Growing up in Brooklyn, NY Miss Eva was immersed in the urban dance culture from the age of 8... Learning club styles and street styles from the original creators of hip hop and training at Horizons In Dance in Brooklyn through her teen years in Ballet Tap & Jazz. Miss Eva continued her dance education at Phil Black Dance Studio in Manhattan studying jazz as a young adult. Miss Eva has owned West Side Dance since 2006 when she decided, after teaching Hip Hop dance classes out of her basement and Latin & Ballroom at Shall We Dance in Toms River, she would build and open her own dance studio.
Miss Eva teaches recreational and dance team classes and has won several 1st place Hip Hop awards from various competitions such as Groove, Backstage, Throwdown, Starbound, Beyond The Stars &
Miss Eva loves bringing her urban dance background as a club kid in NYC to the students of West Side Dance here in Jackson NJ. She was a member of 2 dance crews and performed in local NYC clubs as the opening act to up and coming artists which led to her being hired as Sheile E’s back up dancer in the 1985 movie Krush Groove.
Because the world of urban dance is continually changing, over the past 10 years Miss Eva has continued her Hip Hop education, by attending dance conventions, master classes and workshops to combine street style Hip Hop with commercial style Hip Hop, Miss Eva loves to teach her students well rounded dance skills.
Additionally, Miss Eva learned Salsa and Hustle when she was 11 years old. She continued growing and learning as a Hustle dancer through out her teen years winning local dance contests. Prior to opening West Side Dance, when Miss Eva wasn't teaching kids Hip Hop in her basement, she was training at Shall We Dance Studios to be a Latin and Ballroom instructor. After teaching there for a few years and opening her own studio, Miss Eva continues to choreograph many bride & groom first dances as well as father / daughter sweet 16 and wedding dances. Miss Eva finds it important that anyone interested in dance can come to West Side Dance and feel right at home even if they have never danced before!
Miss Iris grew up in Brooklyn, NY and began dancing at the young age of 3. She took to dance like a fish to water. After making an impression with her dance teacher Miss Phyllis, Iris began teaching at the age of 15. While in High School she choreographed many productions including “Sing” and won various awards at such a young age.
At age 18 she moved out to New Jersey and began to make her mark here. Iris attended Mason Gross School of the Arts as well as teaching a few Dance studios and choreographing for some local Musical Theatre Companies. Iris continued her dance education by attending classes with Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Scott Benson, Luigi and many others.
In her dance teaching career Miss Iris has won several awards from various competitions such as Starpower, Starbound, Access Broadway and Beyond The Stars for choreography and entertainment.
There is no greater love than the relationship Miss Iris has with her students. She gives them 100 % of herself and prides herself on giving her students the best Dance education that she can. Iris has continued many of her relationships with her students throughout the years. They have everlasting relationships that she holds so close to her heart. Several of Miss Iris’ former students are performing on Celebrity Cruise ships, Disney shows, in the Rockettes, as well as A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway.
Miss Iris is well versed in various styles of Dance: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Competition Teams and Productions
Prior to coming to West Side Dance Miss Iris was travelling to studios in NY & NJ choreographing competition pieces until making West Side Dance her home!! We are so happy to have her!!