Cleo Mack was selected by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch in 2002.” She began her dance training at the Purpich School of the Arts and earned her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Student Choreography. Ms. Mack has received grants and fellowships from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, The Gerldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in honor of her high artistic merit. She has been commissioned to create new work for Purpich School of the Arts, Quad Cities Ballet and DeSales University. She has been a teaching artist for the American Repertory Ballet Institute, Rutgers University, DeSale University, Muhlenberg University and the University of Iowa. She is currently Director of Dance at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School of the Performing Arts and the Artistic Director of Washington Rock Ballet and Modern Companies.
Kelli McGovern is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with an Ed.M. in Dance Education from the Graduate School of Education and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is a dancer with the Cleo Mack Dance Project and Connolly & Co. Ms. McGovern has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Manuel Vignoulle, Alwin Nikolais, and Randy James. She has performed in various venues and festivals throughout New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Boston such as the Joyce Theatre, NJPAC, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Dixons Place, Joe’s Pub, George Street Playhouse, Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance, Koresh Artist Series, The Hatch, and REVERBdance Echoes Tour. Kelli is also a dance educator at the Academy of Fine Arts and Academics at Bayonne High School and is Co-Artistic Director of the Washington Rock Ballet. Ms. McGovern recently served on the panel to develop the Model Curriculum Assessments for the state of New Jersey and is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Blair Ritchie is a professional dancer in addition to being a dance educator and yoga teacher. Blair is a member of the Faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department at Rutgers University where she teaches technique sits on their Technique Curriculum Committee and has formulated the curriculum for their Yoga for Dancers Program. This past summer she was pleased to collaborate as a teacher with Rutgers University and Om Factory in their first ever 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training. For the last decade she has continued her education in alignment based Hatha yoga and the life affirming philosophy it brings with it. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts and, since graduating, has actively pursued her two passions, performing and the study of the human body. Since 2005 Blair has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of multiple modern dance companies. She is also a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In addition to her required teacher training she has taken extensive therapeutics training to learn the practical applications of yoga and hands-on adjustments to the chronically and acutely injured body. She is actively completing her advanced 500 teacher training with renowned yoga teachers Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny at DIG Yoga.