Melissa Padham-Maass (Artistic Director, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary and Jazz) received her early dance training at the Dancer’s Studio in Warwick, NY under the direction of Lucinda Henry. Melissa holds a BFA with honors from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College (SUNY) and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Her research from Laban was presented at the IADMS conference in Seattle Washington in October 2013 and published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Melissa graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Dance in May 2014.
Melissa has been performing professionally both in NYC and around the country with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre since 2005 and Darrah Carr Dance since 2006. Melissa has had the opportunity to perform at many renowned venues including The Apollo, The New Victory Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Central Park Summer Stage, The Duke on 42nd St, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Riverside Church, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Skirball Center, 92nd St Y, The Today Show, Celebrate Brooklyn and Aaron Davis Hall.
Ms. Padham-Maass is the current Artistic Director of the Warwick Summer Arts Festival and has co-directed Eros Movement Company, Brooklyn Contemporary Ballet Collective, Artisan Dance Company of Sugar Loaf, NY, and the Identically Different Dance Festival. She has presented work at various venues including Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, WAX works, Built on Stilts Festival in Martha's Vineyard, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Actors Fund and 60x60 Dance at the Winter Garden Theater.
Melissa has been on faculty or a guest teacher at Joffrey Ballet School, The Dancer’s Studio in Warwick, NY, Connecticut Dance Center, Conservatory of Dance in Wilton CT, Harlem Children’s Zone, Kinderdance NYC and Brooklyn, Gallatin School at NYU, Scarsdale Ballet, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), SUNY Purchase and the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Academy.
Melissa is currently an adjunct professor and the resident choreographer at SUNY Rockland.
Madelyn Eltringham graduated summa cum laude in May 2015, with a BFA degree in Dance Performance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. In her Fall 2013 semester, she was chosen to take part in the Conservatory's international exchange program,
giving her the opportunity to study abroad at London Contemporary Dance School. As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, she has performed works by Sarah Mettin, Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, Rosalind Newman, Ori Flomin, George Balanchine restaged by Bettijane Sills, and Nicolo Fonte. Ms. Eltringham, a New Jersey native, attended The Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School (Dance Major-Theater Minor) in Denville. During that time she trained with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Nancy Turano, as well as being privately coached by Yuliya Akopyan of the Bolshoi Ballet. Since graduating, Madelyn has gone on to perform in venues including Baruch Performing Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, Triskelion Arts, and NJPAC. She is a member of the New Jersey-based modern dance company, Connolly & Co.
Isabel Fernandez (Ballet, Strengthening and Stretching) began her training at The Dancer’s Studio of Warwick at an early age under the direction of Lucinda Henry. She supplemented her training with study at Ballet Academy East as well as numerous other prestigious schools such as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Santa Cruz Ballet for their intensive summer program. She was also invited to work with Katrina Killian of the New York City Ballet in private lessons. She graduated from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a ballet concentration, and immediately began performing with multiple dance companies and creative artists in New York City such as, the Staten Island Ballet, LaneCoArts and Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. She performed in the Reverb Festival in 2007 with LaneCoArts. She began taking classes at Steps on Broadway at this time with instructors like Nancy Bielski among others, who guided her and helped her to improve
considerably, both technically and athletically. Later, she began performing with Eryc Taylor Dance company with whom she performed leading roles such as the duet Inside/Out. She has taught ballet throughout her career as a performing artist and holds a 200 hr yoga certification from Three Sisters Yoga, as well as a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Certification in March 2014.
Julia O'Brien (Tap and Lyrical) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgian Court University in 2017 with a B.A. in Dance Performance, a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Dance Therapy. While in school, she was selected to work with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Randy James, Beau Hancock, Silvana Cardell, Hee Ra Yoo, Steve Vaughn, Kata Mejia, and Charles Anderson. She also had the opportunity to perform at the MMAC in the 2015 Choreographer’s Canvas, and at the American College Dance Festival while completing her undergraduate degrees. Julia continued her training in June 2017 at the American Dance Festival's Dance Professionals Workshop in Durham, NC. In addition to the Warwick Dance Collective, Julia dances with Introspective Movement Project, a Philly-based contemporary jazz company. Her favorite styles include improvisation, contemporary, and jazz. When she's not dancing, you can find her blogging, teaching dance, at the gym, or drinking iced coffee