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ABOUT US

Performing Arts Workshop was founded in 2012 based on the belief that a quality arts education should be accessible and meaningful. Recognizing an opportunity to utilize dance as a platform to foster a culture of kindness, acceptance, mutual respect and consideration, our business has developed from a "people first" perspective. 

Our programs engage young people in arts experiences designed to build self-esteem, inspire creativity and promote overall health & well-being. Our team is comprised of mature, experienced professionals who truly wish to make a positive impact on the lives of others. At our studio, every student will receive the benefits of a dance education, including-- but not limited to--  a sense of community, healthy self-expression, physical fitness, conviction, focus, discipline, creativity, inspiration, and the simple joy of movement in all its forms. 

 

Please scroll down to learn about our incredibly gifted faculty!

MEET OUR TEAM

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Jaime Gong

Founder/Director

B.A., Dance / K-12 Education

Member, International Dance Entrepreneurs Association (I.D.E.A)

Member, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

Leader, The Gold Alliance

Faculty, 2021DanceLife Teacher Conference Do No Harm. Take No S***

Faculty, 2021 Dance Entrepreneurs Summit Small Studio Success

Panelist, 2022 I.D.E.A Member Seminar Genius Scheduling

Faculty, 2022 DanceLife Teacher Conference What Experience Has Taught Us

Panelist, 2022 I.D.E.A Member Seminar Downsizing

Panelist, 2023 DanceLife Teacher Conference The Right Fit for Me (Right Now)

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jaime Gong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in K-12 Education from Marymount Manhattan College. A dancer all her life, she has been privileged to train under, and work with, some of the finest artists in the dance field since 1984. 

 

Early experience as an intern/assistant to master teachers at 92Y Harkness Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway provided a solid foundation in effective teaching techniques which— with continued professional development— have carried Jaime through more than two decades of teaching in studios, theaters, community centers, public schools & private schools throughout New York City and Northern New Jersey.

 

After facilitating a series of community dance programs for the Mill Basin Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library; piloting a school-wide dance program at P.S. 251 in Flatlands; and joining the faculty of The Performing Arts School@bergenPAC, Jaime transitioned into the field of arts administration as a member of the Education Department at New York City Center. There, she assisted the coordination of non-profit programs and professional development workshops inspired by the world-class artistry presented on NYCC’s Mainstage (i.e., Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company), reaching hundreds of NYC public school students and teachers each season. She was also a member of the Junior School dance faculty at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, where she enjoyed two terms as Director of the youth Summer Intensive.

 

In 2012, Jaime founded Performing Arts Workshop in Jersey City, building on best practices cultivated throughout a multi-faceted career. Her mission is to foster an environment where children understand they determine their own worth, as she works with their families to promote the values of discipline and determination essential to achieving success in any endeavor.

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Jacquie Bird

Consultant

Jacquie Bird has enjoyed a lengthy and fulfilling career as a triple threat, appearing on Broadway, film and television.  Currently a master-teacher/choreographer as well as a singer, writer and the designer/creator of SilkWire Jewelry, she has worked in close association with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City for the past 12 years as their choreographer extraordinaire.  She has been the director/choreographer for their fundraising galas at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall for the past 10 years, the chorister roster growing to over 425 young singers ages 7-18 along with guest artists such as Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Lester Lynch, BeBe Winans, Norm Lewis, The New York Voices and Mandy Gonzalez.

The Brooklyn native enjoys guiding aspiring performing artists and has taught and choreographed in Japan, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Bermuda and is a frequent guest in Bogota, Colombia at the Misi Escuela Teatro Musical and Colegio Rochester.  Domestically she has taught for numerous dance studios as well as organizations such as Dance Masters, Dance Olympus and Showstoppers. Jacquie has been a part of the faculties of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (Theatre Department’s M.F.A. program); Lehman College; Steps on Broadway; Ballet Arts, and at the Broadway Dance Center, where she was a long-time assistant to the legendary Frank Hatchett and sometimes subs for Sue Samuels’ Broadway Jazz classes at the Broadway Dance Center and the Peridance Capezio Center.  

Jacquie has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Hope College and was a guest teacher/choreographer at Stephens College, the University of Las Vegas and has been guest lecturer of Swing Dance at Hofstra University and at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts since 2009.

Jacquie holds a B.F.A. from the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at City College and for more information or to contact visit her site at www.jacquiebird.com .

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Breeze Jackson-Mboya

Program Assistant

Breeze Jackson-Mboya has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and lyrical at Performing Arts Workshop since 2015. As a PAW Company member, she has participated in many community performances as well as Regional and National Competitions, frequently recognized as an outstanding performer with awards of distinction and high score placements.

 

Breeze currently attends High Tech High School in Secaucus, NJ as a dance major on a performance track, training as both a performing artist and choreographer. Next year, she will attend Howard University as a Strategic and Legal Communications Major, with a concentration in Public Relations. 

As a Program Assistant, Breeze’s primary responsibilities are connected to PAW's Company Kids program and Youth Performance Program year-end production. She provides creative and organizational support essential to the success of the studio's seasonal operations and annual student showcase, and participates in all aspects of event coordination directly related to the student/client experience.  The PAW Team is thrilled to have her on board!

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Jennifer Moskowitz

Instructor / Administrator

Jennifer Moskowitz is originally from Newark, MD. She began her adventure in dance at the age of 9 and never looked back. This journey took her to Philadelphia, where she received her BFA in Jazz/Theater Dance from The University of the Arts; training with inspiring teachers and creative choreographers; Beth Iguchi, Milton Meyers, Faye Snow, Andrew Pap, Mia Michaels, and Cathy Young are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Upon graduating, her dreams led her to Los Angeles where she performed with Winifred R. Harris Between Lines for two seasons. During her time in Los Angeles, Jennifer discovered that not only did she love performing but she was passionate about passing on what she had learned over the years; and so began the next big adventure. Jennifer continued to perform and teach in LA until returning to her hometown in 2001. She concentrated on honing her own style of teaching. Then, once again, she followed her dreams and let them lead her to New York. While in New York, she performed with Emancia Dance Company as a soloist, working as the rehearsal assistant and a guest choreographer for two seasons in addition to a full teaching schedule.

 

Jennifer has found her creative journey leading her from New York to Florida and back again, concentrating on teaching and choreographing.  Her choreography has been performed in New York at Steps on Broadway and in DUMBO at White Wave, in Florida her competitive choreography won the Best Choreography Award at OnStage Dance Competition for Wild Things in spring 2011. 

 

In 2013 she began For Love of Dance, a children’s dance party entertainment company, as a way to combine her excitement for teaching, kids and birthdays.  She has continued her education as well, earning a Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College.  Jennifer is very excited to be a part of the Performing Arts Workshop family and looks forward to sharing in the creative process with her students and colleagues.

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Sophie Moyer

Instructor

Sophie Moyer is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in NY, PA, and CT.  Growing up, Sophie studied at her family's dance studio, the Moyer Institute of Dance, as well as at summer intensives with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. Sophie went on to receive her BA in Dance with a double major in Sociology from The George Washington University, graduating with honors in dance and with nominations for both choreography and performance excellence awards.

 

Sophie is the Assistant Company Director at Performing Arts Workshop, and she is excited to be back for her 6th year at PAW! Currently, Sophie is also the Competition Team Director and choreographer at the Moyer Institute of Dance, and she is on the faculty of Center Stage Dance Studio in Stamford, CT. Sophie continues her own training by regularly attending classes, workshops, and intensives and has most recently completed intensives with Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance. 

 

Sophie’s classes focus on technique, strength, flexibility, musicality, storytelling, self-confidence, and the development of a personal and unique voice to share through dance.

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Rachel Schmidt

Instructor

Rachel began dancing at the age of 3 in a homeschool group but discovered the true passion she had for it at the age of 11 and found her dance family. Home for her was at  a Broadway based dance company studying under retired Rockettes Heather Osarczuk and Kelly King, as well as original Cats performer Chris Sell and many other wonderful faculty members.

 

Throughout her training yearsl, Rachel had the opportunities to perform multiple times at Disney including in the Magic Kingdom parade, as well as on the Norwegian Cruise Escape, and at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York.

 

Rachel studied at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she received her BA in dance performance with a minor in physical education. The summer before senior year, Rachel spent time in Michigan teaching at a family friends studio and this is where her true love of teaching began. She decided to switch gears from performing to teaching the next generation of dancers with the same passion.

 

Rachel;'s favorite styles include acro, Broadway jazz, and tap. Her goals as a teacher are to help the next generation of dancers create a healthy relationship with their bodies as well as preventing and caring for injuries that a dancer may experience. 

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Alec Vereen

Instructor / Administrative Assistant

Alec started dancing at age 3 in Washington DC at the DC Dance Collective and then Joy of Motion. At age 10 Alec was accepted into the Joy of Motion’s Junior Company and the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Pre-Professional company. As a member of both companies, Alec performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Concert Hall and Opera House, the latter performing in American Ballet Theatre’s Othello. Upon moving to Michigan Alec began attending dance competitions and conventions in the Detroit area, winning First Overall solo in 2013 at Rainbow Dance Competition and Mr. Dance 2015 at KAR National Dance Competition.

 

Alec attended Western Michigan University (WMU). While at WMU Alec was among the first group of college students to perform Antony Tudor’s The Lilac Garden as part of WMU’s Department of Dance Great Work Winter Gala. Alec graduated from WMU in April 2019 with a BA in dance, a minor in business management and certificate in Dance Studio Management. In August of 2019, Alec moved to New York City after being accepted into the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester Program. Since then, Alec has performed at different events in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Alec’s favorite styles of dance are jazz, lyrical and ballet and aspires to dance in movies, tv and award shows, music videos and tours. Alec is a valued member of the PAW Team!

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Christie Vozniak

Instructor

Christie Vozniak is a professional dancer and dance educator specializing in classical ballet and precision jazz. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Christie began her teaching career at Callanwolde Fine Arts School and moved to New York City after becoming an inaugural recipient of the Jeff Capitola Scholarship from the Radio City Rockettes in 2017. Christie has been teaching classical ballet in New York City for 5 years in a multitude of environments and communities and through these experiences wholeheartedly believes in the power of classical dance to create well rounded, sensitive artists and people. She is committed to creating positive experiences and associations with ballet while providing a thorough technical foundation and cultural appreciation of classical dance that she hopes will be of service to her students wherever their life takes them. Christie would describe her teaching style as thorough, fun and engaging. Some of her favorite teaching experiences so far have been serving as the children’s ballet mistress for the Moscow Ballet Theatre’s Great Russian Nutcracker collaboration with Garden Street School of the Performing Arts and choreographing a 56 person ballet to Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. As a performer, Christie recently performed as a ballet feature and dance captain for Tuck Everlasting at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. 

 

Christie trained as an educator under a full scholarship from The National Dance Institute under the tutelage of former New York City Ballet Principal Jacques d’Amboise, Ellen Weinstein, Emily a Eisner and Jennifer Aks-Neuman in their unique teaching pedagogy that utilizes dance as a catalyst to inspire excellence in all children. She is committed to continuing education as a dance educator and recently participated in American Ballet Theater’s Teacher Certification for Levels Pre-Primary through Level 3 under the tutledge of Franco de Vita and Raymond Lukens this summer. 

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