Kiersten DiGiacomo, from Saddle Brook, New Jersey, is a graduate of Montclair State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Sociology. During her time at Montclair State, she had the privilege of performing works by João Carvalho, Jessica DiMauro, Lorraine Katterhenry, Kathleen Kelley, Nancy Lushington, Earl Mosley and Larry Keigwin. Kiersten is currently sharing her passion for dance by teaching at studios in Maywood and Wyckoff, New Jersey. Additionally, Kiersten is currently the choreographer for the Radburn Elementary School’s Drama Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Kiersten is excited to be performing with Freespace and is always grateful for any opportunity to dance.
Juliet Goswell originally from Montclair, New Jersey, grew up a competitive gymnast and began dancing at the age of 13. As her passion for gymnastics dwindled she found a love for dance and began partaking in Summer Intensives as well as becoming a company member at DanceWorks Studios. Juliet then went on to graduate from James Madison University in 2017 with a B.A. double major in Dance and Advocacy. Juliet completed the PLUNGE intensive at the Peridance Capezio Center in 2018. She currently teaches dance in low-income housing in urban New Jersey and is a guest choreographer at DanceWorks Studios. In addition to dancing with Freespace Dance she is also a company member with Urban Tribe in NYC.
Victoria Mergola, born and raised in Mahwah NJ where she started dancing at age 8 at a local dance studio. She went on to competition dance for 10 years ended up at Montclair State University to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May 2018. While at Montclair, she had the opportunity to perform in works by Martha Graham, Stacey Tookey, Earl Mosely, Alwin Nikolais, and Nancy Lushington. She joined Freespace Dance Company in September of 2018 and recently performed at Jazz in Lincoln Center. Victoria is also a teacher at Infinite Motion Performing Arts Academy in Mahwah NJ where she teaches recreational dancers as well as the competitive dance company.
Omni Kitts-Ferrara is the proud owner of Yoga Montclair and Yoga Morristown, studios dedicated to sharing the empowering teachings of Tantric Philosophy and Alignment based Hatha Yoga. She is an ERYT-500 (with Yoga Alliance) trained by Vishali Varga at Yoga Mandali Montclair in 2004. Omni has trained in the Anusara® Yoga method for the past nine years and is grateful for its elegant set of alignment principles. She continues her studies in Tantric philosophy (specifically, Shrividya Shakta Tantrism) as taught by Prof. Douglas Brooks. She honors her past teachers and feels inspired each day by Vishali Varga, Desiree Rumbaugh, Noah Mazé and Hillary Cohen, amongst others. Omni graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. She holds a 15 year professional dance career as the major foundation for her love of the body and enthusiasm as a Yoga teacher. Mrs. Kitts Ferrara is blessed with an incredible growing family and looks forward to all that is yet to come. Omni has a true commitment and fascination with the art of moving and her practice of Yoga only continues to deepen and enrich her life.
Andrew Kruep is thrilled to be celebrating his Sixth Season with Freespace Dance Company! Recently a featured dancer in the final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt NBC/UNIVERSAL. Other recent credits include: New York City Center Encores: Grand Hotel the Musical and Big River. National Tours: Elf the Musical (The Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden), and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Madison Square Garden), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other credits include The Joyce Soho, North Shore Music Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Fulton Theatre, and Northern Stage. A huge thanks to Donna and Lisa for this wonderful opportunity to grow with the company, and for their invaluable friendship throughout the years. Also to Lees Hummel, for being the most inspiring Dance Educator I’ve ever encountered. Thank you, and support local arts!
Bryan Matland is a graduate of Montclair State University where he earned a BFA degree in Acting while completing minors in both Dance and Musical Theatre. Other training includes 18 years of Tae Kwon Do, and 3 years of gymnastics. Post college credits include Freespace Dance, June 2002 – January 2004, September 2006 – present; Moe- Tion Dance Theater, 2008 – present; Norwegian Cruise Lines (dancer) February – October 2004; My One and Only (ensemble), national tour, February – April 2005; Six Flag’s Great Adventure, The Spirit of the Tiger (dancer), May – October 2005; The Giver (Asher), National Theater for Arts and Education, January – May 2006. Bryan would like to thank all his family and friends for their continued love and support!
Emily Patricia Ingersoll native of Mahwah, New Jersey is in her first year of performing with Freespace Dance. She graduated from Montclair State University in 2018 with a BFA in Dance. She was awarded the Linda Roberts Outstanding Senior Award by the Department upon graduation. She has performed in venues such as Lincoln Center, NJPAC, Madison Square Garden, MMAC, Graham Studios, and The Kennedy Center. She’s a recipient of Dance Magazine’s Award for Outstanding Performance. She recently performed at the Light the Night cancer walk, with Arch Ballet, and as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ingersoll currently enjoys teaching and choreographing all over New Jersey.
Alfonse Napolitano native of Parsippany, New Jersey began dancing at the age of six. He is currently an undergraduate at Montclair State University majoring in Dance Performance and Dance Education (K-12). He has performed in works by Shapiro and Smith, Camille A. Brown, Alwin Nikolias, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Sara Hook and many more. He has performed in venues such as Madison Square Garden, 92nd Street Y, The Joyce Theater, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He was awarded the Frances Chalif Award for Excellence in Dance on the local level. He also uses his love of dance to assist in teaching children with Autism in the form of dance therapy. He is an experienced teacher and choreographer of all age groups and abilities. Napolitano has also won multiple awards for his choreography. He has learned various pieces of repertory from the O’Donnell Dance Company during his studies in their certification program. He hopes to conclude studies and obtain his certificate from the program in the very near future. He recently performed a duet at the Light the Night cancer walk to help raise money and awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma. Napolitano performed in a pre-grame program for the New York Knicks. He most recently performed at Booking Dance Festival with Freespace Dance Company in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Kristian Real is currently an Undergratuate at Montclair State University to achieve his BFA in Dance. But, he has been dancing since he was 5 years old. Kristian has dabbled in multiple dance styles such as hip-hop, ballet, modern, West African, Jazz, and Tap. It all started at Hudson Repertory Dance Ensemble till he was 9 years old. It was based off the after school program, “Hudson Repertory Dance Theatre”. Within the aftercare program, the held auditions for a much smaller group of people and he was the youngest chosen to join. From that point on, that is where the passion for dance definitely came into it’s own. He has trained also at Broadway Dance Center for a couple of years learning hip-hop, jazz, and musical theatre. This path of entertainment and performance went further when he danced for the Brooklyn Nets, when they were previously known as New Jersey Nets in the 2007-2008 season. It was an amazing dance and learning experience since that helped improve his skills even more. The ultimate test of his performance and dance career was being chosen to be a Kidz Bop Kid during the “Kids Bop World: Tour”. Kristian Real has grown over many years being eager to take on the challenges of learning different styles of dance and changed him to be the versatile dancer that he is today.