Meet The Team

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Ashley Dana Pines

Founder & Executive Director

Ever since Ashley saw her first musical at the age of five, she knew that she would pursue a career in theatre. She started out singing, dancing and participating in local theatre, but her interests soon expanded to include production and management. A 2009 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Production, Ashley received their first ever "Young Alumni Award" in 2014 for her work with Take A Bow post-graduation. Ashley isn't a stranger to the Broadway community either. Through a series of internships and employment, she has been involved with a number of shows including Brooklyn The Musical, Once Around the Sun, Tarzan, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Cry Baby, The Country Girl and Ever After. Ashley’s second love has always been working with children so she decided to combine her two passions and launched Take A Bow in January 2009!

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We employ experienced staff in the field of dance, voice and acting. Our teachers are chosen not only for their talent, but also their love of working with children. Introducing our students to the wonderful world of musical theatre is the motivation behind our success.

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Brii Russo

Manager & Sr. Dance Instructor

Brii is a professional Stuntwoman who works primarily on shows in New York. Some of her television credits include, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Blacklist Redemption, Orange is the New Black, Gotham, and Blue Bloods, to name a few. She loves being active in a variety of ways but has always had a special passion for dance! Brii has training in hip-hop, jazz, modern, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, palm, kickline and flags. She danced throughout her middle school, high school, and college career, being her Dance team's Color Guard captain in grades 11 and 12. Brii believes that kids can become whatever they want to be, but they might as well dance along the way! 

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Trevor Alberts-Pearson

From a young age, Trevor has loved to perform theatre. He grew up expanding his theatrical knowledge through experiencing a wide variety of musicals. Trevor obtained his Associates Degree in music from Suffolk County Community College  in 2015, then continued on to SUNY Fredonia where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in 2018. Throughout his college career, he knew that he needed to challenge himself to become a better performer, musician, actor, and mover. At the same time, however, he found that the process of learning and growing within a theatre environment sparked his desire to teach. Trevor has found theatre to be a rewarding outlet and tool to help people connect with themselves and others.

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Samantha Fanning

Samantha began performing on stage at the age of eleven and has been in love with the world of theatre and the stage ever since. Samantha is a graduate from LIU Post, earning her Bachelors in Adolescent English Education. She is currently earning her Masters in Educational Theatre from Adelphi University. Some of her credits include: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: the Musical (2016), Heather Chandler in Heathers: the Musical (2017), and served as Co-Director of Elmont Memorial High School’s spring musical Aida (2019). Samantha is ecstatic to work with the incredibly talented team and students at Take a Bow who are just as passionate and inspired by the theatre as she is!

Hannah Hirayama

Hannah is thrilled to be joining the Take a Bow team! Originally from Washington state, Hannah graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in K-12 music education, with an emphasis in elementary general music. She taught for 4 years in the Puyallup School District in Washington teaching K-6 music, movement, and choir. Now she is moving to New York to attend grad school at Hofstra University to get a Master’s Degree in Elementary Music Education. Her favorite thing about teaching music is the joy students get from experiencing music

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Alanna Kramer

Alanna grew up in Orange County, NY. She has over 18 years of experience in professional dance training from styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern contemporary, African and more. Alanna graduated from Hofstra University in 2014 with a B.A. in dance performance and is looking to pursue her Masters in Dance Education. Alanna has taught a variety of different age groups and dance genres ranging from pre-kinder to elementary school, high school and college level students. Her favorite thing about teaching dance is watching students learn and grown all while having fun in the process. She is delighted to be returning to work for Take A Bow where she first started with the team back in 2013 teaching dance during the summer camp program.

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Bridgette Lord

Bridgette Lord studied at Keene State College where she studied Theatre and Dance with a specialization in Acting.  She loves children and currently teaches at a preschool in addition to working with the youngest students at Take A Bow.  She has directed multiple student run productions at school.  She was nominated for an Irene Ryan award through KCACTF for her performance as Amy in the musical Company.  

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Camilla Montoya

Camilla is thrilled to work alongside the team at Take A Bow! She began dancing at the age of 3 and immediately found her passion for the theater. She began acting at the age of 9 and has continued since. Camilla is currently studying Childhood Education and is very much looking forward to teaching and bringing energy and positivity for all around her to share. Over the past few years, she has since choreographed for several community theaters as well as her prior middle and high school productions. Aside from being on the teaching side, her own past credits include; Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Nina (In The Heights), and Natalie Goodman (Next to Normal). Camilla is excited to be here on Long Island where she can continue her love for theater, and is even more excited to share this love with children of all ages! 

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