Aileen K. Dunn
Aileen began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. At age 10 Aileen started dancing competitively, and age 12 was studying Ballet and Modern techniques pre professionally. Aileen studied the R.A.D technique from a young age and tested out of Classical Ballet exams starting in grade four. Aileen continued to dance competitively at various studios on the South Shore and was a part of several pre-professional student dance companies. After High School, Aileen was accepted into The Hartt School as a Dance Performance Major. Since then Aileen has continued to perform, teach and choreograph in and around New England. Aileen is a creative, sought after choreographer whose dancers have won top awards. She is currently teaching at Miss Heejin's Dance Studio, Encore Dance Academy, Live Love Dance Studio, and Bethany's Dance Center. In addition to teaching dance, Aileen is a certified Barre Instructor at Studio Barre Dedham.
Arrow is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. They've been moving and grooving since age 7, and are currently attending The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, pursuing a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. Most recently, they've worked with choreographers Joseph Toonga, Joe Chvala, and Adrienne Hawkins. They're delighted to share their love of movement with the Boston community and look forward to their first season with the Project31 family.
Bethany 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.
Erin Saunders, Rehearsal 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.
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.
Helena began dancing competitively at the age of 10 in Kingman, Arizona. During her time in Arizona she has worked with Richard Havey who invited her to perform with his students in Kiel Germany at an international dance festival. She is currently a senior at Dean College under the direction of Marc Arentston, where she is pursuing her BFA in Dance with a concentration in choreography. While at Dean, she has been training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and improvisation and performed works by Levi Marsman and many of her peers. She recently attended Urbanity’s summer intensive and performed at the Boston Contemporary Festival. She is excited for this opportunity to dance and her first season with Project31.
Kate L. McShea, Assistant Director
McShea, a Boston native, began her official dance training when she enrolled at Boston Arts Academy as a Freshman dance major in 2000. It was there that she discovered her lifelong need to explore movement. A graduate of 2004 class, McShea continued her education at Long Island University, Brooklyn, earning a B.F.A in Dance in May 2008. After graduating, McShea continued to dance in New York City, working with Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, Amanda Hinchey, Jenny Rocha, and Rodger Belman to name a few. Her choreography has been chosen to be shown in The Dance Gallery presented by von Ussar Danceworks, American College Dance Festival, and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. Upon returning to the Boston Area, McShea has had the opportunity to work with companies such as Tribe, The Dance Company, Urbanity, and now Project 31. McShea is currently a Special Education teacher, Zumba, and Pilates Mat instructor. She is thrilled to be able to have this opportunity to dance and perform again and share the stage with such amazing artists. McShea would like the thank her family for their undying support, especially her wife, Sarah, who’s love and support, helps her to continue pursuing her passion to dance.
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 Sasso, Rehearsal Assistant
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 third season with Project31.
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!
Michaela Flaherty began her dance career in her hometown of Quincy, Ma. She later graduated with her A.A from The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in 2012. Michaela has extensive training in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance. She also studied dance composition, dance history, creative movement, anatomy, and kinesiology. Michaela is a former NBA Dancer for the Boston Celtics 2014-2016 under the direction of Marina Ortega. Her most memorable performance took place during the Celtics Dancer’s 10-year reunion halftime show at the TD garden. She has danced and choreographed for various events and shows in the Boston area. Michaela’s passion for dance leads her to a career in fitness. Michaela is Head Coach and Program Manager at Morin’s Strength and Conditioning in Weymouth, Ma. Michaela is honored to continue her dance journey and grow with Project31.
Michela Doherty, Managing Director
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!
Sarah Ready began her dance training at the age of three in her neighboring town, Attleboro, Massachusetts. Ready has studied dance for sixteen years, training in jazz, ballet, pointe, acrobatics, contemporary, and tap. Sarah has performed in Rhode Island Moving Company’s rendition of the Nutcracker in the role of soldier doll for two seasons. In June 2017, she graduated from The University of California, Riverside where she majored in Dance and minored in Business. At UCR, she concentrated in jazz and ballet, but also studied modern, hip hop, and choreography. She received the Chancellor’s Performance Award, was invited to American College Dance Festival Association, and was also a member of the 2016-2017 UCR Gluck Touring Dance Ensemble. Post-graduation, Ready became a member of Ballet Carreras under the direction of Jose Gonzalez Pilar formerly of Ballet de Santiago, Kelly Lamoureux formerly of National Ballet of Canada and Sofia Carreras, a former student of George Balanchine and Patricia Neary, who performed alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov. Sarah was also a featured dancer in Avocado Dance Theater under the direction of Lori Craig Torok, former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Upon returning to the east coast in 2018, Sarah joined Project31 and is excited to be embarking on her second 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.