lilah Ethé received her dance training from The Dance Corner. She began dancing at the studio when it opened its doors in 2001, participating in dance classes and competition teams. In addition to learning ballet, jazz, tap, pointe and lyrical from The Dance Corner, she also has training from Hofstra University in ballet and modern dance. Lilah has her BA in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and English Literature from Hofstra University and is pursuing her MA in English as a Second Language from Rutgers University.  She has performed in and choreographed for many West Windsor Plainsboro Dance Company productions. Teaching and dancing are Lilah's passions and she loves seeing her students learn and grow in her classes!

Lindsey Grites Weeks

Lindsey is currently pursuing her PhD in Dance at Temple University. At Temple, Lindsey has worked as both a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Academic Intern, and she received the Sarah A. Hilsendager Professional Educator Award for commitment and service to the field of dance education in 2012. Lindsey holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University, where she received awards for excellence in performance, choreography, and pedagogy. NYC performances include 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Center and Ailey Citigroup Theater with Deborah Damast and Dancers. She received her BA with highest honors from Rutgers University, where she completed majors in Dance and English. An Associate member of the Cecchetti Council of America, Lindsey was recently awarded a Teacher Scholarship to attend the 2013 Cecchetti International Summer School. Lindsey is also a member of the National Dance Education Organization and Dance New Jersey, and she is certified in ballet through Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey.

Rosie Karlin

Rosie began dance classes as a young adult, and once she started dancing she was hooked for life! She has had training in ballet, jazz, and tap. She has a BA in Liberal Arts from Loyola Marymount University. She taught for many years as an elementary school teacher.

Rosie is active in community theater and has performed in many plays and musicals starting in her native Southern California and continuing at local venues including the Open Air Theatre and the Kelsey Theatre.

Shannon Panetta

Shannon Nagele (Panetta) received her dance training from The North Jersey School of Dance Arts where she studied rhythm, rockette, and broadway tap for 17 years. She has taught tap levels 1-5 and adult as well as our senior competition team. Shannon has choreographed for numerous dance studios and productions, her favorite shows being The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, and Cinderella.

She also founded and ran TCNJ Rhythm, The College of New Jersey's tap jam group from 2004-2007. She has attended TAPCITY, a tap festival in NYC, several times, often participating in masters classes and jams.

Shannon is excited to be returning to The Dance Corner this year to teach tap levels four and five.

Karin Poveromo

Karin is a graduate of Rutgers University – Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. While in college, Karin taught dance to underprivileged youth in the New Brunswick area. She also worked as a Dance Captain for Sesame Place where besides dancing in the Park, she taught choreography, conducted rehearsals, and evaluated dancers. After college, Karin had the opportunity to travel throughout the country for two years while working as a dancer for VEE Corporation's Sesame Street Live Touring Company.

Today, many students and parents may recognize Karin as she also works for Plainsboro Recreation as a Youth Program Coordinator. In addition, she volunteers her time at St. Ann's School in Lawrenceville as a Co-Director and Choreographer for the school's Drama Club productions.

Karin has had training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical dance. She has had over 15 years of experience teaching dance and has been on the faculty of the Dance Corner since 2004. She has a love for children and dance and is passionate about sharing that love with each and every student she works with!

Gabrielle Rosenblum

Gaby has been pointing her toes for twenty one years. Growing up with a mother with a dance background, it was hard not to start! Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, you name it, she's done it. Gaby had the time of her life, competing for almost ten years and placing in national dance competitions. She started teaching her sophmore year of college, while attending Mercer County Community College, majoring in Dance and Fine Arts. Teaching has been her passion since she was younger, and fulfilling it has made her who she is today. Her first year at The Dance Corner has so far been a success for all and nothing but fun for everyone. Gaby has been our "hostess with the mostest" for our dance birthday parties. From pinning the crown on the ballerina, to freeze dance, and so much more in between, watching the children smile and have a great time has made every birthday special! Her motto is "All the world's a stage where you never know who is watching."