THE DIRECTORS

Lindsay Doris
Lindsay Doris began her dance training at the age of 7 in Scottsdale, AZ. She attended several dance studios across the country. It was through this experience that Lindsay was introduced to the many varieties and styles of dance that can be found between the West Coast and the East Coast. Lindsay’s dance training was unique as it included the opportunity to be a competitive dancer as well as a dancer trained in the classical forms of ballet and modern dance. This cross-section of dance 

education inspired her to continue on in dance as a career. At the age of 16, she was accepted into the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where she received her high school diploma and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance. Her experience at UNCSA filled her with a deep knowledge base of the technical and performing aspects of dance as well as the foundations to be a solid dance educator. Her experience working with the choreography of such greats as Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch and Alwin Nikolais have inspired her to bring her own unique voice to the choreography for her students. Following her graduation from UNCSA, Lindsay continued her dance education in some of the best training facilities in New York City including The Limon School, The Paul Taylor School, The Merce Cunningham School and the Peridance Capezio Center. It was through a class at Peridance that Lindsay gained her entry into the professional dance world and became a member of the Cleo Mack Dance Project. As a company member, Lindsay performed in both New York and New Jersey for several years. It was during her final year with the company that she decided that teaching dance was her true passion and she leapt into the world of teaching full force. 

Dana Millette
At the age of 2 ½, Dana was diagnosed with a brain tumor that nearly caused her to lose her life. Although most of the tumor was successfully removed, her neurologists were concerned that what remained might continue to grow and affect her coordination. To offset that possibility, her parents were urged to enroll her in a physical activity and they chose dance. Thankfully she was able to make a full recovery and she continued dancing. From a very young age it was clear to Dana and her parents that dance

was a true passion. It helped all of them to overcome the obstacles of her illness and created an outlet for Dana to express her emotions.  Since beginning her dance training at the age of 3, she has had the opportunity to study various forms of dance including jazz, lyrical, broadway-style tap and the ballet syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance.  At age 17, Dana was nominated for a presitgious Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography in her high school's production of "The Music Man".  After graduating from high school, Dana continued her dance education and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she  fell in love with Modern dance and discovered her passion for choreography. While at Rutgers, she was a member of University Danceworks which gave her the opportunity to work with many well-known choreographers and tour with the company bringing dance to schools throughout NJ and NY.  She then went on to study massage therapy in order to increase her knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention. Dana is proud to be a Co-Director of PMDC and enjoys bringing the love and appreciation of dance into the hearts of young children.  Dana believes dance to be a gift that she can share with children of all ages and abilities which can help them gain the confidence to conquer any challenges that they may face in life. Being a dance teacher and studio director has fulfilled one of Dana's life-long dreams.

The Faculty

Rachel Baird

Originally from Canada, Rachel began dancing at a young age training extensively in ballet and contemporary. She was awarded her RAD Advanced 2 Certificate with Distinction and spent summers training with Canada's National Ballet School and Ballet Austin. At the age of 16, she was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Division in New York City where she became a member of the Joffrey Concert Group. She toured the US performing works by choreographers Gerald Arpino, Brian McSween, Africa Guzman and David Robertson. Rachel then moved to San Francisco and completed the prestigious 2-year Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program under the direction of Karah Abiog.

 

Rachel has also had the privilege of learning under Chris Hale and Calen Kurka in the Pushing Progress Professional Development Program. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and DanceSpirit Magazine for her performing and choreographic endeavours. Rachel is now a freelance professional dancer working with several New York City based choreographers. She has taught ballet for the past  6 years throughout the US and Canada and is also currently teaching dance to children at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital through their Arts for Healing Program. Rachel is thrilled to be a part of Pure Movement Dance Center's faculty!  

Dana Bernardi

Dana Bernardi, from Middlesex, NJ grew up training classically and competitively in a variety of dance styles with multiple studios and instructors. She started dance and gymnastics at the age of 3 and never looked back. She has been teaching and choreographing all over the tri-state area for over 10 years. By 14 years old, Dana was student choreographer for her high school’s spring musicals and attending Middlesex County High School of the Arts program for modern dance. Dana began coaching gymnastics and teaching dance to students of all ages shortly thereafter.

 

She used her growing experience to continuing choreographing and worked on student projects at The School of Visual Arts (NYC) and Bayonne High School’s production of Anything Goes just after graduating high school. These days, Dana continues practicing her craft as a performer and has worked at multiple venues in NY and NJ under a number of Broadway producers and choreographers such as Roy Miller, Timothy Laczynski, Mary Jane Houdina and Christine O’Grady. Dana is thrilled to be a member of the PMDC team!

Mariel Harris

Mariel Harris hails from Vancouver, WA where she first started her training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. She has performed and trained extensively throughout the nation and abroad. At age 16, Mariel moved to NYC to become a trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School. From there, she moved to San Francisco to train under Alonzo King in the LINES training program. She graduated cum laude with a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While in school, Mariel had the opportunity to study abroad in Austria at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) and at ImpulsTanz.

 

Some of her favorite past performance credits include works by Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones, Isadora Duncan, Gerald Arpino, and Pamela Pietro to name a few. Mariel has performed at major venues such as Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The New Victory Theater, and Skirball. Mariel currently dances for Seán Curran Company and is very excited for their upcoming NYC premiere at the BAM Harvey theater this October as part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival! Mariel is thrilled to join the PMDC team!

Ally Hern

Ally Hern is an actor, singer, dancer, and teaching artist originally from New Providence, NJ.  Ally started training with the industry's best at a young age, attending CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory in New York City while still in high school.  She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater at Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, where she learned first hand from countless Broadway performers and directors.  After graduating, Ally moved to New York City and has since then performed in numerous regional productions around the country.  

 

Favorite credits and performances include The Little Mermaid, Xanadu, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Little Women, Footloose, and Nine, among many others.  She also has extensive experience in theater for young audiences, having toured New Hampshire performing for various schools and children's programs.  Ally's dance career has come full circle, having started her training with Dana and Lindsay at age 12.  She has since then studied at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC, as well as with the Princeton Ballet School. 

 

Emily LeBoeuf

Emily LeBoeuf, from Basking Ridge, NJ began training with Lindsay & Dana at the age of 8, becoming a Pure Movement Dance Center Alumni in 2013. Emily then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Media & Communication from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Beginning her dance training at age 3, Emily comes from a strong competitive background, training in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz.

 

Emily has also trained with numerous artists including, Karen Dearborn, Jeffrey Peterson, Randall Anthony Smith, & Tracey Stanfield. Emily dances professionally with Introspective Movement Project, a Jazz based company in Philadelphia. Emily continues to independently choreograph across the state of New Jersey and has presented her work at Camden’s Festival of Dance for the last two years. Returning for her second season at PMDC, Miss Emily is so excited to explore new ways to train its next generation of dancers!

 

Tori Mazzacone

Tori Mazzacone grew up dancing in Phoenix, Arizona. While continuing her dance training at Scottsdale College, she danced for many local companies and projects. Following Scottsdale College, she moved to New York City for Peridance Capezio Center’s Intensive Semester where she expanded her diversity in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, Horton, and Graham techniques. After training and working as a freelance dancer in NYC, she transferred and soon after, graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA program, which is in association with San Francisco GYROTONIC®. There, she received extensive training in modern, ballet, contemporary forms, and GYROTONIC®.

 

While training around the United States, Tori has been able to show her passion of dance through teaching modern, ballet, creative movement, jazz, contemporary, and tap for ages three through eighteen. She loves spreading her knowledge and watching young dancers grow. Tori is currently a freelance performer in New York City. 

 

Elisabetta Minutoli

Elisabetta has been a professional dancer and educator since 2008.  She has performed all over the world and across the country and has participated in several Dance Festivals.  As a professional dancer she has been called to work with American choreographers including Nathan Trice, Anabella Lenzu, Elisa Monte, Molissa Fenley. In particular for Fenley, she danced at the American Academy in Rome with the show "Cosmati Variations" in 2008, and also in New York in the 2009 season. In 2013 she was choreography assistant of Enzo Celli and has worked with him on several projects in both Italy and the United States.

 

As a dance educator she has held many prestigious positions including, artistic director and choreographer of the young company “Piccoo Balletto Sorano” in 2013 and in 2014 became Associate Artistic Director of the company Botega Dance Company. In September 2015 she was named Associate Artistic Director of Vivo Ballet (under artistic director Enzo Celli) and director of the professional programs.  Elisabetta is also on faculty at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York.

 

Tessa Moody

Tessa Moody, from Columbia, NJ began her dance and gymnastics journey at the age of 3. She has trained both competitively and recreationally in hip hop, contemporary, tap, jazz, and ballet. Tessa had the opportunity to train under famous artists such as Brian and Scott Nicholson, Jose “Boy Boi” Tena, Christopher Broughton, Nick Dinicolangelo, and Katrina Endozo. She also experienced several years of training at multiple dance conventions including Monsters of Hip Hop and New York City Dance Alliance.

 

Currently, Tessa is a junior at Montclair State University, and continues her dance training as an Executive Board member of Montclair State Dance Company. She spends her time creating and performing in numerous dance projects, and participating in college level competitions. Tessa loves to teach and inspire others, and she is so grateful to be able to share her work with the PMDC family!

 

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