Faculty & Staff
Meet the 2018 - 2019 school year faculty & staff of North Jersey School of Dance Arts
Contemporary & Jazz
Ashley Feyrer was born and bred in New Jersey and received her dancing training at NJSDA from Christine Taylor and Luba Gulyaeva. She also attended programs at Princeton Dance Theatre and Broadway Dance Center. Summer programs include scholarship to Point Park University.
An original company member of New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Ashley has performed principle roles in the Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and La Jeunesse. She has worked with Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Mark Morris, Kiki Lucas and Jennifer Deckert and has performed in a number of dance festivals including 2010 American College Dance Gala, Women in Dance-Alvin Ailey, Dumbo White Wave and West Fest Dance Festival.
Ballet, Pilates & Yoga
Alexandra Thorpe received her early dance training from NJSDA under the direction of Christine Taylor and was a founding member of the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet. She attended numerous summer intensives including Cedar Islands with Suzanne Farrell, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, New Jersey Ballet, and David Parsons Summer Intensive. In May 2009, Ms. Thorpe graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BA in Dance Pedagogy. While at Butler, she danced corps and soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Giselle, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Balanchine’s Serenade. After graduating from Butler, Ms. Thorpe danced and worked with various contemporary ballet companies including Insight Dance Company, Nimbus Dance Works, and the Kennedy Dancers. Along with her dance training, Ms. Thorpe is certified in Pilates and Yoga.
ballet & Musical theater
Vanessa is so excited to begin teaching this year at North Jersey School of Dance Arts. She is a senior at Warren Hills regional high school and has been performing for about 14 years now. She takes ballet, pointe, and jazz but has also tried many other styles in the past.
She has been in numerous shows including Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, Peter and the Wolf, La Boutique Fantastique, Fiddler on the Roof, Farce of Habit, How to Succeed in Business Without really Trying, and Fairy Doll.
In 2018, she was nominated for a Freddy Award for her performance as Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the category: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. She has been dancing with NJSDA since she was two and a half and has been a part of the NEW Jersey Civic Youth Ballet since 2008. She loves dancing and ballet and hopes to join a professional company after high school.
Shanna Heverly Hingel
Ballet & jazz
Born in Colorado, yet raised in NJ, Shanna received her initial dance training at NJSDA under the instruction of Christine Taylor and Luba Gulyeava . Shanna was an original company member of the NJCYB! She received her BFA in Dance with a minor in ballet pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory. While in Boston, she also was a principal ballet dancer with the company Ballet Rox and found her love for musical theater while performing in regional houses there. Although, she continued to freelance with various companies, Shanna then shifted her focus full time into the musical theater world where she performed in the Broadway National Tour of CATS, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, White Christmas, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Swing, Annie Get Your Gun and Carousel. She also has had the privilege performing as a back up dancer for Ne-Yo, as well as appearing in various music videos and commercials. As a teacher, Shanna is extremely passionate about not only passing on her love for dance, but instilling clean, correct technique in her students, while building the confidence and grace needed to perform and thrive in or out of the performance world.