Bets Kalalau is originally from Belize, Central America where she began her dance training at the age of 13. She continued her training at the Vista Dance Company (Belize City) and Dramatic Force International (Belmopan) until she relocated to West Virginia at the age of 18. Bethany has been teaching consistently for 15 years along with pursuing her dance education. Her dance teacher education includes American Ballet Theatre Certified, Acrobatic Arts Certified, Progressive Ballet Technique Certified, & Member of (NDEO) National Dance Education Organization. She recently traveled to Ghana, Africa as the lead ballet instructor for a two week intensive at Vivi’s Dance Factory where she trained teachers and students. As a choreographer, her dances have achieved overall wins, choreography awards, and performance invitationals.
Catrina Kubek graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. She performed works by faculty members including Adelheid B. Strelick, Orion Duckstein, William Briscoe, Jennifer Kreichman, as well as guest artist Paul Taylor. During her junior year, she was nominated for and awarded the Lois Betts Scholarship Award for Dance. While in New York, Catrina had opportunities to perform with the Julia Kane Dance Collective and Douglas & Co. Since returning to Massachusetts, she has danced as a company member Sasso & Company, Orcha Dance Theatre, and is entering her second season with Project31.
Project31 Apprentice Training Program Assistant Director
Erin Saunders recently earned degrees in Dance and Performance Studies and Arts Administration at Roger Williams University, where she trained with artists such as Christina Robson, Netta Yerushalmy, Ephrat Asherie, David Parker & The Bang Group, Hilary Easton, Sydney Skybetter, K.J. Holmes, Gary Shore, France Hunter, Cathy Nicoli, and Michael Bolger. In 2018, Erin performed at Tisch School of the Arts for choreographer Christina Robson, in a concert of works by the dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Erin has also performed at the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, the Somerville Theatre, BU Dance Theater, Onstage Dance Company, and more. Her own choreography has been featured at Boston University during the American College Dance Conference as well as many performance venues throughout Boston. Erin spent a semester abroad training in London with Katie Lusby, Stephen Pelton, and Jorge Cercis and participated in training intensives of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Pantos Project, and Urbanity Dance. Currently, Erin is a company dancer with Project31, a Co-Director for B-A-R Dance, and teaches at several studios in the Boston area.
Dance Captain &
Gelsey White began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown of Taunton, MA. When she was 13 she joined the Project Moves Dance Company, competing regionally and performing across the Northeast including at the Joyce Theater in NYC and the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston. She attended Vassar College, where she received a B.A. in English in May 2019. While at Vassar, Gelsey was a member of the Vassar Repertory Dance Company, studying under former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer John Meehan and performing debut works by former Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham company dancer Stephen Rooks and independent choreographer/teaching artists Leslie Partridge Sachs and Kathy Wildberger. Her choreographic works were featured in the Vassar dance department annual spring showings. In addition, Gelsey trained in dance photography with Rose Eichenbaum at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and has photographed the Stars of American Ballet, ODC/Dance, Aurora Borealis Dance Company, and the Project Moves Dance Company. She currently works as a portrait photographer and teaches ballet, tap, and jazz/lyrical at Spotlight Dance Studio in Taunton.
Kit began her dance training at age 4 after receiving a pink sequined tutu and ballet lessons as a birthday gift. A native Bostonian, she studied and performed extensively at the Boston Ballet School as a scholarship student under respected teachers such as Laura Young, Tamara King, Franco DeVita, and Kathleen Mitchell. She expanded her dance training by attending the Boston Arts Academy for high school and attended summer intensives at the San Francisco Ballet School, the School at Jacob's Pillow, and Ballet Adriatico with Anna-Marie Holmes. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 13, Kit proudly identifies as a disabled dancer and supports the Arthritis Foundation by serving as a committee member for the Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis. Kit holds a B.A. in Marketing Communications and an M.S. in Health Communication, both from Emerson College, and she is a health communication professional at a Boston public health nonprofit. She is thrilled to be returning for her second season with Project31.
Lacey attended Missouri State University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company. She has recently been on faculty at Boston University teaching contemporary jazz. Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) where she served not only as the Jazz Captain but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist. Her choreography was presented in the annual New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival. In Boston, Lacey was a member and featured choreographer for Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. In 2015 Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Lacey spent two years living in the United Kingdom where she performed Akram Khan’s choreography and trained with Linda Dadd. She has been on staff with the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance, Montage Theatre Arts, Kew Dance Arts, and SOTO Dance. Since returning to Boston, Lacey has been on the faculty of South Shore Ballet Theatre and Raquelle's Dance Company. Lacey continues her work as Artistic Director of Sasso & Company. She a member of Colleen Roddy & Dancers and is in her fourth season with Project31.
Madie began dancing at the age of three at time at Manomet School of Dance in Plymouth, MA where she had the opportunity to compete and assist classes. She continued her dance studies at Rising Tide Charter School studying under Charlotte Rosen. While under Charlotte's mentorship, Madie gained hands-on experience teaching dance and choreographing. Charlotte also introduced Madie to Project31 Dance Company where she has found her dance home. Madie started as an intern and an apprentice with Project31 before auditioning for for the company. In 2020, Madie graduated from the Joan Phelps Palladino school of dance at Dean College with a BA in dance and pedagogy. .During her time at Dean College, Madie gained a great interest in psychology and its relation to dance. In the future, Madie plans to begin work on a master's degree in dance therapy with the hope of opening her own studio and practice.
Marisa began her study of dance at Joanne Langione Dance Studios and continued on to complete her B.A. in Dance at Connecticut College. During her studies, she performed works by David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Shani Collins-Achille, Heidi Henderson, Shawn Hove, Derrick Yanford, Martha Meyers, and Nicholas Leichter, in addition to several years directing various student-run productions and as captain of the CC Dance Team. Marisa has always sought ways to combine her love for dance with her passion for working with at-risk youth, and over the years has taught dance in a variety of different schools and youth programs to encourage creative expression and healthy living. She is currently on faculty at The Dance Place (Arlington) and performs with a variety of Boston based dance companies including Tribe the Dance Company, Embrace, "What is Love?" (Jennifer-Kuhnburg, 2015, 2019), Paradise Moves and Covering New England (Material World). Marisa is excited to be returning for her second season with Project31.
Melissa Mirza began dancing at the age of two and began dancing competitively at the age of 8. She trained in a studio setting in North Attleboro, MA in a variety of styles including Jazz, Tap, Acro, Ballet, and Lyrical with a focus on Broadway Jazz until the age of 18. Melissa attended Simmons College and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Melissa is currently a student at Simmons University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. She is also a Certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst from Integrated Movement Studies. Over the past three years, Melissa has presented work at the American College of Dance Association’s New England Conference and the Opening Our Doors Festival in Boston. She was a Session VII Choreographer in Residence through the Onstage Dance Company Residency Program. She has performed alongside the Bill Evans Company, as well as in work created by Catherine Siller, and is currently an Apprentice with Kairos Dance Theater. Melissa is so grateful to be dancing with Project31 this Season!
Director of Operations
Michela began studying dance at Raquelle's Dance Studio in Cohasset, MA. After graduating from Scituate High School, she attended Roger Williams University where she earned a B.A in Dance and Communication in 2017. Michela was a dancer and choreographer in the RWU Dance Theatre and RWU Dance Club. While at Roger Williams, Michela had the opportunity to work with guest artists including Takehiro Ueyama, Kellie Ann Lynch, Fritha Pengelly, K.J Holmes, Hillary Easton, and Jenny Rocha. Michela also studied dance and theater in London where she worked with artists including Katie Lusby, Freddie Opoku-Addie, Jorge Crecis, and Jean Abreu. Michela is currently a contemporary dancer and choreographer based in Massachusetts. Michela is a founding member of Project31 is excited to start her fourth season!
Theophile Victoria recently graduated from Salem State University with a degree in Dance and Theatre. He is a 2018 presidential Arts scholar and Dean's List recipient. Theo (for short) participated in the Bates Dance Festival as a student and performer in 2017 and 2018. Locally, Theo has performed shows such as The Urban Nutcracker as a Hip-Hop Soloist (2014 - 2016) and Boston Rock Opera's production of Hair (as an ensemble member). As a choreographer, Theo's work was shown at the ACDA festival in 2018 at Boston University and the Salem Arts Festival in the same year.
Emily Bartnicki graduated summa cum laude in 2020 from Roger Williams University with degrees in Dance/Performance Studies and Political Science. There, she trained with numerous artists including Cathy Nicoli, Michael Bolger, Kathy Smith, Gary Shore, Christina Robson, Netta Yerushalmy, Sean Curran, Jenny Rocha, Tiffany Mills, and Shawn Ahern. She has performed at the American College Dance Association conference, NYU Tisch School for the Performing Arts, Salem Arts Festival, Brooklyn Dance Festival, and more. Emily also spent Fall 2018 in London studying under Stephen Pelton, Tory Trotter, and Renaud Wiser. Currently, she is a company dancer with Project31, teaches at several studios in the New England area, while also working in software licensing and contract law at a software company.