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NJ Devils Choreographer Opens Hillsborough Dance Academy

Professional coach, dancer and host brings Flair Dance Academy & Yoga Studio to South Branch Road.

At the age of 27, Amanda Grace has already accumulated quite a resume as a professional choreographer, coach, dancer and host. Now she can add owner/artistic director of Flair Dance Academy & Yoga Center.

A dancer for 17 years, Grace recently opened Flair Dance Academy at 236 South Branch Road, offering a full range of classes for all ages in such genres as ballet, Pointe, lyrical/contemporary, tap, jazz, theater dance and hip hop, as well as a variety of yoga offerings (including community yoga for ages 12 and up) and family yoga (ages 7 and up).

“This was the logical next step in my career,” the Middlesex Borough resident explained. “I always knew this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to start from the ground up and wanted the pride of creating my own students.”

After working at a dance studio (she started teaching at age 16), Grace began auditioning right after high school. She has since performed for four different sports teams–the New York Knicks, the New York Titans, the New Jersey Ironmen and the New Jersey Devils (where she is choreographer, director and in-game host on the giant scoreboard at the Prudential Center). She has been in “Cats” for Plays in the Park in Edison and is choreographing the troupe’s summer production of “Grease”.

In June 2010 Grace created her own dance company, Urban Flair, which provides professionally trained dancers for events.

“I like creating the stars, being behind the scenes. I love choreography and teaching. My passion is sharing the knowledge,” she said.

When her father Louis, a Hillsborough resident, told her about space available on South Branch Road, she immediate “fell in love with it.” Since the site had been offering yoga classes, she arranged to incorporate those into the class offerings. She added a top-of-the-line professional dance floor, turned one room into a homework room, set up a dressing room and put a video screen in the waiting room so parents can observe class activities.

Flair–the name of the dance company and the dance school–are reflections of Grace’s style and approach to dancing. “As a performer, I was always told I had flair and sass about me. I think it’s important to add your own little flair to whatever you do,” she added.

When it comes to dancing, she sees each student as an individual.

“I like to see the potential in everyone and to be able to bring out the best in them,” Grace explained. While she teaches many of the classes herself; other classes are taught by a professional ballet and lyrical dance teacher and a USA certified gymnastic coach.

She also believes it is important to give back and plans to make Flair an integral part of the community. In addition to coaching and choreographing the Somerset Patriots Dance Team, she offers Rainbow League, a free class for special needs children.

While choreographing on Broadway is on her “to do” list, Grace is now focusing on growing the dance school with the vision of someday opening up more Flair Dance Academies.

More information about Flair Dance Academy & Yoga Center can be found at its website.

Patti Urbano October 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I don't know where you got the prices from but you are incorrect. I go there for yoga and just bought a 10 pack for $130.00 and they also have classes for $10.00 The studio offers knowledgeable instructors, great variety of classes for everyone and Lou and Amanda are very nice people. Call or stop by get the correct facts. I know that this is MY YOGA STUDIO.
Denise Crowley October 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
As a student at the academy I can attest to the fact that Amanda Grace is a fabulous teacher. Her class is fun and invigorating for young and old alike. Come join the fun. Denise Crowley
baseballmom October 08, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Mr. Gardella, I did reference the site. Yoga drop in is $10 for the first class, $15 each additional. I do yoga 4+ times a week therefore, would spend over $200/mo. I used to practice at In Balance before it turned over. I now practice independantly, so I can assure you that I'm not affiliated with any competitors. Good luck with your new business.
Louis Gardella October 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Dear Basballmom. If you would have looked further on the website you would have seen our yoga membership fees are the same as IN Balance. An unlimited monthly yoga membership would cost you $110.00 per month not $200/mo as you are saying. An unlimited membership would entitle you to attend as many yoga, zumba, pilates and adult hip-hop classes as you wanted during that month. With the amount of times you say you were attending that would bring your per class price under $10.00 We also offer a 10 visit membership with no expiration date! So please if you are going to write on a public forum try to be fair and honest and give out the correct facts!! Please everyone see our web site for the real prices. Flairdanceacademy.com
BDVideo October 09, 2012 at 05:23 AM
My town keeps getting more interesting. Best luck!

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