Angela Mendez Pontarelli opened Rising Stars Dance Academy in 2002 to pursue her lifelong dream of having a school where children could be educated in the art of dance and share the passion for dancing and performing that was an integral part of her life from a young age. Her drive and desire to educate has brought about the creation of an environment where not only are the fundamentals and discipline of dance taught, but there is also a family atmosphere where the children don’t just learn about dance but learn to love dance.

      Rising Stars Dance Academy (RSDA) offers classes for children in Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, “Fun Dance” (designed to introduce young children to the joy of dancing), Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap as well as adult Zumba® Fitness and open Hip Hop classes. The instruction is led by RSDA Owner and Director, Angela Mendez Pontarelli along with her team of dance professionals that share her vision for excellence in teaching and dedication to dance as they inspire their students toward learning and performing to the best of their ability. RSDA has a highly successful competition team in addition to its recreational dance classes



      At Rising Stars Dance Academy we strive to give each of our students the best education possible in a wide range of dance styles as well as to instill the importance of core techniques, strength training, endurance and team dynamics, especially important for our competition team.

      Our staff of teachers and assistants are as passionate about developing the children's form and technical skills as they are about the artistic and choreography components.

      Many of our former and current students (even at young ages), are poised and have a strong background to be performing professionally and sought by talent agencies. We also provide education for children of all ages, on all levels, who have a passion or desire to pursue dance but not on a competitive level.