Miss Whitney grew up dancing in Greencastle, PA. She has been judging regional and
national competitions for StarQuest International since 2017. As a teenager,
Whitney traveled with Hoctor's Dance Caravan as a Caravan Kid
where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop - with teachers such as Barry
Youngblood and Anthony LoCascio - and assisted teachers and judges. Whitney holds a
BA in Dance and English from The George Washington University where she trained
under Dana Burgess and Maida Withers, graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors in
Dance. Whitney co-directed Balance: The GW Ballet Group, producing and
choreographing shows including4The Nutcracker. She also holds a MA in
Education and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Florida.
Whitney holds a New York State teaching certitcation in K-12 dance and teaches at
Intermediate School 230 where she founded The Show Stoppers and has directed
musicals including Hairspray, The Little Mermaid, Crazy For You, and The
Wizard of Oz. She also works as an independent acting coach, preparing
New York City students to audition for performing arts high schools and
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.
Julie began dancing at the age of 3 and quickly became a part of the OBD jewels competition team. She continued her training in all dance styles at OBD and worked alongside her teachers as a teacher’s assistant until she graduated. After graduation Julie began teaching classes and continued to stay a part of the OBD family by substitute teaching at the studio. Alongside teaching Julie attended Rutgers University where she earned her degree in Psychology and Education. Julie is currently continuing her education and working on obtaining her Masters in counseling! She is so excited to continue her dance journey and pass down her knowledge and passion to all of her future students.
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.
The HEART of OBDANCE
Guest Choreographers and Teachers
Grace began dancing at age 2 in Northern Los Angeles where she continued to train and dance through high school. While there, she performed in 13 years of Nutcracker performances and various spring ballets with Pacific Festival Ballet, as well as attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, and Joffrey Ballet School. She continued her dance education in college - graduating early and with Cum Laude from Boston University with a BA in Pre-Medical Molecular biology and minors in classical studies and dance. While in Boston she also was a founding member of Nozama Dance Collective and a company member with BoSoma. She then completed the two-year professional Musical Theatre conservatory program with CAP21 in NYC, where she also studied extensively with Steps on Broadway. Since graduating, Grace has taught all over the New York metropolitan area for dancers of all ages and abilities. Grace is so excited to join the team and can't wait to help her students grow - in the studio and as people.
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 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 worked 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.
Abigayle Wolski has recently graduated from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts with her BFA in Dance this spring and is continuing her studies at Rutgers Graduate School of Education to achieve her Dance Education degree spring of 2021. Throughout the years, Abigayle has trained with choreographers such as Cleo Mack, Blair Ritchie, Michelle Robinson, Kimani Fowlin, and Ramya Ramnarayan. Abigayle has had the opportunity to work with renown choreographers such as Doug Elkins, Randy James, Paul Ocampo, Barbara Angeline, John Evans, Chien-Ying Wang, Ani Javian, Yin Yue Repertory, Alexandra Beller, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane repertory. Abby has received her Vinyasa Yoga training certification and also studied at Dance Italia, located in Lucca, Italy, where she worked with prestigious companies, Crystal Pite and Batsheva. Abigayle has studied in styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz.
Kim Rose Legrand
Dance instructor with over 35 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.