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Barbara is a graduate of Rutgers University where she holds a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She was a member of the MGSA Modern Dance Company and the L.T. (Hip Hop) Dance Company , where she performed in such places as the State Theatre and Legendary Apollo Theatre. Barbara has been an instructor since 1990, currently teaching classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre , Contemporary, Lyrical and Production. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified and follows the Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance. She has choreographed routines at regional and national level competitions. Her routines have won multiple Overall and High Score awards, Special Awards, Diamond Awards, as well as Technique, Entertainment , Precision and Outstanding Choreography Awards. Barbara choreographed the Spring Musicals at Matawan Regional High School for 11 years. Her choreography has been seen in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Applause, Cinderella, Fame, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Back to the 80’s and The Wedding Singer. She is a two-time recipient and three-time nominee of the Basie Award for “Best Choreography in a High School Musical” from Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Barbara has choreographed for various festivals, church choirs, cheerleading, pom teams, body builders and fitness competitors. She currently choreographs audition solos for NFL dance teams, as well as competition routines at studios throughout New Jersey. Barbara is excited to share her love of dance with the community and bring Studio B to her Hometown of Matawan!
Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Mike has performed in circus for the last 20 year's as a member of the Wallenda family. Setting a Guinness Book of World Records, performing an 8 person pyramid, 4 tiers high, 30 feet off the ground, without any safety devises. He has performed all over the world and has been the head of rigging and head coach for one of the largest youth performing arts circus schools in the world. During his time as the head training coach, Mike worked extensively with all levels of acrobatics and tumbling. Moving from performing on the high wire, he has fit many roles such as Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Engineer and Technical Director. Mike has filtered into the events and entertainment industry
and now owns a full service events and entertainment company. Silver Wire Productions. Mike is very excited to work with such an amazing staff, dancers and parents here at
A native of New Jersey, Heather J. Wilson began her dance training at an early age. At age nine she began training at the American Ballet Center of the Joffery Ballet, New York City. While studying in New York, she continued studying in New Jersey with the Monmouth Ballet on a full merit scholarship. She then performed for five years with the Princeton Ballet Company II, studying at the school on scholarship. Ms. Wilson received her modern dance training at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and gained musical theatre experience performing in numerous musicals with Plays-in-the-Park, Edison NJ, among them, Oklahoma!, Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity, and A Chorus Line.
Heather has choreographed and taught dance throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 30 years. In 1995, Heather founded the River Ballet Academy and Company, and in 2000 founded Bach Ballet, where she created several original ballets, Wolves, in collaboration with Ulzii Davaadorj, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Babes in Toyland , and The Enchanted Cap . Heather’s inspiring and personal training methods have created vibrant dancers who have been accepted into prestigious dance schools and companies, including Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffery Ballet School, Kirov Washington, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Nutmeg Conservatory. Ms Wilson is mother of four children, and the proprietor of Ballerina Biker Photography. She is Certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, and is currently authoring a book on effectively utilizing visualization in dance instruction.
Vanessa is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer who currently co-directs the company DoubleTake Dance in NYC, Featured twice in Dance Informa Magazine DTD has recently received several commissions: Rock that Rolls choreographic commission for Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH; HTChen New Steps residency NYC; Next Step commission and performance for JPAC NYC.
Honored with a professional development scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to study abroad, she later became the resident choreographer for the musical theatre production company Tela-Katola in Spain. Shows: “I Love You, You're Perfect ...Now Change” and “Tick Tick...BOOM!”.
Currently she dances and choreographs for DoubleTake Dance (SummerStage; Battery Dance, NY Half Marathon, Ailey Theater; Carnival, Webster Hall; Gerald Lynch Theater, Dixon Place, Teatro la Tea, Jazz Choreographers Project, T. Madrid, Triángulo), Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. Other companies: De Funes Dance, BalaSole Dance, Noir Tribe Media, Burnt Sugar, Ikada, J.T Lotus Dance Co. She ś had the pleasure to work for choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém Alonso, Gabrielle Lasner, Alan Onickel, Lynn Schwab (Tap City -Symphony Space) and Tony Waag (Career Transition for Dancers Gala at City Center)
Featured dancer in “DIY Nutcracker” (NY), “Rabi Thakur: A ballet on the Life of Rabindranath Tagore” (NJPAC); Momentum Dance Theater: “The jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Washington D.C ), “Steel City Rhythm" workshop by RSW & associates; "Where Dreams Become
Reality" (NY). Other shows include The Little Opera Theater of NY ś “Mitridate” ; ABT’s “The Golden Cockerel” at the MET, “Arrival” at Theater 80; “LOVEartJAPAN” Benefit show for Japan.
She has performed as a dancer, model or actress for international brands and commercials:
L Ó REAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, Athleta, NYRoadRunners, Tag Heuer, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, El Pais newspaper, channel Tele5, Fuse TV, X- Box/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign) Fashion Center Arts Festival, One Truth, Dru Cutler and the Rachel Ray Show. Film credits include “The Ryde of Tom & Valkyrie”, & "Friends With Benefits" with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011)
Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career. Faculty at Steps, BAE, Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance and a Tap City Leader she’s been featured on CNN and NBC. Vanessa has also been a guest teacher in numerous studios around the world (Alonzo Lines in San Francisco; LeHigh Valley Alliance in Pennsylvania; Round Rock Repertory, and Tarrytown Dance in Austin; V. Ullate, Arte de Bailar, Luthier, Latelier, Ross in Spain; T- Stage in México...) and she also teaches and judges at conventions around the USA.
Duane is an active and versatile dancer, and has trained under various professionals including Deanna Destito, John Burella, and Ashle Dawson. He has been a part of "Dead Mans Party" as a featured performer for the last 2 years at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Duane has mastered disciplines in Hip Hop, including popping and street jazz. He
continues to train weekly in all hip hop styles, including locking and breaking. Aside from hip hop, he is efficient in contemporary and jazz. He has won numerous awards at various competitions. His work can be seen at competitive events, festivals, and showcases across New Jersey. Duane is active in the competition circuit.
Jayme Gordano began dancing at the age of 2.5. She trained with Barbara Gonzalez from pre-dance all the way to pre-professional level. Jayme competed at the regional and national level for over 8 years. She has performed in benefits such as Hurricane Katrina Relief, Sunshine Kids Foundation, Disney’s Magic Music Days and The Marked Dance Project. Jayme graduated from Georgian Court University with a BA in dance and is a certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts. She continues her dance education by attending workshops, master classes, intensives and teachers conventions. Jayme has been teaching for 9 years at studios throughout New Jersey, specializing in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, lyrical and pom. She is excited to join the staff at Studio B and to share her love of dance with the students.
Melissa started dancing at the age of three at a local dance studio. Her interest has always been in the disciplines of tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She began competing and performing in showcases at the age of 8 and continued through high school. She attended the dance program at Red Bank Performing Arts High School, then obtained a degree in Business Management. After college, Melissa taught tap, jazz, and acrobatics for several years at a studio where she previously studied.
Her passion is working with children to improve their self-image, achieve their goals, and most importantly watch them grow and enjoy dance. Over the years she has volunteered her time to work with children at local camps, school performances, and privately to improve specific skills.
Melissa is a certified Acrobatics instructor through the Acrobatic Arts Program, and holds a safety certification with Youth Protection Advocates for Dance.
She remains very connected to the dance world, attends classes in NYC, and enjoys watching her daughter have the same love for the arts that she has.
Laura was just 2 years old when she began training at a local dance studio. By the age of 9, Laura was competitively training in numerous forms of dance, but excelled at contemporary, jazz, and acrobatics throughout her career. In 2018, Laura received an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts-Dance from Middlesex County College. She received the “Excellence in the Study of Dance” award for her dedication in class and with the Dance Ensemble. Laura currently performs with The Artistic Visions Dance Company and has choreographed numerous pieces for the NJAHPERD Annual Conventions.
Kerry trained for 15 years at a local dance studio where she competed at the regional and national level. She graduated from Matawan Regional High School where she was a member of the Huskies Dance Team. She attended The College of New Jersey where she competed at the collegiate level for 1 year and after transferring performed and choreographed for the Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Kerry is a recent graduate from Rutgers University with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and now attends Graduate School for her Masters in Education. This is Kerry's second year teaching at Studio B specializing in pre dance and mini level classes. She is a certified Pre Dance Instructor with Acrobatic Arts. Kerry continues her dance education by attending master classes, intensives and teacher conventions throughout the year. Kerry is beyond excited for Season 2 at Studio B.
Ashlyn began dancing at the age of three, and has never stopped. She enjoys every style of dance but has a special interest in hip-hop and tap. She has been competing at the regional and national level for nine years and is proud to be a Captain of the Studio B Dance Company for the 2020-2021 Season. Ashlyn has taken her love of dance into Matawan Regional High School where she is a proud four year member of the Dance Academy and four year member of the Matawan Huskies Dance Team. She began volunteering as a teachers assistant at the age of 15 and is honored to be this year‘s recipient of the work-study program here at Studio B. She hopes to instill her love of dance to the younger dancers, along with having fun.
Kali Lynch graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. She has performed with dance companies in NYC and at the Philly Fringe Festival. Kali has been teaching for nine years concentrating in Jazz and Contemporary dance. She has a passion for teaching and has choreographed at several award winning competitive dance studios and performing arts high schools. Kali Lynch has received multiple high scoring awards including a World Title at the World Dance Championship. She loves teaching all students and seeing their growth and passion through the art of dance.
Samantha Biggs started training and competing around the age of 7 in all styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Modern, and Contemporary to name a few. Samantha is a graduate of the Somerset County Vocational High School Dance Program where she trained extensively in concert dance, choreographed for annual shows and took park in nationally based dance festivals. From there, she was accepted into Marymount Manhattan College, as a dance major where she was able to study the Horton and Graham techniques among many others. Samantha studied at MMC for two years before continuing her education at Rutgers University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies and a Minor in Dance. Samantha's performance credits include a music video as part of the Hollywood Summer Tour, Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You” music video and was part of the New Jersey Devils Dancers for the 2011-2014 National Hockey League seasons where she performed in front of 17,000 fans at games. Most recently Samantha completed her certification as a Pilates instructor and has found her passion as teaching and choreographing for various studios around New Jersey.