Teaching is a work of heart.

All of our instructors have a passion for dance and love to share their knowledge and skills. Our classes are centered around fun, creativity, and inspiring each other.

 

 
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Elysha Richman

Owner of Project Dance Studio

 
 

Anthony Blasi

Acro

Anthony began his acro training at just 5 years old. He spent more than 10 years
studying acro at DanceForce in Edison, NJ. He taught professionally as an Acro teacher
at DanceForce, and Premier Gymnastics and Cheer academy in Morganville, Nj.
Anthony is the co creator of a tumbling company known as SET( Synchronized Elite
Tumbling), and is a certified SET instructor. He continues to teach at dance studios and
gyms across New Jersey, and is excited to share his knowledge with the students at
Project Dance!
 

 
 

Erica Barton

Tap & Musical Theatre

I am a professional dancer in NYC. I am a New York native and grew up in Westchester, NY, dancing since the age of 3. I was a competitive dancer by the time I was ten and continued competing until I graduated high school. I then moved to Oklahoma to pursue a degree in dance at Oklahoma City University, a college well known for its respected theatre and dance programs. I graduated with a BPA in Dance Performance in 2015.

Within my my major, I receive prestigious dance technique classes in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, and theatre dance and was placed within the highest levels of each of these genres. The university provided me with performance opportunities via audition in their Radio City-style Christmas spectacular and the spring dance showcase. The performances showcase a plethora of dance styles and some vocal numbers, which I had been chosen for in the past.

Within my major’s requirements were pedagogy and choreography courses. In these pedagogy classes, we learned proper teaching methods and techniques, the psychological and physical development of dancers for all ages, professionalism in a business setting, and proper class structures for every venue. In the choreography classes we studied the dos and don’ts of choreography, the importance of storytelling within the choreography, and the proper methods of lighting, costuming, and executing choreography on stage.

I am a very excitable, fun, and energetic person. I love working with children of all ages, and nothing brings me more joy than sharing my love of theatre with younger performers. I pride myself in my professionalism and my hardworking attitude. I am currently an employee of Artistry Dance Project in Pleasantville NY, where I teach Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, and Basic Hip Hop. This past June I was given the honor of being appointed to Dance Company Assistant. This means that on top of teaching my regular classes, I will be assisting in running the competition team’s rehearsals on the weekends. I am very grateful for this opportunity, because it is a reflection of how my employers view my hard work
and love of my students.

 

Erin Beattie

 
 

Gwendolyn Baum

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary

Gwendolyn Baum, originally from New Jersey, graduated from the Boston Conservatory in May of 2014, Summa Cum Laude, with her B.F.A in Contemporary Dance.  There, she performed works by José Limón, Tommy Neblett, Diane Arvanites, Doug Varone, Twyla Tharp, Francesca Harper, and Mark Morris. During her time at the conservatory, she also had the honor of performing for The American College Dance Festival Association’s national conference at the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C., and premiered two original choreographic works on the Boston Conservatory Mainstage. In addition, she has studied at programs hosted by the American Repertory Ballet, David Dorfman Dance, and Bates Dance Festival. She also had the privilege of working with artist Nick Cave, and being a featured performer in one of his “Sound Suits,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, in Boston, Massachusetts. More recently she participated in a project commissioned by The Moving Beauty Series, working specifically with choreographer Sandra Kramerova as well as performed with Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance and Alison Cook Beatty Dance.  She currently dances full time and tours nationally and internationally with Kizuna Dance as a founding company member and Rehearsal Director.   Gwendolyn has trained in various ballet and modern dance disciplines, as well as improvisation, partnering, and somatic practices. She has taught modern and contemporary dance at Gibney Dance and has, twice, aided in setting works at the Joffrey School in New York City.  Gwendolyn is excited to continue teaching and choreographing, as well as growing more through performance in New York City, where she is currently based. 
 

 

Sarah Goodhue

Modern, Jumps and Turns

Goodhue is an artist hailing from Oceanport, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Dance Performance. Sarah spent a season as a Soulmate for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football team. She has spent four years dancing with the Interweave Dance Theatre, a dance company at Colorado University. She has done numerous projects with Sheila Barker, Jessica Hendricks, and Ronen Koresh. She has been assisting choreographer, Dee Caspary on the WorldStride Heritage halftime performances for the college bowl games for the past two years. Sarah recently just performed with Mickey Avalon at the Highline Ballroom and Webster Hall, in New York City. She is currently teaching and choreographing at numerous places in California, Bermuda, and performing arts high schools in the New Jersey area

 

Carlie Jakub

Acro

Carlie grew up in North Carolina and was trained in gymnastics at the Leonard Clemmer School of Gymnastics and Dance. She has been in the gym and coached gymnastics since childhood with a sabbatical while she attended law school, and another when she had young (5) children. While competing, she was enrolled in traditional ballet classes as many of the skills complement each other. In North Carolina, Carlie competed and coached USAG teams for all levels. In NJ, she began a pre-team, which led to a competitive JOGA team. She has been certified as a safety coach several times and has taken and passed the coaching courses offered by USAG. As an instructor at Project Dance, Carlie plans to bring her gymnastics experience to the stage by teaching students acro skills that will strengthen and enhance their dance performances and help them learn control, agility, and strength.