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About Us

An Idea Is Born

After teaching and dancing for over 20 years, in 2018, Artistic Director Mrs. Farrah Cortez decided to open Alma Dance Academy of NJ, LLC.  Her expertise in TV/ Film, Commercial dance, Print, Stage and private dance instruction prompted the idea of Alma, which means Passion / Soul in Spanish. This is what created ADA, the passion and soul of dance for all dance students. 

Our Studio

Our boutique style dance studio creates the perfect environment for technical training on what feels like  a one on one basis. We are proud to nourish and educate our dancers in dance theory, proper technical execution and passion for dance. 

We are a small dance studio with a huge heart & ALMA! (soul)

Artistic Director & Manager

Mrs. Farrah Cortez

With over 25 years of performance experience, 15 years of coaching and teaching experience , Ms. Cortez is our artistic director implementing hard work ethic, paced technical approach to dance and true performance passion. 

BA in Business Marketing , Dance Education certificates and a multitude of experience in performing herself, leads her to be most fit to manage this "boutique" style dance academy. 

She is also an EMMY winner for commercial work, appears in books and publications as a curve model currently represented by BiCoastal models and has worked on various TV and Streaming service show like: Broad City, Orange is the New Black, Dr.OZ and Drew Barrymore Show.

Our staff 2022 , Master Teachers, Guest Teachers and Assistants

Becca C.​

Master Educator

Acro Dance Program

Teen Divison Classes

Miss Becca is celebrating her second year with ADA. Becca enjoys sharing her passion for dance with all ages. She is currently teaching in and around the New York City area. She specializes in teaching acrobatics, tap, and jazz. Becca brings an exciting high energy spirit with her to the classroom and keeps dancers hungry for more. With a B.F.A. in Dance from the University at Buffalo and training from a DMA certified studio, Becca has the fundamentals to help your students grow and succeed. She is currently on faculty at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Broadway Dance Center and we are very lucky to have her be part of ADA. 

Miss Luna

Senior Teacher Assistant 

T.I.A Program

Children's Classes


Miss Luna enters her third year assisting our director in our children's classes.

She is a senior dancer of the Alma Dance Performance Competition Team. Her outstanding grades has her in great academic standing and we are proud of her academic and dance achievements. 

Miss Luna, with her sunny smile, welcomes all dancers into our studio.