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.
Please meet our faculty below. We look forward to meeting you!
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.
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.
LYNETTE WERTHWEIN Instructor / Choreographer
Lynette Werthwein trained at East Carolina University with ballet master and former director of New Jersey Ballet, Joseph Carow. Lynette was a part of the East Carolina Dance Theatre ballet ensemble, and a company member with Atlantic City Ballet and New Jersey Coastal Ballet. She spent time furthering her ballet training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Mrs. W has performed in various drama troupes and dance companies throughout NJ, NY, NC, PA, and VT. After gaining her masters in teaching from Montclair State University she taught a recreational jazz class at Rutgers on the Mason Gross campus. She continued her teaching career at Union City High School where she directed the drama department and Emerson Dance Troupe. Currently Mrs. W is the director of the Spartan Dancers and is the choreographer for the OTHS Drama Club's Spartan Players. She has written the dance curriculum for the OTHS Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Lynette continues to educate and train herself with various dance companies such as; Ballet Hispanico, The Ailey School and American Ballet Theatre’s adult programs.
877 West Park Ave
Ocean Twp., NJ 07712
Studio Phone: (732) 493-1796
Personal: (732) 493-1796
Monday thru Friday
3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed Saturdays for rehearsals and birthday parties.