Meet our award winning staff!
Director- Erika Aresta- Maiello
Mrs. Erika’s love for dance started very young. She has been dancing since the age of three and competing since the age of four. She has won numerous awards as a dancer. Some of her achievements include: placing 3rd in the nation at National Dance Association, NDA’s “All American” for three years, and held the title “Best Turns and Leaps” for two years running. Mrs. Erika has been teaching dance since the age of 16 and choreographing competition numbers since 17. Mrs. Erika won the 2005 Top Choreographer Award in the Teen Solo category at Star Systems Competition and the 2006 Young Choreographer Award at American Dance Awards. Mrs. Erika’s Dancin’ on the Edge Dance Team was invited to the New York City Dance Alliance Nationals the first year Dancin on the Edge opened. Over the past seven years, Mrs. Erika has added multiple choreography awards to her list including 2009 Diamond Award at Rhythms in Dance. She holds an Associates Degree in Small Business Management and continues to take master classes and keep herself knowledgeable and active in the dance community.
Artistic Director- Devan Brash-Buccheri
Devan Brash has been dancing since she was three years old. She began as a competition dancer, receiving many overall awards, and went on to dance in college. She completed her first year at East Carolina University as a Dance Performance Major with a concentration in Modern, being casted in Rick Southerland’s thesis work, student work, and pieces set by Galina Panova and Timour Bourtasenkov. She then transferred to Montclair State University as a double major in dance performance and psychology. Her performance credits include “Waiting” by Jessie Dimauro, “Untitled” By Rick Southerland, “Parsons Etude” choreographed by David Parsons, and has been in works by other artists including , and Karen Gayle. Miss Devan has been technically trained in multiple modern techniques including Graham, Horton, Limon, and improvisational techniques. She continued her education working with artists such as Nancy Lushington, Cynthia Thole, Lonnie Morretton, Lynn Grossman, Diann Sichel and Karen Gayle. In addition to movement classes, Miss Devan has studied Laban Movement, Choreography, Rhythmic Analysis, and teaching methods. Miss Devan has experience volunteering and teaching movement classes to the developmentally disabled, and has performed with dancers responding to AIDS, and at other benefits for Lupus and Cancer research. Her professional credits include but are not limited to multiple Nutcracker performances, "Fashion is Art" at the Prudential Center, The Hatch Festival in New York City, and multiple years performing as a lead in a Nutcracker to help underprivileged dancers achieve a dance education. Miss Devan continues to take classes in NYC and choreograph. Devan has received numerous awards for outstanding choreography from competitions at both the regional and national levels including Starbound, Rhythms in Dance, Star Quest, Fierce dance challenge, StarPower, Dance Xplosion, Starbound and many others. In addition to attending competitions with her students, Devan is also a professional adjudicator for a regional and national competition. As the artistic director here at Dancin on the Edge, Miss Devan believes in the importance of a well rounded, technical education and consistently works with her staff to continue the exceptional level of education given.
Ballet- Mary Pat Robertson
Mary Pat Robertson is an internationally known dance educator. She is a member of the UNESCO Conseil International de la Danse, and has been cited by the U.S. Congress, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and the Arts Council of Princeton for her work in the field. After an academic education from Wellesley and Stanford, Ms. Robertson pursued advanced training in ballet and modern dance in Manhattan, where she studied with such greats as Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and David Howard. After moving to the Princeton area in 1980, Ms. Robertson founded Teamwork Dance, a contemporary dance company well-known for its collaborations with other local arts groups, including Opera Festival of NJ, VOICES, Princeton Pro Musica, and many others.
For 30 years, Ms. Robertson was Director of Princeton Ballet School, for whom she wrote a complete syllabus and created many of its popular programs, including the PLUS program, the Professional Training Program, and the international Trainee program. She has also taught at Princeton, NYU, and Mason-Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and the Lawrenceville and Peddie Schools. Ms. Robertson has also been a consultant for the Educational Testing Service, NJPAC, and the New York State Council on the Arts, and has been a guest teacher across the US and in Europe.
Ballet- Gabriella Proffitt
Gabriella Proffitt graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2014, with a BFA in dance education, specializing in ballet performance, and a minor in musical theater. Since graduation, she has been performing and teaching throughout the area. Ms. Proffitt is originally from the San Francisco Bay area, where she studied intensively throughout high school, including work with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Sacramento Ballet School, and as part of the apprentice program at Diablo Ballet in San Diablo. While attaining her degree at University of the Arts, Ms. Proffitt was a peer tutor in ballet, for which she was acknowledged with an Excellence in Tutoring Award and an Outstanding Student Teaching Award. Since graduation, she has taught for Mill Ballet School, Penn Ballet at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton Ballet School, The Rock School in Philadelphia, and Studio 180 in Paoli, Pa. She has appeared as a dancer with Ballet Fleming in Philadelphia, Ballet 180 in Paoli, and Roxey Ballet in Lambertville. Additional interests are music, alternative somatic modalities, and multidisciplinary collaboration, all of which inform her work as an artist and arts educator.
Hip-Hop- Kristin Seneca
Kristin has more than 22 years of dance training & is a graduate of Montclair State University’s College of the Arts. She graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education, a minor in Business, was a member of the Dance & Theater repertory company and a group fitness instructor.
She has extensive commercial (and conservatory based) dance training, in all styles of dance, and has trained & performed with many well-known dancers & choreographers on both the east and west coasts. Her credits include numerous music videos (including Kat DeLuna’s “Drop it Low”), The Wendy Williams Show, Hip Hop Squares, “Star Maker” on Lifetime with Laurieann Gibson, Freestyle Legends Tour (for artists Rockell, Noel, Cynthia & Joe Zangie), Coca Cola, Disneyworld, The Russian Nutcracker and various live performances at Radio City Music Hall, NJPAC, PNC Arts Center, Jones Beach, Wachovia Center, Amalie Arena, Hard Rock Café, Madison Square Garden and a private event for Madonna.
Kristin is a member of Rhythm City Entertainment, Breaking Conformity Productions, Latin Fusion Dance Project and a current cast member of the Dead Man’s Party dance show at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s Fright Fest. She works with various artists & choreographers, choreographs and teaches various classes and workshops in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia and is a certified Zumba instructor.
Tap- Toby Harris
Toby has been dancing since the tender age of two. He has studied the art of tap with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover just to name a few. He has won such awards as top dance soloist of New Jersey, Mr. Dance America, NAACP national talent award and the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s dance scholarship. Toby has appeared in the Off-Broadway play Runaways as well as the music video for the Kinks, and had a 13 year worldwide tour of Riverdance the Show to start his career as a professional tap dancer. Toby is also amazing with kids and works with them on a recreational and competitive level having won numerous top awards for his choreography already.
Since a young age, Allye Amorino has always loved the art of dance and the thrill of a performance. Allye grew up dancing at Movement Dance Academy, where she now teaches along with Dancin' on the Edge and New York City Performing Arts Center. She is very passionate about instilling the love, art, and commitment of dance into her students. Allye recently danced alongside the major league football team, the Somerset Bears! She has also performed in numerous musicals and on stage with the charity organization Cabaret for life. One of her proudest moments was her television debut on TLC's show "Four Weddings" where she preformed the hit song and dance "Thriller." Allye is so thankful and blessed to share this amazing journey of dance with her students and she cannot wait to see where it will lead you in the future!
Marlowe Scott began his dance training in Central, NJ. He was a competitive dancer in tap and jazz earning several regional and national titles. Marlowe continued his dance training at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. After finishing school he received a scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey American
Dance Center in Manhattan. He performed with the Alvin Ailey company in Memoria at City Center in NYC. Marlowe has toured Europe as a backup dancer for 103.5 KTU's dance music Diva Despina Vendi (I Can't Be) and appeared in one of her music videos. Returning to the states he's performed choreography by former Madonna dancer Slam and has done industrial performances for Toyota. Marlowe has appeared in the
Off-Broadway musical Thin Line produced by Vogue magazine's, Joe Zee. Marlowe performs every year in Manhattan's annual Mega-Event Broadway Bares at Hammerstein Ballroom. Dancing on stage with stars Adam Lambert, Christina Applegate and Laverne Cox. Marlowe's former students have been signed by top agencies in the industry and have gone on to perform on So You Think You Can Dance, and with Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor and Beyonce. His students are also
currently working on Broadway in Anastasia, Hamilton and The King and
I. Marlowe is an established competitive dance judge working with Legacy Dance Championships, Groove Competition and Starquest International. Marlowe's latest project was producing and choreographing the Rock Ballet, Over the Rainbow, featuring an all youth cast which premiered at Franklin Performing Arts Center. He is
currently in pre-production for Over the Rainbow's Off-Broadway
Resident Guest Choreographers
currently hangs his hat in New York City. He attended the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City with a major in Musical Theatre and a focus in Dance. Some of his credits include: A Chorus Line, Grease, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello Dolly, Children of Eden, Fame, and many more. He has performed for The American Tap Dance Foundation’s annual “Tap City” at the famous Symphony Space, as well as the New York Foundation for the Fine Arts “Tap Extravaganza”. He has worked and/or shared the stage with choreographers and teachers such as Skip Cunningham, Germaine Salsberg, Shea Sullivan, Dr. Prince Spencer, Chloe Arnold, Ted Levy, Prof. Robert Reed, Bob Scheerer, Rusty Frank, Deborah Mitchell, Ayodele Casel, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, and many more. An assistant to Shea Sullivan, Mark Albrecht has had the opportunity to be on the tap faculty at Broadway Dance Center, teaching master classes throughout the US, and choreographing internationally. Mark has also assisted Shea Sullivan at the eminent Pulse Teacher’s Workshop, is a judicator for Groove National Dance Competition, and has had the opportunity to teach Jazz and Tap for the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists convention.
Vincent Michael- Hip Hop/Jazz
Vincent Michael began his dance career in New York City, where he appeared in television programs from BET to ESPN. He then went on to tour the world, dancing for the notable stars of Ru Paul's drag race. SInce relocating to Los Angeles, Vincent was last seen dancing for the Aria in Las Vegas for their NYE Classic Rock Comcert: Amplify. He has also appeared in the Grammy's, and the Dancing with the Stars Live finale! We are so happy to have Vincent as a part of our Dancin' on the Edge family!