About ADTNJ

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey is a non-profit professional organization for dance teachers established in 1936.  There are many facets of our organization which serve our fellow dance teachers and their students as well as the New Jersey dance community.  

ADTNJ provides an outlet for deserving students of our member teachers to win Scholarships.  The Senior Dance Scholarship, honoring past ADTNJ President Frances L. Chalif and Amos Chalif, is awarded annually to three high school students based upon audition.  The Junior/Teen Essay Scholarship is awarded annually to ten students aged 7 through 8th grade.  Workshop Scholarships are awarded to students at ADTNJ workshops based upon Dress code, Positive attitude, Active participation in the class, Dance etiquette, Enthusiasm for the work being presented, and Effort expended during the classes.

Our Dance Workshops, held in October and February, bring top of the line master classes right here to New Jersey.  Members of Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey may attend them for FREE! Students of Member Teachers may attend at a significant discount!  Over the years, some of our most popular master teachers have included the likes of Debbie Dee, Frank Hatchett, Steve Sirico, Angela D'Valda Sirico, Sarah Jo Fazio, Debra Mitchell, Patricia Dickinson, Jo Rowan, Mark Santoro, Pat Y-O, Sheila Barker, Rhonda Miller, and Mike Schulster.  

Our Dance Teacher Training Program is a two day intensive held over the summer.  “The Fundamentals of Teaching Dance” is an educational workshop offered by the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey.  Our goal is to share many years of teaching experience and our passion for dance education with you.  We believe that all dance educators should be well rounded, certified, and “on the same page.”  

Membership in Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey also entitles you to our annual "Networks" seminar.  Once a year, our member teachers gather to discuss and share a variety of topics and ideas to advance and improve the art of teaching dance as well as the dance studio business.  Guest speakers, Q&A sessions, and other formats help each ADTNJ member become better dance educators.   

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey takes great pride in providing an environment of true camaraderie amongst our fellow teachers.  Many, many lifelong friendships can be traced back to membership in ADTNJ.  Please consider joining us if you are searching for a special group of people who:

  • Share your desire to pass on their love of dance,
  • Realize that good dance teachers continually study,
  • Mutually support and understand the unique trials and tribulations of being a dance educator. 
We, at The Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, were so honored to be chosen as one of the inaugural recipients of the UDMA's "Dedication to Dance" award in October 2009.  The United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) honored "organizations and/or people who have shown untiring, remarkable dedication to the dance industry and who have fulfilled the needs of Dance Studios and Dance Teachers through extraordinary means."

 

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