Meet our voice, acting and dance faculty…


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The Ridgewood Conservatory is the perfect place to

Nurture Your Child’s Singing, Acting or Dancing Talent!

At The Ridgewood Conservatory, we are extremely proud of our faculty of professional performers/educators. Not only do our instructors have exceptional performance experience, they also have extensive teaching credentials.

Here’s a quick look at some of the voice, acting or dance teachers with whom your child might study at The Conservatory:

Alyssa RoncoAlyssa Ronco’s wealth of vocal expertise extends from classical, opera and chamber music to musical theater, pop and jazz. Her many professional performance credits include the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with the New Jersey Opera, the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and numerous recital performances in the United States, Canada and Italy. In 2010, she was seen as a soprano soloist in a concert honoring Alzheimer’s victims and their caregivers, televised on PBS TV and heard on radio with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale titled “Alzheimer’s Stories.” She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 under the baton of Mr. John Rutter singing the soprano solos in Rutter’s Gloria and the soprano solos in Monteverdi’s Gloria. Alyssa has taught students of all ages, several of whom have been accepted to prestigious schools of music, attend district, regional and state choral festivals, and have won many roles and competitions. She tailors each lesson to the individual student, focusing on proper breath technique, diction and vowel placement — beginning every lesson with vocal technique and exercises, including ear training and theory to help develop a well-rounded singer, and following up with varied repertoire chosen by both Alyssa and her student. In additional to teaching vocal performance, Alyssa helps her students to prepare for future auditions, selecting appropriate songs and working on presentation and the acting needed to tell the story behind the song. Alyssa holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. She has studied with voice teachers and coaches Daune Mahy, Maitland Peters, Sharon Sweet, Gait Sirguey, and Mignon Dunn. She was awarded a Dean’s Merit Scholarship while at Oberlin, and was a 2001 NATS finalist as well as a finalist for the William Byrd Competition. Alyssa is an active member of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing.

Madysin HatterLarissa Auble (aka Madysin Hatter) began her professional acting career at the age of two, starring in a national television commercial for Tide. Before graduating high school, Larissa had already appeared as an actor, singer and dancer in countless national commercials, voiceovers, jingles, feature film loopings, music videos, and television shows. She originated the role of “Young Kim” in Hal Prince’s Broadway revival of Show Boat at the Gershwin Theater, never missing a single performance in the production’s almost three year run. Larissa was later a featured performer in Broadway’s Nothing Like a Dame. Her off-Broadway and regional theater credits include Annie Warbucks, Broadway with the Broadway Theater Project (BTP), Urinetown, Broadway Kids Sing Broadway, and Once Upon a Mattress (for which she received a Best Actress nomination by The PaperMill Playhouse Rising Start Awards committee for her role as Princess Winnifred in 2003). She was a featured dancer in Papermill Playhouse’s production of The Nutcracker with the New Jersey Ballet. Larissa’s television credits includes performances in Gossip Girl, Rescue Me, As the World Turns, The Babysitters Club, Noel Animated Christmas Special; recurring sketch performances on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and the Conan O’Brien Show; featured performances on CBS This Morning and The Today Show; and guest starring performance on From B’Way: Big, The Musical. Her recording and music video credits include Olsen Twins and Friends, Laurie Beechman No One is Alone, Musical Adventures of Peter Pan, and as a featured dancer in the MTV music video Foo Fighters’ ‘The One.’ A mezzo-soprano performing in a wide range of styles (belt, legit, pop, rock, folk, country, and blues), Larissa has had extensive training in acting, singing, and dancing, and holds a BA in Music Theater from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. As her alter-ego, Madysin Hatter, her rock band has played sold-out shows at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, opened for such legendary rock acts as Buckcherry, Winger, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Kix, Faster Pussycat, and played Vh1 Classic’s That Metal Show’s holiday bash. She has independently released seven albums, the most recent of which is “Lose Your Mind.”

Jodelle BooradyJodelle Boorady is a well-known singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performing original indie pop rock in prestigious venues, festivals, radio and television all across North America and Europe. Armed with her incredibly versatile voice, accordion, melodica, glockenspiel, keyboards, and percussion, Jodelle never fails to bring a richness and quirkiness to her loyal fans. In addition to her solo performance career, Jodelle is very much in demand as a backing musician for several American and International recording artists. Her songwriting credits include two CD releases of original compositions (“The Adventures of Jodelle” and “Better Than OK”), credits on several indie artists’ CD releases, and various music industry compilations, as well as placements for indie film soundtracks. She is the recipient of numerous songwriting awards and recognitions, including the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Billboard Magazine, Performing Songwriter and Keyboard Magazine. Jodelle studied voice with the highly-regarded vocalist/coach Linda Benanti, and is a certified teacher of the Linda Benanti Vocal Technique™. When not performing or recording, Jodelle teaches vocal technique to students of all ages and levels, many of whom have earned roles in musicals, won awards and gone on to pursue careers in music.

Mariel-Letournau-headshot-webMariel Letourneau is a professional dancer, choreographer and performer, whose work includes a wide variety of musicals, solo pieces, ensemble pieces, music videos, and competition pieces. A graduate of the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she has also trained and performed with the Radio City Rockettes. As an educator, Mariel has taught many styles of dance including, but not limited to, jazz, tap, ballet and musical theater at the Ballet Guild in Pennsylvania and the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, as well as in private lessons. Her students have ranged in age from beginner three-year-olds to advanced college-prep dancers. Mariel’s resume as a choreographer includes everything from school productions to professional NYC theaters. She has choreographed 42nd Street and Cats at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, A Funny Thing Happened at the Forum at the Old Library Theatre, HONK! at Stagedoor Manor, The Wedding Singer at the PA Playhouse, and the world premiere of the Stalingrad Ballet at University of the Arts. Most recently, she choreographed and co-produced America’s professional premiere of The Dreaming (a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Chain Theatre in Long Island City NY, workshopped a new musical soon to be performed in the Thespis Theatre Festival and off-Broadway at the Elektra Theatre, and choreographed Aida at the Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn NJ. In addition to her work as a dancer/choreographer, Mariel is also a singer, actress and model, on stage and film. Her professional performance credits include the national tour of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding; the off-off-Broadway production of Seduction: A Rock Opera; Regional theater productions include Curtains at the Walnut Street Theatre, The Secret Garden, Company and Ragtime with Pleasant Valley Productions, and 42nd Street at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Her television and commercials credits include The Second: Anaplastic Productions, Coca-Cola/Allentown Phantoms, Rumi’s Rumba: NYFA, and Immortal Enemies: Sycamore Street Productions. A meticulous teacher of dance technique, Mariel is highly collaborative with her students to enhance their creativity and love of dance.

Saquan Williams croppedSaquan Williams is an actor, singer, dancer, and performing arts teacher with an unusually long list of credits for such a young performer. Growing up in Hoboken NJ, Saquan attended numerous theater camps, competitions, and pre-college programs within the U.S. Saquan’s hip-hop training began at a very young age, led by his older brother Derrick Ladson, a well-known hip-hop dance artist, instructor and choreographer. Twice-nominated at The PaperMill Playhouse Rising Start Awards for his roles of Scarecrow (The Wiz) 2007 and Mereb (Aida) 2010, Saquan took part in PaperMill’s Summer Conservatory, where he taught hip-hop dance to the junior-plus conservatory participants and was first introduced to tap dancing. Saquan’s intense training at the pre-college program at the University Of The Arts led him to realize he was destined to pursue musical theater as a career. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Dance at Centenary College of New Jersey. His love of teaching began during his college years as he traveled with Centenary’s Children’s Theatre Tour, performing shows for children at different venues and providing theatre workshops for children aged 5-14 throughout NJ. As an summer intern at the Shawnee Playhouse, he took on lead roles in the line-up of shows and ran their dancing, acting and singing theater camps. Prior to graduating college, Saquan was accepted into the Entertainment Department at the Disney College Program in Orlando, where he studied and performed for a semester. Taking part in all of Disney’s Parades and Shows, Saquan was charged with bringing Disney characters to life and inviting guests of all ages to join in on the fun. Offered a full-time job with Disney after graduation, Saquan continued to pursue his passion, spending two years dancing down the famous Main Street USA at Walt Disney World before returning to NY/NJ to teach and perform.

Shawn Rawls smShawn Rawls is a professional dancer and choreographer, known for his incredible versatility in dance styles from hip-hop through classical ballet and contemporary dance. Shawn began studying street dance as teenager, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography from Belhaven University. He has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Peridance, and with famed artists including Mia Michaels from “So You Think You Can Dance,” Ravenna Tucker from the Royal Ballet, David Keary of the NYC Balllet, Steve Rooks of the Martha Graham Company, and Hope Boykins from Alvin Ailey. Shawn has performed with over a dozen shows and dance companies throughout the United States and abroad including Pilobolus, the Aluminum Show, Monster Energy Drink and the Roots, Culture Shock, the Roxey Ballet, and the Chicago Lyric Opera. As a freelance choreographer for more than five years, he recently won the first round of NYC XYZ choreography competition and placed runner-up in the final round. Shawn has choreographed many competition dance pieces that went on to win First Place overall in various competitions. He is the founder and artistic director of Emotions Physical Theatre, an exciting new dance company that performs in New York and around the United States. Shawn’s warmth and enthusiasm, combined with his outstanding expertise and passion for sharing the joy of dance with students of all ages, make him the perfect teacher for our young dancers here at The Ridgewood Conservatory.

Janette RawlsJanette Rawls had her early training at Dance Moves in Minnesota from Laura McClanahan. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Belhaven University where she studied under Ravenna Tucker, Stephen Wynne, Britta Wynne, Cynthia Newland, Laura Morton and many other wonderful teachers. During her college years, she performed a variety of works by faculty members and guest choreographers including Thera Ward and Steve Rooks. Janette furthered her education with summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and the American Dance Festival including master classes with David Howard, Leslie Brown, Gerri Houlihan, David Dorfman, and Lisa Race. In addition to her dance studies, she worked on technical crews for Pilobolus, Martha Graham Dance Company, Jose Limon Dance Company, and Paul Taylor Dance Company as a stagecraft apprentice. In Kansas City, Janette danced professionally with Storling Dance Theater in the large productions Underground and The Little Match Girl as well as in several smaller shows with the company. In Houston, Janette performed solo and ensemble roles with Earthen Vessels: Sandra Organ Dance Company for shows including Si Se Puede, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mothers of Movement, and Sacred Dances. Janette also appeared as a guest artist with FrenetiCore, Jhon Stronks, and in several commercial dance and modeling projects with Dance Houston. In 2009, she produced her first dance show, Seeing, in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2013, she co-founded Emotions Physical Theatre with her husband Shawn and serves as the administrative director and occasionally as a dancer. Janette has over eight years of teaching experience including teaching at the collegiate level, for summer intensives, and in performing arts schools. She is certified in Stott® Pilates and holds an ABT® National Training Curriculum teacher certification in primary through level three.

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We’d like to offer you a free evaluation of your child’s abilities as a singer, actor or dancer by The Ridgewood Conservatory’s faculty of professional performers and educators. Your child’s evaluation would take only 15 minutes, and may be scheduled in August or in early September. After the evaluation, we would take an additional few minutes to discuss your child’s talent and potential privately with you, either in person, over the phone or by email.

Here at The Ridgewood Conservatory we are very proud of our growing reputation for providing the highest level of voice, acting and dance instruction in Bergen County. Click on any of the areas below to find out more about how we can help you support your child’s interests…

• VOICE LESSONS are available in any genre, including musical theater, opera, classical, pop rock, country, Americana, rock, jazz and blues, by veteran performers and recording artists.

• ACTING LESSONS are offered for stage, film and television, and includes musical theater, dramatic and improvisational study taught by highly trained performing professionals.

• DANCE INSTRUCTION is offered as private lessons or group classes in ballet and pointe, tap, hip-hop, jazz/contemporary and Broadway by well-known professional dancers and choreographers.

• OUR TRIPLE THREAT MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM combines intensive voice, acting and dance workshops with multiple performance opportunities each semester to help our future stars become ‘total’ performers.

We’d like to offer you a free evaluation of your child’s abilities as a singer, actor or dancer by The Ridgewood Conservatory’s faculty of professional performers and educators. Your child’s evaluation would take only 15 minutes, and may be scheduled in August or in early September. After the evaluation, we would take an additional few minutes to discuss your child’s talent and potential privately with you, either in person, over the phone or by email.

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of your child’s talent and potential