Middletown

7 Kanes Lane
Middletown,NJ 07748
732 - 671 - 2328


Parlin

287 Cheesequake Road
Parlin, NJ 08859
732 - 238 - 6900

Dance Instructors


LorriGoldmanMendez Lorri Goldman-Mendez
Dance Director/Instructor

Miss Lorri brings over 30 years of teaching, choreographing and performing to Bodies in Motion Dance Centre. In that time, Lorri has worked throughout NY and NJ with several dance companies and in musical theater. Her choreography has won numerous awards on the competition circuit , as well as being featured in a music video released on MTV Asia. Lorri attended Mason Gross College of Performing Arts, Middlesex County High School of Performing Arts, and has trained and continues to study in leading studios in New York. Miss Lorri is a member of Dance Educators of America and Associated Dance Teachers of NJ and currently serves on the board of directors for A.D.T. of NJ, She acted as Treasurer for seven years and recently elected by her peers to be President of this highly regarded organization. Lorri has also studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in their teachers certification program. R.A.D. is an internationally recognized training school for ballet.

heather Heather Otten
Dance Instructor

Miss Heather knew at a young age that dance was a very important part of her life and wanted to share this love with others.  Heather graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor's in Dance with a concentration in Education.  Drexel gave Heather many opportunities to choreograph and perform, working with a wide-range of choreographers, including but not limited to Meredith Rainey, Nora Gibson, Clyde Evans, and Olive Prince.  In addition to her dance studies at Drexel, she volunteered with Drexel Dance Touring Ensemble and Youth Performance Exchange, both programs used to introduce dance to Philadelphia Public School students.  Heather also participated in a wheelchair dance program that allows students to work  one-on-one with a child form HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy.  While in Philadelphia, Heather worked at an elementary school where she implemented a movement/dance curriculum in the Physical Education classes.  Heather returned to her home state and has been happy to continue to share her passion with her students! 


amy Amy Crowley
Dance Instructor

Miss Amy, raised in New Jersey started dancing at the age of six.  Under the direction of Ballet Mistress Sally Topham, she trained in the Royal Academy of Dance method, in which she accomplished yearly examinations.  Amy joined her first company at the age of eight, where she performed in many different works including the nutcrackers, and multiple shows choreographed by former Rockette, Patricia Tully.  She has danced in a number of music videos including East Village Opera Company , and AC/DC's music video.  Furthering her education at Kean University, Amy earned her degree in psychology while at Kean Dance theatre performance company.  Amy has created and directed multiple dance teams and performance companies, as well as worked for prestigious dance competitions.  


dance 02 CarolynSamuels Carolyn Samuels
Dance Instructor

Miss Carolyn, an award winning master teacher and choreographer, who celebrates over 25 years of dance education, was trained by the Manhattan Ballet School, as well as with prima ballerinas, Elfrieda Merman and Dorothea Melvin. She holds a BA in Sociology and Musical Theatre from Wagner College, and an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. Her clinical practice, and her teaching style specializes in children, helping them to grow in their abilities and self esteem. She is a member of Dance Educators of America and Associated Dance Teachers of NJ, and has trained with the Royal Academy of Dance, participating in their teacher certification program. She continues to train, teach, and choreograph throughout the New York/New Jersey area. She is thrilled to working with Miss Lorri, who has been a wonderful support to her over the years, and shares her love and values of dance.


dance 01 christinaSoto Christina Soto
Dance Instructor

Miss Christina graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.  At Marymount, under the direction of Katie Langan, she had the pleasure to work and perform with many artists including Robert Battle, David Parsons, Kate Weare, Merce Cunningham among others.  She trained extensively with the pre-professional company New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble from the ages of 9-18.  NJDTE offered her wonderful opportunities such as to dance at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center with the Kirov ballet in their revival of Sleeping Beauty.  Under the direction of Nancy Turano, Christina also has worked with Jason McDole, Miki Orihara, Alessandra Prosperi, Elisa Clark among many others. Christina has been a guest teacher at several studios around the metropolitan area and is pleased to be teaching at Bodies in Motion Dance Centre! Christina is also a former member of Roschman Dance Company and current member of Bryn Cohn and Artists. 


dance 04 AlexSusanto Alex Susanto
Dance Instructor

Alex began dancing at the age of 17 under the guidance of his mentor, Eric Samson, and has been trained in various foundational styles of Hip-Hop, including b-boying, popping, locking, vogue, and house; as well as industry styles and freestyle. He has also earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication from Rutgers University, along with a minor in Psychology. A core member of Beat Club Crew, Alex has performed with various artists such as Nikki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Vita Chambers. Most recently, you could catch him dancing in the latest season of Fox Television's hit T.V. series: Glee. In addition to these accomplishments, he and his crew continue to give back to the community through various charity shows for lupus, cancer, and cultural functions. When it comes to teaching his craft, Alex works not only to teach dance moves, but to create a fun and safe environment for his students to enjoy; fostering teamwork, confidence, and positivity.  




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