think our teachers are wonderful and we would like to introduce
them to you. Together, they bring years of professional
experience as teachers and performers to their classes here
at Miss Patti's School of Dance. Their enthusiasm for teaching,
their devotion to the children and their love of dance creates
an environment in which learning and growing can flourish.
We are lucky to have them!
she founded Miss Patti's School of Dance in 1994, Patti's
dream was to establish a school for all children to experience
the wonder and joy of dance in an environment that nurtured
their individual creativity and personal growth. That she
has succeeded in her goal is a testament to the high level
of professionalism and dedication Patti has shown throughout
her career as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher.
career encompasses the Broadway productions of "No
Strings," "Here's Love," and "Hello
Dolly!" and the touring company of "Flower Drum
Song." As a young dancer in the company of "Here's
Love," Patti was assistant to the famed choreographer,
Michael Kidd. She appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show three
times and in the movie "The Cardinal" directed
by Qtto Preminger. Born in Chicago, Patti attended DePaul
University. During her college summer breaks she appeared
in thirty productions at the Starlight Theater in Kansas
City, among many other performances. In addition to her
musical theater background, Patti also danced classical
and character ballet with the Ruth Page Ballet Company and
the Midwest Ballet Company.
began dancing at age 3 and hasn't stopped since. She graduated
Cum Laudeaa from Montclair State University with a BFA in
dance and a concentration in education. Corrie has performed
in many shows and competitions. She also interned and worked
at Broadway Dance Center where she studied with some amazing
choreograrhers and teachers such as Finis Young, Ray Leeper,
AC, Shelia Barker and Jermaine Brown. Corrie can also be
found as a featured dancer on several instructional videos
with choreographers such as Thommie Walsh and Bill Hotaling.
Corrie has been teaching children of all ages for over 10
years and also has done much choreography for dance teams
and dance competitions. This is Corrie's second year at
Miss Patti's School of Dance and she would like to express
her extreme gratitude to everyone for welcoming her with
such open arms.
adores each of her students and thanks everyone for all
of their well wishes for her family and her daughter Amara.
began her dance career in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She was a Cecchetti trained ballerina and a
soloist with the Berkshire ballet where she performed as
a principal dancer in "The Nutcracker," "Petrouchka,"
and "Coppelia." Her summers were spent dancing
at Jacob's Pillow and the Tanglewood Music Festival studying with Karel Shook, Hector Zaraspe, Francis Patrelle, Igor Youshkevitch, and David Howard. She
received a dance scholarship to The Juilliard School where
she performed in numerous productions at Alice Tully Hall in NY City. Her professional
career took her to Hartford, Connecticut, as a member of
the Connecticut Dance Theater. Pam's favorite role was
the doll in "Petrouchka" set by Vitale Fokine,
famed son of Michael Fokine. She has taught dance in Teaneck,
Ridgewood and New York with students ranging from pre-ballet
through professional. Miss Pam is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Esira Castillo is a dance instructor and choreographer with over 10 years of experience coaching dance programs throughout New Jersey. She was cast in World Disney World’s Christmas spectacular “Celebrating the Seasons,” danced for Catherine McPhee and filmed by ABC. Esira has danced for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and is currently a featured performer at various cabaret shows in New York City and Philadelphia. She has earned a Bachelor of Science with a Minor in Dance from Montclair State University. Former dance training during her youth includes: the American Academy of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Dance World Academy. Today, Esira continues to expand her dance, acrobatic, and aerial skills. Her passion for dance is reflected in her coaching style and dance performances.