TAPinto “Spotlight on Business” features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features Berkeley Heights business “Performing Arts 5678 - Dance. Act. Sing. Shine.” created by Jessica Lombardi.
Performing Arts 5678 is dedicated to enriching, inspiring, and teaching performing arts, dance, musical theatre, and acting! Classes will take place In-Person within socially distanced classes. All students will wear masks. In addition to wearing masks and staying socially distant, classes will be limited to seven students in order to maintain social distancing from all directions. Programs are geared to those who range from age 3-Adult. Students will receive expert instruction for all ages and abilities.
Lombardi, who founded the company in 2020, said, “I have been dancing since I was three years old. I received my BFA in Acting. After many years of professional performing, when I started a family, I began teaching 12 years ago.” She continued by saying, “When COVID struck, I formed this company so that I could creatively think outside the box while continuing to provide outstanding instruction.”
TAPinto: What is unique about your business?
Lombardi: I have the ability to teach in person, socially distanced classes, both indoors and outdoors. I have purchased the same professional flooring that Cirque du Soleil uses, which can be placed outside. Even if classes have to take place outdoors, students will have a proper floor in which to learn. It has been purchased in two colors, of 6‘ x 6‘ square sections. Students can easily visualize staying separated from one another in all directions. Very few, if any, studios in the area have this ability. Having the option to teach outdoors should allow everyone significantly more in-person classes.
TAPinto: What sets you apart from your competition?
Lombardi: Not only am I the main instructor, but I have tremendous professional experience which helps me teach people of all ages and abilities. When I have students who are pursuing professional experiences and college for the performing arts, my background helps push them to reach their fullest potential with auditions. I have been there and done that, so to speak. I am also a mother of a 9 yr old and 14 yr old, I understand how to interact with children of all ages. I have realistic expectations while striving for everyone’s best effort 100% of the time.
Classes are also structured to truly involve everyone. Broadway based themes are used yearly to allow each individual class routines to become part of something big.
TAPinto: What is most important for people to know about your business?
Lombardi: Pricing is affordable and that we offer Indoor and outdoor classes. Performing arts 5678 will never give up, and will resume classes via zoom, if no in-person classes are allowed to take place, based on New Jersey Guidelines. Multiple measures have been and will be taken to ensure fun, enriching, and socially distance classes for the 2020-2021 season.
TAPinto: Location and Business Hours:
Lombardi: We are conveniently located in the hall above the Berkeley Heights VFW. By enrolling in classes, not only our family is supporting Performing Arts 5678, but they are also supporting the VFW, as my company is paying them rent.
Classes Will Take Place Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. No classes currently offered on Wednesdays, however, if there is interest, more classes may be opened up. Weekday classes take place after school. More information can be found on the Performing Arts 5678 website.
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