Alisha Cardenas

Alisha Cardenas (Artistic Director) originally hails from Atlanta, GA. Her training includes the Georgia Ballet, The Bravo Dance Centre and The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas was accepted and attended the Cobb County School of Performing Arts majoring in Dance and minoring in Drama/Theatre. After high school, she was accepted to the University of Georgia's performance company The UGA Ballet Ensemble. While attending The University of GA, she danced the role of Myrtha and Demi-Soloist from the romantic ballet Giselle, was a member of the Corps de Ballet and danced many of the companies repertory pieces. Past mentors include, Marina Levasheva from the Georgia Ballet and Bravo Dance Centre, Janet Robertson and Joan Buttram from the University of Georgia and Mary and Karen Rau from The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas also attended the Second City and The Improv Olympic in Chicago, where she performed, produced and choreographed numerous shows in the Chicago area. Students that she has trained have gone on to programs such as The American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffery Ballet NYC, The Rock School for Dance Education, The Rockettes Summer Intensive, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Towson University Dance Major program, Kennesaw State University Dance Major Program, Stockton University Dance Major Program, The Bolshoi Summer Intensive. Her students have also received high scores and praise at the Philadelphia Youth America Grand Prix, including Top 12. She is excited that her dream of becoming a director and owner of a school that stresses the fundamentals of ballet is coming true, and looks forward to meeting and training all her wonderful students.

Kelly D. Hunter

Kelly D. Hunter (Advanced Jazz and pre ballet) Born and Raised in the Atlanta Metro area Kelly started her dance training at Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, GA. She was then accepted into the dance program at Pebblebrook High School for the Performing Arts and graduated in 2000. While at Pebblebrook she trained in ballet, modern, and jazz. She has also had many opportunities to perform throughout the Atlanta Metro area after being chosen to be part of an elite group of performers. Kelly was given the chance to travel to New York City each year to work with many choreographers in the city.
After graduation, she majored in Jazz Performance dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. While at University she studied many diverse techniques from Ballet and Jazz to Africa and Hip Hop. She earned the Blumenthal Prize for Service to the School of Dance.
She graduated from U of Arts in 2004 and shortly after accepted a position with Royal Caribbean International as a Production Dancer for three years. Most recently Kelly concluded a three year contract in Bermuda where she taught ballet, pointe, modern and jazz to students ages 4 to adults and to the Bermuda High School for Girls.
Kelly currently teaches ballet and jazz in the Central NJ area.

Stephanie Maher

Stephanie Maher ( Beg contempoary, Beg Tap, Adult Ballet and Ballet 1) trained at Stewart Johnson Dance Academy for 15 years. Stephanie's background includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, choreography, and improvisation. After high school, Stephanie went to mercer county community college to major in dance with a minor in liberal arts. She studied there for 3 years and performed and choreographed in their dance showcases. Stephanie still performs and choreographs for the mercer dance ensemble showcases as an alumni. Stephanie then transferred and graduated from Stockton university with a bachelor's degree in dance studio operations. While at stockton university, Stephanie was in the dance company and danced on the stockton alstarz dance team. As a dance teacher, she is excited to be a part of the cnjbt family!