Anneliese Burns Wilson

Director/Instructor

Anneliese Burns Wilson has been working professionally in the dance field for over 35 years. Her concentration for the past 25 years has been on education.  For the past 6 years she has been sharing her passion for education with the students of Cresskill Performing Arts.   Anneliese’s career has allowed her to travel and work on 6 continents and in 40 of the 50 states; she’s still working on getting to the ones she’s missing.  Her performance career included regional ballet companies, music videos, film, tv and regional theatre as well as being an internationally ranked competitive ballroom dancer.  Her teaching career started at 18 and quickly moved on to her managing dance studios and then opening and running her own studio for 13 years.  Her early training was at the School of the Garden State Ballet, The Ailey School and with top teachers in Ballet, Modern and Jazz, both in the US and abroad who continue to influence how she teaches today.  Outside of the studio she spent several years designing dance and wellness programs for senior living facilities, was a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms North Texas and has been teaching academic school teachers how to integrate dance into their classrooms since 1998.

She is certified to teach through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in London and the Pan American Teachers of Dance.  She has been a long time member of the National Dance Council of America and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and has been a board member of the National Dance Foundation for the past 7 years.  Her company, ABC for Dance, has been writing curriculum and teaching material and training teachers in dance related subjects since 1999.  Her materials are now in use in over 1700 schools and studios worldwide.  Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine and many teaching organizations use her as an expert in the field of dance education and injury prevention.  In addition to her teaching credentials she is a fully certified pilates instructor (with 15 years experience as an Instructor Trainer) and has been trained in Muscle Activation Technique, Breast Cancer Exercise, Pre/Postnatal Exercise, Diastasis Recti Recovery, Post Menopause Exercise, Fascial Fitness, Movement for Neurological Conditions, Myofascial release, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, and Hypopressive Technique.  She loves anatomy and has been lucky enough to work with Deborah Vogel, Irene Dowd and the amazing doctors at Icahn School of Medicine’s anatomy and orthopedic departments.

Anneliese knows that a very small percentage of students in her dance classes will pursue it as a career, but she believes that every student deserves the best training possible, so the choice is theirs to make and so that they can experience all the non dance benefits that good training provides.

 

Warren Curtis

Director/Instructor

Warren’s career as a performer has included the Broadway 1st National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, numerous companies of West Side Story, 42nd Street, and A Chorus Line.  Regional credits include North Shore Music Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Opera North, The Fulton Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, and The Cape Playhouse.  Off-Broadway, he originated roles in Hazel Flagg at Theatre Row, The Reluctant Royal at the National Opera Company, and The Poisons for the International Fringe Festival.  He has also performed in numerous concerts and industrials for ABC Daytime and Mac.

He received his dance training as a scholarship student at Steps in New York City, studying under Peff Modelski, Michael Vernon, Tony Stevens, and Derick Grant, among others.

Warren teaches throughout the Tri-State area and adjudicates for national competitions.  His teaching philosophy is to impart a solid technical foundation in order to give students the capability of full artistic expression.  Emphasis is placed on correct alignment, proper use of turn-out, principle of forward motion, movement efficiency, musicality, and oppositional energy.  Warren is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

 

Kayla DiTore

Company Director/Instructor

Kayla DiTore began dancing at Cresskill Performing Arts when she was eight years old and quickly developed a passion for the art form. Her dance training proved to be advantageous for pursuing cheerleading while in Middle and High School, both from the dance skills she developed and the discipline and time management lessons that dance imparts. Kayla maintains her passion for dance but found that she also has a passion for teaching. She is currently earning her degree in early childhood education at Ramapo College. Kayla believes that a great educator never stops learning themselves. She continues to train with different instructors and in different types of dance environments to improve and expand her skills in the classroom. This versatility has been beneficial to her as she teaches in the studio and many enrichment programs in schools all around Bergen county. Her main goal is to make sure each child is not only having fun while they are learning, but they also develop a respect, (and maybe even a passion), for dance and the performing arts.

 

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