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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 Palermo

Renee Palermo

Artistic Director, Owner

Miss Renee comes from a very diverse background that includes being a director, choreographer, teacher, performer, 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 10 years. This year she is excited about FNC's expansion, which will include a fifth Dance Studio, another voice room, a bigger lobby, and a wellness room for PT, Pilates, and Yoga. She teaches all disciplines as well as directs and choreographs some of F&C'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 F&C as a second family! As a director and choreographer, her credits include productions of 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.

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, Renee is the author of Leap 'N Learn for Musical Theatre (www.leapnlearn.com), a young children's curriculum which is currently being sold and taught at studios and colleges worldwide. Renee is a teacher's teacher as well and has presented at many teacher conferences including The Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Leap 'N Learn conventions across the country. She is currently working on a new book for Leap 'N Learn; a curriculum for Musical Theatre Summer Camps for young children.

Each summer she enjoys attending teacher-training programs as well. This summer she will attend The Rhee Gold Weekend as well as NYCDA Nationals. In the past she has attended, Dance Masters of America, Leap 'N Learn Teacher Training, Finis Jhung's Ballet Training, Broadway Dance Center's Teacher Training, Dance Teacher Magazine's Teaching Summit, NYCDA Nationals teacher classes, Rhee Gold's DanceLife Convention, and Broadway Teachers Workshop. A little of evferything!

In her past life, she was seen on Broadway in The Wizard of Oz, 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 her three young children, Celeste, Lucas, and Thomas.

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