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Enzo Celli
Experimentation and research, combined with unconditional love for contemporary dance and theatre, are the key elements of Enzo Celli's work. His relentless curiosity has given birth to a structured technique permeated by poetry. While Celli has codified a technical language belonging to the contemporary dance field called MEME, it is in the use of simple gestures that the essence of his poetic language reveals itself. Enzo Celli's work, focusing on man, creates an uncommon poetic language capable of dealing with the greater world of which it is part.

Teacher and choreographer Enzo Celli's engagements include: Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (NYC), VIVO Ballet Professional Training Canter (Rome), Sam Houstone State University (Huntsville - Texas), Sarah Lawrence College (NYC), Bashkortostan State Academy (Russia), EBA-UFMG University (Belo Horizonte, Brasil). Russian Drama Theatre (Ufa, Russia), Na Strastnom Theatre (Moscow), National Choreographic Centre of Montpellier- Les Orsoline (France), Von Ussar Danceworks (New York), Battery Dance Company (New York), Zakharif In Motion Dance Festival, (Giordania), International Dance Festival (Bangkok), Arts On Site (New York), MDP (Arizona), Compagnia Zappalà Danza (Italia), Modulo Project (Italia), DanceStar (Croazia), Gibney (New York), Steps on Broadway (New York).

Calen Kurka
Calen J. Kurka was born and raised in Canada, where he developed a passion for the arts at a very early age. Music was a constant inspiration for him and he played the piano, saxophone, learned musical theory, and eventually began taking dance classes. Dance quickly became his main medium of expression; the vehicle for his curiosity about human connection, the way in which we humans see ourselves as we communicate with the world. Calen moved to New York City to continue his dance training, which soon led to the development of his own classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance. After performing in other dancers' companies, Calen turned his attention to creating Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, a New York performance based company with a focus on human connection and the study of the mind and physical form. The company became a playground for self-discovery for both him and his artists, and the birthplace for his beliefs in how to train and develop dancers as full people with an awareness of the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Calen has expanded his focus to creating and producing opportunities to support the growth and development of emerging artists in NYC. He believes in the respect and responsibility that comes with accumulating knowledge, practicing and refining his craft, and continuing to create and produce programs and events that nurture and support the development of the artist as a whole person in the world.


Tammy Scheffer

Tammy's teaching has the following objectives:
-to develop the student's understanding of the vocal mechanism, the basic principles of vocal production, and their applications in practicing singing technique
-to promote the student's appreciation of basic music notation, rhythm, and musical terms and how to communicate using common musical language
-to develop independence in learning new music and encourage confidence in solo presentation as well as in group compositions
-to assist students in setting personal musical goals and finding practice routines that meet their needs and goals

Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer is a creative force in New York City's vibrant jazz scene and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Jazz Standard in NYC, Rejoice Festival in London, MISA Festival in China, San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC, Chicago Cultural Center, among other premier stages. Tammy is a NCVS trained Vocologist and member of the Pan American Vocology Association.


Anabella Lenzu
Anabella's classes focus on using the body as a sensitive, vibrating instrument of expression, studying, discovering and practicing the principles of: presence on stage, the anatomy of the body in action, coordination and control; the elements of dance: time, space, energy and movement and exploring the principle: Motion Creates Emotion / Emotion Creates Motion. The emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination, on understanding the impulses generated by movements and gestures.

Anabella's teaching has the following objectives:
-to offer students a supportive environment in which to develop creative capacity as an interpreter, prompting personal and professional development.
-to explore the technique of dance, developing professional growth, and increasing the student's stage presence.
-to learn and experience the significance of being on stage.
-to develop alignment and an understanding of the dynamics in dance
-to increase flexibility and strength and develop muscular awareness in order to prevent injuries.

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years of experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu / Dance Drama, her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies. Anabella has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, Unveiling Motion and Emotion.

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Isabel Eisen
Erika Lee

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