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 join 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 joining the PMDC team!

Amanda De Oliveira

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Amanda began her training at Ballet Paula Castro and later Escola Municipal de São Paulo. At ten years old, she moved on her own to NY upon being accepted into the School of American Ballet in Lincoln Center. Two years later, after attending ABT summer intensive in NY she was invited on a full scholarship to join the JKO school at American Ballet Theatre under Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. There Amanda culminated her training and bridged the gap to professional. At 15, Amanda received a full scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet academy in Moscow. Due to a pending offer to join ABT II, Amanda decided to stay in NY. She toured with ABT to several places including England, Swizterland, Italy and Spain.  In 2016, Amanda moved to London for a year, upon receiving an invitation to join a British Arts Council commission tour featuring Royal Ballet choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela. She was one of two women featured in his work and the piece premiered at the Royal Opera House and later toured to Scotland and Lebanon. Amanda is also an ABT curriculum certified teacher. 

Vanessa Gabriele

Vanessa was born and raised in sunny southern California dancing since the age of 3 doing it all;  jazz, tap, ballet, modern & lyrical.  She was on Star Search 3 times and dancing was truly her life. She started teaching at age 14 through high school and college and then joined a dance company called Unity in San Diego California for 5 years.  During her dance career she fractured her lower back and out of PT for a long time learning a lot about the body.

She attended SDSU as a dance major and got certified in personal training. She found her true passion in Pilates getting certified with STOTT Pilates in 2001. While in SD she continued her education in corrective exercise & rehabilitation and trained many top athletes including LaDanian Tomlinson, and many other SD Chargers.  She has also worked with gymnasts, swimmers, Irish dancers, & ice skaters.  She is a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist which is a manual therapy focusing on mobility, eliminating imbalances and/ pain. 

Vanessa is very excited to be working with this amazing studio!


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. She 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!


Michaela McGowan

Michaela began her dance training at the age of five in northern Virginia. She was an apprentice with Loudoun Ballet Company under the direction of Maureen Miller, performing numerous soloist roles as a teenager. At New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (where she earned a BFA with honors in May 2012), Michaela performed works by resident faculty members Cherylyn Lavagnino and Pamela Pietro and guest choreographer Aszure Barton. She also had the pleasure of performing in the 2010 Tisch Gala 

(choreographed by Josh Bergasse) and the 2012 Tisch Gala (choreographed by Greg Graham).

     Michaela is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center as a ballet and jazz teacher in the Children and Teen Program, has subbed at Peridance Capezio Center, and is on faculty at several studios in the tri-state area. Michaela performs regularly for choreographers Rachel M. Hettinger, Emily Bufferd, and Calen Kurka, and is a company member of LMproject, directed by Alisa Claire.  She is also part of Mia Michaels LIVE 2016. Her performance credits also include the 2012 Capezio A.C.E. Awards, the 2014 REVERB Dance Festival, and the Peridance Presents Choreographer’s Showcase. 


Elise Pacicco

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Elise Pacicco grew up training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern technique under the direction of Melissa Coyle and Paula Mann. In 2013, she graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University where she received B.A.’s in both History and Communication and was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for dance and academics. Elise then received her M.F.A. in Dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied under the brilliant minds of Deborah Jowitt, Phyllis Lamhut, Kay Cummings, and many more. She has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Shannon Gillen, James Martin, Helen Simoneau, Juel D. Lane, Sean Sullivan, and Christina Soriano. She is also very excited to join the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company in the fall of 2015. Along with teaching dance, Elise is a certified yoga teacher through MBD Yoga and also currently works as a historical research assistant.

Janette Rawls

Janette Rawls holds a B. F. A. in Dance from Belhaven University. Her training includes summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and the American Dance Festival. In addition to her dance studies, she worked on technical crews for Pilobolus, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Paul Taylor Dance Company as a stagecraft apprentice. Janette started her professional career in Kansas City with StÓ§rling Dance Theater, performing in the large productions Underground and The Little Match Girl. In Houston, Janette danced with Earthen Vessels: Sandra Organ Dance Company and appeared as a guest artist with FrenetiCore, Jhon Stronks, and for several commercial dance and modeling projects with Dance Houston. Janette recently worked with Catapult on international tour after their feature on “America’s Got Talent.” Janette has over eight years of teaching experience including teaching at the collegiate level, for summer intensives, and in performing arts schools. She is certified in Stott® Pilates and holds an ABT®National Training Curriculum teacher certification in primary through level five. Janette currently teaches in the New York/New Jersey area, writes dance reviews for NYC 10, and serves as the administrative director for Emotions Physical Theatre.

Genevieve Waterbury

Genevieve Waterbury is a freelance artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She studied dance at Colorado State University, performed with Nevada Ballet Theatre and Boulder Ballet, and most recently studied with Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Her interest in teaching began in high school when she first assisted in the beginning pointe classes at her home studio. Since then, her approach has been shaped by influential teachers, both classical and not, with whom she's had the pleasure to work with across the country, dance related injuries and experience with recovery, as well as her interest in Gyrotonics and Pilates. Her philosophy for dance is grounded in breathe as the foundation for all movement, and her teaching method focuses on musicality, appreciating the joy of dance, and addressing habits as a method for injury prevention and creating physical and mental space to discover personal artistry. Genevieve is thrilled for the opportunity to share her love for dancing and learning with the students of Pure Movement. 

Katelin Zelon

Katelin Zelon is a New York City based choreographer, teacher, and performer. 

Katelin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University, where she helped found, co-direct, and choreograph the university’s first and second Broadway Fun for Funds, an annual fundraiser for Aids and HIV awareness. Katelin is also a proud graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Intern Program (now the Summer Professional Semester), where she was mentored by an esteemed faculty including Josh Bergasse, Jim Cooney Al Blackstone, Richard J Hinds, Jon Rua, Brian and Scott Nicholson, and Shelia Barker. 

Katelin’s favorite performance credits include originating the role of Jenny Pristine in Visiting Day (WVMTF), CHICAGO (Theater Downtown), Ashlee Dawson’s Estado Ingravito, Cabaret (Clear Space Theater), A Wonderful Life (Fireside Theater), and dancing in shows and parades at Walt Disney World. 

Katelin’s choreography has been featured

throughout the Tri-State area including

RAW Artists, The Young Choreographer’s Festival, and The Choreographer’s Canvas. 

As a teacher, Katelin uses her versatile training and passion for storytelling to create a class that both educates and inspires her students. With a focus on the importance of foundation and character intention, students will be provided with a comfortable outlet to explore, learn, and appreciate the history, technique, and fun that is theater and jazz dance!

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