Our Teachers 

MISS BETH

Owner & Director

Mrs. Beth Johnson was a competitive gymnast for 12 years and competitive dancer for over 10 years.  Miss Beth has been teaching dance and gymnastics for over 20 years! She attended Kean College where she majored in Special Education and devoted several years to volunteering for the Special Olympics. Miss Beth has won many Top Teacher, Choreography and Top Technique Awards!  Miss Beth's love for children is what drives her to pass along her love for dance and gymnastics.  As a former "Miss New Jersey National Teenager", Miss Beth knows the importance of instilling self-confidence and socialization in her students.  Miss Beth is also a wife and mother of four; Sean, Mackenzie, Samantha, and Molly!

MISS ALISSA

Owner & Director

Mrs. Alissa Lay has been dancing for over 33 years and teaching for over 20 years!  A graduate of Montclair State University, Miss Alissa has a degree in Psychology with a minor in dance. She also studied for over 15 years at the "Broadway Dance Center" in NYC.  Miss Alissa is well known in the competitive dance circuit for her creative and memorable choreography.  She has won hundreds of Top Teacher, Outstanding Choreography and High-Score Awards!  Miss Alissa has devoted her life to instructing students of all ages and hopes to instill a love for dance in everyone she teaches!  Miss Alissa is also a wife and mother to two beautiful little girls; Taylor and Skylar!

MISS BECKY

Dance Instructor

Mrs. Becky Campbell starting dancing at age 4 but became seriously involved in ballet at age 6.  Her many years of training have brought her to perform in several ballets including Cinderella, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Robinhood and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  Miss Becky has been teaching ballet and modern for 9 years while she continues her education.  She attended Community College of Morris where she received her Associates in Dance.  Upon graduation, Miss Becky was awarded the Choreographer/Dancer Award.  She later took classes at Montclair State University and is currently attending William Paterson University where she majors in Math and Secondary Education.  In 2002, Miss Becky had a modern piece of hers called "Slurp, Bang, Bang" chosen to perform in Boston at the American Choreography Dance Festival (ACDF).  The following year her piece, "Kindly Worshipping" was chosen to go to Vermont for ACDF.  Miss Becky has studied ballet and modern at many schools including Peridance Center in NYC where she focused on the Jose Limon technique.  We are so proud to have Miss Becky teaching our students!

MISS LAUREN

Dance Instructor

Miss Lauren Buonpane has been dancing for 20 years.  She started dancing when she was five years old with Miss Beth and competitively danced for 15 years.  Miss Lauren has experience with ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, modern, tap, pom, and gymnastics.  During high school, Miss Lauren performed at various events in the area as well as student taught for Generations of Dance.  After graduating high school, Miss Lauren became a member of the Monmouth University Dance Team.  She was a member of the team for 4 years and captain for two; performing at football and basketball games as well as competing in multiple competitions.  Miss Lauren graduated from Monmouth University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Education with an Endorsement in Special Education.  Currently, she is a mathematics and special education teacher at Sayreville War Memorial High School.  Although Miss Lauren loves teaching algebra to high schoolers her true passions lies with teaching at GOD!

MISS LINDSEY

Dance Instructor

Miss Lindsey Irwin started dancing when she was 4 years old with Miss Beth and Miss Alissa. She is experienced in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, and pom. Lindsey danced competitively for 17 years! She danced with Generations of Dance  at regional and national competitions and at various community service events! She was also part of the Roxbury High School dance program. During college, she was a member of the Monmouth University Dance Team for 4 years. There she performed at home sporting events and attended NDA collegiate nationals. In 2013, Lindsey graduated from Monmouth University with her Bachelors of Arts in English and Elementary Education and an endorsement in Special Education. She is now a 3rd grade teacher. Lindsey is also an original alumni and dance teacher at G.O.D!

MISS ALEXIS

Dance Instructor

Mrs. Alexis Williams  has been taking dance lessons since she was three-years-old.  She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and pointe with Beth Johnson and Alissa Lay for most of her life.  She started dancing competitively when she was four-years-old.  Alexis studied modern dance at County College of where she earned an Associate of Arts.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics at William Paterson Universityin 2012.  There, she was selected to perform with the college dance team for two years.  She stayed active in dance throughout college by taking classes at Broadway Dance Center.  She began student teaching at Generations of Dance in 2006 and soon after, she was teaching her own classes.  She also taught with Kids Dance Caravan, a traveling dance company that visits daycares and preschools to teach children dance.  Alexis hopes to continue her dance and teaching career while someday beginning a family. "Miss Ali" has won several top awards over the past few years as a teacher and choreographer at G.O.D and her enthusiasm and outgoing personality is welcome addition to the studio!

MISS KERRI

Dance Instructor

Miss Kerri Benson Koch started dancing when she was two years old and danced with Miss Beth and Miss Alissa for most her years. She is experienced in tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical.   Kerri danced competitively for 13 years!  She started as a dance teacher at the age of 18.   She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in elementary education.   Kerri has a natural ability to work well with and inspire children.  She is currently a kindergarten teacher at Byram Lakes Elementary School where she has been teaching for 13 years.  Miss Kerri is also a wife and mother of two beautiful children:  Joey and Kameryn.  We are so happy to have Miss Kerri with Generations of Dance to inspire and encourage our dancers.

MR. NICK

Dance Instructor

Mr. Nick Hambrecht is a New York City based dancer, who has been training in most genres of dance since the age of three. Nick started out as a competition dancer and from 2001-2011 he traveled around central jersey collecting multiple overall and title awards. After 9 years Nick left the competition world to embark on a more commercial/industry track, studying in different genres of Hip-Hop, such as Popping/Waving, Vogueing, House, BBoying, etc. After four years of training and performing around the NJ/NYC area in places such as, the Highline Ballroom for Sybarite, Atlantic City & Boston for The Pulse on Tour, Central Park for the Summer Stage Tour as an opening act for Rock Steady Crew and being featured in a Music Video for a local artist in NJ, Nick took his training to the world famous Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, NY. During his studies and shortly after graduating he was given many performance opportunities, such as being the lead in a concept video choreographed by Ashlé Dawson (SYTYCD Season 1 Top 4) entitled "Dittoheads" and many other projects with Ashlé which include playing the lead (Dr. Fright) in the “Dead Man’s Party” at Six Flags Great Adventure and being featured in a video for the non-profit organization Global Citizens. Other choreographers include Ellenore Scott (SYTYCD Season 6 Finalist), Carlos Neto, performing at Madison Square Garden for Brinda Guha, and for Derek Mitchell's Capezio ACE Awards piece "loss/gain" in L.A. In March of 2016 Nick signed with Lucille DiCampli's new agency, LDC Artist Representation and since then he has pounding the pavement in the audition world and performing in such places as the Philippines and Canada.  Mr. Nick is a great addition as a teacher and choreographer at G.O.D.

MISS STEPHANIE

Dance Instructor

Stephanie is a Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, Solo Dance Artist and Founder of N-root Danceart.  She lives and works in NJ and has been working in the field since 1997.  Miss Stephanie is drawn to creating dance works that challenger own status quo.  Exploring her creativity through inquiry, she privileges the process of dance-making.  She is a recipient of a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the 2017/18 Jersey (new) Moves Emerging Choreographers Fellowship.  In NJ Stephanie has shown her work through various venues and opportunities including Freespace Dance Company’s “A New Woman’s Movement”, 40+ Showcase (Montclair), the County College of Morris (Randolph), the American College Dance Association Northeast conference, Your move: NJ’s Modern Dance Festival (Hoboken), Centenary University’s Lackland Theatre (Hackettstown), Bailar al Sol Dance Festival (Asbury Park), NJ Performing Arts Center (Newark), and the Crossroads Theatre (New Brunswick) through a choreographic residency with coLAB Arts.  She holds an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Dancer Performance from Point Park University.  Over the past 20 years she has worked in a variety of performance settings from traditional theatres to elementary school cafeterias, from Hollywood movie sets to public parks.  She’s danced with companies such as Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (LA), Donna Sternberg & Dancers (Santa Monica) and toured regionally for five years with the award winning, West Virginia Dance Company.  She has also had the sincere pleasure of working & studying with choreographers such as Molissa Feenley, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Carli Marineck, Jodi Melnick, Donna Scro and Gwen Welliver.   We are so proud to have Stephanie here at Generations of Dance to pass on her passion, wealth of experience and talents through to our dancers, who are genuinely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her.  Lean more about Miss Stephanie’s work at www.nrootdanceart.com.

MISS KIM

Dance Instructor

Miss Kim has been dancing since the young age of two!  She began competing at the age of eight, and absolutely fell in love with everything about dance and competition.  Miss Kim trained with Miss Alissa and Miss Beth throughout all of her years of taking dance lessons.  When Miss Kim was 14, she began student teaching with Miss Alissa and Miss Beth.  Before she knew it, she was teaching many recreational and competitive classes throughout her high school, college years, and beyond.  Miss Kim attended Fairleigh Dickinson and earned her B.A. in Psychology.  After working as an aide in a school for children with special needs, Miss Kim decided to pursue her degree in Special Education from Kean University.  Upon completion, Miss Kim began teaching special education at Byram Intermediate School.  This is where Miss Kim developed a love for working with students with learning disabilities and various other challenges.  To gain more expertise and knowledge, Miss Kim earned a Master’s degree from The College of New Jersey in Special Education.  After spending 12 years teaching special education, Miss Kim decided to go back to college to earn a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certification from Rutgers University.  Currently, Miss Kim works on the Child Study Team in the Denville School system as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant.  Although Miss Kim loves to learn and work with children at school, her true passion is for teaching dance.  Miss Kim thoroughly enjoys working with the children at Generations of Dance and feels so fortunate to be sharing her passion and love for dance with all of the amazing kids at Generations of Dance.  Miss Kim strives to create a positive atmosphere where dance class is fun, while the children are still learning and improving.  Miss Kim loves to choreograph jazz and lyrical routines for all of her students, and most of all loves to see them being performed on stage. In addition, Miss Kim is busy at home with two children (Dylan, 5 and Shea, 3).  Generations of Dance is honored to have Miss Kim teaching our dancers and sharing her joy for dance with all of them.

MISS KRISTIN

Dance Instructor

Miss Kristin danced throughout her childhood with Miss Beth and Miss Alissa.  She competed in tap, jazz, gymnastics and lyrical.  Miss Kristin’s most memorable times were experienced through dance!  Aside from teaching at Generations of Dance, Miss Kristin works at a school for students with Autism.  She recently graduated with her Masters in Behavior Analysis and soon will sit for her boards to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Whether it is in the classroom or in the dance studio, Miss Kristin is enthusiastic to teach kiddos and most importantly she enjoys seeing them having fun.  We are so lucky to have such a genuinely caring person to work with our children and teach them and leading them by the example that she lead in her own life. 

MISS HEATHER

Dance Instructor

Miss Heather was a gymnast for over 20 years.  She started teaching in High School and continued throughout college.  While in High School and College she also participated in various theater productions, lending her dance and gymnastic skills on stage.  She earned her BFA in Fine Arts at Centenary College, where she was a cheerleader.  After college she taught gymnastics until she started a family.  Now that her children all dance at Generations, she has caught the teaching bug again.  She loves teaching and sharing her passion for gymnastics  and wants every student to learn and become the best gymnast and dancer that they can be.  She is a wife and mother to 3 children, Conor, Brenna and Ashlynn.

MISS ALLYSON

Drill/Guard Instructor

Miss Allyson Moreno has been teaching colorguard for more than 20 years with various high school and competitive winter programs. She has marched with multiple ensembles including the Rutgers Marching Band, Knightbeat winterguard and the illustrious Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. She looks forward to sharing her love of colorguard and the performing arts with her students. She is VERY proud of last year's team for placing in the top ten Teen Elite groups at the Starbound Nationals in Atlantic City 2017!!!  Miss Allyson brings a world of creativity to Generations of Dance and the Drill/Guard team offering the opportunity for kids to broaden their horizons and learn an entirely different type of activity while still utilizing their dance technique.  Kids learn to use both the rifle and flags while demonstrating unique choreography into dances that dazzle the judges and the audience.  Incorporating their skills into our productions have helped to create so many memorable numbers - including Grease, Annie and The Little Mermaid.  Many of our Drill/Guard team members go on to become members of their local high school band and colorguard teams.  We are very proud to offer these classes and are thrilled to have Miss Allyson share her talent and experience with our children.

MISS MEGHAN

Dance Instructor

Miss Meghan has been dancing since she was a kid.  Her dance career began at a local dance studio, and she continued to explore new studios over the span of her career.  Miss Meghan has studied most styles of dance, but her specialty has always been ballet.  She has been taught by Prima Ballerina, Monika Pesak, the owner of The Burklyn Ballet Theater, Joanne Whitehill, Cirque du Soleil and Barnum and Bailey acrobat, Kindra Williams, and countless other professionals who have elevated her love for dance, and ballet most of all.  Miss Meghan is a proud Generations of Dance Alumna, and she continues to find new ways to challenge herself and her students each week.  When she is not teaching dance, Miss Meghan is a 4th grade teacher.  She wants all of her student in school and in the dance studio to see their own potential, and to rise to—and beyond—their abilities.  Her favorite phrases are “turn out your standing leg,” “show me you’re ready,” and “you know what I mean.”   We are thrilled to have Miss Meghan a part of Generations of Dance.

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Generations Of Dance

    10 Orben Dr

 Landing, NJ 07850

Open Mon-Sat

email: dancewithbeth@aol.com

            Miss Beth: 973-985-7239

(call anytime)

 

 

 

Office: 973-810-2252

Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs - 4:00-8:30 PM

Saturday - 9:45 AM-12:30 PM

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