Showbiz Kidz Theatrical Dance Center began as a creative dance program with a 40 student enrollment in the Fall of 1996. Artistic Director Nancy Lihan started the studio with the purpose of providing training in both dance AND theatrical performance- existing studios in the area offered just one or the other. Classes began on the stage of the Stewartsville Elementary School, where the first Annual Show made its debut to over 700 people in May 1997. The town witnessed a full-blown production! Parents didn’t just see their children dancing, but acting and singing too! Interest in the unique new studio grew, and so did the need for more space. Showbiz Kidz relocated to a large hall in the Lutheran Church, where our dancers continued to flourish for the next 5 years. When the roster expanded to over 200 students, Nancy decided to move once more, this time to a place Showbiz Kidz could call its own! The large 3-studio space, located on Rte. 57 in Phillipsburg, is fully-equipped to accommodate the extensive schedule of dance and acrobatic classes we are proud to offer today.
The class schedule at Showbiz Kidz includes instruction in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Modern, Theatre Dance and more! Students that dance for recreation will be pleased with the friendly, nurturing, non-competitive approach of the instruction in our classes. We are also proud to be able to answer the needs of the more serious dancer that requires a high level of expertise to advance to a college dance program or pre-professional level. Showbiz Kidz has a very successful Competitive Track – a total of 5 teams that attend multiple classes in multiple disciplines each week. In addition to receiving Gold, High Gold, and even Platinum Awards, they have won many prestigious special judges awards such as Most Entertaining, Superb Staging, Most Theatrical, Dare To Be Different, Highest Score and Best Choreography at competitions in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.