- 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!
- Ballet, Jazz, Twinkle Star Dance Program, DXC
Hailey earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Rowan University 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. Professional works outside of Rowan University include choreographing for “It’s Happening at Home” (Fringe Festival 2018), Performing in “Death by Chocolate” (Fringe Festival 2018), and “Dancing Past the Dark” with Allegory Dance Theatre. Hailey has also produced her own Fringe Festival piece entitled “The Quiet Room” (Fringe Festival 2019). “The Quiet Room” was a choreographic work exploring the effects of Alzheimer’s critically reviewed in The Dance Journal. Hailey was brought back to Rowan University in 2022 as a guest choreographer for their spring dance showcase to place “The Quiet Room” on their Dance Extensions company members. Hailey is also a Dance Xperience alumni and is beyond proud to be sharing her love for dance with her students at Dance Xperience.
- Modern, Ballet
Miss Cate received her early training in the Philadelphia area earning her B.A. in dance and minor in psychology from Eastern University in 2012. While at Eastern she studied ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, African dance, pedagogy, dance history, and dance composition and held principal roles in various works including Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides. Cathrynne then performed for three seasons with the contemporary ballet company DanceSpora under direction of Heidi Cruz-Austin where she held various soloist and principal roles. Among others, her company credits also include performances with Christopher Fleming’s BalletFleming, Kariamu & Company, and guest performances including Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Cathrynne has also studied with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, and Ballet X. Cathrynne has been teaching dance for over a decade. Her choreography has been showcased in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and has received various overall rankings and choreography awards at competitions. Cathrynne is an ABT© Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT© Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. She is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is currently on the roster of dance competition judges with Impact Dance Adjudicators. Cathrynne’s students have successfully auditioned for various summer programs including School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Next Generation Ballet and the Rock School for Dance Education and have gone on to pursue a professional career in dance at programs such as Pace University, Marymount Manhattan, Boston Conservatory, and the University of the Arts. We are so excited to have Miss Cate in our dance family at DX!
- Twinkle Star Dance Program
Amanda Ortner is excited to celebrate her first year teaching at Dance Xperience! She started her dance training at the age of eleven in her hometown of Manahawkin, NJ, where she studied and competed in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rider University with a B.A. in Arts and Entertainment Management, and a minor in Dance in December, 2020. The majority of her college dance studies focused on Modern technique, Pilates, and Mind/Body connection through dance science. During her college years, she performed in the semi-annual Dance Department showcase, and danced in and choreographed for the Rider Dance Ensemble. She continues to train locally in the Philadelphia area, and performed in three pieces in this year’s Flair Dance Festival. Additionally, she has experience working for several performing arts companies and with Groove Dance Competition on the production team. Amanda is currently teaching at various dance studios in the area, and works full time at the University of Pennsylvania. Miss Amanda is a wonderful addition to our staff of dance educators!
Laura Jean Volkland
- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, 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!
- Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Twinkle Star Classes, DXC
Caitlin Beausang 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!
Katherine “Kat” Corbett
Katherine “Kat” Corbett is originally from eastern North Carolina where she grew up and attended East Carolina University. She received her BFA in dance performance and began teaching and choreographing in NC. Over the years, Katherine has trained and worked with with choreographers at BodyTraffic, Koresh, American Dance Festival, and Rubberband Dance. Katherine now resides in Philadelphia and performs with companies such as Brian Sander’s JUNK, Asya Zlatina and Dancers, and Matter Movement Group. Miss Kat is excited to be a part of the DX 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!
- Twinkle Star Dance Program
Kayla has been dancing since she was 5 years old and was a student of Dance Xperience dance studio and resident dance company, DXC, until she graduated from High School. Kayla is currently studying Performing Arts Dance at Rowan University and will be graduating in the spring of 2019. During her college career, she has been a member of the Rowan University Dance Extensions Company. As a member, she has been able to perform in various dance productions and has worked with artists from around the world. She has also performed in Rowan University Mainstage productions- “Dance of the Macabre” and “House of Murals” Kayla has also had the opportunity to travel to other colleges in the country through the American College Dance Festival Association. While studying at Rowan, Miss Kayla has been a substitute on several occasions at Dance Xperience and has also done through Dance Xperience’s Student Teacher Program. This past summer, Kayla auditioned for Philadanco’s summer training program and was accepted. Miss Kayla is super excited for this dance season with all of her wonderful students.
- Twinkle Star Dance Program, Jazz, Ballet
Emma D’Entremont has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and spent 15 years dancing with Dance Xperience as a student and part of the company team. During her high school years she worked with former Broadway performers Jackie Bayne and Jason Gillman at their Broadway Artists Intensive in Florida and worked closely with the Man In Motion dance company in New York to create their award winning “This Is Me” video. She has been a substitute teacher on several occasions at Dance Xperience since graduating. Emma continued her dance career into college by being a part of the Rowan Dance Team. She will be graduating in Spring 2023 from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. Emma is so excited to be a part of the Dance Xperience family again and to teach students the art of dance!
- Twinkle Star Dance Program
Brittany Morton has her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance and her Master’s Degree in Athletic Leadership from Rider University. During her time studying in the Rider University Dance program under Dr. Kim Chandler Vacarro, she trained at Princeton Ballet School. She was a member of Rider Dances and the Rider Dance Ensemble. Brittany has won multiple NJ state titles and a national championship at the National Dance Alliance Nationals competition in Orlando, FL with the Rancocas Valley dance team as captain. Brittany currently is an intern for the non-profit organization, Dance New Jersey and a company member for At The Brink Dance Projects, an apprentice with Roza Dance Company and has recently performed with the Jill Molinaro Dance Company. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist. Brittany is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and is First Aid/CPR/AED certified. She has worked as a dance educator for various studios and schools in NJ including the non-profit program, The New Jersey Foundation of Artistry and Ballet. Additionally, Brittany has completed various professional development opportunities through Dance New Jersey and certifications from National Dance Alliance. Brittany takes pride in being able to nurture young artists as well as provide fun, effective, and engaging dance education to all of her students. We love having Miss Brittany in our dance family at DX!
Nichole comes from South Jersey and has danced most of her life. When she had foot
surgeries and was told she could no longer dance, she decided to head into customer service. She’s held management positions at various companies such as Planet Fitness, Target and Smoothie King. Miss Nichole prides herself in giving our dance families the best customer service possible. Miss Nichole is excited to be working in the dance studio and greet all of our fantastic families and dancers!
- Twinkle Star Dance Program
LisaMarie is from South Jersey and studies a duel major in dance and early childhood education at Rowan University. She has been dancing for sixteen years and some of her favorite dance styles include tap, jazz and contemporary. LisaMarie attends classes at Broadway Dance Center and Powerhouse Dance Center; she is a member of Rowan University’s contemporary dance company “Dance Extensions”, as well as a dancer in the 2022 Flair Dance Festival. LisaMarie can’t wait to share her knowledge and passion for dance this upcoming season with DX!