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Gound-Breaking Dance Program for Individuals with Learning Differences: 'Rythm Works' Now Available at Colts Neck Dance Academy

Sheri Calamusa and Licia Fazzini Credits: CND

COLTS NECK, N.J. - Rhythm Works is a ground-breaking Rhythm & Dance program that recognizes how movement serves an integral role in helping the brain function at its best, and was created for individuals with learning differences and a wide variety of diagnoses. It uses music, purposeful movement and defined rhythm patterns to fully integrate the body, mind, and spirit. The program is specifically designed to assist in a child’s individual developmental goals and specific sensory, cognitive, and physical needs. The movement is designed to engage the vestibular system, provide proprioceptive input, aide in adaptive skills, and progress fine and gross motor development.  It engages the child and assists in building social skills like taking turns, partner work, leadership, self-control, and various forms of self-expression. Find out more today  at Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy

About Colts Neck Dance Academy:

We provide quality dance and performing arts education with training and technique by skilled and certified professionals. Educating students from two years to pre-professional for over 23 years. We provide proven curriculums that provide the fundamentals to instill the confidence in our students.   We offer classical technique in a fun and educationally filled environment. CND is committed to lifting up our students and supporting them while they achieve their dreams and personal goals, through group and private lessons. Dedicated to helping students have doors open and further opportunities in the performing arts.  Our fall schedule of classes includes Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Combination Classes, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, American Ballet Theater National Curriculum Program in Ballet, Pre Pointe and Pointe, certified Acrobatic Arts Syllabus, certified Rhythm Works Program, Colts Neck Dance Competition Company, Assistant Teacher Program and Clash Tap Dance Ensemble.  We offer Broadway excursions with Master classes to NYC, to Get On Your Feet and Radio City Rockettes.  Our competition company has numerous choreography awards. 

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Our teachers are Associated with Dance Educators of America, New Jersey Dance Teachers Association, Acrobatic Arts, American Ballet Theater National Curriculum.  Students have appeared at Walt Disney World Epcot Parade and World Showcase Stage Show, Six Flags, New York City Dance Arts Festival.

Local venues Colts Neck Tree Lighting Ceremony, Colts Neck Memorial Day Parade, Brandywine at Colts Neck, Red Bank Catholic Arts for the Heart Show, Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy Nutcracker and other local Nutcracker appearances.

Our students have been accepted into specialized high schools for dance and accepted onto school teams for dance and cheer.  Students have performed in local theater throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Recognized with invitations to summer programs at Joffrey Ballet, Walnut Hill, Marymount Manhattan numerous dance teams at national dance conventions.  

Graduating seniors from CND have gone onto Major and Minor in dance such as Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, University of the Arts, George Mason University, awarded financial scholarships within their university.  Dancing, choreographing and being on the board for their university dance clubs recently at Fordham, The College of New Jersey, Rutgers, Wake Forest to name a few.  

We are proud to say CND alumni have gone on to dance for Ballet companies, Cruise Lines,  Touring  Groups, Broadway shows and earned a degree in dance to come back and be a CND teacher!

You’re welcome to visit our beautiful facilities, view a class and learn more about our Academy.  Visit our website for summer and fall information on classes, camps and intensives at or call 732-866-3930.  

Colts Neck Dance Wear is now available for your convenience at the Academy. We offer assistance and competitive pricing for dancewear including footwear and body wear.

Call today for a personal tour and to schedule a free trial class.

We offer 50% off tuition to military families, 10 Percent off annual tuition when paid in full by September 15.  Call for scheduled open houses. Free Trial class offered.  

We the dancers, faculty and staff of Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy are a dance community. We are committed to demonstrate and uphold integrity, leadership, responsibility, character, and professionalism.  We consider it a privilege to educate and to participate in a worldwide community for the dance & the performing arts.  

“Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly” - Hooding S Cater


Hours of operation

Monday – Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm, Friday 4:00pm-9:00pm


Sheri Ladley-Calamusa Owner/Artistic Director  Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy Morello Plaza 410 Route 34 Colts Neck, NJ 07722 Phone 732-866-3930, Email Colts Neck Dance Here  


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