Weekly Spotlight | Claire Ciardiello

MTD's Weekly Spotlight | Claire Ciardiello
MTD's Weekly Spotlight | Claire Ciardiello

Thirteen-year-old Claire Ciardiello of Fair Haven, New Jersey has been accepted into the prestigious Broadway Dance Center’s (BDC) Junior Training Program this summer. The program, which runs for three weeks, provides dancers ages 13-17 the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Center’s legendary training program in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. During the training, dancers will train with experienced BDC instructors alongside professional dancers

Claire has been dancing since she was young, developing her love for ballet at age three, and continuing to expand her dance repertoire throughout the years. She trains at Kick Dance, a dance studio with locations in Fair Haven and Rumson, New Jersey. The studio provides Claire a place to express herself through ballet, tap, and many other dance styles.

“The teachers at Kick Dance have really focused in on Claire and taken her love of ballet and pushed her technically,” said Claire’s mother, Dawn-Marie. “It’s changed her performance dramatically. The teachers have been phenomenal.”

The instructors at Kick Dance have different specialties and focuses to ensure that every student gets the attention and knowledge needed to succeed. But the instructors’ goal is  not just to teach dance, but to help grow confidence and teamwork skills.

“Claire recognizes and understands that it’s not just her, and she really has learned what it means to be a part of a team,” said Dawn-Marie. “She would not have learned to be so confident in her abilities had she not had dance in her life. She’s learning wonderful life lessons.”

These life lessons are paying off for Claire, who is passionate about dance and ready to take her style to the next level over the summer with the BDC training program. She will be training in ballet, jazz, lyrical jazz, contemporary jazz, musical theater, funk, hip-hop, breaking, tap, and more.

Claire is following in her instructor’s footsteps by training at BDC. Vanessa Berry, owner of Kick Dance Studios and an instructor at the studio, trained at The Broadway Dance Center.

“I can’t wait to introduce Claire to some of my favorite teachers and mentors,” said Vanessa.

 Claire will begin her training program in the summer, and she is looking forward to expanding her dancing styles.

 “This is her life and this is her love,” said Dawn-Marie.