Natasha Pyeatte - Artistic Director for Dance
Natasha Pyeatte has been dancing non-stop since the age of four, never having imagined doing anything else. She always knew that she would grow up to be someone who dances and inspires others to dance.
Kendra Manley started dancing and tumbling at the age of 2 ½, spending most of her early years at the "Talent Factory" in Claycomo, Missouri. Later, Kendra traveled all over the United States performing with the "Super Troop" which was part of the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics.
Melissa Demuth has been dancing since the age of 2, and teaching for over 16 years. She has been a dedicated dancer, studying and teaching ballet, pointe, modern, hip-hop and tap. She loves the whole creative process of dance, from movement to choreography to performance. Her passion for dance has also served as an inspiration for her art. She loves integrating the fine arts with dance. She has painted her dances many times, turning movement into canvas artwork and bronze sculpture. She also enjoys creating unique costumes for her dances that enhance the choreography.
Emma Story grew up dancing in the Weehawken program. Emma enjoys tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet classes and while she loves all types of dance, she is most passionate about jazz and hip hop. Emma loves working with younger dancers and hopes to inspire their love for dance in the same way she was inspired at a young age.
Leeann Rackleff began dancing at the age of 6 and loved ballet from the very beginning. She danced through her teen years and into college taking classical ballet, contemporary, and lyrical. She thoroughly enjoyed performing, dancing on pointe, and taking master classes from the Joffrey Ballet. Leeann graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2006 with degrees in nursing and early childhood education.
Pang Cooper comes to Weehawken from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she owned and operated her own ballet school for 10 years. Pang began dance training at age 10 and she later became the first dancer from Chiang Mai to pass the Royal Academy of Dance’s Advanced Ballet Examination. After several years as a principal dancer with The Chiang Mai Performing Group, Pang pursued her dance teacher training in England. She currently holds a Licentiate in Imperial Classical Ballet from The UK-based Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing, as well jazz dance teaching qualification from the Australasia Dance Association. In addition, Pang earned her B.A. in Communications from Payap University.
Miss Valerie Kepler comes to us from western Pennsylvania. She has taught all levels and styles of hip hop, as well as jazz-pom classes since 2012. Miss Val's dance background is primarily dance team, performing hip hop, pom, kick-line, & jazz. She danced on her high school and university dance teams, and coached dance team as an adult. She is a certified National Dance Alliance Coach. Teaching authentic, foundational hip hop and history is her passion.
Caroline Richardson was born in Colorado, U.S.A. and trained at The School of American Ballet~Juilliard,American Ballet Theater II and The National Ballet School. She is a former First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canadaand danced with the company for 10 years from 1985 to 1995 beginning her professional career at 17. With The National Ballet, she performed an extensive contemporary and classical repertoire internationally and worked with many of the world’s leading choreographers: Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, John Neumeier, John Alleyne, Christopher House, David Parsons and Robert Desrosiers.