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Dawn M. Clayton - Owner/Director

Dawn, the Owner/Director of NMDC, has been dancing over 22 years as well as sharing her love of dance by teaching dance for 14 years. In addition, she has won numerous awards in the past for her choreography at dance competitions. Her passion for dance has allowed her to work with top choreographers in the industry. She has had the honor of working with artists such as Ludacris, Usher, Magic Juan and Cuban Link to name a few. She also has experience in background dancing in television and film. She has danced for shows on MTV such as “Say What Karaoke” and “Becoming Presents Wannabes”, as well as the VMA’s Preshow. Knowing the importance of keeping up with the newest styles of dance, she is continuously training and bringing the most up-to-date material to her students. It has been Dawn’s lifelong dream to open her own studio and share her passion of dance through teaching. She teaches with heart and enthusiasm, which is shown through her energetic personality. Dawn expresses her creative abilities through dance, which you will see in her choreography as well as in the classroom. She loves to inspire, mentor, and build self-esteem through the art of dance. Dawn shares her continued passion for dance with all of her students.

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Cassie Wolff

Cassie Wolff (24) former NBA dancer for the Philadelphia 76ers has been dancing since the age of two. She was technically trained at Standing Ovation School of Dance (Brick, NJ) and was accepted into her arts high school the Fine Performing Arts Center (Howell High School) where she furthered her studies training in dance,acting, and singing. At age 16 Cassie was one of twelve students selected of all schools in New Jersey to study at the intense summer program at TCNJ college for the honored New Jersey Governors School of the Arts. At age 17 she was selected with a scholar to further her study at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). Cassie has been trained in various styles of dance such as contemporary, modern, ballet, pointe, jazz,hip-hop, musical theater, tap and more. She celebrity guest teaches at different studios, camps and fundraisers across the east coast, and has won numerous choreography awards for her work. She loves inspiring young artists and is excited to be apart of the New Movement Dance Center family.

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Irene Brooks

Miss Irene’s passion for dancing began at a young age. At two years old, she began attending a local dance studio where she was educated in different ballet styles such as R.A.D., Vaganova and Cecchetti. She trained with teachers including Julie Morejon, Marina Champion, Alison Mann and Tyrone Young. Irene later studied at an additional studio, The Academy of Dance Arts, where she was taught by Jennifer Church, Sori Gottdenker, Yvonne Scudiery and Lori Quinn. Between the ages of 8 and 15 Irene was accepted into many summer programs including Walnut Hill in MA, Princeton Ballet in NJ and Steps in NY. She participated in other programs such as the 5th Annual Month of Sundays with David Howard and master classes with the American Academy of Dance and the Royal Ballet. Irene was accepted into the performing arts program at Howell High School. Here she studied ballet, jazz, modern, choreography, acting and musical theater under the guidance of Lisa Twamley and Melanie Kramer. After high school, Irene attended Montclair State University where she worked with professionals such as Elizabeth McPherson, Joao Carvalho, Ruth Clark, Nicole Smith and Nancy Lushington. Here she had the opportunity to perform “Lynchtown” originally choreographed in 1936 by Charles Weidman. At Montclair State University, Irene studied different dance techniques and other aspects of the art including Laban Movement Analysis, Improvisation and Dance for Children. Irene presently attends Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ where she works with professional artists like Silvana Cardell, Erin Bonczek, Willian Robinson, Amanda Lenox, Caitlin Quinn and Zachary Svoboda, all graduates of the University of the Arts. She recently attended the American College Dance Festival Association at Hofstra University. She performed a new work presented by Caitlin Quinn which was adjudicated by David Dorfman, Sara Hook and Donna Mejia. Irene has been teaching and choreographing for 5 years and plans on continuing educating herself and others.