Summit School of Dance was established in 1985 to bring excellence in performing arts and dance to Northern New Jersey. Our unwavering passion for dance and love of children have always been the foundation of our program, with the goal of helping our students celebrate life and find joy through dance. We are committed to building self-esteem, confidence, teamwork skills and developing a love of dance in each and every one of our students.  

Offering classes in a variety of styles for ages 3 – 18, we have an expansive program to fit every age and level of dance. Our dedicated staff and teachers utilize a diverse core curricula to develop the top dancers in the area.

From beginner classes to our National Elite Competition Team, we have created a space where every dancer can learn and develop at their own pace. Our program is structured in a way that yields success in dance, personal growth and lifelong memories. We celebrate our love of dance in every class and are proud to feature our dancers in our fantastic Spring Recital.

After celebrating 31 years in dance education, we look forward to the next 31 years—and many more to come!

Teri Phinney
Artistic Director

“We are family”


Teri Phinney, Founder/ Artistic Director

Nick Phinney, Assistant Director/Instructor

Beverly Cherry, Office Manager

MaryEllen Roberts, Office Manager

Judy Marchesano, Competition Coordinator

Laura Abruzzese, Instructor

Juli Kaloshi, Instructor

Amanda Carluccio, Instructor

Jen Russo, Instructor

Alex Lorditch, Instructor

Domenica Godlesky, Instructor

Alexis Dobbs, Instructor

Erica Schumann, Instructor