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.

Assistant Manager & Sr. Voice and Acting  Instructor

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Natalie Baquet

Natalie cant wait to begin teaching at Take A Bow. She began dance classes at the age of 6 and immediately fell in love with performing. Natalie was a competitive dancer for 12 years earning multiple prestigious awards and titles. She is skilled in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern and musical theatre. Her first musical was The Little Mermaid at the age of 12, and it was then that she found her true passion for theatre. Natalie has choreographed multiple shows including Tarzan, Frozen, Shrek: The Musical and Legally Blonde. Besides her teaching experience some of her performance credits include: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Sandy Dumbrowski (Grease), Millie Dillmount (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mimi Márquez (Rent) and Wendla Bergmann (Spring Awakening). Natalie is so excited to teach and help children find their passion in performing the way that she did!

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Jenna Halvorsen

Jenna has multiple years of teaching experience under her belt including, private lessons, various summer programs, and teaching a variety of different attributes at many theaters. She has strengths in an array of musical instruments including piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. As well as the music aspect of musical theatre, she has much experience in the theatrical aspect as well. Jenna is a two time Roger Rees award finalist for her roles as Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors) and The Witch (Into The Woods). She has loved performing ever since she was a mouse in Cinderella when she was eight years old and has such a passion for the art. She hopes the spread her joy and passion for the art to all possible! 

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Bridgette Lord

Bridgette loves working with our youngest performers here at Take a Bow!!  She has loved performing ever since she was the same age as her students and loves to be apart of their first performances!! She studied at Keene State College as a theatre and dance Major and specializing in acting. Some of Bridgette’s favorite performance credits include: Logainne SchwartzandGrubenirre (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Amy (Company) which she received an Irene Ryan Award nomination from KCACTF.  She has also been apart of multiple cabaret performances as well as a number of original play readings and workshops.  Bridgette's goal is to instill in her students the same love and passion for theatre as she has.

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Cody LeRoy Wilson

Cody LeRoy Wilson graduated from West Virginia University in 2014 with a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in classical drama. He has been professionally working since 2013 and has worked throughout the country since moving to New York City in 2014. His acting career has taken him to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Missouri, Arkansas, and Ohio. In 2019 he made his Off-Broadway debut during the New York City's Brits Off Broadway Festival in the award winning show Handbagged transferred from the West End in London. Throughout his career Cody has had the opportunity to coach, teach, perform with, and mentor young actors enrolled in after school and community outreach programs and looks forward to bringing his experiences to the classrooms at Take a Bow.

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