MEET THE STAFF
Technique Training, Contemporary and Jazz
Melissa began her dance journey at the young age of 2. Throughout her life she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and Acrobatics. At 17, Melissa began her teaching career and by 19 performed, choreographed and toured with Non profit Modern Dance Company, Music and Motion for two seasons. Over the last 15 years, Melissa has directed and coached various competitive dance teams and has won multiple awards for her choreography. She emphasizes the importance of foundation, technique, core stability and strength. As a fitness professional, she always incorporates her knowledge and experience training the human body into the conditioning of her dancers. In her mid to late 20s, she also trained, taught and performed in multiple styles of rhythm and smooth ballroom dance. Melissa has a desire to inspire, approaching dance education as a emotional journey and not just a physical one. She teaches the importance of connecting to the music, each other and most importantly, ourselves.
Aaminah has always had a knack for dancing for as long as she could remember. With a modest start in front of TV sets mimicking dance videos, by high school she had taken to a few different dance groups during her time there. Post schooling, amidst working she began taking classes and training mainly around the tri-state area. Soon enough she was moving more into the local dance scene by dancing behind artists and performing with different groups. Eventually she joined the Academy of Phresh in 2017 and has been with the Phresh Family since. Here, she’s repped with the company via competitions and showcases and even began teaching the youngest generations coming in, those seeking to have fun while learning hip-hop and its culture.
Earle Garnette Jr
Hip Hop / Co-Artistic Director
Earle fell in love with dance from an early age. Finding inspiration from artists like Usher and Omarion, he was drawn in to the Hip Hop culture. After joining I Am Phresh, Earle won awards such as the World of Dance prelude, NJ and became and alumni for the Motivating Excellence Program ran by Rhapsody James. Since starting his teaching career a couple years ago, Earle has been successful in demonstrating the importance of connecting to the music and pushing dancers past their comfort zones to become the best version of themselves.
Jazz & Technique
Danny Venini grew up dancing in the Drexel Hill area we he trained at a local competition studio exposing him to the competition and convention circuit. He made many connections through JUMP, Artists Simply Human, and The Pulse. He furthered his training in the classical world at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philly. After graduating high school, he moved on tp New York City where he attended Marymount Manhattan College pursuing a BFA on dance concentrating in ballet and jazz. While there and after graduating he had the privileged of working with many Broadway choreographers and contemporary ballet companies.
His first accomplishments include multiple scholarships through the convention world, along with assistant position. He was cast on the late “Dance City TV” show on the CW. His latest accolades include an international tour to Germany and France with The Bad Boys of Ballet, performing in “Romeo & Juliet” and “Rock the Ballet X.” Danny teaches and choreographs for studios all across the country and this past season started judging for Ticket to Broadway dance competition.
“The world is our stage, we can either take it or wait in the wings"
Jazz & Technique
Danielle, a native of South Jersey, began her dance career at the age of
three, performing and competing. In 2007, Danielle was featured in the
Dance Spirit Magazine. Danielle has performed in Walt Disney World,
Universal Studios, Carnegie Hall and the Merriam Theatre. Danielle
continued her dance education at The University of the Arts graduating
with a CFA in dance. Danielle interned at Broadway Dance Center in
New York City continuing her dance education as well working as a
member of the front office staff.
While in New York City she performed with Ne Yo, Kelsey Grammar,
Lady Sovereign and Dr. Oz. Danielle also worked with Dance Temp
Agency teaching dance education throughout North Jersey and New
York. Danielle was a member of the Philadelphia Soulmates Dance
Team for one season continuing on to become the Head Coach and
Choreographer of the Philadelphia Junior Soulmates as well as the
Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team . She is Co-Owner and Media
Director at DANCE! By Debra DiNote. Danielle is also a Director and
adjudicator for Beyond the Stars and Breakout Dance Competition
Danielle takes most pride in DANCE! For A Cure, a benefit performance
which she began in 2007 raising over $30,000 to date. A night of
dancing and fun as families come together to raise money for The
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediactric Oncology Department.
Pole Dance & Fitness
Jasmine has a background in competitive dance focused on hip hop and cheer. She began her pole journey in 2018 and started instructing in 2020. Through pole education, Jasmine hopes to inspire her students to find confidence both in and outside the studio as she demonstrates the importance of body positivity and creates a safe place for dancer's to express and explore their sensuality freely.