The Warwick Dance Collective was established in 2017, under the direction of Melissa Padham-Maass. As the resident company of the Warwick Center for the Performing Arts, WDC performs throughout the year in the Center’s full length productions, as well as various festivals and self produced shows in our Black Box Theatre.
The Warwick Dance Collective has three divisions, the professional company, the studio company (ages 12-18) and the junior company (ages 9 -11). The students in the Warwick Dance Collective follow a rigorous training program and have additional performance opportunities throughout the year, as well as the option to compete in select dance competitions.

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Arianna Henry

Arianna received her primary training at Dancer's Studio under the direction of her mother, Lucinda Henry. Growing up in Warwick NY, she was a member of Warwick Ballet Theatre and spent her summers training at New York State Summer School of the Arts.

Arianna is a Deans List graduate of University of the Arts with a BFA in Ballet Performance and the recipient of the Alesei Yudenich Award in Ballet. While in college, she guested corps roles with the Pennsylvania Ballet in The Nutcracker and toured to Ottawa, Canada, interned with contemporary ballet company Ballet X, and was hired to work for Walt Disney World as a character performer.

In 2012, Arianna was accepted into the Arsenale della Danza, under the direction of Ishmael Ivo to study 6 months in Venice, Italy and toured their production of "Biblioteca del Corpo" throughout Veneto, Italy and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Proceeding her time dancing in Italy and Brazil, Arianna was selected to go to The Wien Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria and The Centre of National Dance in Paris, France to learn and share Forsythe Technologies under the direction of Douglas Becker. She also traveled to Chiasso, Switzerland to dance in a workshop series with Ticino in Danza.

Arianna has lived in New York City since 2013 as a Freelance dancer and teacher, as well as a Pilates instructor. She is an educational specialist at New York State Summer School of the Arts, dance instructor for Hamptons Ballet Theatre School in Bridgehampton, NY, and has toured the U.S. with artist St.Vincent as a Pilates instructor and performer. Arianna is thrilled to be currently performing for the Warwick Dance Collective.

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Pamela Lynn Intveld Sorensen

Pamela began dancing as a young child, studying the classical Russian ballet syllabus under the watchful eye of Yuliya Akopyan and Andrey Shakhin; both formal principal dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet. Her early training also included classes in jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical and tap. After graduating high school Pamela was awarded an apprenticeship to one of the nations top dance programs; The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While enrolled in the Conservatory Pamela studied ballet under Nicholas Petrov and Nancy Schaffenbugh. She also received an education in Luigi Jazz Technique and Dunham Technique. Pamela went on to finish her degree at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Professional Performing Arts. Upon graduating college Pamela began her professional career receiving a contract with the Northwest Florida Ballet, directed by Todd Eric Allen, and under careful watch of Ballet Mistress, Dorothy Daniels Lister. At Northwest she performed in Winthrop Corey’s Dracula, soloist rolls in The Nutcracker, and Cinderella, and Fernando Bujones’ Jazz Swing. Pamela was seen performing with the Pensacola Opera, and Northwest Florida Symphony in Aida. Following Northwest Florida Ballet, Pamela danced with the Atlantic City Ballet, under the direction of Phyllis Papa. While at ACB, she danced Midsummer’s Night Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Mountain Legend, and Fredrick Ashton’s Les Patineurs. Pamela was on faculty at the pre-professional school of the Atlantic City Ballet. Pamela has also performed with the Staten Island Ballet. She has performed in The Nutcracker, excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Robert Garland’s Joplin Dances, We Regret to Inform You, and The Memory Keeperboth original works by Director, Ellen Tharp.

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Isabel Fernandez

Isabel Fernandez 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 programs. 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.

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Shawn Rawls

Shawn grew up in Cleveland, Ohio studying martial arts and street dance from a young age. At sixteen he attended Cleveland School of the Arts and began dancing with the Y.A.R.D (Youth At Risk Dancing) an award winning program helping youths develop an artistic voice and U.D.C (Urban Dance Collective). These youth company experiences provided training with Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. In 2003, Shawn graduated as a double major in Visual Arts and Dance. Shawn is now a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer in New York City. He trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance, and with artists like Mia Michaels from So You Think You Can Dance, Ravenna Tucker from the Royal Ballet, David Keary of the New York City Ballet, Steve Rooks of the Martha Graham Company, Bill Wade artistic director of Inlet Dance Theatre, and Hope Boykins from Alvin Ailey. He received a full scholarship in dance to pursue a B. F. A. in performance and choreography from Belhaven University. Shawn has performed with over a dozen shows and dance companies throughout the United States and abroad including Pilobolus, the Aluminum Show, Abarukas, Ad Deum, Monster Energy Drink and the Roots, Culture Shock, the Roxey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Tygo Ballets, K-Theory, Son Kiss’d Hip Hop Contemporary and the Chicago Lyric Opera. He served as dance captain and as a dancer on tour with Catapult. As a freelance choreographer for more than ten years, he won the first round of NYC XYZ choreography competition and placed runner up in the final round and placed third in VKIBC. He has been commissioned to create work on Dancing Wheels and the Roxey Ballet along with numerous choreography commissions for colleges and student training programs. Shawn is the founder and artistic director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a dance company that performs in New York and around the United States. His work has been seen in NYC 10 festival, the Houston Fringe Festival, and the Moving Beauty Series. He has curated and produced the Evening of Contemporary Dance and Thought Provoked where he presented his own choreography and invited other artists to present work. Through his company, Shawn works with the DEA to create shows and teach residencies that combine high quality dance presentations with and anti-drug message for at-risk kids. Shawn has also been teaching dance for over thirteen years at numerous dance schools, training programs, summer intensives, conventions, and in the Newark Public School system.

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Claire Beebe

Claire Beebe is an accomplished dancer and dance instructor who has studied and taught ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary/ modern/ lyrical , hip-hop, Zumba, and aerial dancing. She has been affiliated with the Hudson Valley Conservatory for approximately 14 years as a student and instructor and has also studied voice and flute at the Conservatory. 
Claire is a member of the Valley Contemporary Company under the direction of Paige Constable Cummings and has played major roles in their productions including, ‘Janis Joplin: Pearl’ ,  ‘Lady Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday’ , and  ‘The Giving Tree’.  She is a company member of Hudson Valley Ballet under the direction of Kristen Prescott and Rebecca Balbach. She is also a member of the Warwick Dance Collective Company under the direction of Melissa Padham- Maass. Claire has recently joined Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company, under the direction of Abdel Salaam, as they performed in Paul Winter’s 38th Annual,  Winter Solstice at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in NYC. 
 Claire choreographed Chester Academy's 2016 musical "Fame" and their 2017 musical "Rent", and their 2018 musical , “The Adams Family”.  
She currently teaches at the Hudson Valley Conservatory in Walden, NY and Dance Revolution, Inc. in Slate Hill, NY. She is also a certified Zumba instructor.
Claire is a 2013 graduate of Valley Central School. She graduated Rockland Community College in 2018 with an associates degree in dance (AA), and is continuing school to become an Occupational Therapist at SUNY Orange.

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Janette Rawls

Janette Rawls holds a B. F. A. in Dance from Belhaven University with additional summer studies at American Ballet Theatre and the American Dance Festival. Janette started her professional career in Kansas City with Stӧrling Dance Theater, performing in the large productions Underground and The Little Match Girl. In Houston, Janette danced with Earthen Vessels: Sandra Organ Dance Company and appeared as a guest artist with FrenetiCore, Jhon Stronks, and for several commercial dance and modeling projects with Dance Houston. In the northeast, Janette worked with Catapult on international tour after their feature on “America’s Got Talent." She has also toured with Elements Dance and currently performs with Warwick Dance Collective. Janette has over ten years of teaching experience including teaching at the collegiate level, for summer intensives, at conventions, and in performing arts schools. She is certified in Stott® Pilates and holds an ABT® National Training Curriculum teacher certification in primary through level five. Janette currently teaches in the New York/New Jersey area, and serves as the administrative director, production manager, and occasionally as a dancer for Emotions Physical Theatre.

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Julia O’Brien

Julia's passion for dance arrived at a young age. She has trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, pointe, musical theater, and tap. In 2017, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgian Court University with a double major in dance performance and psychology, with a minor in dance/movement therapy. While in college, she performed works by choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Randy James, Beau Hancock, Silvana Cardell, Hee Ra Yoo, Steve Vaughn, and Charles Anderson. In 2015, she performed with the Yoo and Dancers modern dance company in the 2015 Choreographer’s Canvas. She also performed at the American College Dance Festival in 2016 and 2017. In the spring of 2017, she joined Introspective Movement Project, a Philly-based contemporary jazz company; and joined the Warwick Dance Collective, a contemporary and ballet company based in Warwick, NY. Julia continued her training in June 2017 at the American Dance Festival’s Dance Professionals Workshop in Durham, NC.
In 2018 she attended the American Dance Festival 6 Week Summer Dance Intensive as a Staff Assistant Scholarship recipient, and will be worked n the Performance department of the festival while maintaining a full-time dance schedule. In October 2018, she will be joined the Vanessa Long’s Long2 Dance Company in New York City

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Denishah DesRoches

Denishah Desroches graduated from Rockland Community College with her associates in Dance. She is continuing her education to at Purchase College (SUNY) to receive her bachelors in Arts Management. Denishah is currently a member of the Surge Dance Company under the direction of Carly Harper and Sabotage Hip Hop team under the direction of Antony Ware. She specializes in contemporary/modern, Hip Hop, African, and improvisation.