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Our staff of highly experienced, professional performing artists and educators are specialists in their fields, many of whom travel from New York City to teach here. They have been carefully selected to lead our multifaceted performing arts program. Encouraged by the Director, the faculty continues to expand their education by attending and teaching at conferences and conventions including: Dance Teacher Summit, Rhee Gold, Alvin Ailey Teacher Training, Leap 'N Learn Training, Finis Jhung Teacher Training, Angelina Ballerina Teacher Training, and Anatomy for the Dancer.

Renee Celeste

Renee Celeste

Artistic Director, Owner

Miss Renee comes from a very diverse background that includes being a director, choreographer, teacher, performer, teacher's teacher, writer, and mom! Renee has been teaching for over 20 years and has been the Artistic Director and owner of Front & Center for Performing Arts in Springfield, NJ for the past 12 years. She teaches all disciplines as well as directs and choreographs FNC's yearly musical productions. Renee's students have been seen on Broadway, in National Tours, and have won numerous awards at Competitions all across the state and Nationally. She is especially proud of the diverse college programs her students are being accepted into as a result of their versatility, training, and hard work! Renee is extremely proud of the many achievements of the students at the studio and feels extremely blessed to have everyone at FNC as a second family!

As a director and choreographer, her credits include productions of Shrek, Aladdin, Grease, The Little Mermaid, 42nd Street, The Wiz, 13, Thoroughly Modern Millie, RENT, Beauty and the Beast, Working, Once On This Island, Godspell, CATS, Into the Woods, Seussical, The Pajama Game, and Annie. She is also proud to head up the theatre program at Willow Lake Day Camp.

Renee began her ballet training at the Rochester City Ballet in Rochester, NY. She began training in voice and acting at age 10. After graduating from the Rochester School of the Arts, she attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There she earned a BFA in drama with a minor in Dance Education. She is an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a long time member of the Actor's Equity Association.

A specialist in teaching Musical Theatre for young children, Miss Renee has become a highly sought after teacher's teacher. This summer she was invited to present at the prestigious Rhee Gold DanceLife Convention. ( There she taught amongst the top master teachers in the industry, some of whom were her own mentors! This fall she will also be teaching at Rhee Gold's Retreat Center ( where she will also return for the summer of 2016. She is also the Co-creator, along with her partner Julie Lira, of T3: Training the Triple Threat ( which is a brand new company teaching and providing products and syllabi for Musical Theatre programs in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. T3 was launched this summer at DanceLife and is growing fast with the help of the awesome FNC students who are an inspiration to the work! Renee's first book, Leap 'N Learn for Musical Theatre (, a young children's curriculum, is licensed to Leap N' Learn studios around the world. A true teacher's teacher, she has also presented for Dance Teachers Unite of Australia, The Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Leap 'N Learn conventions across the country.

In November of 2015 Miss Renee and FNC will be featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine. This is a career milestone for both Renee and the studio! No matter how far she travels, she always looks forward to returning to her own studio for that is her most favorite place to teach!

In her past life, she was seen on Broadway in The Wizard of Oz (starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt) as Rumpleteazer in the National Tour of CATS and at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, and numerous others professional theatres across the country.

Renee has a true passion for sharing her love of musical theatre with children of all ages. At home, she enjoys singing show tunes with Miss Julie and her three amazing kids, Celeste, Lucas, and Thomas!