A Touch of Dance - Center for the Performing Arts

Lisa M. Heyer, Director
At A Touch of Dance, our instructors offer students the opportunity to receive a top notch education in the performing arts.  Staff members are trained professionals, with several years of instructional experience each.  Staff members are committed to sharing their knowledge and experience with the students and work hard to create an environment of fun and enjoyment, while teaching the necessary disciplines required to excel in the performing arts. At A Touch of Dance, it is our goal to help our students reach their highest potential as performers and to instill a sense of achievement, pride and culture as well.
 
 
Barbara Gonzalez
Barbara is a graduate of Rutgers University where she holds a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts.  She was a member of the MGSA Modern Dance Company and the L.T. (Hip Hop) Dance Company for two years, where she performed in such places as the State Theatre and legendary Apollo Theatre.  Barbara has been an instructor at A Touch of Dance since 1990, currently teaching classes in jazz, hip hop, modern, acrobatics, theatre dance, and production.  She has choreographed many routines for the Bravo Dance Ensemble for regional and national level competitions.  Her routines have won various special awards, high score overall, and diamond awards, as well as technique and choreography awards.  Barbara choreographed the Spring Musicals at Matawan Regional High School for 11 years.  Her choreography has been seen in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Applause, Cinderella, Fame, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Back to the 80’s and The Wedding Singer.  She is a two-time recipient and three-time nominee of the Basie Award for “Best Choreography in a High School Musical” from Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Barbara has choreographed for various festivals, church choirs, cheerleading and pom teams, body builders and fitness competitors.  She currently choreographs audition solos for NFL/NBA dance teams, as well as competition routines at studios throughout New Jersey.
 

Jayme Stark
Jayme is a graduate of Georgian Court University where she received her B.A. in Dance.  Jayme was a student at A Touch of Dance for nineteen years where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, tap, and contemporary. She was a member of  The Bravo Dance Ensemble and competed at regional and national level competitions.  A Touch of Dance has provided her the opportunity of working with dancers and choreographers such as Nick Gonzalez, Allison Holker, Andrea Kron, Jamile McGee, Blake McGrath, Brice Mousset, Todd Shanks, Skate Spencer, Chris White, and Kenny Wormald.  She was on her high school dance team for three years and competed in cheer dance and hip-hop.  Jayme has been teaching classes in jazz, contemporary, hip hop and cheer dance at ATOD since 2010.