Melissa Galano (Dancer)
Melissa Galano was born and raised in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She began dancing at the age of 3 with the Performing Arts Ensemble under the direction of Evelyn Gardell. She attended Red Bank Regional High School where she majored in dance. Melissa continued to study dance at Towson University in Maryland where she obtained a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Mass Communication. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
Melissa has had the privilege to perform at venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, and the Count Basie Theater. Melissa enjoys sharing her passion of movement with others! In 2019, she founded Manasquan (NJ) High School’s dance program where she currently teaches dance. Melissa is so grateful to be dancing with Spark.
Daniel Morimoto (Dancer)
Daniel Morimoto, born and raised in Orlando, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of FIne Arts in Dance; there, he trained in Modern, Ballet, Tap, Contact Improvisation, West African, and Capoeira, as well as being a part of the Musical Theater department.
As a dancer, Daniel has had the honor to study under artists such as Tzveta Kassabova, Trent D. Williams Jr., Nita Little, Elizabeth Johnson, Ric Rose, and Isa Garcia-Rose. He is the artistic director of Digital Movement Dance, a dance company creating works inspired from video games. One such work, Press Start to Play, was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2017.
Throughout Florida, Daniel has danced at Universal Studios in Orlando, and toured the Southeastern US with Noise Complaint, a cosplay tap dance company. Since moving to New York, Daniel has worked with companies and choreographers such as Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Jiyon Song, David Parker and the Bang Group, and now, Spark.
Mikaela Papasodero (Apprentice)
Mikaela Papasodero is originally from Middleboro, MA. She received her training from The Gold School under direction of Rennie Gold. While there, she was a member of Project Moves Dance Company and had the opportunity to work with artists such as Tyce Diorio, Teddy Forance, and many more. Growing up she was also a member of Boston Community Dance Project under the direction of Sarah K (Skooj). Mikaela graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from The University of Hartford. She performed works by Shannon Gillen, Paul Taylor, José Limón, Manuel Vignouelle, Bryan Arias, Martha Graham, and many more.
Mikaela has taught for multiple studios in the New England region, and organizations such as Boston Children’s Theatre, and Project Contemporary Competitiveness Summer Program. She currently teaches for Sparkidz (an organization offering extra-curricular activities for children with special needs). Her choreographic works have been presented at Versatility Dance Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, I Kada Dance Festival (held at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre), and the Rioult In-House Artist Concert. Mikaela currently lives in New York City and is dancing with Rioult Repertory Project, Spark Movement Collective, and Amirov Dance Theater.
Caleb Patterson (Dancer)
Caleb Patterson began professional training in 2014 at The Joffrey Ballet School where he performed works for several notable choreographers such as Nathan Trice, Sekou McMiller, Rena Butler, Lane Gifford, and Patrick O'Brien. After Joffrey, he found work with Maleek Washington as well as Justin Giles’ Soul Escape. He has worked commercially as well, as seen in HBO’s Random Acts Of Flyness by Terrance Nance, choreographed by Domani Pompey. He most recently performed at Battery Dance Festival with MATHETA dance, performing excerpts from Buya, the company’s first full length piece first performed at Judson Church.
Caleb is currently working with Dolly Sfeir & Dancers, MATHETA dance, Alpha Omega, Nathaniel’s Dance Collective, Javi Padilla’s Movement Playground, and Spark Movement Collective.
Kristen Santos (Dancer)
Kristen Santos studied at Coupe Theatre Studio in Nanuet, New York, from age four throughout high school. She trained in Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, and Theatre Dance. Over summers she trained at intensives including NYSSSA, Miami City Ballet, Greenwich Ballet Academy, and Jacob’s Pillow: the School of Jazz and Musical Theatre. She continued to pursue her study of dance at Muhlenberg College where she received her BA in Dance in 2013. After graduating, she was seen in the production of the musical Crazy For You in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and also performed in Los Angeles as an ensemble member in the Turkish operetta, Cloth Peddler. Besides dancing with Spark, Kristen works full time at Bazaarvoice Advertising and also teaches dance at Coupe Theatre Studio.
Jen Silver (Dancer)
Jen Silver, born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, received her Master's Degree in Dance Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to this, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. In addition to Spark, Jen has danced with Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Kaley Pruitt Dance, Humanistics Dance Company, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre.
Jen enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages! She is an ABT® Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3) and currently teaches ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, and jazz at studios in the NJ/NYC area.
Angelica Mondol Viaña (Dancer)
Angelica Mondol Viaña was born in Puerto Rico to Puerto Rican and Colombian ancestry and was raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a performer, improviser and teacher. She began her dance studies at Ballet Tech NYC Public School for Dance and continued her studies at Ballet Hispanico on scholarship. She participated in the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Raul Julia Training UNIT, and NYMC under the direction of Ehizoje Azeke and Marguerite Hemmings before her high school graduation.
She graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School while attending Ballet Hispanico after school on scholarship. At Ballet Hispanico, she performed at the Kennedy Center for President Barack Obama and participated in the White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison by Michelle Obama. After high school, she attended the Sharon Lund Disney School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts
where she graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2017. After graduation, she danced with Ballet Hispanico’s BHdós, Clymene and Co., Gual + Moves, and Jennifer Muller/The Works Scholarship Program.
She is currently a dancer with Spark Movement Collective where she narrated and danced for The Emperor’s New Clothes in Spanish this past Spring (pre-Covid). She is also a Creative Partner and Community Engagement Liaison with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances where she has worked on PURPLE. Current engagements are with Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and Amsterdam Houses. She is passionate about the intersections of dance and activism and honoring our collective living histories through the dancing body. She is also the dancer representative on the company's Board of Directors.
Reginald Webber Jr. (Dancer)
Reginald Webber Jr. toured all over the world with Bollywood company, Mystic India. He recently performed in Hairspray: The Broadway Musical and Flight on Symphony of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. He’s danced in and choreographed projects with Hulu, Facebook, Debbie Allen, and Disneyland, Mollet Contemporary Ballet, Awaken Dance Theater, David Lang, the Brooklyn Museum, and the opera Douglas Tappin’s: I Dream. His ultimate goal is to start a nonprofit with his husband, Jasmin, that helps at-risk, gifted teenagers pursue higher education through arts by providing industry professional quality resources and mentorship.