The Next Step School of Dance, formerly Nancy Carole School of Dance, faculty members are certified dance educators with numerous years of teaching and national tour experience. Faculty members continually study by attending conventions and workshops so they may bring the latest trends in dance to their students. Several are or have been members of the award-winning "NC Dance Company". They also take pride in the accomplishments of their students who perform for local benefits, take top honors in local competitions, and even moved on to the Broadway stage! They are also equally as proud of their recreational dancers who perform on the stage for the very first time, or just get the step they've been working on for weeks, or the ones who show the love of dance- just by dancing!!!
Welcome, we would like you to get to know who we are:
Bonnie Walker:Owner and Artistic Director of The Next Step School of Dance, Miss Bonnie brings beauty and grace to the stage with her ballet choreography and company production numbers. Wanting to put more ballet into her students repertoire she began the Ballet Ensemble in 2010. They are a performing and competitive group of talented ballet students. She achieved her teaching certification from Dance Educators of America in NYC and studied with New Jersey School of Ballet. At the age of 9, she began lessons with Miss Nancy, at Nancy Carole School of Dance, and was taught more than "how to dance" in the years that followed. After 12 years as Miss Nancy's business partner, Miss Bonnie, took over the business in December of 2009. She continues to bring the same quality dance training to local students. Beginning this season with a 40 year history of the studio, Nancy Carole School of Dance, has had some changes, such as the addition of a fourth dance room and a new name "The Next Step School of Dance"! Miss Bonnie is looking forward to an exciting season!
Kellie Barone:Miss Kellie achieved certification from Dance Educators of America in New York City and is a graduate of Bergen Community College where she earned an Associates Degree in the Arts. She joined the faculty of The Next Step School of Dance 13 years ago and is the General Manager and department head of pre-school and grade-school children's classes. She assists in all aspects of teaching, training and oversees choreography for all children’s classes, training assistant teachers and student teachers. Miss Kellie teaches lyrical, contemporary jazz and choreographs for The Next Step Dance Company. Miss Kellie toured as a VIP with Dance Olympus where she performed throughout the United States
Tracey Vieira:Miss Tracey was a dancer at Nancy Carole School of Dance for 14 years, and an original member of the award winning N.C. Dance Company. As part of the N.C. Company she performed in Disney World, Six Flags Great Adventure & numerous local performances. Her favorite part of the “dance experience” was always in the classroom, both as a student and as a teacher. Miss Tracey graduated with honors from the Jesuit University of Scranton where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Theology and Philosophy. She also studied at the prestigious Oxford University in England for a year.
Crystal Mann: Miss Crystal is one of our teachers for The Next Step Dance Company. She hails from Maryland as a professional dancer, and has appeared in many T.V. commercials. She is sought after for her unique choreography and Lyrical & Contemporary are some of her specialties. She has been a Washington Wizard Dancer and was selected to be part of the first ever NBA All-Star dance team in Las Vegas for 2007. Miss Crystal also was a “Jets” Cheerleader for the 2010/2011 season and she teaches our “Cheer Dance Program”.
Michelle Ortega:Miss Michelle comes from a broad range of dance disciplines. She has competed in competitions all over the United States and has studied with the finest teachers at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She attended Bergen Community College majoring in theater/dance, was a member and President of the dance club and performed in various college performances. She taught hip-hop to inner-city school children in an after-school program. She specializes in hip hop, jazz, children's dance programs, adult fitness and also is a choreographer/teacher for theThe Next Step Dance Company.
Katerina Barbosa: Miss Katarina was a member of the award-winning N.C Dance Company and has been a student for 14 years. She brings her love of dance and strong technique into the class. She traveled with Dance Olympus as a VIP and studied with choreographers from around the country. Miss Katarina is looking forward to teaching children's classes this year!
Maria Milwicz:Miss Maria is our Office Manager and has her Bachelor's Degree in History from Rutgers University. Her efficient organizational skills enhance our studio and keep the front desk running smoothly. “Miss” Maria is a “key” person and her desk is at the hub of the studio. She handles all customer service and is also always willing to “model different headpieces”! Miss Maria is planning her wedding for this winter to her finace' Matt!
Rachel McFadden:Miss Rachel is our Saturday front desk secretary and has been a long-time employee and former dancer of the N.C. Dance Company. She is a dedicated and hard-working employee who is able to complete many tasks. Miss Rachel also returned to the dance room for several of the younger combination classes. “Miss” Rachel also donates her time as a teacher for the “Special Angels” program Lyndhurst, NJ
Caitlin Walker: After student teaching last season, Miss Caitlin is excited to begin this season with her young students. She has been a student at Nancy Carole School of Dance for 14 years and is a member of the N.C. Dance Company, now the Next Step Dance Company. Miss Caitlin also will be assisting classes, we look forward to seeing her around the studio!
Julie Padinha: Miss Julie is a new teacher this season. She was a student at Nancy Carole School of Dance for 15 years and was part of the N.C. Dance Company for 10 years. She is currently attending William Paterson University where she is studying business administration and aspires to have a career in dance education. We are so excited to have her with us this year.
Boris Lezin: Mr. Boris has been dancing since he was 10 years old in Russia where he danced at the Warsaw Theater. He has been teaching Ballet since he was 18 year old and teaches all different types of ballet. He worked with Irene Fokin at her dance studio in Ridgewood as well as teaching as the Fred Astare dance studio for 10 years. In 1997 Mr. Boris opened his own dance studio in Verona. He now teaches at all different dance schools in the area. We are happy to have Mr. Boris on staff and look forward to other classes he may teach in the future.
Kelly Huegel: Miss Kelly is one our our new students teachers this year. She will teach a few classes with Miss Bonnie and Miss Kellie overlooking the class. She has been a student at Nancy Carole School of Dance for 13 years and is a member of the award winning N.C. Dance Company. Miss Kelly is also one of our class assistants and she will continue to do so as well as teach throughout this year.
Jordyn Lau: Miss Jordyn has been a student at Nancy Carole School of Dance for 13 years and is a member of the award winning N.C. Dance Company. Miss Jordyn will also be a student teacher this year, teaching a few classes with Miss Bonnie and Miss Kellie overlooking the class.
Morgan Keyes: Miss Morgan is a new addition to our front desk staff this year. She currently studies at Bergan Community College majoring in Business Management.