Ashley Carlisle is a dancer and educator who combines classical dance training with a master’s degree in Language Arts education. She began her studies at the Pioneer Valley Ballet School with Gail Collins, where she performed in the company’s productions of classical ballets and in original works by professional choreographers. Her training included summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. While pursuing a Literature major at McGill University, she danced and choreographed for Mosaica Dance Company, performing on campus and in venues throughout Montreal. She entered the field of public education as a New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching ELA for three years in Brooklyn, NY. After returning to Western MA, Ashley taught at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, merging her passions for literature and dance. She is trained in the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) model of dance education and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. She lives in Amherst with her husband and three children.
Caddy Carlisle is both an educator and a dancer. She received her training at the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton with Gail Collins, Megan Bonneau McCool, and Jeremy Collins. There she performed leading roles in the company’s Nutcracker and principal parts in original choreographies. Her education included summer intensives at the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet, and under the direction of Cirque de Soleil’s Michael Montanaro, she studied in the contemporary dance department at Concordia University in Montreal. As an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College, she majored in dance, and continued to teach, choreograph and perform in the community. She has worked with the Dance Department at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley, Academy of Ballet Arts formerly of Hadley, and at the Valley Dance Project in Amherst. Caddy is trained in the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) model of dance education and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Caddy lives in Montague with her partner, and their children.
Ashley and Caddy have facilitated dance residencies in public schools throughout Western Massachusetts, both through DEL-PVPA and as visiting artists. They have produced four original works, “The Last Winter,” “Beyond Sidewalk’s End,” “A 21st Century Nutcracker” and “The Enchanted Bookshelf.”
Tiffany Joseph is a woman full of education, experience, gifts, and talents. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Masters in Social Justice Education. Presently, she facilitates community discussions and workshops around the Pioneer Valley surrounding different social justice issues including sexism, internalized racism, storytelling, financial aid, and elder abuse. She is a dancer, a writer, a poet, a spoken word artist, peer mentor, dance teacher, a Yoga instructor, and Zumba instructor. Tiffany has danced since the age of 3, studying ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern and tap, with Day Dance Center and with Joan Sherry Studio. She attended Burncoat Senior High School, a performing arts school in Worcester, MA, where she began her career as a dance team member, traveling dance team ensemble member, choreographer, and co-facilitator of community dance teaching programs. During her college career she worked at the Woman of Color Leadership Network, where she then joined the group Body Politics, an award winning spoken word performance group, creating original productions by and about women of color, exploring a diverse number of topics ranging from body image, mental health, intimate relationships, family, and oppression. Tiffany performed in this group for three years, and then became the artistic director for two years.
Kate Martel has recently relocated back to the Pioneer Valley from New York City after 15 years. While in NYC, she performed and choreographed as an independent dance artist. Most notably, she has been a collaborating artist with Laura Peterson Choreography for ten years, performing throughout NYC and internationally. She has also danced for choreographers Rebecca Brooks, David Hurwith, Luis Lara Malvacias, Juliette Mapp, Nora Stephens and Sarah White-Ayon. Her own choreography has been presented by Women in Motion, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research and Rooftop Dance Series. She was a collaborator on Nicole Wolcott’s solo PaperPieces, and Conor Simpson’s film Jux Lucid, which premiered at the Flatlands Dance Film Festival. Kate has been part-time faculty at Adelphi University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and Western Connecticut State University. She has also taught at Newport Academy of Ballet. She earned her BA from Goucher College and MFA from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Kate is an AmSAT board certified Alexander Technique teacher who studied under Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center. She is thrilled to return to the Pioneer Valley and immerse herself in its vibrant dance community as an educator, artist and mother.