Erin Saunders| Faculty
Erin Saunders recently earned degrees in Dance and Performance Studies and Arts Administration at Roger Williams University, where she trained with artists such as Christina Robson, Netta Yerushalmy, Ephrat Asherie, David Parker & The Bang Group, Hilary Easton, Sydney Skybetter, K.J. Holmes, Gary Shore, France Hunter, Cathy Nicoli, and Michael Bolger. In 2018, Erin performed at Tisch School of the Arts for choreographer Christina Robson, in a concert of works by the dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Erin has also performed at the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, the Somerville Theatre, BU Dance Theater, Onstage Dance Company, and more. Her own choreography has been featured at Boston University during the American College Dance Conference as well as many performance venues throughout Boston. Erin spent a semester abroad training in London with Katie Lusby, Stephen Pelton, and Jorge Cercis and participated in training intensives of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Pantos Project, and Urbanity Dance. Erin serves as rehearsal director for Project31's professional dance company.
Gelsey White| Photographer | Project31 Dancer
Gelsey White began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown of Taunton, MA. When she was 13 she joined the Project Moves Dance Company, competing regionally and performing across the Northeast including at the Joyce Theater in NYC and the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston. She attended Vassar College, where she received a B.A. in English in May 2019. While at Vassar, Gelsey was a member of the Vassar Repertory Dance Company, studying under former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer John Meehan and performing debut works by former Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham company dancer Stephen Rooks and independent choreographer/teaching artists Leslie Partridge Sachs and Kathy Wildberger. Her choreographic works were featured in the Vassar dance department annual spring showings. In addition, Gelsey trained in dance photography with Rose Eichenbaum at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and has photographed the Stars of American Ballet, ODC/Dance, Aurora Borealis Dance Company, and the Project Moves Dance Company. She currently works as a portrait photographer and teaches ballet, tap, and jazz/lyrical at Spotlight Dance Studio in Taunton.
Kate L. McShea| Fitness
McShea, a Boston native, began her official dance training when she enrolled at Boston Arts Academy as a Freshman dance major in 2000. It was there that she discovered her lifelong need to explore movement. A graduate of 2004 class, McShea continued her education at Long Island University, Brooklyn, earning a B.F.A in Dance in May 2008. After graduating, McShea continued to dance in New York City, working with Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, Amanda Hinchey, Jenny Rocha, and Rodger Belman to name a few. Her choreography has been chosen to be shown in The Dance Gallery presented by von Ussar Danceworks, American College Dance Festival, and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. Upon returning to the Boston Area, McShea has had the opportunity to work with companies such as Tribe, The Dance Company, Urbanity, and now Project 31. McShea is currently a Special Education teacher, Zumba, and Pilates Mat instructor. She is thrilled to be able to have this opportunity to dance and perform again and share the stage with such amazing artists. McShea would like the thank her family for their undying support, especially her wife, Sarah, whose love and support, helps her to continue pursuing her passion to dance.
Lacey Sasso| Faculty
Lacey attended Missouri State University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company. She has recently been on faculty at Boston University teaching contemporary jazz. Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) where she served not only as the Jazz Captain but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist. Her choreography was presented in the annual New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival. In Boston, Lacey was a member and featured choreographer for Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. In 2015 Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Lacey spent two years living in the United Kingdom where she performed Akram Khan’s choreography and trained with Linda Dadd. She has been on staff with the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance, Montage Theatre Arts, Kew Dance Arts, and SOTO Dance. Since returning to Boston, Lacey has been on the faculty of South Shore Ballet Theatre and Raquelle's Dance Company. Lacey continues her work as Artistic Director of Sasso & Company. She a member of Colleen Roddy & Dancers and is in her fifthseason with Project31.
Michaela Flaherty | Jazz & Pom
Michaela Flaherty began her dance career in her hometown of Quincy, Ma. She later graduated with her A.A from The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in 2012. Michaela has extensive training in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance. She also studied dance composition, dance history, creative movement, anatomy, and kinesiology. Michaela is a former NBA Dancer for the Boston Celtics 2014-2016 under the direction of Marina Ortega. Her most memorable performance took place during the Celtics Dancer’s 10-year reunion halftime show at the TD garden. She has danced and choreographed for various events and shows in the Boston area. Michaela’s passion for dance leads her to a career in fitness. Michaela runs her own online health and fitness company and is the assistant coach of the Braintree High School Dance Team.
Catrina Kubek| Faculty
Catrina Kubek joined Project31 in 2018 after graduating magna cum laude from Adelphi University with her BFA in Dance. At Adelphi, she performed works by Paul Taylor, Adelheid B. Strelick, Orion Duckstein, William Briscoe, and Jennifer Kreichman. During her junior year, she was nominated for and awarded the Lois Betts Scholarship Award for Dance 2016-2017. She has attended and performed at the American College Dance Association Northeast Conferences in 2017 and 2018. To further supplement her dance training, Catrina has attended the Boston Conservatory Dance Summer Intensive and Urbanity Summer Dance Intensive. In addition to Project31, she has performed professionally with the Julia Kane Dance Collective (New York), Douglas & Co. (New York), and Sasso & Company (Boston). Catrina is the Company Director at KC Dance Expressions, and a dance captain for Project31 Dance Company.
Avery Pelosi | Faculty
Avery Pelosi began dancing at the age of 11 at Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio & Acting School located in Methuen MA. At age 13 she was invited to join their competitive team where she had the opportunity to further her training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary while performing regionally across the Northeast until the age of 18. In 2018 she directed and organized a dance workshop for kids ages 4-18 that became an annual dance event at Center for Performing Arts named ”Day of Dance”. Currently, Avery is a dance instructor at CPAM and choreographs high-scoring competitive routines for their dance team. Avery is in her final year of undergrad at Boston University where she is completing a minor in Dance and working as a Hip Hop instructor for BU Academy. She performs and choreographs works mentored by Micki Taylor-Pinney with Boston University’s Dance Theatre Group while serving as the group’s Concert Coordinator. Her most recent work has been selected to represent BU at the American College Dance Association regional conference in March of 2022. Avery is excited to be dancing with Project31 for her first season!
Jenn Mathien | Pilates & Wellness
Jenn Mathien has been professionally teaching Pilates for the past 14 years. Originally earning her full mat & equipment certification through Unity Pilates in Sydney, Australia, Jenn further completed her full STOTT Pilates training in Sydney, Los Angeles, & New York, including specialty training for cross-training athletes, pre- and post-natal women and other special populations. Jenn is also fully Barre-certified through Boston Body Barre. While Jenn's teaching approach is rooted in classical Pilates, she prides herself on creating workouts that cater to the individual's needs. Jenn is passionate about ensuring that our dancers learn correct posture, body awareness & muscle activation in order to control their bodies in space, not only to help them reach their dance potential, but to cultivate healthy movement habits that will stay with them through life. When not teaching, she's a busy mom of daughter, Grace (mini and junior team dancer) and son, Cooper. Jenn lives with her husband and kids in Hingham.