JOANN SCHOENIG - DIRECTOR/OWNER/TEACHER
Joann Schoenig has been the owner/director/teacher of JSD for thirty Eight years. She began dancing at the age of 3. Opening her own studio was her childhood dream. Growing up, she taught and choreographed at local dance studios, recreation centers and elementary schools.
Miss Joann is certified and trained in all genres of dance. Certifications include: Dance Educators of America, National Association of Dance Teachers, Professional Dance Teachers Association and The Arts Council Co-Op she's partnered with CLI Studios. She continued her training after opening her studio, at The Broadway Dance Center and Steps, in New York City. She also has attended workshops and conventions with the top choreographers in the dance industry. She feels one must always continue to grow with dance, that is the beauty of the art. She gives her students the motivation and knowledge to reach their highest potential, her award winning competition team speaks for itself. She has choreographed titlest, high score, overall and special judges choice awards for prestigious competitions at the state, regional, and national levels. She was awarded the Best Director Award and recently received the ADCC 2019 Dance Studio Excellence Award. She also has been on the other side of competition where she judged regional and national level competitors from all over the east coast.
Joann’s School of Dance has been a stepping-stone for many career and lifetime choices. Whether it be auditioning for school plays, performing in the American Ballet Repertory, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, majoring in dance in college, opening their own dance studios, becoming Miss New Jersey, or winning second runner up in Miss America. This is what students from JSD have achieved and she couldn’t be more proud to call them her students. Students from JSD have experienced performing at The Apollo Theatre, Radio City, Boscov Thanksgiving Day Parade, World of Hip Hop Championship, Clutchfest, Titans Workshop and The Broadway Dance Center, as well as many local festivals, fundraisers, and charity events. Wherever you go, you will meet someone who has graced the stage or trained at Joann’s School of Dance.
Over the past 39 years Miss Joann has met so many wonderful children that convey their love for dance some for just a hobby and others because they’ve been inspired at JSD to pursue a career in the arts. Miss Joann is extremely proud of her students and she looks forward to providing excellent dance education to the city of Elizabeth and surrounding towns.
Christina began her dance training as a toddler in a local studio in Union County, She studied ballet, pointe, tap, musical theater and salsa but specializes in hip hop, jazz lyrical/contemporary. Christina was a competitive dancer throughout New Jersey in her early dance career. She won many awards for her performances at both regional and national competitions. Christina continues her training at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. She has performed in many dance venues in New York and New Jersey including Six Flags Great Adventure, The Prudential Center, The State Theater and MetLife Stadium during the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno Mars. Christina’s training has afforded her the opportunity to teach dancers from 2 ½ to adult in various styles. She has conducted workshops and intensive programs for studios such as The New Jersey School of Ballet. Christina is a former member of the Barefoot Dancers, a semi pro dance team that performs for the Somerset Bears Major League Football Team.
Kylie began her dance training at the age of 2 at JSD. She has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Kylie has taken classes/workshops at The Joffrey Ballet Summer Program, The Pulse Workshop, Nexus On Tour, Millenium Dance Complex, Playground LA, and has taken class from teachers known worldwide such as, Ian Eastwood and Brian Friedman. She has also trained at the American Repertory Ballet School, The Broadway Workshop, and Middlesex Performing Arts Academy. Kylie has performed in Mark Morris’ “Polka”, Graham Lustig’s Ballet “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty”, Sidra Bell's "Residue Again", World of Dance, Clutchfest, Nets Basketball Pre Show and at several Festivals and Theme Parks.
Kylie graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. Over the years her passion for choreography has grown and she loves to share that with her students. Currently, Kylie choreographs for the JSD competition team, and teaches recreational classes, as well as solos. Her pieces have won titles and many overall awards in both Regional and National levels.
Brianna began her dance journey at the age of 5 at Joann's School of Dance and fell in love right away. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Contemporary, and Acro. She began competing at the age of 6 winning overalls and special awards for group dances. Her favorite styles of dance are Acro, Contemporary, and Jazz. Brianna has participated in many workshops in Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, taking classes with well known dancers like Russell Ferguson. She has also performed in the Nets pre-show game, and at local festivals/theme parks.
Brianna started teaching at Joann’s School of Dance 6 years ago and currently teaches solos, group classes, and choreographs for the JSD competition team. In the 2022 competition season she received an “Outstanding Choreography” award for her acro piece “Capture The Crown”. Brianna’s favorite part of teaching is working with students of all ages and watching them grow in dance from the beginning of the dance season to when they perform on stage at the recital.
Samantha's love for dance started at the age of 3 at Joann's School of Dance. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary and started competing at 5 years old, winning awards and overalls for group routines. Samantha has participated in workshops in many styles of dance, taking classes with well known artists such as, Russell Fergusen. She has also performed in the Nets Basketball Pre-Show, at Six Flags Great Adventure, and local festivals. She started student teaching at the age of 13, with her passion growing each and every day. Samantha presently teaches solos and classes at JSD and also choreographs for the JSD competition team.
Jacqualyn is a graduate of Montclair State University where she completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She trained at Joann’s School Of Dance, completing 17 years with the studio. Miss Jackie had participated in the studio competition team in both groups and solos and also took part in the Hip Hop competition World Of Dance with In Da Clutch Dance Crew. She began assistant teaching at the age of 14 where her love for dance became stronger and she realized her love for teaching. At the age of 20, Miss Jackie began instructing her own classes allowing her to share her love for dance with her students. She enjoys seeing the students of JSD smile and achieve their goals in the dance studio.
Gina is attending NJIT for degree in Computer Engineering. She started dancing at JSD in 6th grade. She has taken Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Contemporary and Tap. She began competing with JSD at the age of 15, winning awards and overalls for group routines. Gina was a student teacher and helped in teaching various styles. Her favorite dance style is Acrobatics and she is beyond thrilled to watch how well students progress and achieve their goals. It will all come together at the recital where they can demonstrate how their hard work has paid off.
Julia Santiago is a passionate dance teacher with a Bachelor's degree in Dance and Advertising from Rowan University. With a lifelong love for dance that began at the age of 3 and a competitive background at JSD since the age of 9, Julia has a wealth of experience to share. Having started as a studnet teacher before pursuing her college education, Julia fell in love with the joy of seeing children's faces light up when they grasp a new dance concept. This year, Julia's goal as a dance teacher is to continue fostering that same sense of excitement and accomplishment in her students. Through patient guidance, personalized instruction, and a nurturing approach, Julia aims to inspise her studnets to reach new heights in their dance journey. Let's dance our way to success and see those smiles shine!