Carol Brienza is a graduate of New York University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education. With over 30 years of performance training and teaching experience,
Carol has served on the faculty of the Broadway Dance Center , The Lee Strausburg Institute for Acting and NYU teaching in their children’s and recreational programs.
Carol served as a coordinating supervisor and assistant program manager for Starpower Talent Inc’s pre-professional Power Pak Dance Company. She also sat on the judging panel of numerous dance competitions on both the regional and national levels.
Currently, Carol is a master teacher and choreographer for various studios and dance companies around the country , educating students of all ages in all forms of dance and performance.
Carol is also a certified movement therapist, specializing in helping children with special needs and people living with chronic disease and recovering from surgery and cancer treatment.
Carol is proud of her students past and present who are now professional dancers, choreographers and dance educators. Many of Carol’s students have been and are now currently working in the Arts and Entertainment Field, performing on Broadway, International and National Tour productions, National Dance Companies, Walt Disney World, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Professional Sports Dance Teams, just to name a few.
Carol is honored to continue pursuing the LaDanse legacy of excellence in dance education that she has had the privilege of being a part of for over 25 years.
Ms. Shannon started her dance training at La Danse at the age of 2 where Ms. Tina was her very first dance teacher. She continued her training at both La Danse and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Shannon majored in Psychology and minored in Dance at Tufts University where she won the Dance Studies Award and completed an independent study of her own choreography that was performed both on campus and the greater Boston area. While at Tufts, Shannon participated in the Spirit of Color Dance club where is also showcased her choreography. Ms. Shannon was also afforded the opportunity to direct a play while at Tufts.
Ms. Shannon returned to New Jersey and began teaching at La Danse, creating the Modern program based on her extensive training during college. Ms. Shannon is also an award winning choreographer. In July 2009, Ms. Shannon began her graduate studies at Colombia College Chicago where she received her Masters In Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. Ms. Shannon is a board certified dance/movement therapist and a licensed counselor. Along with teaching at La Danse, Ms. Shannon works as a school based clinician, helping student with a wide range of mental health needs.
Ms. Shannon is very excited about her new role at La Danse, as Artistic Director. She is super excited to be working with Ms. Carol, one of her long-time and favorite dance teachers/mentors.
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