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Welcome to

Spotlight on Dance

Open house & registration

4-8 pm

Wednesday 8/9/22

Wednesday 8/23/22

Wednesday 8/30/22

E-mail us any questions about 2023/2024 schedules!

Dance Classes

Spark Creativity

We currently offer in person instruction with all necessary safety measures in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, pom, boys hip-hop and pointe for girls and boys ages 3 through 18.

We are now accepting enrollment for the 2021/2022 dance season. You may register by clicking "Registeration" link above or by visiting in person on one of our Open House dates this summer:

Wednesday 8/9 4-8 pm

Wednesday 8/23 4-8 pm

Wednesday 8/30 4-8 pm

Summer Dance Program

Improve & Excel

We offer a flexible six-week summer dance technique course in a multitude of styles for all of our dancers 1st grade and up. It runs on Wednesday evenings in July and August. It's not too late to register!

Specific summer dates and registration information is below.

Come dance with us!

What we offer

Competition Company

Push your limits

Our Competition Company is a group of dancers age 6 and up, chosen through an audition process. They compete regionally in various styles, annually achieving high scores and medals.

Congratulations to our 2020/2021 Company on an amazing season! Company auditions will be Monday, May 24, 2021. Register at Company link at top of page.

Birthday Parties

Dance Party

We offer birthday party services for any gender or age, including a one hour dance class, including plenty of fun, creative movement games. The second hour is set aside for your own "party" time including anything that you desire/provide (ie: pizza, food, cake, games, gifts, etc.) Cost is $175 and includes birthday child + up to 12 guests. Additional guests are $10 each. Please contact us by e-mail to book a party.

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About the School

Our History

Spotlight on Dance seeks to enhance the development of our students throughout their entire educational experience. Our staff is made up of a group of talented and creative professionals, who are passionate about providing the best dance instruction in South Plainfield. We offer the tools and support necessary for our students to reach their full potential. Do you want to learn at our Dance School? Get in touch with us today.

Spotlight on Dance (SOD) began in a small storefront on South Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield, NJ in 1990. Carolyn Stefanchik opened and has successfully grown the dance studio since 1990. As of June 2015, Shannon Battiste and Gina Vohden are the proud owners of Spotlight on Dance and continue to enhance and enrich dance experiences and oppurtunities for the children of South Plainfield and surrounding towns.

SOD is proud of the literally thousands of Central Jersey youth that have passed through our doors. Our alumni have gone on to professional performing careers as well as attaining dance and education degrees from distinguished universities.

> SOD has two rooms with floating hardwood floors, ample parking and a Waiting Room with 1-way windows for parents to observe class.
> Our tuition and family plans are among the most affordable in New Jersey. Student tuition is due in quarterly installments and full year prepayments are also available at a discounted rate.
> Classes begin in September and run through Memorial Day which allows families to get an early " jump" on summer activities! A full range of classes are also offered during the Summer Fun Session.
> Most students choose to perform in the Annual Spring Student Recital which traditionally runs 2 hours in length with reserved seat tickets affordably priced.
> Our Teacher/Student ratio is low to create an atmosphere where dancers receive maximum attention and individualized correction.

Young dancers are grouped by age to offer them the most specific instruction based on where they are developmentally and socially. We offer separate classes for 3 year olds, 4 year olds, Kindergarteners and First Graders because we know each specific age group is quite different in so far as what we can expect them to do and how long they can maintain their focus. As students mature, they are grouped in classes based on their ability.

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Shannon Battiste


Gina (Severini) Vohden


Jamie Yakencheck

Hip Hop

Carly Ashnault

Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Lyrical

Maribella Miller

Ballet, Lyrical, Tap



Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Musical Theater



Ballet, Lyrical, & Jazz

lauren martinez

Hip Hop, Jazz, MT

sarah gwiazda

Ballet, MT, Tap, & Jazz

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Jess Michal

Kelly CAwley

Jason Wells

Ballet, Lyrical


Hip Hop, Musical Theater

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Annual Recital 2016

May 14, 2016

Congratulations to our three graduating seniors: Madison Faustini, Marissa Mulligan, and Gina Cummings. You will be greatly missed and we wish you happiness and success in all your future endeavors.

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