Our Staff

At Heartbeat Dance Center we do more than just teach dance.  Our staff is full of talented, positive, warm, and creative people who inspire children to be the best they can be.  Our philosophies and teaching methods provide students with a sense of accomplishment and pride as they improve each year and achieve their goals in and out of the dance classroom.  We encourage you to read through our staff’s biographies to fully appreciate and understand the high quality and commitment our staff brings to our Heartbeat students and families.

 

Christine Rossiello

Owner, Director, Instructor, Choreographer

Christine Rossiello is the proud Owner and Director of Heartbeat Dance Center and has been teaching children the art of dance for over 10 years. Christine is always eager to share her love for dance and the performing arts in a positive atmosphere and strives to teach her students integrity, work ethic, dedication and an overall love of learning.

A native of New Jersey, Christine began dancing at the age of two studying ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, contemporary, acrobatics, hip hop, and performing on the competitive level studying under many industry renowned professionals such as Dawn LaViola-Schaub, Yuliya Akopyan, Chris Lee, Mary-Kate Felber, KC Castellano, Alicia Monaco, Bill Larson, Amber Perkins, and many more at her home studio. Christine has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Dance and Education from Bucknell University where she was the recipient of the prestigious Arts Merit Scholarship in Dance.   By audition, she was a member of the Bucknell Dance Company performing works by José Limón, Cathy Young, Michael Foley, Dustyn Martincich, Er-Dong Hu, Kelly Knox, and was selected to choreograph for both the Dance Showcase and Bucknell Dance Company.

A graduate from Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Intern Program, Christine studied with its world-renowned faculty in all styles of dance with a concentration in tap under the mentorship of Jared Grimes and extensive training with Sheila Barker and Natalya Stavro. She is shown dancing in Telihana’s Music Video “All Night” and the Step Up 3D Video Promotion produced by Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures directed by Derek Mitchell. She has studied on scholarship at the American Dance Festival’s Six Week School, worked behind the scenes at the coveted summer PULSE event, and participated in the American College Dance Festival.

Christine continues to further her education and professional development to bring the best to her students. She received her graduate diploma from the Dance Masters of America, Inc. Teacher Training School for certification in all four genres: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She also more recently achieved teaching certification through Acrobatic Arts and continues to attend workshops, seminars, and training programs in commitment to growing as a dancer, educator, and choreographer.

As an instructor and choreographer, Christine has worked with students at numerous dance studios, schools, and workshops throughout the tri-state area teaching and choreographing dance for all ages, dance styles, and levels in addition to sharing her talents by choreographing high school musicals including Shrek, Anything Goes, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She is the recipient of numerous choreography awards in various styles of dance, and has led her students to numerous prestigious wins including first place overall awards, invitations to the World Dance Championships, highest scoring dance routine at Nationals, among many other forms of special recognition. She most recently was invited to return to her alma mater, Bucknell University, to choreograph for their dance program.

 

Monika Aimova

Instructor

Monika started her journey to ballet while training for the Czechoslovakian junior Olympic gymnastic team.  It was here Monika’s teacher recommended her to audition for the best dance academy in the country – the Conservatory of Prague.  For the next eight years Monika trained with Czech and Russian teachers in the Vaganova technique and Alain Bernard of Switzerland in contemporary dance.

During her 10 year professional career, Monika was dancing in over a thousand performances at major dance companies, theaters, and television shows in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Among the highlights were Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Peer Gynt, Carmen, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet.

For twelve years, after moving to New Jersey, Monika was director of the Ballerina/European Dance Academy specializing in ballet, pointe, contemporary, pilates and acrobatics.  Besides teaching all levels and all ages including adults, Monika choreographed hundreds of recitals, workshops, auditions, and competitions for both groups and solos.

Now teaching group classes and private lessons throughout Northern New Jersey, Monika’s focus is always on individual approach to each student so they can be the best they can be.

Brielle Kraus

Instructor, Choreographer

Brielle Kraus has been dancing for almost 20 years with 10 years of competitive dance experience.  She has won many awards and has been selected for multiple invitational dance convention/performances such as “Team Rave” and “Jump Dance Conventions”.  Brielle started assistant teaching at 12 years old and instantly fell in love.  Brielle teaches a wide array of ages spanning from 2 years old to 18 years old, and teaches many genres of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theatre.  She especially enjoys teaching/dancing Lyrical and Musical Theatre.

Brielle has had many years of experience in child care, and she has great understanding of how every child learns differently.  She uses that knowledge to improve the children’s dance skills, while creating a safe and fun environment for the children to bloom and become confident as dancers and as people.  Brielle’s ultimate goal is to create a supportive atmosphere where children learn the proper technique of various genres of dance while allowing her to combine her love of dance with her love of teaching children.

Corinne Hughes

Instructor, Choreographer

Corinne Hughes has been dancing for the past 24 years and has been teaching dance for the past 12 years.  She has taught in the styles of Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Musical Theatre.  In 2016, Corinne graduated with top honors from Middlesex County College receiving her AA in Liberal Arts with a dance concentration and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Hofstra University in 2018.  At Hofstra University, she trained under Rachel List, Heather Waldon, Robbie Cook, Amy Marshall, Colin Stilwell, Anita Feldman, Karla Wolfgangle, Ellie G. Kusner, Caroline Copland, and Laura Neese.  While working towards her degree, she has performed for three years with the MCC Dance Ensemble and has performed in the Hofstra Faculty Show.  She has learned and performed pieces from professional choreographers Less Hummel and Claire Porter.  Professionally, Corinne has performed at Six Flags Great Adventure in various character shows, dance shows, and parades as well as Dance New Jersey’s Show Up and Dance event.  Corinne is an enthusiastic teacher and choreographer who brings positivity to every class and inspires her students to pursue their goals in a positive learning environment.

Cassidy Reinhardt

Instructor

Cassidy Reinhardt has been dancing from the young age of 3 and was hooked instantly.  Her love and passion for the art of dance grew just as she did through the years.  As her admiration for dance developed she started competition dance at 10 years old and continued until she was 18 years old.  Along with her love of dancing was a strong desire to teach and share her joy of dance with students.  She started student teaching when she was 17 years old and from there continued teaching through college and into present day.  She has taught an array of ages from 2 years – 18 years and even featured her original choreography in her college dance showcase while being featured in nearly a dozen separate numbers choreographed by students and faculty; including two pieces by the director Jamie Jewett and faculty Colleen McArdle.  

Cassidy holds her Associates Degree in Dance from County College of Morris under the direction of Jamie Jewett.  She also has her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.  She aspires to become a professional counselor and is in the beginning stages of pursuing her masters degree.  

Allie Westrick

Instructor, Choreographer

Allie Westrick is a soloist in the NYC base dance company Z Artists Group.  As a performer, she has danced at the Al Hirschfeld Theater at The Chita Rivera Awards, in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and most recently in the opening of the all-star Easter Bonnet Competition at the Minskoff Theater.  Allie worked with Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels on the acclaimed PSA “Only We Know”.  An avid international traveler, Allie trained in Cuba with Malpaso Dance Company in association with the Joyce Theater, and also traveled to Ragusa, Sicily to assist Joelle Costentino at Danzart Festival  She has also been featured in industrials for Wildfox and Apolla Shocks.

Moira Ryan

Instructor, Choreographer

Moira Ryan holds a BA in Dance, Magna Cum Laude from DeSales University, and was recipient of the Dance Ensemble Award for excellence and leadership in performance. While at DeSales, Moira performed in pieces choreographed by Trinette Singleton, Doug Varone, Sean Curran, Tara Madsen, and Luis Bravo, in West Side Story, Cabaret, and Crazy for You (dance captain) with the ACT I Theatre Company, and at the American College Dance Festival in Missoula, MT and Hartsville, SC. In 2007, Moira performed with inFluxdance in Found & Lost: Goals for 2002 at the Boulder International Fringe Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival. She continued her performance career as a dancer with Annex Dance Company (Charleston, SC), Drye/Marinaro Dance Company (New York, NY), and New Street Dance Group (Philadelphia, PA). Moira has taught dance throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey for twelve years, and her competition dancers have received special awards and have been placed in the Top Ten. 

Nicole Labrit-Petrewski

Instructor, Choreographer

Nicole Labrit-Petrewski began dancing as a child.  As a native New Yorker, she studied competitive dance at her local studio as well as took classes in all styles at Broadway Dance Center while attending the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts as a drama major.  She holds a B.A. in Theater Arts and English from Arcadia University, where she was president and choreographer for the dance team, and a M.A.T. from Columbia College. Her 15+ years of teaching dance has taken her from New York to San Diego, and finally, New Jersey where she has settled with her family. Previously she was the Performing Arts Department Head at the Purnell School where she directed the dance company.  Throughout her tenure her dancers earned various awards including a “Performance Award” at Nexstar Dance Competition and “Spirit of Dance” Award at Groove Dance Competition. Over the years she has choreographed numerous musicals such as Hairspray Jr., Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Emma: A Pop Musical, On Your Toes, as well as one-act and full-length ballets like The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland for students ages 3 to 18.  She strives to create an environment for her dancers that promotes creativity, open mindedness, and a sense of community. Nicole is currently the Theater Teacher and Drama Club director at Warren Hills Regional High School. 

Aly Jusko

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Chloe Paul

Substitute Instructor

Chloe Paul began dancing at the age of four, where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, hip hop, and acrobatics at her dance studio.  At the age of eight she became a member of her studio’s competition team, competing on both the regional and national levels.  Her dancing was continuous all the way through high school, as it became part of Chloe’s everyday life.  In 2010, Chloe attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she became a co-captain of the Devils Dance Team as a freshman team member.  As Chloe missed competing on a collegiate level, she transferred to the Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she joined the Ramapo College Dance team.  That year the dance team took home their second ever first place title in their division at the National Dance Association Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Chloe graduated Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, along with a minor in Art in 2014. 

After her collegiate dance days, Chloe pursued auditioning for a professional dance team and became a Soulmate dancer for the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.  The following year, she received a traveling opportunity to China.  Chloe was a member of the China Hoops dance team, where she was able to tour and dance for the USA men’s basketball team.  She is excited to travel to China for a second time this year and dance during the games of the CBA pre-season.  Chloe has shared her passion of dance with many dancers over the past 8 years, including many different genres, levels, and age groups.  Experiencing the happiness dance brings to each student is truly rewarding and she can’t wait to dance with the dancers at Heartbeat Dance Center!

Alexa Schear

Guest Choreographer

Alexa is from Wayne, New Jersey where she trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, acro, hip hop, and tap.  Growing up, she received several honors and awards and was a member of the United States Dance Team.  She was varsity cheerleader and dance team member during all four years of high school and was named captain during her senior year for both sports.  

In May 2014, Alexa proudly graduated Penn State University with degrees in Commercial Management and Public Relations.  While in college, she was a four-year member of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team, holding a captain position her senior year, leading the team to their third consecutive NDA College National Championship.  As a Penn State student, Alexa interned for the Brooklyn Nets, where she worked closely with the Brooklynettes Dance Team and the Brooklyn Nets Kids.

Currently, Alexa works for iHeartMedia.  She is a member and choreographer for DanceWorks New York City, the city’s largest performance-based dance organization for advanced and technically trained dancers who want to continue choreographing and performing post-college.  Most recently, she began teaching technique and conditioning for a new company, City Movement Company, as well as choreographing for studios throughout New Jersey.

Gina Emering

Guest Choreographer

From Newton, NJ, Gina graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business from DeSales University.  While there, she performed works by Antony Tudor, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Colby Damon, Julia Mayo, and Tara Madsen-Robbins.  She has performed and presented work at the American College Dance Festival in both Kalamazoo, MI and Natchitoches, LA.  Gina has also trained for two summers at the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME, where she has worked closely with artists such as Kate Weare, Doug Gillespie, Riley Watts, Autumn Eckman, and Kendra Portier.  She has performed professionally in other dance festivals including the KYL/D inHale/exHale series in Philadelphia, the Liberty Hall Dance Festival in Union, NJ and Downtown Dances in Lancaster, PA.  Now based in NYC, she is freelancing and currently dances with emme dance collective, under the direction of Emily Kane and Melissa Faller, and is an apprentice for CoreDance Contemporary under the direction of Rebecca McCormac.  Gina is excited to be back at Heartbeat choreographing for this upcoming dance season!

Carol Grice

Office Staff

Carol has been part of the office staff for 17 years.  She has, however, been part of the Heartbeat family for 28 years.  Her daughter Katie danced and competed at Heartbeat from 1991 to 2004 when she graduated from high school.  Carol also has a son, Mike, who lives in Utah.  Carol and her husband Pete moved from Pittsburgh to Flanders in 1985.  Carol is known by everyone she knows as New Jersey’s biggest Steeler fan.  Over the years she has loved watching the tiniest dancers grow up at Heartbeat. 

Sharon Quinn

Office Staff

Sharon Quinn has been working in our Heartbeat office since 2013.  She is originally from Clifton, New Jersey and moved to Flanders with her husband, Darrell in 1996.  They have been married for 25 years with two children, Samantha and Brian, both in their twenties.  They have a puppy Brody, an 8 month old mini Goldendoodle.  Sharon has always enjoyed her work at the studio.  Talking with and helping the dancers keeps her time full of excitement!  She also enjoys always having music to listen to during her time at work and wishes everyone a wonderful upcoming season!

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