Teri Velardi is certified to teach Classical Ballet (Cecchetti method) and Tap through Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America and Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey. She has been teaching in the performing arts field since 1972. Teri has an extensive training background. She studied at Perry and Keller School of Dance, East Orange, NJ under Mary Ann Perry and Gail Keller where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Precision Dance, Acrobatics, Hawaiian and Tahitian. She also studied at the New Jersey School of Ballet under Carolyn Clark with Edward Villella. She also studied under Charles Kelley and Phil Black while attending classes at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Teri also studied with Luigi at the Luigi Dance Center, NYC and at the Raul Gilabert Dance Center, NYC.
Before opening her own schools Teri was on faculty at Mary Ann Perry School of Dance, East Hanover, NJ where she taught Tap, Acrobatics, and Middle Eastern Dance, and Woodbridge School for Performing Arts, Woodbridge, NJ teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hawaiian and Tahitian. She was also a director/teacher at the DeBellis Music Center, Newark, NJ. Teri was a ballet teacher at the Donna Frech School of Dance in Norwich, NY and taught all dance genres of dance at LA Dance Academy in Edmeston, NY.
Teri owned 2 dance schools, T & C Dance Company North in Bloomfield and T & C Dance Company South in Bayville, NJ and was a member of the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild where she held the position of Tap Syllabus Director. She created a graded tap syllabus and choreographed routines for beginner through advanced tap training which was used by Guild members. As a member of the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ballet Company, she was a Nutcracker Rehearsal Teacher for first act and second act Russian and Waltz of the Flowers. In addition, Teri has been involved in many dance ministries where she taught and performed Ballet, Israeli Folk Dance, Mime, Sign Language to Music, and choreographed for holidays and special events.
Teri specializes and prides herself in her choreography of story ballets, where characters are selected through audition and a large ensemble is utilized to present classical and contemporary stories to music.