photo Chrisie Santoni


Hello and welcome! A few things about me and Dancing Bears Music.....I started Dancing Bears Music in 2006. I'm a graduate of Monmouth University with a BA in Psychology and Communications. I'm a full-time musician. The music for our classes are original songs written by myself and Craig Smith. Two of these songs, "Clams In The Mud" and "On The Farm", are played on Sirius XM's "Kids Place Live" station. I have tremendous gratitude for all of the families we bring Dancing Bears Music to, our teachers, and all of the great people at the locations we work in. I'm happy to be able to bring the joy of music and movement to people of all ages!


photo Erica Schneider

Music Therapy - Elizabethtown College

Erica has been a Dancing Bears Music teacher for 8 years. Her education includes a BS degree in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities and learns something new from the children during each and every class. "Watching the kids gain confidence and become comfortable with the music and instruments we use each week is so enjoyable. I love coming to class as much as the kids do!"

photo Yvonne Rondinone

Human Ecology: Early and Middle Childhood Education – Montclair State University

Yvonne Krebs has been celebrating music and creative arts as an educator for over 15 years. She has used the power of song to enhance the social, emotional and cognitive development of young children during her several years as an elementary school teacher and parent mentor. Yvonne enjoys contributing to the community as evidenced by her singing the National Anthem and God Bless America for the Lakewood Blue Claws and performing at local establishments with her rock-and-roll band as their lead vocalist. Yvonne is currently working on a contemporary blues/folk album with August Moon Recording Studios. Her words to live by are from Plato: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Yvonne looks forward to fostering a positive relationship with parents and their children at Dancing Bears Music.

photo Ashley McGinnis

Music and Vocal Performance - UC Santa Cruz

Ashley McGinnis has over eight years of experience helping children build a strong musical foundation and discover their passion for music. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music from UC Santa Cruz where she studied Vocal Performance. She teaches private voice and piano lessons as well as after school enrichment classes. Ashley previously served as music director for Sunset Theatre Company in Redondo beach, and had the pleasure of teaching an Orff based general music program at Laurence School in Van Nuys, CA. She is so excited to be back in her home state of New Jersey and to be joining Dancing Bears Music. Music