Conservatory of Dance

Spring 2017 Dance Conservatory

Open to the Public


Class Dates:

January 17  - May 8, 2016

Registration Deadline: January 13, 2016

Minimum Age:

Appropriate for Ages 14+
Prior dance experience required for Level I and II

Middle school aged students between ages 11-13 must contact the program director before registering for classes.

Class Prices:

1 class per week $130.00
2 classes per week $195.00
3 classes per week $275.00

YPW Students receive a 50% discount on ALL classes.

*Tuition is Non-refundable*

Registration Form:

Conservatory of Dance - Spring 2016 Registration Form (.pdf)
Available Here


More Information:

For more information please contact the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900

The Conservatory of Dance at Centenary College provides the community with affordable, high-quality dance classes and is designed to introduce dancers to professionals who are currently working as choreographers, dancers and educators in dance and theatre at a collegiate level.


The Spring classes offered are:

Ballet I 

Monday 4:00 pm - 5:10pm
For the beginner student who wishes sto learn and work slowly on the fundamentals of classical ballet.  Vocabulary will be broken down and emphasis will be placed on understanding proper placement, coordination, musicality and the joy of moving the body in space. 

Ballet II

Monday 5:30pm - 6:40pm

Tap I and II

Tuesday 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Technique and terminology is taught through rhythm exercises, short combinations of steps and across-the-floor work which is then put together into a longer combination.  Also, different styles of tap are introduced in this basic course.

Modern I and II

Tuesday 5:30 – 6:40pm
A combination of different modern techniques for the beginner and intermediate dancer, as well as, those wishing to refresh their skills in modern dance.  Vocabulary will be broken down and emphasis will be placed on understanding proper placement, coordination, musicality and the joy of moving the body in space.

Dance Class Location: 

Ballet, Modern & Jazz classes are held in the Lackland Center Dance Studio.  Tap class is held in the Little Theatre located in the SEAY Building at 400 Jefferson St.


For more information please contact the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908-979-0900.




Lea Antolini-Lid (Program Coordinator/Jazz I and II) is the Conservatory Program Coordinator and Professor of Dance/Theatre Centenary College. She received her BMA in classical voice and musical theatre from the University of the Arts, an MFA from Brandeis University, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Some of her  more recent professional  performance credits include The Last Five Years, The Fantasticks! (Women’s Theater of NJ), Oliver!, A Christmas Carol, and The Wizard of Oz (CSC).  Lea is a new company member of Blessed Unrest Theater Company in NYC, a movement  based theater company dedicated to generating  and  developing new works.

Erin Usawicz (Ballet I and II) received her training with Jose Mateo and Mary McKenzie-Thompson as a scholarship student at Ballet Theatre of Boston’s (now called Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater) Young Dancer’s Program. She served as the company’s apprentice and then advanced to a corps de ballet member. Other training included work with Finis Jhung at Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as with Allegra Kent, famed Balanchine-era ballerina. Erin studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and photography at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts where she earned a BFA with high honors.

Stephanie Nerbak (Modern I and II) is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator returning to Centenary University.  Stephanie has an MFA in Dance and teaches modern dance at the County College of Morris.  She works with the NJ State Council on the Arts with Dance New Jersey.  Past dance companies include:  Los Angeles Modern Dance & Ballet / Naomi Goldberg, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), and the West Virginia Dance Company.

Jeff Foote (Tap I and II) has been tap dancing for 11 years.  He is a member of the NJ Tap Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell.  Jeff has studied with tap greats such as Omar Edwards, Ted Levy, Dewitt Flemming, Jr., Karen Calloway Williams, and Savion Glover.  Jeff's dynamic personality and talent enables him to motivate and encourage his students.