Margaret Jones fell in love with dance at a young age. She grew up training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary at a competitive dance studio in North Carolina. She continued her education and training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she majored in contemporary dance. Upon receiving her BFA in 2015 Margaret moved to New York City and began her career as a professional dancer. Thus far she has performed in various choreographic showcases including Pushing Progress, APAP, Making Moves Festival at JCAL, Reverb Dance Festival, among others. Margaret continues her work as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She is currently working with Gaspard & Dancers, Monteleone Dance, and Abarukas. She continues to seek movement inspiration in her daily life.
Kat Reese is a dancer and teaching artist in New York City. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with her BFA in dance. Since then, she has worked with numerous New York choreographers and companies, including Salvatore Larussa Dance Theater, the PicPac, and Donnell Oakley. In addition to dancing with Monteleone Dance, Kat is currently working with Falcon Dance as a cast member for their upcoming project, "Buzz," and also teaches in the New Jersey and New York areas. Kat has been a company member at Monteleone Dance since July 2014, and has been thrilled to serve as their rehearsal director since January 2015.
Shelley White resides in Brooklyn, NY after earning her B.F.A. in dance from Rutgers University. She is an educator of movement and dance for various organizations around the area, a yoga instructor, and a dance performer. She currently performs with Monteleone Dance and The Dancing Georgina Project.
Ashley Yehoda is a New York based artist with a B.F.A. in Dance from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has been dancing for Monteleone Dance since 2014 and has trained with Abby Zbikowski and the New Utility as well as FACT SF based in San Francisco. In recent years, Yehoda has performed at the Dumbo Dance Festival, NYC 10 Initiative at Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, Triskelion, Your Move Dance Festival, and Bates Dance Festival.
Sara Crayne-Dedrick graduated Mason Gross School of the Arts with a B.F.A in dance. Sara has performed works by Larry Keigwin, Pam Tanowitz, Doug Elkins, and Randy James. She currently dances for Joe Monteleone and Kelley Donovan and Dancers. Her own choreography has been performed at the American College Dance Festival Association conference in Brockport, NY and Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Natalie James is a New Jersey based producer and editor who has a diverse resume of experience. She has worked in studios such as Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos, at USA Network and has directed and produced her own live morning television show for 4 years. She's worked on narrative shorts and a feature documentary ("I Am Not Your Negro" by Raoul Peck) that have been screened at the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals. She enjoys telling stories in unique and authentic ways which is why she created her own production company.
Sue (Nelson) Monteleone graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a BA in fine arts in 1978. She went on to work in the garment industry in Manhattan, NY for the next 17 years where she studied world fashion and designed and purchased sportswear for the U.S. Market. During this time she also worked with a personal trainer learning basic physiology and choreography of pose sequences. She went on to win a national bodybuilding championship in 1987. From Fashion she moved on to the Crafting Industry, which was taking off in the mid-nineties. Sue worked in design and teaching and became proficient working with many different mediums. In 2006 she went back to school to get her paralegal certification and expanded her intellectual creativity in the area of law. She now works for a Plaintiff’s law firm in Red Bank helping people in need.