Emma Krauss Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Emma began her training at Evelyn Ott School of Dance. During her high school years, Emma attended The Governor's School for the Arts and graduated with honors. She then studied dance at University of the Arts, graduating with honors, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jazz dance performance, and all around "Teacher Recognition Award". Within those four years, Emma trained and performed works by Roni Koresh, Scott Jovovich, Zane Booker, Brian Sanders, Wayne St. David. She was a company member for Smoke, Lilies, and Jade directed by Zane Booker for three of her college years. Some of her live stage performances include Dr Oz Gala (Grass Roots, Garden of Angels), XBox Kinect Live in Times Square featuring Neyo, Circo Hermanos Vazquez, International Association of Blacks in Dance (Smoke, Lilies, and Jade), Busch Gardens Williamsburg. She has appeared in music videos for A+Productions "Tipping the Scale" and "Here, Then, and Now". Emma attended Jacobs Pillow Musical Theatre program under scholarship and learned rep from Broadway choreographers AC Ciulla (Footloose), Patti Colombo (Seven Brides Seven Brothers), Matt Williams (Hitting the Ground). Most recently, Emma has been a participate of the Fosse Master Series, a theatre initiative by Valarie Pettiford and Lloyd Culbreath.
Joseph Rosario was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey where he attended Rosa Parks High School of Performing Arts and went on to attend Montclair State University (Class of 2013 BA in Theatre Studies/Minor in Dance). He broke into the world of performance when he started acting in the 8th grade, majoring in Drama at RPHS and furthering his studies at MSU where he also began his intensive dance training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. Since graduation he has toured with the national tour of A Chorus Line (2012-2013), performed regionally in shows like Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, as well as A Chorus Line; and has the had the opportunity to choreograph and teach master classes at his alma mater and studios in the area. He has had the pleasure of working with Baayork Lee, Mitzi Hamilton, and Chase Brock. He has also had the pleasure of teaching Jazz,Modern, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop to various levels and age groups. He believes that the journey is just as important as the destination.
Brant Michaels grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey and moved to Manhattan in 2000 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. While still a teenager he landed his first job, the first national tour of Broadway's "The Music Man". Other credits include West Side Story (Baby John, European Tour); Aladdin (pre broadway run); Hairspray (I.Q.); Cats (Mungojerrie); La Cage aux Folles (Jean-Michel u/s); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Protean); Nights on Broadway III (swing); The Music Man (starring Tom Wopat, regional); and numerous Broadway charity performances. Brant has also performed off Broadway at The Public Theater for 365 Days... as well as at the Promenade Theater with American Dance Company (principal dancer, company member). He has judged extensively for various dance competitions, taught master classes and set choreography across the country. He is thrilled to be back on the east coast and return to teaching and auditioning. Brant feels that teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs he could ever hope to do. Brant is a union member of Actors Equity Association.
Albert Blaise Cattafi has been dancing from the age of 5, thanks to his sister Eléna, and since that time has established himself as a fine young artist. His training includes The Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Albert is a member of Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance, has appeared in an international Coke Zero Commercial, and was a featured in Jeff Amsden's "A Few Good Men... Dancin' ". As a soloist, his dancing has graced such famous stages as The New Amsterdam Theater in NYC, Sadlers Wells Theater in London, and The Lucent Danse Theatre in Holland. To great acclaim he has worked with Tony Award winning directors Des McAnuff (The Wiz) and Jerry Mitchell (Peepshow), and has assisted some of the countries top choreographers such as Sergio Trujillo (Tony Award winner), Ray Leeper (SYTYCD), and Mia Michaels (Emmy Award winner). Albert Blaise was the assistant choreographer on Franco Dragone's cirque extravaganza "INDIA", and has also assisted on the production of major Broadway shows including “Spiderman”, “Tarzan” (Holland), “Billy Elliot”, and “Flash Dance”. He has performed on the Video Music Awards for Florence and the Machine, the American Music Awards for Kelly Clarkson, and has performed as a guest on "So You Think You Can Dance". Albert Blaise Cattafi was an original member of the LA dance company “Shaping Sound” under the direction of choreographers Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, and Nick Lazarini. Recently he has returned from Las Vegas where he was performing in Cirque du Soleil’s “LOVE”. Albert believes you should always strive for perfection. You can never stop learning therefore never stop growing. Smile.
Crystal Lynn Rodriguez a native of New Jersey, immerses herself in the world of dance as much as she possibly can. She has graduated from art schools including the Academy of Performing Arts middle school, the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts high school, and most recently Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While at MSU, she has performed works by Chase Brock, Joao Carvalho, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Larry Keigwin, José Limón, Andrea Miller, Earl Mosley, and Doug Varone. Throughout her college career, Crystal has had the opportunity to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Joyce Theater. In her final year, she received the Linda Roberts Outstanding Senior Dance Award/Scholarship. She is a founding member of Marked Dance Project (formerly Hand-Cap Dance) and has danced with EDP Dance Project, as well as Douglas Dunn and Dancers. She is currently working with Robert Mark Dance, ThingsezIsee’m Dance Theatre, DiMauro Dance, Jennifer Chin Dance, Zest Collective and Life Dance Company as a freelance dance artist. Crystal also works as an intern for Sidra Bell Dance New York. She is so grateful to be a part of the PAD family and is so excited for Dina's successes!