season Three choreographers.
FOUNDER AND COMPANY DIRECTOR
CONTEMPORARY and JAZZ CHOREOGRAPHER
Starting at the age of 6, Petra has studied numerous dance styles including Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet. She received her dance training at Premiere Dance of Hillsborough, where she later became a teacher and choreographer for over two years. Petra has won awards in the top 10 overall at regional and national competitions, for both her own performances and that of her students. She later went on to receive a minor in Dance at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts and was a part of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company for four years. Holding the Executive Board positions of Head Choreographer and Advertising, Petra helped lead the company of over 200 dancers in bi-annual showcases, special performances and annual competitions. Choreographing over 10 pieces for RPDC, as well as numerous recreational and competition team pieces at Premiere Dance, Petra's passion for dance and choreography has continued to grow and develop.
Now working as a Global Marketing Assistant Manager in Manhattan, Petra is pursuing a full-time, corporate career in the beauty industry, while still following her passion for dance and choreography as the founder of Continuum Dance Co.
Adele began her love of dance at the age of 8, starting with a jazz class at Moderne Academie of Fine Arts in Scotch Plains, NJ. From there, her studies expanded to tap, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. She continued dancing at Rutgers University, minoring in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts while also performing and choreographing for Rutgers Performing Dance Company for four years.
Now working in digital marketing, Adele is thrilled to be joining CDC in their third season. This company allows her to continue her passion for dance and she’s so thankful for the amazing choreographers and dancers.
Ashley was given the privilege of dance lessons at the age of 2. It was then that she was able to develop a passion and relationship for this art. She studied under multiple instructors, but shifted her focus and technique when she began studying at Not Your Ordinary Dancers in Middletown, NJ. It was there that she studied Russian ballet training, as well as Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary techniques. As part of a team and a soloist, she competed in multiple dance competitions, placing in numerous overalls. In 2013, she was part of one of the selected pieces to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix Finals, a worldwide ballet competition held in NYC. She was accepted into Mason Gross School of the Arts in Rutgers University as a dance major. Deciding to move in a different direction academically, she joined Rutgers Performing Dance Company, the university’s largest sports club. She became a dedicated member, joining their competition team, and choreographing multiple pieces for their semi-annual showcases. In her graduating year, she held the executive board position of Head Choreographer, in which she organized and produced multiple showcases, while also advising and leading the company, which consists of over 150 members. She graduated from Rutgers in 2018 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Visual Arts, with a specialization in photography. She accepted a full time position after graduation at a photo/video production company in NYC, where she coordinates and produces shoots for clients such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, and more. She is also a freelance beauty and portrait photographer. With multiple pursuits of interests, she finds her deepest passion to still lie in dance and choreography. She is excited to be a member of Continuum Dance Co. and can’t wait to choreograph for them this season!
CONTEMPORARY and JAZZ CHOREOGRAPHER
Alyssa returns to Continuum Dance Co. as a jazz and contemporary choreographer for Season Three. Alyssa choreographed a contemporary piece, A Walk Thru a Snowy December, and a jazz piece, Bellyache, for Continuum Dance Co.’s debut season in Spring 2018. She comes to CDC with 23 years of dance experience. Alyssa grew up dancing in the competition circuit, having been awarded numerous regional and national titles both for group and solo performances. In 2009, she was 1st runner-up for the National title of Ms. Dancer’s Inc. That same year, under the direction of Travis Breen and Eric McCotter, Alyssa won the Dancer’s Inc. National Grand Championship Title for her group contemporary performance, Lost. In Fall 2018, Alyssa returned to her childhood dance studio, Body Language Dance Center in Ewing, NJ, where she continues to teach contemporary/jazz classes. Following her high school dance career, Alyssa went on to join the Rutgers Performing Dance Company where she was a company member as well as contemporary and jazz choreographer throughout her college years. She served as the company’s Head Choreographer from 2012 to 2014 where she continued to choreograph and direct company showcases. Throughout her time with Rutgers Performing Dance Company, Alyssa performed at the State Theatre, directed and founded the company’s first intercollegiate competitive team, who went on to win 1st overall high scoring performance at the 2014 Evolve Intercollegiate Dance Competition, and even was a participant in the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performance with Bruno Mars. Alyssa graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014, and earned a Master’s of Education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education the following year. She currently works as a Special Education teacher in New Jersey and teaches 8th grade math for students with learning disabilities. Alyssa is eager to return to CDC, where she can continue to share her love and passion for dance with other artists.
Brielle Pryor is 25 years old, and has been involved in dance, theatre, and music since the age of 3. After a long hiatus from dance, she decided to relive her childhood passions by joining the Rutgers Performing Dance Company in 2011, her freshman year of college. In that company, she discovered her love for hip-hop and began choreographing in 2014. Outside of dance, Brielle has been pursuing a career in education. She recently received her Master's of Education in the field of school counseling. Brielle pulls from multiple musical and dance influences when choreographing. Brielle is ecstatic to be choreographing for Continuum Dance Co. and cannot wait to create something spectacular .
Chelsea began dancing at the age of five at the studio 100% Dance in Ocean, NJ. She quickly joined their dance competition team, where she won countless awards, scholarships, and recognitions both with her team and as a soloist at competitions and conventions until she graduated high school. During her time as a competitive dancer, Chelsea began performing in community theater musicals, where she was featured as a dancer in Cabaret, Evita, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and West Side Story. Chelsea was accepted into the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she began her BFA in Dance. She was then hired to be a part of the original cast of Baby Hold On to Me: A Musical on the Life of Gerald Levert, where she performed at the Newark Symphony Hall and Beacon Theater on Broadway. Taking a different educational path, Chelsea continued her training at Mason Gross with a Dance Minor, and joined the Rutgers Performing Dance Company where she held an executive board position and introduced Musical Theatre as a style to the company. Her first musical theatre piece for the company was taken to the Evolve Intercollegiate Dance Competition where it placed in top overalls. Chelsea continues to have a passion for dance post college graduation, and is looking forward to continue choreographing and seeing her ideas come alive on stage.
CONTEMPORARY and JAZZ CHOREOGRAPHER
Deidre Sauer started dancing at the age of 2 1/2 at Dance Plus in Little Silver. After being approached to audition for their dance competition team, she went on to compete in both regional and national competitions where she won numerous awards with both group and solo performances. Her passion for dance led her to Broadway Dance Center for both Luam and Rhapsody’s dance intensives where she was able to work closely with world renown choreographers in the commercial dance industry. At Red Bank Catholic High School, she was a member of the competitive dance program. With RBC’s dance company, she was given the opportunity to perform in the 2010 Orange Bowl Halftime show choreographed by Cris Judd and assisted Robert Schultz, among other renown choreographers, in their master classes. Fast forward to Rutgers University, where she went on to a double major in both Dance with Mason Gross School of the Arts and Nutrition in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. There, she was President of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company, choreographer and performer. As President, she led the company to their very first intercollegiate dance competition, Evolve, where they won 1st place overall and performed in the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. She was also choreographer of two Livingston Theatre Company shows: Legally Blonde and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Post college, she has choreographed and performed with director Tom Young in The Last Five Years in addition to Stephanie Bond and Tom Young’s ReThink Theatrical company where she was a featured dancer in their show, Stages: A Legacy in Revue. After choreographing and dancing in Continuum Dance Co.’s first two seasons, she is beyond excited to continue sharing her passion for dance, performance and choreography.
Dance has been a defining part of Jacqui’s life, beginning with her first class at age three. As a student at Rising Stars School of Dance and Performing Arts in Manalapan, NJ, Jacqui studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and modern dance, and she began competing in multiple styles at age ten through her senior year in high school. Jacqui was a four-year member of the Manalapan High School Dance team, and served as the Co-Captain and Choreographer her senior year. Throughout college Jacqui was a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company and choreographed jazz pieces for three showcases.
After earning her MPH from Columbia University, Jacqui began working for the NYC DOE’s Office of School Wellness Programs as a Move-to-Improve Program Coordinator. She is also a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor, with over 5 years of experience, and she teaches several classes a week in NYC, Jersey City, and Hoboken. Jacqui has been a part of Continuum Dance Co. since its opening season and is so grateful to continue creating and performing with such a talented and passionate group of dancers.
JAZZ and STREET JAZZ CHOREOGRAPHER
Jeanine is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor based out of the NYC area. She began dancing at a young age, training in styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Ballet. She has competed at both regional and national levels and has won multiple Hip Hop scholarships.
Jeanine attended Rutgers University and studied Dance as a minor with the Mason Gross School of the Performing Arts. She danced with the Rutgers Performing Dance Company and held the executive board position of Head Choreographer. Her choreography won 1st Overall High Score at the 2017 Evolve Intercollegiate Dance Competition.
Jeanine has trained closely under Galen Hooks as part of The Galen Hooks Method. She most recently completed a six month training program at the world-renowned Broadway Dance Center, where she was fortunate to be mentored by David Thomas and Nijawwon Matthews. There, she increased her versatility by studying various dance styles such as Heels, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking, Vogueing, Belly Dance, and Dancehall. She continues to train there regularly.
Jeanine is currently pursuing a career as a professional dancer. This will be her third season with Continuum Dance Co.
Katie has been dancing since the age of 3. Dance has always been a huge part of her life, starting her studies at Pat’s Dance Studio in Baldwin, NY. Katie studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She continued all the way through to senior year of high school. As college came, Katie hoped to continue her passion for dance, where she thankfully found Rutgers Performing Dance Company. She was a member all four years and served as a choreographer for 4 semesters. Katie also continued to study dance at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received a minor in dance. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science and Sport Studies and is currently a certified personal trainer working for Equinox on Long Island. Katie is so grateful for the opportunity to create with Continuum Dance Co. and to continue to enjoy dance while pursuing a full-time career.