I have been a West Milford resident for over 20 years, I have been teaching for over 30 years. I have been a big influence in many children's lives. It gives me great pleasure to make a difference in the younger generation. I have been working at the dance school for over 15 years and my wonderful staff and I would like Miss Andrea's Dance Stars to be a fun, family and community oriented place to dance. I was a Class I competitive gymnast in my youth. I have taken many forms of dance during this time. I am safety certified, first aid certified, and preschool teaching certified.
Hannah Renzland is a young, fun and energetic teacher with knowledge in several dance styles. She's been dancing since the age of 3 at Planet Dance and participated in classes of jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater and gymnastics. While at Planet dance she was on the Eclipse Dance Company for 2 years, participated with the Planet Dance Competition Team for 2 years, was a teacher assistant for 3 years, and did a one year internship. Hannah performed with the West Milford High School Dance Team in 2012/2013 where she worked on pom, kick, hip-hop, jazz and team dances. She has taken master classes in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-Hop, including one taught by a former Rockette, and competed at several High School dance team competitions and competed at the National Dance Alliance in Orlando, Florida.. Hannah is able to relate well to others while teaching and having fun in the studio!
Rebecca has been dancing since the age of four and has over 20 years of teaching experience throughout New Jersey and New York. She instructs in all genres, levels, and ages. Rebecca has choreographed dance pieces for recitals and competitions, and her competition routines have won numerous regional and national awards including choreography, judge's special, judge's choice, and top overall high score. During her youth, she had trained at various schools in NJ and studied under top choreographers in workshops, intensives, and conventions in NYC and NJ. She also spent many years in the competition circuit, competing throughout NJ, NY, and PA, winning numerous awards, top overalls, and titles on both regional and national levels. Rebecca later attended Morris County College and holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science as a Dance Major. While there, she was awarded the Argenis Belle Memorial Dance Scholarship. She continued on to achieve her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Dance Minor from Montclair State University. Some past credits include Mountain Creek's "Wacky World" dance variety show (Vernon NJ), as well as judging dance competition Sophisticated Productions. For the past ten years, Rebecca has been a regular judge for Passaic Valley High School's Annual Girl's Show for dance, cheer, and exercise. Rebecca is a proud member of the United States Achievement Academy/National Awards for Dance and Cheer (1989-1992, Vol.85) Rebecca is always eager to learn and grow as a teacher, dancer and choreographer. She continues to take classes, workshops and seminars from the most current and popular choreographers such as "Twitch", Mia Michaels, Al Blackstone and Mandy Moore. She has a strong passion for dance and loves inspiring her students. Rebecca enjoys watching her students express themselves and is always so proud of them.
Robin Pecharsky, a lifelong dancer trained in both classical and contemporary forms of dance, has been a dedicated dance professional since 2002. Besides being an experienced instructor of tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, creative movement and musical theater. Robin is the recipient of a fine arts degree and is an accomplished choreographer that has been recognized by many regional and national dance competitions. Robin has performed in many musical theater and dance productions, as well as writing, directing, and choreographing an original musical for a prestigious summer stock company. Most recently, Robin created several dance and musical theater workshops for children and teens, which introduces's young actors and actresses to the thrill of performing before a live audience.
Victoria Lopez started acting and singing at the age of 14. She participated in all her high school choir performances and competitions, as well as, the annual spring musicals. She first went to Bergen Community College in 2008 where she further learned about improv, movement, and various acting techniques; strictly focusing on acting. She gained plenty of mentorship from her professors and they helped her develop more confidence in herself and her performances. Along with working on numerous shows at the time, she transferred to Ramapo College of New Jersey where she started to participate on backstage work, such as, stage management and managed props for shows. She also learned the importance of basic meditation techniques to improve focus and relieve nervousness. After graduating from Ramapo in 2014, she moved on to work as a props master for a summer stock theater in New Hampshire. She is currently working for the Mahwah School District.
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We met Miss. Andrea about 2 years ago when my daughter took a gymnastics class with her.
My daughter was 3 years old and very shy. She connected with Miss Andrea very quickly and had an excellent first gymnastics experience! Last year my daughter completed her first year of dance with Miss. Hannah a member of Miss. Andrea's staff. My daughter enjoyed every single class! She learned so much in one year I was very impressed! We also attended free class week at Miss. Andrea's Dance stars and had a chance to meet and take a class with more of her staff members, Miss. Rebecca and Miss. Robin. They were both engaging and were able to teach new skills in such a short time and made it fun! I can truthfully say that all the staff members are sweet, caring, fun and experienced teachers. You will have a wonderful experience at Miss. Andrea's dance stars just like we have had!
We met Miss Andrea almost 10 years ago when she was my youngest daughter's dance teacher. Though she decided dance wasn't 'her thing', she tried gymnastics instead and found her true passion. I can't say enough about having Miss Andrea in our lives all these years. Her amazing style of coaching cannot be compared. I know she is the main reason my daughter believes in herself, does things the 'right' way, and enjoys every minute. I would recommend her to everyone.
As a dancer of 14 years and experiencing all different kinds of teachers, Miss Rebecca molded and shaped me and my fellow peers into wonderful dancers, and people. She is caring, creative, and taught us new things we never thought we would be able to accomplish. In the few short years that I was Miss Rebecca's student, she made me realize continuing dance was something I wanted to do, she's encouraging, and makes sure we all feel comfortable and confident while always looking our best. Through these qualities and skills, she has taught and provided us with everything a dancer needs to be set on their path for success with Miss Rebecca as their teacher.
-Sam Keramedjian, former student
Both my girls (age 3 & 7) loved their first dance classes! All the teachers are great with the kids and are very kind and patient. Looking forward to a fun year of dance!
Miss Andrea's Studio is modern, gorgeous, and has a friendly and warm feeling within one step through the door! The staff is experienced and involved and Miss Andrea herself is a terrific business woman and role model for children of all ages. I highly recommend this studio for dancers of all skill levels; you will not be disappointed!
Mrs. Rebecca is not only an incredible teacher, but she is an even better friend and such a positive role model to me. When no one else was there for me, she was. The passion she has for dance is greater than I've ever seen before. She has motivated me to be the best version of myself, both in dance and in life. There is never a dull moment with her; she is always cheering everyone on and putting smiles on their faces. I was lucky enough to have her choreograph my senior solo. She knew exactly what I was comfortable doing, and encouraged me to work with her while coming up with choreography, as well. I am so thankful I got to learn so much from her over the past few years. -Bri S, former student