season Four 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 choreographing again for CDC in their fourth season. This company allows her to continue her passion for dance and she’s so thankful for the amazing choreographers and dancers.
Ali began dancing at a young age and has studied dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop, and ballet. She received her dance training at Premiere Dance of Hillsborough in New Jersey, where she later joined their competition team in 2005. Ali has won first overall at regional and national competitions for both her solo and group performances and has performed such pieces in national finals showcases. In 2011, Ali attended Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensive program where she expanded her expertise and technique in classes taught by top dance professionals. In 2013, she co-choreographed a contemporary group piece with a few of her fellow teammates which placed third overall at nationals in Orlando, Florida.
Ali attended the University of Arizona where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing. Upon her junior year, she joined the university’s recognized hip hop crew, Black N’ Blue Hip Hop Crew, and contributed to choreographing during her last year on the team. Ali is currently working full-time at a digital media agency in New York City and looks forward to continuing her passion for dance.
URBAN CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHER
Ashley began dancing as a toddler and grew to become very passionate about this art. While she primarily studied under Russian ballet technique at NYOD in Middletown, NJ, she began to train in other styles (such as Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop) to further her education in dance. As part of a team and a soloist, she competed in multiple dance competitions, placing in overalls. In 2013, she was part of one of the select pieces chosen to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix Finals, a worldwide ballet competition held in NYC. She attended Rutgers University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Statistics and Visual Arts, with a specialization in Photography. It was also there that she became a member of Rutgers Performing Dance Company, choreographing and dancing on their competition team. She was elected Head Choreographer (’17-’18), where she advised and produced multiple showcases for the company, which consists of over 150 dancers. She is now a production coordinator in NYC for the fashion/luxury industry, while also being a freelance beauty and portrait photographer. With multiple pursuits of interests, she finds her deepest passions to still lie in dance and choreography. She is extremely proud to be a member of Continuum Dance Co. and can’t wait to choreograph for them again this season!
Brielle Pryor is 26 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 .
Danna began dancing at the age of 2.5, following in her sister’s footsteps at Lynn Vogen Dance Studio in Orange County, California. She took a variety of classes there until she moved to Clifton Dance Project in Huntington Beach when she was 7. There, she took ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. When Danna moved into middle school, she participated in various jazz and hip hop performing and competition ensembles at Clifton Dance Project. At age 14, Danna auditioned for the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) at Huntington Beach High School as a dance major and spent the next four years of high school training in various technique classes. She found herself on Hip Hop Dance Team, in Jazz Ensemble, Modern Ensemble, and then culminated her high school experience in APA’s Repertory Ensemble. With Repertory Ensemble, Danna performed in regular school showcases along with a showcase at the National High School Dance Festival in Miami, FL. Also during Danna’s senior year, she was able to choreograph a dance piece for the Senior PTA Reflections competition and received an Award of Excellence through the Huntington Beach Council Level and a commendation at the District level. Throughout high school, Danna was fortunate enough to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest as a dancer in Orange County, CA, San Rafael, CA, Houston, TX, and Jerusalem, Israel. After high school, Danna took a brief hiatus from performing dance until she found Continuum Dance Company before its third season.
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 three seasons, she is beyond excited to continue sharing her passion for dance, performance and choreography.
Ellouise is a dancer new to the NYC area! She began dancing at three years old, at Edgewater Dance Academy in her small hometown Gilford, New Hampshire. She has training in styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Modern, Aerial, and Ballet. Ellouise attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelors in dance and in science. She danced and was captain of both Ballet and the Jazz, Tap, and Aerial dance companies. She has taught at Tara Little’s Dance Studio, Edgewater, and for UNH. She has performed professionally with the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in multiple shows, most recently in Mamma Mia and The Little Mermaid, and served as the Dance Captain as well. In NYC, she continues to train at Broadway Dance Center, with teachers Dariusz Hochman and Phil Orsano among many others, studying a diverse set of dance genres. Ellouise is currently pursuing a career as a professional dancer as well as nannying. This will be her first season choreographing for Continuum Dance Co.
JAZZ and HIP-HOP CHOREOGRAPHER
Jeanine is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor based out of NYC. She began dancing at a young age, training in styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theatre.
Jeanine attended Rutgers University where she danced with the Rutgers Performing Dance Company, holding the position of Head Choreographer. Her piece “Forest Fire” won 1st Overall High Score at the 2017 Evolve Intercollegiate Dance Competition.
She has trained closely under notable choreographers such as Galen Hooks (The Galen Hooks Method), Luam (Rock The Industry), Theresa Stone, David Thomas, and Nijawwon Matthews. She also completed a six month program at the world-renowned Broadway Dance Center, where she continues to train to this day.
Jeanine is currently signed under Clear Talent Group.
This will be her fourth 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.
Ryan Ortiz is a dancer and choreographer based out of the NYC area. Unlike most dancers, Ryan found dance much later in life at the age of 14 as a way to spend more time with her friends who liked taking hip-hop classes. After immediately falling in love with dance, she moved to Premier Dance Studio in Pottstown, Pa where she could train more intensely in styles such as hip-hop, street jazz, contemporary, and modern. Here she thrived and quickly became a soloist and lead in many performances. It was also here where Ryan found her passion for contemporary and modern movement which continues to this day.
After high school she attended OCC where she majored in Dance and was leader and choreographer for the OCC Dance Team. Upon transferring to Rutgers University, Ryan majored in Dance again and quickly became involved with the Rutgers Performing Dance Company where she found a true home. There she competed in the 2018 Evolve Intercollegiate Dance Competition and went on to be a choreographer in her last season.
In the summer of 2018 Ryan had the opportunity to dance on tour with the pop musician LexRex and the Dragons at venues in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and NYC, as well as perform on the PNC Bank Art Center mainstage for Warped Tour 2018.
Since graduating college Ryan has trained intensely with Galen Hooks in both her Artist Development and Immersion intensives as well as a variety of other commercial intensives in the NYC area. Ryan continues to train at studios such as Broadway Dance Center and Ripley Grier as she pursues a career as a professional dancer.
Ryan also works part time in the legal field where she is heavily involved in domestic and child care cases.