Ms. Lauren Christman
Lauren has been dancing for over 23 years. She grew up training at the Sharon Plessl School of Dance, in Allentown, Pennsylvania and has been teaching dance and choreographing for over 12 years. Along with her extensive dance training, Lauren was also a gymnast at Parkettes National Gymnastics Center for many years, where she acquired her gymnastics certification. Growing up, Lauren always had a passion for the Arts... wether it was Dance, Cheerleading, or Gymnastics; recreationally and competitively...she did it all. During her high school years, she was a Varsity Cheerleader and a Varsity Competition Cheerleader. Lauren also attended Image International School Of Modeling where she graduated and went on to pursue several modeling endeavors for Scünci Hair Products. After high school, Lauren attended Kutztown University in a partnership program with a major in Psychology for Secondary Education Guidance Counseling. Through her collegiate years, Lauren was a member of an All-Star Acro-Cheer and Dance Team, taught in a dance program at Broughal Middle School, and continued teaching both recreational and competitive classes at SPSD. After college, Lauren continued to pursue her love of teaching and has achieved numerous awards throughout her Cheer/Dance and Choreography Career such as: "MVP", "Best Musical Selection", "Excellence In Choreography" and more. During her Professional Amateur career, she was a member of the Excel Dance Company for over 14 years where she has performed locally and nationally. She has performed Nationally at various venues including: Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Hershey Park, Six Flags - Great Adventure, Monsters of Hip Hop - NJ., and Locally at: Dorney Park, Mayfair, Musikfest, Sportsfest, The Lehigh Valley Mall, The Great Allentown Fair and The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Lauren also choreographed for The Excel Dance Company for upwards of 7 years. Lauren has been performing Professionally for over 7 years. She has done multiple dance/modeling shows with M•A•C Makeup and has recently danced for an MMA Event; XFE 28 (Extreme Fight Event), in October 2013. Following that, Lauren danced for American Stand-Up Comedian/Actor/Writer/Producer; Hannibal Buress in March 2015. Lauren has also danced for Singer/Songwriter/Parodist/Record Producer/Actor/Music Video Director/Film Producer/Author; Alfred "Weird-Al" Matthew Yankovic in June 2015. In January 2016, Lauren appeared on and filmed a commercial for TNA Impact Wresting, working with Celebrity Wrestlers including: Robert Roode, James Storm and Tyrus.
Presently, Lauren is working on a live interview and film set series with a local radio station. She will be filming with Independent Bands for Local Venues, Band Websites and YouTube. Over her multitude of years in the Arts Industry, she has attended countless Dance Conventions and Workshops in New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and Pennsylvania. She has taken Master Classes with distinguished choreographers such as: Tabitha Dumo, Napoleon Dumo and Rhapsody James, Luam and many more. Lauren is trained in all styles,levels, and ages of Dance; both recreationally and competitively. She is known in the "ABE" area for her innovative, bold and creative choreography and has a fun and modern approach to her teaching style. After many years of training and teaching in Allentown, she is very excited about her move to Bethlehem to join the Asylum Dance Project family and is looking forward to taking Asylum's students to the "next level"!
"For Every Dancer That Believes In Themselves, There Was A Teacher Who Believed In Them First."
Miss Felicia has been teaching dance of all ages and levels since the age of 16. She teaches various styles such as hip-hop, jazz/tap, lyrical and specializes in musical theatre, acting and singing. Miss Felicia has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Dramatic Literature with minor in dance and drama. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education in special education and general education. She has trained at Broadway dance center working with a variety of world-renowned choreographers. She is known for keeping her class’s fresh and full of energy, incorporating all different music of today to ensure an effective, fun, educational environment for all students. She is certified by Dance and Gym USA. Miss Felicia has been involved in many community events such as parades, community shows and fundraising opportunities. At the young age of 18 she wrote directed and choreographed her first solo community theatre show. It was a great success. She is involved in a variety of after-school programs teaching theatre and cheerleading to children of all ages. Miss Felicia has won many platinum and 1st place awards for her competitive classes/routines. She hopes to continue sharing her love and knowledge of dance and theatre with children for years to come. She believes that dance molds creativity, confidence and strong sense of self.
Carrie has been dancing since the age of 2 and will be entering her 20th year of dance this season. She began her journey in the performing arts scene in her hometown of Hammonton, New Jersey at Paul Morris Dance Explosion. Carrie grew up training in all styles of dance. After 9 years in New Jersey, she moved to the "ABE" area and continued her dance training at the Sharon Plessl School of Dance. During her student years there, Carrie entered the competitive world, focusing on her talents in Gymnastics, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet and Pointe. At the age of 16, she began teaching pre-school and combination dance classes. Carrie then graduated from Southern Lehigh Senior High School, where she was a Varsity Cheerleader. Carrie is also a graduate of DeSales University, she currently holds a Bachelors Of Arts in Business Administration and Psychology. Entering her college years, she continued to pursue Master Classes and Workshops in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as teaching recreational dance classes. During her collegiate years, Carrie began choreographing for the Excel Dance Company. She was also a member of the Excel Dance Company prior to that for 7 years. Carrie has performed Locally and Nationally with the company at various locations. Locally, she has performed at: Mayfair, Musikfest, Sportsfest, Dorney Park and more. Nationally, she has performed at: Hershey Park, Six Flags - Great Adventure and at the 2012 Olympics in London, England. Carrie also continued her love of competitive dancing to the Professional Amateur level, maintaining an undefeated 1st place rank until the age of 20. It was then she knew that she was ready to share her competitive passion with her students and began teaching competition classes and solos. Not long ago, Carrie began her Professional Dance/Performance Career dancing for American Stand-Up Comedian/Actor/Writer/Producer; Hannibal Buress in March 2015. She has also danced for Singer/Songwriter/Parodist/Record Producer/Actor/Music Video Director/Film Producer/Author; Alfred "Weird-Al" Matthew Yankovic in June 2015. After 10 years of dancing in the Allentown area, Carrie is ready to begin her new journey with The Asylum Dance Project. She brings inventive and imaginative ideas to her classroom and can't wait to share her fun, buoyant personality with her students.
"A Dance Teacher Helps Their Students Find The Song In Their Heart, The Beat In Their Feet, And A Passion For Life."
Colt Weiss was born and raised in Eastern Pennsylvania. He attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Dance Performance. After graduation, Colt started his professional career with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, where he performed as a featured dancer and aerialist. Colt began his musical theater career performing with the national tour of CHICAGO the musical. Throughout his travels with CHICAGO, Colt has performed as a swing, ensemble member, and dance captain. His hard work and determination even landed him his Broadway debut, in CHICAGO the musical. Colt recently performed off-broadway in the 60’s dance and musical spectacular, TRIP OF LOVE. His love of dance, theater, and performing has allowed him to travel all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and now he’s here to share his knowledge and talents with you. LET’S DANCE!
Ms. Felicia Stone
Narissa Fell is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator. Originally from Center Valley, PA, Narissa began her dancing career at the age of four at Dance Works in Quakertown, PA. She continued her studies at The University of the Arts and then graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Dance. During her college studies, she was a performer/entertainer at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA and after graduation traveled to Rio de Janerio, Brazil, where she had the opportunity to perform, choreograph, and teach students in the schools. Narissa also attended Surfscape Dance Theatre Intensive in Daytona, Florida upon graduation. Narissa has professionally performed with various dance companies such as, CoExist Dance Company, Fight Vixens Dance Team, and Philadelphia’s jazz dance company, Project Moshen Dance Company, as well as, a current member of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange. Narissa has taught in the Philadelphia district and the Arts Academy Charter Middle School in Allentown, Pa. She is an instructor/choreographer for various dance studios in the Bucks County, working with students of all ages, levels, and styles. The past two years she has been the Dance Advisor of Reve Dance Company at Penn State and currently holds the position as the dance director at Renaissance Academy Charter School in Phoenixville, Pa. Narissa’s newest endeavors was being a PRO dancer with “Dancing for our Future Stars”, an event raising money for Independent Mission schools in Philadelphia. Narissa taught, choreographed, and performed alongside her celebrity partner and won “passion for the mission”! Narissa is very passionate about her career and evolving the younger generation. She has taught various master classes and workshops for numerous studios and dance companies, such as, Releve Dance Academy, Dance Arts Conservatory, Power and Grace Gymnastics and Dance, and MarDeldance Youth Company. She loves working with all different students and spreading her love and passion to other young artists! Narissa looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with many more dancers and artists throughout her career.
Mark Boston, aka Smark Mark, is a professional dancer, choreographer, educator and entrepreneur. In 2010, Boston founded I Am Phresh, the first and only hip-hop-based dance studio in the greater Philadelphia region. With three dance companies, workshops, classes and monthly performance events, I Am Phresh’s mission is to inspire audiences, engage youth, and foster diversity and inclusion through hip-hop dance. A self-taught dancer, Boston has performed as a principle member of the Philadelphia-based company, Chosen Dance; at local and national events including ESPN’s X-Games VIII, Superbowl XL, BET’s 106th and Park, and Philadelphia City Hall’s 100th Anniversary; in a nationally televised NFL advertising campaign; and as co-founder and member of the dance crew Phresh Select on Season 2 of MTV/Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew.
Central to Boston’s focus as a dancer and educator is the welfare and advancement of young people who desire further education and richer, more varied world experience. Boston has helped numerous young dancers navigate the professional dance world, find gainful employment as performers and educators, and continually develop their technical dance skills. As a well-known leader and representative of Philadelphia’s hip-hop dance scene, Boston continues to perform, teach and battle, bringing his passion and love for dance to generational audiences across the United States.Type your paragraph here.
Ms. Carrie Perone
Alicia Pociask is a professional choreographer, director, dancer, singer, and
master teacher. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she grew up dancing, singing,
and acting. She attended Point Park University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Dance and a minor in Theatre Arts. At Point Park she had the pleasure of performing
with the Playhouse Dance and Theatre Companies. While in college Alicia was a
dancer/singer at Paramount King’s Dominion, Cedar Point, and Hershey Park. After
college Alicia went on to work as a dancer at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee, performed in many industrials for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was a video
tracked dancer for the Pepsi Corporation. In addition to performing she was the stage
manager for the 2010 Miss Pennsylvania Pageant for the Miss America Organization.
Alicia also spent 5 years traveling and performing all over the world with Holland
America Cruise Line. In 2012, Alicia choreographed the brand new original show,
“Luminosity, Ignite the Night”, that was performed at Cedar Point in Ohio. She has had
the honor of being mentored by some of New York’s up and coming choreographers
including Al Blackstone and Jim Cooney. Even with her busy schedule she still finds
time to judge for StarQuest International, Step Up 2 Dance, and Celebration Talent
dance competitions. Currently Alicia resides in Brooklyn, New York and is a resident
Show Supervisor, Director, and Choreographer for RWS Entertainment Group; New
York City’s largest production company. Her work can be seen on board Holland
America Cruise Line’s ms Noordam and ms Westerdam.
Gregory began dancing at the young age of five in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He acquired all of his fundamental dance training from his hometown studios; The Doris Singer Dance Studio and Reach For The Stars Dance Studio, both located in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Gregory was trained in all styles of dance, including but not limited to: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Acrobatics. During his 15 years in Pittsburgh, Gregory went on to compete in Regional and National Competitions. Amongst the various Regional Awards he received during his competitive career, Gregory also attained and held several National Titles including; “Mr. Next Star” and “Mr. Show Stopper”.
Following his High School Graduation, Gregory went on to continue his dance training and education at The University Of The Arts, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he obtained his BFA in Dance Performance. His college years were not only a time of expansion but a time of growth in his dance career. For the duration of his college years, he was a Modern Dance Major. Along with Modern, he also had core concentration classes in Ballet Technique. Some highlights during Gregory’s collegiate years include performing works from Twyla Tharp and also performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company at their 80th Anniversary – where he performed “Panorama”.
Subsequent to his graduation from The University Of The Arts, Gregory decided to make a permanent move to the Lehigh Valley (ABE) Area to pursue his passion for dance. At the age of 21, he began working for Fancy Pants Entertainment where he was performing locally at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A few years later, Gregory began teaching at the Sharon Plessl School Of Dance & Excel Dance Company – during this time, he was instructing Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Acrobat classes, both on the recreational and competitive levels.
Being in his early 20’s Gregory still wanted more, he had such a passion for dance that he needed to continue his professional career in other ways. After a brief audition and training period, Gregory began working Professionally for Stiletto Entertainment where he was able to travel the world dancing on the Holland American Cruise Lines. After three astonishing years of traveling and performing everywhere from The World Cup Cap Town in South Africa to The French Polynesian Islands, Gregory realized his priorities and dreams were beginning to change. It was then, that he chose to return to the Lehigh Valley to pursue his love for educating and teaching the art of dance. Gregory returned to the Sharon Plessl School Of Dance to teach all styles and levels of dance. His love for the competitive art form continued to grow throughout the next couple of years which helped him to recognize his journey in the world of dance was only just beginning. After nine years of dancing professionally, teaching, and performing, Gregory knew it was time to fulfill his life-long dream of owning and operating his own dance studio. Many inspirations have brought him to this point in his life. With the support of his family and friends, his inspiration from co-workers throughout the years, and his profound knowledge of the art of dance…Asylum Dance Project was created. Gregory continues to educate himself with styles and concepts of movement, while still practicing and building upon the basic fundamentals of dance.
Gregory Marchetti Also serves the community as a National Registered Paramedic for Cetronia Ambulance Corp.
Gregory promises to bring new and innovative ideas to Greater Lehigh Valley Dance scene
– After all, ‘every artist has a story waiting to be told’.
Throughout her career, Stephanie always trained in varies styles of dance. She wanted to be an all around dancer and keep her opportunities open. Stephanie was trained under Russian ballet dancers Julia Remezova, Igor Chifman and Svetlana Krylova of Donetsk Ballet and The Russian Ballet. Stephanie has attended The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for The Arts where she trained with Doug Bentz of The Luigi Jazz Dance Company in New York City under Artistic Direction of Luigi. Stephanie attended The Alvin Ailey School where
she trained with Francisco Martinez of Ballet Hispanico of New York City, Bradley Shelver, Founder and Artistic Director of Contemporary Dance Company and has danced with Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, Complexions Dance Company, and Limon Dance Company, Robin Dunn, student of Buddah Stretch and Mr. Wiggles, and Joan Peters of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Chairperson for the Dunham Technique at The Ailey School. In 2004, she graduated cum laude from DeSales University with a BA in Dance where she
Stephanie was the principal dancer for Regina Opera Company in Brooklyn. She was a member of BINDHAS, a modern based dance company, Neil Goldberg's Cirque, and was a dancer for Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic. For four years, she danced with Celebrity Cruises and performed with Gary Musick Productions in Nashville. With Gary Musick Productions, Stephanie performed in large scale production shows such as Wicked, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Hairspray, The Lion King, Chicago, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and many more. Throughout her career, Stephanie has continued to teach master classes, conventions, and set choreography for studios and companies. Stephanie has toured and traveled all over the world. With the many places and people that have inspired her, Stephanie feels being in South Africa really took her dancing, especially modern dance, to a whole new level. Because Stephanie is very
passionate about the importance of physical fitness, nutrition and injury prevention for dancers and athlete.
Ms. Jeana Getz
Jeana has been dancing since the age of 3. She has trained at Sharon Plessel school of dance in Allentown before becoming an instructor for the last 10 years. Jeana focuses on preschool and jazz classes. She was a member of the Excel Dance Company for 8 years and has perfomed at numerous local and nationally venus, including Six Flags, Disney world, Big Red boat cruise lines, Musikfest, and at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Jeana graduate from Lehigh Valley College receiving an associate degree in criminal justice. After teaching for many years in allentown, she hopes to influence and inspire the young students here at Asylum Dance Project.