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Kelly Stretch

Kelly Stretch, Director

Kelly has been teaching dance and choreographing performances for over 20 years. She is trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Modern. After graduating from the Somerset County Gifted and Talented Dance Program with Honors, Kelly was a dance instructor for several Gotta Dance studio locations and managed a dance team that performed throughout New Jersey. In 2002, Kelly opened the The Dance Factory in Skillman, NJ. As the Artistic Director and Head Dance Instructor at The Dance Factory, Kelly directs over 700 students each year in wonderful, Broadway-style productions held at Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.

Kelly also has a passion for and extensive experience in the theater; her choreography credits include "Seussical", "Willy Wonka", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Footloose", and "Shrek" with the Sourland Hills Actors Guild (SHAG), "All Shook Up" with the MHS Players, and "Annie Jr.", "The Music Man", "Bye, Bye Birdie", “My Son Pinocchio”, and “The Little Mermaid” with the Montgomery LMS.

Kelly believes strongly in giving back to the community. In summer 2007 she created The Dance Factory Tour Team, which includes two Summer Teams and a Holiday Team. After teaching exciting routines to her dancers, Kelly and the team travel to the VA Hospital, Senior Centers, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers throughout Somerset County and Mercer County to spend time with and perform for residents. The Summer Tour Team also performs at the Somerset Patriots pre-game activities twice during the summer months.

Kelly is fiercely passionate about dance and her students. She prides herself on running a comprehensive, multi-level dance program that is fun, inclusive, and educational for each and every student.

 

Caroline Hidalgo

Caroline Hidalgo

Caroline joined the Dance Factory staff in 2009 as Ballet Mistress. Caroline trained at the New Jersey School of Ballet from a young age and performed in numerous roles in the New Jersey Ballet Company's "Nutcracker", as well as "Cinderella". She has also performed several roles in the Ft. Worth Ballet Company's production of "Cinderella". In 1994, she was selected as one of twelve dancers in New Jersey to attend the Governor's School of the Arts. Caroline received a BFA in Dance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Caroline has been teaching dance since 1995 and feels passionately about always growing as an educator and learning any new techniques or processes which can help her guide her students to their highest potentials. She is a certified "Dance Educator of America" with high honors. She is also certified to teach the Vaganova (Russian) method of ballet.

 

JJ Montell

Jj Montell

Jermaine (Jj) Montell has been a successful professional actor and dancer for over 20 years. He began his career in Los Angeles, where after a stint in several national commercials for Gap, Coca Cola, Sprite, Burger King and Honda, he toured and traveled the world dancing with the likes of artist such as Toni Braxton, Brandy, Tevin Campbell, Brian McKnight and Will Smith, among others.
Jj made the leap into the silver screen, garnering small roles as an actor and dancer in such films as "Sister Act 2", "Clueless”, "Friends with Benefits ", "Bolden" and the Netflix original series "The Get Down". He has also been  given more prominent roles in feature films including “No Easy Way”, "Kinfolks”,  “Elliot Loves”, "Party" and more recently "72hrs: A Brooklyn Love Story?". Among his several TV credits are "ER", "Boston Public", “NYPD Blue”, "Sister, Sister", “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Space: Above and Beyond”. Making his transition to New York City, he was cast in “Radiant Baby”, directed by Tony Award winner George C. Wolf, as well as Disney’s “Finding Nemo: the Musical” with a multiple Tony Award-winning team including composer Robert Lopez and choreographer John Carrafa. 

As a hip-hop, street jazz, and modern dance teacher, Jj has worked at studios such as Peridance and Broadway Dance Center. Currently, he teaches weekly at "305Fitness" in NYC.

Jermaine is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. He is a current member of “Open Hydrant”, the first ever equity theater company based in the Bronx 

 

Asha Griffith

Asha Griffith

Eclectic at heart and passionate by nature, Asha is way more than just a tap dancer, but an International performer, recording artist, and all around creative force. Asha began dancing at the age of 5 at a local dance studio in New Jersey and began studying with Olivia Rosenkrantz, Max Pollak, Ayodele Casel, & Jason Samuels Smith by the age of 12. At 16, she became an original member of the Tap City Youth Ensemble (TCYE) where she performed at notable venues including the Duke Theater, The Joyce, Symphony Space. Asha was a featured tap dancer on Mundo-em-Movimento, a Brazilian TV Series that highlighted different dance disciplines all around the world.

Her versatility has led her the opportunity to choreograph for four-time Grammy award winning jazz musician, Esperanza Spalding, and partner with some of our most beloved brands--including Pharrell Williams' Billionaire Boys Club brand and Converse. Asha also performed at the 2016 Bessie Awards in a tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipient, Brenda Bufalino. Asha is a faculty member at The American Tap Dance Foundation in NYC, tours with Apt 33, a tap company directed by Chloe Arnold and was also featured in BEATS, RHYMES, & TAP SHOES, a residency show with the Apollo Theater choreographed by Maurice Chestnut in April 2017.

 

Anna Fredeen

Anna Fredeen

Anna has danced for 18 years with multiple studios in Connecticut and New Jersey where she trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, choreography, modern, and leaps and turns. She trained at Texas Christian University for two years in the Modern department, and currently studies and trains at Rider University to grow her knowledge and capabilities in Dance Science and multiple techniques.

Anna has attended residential dance intensives in New York City and performed with dance companies at venues such as The Joyce Theater, Peridance, Disney World, and The Orange Bowl, where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers Tyler Gilstrap, Sidra Bell, and Chris Judd. In the summer of 2019, Anna enrolled as a student at American Dance Festival and had the chance to work closely with ground-breaking artists for six weeks. As a committed dancer, she constantly sets new goals to always be pushed, to never stop learning, and to feel proud of her current dance ability. She hopes to make a difference in the dance community by being able to closely assess how we move, and how to move safely, through the help of her Dance Science degree. Having worked with a handful of the students at The Dance Factory throughout her high school and college career, Anna is thrilled to be back and sharing her knowledge with eager kids.

 

Danica Sharpley

Danica Sharpley

Danica began her dance training at Wendi Sue Porter School of Dance at 8 years old. With a passion for dance, she learned Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. She competed in dance competitions and workshops throughout the tri-state area with her first professional experience in 2005 with Rutgers University's African Dance Ensemble under the choreographer Pascal. While attending Montclair State University as a biology major and dance minor, Danica danced at Six Flags Great Adventure and throughout the country with Silver Tree Productions in 2006-2008 in the pop-fusion, "STOMP" type show, "Industrial Movement". Danica joined a local Hip-Hop group, "Fast FWD", and performed in venues throughout the state. In 2010, she became a NJ Nets dancer, performing at NBA basketball games and charity events. Danica has also performed and danced in a Michael Jackson Charity Tribute Performance in south Jersey.

Danica has years of experience teaching dance to students age 3 to adult in all dance genres and experience levels. She has choreographed many routines from solo performances to small ensembles to large scale numbers.

Danica teaches and directs the Dance Factory Intensive Program, and coaches the Dance Factory Showstopper Dance Company and the Dance Factory Elite Performance Company (DFEPC).