Director of Children Programs
Kerry White has been a part of the Spring Lake Community House family since joining workshop in 1995. She has worked as a Director, Choreographer, Dance and Theatre Workshop student since 2010 and has grown to become the Director of Children’s Programs for SLTDA.
Kerry graduated with a BA from Rowan University. She double majored in Performing Arts, with a concentration in Directing, and Education. Kerry also studied acting in London, England for a semester. During her college years, Kerry was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award twice and competed both times at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, making it to the finals both times.
Since coming home to SLCH, Kerry has directed many main stage shows including Cats, Scrooge, Anything Goes, Peter Pan, Crazy For You, Seussical, Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Street, and most recently Legally Blonde. One of Kerry’s greatest joys in life is teaching such kind, talented, hard-working artists at SLTD. To all of her students: “Dream. Try. Do good.”
DANIELLE SCHINDLEDECKER Wright
Director of Dance
Danielle Schindledecker Wright has been training and performing for eighteen years and finds interest in all facets of performance due to her versatile training background. She has been lucky enough to travel internationally as a solo performer with the non-profit organization Dancers Responding to AIDS. Her traveling doesn’t stop there, as she has trained all over the country in convention and studio settings in multiple disciplines including ballet, musical theater, tap, contemporary/jazz & hip-hop.
Danielle received her B.F.A. in Dance from Temple University in December 2012. Since then, she has worked professionally with Philadelphia-based modern companies, coEXISTdance and SomaticMovers.
She danced in the Capezio Ace Award Winning performance “Brown Eyed Girl”, choreographed by “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer, Al Blackstone and has assisted world-renowned teachers such as Martha Nichols, Lauren Adams and one of Justin Timberlake’s own Tennessee Kids, Dana Wilson. One of Danielle’s most memorable performance experiences occurred here in Spring Lake at Doolan’s with Cabaret for Life in the production “Fascinatin’ Ira!”
Besides performing, Danielle works administratively with New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage New York dance competitions. She has also been fortunate enough to take part in New York Theatrical Event’s annual production of the Fred Astaire Awards where she has been a celebrity escort to talents such as Jacques D’Amboise and Marvin Hamlisch. Danielle also takes pride in the creative movement work she has done with young children who are with and without disabilities, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Teresa Benzwie. Danielle has taught classes and workshops throughout the New York/New Jersey region and is always inspired by her students. She is thrilled about the next step on her journey as part of the Spring Lake Community Theatre family.
Tyrone Young was born in Lakewood, New Jersey as one of 7 children. He is a Graduate of Georgian Court University with a double major of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He continued his studies at Rutgers University in Government Services- Tax Collections. As of April 2012, he is a New Jersey State licensed Certified Tax Collector and has been appointed as the Tax Collector for the City of Asbury Park.
Tyrone started dancing and competing in talent competitions at the age of 6, where he would do Michael Jackson impersonations. As a teenager he attended Ocean County College where he was Co-President of the dance club under the direction of Jackie West-Farbman. He has performed for various schools, talent shows, festivals, recitals and background dancer for several local recording artists for over 30 years. In 1989, he founded, and is currently the President of, a non profit Performing Arts organization that is geared toward “At-Risk” youth. He successfully coordinated and conducted over 15 talent showcases in various theaters in New Jersey. He has been teaching multiple styles of Hip Hop/ Creative movement for 34 years at various dance schools, theaters, colleges, fitness clubs and community centers.
Tyrone's dance influences derives from Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. His inspiration comes from his students determination and drive. He believes that the art of dance is a universal language of expression that gives everyone a voice that demands to be seen and heard. He would like to thank the parents of his students, past and present, for allowing their children to study and grow with him; his students and his mentors for believing in him and his family, Marcus, Tynire and Tajanese, for their dedication, love and support over the years. Last, but not least, he thanks the family at the Spring Lake Theatre and Dance for welcoming him into their world of creative arts.
Reid Henderson graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and the award for Achievement in Classical Acting. His primary studies were in the Meisner Studio, where he trained under a faculty of artists from Broadway, West End, and Shakespeare’s Globe. Since graduating, Reid has worked as a professional actor in several Equity productions, his favorite role being Bert in Mary Poppins. Reid decided he wanted to be an actor when he was 6 after his grandmother gave him a DVD of the film Singin’ in the Rain. His first theatrical role ever was as Frank Jr. in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.
Reid’s first play with Spring Lake Theatre was Peter Pan in 2005. Since then he has performed in over 20 shows at the theatre. He has directed several Spring Lake Theatre productions including Oliver!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scrooge, Into the Woods, The Producers, and Sweeney Todd. Reid also works as the Director of Development for the Spring Lake Community House and Theatre.
Reid is the Theatre Arts teacher at St. Rose High School where he directed productions of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, James and the Giant Peach, Baskerville, and Into the Woods. Reid is beyond excited to join the Theatre Workshop faculty and be a part of the program that helped shape him into the artist and human being he is today.
Erin Bonczek is currently the Coordinator of Dance as well as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Georgian Court University. Erin received her BFA from The University of the Arts in Dance Education in 2002. She owned and directed Shore Performing Arts Center for over 5 years. Erin has learned from the best at the Joffrey Ballet and artists such as Suzanne Farrell, Mikhail Baryshnikov,George Faison choreographer of the Wiz, Michael Jackson and The Alvin Ailey Company and tap legend Lavon Robinson. Erin has performed for famous artists such as Mia Michaels, Alvin Aileys, Hope Boykin and a Jose Limon Reconstrution. Erin’s main passion is teaching and sharing her love of dance!
Lyric soprano Victoria Vazquez graduated from Westminster Choir College with distinction, earning a BM in Vocal Performance and a BM in Sacred Music. Since graduating, Victoria has worked professionally in numerous musical theatre and operatic productions. Select opera credits include Despina in Così fan tutte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and covering the titular role in the world premiere of Marie Begins by Ellen Fishman. She was also a soloist singing excerpts as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Texas Music Festival: From Studio To Stage. Selected theatrical credits include: Cinderella in Into The Woods, Diana Goodman in Next To Normal, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, and Frenchy in Grease.
When off stage, Victoria has a genuine passion for teaching and cultivating the talents of others. She is the choir director and theatre teacher at New Jersey United Christian Academy. She has also worked as the music director for Bellarine Theatre Company on their productions of The Little Mermaid and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Additionally, Victoria can be found cantoring at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in LBI, New Jersey. She maintains a private voice studio which serves students throughout Monmouth and Ocean County.
Victoria is honored to join the esteemed faculty at SLTD, where she herself received top notch training as a high school student, and has performed in main stage productions since 2016.
Jade Gordon has been a dance teacher for the Theatre Workshop program since 2019. An alumni of The College of New Jersey, Jade is a middle school math teacher in the Jackson Township School District. She also has directed and choreographed many musicals in the Tabernacle School District, where she taught previously. When she is not teaching, you can find her performing in and/or stage managing our main stage shows. Miss Jade is so excited to share her passion for performing with her students.
Hannah Gammond has been training and performing for nearly 20 years. Hannah began her dance journey at the Spring Lake Community House when she was just 3 years old. She has received training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. She was fortunate enough to be apart of STLDA’s Company and had the opportunity to compete at a high level for four years.
Upon her 2017 graduation, Hannah went on to dance at Fordham University with the school's only hip-hop dance team, Fordham Flava. During her time with Flava, she choreographed for the team and learned from fellow student choreographers and hip-hop professionals, including Laure Courtellemont and Robert Green. Hannah served as an executive board member on the team for 2 years. During her senior year, Hannah was elected the team’s president and led her team of 22 dancers through their first season back dancing & performing since getting sent home in March of 2020 due to Covid-19.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Hannah returned to the Spring Lake Community House to assist with the outdoor dance classes & recital. It was then she discovered a love for teaching and sharing her passion with young, growing dancers. She realized that upon her graduation in 2021, she wanted to come back and teach the students of SLTDA. Hannah is so happy to be back at her second home, doing what she loves, while surrounded by a wonderful group of students and staff.
Emilie Keniston has been a part of the Spring Lake Community House since 2002. She grew up learning and growing in our home from the age of 2. Emilie has taken numerous classes from renowned teachers in NYC and various other locations. Emilie is trained in several different styles of dance including, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Emilie was a competitive dancer since the age of 10 and this will be her fourth year teaching dance! She is beyond excited to be able to teach in the place that gave her so much!
Claudia is thrilled to be teaching at her favorite place in the world. She has been dancing since she was four years old and is excited to share her passion for the arts with kids. She graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also has a teaching certificate in Theatre Arts. She assists with theatre workshop and you can sometimes catch her in the main stage productions. She is very grateful to be part of a team of wonderful teachers.
Max is a graduate of Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in TV Production and Digital Media. Through his years of dancing he has trained intensely in tap and hip hop, working under the instruction of Deborah Mitchell, Karen Callaway Williams, Hilary Marie, Aaron Tolson, Derrick Grant, and Carlos Cordova to name a few. Max has won numerous “Mr. Teen” titles from various regional dance competitions, as well as the national title of Mr. Teen Beyond the Stars. He is also a dancer in the New Jersey Tap Ensemble and interns with the Jersey Tap Festival. He completed multiple national tours with Adrenaline Dance Convention and Competition as a part of their production team and an assistant to his tap mentor Nick Dinicolangelo. He keeps his love of dance alive by performing in shows throughout New York City, with his most recent performance being the Tap City Awards show.
Nancy teaches music in our theater workshop. She holds a B.A. in elementary education from Georgian Court College and has taught in the Ocean Township school system. She has studied voice and has sung extensively with the Metro Lyric Opera Company.
Past roles include “Lucia” in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Gilda” in “Rigoletto”, “Rosina” in “The Barber of Seville”, “Frasquita” in “Carmen” and “Flora” in “La Traviata”. She has also performed in children’s theater with the company at various colleges and schools throughout the area.
Currently she teaches music at Atlantis Preparatory School and is the music director for the United Methodist Church in Pt. Pleasant Beach.
She is also a church musician and cantor for St. Rose Church andteaches private piano lessons.