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Meet Our Staff

angelique cruz ANGELIQUE CRUZ

Angelique Cruz is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from New York City. Celebrating her 8th season with Performers Edge Dance Academy, she is excited to share her passion and love of dance with the new generation of students. She previously trained at PEDA in various genres of dance and competed, regionally and nationally, throughout the competition dance circuit under the direction of Stefanie Salaman.

Angelique received her B.F.A. in Dance Studies from Long Island University which allowed her to gain the opportunity to perform works by world-renown companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, MOMIX, and more. Angelique has also performed in some of New York City's greatest venues including Madison Square Garden, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center.

Angelique has lent her talents both performing and producing works ranging from commercial and concert dance, to competitive dance and the musical theatre stage. Her work has been showcased at New York Fashion Week's Target Style in Vogue event. Her students have been recognized for technical excellence as well as awarded the Industry Dance Award's People's Choice and Outstanding Performance Awards. Angelique hopes that she will inspire her students with her innovative and captivating work.

caitlin parish CAITLIN PARISH

An Alabama native, Caitlin grew up dancing competitively and went on to study Communications and Dance at Troy University, where she traveled an performed with Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble/Troy Dance Theatre. While in school, Caitlin choreographed yearly for every TROY Dance performance and was called upon to fill in for a full semester for a university professor on maternity leave in the spring of 2012.

In March 2015, Caitlin moved to NYC to continue working as a freelance dancer and choreographer - specializing in contemporary dance. She has since performed in a variety of NYC dance festivals including the Third Annual Footprints Mondern Dance Festival, MachineHDance Festival, NACHMO, Six Deggrees of Separation: Reflections, and Nacre Dance. Other highlights include: "Wrestles With" parts I & II (film), Dance into Deliverance (dancer), “Enoument” Dance Film (choreographer), and DanceWorks New York City (dancer/ choreographer).

Caitlin found her home as a teacher for Performers Edge Dance Academy and has enjoyed working with PEDA's talented and dedicated students the past two years. She looks forward to many years to come with the PEDA family!

elisabetta spuria


Elisabetta Spuria is originally from Italy, where she started her ballet training at the age of 6. In addition to that, she studied jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and flamenco. Since she moved to New York City she has been working with such artists as Mariah Carey (“Charmbracelet World Tour”) and Michael Bolton (“Only A Woman Like You Tour”) as both associate choreographer and assistant director. She has been assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in numerous theater productions: Footloose, Nights on Broadway III, the operas Carmen, Candide and Aida.

Elisabetta has choreographed productions of: Spring Awakening (ReVision Theatre/ TheatreC), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (LIVE Asbury Park), Hair directed by Andrew Goldberg, Chicago at the Michael D. Palm Theatre (Co), The Who’s Tommy directed by Carlos Armesto, Tess A New Rock Opera (NYMF), disOriented (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), the Off Broadway play Zelda at the Oasis, Standby (NYMF), Madame Infamy (NYMF), Billy Lewis Jr.’s Jealousy (music video). She was the associate choreographer for the PBS children show The Electric Company and for ABC’s One Life To Live musical episodes.

Elisabetta travels extensively to teach master classes and workshops throughout North America and across the globe. She has also been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Elisabetta has been teaching jazz, musical theatre and contemporary/lyrical for over 18 years, she enjoys working with students of every age and level, her choreography has been recognized by many dance competitions all over the US.


Brian Streater is originally from Charlotte, NC, has lived in Los Angeles, CA and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. At age 7, Brian started training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Street Jazz, Tap, Gymnastics and Aerial Acrobatics. In 2004, Brian had the opportunity to travel internationally and perform with Mark Marino and The American Dance Company where he and the team competed against others from around the globe in the World Dance Championships—and placed first. For six years, Brian then traveled and performed around the world with Royal Caribbean International, one of the largest cruise companies. Brian also was cast in the Broadway musical, “Hairspray,” to perform on the 66th Annual TONY Awards live telecast. In 2012, Brian was signed to GTA Talent Agency (Los Angeles). Among other roles and casts, Brian was chosen to perform in one of the largest charity events in Europe (Helsinki, Finland) with pop artist, Benjamin Peltonen. Brian also was one of the founders and creative and artistic directors of the BeyondURLimits Dance Intensive. In addition to performing, Brian choreographs and teaches at various studios in NYC. Brian currently is signed with Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation (NYC).

Jessica Mudzinski cannot remember a time in her life without dance. Having started at a local studio at the age of 3, she went on to become a competitive dancer winning numerous title awards. She started teaching dance at the age of 14 and has now been instructing dance and gymnastics for over 15 years. This year will be her 10th year teaching at Performer's Edge Dance Academy.

After graduating from Cardozo High School's Performing Dance Program, Jessica attended Long Island University C.W. Post where she obtained a B.F.A in dance studies. At C.W. Post she had the opportunity to work with current and former members of The Jose Limon Dance Company, The Paul Taylor Dance Company and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. While with the Post Concert Dance Company, Jessica performed as a featured soloist in a recreation of Jose Limon's "The Winged". During her time at C.W. Post she was also chosen to be featured in a commercial advertising the university's dance program.

A month after graduating college, Jessica joined Ballet Deviare. Jessica performed with Ballet Deviare in "Memento Mori" and was also in "Disconsolate" a short film featuring Ballet Deviare that was accepted in the Royal Flush Film Festival.

Currently Jessica teaches all genres of dance including ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap and gymnastics. She has completed the USA Gymnastics course on the Fundamentals of Gymnastics and has completed a Tumbling Effects workshop this past June. As and choreographer for PEDA's highly acclaimed competitive team she has been recognized with numerous choreography, overall and high place awards at various dance competitions.

In addition to teaching, Jessica judges for several national dance competitions including, Nexstar National Talent Competition, Kids Artistic Revue and Rainbow National Talent Competition. Being a judge reminds her of the excitement she felt as a child attending dance competitions and she loves seeing how far the world of dance has come since she started her career.

It is a great honor to teach all the wonderful dancers at Performer's Edge Dance Academy and Jessica is delighted to see how much to studio has grown and evolved over the past 10 years. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the dancers you work with weekly perform on stage doing what they love.


Kimberly Sausman was born and raised in Westerville, Ohio where she found her initial love for movement. She is a mover, teacher and performer. Kimberly attended Troy University and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and Dance. Here, she had the opportunity of studying modern, contemporary and jazz dance under the direction of Tracy Gilland, Nicki Loud, Erika Hand, Dominique Angel and Elie Lazar. Kimberly has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Dean McFlicker, Kyle Hotchkiss, CiCi Kelley and the Isadora Duncan Foundation. She continued her training by receiving a tuition scholarship to the American Dance Festival where she studied contemporary, modern and improvisation from Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, Gerald Casel, Ishmael Houston-Jones and Curt Haworth.

After college, Kimberly moved to Atlanta, Georgia to perform with modern company, Full Radius Dance (physical integrated company) and contemporary company, Atlanta Dance Collective. With these companies she performed and guest taught across the south east and finished with a tour in Madrid and Valencia, Spain.

While Kimberly loved her time in Atlanta she had always felt a calling to New York City where she now resides as a freelance dancer and teaching artist. She has been apart of a number of dance festivals such as WaxWorks, Bridge for Dance, RAW and is looking forward to many more. Kimberly is so excited to be joining the Performance Edge Dance Academy family and is ready to start movin’ and a-groovin’ with all the dancers!

Korie Genius


Korie Genius was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He has studied various styles of hip hop, and specializes in Dancehall as well as styles like Flexing, Krumping and Popping. Korie is always open to new styles and new ideas. He loves to broaden his visions of dance every day by taking classes and train with the best choreographers in the city.

He has been performing for over a decade in various venues all around America.
Korie has been seen on the CBS morning show performing with reggae artist Mr.Vegas (2010), with reggae artist Mr.Lexx in Orlando Florida (2010) and international reggae, soca, hiphop artist Bunji Garlin “Brrrt”. He has choreographed and danced in music videos for Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality “Run Fast” (2013) “Chi-ching” by Chairlift (2015) principal dancer in “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson & Daddy Yankee (2017) . Korie has performed at numerous shows around the tristate area such as Sirens After Dark by Rhapsody James, Sybarite Collective, Carnival, Michael Jackson 25th anniversary to name a few.

Currently he works with his company BlackGold who performs and teaches dance nationwide. Korie has been teaching children and adults for many years at some of New York’s most prestige dance schools such as Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center and a well-known Bronx competition school Performers Edge Dance Academy. He makes his classes fun and positive, allowing everyone to bring out their personalities into their dance.

Korie is a growing artist that always strives for the best. His goal is to pass on his passion and unique style as well as making an impact with his dancing and choreography.

Dan Mitra


Dan Mitra is New York City based tap dancer. Since starting tap dancing at a young age, he has received multiple awards such as the American Tap Dance Foundationʼs Tap Future Award, youngARTS silver finalist, and was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2009.

Dan has been in Joseph Webbʼs Dancing Buddhaʼs, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Michela Lerman, Omar Edwardʼs Passion of Tap, and in works by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in On Tap at Summerstage. He has also performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala, choreography by Jared Grimes; and lastly as a member of Emmy Award Winning Jason Samuel Smithʼs A.C.G.I.

Dan currently teaches and has taught at Mark Morris Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, AbunDance Academy of the Arts, and many more!

Check out Danʼs website and for updates on classes, performances, events etc!!!

Danielle Medici


Danielle found her love for dance at Performer's Edge Dance Academy training there for 12 years. Later attending Professional Performing Arts High School, she trained at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now she is currently a member of Unique Soulz the company, under director Megz Alfonso.

Professional credits include: Kean’s 2019 Commencement performance at Prudential Center and NJPAC, 2015 NYFW's iconic "Target Style in Vogue"; featured dancer in music videos for artists: Boa Kwon, DOMO, Tristan Cole, Natalie Eve Lyons, J. Grace, Frankie J., Danielle Cohn and Lexee Smith; a Westchester Knicks Dancer for 2016-2018 basketball seasons, featured on MTV’s TRL, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade choreographed by NappyTabs; live events for The Forever Freestyle 12 with C-Bank, Gina Gunz at SOBs, and Lil Mama for her music video release party.

Guest Teachers & Choreographers

tom richardson

mitchell david dan

Skooj Jona Biddle

Danielle Kristen Ed Nelson Nicole Burdett

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