Artistic Director/Owner Carryl Slobotkin
When Carryl Slobotkin opened Jazz Unlimited in 1970, her goal as founder & artistic director was to provide outstanding dance education for the youth of South Jersey. She did not imagine that the studio would still be thriving, with her at the helm, 51 years later. But yet, as Carryl maintained steadfast focus on her goal of excellence, the decades ticked by while Jazz Unlimited continued to grow. Now, Carryl is thrilled and thankful to be going into her 51st year with her students, staff, alumni, and their families.
Even after a half century, one of Carryl’s favorite parts of her role is opening the door to each studio and watching her students dance. Seeing her dancers grow brings back memories of her own years as a young dance student. It was her parents’ support that allowed Carryl to discover her passion for dance and develop the work ethic needed to become a skilled performer. As a young adult, Carryl quickly found success in the dance world, performing with the famous New York City Rockettes.
The early achievements of Jazz Unlimited brought Carryl numerous additional opportunities, such as choreographing for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders. In the ensuing years, Carryl’s students performed in Europe and China, on stage at Carnegie Hall, at the Orange Bowl, at Walt Disney World, at halftime of Philadelphia 76ers games, on local and national television, and on a cruise to Mexico. Jazz Unlimited dancers have lit up stages big and small in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, consistently earning top honors at regional & national dance competitions.
The longevity of Carryl’s success is rare in the competitive & ever-evolving business of dance. She is steadfast in her dedication to the dance world, always striving to share her expertise with other teachers & studio owners. Carryl has been a dance competition judge on both the East and West Coasts, and in recent years, she served as one of an elite group of Ambassadors at the annual Dance Teacher Summit, guiding dance instructors from around the world.
As her alumni attest, the discipline, teamwork skills, and relationships gained at Jazz Unlimited are lifelong. Carryl thanks her dancers for helping make Jazz Unlimited what it is; her dancers thank her for the lessons & friendships that will be with them forever.
Carryl is grateful for her staff, who’s talent & dedication have made every year possible. She is proud to share the milestone of being in business for 51 years with her husband, Fred, and her son, Trace.