“My 7 year old takes ballet at NYDC and she absolutely loves it. We started with a complimentary trial class to try it out and she was hooked. The teachers, as well as the other staff, there are so good with kids, very patience and understanding. I love the way they can keep their attention, making it fun while they learn. I definitely recommend this studio!"
Jamie F. Martinez Resident
My daughter has never been in a dance class before coming to NYDC. We are now on our 4th month. We found out about this place from a friend of ours. On our first day, I figured my daughter was going to be extremely nervous and scared. Nope I was wrong! We feel in love with NYDC right away. Mr. AJ was amazing! He made my daughter feel comfortable and confident. You can tell AJ is extremely passionate about what he does. Yes of course he is a great dancer, BUT it takes a special kind of personality to work with young dancers. He gets the room excited. He has a great attitude and lots of positive energy. I'm not even sure that guy has ever had a "bad day." Now, I even take adult Hip-Hop classes. I recommend NYDC to anyone looking for a great dance studio with a "family-like" feel. The place is clean, organized, and the staff is extremely friendly.
Heather Silva Martinez Resident
Director : AJ Rogers
Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Popping, Locking, Break.
AJ really loves his passion. He states "Building confidence and a reason to move your body in ways you would'nt nor could'nt see yourself doing is my specialty. Most dimonds are found in the youth that don't dance, reason being is because they have not found that inner love or passion I did as a child. My job is to make it, embrace it, live it, love it. It is dance. That is what my teacher taught me"
AJ's eyes have it. Movement isn't just in his blood or his soul, it's in his eyes. When AJ was 8 years old he saw a kid his age playing the drums. AJ's eyes lit up. He couldn't even blink as he didn't want to miss a single moment. It was just a year later, now infected by the groove, that he saw some dancers on a music video; no artist in particular, mind you — just dancers. His eyes again: "Yes!" At the tender age of 12, AJ began his professional journey as a self-taught hip-hopper and knew (yes, KNEW) that dancing was his future ... around the same age most kids are just getting to know ProActiv. Moving forward AJ had a blessed life going to New York City every summer and over 15 US states dancing under supreme choreographers from Broadway Dance Center (BDC) and other Pulse faculty staff. Rolling his career to greater lengths he was awarded with scholarships from America's best dance crew Shane Sparks in 2006, Chris Judd 2010-2013, from Step up 1-3 Dave Scott 2007, and Brian Freedman 2003-2005 Dancing as a lead and backup dancer on each of their showcases casting in New York. At the Prime age of 15 AJ started building his reputation in the area by teaching 10+ studios within contra costa county to now owning his dream NYDC New You Dance Center. "People think they know me, and know why I Built NYDC" He says with a smile "building this was nothing more than pursuing something I wanted and worked countless hours and saved up for, for years. New You is not a place to change, but to simply find that movement inside yourself." taking a deep breath to then saying, "I choose my own music, costumes, and choreography now. If your within the walls of NYDC you are truly one step closer to knowing me." Call in now to set up your FREE trial class with AJ today.
Michael has been teaching 35 years, having passed his exam in Dublin, Ireland in 1984. Michael moved to the United States in 2010 from Co Clare, where his students won many major titles over the years. Michael started dancing at the age of 5 for the wonderful Nora Bennis from Limerick and spent a number of years in Dublin studying at Scoil Rince Inis Ealga under Mathiu O Maoileidigh and Marie Duffy Pask (Dance Director of Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’) where Michael was a member of their renowned gold medal ceili, figure and drama teams. He was also part of the All Ireland Champion O'Callaghan's Mills set dancing team. Following his qualification as a teacher he was a lead dancer on many tours of 'on Shannonside' , a renowned group of World class musicians and dancers. Michael moved to Brighton in England, where he had his own school for a number of years and worked as a Project Manager for Lloyds TSB Bank plc, before moving back to his home village of Kilkishen in 1997. Michael danced on the award winning Guinness TV commercial for Harp Lager and has given workshops all over Europe, from Norway to Austria. In 1998 Michael qualified as an adjudicator with An Coimisiún, and has been honored to judge the World, All Ireland, All Scotland, Great Britain, Irish Nationals, New Zealand Nationals & Ulster Championships, North American Nationals to name but a a few and has judged all over the World from as far afield as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. Michael recently passed his Grade examiners exam and continues to be passionate about Irish culture and dance.