STUDIO OWNER | VOICE | PIANO | SAXOPHONE | MUSIC THEORY
Ashley, founder and instructor of Rockstar! Studios, has been playing and performing music for over 25 years. She earned her BA in Music from the Conservatory of Music from Kean University focusing on classical voice. Her primary instrument, in the beginning of her career, was saxophone, specializing in Jazz Improvisation.
Ashley has been teaching voice for over 12 years creating a niche with Musical Theater performers and singers as well as all vocal styles! She has been teaching at JP Stevens HS in Edison, NJ for their award winning Theatre Department as Musical Director and Pit Conductor. She has a unique and out-of-the-box way of teaching her students, regardless of their experience level.
Ashley specializes in Vocal Coaching and all of her vocal students are taught with the same classical technique focusing on posture, breathing, articulation, vowel placement and diaphragmatic support. Her students not only become well trained singers, they also build confidence, social and public speaking skills, as well as decreasing performance anxiety and nervousness.
Ashley brings a new edge to all of her lessons and individualizes each one to help bring out the Rockstar! in all of them!
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GUITAR | BASS | PIANO | UKULELE | DRUMS | MUSIC THEORY | COMPOSITION | ROCK BAND
David has been playing music since he was 9 years old. He originally started on the clarinet and piano, then fell in love with the guitar at age 11. Since his teen years, David has been a member of the hard rock/heavy metal band E. Town Concrete, touring the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. The band's music videos were featured on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, several Playstation video games, and on a Budweiser commercial for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.
David is also the newest member of long time friends and veteran rockers, 40 Below Summer, taking the country by storm with continuing tour dates. Additionally David performs with The Justin Lerner Band and The Rebel Noise Group as well as corporate and private events.
David received his bachelor's degree from Kean University in Classical Guitar Performance. He has been teaching Guitar, Bass, Piano and Music Theory/Composition for over 15 years.
GUITAR | BASS | PIANO | DRUMS | BRASS
Feggens began his musical career singing in church at the age of 3. He soon moved to saxophone and piano at the age of 6 before settling on the trumpet in 4th grade. By the 7th grade, his musical prowess was furthered by obtaining a guitar. That was soon overshadowed when he was asked to play bass for a group in his church. From then on, he was mainly sought after for his skills as a bass player.
Feggens attended Kean University as a music education major with a focus in classical trumpet. He has been on multiple national and international tours with different bands. As a member of Sensory Hoverload, Feggens has been a featured artist at the Lancaster Music Festival in Lancaster, England from 2014-2016. He currently plays with The Have Some Hotel, a band which he fronts as the guitarist and singer.
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|James Applegate is a working musician born and raised in Dunellen, New Jersey. After graduating from Berklee College of Music James started performing full time in the New York City/New Jersey music scenes. He has toured extensively around the United States playing a wide variety of music including Pop, Metal, Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Dance, Afro Cuban, Reggae, and Rock. |
While off the road James discovered another passion of his; teaching. He has taught countless students of all ages, and many seminars at multiple Community Colleges.
Most recently James has been seen drumming for the metal groups Framework and Windfaerer, as well as working with The Mad Hat, and Funk Big Band.
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ACTING | YOGA
Darlene Rich is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, Thomas Edison State College, and The College of New Jersey. She began her yoga practice as a part of the acting training (movement for the performer) while attending AADA; continuing both yoga and acting studies through formal degrees and certification programs. Her philosophy follows the age old adage- when you teach something you then, and only then, begin to master it.
Darlene holds degrees in Literature, Theatre, and Masters in the Art: Teaching Secondary English as well as a Teaching Certification for K-8, Theatre and Speech and Communication.
Darlene’s acting/performing credits - gratefully too many to list- includes Off-Broadway world premiere’s including Visions of Kerouac at the Lion Theatre, NYC, and The Hunting Scenes of Lower Bavaria at the Vandam Theatre NYC. Darlene was a resident member of the Shelter West Company under the Artistic Director and mentor, Judith Joseph.
While working as a professional actress Darlene continued her studies at HB Studios with Frances Chaney, Aaron Frankel. Austin Pendelton and William (Bill) Hickey. She studied voice with James Gassett and continues her vocal training with Ashley Mondragon. She also studied dialects with David Christopher.
Darlene was introduced to yoga in 1974 in Manhattan while attending the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Yoga has continued to be a integral part of her life moving from be a student of yoga to a teacher in 2004 with her 200 hour YTT. She has continued to become certified in many styles and practices including, Yin Yoga, Masala Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Trauma and Addiction and is currently completing her Kundalini Certfication. She has studied with Shiva Rae, Angela Farmer and Emily Conrad as well as many other wonderful instructors throughout the years.
Darlene is thrilled to be leading the Acting and Yoga Programs at Rockstar! Studios, bringing to the private sector her teaching and directing skills of theatre, musical theatre, improvisational theatre, Shakespeare studies and yoga for the performer that she has honed at JP Stevens High School for the past 20 years.
ACTING | OFFICE MANAGER
Dani Sall is a recent graduate from Montclair State Universities BFA acting program.
She has had extensive training in movement and voice for the actor, as well as being
trained in both contemporary and classical works. At the end of her senior year, she
participated in an acting showcase for talent agents in New York City.Dani was also apart of a late night comedy group on campus known as “The D9,” where she was a writer and improver. Dani has been improving for over 8 years, and has been apart of three different comedy groups. Just recently she assistant directed a new play that was performed at the “Pen to Paper Festival” in New York. Dani was introduced to theatre when she was a freshman in High school, and with the encouragement and coaching from Ashley Mondragon and Darlene Rich, she hasn’t stopped since. She can’t wait to share all of the things she has learned with her new students.
LEAD DANCE INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER
Sam is a pre-k teacher by day and "Rockstar" by night! She is a MSU theatre studies and Dance graduate. Sam has retired from 12 years of competitive Dance and 20 years of performing on stage and choreographed over a dozen shows for multiple community theatre companies throughout the state including Westfield players, EVP, Main Street and most recently Rockstars Studios.
She has choreographed for 8 years at WHS and recently found a new Home at JP. Sam has also choreographed award winning routines in the world of competitive Dance. Additionally she has worked with MAMS in Matawan and choreographed for their middle school productions as well as their summer theatre workshop program.
Diane Cervelli is a senior in High School and absolutely loves Rockstar! Studios. She is a voice and dance student herself and has been studying dance for over 10 years. She also has over 10 years in theatre experience including productions and classes at JP Stevens High School, Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, George Street Playhouse, and Plays in the Park. Diane plans to continue to pursue dance and theatre in college.
She enjoys nothing more than sharing her passion for theatre and dance with all the young performs and artists finding their voice and second home at Rockstar! Studios.
Barbara. Himat Kaur. Has been a certified Kundalini yoga teacher since 2004. Her love for this yoga that changed her life has spanned 20 years. She did her training in New York at kundalini yoga East. Since then had attending many workshops and studied with direct students of Yogi Bhajan master of Kundalini some recent level two certifications including. Mind and meditation at Rama Inst in Venice California . And stress and vitality. In Yardley Pa at Khalsa healing Arts. She has studied extensively with Guru Singh from Los Angeles at the Kripalu inst in Lenox Mass. in addition. She regularly attends many other retreats and workshops. “My love for kundalini yoga and the incredible powerful technology has complete improved all aspects of my life. It’s because of this that I teach I would like as many people to experience.The same joy clarity peace and bliss I have found “
Barbara teaches beginners of all levels. And specializes in modifications. So all can experience the joy of this yoga.
Yoga has changed Brittany's life in ways that she could not explain in words. It is something that could be heard in the way that she speaks. It is something that can be seen in the way that she walks, eats, drives, showers, and sleeps. It can be felt in the way that she loves and cares for herself and everyone around her. Yoga has improved her life in every aspect; not just in her physical practice. Brittany's goal is to not only provide creative classes that enhance the physical practice, but to also provide the ability for students to leave the studio and practice yoga in their daily routine as well. Brittany received her 200 YTT in Goa, India at Himalaya Yoga Valley. With Ashtanga inspired asana and Iyengar alignments; Anatomy, Ayurveda, Philosphy, Pranayama, Mantras & Meditation were also focused on. She studied as the only female from The U.S. with fellow yogis from all over the world throughout a vigorous one month training with specific and strict eating, sleeping, and silence habits practiced daily. Brittany's plan is to bring the Eastern traditions over to our Western society and integrate more than just the shapes our bodies get into. She will always remain light hearted, playful, and genuine welcoming every individual that walks through the door at Rockstar! Studios.
Forever a student, officially a teacher. Namaste.
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