Known for her high energy and creativity she has been teaching for numerous years in freeing the body with joy and focus.
Simone has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and in Europe and Asia. She is an award-winning dancer and NY State Gymnastic Champion, voted most valuable teammate at university.
Simone has NY and NJ State teaching Certifications in Music and Dance as well as certificates in teaching Yoga, Pilates, Modern dance and Creative Aging. She has a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and BA in Music Education.
She has been teaching dance and mentoring student-teachers for State Certification at Montclair State University for the past 12 years.
Workshops she has led include being featured with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lincoln Center Institute, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Dance Flurry (Saratoga), and with numerous artist-educator institutions. Her instruction has brought her to France, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Norway, India, and Japan, teaching alongside the legendary Frankie Manning.
She inspired and led a vibrant swing dance scene through her classes, workshops and bi-monthly dances, The Jersey Bounce, creating a spirited and lively venue for numerous people to connect through dance.
Simone is a free-lance harpist in the metropolitan area performing for parties, weddings and business events.
Simone’s MissionTo inspire and nourish the human spirit through the joy of movement by teaching and promoting dance. Swinging with Simone Studio® uniquely brings a high level of knowledge, beauty, musicianship, culture and education to our students so they can develop confidence, and enjoy, learning to dance. With integrity and spirit, we connect people together in a positive environment while continually aspiring to do our part to make the world a better place.
Quotes From Teachers & Students“Simone is a gifted, special dancer. So many have been inspired by the ‘Simone style’, beautiful, full of life and daring.” Elizabeth Kim, Dance Instructor
“Simone is by far the best teacher I’ve ever encountered. While her classes are relaxed and friendly, she still maintains a very serious and disciplined atmosphere during class. I appreciate her ability to break down even the most complex movements into easily understood pieces and then reinforce them. Unlike most teachers I’ve experienced in the past who spent most of their time on the steps, she understands and more importantly is able to teach that dancing isn’t just the steps, it’s the movement through space and time with those we dance with, and its that movement together that really is the essence of the dance.” Beate Bolen, Barclay Investments, Inc.
“Simone and her group brought us a performance that wasn’t just good -it was excellent! It was engaging, lively, and such fun to watch. A top notch New York performance in the afternoon! What a treat!” Adunni Anderson, Principal, Edgemount School, Montclair
“Simone’s presentations stimulated the children’s excitement about dance and the possibilities of having fun. They really, really enjoyed it.” Valerie Oliva, Principal, Sacred Heart School, Bloomfield.
“The ‘Swinging with Simone’ class was so innovative and inspiring. You brought out creativity in movement to music I didn’t realize my children were capable of! I will certainly utilize some of what I observed.” Roxanne Zay, Pre-School, First Cerebral Palsy of NJ