Meet The Team
DIRECTOR & OWNER
I have been dancing for 24 years. I began dancing at the age of 2, starting in a local studio. I ended up finishing my high school dance years at Dance, Dance, Dance in Oakland, NJ. I competed in their company for several years, winning several awards at competitions with my team. After high school, I went to Ramapo College and received my Bachelor’s degree. Shortly after I graduated, I began teaching at local studios choreographing several pieces that made it to Nationals and began training students.
Since I was a child, my dream was to open a dance studio and spread my love for dance on to other kids. I pour my heart and soul into these kids, and I believe everyone deserves a chance to feel special and confident; that is my ultimate goal for these children. Dance is home to me.
Nicole Timpanaro began dancing at the age of 3 at Studio Workshop in Lyndhurst NJ. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre under the instruction of several former Broadway performers and producers such as Claudia Shell (CATS, Merlin) and Jim Raposa (CATS). Miss Nicole graduated their pre professional program and continued her training at Montclair State University as a Dance education major. While at MSU she had the opportunity to perform in works by choreographers such as David Parsons, Karen Gayle and Robert Battle. She graduated from the program with a BA in Dance Education and a New Jersey K-12 teaching certification in Dance. Miss Nicole performed professionally for a year on the Bud Light MetLife dance team, appearing at pro football games and other events sponsored by the company. Being that teaching was her main focus, she started teaching full time and specializes in jazz, tap and creative movement. As a dance educator, Miss Nicole has taught all over northern New Jersey for the last 10 years, and her true passion is to teach and make a difference in young dancers’ lives. Nicole strives to build self confidence in her students and help them take their love for dance to the next level in a positive and fun way.
Ms. Fran's love for dance started at the young age of three. She began her training with Gloria Frances locally and then in NYC with Luigi, Phil Black, and Frank Hatchett.
Ms. Fran received her BFA in Dance from Montclair and Centenary. During her time in college, she performed in a modern dance company, but her love for teaching took her back into the studio. It was then Ms. Fran decided to open Dance, Dance, Dance! Inc, in Oakland, NJ, which was home for many young dancers for 25 years. Upon the end of that act, Ms. Fran then taught for New School of Dance Arts in Wyckoff for six years. Ms. Fran is a member of Dance Educators of America as well as Dance Masters of America.
Antonio Hutasoit, also known as “Tohn” (Tone), was born and raised in Singapore before migrating to the United States. He began pursuing dance at the age of 18 years old. Focused on being versatile, he has trained in Animation, Ballroom, Commercial Hip Hop, Contemporary, Flexn, Hip Hop, Popping, and the list goes on. Antonio is a pioneer in Animation as he developed the style known as Contemporary Animation. He has since appeared on TV Shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Got Talent.” Antonio has also traveled throughout the U.S, competing, performing, teaching, and spreading his artistry. One of his more recent accomplishment is that he is one of the two New Jersey native dancers to ever perform as a featured act for a World of Dance Event!
Originally from Brazil, Amanda received her ballet training based in the Cuban and the Vaganova methodology. She has more than 6 years of experience teaching ballet for all levels, from very young children up through and including adults. In Brazil, she studied under Fran Cabrera and had the experience of professional courses such as the Vaganova teacher's course under Mrs. Maikon Golini from the Bolshoi Ballet School in Brazil.⠀