Kim Rose Legrand
Dance instructor with over 30 years of experience. Specializing in jazz and acrobatics, Kim has extensive experience teaching all ages and all levels with a specialty in young children and beginner dancers. Kim is uniquely gifted in providing a pleasant first time experience for novice dancers and young children. She makes students feel comfortable to learn and experiment in an open environment. Kim is passionate about providing an educational yet fun movement experience.
The HEART of OBDANCE
Lea graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance from The University of The Arts in 2016. Lea is a certified “DanceAbility® International” dance instructor which, she earned in Vienna, Austria. She also received training from Mark Morris’s Dance Company for Parkinson’s Disease, “Dance For PD®.” Prior to completing her college degree, Lea fused her mixed abilities knowledge into her own class called “All Bodies Speak.” Lea’s mission is to create an equal opportunity for ALL ages and ALL bodies to release endorphins while sharing the beautiful experience of diversity.
Lea continues dancing for Total Entertainment and Continuum Dance Company. She also is a caregiver for our community with Autism, as well as an instructor for chair exercises for our elders.
Miss Ashlei began dancing at the age of 2. She started persuing her degree in dance education in High School at the School of Performing Arts. After graduating she continued her studies, achieving her BFA in dance. During her college training she traveled the United States as part of the Bollywood troupe Diwarkar Performing Arts Company. She also studied under as well as taught for internationally known choreographer and director Graham Lustig. Aside from teaching at studios in the Tristate Area, she regularly works alongside Cleo Mack in the dance program at East Brunswick School of Performing Arts. Miss Ashlei’s work has won many awards for choreography, as well as special awards for her creative and innovative work, national titles, entertainment awards and high scores. Although Miss Ashlei was extensively trained in modern, she teaches every age and genre. Her passion for dance shines through each time she steps into the studio with her students. She believes that dances is about more than movement, but about the bonds and memories dancers share, ones that cannot be made anywhere but the dance floor.
Guest Choreographers and Teachers
Felicia’s love for dance began when she was 5 years old, as she began taking classes at a studio near home in Matawan, NJ. Dancing quickly became a lifestyle of endless possibilities when she decided to branch out to a handful of studios around Monmouth County during her early training, taking classes in the styles of ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and modern.
Felicia passionately went on to receive her BFA in Dance at Montclair State University where she worked diligently under the instruction of Nancy Lushington, Lonne Morreton, Lynne Grossman, Frederick Earl Mosley, Tyler Gilstrap, and Lori Katterhenry. In 2014, Felicia began dancing with the company 4JUNE, and can be seen in various music videos for artists such as Lumidee, Chris Porter, and Jay Lavita.
Felicia feels privileged to instruct young dancers today. She approaches all of her classes with an open heart and a smile, and her passion for dancing grows as she sees young dancers light up from what this artform has revealed to them. Felicia's goal is for her students to simply be who they are as they walk into the dance classroom, and to become even more of who they are before they walk out.
Erica began her dance training at a local studio where she studied various forms of dance and gymnastics. Throughout high school, she studied with the American Repertory Ballet at Princeton Ballet School. Erica attended many summer intensives in NYC where she had the opportunity to perform along side Synthesis Dance Project under the direction of Tracie Stanfield. Erica earned her BA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, she also choreographed and performed for Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Erica has taught at various studios in Somerset and Middlesex county. She loves seeing her students break out of their comfort zone and live in the moment when they are in the classroom.
Hailei began dancing when she was 2 years old and started dancing at a competitive level at age 4. Dancing soon became part of who she was, she fell in love with it. Hailei continued to grow not only in her love for dance but wanted to grow in her knowledge of dance as well. She continued her dance training in Ballet and Modern Dance studying under Cleo Mack at the East Brunswick School of Performing Arts. Hailei feels honored and hopes she gets to watch kids fall in love with dance the same way she did. As Hailei approaches this upcoming year she hopes that each kid that enters the studio leaves knowing that they belong.