Moderne Academie of Fine Arts


Ms. Helen Watts
Director of The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts

Instructor of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Pointe

Miss Helen is a graduate of Sullins College where she majored in dance. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience. Currently, Miss Helen is a board member of Dance Masters of America and Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey. She regularly attends continuing education workshops and conventions with professional teachers from around the globe.

Ms. Cecilia Lopac
Instructor of Acrobatics and Children’s Classes

Miss Cecilia is a graduate of Mason Gross and the Moderne Academie of Fine Arts. She has been teaching at the studio for fifteen years. Miss Cecilia has won regional scholarships.

Ms. Christie Cortese
Instructor of Acro

Miss Christie is a graduate of The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts and Fairleigh Dickinson University where she achieved a Master of Arts in Teaching. Her specialty is Acrobatics, for which she passed a syllabus exam. Miss Christie has ten years experience teaching with The Moderne Academie. She continues to attend various dance workshops and is also a fourth grade teacher. 

Ms. Ellen Smith

CO. Director of The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts
Instructor of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical

Miss Ellen is a graduate of The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts and Pointe Park College. Her professional experience ranges from touring with various plays, to performing in award shows and music videos. She has been teaching at The Moderne Academie for ten years and is a member of Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey. Miss Ellen continues to attend conventions and workshops.

Ms. Kathy Montagna
Instructor of Children's Ballet/Tap

Miss Kathy is a graduate of Point Park College with a BFA in Dance and is thrilled to have joined the teaching staff at MAFA. Her professional musical theatre experience has taken her throughout the US touring in productions such as Me & My Girl, 42 Street, Anything Goes, West Side Story and Gypsy. Miss Kathy is a member of the Actor's Equity Association.

Ms. Pam Polak
Instructor of Children's Ballet/Tap

Miss Pam attended Montclair State College where she majored in dance and was a member of the college dance company. She has 10 years teaching experience.

Ms. Tetyana Ivanyuk

Instructor of Hip Hop and Ballet

Tetyana was born in Kiev, Ukraine. At the age of 7 she started training in rhythmic gymnastics. When she was 10 years old, Tetyana became rhythmic gymnastics champion of her city. Over the next few years she earned several medals in championships across former USSR, Ukraine and other European countries. The biggest success of her rhythmic gymnastics career was becoming champion of Europe in 1991. While training, she always loved dancing and choreographing. When Tetyana moved to USA, she started her dance career right away. Tetyana took classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Then she worked with different choreographers such as Glen & Brian and Frank Hatchet. In 1998 her dream came true when she became one of the dancers in Broadway show “Cabaret”. Tetyana performed in many other shows across the country. In 2003 she choreographed her own show in Brooklyn, NY that ran for over 2 years. Tetyana loves kids and teaching, she began her teaching career in 2000.

Ms. Christine

Instructor of Children's Ballet/Tap, Tap, and Hip Hop  

Bio to come!