A Message from Your Neighborhood Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts:
Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy has been educating students in dance of Monmouth and Ocean counties for over 25 years. Where and with whom you entrust your child’s education is a very important decision. Proper dance training and positive coaching is essential for what they learn today remains with them for a lifetime. Our professional teachers are committed to help build confidence in your child while they achieve their dreams and personal goals.
Dance is worldwide and nationally it is recognized and appreciated because of the high standards of ability and technique dancers have. Providing your child a dance education is an excellent after school activity that opens the door for opportunity. Our students are involved in school dance programs, dance/cheer teams, local theater and holiday nutcracker venues. They have advantages when applying to the specialized high schools. Some have been awarded financial scholarships within their college. Dancers are amazing people and some incredible CND alumni have gone on to dance for major Ballet companies, touring groups, perform on Broadway and earn a degree in dance to come back and be a CND teacher.
We welcome you to visit our beautiful facilities, take a class and learn more about Colts Neck Dance Academy. We offer Colts Neck Dance Wear assistance and competitive pricing for dance wear including footwear and body wear. The required dance wear is outlined within our curriculum descriptions found in your brochure and student handbook.
We are conveniently located at Morello Plaza, 410 Route 34 South in Colts Neck, 07722. A receptionist will greet you and keep you informed as you wait for your child in our spacious waiting area with theater chairs. A dancers hallway to place dance bags, sit and change shoes lead to two spacious classrooms. Well equipped with two- way glass for viewing, sprung hard wood flooring, professional sound system and theatrical lighting in our classrooms.
The atmosphere is welcoming, students have fun, work hard and love it at CND. Dancers grow as a result to the positive nurturing environment! It’s a great place to call home!
Special offers and opportunities at Colts Neck Dance Academy:
- Student Centered and Educationally Based for 25 Years.
- Military families receive 50% off tuition.
- CND extension program that teaches Colts Neck Dance classes at your facility
- Rhythm works class for students with special needs.
- Wingman 4 dance studio program that encourages acceptance & inclusive dance studio environment for it’s students.
- Dancers receive outside opportunities and experiences in dance and the arts taking them to NYC dance classes, Broadway and Disney.
- Private coaching and informational seminars for dancers wishing to pursue dance in high school, college and beyond school, looking to pursue a career in dance.
- Special curriculum, training and levels for our CND competitive dance company.
- Training & Technique by skilled & certified professionals.
- American Ballet Theater curriculum, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz,
contemporary, modern, acrobatic arts curriculum, hip hop,
musical theater, creative movement, combination classes.
- Summer camps, classes, CND staff intensives and workshop Wednesdays by guest teachers.
- Free trial classes offered to dancers wishing to try new classes or are new to our school.
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Owner/ Artistic Director Sheri Ladley-Calamusa
Member of Dance Educators of America
Sheri was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. Sheri has trained in all dance syllabus’ ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, floor barre, and partnering at NYC’s Steps and Broadway Dance Center. As a professional dancer she earned her Actors Eligibility Card and continued her training in Broadway vocal instruction, Skinner speech method as well as Meisner acting technique. Her professional dance career began at an early age dancing with recording artists, cruise lines, off-Broadway shows, industrials, theatrical productions for revues in Atlantic City and Monte-Carlo. Traveling as a professional dancer and taking instruction from international teachers and choreographers has given her the foundation from which she has built her career as a choreographer and teacher. Being a professional dancer has given her the experience of being in a real theater on stage and behind the scenes. Since establishing the Academy in 1995, Sheri has directed, instructed, coached and choreographed for Colts Neck Dance and it’s students. She has brought many charitable, competitive and pre collegiate performance opportunities to Academy students. Colts Neck Dance students have pursued majoring and minoring in dance in college, pursued a professional career on Broadway, Theme Parks, High School Dance Programs and Dance Teams, Joffrey Ballet School, Walnut Hill Summer Program, Rockette Summer Intensive, local Nutcracker Productions and many have been awarded scholarships.
Sheri continues pursuing her career attending national dance teacher conventions and conferences, taking class in dance, yoga and Pilates while receiving her Pilates certification. Certified in Rhythm Works teaching students who have special needs. Cooperatively working together with parents, coaches and teachers from student’s schools to accommodate dancers schedules.
“As we arrive on our 25th year of dance and performing arts, I’m extremely proud of our outstanding staff, students and alumni. I feel the love for dance and tremendous work ethic and I can't think of a better, happier place to be than with my talented and loving CND dance family!” - Miss Sheri
Sheri along with her husband Frank Calamusa reside in Colts Neck with their children Katherine, Elizabeth, James, Chris and Joe.