Our Teachers

Alex Giaccone

Alex Giaccone

Owner/Director

Alex began dancing at the age of three at Stage Door Dance Studio in Jamesburg, NJ, where she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. By the age of eight she joined the studio’s dance company, which competed at both regional and national competitions, gave her the opportunity to dance at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and to take classes from professional dancers and choreographers throughout NY and NJ. Alex also had the wonderful opportunity of performing in several productions of “The Nutcracker” with the Shore Ballet Company.

Alex began teaching her own classes while in college, choreographing award winning competition dances throughout the years. Alex graduated from Pace University in 2010 with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, and a dream of one day owning her own dance studio. After teaching at Dance Expo and The Dance Network for the past seven years, that dream has finally come true! Alex is so excited to begin this new journey, as well as continue to share her passion for dance with all of her students!

Dana Somers

Dana Sumers

Dana has been dancing since the age of three, starting at Stage Door Dance Studio in Jamesburg, NJ. Her training consists of various styles of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Pointe. She began dancing competitively at the age of seven and has won many high score, overall, and special awards. She was a part of National Dance Showcase’s Star Champions and Ticket to Broadway’s Circle of Stars. Dana attended Rutgers University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with a minor in Dance, as well as her Master’s in Education. Throughout her time at Rutgers, Dana was a member of Rutgers Performing Dance Company where she performed in and choreographed many dances for the company. She was also a member of the company’s collegiate competition team where her and her team won overall and special awards. Dana has always had a passion for dance and teaching and loves bringing the two together. She is excited to share her love of dance with her students.

Christina Wright

Christina Wright

Miss Christina began dancing at First Class Dance Academy, where she studied with Joey Dowling, Todd Shanks, and Danny Wallace. As a member of their award winning competition team, she received scholarships to join the Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program and Starpower Competition’s Power Pack. She auditioned for Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy and spent her four years of high school studying the fine arts.

At the young age of fifteen, she started teaching her own classes. She fell in love with the passion her students showed towards the arts. In 2013, she was recognized by The State Organization on Arts and Disabilities and was presented with a Governor’s Award and an Arts Excellence Award in dance for acting as a role model and inspiration to all students with disabilities.

After high school she received a full scholarship to attend Georgian Court University as a dance major. While there, she performed as a guest dancer with Hee Rah Yoo and Company at the “2015 Choreographers’ Canvas” in New York City as well as with Puremovement, Cardell Dance Theater and Open Category. She graduated on Deans list in May 2017. Her piece “1in6” was recognized at the American College Dance Association Festival in 2017 and is continually performed at festivals in the area.

Miss Christina continues her dance education by attending Rowan University. She will graduate in May of 2020 and receive her Masters in Theater Arts Administration. She is an active member of Dance New Jersey and now performs with Jill Molinaro Dance Company.

Sarah Winzinger

Sarah began dancing at the age of 2 and danced for 16 years at several studios in Robbinsville, Monroe, South Brunswick, and East Windsor, NJ. During this time, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. She joined Dance Expo when she was 11 years old and continued dancing there for 6 years. During her junior and senior years of high school she was part of the Dance Expo and the Dance Network competition team. She also worked as an assistant in classes and at birthday parties her senior year. After graduating high school, she started working at Dance Expo as a substitute teacher and quickly found a love for teaching. She is now starting her fifth year as a dance teacher. Sarah is always excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all her students.

Megan Haraz

Megan Haraz

Megan began dancing at the age of three at Absolute Dance Co. in Monroe Township, NJ. Her training throughout her dancing career consists of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, and Pointe. At the age of 12 she joined the studio competition team and has won many high score awards and overall awards. She has attended many workshops such as PULSE! Megan graduated from Monmouth University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is continuing on to obtain her Master’s Degree in social work at Monmouth University. Dance has always been an important part of Megan’s life and she is excited to share her excitement with her students!

Sharlis Thompson

Sharlis began as a student at the age of three at Dance Spectrums which then became Dance Expo/The Dance Network. The studio holds a very special place in Sharlis’s heart, as the original owners Robin and Tina were Sharlis’s teachers. Sharlis has always had a passion for dancing and has competed throughout the state of NJ earning multiple awards. Sharlis left briefly to attend Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ earning her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology/Social Work. During her sophomore year Sharlis returned back to the studio to teach and since then has taught hip hop, tap and jazz. Sharlis enjoys attending dance workshops, reading, running and yoga. She feels dance can be an amazing outlet and aspires to teach her students how dance can be fun and art at the same time!