Matt Dittes (Assistant Artistic Director)
Matt Dittes was born and raised in Minnesota, where he began dancing at the age of eight. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in dance, Matt traveled the world as a performer onboard Holland America Cruise Lines.
A member of Spark since 2010, Matt is currently the Assistant Artistic Director. His choreography, including the pieces Foundations and Best I Can, has been featured in several Spark performances. He is also the dancer representative on the company's Board of Directors.
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.
As a choreographer, he enjoys creating works inspired from video games. One such work, Press Start to Play (pictured left), 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.
Angelica Mondol Viana (Dancer)
Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Brooklyn, Angelica Mondol Viaña discovered her passion for dance at age 8. This was possible due to Ballet Tech/NYC Public School for dance and the Ballet Tech Foundation. She was scouted at her local elementary school where she was offered the opportunity to take quality professional ballet classes. Angelica attended Fiorello H Laguardia High School of Music Art and Performing Arts and Ballet Hispanico Pre-Professional Program on Full Merit Scholarship. During this time she expanded her knowledge of dance techniques to
western styles (Ballet, Modern) and Latin styles (Flamenco, Afro-Caribbean, Salsa). Upon graduation, she received the Chancellor’s Arts Endorsed Diploma and the Ballet Award. She continued on to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) for Dance. At CalArts and shortly after completion, Angelica danced with Ballet Hispanico as a member of BHdós. She’s performed pieces by David Parsons, Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, Bryan Arias, Robert Moses, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Michelle Manzanales.
Caleb Patterson (Dancer)
Originally from Hawaii, Caleb began his dance training in Houston, TX. In 2014, He joined The Joffrey Ballet School of New York City, as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee. He has performed works for several notable choreographers such as Nathan Trice, Sekou McMiller, Rena Butler, Lane Gifford, and Patrick O'Brien, to name a few. He joined moveDIPR as an apprentice, after studying at Joffrey Ballet and is now, continuing his journey as a member of moveDIPR...the company, under the direction of Dionna PridGeon.
With moveDIPR, Caleb has performed at The Queensboro Dance Festival, Choreographer’s Carnival NYC, The Voices and Vision showcase at Ailey Citigroup Theatre, moveDIPR’s production of …In Too Deep! at the Player’s Theatre and LONE, at Arts on Site and The Buddy Warren Gallery. Caleb was the male soloist in Talissa Bavaresco’s Calyx, at Dixon Place and has had the privilege of working with Alex Davis Clayton, of Paul Taylor Dance Company. Most recently, Caleb performed in Cirque du Soliel’s Unleashed! - at the Six Flags Great Adventure NJ and will be showcased in Terrance Nance’s Random Acts Of Flyness, on HBO real soon! This summer, Caleb travelled to Texas to participate in a summer study with SoulEscape Company Intensive, directed by Justin Giles.
Kristen Santos (Dancer)
Kristen Santos studied at Coupe Theatre Studio in Nanuet, New York from age 4 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.
Michelle Thompson Ulerich (Dancer)
Michelle Thompson Ulerich originally from California trained at San Francisco Ballet for nine years. She also received training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and American Ballet Theater. In 2001 Michelle joined Ballet Austin and danced with them for 14 years. During her time there she had the privilege to perform in works by Stephen Mills, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Ulysses Dove. She took part in the creation of new works by Nelly Van Bommel, Gregory Dolbashian, Sidra Bell, Amy Seiwert, KT Nelson, Jimmy Ornate, Gina Patterson, Thang Dao, and Jennifer Hart. She also danced with Voice Dance Company, Performa/Dance, and most recently with XAOC Contemporary Ballet in New York City. Michelle is also a freelance choreographer and teacher. Her choreography has recently been performed in Austin, Spartanburg, and Brooklyn. She is the choreographer and co-director of Illusory Impressions based in Austin, TX. She currently teaches dance at SUNY Purchase and yoga in Manhattan. When she is not dancing, teaching, or creating, she spends time with her two boys and husband.
Jen Silver (Apprentice)
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 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. Jen is excited to join Spark Movement Collective!
Hannah Wojszynski (Dancer)
Hannah Wojszynski grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area, where she started her training at local studio, Buffa’s Dance Studio. After attending the University of Maryland for one year, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2017 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography and a minor in Nonprofit Management and Administration. While in college, Hannah performed in works by artists such as Doug Varone, Dawn Bazemore, Autumn Proctor Waddell, and Helen Simoneau, and presented her choreography both on stage and in film. She performed as a guest artist with Company E at the Atlas Theater in Washington, DC in March 2018 and aboard the Oosterschelde tall ship in Sunderland, England during the Tall Ships Festival in July 2018. Now based in New York City, Hannah works remotely as the Development Officer for Company E and continues to audition. She is excited to be part of Spark Movement Collective's work, 1984.
Melissa Galano (Dancer)
Melissa Herchakowski was born and raised in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She began her dance training at age 3 with the Performing Arts Ensemble under the direction of Evelyn Gardell. Melissa attended Red Bank Regional High School where she majored in dance and began to develop her choreography skills.
Upon graduating from high school, Melissa enrolled at Towson University in Maryland. Here she obtained degrees in Dance Performance (BFA) & Mass Communication (BA). During her time at school, Melissa also became 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 continues to train at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Mark Morris Dance Center.When she's not dancing, teaching yoga, or working full-time at Jo +Jax in marketing, you can find Melissa loving dogs. Melissa is so excited to be working with Spark.