About Our Studio
We desire to aspire our dancers to work hard, dedicate themselves mentally and physically, commit fully to the development of their dance education, persevere through challenging times and to trust their teachers and mentors to develop them into beautiful, strong and educated dancers both on a physical level but also in an intellectual level.
Waves of Motion Dance Center prides itself on offering an exceptional and educational dance experience. Every student will grow their love for dance in an inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing environment. In return, this will feed their passion and awaken the artist in every child. Whether a student decides to pursue dance or a different career, Waves of Motion will instill lifelong qualities such as self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration, which are necessary to achieve their future endeavors.
About the Owner
Miss Raquel is a NJ Native and resident of East Brunswick. She received her degree in dance from Rutgers University. She had the pleasure of studying under Reagan Wood Sanders, John Evans, Jeff Friedman, Julia Ritter and many other amazing professors & choreographers from New York City’s Broadway Dance Center. While completing her undergrad credits at Middlesex Community College under the direction of Aimee Mitacchione, she was awarded “Most Promising Dancer” at the Dean’s Tea Ceremony. Currently Miss Raquel is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and Dance New Jersey.
Although she has been dancing for over 30 years, her passion for teaching students began at the young age of 13 as a teacher assistant. She took on her own classes at the age of 18 and has been teaching ever since. Miss Raquel has taught at various studios throughout NJ. At a competitive level, Miss Raquel’s dances have placed in top overalls and won numerous choreography awards. As the owner/artistic director of Waves of Motion Dance Center, the studio has won a Sportsmanship Award at various competitions, The Heart Award from Heat, ADCC Award from Breakout, cash prizes, dancers have been awarded Titles at competitions, and overall top winners at a national competition level.
She treats dancer’s as if they were her own children and welcomes their families to not a studio but a second home. Miss Raquel is the proud mother of three children, Aidan, Savannah, and Julianna and with the support of her husband Gilberto Simao she is excited to be celebrating her 8th year in June of 2024. She looks forward to a strong future of dance education, teaching children the art of dance, and instilling life long values necessary for their futures