All over Westchester County there are wonderful shows and performances in public and private schools, theatres, performing arts studios and community centers. Although the shows present some excellent music, dancing & acting, there are some performers who would benefit greatly from training in their desired field[s]. The goals of any artistic discipline should include study and training. For only then will confidence and quality be built before one takes that first step in front of an audience. The "PROCESS" is just as much a part of training as the performance. This is where a young artist gains the experience of personal growth during class study and group dynamics. In some ways the Process is more important than the performance.
Dance & Theater Arts Studios is a process-oriented school where students learn how to achieve excellence through self-discipline and the mastery of technique. Experience the joy of achievement through our unique assortment of class offerings at affordable prices. Attain self-confidence through a step-by-step journey into discovering one's true capabilities. Our accomplished teaching staff welcomes and encourages students of all "ages and stages" into our positive and gentle learning environment. Please view our website for our latest class offerings (Brain Dance; Irish Step) and register today!
JANETTA BETZ, Director, Teacher
In her early career as a classical ballet dancer, Janetta worked with legendary choreographer Agnes DeMille, conductor Arthur Fiedler and opera director Sarah Caldwell. Over a 12 year period when she was a member of the Boston, Harkness & Pittsburgh Ballet Companies and a European Touring Co., she performed the classic ballets and works by Balanchine, Robbins & other contemporary choreographers. Upon expanding her career into Theatre, Janetta studied acting and singing with many notable NYC teachers. As a professional actress/singer/dancer [a member of 3 unions] she has appeared in Nat’l Touring Co.’s Of “Annie”& “Camelot” [w/Richard Harris], many Off-B’way shows, and NYC Cabaret clubs. Numerous leading roles in regional theatre plays & musicals, commercials & voice-overs are also part of her work experience. Several feature film and TV credits include “Big” [Penny Marshall, dir.], “Working Girl” [Mike Nichols, dir.], “Bullets Over B’way” [Woody Allen, dir.], “Kane and Abel’ [mini-series], “Law and Order’ and “The Equalizer”. Janetta taught, directed and choreographed throughout her career and in Westchester has been on staff at Riverworks, Broadway Training Center and Cagle & Co. She taught Teen Acting at UMC Arts Tarrytown and had her unique creative movement and song syllabus at 5 local pre-schools. Janetta has created her own classes for the Northern Westchester Center of the Arts Outreach Programs at Hackley, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington & Scarsdale as well as teaching at local dance studios. She directed the Summer Musical Theatre Program at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale for three seasons where she brought to life three Musical Workshop premieres. She has also provided her teaching, directing & choreographing talents to the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains for five seasons where she brought to life three original Musical Revues featuring a student body of seventy children! Janetta attended Emerson College of Boston. Former students are currently attending theatre and dance programs at the finest colleges & universities throughout the country.