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Ariel Ash

Ariel graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has since had the pleasure of performing with DoubleTake Dance at Summerstage, Baruch College and the New York Half Marathon. She is also a company member with ToUch Performance Art and has performed with them throughout New York and Boston including opening for Elton John at the BCRF gala. She recently made her off Broadway debut as "Kendall Jenner," in the hit show "Katdashians: Break the Musical!"

Dylan Baker

Dylan Baker is a New York City based dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist. After growing up in the boondocks of Wisconsin and earning a BFA in Dance at The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Dylan moved to NYC to pursue his dance career. Throughout the year he can be found dancing with Matthew Westerby Company, David Parker and The Bang Group, and Boink Dance and Film. When not on stage or in rehearsal, it's likely Dylan is in front of the classroom. With experience teaching a range of subjects from tap dance to science class, Mr. Baker has taught kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Dylan is very excited to be joining the team at Peridance!

William Blanken

Billy grew up performing in Dayton, Ohio with the Muse Machine under the direction of Nat Horne and David Duising and dancing at the Gary Geiss School of Dance. He graduated with honors from Ball State University with majors in Acting and Dance Performance. While at Ball State, Billy danced with Anderson Young Ballet Theatre and Project in Motion. He started his professional career as a principal with the Amy Marshall Dance Company before he joined Les Ballets Grandiva. Billy has taught at the School at Steps on Broadway, the East Village Dance Project, Ball State University, Astoria Fine Arts Dance, Wright State University, D'Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, the Gary Geiss Dance School, SUNY Purchase with isadoraNOW, Northwest Florida Ballet, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New York Dance Experience, with Brooklyn Ballet's 'Elevate' program, and Montclair State University via the Amy Marshall Dance Company.

Emily Bufferd

Emily is the Artistic Director of BEings dance, and the Producer of The Young Choreographer's Festival, an annual event held at Symphony Space in NYC presenting the most up and coming 18-25 year old choreographers. Her work with BEings has been presented at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, City Center, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, MMAC, Judson Dance Theater, the 92nd St. Y, and The World Financial Center's Winter Garden to name a few. BEings has also been invited to perform and teach abroad in Scotland and Africa.



Cebo has been in the street dance culture since it's existence. Winning his first competition at the age of 7 he has since gone on to win and judge some of the world's top dance street competitions Juste Debout Japan, The Game, Summer Dance Forever just to name a few. Cebo's has been teaching all aspects of street dance for the past 18 years. The core of his teaching is understanding Music, so you can better understand the Feeling of the music, to properly Dance to and with the music. MUSIC, FEELING, DANCE!!

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Emily Craver

Emily Craver hails from the great town of Framingham, Massachusetts, where she grew up dancing, acting and singing as often as possible. Emily graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College where she studied dance and government. In New York City she dances with shawnbibledanceco, Trainor Dance, RG Dance Projects, in addition to performing with her own performance group The Little Streams. Emily also dances for Chicago-based CabinFever, an artist collective that creates work in and around people's homes and lives and has finished both a West Coast and East Coast tour, as well as for OcEA Pathways, a Martha's Vineyard-based company. She is on the board for NACHMO and teaches for DramaZone and through Boston-based Weston Drama Workshop.

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Carrie Demos

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.

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Alyssa Fulmer

Alyssa Fulmer graduated magna cum laude with a BA in dance from Point Park University. Since graduating, she has been happily teaching modern, ballet, and jazz to children and young adults. When not teaching, she can be seen performing with Alyson Laury Dance Co. among other artists. Alyssa is excited to teach for The School at Peridance and pass on her love for dance in a fun yet educational environment.

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Diego Funes

Diego Funes, now the Peridance Youth Ensemble Director, attended the School of American Ballet and later danced with the Cincinnati Ballet and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. He has performed in and choreographed many theater productions. He is the artistic director of De Funes Dance Company.

Ana " Rokafella " Garcia

Hip-Hop dancer/choreographer Ana "Rokafella" Garcia was born in Spanish Harlem where she grew up with a strong Latin background. Her Hip-Hop dance style became her bread and butter when she began street performing with such crews such as The Transformers, The Breeze Team, and the New York City Float Committee. After experiencing international appreciation for Hip-Hop, she decided to offer classes back home to prevent it's fading away. She has taught workshops at NYU, MIT, UMASS and Howard as well as neighborhood high schools and community centers.

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Tyler Gilstrap

Tyler Gilstrap (Danville, VA) earned her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University. She was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company (2001-2010), under the direction of Robert Battle. Recently, she was the associate choreographer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. She was also the assistant choreographer for the film; 'Love And Other Drugs' and for the Italian San Remo TV Award show for three years in a row. She has choreographed music videos for the artist Son Lux, Skyes, FireHorse and SENIT. In 2012, she started her own performance group called TunanuT. TunanuT has created and performed for such events as the Panoramic Music festival , Big Data 2015 tour, (Un)Scene art show, Ballroom Marfa, The Feast, and The Windmill Factory. As a dancer, she has been featured in such films as 'Across the Universe', 'The Wackness,' and the Italian TV show 'Amici.' She has been a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera, Irish Modern Dance Theater, Azure Barton, New York Theater Ballet, Corbin Dances, and Amy Marshall Dance Company. As a teacher, Tyler has taught improv, contemporary, and modern dance in Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy and throughout the USA. She also has been on faculty at Montclair State University, Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio.

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Kelly Hayes

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.

Kim Holmes

Kim Holmes, legendary hip hop dancer, teacher, choreographer, and founder and artistic director of the Universal Dance Movement, has been in the field of dance for over 20 years. Along with her formal training in traditional dance, Kim was intrigued by the creative energy of contemporary dance as expressed in the urban forms of hip hop, which led her to work with both rising and established stars in the music industry including Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, Salt-N-Pepa, Mya, Yummy Bingham, Deemi, Dance Fusion, and Kr3t's among many others.

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Joi Jackson

Joi A. Jackson, hailing from New York is an alumnus of The University of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre. She has had the privilege of working as the principle choreographer and dance instructor at Creative Arts and Athletics Summer Camp, The Dalton School, Sacred Heart, Northern Westchester School of Dance and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. Ms. Jackson is thrilled to be a part of the Peridance faculty!

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Yuka Kawazu

In the past, Yuka has served as ballet mistress for the Staten Island Ballet Company among others. Yuka is a regular faculty member at several New York City studios, including Ballet Arts and Broadway Dance Center. She was also a faculty member of New Dance Group and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. She has choreographed performances at several theaters including the Alvin Ailey Theater, Symphony Space, The Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, the Duplex and the Triad Theaters and for several dance companies.

Megan Kimball

Megan Kimball, teacher within the Pre-Professional Training Program at Peridance, was on the faculty at Boston Ballet School before relocating to NYC. She danced professionally with The Washington Ballet's studio company and trained with both San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet's professional division, having the opportunity to perform with both companies. Her earlier training included the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School and Kansas City Ballet School. She received her bachelor's degree, graduating with honors, from Harvard University.

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Graciela Kozak

Graciela joined the Peridance Faculty in 1985, where she also teaches the Ensemble and Core of the School at Peridance. She is also a member of the Professional and Junior Divisions at The Ailey School. Graciela Kozak was born in Argentina, and trained at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires. She danced with the Bat-Dor and Bat- Sheva companies in Israel, and the Peridance Ensemble in NY. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Igal Perry, Lar Lubovich, Donald McKayle and many other choreographers.

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Justine Lee

Justine graduated from NYU with a B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication while completing the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center. She continues to perform regularly in New York City for Natalie Johnson Dance and De Funes Dance, most recently also performing works by Milton Myers at the Salvatore Capezio Theater, Crystal Pite at New York City Center, and Robert Battle at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Since completing the Certificate Program at Peridance, she has joined the Peridance team as the Assistant Coordinator for the School at Peridance.

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Colleen Megley

Colleen Megley, the 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.

Annastasia Mercedes

Annastasia Mercedes is a New York native. From a classical foundation, she went on to begin her professional studies in ballet and modern technique, pedagogy, and dance composition at the Hartt School, under the direction of Stephen Pier. She received her B.F.A in Ballet and Dance Pedagogy while studying under Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Debra Collins-Ryder, Tim Melady, Samantha Dunster, and Gregory Dolbashian. She has performed in both classical and contemporary works to include choreography by Pascal Rioult, Charlotte Griffin, Martin Losfnes, Stephen Pier, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and August Bournonville.

Emily Pacilio

Emily Pacilio began dancing in Utica, NY and continued her study at Skidmore College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors in dance. In NYC, Emily performs with Trainor Dance, Designated Movement Company, Emily Craver and the Little Streams, and St Fortune. She tours nationally with CabinFever.

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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.

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Becky Pearl

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.

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Karin Rendelman

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

Svea Schneider, born in Germany, is a NYC based dance artist, choreographer, educator and activist. She attended the Iwanson School for Contemporary Dance in Germany and moved to NYC to extensively train in urban dance (Break, Hip Hop, House), contact improvisation, acrobatics, capoeira and Forsythe Improvisation technique. Svea incorporates different dance styles, building a unique visceral movement language.

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Kim Whittam

Kim is an established and recognized teacher and choreographer. She received her MFA degree in Dance from New York City's Tisch School of the Arts and her BFA from Montclair State University, where she is currently on the faculty. 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.

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Nicole Wolcott

Nicole Wolcott is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Nicole has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article DANCE TEACHER magazine. After creating their signature work, Straight Duet, together in 2002, Larry Keigwin and Nicole co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003; She was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013. Nicole continues to assist Larry on a variety of projects outside of the company's framework; most recently the Broadway production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel, The work closest to her heart is creating Boleros in communities around the country with Larry, based on their large scale signature work with 50 New York community members "Bolero NYC." Wolcott's choreography has been performed at a range of venues from The Kennedy Center to CBGB's with critical acclaim.