- Artistic Director, Jazz, Leaps/Turns, Tap, Lyrical, DXC
Mea Pangia has a degree in Theatre and Dance from Rowan University. She has also studied dance at Dance Center of South Jersey, Lowe Dance Studio, Koresh Dance Center in Philadelphia, and under the direction of choreographers such as Paule Turner (founder of c o u r t), Melanie Stewart (Contemporary Dance Company), Ronni Koresh (Koresh Dance Company), Savion Glover (Tap Direction for the animated film Happy Feet), Chet Walker (choreographer for the Broadway show FOSSE), and Robert Burden (Tap Team Two and Co). Mea has received scholarships to Joffrey Ballet, STEPS in NY, and The American Dance Festival in NC. She has also performed with dance companies: Voorhees Dance Ensemble and Ritz Theater Dance Company. Miss Mea has performed in numerous productions such as SHOES 2 DANCE, SWEET CHARITY, VICOR/VICTORIA, A CHORUS LINE, STEPPING OUT, LILITH, PETRUSHKA, THE NUTCRACKER, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, AND DUKE AND DANCE as well as performing at the Philly Fringe Festival. She has also choreographed musicals at The Ritz Theater including GODSPELL and CANDIDE. Miss Mea was also the choreographer for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corp for their “Soul Searchin” touring company. Mea has received numerous choreography awards during competition season as well as having her piece “We Are Gonna Be Friends” selected to perform in the choreography review in 2014, where Cathy Roe described Mea as a “master of composition”. In April 2015, Mea’s contemporary piece “The Great Beyond” was chosen to perform in the choreography review at Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance and her piece “A Fifth of Beethoven” was chosen to perform in the Entertainment showdown and won! Mea has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Rhee Gold Dance Retreat in Massachusetts and this past season was awarded a scholarship to attend the Dance Teacher Web conference in Connecticut. This past season, her piece Toxicity was chosen to perform in the choreography review at Cathy Roe. Mea was invited to join the inner circle of Dance Studio Owners Association. She is very blessed to have such wonderful people in her life and this includes the Dance Xperience family! Mea would like to thank all of you for allowing her to share her love of dance and for making her dreams a reality with her students at Dance Xperience!
Rikki Pickus has trained in competitive gymnastics at a very early age and became interested in dance because she felt most free during her floor routines. Soon, dance became a strong passion for Miss Rikki. She has toured and performed with Nick and Aaron Carter promoting the Hasbro toy twister moves at age fifteen. Through her high school years, she learned a variety of dance styles and was a part of the traveling dance company Fusion, which gave her the opportunity to dance at the NCAA’s and taught her the skills necessary to stand out as a performer. Miss Rikki attended Montclair State University where she majored in Dance and excelled in her technique. During this time Miss Rikki also began training and learning about Hip Hop and because of her gymnastics background, goes by the name b-girl Tricky. She has performed at various corporate events, bar and bat mitzvahs, MTV, as well as across the United States. She has been practicing breaking for about six years now, and has toured with the company The Souljerz Crew and The Street Beats Crew. Her latest appearance was in NYC in Washington Square Park, Lincoln Center, and Union Square Park. (The link on Youtube is Beyond Coal Hits the NYC Streets). Erika has now been apart of the Dance Xperience family for the last two years, bringing acrobatic dance to the Dance Xperience dancers. She loves teaching her passion and has been so grateful to work with so many talented dancers over the years. We love the positivity and knowledge Miss Rikki brings to our dance family!
- Jazz, Twinkle Star Classes
Hailey is an upcoming dancer and choreographer in the South Jersey and Philadelphia region. She is currently a Senior at Rowan University earning her Bachelors Degree in Dance, as well as her associates in Entrepreneurship. Hailey has trained in numerous forms of dance including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Modern, Pointe, Lyrical, and Musical Theater. Hailey loves to use her dance experience by being involved in many clubs at Rowan. Some of her involvement includes Dance Extensions, a modern dance company under the direction of Paule Turner where she is currently acting Historian, and Alpha Psi Omega, Theater and Dance Honors Society where she is currently acting as Vice President under the direction of Melanie Stewart. Hailey has traveled with her classmates to compete and take professional classes with the American College Dance Association for three years. Productions she has performed in at Rowan University include, They Slice the Air (Paule turner), The Magic Flute, Verses (Paule Turner), Making Trouble (Paule Turner, Leslie Elkins, and Beau Hancock), The Women (Lane Savadove) and Past, Present, Future (Paule Turner), Danse Macabre (Paule Turner), and has choreographed for the 2017 showcases, Move-meant, and a 2017-2018 Lab Theater show, It’s Happening at Home. Hailey has debuted in her first Philadelphia performance, Dancing Past the Dark under the direction of former Atlantic City Ballet dancer, Jennifer Gordon. It has been her dream as a child to somehow involve herself in dance, and share it with as many as possible. Hailey is a Dance Xperience alumni and we are so very excited to welcome her back to our studio but this time as a staff member!
Craig Scull is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region. He has presented his choreography locally for the past 10 years as part of the Philly Fringe Festival, Inhale Performance Series, Philly Rocky Dance Awards Show, Glue Performance Series, Etc. Performance Series, Show Up and Dance New Jersey, and at Temple University. Craig has been the recipient of choreography commissions from Temple University and the New Edge Mix to create new dances with his company Scull and Bones Dance Company. He holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and in addition has studied dance at the American Dance Festival, Rutgers University, and with independent choreographers in Philadelphia. Mr Craig is known for his innovative and always captivating choreography here at Dance Xperience. We are thrilled to have Mr Craig on our staff of excellent educators!
Ricky "Glytch" Evans
- Hip Hop
Ricky “Glytch” Evans is a street dancer from Pennsauken, NJ. He has been dancing for over 10 years, but continues to be a student of his style, always looking for more historical knowledge as well as keeping up to date with the latest Hip Hop trends. His professional career started in 2005 with Face Da Phlave Entertainment, a dance crew that bridged the gap between Philly and Jersey dancers with the purpose of educating the community about the origins of Hip Hop dance. The crew also preached using dance (and the other arts as well) as an alternative to drugs, bullying, and violence. His first few years at Face Da Phlave was spent solely on training in the styles of Hip Hop, and at the same time he was studying for his B.A. in Economics at Seton Hall University. Once he graduated, the wheels on his dance career would start turning and take him places. He began teaching at various colleges and dance studios, and he would make his way into fitness centers with a Hip Hop aerobics class called Groovics. Glytch’s dance would also go around the world. In the past few years, he has traveled to Paris to represent the U.S. in an international dance battle called Juste Debout, and from there he would start giving workshops in Colombia, South America. Other notable accomplishments were ventures with his crew, The Hood Lockers. They were featured on So You Think You Can Dance, the NYC couture fashion show; and most recently, an off-Broadway production written by Dr. Rennie Harris entitled “LUV American Style”. We love Mr Ricky and cannot wait for another dance season with him!
- Ballet, Pointe
Erika Mero began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff. Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppelia. During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program. In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet’s Dance Power in New Brunswick and was recently named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika’s performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts. We are so very lucky to have Miss Erika on our staff and look forward to another fantastic year with her.
Laura Jean Volkland
- Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Twinkle Star Program, DXC
Laura Jean Volkland started dancing around the age of five and was trained near Princeton New Jersey under the RAD’s dance educational program until she was eighteen. Laura graduated from Montclair State University in 2013 with her degree in Dance and Theatre. Since graduating Laura has taught dance, theatre, and vocal lessons all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania at different studios and conservatories. This is Laura’s third year with Dance Xperience where she teaches Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, leaps and turns, Stretch and conditioning, and the twinkle baby tap and ballet classes. Laura performs and choreographs with local artists from all over New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York. For the past five years Laura has been performing with Odd Act’s Improv troupe. This past spring Laura started a new venture in stand up comedy. Laura is currently working on creating her own Improv and comedy company. Laura is so excited for another season with Dance Xperience and many more to come!
- Ballet, Lyrical, Twinkle Star Classes, Pointe, DXC
Bridget Fluder received her BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University in 2013. While studying at Towson she was a member of the Towson University Dance Company, performing solo and lead roles in various classical and contemporary works; such as Paquita, Sylvia, Giselle, Napoli, Swan Lake, and new works by Linda-Denise Fischer Harrell (former Principal of American Ailey Dance Theatre) and Runqiao Du (former Principal of Washington Ballet). The rigorous six-course dance composition series at Towson led her to choreograph various works of her own. Bridget studied with contemporary ballet companies during her summer and winter breaks, including BalletX on scholarship, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Terranova Dance Theatre. The Towson Dance Department also awarded her a scholarship for summer study. Bridget performed professionally with Ballet ADI in Maryland, and Columbus Dance Theatre in Ohio. She most recently studied with Helen Pickett and Stuart Loungway at their Choreographic Essentials Workshop in New York City. Miss Bridget is a wonderful asset to our studio! Bridget has enjoyed her many years with the Dance Xperience family and is excited for what’s to come!
- Musical Theatre
Alison Sharp has been studying dance for almost all her life in southeastern Pennsylvania, until recently when she moved to the southern New Jersey area to continue her career. Alison attended West Chester University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in dance. Throughout her time there she performed with the University Dance Company, and was a part of many productions, such as “Cabaret”, “She Loves Me”, “Machinal”, and “Godspell”. Since graduation she has been teaching dance, is entering her third year working with the Downingtown Area School District at Downingtown East High School to choreograph their annual musical, and was brought back to choreograph West Chester University’s Main Stage Musical last fall. Those musicals include “Spamalot”, “Company”, and “The Little Mermaid”. Alison’s dance career has also taken her out of the country, to Ladek Zdroj, Poland at the Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Tañca, where she performed and presented her own work, and to London, England. Most recently, Alison will be performing her first show with The Broadway Theatre of Pitman in the summer of 2016 where she will be performing various ensemble roles in “The Producers”. Alison is thrilled to be continuing her time here at Dance Xperience!
- Twinkle Star Classes, Tap
Janelle Simmons began her dance training at age 8 at Chez Dance Studio, under the direction of Roseann Mastrogiacomo Gatto. She studied with many wonderful professionals while at Chez and was promoted through the companies. While a company member, Janelle performed in numerous competitions, local events, and showcases throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York. Janelle was accepted to the University of the Arts and continued to take classes in New Jersey, and Philadelphia. She also had the privilege of performing as a member of Enso Ensemble, under the direction of Michele Sasse. At a young age, Janelle knew she wanted to be a dance instructor. She began teaching at age 18 and has been doing so ever since. She he is the coordinator for the North Baptist Praise Dance Ministry, and has contributed choreography for the spring musicals at Burlington City High School. Janelle is excited to be a part of the Dance Xperience Family. She wishes to thank the staff, students, and parents for the warm welcome she’s received! She is extremely proud of her students and their growth. Miss Janelle is a very special teacher who goes the extra mile for her dancers!
- Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Twinkle Star Classes, DXC
Caitlin Robertson started her dancing career at the age of two at Triplett Dance Academy located in Medford, NJ. She studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, lyrical and modern genres. During her years at Triplett she was part of the competition dance team from the age of 7-17. While part of the competition team she performed all around the United States competing and dancing in workshops. At the age of 13 she was selected to travel to Buffalo, New York work with the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company. Caitlin graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts focusing in Dance and Business. In the spring of 2006 she was chosen to be a part of the Orchesis Dance Company at the University. Throughout her 5 years of being a company member, she performed and choreographed multiple tap, modern, and jazz pieces for informal and formal shows. After graduation, Caitlin’s main focus was teaching for a local dance studio in Ocean City, NJ. Caitlin is sought after as a choreographer for pageants, recitals and Disney pieces. In the summer of 2012 Caitlin was blessed with the opportunity to work in Walt Disney World for “Dance the World.” While in Walt Disney World she choreographed and performed pieces for the main street parades in Magic Kingdom. Miss. Cait’s classes are always full of energy and enthusiasm, just like Miss Cait. She feels very blessed to be able to share her love and passion of dance to all her students at Dance Xperience. We are so excited to have her in our family!
Miss Maria graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Spanish and Theatre Arts. She earned her teaching certificate to teach Spanish for grades K-12. Miss Maria also has her elementary certification as well. She has also earned her Masters in School Counseling from the College of New Jersey. Miss Maria taught Spanish, Academic Mastery and Bilingual-Bicultural Education for over 35 years until her retirement in 2015. Mrs Cousins was elected twice as Teacher of the Year and served as advisor and co-advisor to the middle school yearbook, School Leadership Committee and middle school Junior National Honor Society. Her favorite accomplishments are marrying her wonderful husband Kevin and raising her beautiful daughter, Kayla. Miss Maria has been working in the office at Dance Xperience since 2013 and is the heart of our studio. She loves all of the dancers at the studio and treats each child as if they were her own. She is a fantastic receptionist and a caring, beautiful person. Miss Maria is loved by everyone in our dance family!
- Ballet, Pointe
Jennifer Ferris Tedesco began her ballet training at age four at Mount Laurel Regional Ballet. She had trained with Irina and Alexander Boitsov of the Donetsk Ballet, Leslie Browne previously of ABT, and Russian Ballet Theatre of DE. Dancing roles in Bolero, Raymonda and Les Sylphide, she joined International Ballet Theatre at 17. There, Miss Jen performed as a soloist in corps de ballet in La Corsaire, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Les Sylphide, Waltz Fantasy, Bolero and Tarantella. As well as touring all along the eastern half of the US and Canada with the company’s production of the Nutcracker. She also performed in Dracula, Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker with Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1999 she joined Roxey Ballet as a principle under the direction of Mark Rosey previously of Joffery Ballet. Dancing leading roles on The Nutcracker, Cinderella, MLK, Temptation, and more. Miss Jen then moved to Fl with her fiancé where she danced with Gulfshore Ballet under Melinda Roy before being approached to join Sarasota Ballet. Shortly after, she moved back to NJ and has been teaching ever since and is now married with 3 children. Miss Jen has been teaching for ten years in the surrounding area. She is also a fully certified pilates teacher. She is thrilled to be a part of Dance-xperience!