About Us

100% Dance has been in business for over 30 years. Our foundation is structured on building self esteem and confidence through the art of dance. Our faculty has trained with some of the best in the industry, from Paula Abdul to Stephen "tWitch" Boss. We pride ourselves on giving individualized attention to each dancer while providing high quality studio instruction. Want to find out more about our school? Read what  our customers have to say.

 

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FACULTY

KIM MENNA   Director / Owner
After training locally, Kim studied with Charles Kelly and Jerry Aimes in NYC. She was crowned “Miss Dance USA” 1980, performed on stage many times at the Garden State Arts Center and was one of the top 20 finalists for the National TV Show “SolidGold”.
Kim has also choreographed for local plays and gymnastic teams. She has been a guest choreographer and teacher at the Red Bank Regional High School of Performing Arts and has sat on many Beauty Pageant pannels as a judge. Her students boast of many accomplishments including - performing at the Garden State Arts Center with Talent Expo, placing  overall in the National Championships in Myrtle Beach and winning countless Golds & Platinums in Regional and National Competitions. Kim is currently a director for Dancers Inc. Competition and Convention touring the United States working with broadway, TV and other industry professionals. Kim has been teaching and choreographing for 30 years and plans to continue to build self esteem and confidence through the art of dance.

ERIN MCNERNEY   Assistant Director / Intsructor / Choreographer

Miss Erin has been teaching dancers of all ages for over 15 years and is thrilled to once again be a faculty member of 100% Dance! Throughout her career she has worked with notable industry professionals such as Gil Stroming, Jose de la Cuesta, Sheila Barker and Tracey Morgan from Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Professionally, Erin has performed with Holland America Cruise Lines, numerous theme parks throughout the U.S., industrials, commercials and Off-Broadway. Most recently, she was the Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain for the Center Drama Theatre Company and was a 2012 New Jersey “Perry” award nominee for ‘Best Actress” for her role as Phyllis in 42nd Street. Erin has also been a staff member of Dancers Inc. for over 8 years, judging regional and national competitions all across the country. She has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing for Hershey Theme Park, as well as many dance studios in the Tri-State area. Erin was a Professor of Jazz at Wagner College in Staten Island and on staff at Red Bank Regional High School Performing Arts School. Erin’s unique style and enthusiasm have repeatedly brought her and her students national acclaim, most recently being the Access Broadway 2013 Nationals Critics Choice Award. Her “energetic” approach to teaching continues to inspire all her dancers and 100% Dance is honored to welcome her back on staff.

SHERYL LINFANTE   Ballet Instructor  /  Choreographer

Sheryl Linfante graduated Cum Laude, with a BFA in Dance,  from Wright State University, whose programs are affiliated with the Dayton Ballet School and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.  She was the youngest member accepted to the Northern Ballet Theatre Dance (Formally Granite State Ballet) in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she trained and performed with the company under the direction of Doreen Cafarella. She was also accepted to the prestigious Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, where she extensively trained  with Angela Whitehill, David Howard, Arthur Leeth and many other leading ballet professionals. Performance Credits include The Nutcracker (Clara), Sleeping Beauty (Energy Fairy), Don Q, La Bayadère, Nine, Into the Woods, Cabaret, and Beauty and The Beast. Sheryl has performed throughout the country in many venues including the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Choreography credits include The Wizard of Oz, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Grease Jr. and Bye Bye Birdie as well as many award winning concert pieces throughout New Jersey.  Sheryl has also has traveled across the country as an Adjudicator and Convention Teacher for the dance competition, Dancer's Inc.  Miss Sheryl is currently teaching Ballet, Pointe, and Theatre Dance throughout New Jersey, and is the currently the Director and Owner ofOcean Dance Force, located in Manasquan, as well as Co- Director to Children's Dance Workshop, a dance enrichment program used to promote music, dance and art while building self-esteem to beginner dancers in a pre-school environment.

STEPHANIE URBINA   Instructor  /  Choreographer

Stephanie grew up in Manasquan, NJ where she began dancing at the age of 2. She studied at Diane Fay Dance Gallery and Ocean Center East through high school. Stephanie is forever grateful for the amazing teachers she had as a child: Miss Fay, Miss Lauren and Mr. Dan were the biggest and best influences on her and inspired her to pursue dancing further. While in high school, Stephanie was selected as one of 12 dancers in the state of New Jersey to attend the Governor’s School of the Arts and she also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and Alvin Ailey. She continued studying dance in college and majored in Modern Dance Performance at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in college, Stephanie studied under Brian Sanders, Kim Bears-Bailey, Jennifer Binford, Curt Haworth and Roni Koresh.  She also performed throughout Prague under the direction of Lynn Barr. Upon graduating, Stephanie moved to NYC where she performed throughout the city at StepsNYC, Carnegie Hall and Teatro La Tea and also performed the works of Momix, Milton Myers and Martha Graham. Having a love for fitness, Stephanie became a master instructor at Physique 57, where she developed their stretch classes and also appears in their workout DVDs. Stephanie has served as a clothing ambassador of Lululemon and Splits 59. In 2012, Stephanie returned to her love of teaching dance and opened her dance studio in Westchester County, NY.  Stephanie continues to perform and teach throughout the trial-state area while also raising two little ones, Alec and Stella.

GIANA FORGIONE   Instructor  /  Choreographer

Giana is a graduate of 100% Dance where she was a member of the Competition Team since the age of 4.  She earned numerous Awards, Titles, and Scholorships such as Knicks Scholorship; JUMP Dance Nationals Top 20 VIP Finalist at Radio City Music Hall; Artists Simply Human Clear Talent Award; Teen Ms. Dancers Inc 2010 and Pacific Coast Dance Fest Scholorship 2012. She has performed as a 'Kit Kat Girl' in the Jose De La Cuesta production of Caberet summer 2012.  Giana loves all genres of dance but is especially drawn to Hip Hop and Contemporary.  Her choreography has won numerous awards and as a result, Giana was selected by So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Winner, Cheon, to assist in choreogrpahy for a Hershey Park Production, July 2013. Recently, she was chosen to choreograph a piece for Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman's Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala in Los Angeles, California. Her passion for dance and choreography continues to grow each and everyday and she is excited to be sharing it with 100% Dance.

HALEY LONG   Hip Hop  Instructor  /  Choreographer

Dancing since age 2, Miss Haley has always loved the stage! She danced under the instruction of Miss Erin McNerney and Miss Sheryl Linfante for many years and has had countless performances since. Throughout her time at Ocean Dance Force, Haley was an assistant teacher for many classes and a guest choreographer for the Performance Company. She performed at the Jack Nicholson Theatre in the Manasquan High School's production of Cats in 2010 as Mr. Mistoffelees. She also has extensive experience in studio classwork and conventions with industry professionals throughout the Tri-State area. Haley danced with the Division I Dance Team at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. She also choreographed for the Performing Arts Academy summer series at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ. Professionally, Haley has performed in such shows as We Got The Beat, Bust A Move, and Block Party at Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park. She has formed quite a bond with the faculty and students of 100% Dance and we are happy to have her. 

Where to Find Us:

100% Dance
877 West Park Ave
Ocean Twp., NJ 07712


Phone:  (732) 493-1796

Studio Hours:

Monday thru Friday

3:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Closed Saturdays for rehearsals and birthday parties.

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