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Special STARS - Special Needs Students

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Rising Stars is proud to offer their one-of-a-kind, Special Stars Program, since 2001.  We have carefully prepared a unique dance-based curriculum for all children and young adults with developmental disabilities-both physical and cognitive. Our program incorporates various special tools and props, including scarves, stretches, and rhythm sticks, along with individualized movement and dance instruction, fully customized to meet the needs of your child.

This program is enthusiastically executed with love and care by our own Amanda Manfredi, who is a Graduate of Montclair State University where she majored in Dance education.  At Rising Stars, our mission is to provide each child with special needs the opportunity to be the best person he or she can be and to help the child function more independently.

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We cannot wait for your family to join our happy family. Together we can embark on a never-to-be-forgotten learning and growing experience!

Summer and Fall classes available for ages 3 - Teen. CALL TODAY FOR DETAILS.




Miss Amanda Manfredi Bio
Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Special Stars Instructor

Amanda Mafrendi has been with Rising for the past five years. Miss Amanda is a Graduate of Montclair State University where she majored in Dance education. She is certified in New Jersey to teach dance P-12. Miss Amanda has student taught in the Newark, Montclair and Hillside school districts. In addition to teaching at Rising Stars, Miss Amanda is also a preschool teacher. Amanda has studied in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-hop, among many other genres and all ages and levels. Miss Amanda was Zumba Fitness certified in 2011 under the direction of Tanya Beardsley. Amanda performed for a Hip-Hop company, Synergy, while attending Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts and has been a part of a semi professional dance team.

Miss Amanda continues to enhance her knowledge of dance and education by taking classes and seminars with Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Teacher Web, and Applebaum Training Institute, just to name a few. Miss Amanda’s students know her for having a bubbly personality, a creative eye, and dedication to her work and students. Miss Amanda thrives on creating a safe space for her dancers to express themselves through movement and only wishes to spread her love for dance to all of her students.