Faculty & Staff
LAURIE DODGE | Assistant Director
Laurie Dodge is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director currently pursuing her Bachelors of Arts in Performance at the University of Maryland, College Parks School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She has been training in dance for 17 years, began choreographing and teaching 7 years ago, and has been a full-time teacher and director for the past 4 years.
In order to continue her work in the community, she chose to stay in Maryland for her education. Laurie received a scholarship to attend UMBC’s growing BA program, but she chose to attend University of Maryland on full tuition scholarship as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. At UMD, she has studied under Christopher K Morgan, Alvin Mayes, Adriane Fang, and amongst other prestigious faculty. She has been featured in three Thesis Concerts by master’s students, Curtis Stedge, Jen Graham, and Allen Xing. She performed regularly in numerous works by faculty, performing at the Kennedy Center and at the ACDA Mid Atlantic North Conference. While pursuing her education, Laurie keeps her focus on teaching by bringing quality work back to her intermediate through highly advanced student dancers.
Teaching and Directing in dance has always been a focus for her. As early as her sophomore year in high school she was a mentor student, taught dance classes, directed multiple shows, and was the President of her chapter of Nu Delta Alpha, a National Dance Honor Society. Mentored closely by Jen Graham, she started transitioning into the professional world of teaching, directing, and choreography. She began as Assistant Rehearsal Director of Catalyst Dance Theatre and is now the Director of Project C Studios’ Student Company. Laurie has choreographed many solos, duos, trios, and group pieces on student and collegiate companies. Her works have received special accolades in the field, making Laurie a sought-after choreographer in the community.
In addition to choreographing and directing, Laurie is currently a teacher in residence at Project C Studios, and Ballet Conservatoire XIV. She has also taught classes and Master Classes at University of Maryland, Caroll Community College’s Drama Festival, NextNow Festival, Arabesque Dance Studio, DL Dance Project, Kinetics Dance Theatre, Genesis Arts LLC, and Joyful Motion Dance Studio. She is excited to play an even more influential part in developing her dancers and the community as she steps into her new role as Assistant Director of Project C Studios.
EMILY RUNKLE | Ballet Director
Emily Runkle was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and first began studying ballet at Ballet with Cindee Velle, intensively studying with Caryl Maxwell. For her senior year of high school she attended The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, where she was coached by former dancers of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Hungarian National Ballet, Ballet Nacional De Caracas, and the Bolshoi Ballet. She then moved to Mississippi where she was a trainee with Ballet Magnificat, America's premiere professional Christian ballet company from 2008-2009. She began her professional performing career at 18, and has danced soloist roles with Ballet Chesapeake, Misako Ballet, Merge Dance Company, and New York State Ballet, where she has performed works by Balanchine, Edward Stewart, and Eva Anderson, as well as the full length classics. She has also choreographed for both contemporary and classical companies and schools. Emily has been teaching at Project C since 2011 and believes in interpreting the art of ballet in a very specific, yet attainable way for all students.
Resident Teaching Artist
Michele Dean is a mother of 5 with 20 years of immersion in the dance community. Long before she was a mom, she was as an All-Star cheerleader in high-school which led to later becoming a cheerleading coach at Centennial High School. She went on to pioneer after school dance programs in public and private schools, primarily focused on the preparation of beginner dancers to develop a love and passion for the art and build a strong foundation for upper level classes. Michele worked as a licensed child care provider and has over 10 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop, and was previously a dance teacher at B.Funk Dance Company and Gold's Gym. She is a certified reflexologist and 15 year yoga practitioner who will complete her instructor's certification in October 2018. Michele is also a USA Gymnastics Instructor member and is SafeSport trained. She uses the Dance Education Laboratory model to structure her early childhood development classes. Michele was co-owner of Next Level Models LLC where she directed efforts to scout potential models to be signed to top modeling agencies. Michele also comes to us with 10 years of experience in hospitality and management services. Michele is a lifelong health and wellness enthusiast and is excited to continue her work with the students at Project C.
Guest Teaching Artist
Marcelly Goncalves holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University where she concentrated her studies in Entertainment Management. She began her undergraduate career at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts as a Dance Major, but during her sophomore year she decided to refocus her area of study to become more involved in the arts as a whole by approaching the industry from a business perspective. Her academic interests have always revolved around her original love of dance. Marcelly began dancing at the age of 7 and became a student at Project C Studios at the age of 12 – where her passion for dance truly developed. While in college, Marcelly continued to take dance classes regularly at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and Steps on Broadway where she studied Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Contemporary under renowned choreographers. Marcelly also holds a personal training certification with ACE and has worked as a personal trainer in New York City. Marcelly approaches her work as an artist through interdisciplinary perspectives, believing that it builds not only more versatile dancers, but individuals.
Resident Teaching Artist
Katy Love began her dance career at the age of 2. She has studied a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, and even a little cha-cha and West Coast Swing! She has performed all over the east coast including the Joyce theater in NYC and the City Walk at Universal Studios. Currently she is working towards a degree in Dance Therapy. Katy is a current member of the Capitol Movement Adult Company and a Washington Redskins Cheerleader.
Resident Teaching Artist
Amanda Naecker is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Educator who carries over 25 years of training in Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, and Musical Theater, and over 10 years of teaching experience. For much of her pre-professional and professional years, she trained at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, working with respected artists and educators such as, “The King of Jazz” Frank Hatchett, Danny Wallace, Rhapsody James, and many others. Her love for performing led her to dance on stages such as City Walk at Universal Studios and receive numerous awards on the competitive dance circuit. Amanda continues to train, work, and perform with various Hip Hop crews in the DMV area, as well as regularly attend master classes and conventions, while teaching and choreographing for area studios and schools. Amanda strives to provide dancers with a positive, high-energy dance environment where she can inspire and support them in reaching their full potential.
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Ryan Bailey started his dance training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC where he received a BA in dance. At UMBC, he was granted the Linehan Artist Scholarship, as well as being awarded the Outstanding Senior in Choreography and given a Summer Dance Research Award Grant by the UMBC Dance Department. Always the interested student, Ryan studied at the Tokyo Academy in Louisiana and at Artistry Dance Company where he trained in a variety of styles. Equally interested in performance and choreography, he has been highlighted as a performer in the America College Dance Association 2014 Festival. This success continued with his choreography being chosen to represent UMBC and selected for the ACDA Gala performance in 2016. In addition to his recognition at UMBC, Ryan’s works have been featured in The Hollywood Summer Tour and The Pulse on Tour where he received a scholarship and an award to attend NYC’s Artist's In Motion and have his works presented at the Ailey Theater in NYC. During his tenure in Maryland, Ryan has performed with the Howard County Ballet Company, Gaite Parisienne, Baltimore Dance Project, and Alternative Dance Project directed by Lance and Danielle Guillermo. He is currently the Assistant Director of Artistry Dance Company as well as the Director of Project C’s competition group, Reaction Dance Company, and has had his choreography performed alongside Cirque Du Soleil in their Dreams Holidaze Tour. Hoping to make it to the final 20 on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” Ryan was able to make it to the top 23 contestants of the Philadelphia 2014 audition.
Kristin Castaneda is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance with focus in Dance Education and Performance, as well as a Project C Studios alumna. Throughout her time at UMD, Kristin performed and produced multiple works through The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, as well as with other campus dance organizations. Some of her credits include work by Adriane Fang, Miriam Philips, Jen Graham, LaTefia Bradley, and Orange Grove Dance. In the spring of 2017, Kristin also served as Coordinator for the American College Dance Association Conference for the Mid-Atlantic North Region. Kristin is a member of Delta Chi Xi, Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc. and served on the executive board of the Gamma Chapter. Kristin currently teaches Dance full-time in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, while also actively guest teaching and choreographing in other area private studios and public schools.