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For the past 11 years, Abiola R. Balogun has been assisting in shaping and molding the lives of her students through dance. Born in Newark, Abiola grew up in East Orange where she attended Jackson Academy Elementary School. Here, she would discover her passion for dance. At a young age she knew that dance would be apart of her life forever. She went on to attend The Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts for middle school and Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts for high school. Abiola competed in dance competitions such as NAACP’s Act-So Achievement Program wining silver and gold medals. After graduating high school, Abiola furthered her dance education at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Certificate Program. Since then, Abiola has been giving back to her community. Sharing and instilling the disciplines of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap/rhythm. Abiola enjoys teaching and increasing her knowledge within the community.