Our Faculty

Jessica Goldberg

Jessica Goldberg

(Executive Director, Division Chair Jazz, Teen Rep. Director, Jazz Ensemble Director; Ballet, Jazz)

Jessica Goldberg holds a BA in dance & sociology from the University of Maryland where she studied with Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig, Alvin Mayes, Adriane Fang, & Gesel Mason, as well as a diverse faculty abroad at MADE in France. Jessica has worked for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance and the Y Dance Academy as Co-Director. Since moving to NYC, she has danced with Faye Driscoll, Julie B. Johnson, Reject Dance Theatre and Ground Grippers; she currently dances with Becky Radway Dance Projects. She is proud to fulfill the mission of accessibility to an outstanding dance education at the newly formed Rivertown Dance Academy.

Rachel Pritzlaff

Rachel Pritzlaff

(Executive Director, Youth Repertory Director; Ballet, Modern, Jazz)

Rachel Pritzlaff is a dance educator, administrator, and performer based in Astoria, NY. She earned her BA with honors from Connecticut College where she completed a dual degree in dance and gender and women’s studies. Since relocating to New York in 2013, Rachel has been on faculty at Greenwich Dance Arts and the Y Dance Academy, where she served as Co-Director from 2015-2016. Rachel currently performs with Raja Feather Kelly | The Feath3r Theory, Ayano Elson, and Sara Gurevich in NYC.

Carly Marie Sargent-Knudson

Carly Marie Sargent-Knudson

(Director of Development and Operations)

Carly Marie Sargent-Knudson began her dance training in Boulder, Colorado with the City of Boulder’s Expressions Dance Company where she went on to become a co-director of the youth company for six years. Additionally, she taught and choreographed for various studios across Colorado and continues training in NYC. Carly Marie earned her MPA in Non-Profit Management & Policy Analysis from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Since then she has worked with nationally known advocacy organizations focusing on strategic growth and increasing organizational capacity. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Schiff Dance Collective, a contemporary dance company in Boulder, Colorado with a commitment to inspire and enlighten the public through the beauty of dance. Carly Marie is currently acting as Development Coordinator for The Dancer-Citizen Live: Moving the Map, a curated dance performance exploring how artists manifest dancer-citizenship in collaboration with The Dancer-Citizen online journal publication. 

Jane Alexandre

Jane Alexandre

(Ballet, Jazz)

Jane Alexandre is an independent scholar/artist who has been working in the New York dance world for more than 30 years as a performer, writer, teacher, choreographer, director, producer and administrator.  She is the Artistic Director of Evolve Dance Inc.; is the author of Dance Leadership: Theory into Practice (2017); is a founding editor at The Dancer-Citizen; and has been involved in creating numerous dance projects both international (Ghana, Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru) and local (most recently the Y Dance Academy, 2013-15). She holds a BSc from Queen’s University (Canada), an MA from Antioch University (US), an MS from Pace University (US), and a PhD from Antioch University (US).  

Rebecca Hite Teicheira

Rebecca Hite Teicheira

(Substitute faculty - Theatre Jazz, Tap)

Rebecca Hite Teicheira received her MFA in dance choreography/performance from Smith College, and her BA in dance from Connecticut College. She has interned with BoSoma Dance of Boston, MA and Parsons Dance of New York City, and was fortunate enough to spend five months in Sydney, Australia, studying Graham technique and dance composition. Rebecca has performed works by renowned artists such as David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Adele Myers, Nicholas Leichter, Jeremy Nelson, Wally Cardona, and Monica Bill Barnes. She has taught at Smith College, Amherst College, the American College Dance Festival’s New England Region, Middle School 217 in Briarwood, Queens, and at multiple New York-based dance studios and senior centers.  Rebecca has performed with The Feath3r Theory under the artistic direction of Raja Kelly, Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population, MachineH Dance, and is co-creator and co-artistic director of Reject Dance Theatre.  She obtained her Pilates Mat certification through Equinox Fitness and is currently working towards her Pilates Equipment certification from Gramercy Pilates NYC. Rebecca's work has been presented at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY, Built on Stilts Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, MixMatch Dance Festival in Los Angeles, California, Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, RI, the Astoria Dance Festival in Astoria, NY, The Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, plus many more.

Cara Hoover

Cara Hoover

(Substitute faculty - Early Childhood)

Cara Hoover graduated with a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University where she performed works by Camille Brown, Tania Isaac, Lar Lubovitch, Helanius Wilkins, Princess Mhoon Cooper and presented her choreography at ACDFA. After graduation, she danced professionally as a magician’s assistant in Michael Turco’s “Wonder” Magic Show in Atlantic City, has collaborated & performed in Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre’s “White Night” and has been a collaborator & performer with Reject Dance Theatre in NYC.

Kristin Licata

Kristin Licata

(Ballet, Modern)

Kristin Licata holds a BFA in dance from the Fordham/Ailey program.  After graduation she worked with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Felice Lesser Dance Theatre, Regina Nejman and Company, Vabang! and Vox Lumiere.  Kristin is a freelancer dancer in New York City working with Ariel Rivka Dance, Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Matthew Westerby Company, Tamara Saari Dance, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, and Yuka Kawazu/Danse En L’air.  Kristin is also a dance teacher on faculty at Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn and is the advisor to CBTB's Junior Company, and Fancy Feet Dance Studios in the Bronx.  She also teaches residencies at Edward R. Murrow high school and St. Edmund's Prep in Brooklyn.

Alex Martin

Alex Martin

(Tap Workshop Director, Tap Division Chair; Theatre Jazz, Early Childhood)

Alex Martin graduated from Wayne State University with a B.F.A. in Dance.  Her college and performing career credits include works by Melissa Allen, Twyla Tharp, Ben Munisteri, John Zullo, Julie Johnson, Nicholas Leichter, Max Pollack, Jason Samuels-Smith, Derrick Grant, Lynn Schwab and Michelle Dorrance. Her work, “Area of Stability”, was featured at the ACDFA East Central Gala in 2009 and received the Copperfoot Choreography Award. In addition to actively pursuing her career as a professional dancer, she teaches and choreographs throughout the NYC metropolitan area.

Bryan Strimpel

Bryan Strimpel

(Hip Hop)

Bryan Strimpel, a native Michigander, is the Co-Artistic Director for BS Movement. The company has presented its work throughout New York City since in 2012. Bryan is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B.F.A in dance. He has performed and taught around the world in places such as: Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, Tajikistan, and Armenia; as well as throughout New York City. He has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, Third Rail Projects and The Feath3r Theory. Bryan was an Adjunct Professor of Dance at LIU Brooklyn and teaches open class regularly in New York City. Bryan is honored to have been selected as one of Dance Magazine's 'Top 25 to Watch' for 2013. www.bsmovement.co

Kate Vincek

Kate Vincek

(Student Assistant Coordinator; Ballet, Jazz, Tap)

Kate Vincek received her BFA in Dance from Wayne State University in Detroit, and has been teaching dance for over ten years. She has performed extensively during her college and professional careers in works by Nicholas Leichter, Sean Curran, Faye Driscoll, Jan Van Dyke, Jeff Rebudal, Alison Woerner, and John J Zullo.  She is currently a collaborator with ChrisMastersDance, a Brooklyn and Manhattan based Dance Theater Company. Her work Shrill was presented at the ACDFA National Conference in Washington D.C. in 2012; she continues to teach, choreograph, and dance in NYC.

Therese Wendler

Therese Wendler

(Division Chair Ballet)

Ms. Wendler was born in Honolulu Hawaii. Therese received her ballet training from Nina Marlow in Phoenix, AZ. The Joffrey Ballet Program brought her to New York City. Since then she has worked with Ballet Metropolitan of Caracas in Venezuela, Ballet International, Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico, Ballet Jorgen Canada in Toronto, Thomas/Ortiz in NYC and as Principal with Connecticut Ballet. She has been intensely coached by Elena Kunikova, Diana Cartier, and Irina Koplakova. She is a Principal dancer with Dances Patrelle, Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn and Rebecca Kelly Ballet in NYC. This fall she will be dancing the role of Lady MacDuff in Francis Patrelle’s production of MacBeth. Therese taught this summer in the Character and International Dance program with the Joffrey Ballet School. She is currently on staff at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in the Ballet Junior Division Department and is the Department Chair of Ballet at the Rivertown Dance Academy in Tarrytown, NY.

Matthew Westerby

Matthew Westerby

(Division Chair Modern)

Matthew Westerby trained at the Laban Centre (UK) and graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Dance Theatre. Since re-locating to New York he has performed with Nai-Ni Chen, Risa Jaroslow, Dusan Tynek, Peter Kyle, Bronwen MacArthur, Jessica Gaynor and Marla Hirowkawa.  His freelance choreographic credits include work for Hudson Guild Theatre Company, Brass City Ballet, the Dance Dept. of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Covenant Ballet Theatre, Dancewave and Evolve Dance. He formed Matthew Westerby Company 2008 and has since been presented around the tri-state area. The Company works extensively in arts education, providing programming in professional, community and educational settings. www.matthewwesterbycompany.org

Michelle K.  Wurf

Michelle K. Wurf

(Division Chair Early Childhood)

Michelle Kelly Wurf began dancing in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She continued her training at NYU and received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She danced in NYC and Philadelphia with various choreographers and was a company member of Ausdruckstanz Dance Theatre, Copperworks Dance and is currently dancing with TeatoLocal. In 1994, she began teaching for Kids Co-Motion in NYC; in 2003 became the director of the KCM Westchester Division; and in 2013 opened her own studio, MK Dance. She also teaches at numerous schools throughout Westchester and is excited to be joining Rivertown Dance Academy.