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Karin Averty graduated from Paris Opera School in 1973 and in 1979 she joined the Paris Opera Ballet. In 1983 Karin was promoted to a Premiere Danseuse at the Paris Opera Ballet Competition and quickly recognized internationally when she received the Varna Grand Prix in 1980. Karin teaches our Core and Ensemble Ballet classes within the Pre-Professional Training Program and brings an unmeasurable wealth of Ballet vocabulary and technical knowledge to our aspiring Ballet dancers.
Peter Brandenhoff was born in Denmark and graduated from Royal Danish Ballet. He danced with Boston Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet as a soloist. Peter teaches within Peridance's Pre-Professional Training Program and our Boys Ballet Program, making sure all students have a strong knowledge of proper Ballet technique and vocabulary.
Steffanie began teaching dance when she was twelve and has continued to teach dance either in the private studio or public school system since. She completed her BA in 1993 at UCLA and received an MA in Dance Education from NYU in 2004 while teaching dance for the Department of Education and working as a teaching artist. Steffanie brings rhythm and timing to our aspiring Tap students while inspiring them to love what they are doing.
Originally from Denver, Colorado Carrie Demos holds a B.A. in Performing Arts with a Dance Concentration from Colorado State University. Currently on faculty at the 92nd St Y, Carrie is also a 2011 graduate of the Foundations of Dance Education, Dance Education Laboratory. We are very happy to be adding the always positive and creative Carrie to our Young Movers Program faculty.
Antonetta DiTrocchio has been teaching pre-ballet, tap and jazz/hip-hop classes for 6 years. Along with a degree in early childhood development she trained in college at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. She takes a creative fun approach to teaching while instilling strong technique and musicality. Carrie teaches within our Young Movers Program.
Kim is a New York City native whose first love has always been Hip Hop dance. Kim has taught in various private sectors and is currently a NYS K-12 certified dance teacher with an M.A. in Dance Education from NYU, where she received the outstanding dance education award and currently teaches Hip Hop dance. Kim has touched many lives all over NYC and the world and we are very happy to have her teach within our Hip-Hop Program.
Stephanie Godino was born and raised in New York City. She had her early training in ballet with Margaret Craske and studied with Valentina Pereyslavec of American Ballet Theater and at the Joffrey Ballet School. Ms. Godino holds a BA in theater and dance from SUNY Empire State College and is currently teaching within our Pre-Professional Training Program.
Shelley K. Grantham
Shelley has been The School at Peridance Coordinator (formerly PeriChild Program) and PeriChild Ensemble Director since 1999. When she is not in the office you can find her in the studio teaching Tap and Jazz. Shelley believes she is the person she is today because of her strong family and very supportive dance teachers. She cherishes every moment she is able to give back to the dance community and arts education.
Ms. Hayes has over 10 years of teaching experience working with students from age 3 through professional levels. She is currently on faculty at Peridance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Stable in New York and STEPS Academy in Stamford, Connecticut. Kelly teaches within our Young Movers and Ballet Program. Her classes are disciplined in a very structured yet fun way. She encourages young dancers to find their love of dance through their own motivation and hard work.
Lauren Jaeger is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance Performance. She is a member of the Buglisi Dance Theatre, with whom she has performed and toured both nationally and internationally. She is excited to teach for The School at Peridance for her fourth year.Â Lauren teaches in the Young Movers and Young Ballet programs and she brings a calm and centered energy to class while instilling her true love of dance in her students.
KCDC (Khristina Cayetano & Daniel Curry) is a high powered duo based in New York City. Khristina and Daniel joined forces in 2008 and have been a creative team ever since. KCDC has been seen dancing for artists Ne-Yo and Jody Wately. Together they teach fun, energetic Hip-Hop classes to our youth program.
Colleen Megley, the Assistant School Coordinator and teacher within the Young Movers Program, graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Biology and Dance from Connecticut College. While at Connecticut College she studied ballet and post-modern dance under the direction of David Dorfman. Colleen received her Masters in Dance Education and Ballet Pedagogy at NYU in partnership with American Ballet Theatre and is an ABT National Training Curriculum Primary through Level 5 certified teacher.
Megan loves sharing her passion for movement. Megan has worked with the Charles Ahovissi's African Culture Connection performing and teaching West African dance, the ARTery teaching Dancing Classrooms ballroom dance to 5th graders, and the Little Red School House summer program. Megan studied dance in Senegal, NY, Omaha, Colorado, and most recently, Cuba and we are very lucky to have her passing along the rich culture and songs of traditional West African to our dancers within our African classes.
Naoko Moriyama Robbins
Naoko Moriyama-Robbins was born in Japan where she studied ballet, modern, jazz and traditional Japanese dance. Ms. Moriyama-Robbins has been an integral part of The School at Peridance for the past 20 years. Ms. Moriyama- Robbins teaches Ballet at all levels and has taught in various locations throughout the city including Ballet Tech, Harkness Center at the 92nd Y and Central Park studio in Scarsdale, NY.
Becky Pearl graduated magna cum laude with a BA in dance from Connecticut College. Since graduating, she has been teaching modern, ballet, and jazz to children of all ages as well as performing with various choreographers in New York. Becky has been teaching within the Young Movers Program at The School at Peridance since 2003.
Gabriela began her training with BAILA Society under the guidance of world-renowned directors Ahtoy WonPat- Borja, Daniel Enskat, and Joseph Rivera. With all of the accumulated experience Gabriela worked her way up to the Repertory Company, and began traveling and performing as part of BASo. Gabriela brings spice and flare to our Salsa classes with the children's program.
Karin's infectious energy and her passion for dance was seasoned while she mentored under Broadway tap dancer, Jimmy Tate. She has been teaching for over eleven years and during this time, was honored to become the Director of the Dance Department at the nationally renowned Weiss School. Karin teaches various levels of Peridance's Tap Program, bring rhythm and syncopation to all who step in her class.
Svea Schneider was born and raised in Landau, Germany and moved to New York City in 2003 to pursue her dancing career. Svea was trained in jazz and contemporary dance but found her love and passion within hip hop, breakdance, the funkstylez and house dance. She has taught and performed throughout Germany, England, the US, Canada and India, andÂ always challenges her students to push themselves creatively while offering an amazingly fun and energetic class.
Nancy specializes in teaching both children and adults who seek to not only improve technique but to gain a sense of artistry and appreciation for dance. Her competencies include teaching creative dance, modern, tap, jazz and composition. She holds a BA in dance education as well as an MA from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education. She is a recent DEL graduate and certified Dance Education Labatory instructor and has instructed classes at Peridance for over five years.
Kristin's credits include choreographer and dancer for the Emmy award winning NBC hit 30 Rock, as well as NIKE, Under Armour, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Microsoft, Oprah and for events at Self Magazine. Her emphasis on creating pure and intense movement can strike an emotional chord with those she works with. Kristin passes along her passion for life and the art of movement to our Youth Ensemble members and most advanced Jazz dancers.
Kim is an established and recognized teacher and choreographer. SheÂ received her MFA degree in Dance from New York Cityâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts and her BFA from Montclair State University, where she is currently on the faculty.Â Kim brings a centered calmness to her class that allows each student to focus on proper alignment and technique. Kim teaches within our young and teen Ballet Program.
Marlena Wolfe graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A. in Dance. Marlena has danced for Mimi Garrard and Twyla Tharp and was a member of Robert Battle's company Battleworks for four years. She has taught at MMC, NYU, SUNY Purchase, Earl Mosley Institute for the Arts, Young Dancemakers Company, Alvin Ailey, The Joffrey Ballet School, and American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Marlena brings her knowledge, love and unparalleled passion for dance to our Modern and Jazz Programs within the School.
Ahtoy began her professional dance training in childhood in Guam and with the Houston and San Francisco Ballet Academies. She has an extensive background in musical theater, Latin ballroom, and salsa, and is now the Artistic Director of BAILA Society, a Latin dance company and online dance school and teaches Salsa tour children's program.
Raegan holds a B.F.A in Dance from Montclair State University and an Ed. M. in Dance from Temple University. For the past twenty- five years, Raegan has been teaching dance in the tri- state area and nationally in private studios, K-12 public and private schools, preparatory and community centers as well as at numerous colleges and universities including Rutgers University, Barnard and Juilliard. Â We are very happy to have Raegan teaching aspiring Modern dancers within The School at Peridance.