• Dance Theatre of Jacksonville
    14 Doris Avenue
    Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • Phone: (910) 347-3226
    Email (General Inquiries):
    dtojax@gmail.com

Where Are They Now?

 

Marleen Melendez started her dance training at the age of 11 at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville in NC. Growing up training in various styles from tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop, she fell in love and knew that this was what she was born to do. Eager to start her career, Marleen graduated high school a year early and moved to New York City to complete the Professional Semester Program at Broadway Dance Center. Since graduating from the program in 2012, Marleen has had the pleasure of performing at Radio City with Lele Pons and Daddy Yankee for Google and Youtube’s week long industrial choreographed by Kyle Hanagami. She has also had the pleasure of working with various choreographers such as Candace Brown, Zach Lattimore, Nicco O’Connor, Jared Grimes, Jared Jenkins, Keenan Cooks, Neil Schwartz, Laura Edwards and more. She has performed in several of New York's most popular dance shows including Carnival, Sybarite, Run The Night and Rhapsody James' Sirens After Dark. In addition, she has performed in the Soul Train Music Awards flashmob choreographed by Frank Gatson, and a Billboard Event for Grammy nominated Colombian artist, Fonseca. Marleen has also had the honor of being nominated three years in a row for the Monsters Of Hip Hop show by Parris Goebel, Kevin Maher and Marty Kudelka. Marleen is currently part of MOTUS the company directed by Diana Matos. Marleen also teaches and choreographs at several studios across the US and continues to pursue her career goals with plans to move to Los Angeles.


Annalise Genee Coleman is from Jacksonville, North Carolina. She has been dancing since was three years old where she competitively danced for Dance Theatre of Jacksonville and Fox Troupe Dancers. Annalise graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016 with a dual major in Public Health Education and Dance. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she was a member of the dance team and captain. She also studied under professors Duane Cyrus, Janet Lily and Lindsey Howie. Currently, Annalise Is a professional cheerleader with the Carolina Panthers and has performed at the SuperBowl and ProBowl. She is also a kindergarten-fourth grade dance teacher at KIPP Change Academy in Charlotte NC.


Ashleigh Hunter Avery comes from a family of dance. She trained at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville from 1991-1999 under her mother, Desiree LeFebvre, and then with the Corpus Christi Ballet from 1999-2004. She returned to train and teach at DTOJ from 2004-2011. Ashleigh's versatility has enabled her career to include concert and commercial dance, both on stage and screen. Some of her credits include dancing with Carolyn Dorfman Dance in NYC, Good Morning America (LMFAO), The Late Show with David Letterman (Martha Wash/Paul Shaffer), Fuller House, and commercials for Spotify, VRBO, and Lexus. Ashleigh has had the privilege of working with and performing works by choreographers such as JoAnn Hunter, Otis Sallid, Peter Chu, Kyle Hanagami, Doug Elkins, and Carolyn Dorfman. Dancing professionally has given her the opportunity to not only perform in NYC and LA, but across the US and Europe. Most recently, she can be seen dancing in Carlos López Estrada’s (Blindspotting, Raya and The Last Dragon) newly released film, Summertime, with choreography by Andrew Winghart. In addition to performing, Ashleigh also teaches, choreographs, and adjudicates throughout the country. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is represented by Independent Artist Entertainment.


Khorii Tinson (she/they) is a Movement Artist located in the Brooklyn, New York area. Khorii earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography degree from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2020. In her time at UT, she worked with renowned artists such as Rennie Harris, Charles O. Anderson, Gesel Mason, Courtney Mazeika, Jenn Freeman, and many more. As an emerging Black movement artist, Khorii is currently working on developing their own style and is researching mainly through improvisation. They teach exploration and research through improvisation and floorwork, as well as house dance. Khorii is planning on returning to school in the future to pursue her Masters in Dance.


Andrew Burleson, a North Carolina native, is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, with a BFA in dance with a concentration in choreography and a minor in Business Administration.  He has been dancing since the age of 3 training in various forms including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap, modern and dance composition. Andrew has toured nationally with a dance convention, where he was given the opportunity to assist top choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, Disney’s Shake It Up, Step Up 2 and Britney Spears. Andrew works as a guest teacher and choreographer for over twenty dance studios across the United States, and has worked for several dance competitions both as a judge and event director. He enjoys being able to empower the future generation of dancers, and has an innate ability of encouraging and bringing out the best in his students. In 2019, he began and is the Creative Director of Coalition Dance Project, LLC, a traveling teaching and choreographic company that focuses on providing a positive and empowering environment to teach and choreograph in. Andrew is continually encouraged by those he teaches when he sees their passion for dance. 


Jordyn Santiago attended Dance Theatre of Jacksonville for 14 years where she trained in many styles of dance. She was a member of the Senior Protege Team from ages 11-18. Before graduating high school, she attended the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Intensive Program in 2009. She was a soloist performer in Peter Chu's piece "Someone to Love" in Los Angeles, California in July 2011. She was also a soloist in Andy Pellick’s "Prelude" which featured 2011 NYCDA college scholarship recipients. She was in the 1st annual "Bright Lights, Shining Stars" New York City Dance Alliance Foundation show recognizing Roberta Flack as an ambassador for the arts in August 2011. Jordyn was a member of the DTOJ Ballet Company from 2010-2012 and danced the roles of the Arabian, Snow Demi-Soloist, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. When performing the roles of Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy, Jordyn partnered with Adam Schiffer of the Carolina Ballet. She was selected as a NYCDA Regional Outstanding Dancer every year from 2007-2013. Jordyn traveled to NYC to compete for NYCDA National Outstanding Dancer in the summers of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and performed in their National Gala. Jordyn was a Top 12 Finalist for Senior Outstanding Dancer in 2012 and 2013. She was offered a $40,000 scholarship to Point Park University in the summer of 2012. Jordyn traveled to Las Vegas in the summer of 2013 to compete at the 24/7 Dance Convention Nationals. Jordyn competed for the Senior Non-Stop Dancer and was the first runner up. After graduating high school, Jordyn took a year off to travel and assist many different choreographers. She just completed her freshman year at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, and was the first freshman to ever make the Marymount Dance Company, while working under Desmond Richardson from Complexions all year. She is very excited to return for her sophomore year! Jordyn is double majoring with a BFA in Modern as well as Psychology. Jordyn also worked with choreographer Ashley Lindsey this year for his upcoming project “Pushing Progress” which will be performed in the upcoming year in New York City. She is also going to work with Destiny Rogers in her upcoming music video project in LA this summer, for a new band called “Innovate”. Jordyn is thrilled to see some of the opportunities Marymount has to offer her in the years to come.


Kayleigh-Anne Jewell trained at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville from 2001-2012. During her time at Dance Theatre, she was a member of their competitive dance team as well as performed in their annual Nutcracker productions. After gradation, Kayleigh furthered her education at East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education, K-12 Dance Education Licensure, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at ECU, Kayleigh performed in numerous dance shows and had the opportunity to work with several guest artists such as John Magnus from the Joffery Ballet, artists from River North Dance Company, and Lauren Edson. Kayleigh also learned from and performed for the American College Dance Association from 2013-2016. While in College, she worked part time for the Joffery Ballet School Summer Program where she assisted Andrew Brader, from Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduating from ECU, Kayleigh began teaching dance at Wellcome Middle School in Pitt County. Currently, Kayleigh is the Director of Richlands High School Dance Department and Richlands High School Dance Company.


Arielle Israel began her training at the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, North Carolina from 1995 to 2011. During her time at the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville she was a member of their competitive team and performed the role of the Snow Queen in their first annual production of The Nutcracker, in 2010. Upon graduation, Arielle furthered her training at Towson University, where she has been a member of the Towson University Dance Company, performing ballets such as GisellePaquita, and Don Quixote, as well as works by Runqiao Du, Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent E. Thomas, Trent Williams, Stephanie Powell, and Alvin Ailey's Robert Battle. While attending Towson University, she is also performing with two professional companies in the Baltimore and DC area: VT Dance Company and Ballet ADI. Arielle had the pleasure to work with the Broadway legend, Hinton Battle, on the feature film BOLDEN! She has also received training at The Ailey School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensives. Arielle is currently receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Towson University.


Jessica Israel began her dance training at the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, North Carolina from 1995-2008. While studying in jazz, ballet, contemporary, and tap she also participated in various dance competitions such as "Jump" and "New York City Dance Alliance". Once she graduated from high school in 2008, she enrolled in the Ailey School's Certificate program, in New York City, where she studied Horton, Graham-based modern, ballet, jazz and tap. She has performed works by Darrell Moultrie, Francesca Harper, Ursula Payne and David Parker. Since graduating from The Ailey School in 2011 Jessica has been in various freelance projects. She has been featured on Good Morning America, in music videos by Hettie Barnhill, a Bollywood featured film "ABCD", and she was also a part of the Michael Anthony Collection fashion week "Castle on the White Hill" fashion show. Jessica lived in Eilat, Israel for 7 months performing in Tevet productions, "Wow Show".  Jessica is currently teaching and continuing her work as a freelance artist in New York City.  Her most recent projects include being a part the the 2014 NBA playoffs flashmob promo and she will be dancing in a show called The Victory Dance Project which has been featured on Answers4dancers.

 

 


Noel Woodruff is a North Carolina native. She trained at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville from 1994 - 2008 and continued her passion throughout college graduating from The University of Alabama with a Bachelors Degree in Dance. She has trained with choreographers such as Chris Judd, Dave Scott, and Eddie Garcia, just to name a few. Noel began interning with Bloc South Talent Agency and worked her way up to become a Talent Representative. She considers herself very lucky to be able to work with some of the best industry professionals and strives to be one of them through hard work, dedication, and determination.

 

 


Angie was a student at DTOJ from 1991-1996. She left home at age 14 to attend the Harid Conservatory with a full tuition scholarship. After completing her education at Harid, she spent two seasons with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where she appeared in Robert Altman’s 2003 film The Company. Following her stay with Joffrey, Ms. Sansone worked toward her B.S. in ballet at Indiana University before she joined Kansas City Ballet in 2005. In her two seasons with KCB, she has been featured in End of Time, Apollo The Concert , Great Galloping Gottschalk, Dark Elegies, Splendid Isolations III,Mozartiana and as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to perform Ben Stevenson’s End of Time at the International Dance Festival of Colombia. This is Ms. Sansone’s sixth season with Kansas City Ballet



Mollie Sansone was a student at DTOJ from 1991-1996. She began her training in North Carolina with Melissa Hale-Coyle, Claudia Folts, Lisa Leone, and Rebecca and Daniel Wiley. She also studied at the Metropolitan Ballet Theater with Maniya Barredo, the Joffrey Midwest Workshop, the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, and the Atlanta Ballet.

As a member of the Nashville Ballet 2 from 2004 to 2006, Mollie performed with the main company in Balanchine’s Square Dance, Sarah Slipper’s Postcards from the Boys, and Salvatore Aiello’s Rite of Spring. Some notable performances of hers since joining the main company are in Robert Philander-Valentine’s Sunday Sunday, in Balanchine’s Valse Fantaise, the Dew Drop Fairy in Paul Vasterling’s Nutcracker, the “Balloon Girl” in Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns, and the Blue Pas de Deux in James Canfield’s Jungle. Mollie also performs as guest artist with the Piedmont Dance Theater during the summers, where she has performed Balanchine’s Who Cares?, La Bayadere, and Thang Dao’s, Printemp Perdu.  ......