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Colleen Megley - Program Coordinator
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. Colleen also teaches the Toddler (Parents & Toddlers, Toddler Dancing), Young Movers (Creative Movement, Creative Ballet, Ballet/Tap Combo) and PeriChild (Pre Ballet, Ballet I, III).
Justine Lee - Assistant Coordinator
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.
Diego Funes - Youth Ensemble Director
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.
Jamia Jordan - School Assistant
Jamia Nicole Jordan received her BA in English & Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington in 2012 and most recently received her Masters of Arts and Certification in Dance Education K-12 at NYU Steinhart as a 21st century scholarship awardee. Originally from northern Virginia, she has studied with LillyVonn Dance and the Creative & Performing Arts Center (CAPAC). Since relocating to New York, Jamia has joined TeekVision dance company, NYC Dance Arts, Elliot Dance and most recently SKIN. Although she loves performing, one of her greatest joys is teaching. Jamia is the proud founder and artistic director of JNJ Dance Expressions, a performing arts youth organization geared towards inspiring the community through the arts with various outreach events and summer workshop programs. Currently serving as one of the 9th - 12th grade dance teachers at KIPP College Prep, Jamia has explored various dance genres with her students while providing them with an array of dance opportunities around the city. Jamia loves to create and help others find what they are passionate about so that they too can create! Jamia plans to continue spreading her love for the arts with young people in hopes that everyone lives a purpose driven life.
Ariel Ash - Young Movers (Creative Movement, Creative Ballet)
PeriChild (Ballet I)
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 - PeriTeen (Intermediate Teen Tap)
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 - Pre-Professional Training (Core III & IV Ballet and Pointe, Senior Ensemble Ballet)
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.
Cebo - Director of iRep Jr. & Sr. Crews, PeriChild (Hip Hop I, II, III, IV) PeriTeen (Intermediate Teen Hip Hop)
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!!
Emily Craver - PeriTeen (Intermediate Pre Teen Modern, Advanced Intermediate Teen Modern)
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.
Carrie Demos - Young Movers (Creative Ballet) PeriChild (Pre Ballet, Ballet I, Jazz I, II, III, IV)
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.
Alyssa Fulmer - Toddler (Parents & Toddlers, Toddler Dancing) Young Movers (Creative Movement)
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.
Ana " Rokafella " Garcia - PeriChild (Breakdancing I, II/III)
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.
Tyler Gilstrap - Pre-Professional Training (Core III, IV and Sr. Ensemble Modern)
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.
Kelly Hayes - PeriChild (Ballet), Pre-Professional Training (Core I & II Ballet)
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.
Rachel Hettinger, PeriTeen (Advanced Beginner Pre Teen Jazz, Advanced Intermediate Teen Jazz)
Rachel has presented work at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Galapagos ArtSpace, at San Jose State, San Jose, CA at the sjDANCEcoChoreo Project- where her work was awarded with the Audience Choice recognition for choreography. As well as the Pushing Progress Showcase Series, the Young Choreographer's Festival, In-sight Dance Company's 5th Annual Suite Summer Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, the 14th Annual DUMBO Dance Festival, the 11th Annual Amalgamate Artists Series, and The Giving Tree, a benefit concert to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
Nikki Holck, Pre-Professional Training (Core III Ballet, Jr. Ensemble Ballet/Pointe)
Nikki Holck is from Honolulu, Hawaii where she began her dance training at Queen Emma Ballet. She continued her studies on scholarship at North Carolina School of the Arts. Nikki graduated from Canada's National Ballet School, where she also completed her post secondary studies. Upon graduation, she joined the National Ballet of Canada. She moved to New York to join Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry. Nikki has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of contemporary and classical works, including pieces by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Korhan Basaran, Bryan Arias, and Igal Perry. She is currently a freelance artist in New York working in collaboration with artists of different fields in addition to performing and teaching abroad with Korhan Basaran and Artists. Nikki is the Student Advisor for the Intensive Semester program at Peridance Capezio Center.
Joi Jackson - PeriTeen (Intermediate Pre Teen Hip Hop, Advanced Beginner Teen Jazz)
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!
Graciela Kozak - Pre-Professional Training (Jr. & Sr. Ensemble Ballet)
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.
Morgan Lamb - PeriChild (Modern II/III) PeriTeen (Advanced Beginner Pre Teen Modern)
Morgan Lamb is currently pursuing a dual degree from NYUâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in Dance) and Steinhardt (MA in Dance Education, Teaching all Grades). Morgan received her early training from Studio One in Kingsport, Tennessee under the direction of Melita Brock-Warner. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with a BFA in Fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In 2015 she had the opportunity to perform alongside her Tisch peers, and Kidd Pivot, in Crystal Piteâ€™s Polaris as a part of Lincoln Centerâ€™s White Light Festival. Recently, Morgan has performed in festivals including KODAFE, Ballet Inc. The Series, and as a guest artist in Dance ARIS (Artist Residence in the Smokies). She has taught in a wide variety of settings in NYC including after school programs, public schools, and Peridance Capezio Center. In the summer of 2017, she served as the assistant director and faculty member for the Steinhardt Summer Dance intensive. As a teacher Morgan strives to create a nurturing environment where her students are free to explore their fullest unique potential.
Annastasia Mercedes - Young Movers (Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap Combo), Pre-Professional Training (Core II, III Ballet)
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.
Naoko Moriyama Robbins - PeriChild (Ballet II, III/IV), PeriTeen (Advanced Beginner Pre Teen Ballet, Advanced Beginner Teem Ballet, Intermediate Teen Ballet)
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.
Katie Oliver - PeriChild (Pre Hip Hop) PeriTeen (Advanced Beginner Teen Hip Hop)
Katie Oliver is a NYC based dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Queens, NY of Puerto Rican & Filipino descent. Katie studied hip hop dance/culture with Ms. Robin Dunn at Hunter College. She later became a member of Keep Rising To The Top Dance Co. (KR3TS), a Spanish Harlem based street dance company, under the direction of Violeta Galagarza. Katie received a dance scholarship to study as dance major at Dean College Dance Conservatory in Franklin, Massachusetts. Katie has taught hip hop and street dance workshops at Kansas State University and Connecticut College. As a member of Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival she has performed at Summer Stage NYC and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a member of the all female street dance company "Soulsations" she performed at the 2015 Breakin Convention at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. Katie has also performed at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Webster Hall, and the Barclays Center.
Becky Pearl - Young Movers (Creative Movement, Creative Ballet)
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.
Karin Rendelman - Director of SynKopate I, II, PeriChild (Tap I, II/III, IV), PeriTeen (Beginner Tap, Intermediate Pre Teen Tap, Advanced Intermediate Teen Tap)
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.
Amanda Tay - Toddler (Parents & Toddlers, Toddler Dancing), Young Movers (Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap Combo)
Born and raised in Singapore, Amanda graduated magma cum laude with a BFA in dance fromÂ SUNY Purchase. SheÂ is a certifiedÂ GYROTONICÂ®Â pre-trainer,Â GYROKINESISÂ®Â trainer and dances with 49th Parallel Dance Company and human kinetics movement arts.Â AmandaÂ loves to share the joy of dance with childrenÂ and adults through Creative Movement, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Contemporary dance. Amanda has taught in numerous public schools, nurseries and dance studios in New York City and Singapore for the past 9 years.Â SheÂ is excited to teach for The School at Peridance and pass on her love for movementÂ to the little ones.Â
Nicole Wolcott - Pre-Professional Training (Jr. Ensemble Modern)
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.