Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acting, Voice, Gymnastics

Meet Our Staff

AMY BURNETTE  (Director/Owner)
Amy Burnette's love of dance and the arts began as a young child learning in her mother's studio. The minute she was old enough to assist and teach Amy was helping her mom with classes and choreography. To further her expertise, she attended Oklahoma City University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Before graduation she had already secured her first professional job performing as a Follies Girl in Crazy For You at North Shore Music Theatre. During this time Amy auditioned for the World Famous Radio City Rockettes and became part of a living legend for 11 straight years.

Amy's experience and passion for the arts has lead her to follow in her mother's footsteps and create a dance and performing art's school. She feels like Jersey City is a thriving arts community but lacks a professional quality studio where children can learn and grow in the performing arts. Her developmental program builds confidence, self-esteem, & coordination to create a well rounded whole artist. Amy and her staff will provide professional quality instruction in a supportive, non-competitive environment to all levels, from recreational to professional.

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 spent six years performing in Mary Poppins on Broadway. She has performed the role of Millie in the Thoroughly Modern Millie Broadway Tour.  Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade, The Music Man and Showboat on London's West End. 
Laura has toured throughout the US and Canada performing and teaching theatre, voice and dance. Laura has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships from dance conventions and competitions such as Dance Caravan, PDTA, Dance Masters and Dance Olympus. She continues to study in NYC at Steps and Broadway Dance Center and is also a certified Pilates instructor, choreographer, and jewelry maker! and
KEISA PARRISH  began her dance training at the age of 11 in Los Angeles with Paul and Arlene Kennedy of Universal Dance Designs where she performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Cece Winans. She then moved on to study with Cyd Glover-Hill, of Hawthorne Dance Academy/Art in Motion, who choreographed the solo that won her the title Miss Hal Jackson Talented Teen International California State Queen 1995. Keisa attended the LA County High School of the Arts, where she was mentored by Karon Brown Lehman, and performed, with a leading role in Debbie Allen's "Pepito Story." While earning a BFA degree from Fordham University’s joint program with The Ailey® School, and performing in The Ailey School’s Spring Gala piece choreographed by Ronald K. Brown,she became a Radio City Rockette. During Keisa's four seasons with the Radio City Rockettes, she performed in the Christmas Spectacular and made special appearances all over the tri-state area. Since residing in New York City she has performed with Genesis Dance Company, Laverne Reed Productions, Tattooed Ballerinas, Jette Dance and more. Keisa has judged Dance Competitions all over the tri-state area and has been teaching and choreographing for the past 16 years and her various schools include Harlem School of the Arts, Dancer's Inc, Pathway to the Arts, New York City Board of Education, (E)motion by Design, Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International Competition and The Rockette Experience. And she is now the proud parent of Aden Parrish, who she names as her inspiration. 

MICHELLE PFRIENDERgraduated with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts Rutgers University and was awarded the Margarie Turner Choreography Prize in 2001. Since then, she has enjoyed performing with John Evans and Dancers, The Julia Ritter Performance Group and has been a member of the Cleo Mack Dance Project since 2001, performing in New York, New Jersey and Canada. Michelle has taught ballet, tap, hip-hop and modern dance to children of all ages over the last 17 years. She is certified in Children’s Yoga through Karma Kids Yoga NYC. Her special interests and additional studies have been in Montessori education, Modern dance, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering, Dance Composition and Yoga. Michelle has also spent the last 5 years training in Capoeira.
PURDIE BAUMAN  - grew up dancing at her mother's dance studio in Chicago. She then studied ballet at Ballet Legere and performed lead roles in Ballet Legere's  Nutcracker. Purdie attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts and then majored in Ballet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  At NCSA, Ms. Baumann was trained by world famous Balanchine Ballerina Melissa Hayden. Purdie performed professionally in NYC as a Radio City Rockette and in many musical productions all over the country.  She has also been featured on NBC's Smash and filmed as a principal dancer in Smurf's: The Movie. Ms. Baumann has collaborated on projects with dancers from New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey.  Purdie also teaches ballet privately to celebrity client Lauryn Hill. Ms. Baumann believes ballet is the base for all forms of dance and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of ballet to young dancers.  

CATRIONA RUBENIS-STEVENSwas born and raised in the UK. At 2yrs old she was put into ballet and from there her love and passion for performing was born. She studied dance under the IDTA, UK for over 15years, and voice and speech with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Catriona studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)​ in New York and has been an employed actor/dancer and arts educator since the completion of her training at AADA in 2009. She works steadily as a Director and Choreographer in New York City and Northern New Jersey. She is a dancer with the Performing Arts Workshop NJ, specializing in modern, lyrical and tap and also works and studies at Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
In addition to her work as a performer and teacher, she has served as Assistant Director on dozens of films, commercials and television productions, working with some of the highest caliber talent in the industry, including: Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, Fast & Furious, Resident Evil), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), and Eric Roberts (Every movie from the 1970's and 80's!!). She has directed several short films, and was nominated for Best New Director at the BBC ALBA Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Catriona is the co-founder of Dare To Speak Productions, a theater company that strives to make waves with political, powerful original drama, written and produced by women from around the world.

TIFFANY JAMES - is a New York City based actress, singer, director, and teaching artist. Tiffany recently finished directing Family Therapy: The Musical which was very well received at the West Village Musical Theater Festival.  Recent acting credits include: Showtime Television's Mobile App commercial and an Off Broadway one act play series at the Producers Club Theater.  Monthly, she can be seen as one of your favorite storybook characters at the Galli Fairytale Theater in Midtown Manhattan.  Tiffany is also a company member of 68 Cent Theatre Crew and Love Creek Productions.  Before joining Next Step Broadway she taught creative movement, gymnastics, circus, acting, and voice.  She is also the creator of ActUpNYC a theatrical program designed for special needs children.  Tiffany is very excited to be joining the Next Step Broadway team and the Jersey City community.

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