HEATHER DORLER

JAZZ

Heather Dorler graduated from the University at Buffalo with her BFA in Dance Performance. At the university, Heather was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company performing in a wide range of styles including traditional Bharatanatyam, House Hip-Hop, Fosse inspired Jazz and so much more. She represented her school at the American College Dance Association Northeast Conference and the DUMBO Dance Festival. Her training also brought her to Lucca, Italy for a three week intensive where she studied under NobleMotion, Kidd Pivott and Ohad Naharin Repertory. Heather is going into her 7th year as an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. Through UDA she trains other staff as a Core Staff Instructor and works one on one with college and high school dance teams, training them in hip hop, pom and jazz. She has helped facilitate large events including the Disney and Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parades, the Citrus Bowl halftime show, and the National Dance Team Championship. Along with her dancing, she has held the role of lead actress in a Buffalo Sabre's Commercial and singer/dancer for the production Rock of Ages coming up in her home city. Heather is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and coaches at Orangetheory Fitness where she brings the benefits of movement to her community. 

Carolyn Breton pantos

HORTON TECHNIQUE 

Carolyn Breton began her dance training at Lisa Pilato Dance Center in her hometown of Dracut, MA and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory. Breton has premiered choreography at the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre & Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, along with numerous competition works. Breton holds a Master's Degree in Education from Northeastern University and is currently a full time dance teacher at Lowell High School. Breton has been a company dancer with Pantos Project Dance since its inception performing in various venues throughout New York and New England. Breton is PPD’s Rehearsal Director and educator at PPD intensives.

RORY FREEMAN

JAZZ

Rory Freeman most recently performed with recording artist Rita Ora at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards. He was a Principal Dancer with Shaping Sound on the brand new show “After The Curtain.” He has toured with the company for the past 5 years across the nation as well as performing on The Ellen Degeneres Show.  Rory had the honor of performing in Sonya Tayeh’s first full length show in New York City called “You Still Call Me By Name.” You may have  seen him as a Featured Dancer on the hit television shows America’s Got Talent Season 11.  He has worked with some of the top music artists such as: Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Paula Abdul, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and Jack Wagner.  Music video credits include: Taylor Swifts’ “Shake it Off’ and Paula Abdul’s’ “Check Yourself”. In 2014, he was part of the skeleton crew to create a number as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. Rory is blessed to have been able to perform all over the world with the world renowned dance company, MOMIX. Before his career started he proudly earned his BFA in Modern Dance from SUNY Purchase (NY) in 2010. This gave him the opportunity to perform pieces by Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Bella Lewitsky, and Luca Veggetti.  At the age of 18, he received the prestigious Silver Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancements in the Arts (NFAA).  Rory is a part of the faculty and judges for various national conventions and competitions. He has taught & choreographed at numerous studios across North and South America. Proudly, he is a CLI Studios choreographer. Rory is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Move: The Initiative, a 4 day Dance Intensive based in Rhode Island.  On another note, he is chasing another dream of his to become a Fire Fighter. At the moment, he is proud to recently become a first responder working as an EMT in Rhode Island.  

KENDALL BUSH

intensive & Mover program assistant

Kendall Bush grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts studying at Acton School of Ballet under director Chip Morris. In 2012 she started apprenticing with Urbanity Dance, performing throughout Boston. Through Urbanity she met Marcus Schulkind and began studying with him on scholarship at Green Street Studios. Kendall was accepted into The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2019 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance with an emphasis in ballet. At the conservatory she worked with Darrell Moultrie, Yury Yanowsky, Greg Dawson and Jon Ole Olstad. Kendall began dancing with Pantos Project Dance in 2016 and has had the pleasure of performing with the company throughout the East Coast and assisting Pantos in master classes around New England. 

CARA MCMANUS

GRAHAM TECHNIQUE

Cara trained in her hometown of Falmouth, MA before earning a BFA in Dance and a BA in Comparative Literature from Fordham University and the Ailey School. Post-graduation, she danced with the Pantos Project before joining Graham 2 in New York City. A year later, she joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, where she performed in NYC Seasons and on tours for four years. She has also danced with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and with Joshua Beamish’s MOVE/THECOMPANY, as well as being featured in the film The White Wolf by director Sue de Beer. She has taught the Graham technique at Peridance and New Jersey City University, and currently dances with the Caterina Rago Dance Company and teaches at the Graham School and The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble.

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Melenie Diarbekirian

BALLET | PPDii

Melenie Diarbekirian began her formal dance training at the Acton School of Ballet under the direction of Kathryn Anderson and Chip Morris. She was also a member of the Commonwealth Ballet Company, a pre-professional ballet company based in Acton, MA, for three seasons. Melenie received her BFA in dance performance, graduating cum laude in 2011 from The Boston Conservatory. Upon graduation, Melenie joined Urbanity Dance, where she performed for five seasons, and Luminarium Dance Company, where she is in her ninth season. Melenie also dances with Turning Key Dance, and has been a member of Pantos Project Dance since 2015. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege to perform works by José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Alwin Nikolais, Thang Dao, Larry Keigwin, Jaclyn Walsh, and Andy Noble. Melenie also had the opportunity to be in Reagle Music Theatre’s Oklahoma! as a member of the Ensemble, performing the original Agnes de Mille choreography, restaged by Gemze de Lappe. Melenie has performed all around New England and New York in venues including The Boston Opera House, Jacob's Pillow, and the ICA/Boston. Melenie is a faculty member at the Acton School of Ballet teaching ballet to young dancers ages 4-18, and serves as the Ballet Mistress for the Commonwealth Ballet Company.

Alyssa O'BRIEN

CONTEMPORARY | PILATES | JAZZ | PPDii

Alyssa began her training as a student at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center where she grew up learning and performing around the New England area. After graduating from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with her BFA in dance, she pursued her career dancing and performing around the Boston area and New York City. Alyssa is currently dancing with Pantos Project and has been thrilled to perform and teach with the company since 2017. In addition to performing,  Alyssa enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for dance through teaching and adjudicating the future of dance today.

Faculty

AMANDA GAUDETTE
commercial jazz/hip hop

Amanda Gaudette was born and raised in NH and currently resides just outside of NYC. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Minor in Business from The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. Amanda is currently employed by a major cruise line as a Show Director and Choreographer. As a professional dancer, aerialist, and dance captain she has performed all over the world with, The New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Simonwill Productions and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Additionally, Gaudette is the Associate Choreographer of Norwegian Cruise Lines Production of Footloose the Musical onboard the Norwegian Joy. As the audition choreographer, Gaudette continues to travel teaching across the US and Canada! Amanda loves getting to teach for Pantos Project Dance and is overjoyed to be coming back again this summer!

LISA COLE

IMPROVISATION | PILATES | PPDii

Lisa Cole began her dance training in Georgia with Good Moves Dance Consort under the direction of Annette Lewis. Early in her career, Lisa performed as a guest artist with the José Limón Dance Company and acted as a rehearsal assistant under Ann Vachon and Clay Taliaferro during The Missa Brevis Project at Emory University. She is an alumna of both Perry-Mansfield and Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions programs. Lisa received her BFA in dance performance from The Boston Conservatory, graduating cum laude in 2011. Upon graduation, she joined Boston’s Urbanity Dance, where she performed for three seasons. Over the course of her career, Lisa has had the privilege of performing works by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Alwin Nikolais, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, Jessica Lang and Larry Keigwin, among others. Lisa is honored to have been a member of Pantos Project since it’s founding in 2014.  Lisa works as both a dance and fitness educator, specializing in improvisation and somatic techniques. Through both her dance and fitness backgrounds, she has intensely studied anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, as well as Pilates and the Alexander Technique. She has received certifications from NASM, Power Pilates, Exhale Barre, CrossFit, Foundation Training, and btone FITNESS, where she currently works as a Master Trainer and leads the Instructor Training program. 

DONNA MORIN
YOGA | MEDITATION | wELLNESS


KAT PANTOS

DIRECTOR | CONTEMPORARY | CHOREOGRAPHY | PPDii

Kat Pantos received her B.S. in Dance Performance and Management from Plymouth State University. Upon graduation, Pantos toured nationally with multiple contemporary dance companies. She has worked with artists such as Robert Battle, Roni Koresh, Amanda Whitworth, & Tommy Neblett, among others. In 2012, Pantos moved to New York City with a vision to expand her artistic library and research. She founded Pantos Project Dance (PPD) and moved the professional company to Boston. PSU featured Pantos as an 'Alumni in the Arts' commissioning PPD for an evening length show. Since the inaugural season, PPD has performed in venues across New England & New York, including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage. Pantos is sought out for her educational classes and choreography. PPD holds annual intensives and a pre-professional youth program. Pantos choreographs commercial work for studios throughout the New England area and most recently, an adjunct faculty member and guest choreographer at University of New Hampshire, Salve Regina University, and Rhode Island College. Pantos strives to inspire students to develop their own artistic abilities while continuing to advance technically and create choreography that is stimulating to the artist and audience alike.