Summer Intensive Faculty

Kat Pantos 

Director | Contemporary | Choreography

Pantos received her BS in Dance Performance and Management from Plymouth State University. At the start of her career Pantos was a touring member with Urbanity Dance Company, (2008-2011) performing at various venues throughout New England, New York, and Texas. Pantos moved into roles including Associate Director, Choreographer, and Summer Intensive Director. As a founding member of Tributary Dance, Pantos joined the Manchester Choral Society in collaboration for, Carmina Burana. In 2014 Pantos founded Pantos Project LLC, a project based professional contemporary dance company in Boston. Pantos’s work with the company has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Dixon Place, Hanaway Theater, The Actors Fund Arts Center, and more. Plymouth State University featured Pantos as an 'Alumni in the Arts' commissioning Pantos Project to create and perform an evening length show at the Silver Center for the Arts. Pantos has had the pleasure of performing works by Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, Hani Abaza, Amanda Whitworth, Lorraine Chapman, among others. Most recently Pantos became an adjunct faculty member and commissioned choreographer at Salve Regina University. Pantos is a highly sought after contemporary dance educator, well known for inspiring dancers to advance both technically and creatively.

Alyssa Vernet
Jazz Fusion

Born and raised a New England based artist, Alyssa began her training as a student of Melissa Hoffman Dance Center where she grew up learning and performing around the New England area.  In addition to training at the studio, she explored her training through festivals and intensives, one including Summer Stages Dance Festival where she was fortunate enough to be discovered by David Parker and the Bang Group and was given the opportunity to be a guest artist for “Nut-Cracked” an annual company show.  After graduating from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in performance dance, she moved back to the New England area and is currently dancing with four Boston-based contemporary companies,  Paradise Moves, Boston Community Dance Project, with whom she’s performed around the Boston area and New York City, and most recently, apprenticing for Pantos Project as well as apprenticing for KAIROS Dance Theatre where she has had the opportunity to perform at the Annual Boston Center for the Arts Ball, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, as well as sharing a residency at Roger Williams University with the company.  In addition to performing,  Alyssa enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for dance through teaching and guest teaching around New England as well as adjudicating with Dance Masters of America. 

Melenie Dirbekirian

Melenie Diarbekirian hails from Maynard, MA. She began her formal training at the Acton School of Ballet under the artistic direction of Kathryn Anderson and Chip Morris, where she was also a member of the Commonwealth Ballet Company. In following her passion, she attended the Boston Conservatory and graduated cum laude in 2011 with a BFA in Dance. Throughout her dance career, Melenie has had the privilege to perform works by José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Alwin Nikolais, Gianni DiMarco, Jim Viera, Thang Dao, Olivier Besson, Larry Keigwin, Jaclyn Walsh, Ellenore Scott, Andy Noble and currently dances for Pantos Project, Luminarium Dance Company and Turning Key Dance.  She has performed in recognizable venues like The Boston Opera House, Jacob's Pillow Inside-Out Stage, and the ICA/Boston.  Melenie also teaches dance to students of all ages in and around the MetroWest, and is always looking to help grow and inspire others through dance.

Carolyn Breton

Modern | Choreography

Carolyn Breton began dance training at Lisa Pilato Dance Center in her hometown of Dracut, MA. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory. Upon graduation, Carolyn became a touring dancer for Urbanity Dance Company. Currently, Breton is Rehearsal Director and touring member of Pantos Project performing in various venues throughout New York and New England. In addition, she performs improv-based work with Once Upon Each Time in Boston. Breton has premiered choreography at the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre & Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, along with numerous competition works. Holding a Master's Degree from Northeastern University, Carolyn is currently a Performing Arts teacher in Boston Public Schools as well as teaching, choreographing and performing across New England.

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Lisa Cole 

Lisa Cole began her dance training in Georgia with Good Moves Dance Consort under the direction of Annette Lewis. During her senior year of high school, 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 furthered her dance education at The Boston Conservatory, graduating cum laude in 2011, with a BFA in Dance Performance. Lisa is also an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions program. She has had the honor and the pleasure of performing works by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Alwin Nikolais, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, and Larry Keigwin, among others. Lisa is excited to begin her fourth season dancing with Pantos Project and her third year on faculty at the Pantos Project Summer Intensive!