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.
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.
Pole Dance & Fitness
As far back as she can remember, Blair Ballin has always wanted to tumble and learn acrobatic tricks. Blair was a gymnast since the age of 5; following a knee injury, she found pole dance in 2013 as a way to recapture the feeling of defying gravity. Acro chair was a hobby picked up from pole class, but with its available walkovers, flips, and splits, chair quickly grew to be a larger passion during the months home in quarantine.
Blair loves creating and collaborating, showing others not only what to do but HOW - which means that there is accomplishment and growth for everyone. Her style works to combine her gymnastics background, love of rock 'n' roll, and new apparatuses... in her opinion, everything is better in heels!