Our Director

Amy DeSimone

Studio Director

Miss Amy began her training at “Talk of the Town” in Hamilton, NJ at the age of seven. She was eventually promoted to Student Teacher at the school. She performed in Community Theatre for many years. She attended Notre Dame High School and was a Dance Team Member for four year and was Captain her senior year as well as performing in the school musicals.

 

Miss Amy attended Johnson and Wales University, receiving two degree and graduating Summa Cum Laude. After starting her family, her passion for dance brought her and her daughter to NCDA to take classes. She was approached by the director about becoming an instructor and began training as such under the direction of Valerie Gooding.

 

She received her certification from Dance Educators of America teacher training course through the University of Nevada for ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and gymnastics. Miss Amy consistently travels to attend master classes and workshops in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Some of the world-renowned choreographers and instructors she has had the honor of training with are: Frank Hatchett, Bob Rizzo, Doug Caldwell, Charles Kelley, Steve Sirico, Raymond Lukens, Sheila Barker, Ray Leeper, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Ivan Koumaev, and many, many more.

 

During her eight years of teaching at NCDA she also took on the role of instructor for the Recreational Competition Team, created and developed their “Baby” Competition Team, was the Dance Team Manager, and Costume Coordinator. Her teams have won numerous Special Judges’ Awards, Entertainment Awards, Costume Awards, Platinum Medals, and 1st Place High Score Awards. Her classes are well organized, fun, and energetic. Students and parents alike love Miss Amy’s demeanor and creativity.

 

Miss Amy’s next step was to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio, and with the love and support of her family and friends she was able to make that dream a reality. In September of 2011, she opened the doors of Bella Dance Center. She strives to shape and mold creative, confident dancers. Her dancers are taught technique, creativity, and the art of dance in a structured, positive environment. She wants to bring out the best in each of her dancers and encourage their unique individual personalities. But more importantly, Miss Amy strives to create a dance family, and she feels that is exactly what she has done.