FACULTY

Erin Saunders| Project31 Rehearsal Director,  Assitant Director Project31 Apprentice Training Program 

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. Currently, Erin is a company dancer with Project31, a Co-Director for B-A-R Dance, and teaches at several studios in the Boston area.

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 fourth season 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 is Head Coach and Program Manager at Morin’s Strength and Conditioning in Weymouth, Ma. Michaela is honored to continue her dance journey and grow with Project31.