Samantha began her career at an early age, following in the footsteps of her mother Melissa Braine. Samantha trained throughout high school under dance influences such as Al Blackstone, Thang Dao, Sara Pyun, and many more. With hard work, dedication and a passion for the art of dance, Samantha earned a large scholarship to the University of The Arts in Philadelphia through NYCDA Scholarship Foundation. While attending UArts, Samantha trained with faculty members and well renowned choreographers such as Scott Jovovich, Wayne St. David, Roni Koresh, Hope Boykin, Douglas Becker and Adam Barruch. During her college dance career, she performed in a featured role in a work set by Hope Boykin, current company member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In 2014 she graduated with honors from UArts, Samantha earned a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. She was also chosen out of her fellow peers as the 2014 recipient of "Outstanding Performance in Jazz." Upon graduation, Samantha traveled to Chicago to train with the renowned Giordano Dance Chicago, America's original jazz dance company. Under the instruction of Nan Giordano, company director, Samantha earned her certification in Giordano Technique, allowing her to share this traditional jazz style throughout her teaching. Samantha is currently continuing her dance training & career in NJ/NYC. After 10 years as a dance instructor, Samantha is ready and dedicated to be able to finally share her love and passion for dance with her own students at Generations Dance Company.
Megan Braine began dancing at an early age, following in the footsteps of her mother Melissa Braine and sister Samantha Dobiszewski. Megan’s training in dance started at the age of two, continued throughout high school, and currently continues training to further her career. Megan has trained with instructors such as Juan Rodriguez, Jennifer Golonka, Katie Drablos, and more. Throughout her adolescence, Megan was a varsity cheerleader. After high school, Megan continued her dance training and career in NJ/NYC. She received her Associates degree in Education, from Middlesex County College. While studying at Middlesex County College, Megan performed in the Middlesex Dance Ensemble performance “Vinyl”, as well as their “17th Annual Fall Concert.” Recently, she performed with the company, The Dance Collective, in “Waves” in Hartford CT. Megan also performed with Artistic Visions Dance Company in Cranford, NJ. Currently, Megan is living out a dream as an NFL Jets Cheerleader on the Jets Flight Crew! She can’t wait to share her love for dance, as well as cheer with her students at Generations Dance Company.
CO-DIRECTOR/Preschool Mini Program Director, GDC
Miss Melissa, has been teaching her love of dance to the youngest dancers for 29 years! Not only does her passion for dance shine through her teaching, but her loveable personality, positive impact and humbled heart, captures the minds of all young dancers while molding them with professional level and proper technique. Melissa is a teacher unlike any other! All of her students love every second of dancing all while being engaged throughout her classes. As Director of our Preschool Program, Miss Melissa teaches the building blocks and important fundamentals of technique needed in order for your dancer to excel and grow into the beautiful artists they capable of being. She meets the needs of all individual learners/dancers in a creative and fun atmosphere! Miss Melissa is one of a kind and will provide the highest quality of dance instruction for our youngest dancers here at Generations Dance Company.
Shannon Perez began studying dance at a young age at various locations in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory, where she worked with an incredible array of artists, and also began to choreograph.
Shannon has had the opportunity to perform works by Aaron Atkins, Parren Ballard, Al Blackstone, Larry Keigwin, Jose Limon, Andrea Miller, Alwin Nikolai, Daniel Pelzig, Stephen Pier, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Robert Moses, for whom she served as rehearsal director. She furthered her teaching experience at the Boston Ballet School and Concord Academy alongside Richard Colton.
Shannon joined Ballet Inc. in April, 2014 and continues to perform nationally with the company. She teaches and choreographs throughout New Jersey, and is also a certified Pilates instructor. Shannon is excited to be a part of Generations Dance Company’s first season!
Frances Fuller grew up in New Jersey where she started dancing at the age of 5. She went to The Hartt School at The University of Hartford in Connecticut where she received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet Pedagogy. During her time there Frances worked with world renowned choreographers and teachers such as Stephen Pier, Nina Watt, Adam Barruch, Doug Varone, Miki Orihara, and Take Ueyama. She studied ballet, pointe, modern, and contemporary at The Hartt School. Frances found her love for pilates during her time in college and was mat certified before she graduated. Post graduation, Frances has performed with The Hartford Dance Collective and Mignolo Dance, and she continues to educate dancers throughout New Jersey. She is also a fully certified Pilates instructor and teaches at Sentirsi Pilates Studio and Limitless Fitness NJ.
Justin Desean Thomas
Justin DeSean Thomas, born and raised in NJ + now based in the Bronx living out his professional career in NYC! Justin trained under Chuck Maldonado (Choreographer of Step Up, Dancing with the Stars, Stomp the Yard) He has worked with artists Teyana Taylor and Todrick Hall, was featured on MTV + more! Justin’s style focuses on commerical hip hop & street jazz!
Victoria’s love for cheerleading and gymnastics started at a young age. This love drove her to be a competitive gymnast for 12 years. Once in high school she was a 4 year varsity cheerleader and brought her love of cheer to college. She attended Montclair State University where she cheered for 4 years and competed at College Nationals in Daytona Florida. During college Victoria became a part of the National Cheerleaders Association. By being an NCA instructor she got to share her love for cheer, dedication, and leadership with many schools throughout the state. Victoria is now a High School teacher where she not only teaches but also coaches a high school cheer team as well. Victoria cannot wait to share her knowledge of cheerleading and gymnastics with her students at Generations Dance Company.