Alyssa Vernet
Jazz Fusion

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.

Intensive Faculty

Kat Pantos 

Director | Contemporary | Choreography

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.

Carolyn Breton

Modern | Choreography

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.

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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. 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 honor and the pleasure of performing works by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Alwin Nikolais, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, Larry Keigwin, and Jaclyn Walsh, among others. Lisa has been a member of Pantos Project since its founding in 2014.

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.


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.