Store Associate:

Marisa DeFranza lives in Fairfield and currently attends West Essex High School in North Caldwell. Essex Dance Academy was her second home for most of her life, from age 3 until she was 12 years old in which she competed with her dance school.  Marisa participated in jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet and hip hop classes.  Marisa is now focusing on her education but continues her love and passion for dancing. 

Our Store Manager:

Kimberly Harris is a graduate/scholarship awardee of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston. Currently living in Montclair but originally from Warwick, Rhode Island where she began dancing at age 3.  Early in her career she studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern and was a principle dancer with Southern RI Youth Ballet Company.  

‚ÄčFor over 25 years Kimberly has taught children and adults across the country in California, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Florida and New Jersey.  She has competed professionally in International Style Latin throughout the United States and Europe along with her former partner and has won numerous national awards.  Her students have also claimed many national titles.

Kimberly is a former Zumba instructor and former co-owner of Savaria Dance Studio in Massachusettes.  She is also a certified TAP (The Alzheimer's Project) instructor, 200 our Registered Yoga Teacher with  Yoga Alliance and certified in Reiki.  Kimberly has specialized training in prenatal, restorative, infertility, chair, partner and senior yoga.

Kimberly currently teaches at Joy2dance in Hillsborough and manages our store where you can find her greatest achievement, her daughter Willow.