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.
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.
Ballet, Jazz, Acro
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.
Ballet, Jazz, Technique & Conditioning
Miranda is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in New York City. She attended Mason Gross School of the Arts as a BFA Dance major, and attended the Joffrey Ballet School as a BFA major with a Jazz and Contemporary concentration. She began her training at the age of three years old, and became a highly competitive student at the age of ten years old. Miranda has had vigorous training in specific dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Improvisation and Movement Invention. She trained at various studios in the New Jersey area, all in which she was a competitive student, teacher and choreographer in all styles of stage dance. She also trained at various studios in New York City, such as Broadway Dance Center on full scholarship, Peridance, and Joffrey Ballet School. Miranda has won countless competitions, awards and scholarships being accredited for her creative approach to performance and movement invention.
Hip-Hop, Ballet, Horton
KARINA HERNÁNDEZ CARBONELL
Karina is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2018. While studying her profession, she had the opportunity to travel to Colombia and Israel where she worked with the directors of Swing Latino, Batsheva & Vertigo. Throughout her college career, she attended various dance intensives, including: Ballet Hispanico and Rockettes Summer Dance Intensive. In the midst of her dance career before college, she qualified for Title Finalist in the NJN Hispanic Showcase in 2010 & 2011 and Dance Educators of America in 2012. She is currently a realtor in New Jersey and teaches private piano lessons. She hopes to bring all the knowledge that she has learned along her years as a student and help the young dancers of today to navigate their dance goals.
Hip-Hop, Street Funk
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.
With over 40 years of dance educator experience, Debi has stressed the importance of providing a superior dance education, even while striving to meet the varied needs of her students. She received her early training with dance instructor Vickie Sheer of New York (Ms. Sheer is the founder of Sheer Talent Ltd). She then went on to complete her training at Steps NYC, Broadway Dance Center and received her dance certification with Dance Educators of America (DEA). Debi has appeared in an episode of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” and was a judge for DEA dance competitions. Her dance company students also appeared on an episode of Dance Moms - ALDC Sheer Talent in 2014. She has always provided top quality dance training focusing on technical excellence and performance skills. Over the years, her students have competed in numerous dance competitions and have been awarded top scores and scholarships. They have also been accepted into prestigious dance programs and professional dance organizations, such as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and Joffrey Ballet School.
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.
Ballet, Jazz, 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!
Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha
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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