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Sindy Folgar

Sindy Folgar - School Coordinator

Sindy Folgar is a native of Guatemala where she began her studies receiving a BA from Escuela Nacional de Danza. She received a B.F.A in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Ms. Folgar holds a MA degree in Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions The American Ballet Theater Pedagogy from New York University. Sindy Folgar is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensives in Primary through Level 7 and partnering. She is an Adjunct instructor at Sacred Heart University, and has taught at summer dance Intensives at New York University and The Ailey School. Ms. Folgar is the former Associate Artistic Director of the In Motion Dance Company and the former Director of Corps Ballet Ensemble with the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut.

Kelly Voelpel - Assistant Coordinator (PeriChild Ballet)

Kelly Voelpel began her early dance training at the School of Performing Arts/Fineline Theatre Arts in New Milford, CT under the direction of Elizabeth Parkinson and Scott Wise. Following a year studying ballet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she attended the LINES Ballet Training Program and later joined The Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Since 2014 Kelly has been teaching ballet in the tri-state area and regularly performs with Mooney Cooley Dance.

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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.

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Colleen Megley - Toddler Program (Young Movers Program)

Colleen Megley 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.

Dylan Baker - PeriTeen 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 - Core Program

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.

Jarred Bosch - Core Program Assistant

Originally from Mississippi, Jarred Bosch received his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Since graduation, he has performed throughout Europe, Canada, China and the United States. most notably with the Nikolais-Louis Foundation at the Yang Li Ping International Dance Festival in Beijing, China. He currently works with Jackie Nowicki’s NOW Dance Project as well as LaneCoArts and Aaron McGloin Dance has performed as a guest artist with Project 44 and Exit12 Dance Company. He has also spent his summers studying with Parsons Dance, Springboard Danse Montreal and Nederlands Dans Theater.As an educator and choreographer, Bosch has taught for Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Donations, and various competition studios and companies classes around the United States. Alongside receiving top honors with his choreography at various competitions, his work has also been presented at Pushing Progress Showcase Series, WaxWorks, Dixon Place and the Peridance Student and Faculty Showcase as well as various venues throughout the United States. He is exicted to be working alongside Tyler Gilstrap again this year.


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Carrie Demos - Young Movers & PeriChild Ballet & Jazz

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 - Toddler Dancing, Young Movers & Perichild Modern

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

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 - Core Program

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 - PeriChild Ballet & Core Program

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.

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Rachel Hettinger, PeriTeen 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.

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Nikki Holck, Core Program

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.

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Joi Jackson - Director of iRep (PeriTeen Jazz and Hip Hop)

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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Graciela Kozak - Core Program

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

Morgan Lamb - PeriChild & PeriTeen Modern

Morgan Lamb is currently pursuing a dual degree from NYU’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 Pite’s Polaris as a part of Lincoln Center’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 & Core Program

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.

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Naoko Moriyama Robbins - PeriChild & PeriTeen 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.

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Katie Oliver - PeriChild & PeriTeen 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.

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Becky Pearl - Young Movers

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 - Director of SynKopate I, II, PeriChild & PeriTeen 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.

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Nicole Wolcott - PeriChild and PeriTeen 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.

Annie Browne - Young Movers Program

Annie is a freelance dancer and dance teacher currently living in New York City. Her early training in Little Rock, Arkansas introduced her to ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. She began her pre-professional training under Arleen Sugano and joined Ballet Arkansas' Second Company at the age of 14. Annie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Utah (Fall 2015), where she also earned her Ballet Studio Teaching Certificate. While at University, Annie was privileged to have studied from professors such as Maggie Wright Tesch, James Ady, Jan Fugit, Melonie Buchanan-Murray, Michael Bearden, and Jay Kim. She was challenged to dance versatile works by choreographers such as Val Canaparoli, Eric Handman, and Tong Wang, among others. In NYC, Annie has danced works by Sara Rodriguez and Nathanial Hunt. Annie has experience teaching all levels - from two year olds to adults. In addition to ballet, she has taught creative movement, jazz, contemporary dance, a boys movement class, and strength and conditioning classes. Annie has taught at studios in Utah such as Salt Lake City Ballet and The Dance Project SLC; and at Idaho Falls School of Ballet in Idaho. Annie currently teaches at The School at Peridance. She loves teaching the joy of dance to young artists!

Imani Nia - PeriChild Hip Hop

Imani Nia is a Brooklyn based freelance multi- disciplined artist hailing from the south side of Chicago. She is a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. Known as the Chance the Rapper of Dance, she has worked with critically acclaimed choreographers and dance companies such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Kyle Abraham/ AIM, Doug Varone, John Jasperse, Lar Lubovitch, Martha Graham School, Tanisha Scott and recording artist Rihanna. She also was featured as herself in Netflix's series "The Get Down", appeared in Andrew Ondrejcak stage play "Elijah Green", Italian Vogue, Paper Magazine, Essences, Fader, Saint Heron, VICE, Essences, Global Grind and Neo Digest (UK). It is her ultimate goal to be the first to pursue a career in both concert and commercial world without being represented or signed to a large talent agency.

Colin Heininger - Core Program Modern

Originally from Pennsylvania, Colin Heininger is a current member of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Here, he has performed works by Igal Perry, Adam Barruch, Norbert de la Cruz, Marlena Wolfe, and Jae Man Joo. In 2016, Colin graduated as an Honors Scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was named the Valedictorian of the School of Dance. In addition, Colin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary program in 2014 and Springboard Danse Montreal in 2016. Throughout these places, he has had the privilege of performing works by Sharon Eyal, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, Helen Simoneau, Beth Gill, Sidra Bell, Mark Morris, and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, among others.

Melissa Moore - PeriChild Hip Hop

Brooklyn raised, Miss Moore is full of light, exuberance and ambition as art and artistry exemplifies her natural being. Growing up around hip hop Miss Moore was emerged in the culture. She then graduated Peridance Certificate Program in 2014 where she was able to master her art as a dancer and artist. Continuing to train at Peridance, BDC, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway and in Los Angeles, Miss Moore embodied many dance styles such as Ballet, Horton, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Vogue, Waacking, African, House, Dance hall and many more. Miss Moore is a driven performer, creator and story teller. Miss Moore has been a dance instructor for 6 years teaching kids, teens and adults from New York to California to China in a fun and positive environment. Miss Moore is a part of Kristin Sudeikus Dance Company and is also currently signed with MSA agency. She has had the opportunity to work with many artist such as Beyoncé, Kelly Roland, Kanye West , Will Smith, Travie McCoy, Bea Miller, Ayo Jay, Wiz Kid, Runtown, Aluna George, Marianas Trench, Red Foo, Ru Paul, Big Freedia, Hayden James, Easter Dean and more.

Billy Cohen - PeriChild Hip Hop & PeriTeen Hip Hop

Billy Cohen, hailing from outside Boston, started his hip hop training at the young age of six at Joanne Langione Dance Center with his identical twin brother, and continued his training at Hofstra University while receiving a B.S. Degree in Dance Educationn. At Hofstra, he's had the chance to work with artists such as Fredrick Earl Mosley, Doug Varone, David Parker, Heather Waldon, Bill Young, Barbara Angeline. Billy also created two works that represented Hofstra at American Collegiate Dance Association Conferences, as well as co-choreographed his own fully-produced dance show, "jux-ta-po-si-tion". Outside of school, he continued his training with Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester and at Generation IV, learning and performing choreography from Teddy Forance, Devin Jamieson, Derek Mitchel, Emily Greenwell, Candace Brown, Jeff Lapes, Noel Bajades, and Jonny Forance. Before graduating, Billy was the recipient of Hofstra school's Male Dancer Scholarship, which gave him a full scholarship to train with Hofstra's most notable Dance Department alumni, Larry Keigwin. Recently, Billy's choreography was included in a segment of MTV's Episode 2 of "Lit!" sponsored by Beats by Dre. He also was casted as a Principal Dancer in the upcoming season of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, choreographed by Marguerite Derricks. Earlier this year, Billy starred in a viral video called "Student Vs. Teacher Battle", totaling over 22 million views on all social media platforms and appearing on multiple news networks, including a short segment on "Inside Edition". With his education background, Billy Cohen hopes to have continuous success in the dance industry, and to someday travel the world doing what he loves best: creating, performing, and sharing his knowledge of dance to next upcoming generation of artists.

Lauren Jaeger - Young Movers and PeriChild

Lauren Jaeger graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Lauren has toured both nationally and internationally as a member of MOMIX, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Michael Mao Dance, and Catapult. Lauren is an Assistant Rehearsal Director for Buglisi's Table of Silence Project, which is performed each year on September 11th at Lincoln Center. She has also performed with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, ACB Dance, Ballet Ambassadors, and as a guest artist with Eva Dean Dance. Lauren is a guest artist and master teacher for the Fini Dance Festival in Southern Italy and NYC. In addition to her performance work, Lauren has been teaching for Peridance since 2009 and also teaches for several schools in the area including The Joffrey Ballet School, and the Greenwich Dance Studio. In the past she has taught for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Center Stage, the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, and Ballet Hispanico.

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