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, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Rhythm Tap, Rockette Tap
Denise Caston was a Radio City Rockette for 10 years and toured nationally with the Tony Award winning musical, Crazy For You. Denise has also had the honor of performing the choreography of Savion Glover at a showcase in New York City. She performed on tour in Australia, dancing all over the continent in Elvis to the Max. Her choreography has been seen in many productions in which she performed, including shows at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Credits also include film, television, commercials, and industrials. Teaching credits include classes at Broadway Dance Center (NYC) and Steps on Broadway (NYC), Tradition In Tap (NYC), Gregg Russell's Tap Into the Network (Cleveland, OH), and the St. Louis Tap Festival, as well as The Rockette Experience© at Radio City Music Hall.
In 2011, Denise was invited to speak at the TEDx Detroit Conference about her contributions to the cultural landscape in Detroit, including founding and producing Motor City Tap Fest and founding the Detroit Tap Repertory.
Recently, Denise was awarded a prestigious MaTilDa Award from her alma mater, Oakland University, for Alumni Achievement in Dance. She also became certified by the American Ballet Theatre's ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum for Primary-Level 3.
Ballet & Musical Theater
Vanessa is so excited to begin teaching this year at North Jersey School of Dance Arts. She is a Junior 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.