art in motion
John Barrella is a professional instructor performer and director specializing in hip hop for more than a decade. He specializes in training dancers in hip hop and related styles such as B-boy(breakdance), Locking, Popping, Street, Jazz, House and more. John formally trained in dance for roughly 14 years in all styles of dance. His goal while training aspiring dancers is to teach each student about hard work professionalism and responsibility. Each weekly class is designed to be a challenge and he expects the students to push themselves and hold a high standard for their ability to evolve. I use positive reinforcement and my curriculum is based on years of training in communication techniques and various approaches to movement.
Christin began her training in ballet as a child and continued through with it as a career. She has had the opportunity to dance for and study from some of the best in the business including: Gretchen Ward-Warren, John Parks, Edward Villella, Svetlana Osiyeva, Jeanne Travers, and Diane McCarthy. She has continued her education in dance receiving her certificate in Simonson Technique, as well as her Zena Rommett Floor Barre Certificate. Most recently she completed her 200 RYT training in the styles of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Christin opened Art In Motion in 2007 with the general rule that children/people learn better when supported in a challenging but loving, non-competitive environment. Since her opening in 2007 with 21 students, she has grown the business on that philosophy to upwards of 400 students. Christin prides herself and her business on being more than "just a dance school", but a place where people can feel, breathe, and have a safe, healthy environment to be themselves.
academy of dance
Erin Dowd is originally from Livingston, NJ. She graduated summa cum laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in May 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and an additional major in Psychology. She has performed works by choreographers Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak, Doug Elkins, Stuart Loungway, Randy James, Kim Gibilisco, and Wallie Wolfgruber. Erin has studied Cunningham Technique since 2012 and has also participated in numerous workshops and showings through the Merce Cunningham Fellowship Program, including a performance of "Crises" at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Carolyn Brown’s role in “Springweather and People (Duet)” with the Merce Cunningham Trust. Erin has performed classical and contemporary ballets as a company member and teaching artist with The Roxey Ballet Company in Lambertville, NJ.
Amanda was a student at Art In Motion from 2010 until she graduated in 2016. While a student, she studied all forms of dance truly finding her passion in contemporary ballet, modern, and improvisation. Amanda has also studied in New York City at the Peridance Summer Intensive. Amanda has performed many variations such as "Stars and Stripes", "Barocco Concerto", and "Serenade", as well as starring in the role of the Cavalier in the Nutcracker. Amanda has created and implemented an Improvisation Master Class which has become a HUGE hit with the A.I.M students. She also heads up A.I.M social media initiative. Amanda is currently a student at Skidmore where she is double majoring in Dance and Business. Although away, Amanda continues to be a part of A.I.M business, and will continue to teach when on break from school. Her infectious energy keeps Art In Motion uplifted and exciting and will always make her a part of Art In Motion!
Kelly began her training at Theater Dance Arts Academy under the direction of Buddy Balou and Elaine Kudo studying classical ballet in the American style. Kelly's ballet trainig lead her to receive placement in the Joffrey Ballet School Pre-Professional program in New York City for two summers, where she received direction under David Robertson. She has performed many variations including excerpts from "Who Cares", "Barocco Concerto", "Stars and Stripes", as well as starring in the role of Sugarplum fairy in the Nutcracker.Kelly has also been a student of Art In Motion, since 2008 studying modern dance, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Her wide range of training, and bubbly personality make her a student favorite, especially for the little ones. Kelly is currently in school studying early childhood education and bringing her school experience and dance experience together to make for a wonderful experience for students at A.I.M!