Donna is familiar face at Jersey Dance, working in the roles of studio manager and event coordinator. She passionately teaches Ballroom and Latin dancing to beginner and intermediate students. Donna’s strength lies in her easygoing manner, which relaxes students, allowing them to quickly learn to move freely and confidently. Donna is a stand out wedding choreographer and loves working with couples, as well as mothers and fathers of brides and grooms, to make their day extra special. Donna will teach you to dance and brighten your day at the same time.
Head of Dance Instruction / Competitive and Social Dancer
Jennifer is a competitive dancer specializing in international standard (Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep). She is also an experienced teacher in smooth, rhythm and latin dancing. She loves teaching students of all levels - from competitors to social dancers to wedding couples. She uses a unique approach that simplifies dancing - allowing learning to be fun and easy! Whether you are an experienced dancer looking to improve your technique or a beginner looking to learn a few moves and be comfortable on the floor, Jennifer is a great teacher for you!
Hazel teaches, choreographs, judges, and competes on the West Coast Swing and Hustle circuits. With an emphasis on partnering essentials, she will bring joy and confidence to your dancing. She will help you understand the simple to the advanced and add a creative edge to your Swing and Hustle dancing. Hazel has won Multiple World Championships in Hustle and West Coast Swing. At Jersey Dance, Hazel teaches private and group classes in Hustle and West Coast Swing in addition to Salsa and standard ballroom and latin dances.
Master Instructor / Competive Dancer / World Champion
Billie couldn’t be more excited about working with Jersey Dance!! While a graduate in Law/Paralegal Studies, dance is Billie’s true passion! She has been dancing for 20+ years – training and competing in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern,Tap and Hip-Hop. In 2004, she was awarded the DIVA-In-Training Scholarship Award for best solo in any category. Billie began teaching dance in 2003 and in 2008 became certified as a Group Groove Instructor. She currently teaches all forms of dance throughout New Jersey; including teaching for Asaye Dance Company where she also participates as a lead company dancer in contemporary and hip-hop. Billie Jo brings true dance style and technique to the Ballroom!
With experience teaching students age 2 through adult, Billie works well teaching any dancer no matter
age, experience or level.
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Other instructors that teach with Jersey Dance include Brandon Rasmussen, Nanette Sulik, Gerry Morris, Carol Feldman, Pete Burdack and Ekaterine Lezhava.
Janie Zitomer and Michael Graham
Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Argentine Tango Instructors
American and International Styles
Janie and Michael have been dance partners since 2009. and have experienced a series of competition successes in International Standard and Argentine Tango. They were selected by audition to appear as dancers in the film “The Silver Linings Playbook”.
Prior to their partnership, each trained extensively with master coaches. Janie, who had already studied ballet for many years, competed during the 10 years preceding the partnership in both latin and standard. Michael, meanwhile, was teaching ballroom and Argentine tango in Pennsylvania. Michael is also a serious student of Flamenco, and can be seen performing on occasion at venues within New Jersey. Both Michael and Janie are amateur musicians, and Michael is a fine artist. Their understanding of music and visual arts contributes to their artistry as dancers.
Michael and Janie teach most modern partner dances, including the latin and smooth dances (American and International styles). Their goal is to express, and to help others experience, the many moods, emotions, and sensations of music. They hope to show by example that dance can be for everyone, at every stage of life.
Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu
Argentine Tango Instruction
Pablo, who is originally from the suburbs of Buenos Aires (Argentina), has studied tango with various master teachers in his home country and in the United States. He also earned a Tango Teaching Certification from the Escuela Argentina de Tango in Buenos Aires. Iwona explored a few other forms of dance before taking up tango, which she has studied in depth and practiced locally. Pablo and Iwona both hold master’s degrees in education and have many years of pedagogical experience, which they apply to their tango teaching.
Instructor / Studio Manager / Events Coordinator
Lead Instructor - All styles
Skip Ascari has been teaching New Jersey to Dance over 30 years. He’s been a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for more than three decades in both the Latin and Ballroom branches. Skip has taught literally thousands of students from beginner level to professional. During his career, Skip performed in many different venues including the Catskills and Poconos, Dance clubs in Manhattan, Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Count Basie Theatre and the colleges and universities of Rutgers, Kean, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth and Brookdale. He also competed in Professional International Latin and Theatre Arts categories, placing 3rd in the New England State Championships and 2nd in the Mid Atlantic Championships. He had the privilege to train under Fran Rogers, Louis Rodrick, Major Hancock, Eugene “Luigi” Faccuito, Francois Szony and John Ruddis. Skip is very passionate about dance and loves to share his experience and excitement with students of all levels.
Sheena Larsen was born and raised in a small town in Utah. As a natural talent, she started salsa in high school and then spent six year competing in latin dancing starting in college. Not long after, she began performing and teaching with the Utah-based professional salsa dance company “Drugagya Forma.” The deeper she ventured, the more she realized how distinct salsa actually was from her ballroom experience. She was attracted to the natural Afro-Latin body movement elements of the dance. Her desire to learn more lead her to NYC several years ago to study under the professional instruction of some of the top pioneers of salsa. She now resides in NJ.
Salsa / Bachata Instructor