Ambition Dance Academy

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Mary Ann DeCarlo
Mary Ann DeCarlo has over twenty years of training in various styles of dance. Starting dance class at age three she knew immediately she wanted to grow up to be just like her dance teacher. Mary Ann soon became captain of her dance troupe and competed in solo and group dances in tap, jazz and lyrical dance in regional and national competitions. She performed as a feature dancer throughout New Jersey, appeared on Channel 9 Children Programs and danced at PaperMill Playhouse with the New Jersey Ballet Company. After High School, she focused on ballroom and latin dance, learning lifts, styling and technique from world class champion trainers. She performed and competed throughout the U.S. with multiple entertainment companies for five years. Mary Ann successfully completed her teacher training through Dance Educators of America and has been teaching performing arts and ballroom dance ever since. She continues her training with the commitment to stay current with the newest dance moves and trends. Using her knowledge of the dance world and her eclectic background she founded Ambition Dance Academy in the summer of 2006. Mary Ann is extremely thankful to her family and friends for their love and constant support!
Lily Muniz

Lily Muniz began her formal dance education when she was two years old. She graduated from Oneidas Dance Studio in Guttenberg New Jersey where she participated and completed the Dance Educators of America Medal Testing Program. She graduated with superior honors and received various achievement awards. Lily has not only received formal training in ballet but also in other forms of dance including, salsa, hip hop, lyrical, tap, jazz, tango and many more.

Throughout her years dancing she participated in local, regional, and national dance competitions placing in the top 5 and winning numerous gold and platinum awards. Upon graduating from her dance studio, Lily became a dance teacher at Ambition, her senior year of high school. While attending Fairfield University, Lily was the Captain of the Fairfield University Dance Team, as well as a choreographer and member of the Fairfield University Dance Ensemble. While on the Fairfield Dance Team, she attended UDA Nationals with the team, where they performed dances in jazz and hip hop, that were nationally ranked.

Lily’s strong passion for dance led her to Ambition Dance Academy, where she has been since the studio opened and will continue for years to come!

Linnea Quintino
Linnea began her dance career at four years old. She received her formal dance training from local dance studios in New Jersey. Linnea has studied ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, modern and musical theater. She attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she studied dance, education and business. She currently holds a NJ Teaching Certificate and has been teaching dance in NY/NJ for the past three years. She has also choreographed regional/high school musicals throughout NJ. She is very happy to be part of the staff at Ambition Dance Academy.
Cassie Vallejo
Cassie did recreational cheerleading from the time she was 7 years old up until 2006 when Ambition Dance Academy opened and she instantly fell in love with dance. She danced and competed with ADA from the time we opened until she graduated high school in 2011. While attending Westwood High School she was a part of the Woodington Players, acting in plays and being on the costume crew. Since graduating, Cassie has went on to study psychology at Montclair State University. She has also been the stage manager for the past two recitals and can't wait to spend many more years with ADA.
Alexandra Arrighi
Lex has been dancing competitively since the age of six. Although she has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and hip hop, her passion has always been hip hop. She has won many awards for her hip hop choreography and routines. Lex has attended the Pulse workshops annually in Atlantic City. While there, she was awarded numerous private workshop scholarships to train directly under master hip hop choreographers. She is currently studying for her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance.
Hope DiPasquale
Hope has been dancing since the age of 3 and started dancing at Ambition Dance Academy the first year it opened back in 2006. Hope was a part of the ensemble team and has competed in up to 12 dances at a time. She has experience in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap, ballet, and pointe. Hope recently graduated from Westwood High School in 2014 and is currently studying Nursing at Bergen Community College. Her passion for dance is indescribable and she is honored to be a part of the ADA staff!
Shawn Rawls
Shawn Rawls is from Cleveland,Ohio. He has performed with over a dozen shows and dance companies throughout the United States and abroad including Pilobolus, the Aluminum Show, Ad Deum, Monster Energy Drink and the Roots, Culture Shock, the Roxey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Tygo Ballets, K-Theory, Son Kiss’d Hip Hop Contemporary and the Chicago Lyric Opera. As a freelance choreographer for more than Seven years, he recently won the first round of NYC XYZ choreography competition and placed runner up in the final round. Shawn Rawls choreography has been featured on Dancing Wheels and the Roxey Ballet. Shawn Rawls works has also been seen in NYC 10 festival, and he recently presented an evening length piece at the Houston Fringe Festival. Shawn is the founder and artistic director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a dance company that performs in New York and around the United States.