Rosanne Renda & Colleen Cross
Awarded by the NJ Devils for Performances, 2015-2016.
Formerly, Colleen and Rosanne were Directors of The Look Sharp Performing Arts Center located in northern New Jersey. Their studio was recognized as "One of the top 50 studios on the move" by Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit Magazine in 2006 and was also voted "A Studio Above and Beyond Dance" by Dance Magazine. They were also featured on The Today Show in 2009.
COLLEEN is an accomplished teacher and choreographer for more than 20 years. Her students and her choreography have been honored with numerous awards. Currently, Ms. Cross an Owner/Artistic Director of Infinite Motion Performing Arts Academy located in Mahwah, New Jersey. Colleen has studied with top dance professionals including Germaine Goodson, Frank Hatchett, Tyce Di Orio, Barry Youngblood, Chebar Williams, Charles McGowan, Mary Ann Lamb, and Vincent Carbone, just to name a few. She has extensive experience with directing, choreographing, and teaching. She has studied dance, voice and theatre throughout the United States. She has choreographed performance and competition pieces for dance companies throughout New Jersey as well as numerous dance recitals, variety shows, and plays. Colleen's students have been chosen to dance with master teachers abroad and have been selected to participate in professional workshops for advanced dancers. Her students have received overall high score awards and special recognition for intensive programs throughout the country.
She is experienced in teaching dancers of all ages and levels, and uses innovative ideas to keep the classes and routines interesting. In 2009, Colleen choreographed 'Crazy for You' for Holy Angels High School in Demarest, NJ which earned her a nomination with the Helen Hayes High School Theatre. Colleen produces and directs shows in the tri-state area working along with top dance companies and vocalists.
ROSANNE is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. Currently, Ms. Renda is an Owner/Artistic Director of Infinite Motion Performing Arts Academy located in northern New Jersey. Rosanne's studio has been recognized by the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions for dance excellence.
Previously, Rosanne was the Assistant Director of Look Sharp Performing Arts Center where they were recognized as "One of the top 50 studios on the Move" by Dance Teacher Magazine as well as " A Studio Above and Beyond Dance" by Dance Magazine. Rosanne's extensive dance training includes the Alvin Ailey Company, Broadway Dance Center, Free Space/Lamone Dance Companies, as well as individual mentors. She has had the privilege to dance for world renowned choreographers such as JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Maxine Steinman, Alan Danielson and Claire Porter. She has been teaching for over 20 years and her expertise includes Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz and Contemporary, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.
Rosanne created and launched an innovative pre-school program for her studio in northern New Jersey which gained recognition throughout the area. In previous years, her choreography has been selected to be showcased at the world renowned Joyce Theatre in Manhattan. With over 20 years of experience teaching pre-schoolers, Rosanne has extensive knowledge in movement for early childhood development. Rosanne's achievements lend themselves to her success as a performer, teacher, and above all mentor for her students.