Sharron Miller
Artistic Director, Modern, Chair of Modern Department

Sharron Miller, Founder/Director of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA), is a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancer and veteran of seven Broadway shows. She has appeared on television, in film and hundreds of radio and television commercials. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Ms. Miller, who attended The Juilliard School, is committed to enriching the lives of children, teens and adults through the arts. Her early training began with the late Fred Danieli, founder and director of the Garden State Ballet, who taught her the value of self-discipline, self-respect, and a commitment to excellence.

She is currently on the faculty of The Renaissance School in Montclair, NJ, where SMAPA provides the dance and drama program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students during the school day. This program has been recognized and supported by generous grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Ms. Miller has served on the faculty of Montclair Kimberley Academy, Far Brook School and continues her affiliation with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as an arts in education consultant/partner. She continues to develop her arts enrichment programs and community outreach, which includes working in partnership with the Montclair Board of Education; Quitman Street Community School in Newark; providing a 6-week full-day arts program, Prime Time Summer Arts, for children 6-14 in collaboration with the Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs; and partnering with The New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. In addition, SMAPA recently received substantial grants from the Turrell Fund, The Victoria Foundation, Robert Mills Foundation, Hyde and Watson and the Stone Foundation to support the expansion of many of these programs.

M.A. Taylor
Modern Jazz





Kristen Weaver
Creative Movement, Pre-Dance Modern, Chair of Preschool Division





Karen Calloway-Williams

Tap Dancer KAREN CALLAWAY WILLIAMS the Producer of Rhythms for Ruby and the author of Gabriella’s Tap Shoes and Rhythms for Ruby (in print and audio book) is known for being both the first African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in RIVERDANCE - THE SHOW and the only African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in RIVERDANCE - ON BROADWAY. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award nominated Duke Ellington musical PLAY ON. She is currently featured on the cover of Flow Magazine and in the wonderful current documentary BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE the story of the Silver Belles, having now received the honor of being a Second Generation Silver Belle.

Karen has toured extensively having recently returned from Zurich Switzerland for the first Zurich Tap Festival, The United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain) with the Duke Ellington Big Band, Armenia and Romania with TAP CITY ON TOUR through the Unites States Embassy, the ALL THAT TAP TAIPEI festival in Taiwan, on Canadian soil with TAP GIANTS and Tap TEL AVIV and in Beijing, China, Canada and North America with the RIVERDANCE Flying Squad and RIVERDANCE, Boyne Company.

DANCE MAGAZINE heralded her as "a graceful dream with taps as happy as a song" and the New York Times called her “a gifted traditionalist with laughing eyes”. She was a featured tap solo artist with the Detroit, Toronto and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras and in ALL THAT JAZZ and the BSO HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In addition she was a soloist and special guest choreographer for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Two memorable performances were held at THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and at the APOLLO THEATRE with the Silver Belles for President Bill Clinton.

In addition to performing, Ms. Williams has established herself as a prominent tap instructor teaching statewide on a weekly basis. Her teaching history includes Spelman College, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Poly-Prep Country Day School, PPAS in Manhattan, NJPAC Dance Academy, NYC Dance Alliance, national and international tap festivals, dance camps, master classes and enrichment programs. Look for the upcoming release of her third children's book “Gabriella and the Tap Dance Floor. All books are available on

Linda Hirsch
AM Exercise & Senior Exercise

Linda teaches Adult and Senior Fitness. Exercise became a part of her life at the urging of her doctor because of a family history of high cholesterol. Since being certified in group fitness she has worked with students form ages 4-93 including special needs children. She was trained in kick-boxing at U.S. Martial arts and has taught figure and form at Bloomfield College. Currently she holds certifications from AFAA for Personal Trainer and Advanced Personal Trainer.

Adrienne Armstrong
Modern, Horton Technique

Adrienne is a native of Newark, New Jersey, has attained her Bachelors of Science in Management form Rutgers University. She began her illustrious dance career at Garden State Ballet. She continued her professional training through scholarship programs at Dance Theater of Harlem, Garden State Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Ms. Armstrong as performed with several professional dance companies including Ailey II and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (under the tutelage of Alvin Ailey), Garden State Ballet, Louis Johnson Dance Theater, Newark Dance Theater, Forces of Nature, the Seventh Principal, Nommo Dance Company, Captial Ballet, Galllman's Newark Dance Theater, a Production of the Chocolate Nutcracker (Soloist) and Joan Peters Dance Company.

Ms. Armstrong has been employed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (Ailey Camp), Henry Street Settlement- Abrons Performing Arts Center, Creative Expressions, Newark School of the Arts, Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts, Arts Conservatory, Phoenix Academy and Gallman's Newark Dance Theater.

Sharon Alonzo
Creative Movement, Pre-Dance Modern

Sharon Alonzo graduated from Rutgers University in 1996 with a B.A. in Journalism. She studied dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Soon after graduating she began teaching at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA). Under Ms. Miller’s tutelage, Ms. Alonzo has become a master teacher in Creative Movement, Pre Dance, Beginner Modern and Musical Theater Dance. She is currently Rehearsal Director for The Performance Workshop Ensemble (SMAPA based Dance Company) and is in residency at St. James Preschool. Ms. Alonzo is a dance instructor in After School Enrichment Programs throughout the Montclair School District and The Children’s Institute in Verona. She has been an artist in residence in Newark’s Quitman Street Community School from 2005-2007.

Elizabeth (Liz) Glover

Elizabeth Glover graduated from the, The Theatre School in Washington, D.C. in 1986 with a diploma in Theater Arts and an advance certificate in Acting.

Ms. Glover moved to New Jersey at the end of 1986. In 1987 she started dance training at Steps On Broadway taking tap with Charles Goddertz, Ballet with Mr. Richard Andres and jazz with Mr. Jo Jo Smith.

Ms. Glover was in a performance of Stepping Out for Suny Binghamton in up state NY, also performing in a number of different areas including being apart of several demo tap videos. In 1994 she became a principal member of The New Jersey Tap Ensemble.

Maurice Chestnut

Maurice Chestnut, NJTAP Soloist, Rehearsal Assistant and Choreographer for NJTAP young artist, began dancing in the Newark Community School of the Arts. He started dancing with NJTAP at the age of 9 and quickly advanced to Principal Dancer. In 2000 the Newark Star Ledger's arts writers chose him as one of the 20 new faces to watch in the 21st century. In 2002, he joined the cast of Savion Glover's Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. His many stage and television credits include appearances on Jay Leno, the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, Shades of Harlem, Dancing with the Stars, and top dog winner at the world famous Apollo Theater.

Connie Andres
Creative Movement, Dance With ME, Adult Theatre Dance & Pre Dance

Conny is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received a BA in performing arts with an emphasis in dance.

Before and after making the move to NYC in 1986, she performed in numerous local and regional theaters, national tours and on Broadway. She also was an artist-in-residence with the University of Michigan Theatre department.

New Jersey became her home in 1999 after the birth of her second child. The focus of her work since then has been teaching children. She has conducted classes for dance, art, storytelling, science, and physical education with the Helen and Bill Geyer Family YMCA (former Pre-YMCA in Montclair), taught dance for in-school and after-school programs in Bloomfield, Verona, Montclair, and East Orange.

Since joining Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts in 2005, Mrs. Andres continues to develop her skills as a dance educator in a comprehensive, and inclusive manner that addresses the needs of all children. Her love of dance is shared through her teaching of parent-child, child only, and adult classes.

Francesca Nieves

Francesca Nieves is a native New Yorker who now resides in New Jersey. Graduating from the University of Michigan in 2011 she received a BFA in Dance and a BA in Sociology. At the University she trained and studied with Melissa Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Lindsey and Jason Dietz Marchant, Jessica Fogel, Daniel Gwirtzman, Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, and Robin Wilson. There she also performed works such as Merce Cunningham's Minevent, Carolyn Dorfman's Cat's Cradle, Laura Dean's Impact as well as other faculty pieces. Francesca Nieves received her early ballet and modern training with Leslie Brown (Ballet), Zelma Bustillo (Ballet), Lisa Lockwood (Ballet), Columbine Macher (Limon), and Dionisia Garcia (Flamenco). Francesca Nieves started her professional dance career at Ballet Hispanico first as an Intern, then as an apprentice/guest dancer in 2006; in 2008 she became full Company member. With Ballet Hispanico, she has performed works by Tina Ramirez, Willie Rosario, Pedro Ruiz, and Alexander Magno. She joined New Jersey Ballet in 2011 as an apprentice and will begin her second season with the company this year.

Katie Becker

Katie Becker was raised in Bayonne, New Jersey. She began dancing at the age of three and began her formal ballet training at New Jersey School of Ballet at age nine. She joined New Jersey Ballet’s Junior Company at age 15 and appeared in many performances of the Nutcracker as “Snow”, “Arabian” and “Flower” as well as other ballets including “La Bayadere”. In addition to her dance credits, she is currently a junior at Seton Hall with a double major in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies. She has been on the faculty of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing for past three years.

Heather Robles

Heather began training in dance at the age of three. She attended summer programs with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, the Urban Bush Women, and Kazuko Hiribayashi in northern Spain. At age 17, she was accepted to The Ailey School where she trained for one and a half years before pursuing a higher education. Heather graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in the fall of 2008 with a BFA in Dance, concentrating in Choreography. Under the direction of Katie Langan at MMC, Heather performed works by many artists including Peter Kyle and Molissa Fenley. She has choreographed over 30 dances spanning various genres, from solos for students entering college to dance team productions, high schools, movement for AKB48’s music video River, works presented at The Ailey School's Fall Fest, Marymount Manhattan College’s Dancers at Work productions and work for several professional dance companies, including her own.

After graduating from college, Heather co-founded Illuminations Dance Company and served as Vice President for one and a half years. In that time, she created four dances for the company, performed as soloist in several original works, and helped the company secure 501 (c) 3 status. As a performer, Heather has also worked with Veronica Tan, Meghan Pilling, VQ Productions, Veteran Productions, Expressions of Grace, CoreDance Contemporary, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, Teresa Fellion/Bodystories, Artichoke Dance Company, Renegade Performance Group, Nathan Trice/RITUALS, and currently, Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company.

Also a passionate teacher, Heather has been an instructor at SMAPA since 2011 and is currently the Rehearsal Director and a choreographer for the Junior Performance Workshop Ensemble. She has given instruction in dance for over ten years in schools and studios in California, Virginia, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

Heather is currently the Associate Director of The New York Dance and Performance Awards, aka The Bessies. She is also Founder and Editor in Chief of Community of Motion ( She is also Founder and Videographer of OakTree Productions (

Ty Stephens

TY STEPHENS , GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! JAZZMOBILE/ANHEUSER-BUSCH SOLO JAZZ VOCALIST COMPETITION 2006! TY STEPHENS has also won awards in songwriting, recording, and on TV, as BET’s Jazz Discovery 1999! He is an accomplished performer, having been featured on Broadway in the original companies of "SOPHISTICATED LADIES" and "MARILYN, AN AMERICAN FABLE"; international tours with HARRY BELAFONTE and TOSHI KUBOTA, to name a few; he has performed locally and internationally with his band for many years; recorded and appeared with, among others, CHUCK MANGIONE, BABA OLATUNJI, PEGGY LEE, JON HENDRICKS, GREGORY HINES and PHYLLIS HYMAN, been OPENING ACT for such notables as ANGELA BOFILL, VANESSA RUBIN and LARRY CORYELL, and released three CDs of original R&B/Jazz/ Funk: "MUSICHAMELEON", "DEEPER IN FANTASY",and AQUARIAN MIND", and now, his new Jazz/Standards CD "SENTIMENTAL"! He can soon be heard as guest vocalist on a new jazz disc from Bassist Jon Burr, alongside Houston Person, and, on 2 recent releases by Bermuda’s JudyAnn Bean: "Christmas Time With You" and "Anything For You Love"

Ty’s contributuion to the community include Instructor/Clinician for the Youth Jazz Vocal Summer Workshop at FRIENDS OF THE ARTS (FOTA), L.I., NY; with CREATIVE OUTLET’s Vocal Performance Workshop at HS for Service & Learning, B’klyn, NY; SHARRON MILLER PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY’s Drama Wkshp. Renaissance Middle School Montclair, NJ; STEVE ADUBATO’S STAND & DELIVER Communications/Leadership Workshops, Newark, NJ Schools; Creator/Instructor of a PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP for Montclair Adult School; CHILDRENS’ MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP Instructor at Watchung School, Montclair, NJ; Guest Vocalist with NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE (N.D.I.) Performance Workshop Presentations (NYC); Dance Instructor with ARTS CONNECTION (After School Arts Programs, NYC); Director/Choreographer for CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS HONORS SUMMER THEATRE ‘98; Ass’t Dir./Staging/Choreographer for PREP-FOR-PREP COMMENCEMENT PRESENTATIONS (NYC), and, Director/M.C./Band Leader/Co-Producer of SINGIN’ NEW JERSEY Vocal Competitons.

Lynne Grossman

Ms, Grossman received her early ballet training with Fred Danieli and renowned master ballet teacher Gabriela Darvash. She danced with the Garden State Ballet, the Israel Ballet, Austin Ballet Theatre, Sharir Modern Dance Company & the Texas National Dance Theatre in Austin as co-founder and director of the Dance Theatre Academy. She enjoyed the opportunity to guest perform nationally for and specific dance projects around the country as a ballet and modern dancer. Ms. Grossman danced principal roles in classics such as Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and performed Balanchine works including Serenade, Symphony in C, Concerto Borocco and Valse Fantasie. She also performed works by choreographers Doug Verone, David Parsons and many original works by contemporary artists. Lynne has been dance faculty at Montclair State University since 2006. She has taught at New Jersey Ballet School, and is currently teaching at Front-n-Center for performing Arts, and is guest artist at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts in Denville. In 1993 she received the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award from The University of Texas at Austin in their Department of Theatre and Dance. At Radio City Music Hall, Lynne performed in over 300 shows as both a ballet and jazz dancer. In addition to her extensive teaching credits, she taught five summers at the South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts catering to gifted and talented young dancers. Ms. Grossman is happy to be back at SMAPA!

Carolyn Milton
Hip Hop

Carolyn Milton, at a young age, was introduced to dance as a way to help her overcome her shyness. Her training began at Garden State Ballet School, which later prepared her to become a dance major at Arts High School in Newark. As a youngster, Carolyn had dreams of becoming a dance instructor, with the hope of one day owning her own dance studio, while choreographing for TV commercials, campaigns, and various recording artists. Currently a dance major at Montclair State University, focusing on receiving a certification in dance education, Carolyn is fulfilling part of her dream. During the summer of 2007, Carolyn was able to become the choreographer/coordinator of several dance troupes in Newark, while pefroming for several upcoming hip-hop artists in New York City, In the future, Carolyn plans to graduate with a BFA, while continuing to teach and perform in the fields of both Hip-Hop and Modern dance.

Jeffry Foote

Jeffry is an actor, singer, tap dancer. Jeffry started tap dancing at the age of 20 and has been tapping ever since. He is a principal dancer with the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. He has performed all over the tri state area including NJPAC, MAYO Arts Community Theater, State Theater, and many others. He has also been in productions of Dance Bojangles Dance, Riffin’ & Tappin’, 42nd Street, and played Sammy Davis Jr in Tribute of the Rat Pack. He recently joined the tap faculty at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA).

Leanna Britton

Leanna Britton was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. With both parents established dance instructors, she was destined for the life of a dancer. Since the age of two she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, liturgical and more. Leanna attended Marie Wildey School of Dance (East Orange), Debbie McCann's School of Dance (Nutley) and D&L's Dance Expo (Bloomfield) which was owned and operated by her parents. Expressing herself through the art of dance is her passion. Now 25, she has 5 years teaching experience.

A quote she likes to live by is: "To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful" -Agnes De Mille

Angel Williams

Angel Williams was born in Newark, NJ and raised in Florida. She began performing at the age of 5, excelling in both singing and dancing. Even at a young age she was very active in her school, church and community. After moving to Florida Ms. Williams attended Indian River Community College as a music major, but continued to study dance, both jazz and tap. She began singing and dancing for various bands on the coast of South Florida where she developed a taste for “Club Music” which inspired her even more to dance. She began teaching, performing and dancing professionally in clubs and videos. After moving back to her hometown, Newark, Angel has developed her gift as a singer/dancer into an artist who is sought after as a vocalist for events as well as a dynamic hip hop and jazz dance teacher. She is currently on the faculty of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts.

Hilary Nicolai

Hilary began her training at age 8 and was dancing professionally with the Indianapolis Ballet Theater by age 14. She spent her summers training at The Chautauqua School of Dance, The Washington School of Ballet, The Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School and The School of American Ballet before joining the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City.

As a student at SAB, Hilary appeared in Christopher Wheeldon’s Le Voyage and participated in the New York City Ballet Education Department’s Lecture Demonstration program, performing Peter Martin’s Eight Easy Pieces, Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Cortege Hongrois and Puss n’ Boots for local area school children under the direction of Suki Schorer.

Hilary danced principal roles in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, under the tutelage of New York City Ballet principal dancers Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and performed in Petipa’s Giselle and Balanchine’s Serenade, Western Symphony, La Source and Four Temperaments.

Hilary is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Since retiring, Hilary has received a BA in literature and writing from Columbia University and is now living in Montclair, NJ with her husband and three children.

June Chin

June Chin a native New Yorker trained in the Russian, Vagonava method by one of the Ten Greatest Ballet Master Teachers of the 21st century as well as teachers who danced with American Ballet Theatre, Harkness Ballet & Joffrey Ballet. Recently, June received the Teachers Certificate from the Bolshoi Teaching Program for grades 1-3; she will continue next year for grades 4-5 & then 6-professional levels. She also had gone to the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York for two years. As a principal dancer with Staten Island Ballet, Ilya Gaft Ballet, Baron Ballet, Joffrey II & many other companies, June has performed an extensive range of ballet repertoire as well as many contemporary & neo-classical works. Moved to Los Angeles back in 1998 she was an Assistant Artistic Director in Palos Verdes for over 10 years, restaging many of the ballets for the students, teaching, coaching & training them to compete in the Youth American Grande Prix as well as the Beijing International Ballet Competitions to China. June has choreographed the “Mulan Parade” for Disneyland, CA & Disneyworld, FL to enthusiastic reviews working closely with the Show Director who was the Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Accounting and is a 2 Gold Medalist for Ballet & Folk dancing.

Chris Livsey
Zumba, Drama





Kamille King
Creative Movement, Pre Dance, Jazz, West African, Hip Hop

Born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Kamille King was introduced to dance at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. It was there she discovered ballet, modern, jazz, West African, and musical theater.

After graduating from Cicely Tyson, Ms. King attended Smith College where she majored in African American Studies and developed a thesis in the Dance Department. During her four years at Smith she studied under such notables as Roger Blum, Mark Morris and Company, Mark Allen Davis, Nia Love and Donna Meija.

After receiving her degree she returned to New Jersey and was immediately drawn to teaching. She is currently employed as a teaching artist in residence at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA), a not for profit arts education organization whose mission is to provide inclusive comprehensive developmental training in dance and related theater arts. As a teaching artist in residence, Ms King has had the opportunity to explore arts education on many levels including teaching kindergarteners and first graders at Quitman Street Community School in Newark, local elementary schools in Montclair, preschoolers at SMAPA studios and older students in SMAPA’s Prime Time Summer Arts program, and various after school programs. With the guidance and support of Sharron Miller’s staff and Ms. Miller herself, Ms. King has developed a philosophy and style of teaching which creates an enthusiastic atmosphere for learning, sharing and performing.

Buddy Balou'

Buddy Balou' was a Soloist and Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre under the direction and founder Lucia Chase. There he had the opportunity to work with imfamous choreographers such as Leonard Massine, Jerome Robbins, Rudolf Nureyev, Anthony Tudor, Agnes DeMille, Alvin Alley, Rober Jeoffry, Elliot Feld, Eugene Loring, Glen Tetley, Michael Smuin, Kieth Lee, and Dennis Nahat. He has perfomed Principal roles with such great artists like Rudolph Nureyev, Eric Bruhn, Carla Fracci, Royes Fernandez, Cynthia Gregory, Ted Kivett, Ivan Nagy, Eleanor D'Antuono, Michael Smuin, Mikael Barishnikov, Gelsie Kirkland, Natalia Makarova, Roni Mahler, Jerome Robbins, Martine VonHamel, Hugh Lang, Johnny Kriza, Terry Orr, John Prinz, Christine Sarry, Dennis Wayne, Bruce Marks, Toni Landers, Fernando Buyones and many others. From the movie "The Turning Pointe" he was honored to work with Herbert Ross, Nora Kay, Shirley MacLain, Anne Bancroft, and Tom Skerritt

At the request of Joanne Woodward he left ABT and became a Principal dancer with Dennis Waynes "Dancers". There he worked with such greats as John Butler, Larry Rhodes, Igal Perry, Evin Harem, Tony Catanzoro, George Faison, James Dunn, Kenny Hughs, and Norman Walker. After leaving the Company he went on to study Acting with Wynn Handman for one year. This led him to Broadway where he studied Tap with Bob Audy and three weeks later he joined "A Chorus Line".

While on Broadway many years with "A Chorus Line" and "Song and Dance" he was mentored by Michael Bennett the craft of being an artist. The honor was all his to work with Bernadette Peters, Bob Avian, Richard Attenborough, Bob Fosse, Donna McKechnie, Kelly Biship, Pricilla Lopez, Peter Martins, Michael Douglas, Betty Buckley and many more He also appeared in the Movie "A Chorus Line". After ha time he started his teaching career to give back what was given to him.

In October of 1997 he opened his own school with his wife Elaine Kudo called Theatre Arts Dance Academy which was known as TADA. In 2001 the named was changed to Theatre Arts Dance America after 9-11. In fourteen years the school has mentored dancers and instructors from all over the world and has produced Ten or more professional dancers and teachers. After fourteen years the school has been closed for the economic times and Tada dancers have been given a home at SMAPA thanks to the grace of Sharon Miller and for this he will always be grateful.

Melissa K. Villacres

Melissa Kersting Villacres was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She received the majority of her primary dance training at The School of the Garden State Ballet. Melissa attended NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, eventually receiving her BA in Dance from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of Arts. Melissa apprenticed as a teenager with the Garden State Ballet, performing in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker. As her classical ballet career continued she also performed with Empire State Ballet, Accordance Company, New Jersey Ballet and Theatre Arts Dance America.

Melissa has concentrated the majority of her training and professional experience in contemporary and classical ballet. She has a love and appreciation for all styles of dance. Melissa has experience in modern and jazz dance as well.

She has over a decade of experience teaching ballet to students ranging in age and degree of skill. Melissa has taught dance at Sharon Miller’s Academy of Performing Arts, Theatre Arts Dance America and Montclair Stated University. Melissa continues to train and hone her techniques as a dancer.

Melissa is now a wife and a proud mother of her son Connor and resides in Prospect Heights Brooklyn where she had lived since 2007.

Rhonda Holland





Leah Katz

Enjoy a dynamic integration of Pilates and Yoga with Leah Katz. The Pilates focus on building deep abdominal strength and awareness significantly enhances the practice of yoga, and in turn yoga teaches us ways to refine Pilates, bringing greater intelligence to the movements. Each class will begin with yoga, transition to Pilates mat work, and end with yoga.

Leah Katz is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory 2 Level. Leah's background in movement was originally in Pilates, which she embraced in 1987.

A certified Pilates Instructor and teacher trainer, Leah has helped train many Pilates teachers, both in New York City and the Hudson Valley and she has worked with professional dancers including members of New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Dance Theater of Harlem.

Leah has shared her love of movement and bodywork with hundreds of students over the years.

Her knowledge of anatomy and the human body make her a trusted and gifted teacher who creates an environment that promotes and enhances health and healing.

MilaRose Canullas





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Tess Kallay
Jerry Shariff
Lovens Joseph

Sharron Miller Milton A. Taylor Milton A. Taylor Karen Calloway-Williams Linda Hirsh Adrienne Armstrong Sharon Alonzo Elizabeth(Liz) Glover Maurice Chestnut Connie Andres Katie Becker Francesca Nieves Heather Robles Ty Stephens Lynne Grossman Carolyn Milton Jeffry Foote Leanna Britton Angel Williams Hilary Nicolai June Chin Chris Livsey Kamille King Buddy Balou Melissa Villacres Rhonda Holland Leah Katz MilaRose Canullas Not Pictured

Sharron Miller's Academy For The Performing Arts ... a delicate balance between dedication, discipline and dance