Helaine Neiman will help you "Masta Canasta" through her unique instruction style and teaching tools.



Helaine has received training and certification from the Canasta League of America™, the foremost leader in modern Canasta instruction in the United States. This training ensures that students learn the game properly, right from the start, including both the rules and strategy. Helaine has taught over 400 people to learn and love the game.


Unlike a community center or a larger class environment, classes with Helaine are limited to only 6 students. These intimate class sizes allow you to "masta canasta" in a small group setting with a 1:6 teacher/ student ratio. Everyone learns at one table which ensures a better learning experience. Additional courtesy instruction goes beyond the classroom as Helaine is available via phone and email to answer questions as they might arise during unsupervised game play.


Helaine makes the learning process enjoyable right from the start: she will come to a location of your choice and teach individuals or groups of up to 6. She also hosts classes from her Essex County home. Browse the customer testimonials for success stories from students who learned the game from Helaine.


Helaine provides Canasta instruction throughout New Jersey, primarily focused in Northern and Central New Jersey. Canasta lessons are offered throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset Counties.

The following towns represent a sampling of past or current class locations. References from students in these areas will be provided upon request.

Caldwell, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Edison, Englewood, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Hoboken, Jersey City, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, North Caldwell, Princeton, Randolph, Roseland, Saddle River, Short Hills, Totowa, Upper Saddle River, Wayne, West Caldwell, West Orange and Wyckoff and many other towns throughout New Jersey.

Helaine can help you plan your Canasta tournament or party, complete with party favors!

Come meld with me!