The curriculum at DAC is designed to prepare our students for every facet of the dance community. Our beginner students will be taught basic skills that can be built upon as their dance career progresses. Advanced students will continue to develop their technique and grow into sophisticated dancers. These students will also gain performance experience through dance concerts and studio presentations. With years of hard work and an excellent education, our advanced students will be prepared for the competition circuit, dance teams, collegiate dance programs, and professional careers. It is our responsibility as educators to have all of our students, from the youngest to oldest, to be well-rounded dancers and to prepare them for all avenues of the dance world.
DAC is proud of its commitment to providing the highest level of dance education. We also strongly encourage discipline, collaboration, and work ethic. Our studio is a place of learning the art of dance, however learning the art of dance is also learning about oneself. Students are encouraged to express themselves in dance while also paying respect to themselves, fellow classmates, instructors, and the studio. These building blocks will not only help our students in the dance studio, but also in everyday life.
DAC provides all of our students with a balanced combination of technique, performance, artistry and life skills. Above all we want our students to have fun and enjoy themselves. We provide a comfortable, professional, and safe environment that is conducive to learning. Our hope is that all of our students will immerse themselves in advancing their education and truly becoming the person and artist that they want to be.
The mission of DAC is to give our students an excellent education, starting with a solid foundation in proper dance technique. Upon that foundation, we want to instill artistry, creativity, and confidence in each one of our students. While technical proficiency is the basis for any aspiring dancer, we believe the aggregate of these qualities will create a well-rounded artist of the highest caliber.
Meet Our Faculty
Bridget Holmes, Studio Manager, Ballet, Lyrical
Bridget Holmes, a Philadelphia native, began her training at the age of three under Liz Fitchett-Tillotson and Scott Jovovich (Joffrey Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Tony Award Winning Broadway credits). As a company member of the Mid-Atlantic Dance Theater, she performed both classic ballets such as the Nutcracker and originally composed works by Mr. Jovovich as well as Nina Federova (New York City Ballet) and Jeffrey Lyons (Pennsylvania Ballet, San Fransico Ballet). Throughout her teenage years, Bridget also traveled, competed and took master classes with some of the industries most revered teachers and choreographers in the dance world such as Joe Lanteri, Joe Tremaine, Mia Michaels, Gil Stroming, Jason Parsons and Suzi Taylor. In 2004 Bridget earned her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Temple University. While there, she performed in student and professional concerts both at the University and in performances throughout Philadelphia and New York City, most notably with choreographer and director of danceTheaterX, Charles O.Anderson. In addition to her technique and composition studies in the music and dance program, she also was the Co-Captain of the nationally ranked Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team which performed at Temple University sporting and supporting events. To supplement her training further, Bridget also studied at The University of the Arts Summer Intensives and Koresh School of Dance where she was chosen to perform in numerous teachers works and showcases. After graduation Bridget danced professionally as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Dancers where she had the great experience of performing choreography by Brian Friedman, Tabitha amd Napoleon, Chris Judd and others. She also danced with the Philadelphia Soul, Soulmates Dancers which led her to several opportunities to dance live onstage with Bon Jovi in concerts. In addition to performing, Bridget has had the privelage and pleasure of teaching and choreographing for dance teams, studios, competitions, and musical theater performances in the tri-state are for the past 10 years. She is so thrilled to be joining the wonderful staff and students at DAC this year!
Noell Mustazza, Contemporary, Tap
Noell has been performing, choreographing, and teaching for the past 25 years. She received her early training at Wendy's Dance Center (WDC) in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. While studying atWDC, Noell became a well rounded competitive dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. Noell attended the prestigious Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University where she continued to expand her modern and ballet training. During her time at Temple Noell studied under world-renowned modern teachers such as Anne Vachon(Jose Limon Dance Company) and Phil Grosser(Martha Graham Company). While at Temple, she was also a member of the nationally ranked Diamond Gem Dance Team where she continued to work her jazz and hip hop technique. After graduation and receiving her BFA in Dance, Noell decided to jump head first back into the ballet world having been given the amazing opportunity to both train and teach at Wayne Ballet and Center for Dance Arts located in Wayne, PA. Not only was Noell able to cultivate her own teaching style at WBCDA (teaching jazz, contemporary, and ballet classes) but she was also able to study under Patricia Brown (Joffrey Ballet), Laura Brownstone (New York City Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance), and Lina McMenamin (Opus1). In 2008, Noell left WBCDA to open her own studio in Huntingdon Valley, PA: Dance Arts Conservatory- this was Noell's lifelong goal and crowing achievement! Over the next 10 years, while being the Artistic Director of DAC, Noell would take her love of ballet and modern and begin to work them into her own unique style of contemporary which she has been able to pass down to her own students. Currently, 95% of all of the students enrolled at DAC take contemporary classes and the DAC Competition Team is a power house contemporary studio on the competition circuit. Over the past 11 years, Noell has won numerous choreography awards, high score awards, and judges awards for her contemporary pieces.
Michelle Figuerdo, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical
Michelle Figueiredo, "chelliefig," is a dancer, choreographer, dance adjudicator, and master class teacher. She graduated magna cum laude from Rider University as a double major with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, and a certificate in leadership. Throughout college, Michelle trained with American Repertory Ballet at the Princeton Ballet School, was the recipient of the Mildred C. Hawkins Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, and is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Michelle is a former captain of the Sixers Dancers. Through the Sixers, Michelle not only performed at all home games during the 2012-2016 seasons, but also performed on an NBA China tour in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Lanzhou, Fuzhou, Dongguan, Nanchang, and in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2014, Michelle was selected for the NBA All Star Dance Team for the All Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, she has performed at the 2015 All Star Game in New York City. She has also performed during halftimes and other events with various artists including Nico & Vinz, Tag Team, Montell Jordan, Naughty by Nature, Pharrell Williams, and Vanilla Ice. When Michelle is not performing, she is teaching dance at numerous studios, giving master classes, and adjudicating dance competitions. Michelle's students have gone to train with the Rock School, Rockette Summer Intensive, and as trainees with Joffrey Ballet School.
Samantha Brown, Tap
Samantha Brown was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where she began her dance career. Under the instruction of Janette Brown, Samantha won several titles, overalls, and scholarship awards, including Ms. Dance Of Chapter 17 Dance Masters of America. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA to pursue a BFA degree in Jazz Dance at the University of the Arts. Not only is Samantha a certified member of Dance Masters of America, but she is an esteemed judge, teacher, and choreographer throughout the tri-state area. Professionally, Samantha has performed for Sting, with Disney in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, overseas in Saipan, Micronesia, and most recently with the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "Elf: The Musical" and "Grease" at The Sketch Club in Woodbury, NJ. Samantha is excited that she is a part of the DAC family.