FOR DANCERS ONLY opened its doors in Little Falls, NJ in 1988 under the direction of Kelly Allen. In 2020, FDO moved to Totowa, NJ, and we now are happy to call Totowa our home! FDO is proud to be recognized as one of the premier dance studios in the country.
FOR DANCERS ONLY offers classes from basic beginner to the intermediate, advanced and competitive levels, ages two through adult. FDO class genres include Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Stretch, Leap and Turn, Strength and Conditioning, Hip Hop and Acrobatics.
With the experienced guidance of our faculty, you can be sure to receive quality dance instruction. At FDO, your child will learn in a fun and safe environment as she/he progresses and develops her/his technical abilities. You will be able to see and enjoy your child's accomplishments -- culminating each year with the BEST family friendly annual recital that you will ever see.
Our focus over the years has been on identifying and employing the best dance faculty in the industry. Our youngest dancers benefit from an innovative curriculum that offers an exciting and enriching introduction to dance. Our more experienced dancers work with celebrated teachers and choreographers who focus on developing technique and performance skills, while embracing each dancer student's individuality. FDO faculty includes performers and choreographers from Broadway, Off-Broadway, top dance companies and university programs like Juilliard, Tisch, Alvin Ailey, UCLA and University of the Arts.
For 35 years, we have taken great pride in seeing our young dancers grow into wonderful and confident young adults. FOR DANCERS ONLY students, past and present, are performing regularly with the New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet Company, in various Papermill Playhouse Productions, off-Broadway and on BROADWAY with companies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gypsy, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, Newsies, Carousel, Cats, Bye Bye Birdie, Anastasia, West Side Story, and Matilda and many more. Our dancers and alumni are also active with Broadway touring companies. You can also see our FDO dancers performing with the NJ NETS Dancers, NJ NETS Kids Dancers, NJ Devils Dancers, & NY JETS Flight Crew. They have appeared on talk shows, in movies, television commercials, television sitcoms, Disney and Nickelodeon productions, and in national pageants and corporate industrials. Some of our dancers have continued onto prestigious Universities such as Juilliard, Boston Conservatory, and University of the Arts as well as following careers on Broadway, Dance Companies, Film, Commercials, Cruise Lines and Dance Teams.
With each dance class and new dance experience, our FDO dancers also learn time management skills, good work ethic, teamwork, and how to deal with success and disappointment. They gain confidence that helps them not only get up on stage, but to get up in front of the classroom. Our alumni have also gone on to become doctors, psychologists, lawyers, nurses, business professionals, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and the list of accomplished careers continues. FDO alumni are highly sought after for employment by many NJ area dance studios, and are some of FDOs best teachers and choreographers.
FOR DANCERS ONLY offers two locations, both featuring marley floors, full wall mirrors, theatrical lighting and professional sound systems. Our schedule offers a selection of daytime, evening and weekend classes for your convenience.
Because of our love and compassion for children and the art of dance, each and every dancer who becomes a part of our FDO studio becomes part of our FDO dance family. We love seeing your children develop not only into beautiful young dancers, but into wonderful young people. We look forward to welcoming you into our family.
We have two convenient locations at 248 Union Boulevard and 320 Union Boulevard in Totowa, NJ.
Meet some of our staff!
Growing up 20 minutes from NYC, Kristen was immersed in a world of dance and theater. As a child she did numerous national television commercials that lead to voice and acting lessons that sparked her passion for Broadway. More about Kristen
Samantha Sonzogni is an award winning choreographer who began dancing at age three at FDO. She has been trained extensively in all genres of dance under names such as Michael Minery and Ray Leeper. More about Samantha
Most recently, Daniel was a cast member of Rosta Thomas' "Bad Boys of Dance" and the broadway musical "Hairspray" on the world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. More about Daniel