Meet The Team
Mackenzie studied at Pace University in New York City. She has competed for over 16 years and worked with different Competition outlets. Mackenzie trained in many styles of dance, favoring tap and contemporary. She has held many titles including Starbound 2018 Dance Spirit Award and scholarship winner. Mackenzie started teaching dance at 15 years old and has found an extreme love for the art and her students. As the daughter of Miss Beth, she enjoys working closely with her family and carrying forward the love and skills of dance to future generations.
Originally from Nutley, NJ, Sean was a competitive dancer for 15+ years who specialized in tap dancing. He won numerous titles, top overall awards, and grand championships over the years and has been training dancers for the last 10 years in tap. He has also worked for Starbound National Talent Competition as a stage manager and sound technician for the last 6 years. Mr. Sean also was featured multiple times on the hit Lifetime Tv Show, Dance Moms, and filmed a Delta Airlines dance commercial with Serena Williams. We are super excited to have Mr. Sean be part of the leadership group here at Beyond Dance.
Beth was a competitive gymnast for 12 years and competitive dancer for over 10 years. Miss Beth has been teaching dance and gymnastics for over 20 years! She attended Kean College where she majored in Special Education and devoted several years to volunteering for the Special Olympics. Miss Beth has won many Top Teacher, Choreography and Top Technique Awards and most recently in 2021 she was awarded the Groove Dance Educator of the Year Award! Miss Beth's love for children is what drives her to pass along her love for dance and gymnastics. As a former "Miss New Jersey National Teenager", Miss Beth knows the importance of instilling self-confidence and socialization in her students. Miss Beth is also a wife and mother of four; Sean, Mackenzie, Samantha, and Molly!
Dance has been a part of Kara‘s life since the age of five. She trained in ballet tap jazz lyrical and grew up in the competition world. Kara graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in dance.. For 18 years she was the director, teacher and choreographer of Beyond Dance, but is now taking a step back and passing on the legacy. She is happy to still be part of the Beyond Dance family and is looking forward to choreographing.
Nikole is a graduate of the musical theatre program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Consistently working as an Actors Equity member and teaching artist, she has recently been seen in the national tour of Charlotte's Web, Matilda, The Little Mermaid, Pinkalicious the Musical, and The world premier of The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel. Nikole also has had multiple Broadway World nominations for her stage work including best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, and Grace (wicked stepsister) in Cinderella. When not on stage herself Nikole has been a teaching artist for 10+ years and has Choreographed and/or directed over 30 productions, including Legally Blonde, Bat Boy, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Hairspray!
Nick is a New York City based dancer, who has been training in most genres of dance since the age of three. Nick started out as a competition dancer and from 2001-2011 he traveled throughout central NJ collecting multiple overall/title awards. After nine years, Nick left the competition world to embark on a more commercial track, studying in different genres of Hip-Hop, such as Popping/Waving, House, BBoying, etc. and performing around the NJ/NYC area in places such as, the Highline Ballroom for Sybarite, and Central Park NYC for the Summer Stage Tour as an opening act for Rock Steady Crew. Nick took his training to the world famous Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, NY and during his studies and shortly after graduating he was given many performance opportunities, such as playing the lead (Dr. Fright) in “Dead Man’s Party” at Six Flags Great Adventure and being featured in a video for the non-profit organization Global Citizens, both projects choreographed by Ashlé Dawson (SYTYCD Season 1, Top 4). Other choreographers include Ellenore Scott (SYTYCD Season 6 Finalist), Carlos Neto, performing at Madison Square Garden for Brinda Guha, and for Derek Mitchell's Capezio ACE Awards piece "loss/gain" in L.A. Since then, Nick has continued to audition and work professionally in NYC & around the world. In 2017 he traveled to both the Philippines & Canada to perform in shows for Spirit Productions USA. Currently Nick is with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of Derryl Yeager (A Chorus Line National Tour). With Odyssey Nick has had the pleasure to play many featured roles in their full productions, such as, Nick Bottom in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Uncle Billy in “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Mr. Nick has been with Generations of Dance since 2017, and in just that short time has made a tremendous impact on our students - he teaches them control, builds their strength and instills confidence. His choreography has been recognized by the competition outlets such as Beyond The Stars, National Dance Showcase, DECA, Starbound and more and has been awarded time and time again. He is an invaluable addition as a teacher, choreographer and mentor at Beyond Dance.
Becky starting dancing at age 4 but became seriously involved in ballet at age 6. Her many years of training have brought her to perform in several ballets including Cinderella, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Robinhood and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Miss Becky has been teaching ballet and modern for 9 years while she continues her education. She attended Community College of Morris where she received her Associates in Dance. Upon graduation, Miss Becky was awarded the Choreographer/Dancer Award. She later took classes at Montclair State University and is currently attending William Paterson University where she majors in Math and Secondary Education. In 2002, Miss Becky had a modern piece of hers called "Slurp, Bang, Bang" chosen to perform in Boston at the American Choreography Dance Festival (ACDF). The following year her piece, "Kindly Worshipping" was chosen to go to Vermont for ACDF. Miss Becky has studied ballet and modern at many schools including Peridance Center in NYC where she focused on the Jose Limon technique. We are so proud to have Miss Becky teaching our students!
Miss Rebecca is originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, is a New York based artist. A few of her credits include a featured dancer in Warner Brothers- In the Heights, Phish’s NYE at Madison Square Garden, Invisiball with NBDC on Broadway, the role of Graziella in MRT’s West Side Story, NY Auto show, NY Comic Con, and NY Fashion week. Rebecca has performed at venues around the U.S. such as, The Joyce Theater, Javits Center, Detroit Opera House L.A’s Montalbon, Tennessee PAC and several more. She has danced for artists Phish, Coheed and Cambria, 3oh3!, Jason Derulo, Nova Zef, Nickleback and Kid Rock. She was an assistant choreographer for CHER on Broadway, the NY Knicks Dance team and many APAP performances. Rebecca has been featured in Dance Spirit magazine as a “mover and shaker to know” and Paper Magazine’s upcoming artists. She has been training and performing with Jon Rua’s The Grit, Nadine Bommer Dance Company, MG & Artists and Vessels Co. outside and throughout NYC. Rebecca’s love for dance deepens when she’s able to see the joy and curiosity it brings out in others. She has a strong passion to share her current (and growing) knowledge of movement to all her students!
Miss Sunny joined our Sister studio family in 2010 when her daughter, Selene, started. She loved dancing and started ballet at age 9 when living in South Korea. She pursued studying ballet seriously through the Sunwha Arts school & Sunhwa Arts High School in South Korea. She performed several school performances and the Nutcracker for three years with Universal Ballet company (a Korean professional ballet company). She then attended Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington DC to study Vaganova/Russian style ballet. Unfortunately, she had to stop studying ballet professionally due to an injury at age 18. When she started teaching ballet technique she realized how much she missed ballet and loved teaching kids. Her other hobbies include cooking, yoga, and Taekwondo. We are very excited to have Miss Sunny a part of our studio training.
Tracy is a native of Bayonne, NJ. She began her training at the age of 4 at Dance with me Dance Studio in Bayonne, NJ. Tracy continued her training at Beyond Dance. During her childhood Tracy competed on many stages throughout the Tri-State area receiving awards and scholarships from leading dance competitions in NJ. Upon completing Highschool she went on to train at Broadway Dance Center and studied under their Training Program. She had the pleasure of training under Heather Rigg, Salim Gauwloos (SLAM) and Shelia Barker to name a few. She performed at the Macys Day Parade under the direction of Nappy Tabs as well as multiple Broadway Dance Center showcases. Tracy is also featured in A Wish Come True dance catalogs. She is now entering her fourth season with the NFL on the Jets Flight Crew, where she performs during football games at MetLife Stadium for 80,000 fans. She is also part of the Flight Crew Showteam that only a select number of girls are selected for. Tracy is looking forward to sharing her passion, love and hair flips with all the students that walk through the studio!
Cassie earned a BA in dance, specializing in pedagogy and wellness with a minor in childhood studies at Stockton University. During her undergrad she was priviledged enough to work with professional dance companies such as Lehrer Dance and Robert Moses' Kin. Upon graduating, she continued her studies in NYC with the professional semester at Broadway Dance Center and became a certified Pilates Instructor. During Cassie's time in the professional semester she studied under some of the most well known choreographers and teachers in the industry, to include BoPark, Neil Schwartz, Carlos Neto, Sheila Barker and Theresa Stone. She has continued to hone her craft and has had the opportunities to perform at Lincoln Center to Sybarite, New York Choreographer's Festival, Symphony Space and New York City Center to name a few. Cassie is so excited to be at Beyond Dance. In her classes she nurtures an environment where students are welcome to ask questions, to try and fail, then try again to build discipline while having fun and remembering that the driving force of dance is the love of the craft.
Abby so excited to be joining the Beyond Dance family this season! She has been dancing since she was 2 years old and remembers some of her very first years of dance as her favorites! She graduated from Stockton University with a BA in psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Ramapo College of New Jersey! She has been babysitting for 10 years and has worked as a nanny for the last 3! When Miss Abby isn’t at the studio, you can find her dancing on stage while competing for Miss New Jersey! She is a firm believer in hard work and a positive attitude, which led her to placing in the Top 10 at last years competition. She is thrilled to be combining her passions of dance, music and working with children!
Kim is a Beyond Dance alumna who danced with us from childhood through high school, competing with the studio for 10 years. She graduated from Drew University with a degree in Environmental Science and Biology, and continued her dance education as the captain of the Drew University Rangerettes Dance Team while also performing with the Drew University dance department. Her favorite styles include contemporary and pom. She’s currently pursuing a career in environmental education and continuing her passion for dance through teaching! She’s looks forward to expanding her skills as an educator and being back in the Beyond Dance family!
Lexy is currently studying at Kean University in Elizabeth, NJ. She is finishing up her undergrad and completing her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Along with her academics, Lexy is a part of the new Kean University Dance Team and has taken over as their Treasurer. She has competed for over 13 years and danced for Miss Beth for most of her years. She started as a dance teacher at the age of 17. Lexy trained in many styles of dance, favoring hip hop and jazz. Lexy is also a paraprofessional at Central Park School and has been working with students with Autism for 2 years. Lexy is a valuable part of the Beyond Dance team and we are thrilled she has chosen to continue passing on her love of dance to future generations with her compassionate example.