Staff

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.

 

Devan 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. Miss Devan has been technically trained in multiple modern techniques including Graham, Horton, Limon, and improvisation. 

She continued her education working with artists such as Nancy Lushington, Cynthia Thole, Lonnie Morretton, Lynn Grossman, Diann Sichel and Karen Gayle. 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. 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 and serves as the Arts and Wellness cooridinator for a non-profit in Monmouth county to bring arts and mental health to underserved communities. 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.

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Artistic Director- Devan Brash- Buccheri

Kristin Seneca- Hip Hop

 

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. 

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Matthew Winnegge- Ballet

 

Matthew Winnegge is an accomplished dance educator, adjudicator and performer. His credits include Broadway/NY: Chicago (Harry and The Jury), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National/International Tours: Chicago (The Jury), Wizard of Oz. Regional Theatre: Arkansas Rep, Stages St Louis, Fireside Theatre. Industrials/Dance: Kate Spade NY Commercial/Ad Campaign, Samsung 4G Promotional, Broadway Follies. In addition to performing, Matthew has been teaching all over the country with Deviate Dance and Broadway Connections, as well as setting choreography for various studios, Matthew is so excited to share his talent and love for dance with his Dancin on the Edge family. 

Toby Harris- Tap

 

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.

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Annie Johnson- Ballet 

Annie Johnson began her dance training in her hometown of Hamilton, NJ with training from Julie Caprio at the age of 4. She attended dance summer intensives throughout her high school career which included American Ballet Theatre, NY, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and Boca Ballet Theatre. She continued her dance training at Butler University, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance studying classical ballet technique, modern, jazz, character, and contemporary. While at Butler she performed roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and was able to work with guest choreographers with the most recent being Lesley Telford. In the summer of 2014 she traveled to Eastern Europe with members of Butler Ballet. While there she performed and trained at the Roman Turczynowicz National School of Ballet in Warsaw, the Fundacja Edukacji Atystycznej in Krakow, the Olga Slawska-Lipczynska National School of Ballet in Poznan, the Eva Jaczova National Dance Conservatory in Bratislava, and the Department of Dance at the National Conservatory in Prague.The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, performed and trained at the Roman Turczynowicz National School of Ballet in Warsaw, the Fundacja Edukacji Atystycznej in Krakow, the Olga Slawska-Lipczynska National School of Ballet in Poznan, the Eva Jaczova National Dance Conservatory in Bratislava, and the Department of Dance at the National Conservatory in Prague.

 

Corrine Messina- Stretch/Turns/Leaps and Tiny Dancers 

Corinne Messina has been dancing for over 20 years and has been teaching and choreographing for over a decade. She has taught in the styles of Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, and Musical Theatre. In 2016, Corinne graduated with top honors from Middlesex County College receiving her AA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Dance and later received her BA in Dance from Hofstra University in 2018. At Hofstra University, she trained under Rachel List, Heather Waldon, Robbie Cook, Amy Marshall, Colin Stilwell, Anita Feldman, Karla Wolfgangle, Ellie G. Kusner, Caroline Copland, and Laura Neese. While working towards her degree, she has performed with the MCC Dance Ensemble and has performed in the Hofstra Faculty Show. She has learned and performed pieces from professional choreographers Less Hummel and Claire Porter. Corinne is currently pursuing her Masters degree at the University of Florida Online in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in Human Performance. She plans to use this knowledge to create an anatomical approach to teaching technique to help her students perform safely and efficiently. Professionally, Corinne has performed at Six Flags Great Adventure in various character shows, dance shows, and parades and has also performed in Dance New Jersey’s Show Up and Dance event. As a choreographer, her pieces have went on to receive choreography awards, entertainment awards, special judges awards, first place ranks, and invitations to worlds. Corinne finds most enjoyment when she sees a students “AHA!” moment and seeing what each of them can bring to her choreography. She aspires to impact her students with her love and passion of dance each and every day!

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Resident Guest Choreographers

Tap-Mark Albrecht 

 

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.

 

Sharrod Williams

Sharrod Williams is performing artist, teacher, and choreographer based in New York City. He is a proud graduate of Montclair State University with a dual major in Dance and Communication Studies. Sharrod’s credits include: Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, CATS, and Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago). Off Broadway: Grand Hotel (ENCORES!). National Tours: A Chorus Line, Bring It On: The Musical. Regional: The MUNY, The Kennedy Center, Asolo Rep, TUTS, Surflight, and Park Playhouse. Dance Companies: The Chase Brock Experience, Doug Elkins and Friends, Life Dance Company, and the Von Howard Project. TV: Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show. Film: Happy, Yummy, Chicken (Damian Maloof). Sharrod has led masterclasses and choreographed for dance studios and esteemed organizations including the Joffrey Ballet School, The Institute of American Musical Theatre, The Grier School, Broadway Connection, and Stage Door Workshops. His favorite quote is, “life’s too short to live the same day twice.” For more visit: www.SharrodWilliams.com; IG/Twitter: @SharrodSharrod7 

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