Dance Instruction

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Garden State Dance Project

92Y Harkness Dance Center

Brant Lake Dance Camp

Center for ArtsEducation

New York City Ballet Education Department

GSDP_logo_RGBWe exist to cultivate the fine art of dance in the Garden State through performance and education. Take in a show, watch us perform at your school assembly, or try a class at one of our studios. Each dance location we have is unique. GSDP is centered on athletic development through the use of “Functional Movement Systems”. Along side industry leaders One Human Performance Center, GSDP is “The Project’s Movement Science Laboratory”. It is a more rigorous program that requires a higher level of dedication. Our second location, being partnered with Camp Veritans in Eli’s School of Dance, we are creating options and avenues to Jewish cultural art opportunities for students, and possibilities of even going and performing at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. We practice The Standards for Teaching and Learning Dance as set forth by NDEO, the National Dance Education Organization. All this to start, and both locations have a Recreational and PIONEER Program to accommodate the dedication and ability level of each student. We are ready to move!

Recreational Program is for any and all students that desire to dance for fun, socialization and exercise. There are no pre-requisites required to be a part of this program. Only requirement is attendance, and a positive attitude!

PIONEERS Program | Performance Company

The PIONEERS Performance Company puts dancers on the fast track to achieving pre-professional status. With competitive and non-competitve venues being used as a place to showcase their talents. This program is for the dance student that wants to challenge themselves take it to the next level. Whether they want to dance on Broadway or break-dance in a commercial GSDP will facilitate what is needed to help them accomplish their personal goals.

PIONEERS Pre-requisites:

  • A minimum of two classes per week
  • One of the two classes must be ballet (male & female dancers!)
  • Second class is of your choice
  • Ability to attend all PIONEER rehearsals
  • Competition / Costume Fees will be billed separately from all other fees



2 Changebridge Road, Unit F, Montville, NJ 07045

450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd floor Diamond Studio, Wayne, NJ 07470

One Logo smallGSDP Athletic Arts Dance Academy  You are not just investing in your child’s dance education but their health and well being also. Our dance program is like no other; as the company in residence at One Human Performance, a leader in the field of athletic development. Students between the ages of two to seven years will receive athletic development woven on to their high quality dance instruction and training. Students eight years and older begin our program with a Functional Movement Screen to assess their movement. They receive several Functional Movement Screens throughout the year to keep their exercise programs current and make sure that their bodies are always in the best shape possible to perform in their chosen art form. (What is FMS? Click here to read and learn more.)

GSDP is among the first in the field of dance education to integrate the FMS into a curriculum that meets national standards. Currently, Olympic athletes, the NFL, the NHL, and many other major sport outfits use it, now it is your turn.

Please note; at GSDP we place students in classes based on skill and ability not necessarily age. For further clarification, questions, please contact our director at (862)-248-2909

Don’t see what you are looking for? We are always open to suggestions! We can create a class just for you as long as we have the minimum amount of students needed to launch it. Just contact us.

Just for dancing at GSDP, parents receive an added perk! 20% off of One Human Performance’s Membership Rates so you can workout while your child dances!

Meet your Director & Instructors

Click on the Meet the Staff tab above to read about our teachers.

Teaching Artist


Now in his second year as the Boys Hip-Hop & Break-dancing teacher, Eli’s classes take place on Fridays from 3:45-4:30pm for boys 6-8 years & 4:30-5:30pm for boys 9-12 years.

For more information about the Harkness Dance Center, call (212)-415-5552 or email Assistant Director of Students & Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Kathryn Wilkening at:

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Brant Lake Dance Camp

Going into his third year as BLDC’s Hip-Hop Teacher Eli instructs beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes. If your daughter loves dance and the outdoors, she will love Brant Lake Dance Camp!

Click below to see their video and learn more about this international dance camp set in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. To speak with someone about sending your daughter to BLDC contact Annemiek “Mieks” Gersten at: or call: (518)-494-2406

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Advocacy and Arts Programs for New York City Public Schools

Now in his second year as a teaching artist for CAE, Eli and Souljerz Crew facilitate dynamic hip-hop residency and assembly programs. The goal is to educate students and teachers alike about Hip-Hop culture past, present and future.

If you live in the New York City area & want to bring one of these wonderful programs to your school please contact Nellie A.V. Chaban, Program Coordinator at or (212)-971-3300 ext. 319

If you live in the New Jersey area and want to book / get more information on bringing a dynamic Hip-Hop / Break-dance Residency and or Assembly to your school, simply contact Eli at or (862)-703-1960

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New York City Ballet Education Department

For the past nine years Eli has been a teaching artist for the Ballet Bridges Elementary & Middle School Program. Also beginning this December he is proud to say he will be joining other fellow teaching artists in the The Nutcracker Project.

If you live in the New York City area and want more information on these programs and possibly bring one of these wonderful programs to your school please contact the NYCB Education Department by emailing or by calling 212-870-5636

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