Our Staff

Angela Puleo

Director

Angela is a Georgia native that brings 39 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, hip hop, modern and International and American style Latin and Ballroom Dance to Blairsville Dance Project. Angela is an American Clogging Hall of Fame inductee, the former Adult Miss American Clogger, the winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy from Dancing with the North GA Stars, and over the years, has competed nationally both as a soloist, and as part of Grand Champion competition teams. She has performed at Dollywood, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Six Flags, World of Coke, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, and on Premier Cruise line. She has studied and competed nationally in International Latin dance under American Style 9 Dance Champion Gunnar Sverrisson and has studied under well-known industry professionals such as Bubba Carr and Keiko Guest. In addition to competing, Angela is also a certified competition judge and workshop instructor and remains active in the southeast dance community where that commitment to professionalism and learning is shared with her students through her professional instruction and award-winning choreography. She is also a certified coach with a specialization in teaching growth mindset.

Molly Brendle

Lead Instructor

Molly Brendle has been teaching dance professionally for six years at Blairsville Dance Project. Prior to joining the BDP staff, she studied dance for nearly seventeen years, with a focus on Jazz, Hip Hop and percussive dance styles. Prior to becoming a lead dance instructor, Molly was an assistant teacher for seven years, assisting with students of all ages and has competed in regional and national dance competitions countless times in both Hip Hop and Clogging as a team dancer, as well as a soloist. As part of her continued commitment to quality dance instruction and study, Ms. Brendle continues to study dance through master classes and has trained with many internationally known industry professionals, including Tony Dovolani and tWitch. When Molly is not dancing, she enjoys spending time helping her husband at their family owned restaurant, The Skillet Cafe in Blairsville, GA.

Brett Taylor

General Manager

Brett has been dancing for 34 years and has been teaching for 20 years. During that time she has also performed in numerous dinner theater productions at Elaine’s Dinner Theater in Cape May N.J. As well as being a performer and lead dancer at Elaine’s, she was also the choreographer for the theater for a number of years. Brett has also worked on Premier Cruise Lines as a lead dancer, actor, singer as well as the choreographer. After working professionally for a number of years, she wanted to be a dance teacher and a role model like all of the teachers that she had when she was younger. Brett was ready for the next step in her career. She opened a dance studio in New Jersey, Rising Stars Performing Arts Company . She loved being the owner and director of her studio, and teaching tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and pointe. We feel privileged to have her as part of our studio family.​​

Riki Shinfuku

Instructor

Riki Shinfuku first started Hip-Hop/Urban dancing his Sophomore year of High School on a team known as Kaba Kids. He danced with them for 3 years before eventually moving up to the collegiate team know as Kaba Modern, a dance group originating from Irvine, California that has participated in multiple national competitions and gained recognition in the media, including MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. He recently finished up his third year with Kaba Modern before moving to Georgia to further pursue his dance career. 

Angie Hayes

Instructor