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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 2021-2022


Miss Holly M. 

Strength and Conditioning Coach


So proud to be working with extraordinary coach for our strength and conditioning. 


Miss Holly is an active judge with several companies and works extensively with platinum and diamond award winning dance academies.

She holds a certification an Associates of Dance from Mercer College and is a Tspheres method, a new and innovative way to continue to practice self care and massage therapy. 

Miss Gina​ M.

Company Jazz and Contemporary Educator

Miss Gina comes from her amazing television performances from NBC's World of Dance. 


Miss Gina based her techniques in Horton, Limone and Graham with ballet training in Cecchetti, Vaganova and Balanchine. She is also a master educator and judge traveling the United States.

Miss Ashley M.

Guest Artist

Jazz , Contemporary and AcroDance Educator

Miss Ashley obtained her BFA from Tisch NYU in Dance, BA English Literature. 


Miss Ashley has assisted Mr. Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) , performed with Justin Bieber, Lady Sovereign and Ne-Yo. 

Miss Luna

Student/Teacher  Assistant 

T.I.A Program

Children's Classes

Miss Luna enters her second 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. 

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