​About Us

 

     The Performing Arts Workshop​ is the product of a lifetime spent in the studio, on the stage and behind the scenes. It began with the belief that a quality arts education should be accessible and meaningful. Our programs engage people of all ages in arts experiences designed to build self-esteem, develop creative expression and promote healthy living. 

 

     Our arts educators are highy trained and experienced professionals who truly wish to share their talents and have a positive impact on the lives of others. 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, Marymount Manhattan College

Member, International Dance Entrepreneurs Association

Member, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

 

     Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jaime Gong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, with a concentration in K-12 Dance Education. She has trained under, and worked with, some of the finest artists in the dance field for over 33 years, concentrating her studies on jazz, ballet, tap, modern, ballroom dance, and acrobatics. Early in her career, extensive work as an intern/assistant to master teachers at New York City's Harkness Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway helped to strengthen Jaime's knowledge of effective teaching techniques. Now a seasoned dance educator, Jaime has taught classes and led workshops in private studios, theaters, public institutions, public schools and private educational facilities throughout New York and New Jersey for more than 22 years.

     As a performer, Jaime was privileged to dance in works staged by Cassandra Pfeiffer, Merle Holloman and Joao Carvalho during her time at Marymount Manhattan College; and has since performed works choreographed by Roberta Mathes at the Bergen Performing Arts Center; as well as Karen Arceneux, Jeffrey Bynum and Noibis Licea at the Ailey Extension. She was an original cast member and featured dancer in “Katonga: Tales from the Heart of the Jungle”, a musical theater production choreographed by Abdel Salaam (Founder and Artistic Director, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre), directed by Chase Senge (Senior Show Director, Walt Disney, Co.) and produced by Don Frantz (Associate Producer, “The Lion King”).  She also appeared as a featured dancer in productions of "Pippin" and "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying", directed by Robert Ellman at the Joseph Anzalone Theatre in Brooklyn, NY; the "Citrus Bowl Halftime Show" in Gainesville, FL; and "Nickelodeon Weinerville Live!" at the Westbury Music Fair in Purchase, NY.

     As an educator, she has taught dance for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE); Broadway Bound Dance Center in Valley Stream, NY; several private schools throughout northern New Jersey; as well as New York City's famed Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School. Noteworthy accomplishments include piloting a school-wide dance program at Public School 251 in Brooklyn, NY and facilitating a community dance program for the Mill Basin Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Other credits include appearing as a guest artist for a series of 'Introduction to Dance' workshops for the NYCDOE and 'Dancing for Physical Fitness' workshops for the New Jersey Department of Education.

     Jaime transitioned into the field of arts administration as Education Assistant at New York City Center (NYCC), where she participated in the coordination of dance and musical theatre programming inspired by mainstage performances, reaching thousands of New York City public school students each season. She also held the position of Merchandising Director for the  United States Tournament of Dance Inc.; and prior to founding Performing Arts Workshop, Jaime enjoyed two terms as Director of the Summer Program at The Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School.

     Jaime has drawn on all of her experience to become the dancer/educator she is today.  She is inspired and humbled by the incredible artists she has the honor of collaborating with, and as her career evolves, her artistic view and pedagogic approach evolve, as well. Her students are guided, mentored and encouraged, whether they are in pre-professional training or dancing recreationally while working toward other goals. Jaime’s personal mission is to create an environment where all students can thrive, promoting the values of discipline and determination that are 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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Sophie Moyer

Instructor

     Sophie Moyer, originally from Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in NY & PA. Growing up, Sophie studied intensely at the Moyer Institute of Dance in ballet and jazz, 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. Most recently, Sophie was on the faculty and staff of Joy of Motion Dance Center and Born 2 Dance Studio in the Washington metropolitan area. Currently, Sophie is the Competition Team Director and choreographer at the Moyer Institute of Dance where she teaches and choreographs in the styles of ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz, and she is on the faculty of Mariann's School of Dance in Paramus, NJ. Sophie continues her own training by attending classes, workshops, and intensives and has recently completed intensives with Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance. Sophie’s classes focus on technique, strength, musicality, storytelling, self-confidence, and the development of a personal and unique voice to share through dance. 

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Marisa Post

Instructor

Marisa Post is a dance artist and educator based in Jersey City, NJ. She began her formal dance training at Salisbury Dance Academy and the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre in Salisbury, MD. In 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Since graduating, she has worked on various performance and film projects with New York-based artists such as: Nathan Trice/RITUALS Dance Theater, Heather

Harper/Harper Continuum Dance Theatre, Patrick Coker, Lauren Hale Biniaris, Marissa Graham, Elizabeth Monsoor, Keiko Fujii Dance Company, and Beth Soll & Company.Alongside auditioning, performing and taking class herself, Marisa teaches many genres of dance to students in Manhattan and the Bronx. She is also a certified Pilates mat instructor and is currently pursuing a full Pilates equipment certification at the Kane School in NYC.

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Corri Skinner Levine

Instructor

Corri Skinner Levine is a dance educator specializing in acrobatics and tap and resides in Cranford, NJ.  Growing up, Corri studied ballet, tap, jazz, acro-gymnastics, and Tahitian at Faberge Follies Dance and Tumble in Hazleton, Pennsylvania under Miss Faberge, Gina DeFluri, and Larry Skinner.  She competed regionally and nationally with the First Edition Elite competition ensemble, winning numerous high score awards.  She danced in productions of Annie and The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts and performed on several local television programs, telethons, and in parades and nursing homes.  Corri received a Bachelor of Art in Public Relations and minors in Dance and Sociology from Pennsylvania State University.  She studied under Elisha Clark and Michele Dunleavy, expanding her dance education to include modern, movement analysis, dance history, and tapping on a 5-count. She choreographed jazz and contemporary pieces for the dance showcase in her senior year. After graduation Corri continues her dance education with classes at Broadway Dance Center and CLI Studios and acro best practices at Acrobatic Arts. Corri's dance upbringing was grounded in four main values that she brings to every class she teaches: poise, passion, safety, and respect. 

Outside of dance, Corri Skinner Levine is the Executive Director of Creative Operations and Client Success for Vox Creative, the award-winning content studio at Vox Media, which includes The Verge, Eater, New York Magazine, The Cut, and Vulture. She is responsible for leading an organization that specializes in project management, client relationships, and creating digital content processes and best practices.  Vox Creative earned Digiday awards for “Best Content Studio of the Year” and “Best Branded Content Program” in 2019 and recently launched our first long-form documentary on Hulu.

 

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Calvin Yim

Instructor

Calvin Yim, born in New York City, began his training as a BBoy during his early teen years. Wanting to emerse himself in the Hip Hop community, he trained at the popular grounds of Palisades Park's Made in Hip Hop, in which he recieved guidance from Yusang- the organization’s Founder- as well as NBK Studios in Jersey City, and popular training grounds in New York City.Calvin has organized events for Nyack High School and Clarkstown North High School. He was also a talent camp counselor for Woodmont Day Camp; has taught and held BBoy sessions at Chodae Church; and further grasped effective teaching techniques as assistant instructor to Jonathan Cha- member of Floor Obsessions Crew- during his tenure at New York Sports Clubs.Calvin maintains his presence on the BBoy scene as a fierce competitor in battles such as ‘Harlem's El Barrio's Finest’, Bergenfield's ‘Step Up or Get Smoked’, and New York University's ‘RU Breaks’. He believes that no matter the battle, the true challenge is to win the fight within yourself to keep on going!

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Michelle Stroffolino

Social Media Manager

Michelle is a Brooklyn native, having studied dance from the young age of 3. She received a BA in Dance and Media at Hunter College in New York City in 2014. For the past ten years, she has been training and performing professionally. After many years in the concert dance industry, Michelle turned towards the commercial scene and trained closely under the iconic choreographers Luam Kezflegy,  Rhapsody James and Dana Foglia,  to name a few. After signing to Go To Talent Agency, Michelle moved to Los Angeles, where she continues to teach and perform professionally. Merging her knowledge of marketing and dance, Michelle began Brandi.d. by Michelle, a one-stop-shop for marketing and branding for dancers and small businesses.

 

She still thinks of PAW as her home, attributing a great deal of her success to her mentor, Jaime Gong. 

Past Staff

We have welcomed many gifted performers and teachers to our family of good people who only wish to do good things! When significant opportunities in the field or life changes occur, we understand when team members have to move on...but they know they are always welcome to come back, any time!

196 Morgan Street, Ground Floor Jersey City, NJ 07302

Located between Grove St. & Marin Blvd. PATH to Grove St.; Less than1 minute walk.

info@performingartsworkshop-nj.com  |  Tel: (201) 424-3075

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