Melissa Galano Photo by Celena Sinko

Melissa Galano

Melissa Galano

Melissa Galano Photo by Celena Sinko

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Melissa Galano (Dancer)

Melissa Galano was born and raised in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She began dancing at 3 years old with the Performing Arts Ensemble under the direction of Evelyn Gardell. She attended Red Bank Regional High School where she majored in dance. Melissa received a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Mass Communication from Towson University. She is also a 200HR certified yoga instructor. 

She has had the privilege to perform at many venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Count Basie Theater and various venues in NYC. She has had the honor of dancing with Spark Movement Collective since 2015. Melissa enjoys sharing her passion for movement with others! In 2019, she founded the Manasquan High School Dance Department (in NJ) where she teaches dance. She is so grateful to perform with Spark!
 

Daniel Morimoto

Daniel Morimoto

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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

Mikaela Papasodero Photo by Rachel Russel Photography

Photo by Rachel Russel Photography

Mikaela Papasodero

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Mikaela Papasodero (Dancer)

​​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

Caleb Patterson Photo by Mike Esperanza

Caleb Patterson Photo by Mike Esperanza

Caleb Patterson

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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.

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Beatriz Castro (Apprentice)

Beatriz Castro (she/her/ella) is a New York-based, Costa Rica born & raised performing artist. She graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A in Dance and a B.A in Business. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Earl Mosley, Anthony Morigerato, Chase Brock, and Tami Stronach. While in school, she presented her choreography through the Dancers At Work showcase, as well as the NYU Choreo Seminar and Marymount’s Honors Day Colloquium. Internationally, she has performed her self-choreographed solo at the Graciela Moreno Choreographers Festival, the longest-running contemporary dance event in Costa Rica. Additional training includes New Dialect’s Summer and Winter Intensives, Martha Graham School Summer Intensive, and Axis Connect. Beatriz is also a certified yoga teacher. 

Jen Silver Photo by Jack Saady

Jen Silver Photo by Maja Bakja

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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. Professionally, Jen has danced with Spark Movement Collective, Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Humanistics Dance Company, Kaley Pruitt Dance, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. 

 

Jen enjoys sharing her passion for dance and movement with students of all ages! She is an ABT® Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3) as well as a certified Pilates, Barre, and group fitness instructor. She currently teaches dance and fitness (both in person and virtually) at several studios in the NJ/NYC area.

Angelica Mondol Viaña

Angelica Mondol Viaña

Angelica Mondol Viaña

Angelica Mondol Viaña

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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.
 

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Nayanika Vyas (Apprentice)

Nayanika Vyas is a dancer from New Delhi, India. At the age of 5, she started to train with The Danceworx and later joined the repertoire company. She set foot in the US to pursue a BFA in Dance and Minor in Business from The University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield, where she graduated from in 2019.

 

Nayanika was awarded the International Presidential as well as the Dean’s Scholarship for all four years of her education at The University of the Arts. Trained in classical ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz among others, she has performed in works set by Eryc Taylor, Lamont Joseph, Sidra Bell, Jesse Zarrit, and Jimena Paz.

 

Being from India where western dance is an unconventional career, Nayanika broke boundaries and inspired other young artists back home to build their passion into a career. Nayanika brings a unique contrast of her cultural diversity into her art form. In the future, she aspires to bridge barriers and give back to dance and her Indian roots what it gave to her.

 

Nayanika currently works as a Teaching Artist and Performer in New York City.