Cinderella once said:
"A dream is a wish your heart makes..."
...and for this Cuban-American girl, the dream of owning her own dance studio came true!
At CMG, dance is truly our passion. It’s not simply teaching steps to dancers, but sharing in the history and culture of this art form’s origins. We want to instill a genuine love of dance and inspire our students to be the best versions of themselves - on and off the dance floor.
Director & Master Teacher
CRISTINA M. GARCÍA
Cristina Michele Garcia, who most often goes by Cristy, began dancing when she was four years old. She trained for the following 16 years under the tutelage of Oneida Quevedo at Oneida's Dance Studio in Guttenberg, NJ. Here she studied an array of dance forms, including Flamenco, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Afro-Cuban, Tango, and Hip-Hop. She competed both regionally and nationally with her studio. She graduated from the academy in 2006, and was a faculty member on staff for over 10 years. While in college at the University of Pennsylvania, Cristy was a member of two companies- Penn Dance and Onda Latina. It was at Penn Dance, Penn's first performing dance company, where Cristy dove into modern and contemporary dance while learning about how to innovate with choreography and create expressive performances. Through her time at Onda Latina, Cristy immersed herself in her favorite Latin dance styles, including salsa, mambo, bachata, samba, and merengue. She served as the company's artistic director for over a year and performed with Onda Latina at the 2009 New York Salsa Congress. Additionally, Cristy, along with some of her closest dance friends, began their own dance company, Ritmo y Pasion, back in 2008. She received her Dance Educators of America Master Teaching Certificate in 2012. In the same year, while pursuing her MBA at IESE Business School in Barcelona, she was provided the opportunity to take her dancing internationally, where she performed and competed in Europe. Cristy has performed around the world, including a most recent performance on Broadway. While she truly enjoys performing, her true love is storytelling through choreography.
Krystal started dancing at the age of three years old at Yolanda’s Academy of Music & Dance located in West New York, NJ. Her repertoire of dance includes: Tap, Jazz, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Modern, and Musical Theatre. Krystal has over 15 years of dance experience, including competing in regional and national competitions like Dance Educators of America, ShowStoppers, Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Competition, among others. Krystal’s love for dance expanded into college where she discovered her love for choreographing. Krystal attended Montclair State University for Communications with a Minor in Dance where she was able to train with professionals like Jeff Shade and Jeff Marx. While at her time at Montclair State, Krystal choreographed many student-run as well as non-profit productions such as: RENT: The Musical, The Wedding Singer, Shrek: The Musical, and Man of La Mancha. Krystal is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration and is excited to be part of the CMG 'Ohana. Through and through, one thing has always stuck: passion for the arts.
Jessica began dancing when she was five years old at the North Bergen Recreational Dance Program. After four years of training, Jessica’s loving mother saw her passion and enrolled her in Oneida’s Dance Studio where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, Tango, and Salsa. Here she competed in many regional and national competitions, including Dance Educators of America. Jessica graduated in 2006 with high honors in all forms of dance and was subsequently invited to the TG Gordon Dance Company. While honing her craft, Jessica developed a passion for the art of teaching; she has taught Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre for over 10 years. Some of Jessica’s proudest accomplishments include competing in America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2 with her dance crew “SHHH!!,” receiving her Dance Educators of America Master Teaching Certificate, auditioning and making it to the top 10 for the Nets Dance team, auditioning and making it to top 30 for the Christmas Spectacular, and winning multiple best choreography awards at National competitions for Musical Theatre and Flamenco productions. Jessica loves performing and showing off her talents but, more than that, she enjoys teaching and watching her creativity come to life through her students’ talent.
A Maryland native, Harumi received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory with a concentration in performance, pedagogy, and choreography. While studying, she had the privilege to begin her professional dance and teaching career with the City Ballet of Boston. Shortly after graduating she moved to New York City and had the honor to work with various companies and artists including (but not limited to) Nimbus Dance Works, Dance Iquail, Korhan Basaran, Pedro Ruiz and Gotham Dance Theater. Post-NYC Harumi went on to perform two seasons in the award-winning Christmas show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She also joined the pre-production cast of The Wizard of Oz at the Media Theater, danced as a featured artist in various commercials, and danced back up for Sofia Carson on the Disney Channel. As a teaching artist, Harumi has taught Ballet, Theater Jazz, Improvisation, and Modern technique in dance studios throughout the East Coast, including Nimbus Dance Works, City Ballet of Boston, Studio of Ballet Arts, and Londyn Skye Dance Center. Currently, she is beginning her 4th year on the Dance and Musical Theater Staff at High Tech High School. Along with performing and teaching Harumi is a Certified Personal Trainer and loves to integrate health and fitness into her teaching style. Harumi is ecstatic to join the CMG Family!
Lawyer by day, dancer by night, Reana has been dancing since the age of two. She studied all forms of dance, from Ballet to Afro-Cuban at Oneida’s Dance Studio. As a student, Reana won a full scholarship for the Dance Educators of America ballet seminar and won the Ballet Award in her graduating class. Reana also trained with the New Jersey Ballet and performed in their annual Nutcracker production. While attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Reana continued to train in the styles of Jazz and Modern dance. From the age of ten to fourteen, she cheered competitively at Star Athletics and trained in gymnastics. In college, she cheered Division 1 for the University of Massachusetts. Following college, Reana coached cheerleading at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Although, the road has had its twists and turns, one thing remains true: her passion for dance.
JUSTIN W. GEISS
Justin started his dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Jenkintown, PA, where he would find his love for performing. He joined the Houston Ballet Academy when he was 14, and started dancing 9-6 Monday through Saturday and doing his High School online when he got home at night. Here, he performed in John Neumeier's Yondering as Molly Boy, and in Stanton Welch's Tales of Texas as Pecos Bill, Amoeba, and Tarantella Soloist. After 3 years of hard training, he joined the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet 2 Program where he would perform roles such as Alcindoro in Michael Pink's La Boheme, Chinese Man and Jacks in Michael Pink's The Nutcracker, Waiter in Thom Dancy's My Dearest Horace Vandergelder, and Soloist in Timothy O'Donnell's The Sunscreen Song. While here, he would also start teaching ballet, jazz, and pilates to the students in the school, as well as helping to clean and choreograph Milwaukee Ballet Performances such as Twas' the Night Before Christmas. A year and a half into this program he left to do Compass Rose Theater's production of A Chorus Line as Bobby and performed in the John W Engeman Theater's production of Newsies as Henry and U/S Crutchie. He was most recently seen on the National Tour of Cats the musical as a Swing and Mungojerrie, U/S Mistoffelees and Skimbleshanks.
Veronica started her dance career at a young age and instantly fell in love with the style of Hip-Hop. The adrenaline and dance movement of Hip-Hop led her to many wonderful opportunities in her dance career. She has taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of Hip-Hop to children and adults of all ages for over 10 years. Veronica competed in America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV and did two consecutive dance tours in China with Rhythm City Entertainment. While a member of Rhythm City Entertainment for 8 years, she performed as a back-up dancer for reggaeton artists like J Balvin, and opened for Pitbull at the Megaton. She has toured across the United States and has been invited to perform several years at the famous World of Dance tour. Veronica has also done numerous TV performances on MTV and BET. Her excitement and passion for dance will show all over the dance floor. Her focus as a teacher is to help understand the movement of hip-hop, the style, and the energy. She loves to have fun while teaching and being able to share her style of choreography to others.
Acro, Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet
Bethany began dancing when she was three years old and was competing by five years old. For 15 years, she trained at and was a part of the award-winning competition team (both regionally and nationally) at Betty Jean’s Dance Studio in Wappingers Falls, NY. Her training included many genres primarily in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Acro. She also trained with Michelle Ribble at Rhinebeck Performing Arts for Tap, Dutchess Dance Theatre for Ballet, and Mignon Furman through the American Academy of Ballet completing the pre-professional levels of Performance Awards. Following high school, she attended the University of Rhode Island for her BS in Communicative Disorders and BA in Psychology. During her studies, she was President of the University of Rhode Island’s Dance Company where in addition to running the Company, she also taught the Tap classes. She choreographed and performed in many pieces for showcases, sports events, and fundraisers primarily in Hip-Hop, Tap, and Jazz. Currently, she is enrolled at Montclair State University for her Doctorate in Audiology. With hard work, comes play! Bethany has continued training at pop up classes and conventions across the United States; from Broadway Dance Center, NYC to Millenium Dance Complex, CA. Though she continues to dance, she is most excited to work with the young students on their technique, reaching their goals and potentials, and expressing themselves through dance. She is very excited to bring her training to our students at CMG!
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, My Dancer & Me
Meredith began her dance training at the age two. By the time she received her B.A. in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College, she had studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Modern dance. Her choreographic works include Sinternet!: The Musical and the CheckIt! Dance Festival in Central Park. She has performed in the Six Meters Improvisational Dance Ensemble and productions for CheckIt! Dance, Indecorous Theatre Company, Snapped Productions, West Hudson Arts and Theatre Company, and The Secret Theatre. She has taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Creative Movement to students of many ages and also works as an SAT tutor.
Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Technique
Natasha began taking dance classes at Gloria Frances School of Performing Arts at the age of 8. Two years later, she was accepted to the school’s competition team - The Dance Edition - where she competed regionally and nationally, winning numerous awards and scholarships. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Natasha was a member of Arts House Dance Company and Onda Latina. Arts House gave Natasha the opportunity to try her hand at choreographing different styles of dance, including Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. Onda Latina introduced Natasha to the world of Latin dance, something she had never experienced before. In 2008, she and some friends founded Ritmo y Pasión. The group was invited to perform in New Jersey and Miami. As a full-time teacher, first in Newark, then in Jersey City, Natasha brought her love of dance to school. Not only would you find her students dancing in class, she also founded and coached dance teams that performed at basketball games and concerts. Currently working as a Math Teacher Coach in Orange, NJ, Natasha looks for every opportunity to infuse her love of dance to others.
Ballet, Lyrical, Flamenco
Isabella started her dance studies at the young age of 6. After a trip to Spain, she fell in love with Flamenco and begged her mother to find classes for her in the New Jersey area. At age 9, Isabella started her Flamenco studies at Oneidas Dance studio where she also trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Salsa, and Afro-Cuban. Isabella earned her Ballet Bar Certification from Dance Educators of America with High Honors. She attended Muhlenberg College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Her studies focused on a plethora of Modern Dance Techniques and Ballet while also becoming an expert in Dance History. In 2011, Isabella attended a Flamenco internship in Sevilla, Spain under Rocío Albenis. Isabella has taught at multiple dance schools and recreation centers across New Jersey for the past 10 years. She is passionate about educating students on becoming convincing performers with strong technique. You can find her taking class at Peridance (NYC), ODC Dance Commons (CA), or with Xianix Barrera (Flamenco Artist NYC). Isabella is excited to be a part of the CMG family. Now let’s dance and win some trophies!
LUIS A. RIVERA SÁNCHEZ
A native of Puerto Rico, Luis began his dancing career at his grandparents' Christmas parties, where his aunts taught him the basics of salsa and merengue at a young age. In high school, he held lead roles in every school play and participated in numerous talent show performances, including choreographing salsas, tangos, and bomba routines with his colleagues and friends. While in college at the University of Pennsylvania, Luis joined Onda Latina, Penn's premier Latin dance troupe where he also served as Business Manager and Vice President. His experience in Onda Latina allowed him to explore his love for Latin styles, but more importantly his passion for choreographing. After college, Luis taught Salsa to students of all ages for 5 years. He also joined Ritmo y Pasión dance company, founded in 2008. While completing his MBA at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Luis led his school's salsa team to victory at MBAT 2013 (Europe's largest gathering of MBA students) in Paris. While Luis enjoys the art of performing, his passion lies in teaching life lessons to younger generations through the common experience of dance. CMG Dance Project is the perfect place to continue this mission.
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