Hello, my name is Alyssa Noorman and I am Co-Owner / Managing Director of Garden State Dance Arts. I have been teaching dance for 24 years and have been a student of dance for 37 years. I attended Seton Hall University where I focused my studies on Business and Sports Management. I chose that path because I have always been a numbers person and you can usually find me watching sports in my free time.
I have always needed a creative outlet to help me stay at my best. Right out of college, I worked an office job during the day and then would teach and take dance classes in the evening. It was exhausting but I didn't mind because it allowed me to balance both my analytical side and my creative side. Somehow, I also managed to find the time to work as a florist and did so for 8 years. I loved creating all types of floral arrangements and it didn't hurt that I would come home smelling like flowers.
Having dance in my life has taught me many important life skills but what it helped me with the most was with my shyness. When I was 3 years old, my mother signed me up for dance not realizing how it would change my life. While I always participated in class, I never talked and would cry on stage every year at dress rehearsal. I did this until I was 6 years old. My family and my teachers were patient and never gave up on me. Slowly, over many years, my dance classes helped me to come out of my shell. I plan to dedicate an entire post to this topic because I know there are many parents of shy children who can benefit from my personal experience.
With the opening of Garden State Dance Arts, I'm looking forward to starting this new chapter in my life. It will allow me to combine my analytical and creative sides all while sharing my love of dance with my students.
Now that you have read a little about Rosanne and myself, you can get an idea of how our differing strengths compliment each other so well. We have always made a great team.