The Dance Centre offers multiple opportunities throughout the year for all of our students to experience a variety of dance classes and teachers. Contact us to learn more. Here are just some of the faculty that have joined us at TDC in South Toms River, NJ…
Ginger Cox is on faculty at Pace University, and has been on faculty at BDC for over 15 years. featured in Dancetrain Magazine for her dynamic teaching style and contributions to dance education, Ginger has taught master classes in Mexico, Italy, Paris, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Japan, at Danse Encore festival in Quebec, the Earl Mosley Summer Institute, the Joffrey Texas, and throughout the States. Ginger holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BFA in Dance, and the creator of the Dancing Anatomy Workshop. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer, and was recently a featured article in Dance Informa about teaching anatomy in dance. Ginger has presented seminars at the Dance Science and Somatics conference, the Bill Evans 6th Annual Somatic Conference, and the Dance Educators Training Institute.
Her versatile choreography is described by the Jazz Dance E-news as ‘absorbing and inventive, with amusing creativity. The greatest exploration of the choreographic voice within jazz dance was seen in the work of Ginger Cox.” She’s choreographer for Nike, the NJ Nets Dancers, recording artist Lijie, Japan’s Hanayashiki Show, the Élan Awards, honoring Mr. Lar Lubavich, the Brooklyn Dance Festival, Dancing Wheels Company, Collaborative Movement Dance Company, Wise Fruit, Giving Tree Series, WaxWorks, Dancers Responding to Aids, the Queens Fringe Festival, Independent films, industrials, and the NuDance Festival, where the NY Times quoted “the selection of choreographers was unusually good.”
Ginger is on the Faculty Advisory Board at BDC, the board for the Young Choreographers Dance Festival, and has contributed to articles in Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Spirit. Some of her many performance highlights include Saturday Night Live with Molly Shannon and Jimmy Falon, Radio City Music Hall with Lou Bega, industrials and dance concerts.
Shelly Hutchinson is a choreographer, instructor, dancer, actress and producer in New York City. She has been a Contemporary and Musical Theater choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine for the last four seasons, also on the creative teams and performed in operas such as Candide, Samson and Delilah, and Aida as associate choreographer and assistant director. Choreographer for adapted for stage version of Disney’s High School Musical. TV appearances include MTV, CBS Morning Show, ABC, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Kings, HBO Miniseries “Mildred Pierce”, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Learning Channel, dancer for Wyclef Jean and in Lou Bega’s “Mambo #5”. Performing credits include Radio City Music Hall, Warner Brothers Films, Disney, Off- Broadway and Regional Theatre, Broadway Bares, International Arts Festival in Italy, Care Wave Japan, National and European Tours including “Fame, the Musical”, Bye Bye Birdie, Irene, and West Side Story, assistant choreographer for “Falco”, a multi- media show in Vienna, Austria based on the late 80’s pop star.Her work has recently been seen at City Center, Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and Salvatore Capezio Theater. With 17 years of deep and diverse teaching experience with all levels and ages, she has taught at various studios in the US, Germany, Italy, Austria, Prague, Argentina, Japan, Costa Rica, Cirque Du Soleil, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School, The Pulse, and Peridance in New York. Choreographer for “Nix” and “Occasion for Sin” as part of Planet Connections Theater Festivity in NYC.
She is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center, and currently producing a series of concerts to benefit various national charities. She is the Director of UNCOVERED CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, a series of intensives based in New York City to help young dancers find their identities as choreographers.
Aaron Parkhurst has almost two decades of tap dance experience under his belt. He received dance training in his hometown of Albany, NY. Working in NYC professionally for the past 10 years, he now calls the city his home.Aaron is a guest instructor for Shuffles NYC, Dance Masters of America, as well as SLIDE, a week long tap intensive directed by Mike Minery. He also teaches private lessons in NYC and travels to choreograph and instruct master classes throughout the country. He enjoys teaching and passing on his love for dance to younger generations. Aaron has also enjoyed a career in concert dance, working as a soloist and collaborator in NYC and in LA. He was a company member and soloist for AM Dance Project in New York City under artistic director Anthony Morigerato.
Aaron has performed at NY City Center in the 125th anniversary show for Capezio. He performed in Tap the Show choreographed by Mike Minery for 4 years including a national tour with the show, traveling to almost all 50 states. He was an associate choreographer and dance captain while on tour. Aaron has danced, choreographed, and entertained for corporations such as FedEx, Hershey Entertainment, and Gaylord Opry Entertainment among others. Favorite theatre credits: 42 nd Street, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and My One and Only.
LaVon Patterson- Originally from Philadelphia, PA, started his journey with dance at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, NY. To further his skills and education he attended the Creative & Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia and went on to receive a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance from the University of The Arts.LaVon had the honor of being assistant choreographer to Brian Thomas for Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special in 2001 at Madison Square Garden and he’s worked with major music artists such as Usher, Destiny’s Child. *N-Sync, J-Lo, Michael Jackson and many more! LaVon is the creative director of “JustMove” and an adjunct faculty member of Lehigh University.
Neil “Dradle” Schwartz has been dancing since the age of seven. After graduating from the University of Maryland and moving to NYC, he has had the privilege to work with Rhapsody James, Luam, Lisette, Chonique, Eric Jenkins, and more. He has choreographed for artists such as ASTR, Bosco, Wynter Gordon, Rome Fortune, Mateo, PUSH PLAY, TT the Artist, Oyinda, RIVRS, and more. He has also had the opportunity to work with Luam as assistant choreographer for Icona Pop on America’s Got Talent and David Letterman.Neil was hand selected to choreograph the launch of Pharrell Williams fragrance girl for Sephora. He was also an assistant choreographer with Lisette Bustamante on Girl Generation Hikkup. He was also hand selected to work with actor Channing Tatum as a contributing choreographer for the flashmob seen on The Today Show in promotion for Warner Brothers Magic Mike. He has traveled to Hawaii,Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Vienna, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Israel, and Italy teaching workshops and was a recipient at the Young Choreographers Festival in 2010 and as a returning guest artist in 2011.
Neil now teaches at Broadway Dance Center in NY as well as guest teaches at Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle in LA. His choreography can be seen on The Today Show, Good morning America, NBC Live, PBS, World of Dance, Carnival Choreographers Ball (NY/LA), Rhapsody James presents Sirens After Dark, and more.