Our faculty consists of professional, highly trained instructors who are truly dedicated to bringing out the very best in each and every one of our students.  Our entire faculty has an intense background in teaching.  We are passionate about teaching, and it shows!  A student teacher may assist in a class that is extremely full, or at the request of the instructor.

 

 

DARLENE PALLOTTA JASION - Owner/Director/Choreographer

Darlene has been teaching dance for more than 30 years.  She was trained by Judy Debenedicty, Helen Douglas and BDC.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Centenary College, where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Dance. 

Darlene has won hundreds of choreography, top studio, top group, and top duet/trio awards when she owned Dance By Darlene, a competition school.  Darlene closed the competition school after deciding to stay home and raise her three sons. 

After a short while, she started teaching again in the Hackettstown area.  In 1999, she opened Dance Expressions, a performance school where the emphasis is on a friendly, family oriented atmosphere, and where the students are trained and geared towards all aspects of performing, not strictly competition.  Darlene and other members of her staff have had their students dance on Carnival Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Hershey Park, baseball games, Morey's Piers in Wildwood, the New Jersey Devils at MetLife Stadium, and various locations in Myrtle Beach including the Palace Theater, the Carolina Opry, and Broadway on the Beach.  They have also performed at many community events.


MONIKA AIMOVA 

Monika has over 25 years of teaching experience in all levels of ballet, pointe, contemporary and gymnastics.  She was trained in the Vaganova method by Czech and Russian teachers.  She was also the Owner/Director of Ballerina-European Dance Academy for 14 years.  She choreographed hundreds of dance recitals, workshops, auditions and competitions.  Monika was also a member of the Czech Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team, and is certified in Pilates. 

Monika had an extensive professional career as a dancer with major Eastern European ballet companies.  She was a member of the National Ballet of Prague, as well as a Solist and Leading Ballerina for the State Theatres in Pilsen and Ostrava, Czech Republic.   Her career includes over one thousand performances at major theatres, operas, musicals and television shows in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Germany and Poland, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Giselle, Peer Gynt, Cinderella, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet.  She is a very gifted teacher, and a wonderful asset to our studio.


SARAH ARCONA


AMANDA KINNEY 

Amanda has been teaching at Dance Expressions since 2013, but it seems like she has always been here.  She came to us with more than 8 years of experience as a dance instructor and choreographer, teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre.  She has a degree in Theatre Arts/Dance from Rowan University.  She is energetic, creative and passionate about teaching our dancers, and it shows in everything she does.  We are so pleased to have Amanda's talent on our staff!


GRACE NOEL



SABRINA OLIVIERI


LAUREN PALMIERI


MONICA PESEK


JOANNE TAGLIENTI

Joanne has been teaching dance for over 25 years.  She studied at Signorelli School of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and the Annapolis Ballet Theatre.  She has performed and was the choreographer for the St. Joseph’s College Kickline.  Joanne has won numerous awards for her choreography at national dance competitions, and has also judged several events.  Joanne has been instrumental in the development of preschool dance programs, and has a special gift for teaching our youngest students.  She has been teaching at Dance Expressions for over 14 years.














 

 



 

 

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