Maria Agabiti Battista, owner and artistic director of Class Act has been a professional dancer and choreographer with over 30 years of experience. After years of training locally from age 3 through college, performing in Atlantic City, New York City, on screen, stage and print, a veteran of the Sixers Dancers, Class Act a Center for Dance was born. Now in its 15th season is remains focused on the QUALITY of Dance Education. We have now consolidated our 2 locations into one, but the idea behind the move remains the same: to add more classes to our schedule to accommodate not only everyone’s busy schedules, but to guarantee the same small class sizes we have thought to be very important from the beginning, and to continue the privilege of catering to each dancers individual needs. Our curriculum is designed to highlight each dancers strengths and continue to motivate them to improve on their weaknesses, while building confidence, lifelong relationships and character. Our philosophy for our staff is that ‘you never stop learning.’ There is always room for improvement, and we are confident that we can get you to your goals, whether competitively or recreationally, we offer competition teams for all levels. All of our teachers are involved with the arts and required to attend yearly conventions to continue their dance education. Some are currently working in the business and are hired as role models for your young dancers. We are extremely proud of all of our dancers’ and teachers’ accomplishments and would not be the studio we are today without our loyal families.
A graduate of Rider University, with a BA in Dance and Elementary Education, as well as a minor in Early Childhood Education; Miss Christy is entering her third season teaching for Class Act. Dancing for 20 years, she has trained with New York City Performing Arts Academy, Denise Danielle Dance Studio and Princeton Ballet. She has been a dance teacher since 2010 for ages 3-18, and also a dance teacher at Rider University in the tap department. She specializes in all styles; including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. She also has extensive choreography experience as a choreographer for Rider Dance Ensemble and continues to perform in their shows. She also continues training at Tremaine Dance Convention every January with Class Act and has attended several others, including Jump, NYCDA, NUVO, and The Pulse, which has enabled her to train with some of the elite dance teachers in the industry. Christy is currently working as a teacher at Princeton Junior School during the day.
We are happy to have Miss Angela with us for her second season at Class Act. Currently a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Sixers Dancers 2017-18, Angela is just beginning her dance career. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan dance program with a BFA in dance with a choreography concentration. She began her training at Stewart Johnson Dance Academy at a very young age and continues to train and grow by attending dance conventions with the studio.
Ashley Taylor Nuel
Miss Ashley has an extensive background in dance/screen and print. A three year veteran of the world famous Knicks City dancers spending her last season as captain, Ashley is currently the Director and Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Sixers Dancers. She has performed for Beyoncé, 2012 concert, Sugar Hill Gang, Debbie Gibson and Swizz Beats. Her most recent film debut was in the movie ‘Train Wreck’ with Amy Schumer and many specialized performances through the MSG Organization including Saturday Night Live, and HBO specials. Her extensive print work begins with the cover and spread of BC Mag, Shopbevel.com, Dance Spirit Magazine, A Wish Come True Costume Company, and Costume Gallery. Her dance training began at a very young age at Stewart Johnson Dance Academy and Koresh. She continues to train with several dance conventions including Tremaine.
Angela Marcus Haddock
Angela started dancing over 30 years ago side-by-side with Maria Battista under the direction of Liz Casale of the former Professional Center for Dance, where she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap. Angela continued her dance training at the world renowned Ailey School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center and Princeton Ballet School. She was the captain and choreographer of the nationally-ranked Fordham University Dance Team and was invited to be an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. Angela competed across the country and performed at Madison Square Garden, on Good Morning America and ESPN, and for television and movie pilots. She danced professionally with the New Jersey Red Dogs Arena Football Dance Team and was a finalist for New York Jets and Philadelphia Sixers Dance Teams. Angela credits the drive and discipline that she learned from dancing for her successful career as a corporate attorney. Angela recently semi-retired from law to return to her true loves, spending time with her two children and teaching dance.