Local schools, businesses ready for back to school

 Center Stage Center Stage For 39 years, Center Stage has offered the best, most experienced and diverse faculty in the area, covering all styles of dance: hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern; theater (acting and musical theater); music (voice, piano, guitar and percussion); and gymnastic programs. Center Stage’s esteemed alumni have appeared in more than 40 shows and national/international tours, national ballet and modern companies; regional theaters across the country, as well as on dance and cheer squads for professional sports teams. Over the years, many Center Stage students have considered the studio their second home, building life-long relationships with fellow students, teachers and staff.With 12 dance rooms in three locations, no other studio around can offer the breadth of scheduling possibilities that Center Stage can. So with all of these benefits, the only questions left is:Why would you go anywhere else? Students range from age 3 to adult and from those who want to take one class a week for fun or fitness, to those who are working toward a career in performing arts. For more information, visit www.centerstagenj.com or call 732-238-7890 (East Brunswick)/ 732-972-1116 (Marlboro)/ 732-695-6400 (Ocean).

 East Brunswick Public Schools East Brunswick Public Schools The Dance Carousel has been part of the Spotswood Community for 24 years and is excited to begin its 25th season.They opened their doors with a one-room studio, a dream, and 50 students.They have grown over the years and now offer a wide range of classes for all ages, a state-of-the-art studio with three rooms, and a large, welcoming waiting room for students and parents.They pride themselves on teaching their students traditional, classical dance as well as newer contemporary styles to build strong wellrounded dancers.Although they have grown over the years, their mission remains the same.They strive to create a family-friendly atmosphere while teaching children a love for dance, its beauty and discipline. Many of the students have gone on to performing arts colleges and to get jobs in the performing arts field.The Dance Carousel offers an extensive preschool program for children ages 2 and up.The recreational classes continue to grow with new programs.This year they welcome two new faculty members, Jonathon Schachter and Erin Onuschak, who will be expanding the jazz and hip-hop programs, including boys hip-hop! They are proud of their award-winning dance company, dedicated students who perform at both regional and national competitions. Come join the dance family and be a part of the 25th season! Dance Carousel is located at 75 Summerhill Road, Spotswood. For more information, call 732-251-9633 or visit www.dancecarousel.com.

 The Fields Sports Complex The Fields Sports Complex In the East Brunswick Public Schools students are the priority! From the very start of their school journey, East Brunswick Public Schools prepares students for challenges they will meet in the future by building a strong foundation in character education, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and health. Beginning in fullday kindergarten, students receive instruction in art, music and physical education.The students are unique; therefore the efforts are directed toward identifying and meeting individual needs. Accordingly, they encourage diversity and flexibility in the programs.At the secondary level, the journey continues with a comprehensive elective program that rounds out each student’s individual course of study.After school, students have the opportunity to compete interscholastically on athletic and academic teams, or participate in other extracurricular activities. Ninety-three percent of graduates go on to pursue post-secondary schooling.The students’ average SAT score was 163 points higher than the state average. EBHS students received a head start with 5,868 college credits worth $2.1 million earned through college accredited courses. Eighty-one percent of the students participate in the award-winning visual and performing arts courses. Registrations are ongoing for 2015-2016. For more information, visit www.ebnet.org.

 Hatikvah Hatikvah  Garden State Rocks Climbing Gym Garden State Rocks Climbing Gym The Fields Sports Complex is a 55,000- square-foot multi-sports facility located on 8 Cornwall Court in East Brunswick.The complex is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. It’s the perfect spot for parents, children and all sports lovers! They offer programs and training for basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, volleyball, fencing and more. Start this school year off right and race over to The Fields Sports Complex’s “Back to Sports” event, which will be held Sept. 13 from 1-5 p.m.“Back to Sports” will feature loads of games, music, dancing, activities, contests, program discounts and giveaways.There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Visit www.thefieldssportscomplex.com or call 732-651-7500 for more information.

 Immaculate Conception School Immaculate Conception School Garden State Rocks Climbing Gym is located at 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville.They offer instructional and recreational programs for all ages, skill and fitness levels. From classes for kids and adults to a climbing team for kids, Garden State Rocks has it all. Climbing offers a workout alternative for all levels. For older teens and adults there are daily passes and memberships. For a fun recreational experience, they offer many programs — family sessions, group (large and small) sessions, programs for Scouts, and the summer half-day sports camp.The climbing birthday parties for kids and adults are exciting and unforgettable. Beginners will have fun and experienced climbers will be challenged by the professionally set routes. For a rockin’ good time, come and climb at Garden State Rocks. For more information call 732-972-3003.

 Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio All set for your child’s new journey into middle school? You know, there is another smaller and more personalized option that offers a high quality academic program with a strong emphasis on science, mathematics and technology — an option that you may have thought was only for people who have $30,000 to spend on private school. However, this school is public and free.This is Hatikvah: an approved candidate school with the International Baccalaureate Organization and one that ranks high in New Jersey for academic performance. The best part is its sixth grade has a few more seats left for the 2015-2016 school year. Just register your child at www.hatikvahcharterschool.com or call 732-254-8300. Your child can feel comfortable and confident about school and wake up with excitement about going each day. He or she will also be toting a new computer and teaching you some Hebrew.Who knows, maybe one day your middle scholar will be waking up as the U.S.Ambassador to Israel or translating documents for the U.N.; perhaps you’ll be a parent to someone who speaks three or four languages. Hatikvah is the start to a bright future. Let it be your child’s future. Hatikvah is located at 7 Lexington Ave., East Brunswick. For more information, call 732- 254-8300.

 Middlesex Gymnastics Academy Middlesex Gymnastics Academy  Middlesex Academy of Dance Middlesex Academy of Dance Immaculate Conception School (IC) is an Advanced ED accredited Catholic school that offers an affordable, private education to children from Jamesburg, Monroe, East Brunswick, South Brunswick, Helmetta, Manalapan, Millstone, Old Bridge and South River. Its offerings include pre-K 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old classes through eighth grade. Extended care is available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.The curriculum at IC follows New Jersey State Core Curriculum and Diocesan standards. It offers extra algebra classes for the eighth graders, state-ofthe art science and computer labs, music, art, physical education, Spanish, a variety of extracurricular activities, and a sports program, while educating the “whole child” in a loving, caring, value-based, Catholic environment. Summer camp is also available for children entering the 4-year-old class through second grade. Come see for yourself! Visit the school by scheduling an appointment for an individual tour. IC can be contacted at 732-251-3090, or 732-251-7430 or visit icsspotswood.org.

 Princeton Ballet School Princeton Ballet School Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio is a well-established center for dance and its award-winning Encore Ensemble Dance Company. Kaye-Lynn is celebrating 60 years and three generations of quality dance education. Original owner, Jackie Lynn, was a member of the Rockettes more than 50 years ago before opening the dance studio in 1955. Robin Kaye is the associate director and daughter of Jackie Lynn. Robin is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been running both studios with her mother’s assistance for more than 15 years. Granddaughter Jasi-Lynn is following in her family’s footsteps and teaches at both studios. She is a graduate member of the award-winning Encore Ensemble Dance Company.At Kaye- Lynn your child will have fun while learning proper technique in all phases of dance. Kaye- Lynn is a non-recital studio; they offer an annual dance demonstration with no costumes, no expensive tickets and focus on learning dance throughout the year rather than focusing on one dance for a costly recital.This keeps dance fun and exciting throughout the year. Students can be viewed each week through the two-way windows.Training is provided from the basic creative dance for the preschooler through training for the most professional dancer. Great care and individual attention is given in nurturing the abilities of each student to their fullest potential. Classes are offered to toddlers through adult, and beginners through advanced, in jazz, gym/jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, Zumba (for children and adults), Movin’ with Mom, Bouncin’ Babies and boys hip hop. Kaye-Lynn offers to its serious and gifted students the Encore Ensemble Dance Company. This select group of motivated and talented dancers are given the opportunity to perform in community and social performances as well as dance competitions throughout the year. Kaye-Lynn also offers creative movement classes for children with special needs. Small classes, private lessons and buddy classes are also available. Reach Beyond Therapy will be offering many activities and therapies for children with special needs. Sensory play gym will be available for extra fun-filled days! Free trial classes for regular and special need classes will be held in August. Kaye-Lynn currently has locations in Edison and Milltown For more information, call the Milltown/East Brunswick location at 732-548-2333 or the Edison location at 732- 548-8452, or visit www.kayelynndance.com. Look for the grand opening in October of the East Brunswick location, 591 Cranbury Road, under the Chase Bank.

 Starz Gymnastics Starz Gymnastics  St. Bartholomew School St. Bartholomew School  Raritan Valley YMCA Raritan Valley YMCA In 1979, after performing as a Radio City Rockette, Susan Alai Sinibaldi opened the Middlesex Academy of Dance.Thirty-five years later, with more than three generations of memories, the studio still offers all genres of dance for girls and boys, ages 2 ½ through adult. Miss Susan’s philosophy is to provide expert, individualized instruction in an environment where students learn while having fun. Miss Susan and her staff care about each child’s individual development. She believes each child is special and welcomes special needs children. In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the dance troupe performed in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Electrical Parade, the Miss America Pageant Parade, and the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Parade.This September, the dancers will again perform in the Miss America Pageant Parade.The dance troupe (the award-winning M.A.D. Dancers) is a nonprofit organization that performs free of charge for the community, churches and schools.The M.A.D. Dancers consist of very dedicated dancers ranging in age from 9 through adult who are students of the Academy. For quality, caring instruction at an affordable price, register with Middlesex Academy of Dance, conveniently located in the center of Milltown, right on Main Street, with ample adjacent parking. For more information, call 732-247-2420 or visit www.middlesexacademyofdance.com.

Middlesex Gymnastics Academy (MGA) has been family owned and operated since 1978. Over the last 36 years, MGA has been providing instructional classes with small teacher/student ratios as well as award-winning team programs. In addition to the highly successful girls and boys class programs for ages 4- 18, MGA offers N.J. Kidfit, a mom and tot program, starting at 14 months, focusing on movement and motor skill development, preschool gymnastics (ages 2 1/2 to 4), rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline classes and rock climbing. MGA team members compete in various leagues including USAG, XCEL and JOGA.They also offer advanced classes and various training team programs.The academy also offers numerous birthday party formats and a very successful summer mini-camp program. For further information, call the gym at 732-249-6422 or visit www.middlesexgymnastics.com.

Princeton Ballet School is the official ballet school of American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey’s top classical and contemporary ballet company, under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, a former principal dancer with Joffrey Ballet.The school has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Under the direction of Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age 3, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, hiphop, Cardioballet, and Conditioning for the Mind and Body. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the United States and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company,Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway. For more information, call 732-249-1254 or 609-921- 7758, or visit www.americanrepertoryballet.org.

Before you plan your child’s school year, you have to visit the Raritan Valley YMCA facility at 144 Tices Lane in East Brunswick. Open houses welcome new parents every Thursday and Saturday during the month of August, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or you can call to schedule a tour.The YMCA has a tradition of helping kids learn, grow and stay healthy. From infants, to preschool, and up to eighth grade,YMCA kids have access to classrooms, a reading room, mini gym/basketball court, aerobics studio, multiple outdoor playgrounds, outdoor nature center and outdoor pool.Transportation is provided for children in the after-school program. Experienced and li- censed YMCA professionals help kids get the most out of a creative curriculum designed for well-rounded learning: cognitive, physical and social. And the YMCA is more than just a child care center.The child care wing is down the hall from the facilities and instructors of the youth sports, swimming and summer camp programs.When you join the YMCA, you are part of a community that provides positive experiences for a lifetime! Call the YMCA at 732-257-4114 to learn more about affordable program options and to schedule a tour.Visit www.raritanvalleyymca for program information.

Looking for a safe, nurturing, accredited school for your child to attend in September? Look no further! St. Bartholomew School provides a safe, protected learning environment with closed circuit surveillance. St. Bart’s School is AdvancED Accredited and offers both a 3-year-old and a 4-year old academic based preschool program in addition to full-day kindergarten through eighth grade.The school offers state-of-the-art technology such as a fully equipped science lab, digital whiteboards, and an Advanced Computer Resource Center, all of which are integrated into a student’s daily curriculum. St. Bart’s has a full-time nurse and guidance counselor on staff, and before and after-care programs.They offer band, chorus, drama, sports and other extracurricular activities, while encouraging and stressing the importance of community service.The birthday cutoff is Oct. 31.With a close-knit family fee, St. Bartholomew School is a great choice for your family this fall. Join the St. Bartholomew School family today.The school is located at www.stbartseb.com. For more information, call 732-254-7105 or visit www.stbartseb.com.

Starz Gymnastics offers recreational gymnastics and a JOGA program, using state-of-the-art gymnastics equipment to achieve strength, fitness, and excellent technique, while having a healthy dose of fun! Not only will your child learn various skills, but they will gain strength and confidence as they follow our exciting curriculum to success.The staff is USAG safety certified and will encourage your child to progress at their own pace in a safe and nurturing environment. We welcome gymnasts of all ages and levels to come join our galaxy of Starz. Starz Gymnastics is located at 10 Alvin Court, Suite 104, East Brunswick. For more information, visit http://www.starznj.com or call 732-238-7890.