Our Story

Established August of 1995, our vision was to create a family of students that would receive the personal attention and professional training necessary to become confident and well versed performers in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Theater Arts.

The owner and founder of Dance Theatre Project Mrs. Lisa Cicalese and her staff see their dream come to life when students perform in an original play at a professional theater at the end of each school year. Each performer has an important role to support the story line.

We are proud to have highly skilled and caring faculty members at Dance Theatre Project. We use our professional experiences to give students an insider’s view of the professional dance and theater forum. Our professional instruction and positive demeanor instill confidence, a feeling of excitement, and a love for dance and theater in all students.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Mrs. Cicalese has a background of performing in professional Tap, Jazz and Modern Dance Companies. Her current professional associations include: Past Vice President of Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, active member of Elite Dance Forum, and member of the Algonquin Arts Dance Consortium. She is certified to teach by examination through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing U.S and London Branches, Dance Masters of America, National Dance Council Of America, Pennsylvania Association Of Dance Teachers, Associated Dance Teachers of NJ and U.S.A. Gymnastics. Her teaching experience includes positions such as Assistant Dance Administrator at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City and Dance Professor at Monmouth University.

Mrs. Cicalese’s performance experience includes:
Principal Dancer and Singer, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, NYC
Member, United Dance Theatre Company
Principal, National McDonald’s Commercial
Principal, Six Flags Great Adventure Commercial
Day Player, movies Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Hellfire
Recording Artist, Pop single Hold Me and Radio Jingles for Rosen Decorators

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Performing Arts Education for students age 3 to adult: Preschool, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Pointe, Musical Theater, Ballroom, Voice, Music, Acting, Theater Arts, Guitar, Piano, Private Lessons, Individual Instruction, Group Classes