Monday, March 30, 2015

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks SPRING Registration Now OPEN


Miss Melissa's Aardvarks is a unique blend of contemporary rock and roll music for kids coupled with classic teaching techniques to create an experience unlike any in children’s music before.  At Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks, children sing, dance, rock, and jam to music from Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, a music program for parents, and their little ones, with music from Jack’s Big Music Show on Nickelodeon’s Noggin Network.

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks
732-693-1147  /

Visit for schedule and registration details. 

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks is a place where children can experience music in a variety of ways.  Whether it’s the children clapping and tapping their feet, tossing and catching scarves, or making dance circles with their parents, we are all jammin’.  Registered families receive a Music for Aardvarks CD and coloring book with each class.

My 2-year-old son has been in Miss Melissa's class for almost a year.  When he first started, he was scared, did not want to participate, and would not leave my arms. He is very shy and serious, but it didn't take long for him to start opening up.  Miss Melissa has a unique ability to connect with him.  She is a wonderful instructor and knows how to make learning fun.  Because of this class, my son now knows how to count, where his nose is, and which way is up and down! All of the kids in class are captivated by her.  The classes are very structured and the songs are very catchy...making it easier to listen to them 100 times a day!  Within a short time, he started dancing and singing and has even memorized a few songs that he loves to sing at home!  Miss Melissa expertly captured his attention and helped him grow more comfortable with not only music, but also with himself.”  Jennifer

Monday, September 22, 2014

Boys and Girls Discover Fun and Creativity in Dance

At Kathryn Barnett School of Dance & Allegro Dance Academy, we understand the importance of introducing children to music and the arts at a young age.  Creative movement develops a sense of balance, improves agility, and encourages creativity.

Thursday 1:00 – 1:45 pm Pre-School Ballet, Ages 3 ½ - 4 ½
Friday 1:45 - 2:30 pm - Pre-School Tap, Ages 3 ½ - 4 ½

Visit for our full schedule and
call 732-747-9552 for details

Pay in advance for one full year before September 30, 2014 and receive a 10% discount – family discounts also available.

We encourage our young dancers to develop an enthusiasm for dance and a sense of independence while having fun.  As children learn movement patterns and sequences through dance, they are also learning fundamental movement patterns through dance skills.  In addition to providing children an opportunity to meet new friends, participating in a dance program promotes physical health, enhances poise and grace, and creates a positive self-image.

KBSD & ADA Dance
Union Square Mall – 500 Rt. 35 South – Middletown / Red Bank
Two large dance rooms with closed-circuit TV for full view of classes

Classes for 2014 - 2015 Preschool thru Adult:  Classical Ballet and Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre

Celebrating 31 Years of Dance:  At Kathryn Barnett School of Dance & Allegro Dance Academy, ‘Its All About The Kids!’  Through movement, students are encouraged to discover their creative awareness at every age.  Dance helps students physically develop a sense of balance, improve agility, and encourage creativity.  We also believe in developing solid teamwork, self-esteem, and professionalism.  We’re proud to inspire students to be the best they can be, through dance technique and positive life-skills.

New class formats at KBSD-ADA this year will help us develop our techniques in every style of dance.  Separate technique classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary will encourage dancers of all ages to advance their learning to the next level without an extended or required commitment.  Tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, pointe, musical theatre, and a stretch and strength class round out the KBSD-ADA schedule.  We believe that quality dance education should be available to everyone!

We are continuing to offer two levels of the award-winning Barnett Traveling Troupe.  Our Competition Team are the  winners of the Class Act Award at OnStage New York Competition as well as the well-known Holiday Express Dancers; and our Performance Troupe, who appear at community performances and can attend one competition if they so choose.  All dancers are invited to perform at our June Recital at Monmouth Regional High School.  There’s something for every dancer at Kathryn Barnett School of Dance and Allegro Dance Academy!
Kathryn Barnett School of Dance & Allegro Dance Academy
Union Square Mall (Middletown)
534 Route 35 South  -  Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone:  732-576-8600 / 732-747-9552

At KBSD & Allegro Dance Academy, ‘It's All About The Kids!’  Through ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, and more, students are encouraged to discover and grow their creative awareness.  We are proud to inspire students to be the best that they can be through dance technique and positive life-skills.  We provide a family-oriented atmosphere with an approachable staff to help with all aspects of the school. 

KBSD and Allegro Dance Academy would love you to be a part of our dance family.  Kathryn Barnett and Cathy Stucko invite you to come by to visit the studio and learn more about our programs.  Visit KBSD Facebook page for updates and photos!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bella Ceramic Jewels at Chatham Craft Festival

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chatham Train Station, 30 Fairmount Ave, Chatham NJ  07928

This distinctly cultural event features 100+ artisans and their wares – jewelry, glass, woodworking, pottery, paintings, drawings, photographs, metalwork, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, leather, metal, mixed media, and more.

MARIAL LETIZIA ("Marilee") is an Italian living in America.  She calls Cliffside Park, New Jersey home now.  She is a practitioner of art.  Her body of work consists of drawing, sculpting, painting, and jewelry design for more than 65 years.  She has a definite passion to complement her golden years by creating unique art in jewelry design.

Visit to see a sample of these distinctive ceramic pieces.