This is my daughter's 5th year at Front & Center. She started off taking the Showtime class, and now she's enjoying performing in the annual musicals and competing with the Dance and Performing Arts Companies. She has truly loved every minute at Front & Center, and she has grown tremendously as both an actor and a dancer. We love the nurturing environment, and can't speak more highly about the dedicated and vastly experienced teachers. It has been an amazing experience so far, and one that we would highly recommend. We can't wait to see what the next five years have in store!-Cindy M, Scotch Plains
A place filled with warmth, love and energy! Just watching my daughters' love for singing and dancing is priceless- all thanks to their wonderful and talented teachers!-Toni, Millburn, NJ
The Wiz was amazing! The cast, the crew, the producing, the choreography, the vocals, the staging, the costumes, everything was over the top! Thank you so much for all of your hard work in putting such a fabulous show together. Thank you for making even my little perfomer feel so important and so proud to be part of something so grand. We had an amazing journey.-Lauren and David, Springfield Parents
My daughter Catherine has been to 3 different studios since beginning her dance/performing "career", and F&C is truly her niche! She looks forward to classes every week and wants more and more! I can't say enough great things about how caring and nurturing all of the staff are! We are so glad we have landed here! It is where Catherine is meant to be- she truly shines because of all the greatness that goes on here!-Christine, Union Mom
Renee Palermo is CAP21's September 2011 Featured Alumi!
What have you been up to since you finished training at CAP21?
After I graduated from CAP, I did the NYC actor/auditioning thing for about seven years. I was very fortunate to work on national tours and at many wonderful regional theatres right out of school. During that time I also taught dance (my minor was in Dance Education). I even taught in CAP 21's summer program. Right after I got married, I began commuting to NJ to teach at the studio that I now own and run as the Artistic Director. Over the past 9 years, with great collaborators, I have built up a very solid program that teaches all forms of dance, as well as acting and voice to children ages 2-18. We have amazingly talented teachers, most of who commute from the city, to work with our students. We train not only recreational kids, but also kids who are looking to pursue Musical Theatre as a career. My "Company Kids" as we refer to them are on a set curriculum that I designed based on the core classes I was given as a freshman at CAP 21. I aim to help children become "actors who sing and dance" as I was taught to be at CAP 21. I have also written a young children's Musical Theatre Curriculum called Leap 'N Learn© for Musical Theatre. As of last summer, that book is being sold to studio owners and those who teach higher education all over the world.
-CAP21, September 2011
Our son has been attending Front & Center since he was 4 years old. Six year end shows, 2 mid year productions, and countless studio hours honing his "triple threat" craft -- What a long way he's come with the help of F&C's talented and dedicated instructors and staff. We're as proud to be a part of the F&C family as we are that they are a part of ours!-Jodi & Scott, Springfield Parents
Our 2 boys attend Front & Center and we've been amazed at how quickly they've grown and developed as performers, particularly as dancers. The studio and staff are warm and welcoming but also provide professional training geared to each child's abilities. There are so many class options that every child and family can find something that suits them -- whether that's one class or a whole spectrum of them. HIGHLY recommended!-Jessica A, Summit Mom
My daughter has learned more than how to dance, sing and act. She has gained self-confidence and self-assurance. My daughter spends at least 16 hours a week at Front & Center and would sleep there if she could. One of the thing that struck me as being someplace outstanding compared to others is the way the kids treat the other kids. The older kids mentor the younger ones and the younger ones mentor the little ones. Its a family. Pure and simple.-Cindy B, Maplewood Mom
"Front & Center is such a wonderful school. The response I received when voicing my concern made me feel like you all genuinely listen to parents. What a wonderful feeling that is! It exemplifies what an outstanding place it is! Thank you again!"-Jennifer, South Orange Mom
"I just want to thank you for teaching my daughter this year. This was her first experience in a dance program and she enjoyed herself a great deal. She has always been a reluctant performer, yet by the year-end show she was quite comfortable doing the routine she was taught. My wife and I would constantly catch her practicing her moves at home. And the smile on her face during the year-end show was priceless. She clearly loved the experience. Lastly, I just want to compliment everyone at Front & Center for running such a terrific program. The organization and professionalism displayed throughout the year was top- notch. And best of all, you made it fun for my daughter. Thank you so much!"-Bob H, Union Dad
"Our daughter began dancing lessons 2 years ago when she was 2.5 years old. Broadway Babes was an excellent class that introduced her to dancing, singing and acting in a completely fun, playful, and stress free environment. Last year she participated in the dance combo class, which introduced her to some basic tap and ballet steps. The staff and teachers are not only amazingly talented in their own right but are able to connect and create such a loving and caring bond with her. She looks forward to going to her class each week and has developed an amazing love for dance due to all the fun she has. We love Front & Center"-Jenn B, South Orange Mom
"During our seven years as a Front & Center family, the studio has developed an amazing repertoire of classes and teachers. Whether your child is interested in dance, musical theater, acting, or singing, F&C offers a wide variety of top-notch classes for students of all abilities.
In an environment that manages to be both professional and fun, both of my daughters have found a home away from home at F&C. For my eldest, who is passionate about the performing arts, F&C's dance and performing arts companies have provided a fabulous training ground. With five levels of classes, and teachers who are professional performers and choreographers, F&C's program is like no other in our area when it comes to developing triple threat performers.
For my younger daughter, who loves to dance, act, and sing but isn't interested in the level of commitment that the performing arts companies require, F&C offers a wide variety of classes that allow her to feed her appetite for the performing arts, while still leaving time for other activities.
And we all appreciate the positive environment that F&C creates as well as the strong sense of camaraderie and pride that is so evident among its students."-Cecelia C, Maplewood Mom
"Abigail had a wonderful time at Front and Center this year. She loved attending class every week. You have created something really special at Front and Center. The entire staff is incredibly helpful and encouraging. The teachers are top notch and the student teachers are wonderful role models for the younger ones. Abigail is not only learning to perform, but the classes are building her confidence, she's becoming more focused and she's having fun doing something she absolutely loves. Mia can't wait to take classes this year at a real dance studio. And I can't forget to mention how fabulous the year end show was, what an amazing production! We look forward to our girls Growing Up at Front and Center. Thank You!"-Amanda & Doug G, Mountainside Parents
"Our daughter has had a great experience going on 5 years at Front & Center. The teachers are great. The staff is great. She's made wonderful friends and has found a home away from home where she can grow as a performer for years to come."-Brad S, Maplewood Dad
"One of the things I will miss most about our time in Jersey is Front and Center. I feel like our kids have grown up there. Your willingness to work with our daughter's situation was very impactful on me. Those building blocks of being a 'normal' kid as a toddler will resonate into the future, and hopefully fill her with a sense of fabulous confidence. Again, thank you for the wonderful opportunity you have given our family to be exposed to the arts."-Sara O, former NJ parent
"F&C is amazing in nurturing talent. Not only has my 9yr old daughter loved being a part of the F&C family for over 5 years, but she is growing beautifully as a dancer and a person. Never had one complaint to get ready for class. It's a wonderful environment and the talent and staff are getting better each year."-Leslie H, Short Hills Mom
"Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication towards making dancing and performing a fun experience for our daughter. She had such a great time at FNC this year and the year end revue was amazing! Of course we were filled with pride watching her on stage but we were also completely entertained watching the entire show. Thank you for a great show and a wonderful year!"-Jennifer and Peter K., Union Parents
"Thank you for a great year at FNC. It is such a pleasure to be a part of the FNC family where everyone is always so helpful, respectful, and friendly. I always look forward to my Tuesday nights. I am looking forward to next Fall!"-Jeff, FNC Teacher
"Our 2 ½ year old daughter started this year in the Broadway Babes class with the expectation that our daughter would maybe learn a few steps a song or two. But our main goal was to have her participate in an activity that was safe, and educational. But also encouraged our child to explore creativity through acting, song and dance. Can I say that Front & Center surpassed all of our expectations! Our daughter was learning more than a few steps, she was learning ballet terminology. She would perform crazy tongue twisters that were used as vocal exercises, and new fun songs all the time. Every morning during the week she would wake up and ask if it were Saturday. We are so pleased with the growth she has achieved. The Front & Center staff is very professional and nurturing. Kids who started off shy in the beginning were shining on stage during the year end review. It was spectacular! We will continue to enroll our daughter at Front & Center and look forward to participating in her development in the arts."-Timothy & David, Weehawken Parents
"Standing Ovation for 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'"
Talented and professional youths perform from the Front & Center Performing Arts Center - A must see.
And well deserved it was. This weekend, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" is being performed by the Front & Center Performing Arts Company at Ridge Performing Arts Center. My opinion - Buy a ticket and GO!
The very capable Senior Cast put on last night's show and will perform again today at 1:30 pm. The Junior Cast will perform tonight at 7:30 pm and again tomorrow for the 1:30 matinee. Having seen the Junior Cast rehearse the other day, there is no doubt their performance will be equally as good.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 (orchestra seating) or $10.
Kudos to Director Renee Palermo and her production staff. "Millie" is a BIG show with 22 musical numbers, lots of choreography and numerous set changes. Last night's show moved seamlessly from one number to the next; the actors comfortably handling the stage, set and each other. Either Ms. Palermo is an expert at casting or her students should be heading to Broadway any day now; these actors played their parts to a tee, neither overacting nor acting awkwardly.