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The approval allows an upward expansion of the existing structure, seen below. (Rendering by Anthony Conduouris; photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)


fair haven kick dance 611 river 111320A one-story dance studio in Fair Haven is set to make a grand jeté to a second floor following zoning board approval Thursday night.

Board Chairman Todd Lehder praised the Kick Dance Studios plan as a harbinger of the borough’s future. He was also the only board member to vote against it.

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KickDanceHolidayGivingPress release from Kick Dance Studios

In a partnership designed to help local families in need this holiday season, KICK Dance Studios is teaming up with Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF) to host Black Friday Shop-N-Drop Parties at its Fair Haven location, 611 River Road.

From 2 to 4 pm on November 27, boys and girls ages 4 to 11 can boogie down to Taylor Swift in a dance off, complete with costumes and prizes, or participate in a Lego build off. Each of these activities is perfect for both boys and girls. The cost is $25 per dancer (or $50 per family), and all proceeds going to the Fair Haven-based Life Guard foundation and its programs of support for community members who are facing severe economic hardships.

It’s a continuation of a partnership that saw Kick Dance help support LGEF with a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting much-need food items for Thanksgiving baskets to give to local families this holiday season. Dancers collected items like grocery store gift cards, canned goods, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving food for families in need.

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PMJ-PR-shotBandleader-composer (and YouTube-spawned sensation) Scott Bradlee brings his Postmodern Jukebox project to the Count Basie stage this Friday…while soprano Victoria Cannizzo joins Roy Gussman and the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, in a Saturday night inaugural for the new MSO season.

victoria cannizzoIn between offering happy harbor to a veritable Who’s Who of legendary entertainers from all the classic avenues of show business, our Count Basie Theatre has taken its place as a showcase for the newly minted superstars of that most 21st century of spawning grounds — the viral vaudeville that is YouTube and the social media stage.

This Friday, the Red Bank audience gets its first in-person look at an act that expanded its appeal from a literal living-room setting, to an in-demand touring attraction whose homemade videos have been viewed more than 100 million times.

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Harvest Fest 1From left, Harvest Fest Co-Chairs Christine Hayden and Kim Kennedy and Sickles School Nurse Nora Navarro and her daughter Sophie display information and ideas for the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Saturday, October 3 came in on a wave of coastal flood warnings and hurricane trackings — but despite having to relocate from its usual out-of-doors venue to the All Purpose Room of Knollwood School, The Fair Haven School District’s annual “Harvest Fest” was once again a resounding success. And on an autumn afternoon more soggy than crisp, the inclement weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of volunteers or attendees at the fundraiser for the Fair Haven Parent Teacher Association.

Harvest Fest 2015 featured a plethora of games, a pumpkin decorating contest, and exciting live performances. Refreshments available for purchase included soup and sandwiches from BFF Market in Fair Haven. Seed to Sprout, a new Fair Haven eatery, generously donated cookies to the bake sale, which also featured homemade baked goods.

Approximately 100 parent and school-age volunteers (from seventh grade through high school) kept the action going for the large crowd. PTA Co-Chairs for this year’s Harvest Fest were Christine Hayden and Kim Kennedy.

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Claire CiardielloPress release from Kick Dance Studios

Thirteen-year-old Claire Ciardiello of Fair Haven, New Jersey has been accepted into the prestigious Broadway Dance Center’s (BDC) Junior Training Program this summer. The program, which runs for three weeks, provides dancers ages 13 to 17 the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Center’s legendary training program in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. During the training, dancers will work with experienced BDC instructors alongside professional dancers, training in ballet, jazz, lyrical jazz, contemporary jazz, musical theater, funk, hip-hop, breaking, tap, and more.

Claire has been dancing since she was young, developing her love for ballet at age three, and continuing to expand her dance repertoire throughout the years. She trains at Kick Dance, a dance studio with locations in Fair Haven and Rumson — and whose owner Vanessa Berry is herself an alumna of the Broadway Dance Center.


Kick dancePress release from Kick Dance Studios

Dancers from Kick Dance Studios of Rumson and Fair Haven recently had the exciting honor of performing in Disney’s Frozen Christmas Celebration, which was taped on December 4-8 and will air on ABC TV on Christmas Day, December 25 at 10 am EST.

More than 300 dancers from 40 studios from across the U.S. and Canada performed. The event opens with a performance by Ariana Grande, who sings “Santa Tell Me” and “Last Christmas”.

Kick’s students, ages 9-13 from Fair Haven, Rumson, Navesink, Little Silver and Shrewsbury, were selected by Disney Parks to perform in the highly-anticipated annual televised event after reviewing their taped auditions. The students appear, front and center, during two “Frozen” Celebration performances, “Let it Snow” and “In Summer”.

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kickdanceKick Dance Studio invites the public to join them at a “Kick for a Cause” event on Sunday, February 23. (photo by Caroline Keating)

Press release from Kick Dance Studios

Families from across Monmouth County are invited to attend Kick Dance Studio’s Annual Kick for a Cause Performance, “Dress for MS” on Sunday, February 23rd, with four performances (12 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45) at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

For six years, Kick Dance Studios has been hosting Kick for a Cause Performances to benefit various charities, inspired by their students and families. This year, the group chose to donate all ticket sales to the National MS Society as a show of support for a mother of one of its dance team students who has been stricken with MS, a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. With the help of organizations like the National MS Society, new treatments and advances in research can give hope to people affected by the disease.

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