Jessica has studied dance for the past eight years. Initially attending Dance Dynamics of Seaville, NJ, she focused on ballet, jazz, modern, African, tap, lyrical, and contemporary. While at Dance Dynamics, Jessica participated in variety of shows and competitions. Jessica went on to study at Eastern University, recently graduating with her B.A in dance. She has worked with choreographers Stephen Welsh, Seleana Pettaway, Patricia Scott Hobbs, and David Dorfman. In addition, Jessica has been an instructor at Doylestown Dance Centre as well as a sound director and stage manager for a variety of professional dance performances in the region. For the past three years, she has attended and performed in concerts at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). Recently Jessica completed an internship at Feet First, a dance studio in Phoenixville, PA, working under the direction of Dr. Karen Clemente and Kristin Bissinger. In February 2010, Jessica put on her own production of “Love Surrenders All. She has developed choreography and danced in many of the student and faculty productions seen on Eastern University’s stage. This is Jessica’s fourth season with MM2 Modern Dance.
Katelyn has studied dance for sixteen years with proficiencies in ballet, tap, and jazz. As a member of the Ballet Theater of Lancaster, during her high school years, her training continued in Ballet, Point, and Modern, with a mix of Character, Jazz, and Palates. At the core of her training, Katelyn studied Cecchetti Ballet, passing grades 1 through 5. At Kent State University she studied both Fashion and Dance There she also adopted Horton Modern technique and performed in several student showcases. Transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic University, Kate continued studying dance, along with Studio Art and Psychology. She trained under former ABT company member, Eileen Hepron and company owner Demetrius Klein. As a member of the PBA Dance Ensemble, she participated in performances and outreach programs. Katelyn has taken part in ACDFA for several years in a row with both universities. As a senior, Katelyn created her own show, choreographing contemporary liturgical works. Upon graduating in spring 2010, she ventured to Mumbai, India where she taught dance and art to orphaned children. Back in the states she continues to teach dance locally and dances with both MM2 Modern Dance and 180 Dance Company. Katelyn hopes to incorporate her talents in fine art with dance, not only through performing, but also as a service and outreach to those in need. This is Katelyn’s third season with MM2 Modern Dance.
Jenna Faye Eugenides
Jenna Faye Eugenides has been studying dance since she was 9 years old. Her training began at the Jenkins Dance & Gymnastics Center, where she studied for nine years and received many student awards, including the Kim Camarrata award, a memorial award given to students who show attributes of kindness and helpfulness. Jenna also had to opportunity to be a student teacher at this studio and was a member of their competition team. Jenna started developing her choreographic voice at Eastern University, where she graduated with a degree in Dance, studying under Joselli Deans, Janine Bryant, Saleana Pettaway, Karen Clemente, and Stephen Welsh. Jenna has also had the opportunity to work with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company, performing with them “Dances for Imaginary Places”, aka The Umbrella Dance, in Philadelphia in 2010. Currently, Jenna teaches dance at Dance Muse Studio, and continues to further her career in dance. This is Jenna’s fourth season with MM2 Modern Dance.
Heather Fleischman, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from DeSales University in 2010. She received much of her dance training from Trinette Singleton, Mishelle Minnett, Timothy Cowart, Kristin Fiesler, and Tara Madsen Robbins. While at DeSales, Heather studied and taught dance when abroad in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. DeSales afforded Heather the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers, working with Alberto “Tito” Del Saz during the re-staging of Alwin Nikolas’ highly praised work, Tensile Involvement, as well the opportunity to be part of the re-staging of Twyla Tharp’s, The One Hundreds (1-50). After graduation, Heather continued her dance career teaching and performing. She teaches dance in Lopatcong, NJ and is the Musical Theater Choreographer for Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, NJ. She joined New York City based company, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, as a Dance Apprentice performing throughout NYC for their 2012 season. Currently, Heather is in her third season with MM2 Modern Dance Company, where she focuses most of her creative energy.
Angela has studied dance since the age of three. She began her instruction at Karen Myers Dance Company, focusing on ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre. Angela recently graduated from West Chester University with a bachelors degree in Education. During her studies at West Chester, she also minored in dance and was President of the University Dance Company. Her responsibilities as part of the company included not only performing, but development of choreography for many of the productions. Angela’s focus has been primarily modern dance, in which she completed an internship, working with a variety of guest artists. During her senior year at West Chester, she was given the opportunity to showcase her work “Obstructed” in the adjudicated performance at the American College Dance Festival. Angela has continued at Karen Myers Dance Company, but now as an instructor and choreographer. This is Angela’s second season with MM2 Modern Dance.
Kaylee has been dancing since the age of three. She is heavily trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Classical Jazz dance. Kaylee received her early dance training from Brixham Danceworks in her hometown of South Berwick, Maine. There, she danced as a member of the Brixham Repertory Company and Compettition team, performing in various places including Disney World. Kaylee furthered her dance training at Eastern University under the instruction of Karen Clemente, Stephen Welsh, Seleana Pettaway, Joselli Deans, and Janine Bryant. In 2008 Kaylee was offered the opportunity to be a Dance Olympus VIP, traveling and performing with famous choreographers around the country. She has performed in numerous Eastern productions and recently received her B.A. in dance and theatre. She has recently begun choreographing and showcased her work in the 2010 Eastern Senior Showcase, “But before We Go”. This is Kaylee’s fourth season with MM2 Modern Dance.
Jennifer Laucella began her dance training in the Philadelphia area at the age of four. She continued her training at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance in 2011. While at the Hartt School, Jennifer was fortunate enough to study under world-class faculty including Hilda Morales, Nina Watt, Stephen Pier, Katie Stevinson-Nollet and many more. She has also had the opportunity to study at the Julidans festival in Amsterdam, and received her Pilates certification from the Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts. Jennifer has performed with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, DancEnlight, and Music and Motion Dance. Currently, Jennifer also performs with Tikvah Company of Artists and teaches dance at Delaware Valley Dance Academy. This is her second season with MM2 Modern Dance Company.
Brianne started dancing at the age of 3 at The Dance Shoppe and later graduating with All For Dance. She has studied ballet,modern, jazz, tap, pointe, and hip hop for 17 years. She graduated from the Southern New Jersey Academy for Performing Arts in Gloucester County under the direction of David Kloss, Althea Leslie, and Norman Taylor, with a focus on modern, ballet, jazz, and African. She is currently attending Mercer County Community College with Janelle Byrne and Jody Person, performing in their Fall and Spring showcases. She also been involved in collaborations with The Battery Dance Company. Brianne has performed at various venues and competitions throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, including Six Flags Great Adventure and the cruise ship, Stars at Sea. She continues to study and pursue her career in dance. This is Brianne’s third season with MM2 Modern Dance.
Matthew Varvar: Matthew has been studying dance for ten years now and has been trained in a variety of dance styles ranging from ballet to hip hop and everything in between, such as, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, broadway and he even specializes in acrobatics. He is currently a senior in a technical high school, where he majors in Theatre Arts. He wishes to go to college for dance and continue his career as a dancer and hopefully gain some more experience as a singer and actor as well. This being Matthew’s second year with the company, he is exhilarated to be working with such alluringly raw dancers and choreographers and can’t wait to broaden his knowledge of movement through the collaboration with MM2.