L.A. Dance was Founded in 1989 in Staten Island, New York, by Angela Paolino-Thompson, a young lady with big dreams! (certified instructor Dance Educators of America and a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association). Since than her studios have grown into Nationally Acclaimed Dance Education facilities with locations in New York and New Jersey. L.A. Dance NY known its 28th season and L.A. Dance NJ it’s 12th , are both professionally staffed and extremely well known in the dance community for their excellence in training of the Arts. Angela has developed and molded her studio in NY and now has handed it over to her partners/students to carry on the legacy. With L.A. Dance NY in wonderful hands, she has set her focus on L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, Lincroft NJ, where she hopes to grow and expand into a multi room facility. After 30 years in this business Angela is still as passionate and determined as in 1989 – to make L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, NJ her biggest and best accomplishment to date.
Our New Jersey Directors: Angela Paolino Thompson, is a graduate of NYU with a double major in Business and Dance and Debra Noto Nicolosi, has a BFA in Dance Performance from Brooklyn College. Both combined have over 50 years of experience in the dance business, sharing their love and passion through the generations. LADC, as L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, NJ is commonly know as, all ready has become a staple in the community, not only with accolades pouring in for their students, but for being a company that gives back, donates, volunteers and is involved in all types of efforts in the community. Some of our dance accolades include the following:
L.A. Dance students have performed our original choreography entitled “Michael Jackson Tribute” live on FOX. Most recently choreographing and performing in “The Right Way” , anti bullying production by Cat London, accredited and appearing in the New Jersey film festival 5 & NY 1.; appeared in various advertisements, commercials;videos. We have performed at Madison Square Garden, Disney’s Galaxy Palace Theater, Off Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater plus many more. . Our dancers can be seen in all the dance magazines, as well as on the Danskin website,catalogs and so many other print and commercial ads. In addition to all this professional work, L.A. Dance New Jersey are National Champion Winners year after year. We not only win competitions, we create dancers that strive in the real dance world. We pride ourselves in developing our recreational dancers and our babies. Nurturing every single student so they make all their dance dreams come true. L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, NJ, or LADC is the most well rounded studio in the area specializing in every form of dance out there today.
Our studio is equipped with floating wood floors, topped with Marley, 40feet of mirror, flat screen closed circuit TV’s, surround sound stereo systems, theater style lighting, heat & air conditioning, outdoor parking, a dance boutique carrying a full line of dance garments, shoes & accessories, and the BEST STAFF AROUND!
Come and see why we have stood the test of time! Why we are so unique! Why we are so special! You will love being part of our LADC family!