No two youngsters are alike whether they are toddlers, small children, bigger kids, pre-teens, teenagers or young adults. At Broadway Bound Dance Center, we take great pride in providing quality dance classes for children, kids, pre-teens, teens and adults. We focus our attention on the specific needs and goals of each individual student—no matter what his or her age may be. It is a pleasure to take the time to engage every new student and parent in a discussion about his or her interests. We enter into every new student relationship as well-informed teachers. This enables us to design a curriculum that is inspiring, motivating and sure to keep the student’s interest. We find this practice to be very valuable when placing our students. Most of all, we want them to love what they are doing. If they love what they are doing, they will have fun and that’s what keeps an individual interested in any activity.

You can contact Mr. Rocco about NJ Dance Classes at Broadway Bound Dance Center in Bergen County, New Jersey at (201) 385-4114 or email him at dance@bbound.com.

Meet Your Director

Rocco Santorufo

School Director and Owner

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Mr. Rocco, a native New Yorker, discovered his love of the performing arts, especially  dancing, as a very young child. Performing gave him a smile that began in his heart, which shined through his dancing. No matter what else he found happening in his life, he could get lost in the dance. He is a member of the Actor’s Equity, Screen Actors Guild, and AFTRA. Since age 10, he has enjoyed a professional acting/dancing career in national television advertising in commercials for Burger King, Wendy’s, Jell-O, Ray-O-Vac, Hires, Bubble Yum, and as the Hi-C Kid. He performed in a national touring production of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, was a contestant on Star Search, and performed in many industrials. He has performed along side celebrities such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Nell Carter, Lola Falana, Debbie Gibson, Jack Wagner and Prince. His professional acting training includes the renowned The Acting Studio Inc. in New York City.

His founding of Broadway Bound Dance Center in 1990 was the beginning of his dream come true. His first location was in a modest VFW building with 20 students. He continued to expand his curricula and his student enrollment, relocating BBDC to larger spaces and finally in 2009 constructed a beautiful state of the art studio in Dumont.

During the past 26 years he has passionately pursued his love of choreography and its’ translation into the art of dance. Knowing the universal movement of dance has no language barrier, he has been able to teach, to inspire,dancers of all ages, from cultures all over the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Rocco, in his Special Needs Classes, continues to apply his extensive knowledge and love of dance, realizing how this art can awaken a sleeping spirit, and stimulate the mind which steers our body. These classes enrich the lives of these students and expand their horizons in ways only movement oriented to dance and how it “speaks” can. He has taught in local public and private schools, has offered a Special Needs Program at Broadway Bound Dance Center for several years, and has been recognized by local and state leaders for his contribution to the enrichment of the lives of his Special Needs students in our communities.

He and the dancers at Broadway Bound have given back to their community with events such as “Ballerinas Give Back” . Dancers make and donate gifts to children in local hospitals. Broadway Bound Dancers have donated their time to perform for Seniors at assisted living venues, on Dumont Day, held very successful food drives, just to name a few.

So, now Mr Rocco has gone full circle. From a child dancer finding his way to the performer, then teacher and now is fervently committed through dance, to giving his students the opportunity to find their own path, what makes their heart sing, and what stirs their sense of purpose. Mr Rocco, is passionate not only about dancing but making a difference in the lives of the students who dance at BBDC. He remembers well from his own experience as a child dancer, that the art, the skill, the thrill of discovery in learning to control your body, how that movement “speaks” to yourself and others, contributes to a healthy, invaluable sense of self respect, self- esteem and confidence so necessary for survival and success in this ever more competitive world.

Dance and Performance Instructors

Our staff is made up of professionally trained dance teachers. Through the years, our enrollment and need for quality dance instructors grew. Many trained professionals were recruited from New York City from the tops of their artistic genre.

Each instructor is dedicated to providing quality dance lessons in our state-of-the-art dance studio. Our staff provides individualized attention to every youngster, teen and adult. We meet with all new students on a one-to-one basis to learn about his or her goals and interests. This helps us to develop a program designed specifically for each student. We provide two instructors in every class with enrollment of children under 8 years old. This ensures that we can give special attention to our little performers.

Our teachers have more than 20 years experience teaching
in the field of the Performing Arts in Bergen County, N.J.

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Christine DeVito, Artistic Director

Miss Christine has been on staff at BBDC since 2001 teaching, mentoring and sharing her love of dance and theater. Her choreography has garnered multiple awards at competition and is a highlight at the BBDC annual concert. Miss Christine has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan in productions of West Side Story (Anita) Sweet Charity (Nickie), 42nd Street (Lorraine), The King and I (dance soloist), Cactus Flower (Toni Simmons), The Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn) and A Chorus Line (Diana Morales). Miss Christine performed as a featured dancer in both the Broadway, National and International companies of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and on Broadway as Rumpleteazer in Cats.

In the role of Ermengarde, Miss Christine performed with Carol Channing in the Broadway and the National companies of Hello, Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams. She received her formative Ballet and Theater training at The School of Performing Arts in New Milford, CT (under the direction of Arlene Begelman). While at SOPA she performed in their theater company “Conn. Stage” in productions of Roar of the Greasepaint…, Grease (Jan) and Carnival.

Miss Christine also danced in Candlewood Playhouse’s production of Oklahoma!, staged by Gemsy Delapp. Miss Christine attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, Dance and Theater, earning a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Directing. Conservatory credits include: Chicago, Street Scene, Iolanthe, Kismet, Sweet Charity and Smashing Times (an original musical by Gerard Alessandrini).

Other credits include the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy understudy) starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt as well as the 1st National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Silly Girl). Miss Christine is a certified Pilates instructor through Power Pilates in NYC, offering the students of BBDC the opportunity to strengthen their mind body connection by studying this wonderful method.

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Miss Paulette

Paulette Lewis is a Wisconsin native where she discovered her love and passion for dance at the age of 5. She has dazzled many during competitions and performances since her dancing career began. Paulette has shared her passion for dance with students of all levels and ages. During the last 7 years, she has taught at studios throughout Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Paulette received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Point Park University additionally interning at Parsons Dance and Broadway Dance Center. She has performed on many stages throughout New York City while her current work includes BEings Dance and featured work by Shelly Hutchinson. Paulette is so excited to kick off the year with Broadway Bound Dance Center! Let’s Dance

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Miss Kira Lyn

Kira Lyn is thrilled to be joining the BBDC family! A passionate dance teacher and award-winning choreographer, Kira is known for her unique ability to connect with her students and bring them to their highest potential.

Kira trained at the acclaimed International Ballet School Denver, CO. Since making the move to NYC in 2007, Kira Lyn has continued her training in every genre at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and Steps on Broadway. She also graduated from the highly respected Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program under the direction of Chris Hale and Calen Kurka in 2012.

Her performance and choreography credits include Broadway Underground, the Pushing Progress Showcase Series, Broadway Blessing at St. John’s Cathedral, and Project Dance Live as a member of Project Dance’s “Atmosphere” company.

Kira Lyn has been a guest faculty member at NYC’s Broadway Dance Center since 2009, teaching both voice and dance and she is currently a sought-after master teacher and choreographer all over the tri-state area. Her students have moved on to professional careers in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Disney Cruise lines, and various dance companies. Others have gone on to study at prestigious dance programs such as the Miami City Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, NYU’s Tisch School, BYU Modern Dance Program, and LaGuardia High School.

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Miss Julianne

Miss Julianne was raised in Bergen County and began dancing at the age of 3. By the age of 9, she knew that dancing was her passion. She was accepted as a member of a dance company and performed in the New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker. She continued her training more intensively as a teenager with a focus in ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern. Miss Julianne Rizzitello graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in dance. Her genuine enjoyment of being be part of Broadway Bound Dance Center’s teaching staff shows through her instructon and her passion for working with children inspires her to share her love of dance with BBDC’s students.

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Miss Alyssa

Miss Alyssa is a BBDC alumni, starting her training here at age 3. Throughout her time here she studied jazz, ballet, and lyrical styles. From here she went on to be a 4 year member and captain of the nationally recognized Holy Angels Dance Team. She also danced for the Saint Joseph’s University Dance Team as a 2 year captain, winning 3 UDA National Championships in the hip hop and pom divisions.

When Miss Alyssa is not at BBDC she is a dance camp instructor for Universal Dance Association, traveling the nation teaching all styles to dancers of all ages. She is also an assistant coach of the Holy Angels Dance Team as well as the Saint Joseph’s University Dance Team. In addition to dance, Miss Alyssa graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in May 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and is currently in her first year of nursing school.

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Miss Christina

Miss Christina is very excited to join the BBDC family! Like most dance teachers, Christina began dancing at the age of 3. Having a passion for musical theatre, ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical were always her favorite styles of dance. When she was 16, she attended the Rockette Summer Intensive and knew that one day, she would live near New York City. After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in English and Psychology, she decided to go back to school for Musical Theatre at Florida School of the Arts. While still living in St. Augustine, Christina choreographed, directed, and performed in several mainstage shows at The Limelight Theatre, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Rocky Horror Show, Gypsy, and Lend Me a Tenor.

Finally making her dream of living near New York City come true, Christina attended Montclair State University where she received her MA in Theatre Studies. In the midst of getting her degree, she attended the Summer Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center where her focus again was Musical Theatre. Post graduation, Christina expanded her dance background to include ballroom dancing. While competing in American Rhythm, she was a semi-finalist at the Arthur Murray Washington Dance-o-Rama Open Professional Competition. Christina is a certified ballroom dance instructor through the United States Terpsichore Association in American Rhythm and American Smooth. She is also a member of the National Dance Council of America. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for dancing with the students at Broadway Bound!

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Mr. Jacob

Jacob Taylor received his formative training at Boulder Ballet School and in the summer programs of American Ballet Theater, the School of American Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Kaatsbaan, and Perry Mansfield. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the Ballet Performance Program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. At IU his repertoire included ballets by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, Dwight Rohden, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. In addition to Ballet Performance Taylor studied dance pedagogy at IU and was commissioned to choreograph the Opera Cendrillon for the music department. His professional career includes working with such companies as American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Christopher Caines Dance, FJK Dance,Thomas Ortiz Dance, and Boulder Ballet.

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Miss Allyn

Allyn Merida began her dance training at Amarily’s Academy of Dance Arts. At the age of 4. In 2011, she was accepted to The Hollywood Summer Tour, a summer dance intensive held in Los Angeles, California. There, she was able to work and network with some of the industry’s best commercial dance artists. During her academics Allyn was selected to perform in the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

She has worked with Philadelphia’s renowned dance choreographers such as Melanie Stewart, Jodi Obeid, and was a member of Rowan’s Contemporary Dance Company: Dance Extensions under creative director Paule Turner. She continued her studies and earned her B.A in Theatre and Dance from Rowan University. Allyn has experience in teaching with a wide variety of dance disciplines and enjoys sharing her love for dance with her students. She is excited to be part of Broadway Bounds Dance Center Faculty.


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Miss Jessa

This will be Miss Jessa’s 7th year at Broadway Bound Dance Center teaching voice classes to all ages. She holds an Entertainment Management Degree from Bay State College in Boston, Massachusetts and has been performing professionally sine the age of 12. Miss Jessa’s mom always said “she would dance before she could walk and sing before she could talk!” This pretty much sums it all up. Having trained privately with celebrity coaches Mark Baxter & Jeannie Deva—among others—Jessa has a diverse background of varying genres and has also written and produced her own cd Jessa’s Call in 1997.

Jessa has performed in various projects over the past 2 decades; from acoustic acts to community theater, and most everything in between. She provides the students with a basic foundation of knowledge focused on vocal mechanics and development of the voice in an exciting and active environment. Miss Jessa is proud to be a member of the Broadway Bound Dance Center team and her invaluable experience and expertise are a welcome addition to our staff.

Image of Miss Allison, dance instructor at Broadway Bound Dance Center, Dumont, Bergen Count NJ.Miss Allison

Miss Allison began dancing at the young age of 3. Six years later she came to BBDC to train and compete and has been with us ever since. Allison went on to study Dance Performance at East Carolina University. During her four years in school she found her passion for teaching and choreographing.

Allison knows Broadway Bound Dance Center will be a part of her life forever. She knows firsthand that here, it is so much more than just dance steps. She knows special bonds are formed at BBDC and she will forever cherish the times she had and the lessons she learned. Allison is excited to be a part of her students’ dance exploration and development and hopes to inspire her students the same way they inspire her.

image of BBDC dance instructor, Miss BrittanyMiss Brittany

Miss Brittany began dancing at the age of three in Spring Hill, Florida. At the age of eight she started dancing with the competition team performing in all styles of dance. Brittany helped out at the dance studio first by being a demonstrator and working her way up to teaching her own classes.  Her last year at Suncoast School Of The Arts, Brittany choreographed a competitive dance which received an Entertainment Award, Third Place Overall at Nationals and was chosen to perform in the Dance Championship Battle.

Brittany has been employed by Bush Gardens in Tampa, Florida as an Improv Actor and has also been a  professional cheerleader for the AFL Tampa Bay Storm.  Brittany was also under contract with Carnival Cruise Lines as one of their production dancers performing in three production shows daily. Brittany is very excited about to be back again her third dance season at Broadway Bound Dance Center. Always is looking forward to the opportunity to teach children the love of dance.

Guest Dance and Performance Instructors

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Mr. Jayson

Jayson Douglas is from Paterson, NJ where he began his training at Dance World Academy. He went on to further his training in New York City at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey. Jayson also attended Point Park University to study dance as his major. While there he also attended summer programs at Dance Place, Orlando Ballet 2, and Boston Ballet all on full scholarships. Jayson’s professional career began as a Trainee with North Carolina Dance Theatre, now known as Charlotte Ballet.

Jayson then went on to dance for Lexington Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Nouveau Colorado and one of the top 25 to watch companies named in Dance Magazine, Company C Contemporary Ballet, there he was featured in Twyla Tharp’s “Surfer in the Styx”. He has also performed around the world on cruise lines as a dancer and aerialist in Cirque affiliated themed shows. He is a resident choreographer with MidState Ballet, Sarah Berges Dance, and teaches masterclasses around the country as well as internationally. Last Spring he toured to Paris with Sarah Berges Dance.