About Us


L.A. Dance was Founded in 1989 in Staten Island, New York,  by Angela Paolino-Thompson, a young lady with big dreams! (certified instructor Dance Educators of America and a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association).  Since than her studios have grown into Nationally Acclaimed Dance Education facilities with locations in New York and New Jersey.    L.A. Dance NY known its 31ST season and L.A. Dance NJ it’s 15th ,  are both professionally staffed and extremely well known in the dance community for their excellence in training of the Arts. Angela has developed and molded her studio in NY and now has handed it over to her partners/students to carry on the legacy.  With L.A. Dance NY in wonderful hands, she has set her focus on L.A. Dance NJ PAC, Colts Neck NJ, where she hopes to grow and expand into a multi room facility.  After 31 years in this business Angela is still as passionate and determined as in 1989 – to make L.A. Dance NJ Performing Arts Center, Colts Neck NJ her biggest and best accomplishment to date.

Our New Jersey Director:   Angela Paolino Thompson, is a graduate of NYU with a double major in Business and Dance.  She has danced since the age of three and has experience in every aspect of the dance business. Sharing her love and passion through the generations, L. A. Dance is world renown and a staple in the communities both in NY and in NJ.   Not only with accolades pouring in for their students, but for being a company that gives back, donates, volunteers and is involved in all types of efforts in the community. Some of our dance accolades include the following:

L.A. Dance students have performed our original choreography entitled “Michael Jackson Tribute” live on FOX.  Most recently choreographing and performing in “The Right Way” , anti bullying production by Cat London, accredited and appearing in the New Jersey film festival 5 & NY 1.; appeared in various advertisements, commercials;videos. We have performed at Madison Square Garden, Disney’s Galaxy Palace Theater, Off Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater plus many more. Our dancers can be seen in all the dance magazines, as well as on the Danskin website,catalogs and so many other print and commercial ads.  In addition to all this professional work, L.A. Dance have been National Champion Winners year after year. We not only win competitions, we create dancers that strive in the real dance world. We pride ourselves in developing our recreational dancers and our babies. Nurturing  every single student so they make all their dance dreams come true.  L.A. Dance has always been knows for being the most well rounded studio in the area.  I strive to bring in the best instructors from around the States who specialize in every form of dance out there today.  “Along with my staff and myself, diversity and a great foundation in all our dancers is a common goal we share”.  I as the founder, not only instill in my instructors, the importance of a good foundation for their dance education, but in building the children’s love for themselves and the art of dance. Our mission statement has and always will be ” Conceive, Believe, Achieve”  striving to have every dancer be the best they can be and have a great time while doing that.

Our studio is  equipped with floating wood floors, topped with Marley, 40feet of mirror, flat screen closed circuit TV’s, surround sound stereo systems, theater style lighting,  heat & air conditioning, outdoor parking, a dance boutique carrying a full line of dance garments, shoes & accessories, and the BEST STAFF AROUND!

Come and see why we have stood the test of time!  Why we are so unique!  Why we are so special!  Why you will love being part of our L.A. Dance family!


420 – NJ -34 #317

Colts Neck, NJ


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