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    Peridance aspires to provide its students with dance education of the highest caliber. Our faculty is made up of a unique blend of leading professionals in the field. Many classes are accompanied by our first-class musicians. This multi-faceted group has been carefully selected to offer Peridance's classical, contemporary and commercial dance classes. Our faculty members come from leading dance institutions and entities such as The Juilliard School, New York University, Yale University, New York City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, and New York City's Broadway.

    Peridance Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

     10 Hairy Legs | Past Faculty 10 Hairy Legs >> Past Faculty
    10 Hairy Legs, a male repertory company, provides a lens to experience the broad spectrum of dance. Widely acclaimed for its aggressive commissioning of new works and curation of master works, we have served more than 85,000 patrons, students, artists and educators since our founding in 2012, nationally and internationally. Commissions: Doug Varone, Doug Elkins, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, Julie Bour, Megan Williams, Adam Barruch, Al Blackstone, Larry Keigwin, Raja Feather Kelly, Nicholas Sciscione and Yin Yue. Broadcasts have included NJTV’s State of the Arts, The Meredith Vieira Show and Nick Cannon’s Red Nose Dancathon. Dance Education is an important part of our mission and we provide a wide range of programs for all ages exemplifying the many facets of maleness expressed through dance to more than 4,500 students and educators each year.
     277Dance Project | Past Faculty 277Dance Project >> Past Faculty
    277Dance Project a contemporary dance and media arts company, creates emotionally driven work, exploring the balance between chaos and stillness, the intersection of lives, and the eternal struggle to connect and to survive. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director and Choreographer Nicole Philippidis, the company is presented annually at Dixon Place Theater, and has performed various works at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Westchester Arts Exchange, Westchester Music Hall, Purchase College, Dance New Amsterdam, DanceNOW Joe's Pub, DanceNOW RAW, Inception to Exhibition Festival, Reverb/Steps Festival, and Wave Rising Series.
    Stella Abrera | Past Faculty Stella Abrera >> Past Faculty
    Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, California, began her ballet training with Philip and Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young. She continued her studies with Lorna Diamond and Patricia Hoffman in San Diego, California and trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing method for three years with Joan and Monica Halliday in Sydney, Australia. In 1995, Abrera received the Gold Medal at the R.A.D.’s Adeline Genee Awards in London. Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed to soloist in 2001.
    Gail Accardi | Past Faculty Gail Accardi >> Past Faculty
    Gail Accardi works with dancers and others, especially those experiencing pain, injuries, alignment issues, or physical challenges of many kinds. She describes her work as creative physical problem solving; others call it body whispering. She draws on experience and ongoing study of dance, pilates, anatomy/kinesiology, somatics, and other moving and healing practices.
    Gina Accordino | Past Faculty Gina Accordino >> Past Faculty
    Gina has had the pleasure of performing at various events and shows throughout the city and country, and is currently a member of Project Convergence under the direction of Ramita Ravi and Vikas Arun. Gina loves to tap and has been fortunate enough to have trained under some of the greats that exist today, including but not limited to, Michelle Dorrance and Ayodele Casel. She finds the greatest joy in sharing her love of the art form and being able to be a part of keeping the rich history of tap alive.
    Tina Afiyan Breiova | Past Faculty Tina Afiyan Breiova >> Past Faculty
    Tina‘s personal practice is informed by research under the teachings of David Zambrano, Chrysa Parkinson, Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Frucek, Salva Sanchis, Hannes Langolf, Julyen Hamilton, Yoko Ando, Coral Ortega, and her time as a student at P.A.R.T.S. University in Brussels.
    Lissetth Aguilar Stockli | Past Faculty Lissetth Aguilar Stockli >> Past Faculty
    Lissetth Aguilar Stöckli, ballet master and choreographer from Guatemala, danced with the National Ballet of Guatemala, Compañía Contemporánea de Jalapa Veracruz, Mexico, and the Peridance Company in New York. In New York she studied dance education with Benjamin Harkarvy.
    Kevin Albert | Past Faculty Kevin Albert >> Past Faculty
    Kevin Albert has toured Europe in West Side Story and My Fair Lady, played Bernardo in the national tour of West Side Story with choreography by Jerome Robbins, and performed Off-Broadway in The Crucible, Biography and The Time of the Cuckoo. He studied acting with Fred Kareman, graduated from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied Theater with a minor in Dance, and taught at the Jeannette Neil Dance Studio and Leon Collins Tap Studio.

    Megz Alfonso | Guest Faculty Megz Alfonso >> Guest Faculty
    Megan "Megz" Alfonso was raised in the Bronx and then moved to Long Island where she began training at Michelle Ferraro's Dance USA. For the past 26 years she has dedicated her time to teaching dance classes . One of her many accomplishments television show “So You Think You Can Dance” where she became one of the Top 6 finalists. consisted of assisting choreographers Nick Zobrowski at Adrenaline Dance Conventions, Shelia Barker at MPAC, and Cynthia Geffon and Nick Zobrowski at the Choreographer Ball in LA. Megz has traveled all over the US and UK touring with Deca Dance Company and Matrix/Loreal. Megz was an extra in the movie Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, danced in the iDog commercial 2009, and appeared in the Step Up movie. She has choreographed and danced for singer, Raquel Castro, from "The Voice". She also appeared on Fox 5 where she danced for her crew "Decadance Company " and performed at the Apollo Theatre. In additional, she performed a piece entitled “Four Seasons” at the hip hop festival for London brought to New York . Megz aspires to continue training and bettering herself as a dancer, teacher and choreographer so that she can achieve all of her goals for her future and inspire others to do the same.
    James Alonzo | Guest Faculty James Alonzo >> Guest Faculty
    James' professional credits include BET Blaze the Stage, Sound Syndrome: The Off Broadway Show, the Broadway Dance Center Showcase, NBA Playoff Flash Mob, Frankie Lemmon School Promo Video, and the New York University Faculty and Master's Concert. He has also had the opportunity to assist choreographers such as Neil Schwartz and Aurelia Michaels for the "For Your Love" Music video by Cess and Unlimited Wireless Flash Mob.
    Kathryn Alter | Past Faculty Kathryn Alter >> Past Faculty
    Kathryn Alter hails from Juneau, Alaska. After completing high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she went on to graduate with honors from SUNY Purchase. Highlights of her career have included three summers of choreography and dancing in Spain with Kazuko Hirabayashi, and performing in projects with Jonathan Riedel Dance Theater and Alan Danielson.
    Yoshi Amao | Martial Arts Yoshi Amao >> Martial Arts
    Yoshi Amao is well known as the host of the highly rated TV series Samurai Sportsman. He has appeared on NBC's Late Night with Conan O' Brien, where his talk on Samurai philosophy and his unique sword demonstration touched the hearts of the American audience. After learning Kendo, karate, Japanese classic dance and acting, he started to learn samurai sword fighting from Tahei Waki, the master of Waki ryu style of sword fighting.
    Alex Anderson | Contemporary Alex Anderson >> Contemporary
    Alexander Anderson is a South Florida native where he attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Class of 2010. Upon high school he went on to continue is training at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance in 2014.
    Shernita Anderson | Past Faculty Shernita Anderson >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shernita Anderson has 10+ years in the entertainment industry. Credits include Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Janelle Monae & Kelly Rowland amongst others. She has been featured on BET, MTV & Vh1 and has performed and taught all over the world. Shernita is the founder of The Heels Experience, a series of heels based dance classes that provide a nurturing environment to learn and expand on the all important skill of moving and dancing eloquently in Heels.
    Ako Ando | Past Faculty Ako Ando >> Past Faculty
    Ako is from Japan and earned her MA in Dance Education from New York University. She trained in Hip Hop, Waacking, Hula, West African and Japanese Classical Dance. She has choreographed and performed in various venues in New York City with her dance crew and as a backup dancer.
    Mecca Andrews | Past Faculty Mecca Andrews >> Past Faculty
    Mecca Vazie Andrews is an artist, dancer, choreographer, and educator. She has worked commercially choreographing and performing extensively for stage, theater, and music videos, creating work for The Joffrey Ballet School, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Daft Punk, Toro y Moi, Basement Jaxx, Wild Belle, Ari Up, Ricki Lake, Free City clothing, and many others.
    Iratxe Ansa | Past Faculty Iratxe Ansa >> Past Faculty
    Iratxe Ansa is originally from San Sebastian, Spain where she attended the Conservatorio Superior de Musica before graduating from the John Cranko Schule Stuttgart, Germany. She danced with Basel Ballet and Ballet Gulbelkian before acting as muse to Nacho Duato in the Compañia Nacional de Danza Madrid, Spain, having many roles and pieces originally set on her. Iratxe danced with Lyon Opera Ballet before becoming a member of Nederlands Dance Theatre under Director Anders Hellstrom.
    Jennifer Archibald | Past Faculty Jennifer Archibald >> Past Faculty
    JENNIFER ARCHIBALD is the founder and Artistic Director of the ARCH Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York's City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall and Jacob's Pillow Inside|Out Stage, and Rialto's Off The Edge. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle.
    Rebecca Arends  | Past Faculty Rebecca Arends >> Past Faculty
    Rebecca Arends dances with the Seán Curran Company, Rosario, Ana Isabel Keilson Company and Trainor Dance. She studied at The Ailey School (Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship) and holds a BA in History & Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Notable credits: Champion (Original Cast, Opera Theatre of St. Louis); Anybodys (West Side Story, El Paso Opera); Kiss Exhibition (Tino Seghal, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Her work has been presented in New York City at Dixon Place and Green Space. Rebecca is also a proud, longstanding member of SAG-AFTRA and continues to work in film and television.
    Bryan Arias | Past Faculty Bryan Arias >> Past Faculty
    Bryan danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, and most recently, Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot. Bryan has been part of original creations and performed works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Lightfoot/Leon, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin and many others.
    Quilan Cue Arnold | Past Faculty Quilan Cue Arnold >> Past Faculty
    Quilan “Cue” Arnold (MFA) is a dance professional (dancer, choreographer, podcaster, producer, teacher) based out of Brooklyn, New York. He has been a member of companies such as Camille A. Brown and Dancers (NY), Rennie Harris Puremovement (PA), Abby Z and the New Utility (NY), and Enzo Celli Vivo Ballet (NY).
    Ephrat Asherie | Past Faculty Ephrat Asherie >> Past Faculty
    Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie has trained extensively in ballet and modern dance but found her artistic home in breaking, hiphop and house. She began breaking in 2002 under Richard Santiago (aka Breakeasy) and soon after was introduced to house music. She has been greatly influenced by the New York club scene ever since. Ephrat has performed and taught throughout the US and Europe, as well as in Peru, South Africa and Israel.
    Josh Assor | Guest Faculty Josh Assor >> Guest Faculty
    Josh is a New York City based choreographer, performer and educator. His work has spanned across every area of the entertainment industry including Broadway, National Tours, fashion, film, and television. He has worked in major venues worldwide including United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe
    Avital Asuleen | Past Faculty Avital Asuleen >> Past Faculty
    Avital has studied with Randy Skinner, Ray Hesselink, Andrew Black, and Julia Boyton, and was Randy Skinner's choreography observer on the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Choreography credits include The Queen Bees (Queens Theatre in the Park), Ratpack Undead (Times Scare), and Ephemera, and immersive evening of dance theater. Avital was on the tap faculty of Lustig Dance Theatre, and is the creator and curator of The Choreography Lab at The New York Theatre Barn.
    Danielle Agami/ Ate9 | Guest Faculty Danielle Agami/ Ate9 >> Guest Faculty
    Ate9 was founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Danielle Agami. Israeli-born, she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv for 8 years.
     Ayami | Past Faculty Ayami >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan. Ayami started dancing at the age of five in ballet. By ten years old, she joined both a musical theater group & Jazz dance school. Within a few years at the age of thirteen, she started choreographing at the musical school. She then moved to New York and has been trained at Broadway dance center extensively in Hip Hop and Modern, but has found her artistic passion in styles such as Hip Hop, House, Locking and Waacking. She has performed and taught throughout Japan and overseas. She recently performed in "The Devouring” on Broadway presented by House Of Yes, featured as a lead dancer for Izzy Escobar’s “WARRIOR” music video, Summer stage NYC, Credo beauty commercial.
    Seda Aybay | Past Faculty Seda Aybay >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey Seda is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of Kybele Dance Theater, a contemporary company which she founded in 2003 in Los Angeles. She has produced and choreographed multiple works that have won her choreography awards and her pieces have toured and been presented in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Concord, San Jose, Palm Desert, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Istanbul, Turkey.
    Bil Badolato | Past Faculty Bil Badolato >> Past Faculty
    If you want to learn how to dance from step one in a safe, injury-free format, if you want to increase your skill for commercial and musical theater auditions, if you want "movement for actors", Bil is the teacher for you. He has performed in six Broadway shows, and choreographed thirty shows, including the national tour of She Loves Me.
    BASo Baila Society | Salsa BASo Baila Society >> Salsa
    The class is taught by BASo certified teachers and offers three levels of instruction – beginner, intermediate and advanced. To maximize and review results, BASo offers access to the BAILA Society Online Dance Academy, the largest video library of dance instruction in the world for dancers of all skill levels. Whether you're learning your first basic or have been burning up the dance floor for years, Baila Society have something for you.
    Autavia Bailey | Past Faculty Autavia Bailey >> Past Faculty
    Autavia Bailey started dancing at a young age but decided to pursue a professional career when she moved to New York. There she studied street jazz, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, house and many other styles of dance. Soon after she began going to auditions where she landed the opportunity to perform with artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliot and many others.
     BAIRA | MVMNT PHLOSPHY  | Guest Faculty BAIRA | MVMNT PHLOSPHY >> Guest Faculty
    BAIRA | MVMNT PHLOSPHY is a Detroit based physical dance-theatre company. Born circa 2014, out of the collected and ongoing research of collaborative duo Shaina and Bryan Baira. The company’s choreographic work is known for their rigorous and athletic movement vocabulary, highly calculated partnering technique and a deeply personal theatricality.
    Bryan Strimpel-Baira // Baira MVMNT PHLOSPHY | Past Faculty Bryan Strimpel-Baira // Baira MVMNT PHLOSPHY >> Past Faculty
    Bryan Strimpel, a native Michigander, is the Co- Artistic Director for B.S. Movement. The company has presented its work throughout New York City since in 2012. Bryan is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B.F.A in dance. He has performed and taught around the world in places such as: Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, Tajikistan, and Armenia; as well as throughout New York City. He has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, and David Dorfman Dance.
    Shaina Branfman-Baira // BAIRA MVMNT PHLOSPHY | Past Faculty Shaina Branfman-Baira // BAIRA MVMNT PHLOSPHY >> Past Faculty
    Shaina Branfman is Co-Artistic Director of BS Movement. Shaina was born and raised in Victoria, Texas and received her BFA in Dance at the University of Iowa. She completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, and completed studies in religion and philosophy at the New York All Faiths Seminary International where she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Shaina is a member of The Feath3r Theory and has been performing and sharing her work in NYC since 2014. www.bsmovement.co
    Vivo Ballet | Past Faculty Vivo Ballet >> Past Faculty
    VIVO Ballet was founded in 2015 by Artistic Director, Enzo Celli, and General Manager of the VIVO Ballet Professional Training Center, Fulvio Pallisco. The team that launched VIVO Ballet was completed when Associated Artistic Director, Elisabetta Minutoli, and Communications Director, Marco Sabbatini later joined. The founding team established two entities: VIVO Ballet, a New York based dance company, and the VIVO Ballet Professional Training Center based in Rome.

    Since its conception in 2015, VIVO Ballet has performed in international festivals in the USA, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and Italy. With roots in Rome, the company sprouted within the Professional Training Center and then located to a more permanent home in New York City.

     Ballet Trockadero  | Past Faculty Ballet Trockadero >> Past Faculty
    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male drag ballet troupe that parodies the conventions of romantic and classical ballet. In 2008, they performed at the Royal Variety Performance in front of Prince Charles. The company's current artistic director is Tory Dobrin.
    Troy Barnes | Past Faculty Troy Barnes >> Past Faculty
    Troy earned his BFA in Dance at University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Where he studied with Horton Luminaries Faye Snow and Milton Myers. Troy also had the honor of studying under Mr. Jimmy Truitt from The Lestor Horton Dance Theatre. He continued his Horton studies at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center with Anne Mary Forsythe. Troy has taught the Horton Technique to dancers around the world for over 20 years. He has been on the faculty of Bridge For Dance, 5678 Dance, Bay Ridge Ballet as well as other studios and schools in the region. He is currently on faculty at Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls & Visions Dance Studio.
    Janice Barringer | Past Faculty Janice Barringer >> Past Faculty
    Janice began her training in Orlando, Florida, where she first studied ballet and later tap, jazz and acrobatics. As a young adult her main focus became ballet which brought her to live in NYC where her main teacher became David Howard at Harkness House.
    Adam Barruch | Guest Faculty Adam Barruch >> Guest Faculty
    As a choreographer, Adam's work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, The Juilliard School, Cunningham Studio, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, SUNY Purchase, New York University, Cedar Lake Theater and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. In March 2009, he self- produced a full evening of original dance/theater works at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, with his company Adam Barruch Dance.
    Aszure Barton + Artists | Past Faculty Aszure Barton + Artists >> Past Faculty
    Aszure Barton, an award-winning New York City choreographer, was born and raised in Canada. She received her formal training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase. Aszure has also led masterclasses, mentored and created for renowned training institutions including Harvard University, The Julliard School, New York University, Arts Umbrella, Canada's National Ballet School and The Laban Institute (UK).
    Korhan Basaran | Past Faculty Korhan Basaran >> Past Faculty
    Korhan Basaran holds a BA from Bilkent University’s Theater Department and an MBA in art management from Yeditepe University, he is the Artistic Director of his company RAu. After having completed a 10 year of a professional career in Turkey, upon moving to NYC, he received a scholarship from the Cunningham Studio. He had the pleasure to dance with the Repertory Group of the Cunningham Company dir. Robert Swinston. He has studied and danced with various choreographers over the years in Istanbul and New York. Bringing out his voice has been his passion since the beginning. His works have been commissioned by BAM’s Dance Motion USA, Nimbus Dance Works, Mari Meade DC, Project 44, Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the US and MDT, Akbank Sanat, Tatbikat Sahnesi in Turkey. He will premiere a new work with the Prometheus Dance of Boston, “Project RAu” in the Spring of 2019.
    Davonna Batt | Past Faculty Davonna Batt >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in New Mexico, Davonna Batt, has studied nearly every style of dance that has crossed her path, and each continue to influence her movement style to this day. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Arizona where she was privileged to study under many exceptional artists including Melissa Lowe, Amy Ernst, Robert Moses, Doug Nielsen, Loren Fletcher, and many others. Since moving to New York in 2014, she has danced in and collaborated with companies including ALMA NYC, Gotham Dance Theater, Amanda + James, of bones dance, and ACB Dance, among others. In addition, she's had the opportunity to tour with both DAMAGEDANCE and Sarah Berges Dance. Davonna discovered a love for teaching in 2015 and continues to find absolute joy in encouraging dancers to discover power, control, and expression in their bodies.
    Stefanie Batten Bland | Past Faculty Stefanie Batten Bland >> Past Faculty
    Stefanie’s choreographic vision of contemporary dance redefines community by illustrating the synergy that arises when interdisciplinary artists from varied backgrounds and cultures collide. This vision was recognized as a 2010/12 Baryshnikov Arts Center/Jerome Robbins NEW fellow and a Cambridge Who’s Who! Of Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
    Brad Beakes | Limón Brad Beakes >> Limón
    Bradley Beakes is a New York City based dance artist originally from Glendora, California. Over the past decade he has been honored to dance with the Limón Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, Julia Ehrstrand Collective, Project 44, NOW-ID, Keith Johnson/Dancers, Naganuma Dance, and Visions Dance Theatre where he was named the 2010 Lester Horton Award Winner for "Outstanding Male Performance".
    Sidra Bell | Past Faculty Sidra Bell >> Past Faculty
    Sidra Bell, artistic director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, graduated from Yale University with a BA in history and received an MFA in choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She received her training at the Dance Theater of Harlem and at The Ailey School where she was a fellowship recipient. Her critically acclaimed choreography and company has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece.
    Will B. Bell  | Guest Faculty Will B. Bell >> Guest Faculty
    Will B. Bell is a Los Angeles based professional dancer. He has performed alongside Derek Hough, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. He has a strong technical background in ballet, contemporary, modern and jazz. He is a faculty teacher at Millenium Dance Complex, Edge Performing Arts Center, Debbie Reynolds and Movement Lifestyle. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Towson University and has trained at the Ailey School in NYC and Line Ballet in San Francisco. Will’s jazz classes are high energy and technical. His style of teaching challenges dancers and also allows them to bring themselves into the movement. Catch Will’s master class at CDC and see why all the LA dancers flock to train with him weekly.
    Bo Belza | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Bo Belza >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Bo Belza is a Jersey born native who was involved in the competitive team circuit. After a few years on FR3SH Dance Company, Bo continued his dance training as well as becoming a director for their junior team. Bo has trained under some elite choreographers such as Luam Kezflegy, Candace Brown, Neil Schwartz, and has taken multiple conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop.
    Remi Benard | Past Faculty Remi Benard >> Past Faculty
    Remi Benard is a company dancer with Staastheater Kassel, Johannes Wieland in Germany. He has performed notable works by Johannes Weiland, Hofesh Shechter, & Maxin Doyle of PunchDrunk.
    Kristina Berger | Past Faculty Kristina Berger >> Past Faculty
    Kristina Berger, from Washington D.C., has toured internationally as performer, teacher and choreographer. Principal dancer with Erick Hawkins Dance Company, founding member of Zurich-based artists collective LordMasters, a freelance choreographer, and a teacher of the Horton Technique, she first discovered her love of the Horton Technique as a scholarship student at Jacob’s Pillow studying with Jimmy Truitte. Kristina has since performed as soloist with the Lester Horton Dance Theatre, Inc. under the direction of Don Martin, and worked as assistant/demonstrator to Milton Myers for several years.
    Jason Bernard | Past Faculty Jason Bernard >> Past Faculty

    Jason E. Bernard - is a native New Yorker from The Bronx, New York. He began experiencing Theatre at the age of 4 and began his Tap Dancing training at the age of 6 years old at The Ruth Williams Dance School and The Dance Theatre Of Harlem. At the age of 17 Jason made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award Winning musical " Bring In Da' Noise, Bring In Da' Funk". In 2000, Jason made his feature film debut in The Spike Lee Film "Bamboozled" as" J. Bunny".

    Kevin Bernard | Past Faculty Kevin Bernard >> Past Faculty
    On Broadway he has performed in Billy Elliot, Curtains (u/s David Hyde Pierce), Oklahoma! and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His Off-Broadway work includes Lone Star Love and Sugarsuite. Kevin has performed across the country and globally in many touring productions and regional houses such as Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Olney and Mill Mountain.
    Mica Bernas | Past Faculty Mica Bernas >> Past Faculty
    Mica Bernas, originally from Manila, Philippines, received her training at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School studying ballet, modern and other techniques. She later on became a soloist of Ballet Philippines, performing major roles in productions and worked with acclaimed Filipino choreographers like Agnes Locsin, Denisa Reyes, Tony Fabella, Alden Lugnasin, Novy Bereber. Since moving to New York in 2006, Mica has worked with Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Connecticut Ballet, H.T. Chen & Dancers, White Wave Dance, Armitage Gone Dance, and Gallim Dance. She also worked with Ginette Laurin, Artistic Director of O Vertigo as part of Springboard Danse Montreal in 2014. Mica is currently on faculty at BIMA at Brandeis University.
    Laura Rae Bernasconi | Ballet Laura Rae Bernasconi >> Ballet
    Laura Rae Bernasconi has worked internationally teaching ballet, choreographing and dancing for the past 33 years. Some of the companies for whom she has taught are the Norwegian National Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Studio Wayne McGregor, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Henny Jurriens Foundation, Bern Ballet, ODC/San Francisco, Australian Dance Theater and Carte Blanche, Norwegian National Company of Norway. She currently teaches for the Company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, the Joffrey Ballet School and Gallim Dance.
    Sue Bernhard | Past Faculty Sue Bernhard >> Past Faculty
    Sue Bernhard’s dances have been shown in the USA, Canada, and Poland. She is on the faculty of the Julliard School and SUNY Purchase, and has taught at numerous colleges and studios. She performed internationally with the Limón Dance Company, and for ten years with Annabelle Gamson/Dance Solos.
    Nicola Bertelli | Past Faculty Nicola Bertelli >> Past Faculty
    Born in Brescia, Italy, Nicola is a professional dancer and choreographer, working in a multitude of different artistic genres. His studies include classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance, with a forte in cutting edge contemporary works.
    Shawn T. Bible | Past Faculty Shawn T. Bible >> Past Faculty
    Shawn T Bible, grew up in Roseville, Michigan and received a BA in Social Science and Dance from Michigan State University and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Michigan. He has been an active choreographer over the last several years, setting works for the Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Symphony, Trip the Light, Midwest RADfest, MOCA Detroit, Men Dance Michigan, Nosh Night at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Michigan Dance Day, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and ArtPrize.
    Alex Biegelson | Past Faculty Alex Biegelson >> Past Faculty
    Alex earned a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2009 and while there, appeared as a guest artist with Randy James Dance Works. Since graduation Alex has worked with Freespace Dance during their international tour, Nimbus Dance Works and Project: Smith. Alex was a dancer for the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company 2011 through 2014. He is currently a dancer for ZviDance and David Parkers’ The Bang Group. Alex is a founding member of 10 Hairy Legs as well as the Associate Director.
    Liana Blackburn | Past Faculty Liana Blackburn >> Past Faculty
    Liana's passion, enthusiasm, and love for dance and communication is undeniable and contagious! Her versatility is what makes her such a valuable teacher, choreographer, and dancer.
    Michael Blake | Past Faculty Michael Blake >> Past Faculty
    Michael Blake holds an MFA in dance from Purchase College, and a 2010 Bessie Award for Dance and Performance. He began his dance career in the Murray Louis Dance Company where he danced from 1982-1984. In 1985, Michael moved to Osaka, Japan to become the manager of Studio Dancin’. In 1986 he joined the Jose Limon Dance Company, dancing principal roles until 1991. Michael danced with Donald Byrd/The Group from 1991-1998.
    Steven Blandino | Jazz/Theater Steven Blandino >> Jazz/Theater
    Steven Paul Blandino has a BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace University, with a focus in Choreography. Steven has choreographed a NY Equity Production, National Tour, and has set work at Pace University, Rutgers University, as well as various Dance Studios across the US. Steven is currently on Faculty at Groove National Dance Convention, Impact Dance Adjudicators, and has privately trained Actors for upcoming Feature Films, Productions, etc.
    Billy Blanken | Ballet Billy Blanken >> Ballet
    Billy started his professional career as a principal with the Amy Marshall Dance Company before joining Les Ballets Grandiva. He is a frequent collaborator with Project In Motion and has been commissioned to stage several of his works on their company. He is currently a Senior Artist with Ajkun Ballet Theatre and is the Showcase Coordinator for their annual New York Winter Festival.
    Justin Boccitto | Past Faculty Justin Boccitto >> Past Faculty
    Justin's students have included Lady Gaga, Tony Yazbeck (On The Town), Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal, Peter and the Starcatcher), Sophia Anne Caruso (NBC’s Sound of Music), Sean Fosse (Grandson of the late Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon), and Stanley Martin (Aladdin). He was also asked to teach Stephen Colbert how to tap dance and appeared as a coach on MTV's MADE. Justin served on faculty Broadway Dance Center, Marymount Manhattan College, Peridance and Circle in the Square, and on guest faculty at The Juilliard School, The Pulse, Broadway Donation, Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Artists Alliance. He has conducted master classes throughout the country and also adjudicated for Elite Dance Challenge. From 2012 to 2014 he served as artist in residence and professor of dance/theatre at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
     BODYTRAFFIC | Past Faculty BODYTRAFFIC >> Past Faculty
    BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, known internationally for its Los Angeles-grown, contagious vivacity. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC continues to push boundaries and establish Los Angeles as a city known for dance.
    Jonah Bokaer | Past Faculty Jonah Bokaer >> Past Faculty
    Jonah Bokaer, born to Tunisian & American parents, has been active as choreographer & exhibiting artist since 2002. The author of 60 works in a wide variety of media including dances, videos, motion capture works, three interactive installations, four mobile applications, and one film, shown in 31 nations, 24 of the United States, and 292 cities, Bokaer is the most widely acclaimed choreographer to have emerged since the post- modern era, and the first to pioneer Dance Apps.
    Nadine Bommer | Past Faculty Nadine Bommer >> Past Faculty
    "Nadine Animato" Theater Dance Company was established in 2009 by choreographer Nadine Bommer in Israel. Nadine Bommer - discovered her unique movement language with the inspiration of the sea and the Kinetic energy. Using a special technique of listening to the kinetic energy inside and out, the dancer learns to reach a state of "loss of body shape" that abeles them to transform into characters that express themselves through an original and unique movement which creates the "Animto" style.
    Jon Bond | Past Faculty Jon Bond >> Past Faculty
    Currently a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, Jon Bond has worked with such choreographers as Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schector, Jacapo Godani, Stijn Celis, Jo Stromgren, Didy Veldman and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui among others. Recently you may have seen him perform with Cedar Lake on season 8, SYTYCD. After moving to New York In 2005, Jon studied and performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s DTB Ensemble. As a member of the ensemble he’s had the prestigious honor of performing at the White House, New York’s City Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of an international dance festival, “Protégés of Ballet” and with Aretha Franklin at the historical Apollo Theater.
    Shanika Boston | Past Faculty Shanika Boston >> Past Faculty
    Shanika, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a huge passion for performing and a love for the stage that began at a very young age. After teaching herself how to dance for a number of years, she then received foundational hip-hop dance training from the Chosen Dance Company, under the direction of Clyde Evans Jr.
     Boston Dance Theater | Past Faculty Boston Dance Theater >> Past Faculty
    Under the co-artistic direction of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award winning, Dutch-Israeli, choreographer Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is Boston’s first contemporary dance repertory company with international ties at the leadership level. With a commitment to presenting works of socio-political relevance, BDT matches the talents of Boston- based dancers with those of acclaimed global choreographers, broadening the scope of contemporary dance practice and performance in Boston. BDT is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity as of 2019.
    Raphael Boumaila | Past Faculty Raphael Boumaila >> Past Faculty
    RAPHAËL BOUMAÏLA became a charter member of the Limón West Dance Project in 1994, and joined the Limón Dance Company in 1998. He has performed duet concerts with Nina Watt in the U.S and abroad, and his own work appeared on a Limón Dance Company program. He has taught for the Limón Institute since 1996, and has been invited to reconstruct Limón repertory at several colleges. His solo repertory includes several works by Daniel Nagrin, and Limón’s “Chaconne.”
    Eric Bourne | Past Faculty Eric Bourne >> Past Faculty
    Eric Bourne grew up in Midland, MI. He began his training at 16, under the direction of Sandra Black. His formal training started while attending Ryerson University, studying under Nadia Potts, Karen Duplisea and Vicki St. Denys. He spent his summers in Colorado studying with Linda Kent, Stephen Pier, Nicolas Villeneuve and Kristopher Storey at Perry – Mansfield. Moving to New York City in January 2007, he danced the role of James in the North American Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out. Eric joined Parsons Dance in August 2008.
    Melissa Brading | Past Faculty Melissa Brading >> Past Faculty
    Melissa Brading is a New York based teacher, dancer and choreographer originally from Topeka, KS. She holds a BFA in dance education from the University of Central Oklahoma and spent 3 years dancing for Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX before moving to New York in 2007. She has taught various styles dance in Kansas, Texas, Michigan, New York and The Nederlands.
    Julio Bragado-Young | Past Faculty Julio Bragado-Young >> Past Faculty
    Julio Bragado-Young is a classical ballet dancer whose 15 year career with American Ballet Theatre includes many character roles as well as dancing roles. From the beginning, critics recognized his ability to give life and depth to characters requiring a unique understanding of drama and comedy. As Bottom in Frederick Ashton's The Dream "...his acting was superb as he relived his nightmare as a beast." Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times. "If Shakespeare had been a choreographer...( and if he could have cast Julio Bragado-Young as Bottom, he surely would have.)" Laura Shapiro, New York Times. As Member of the Corps de Ballet he was featured in soloist roles including Count N. in John Neumeier's "Lady of the Camelias", Wilfred in American Ballet Theatre's production of "Giselle", Sancho Panza and Gamache in Kevin Mckenzie's "Don Quixote", The Roper in Agnes DeMille's "Rodeo", The Profiteer in Kurt Joss' "The Green Table" and in Jiri Kylian's "Petite Mort" and "Sech Tanz."
    Peter Brandenhoff | Past Faculty Peter Brandenhoff >> Past Faculty
    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. As a guest, he performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions, Les Ballets Grandiva, and Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet.
    Benjamin Briones | Past Faculty Benjamin Briones >> Past Faculty
    Professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, director, designer and entrepreneur. A graduate of The National School of Classical Ballet, The National School of Contemporary Dance and The Royal Academy of Dancing in Mexico City. His eclectic educational background includes training in Cuban and Royal Ballet styles, as well as study of Graham, Cunningham, Limon and Francis modern dance styles.
    Matthew Brookoff | Past Faculty Matthew Brookoff >> Past Faculty
    Matthew Brookoff is a New York-based choreographer, dancer and ballet teacher. He has directed the Brookoff Dance Repertory Company since 1994, creating a wide and varied repertory. He has received commissions from the Staten Island Ballet and Performance Mix NYC. Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice called him “an accomplished dance-maker with intelligence and a sharp wit” while Elizabeth Zimmer in a Voice Choice item declared his work “a secret pleasure of the ballet crowd . . .whose choreography to Cole Porter has transfixed critics through the years.”
    Andrea Brown | Past Faculty Andrea Brown >> Past Faculty
    Andrea Brown has been dancing and performing since she was 3 years old. She has studied a minimum of 15 years in each of the major disciplines (ballet, Graham, tap & jazz) and performed in ballet, modern, & jazz companies throughout the USA, Europe, and the West Indies. She received strong classical ballet training from Enid Ricardeau and Chrisopher Flynn in Detroit, Michigan, and Marjorie Mussman in New York City. Her modern dance training began in Limon and Cunningham in Michigan, and later changed to Graham technique after concentrated study with Mary Hinkson in Detroit, Germany, and New York City.
    Antonio Brown | Past Faculty Antonio Brown >> Past Faculty
    AntonioBrownDance was founded in 2013, and is composed of an incredibly talented group of performing artists from various cultural and training backgrounds. Connected together with a provocative movement vocabulary and emphasis on sound, the works of the company blend common human behavior with elements of social and political topics. Producing works that allow for the growing socio- political international climate to become conversation within our versatile communities. AntonioBrownDance aims to bring its versatile audiences closer to dance and movement with unique performance works and is always so grateful to be sharing their gifts and talents around the world.
    Becky Brown | Limón Becky Brown >> Limón
    Becky Brown is from England. She completed her dance training at the Laban Centre, London, went on to be a member of Transitions Dance Company, and then continued her training in Canada. Becky was a member of Loop Dance Company for 12 years and worked as a freelance teacher, choreographer and dancer in England. Becky trained in the Limón technique on the Professional Studies Program and the Limón Teacher Program at the Limón Institute, NYC.
    Camille A. Brown | Past Faculty Camille A. Brown >> Past Faculty
    Camille A. Brown attended Bernice Johnson and Carolyn Devore Dance Studios, graduated from LaGuardia H.S. of the Performing Arts, and received her B.F.A. in Dance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence (2001-2007) and has been a guest performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2008, 2011), Rennie Harris/Puremovement (2008-present), and with the cast of The Color Purple for Broadway Cares w/ choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie.
    Candace Brown | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Candace Brown >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Candace Brown is a dancer/choreographer/instructor with a huge passion for the art of dance. She has taught in Los Angeles for 5+ years as faculty at Debbie Reynolds Studio, Millennium Dance Complex, and Edge PAC. She has also traveled teaching around the world in various countries like Japan, Spain, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Greece, Poland, Ireland, Amsterdam and more, plus states across the US. Candace is a Monsters of Hip Hop Show Alumni, and was principal dancer on UNITY LA directed by Tessandra Chavez.
    Danté Brown | Past Faculty Danté Brown >> Past Faculty
    Danté Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography and Performance. As a performer, Danté has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, Dance Exchange, David Dorfman, Kendra Portier, and Noa Zuk, among others.
    Enrique Brown | Past Faculty Enrique Brown >> Past Faculty
    Having begun his training at the Houston Ballet Academy and Virginia School of the Arts, Enrique has enjoyed a whirlwind career as a performer, working in productions across the country from the stages of Ballet Oklahoma, to the bright lights of Broadway where his credits include The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, and Oklahoma!. His growing list of choreography credits, which includes a nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his work on nomin Temple of the Souls (a new work presented at the 2017 New York Musical Festival), also includes NYU/Tisch’s production of In the Heights and a credit as the associate choreographer for the örst national tour of Oklahoma!. Over the last decade Enrique has also served as a director for productions around the country for shows such as Nice Work If You Can Get It, and founded his own production company (Brown Productions) in 2009, dedicated to mounting shows from Broadway to the West End.
    Kelby Brown | Past Faculty Kelby Brown >> Past Faculty
    Kelby Brown, is an American born dancer, choreographer, teacher and adjudicator from St. Louis, Missouri. He received his early training at the Pelagie Green Wren Academy of Dance, as well as Alexandra School of Ballet. He went on to study at Walnut Hill School of the Arts. Kelby received a full scholarship to continue his professional training at the School of American Ballet, the official School of the New York City Ballet, known as SAB.
    Ron Brown | Past Faculty Ron Brown >> Past Faculty
    Brooklyn born, Ron Brown has worked with and learned from Jennifer Muller/THE WORKS, Mary Anthony Dance Theatre/ PHOENIX, Judith Jameson, Bessie Schöenberg, and Ann Carlson. As a guest artist, he has taught contemporary dance at institutions such as: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Ohio State University, Koteba Ensemble d’Abidjan, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
    Trisha Brown | Past Faculty Trisha Brown >> Past Faculty
    One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha’s groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. From her birthplace roots in rural Aberdeen, Washington, Brown – a 1958 graduate of Mills College Dance Department – arrived in New York in 1961.
    Jermaine Browne | Past Faculty Jermaine Browne >> Past Faculty
    Find your own style and create your own language- Jermaine Browne. Captivating the attention of the entertainment industry Jermaine Browne’s work is a unique combination of strength and sensuality. His passion for dance continues to evolve and inspire artists in music, fashion and even charity. Today, Jermaine is cultivating an international career as an innovative choreographer alongside his list of international clients including Greek superstar Anna Vissi, the British Music Awards, pop group Infernal, Conor Maynard and DJ Fresh to name a few.

    Nicholas Bruder | Past Faculty Nicholas Bruder >> Past Faculty
    Nicholas Bruder earned a Falstaff Award for Best Principal Actor for his portrayal of Macbeth in punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. He also is a 2016 Bessie Award Nominee for his work in Palissimo’s Custodians of Beauty. Nicholas just finished the run of The Hairy Ape at the Park Avenue Armory.
    Iron Bryan | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Iron Bryan >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Bryan Longchamp, Brooklyn native, has danced professionally for over a decade in styles ranging from hip hop to Krump and popping. Bryan is a core member of the dance company iLuminate, known as Team iLuminate on popular television show America’s Got Talent. With the company, he has traveled and performed in countries such as Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Bahamas, and Saudi Arabia to name a few. He has also performed on some of the biggest Broadway stages right here at home. You may have seen Bryan in music videos such as “Can You Hear Me” by Omarion or “Tout et Goure” by Luz and the Yakuza or even in his performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. As a dance educator, Bryan has been teaching for over seven years. And trains both children and adults to fall in love with dance and be the best that they can be!
    Emily Bufferd | Past Faculty Emily Bufferd >> Past Faculty
    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.
    Jacqulyn Buglisi | Past Faculty Jacqulyn Buglisi >> Past Faculty
    In her four decade long career, Buglisi has made an indelible impact on the field of dance. Renowned for highly visual, imagistic dances that use literature, history and heroic archetypes as a primary source, Buglisi’s ballets are sweeping, passionate and always rooted in a strong physical technique.
    Nina Buisson | Past Faculty Nina Buisson >> Past Faculty
    Nina Buisson is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance educator who developed an original release- based and imagery-laden dance technique. Nina is an “excellence” scholar from the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance and has obtained her musical training from the Prince Rainier III Music Academy in Monaco. She holds a professional teaching diploma in ballet and modern dance from the Cultural Ministry of France, Aix en Provence.

    Derrell Bullock | Past Faculty Derrell Bullock >> Past Faculty
    Derrell Bullock is one of New York and Los Angeles' most highly respected dancer/teacher/choreographers in the industry to date. Having worked with some of the most influential and sought after artists and choreographers in the business, he has gained a mass amount of knowledge which has helped shape him into the choreographer and performer he is today.
    Bong Buno | Past Faculty Bong Buno >> Past Faculty
    Bong's style is known for his musicality and textures. He incorporates his training from popping and combines it with street jazz and hip hop to produce his choreography and freestyles. And he pushes to challenge the physicality of the human body and explore more ways it can emphasize different sounds in music.
    Sarah Burke | Past Faculty Sarah Burke >> Past Faculty
    Sarah Burke moved to New York from Richmond, Virginia after graduating from James Madison University (2010) with a BA in Dance. She dances for Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, Flash Step Dance Crew, and has been in videos for artists like Kings of Leon, Devvon Terrell, David Chesky, AxelJordan, and Elizabeth Chan. Sarah's TV work includes TLC "Breaking Amish," A&E "The Herbert Brothers" for the making of a commercial for Crunch Fitness, Good Morning America, Pix11, and New York Live.
    Archie Burnett | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Archie Burnett >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Archie Burnett is a well-respected force in the underground dance world. 30 years of dance in NYC's hottest underground clubs has made his style unique, strong, and confident. He has performed and taught his craft in various parts of the world. His bodies of work range from music videos, to features in dance magazines like "Dance Ink," and the "Village Voice" dance section feature, to performance coaching for up-and- coming recording artists.
    Mary Burns | Past Faculty Mary Burns >> Past Faculty
    An instructor of movement for over thirty years in colleges & professional dance studios in NYC, Texas & Chicago, including DNA, Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, & Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance, Mary now works regularly with NYC’s wellness and dance community regularly in injury prevention/rehabilitation. A faculty member of Peridance, Gibney, & Pilates Reforming NY, with the BA and MA from Columbia University in Dance (with an Economics minor thrown in for her business side!), Mary always has both sides of the brain working - that led her to a Ph.D. in Dance Education from NYU’s School of Education.
    Tammy Burstein | Past Faculty Tammy Burstein >> Past Faculty
    Tammy has been teaching Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® Waves practice since 2001 (Heartbeat, 2010), practicing the 5Rhythms since 1997, and living them since before she knew they existed. She teaches throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. A Moving Center NY staff member, she also teaches weekly classes in New York City. Tammy has made her living as a dancer, a lighting designer, a travel agent, and a librarian. She creates her life dancing the 5Rhythms®.
    Wayne Byars | Past Faculty Wayne Byars >> Past Faculty
    Ballet For the last 28 years professional dancers from Europe, the Americas and Asia study ballet with Wayne Byars when they are in Paris. In a typical class it is not unusual to spot dancers from not only the leading ballet companies of the world but dancers working with such diverse choreographers as Pina Bauch, Mats Eck, Jiri Kilian.
    Rob Bynes | Past Faculty Rob Bynes >> Past Faculty
    Over the summer of 2014, he was discovered during his second ever visit to Broadway Dance Center in a Kelly Peters class by Bloc NYC Talent Agency and was fortunate enough to get signed as a professional dancer weeks later. After 2 years on RDT he was selected to continue on as one of 3 creative directors and is now an emerging dancer in the community, hoping to inspire those around him. Some of his proudest accomplishments include scholarships from Young Lions and Monsters of Hip Hop.
    Arcell Cabuag | Past Faculty Arcell Cabuag >> Past Faculty
    Arcell Debuag is the Associate Artistic Director and Senior Dancer of the Ronald K. Brown EVIDENCE Dance Company, and a recipient of the 2004 New York Dance and Performance “BESSIE” Awards. Originally from the Bay Area of California, where he received his training at the Abraham Lincoln Performing Arts Magnet School. In 1996, Arcell attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where he was first introduced to Ronald K. Brown.
    Jamal Callender | Past Faculty Jamal Callender >> Past Faculty
    Founder of Barbados Dance Project BDP and Princess Grace Award winner, Jamal was born in the U.S. and raised in Barbados at a young age, Jamal began dancing at Ballet Tech and Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He attended the Professional Performing Arts School/The Ailey School under the late Denise Jefferson, Restoration Dance Theatre and the Harlem School of the Arts. Jamal also attended Perry-Mansfield and Springboard Danse Montreal. A graduate from The Juilliard School in 09' under Lawrence Rhodes, he has worked with The Atlanta Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Buglisi Dance Theater, Loni Landon Project, Formal Structure Inc., Hubbard Street II, Ballet Hispanico, and Kevin O'Day Ballett at National Theater Mannheim. Theater credits include CHICAGO (Fred Casely)-RMT. He has guest taught workshops all over the U.S. and internationally including summer intensives for Ballet Hispanico, New Orleans Ballet Association (N.O.B.A), the National Cultural Foundation (Barbados), and Institute of the Arts Barcelona (Spain), and MOVE(NYC). His choreographic works have been showcased in the USA, Germany, Spain, and Barbados. An advocate of the arts, he served as a member of Dance/NYC junior committee. Jamal currently is a soloist at the National Theater Mannheim NTM TANZ under Stephan Thoss.
     Camaleo | Past Faculty Camaleo >> Past Faculty
    Carlos F Simao, of Capoeira Nago (Supervised by Mestre Andre Gusmao) is known as (Professor) Camaleao, was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Not only does Professor Camaleao teach, but he also is extremely active in spreading the art of Capoeira. He has participated in numerous workshops, batizados (rank changing ceremonies), jogos (competitions), and international cultural exchanges.
    Maguette Camara | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre Maguette Camara >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Maguette Camara is a recognized West African choreographer, musician, and teacher who is based in New York City. Mr. Camara began his career with the Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company, and his extensive experience with this company allowed him to perform and present workshops in Morocco, Canada, Senegal, and the United States. He has performed in diverse and impressive venues such as The Lincoln Center Outdoor Concert Series, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rolling Stones World Tour, Epcot Center Disney World, The World Trade Center Jazz Festival, Barnard College, Cathedral High School, and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. He teaches both African dance and drum to all levels and all ages.
    Greta Campo | Past Faculty Greta Campo >> Past Faculty
    At age 19, she began the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School in NYC and, after a couple of months, she joined Graham II, performing in ensemble and solo roles. She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in their 2012 New York Season and has also been traveling nationally and internationally with them. She completed the Teacher Training Program at the School. Greta has performed choreographies by Pascal Rioult, Larry Keigwin, among others and has worked with renowned choreographers, such as Eryc Taylor and Nejla Yatkin.
    Kristen Carcone | Past Faculty Kristen Carcone >> Past Faculty
    Kristen Carcone is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, teacher, and reiki healer.
    Geraldine Cardiel | Past Faculty Geraldine Cardiel >> Past Faculty
    Geraldine Cardiel was born and raised in Mexico City and holds a Certificate in Modern Dance from The Americas University. Ms. Cardiel’s award winning choreography has been produced in New York by Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Joyce Soho Presents, DanceNow Festival, The Local Produce Festival, Joyce SoHo, and Dance New Amsterdam. She is currently studying to be a Feldenkrais practitioner and is a frequent guest artist at international festivals and schools.
    Tomoe Carr | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Tomoe Carr >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Tomoe Carr was born in Manhattan, New York, NY, but she grew up in Japan for 10 years. She started her dance training in Japan at Next Generation Dance Studio under the tutelage of Cebo, learning styles such as Hip Hop, House, Waacking, Locking, Popping, and Breaking. Tomoe is also the first graduate of the street dance program KiNEXtionS™ from Next Generation New York Studios Japan. After returning to New York in 2014 she has expanded her dance vocabulary studying Ballet and Modern at Peridance Center.
    John Carrafa | Past Faculty John Carrafa >> Guest Teacher
    John Carrafa has choreographed over 25 feature films including SOMETHING BORROWED, THE OTHER GUYS, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, BRIDE WARS and THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004 Media Choreography Honors) For television: ROYAL PAINS, BLUE BLOODS, THE BIG C, BIG LOVE and UGLY BETTY. He is the two-time Tony Nominated Broadway choreographer of URINETOWN and INTO THE WOODS with Vanessa Williams and has also received an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Dora Award, as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work in the theater.
    Jose Manuel Carreño | Past Faculty Jose Manuel Carreño >> Past Faculty
    Jose Manuel Carreño was born in Cuba, where he received his training at the Provincial School of Ballet and the National Ballet School. He won the Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987, and the Gran Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1990. He has appeared extensively in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
    Roya Carreras | Contemporary Roya Carreras >> Contemporary
    Roya Carreras is the founder and artistic director of Roya Carreras + Artists. Inspired by film noir, theater, performance art, and visual art, Roya’s work is rooted in the creation of emotionally and psychologically charged narratives. Her movement investigates impulse, clarity, form, and freedom. In New York City, her works have been presented at the CURRENT SESSIONS, Dixon Place, Reverb Dance at Baruch Performing Arts Center, and The Green Building. In California, her work has been presented at Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge Theater, Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Diavolo, Brockus Project Space, and BRAVA.
    Genevieve Carson | Guest Faculty Genevieve Carson >> Guest Faculty
    The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) celebrated its 10th year in 2015 as the resident contemporary dance company of Los Angeles. Based in downtown L.A., LACDC performs a diverse repertoire of contemporary and cutting edge work representative of L.A.’s vibrant culture. LACDC is the stomping ground where dance artists and collaborators craft the future of dance in L.A. and beyond.
    Tiffanie Carson | Past Faculty Tiffanie Carson >> Guest Teacher
    Tiffanie earned her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed her BFA in Dance Performance at Chapman University. Tiffanie Carson is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University and is specialist in the area contemporary & commercial jazz dance.
    Julie Carter | Jazz/Theater Julie Carter >> Jazz/Theater
    Julie Carter, originally from Alabama, is a graduate of Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance with a Jazz Concentration. She trained at Alabama Ballet and has traveled to numerous countries as a dancer for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines and Spirit Productions. She has assisted teachers such as Jason Parsons, the late Doug Caldwell, Elizabeth Parkinson (Chorus Line), Kathryn Mowat Murphy (Moving Out), and has performed works by Jason Sparks, Luam, Mike Esperanza, Jaclyn Buglisi, Merce Cunningham, among others. Julie is on the Contemporary Faculty at Steps On Broadway, and has been a Guest Artist for the Martha Graham School’s Summer Intensive, Manhattan Movement Art Center, Dance Teachers Club of Boston, and The School at Steps. Currently a teacher for Liberate Artists, Julie has had the opportunity to work alongside well-known artists from So You Think You Can Dance, including Lauren Froderman, Comfort Fedoke, and Alex Wong. Most currently, she is a company member of NYC-based Dance Into Deliverance and is an adjunct instructor for Sacred Heart University’s Dance Department.
    João Maurício Carvalho | Past Faculty João Maurício Carvalho >> Past Faculty
    João Maurício Carvalho, a gymnastics champion in his native Brazil, has a degree in Physical Education from São Paulo University and a BA in dance from Empire State College. A Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Carvalho was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for ten years. He was Choreographic Assistant for the John Boorman film “The Emerald Forest”, in which he also appeared.
    Pauline Casiño | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Pauline Casiño >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Pauline Casino was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines and began dancing at the age of 8, with heavy influences from ABDC, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. After moving to the Bronx at the age of 12, she began studio training in various dance styles and soon found a hiphop and urban dance home in Hip Hop Theory under the leadership of the beloved Moe Dean.
    Dee Caspary | Past Faculty Dee Caspary >> Past Faculty
    Dee Caspary choreographed and was Director of Staging for Justin Timberlake’s 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow. Dee has choreographed 5 seasons on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, a Macy’s Stars of Dance performance on ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars”, as well as the 2008 ESPY’s with Justin Timberlake on ESPN. Dee has worked with artists such as Demi Lovato, Paula Abdul, New Kids On The Block, and was featured as "Snitch" in the Movie Musical "Newsies".
    Stephanie Castner | Past Faculty Stephanie Castner >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Baltimore, MD, Stephanie grew up studying Royal Academy of Ballet (RAD) technique. She then studied various modern techniques and choreography at the Univeristy of Maryland, Baltimore County where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Media Communication Studies. She now resides in New York City, primarily studying and teaching contemporary dance performance.
    Ljuba Castot | Past Faculty Ljuba Castot >> Past Faculty
    Ljuba Castot received much critical acclaim for her work on Kiesza’s headlining US/EU/AUS tour. Ljuba has also created work with brands such as Fendi, Bad Bunch NYC and Smirnoff while continuously serving as the Creative Director for Kiesza, who's body of visual work reflects their constantly evolving collaboration. She uses her range to create a truly different and aesthetically beautiful moments in the world of dance and movement.
    Jessica Castro | Past Faculty Jessica Castro >> Guest Teacher
    Jessica has been on tour with a variety of different artists from the likes of Foxy Brown, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith to Beyonce. Most recently, Jessica was one of the principle dancers on one of the biggest tours of 2011 with the Black Eyed Peas “The E.N.D tour.” She has also worked with such artists as Rihanna, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ricky Martin, Shakira and the one and only Janet Jackson.
    Pat Catterson | Past Faculty Pat Catterson >> Past Faculty
    This course is an introduction to the elements of the art and craft of making dances, namely, movement invention and development, use of space, use of time, cohesive distinctive structure, expression, context, intent, use of music, and individual vision.
    Khristina Cayetano | Past Faculty Khristina Cayetano >> Past Faculty
    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 can be seen dancing for artists Ne-Yo and Jody Wately.
      Cebo | Past Faculty Cebo >> Past Faculty
    Cebo has been dancing since before he could speak. Winning his first dance competition at 5 years old. He has since gone on to win some of the world’s largest dance battles such as Juste Debout, and House Dance International. He has also choreographed for King Street Records recording artist Kimara Lovelace. He has shared collaborated with all of the top street dancers in the world today.
    Joe Celej | Past Faculty Joe Celej >> Past Faculty
    Joe Celej, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, is a New York City based creative artist whose career spans nearly fifteen years of professional concert dance performance, choreographic investigation, and passionate instruction and mentoring of students.
    Enzo Celli | Contemporary Enzo Celli >> Contemporary
    Enzo began his career in Rome as a contemporary choreographer and formed his own company, Botega, in 1995. Relying upon his athletic ability and his daring, libertarian spirit, Enzo Celli transfers his diverse, formative experiences to create a very peculiar and unique style. His work, focusing on man, from the start has aimed to create an uncommon poetic language able to deal with sociological topics.
    Jarek Cemerek | Past Faculty Jarek Cemerek >> Past Faculty
    Jarek Cemerek is presently one of the most successful Czech choreographers and dancers; his achievements are many not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. In 2009 he co-founded Albamora contemporary dance company in Denmark. As a teacher he worked in many dance companies and dance festivals, at The Juilliard School in New York, Huntington Beach High School in California, Sadler's Wells theatre in London, The Palucca Schule in Dresden (Germany), The Theatre Academy in Helsinki (Finland), Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), The Royal Ballet School in Holstebro (Denmark), cie. Willy Dorner (Austria), Iwanson School in Munich (Germany).
    Grant Chang | Jazz/Theater Grant Chang >> Jazz/Theater
    Grant Chang has taught jazz dance for over 20 years in various New York City studios including Peridance Center, Broadway Dance Center, and Ballet Arts. His choreography has earned mentions in Backstage magazine for the play Yi Sang Counts to 13 at the Fringe Festival and DanceTeacher.com called his piece, Miss American’t, which premiered at the Peridance Winter Faculty Showcase, “sassy, tongue-in-cheek.”
    Martha Chapman  | Ballet Martha Chapman >> Ballet
    She performed with NYC Opera Ballet, NJ Ballet, Eugene Ballet in Oregon, Ontario Ballet Theater, in the Edinburgh Festival, with Cork City Ballet in Ireland and at Lincoln Center Out-of- Doors with a repertory spanning classics like The Sugar Plum Fairy to “Shakers” by American modern-dance pioneer Doris Humphrey and works by Graham and Hawkins company members.
    Nai-Ni Chen | Past Faculty Nai-Ni Chen >> Past Faculty
    Winning critical acclaim worldwide, Nai-Ni Chen has received Choreographer’s Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her work has also been commissioned by the Joyce Theater Foundation, the Lincoln Center Institute, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dancing in the Streets, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
    Richard Chen See | Guest Faculty Richard Chen See >> Guest Faculty
    Richard Chen See danced for the Paul Taylor Dance Company for fifteen years (1993 – 2008), originating and assuming roles in more than forty of Paul Taylor’s dances. He is currently a core faculty member for the Peridance Certificate Program, and restages Mr. Taylor’s dances on companies and educational institutions around the USA and the world, including Taylor 2, Beijing Dance Academy (China), Navdhara India Dance Theatre (India), Rambert Dance Company (UK) and American Ballet Theater (USA). Mr. Chen See is a twice awarded Fulbright Fellow to teach dance in New Zealand (2011) and India (2018), and has repeatedly appeared on faculty for summer intensives with the Taylor School, and the American Dance Festival. A Jamaican by birth, where his early training was in ballet, modern and Afro- Caribbean folk forms, Mr. Chen See began his professional career in 1978 dancing with companies as varied as Northern Ballet Theatre (England), Oakland Ballet (USA), ODC/San Francisco (USA) and various independent productions in classical, contemporary and experimental disciplines before joining Paul Taylor Dance Company.
    Jennifer Chin | Past Faculty Jennifer Chin >> Past Faculty
    This modern dance class teaches the principals of Limon technique -fall and recovery, sequential movement, rhythm, opposition- tools that can be used to gain movement efficiency in any other dance style. Emphasis is placed on using natural body weight, specificity of movement, relationship to music and awareness of focus.
     Chio | Past Faculty Chio >> Past Faculty
    Born in Nagoya Japan. She moved to New York in 1998 to study at Alvin Ailey. Since then, she has assembled impressive television, video, stage and commercial dancer/choreographer/instructor credits including: The Queen Latifah Show, The Chris Rock Show, 1st Look NY on NBC, Good Morning America on ABC, Bacardi, recording artist Out Of Eden, Marina, Dee Robert, Lady O, KTU Beat Stock, the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils/Ironman Dance Teams. She has been a faculty of Broadway Dance Center since 2001, where she teaches very popular JazzFunk classes, as well as various workshops such as "The Pulse", Summer/Winter workshop series and Teachers workshop. She has been also traveling to the studios all over U.S, South America, Canada, Europe and Japan teaching master classes and choreographing.
    Karen Chuang | Guest Faculty Karen Chuang >> Guest Faculty
    Karen Chuang is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in Los Angeles, CA. As a professional dancer Karen has appeared in a variety of television shows, live events, and toured with artists including Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga. Karen is represented by Clear Talent Group, and has been a proud member of Entity Contemporary Dance since 2009. As a choreographer, Karen meshes her different experiences in the commercial and contemporary dance worlds. She's presented original works at TEDxUCSD, the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York, and the McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA. She's taught internationally in countries including: Spain, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Currently, Karen teaches regularly at Edge Performing Arts Center and is on faculty for Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention.
    Jason Cianciulli | Past Faculty Jason Cianciulli >> Past Faculty
    Jason joined VIM VIGOR in his last year of studies at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Since receiving his BFA he has taught at many institutions on behalf of VIM, including the Juilliard School, NYU Tisch, the University of Michigan, Barnard College and Columbia University. Additionally he has collaborated with Shannon Gillen on creations for LA Dance Project, Gibney Dance Company and Springboard Danse Montreal. Jason performs in Sleep No More with PunchDrunk NYC and will be teaching with Gillen at SUNY Purchase and Princeton University this year.
     Claudia Cavalli & Vito Cassano | Past Faculty Claudia Cavalli & Vito Cassano >> Past Faculty
    Eleina D Dance Company (Aerial - Contemporary Dance) was founded in 2011 to combine the spectacle of aerial dance with the sensitivity of the gesture of contemporary dance. Artistic Directors, Vito Casino and Claudia Cavalli, met at the Mvula Sungani Company in Rome, Italy. During the production of Sete, Eleina D. was awarded the audience award "Ex Aequo" at the "G'D'A" competition. In 2013, they began collaborating with KATAKLÒ as dancers, choreographers, and teachers.
    Sumi Clements | Past Faculty Sumi Clements >> Past Faculty
    Sumi is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Summation Dance, based in New York City. A native of California, Sumi received her BFA in Dance from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She then moved to New York where she was a member of Peter Kyle Dance and involved in various projects around the city before returning to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upon receiving her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she went on to co-found Summation Dance, producing annual seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Dancing Literate Project at Judson Memorial Church.
    Marcus Allan Cobb | Guest Faculty Marcus Allan Cobb >> Guest Faculty
    Credits include iLuminate, Daddy Yankee, Sadako Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, YMCMB recording artist, Shanell, Winston Warrior, Taj Enphiniti, and Jarrod of Mullet EMT. He has been featured on a Netflix Original Series, BET Networks, and CBS. Marcus is the creator and designer for AllanMarco Collections, a clothing retailer based in NYC, known for it’s “Dance Casual” apparel. Marcus is a dedicated performer who dedicates his career to his mother, Ola Kelly-Avant, his guardian angel.
    Lorena Cobos | Past Faculty Lorena Cobos >> Past Faculty
    Lorena Cobos is a Bronx native who fell in love with dance at a young age. After receiving a BA in Dance from Hofstra University, she went on to pursue a career in dance as an artist, educator and choreographer. Her movement quality pulls from her training of various dance styles, such as: jazz, modern, contemporary, latin, and hip-hop.
    Cat Cogliandro | Guest Faculty Cat Cogliandro >> Guest Faculty
    Cat's credits include So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent, The 2014 Gypsy Awards, and The Pulse on Tour. She was also named one of Dance Spirit Magazine's "13 of the Dance World's Hottest Young Choreographers" in the November 2014 issue.
    Billy Cohen | Past Faculty Billy Cohen >> Past Faculty
    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 Education. This training at Hofstra gave him the opportunity to work with artists such as Fredrick Earl Mosley, Doug Varone, David Parker, Heather Waldon, Ellie Kusner, Bill Young, and Barbara Angeline, as well as train with Hofstra’s most notable Dance Department alumni, Larry Keigwin, on scholarship. Billy also created two works that represented Hofstra at American Collegiate Dance Association Conferences, and co-choreographed his own fully-produced evening 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 Mitchell, Emily Greenwell, Candace Brown, Jeff Lapes, Noel Bajades, Jonny Forance, and Emma Portner. Recently, Billy’s choreography was included in a segment of MTV’s Episode 2 of “Lit!” sponsored by Beats by Dre. Signed to Bloc Talent agency, Bill has worked with Reebok and 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.
    Idan Cohen | Past Faculty Idan Cohen >> Past Faculty
    Idan Cohen is one of Israel's leading choreographers and a prestigious teacher, leading international workshops in Israel, Europe, Asia and the United States.Born and raised in Israel on Kibbutz Mizra, Cohen danced with the world- renowned Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Since 2005, Idan has been performing, creating and teaching as an international award-winning choreographer.
    Bryn Cohn | Past Faculty Bryn Cohn >> Guest Teacher
    Described as a “dancemaker who does not shy away from much” (DIY Dancer), Bryn Cohn graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in dance performance and composition. She founded the New- York based dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists in 2011 whose work has received acclaim their ferocious physicality, risk- taking worlds, and emotionally pioneering performances. BC + A has performed in premiere venues throughout the country including Danspace Project in St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Judson Memorial Church, The Center for Performance Research, 92nd Street Y, Abrons Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center in collaboration with the contemporary art galleries Foley Gallery and Castle Fitzjohns.
    Jean-Sébastien Colau | Past Faculty Jean-Sébastien Colau >> Past Faculty
    Jean-Sébastien Colau began his classical training at the Paris Opera Ballet School (1991-1996) under the direction of Claude Bessy. His teachers included: Bernard Boucher, Lucien Duthoit, Gilbert Mayer, Serge Golovine, Atilio Labis, Max Bozzoni, Ghislaine Thesmar, Cyril Atanassoff, Noëlla Pontois, and Pierre Lacotte. In 1996, Jean graduated to the Paris Opera Ballet Company.
    Brandon Coleman | Contemporary Brandon Coleman >> Contemporary
    Brandon Coleman is a NYC based performer and teacher from Katy, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and received his BFA in Dance and BA in Communication with a minor in Arts Administration. Formally a member of Visceral Dance Chicago, Brandon has also worked with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a guest artist for their 2017 Summer Series. Since moving to NYC, Brandon has joined KEIGWIN + COMPANY, the Metropolitan Opera, and currently a performer in Sleep No More. As a teacher, Brandon teaches across the country for a variety of schools and companies.
    Justin Conte | Past Faculty Justin Conte >> Past Faculty
    Over the past eight years, Justin has been teaching and choreographing around the United States as well as internationally. After training in technique for six years, Justin was exposed to a variety of Street, Freestyle and native movement, sparking inspiration. He began training with world-renowned movers and choreographersDana Foglia, La Jon Danztler, Joanna Numata, Brian Friedman, Sheryl Murakami, and many more. He has worked with many recording artists such as Paula Abdul, Miley Cyrus and Jordan Sparks.
     Conteur Dance Company | Past Faculty Conteur Dance Company >> Past Faculty
    Deriving its genesis from the French word meaning “storyteller”, Conteur is a newly formed Canadian professional dance company that incorporates modern contemporary movement to express ideas and commentaries on the human condition. Students of The Academy will have an opportunity to audition and become members of the Company, once the training program has been completed.
    Alison Cook-Beatty | Past Faculty Alison Cook-Beatty >> Past Faculty
    Alison Cook-Beatty received her BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, receiving the Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Scholarship Award. She has performed with Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance Company, Taylor 2, and her choreography has been commissioned by companies including Ballet Next, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Opera Dolce, Carolina Ballet Theater, Infinity Dance Theater, The Joffrey Ballet School, and The Boston Conservatory.
    Keenan Cooks | Guest Faculty Keenan Cooks >> Guest Faculty
    Keenan Cooks was born and raised in Boston , MA and began dancing at the age of 14. Just two years later, he became a member of Boston based Nia Dance Troupe where he first began his professional training.
    Cheryl Copeland | Past Faculty Cheryl Copeland >> Past Faculty
    Cheryl Copeland graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Cheryl’s fresh, unique style and approach to dance has made her in demand and given her acclaim across the United States.
    Matteo Corbetta | Past Faculty Matteo Corbetta >> Past Faculty
    Born in Brescia, Italy, Matteo starts dancing with the "Società Forza e Costanza“ with his teacher Tina Belletti. In 1990, he went on to study at the “Scuola di Balletto Classico Cosi-Stefanescu “ in Reggio Emilia, graduating in 1994. In 1995 he was accepted into the prestigious "Teatro della Scala" in Milan. He proceeded to dance with several Italian dance companies, including such as "Compagnia Veneta di Balletto Classico", "Corpo di ballo dell’Arena di Verona", "Compagnia di danza Città di Rovigo", and "MM Company" of Reggio Emilia. His performance repetoire includes ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary in both corps and solo/prinicpal roles.
    Sandro Correa | Past Faculty Sandro Correa >> Past Faculty
    Sandro Correa began dancing at the age of 16 watching videos from YouTube and music videos. Soon after he began his training with local teams in New Jersey. As a professional dancer he has worked with brands such as Sephora, YouTube, Tag Heuer, the Today Show, Netflix and the NBA.
    Lauren Cox | Past Faculty Lauren Cox >> Guest Teacher
    auren started her dance career at the age of 7 while competing nationally as a Rhythmic Gymnast. Since then she has passionately studied and performed in Hip- Hop, Street Jazz, Ballet, Jazz/Contemporary, Samba/Afro- Brazilian, Haitian Cultural Dances and improvisational- based dance. She has appeared on Black Girls Rock, Saturday Night Live, America's Got Talent, The View and has performed with Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Joey Yung (Hong Kong pop icon) and many more. She has been a guest performer for companies such as Fluid HugHug/Kota Yamazaki, Rhapsody En Dance/Rhapsody James, Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Maria Torres Dance Company, and Culture Shock Dance Troupe.
    Chrybaby Cozie | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Chrybaby Cozie >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    From Harlem, NY, Chrybaby Cozie is one of the founding fathers of the Hip Hop freestyle genre called Lite Feet. Being raised in Harlem in the late 80’s was a source of great influence for Chrybaby, as it was his foundation for dance, music, and the source of inspiration to uplift the youth and communities around him today.
     Cricket | Past Faculty Cricket >> Past Faculty
    James “Cricket” Colter has had over 25 years experience in the street dance scene. His dance style has its base in Hip-hop, House, and Bboy. He’s one of the founders of the “House Head Session” one of the longest running house dance practice sessions in NYC.
    Mackenzie Crosley | Past Faculty Mackenzie Crosley >> Past Faculty
    Mackenzie is on faculty at International Dance Academy (IDA) Hollywood and Millennium Dance Complex OC. She also teaches jazz and contemporary for the IDA Certificate Program. She is the CEO & Co- Founder of Soul de Soul Dance Convention, where she also travels and teaches on Faculty. Mackenzie is the Artistic Director for her Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, Geometry. Mackenzie is also a judge for West Coast Dance Elite.
    Attila Csiki | Past Faculty Attila Csiki >> Past Faculty
    Attila began his dance training with the Canadian Dance Company in Mississauga, Ontario under the direction of Allain Lupien, subsequently to join the National Ballet of Canada Academy for grades 4 thru 8. Upon receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, Attila relocated to New York City to join the New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins dancing repertory by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. In 2000 Attila joined the Tokyo Ballet Company in Japan working with some of the world's most recognized international choreographers such as Sir Peter Wright, Kenneth MacMillan, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Ohad Naharin. After 5 years in Japan, thereafter Attila joined the Du Capital ballet of Toulouse France as a soloist. Upon returning to the U.S., Attila danced as a guest artist with companies such as Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Peoria Ballet Illinois, Dance Form Productions, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance. In 2008 Attila joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company creating 9 new works together with the legendary Mr. Lubovitch. Here he has been hailed by the NY Times “we’ve long waited for a muse of Lar Lubovtich” and was Dance Magazine’s Recipient for Top 25 to Watch. In 2011 Attila partnered with ballet legend and Prima Ballerina Alessandra Ferri for her return to the stage in “The Piano Upstairs”. The Dance/Play was produced by playwright John Weidman and starring Boyd Gaines. Since 2013 Attila created and appeared in Christopher Wheeldon’s original Broadway production of An American In Paris winning 4 Tony awards, 7 drama desk awards and 6 outer critic awards. Attila is also the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Broadway Chorus award for his role in An American in Paris. Currently Attila is rehearsal assistant to Christopher Wheeldon and Lar Lubovitch, staging ballets for companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, China National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Tokyo City Ballet, The Julliard School and the School of American Ballet. Attila has a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design –The New School. Interior Design has helped Attila to free lance with several agencies between New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto. Since August 2018, Attila is Development Associate for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Program Director of the Peridance Center’s Winter Intensive the International Ballet Intensive. You can follow Attila on instagram, @Attila_joey
    Seán Curran | Past Faculty Seán Curran >> Past Faculty
    Seán Curran’s career in the arts spans 30 years, beginning with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston. He is known for his performance work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, receiving a “Bessie” award for Secret Pastures, and as an original New York City cast member of STOMP! His 30 dances for Seán Curran Company are characterized by collaborations across genres, with touring to over 100 venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia. A sought-after choreographer/director, notable projects include Salome (Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, Opera Montreal, San Diego Opera); Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theater); Shalimar the Clown, Ariadne on Naxos, Nixon in China, (Opera Theater of St. Louis); L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Capriccio, Acis and Galetea (NYC Opera); As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Park); Romeo and Juliette (Metropolitan Opera); James Joyce's The Dead, Cymbeline, The Rivals (Broadway, Lincoln Center Theater). A graduate of NYU, Curran now serves as Arts Professor and Chair of the Tisch Department of Dance.
    Michael Cusumano | Past Faculty Michael Cusumano >> Past Faculty
    Michael Cusumano has been awarded the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna Bulgaria as well as the Special Jury Prize from Prix de Danse in Paris, France. Mr. Cusumano has been performing with American Ballet Theater since March 1995, and he was a guest artist with the Boston Ballet for their production of the Nutcracker in 1998. Michael went on to Alabama Ballet as a Principal Artist, then to Boston Ballet as a soloist. He has been a guest artist throughout the US and Japan.
    Deshawn Da Prince | Past Faculty Deshawn Da Prince >> Past Faculty
    Deshawn Hawthorne , known as Deshawn Da Prince, was originally a hip-hop freestyle dancer with styles such as waving, gliding, popping & tutting.
    Nick Daley | Past Faculty Nick Daley >> Past Faculty
    Nick Daley (Westport, CT) began his dance training at the D’Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield, Connecticut. Through his high school career, he trained with American Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Pilobolus. During his freshman year at Colorado College, he was selected to perform works by choreographer Nail Ibragimov of Russia’s Pantera Chamber Ballet. He continued his training at Wesleyan University, where he studied under Doug Varone and Dancers, Kelly Lynch of Kate Weare Company, and Dante Brown of Warehouse Dance, and graduated in 2017 with a BA in Dance.
    Alexandra Damiani | Guest Faculty Alexandra Damiani >> Guest Faculty
    Damiani is a French born choreographer, artistic director and movement specialist based in New York City. Her movement vocabulary combines the sophistication of her early classical ballet training in Paris with the edginess and experimentation of contemporary dance that she developed during her professional career as soloist with Complexions, Donald Byrd/The Group and Ballet Jazz of Montreal, among others.
     Ross Daniel >> Guest Teacher
    Ross Daniel is a Georgia born artist based in New York with an M.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from Florida State University and a B.A. in theatre performance and directing from Georgia College & State University. Ross is a 2019- 2020 New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and a recent participant of the “MANCC Forward Dialogues” at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography where he developed a dance collective with choreographer Sarah Rose entitles DanielRose Projects.
    Alan Danielson | Past Faculty Alan Danielson >> Past Faculty
    Alan Danielson - choreographer/teacher/musician - creates and teaches contemporary dance in the Humphrey/Limón tradition. Since 1991, he has been the school director of the José Limón Institute in New York City. He is an internationally acclaimed master teacher of music and dance, and his company - Dance by Alan Danielson - has performed throughout North and South America, and Europe.
    La Jon Dantzler | Past Faculty La Jon Dantzler >> Past Faculty
    La Jon Dantzler has worked on major movies such as Stomp the Yard, Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D. His dance credits include working with renowned choreographers Luther Brown, Dave Scott, Chuck Maldanado and Nu Styles and most recently the Missy Elliot promo tour, among others.
    Francesca Dario | Past Faculty Francesca Dario >> Past Faculty
    In 2004, Ms. Dario joined Compagnia Pantarei (Artistic Director Michele Oliva), where she was a soloist and rehearsal director for Mr. Oliva’s work. In 2009 she was a soloist with Balletto 90. Ms. Dario has danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York City from 2010 to 2012.
    Madame Darvash | Past Faculty Madame Darvash >> Past Faculty
    World-renowned Kirov-trained teacher Madame Gabriela Darvash was Artistic Director and resident choreographer for the State Opera Ballet in Cluj, Roumania for 14 years. Since 1972 she has resided in New York, running her own school from 1976 to 1988. The New York Times’ Anna Kisselgoff and Jennifer Dunning have praised her ability to create beautiful, strong, artistically expressive dancers.
    Joseph Davis | Past Faculty Joseph Davis >> Past Faculty
    Joseph Davis was born and raised in the beautiful hills of upstate New York and can be easily identified from a distance by his cacophonous laughter. He began his studies at The Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York and continued his training at The Juilliard School on tuition scholarship from New York City Dance Alliance, where he received his BFA under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes.
    Marinda Davis | Guest Faculty Marinda Davis >> Guest Faculty
    Originally from Florida, Marinda’s dance training began at the young age of two. Between her training at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy, Blake High School of the Arts & regional musical theater, it was during these pivotal years that Davis' signature style gained its eclectic roots. Touring with conventions from age 15, it was on the circuit that Davis began to spread her wings working as assistant to Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Ray Leeper, Dennis Caspary, & Lisa Allain. At 18, Marinda relocated to NY to attend Marymount Manhattan College on scholarship where she obtained a BA in Dance & Musical Theater minor. Simultaneously, she trained extensively at BDC studying with her mentor, Sheila Barker. Marinda danced professionally with Sting, 98 Degrees, & was a founding & principal dancer for Anthony Morigerato's, AMDP, NY.
    RK Davis | Past Faculty RK Davis >> Past Faculty
    Ryan is a Jersey native with a strong infatuation for the arts. He has danced for: Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Shontelle, Salt -n- Pepa, Victoria Secret Fashion Show, and various commercials, including Fiat with J- Lo. Ryan has also made his broadway debut and a part of the original cast of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” the Tupac inspired musical and is also a company member of Dana Foglia Dance.
    Gregory Dawson | Past Faculty Gregory Dawson >> Past Faculty
    Gregory P Dawson former Lines Ballet dancer, received a BA from Saint Mary’s College. In 2007 he formed dawsondancesf (ddsf) as an outlet for his choreographic goals and vision. Shortly thereafter he created “which light in the sky is us” for Company C Contemporary Ballet (nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for choreography) and became the Assistant Director of the California State Summer School of the Arts’ Dance Department in Southern California. In the fall of 2011, Mr. Dawson became Artistic Director of Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver, Colorado (formerly David Taylor Dance), where the Denver Post named him “the best choreographer in Denver.” Soon after, Dawson received a CHIME grant, partnering him with choreographic mentor Elizabeth Streb for one year.
    Ferdinand De Jesus | Past Faculty Ferdinand De Jesus >> Past Faculty
    Mr. De Jesus, is a native Nuyorican, otherwise known as "Freddie," began his training at Nannette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1987. He then continued his studies on merit scholarships at Alvin AileyAmerican Dance Theatre and later at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City.
    Norbert De La Cruz | Past Faculty Norbert De La Cruz >> Past Faculty
    Norbert De La Cruz III is a NYC and LA-based freelance contemporary dance choreographer and educator. Since receiving his BFA from the Juilliard School in 2010, his work has been commissioned to create for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, Barak Ballet, Hubbard Street II, James Sewell Ballet, Attack Theatre, Ballet X, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Grand Rapids Ballet.
    Laurie De Vito | Past Faculty Laurie De Vito >> Past Faculty
    Laurie de Vito was a founding director of Dance Space/Dance New Amsterdam where she taught for 30 years. Along with her company, Laurie De Vito and Dancers, she has taught, choreographed and performed at schools and theaters across the United States, Canada and abroad. Laurie brings Simonson technique which is specifically designed for dancers of all disciplines and injury preventive to Peridance Center.
    Joanna DeFelice | Past Faculty Joanna DeFelice >> Past Faculty
    Joanna is originally from Maryland, Joanna is a graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, training under Alla Sizova. She has worked with various choreographers, among them Debbie Allen, Ray Mercer, Constance Walsh, Stuart Loungway, and Brent Whitney. A member of the Roxey Ballet in New Jersey for three seasons, Joanna spent a summer training with Hubbard Street in Chicago and performed in the Cedar Lake 360 installation in NYC. She is thrilled to be a part of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

    Macia Del Prete | Past Faculty Macia Del Prete >> Past Faculty
    Class Philosophy: Macia’s classes are characterized by a great versatility of languages and dynamics, the result of this journey is multifaceted and diverse and in constant search of its natural inclination towards experimentation. A melting pot of stylistic influences combined with each other so that the dancers can always find him/herself curious in the dance and live in his/her your own body, always paying particular attention to the choreography.
    Carrie Demos | Past Faculty Carrie Demos >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Denver, Colorado, Carrie Demos holds a B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University, and is a graduate of The Foundations of Dance Education, Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd St Y. Continually a passionate teacher of both Dance and Pilates, Carrie has served on faculty at The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center, and currently serves on faculty with Peridance's Young Movers/PeriChild program and is a Teaching Artist with New York City Ballet Education. Also a graduate of the Kane School of Core Integration (Pilates Mat Certification), Carrie has taught Pilates at Loom Yoga and The Living Room (Brooklyn). Carrie is continually inspired by how studying human anatomy/kinesiology can lead to greater awareness, power, detail, efficiency and ease in every type of movement expression and has to continued to strengthen her anatomic studies through attending the FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) Workshop at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and more recently, Practicing Ideokinesis, and Kinesthetic Anatomy & Biomechanics of Motion, both taught by Irene Dowd. She has received her Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Pilates training from East River Pilates (Brooklyn).
    Christian Denice | Past Faculty Christian Denice >> Past Faculty
    Christian Denice began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, and spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL, under the direction of Frank Chaves.
    Dina Denis | Past Faculty Dina Denis >> Past Faculty
    Dina Denis is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from Queens, NY. She holds a BA in Dance from Hofstra University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. Dina is a k-12 New York State certified dance educator and a certified Zena Rommett Floor- Barre instructor.
    Tatiana Desardouin | Past Faculty Tatiana Desardouin >> Past Faculty
    From a very young age Tatiana has been interested in Hip- hop dance and culture. In her teenage years she began her dance journey with a dance group, South Angels, with which she was able to have her first stage experiences in Geneva. In order to further develop her dance, she decided to travel more, to New York in particular, and take part in several given by dancers such as Brian Green, Ejoe Wilson & Link of Elite Force and the Electric Boogaloo’s. She has had the opportunity to participate in and win several competitions in Switzerland and abroad. She has been sough out to give workshops
    Katie Diamond | Past Faculty Katie Diamond >> Past Faculty
    Katie Diamond joined the Limon Dance Company in 2005, with which she has performed the works of Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Anna Sokolow, and Clay Taliaferro. She has taught ballet and modern master classes as well as Limon repertory across the country.
    Jason Diaz | Past Faculty Jason Diaz >> Past Faculty
    Jason Diaz is a dancer/choreographer from NJ specializing in Urban Choreography. After learning Popping and Waving foundation in high school, he was introduced to Urban Choreography when he joined his first dance team in college, Fordham Flava. After becoming one of their main choreographers and creative directors, he went on to dance and choreograph for The Neighbors, a competitive dance team based in NYC.
    Meredith Dincolo | Past Faculty Meredith Dincolo >> Past Faculty
    Meredith Dincolo (Indianapolis, IN) began dancing at age seven in Indianapolis and continued her training under Iacob Lascu in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1993, then moved to Chicago to pursue a dance career. In 1996, Dincolo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, remaining a member for four years under the direction of Company founder Lou Conte.
    Kiley Dolaway | Guest Faculty Kiley Dolaway >> Guest Faculty
    Kiley Dolaway was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She studied dance at Philadelphia Dance Theatre and graduated high school from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the directorship of Susan Jaffe. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College in 2018 where she performed work by Shannon Gillen, Kevin Wynn, Manuel Vignoulle, Sidra Bell, and Merce Cunningham. Additionally, she was invited to dance at Springboard Danse Montreal both in 2017 and 2018 where she performed in the restaging of 'Paper Cuts in an Empty Bag' by Peter Chu and a new creation by Johannes Wieland. In 2018, Kiley performed in Shannon Gillen's 'SUPERBLOOM' at the 92nd Street Y in New York upon joining VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY as a company member. Following this, she supported Gillen's creations at L.A. Dance Project, b12 festival in Berlin, Princeton University, Boston Dance Theater, and Booker T. Washington School for the Arts. In 2019, she debuted in VIM's latest creation FOREVER in NYC, she later traveled with Gillen to teach, create, and perform at LINK 2019 in Salt Lake City, Perry Mansfield's Summer Program, Springboard Danse Montreal, Springboard X, MOVE NYC, VIM VIGOR's Summer Program in NYC, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Over the past two years, Kiley has taught classes and workshops alongside Gillen and also individually at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham, Purchase College, Rutgers University, Peridance Center, Gibney Dance, and the University of Calgary. In 2020, Kiley will be representing VIM VIGOR teaching, creating, and performing at LINK in Salt Lake City, New Dialect in Nashville, Springboard Danse Montreal, and b12 festival in Berlin.
    Gregory Dolbashian | Guest Faculty Gregory Dolbashian >> Guest Faculty
    GREGORY DOLBASHIAN - Born and raised in New York City Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at The JOYCE SoHo. DASH Ensemble performance credits include The JOYCE Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYLA, Guggenheim Works and Process Series, Kaatsbaan and Jacob’s Pillow as well as domestic touring all over the U.S. including venues located in Dallas, L.A., and North Carolina.
    Alex Dombroski  | Past Faculty Alex Dombroski >> Past Faculty
    Alex Dombroski graduated from Hofstra University with degrees in Dance and Biology. Her choreography has been seen at several events across the Hofstra Campus, as well as shows in NYC, including Dance Astoria. She has performed in works by Anita Feldman, Denise Caston, Rachel List, and Livia Vanaver. She currently teaches at several studios in NYC including Long Island City School of Ballet, Miss Sara’s Ballet Studio, and Peridance Center.
    Carolyn Dorfman | Past Faculty Carolyn Dorfman >> Past Faculty
    Since founding her Company, she has created more than 60 works for her 10 member ensemble, which appears at major theaters, dance festivals, universities and schools regionally, nationally and internationally. Known as a creator of provocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition, Dorfman is interested in creating “worlds” into which the audience can enter.
    Roxane D'Orleans Juste | Past Faculty Roxane D'Orleans Juste >> Past Faculty
    Roxane D'Orleans Juste has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 1983. She has also performed with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and Annabelle Gamson Dance Solos. She was honored with the Canadian Dance Award, Le Prix Jacqueline Lemieux (1980), and is the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation for Creation in Fine Arts.
    Michelle Douglass | Past Faculty Michelle Douglass >> Past Faculty
    Michelle Douglass is a native New Yorker. Her passion for fitness, music and dance are all of the reasons she’s been a proud ZUMBA ambassador for almost a decade. Her easy to follow, guaranteed to work up a sweat routines have lead her to teach all over the US, the Caribbean, Mexico and Panama. She is also the Founder of the non-profit PROM PLUS NYC, an enrichment program for high school seniors entering into college.
    Marlana Doyle | Past Faculty Marlana Doyle >> Past Faculty
    MARLANA DOYLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a BA in Dance. Marlana has been dancing with the Houston Met for the past twelve years and was a major part of the Met’s reorganization in 2003. As the Artistic Director, she has tried to keep the diversity and versatility of the dancers and choreographers a part of the overall artistic vision of the Company.
    Ann Dragich | Past Faculty Ann Dragich >> Past Faculty
    Ann has been tap dancing in New York since 2008 after studying at the Eddie Brown Studio for the Arts (THE BEAT) with Gregg Geoffroy, Babs Yohai and Mark Mendonca. She is a member of Cole Collective under the direction of Nicole Ohr, and is a founding member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret which has a regular performance slot at the Duplex Cabaret Theater. Ann has presented her own work at Dance Astoria, Stam- pede (Symphony Space), Director’s Choice Showcase, Local Produce and Winter Follies (produced by Spoke the Hub), Denise Caston’s “Choreographer’s Canvas”, Kat Wildish’s “Performing in New York” and Sol Dance Center’s “Dancesanity" (Frank SinatraSchool of the Arts). Ann is also in the step company “Momentum” and was featured in Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show (Paris Fashion Week). Ann’s image from this show was on display at the MOMA as part of the “Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit. Ann presented work in the Emerging Choreographer’s Series curated by Mare Nostrom Elements, and was a Spring 2018 cycle AiRe Artist in Residence at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana creating tap dance choreography, which she presented at Flamenco Certamen USA held at the NYPL Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center. Ann holds a level 1 teaching certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation and is currently working on her level 2 teaching certificate. She is on faculty at the New Jersey Performing arts Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation, Ballet Hispanico and The DreamYard Project. More information about Ann can be found on her website, anndragichandcompany.com
    Jon Drake | Past Faculty Jon Drake >> Past Faculty
    Jon Drake is a classically trained ballet dancer with experience in teaching all levels of ballet. He graduated from the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany where he trained under Pytor Pestov, former Ballet Master to the Bolshoi.
    Elise Drew | Past Faculty Elise Drew >> Past Faculty
    Elise Drew Leon, of Puerto Rican descent, is originally from Oxford, CT and received her early training with the Brass City Ballet School. An original member of TAKE Dance and HopeBoykinDance, she has performed with Camille A. Brown and Dancers, the Santa Fe Opera, Sean Curran Company, and Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Drew joined the Company in 2010.
    Emma Driver | Past Faculty Emma Driver >> Past Faculty
    Emma started her training in Colorado at the ballet school, Izotov Dance, under the instruction of Melian and Misha Izotov. She worked up to performing as a soloist in their company, Premiere Ballet, dancing works such as Dracula, (Lucy), Bolero, and Seasons. In 2014 she moved to NYC to attend Pace University's Commercial dance program. Working with acclaimed choreographers such as Dee Caspery, Scott Jovovich, Rhonda Miller, Lauren Gaul, Sean Mcknight, and many others she gained experience in jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and tap. During school breaks, she worked at Summer Stock theatre gaining opportunities as dance captain, associate choreographer, and choreographer. When not dancing, Emma enjoys reading, hiking, and always being able to reach the top shelf.
    Toni D'Trocchio | Past Faculty Toni D'Trocchio >> Past 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, trained in ballet under Stephen Pier, and toured as soloist with RDNY. She takes a creative fun approach to teaching while instilling strong technique and musicality.
    Elodie Dufroux | Past Faculty Elodie Dufroux >> Past Faculty
    Elodie Dufroux was born in Loudun, France. She first got introduced to dance at the age of 7 at a dance school back home as an extracurricular activity. While training as a dancer, Elodie also decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business at the Lycée Victor Hugo in France. Graduating at 20 years old, Elodie took the decision to expand her horizons and moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters in International Business Management at Huddersfield University. Once in England, she rediscovered her love for dancing at the renowned Pineapple Dance Studios. After finishing her studies, she embarked on an intense training journey with several choreographers in London at Pineapple Dance Studios as well as Dance Works and Studio 68
    Brendan Duggan | Past Faculty Brendan Duggan >> Past Faculty
    Brendan Duggan is originally from Amherst, New Hampshire, where he began his dance training at the age of 16. He continued his studies at Skidmore College and eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude in Dance and a Math minor.
    Martin Durov | Past Faculty Martin Durov >> Past Faculty
    Martin Durov was born in the small town Velky Kritis, Slovakia. A push from his grandmother started him into ballroom dance at the age of six. Several years later he met a friend that encouraged him to venture into a Slovak Folklore group where he eventually became a soloist. This then led him to study dance at the Conservatory J.L Bella Banska Bystricia for six years. In school he was a member of the dance company directed by Tomas Nepsinsky that toured pieces to festivals in Slovakia, Belgium and Spain.
    Julia Ehrstrand | Guest Faculty Julia Ehrstrand >> Guest Faculty
    Julia graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance(Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro(Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA 2009. Since coming to New York in 2007, she has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, Abe Abraham, Carrasco Dance Company, Destiny Bergwall, Collective Noir among others.
    Marijke Eliasberg | Contemporary Marijke Eliasberg >> Contemporary
    Marijke Eliasberg (Co-Artistic Director: The Next Stage Project), from the Netherlands, has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for the past 18 years in New York City. She holds a BFA in Physical Education with a specialization in Dance. With TNSP, she travels around the world, teaching, creating and making exchange and performance projects possible.
    Kim Elliott | Past Faculty Kim Elliott >> Past Faculty
    Kim Elliott, dance educator, choreographer and performer, obtained her MA in Dance Education from NYU, Steinhardt, where she received the Outstanding in Dance Education award. She received her BS from Fashion Institute of Technology in Marketing and Communications and has been choreographing and producing her own dance productions since 2001.
    Karina Elver | Past Faculty Karina Elver >> Past Faculty
    Karina Elver was born in 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She began to dance at the age of 3, and at 9 years old she was accepted as a ballet student at The Royal Danish Ballet School.
     Tomislav English | Past Faculty Tomislav English >> Past Faculty
    Tomislav's personal practice is informed by ongoing research in and under the research and teachings of Fighting Monkey Practice (Linda Kapetanea/Jozef Frucek), GrandMaster Tae Yong Lee, Wim Hof, Cameron Shayne, David Zambrano, Moshé Feldenkrais, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristin Linklater, Bruno Caverna, Ido Portal, and the writings of 'Neuroplastician' Norman Doidge, in addition to academic research through The University of Oxford (Department of Psychiatry, Department for Continuing Education), Royal Holloway University of London (Department of Drama and Theatre), England Rugby (RFU) and Barça Universitas (FC Barcelona).
    Wesley Ensminger | Past Faculty Wesley Ensminger >> Past Faculty
    Wesley Ensminger, originally from Santa Cruz, CA, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts.
    Mike Esperanza | Contemporary Mike Esperanza >> Contemporary
    Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought after teacher and choreographer throughout the nation. With a BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton, Mike's approach to visual construction has influenced a unique movement orchestration on stage. His works have been commissioned by prestigious college and university dance programs including Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UNLV, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Utah Valley University to name a few.
    Charles Espinoza | Past Faculty Charles Espinoza >> Past Faculty
    Charles Espinoza was introduced to dance by his cousin in Brazil at the age of 15. Fascinated by the art form, Charles signed up for a Hip-Hop class at a local gym and hasn’t stopped dancing since.
    Holly Evans | Past Faculty Holly Evans >> Past Faculty
    Holly Evans has enjoyed a multiple-faceted career in dance as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and administrator and is currently on the Dance Faculty at Pace University NYC in the Commercial Dance BFA Program. Holly was a Radio City Rockette for 10 years, serving as assistant choreographer to Linda Haberman, as well as a dance captain and swing. She was a lead teacher and choreographer for the Rockette Experience and Rockette Summer Intensives. Holly also performed for several regional ballet, modern and musical theater companies as well as significant award shows and benefits.
    Bakari Fall | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre Bakari Fall >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Bakari Fall is a dancer, choreographer from Dakar, Senegal trained in traditional and contemporary West African, Capoeira, and urban dances. He teaches Sabar, Kutiro, Serer, and AfroPop to all ages. Bakary has studied under Germaine and Patrick Acogny, Joe Bou Sange, Idy Kante, and Papa Sangone Vieira. He has performed throughout Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Senegal, and the United States with Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’dour and many other companies.
    Joi Favor | Past Faculty Joi Favor >> Past Faculty
    Joi A. Favor, hailing from New York, New York is an alumnus of The University of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre. Ms. Favor has trained with distinguished companies such as Dance Theater of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Her company experience includes Movement for the Urban Village, Young Jean Lee Theater Company, Ken Robertson's Workshop, as well as Michael Thomas Motion Theatre Lab ,Sekou McMiller's performance group and Skin Dance Company. 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. Favor is thrilled to be a part of the Peridance faculty!
    Comfort Fedoke | Guest Faculty Comfort Fedoke >> Guest Faculty
    Comfort Fedoke is a multi-talented, Emmy-Award Winning dancer, choreographer, director, actress, and singer. Known for competing on So You Think You Can Dance Season 4, Comfort was invited back as an All-Star and continues mentoring new competitors each season.
    Rachel Feinerman | Past Faculty Rachel Feinerman >> Past Faculty
    Rachel Feinerman began her dance training at Barnard College. In 1996 she discovered Dance Space and continued training and teaching from there. She has performed with Laurie De Vito & Dancers since 1999 and has also been a member of Daria Fain’s Human Behavior Explorers, Ricardo Gomez Dance Theatre, and has danced for Wilson Mendieta, Sita Mani, Isabel Gotzkowsky, Sakura Shimada, Gail Accardi, Suki John, Yael Levy, Marjon van Grunsven, Katiti King, and Diane McCarthy.
    Angel Feliciano | Past Faculty Angel Feliciano >> Past Faculty
    Angel Feliciano emerges from a highly-respected career in the arts, and uses his passionate performance style and relentless drive for movement innovation, in his high definition, emotionally raw dance classes and productions.
    Caroline Fermin | Past Faculty Caroline Fermin >> Past Faculty
    Caroline Fermin (Dancer) attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts throughout her youth and later The Juilliard School (BFA). In 2007, she joined James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis. She has received grants and awards for her work, and she created a highly needed project to bring young artists to work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
    Arturo Fernandez | Past Faculty Arturo Fernandez >> Guest Teacher
    Since 1992, Arturo Fernandez has been the ballet master of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. He is also the master teacher, choreographer and coach for LINES Ballet's Education Programs. His career in dance includes work as a professional dancer, choreographer, and master teacher. He has been an integral part of the San Francisco dance scene for over 25 years.
    Lenin Fernandez | Past Faculty Lenin Fernandez >> Past Faculty
    Lenin Fernandez, California native, began dancing at 18. He attended the American Dance Festival 2013 and performed in Twyla Tharp’s premiere of “Treefrog in Stonehenge.”
    Daniel Fetecua | Limón Daniel Fetecua >> Limón
    Daniel Fetecua Soto, a native of Bogotà, Colombia holds a BFA from Folkwang-Hochschule, Germany, and has appeared as guest artist in Pina Bausch’s masterpieces, Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser. Fetecua has also worked with La Fura Dels Baus, Kuo Chu Wu, and won a salsa award in the European Salsa Championship in 2004.
    Laja Field | Past Faculty Laja Field >> Past Faculty
    Laja Field, a Salt Lake City, UT native, graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Utah in 2012. In school she performed in pieces by Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti, Abby Fiat, Juan Carlos Claudio, guest artist Johannes Wieland and Kendra Portier, among others. In those years she also had the please of performing in two productions with the company RawMoves.
    Tina Finkelman Berkett | Past Faculty Tina Finkelman Berkett >> Past Faculty
    TINA FINKELMAN BERKETT is the Co-Director of BODYTRAFFIC. She grew up in New York City under the tutelage of Michele Cuccaro Cain where she trained and learned to love dance. Tina attended Barnard College, Columbia University.
    Donna Flagg | Past Faculty Donna Flagg >> Past Faculty
    After spending her childhood dancing, Donna Flagg went on to study at Philadelphia's University of the Arts and graduate with highest honors from Rutgers University with a degree in Dance. Later, Donna earned two Masters Degrees in Education from New York University. Influenced by her training in classical ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater, Donna created Lastics Stretch Technique, a method designed to help people improve their flexibility.
    Sindy Folgar | Past Faculty Sindy Folgar >> Past Faculty
    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.
    Joseph Fontano | Past Faculty Joseph Fontano >> Past Faculty
    An Italian-American dancer, choreographer, Joseph Fontano is a historic name, known as the spiritual father of contemporary dance in Italy. He studied at the New School For Social Research and School of Visual Arts, NYC. A pupil and co-worker with contemporary dance legends, such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Sanasardo, Pina Bausch, Barbara Fallis, Karl Shook and Jerome Robbins, Fontano also performed with the Nikolais Dance Theatre and is one of the founders of the first Italian contemporary dance company Teatrodanza Contemporanea di Roma. Since 1989 Fontano is permanent professor and part of the Academic Council of the Italian National Dance Academy. Joseph has taught at the National Dance School in Havana since 2007.

    Antonia Franceschi | Ballet Antonia Franceschi >> Ballet
    Antonia Franceschi is a Time Out Award Winner for Outstanding Acheivement in Dance. As a young dancer she attended The High School Of Performing Arts for Drama when during her Junior year was selected for the film Grease and shortly thereafter for character Hilary van Dorine in the film ‘Fame’. She was then selected by George Balanchine and was fortunate to dance with Makarova and Company as a soloist, and be partnered by Sir Anthony Dowell in Bach Sonata by Bejart before joining The New York City Ballet.
    Mary John Frank | Past Faculty Mary John Frank >> Past Faculty
    Mary John Frank is a choreographer and director who creates dance for films, music videos, the web, and mixed media stage works. Mary John has created content for New York City Ballet, Vogue.com, Du Jour, Pull & Bear, American Apparel, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Refinery 29, and more. In 2012 she received the Dance and Video award at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and received her MFA in 2013.
    Hayden J. Frederick | Past Faculty Hayden J. Frederick >> Past Faculty
    Hayden J. Frederick is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They grew up training intensely at the Dance Shoppe in Plymouth in all genres of dance. Hayden has been based out of New York City for the past five years and is an up and coming choreographer and performer, specializing in Contemporary and Contemporary Fusion.
    Tushrik Fredericks | Past Faculty Tushrik Fredericks >> Past Faculty
    Tushrik Fredericks graduated from the Peridance Center Certificate Program in New York City in 2015 where he received most of his formal training. He has had the opportunity to dance with Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY (Danielle Agami, Artistic Director) and has performed works by Milton Myers, Cindy Salgado & Charlotta Ofverholm.
    Ariel Freedman | Past Faculty Ariel Freedman >> Past Faculty
    Ariel Freedman began dancing and choreographing at the age of three in her living room. She earned her BFA at The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Martha Hill Prize. After graduating, she performed with AszURe & Artists, Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance, and David Parker and the The Bang Group. She danced in the Batsheva Ensemble for two seasons with the Batsheva Dance Company for three.
    Jenn Freeman | Past Faculty Jenn Freeman >> Guest Teacher
    Jenn Freeman is an American teacher, choreographer, and dancer based in New York City. This past year, she was commissioned to create pieces for Marymount Manhattan College and Wayne State University. She also presented work at The Reverb Dance Festival and The Y Cabaret. Recently, she choreographed Avan Lava’s music video, “Wanna Live”, directed by Alexander Hammer.
    Kurt Froman | Past Faculty Kurt Froman >> Past Faculty
    Kurt Froman recently completed the film Red Sparrow, training and coaching Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence to perform choreography by Justin Peck (NYCB). He was JLaw’s personal ballet trainer and coach and oversaw the dance sequences during production which also featured Isabella Boylston (ABT principal) and Sergei Polunin (International guest artist). Kurt was the original Dance Captain and Swing for the Broadway hit, An American In Paris, and eventually took over an ensemble role in the show.
     Frostlock | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Frostlock >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, NYC, Noel Rodriguez has been dancing for over 15years. He started training with the non-profit organization KR3T’s (Keep Rising to the Top, Inc.), where he is teaching, under the direction of choreographer Violet Galagarza. Noel has toured internationally with such artists as Lumidee, Paula Deanda, and with the Feliciano Dance Company. Noel has performed numerous times with Nexx Level, a Hip Hop dance entertainment company founded by choreographer Bam Bam, as well as Mop Top Ent, a dance company founded by hip hop pioneer Buddah Stretch. Mr. Rodriguez, a.k.a. “Frost Lock has danced on Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kelly, and has also danced in productions for the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Frost won his first Locking competition at 20 years old and has been building his skills as a Locker ever since. He has been studying with world renowned Locker Shocka Lock, and as one part of the PJ Lockers with Nobuya Nagahama.
    Alyssa Fulmer | Past Faculty Alyssa Fulmer >> Past Faculty
    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.
    Diego Funes | Body Conditioning Diego Funes >> Body Conditioning
    Diego Funes attended the School of American Ballet and later danced with the Cincinnati Ballet and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. He is one of New York's leading Contemporary Dance instructors and choregraphers. He has performed in and choreographed many theater productions. He is the artistic director of De Funes Dance Company.
    Danielle Marie Fusco | Past Faculty Danielle Marie Fusco >> Past Faculty
    Danielle holds a BA in Dance and Dance Education from Marymount Manhattan College and a specialized Certificate of Teaching from the Martha Graham School where she received atelier scholarship. Danielle collaborates with the Department of Education Arts programs and the Eastern Suffolk BOCES “Creative Classroom Collaboratives”. Danielle is a NYS Teaching Artist with The Martha Graham Company and Rioult NY. She tours nationally and internationally for Master Classes, Workshops and Performances.
     Gallim Dance | Past Faculty Gallim Dance >> Past Faculty
    Gallim Dance, a New York-based contemporary dance company, creates and performs worldwide original work by artistic director, founder, and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Andrea Miller. Founded in 2007, Gallim quickly captured the attention of fellow artists, presenters, and audiences with its award-winning work, ensemble of dancers, and a fearless physicality grounded by deep humanity and expressed through the madness and joy of the imagination. The company also provides NEA-recognized educational programming to dancers and non-dancers in its home studio in Brooklyn and beyond.
    Maija Garcia | Past Faculty Maija Garcia >> Past Faculty
    As founding artistic director of Organic Magnetics, Maija directs and produces works in collaboration with movement artists, live musicians, and designers. Since 2006 Garcia worked alongside Bill T. Jones as Associate Choreographer of FELA! in creation of the award winning international hit musical from broadway to Royal National Theater of London- most recently staged in Lagos Nigeria. She toured internationally with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for five years.
    Natan Gardah | Guest Faculty Natan Gardah >> Guest Faculty
    Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Natan Gardah began his pursuit of dance at the age of 10, with a folklore dance group at school. His professional dance career included Bat- Dor and Batsheva dance companies in Israel as well as Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in NY. He has served as Ballet Master for several companies including Batsheva and Kibutz dance company in Israel, Frankfurt Ballet in Germany and more, before shifting his attention to the study of the Fendenkrais method in 1995. Natan is now considered one of the most highly regarded instructors of the Fendenkrais method in Europe.
    Patrick Garr | Past Faculty Patrick Garr >> Past Faculty
    Patrick is a New York-based dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and dance teacher currently performing in Mean Girls on Broadway.
    Chris Gayle | Past Faculty Chris Gayle >> Guest Teacher
    Chris Gayle, born and raised in Los Angeles California, has appeared on many television shows like AGT and guest staring on episodes of So You Think You Can Dance as well as being an assistant choreographer for the show for seasons 10-12. She then went on to choreographing and performing for more live shows by herself with Eric Bellinger for his Easy Call Tour and Mike G at Tyler the Creator’s annual festival “Camp Flog Gnaw.” As a dancer Gayle has performed side by side with Serayah from “EMPIRE” , MC Hammer and toured with Disney Channel.
    Korie Genius | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Korie Genius >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Korie Genius was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He has been studying dance for many years and is well-versed in many styles including hip hop, dancehall, flexing, krumping and popping. Korie’s roots in the culture of dancehall has led to a career in this art form. Korie strives to make his class accessible to all levels of learners by mixing simple grooves and movements with more intricate choreography.
    Samantha Geracht  | Past Faculty Samantha Geracht >> Past Faculty
    Samantha Geracht holds a dance degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has performed works by Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrey with the Deborah Carr Theatre Dance Ensemble since 1992. She has also performed with Gail Corbin. Samantha has studied extensively with Jim May, Betty Jones, and Fritz Ludin. She has been a member of the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble since 1993 and assists director Jim May with teaching and setting Sokolow repertory. Samantha is an occasional guest artist with David Parker and The Bang Group and is on the artsbridge faculty at the Hoboken Charter School.
    Elisabeth Gibiat | Past Faculty Elisabeth Gibiat >> Past Faculty
    After her main dance education in France at the Centre de Danse Classique Marika Besobrasova and the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower, followed by 2 years in North America at The Toronto Dance Theatre, The Martha Graham School and The Merce Cunningham Studio, Elisabeth Gibiat joined, as a soloist dancer, the following companies: Bat Dor Dance Company, Tel Aviv (Israel), performing works by Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Niels Christie, Choo San Goh, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch and the Kilina Crémona Roger Méguin Cie de Danse, Lyon (France) where she developed her knowledge of the Cunningham Technique.
    Jack Samuel Gill | Past Faculty Jack Samuel Gill >> Past Faculty
    Jack Samuel Gill recently choreographed for and partnered with Canada’s first place winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Tara Popowich, in the Indian version of Dancing with the Stars. He was also asked by the show’s renowned producer, Remo D’Souza, to be his assistant for the Bollywood movie, Happy Ending. Jack choreographed for and appears as a dancer and featured actor in the much awaited film, ABCD2 (Any Body Can Dance 2). He recently contributed choreographically on the Broadway lab of the musical comedy HAZEL directed by Lucie Arnaz and choreographed by Chet Walker.
    Shannon Gillen | Past Faculty Shannon Gillen >> Past Faculty
    Artistic Director of Shannon Gillen & Guests (SGG), Gillen received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was mentored by Martha Clarke and Pat Catterson. Her choreographic works have been presented at Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Studio Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts Center, with Movement Research at Judson Church, Springboard Danse Festival
    Tyler Gilstrap | Past Faculty Tyler Gilstrap >> Past Faculty
    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 has taught hip-hop, improv, contemporary, and modern dance in Russia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and throughout the USA.
    Erin Ginn | Past Faculty Erin Ginn >> Past Faculty
    Erin Ginn began her professional career with Cincinnati Ballet after graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and a Minor in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, where she studied with Violette Verdy. She currently freelances in NYC and has danced with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, SENSEDANCE, Neglia Ballet, ViewPointe Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, and Columbia City Ballet. She has danced all over the United States including performances in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as a multiple-city tour of Peru.
    Julia Gleich | Ballet Julia Gleich >> Ballet
    Julia K. Gleich has just returned from teaching abroad where she held posts at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and at London Studio Centre where she was Head of Choreography. She is the Artistic Director of Gleich Dances and is the co-Founder of arts group Norte Maar. Alongside kinesiological principles and mental imagery she creates a a holistic approach to the art form.
    Nina Goldman | Ballet Nina Goldman >> Ballet
    Nina assisted choreographer, Arthur Pita, on Casse- Noisette at the Paris Opera Ballet. She was also his creative associate for the Joyce Theater’s premiere of The Tenant. She was the associate choreographer for The Phantom of The Opera National tour and is an assistant adjunct professor at Hunter College in New York City.
    Marimba Gold-Watts | Past Faculty Marimba Gold-Watts >> Past Faculty
    Marimba studied Pilates at the Kane School of Core Integration and is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University. Her classes emphasize fluidity of movement, coordination, and isolation of different muscle groups in order to help dancers and non-dancers alike achieve stronger and more articulate bodies.
    Jamison Goodnight | Past Faculty Jamison Goodnight >> Past Faculty
    Jamison Goodnight’s love for dance stemmed from her training with the Vineland Regional Dance Company. As a SUNY Purchase graduate with a BFA in dance performance and an AA in Business Administration she has had the opportunity to work with an array of choreographers and Directors such as Doug Varone, Takehiro Ueyama, Amy Marshall, and Nai-Ni Chen- to name a few. Jamison is a Principal Dancer and an Animato Art method instructor with the Nadine Bommer Dance Company. She feels honored to have the opportunity to share Nadine's beautiful techniques worldwide.
    Susie Gorman | Past Faculty Susie Gorman >> Past Faculty
    Susie Gorman started her training in Kansas City at the Miller-Marley School Of Dance, and The State Ballet Of Missouri. From there she trained with The School Of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater and The Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has danced for such companies as State Ballet of Missouri, Wes Veldink Movement, Journey Dance Company, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, American Dance Machine and Mia Michaels R.A.W. She was in the 1st National Tour of Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out, and has performed in such musicals as Oliver and Cinderella at Starlight theater.
    Christina Grady | Past Faculty Christina Grady >> Past Faculty
    Christina was born and raised in a small suburb in St. Louis, MO. Her love of entertaining started with her first dance class at age 2. From there she grew a love for all the arts: singing, acting, dancing, and musical theatre. She has toured the world dancing for artists like: Lady Gaga, P.Diddy, Mariah Carey, Nicky Minaj, Will.I.Am, Ne-yo, Beyonce, Enrique Iglesias, Space Cowboy, Keri Hilson, Cassie, Avril Lavigne, Jody Watley, many Disney/Nickelodeon stars & more.
    Christopher & Lauren Grant | Past Faculty Christopher & Lauren Grant >> Past Faculty
    It is unlike most traditional partnering, having the man lead and showcasing the woman. The dancers must develop a mutual nonverbal language through movement. For Lauren and Chris, partnering is a shared experience between all bodies involved. It blurs the lines between who’s leading whom and is a true conversation between the couple and/or group.
    Shelley Grantham | Past Faculty Shelley Grantham >> Past Faculty
    Shelley Grantham has been The School at Peridance Coordinator since 1999 along with the Director of the Peridance Youth Ensemble. Originally from Minneapolis, MN Shelley started her dance training at Dance Arts Center and Ballet Arts. She furthered her dance education at the Conservatory of Dance at Barat College, DePaul University, Chicago, IL receiving a BA in Dance and graduating with honors in 1997. While in Chicago she taught at North Shore School of Dance and choreographed for the musical theatre department at Loyola Academy. Shelley also performed with the Barat Repertory Dance Company, working with Rory Foster, Eileen Cropley, Emily Stein, Julie Cartier, Wilfredo Rivera and many student choreographers. After moving to New York City she began dancing and performing with two independent companies, Danielle DePersis and Dancers and Deborah Damast and Dancers along with choreographing for a Tap group, Fiddle Faddle Feet. Shelley has been teaching and choreographing for schools in Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey and New York for over 20 years, teaching Jazz, Modern, Tap and Composition. Shelley has been coordinating all out-reach efforts for both not-for-profit dance companies at Peridance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and the Peridance Youth Ensemble for over 15 years, working closely with organizations such as University Settlement, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Free Arts and NY Cares. In the out-reach efforts of both companies Shelley brings art enrichment programs to hundreds of children from various organizations and helps inspire participants to find their voice in the arts and in return their community. Shelley also holds a certification in Pilates from Core Pilates, NYC and teaches a classic and structured Pilates. Shelley believes she is the person and educator she is today because of her strong family and very supportive dance teachers throughout the years. She cherishes every moment she is able to give back to the dance community and arts education.
    Brian Green | Past Faculty Brian Green >> Past Faculty
    Brian Green has choreographed and danced with artists such Mariah Carey, Mya, Foxy Brown, Missy Eliott, Salt n' Pepa, Busta Rhymes, Barbara Tucker, EVE, Kraze, MAW (Masters at Work), and many more. In the last 10 years, his teaching has focused on the history of dances in the Funk, Hip-hop, and House culture, which he has spread through the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa.
    Yancy Greene | Past Faculty Yancy Greene >> Past Faculty
    Yancy Greene is a professional dancer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Dancing since the tender age of 8. Yancy has professionally trained at institutions such as Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, PMT and EXPG. As well as taught at PMT dance studio, Alvin Ailey, Gibney Dance studio, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center, Harlem School of the Arts and in various schools in Brooklyn through CORA dance based in Red Hook Brooklyn. His credits include Saturday Night Live, FX’s POSE, 2018’s VMA’s with Travis Scott. Asistant choreographer for 2019’s Broadway Bares “Take Off” Carnival.
    Emily Greenwell | Contemporary Emily Greenwell >> Contemporary
    Emily Greenwell was raised in Michigan and in 2009 moved to New York City. She completed The Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center, and has most recently continued her training studying with Erica Sobol in “The Gypsy Project: LA”. Upon moving to New York, Emily booked a tour with “Oz the Musical”, directed by American Idol finalist, Todrick Hall. Emily can be seen as a featured dancer on the Wendy Williams Season 5 TV Promo, choreographed by Luam and Derek Mitchell.
    Ariel Grossman | Past Faculty Ariel Grossman >> Past Faculty
    Ariel Rebecca Grossman was born and raised in New York City. She began her dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School under the direction of Gerald Arpino. She trained there for ten years with Eleanor D’antouno (American Ballet Theater), John Magnus, and Dorothy Lister. During this time Ariel was a dance major at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.
    Tony Guerrero | Past Faculty Tony Guerrero >> Past Faculty
    Tony has recently co-choreographed and lead Team USA, with JT Horenstein, in Shanghai, China’s exciting, live broadcast dance competition, “Just Dance,” presented by Tencent. Other recent collaborations with Mr. Horenstein include the official surprise premiere presentation of Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” at the New York Knick’s Opening Night Halftime Show at Madison Square Garden, the officially voted Fan Favorite number for the New York Knicks City Dancers at Madison Square Garden (“Blurred Lines,”) as well as other hit numbers during the past three seasons.
    Peniel Guerrier | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre Peniel Guerrier >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Peniel Guerrier danced with the National Dance Theatre of Haiti for 8 years and toured all over the world: Venezuela, Paris, Hungary, Japan, Montreal, Germany, Santo Domingo, and the United States. During this time he also toured with the Baccoulou Dance Company. As a teacher, choreographer, and performer, Peniel’s vision has different aspects, but the most important is to establish and extend the Haitian folkloric structure and technique.
    Bruno Guillore | Past Faculty Bruno Guillore >> Past Faculty
    For Hofesh Shechter Company: Bruno worked on the creation of Uprising and In your rooms and was a founding member of the Company. He has performed in Uprising, In your rooms, Political Mother, Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, Survivor, Sun, barbarians.
    Luz Guzman | Past Faculty Luz Guzman >> Past Faculty
    Luz Guzman, Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx from a young age is a voguer representing The House of Amazon. She has been vogueing since 2016 walking the category of women’s performance. She has debuted on FX’s Pose, Nike’s Be True campaign in 2017, and recently performed at World Pride NYC. She continues to evolve and grow within the ballroom scene as a versatile competitor of several categories.
    Paris Hairston | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Paris Hairston >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Has a degree in dance from Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY Paris has been dancing since the age of two. He has been a featured dancer on several tours from 1985- present. Paris “Greeneyes”Ninja was the first Voguer to dance on a major hip-hop tour with legendary artists such as: Stetsasonic, Run DMC, Salt & Pepa, Roxanne Roxanne, Father MC, Heavy Dee and several other notable artists.
    Chris Hale | Past Faculty Chris Hale >> Past Faculty
    Chris Hale is a constant student of the world driven by achieving goals and conquering new skill. While dance has always been the constant in his life, he has continued to have many interests and an insatiable desire to learn. This thirst for knowledge coupled with his need to achieve has lead him to pursue many passions over the years. Chris is certified in GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methodologies and The ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum from Pre-Primary-Level 5.
    Jamilia Hall | Past Faculty Jamilia Hall >> Past Faculty
    Jamilia is one of the PeriChild Programs fabulous Hip-Hop teachers. She brings tons of energy and life to her classroom. Her class is a mixture of traditional Hip-Hop to what's new and fresh in the always changing Hip-Hop world.
    Stephen Hanna | Past Faculty Stephen Hanna >> Past Faculty
    Stephen Hanna is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He danced with the New York City Ballet where he rose to the rank of principal dancer. He has been seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, An American In Paris, On The Town (2014 Revival OBC), Billy Elliot The Musical (Older Billy/Scottish Dancer OBC); Off-Broadway in Silence! The Musical (Dream Lecter); and on the National Tours of Come Fly Away (Sid), and The Phantom Of The Opera. TV/Film: Pose, Forever, Boardwalk Empire, Momsters: When Moms Go Bad, All My Children, Centerstage, and Fourth Position.
    Francesca Harper | Past Faculty Francesca Harper >> Past Faculty
    Most recently, Francesca was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, a teacher for The Ailey School and the Fordham BFA Program, and a teacher and choreographer Tony Award Director Susan Batson at the Susan Batson Studio. Francesca also enjoyed working as a ballet consultant for the feature film, "Black Swan," by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, who went on to win an Oscar.
    Angela Harriell | Past Faculty Angela Harriell >> Past Faculty
    Angela Harriell is the director and choreographer of the New York based theatrical dance company, The Love Show Dancers. The Public Theater, Vogue magazine, TNT Drama, Banksy, The BBC, and Dom Perignon have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed four original Off Broadway productions, including the very popular Nutcracker: Rated R, selling out in its runs over the past seven seasons. Angela has choreographed multiple musicals, music videos and industrials, and she has toured Tokyo, Rome and Egypt with her company. Her work can be seen glittering on nightlife stages as well as dinner shows, private events, casinos, museums, and the off Broadway stage. She often looks for potential new talent in her classes for future shows and events.
    DaJuan Harris | Past Faculty DaJuan Harris >> Past Faculty
    DaJuan Harris is a NYC/NJ based performer, choreographer, and instructor. Graduating from The Joffrey Ballet School, he served as a trainee in the Jazz and Contemporary program under the direction of Michael Blake. Along with training at the Joffrey Ballet School, DaJuan began his formal dance training at the young age of nine, with Cynthia Jones at the Academy of Performing Arts. After graduating he then attended Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts training under the direction of Erin Pride. During DaJuan's training, he received full scholarships to train at Perry Mansfield Winter Intensive at The Juilliard School, Ballet Forte at Wings Conservatory, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and The Joffrey Ballet School.
    Yuki Hasegawa | Body Conditioning Yuki Hasegawa >> Body Conditioning
    After Yuki lead her professional career as a dancer in musicals in Japan, she moved to NY and obtained her MA in Dance and Dance Education from NYU. She earned the Pilates Certification through Kane School of Core Integration. Since 2002 at Peridance, she has worked with numerous dancers from all over the world to teach Pilates in order to improve their conditions and their dance performances.
    Mistral Hay | Past Faculty Mistral Hay >> Past Faculty
    Mistral Hay grew up in Lancaster PA and moved to New York to receive her BFA at SUNY Purchase College. Since moving to Brooklyn as a freelancing modern concert dancer, Mistral has worked with companies including Pilobolus Creative Services, the NINES, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, and Jordan Morley/Little Riot.
    Kelly Hayes | Past Faculty Kelly Hayes >> Past Faculty
    Kelly Hayes has been teaching Creative Dance and Ballet at Peridance Center since 2002. She is also on faculty at The Alvin Ailey School and Soundance. Kelly enjoys sharing ballet technique with her students in a healthy, joyful way. Her classes are structured, yet fun, encouraging young dancers to find their love of dance through their own motivation and hard work. Kelly continues to perform as a dancer, actor, and singer and holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.<
    Liethis Hechavarria | Past Faculty Liethis Hechavarria >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Santiago De Cuba, Ms. Hechavarria received her early training as a dancer with Danys “La Mora” Perez Prades director of OyuOro Afro Cuban experimental ensemble in New York City and Sergio Hechavarria Gallardo director of Folklorico de Oriente, Cutumba.
    Bill Hedberg | Past Faculty Bill Hedberg >> Past Faculty
    Bill’s career as a movement educator began with teaching Pilates in 1984 at the California Institute for the Arts.
    Ryan Heffington | Past Faculty Ryan Heffington >> Past Faculty
    Two-time Grammy nominated choreographer, director and performance artist, Ryan Heffington is a leading voice in contemporary movement. Awarded Performing Arts Innovator of the Year (2017) by the Wall Street Journal, Ryan’s choreography became a worldwide sensation with the debut of Sia’s music videos for 1000 Forms of Fear, including “Chandelier”, which has been viewed nearly 2 billion times, making it one of the most watched music videos in history. His work can be seen in television, film and on stages around the world, including his most recent work for Edgar Wright’s critically-acclaimed film Baby Driver, Netflix’s groundbreaking television series The OA, and Spike Jonze’s commercials for Kenzo (winner, 2017 Cannes Lions Festival) and Apple’s “Welcome Homepod” featuring FKA Twigs.
    Colin Heininger | Past Faculty Colin Heininger >> Past Faculty
    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.
    Hanna Herbertson | Past Faculty Hanna Herbertson >> Past Faculty
    She is passionate about teaching her students the foundations of Dancehall as well as exploring the different expressions within the genre. Hanna regularly travels to Jamaica and has danced with some of the top dancers from Kingston like Matthew & Conray from Shady Squad and Rahmus from Rifical Team. Her work has also been recognized by DanceJA.com that nominated Hanna two years in a row for awards [Most Popular Female Dancer USA & Most Popular on the International scene].
    Rachel M. Hettinger | Contemporary Rachel M. Hettinger >> Contemporary
    Jana Hicks | Contemporary Jana Hicks >> Contemporary
    Jana Hicks, a native of Texas, holds a BFA in dance from SMU and performed with a variety of companies and choreographers including Max Stone and The Kevin Wynn Collection. She is currently Co- Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project and has taught and choreographed for over 30 years in the US and abroad. Jana teaches Contemporary Dance at Peridance Center and Yoga at Now Yoga.
    Christopher Hildebrandt | Past Faculty Christopher Hildebrandt >> Past Faculty
    Christopher Hildebrandt studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga. He has given Ashtanga Yoga workshops at the Ashtanga Yoga Sadhana, the Omega Institute, Tapovana, and Yoga Yama. Additionally, he trains teachers and to teach assisting, Sanskrit, and yoga philosophy.
    Taka Hiro | Past Faculty Taka Hiro >> Past Faculty
    Taka Hiro has won the Showtime at the Apollo grand championship a record nine times, was selected to perform with Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour in 2009, and has performed in many New York based groups including Angel Feliciano’s FDC.
    Courtney Hirsch | Past Faculty Courtney Hirsch >> Past Faculty
    Courtney made her dance debut as a precocious 3- year-old performing to Barry Manilow's Copacabana in a ruffled magenta leotard. Since then, she studied jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, tap, house, and gymnastics throughout New York City. Courtney is a New York native and graduated from New York University with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a B.S. in Communications. She worked professionally in healthcare, higher education, career counseling, and social work. She is also a freelance pastry chef and unapologetic cat lady. Courtney is a passionate proponent of dance as a medium for expression, community, confidence, well-being, and balance — especially for those who pursue it as a hobby. Courtney has been a member of the Peridance community since 2009 is thrilled to be joining the faculty.
    Monica Hogan | Past Faculty Monica Hogan >> Past Faculty
    Monica Hogan is a professional choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in New York City. As the artistic director of her company, Monica Hogan Danceworks, she has presented choreography on stages internationally including: Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter, NY Jazz Choreography Project, Queens Council on the Arts, CoolNY Dance Festival (NYC); Xuzhou Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall (China); Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS (NC); and Jazz on Tap (GA), to name a few.
    Nikki Holck | Ballet Nikki Holck >> Ballet
    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.
    JoiLynn Hopkins | Past Faculty JoiLynn Hopkins >> Past Faculty
    As a multidimensional artist , JoiLynn creates in the realm of dance, film and music . She trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, and The Ailey School before studying Haitian folklore and Hip Hop styles in the underground scene NYC.
    JT Horenstein | Past Faculty JT Horenstein >> Past Faculty
    Creative director, Producer, writer and Director/ choreographer (currently for Madison Square Garden and The New York Knicks Entertainment) for over 75 large scale multi million dollar-plus private and corporate events, general sessions and summits, as well as many hit network and cable shows such as Dancing With The Stars (2011- 2013), America's Best Dance Crew (MTV), NBC's The Sing Off with Nicole Scherzinger, Natasha Bettingfield, Smokey Robinson, Ben Folds, The Academy Awards (ABC), MTV Awards, VMAs, Skating with the Stars (ABC), The Winter Olympics Torino and Vancouver (Artistic Director for the US Olympic Figure Skating and Ice Dancing teams), Summer Olympic Gymnastic post tour with Black Eyed Peas, Mad TV(FOX), SNL (NBC), NIKE commercials and live telecasts for huge sports and music stars, Political conventions such as Demo 2000 with Streisand @ The Shrine, Seth McFarland's Oscars, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, and multi million dollar corporate and private events such as the CES, (Las Vegas) (Compaq, Samsung and Apple), Nissan Brazil, NYC Fashion Week 2013
     Houston Met Dance | Past Faculty Houston Met Dance >> Past Faculty
    METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertoire that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, USA, METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and instill the company’s work with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member regardless of their background, age, sex, or experience with dance. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content. Please visit: www.METdance.org for more information.
    Brandon Hudson | Past Faculty Brandon Hudson >> Past Faculty
    Brandon Hudson is a professional performer based in New York City. He moved from St. Louis in 2013 with a Bachelors in Dance from Lindenwood University. Since then he has been seen dancin’ and singin' Nationally and Internationally.
     Guanglei Hui | Contemporary Guanglei Hui >> Contemporary
    Guanglei Hui independent artist, choreographer, dancer and teacher. He studied at The Russian National Ballet Dance Academy from 2001- 2003 and earned a major in Choreography/ Classical Ballet Performance with Education. While studying in Russia, he took second place in the Russian International Dance Competition. He is an Adjunct Professor of Queens College and Artistic Director of Cross Move lab.
     HUMA | Past Faculty HUMA >> Past Faculty
    HUMA is the resident arts collective at Arts On Site NYC, a non profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of artists. The collective furthers the mission of the organization to encourage artistic collaboration by creating opportunities for artists to create new works and engaging a broader arts community. HUMA provides movement classes, community outreach, and performances both nationally and internationally. HUMA's Artistic Directors are a collection of artists from dance and visual art including Chelsea Ainsworth, Kyle Netzeband, Doron Perk, and Jessica Smith. Bringing together multiple experiences from international travels and professional outreach, the present work is influenced by a wide range of different cultures and seeks to become a forum for storytelling world-wide.
    Tsai Hsi Hung | Contemporary Tsai Hsi Hung >> Contemporary
    Tsai Hsi Hung, (Taipei, Taiwan) graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts 2010.In 2009 and travelled to Australia as an exchange student for the Dance at Queensland Technology University Dance Department. She has worked with the Australian Dance Theater, Tasdance, and Chunky Move Dance Company Dancers. While in Australia, Hung appeared on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” 

     Hurrikane | Past Faculty Hurrikane >> Past Faculty
    Born in Port-au-Prince Haiti raise in Stamford, Connecticut now resides in NYC. Alain Lauture better known as "Hurrikane" found interest in dance in 2007 being very determined to seek knowledge and training while dancing every day forced him to grow quite fast. Known in the underground scene for his spontaneous free style as a "Locker" and his versatility as a dancer he won many competition & battles including "Juste Debout, Hip Hop Internationals, and Summer Dance Forever”. Performing for MTV, Samsung, Microsoft, Madonna, and Smirnoff he now adds to his resume his newfound skill in choreography. Now with "Motivating Excellence" program training with world renown choreographer "Rhapsody James" he is determined to become a great overall DANCER as well as choreographer.
    Morgan Hurst | Past Faculty Morgan Hurst >> Past Faculty
    Morgan Hurst is a freelance artist, non- profit arts administrator, as well as a dance and yoga teacher. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, where she graduated with the Bert Terborough Award in 2014. Morgan dances for Mari Meade Dance Collective, Susie McHugh+Dancers, MELD, and has done work for SummerStage with Luca Veggetti, collaborations at The New School with Jean- Baptiste Barriere, has participated as a fellow at Jacob's Pillow.
    Shelly Hutchinson | Past Faculty Shelly Hutchinson >> Past Faculty
    Shelly Hutchinson is a choreographer, instructor, dancer, actress and producer in New York City. She has been a Contemporary and Musical Theater choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine for the last four seasons also on the creative teams and performed in operas such as Candide, Samson and Delilah, and Aida as associate choreographer and assistant director.
     Huu Rock | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Huu Rock >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Huu Rock is a choreographer, dancer, instructor, DJ and the Co- Founder of MELLOW ANIMALS, a dancer crew comprising multiple styles of street dance.

    Huu Rock started his journey in dance in his hometown of Kochi, Japan, B-boying as a member of the legendary Spin Crew.

    Arriving in New York City, Huu Rock was introduced to a wide array of dance styles, music, and the culture that surrounds these art forms, falling in love with all that dance in NYC has to offer.

    Lisa Iannacito | Past Faculty Lisa Iannacito >> Past Faculty
    Joined Riedel Dance Theater in 2005 and became the Associate Artistic Director in 2007.
    Kevin Iega Jeff | Past Faculty Kevin Iega Jeff >> Past Faculty
    Kevin Iega Jeff began studying dance formally at age thirteen. He trained at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts, Darvash Ballet School, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center before matriculating into The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has been praised for his technical brilliance and rigor, his dramatic power, and the singular ability to perform and bridge different dance forms in a seamless manner, whether it be ballet, modern, contemporary, or African American dance.
    Nicola Iervasi | Past Faculty Nicola Iervasi >> Guest Teacher
    Kevin Albert and Nicola Iervasi are co-founders and artistic directors of Mare Nostrum Elements, a versatile entity that acts as a Performance Group, Training Outlet and Production Company. In its dedication to the expression of human emotion through dance, theater, and movement, Mare Nostrum Elements strives to reduce the distance between artistic disciplines by exploring their points of intersection and sharing the results through performances, workshops, and outreach programs.
    Evelyn Ifiegbu | Past Faculty Evelyn Ifiegbu >> Past Faculty
    Evelyn Ifiegbu, of Philadelphia, is a New York City based dance artist. She is a graduate from Belhaven University with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Sociology. Since moving to NYC, Ifiegbu has performed at venues such as Judson Memorial Church, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the KnJ Theater, Triskelion Arts, and the Queens Museum to name a few. Currently, Ifiegbu is a dancer with Cross Move Lab (Artistic Director Guanglei Hui) and Apollonia & Dancers (Artistic Director Apollonia Holzer), among other freelance projects. Additionally, she presents her own work via live performance and dance for camera around the country, including the cities of NYC, LA, Houston, and Atlanta.
    Maiko Ikegaki  | Past Faculty Maiko Ikegaki >> Past Faculty
    Maiko Ikegaki was born in Tokyo Japan. She graduated from the Dallas Baptist University in Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology. She has worked as a personal trainer and has experience helping her clients with weight loss, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, she is certified as a Pilates mat instructor with Teri Steel.
    William Isaac | Past Faculty William Isaac >> Past Faculty
    WILLIAM ISAAC, award winning Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer, was born on the island nation of Antigua. He is the Artistic Director/Founder of Kymera Dance. This project-based company is dedicated to making new work in the artistic discipline of dance, collaboration within other arts & entertainment fields and the development of future dance artists. The inaugural performance for Kymera Dance was in February 2012 at The Little Flower Theater in New York City. Kymera Dance has presented work at JCC in Manhattan, Thelma Hill Arts Center, and Brooklyn Ballets First Look series.
    Tomoko Ishikawa | Guest Faculty Tomoko Ishikawa >> Guest Faculty
    Tomoko Ishikawa was born and raised in Tokyo, where she started her career as a dancer. She then moved to New York to find new inspiration. Tomoko has worked with various teachers and choreographers all over NYC. She has become busy with her own teaching and work. She has performed for various artists such as Cardi B, Missy Elliott, French Montana, Remy ma, Ciara, Madonna, Lil Kim, and Backstreet Boys. Also she is featured a fashion brand “Converse” commercial. Ishikawa has taught special workshops in studios all over Asia. She continues to garner attention in both NYC and Japan as an innovative hip hop dancer and choreographer.
    Jazzy J (Boog Soulfire) | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Jazzy J (Boog Soulfire) >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
     J Chen Project | Past Faculty J Chen Project >> Past Faculty
    J CHEN PROJECT is a modern dance company based in NYC. The mission of J CHEN PROJECT is to explore identity within the human experience through creation, performance, mentoring and inspiring young artists to share their voice. Specifically now, J CHEN PROJECT is looking at this generation’s fixation on Social Media popularity. Both the positive connectivity of Social Media, as well as the profound threat it has on our society’s perceptions, behaviors, strength of community and ability to feel empathy towards others. ?
     J9 | Past Faculty J9 >> Past Faculty
    Janine Micheletti (also known as J9) is a native New Yorker and street fusion choreographer. She graduated from SUNY Purchase’s School of Art & Design with a concentration in photography. Thereafter, she has spent most of her professional life as a visual artist and accomplished textile designer.
    Melinda Jackson | Past Faculty Melinda Jackson >> Past Faculty
    Melinda had the pleasure of being one of Zena’s most devoted students and continues her legacy by being a great example of her work, inspiring others to study Zena’s brilliant technique. The class will define the floor barre positions and be followed by a short, basic placement barre. Class is suitable for all ages and levels.
    Drew Jacoby | Past Faculty Drew Jacoby >> Past Faculty
    Drew Jacoby was born in Boise, Idaho in 1984. She went on to study at School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
    Lauren Jaeger | Past Faculty Lauren Jaeger >> Past Faculty
    Lauren teaches in the Young Movers and Young Ballet programs. Lauren brings a calm and centered energy to class while instilling her true love of dance in her students.
    Susan Jaffe | Past Faculty Susan Jaffe >> Past Faculty
    Declared by the New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina,” Susan Jaffe danced as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years.
     Jak-Hamah | Past Faculty Jak-Hamah >> Past Faculty
    Jak-Hamah, aka Chanan Lareche, has been dancing all his life and has always been interested in the hip-hop culture. Chanan has choreographed for recording artists and has been to multiple countries such as Italy, Greece and others to teach dance, and also made it to the semi- finals of Juste Debout '11 and won Funkin' Stylez Finland '12.
    Randy James | Past Faculty Randy James >> Past Faculty
    Randy James, founding Artistic Director of 10 Hairy Legs, has significantly impacted the field of dance for more than three decades locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a highly regarded dancer, choreographer, teacher, guest lecturer, panelist and staunch advocate of the arts. In 2010 the The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation cited him as “The Patron Saint of New Jersey dance.” As a choreographer, James has created more than 40 works on his own companies and on 16 other professional companies throughout the United States, garnering positive reviews from The New York Times.
    Rhapsody James | Past Faculty Rhapsody James >> Past Faculty
    James quickly became a lead choreographer for the NBA New Jersey Nets Dance Team and a principal dancer in the acclaimed, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See music video by Busta Rhymes. Keeping up her flair for business and choreography, James parlayed those roles into appearances on the commercial dance world’s leading stages: MTV's The Grind, VH-1 80's Dance Party, VH-1 Fashion Awards and Lip Service.
    Mathew James | URBAN TRIBE | Contemporary Mathew James | URBAN TRIBE >> Contemporary
    Mathew James is originally from Winters, CA; he is currently a resident of the Manhattan borough. He earned his MFA at Tisch School of the Arts in Performance & Choreography, as well as his Yoga teaching certification at The Perri Institute of Mind and Body. He received his BA in Dance, Jewish Studies, and Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University
    Chris Jarosz | Past Faculty Chris Jarosz >> Past Faculty
    Christopher Jarosz has been teaching and dancing professionally for over a decade. After his childhood dance training, he was accepted to the prestigious Southern Methodist University dance program on scholarship. At SMU, Chris studied ballet, modern, and jazz, and performed works by Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor as well as many others. His choreography at SMU was featured multiple times in the Best of Student Choreography showcases. In 2008, Chris competed as one of the top 20 dancers on the fourth season of the hit reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance. There, he had the honor of working with Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, and Tabitha and Napoleon. After the show, Chris returned to college where he graduated with a BFA in dance. Immediately after graduation, he became an original cast member of Cirque Du Soleil's Viva ELVIS! in Las Vegas. Chris represented Cirque Du Soleil on many television shows, such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor, and The Emmy’s. His work in TV/Film continued in LA with features on Glee, Fuller House, ABC's The Secret Life of an American teenager, Toyota 2015, LA LA Land (Choreographer Mandy Moore) and Behind the Candelabra (choreographer Marguerite Derricks). He was paired with JLO on her "Dance Again" single album cover, and performed alongside Taylor Swift in her VMA’s “Shake It Off” performance. Chris continued his work with Cirque Du Soleil as an IRIS cast member at the Kodak theater. In 2016, he moved to NYC to be an original cast member of Radio City’s summer show, The New York Spectacular. The following year, he booked the National Tour of the hit Broadway show WICKED. Chris continues to reside in NYC where he works commercially with artists such as Derek and Julianne Hough, Betty Who, Stacey Tookey, Spencer Liff, Vincent Paterson, Bonnie Story, Mia Michaels, Rich and Tone, Al Blackstone, Nick Henkel, Zach Woodlee and Brooke Lipton on many different programs and platforms, some including Good Morning America and The Today show. His latest work has been with Tanisha Scott on Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll; Chris Scott on In The Heights; James Alsop on Devil Wears Prada. His dancing will be featured this upcoming Met Season as one of the dancers in their production of Der Fliegende Hollaander. Chris' classes and choreography take him all over the United States and the world.
    Sam Javi | Guest Faculty Sam Javi >> Guest Faculty
    A New Jersey native, Sam has been dancing since the age of 16. From then on, he spent years training in different street and foundational styles of hip-hop. Integrating his variety of inspirations, Sam introduces a unique approach to movement and a refreshing training style wherever he goes. He has trained in the New Jersey dance community, working with competition dance teams as a coach and leader. Working with such artists as BTS, Emawk, Who’s Bad Tribute Tour and traveling internationally to perform/teach has given him a means to share his knowledge and experience. He is currently a weekly teacher at The Hive Dance Studio in New Jersey and Brickhouse NYC and hopes to inspire his classes to feel a love for various dance styles and cultures.
     Jessica Gaynor Dance | Past Faculty Jessica Gaynor Dance >> Past Faculty
    Over the last decade, JGD has premiered fourteen works, including six evening length pieces at venues such as The Skirball Center/NYU, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The 92nd Street Y, The Kitchen, Peridance, Gowanus Art + Production, Hudson Guild Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, White Wave, Brown University, Built on Stilts Dance Festival on Martha's Vineyard and has been presented by Triskelion Arts for eight sold-out seasons, including an encore performance in 2011.
     Kate Jewett | Past Faculty Kate Jewett >> Past Faculty
    Shen Wei Dance Arts creates interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performance for forward-looking audiences. Each work by Artistic Director Shen Wei develops an original dance vocabulary incorporating visual and storytelling elements from the theater, Chinese opera, Eastern philosophy, traditional and contemporary visual art, and sculpture. The result, at turns figurative and abstract, combines performance with strong scenic elements to create a fascinating fantasy in movement.
    Aubrey Johnson | Past Faculty Aubrey Johnson >> Past Faculty
    Aubrey Johnson is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and educator who specializes in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music with and without words. She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and is set to release her debut album under saxophonist Greg Osby’s new record label Inner Circle Music within the next year. In 2011 she joined the voice department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, becoming their youngest current voice teacher.
    Christina Johnson | Past Faculty Christina Johnson >> Past Faculty
    After her performance career Christina has been sought after as a teacher, coach and ballet master, and has worked with companies such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Gotesborg Ballett, Ballett Basel, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington to name a few.
    Lydia Johnson | Past Faculty Lydia Johnson >> Guest Teacher
    Lydia Johnson is originally from Massachussetts and founded Lydia Johnson Dance in 1999. Her distinctive choreography captures a sense of the depth and spirit of the human struggle and is profoundly linked to the music to which it is set. Ms Johnson has taught choreography in many New York venues and at arts centers in New Jersey.
    Betty Jones | Past Faculty Betty Jones >> Past Faculty
    Betty Jones was a principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company from 1947 to 1970, creating leading roles in Missa Brevis, A Choreographic Offering, There is a Time, The Moor's Pavane and many other classics of modern dance.
    Margaret Jones | Past Faculty Margaret Jones >> Past Faculty
    Margaret Jones hails from Raleigh, North Carolina where she grew up dancing competitively. She continued her training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Contemporary Dance in 2015. Since moving to New York Margaret has performed with BARE Dance company, Abarukas, Depth Dance, Inclined Dance, among others, both nationally and internationally. She received her Mat Pilates certification through Linda Ferrel, under her LindaFit program in 2016 and is currently working towards her NASM personal training certification. Margaret currently teaches mat and modified reformer classes at Flex Studios and RISE by We.
    Jae Man Joo | Ballet Jae Man Joo >> Ballet
    Jae Man Joo is Korean Born Artist, He is a Recipient Of Princess Grace Award For excellence In choreography in 2009. Past 20 years He Worked With Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Served as the Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Master. Joo Started Classical Ballet training In South Korea Where he was born And raised. In 1996, He Received The Best Individual Artist Award From The Bagnolet International Dance Festival In Paris, France. He Was A Principal Dancer At Complexions Contemporary Ballet And Ballet Hispanico.
    Mariyah Jossick | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre Mariyah Jossick >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Mariyah is a dance artist/choreographer/instructor. In addition to her performance of classic Oriental Dance, Mariyah is a theatrical artist. Drawing on her study of a variety of dance and movement forms, and her passion for myth, mysticism and poetry to create dances which evoke archetypal figures and a journey of the spirit. Distinguished by her graceful and evocative dance style, she has performed countless shows for weddings, events, and cabaret and theater stages in the NYC area and beyond. She is a member of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective since 2001, a cofounder of Entelechy Dance Theater and Infinity Bellydance, a performer with project "Bella Gaia" and coproducer of the Siren Revival and New York Oryantal Parti performance series
    Dara Joy | Past Faculty Dara Joy >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in New York, Dara is no stranger to the stage and also began teaching and doing choreography in her teens. Her performance credits range from Broadway, touring through the US and throughout Europe in Germany and Switzerland with a show called American Festival Ballet, and tons of regional and industrial work.
     Jungle | Past Faculty Jungle >> Past Faculty
    Shango Bartley also known as Jungle is a second generation New york based dancer specializing in house and hiphop. Bringing the essence of New york street dance to the studio. Shango brings a new aged way to approach house and dance in general.
    Aya Kaneko | Past Faculty Aya Kaneko >> Past Faculty
    Aya Kaneko is originally from Japan, where she began her classic ballet training. She was awarded for the vocational examination syllabus certificate at The Royal Academy of Dance in London. She has worked with several classic ballet companies, projects and schools in Osaka and Kobe as a professional ballet dancer and teacher.
    Joy Karley | Past Faculty Joy Karley >> Past Faculty
    Joy Karley, MA, PMA-CPT holds a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and Athletic Training from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Modern Dance from Kent State University.
    Kenichi Kasamatsu | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Kenichi Kasamatsu >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    His most recent exposure includes being featured in Mark Ronson’s latest music video “I Can’t Lose” choreographed by the power dance couple, Keone and Mariel Madrid. On this journey Ken has met and worked closely with a lot of amazing choreographers such as Neil Schwartz, Gigi Torres, Jared Jenkins to name a few. He has made the cast to numerous performances in New York’s most hype dance events such as Carnival and Sybarite for the choreographers mentioned above.
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    Shelby Kaufman | Past Faculty Shelby Kaufman >> Past Faculty
    Shelby Kaufman is a member of Germaine Salsberg’s tap company Les Femmes, and is choreographer and dancer in her own company of professional Jewish hoofers, Mazel Toes.
    Yuka Kawazu | Ballet Yuka Kawazu >> Ballet
    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.
    Simon Kazantsev | Ballet Simon Kazantsev >> Ballet
    Simon Kazantsev was born in Russia and attended the famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, where he successfully completed his dance training in 8 years. Upon graduation, he joined the Stanislavsky Ballet, one of Moscow's leading companies. He toured internationally with that troupe, dancing solo roles in such classics as Giselle, Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, Le Corsaire, and the Nutcracker, as well as performing prominent roles in contemporary ballets. At the same time, he attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy College, where he earned a BA in Pedagogy and Dancing and became an assistant to the late Professor Alexander Bondarenko, who was a leading authority on ballet technique and coach to many principal dancers of the Bolshoi Theater. In 2003, Mr. Kazantsev came to the United States to join the Boston Ballet. In America, he discovered that his real passion was teaching.
    Miles Keeney | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Miles Keeney >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Miles Keeney born in Hong Kong but raised in the New York City area, is an NYC based professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He's represented by MSA talent agency, and has worked commercially in both New York and Los Angeles. His credit span across live performances, tv, music video, and film and recently have included dancing for Samsung, Ru Paul's Drag Race, Silentó, Jason Derulo, and Calvin Chen.
    Maurya Kerr | Past Faculty Maurya Kerr >> Past Faculty
    Maurya Kerr is a choreographer, educator, performer, and the artistic director of tinypistol, where her choreographic work has been honored by numerous awards, grants, and commissions. She was an ODC artist-in-residence from 2015 to 2018, and completed her MFA through Hollins University in 2016, writing her thesis on people of color and their access to, or prohibition from, wonderment. She was a member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet for twelve years and teaches extensively in their educational programs. She most recently performed in The Foundry’s Deep South, and BodyCartography Project’s felt room at SFMOMA and the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Museum. In 2017 she co-founded the tiny little get down, a quarterly dance party intended to defiantly and subversively fortify otherness through embodied joy and the power of the collective.
    Raphaëlle Kessedjian | Guest Faculty Raphaëlle Kessedjian >> Guest Faculty
    Raphaëlle received her dance training at the Centre choreographique Veronique Thery and The Rick Odums Institute in France before coming to the Martha Graham school in New York City with a merit scholarship. There she danced for Graham II until 2009. She was a teacher at the Graham School for the Young Artist Program. She assisted Marnie Thomas at Peridance center and Adelphi University.
    Fadi Khoury | Past Faculty Fadi Khoury >> Past Faculty
    He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by the folkloric music and dance of Arab culture. His father, also a dancer and choreographer, was the Artistic Director of the National Iraqi Ballet. Through his father, Fadi was exposed to diverse approaches to dance in Mesopotamia, still present in Assyrian, Syriac, and Bedouin folkloric dances of the Middle East. When Fadi was thirteen, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where he trained in Classical Ballet, Folkloric Dance, and in Modern, Jazz, and Ballroom. Still in his teens, he began experimenting with the eclecticism that has defined his work ever since. By seventeen, he was dancing professionally with the Rahbani Musical Theatre, while studying at the Lebanese Fine Arts University.
    Raeman Kilfoil  | Past Faculty Raeman Kilfoil >> Past Faculty
    Professional ballet dancer, Raeman Kilfoil, is performing, teaching and coaching. Raeman began his training in Long Island, New York, and then at the School of American Ballet with Stanley Williams, Jock Soto, and Damien Woetzel. He then went on to study with Francois Perron, Patricia McBride and Edward Villella, in New York City, and with Violette Verdy and Goping Wang, at Indiana University Bloomington, in Bloomington, IN.
    Sun Kim | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Sun Kim >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Kangseon Kim, as known as Sun Kim started with break dancing, then found the style of popping, which she just fell in love with. A few years later, she joined Sweety Boogie, one of the best female popping crews in Korea. She won several competitions such as Step Ya Game Up 2014, Book of styles 2014, Immortal Street Dance battle 2013, Style 4 Style 2012 and was the top 8 at UK B-Boy championship world final as USA popping representative.
    Sung Hoon Kim | Past Faculty Sung Hoon Kim >> Past Faculty
    Sun Hoon Kim teaches extensively, and has performed and choreographed for numerous venues and festivals around Korea and internationally. In 2005, He worked in collaboration with Music Composer, Prof. Eun Hea Park from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and, He was invited to perform Dance of Cho- wol in Florida, USA. One of his works Position of body(2007) was invited in Venice Biennial Festival as 'The Youngest Choreographer'.
    Young Soon Kim | Past Faculty Young Soon Kim >> Past Faculty
    A pioneer of “Hallyu: Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures, presents Eternal NOW. Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (New York) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless.
    Bivi Kimura | Past Faculty Bivi Kimura >> Past Faculty
    Bivi has danced with 20th Century Ballet, Maurice Bejart / Belgium and Switzerland, Jeunne Ballet de France / Paris and also as invited guest in Japan and Europe. Her repertoire includes Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Napoli, Sleeping Beauty, Mallarme III, and Allegro Brillante. She was a Finalist at the Prix de Lausanne and received a Silver & Bronze prize at the Tokyo Ballet Competition, Junior Division.
    Joyce King | Past Faculty Joyce King >> Past Faculty
    Her center warm-up focuses on strengthening technique and expanding flexibility. Across the floor is comprised of turns and jumps with intent to familiarize the student to her style. Joyce encourages the dancers to bring their uniqueness and passion to the combinations while challenging and developing their technique, ultimately bringing their performance to a higher level.
    James Kinney | Past Faculty James Kinney >> Guest Teacher
    James has been performing prfesstionaly since the age of 15. Starting his training at the Florida Ballet and latter moving to NYC where he’s been for the past 16 years . As a Choreographer James most recently returned from Florida where he choreographed Hello Dolly staring Sally Struthers and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other works include an original ballet entitled “MARCH” which was commissioned by the New Jersey Ballet, after it’s debut at Alvin Ailey.
    Alice Klock | Past Faculty Alice Klock >> Past Faculty
    Alice Klock trained at numerous ballet company schools, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Alonzo King's Lines BFA program. She joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2009 where she danced until 2018. Alongside performing she has created choreographic work for Hubbard Street, Whim W’Him, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, LA Contemporary Dance Company, The Alonzo King LINES BFA, The Juilliard School, The Cambrians, Loyola University, Neos Dance Theater, Visceral Dance Chicago, and NW Dance Project's LAUNCH. She has been a winner of numerous choreographic competitions including Hubbard Street's International Commissioning Project, NW Dance Project's Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, and Whim W’him’s Choreographic Shindig. In 2017 she was named Hubbard Street's Choreographic Fellow and in 2018 was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch. She also choreographs and performs work as part of FLOCK, a co-choreography company she founded with Florian Lochner in 2017.
    Ali Koinoglou | Past Faculty Ali Koinoglou >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Long Island, Ali is now thriving in New York City. Ali found her love for dance early on, training since the young age of two. In high school, Ali spent numerous summers studying at the Joffrey Ballet School & American Ballet Theater, where she focussed on expanding her knowledge of the art & honing her technique. After graduating high school, Ali chose to continue her training with Joffrey Ballet’s pre- professional year-round program.
    Joshua Kolberg | Past Faculty Joshua Kolberg >> Past Faculty
    Joshua Kolberg received professional training from the renowned Patricia Barker, artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, as well as from Henning Albrechtsen while attending the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen. In 2015, Josh traveled the country in the US National tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
    Yusaku Komori | Past Faculty Yusaku Komori >> Guest Teacher
    Yusaku Komori began his dance training at Take Two Dance Academy. He continued his training at Dance"MOVE"!! and The Ailey School where he was a fellowship student. Komori was first prize winner in three prestigious Japanese competitions: Jazz Dance Association of Japan, Dance Stage Project and Nextream. He performed in many productions and TV show in Japan and since coming to New York he has performed with the Ailey II, Bad Boys of Dance with Rasta Thomas, Francesca Harper Project, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cartier Williams Dance Theater.
    Dorit Koppel | Past Faculty Dorit Koppel >> Past Faculty
    Acclaimed as "Teacher of the Year" by Dance Pages Magazine, Dorit classically trained students who now dance with NYC Ballet and Boston Ballet, to list but a few. She coached Kioko Ina of USA Ice Skating team in Monsey, NY, and also developed their ballet program.She received a MFA in Dance from NYU Graduate School of the Performing Arts, after completing a BA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Dorit was the Artistic Director and owner of Progressive Dance Studio in Englewood, NJ.
    Roni Koresh | Past Faculty Roni Koresh >> Past Faculty
    Roni Koresh is an Israeli- American choreographer whose style represents his experience in both cultures. From his time in Israel which included Israeli folk dance, performance with Martha Graham’s Batsheva 2 Dance Company and his enlistment in the Israeli army, the style draws its strong sense of humanity, sweeping circle patterns, military precision and Middle Eastern flavor.
    Nicholas Korkos | Past Faculty Nicholas Korkos >> Past Faculty
    Nicholas Korkos has performed with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure Barton & Artists, Hubbard Street 2, San Francisco Dance Works, Loni Landon Dance Project, Zhukov Dance Theatre, Robert Moses' KIN, project agora, tinypistol, Opera Omaha, San Francisco Opera and multiple times with the San Francisco Symphony, including a restaged version of On the Town with the original Broadway revival cast.
    Liza Kovacs | Past Faculty Liza Kovacs >> Guest Teacher
    Liza Kovacs trained at The National Ballet School in Canada, and danced with The National Ballet of Canada and Lalala Human Steps. Her greatest passion lies in dance training and as well as teaching ballet and sharing with students her knowledge in anatomy, physiology and dance exercise science to help them achieve their dancing dreams. Liza teaches in our excelled Core Ballet Program and our professional youth company, the Peridance Youth Ensemble.
    Graciela Kozak | Ballet Graciela Kozak >> Ballet
    Graciela Kozak danced with the Bat-Dor and Bat-Sheva companies in Israel, and the Peridance Ensemble in NY. Graciela joined the Peridance Faculty in 1985 and the faculty of the Ailey School in 2002. Her classes are for dancers of all backgrounds and accentuate the prevention of injuries through correct alignment. She stresses placement, breathing, dynamics, musicality, vocabulary, use of space, and most importantly, the joy of dancing.
    Andrea Kron | Past Faculty Andrea Kron >> Guest Teacher
    Andrea Kron is a graduate of the Ailey School in New York City and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Associate member. Her performing credits include "Hercules" on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater, regional theater, nutcrackers as well as festivals and performances throughout the East Coast. Her programs include ballet, Lester Horton modern technique, theater dance, audition technique and pilates with injury prevention.
    Logan Kruger | Past Faculty Logan Kruger >> Past Faculty
    Logan Frances Kruger was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones- Malavé, among many others. Kruger was a full time member of Good Moves, a children’s modern dance repertory company, directed by Annette Lewis, from 1993- 2003. She went on to receive her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Larry Rhodes. Professionally, Kruger has collaborated extensively with Michelle Mola, including her work with The Troupe, a band of dancers co-directed by Mola and Zack Winokur. Additionally, she has performed and toured with various companies and choreographers, such as Adam H. Weinert, Shen Wei Dance Arts and Jonah Bokaer. Kruger joined the Limón Dance Company in 2009.
    Ryoko Kudo | Past Faculty Ryoko Kudo >> Past Faculty
    Ryoko Kudo was a member of the Limón Dance Company from 2001 through 2009, performing solo roles in the repertory. Her technique classes will emphasize coordinating breath and weight in terms of falling, rebounding, and suspending. Dancers will be challenged to achieve a dynamic range of movement and rich human expression with clear intention and musicality.
    Robert La Fosse | Guest Faculty Robert La Fosse >> Guest Faculty
    Robert La Fosse received his early dance training at the Marsha Woody Academy of Dance in Beaumont, Texas. He continued his studies with David Howard at Harkness House and Stanley Williams at the School of American Ballet in New York City. He performed as a Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet as well as many guest appearances in the United States, Europe and Japan. Dancing leading roles in many of the classical master works as well as roles created for him by some of the great American choreographers. He also starred in two Broadway shows, Dancin’ and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway for which he was nominated for a Tony award for best actor in a musical. In addition to his performing career, he is also an accomplished choreographer who has created over 75 works for ballet, opera, musical theater, film and television. He has taught ballet at Barnard Collage, Purchase College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Princeton University, New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, The Julliard School, Muhlenberg College, Northwestern University, Jacob’s Pillow, Ballet Arts and Step’s on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School/American Ballet Theatre
     Laccio | Past Faculty Laccio >> Past Faculty
    Laccio is an innovative, unconventional talent in dance and more.
    Dan Lai | Past Faculty Dan Lai >> Past Faculty
    Dan Lai was born and raised in New York, NY. He started dancing when he was as teenager and fell in love right away. With the opportunity to train with top choreographers in the industry, he experimented with various styles, including contemporary, jazz, street jazz and hip hop. He has taken what he's learned and fused the different styles together to create his own unique movement.
    Gabrielle Lamb | Past Faculty Gabrielle Lamb >> Past Faculty
    Gabrielle Lamb is an American choreographer based in New York City, where she directs her company, Pigeonwing Dance. Her work also been presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, BalletX (Philadelphia), Whim W’him (Seattle), Ballet Collective (NYC), Dark Circles (Dallas), Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, SALT Dance (Utah), Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, and the American Dance Festival.
    Mary Ann Lamb | Past Faculty Mary Ann Lamb >> Past Faculty
    Mary Ann Lamb just played Young Claire in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and George Hearn. On Broadway she most recently played Mona Page in Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce.
    Loni Landon | Past Faculty Loni Landon >> Past Faculty
    Landon is the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship winner awarded with BODYTRAFFIC. As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by Keigwin and Company, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, BODYTRAFFIC, American Dance Institute (for Loni Landon Dance Projects), Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her company has performed at The Joyce Theater and Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series.
    Kenny Larson | Past Faculty Kenny Larson >> Past Faculty
    Kenny Larson began his career with the National Ballet of Canada, where he worked with such dance legends as Erik Bruhn, Rudolph Nureyev, and Peter Schaufuss. Following a period in Europe with the Dutch National ballet, he was Principal Dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for several years. After retiring to concentrate on a growing passion for teaching, Kenny was guest teacher for many companies and schools.
    Zac Lattimore | Past Faculty Zac Lattimore >> Past Faculty
    Growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, Zac Lattimore began his dance training at the Dance Theater of Harlem. At the age of 10, Zac fell in love with Hip-Hop Dance, where he then joined the WNBA Washington DC Mystic Mayhem Dance Team performing at every home game during the halftime.
    Gregory Lau | Guest Faculty Gregory Lau >> Guest Faculty
    Gregory Lau was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where he began his training at Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts. After attending The Juilliard School, Gregory joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in 2013 and then went on to join Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 2016. He has been a recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 1st Level Scholarship in Modern Dance and Ballet. He has worked with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, Hans Van Manen, Johan Inger, Edward Clug, Medhi Walerski, Alexander Ekman, Camille A.Brown and more. Gregory joined Kidd Pivot in 2019.
    Cherylyn Lavagnino | Past Faculty Cherylyn Lavagnino >> Guest Teacher
    Cherylyn Lavagnino (Artistic Director/Choreographer) has an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BA in Philosophy from USC. Lavagnino has created over thirty works in the past fifteen years, and since 2000 the platform for her choreography has been Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance.
    Cristian Laverde-Koenig  | Past Faculty Cristian Laverde-Koenig >> Past Faculty
    Cristian Laverde-Koenig was born in Cali, Colombia and received his professional training at The Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet) and The Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba under a full scholarship. He has been a soloist for The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet de Cali, Hartford Ballet and Ballet Internationale, and a principal dancer for the Maximum Dance Company, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Slovak National Ballet. Mr. König's repertoire includes principal roles in classical and contemporary ballets ranging from Petipa to Balanchine, Tharp to Graham, creating principal roles in works by contemporary choreographers such as Maurice Causey and Karole Armitage. Mr. König has been the recipient of prestigious national and international awards and is a freelance artist in his eighth season with AG!D.
    Elie Lazar | Past Faculty Elie Lazar >> Guest Teacher
    Internationally renowned ballet director, teacher and choreographer, Elie Lazar founded and directed the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers -°©- the official company of the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), 1999-°©-2005. He also founded and directed Joffrey South, a summer intensive satellite of the Joffrey Ballet School, and LazarBallet, NYC, a professional ballet touring company. From 2007-°©-2011, he directed the Montgomery Ballet in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Lazar’s has won critical acclaim form both reviewers and audience world wide for his work which includes his stagings of the full-°©-length ballets Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Coppelia along with his renditions of Romeo and Juliet, Snow White, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, The Nutcracker, and originals works, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Papillon, The Magic Flute, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Dance Me to the End of Love.
    Emery LeCrone | Past Faculty Emery LeCrone >> Past Faculty
    At the age of 24, Ms. LeCrone has already created several prominent works, competed in numerous choreography competitions, and received substantial grants and new commissions for her choreography.
    Dean Lee | Past Faculty Dean Lee >> Past Faculty
    Dean Lee trained at the renowned Urdang Academy in London. Soon after graduating in 2007 he landed his first job as dancer on X-Factor Live for Brian Friedman a role he returned to for several years. He was then selected as one of 4 male dancers for the arena tour. Now with several years professional experience, Dean has worked with some of the biggest artists in the industry. Dean has acted as assistant/associate choreographer for Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, JLS, Lulu, Chaka Chan, Anastacia, X-Factor and Janet Jackson. He has also choreographed for Amelia Lilly, X-Factor, Cheryl Cole, Sneaky Sound System, The Gossip, Beth Ditto, Versace and other TV, film and corporate clients.
    Youran Lee | Past Faculty Youran Lee >> Past Faculty
    Youran is a dancer from San Diego, California who began her dance career in the styles of jazz, tap, and contemporary at 9 years old. However, under the mentorship of KJ Gonzales and Keone Madrid, she decided to train primarily as a hip hop/urban dancer in high school, joining award-winning junior teams, Syde FX and Ill Habits, and becoming the founder of her high school’s co-ed urban dance team. Youran has served as the youngest artistic director of the award-winning team, The Neighbors, is a member of Bo Park’s dance collective, Shinsa, and created her own exhibition team, YLDC. She is currently also teaching weekly urban dance classes at House of Movement and working as a children’s dance teacher and youth development instructor with Kids in the Game.
    Pauline Legras | Past Faculty Pauline Legras >> Past Faculty
    Born in Paris, Pauline began her dance training in France. At the age of 15 years old, she went to do her Professional Training Program in Ballet technique at the Geneva Dance Center (Switzerland). In 2002, she received a scholarship from the Foundation of Princess Grace de Monaco at the Monaco Dance Forum. Later on, she went to Mexico to perfect her knowledge in contemporary dance at the Colegio Nacional de Danza Contemporanea and during the Spring 2006 she is awarded the First Prize of the Choreographic Contest.
    Jon Lehrer | Past Faculty Jon Lehrer >> Past Faculty
    As a professional, Jon has danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company,Paul Sanasardo, John Passafiume Dancers, in Merv Griffin's "Funderful" and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.
    Fabrice Lemire | Past Faculty Fabrice Lemire >> Past Faculty
    Fabrice Lemire received his training at the Paris Opera Ballet School and at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Now based in Macau China, Fabrice is pursuing his career as a Dance Master for the permanent production ZAiA from Cirque Du Soleil.
    Rebecca Lemme | Guest Faculty Rebecca Lemme >> Guest Faculty
    Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Thematically and physically, Acts of Matter engages with work grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in the work. Rebecca's choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet, and improvisation. She has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Currently an Associate Professor at California State University Long Beach and formerly a full-time faculty member at CalArts, Rebecca holds a degree from Princeton University in English and Theater and California Institute of the Arts in Choreography.
    Anabella Lenzu | Body Conditioning Anabella Lenzu >> Body Conditioning
    Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher with over 30 years of experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, and the USA. Lenzu directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented 390 performances, created 14 choreographic works, and performed at 100 venues, presenting thought-provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in NYC. As a choreographer, she has been commissioned all over the world for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies. She has produced and directed several award-winning short dance films and screened her work in over 50 festivals both nationally and internationally, including London, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and as an educator for more than 30 years, she has been teaching in more than 50 institutions, including universities, professional dance studios, companies, festivals, and symposiums in the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, London, and Italy. Lenzu has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at NYU Gallatin, School of Visual Arts, Wagner College, and Peridance Center.
    LuAnn Leonard | Body Conditioning LuAnn Leonard >> Body Conditioning
    LuAnn is a certified Zena Rommett Floor Barre instructor and mentor. She is extensively trained in ballet, tap, jazz, voice and acting.
    Benjamin Levy | Past Faculty Benjamin Levy >> Past Faculty
    Benjamin Levy is a choreographer, dancer, and artistic director recognized for his cutting-edge interdisciplinary works that explore the nuance and drama of human intimacy. Levy founded LEVYdance in 2002, which very quickly became known for its innovative works and collaborations. In 2004, Levy was named one of the "Top 25 Choreographers to Watch" by Dance Magazine and awarded a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
    Leigh Lijoi | Past Faculty Leigh Lijoi >> Past Faculty

    Leigh is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she trained under Alexei Kremnev, Anna Reznik and the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet.

    Danielle Lima | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre Danielle Lima >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Danielle Lima has appeared in numerous television shows in Brazil, has worked with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and founded the Brasileirando Dance Group - a company that focuses on disseminating Brazilian folkloric and contemporary dances. She joined Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre as a teacher of Brazilian Samba in early 2004. Her creative choreographic approach for teaching includes fitness along with traditional and contemporary Samba from Rio and Bahia.
    Chien-Ming Lin | Past Faculty Chien-Ming Lin >> Past Faculty
    Mr. Lin completed the ground-breaking Master of Arts degree in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and the Professions with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre® (ABT) Ballet Pedagogy at New York University (NYU). Mr. Lin is certified in the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum (Primary to Level 7 and Partnering). He has successfully presented students for the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum affiliate exams up to level 4B, and achieved Affiliate Teacher status.
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    Rachel List | Past Faculty Rachel List >> Past Faculty
    Rachel List has been a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Vanaver Caravan, Partridge/Benford/Dance/Music, and The New York Baroque Dance Company, with whom she still performs. Rachel has taught professional ballet classes in NYC since 1978, and is frequently on the faculty of the renowned Bates Dance Festival. Ms. List has taught on the dance faculties of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and Barnard College, and is currently the Director of the Dance Program at Hofstra University.
    Sabrina Lobner | Past Faculty Sabrina Lobner >> Past Faculty
    Sabrina Lobner received her training from the Northwest Florida Ballet under the direction of Todd Eric Allen. While there, she studied extensively with Dorothy Daniels Lister of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and performed works by Fernando Bujones, Winthrop Corey, Katia Garza, and Sean Nguyen-Hilton, among others. Upon graduating high school, Sabrina joined Martha Graham Dance Company's second company, Graham 2. Graham repertory performed includes "Woman in White" in Diversion of Angels and the solos Frontier and Satyric Festival Song. She performed the classic modern solo En Dolor by Ethel Winter, and originated roles in works by Virginie Mécène and Adam Barruch. She apprenticed with Buglisi Dance Theatre and was featured in the ensemble of an AEA showcase of On the Town, directed by Richard Stafford and choreographed by Elizabeth Troxler. She continues to work with Elizabeth Troxler and had the pleasure of performing in her show Free to Be in New York City. Sabrina is currently a company member of Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, directed by Billy Blanken.
    Cein Lockafeller | Past Faculty Cein Lockafeller >> Past Faculty
    Cein Lockefeller started his dancing at 2001 with breaking. He kept practicing his skill until 2006 when he saw his then-future teacher Locking Khan in South Korea. Later Cein with his irregular-yet-creative style caught the attention, but he went back to the style’s origin and studied the history of locking, then shared what he learned and discovered to fellow Koreans through a platform Lockorea that eventually attracted the viewers not only regional but global.
     Princess Lockerooo | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Princess Lockerooo >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Princess Lockerooo is an artist that believes that urban dance expressions deserve to be held to the same level of respect and dignity as the classical art forms. For her, preserving and emphasizing the ingenious culture and history is of utmost importance. She does this by creating a channel of entertainment that celebrates enlightenment, elegance, and sensuality without the objectification of artists or the modification of their intentions.
    Kate Loh | Ballet Kate Loh >> Ballet
    Kate Loh began her training at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education and went on to train in New York City at Studio Maestro and the Joffrey Ballet. Professionally she has performed a wide range of classical and contemporary roles with Charleston Ballet Theater, Connecticut Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Neglia Ballet Artists in Buffalo,NY and New York City based companies: Continuum/Contemporary Ballet, Some Dance Company, Morales Dance, Danse En L'air and CelloPointe.
    Hector Invictus Lopez | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Hector Invictus Lopez >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Yesid Lopez | Past Faculty Yesid Lopez >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Colombia where he began his dance training in ballet. He received a scholarship from The School at Jacob's Pillow in the jazz program in 2004 and 2006. Yesid has performed in Colombia, UK, Cuba, USA as a dancer and choreographer in latin, jazz and contemporary ballet styles and South Korea as a choreographer-featured dancer with Hanwha Resort in Sokcho City. In 2006, Yesid moved to New York where he received a full scholarship from STEPS on Broadway and was selected to be a member of the Steps Repertory Ensemble 2006- 2008.
    Stuart Loungway | Past Faculty Stuart Loungway >> Past Faculty
    Stuart Loungway is the Artistic Director of Terra Firma Dance Theatre. He began his professional career performing with the Joffrey II Ensemble and Joffrey Ballet, before joining San Francisco Ballet Company and continuing as a Principal Dancer with American Repertory Ballet. He has performed soloist and principal roles in work by David Bintley, James Kudelka, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, and many others. Mr. Loungway maintains an active schedule as a master teacher, choreographer, performer, and served on the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
    Rose Lu | Past Faculty Rose Lu >> Guest Teacher
    Rose Lu was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan, where she trained as a Break Dancer. Once she moved to New York City, she was introduced to various styles such as House, Street Jazz, and Hip-Hop. Since then, she has constantly assisted NYC based choreographer Carlos Neto in several gigs and also worked closely with choreographer Bo Park. She was one of the principal dancers in the Bleacher Report/ Quicken Loans/ NFL YouTube commercials starring Stefan Diggs.
     Luffy | Past Faculty Luffy >> Past Faculty
    The name is Luffy I'm a Krump dancer from Brooklyn New York, and Im very passionate about innovation and exploring new ways of moving. So over being a krumper im a dancer 1st. I love teaching, The way I teach I feel is very detailed oriented, helping to understand the simple structures of complex movement.
    Alexa Luke | Past Faculty Alexa Luke >> Past Faculty
    Alexa’s primary interests and passions lie in contemporary dance. She finds this vocabulary of movement particularly inspiring. She sees the possibilities as endless, and strives to develop new concepts and discoveries through moving and creating. Alexa values a process that originates from the inside first. Her intentions are to focus on self exploration in the most honest way possible, and to encourage growth through individuality.
    Max Luna | Past Faculty Max Luna >> Past Faculty
    Max Luna III's return to Ballet Philippines as artistic director brings his career full circle spanning nearly 35 years and 6 continents as an internationally acclaimed performer, teacher and choreographer. As a student, Mr. Luna began his training at the cultural center of the Philippines and continued in the United States at prestigious institutions such as the American Ballet Theater school, the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. From there he went on to dance with Ballet International de Caracas, Ballet Hispanico, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal and finally, six highly acclaimed years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
    Soraya Lundy | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Soraya Lundy >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Soraya Lundy studied at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, the Alvin Ailey School, and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. She trained in Hip Hop at the BLADE Dance Academy. She has choreographed pieces for Nike and Adidas, assisted Nu Stylz for VH1’s Hip Hop Honors 2009 commercial with Tracey Morgan, has put together stage performances for artist like NINA Sky and JYP artist G Soul, and choreographed her first music video to Erika June's “Work the Middle,” which is on the sound track of film Step-Up 3D.
    Reed Luplau | Past Faculty Reed Luplau >> Past Faculty
    Reed Luplau is currently a dancer for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.
    The class is energetic, friendly, fun & vibrant, focusing on musicality, body movement & structure. It is ideal for a contemporary, modern, and ballet dancer & is a great way to begin the day.
    Erin Lyons | Past Faculty Erin Lyons >> Past Faculty
    Erin Lyons grew up in Lynbrook, New York and graduated from Roger Williams University where she studied Dance & Performance Studies and Global Communications. She is a contemporary dancer based in New York who is passionate about choreography, performance, and the body. As well as being a choreographer and dancer, Erin is a fitness and stretch instructor. Erin uses her background in kinesiology to motivate her students to focus on alignment, anatomy, and the understanding of the individuals boundaries in class.
    Mary MacLeod | Past Faculty Mary MacLeod >> Past Faculty
    Mary MacLeod has appeared on Broadway in FOSSE, SEUSSICAL, CHICAGO, COMPANY (Kathy), GUYS & DOLLS, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ (Dance Captain/ASM), and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Dance Captain/ASM). As a teacher, Mary has taught creative movement and theatre dance at various schools and studios in New York City and around the country. She teaches at the Summer Intensives Destination Broadway, and the Broadway Laboratory in Martha’s Vineyard. Mary is currently the Assistant Stage Manager of SISTER ACT on Broadway.
     MADBOOTS DANCE | Past Faculty MADBOOTS DANCE >> Past Faculty
    Since 2011, MADBOOTS DANCE has been presented nationally and internationally by the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y, Tisch School of the Arts, TOES for dance, and Norte Maar. The company was featured in Dance Magazine's Vital Signs segment and The New York Times noted the company's "sharp. elegant movements, dark theatricality and unashamed intimacy…"
    JoLea Maffei | Modern JoLea Maffei >> Modern
    JoLea Maffei is a master teacher of the Horton technique and has been teaching Horton in New York City for over twenty years. She has been on the faculties of Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, City College of New York, and Ballet Arts at City Center, and is currently on faculty at Hofstra University. She has taught at summer festivals including Hunter College Summer Sampler, Jacob’s Pillow, Internationale Tanz Wochen in Vienna, Austria, and the Cleo Parker Robinson Summer Festival in Denver, Colorado.
    Julie Magneville | Past Faculty Julie Magneville >> Past Faculty
    Julie Magneville was trained at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, the Lyon Conservatory in Contemporary section as well as The Ailey School.
    Edson Maldonado | Past Faculty Edson Maldonado >> Past Faculty
    Edson Maldonado was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. He grew up around people of different cultures and backgrounds which in turn helped shape his way of moving and interpretation of music. In 2011, he auditioned for and became a member of New Jersey's, Project D Dance Company. Furthering his training more seriously with a competitive team, Edson eventually became a co-artistic director helping lead Project D to multiple 1st place performances. After stepping down,
    Leiomy Maldonado | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Leiomy Maldonado >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    I was introduced to voguing 11 years ago through the Ballroom Scene, in which I began competing. Around 2009, a group of friends and I decided to audition for America's Best Dance Crew. Through an amazing journey, we eventually made it to the top five. By then I developed an amazing fan base, which led me to be blessed with opportunities and appearing in a few videos. For example, Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair", Icona Pop "All Night", and to travel across the world teaching workshops.
    Mariah Maloney | Past Faculty Mariah Maloney >> Past Faculty
    Mariah Maloney, Artistic Director of Mariah Maloney Dance originally from Homer, Alaska is a New York based dance artist. From 1995-2002 Mariah performed, lectured and taught as a featured soloist and ensemble dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, creating original roles in Trisha Brown's Music cycle including works: Twelve Ton Rose, L'Orfeo, Canto Pianto, Five Part Weather Invention, Rage Solo, Rapture to Leon James, Ladder Solo and Groove.
    Alison Manning | Past Faculty Alison Manning >> Past Faculty
    Alison Manning is the Managing Director & Co-Producer of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, and has worked for 5 years to provide meaningful residency opportunities for national and international performing artists, and bring the performing arts to the local Vineyard community. In addition she Co-Directs and performs, with choreographic and creative partner Jesse Keller, in YARDWorks, The Yard’s year-round collective of artists and arts educators.
     Marie | Past Faculty Marie >> Past Faculty
    Marie Basse-Wiles was born in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. The granddaughter of Bambara singer and dancer Maimouna Keita, Marie began her professional career at the age of nine. She began teaching at the age of 12 as a member of the Ballet National of Senegal. Her professional accomplishments include resident work with Kinne N'Diaye Rose, daughter of master drummer Dou Dou N'Diaye Rose, and Papa Dougoufana Traore, as well as renowned choreographers Mamadou N'Diaye, Demba Diallo, Oumy Sene, and Raymon Sylla. Her international touring experience includes performances with the Ballet National of Senegal and Koumpo Dance Company, under the direction of Ibrahima Camara. She has won numerous awards for her commitment to the community and accomplishments in dance. She has created numerous ballets throughout her career as well as a piece for The Center For Traditional Music and Dance "Bedenya 97" Festival, that is archived at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
    Salise Marin | Past Faculty Salise Marin >> Past Faculty
    Salise Marin was born and raised in New York City, but currently lives in Los Angeles. She began her Artistic Career as a Competitive Figure Skater and transitioned into being a Professional Dancer. Salise has had the absolute pleasure of assisting choreographers in various genres of dance such as Lane Napper (Musical Theatre), Lizz Picini (Musical Theatre), Jona Biddle (Hip-Hop), and Frida Persson (Heels), as well as many other well known instructors in New York City and around the Country.
    Ashley Marinelli | Past Faculty Ashley Marinelli >> Past Faculty
    Ashley is an award winning performer, choreographer, director, and filmmaker who is based in NYC. She is the Artistic Director of Marinelli New Dance Theater, the Assistant Artistic Director of Denman Theatre & Dance Co. and the founder of Marinelli Moving Pictures (a film production company). She teaches workshops nationally and internationally, working with Groove Dance Competition, Impact Dance Adjudicators and Liberate Artists. Ashley also hosts a pop up class series for professional dancers in New York called “Storytelling through Contemporary Movement”. She is a proud graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria.
    Natasha 'Ivory' Markwick | Past Faculty Natasha 'Ivory' Markwick >> Guest Teacher
    Natasha "Ivory" Markwick has been trained extensively in Hip Hop and Modern, but has found her artistic home in styles such of House, Hip Hop and Dancehall. Natasha began dancing in 2008 in Denmark, learning from some of the pioneers of Hip Hop and House, which then brought her to make the big move in 2012 and come to NYC. Since then she has studied and been mentored by Sekou Heru from Dance Fusion and is now part of the next chapter DFF, as well as continuously studied and performed her other artistic styles such as Waacking, Afrobeat and Breaking.
    Natasha has performed and taught throughout South America and parts of Europe, as well as in NYC. Her credits cover 106&park BET Live, MTV, Casino De Paris, Red Bull Music Academy, Nike, Puma, Sony, Madonna, Mr Vegas, Jaegermeister and DK Talent Live Show to name a few.
    Amy Marshall | Past Faculty Amy Marshall >> Past Faculty
    Amy Marshall was born in Kyoto, Japan, and raised in Sandwich, New Hampshire, where she began her formal training. In 1992 she received a B.A. in Dance and Theater with Honors in dance from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Moving to New York City shortly thereafter, Marshall has since performed in the companies of esteemed choreographers Paul Taylor and David Parsons.
    Marisa Martin | Body Conditioning Marisa Martin >> Body Conditioning
    Marisa Martin is a New York City-based dancer and yoga teacher. She holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University/The Ailey School and her Vinyasa Yoga certification from Yoga Vida.
    Nuria Martin Fandos | Past Faculty Nuria Martin Fandos >> Past Faculty
    Núria is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator originally from Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 4, she began her training in multiple disciplines and has been on stage. At the age of 17 Nuria was accepted to the prestigious Conservatory of Barcelona (Institut del Teatre) and is a graduate with a Contemporary Dance Degree. In 2013 she received a full scholarship ($21.760) for the Certificate Program at Peridance Center (New York) where she obtained an Excellence with Honors certificate in Contemporary Dance. During her education she has performed works by Stijn Cellis, Robert Battle and Lali Ayguadé among others. Núria furthered her training attending numerous workshops with Mathilde Von Meerendonk (Ohad Naharin choreography), Igal Perry and Eva López Crevillén (Nacho Duato choreography). At the early age of 14 she joined La Companyia, where she trained and performed the grands ballets (Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia) choreographed by Rodolfo Castellanos (principal dancer at Ballet Nacional Cuba) and directed by Elise Lummis. Núria has trained next to Malin Andreasson (Metropolitan Opera), Eila Valls (Ballet Hispánico) and Sonia Vinograd (SemperOper Dresden).
    Setsuko Maruhashi | Past Faculty Setsuko Maruhashi >> Guest Teacher
    Setsuko Maruhashi was born in Japan and started her ballet training in the Vaganova method at the age of eight. After moving to NYC, she added jazz, tap and modern to her dance training. Among many others, she studied with Finis Jhung, Maggie Black, Marjorie Mussman, Phil Black, Miquel Godreau, and Helen Butleroff. In 1985, Setsuko became the first minority Rockette at Radio City Music Hall and performed in numerous productions, including: The Christmas Spectaculars, The Easter Shows, Super Bowl half-time show, Late Night with David Letterman and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She also performed in musicals and industrial shows as an AEA member.
    Chris Masters | Past Faculty Chris Masters >> Guest Teacher
    Chris Masters has been making dance work for over ten years, and is currently director of ChrisMastersDance. His work has been presented at Judson Memorial Church (NYC), Detroit Opera House, Music Hall Performance Space (Detroit), Boll Theatre (Detroit), 100 Grand (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), Triskelion Arts (NYC), and Irondale Center (NYC), as well as held creative residencies at Public Space One (Iowa City) and 555 Gallery (Detroit). Masters has performed the work of Martha Clarke, Jeff Rebudal, Colleen Thomas, Stephanie Liapis, Jana Hicks, Keith Thompson, Doug Elkins, and Jan Erkert, among others. Currently, Chris is performing with Third Rail Projects' Then She Fell, recipient of a 2013 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award. As an educator, Masters has served on the faculties of The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, The University of Iowa, the American College Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, 100 Grand, Gibney Dance Center, and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. Chris holds a BA in Finance/BS in Dance from Wayne State University and a MFA in Choreography from The University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow.
    Alex Mata | Past Faculty Alex Mata >> Past Faculty
    Originally from the Dominican Republic, Alex Mata (A- Lex) began his training at Casa de Danza in Santiago. He joined DA 21, a street-styled based dance crew during its foundational years. At the age of 18, Alex moved to the United States where he often traveled to New York to further his training. At EXPG, he met E-Solo who introduced him to the style of Lite Feet and since then Alex has invested in the style through class, sessions, and battles with other prominent Lite Feet figures such as Chrybaby Cozie and Ki-nen. Alex’s career highlights so far include performing at the Apollo Theater for “Breakin’ Convention 2017” with The Bwreckfast Club, being a member of both Project D and the Chosen Few Dance Company, and most recently being named a semi-finalist at LiteFest 2019 in London. Alex has also won numerous battles including Primetime Jam II 2017, Prove Your Groove 2018, as well as Mega Fusion and Versa both in 2019. He has been performing with Crespita Entertainment since 2015 at numerous high-end events, such as for Telemundo and J Balvin. Alex continues to teach, train, and battle along the Northeast coast.
    Christopher Matt | Past Faculty Christopher Matt >> Guest Teacher
    In 1980, Christopher began his dance training in Paris with Raymond Franchetti (Academie d’art Choreographique) and Nora Kiss (Academie Chaptel). He received further training with David Howard, Jean Golovine, and finally with the Stuttgart Ballet.
    Nijawwon Matthews | Past Faculty Nijawwon Matthews >> Past Faculty
    Nijawwon Matthews is a Resident teacher/choreographer for The Joffrey Ballet School based in New York City. Mr. Matthews is also a faculty teacher and dancer for TOKYOTHECCOMPANY under the direction of Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye & Alisha Lorraine Captain. Inspired by solid training and early achievements, Nijawwon has been motivated to pursue his interest in dance further.
    Ami Mattison | Past Faculty Ami Mattison >> Past Faculty
    She has won several Choreography Awards and trained top national soloists. Ami was an original member of collidE dance (Erica Michelle Sobol, artistic director) and was featured in several of collidE's evening length company shows. Her focus has turned to her own choreography and her passion of training dancers as artists. She has showcases pieces for Medium.Live.Art, Talent Lab, Mashed Up Contemporary Dance, and Choreographer's CarnivalShe launched her contemporary jazz company, Mattidance, with a sold out two evening performance in May 2014.
    Carla Maxwell | Past Faculty Carla Maxwell >> Past Faculty
    Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director of the Limón Company, has received multiple awards and recognition for her work with the Company in the US and abroad. She is responsible for many of the Company’s reconstructions of Limón’s dances and, as a choreographer, has created works and taught for the Company and others internationally.
    Jim May | Past Faculty Jim May >> Guest Teacher
    As founder of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Jim May’s goal is to expand the art of dance to include the other arts (music, theater, painting, literature), working toward a progressive new style of theater/dance. Mr. May was a devoted disciple of Anna Sokolow for 35 years and co-artistic director of her dance company, Players’ Project, since 1980.
    Tony Mayes | Past Faculty Tony Mayes >> Guest Teacher
    Tony Mayeshas been working in ‘the business’ his entire life. He has produced, written, and performed in many productions, and has taught across the country.
    Diane McCarthy | Past Faculty Diane McCarthy >> Past Faculty
    Diane McCarthy has been teaching, performing and choreographing throughout the U.S. and Europe for over twenty -five years. Her work has been presented in Holland, Spain, Washington, New York and Canada where she travels yearly to give workshops and choreograph. She has been on faculty at various colleges and universities around the United States including Manhattanville College, Hofstra University, Marymount College and Bates College in Maine.
    Jessica McCarthy | Past Faculty Jessica McCarthy >> Past Faculty
    As a professional dancer, yoga teacher and Reiki Master, Jessica holds a deep appreciation for the connection between one's mind, body & spirit. While dance will always serve as a therapeutic outlet and form of profound self- expression for her own life experiences, she knows that her purpose in this world reaches far beyond the stage and into the lives of others.
    Rebecca McCormac | Past Faculty Rebecca McCormac >> Guest Teacher

    Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Ms. McCormac completed her Masters in Dance with at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006. A registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, Ms. McCormac holds her Jazz Award and Teaching Diploma in Tap for the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance and in 2002 was the recipient of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dances’ Blue Sash Award.

    Austin McCormick | Past Faculty Austin McCormick >> Guest Teacher
    Austin McCormick is a director and choreographer based in New York. His work has been performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious venues. He founded Company XIV, a dance/theatre company based in Brooklyn, New York, to facilitate the production and performance of new work.
    Karen McDonald | Guest Faculty Karen McDonald >> Guest Faculty
    Ms. Mc Donald’s Broadway credits include Purlie, Two Gentleman of Verona, and she was a featured dancer in both The Wiz and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. Choreography credits, Voices, Sing Out Sweet Gospel, and Show Girls for which she received an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award for “Best Choreographer.’’ Assistant Director credits: Bigger Than Bubble Gum at the Pasadena Playhouse, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (remounted in Los Angeles), Jezebel and the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. She received the Lester Horton Award for “Excellence in Teaching” an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award for best choreographer for Show Girls. Karen has appeared on stage and screen with Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson (Thriller) Diane Reeve, Debbie Allen and Beyonce Knowles. She was a model spokesperson for Beyonce’s clothing line, Ivy Park for the 2017-18 season and is currently a model for the clothing line Athleta and Kenzo for their 2018-19 season.
    Michaela McGowan | Contemporary Michaela McGowan >> Contemporary
    Michaela, a Virginia native, received her early dance training at The Loudoun School of Ballet, and went on to receive her BFA with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, class of 2012. Most recently she was a dancer in Broadway Dance Lab’s Spring 2018 cycle where she had the opportunity to work with Josh Prince (BDL Artistic Director), Robbie Fairchild, Loni Landon, and Ray Mercer.
    Belinda McGuire | Past Faculty Belinda McGuire >> Past Faculty
    Belinda McGuire, originally from Toronto, graduated from The Juilliard School (BFA 2006). As an independent artist, she primarily performs solo work, choreographs and engages in collaboration and production. In October, she traveled to Amsterdam to collaborate with Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten through The International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam’s Altra Cosa initiative. A current member of The José Limón Dance Company, she has danced with Gallim Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Ofelia Lorette de Mola's DANSCORES, the DOORKNOB Company and The Canadian Children's Dance Theatre.
    Maeghan McHale | Past Faculty Maeghan McHale >> Past Faculty
    Maeghan McHale, named one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2010, was born in Baltimore, MD. She studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she performed works by David Parsons, David Grenke, and John Clifford. She received a scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she performed with the Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble. While living in NYC Maeghan studied at Steps on Broadway and performed with Extended Dance Company, as well as Off-Broadway under the direction of Tony Award Winner Hinton Battle. She has also participated in Jazz Dance World Congress, The Miss America Parade, and Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit. In 2005 Maeghan received a scholarship to the Giordano Dance School, and in 2006 became a performing apprentice. 2007 marked her first season with Giordano Dance Chicago, and has enjoyed 12 seasons performing in places such as Hawaii, Latvia, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Netherlands, Turkey, Guatemala, Italy and Israel. Along with establishing herself as a dancer, she has also had the opportunity to set her own work on the GII Company. Maeghan has had her work performed on the Joyce Theater Stage, through Dancin Downtown at The Joyce, as part of the DRA Benefit. In 2011 her piece “Angelica” won the Performance Award and performed in NYC for Central Park Summer Stage. Her piece “If” also part of the DRA Benefit in 2013 won the Performance Award and they performed for Central Park Summer Stage as well. Her Choreography has been recognized with awards such as Outstanding Choreography/Choreographer. Regional Ensemble Winner and Outstanding Choreography Award at Youth America Grand Prix and has placed twice in the top 12 Ensemble Category at YAGP Finals in NYC. As well as 2018 YAGP National Choreographer Award with the opportunity to travel to Russia to set her work on the Bolshoi. Her Ensemble work had the honor of being part of YAGP “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” tour. In the Summer of 2014 she was on the School Faculty at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS and was invited to be on Faculty at CNADM in the Fall of 2015. Currently she is on Full time Faculty at Northshore School of Dance as well as Choreographs for her sisters school Mid Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts.
    Cara McManus | Modern Cara McManus >> Modern
    Mary Grace McNally | Past Faculty Mary Grace McNally >> Past Faculty
    Mary Grace is a Brooklyn, NY based dance artist. She produced, directed and choreographed her first evening length work, Not For Picking, which premiered at Theaterlab (NYC) in June 2018.
    Colleen Megley | Past Faculty Colleen Megley >> Past Faculty
    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. An ABT National Training Curriculum Primary through Level 5 certified teacher, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Dance Education and Ballet Pedagogy at New York University in partnership with American Ballet Theatre.
    Brianna Mercado | Contemporary Brianna Mercado >> Contemporary
    Born and raised in San Jose, California, Brianna is a proud graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where she studied Dance, Performance Studies, and Social Welfare. She has been a New York based performer, choreographer, and teacher for the last seven years involved in commercial dance, film, and musical theatre while developing her own original work. Her most notable performances include: Phish at Madison Square Garden on New Years Eve 2020, Associate Choreographer of West Side Story at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The MUNY (Jesus Christ Superstar & Aida), and Featured Dancer in the film “Isn’t It Romantic.” Brianna travels across the US and Mexico as a teacher, choreographer, and inspirational speaker, and has even given her own TEDx talk. She is a member of The Grit and faculty at Peridance Center. She extends her deepest gratitude to friends and family for their love and support.
    Mersiha Mesihovic | Past Faculty Mersiha Mesihovic >> Past Faculty
    Mersiha Mesihovic, hailed as the rising NYC choreographer by theworlddances.com is a Bosnian/Swedish dance- artist & the founder/artistic director of CIRCUITDEBRIS, a dance company & a space for Interdisciplinarity - Radical Dance - Community Engagement. Mesihovic received her training at Balettakademien in Stockholm, Sweden, Sarajevo National Ballet School in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iwanson Internatonal School for Contemporary Dance in Munich, Germany and holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from California Institute of the Arts.
    Sarah Mettin | Past Faculty Sarah Mettin >> Guest Teacher
    Sarah Mettin graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase’s Dance Conservatory in 2011, with additional studies abroad in Rotterdam, Netherlands at Codarts (Rotterdamse Dans Academie). Mettin is passionately involved in every aspect of dance, working as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director. She had the opportunity to perform in works by many choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Kate Weare, Takehiro Ueyama, Kanji Segawa, Jessica Lang, Jonathan Royse Windham, Arantxa Sagardoy, and other freelance artists. Mettin’s profound interest in choreography led her to create her first full- length work, Talk of Interference, in the Netherlands in 2009, which triggered Mettin’s inspiration to continue creation.
      Michele Oliva & Francesca Dario >> Past Faculty
     MICHIYAYA Dance | Past Faculty MICHIYAYA Dance >> Past Faculty
    MICHIYAYA DANCE is an all-women contemporary dance theater company based in New York City. Co-Founded in Fall 2015 by Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery, MICHIYAYA DANCE merges the worlds of Clarke and Verdery’s backgrounds in Dance and Visual Art. Together, they produce collaborative and improvisation-based work with their dance artists. MICHIYAYA DANCE was awarded the 2016 First Prize for “Choreographic excellence” at 11th Annual International Reverdance Festival.
    Ellen Mihalick | Past Faculty Ellen Mihalick >> Past Faculty
    Ellen Mihalick grew up dancing at NJ Ballet, and the NJ Dance Theater Ensemble.
    Amanda Miller | Past Faculty Amanda Miller >> Past Faculty
    Amanda Miller is Artistic Director of Miller Rothlein since 2004. As a dancer she performed with the Hartford Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Company, performing and premiering works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, and Mark Morris, among many others. Miller has studied the choreographic and improvisational techniques of Alonzo King, William Forsythe, and Siobhan Davies.
    Andrea Miller | Past Faculty Andrea Miller >> Guest Teacher
    Andrea Miller is the founder and artistic director of GALLIM a movement based production company out of New York, creating work for stage, film, sites and the visual arts.

    A sought-after creator and collaborator, Miller's works have been described as both ancient and ultra modern with few creative boundaries in site.

    Leslie J. Miller | Past Faculty Leslie J. Miller >> Guest Teacher
    Leslie J. Miller began her training at the Hanover School of Ballet, through which she had the opportunity to travel, as an ambassador of dance, throughout Europe, China, and various venues throughout the U.S.
    Ryan Miller | Past Faculty Ryan Miller >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY he was always exposed to music and the arts but grew up in sports. In an effort to stay in shape in college he discovered dance and quickly fell in love. At age 20 he began to train and hone his craft in hip hop and street jazz styles. He studied under Torey Nelson, Luam and developed himself as an artist through Rhapsody's Motivating Excellence program.
    Andrea Mills | Past Faculty Andrea Mills >> Past Faculty
    Principles from Skinner Releasing are incorporated into this Hatha Yoga class to aid students in developing the ability to become aware of tension and provide tools for its continuous release.
    Tiffany Mills | Past Faculty Tiffany Mills >> Past Faculty
    Tiffany Mills is a choreographer and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company. Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed Tiffany Mills Company in 2000, earning praise from The New York Times: "Mills is making a name for herself as a young modern-dance innovator."
    Robyn Mineko Williams | Past Faculty Robyn Mineko Williams >> Guest Teacher
    Robyn Mineko Williams is a dancer and choreographer from Chicago, Illinois. She was a member of River North Dance Company (now River North Dance Chicago) for four years before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2000. During her 12 years as a Company member, Williams performed works by renowned dancemakers including Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Johan Inger.
    Megan Minturn | Past Faculty Megan Minturn >> Past Faculty
    Megan Minturn 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.
    Elisabetta Minutoli | Contemporary Elisabetta Minutoli >> Contemporary
    Elisabetta, is originally from Italy. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Vivo Ballet Dance Company based in New York and Vivo Professional Programs. As a dancer she had the pleasure of collaborating with international choreographers such as Molissa Fenley, Anabella Lenzu, Luc Bouy, Gloria Pomardi, Franco Miseria, Rita Pivano, and Luca Tommassini.
    Alex Mitchell | Past Faculty Alex Mitchell >> Past Faculty
    Alex Mitchell is a native New Yorker who recently returned to the city after living 9 years in Hawaii. Her love for Zumba began with her first class, and 10 years later she’s taught students ages 17 to 97. Every class is a sweaty, fabulous, hip shaking, cardio workout party with easy-to-follow routines and lots of creativity and energy. Alex uses her leadership skills as a business coach to inspire new and returning students with the joy of letting go and having a good time while getting fit.
    Derek Mitchell | Past Faculty Derek Mitchell >> Past Faculty
    Derek Mitchell has created, directed, and choreographed multiple Off-Broadway performances; choreographed for diverse programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine, NY Knicks City Dancers, Sylvia Tosun's national tour, Steps Ensemble, BDC Teen Ensemble, and multiple GAP commercials and has taught master classes all over the world.
    Dan Mitra | Past Faculty Dan Mitra >> Past Faculty
    Dan Mitra is primarily a tap dancer native to Woodstock Valley, CT. Since he has started tap dancing at a young age he has received awards such as the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Future Award, youngARTS silver finalist, and one of two dancers selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as Presidential Scholars in the Arts in 2009. Shows Dan has been in are Joseph Webb’s “Beautiful Fire”, Henry St. Theatre’s “Urban Nutcracker,” Omar Edward’s “Passion of Tap”, in works by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in “On Tap at Summerstage,” the film “Black Nativity,” and is a member of Jason Samuel Smith’s A.C.G.I.
    Shea Mizrahi | Past Faculty Shea Mizrahi >> Past Faculty
    Shireen Rahimi (Shea Mizrahi) is an Iranian- American dancer/choreographer from San Francisco, CA. In 2012, Shea moved to New York City and joined the legendary House of Mizrahi, representing for the Woman’s Vogue category. In 2017 Shireen became the USA Mother of the international Kiki House of Angels, a house that focuses on the up & coming generation of ballroom performers. She also is a principle dancer for Les Ballet Afrik, a dance company founded by the Legendary Omari Mizrahi. Follow Shea‘s story on IG @EclecticOther
    Jonte Moaning | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Jonte Moaning >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Hailing from Portland, Oreogon, Jonte began traineing at The Oregon Ballet Theater School, before attending Jefferson High School. There, he became a member of the nationally acclaimed dance group, The Jefferson Dancers. He was distinguished as one of the youngest members in the history of The Northwest African American Ballet, which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world.

    Upon moving to New York, Jonte trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, while auditioning relentlessly. In 2004, he landed his first professional role, dancing alongside music royalty, Janet Jackson, at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.

     Legendary Monster | Past Faculty Legendary Monster >> Past Faculty
    Skye Montante | Past Faculty Skye Montante >> Past Faculty
    Skye Montante began studying ballet at Petaluma School of Ballet at the age of 8. In later years as she was introduced to other forms of dance; she found her true calling with Hip-Hop and Contemporary styles. She continued her dance through college and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Dance. While in school in San Francisco, she taught youth and adult classes at ODC School of Dance, City Dance Studios and after school programs and summer camps. Before moving to New York, she studied dance at IUNA in Argentina and taught an Urban Contemporary class at Pei Mei Studios. She currently teaches classes at Brooklyn Arts Exchange as well at At Your Beat Studios and is looking forward to teaching dance and growing within the dance community in New York City.
    Elisa Monte | Past Faculty Elisa Monte >> Guest Teacher
    Elisa Monte, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, danced with Lar Lubovitch, Pilobolus, and has been widely recognized as an important contributor to contemporary dance. Monte's work, founded in sensuality and sustained by an underlining steady energy, is notable for its unusual capacity to move between extremes of dance disciplines while refusing to conform or be confined by the parameters of stylistic constraints.
    Chalvar Monteiro | Past Faculty Chalvar Monteiro >> Past Faculty
    Chalvar Monteiro (Montclair, NJ) began his formal dance training at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts and went on to study at The Ailey School. He received his BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, where he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Kevin Wynn, and Dianne McIntyre. Since graduating, Mr. Monteiro has worked with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Elisa Monte Dance, Keigwin + Company, BODYTRAFFIC, and Abraham.In.Motion. He has assisted Kyle Abraham in setting and creating work for Barnard College, Princeton University, Emory University, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature. Mr. Monteiro was a member of Ailey II and joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2015.
    Rebekah Morin | Past Faculty Rebekah Morin >> Past Faculty
    Rebekah Morin is a performing artist and an educator. She’s been a guest artist in many area schools and taught master classes for dance professionals nationally and internationally. She has taught dance, theater, yoga, and cooking for children and teens through programs such as 92St. Y, Wingspan, BAX, and Brooklyn Friends. She has a BA in Dance and is trained in natural horsemanship.
    Naoko Moriyama Robbins | Body Conditioning Naoko Moriyama Robbins >> Body Conditioning
    Naoko Moriyama was born in Hiroshima, Japan where she studied ballet, modern, jazz and traditional Japanese Dance. For the past 20 years, Ms. Moriyama has been an integral part of the School at Peridance, a division of Peridance dedicated to dance education for children. She also owns and teaches at GYROTONIC® on Broadway.
    Genna Moroni | Guest Faculty Genna Moroni >> Guest Faculty
    Genna Moroni is an L.A. native. She attended LACHSA and graduated from UCLA in 2012. She began her professional career in 2010 performing Barak Marshall’s work with BODYTRAFFIC and has continued to work as his assistant ever since. From 2012-2019 Genna was a founding member of Ate9 Dance Company where she performed at prestigious venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, White Bird Dance, American Dance Festival, Vishneva Fest (Moscow), The Joyce Theater and the Wallis Theater. Moving forward in her career, Genna is translating her concert dance experience as she dives into working in commercial film/stage.
    Coco Motion | Past Faculty Coco Motion >> Past Faculty
    Coco Motion (Christina James) is a native NYC dancer, choreographer and educator. She began dancing at the age of 8, learning African, musical theater and jazz. While earning her degree at Marymount Manhattan College she began to venture into the street style world learning about house, hip hop and mainly waacking.
    Djoniba Mouflet | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre Djoniba Mouflet >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Djoniba Mouflet is the Founder and C.E.O of the Djoniba Dance Centre and is a pioneer in establishing African and Pan-African cultures at the forefront of the world stages. He is a dancer, Choreographer, Musician and music composer with an extensive artistic background that includes also Acting, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Afrobeats and Drumming. He has taught and performed all over the world and is a much sought-after teacher, performer, choreographer and composer.
    Darrell Grand Moultrie | Past Faculty Darrell Grand Moultrie >> Past Faculty
    Darrell Grand Moultrie is fast emerging as one of America's most sought after choreographers and master teachers. The New York Times writes, “Moultrie moves his dancers around the stage with remarkable authority...is obviously someone to watch.” He has carved out an impressive career that seamlessly weaves his distinctive and highly praised ballet and modern dance choreography, to on-stage Broadway performer (most recently seen in Billy Elliot), and to television work where he has choreographed national commercials for Mastercard, Mod’s hair products, Schick Quattro 4 razor, and has worked on the Dave Chappelle Show.
    Brice Mousset | Contemporary Brice Mousset >> Contemporary
    A versatile talent with an eclectic career, Brice Mousset has danced in prestigious musicals, operas, concerts, TV shows, fashion shows, and with companies throughout the world. He is in high- demand as a teacher and international juror. His wide- ranging experiences have led to unique self- expression in choreography. He has built a reputation as one of the most compelling and dedicated teachers of contemporary dance.
     Ms. Vee | Past Faculty Ms. Vee >> Past Faculty
    Val Ho, also known as “Ms. Vee,” is a multi-faceted dancer and performer whose movement background includes Hip- Hop (Freestyle, Breaking, Popping, Locking), House, Chinese Dance, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Swing, Salsa, Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu), Capoeira, and Yoga. Specializing in street dance and Hip-Hop culture, Vee has studied with such greats as Mr. Wiggles, Popin Pete, Skeeter Rabbit, Greg Campbellock Jr., and Buddha Stretch to name a few.
    Preston Mui | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Preston Mui >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Preston Mui is a native of San Francisco. He moved to Hollywood and began working as a professional dancer. He has graced the stage and TV screen with the world’s most famous artists such as Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, The Pussycat Dolls, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Mraz, Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera. His credits range from countless, live stage shows and music videos, to national commercials for McDonald’s, Budweiser, and Target, network TV shows including Crazy Ex Girlfriend, the Voice, American Idol and the MTV VMAs. Preston, also, competed on the MTV competition reality show, America’s Best Dance Crew Season 7, with FANNY PAK. He has choreographed shows all over the world for Barnum & Baileys Ringling Bros, Nike, Reebok, Oakley, and Cirque Du Soleil. His TV choreography include Big Little Lies on HBO and the Masked Singer on FOX. He is currently living in New York, performing in the Broadway cast of Hamilton.
    Leo Mujic | Past Faculty Leo Mujic >> Past Faculty
    After graduation at the ballet school in Belgrade, he studied at the Maurice Bejart’ Rudra Bejart School in Lausanne. In his professional career he has performed in the ballets by Jiri Kylian, Marguerite Donlon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Luca Silvestrini, Maurice Bejart, Mats Ek and many others.
    Jennifer Muller | Past Faculty Jennifer Muller >> Past Faculty
    JENNIFER MULLER, JMTW Artistic Director and Founder, has been an influence in the dance world for over 47 years, is known for her visionary approach and innovations in dance/theater, multi-discipline productions incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, media, artist-inspired decor and unusual production elements. Muller has created over 117 pieces, including seven full evening productions, collaborating with such artists as Keith Haring, Keith Jarrett, Yoko Ono and Jeff Croiter. Muller is recognized as a "seminal influence on dance/theater." Her prolific career has led to recent honors: Fortaleza's 2010 Trophy of Cultural Responsibility and a 2011 American Masterpieces: Artistic Genius Grant, UCSB conference and exhibit and the publication Transformation & Continuance: Jennifer Muller and the Reshaping of American Modern Dance, 1959 to Present. An internationally renowned teacher and mentor of creative talent, Muller has developed a personalized technique informed by Eastern philosophy. TanzPlan Berlin chose Muller Polarity Technique as one of seven unique contemporary dance techniques for its publication/DVD Tanztechnik 2010. Creating and re- staging pieces for 26 international repertory companies in nine countries, her commissions include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tanz-Forum Köln, Lyon Opera Ballet, Bat Dor, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Ballet Contemporaneo, Nederlands Dans Theater, NDT3 and Introdans in The Netherlands. An award- winning choreographer, Muller's choreography for theater/opera productions include The Public Theater, 2nd Stage Theater, NY Stage & Film, and the New York City Opera. In 2011, she choreo-graphed the new musical The Spiral Show in China.
    Milton Myers | Past Faculty Milton Myers >> Past Faculty
    Milton Myers was a founding member, performer, assistant to the director, and later director with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has been the director of the modern and contemporary program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the past twenty four years.
     Nadine Bommer Dance Company | Past Faculty Nadine Bommer Dance Company >> Past Faculty
    The Nadine Bommer Dance Company was established in Rishon LeZion, Israel, in 1994 by choreographer Nadine Bommer. Company dancers are graduates of the Academy, nurtured over the years by Bommer herself. Profoundly different in style from the Israeli scene, the dance company brings a distinctive new genre to the world of dance theater with its “Animato Art” method. “Animato” is a word born from “animation” and constitutes a source of evident inspiration in Bommer’s work, manifesting in its rhythms, perspectives, and humor.
    Ohad Naharin | Past Faculty Ohad Naharin >> Guest Teacher
    Already a renowned choreographer, Ohad Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company in 1990. Naharin began his training as a dancer with Batsheva and continued his studies at Juilliard. He danced for one season in the Martha Graham Company and with Maurice Bejart. Between 1980-1990 Naharin was active in the dance scene of New York and worked with various companies.
    Julie Nakagawa | Past Faculty Julie Nakagawa >> Guest Teacher
    From Evanston, Illinois, Julie was a featured dancer with Christopher D’Amboise’s Off Center Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Twyla Tharp Dance. She has also performed in Ruth Page's Nutcracker and Die Fledermaus. At the invitation of Lou Conte, Julie joined the staff of Lou Conte Dance Studio in January 1994 and rose to the position of Associate Director. In addition, she led Hubbard Street 2 from its inception in 1997 through February 2007 as the artistic director of the second company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
    Katherine Nauman | Guest Faculty Katherine Nauman >> Guest Faculty
    Katherine has toured internationally as both Horton teacher and performer at festivals such as: Jacob's Pillow (MA), Internationale Tanz-Wochen Wien (Austria), Vortex Jazz Congress (Moscow, Russia) and Summer Arts at California State University Monterey Bay.During her 12 years in San Francisco she taught at: UC Berkeley, SF State University, CSU Summer Arts, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.
    Matthew Neff | Past Faculty Matthew Neff >> Past Faculty
    Matthew Neff has experience that varies from theatre, film and concert dance. His theatrical performances in national tours include George M! (Archie/Dance Captain), The Music Man (Linus Dunlop), Oklahoma! (Jesse Chalmers/Dance Captain) and many regional theatre productions. He can be seen dancing in Sony Pictures/Revolution Films’ musical movie, Across The Universe, directed by Julie Taymor. You can also find him in Avril Lavigne’s music videos He Wasn’t and Clear Blue Tuesday, directed by Elizabeth Lucas. In the world of concert dance, he has performed works by Charlotte Griffin, Jose Limón, Mark Morris and Chet Walker. He had the opportunity to perform Anna Sokolow's signature piece, Rooms, at her memorial held at the Joyce Theater.
    Nubian Néné | Past Faculty Nubian Néné >> Past Faculty
    A Montreal native, Nubian Nene is a well-versed dancer/choreographer finding her inspiration in the hip hop, house, waacking and breaking styles, weaving them to create her unique approach. Her ability to expand her creativity into a choreographer, performer, producer, director, host, makes her an asset to any project. In 2007, she joins the canadian company BluePrintForLife, who teaches the principles and values of the Hip Hop Culture, that aims to facilitate some of the social issues in the Inuit communities of Northern Canada. She has done as many as fifteen weekly trips as a teacher and facilitator. Nubian Nene pursues her teaching career participating in multiple dance festivals such as the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival (LOHH) in Vienna, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, the Illadelph & Funky Fundamentals in Philadelphia, and the Block Party in Boulder, just to name a few. Her experience as a dancer, choreographer and teacher will bring her to explore and share in Europe and Asia. In 2011, she dances with Jody Watley at the Gramercy Theater (NYC), with Cecilia Marta Dance Company for Summer Stage, and in the Hip Hop Kung Fu production by Buddha Stretch at the Asian Society. A waacking ambassador, she is featured in the Fox News Good Day New York segment celebrating Soul Train’s 40th anniversary. In 2013, she performs with the KINEMATIK Dance Theater for the Fringe Festival in both New York and Hollywood, performs with the New York based dance company Full Circle for the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon and later on at the New Victory Theater (NYC). Nubian Nene is featured as a dancer in Jose James’ videos (Every Little Thing & Peace Power Change) and in the Michelle Williams video Say Yes. In the fall of 2014, she joins the canadian-based Bboyizm Dance Company and performs in Evolution and Music Creates Opportunity. They have toured in Fredericton, Vancouver and Toronto. Nubian Nene is a reference point in the Ladies Battle (LOHH) as the MC for the last 5 years, and she has presented many of her choreographic work and teaching expertise at that festival for the last 10 years.
    Carlos Neto | Past Faculty Carlos Neto >> Past Faculty
    Carlos Neto started performing at a young age. In 1998, he was part of a primetime TV series in Portugal (his home country), and had several appearances in the film industry. Looking to achieve a dance qualification, he moved to the UK in 2004. During this time, Carlos pursued a BA and Masters Degree in International Journalism at Cardiff University.
    Karen Ng | Past Faculty Karen Ng >> Past Faculty
    Karen Ng is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Hong Kong and raised in New Zealand. She began her dance training at the early age of 3 with Ballet, Tap and Jazz before progressing to Hip Hop dancing and producing shows with her college dance team Triple8Funk, winning a DANZ award. After completing her Pharmacy degree she longed to continue training and dancing and eventually came to NYC to study at Broadway Dance Center for commercial choreography (Luam, Rhapsody, Jared Grimes, Dana Foglia). After immersing herself in the club scene she then studied specific street styles such as Waacking, House, Hip Hop and Popping with Princess Lockerooo, Cebo, Katalyst and many more. She has performed for Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Summerstage Central Park, Afropunk Festival, One Mic: World Hip Hop Festival at the Kennedy Center, and her choreography has been selected for Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, Uptown Bounce with Mobile Mondays!, UDL, Leg Up On Life amongst others. Karen teaches with Mark Morris Dance Group, NJPAC and Everybody Dance Now, and is a guest instructor for NYU Tisch Open Arts. Class Description: (Beg Hip Hop 90min format) Class starts with a fun, upbeat dance cardio warm up, followed by dynamic stretches. Following warm up we will focus on a few specific dance moves and exercises across the floor. Next, we learn set choreography elaborating on the moves used in our exercises, focusing on musicality, spatial awareness and performance. Class ends with a freestyle party cypher, where each participant has a chance to shine! www.karenngdance.com www.vimeo.com/karenngdance
    Kerry Nicholls | Past Faculty Kerry Nicholls >> Guest Teacher
    Kerry Nicholls has taught, choreographed, mentored and performed extensively for numerous dance companies and institutions throughout Europe and worldwide, and her experience spans a diverse dance practice spectrum. Regularly teaching for DV8, Wayne M
    Benny Ninja | Past Faculty Benny Ninja >> Past Faculty
    Benjamin Thomas, AKA “Benny Ninja,” is the Co- Owner and MASTER Training Instructor for The Benny Ninja Training Academy, has been VOGUING since 1990 and is well known for his involvement in the underground "ball culture". He is the father of the House of Ninja, a post given to him by the late Willi Ninja, who is considered the Godfather of Voguing.
    Javier Ninja | Past Faculty Javier Ninja >> Past Faculty
    Javier has performed solos and collaborated with The House of Ninja all around the world, most notable was for the original House of Ninja Production, East is Red and appeared as a guest starred on America’s Next Top Model. He was the “VOGUE Champion of the Year” for three consecutive years for the House Dance International competition. Additionally, Javier has expanded his horizons nationally and internationally including a performance at the 2010 world competition Juste DeBout in Paris and televise live performance at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime with the “Queen of Pop," Madonna.
    Marcus Noble | Past Faculty Marcus Noble >> Past Faculty
    Marcus started dancing professionally in 2013 after training in the Philippines for a year. Upon his return to the states he was signed with Bloc NYC talent agency for commercial hip hop and began touring with Mystic India Bollywood dance company.
      Nobuya | Past Faculty Nobuya >> Past Faculty
    Nobuya has been active as a dancer and choreographer in and around the New York area since 2006. For almost 18 years, he has trained in Hip Hop, Locking, Voguing, Popping, Breaking and House, in addition to over 9 years of experience in ballet, contemporary, and jazz. He has appeared in numerous dance showcases and TV shows including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, and THE MOVEMENT -A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE at Joyce Soho Theater.
    Cassie Nordgren | Past Faculty Cassie Nordgren >> Past Faculty
    Cassie was the SDCF Observer for Josh Bergasse for the 2014 Broadway revival of On The Town, and was recently featured in an interview with Dance Informa magazine about her experience with the Observership program. Also in New York, Cassie frequently assists choreographer Al Blackstone and has worked with Al on pieces for Pushing Progress, The Gratitude Project, the "Only Make Believe" Gala, and on pieces for various BC/EFA events.
    Navarra Novy | Past Faculty Navarra Novy >> Past Faculty
    Navarra received her early training from Elaine Kudo and Buddy Balou in New Jersey. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance in 2006. She has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal 2006­-2009, The Batsheva Ensemble 2009-­ 2010, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2010­-2015. She has danced original works by Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Stijn Celis, Richard Siegal, Jo Stromgren and Emanuel Gat, et.al. She is currently freelancing in New York City with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Zoe | Juniper. She recently premiered Clear&Sweet, by Zoe | Juniper; Orpheus Unsung, by Mark DeChiazza; The Space Between, by Sonya Tayeh; Pierce the Veil, by Gregory Dolbashian; and was featured in the short films First Date, by Mary John Frank, and Just Dandy by Annika Sheaff.
    Jackie Nowicki | Past Faculty Jackie Nowicki >> Past Faculty
    he has performed works by Robert Battle, Lou Conte, Helen Tamiris, George Faison and Doug Varone, among others. Jacquelyn currently dances for Pilobolus Dance Theater in their PCS company and has performed for them all over the world including Abu Dhabi, Germany, Italy, and Mexico, and she is certified to teach for their Educational Outreach Program. Her professional credits also include working for Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company, Calen Kurka's :pushing progress, and Marlena Wolfe's The Wolfe Project.
    Marc Nuñez | Past Faculty Marc Nuñez >> Past Faculty
    Marc Nuñez is founder and director of Gotham Dance Theater (GDT) based in New York City. GDT has performed as Artist-in-Residence at The Performance Project at the University Settlement, Queensboro Dance Festival, Boundless in Brooklyn: A 48-hour Dance Film Contest (2017 Winner and Audience Choice), and annually produces LAUNCH, Big Gay Dance Show, and Emerge Choreographers Showcase with The Tank NYC, where Marc is also Dance Curator. Favorite Dance Credits: BARE Dance Company (Mike Esperanza), Etude Dance Ensemble (Donald McKayle), Entity Contemporary Dance (Marissa Osato, Will Johnston), Rihanna 2008 MTV VMA's (Tina Landon). Favorite Musical Theatre Credits: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan as a Lost Boy (International Tour),The Gunfighter Meets His Match as Toby (NYMF 2018), Disney's Newsies as Finch, Dance Captain, and Assistant Choreographer (Media Theatre), Broadway Bares. Marc holds a BFA in Dance Performance with Excellence in Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Marc is a member of Actors Equity and is represented by CESD Talent Agency.
    Jesse Obremski  | Limón Jesse Obremski >> Limón
    Jesse Obremski, a native New Yorker, is an artist, educator, choreographer, director, singer, arts supporter and advocate.
    Nico O'Connor | Past Faculty Nico O'Connor >> Past Faculty
    A California "Bay Area" native, with over ten years of dancing, teaching, and choreography experience, NiCo's ability to dance and learn choreography has always come natural to him. Specializing in hip hop & Jazz Funk, his training also includes Mexican folk dancing, salsa, merengue, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. Growing up, Nico immersed himself within the dance community around him, and danced and choreographed for several artists and companies. NiCo was a member of the non-profit dance troupe Culture Shock Oakland, and a backup dancer for artists like Disney's Kristy Frank, and Wrath Records’ filipino star Kim DelFierro.
    Charlotta Öfverholm  | Past Faculty Charlotta Öfverholm >> Past Faculty
    Charlotta is the Artistic Director of Compagnie Jus de la Vie Since the start of Compagnie Jus de la Vie in 1995, Öfverholm has created over 15 productions which have toured all over Europe, North and South America, and Africa. Her work is physical dance theatre with depth, irony, brutality, and humor.
    Loryane Ogay | Past Faculty Loryane Ogay >> Past Faculty
    Lauriane discovered the hip-hop culture being a teenager in Switzerland. She right away researched information on where she could dance and be part of that scene. Eager to get better and learn more, she went from school to school, to finaly find the real underground Hip-Hop establishement she was looking for; "First Move" School. This is when the performances and competition (Battle) started. She has been able and lucky to meet the right persons who were able to open those doors and show this world to her.
    Troy Ogilvie | Contemporary Troy Ogilvie >> Contemporary
    Troy Ogilvie has danced for and collaborated with choreographers - Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Zoe Scofield, Gabriel Forestieri, Idan Sharabi, Itzik Galili, Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis (as a participant in The Legacy Project/Le Projet Heritage), Austin McCormick, Harumi Terayama, Patricia Noworol, and Belinda McGuire. Troy is one of the creative directors of The McKittrick Hotel's SUPERCINEMA and McKittrick Masquerade parties.
    Michele Oliva | Past Faculty Michele Oliva >> Past Faculty
    Michele Oliva is originally from southern Italy. He began his studies of classical and modern dance in the city of Bari, and then moved to Rome and began a career in various modern techniques.
    Katie Oliver | Past Faculty Katie Oliver >> Past Faculty
    Katie Oliver is a NYC based dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Queens, NY of Puerto Rican & Filipino descent. Her diverse background in dance began at the age of 3 at The DanceSource (Rego Park, NY) with Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz & Gymnastics. Katie was later accepted to Repertory Company HS for Theatre Arts as a dance major, where she trained extensively in several styles including Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, African and Latin dance. Upon graduation, Katie received a dance scholarship to study as dance major at Dean College Dance Conservatory in Franklin, Massachusetts.
    Jon Ole Olstad | Guest Faculty Jon Ole Olstad >> Guest Faculty
    In 2010 Jon Ole formed the choreographic duo "Ruth n ´Walter" together with Caroline Skjoershammer. Their first duet "Epilogue" got invited to the Cross Connection Choreography Competition and in 2012 they created "Dear, its time to turn the lights off", which was performed in different festivals and venues. In 2013, Jon Ole was hired by Nederlands Dans Theater 1, led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot.
    Daisuke Omiya | Past Faculty Daisuke Omiya >> Past Faculty
    Daiuske Omiya was born in Gifu, Japan, and started tap dancing when he was 16 years old. He studied with master teachers such as Savion Glover, Derick K Grant, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. He has spent time as tap dancer in New York City, and began studying contemporary dance, modern, street dance, and ballet.
     Oniin Dance Company | Past Faculty Oniin Dance Company >> Past Faculty
    The contemporary dance company Oniin Dance Company plays a strong desire of communication that uses the language of soma as a primary tool of espressione.Grazie artistic director Daniela Rapisarda, the choreographic duo between two creative choreographers and dancers innovativie 7 faulted, the Company is become in a few years of one of the most prestigious contemporary panoramainternazionale.
    Bonnie O'Rourke | Past Faculty Bonnie O'Rourke >> Past Faculty
    Bonnie is the founder of BOM DIGGS. Graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2013, she moved to NYC soon after as a Marketing and Communications intern at Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. Since then, she’s performed for Shawnbibledanceco, Smashworks, Judi Jaekel & Artists, Rae-Ann Thomas, CeDan. In 2018 she studied Pilates at Gramercy Pilates in New York City.
    Philip Orsano | Past Faculty Philip Orsano >> Past Faculty
    Orsano has danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, OUI Danse, Dana Foglia Dance and Peridance Ensemble. Commercially he has worked with artists such as Madonna, Debbie Gibson, Jennifer Love Hewitt ("The Client List"), Meta and the Cornerstone, Jimmy Fallon, Howie Mandel, Lisa Vanderpump (Bravo's "Vanderpump Rules"), on Maria di Filippi's "AMICI" (Italian TV program), Law and Order SVU and more.
    Frances Ortiz | Past Faculty Frances Ortiz >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Puerto Rico, Frances Ortiz directs the New England Dance Theater and is co-owner of the New England Academy of Dance in Connecticut.
    Eric Otto | Past Faculty Eric Otto >> Guest Teacher
    Eric Otto was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He began dancing at the age of seven with the School of American Ballet in New York City. He has danced professionally with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and BalletX. He was an original cast member of Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away.
    Esosa Oviasu | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Esosa Oviasu >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    As a choreographer, teacher, and dancer, Esosa Oviasu was largely self-taught in Popping and Breaking by 2007. It wasn't until the following year, that he moved back to New York City and began to formally train in these styles, under legends such as Jazzy J and Boogaloo Kin. Esosa was first introduced to Urban Choreography by New York's Raw Elementz Dance Troupe. He is currently the Artistic and Executive Director of his dance team, The Neighbors.
    Nik Owens | Past Faculty Nik Owens >> Past Faculty
    Nik Owens, is a New York based performer who was born and raised in Altadena, California where he began his movement experience with gymnastics at age three and continued at a competitive level until he was 18. Nik began to study dance seriously at Wesleyan University, where he graduated with honors, with a BA in Dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nicholas Leichter, Tania Isaac, and Kyle Abraham and has performed works by Vanessa Tamburi, The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Mersiha Mesihovic's CircuitDebris, Raja Kelly's thefeath3rtheory, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Abdul Latif's D2D/T. Nik currently dances with David Dorfman Dance, Tiffany Mills Company, and is ecstatic to now add 10HL to his dance family!
    Javi Padilla | Past Faculty Javi Padilla >> Past Faculty
    Javier Padilla is a movement artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Starting his training at School for the Performing Arts under Waldo Gonzalez and Olaya Muentes in Puerto Rico and continuing his studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Javier has been commissioned by several institutions including Bucknell University, West Chester University, Ballet Forte and will work with Wandering Movers this coming Fall of 2018. He has also been awarded a CUNY Dance Initiative Residency and Dance On The Lawn Montclair's New Jersey Emerging Choreographer Commission of 2018.
    Nicholas Palmquist | Past Faculty Nicholas Palmquist >> Past Faculty
    Nicholas likes to pull from different mediums of dance to create new ways of story telling, highlighting the humanity in dance and in dancers. He aims for a fresh and also nostalgic relationship with musicality that celebrates the nuance in orchestration from pop to rock to jazz and everywhere in between. He combines soulful rhythms from his tap background with a smooth sensuality discovered in his commercial endeavors to explore as many ways of moving and expressing human emotion through dance as possible. Nicholas likes to challenge his dancers to explore the scope of their expression by creating emotional and intimate conversations as well as explosive, joyful articulations that move! Nicholas has a huge passion for dance and is grateful for any opportunity to share it.
    Bo Park | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Bo Park >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Bokyung Park(Bo) is a professional dancer from Seoul, South Korea. In 2010, Park came to New York City and started training in Hiphop, Ballet and Contemporary in ISVP(the International Students Visa Program). There she trained with Luam Keflezgy, Jermaine Browne, La Jon Dentzler, Rhapsody James, Jared Grimes, Andrey Silantyev, Dana Foglia and many more.
    David Parker | Past Faculty David Parker >> Past Faculty
    David Lee Parker is a native from Long Island, New York. He started his dance training at Long Island High school for the Arts and continued his studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts where he graduated with honors and received his B.F.A. in dance performance. David has trained at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, American Ballet Theater Summer Collegiate Program, Gibney Summer Contemporary Dance Program, and has had the privilege to study abroad for a year in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has performed works by Camille A. Brown, Netta Yerushalmy, Ohad Naharin, Noa Zuk, Reggie Wilson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Noa Wertheim, and Maxine Doyle. He has also had the special opportunity to perform at the Suzanne Dellal Theatre in Tel Aviv and the Joyce Theatre in New York City. David was an apprentice for Ronald K. Brown and now dances with QBC Company and Brian Brooks.
    Elizabeth Parkinson | Past Faculty Elizabeth Parkinson >> Past Faculty
    Elizabeth Parkinson was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and began her ballet training with Anzia Arsenault and Carol Lee at Tampa Ballet Arts. She attended summer workshops in San Antonio with Robert Joffrey and then after high school joined The Joffrey Two Dancers under the direction of Sally Bliss. Elizabeth was a principle dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, The Feld Ballet NY, Peridance Ensemble, Donald Byrd/The Group, Mark Dendy Danccers, and Twyla Tharp Dance.
    Jason Parsons | Past Faculty Jason Parsons >> Past Faculty
    Jason Parsons has performed with companies such as River North Dance Company, Mia Michaels R.A.W, Dinyos Dance Company (Japan), and the POZ Dance Theater (South Korea). His company has presented in NYC at the Joyce Soho, Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement and Art Center, Alvin Ailey, and for APAP at Carnegie Hall.
    Christie Partelow | Guest Faculty Christie Partelow >> Guest Faculty
    Christie Partelow, born and raised in New York, is currently an artist with Netherlands Dans Theatre.Previously, Christie was working with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Quebec under the direction of Gradimir Pankov,
     Patricia Noworol Dance Theater | Past Faculty Patricia Noworol Dance Theater >> Past Faculty
    Originally formed as Patricia Noworol Dance (PND) in 2008, Patricia Noworol Dance Theater (PNDT) has been led since its inception by choreographer and artistic director Patricia Noworol.
    Nick Pauley | Past Faculty Nick Pauley >> Past Faculty
    Jerry Paulino | Past Faculty Jerry Paulino >> Past Faculty
    Jerry Paulino known as “Jerry Curls”, 23 year old dancer chasing his dream of becoming a world-class choreographer. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Jerry has been living and dancing in New York since the age of seven, training and working with some of NYC’s top choreographers such as Neil Schwartz, Jared Jenkins, Soraya Lundy, Keenan Cooks, Alonzo Williams, Deshawn Hawthorne and has used this foundation to develop a unique choreographic voice. In 2016, Jerry founded "Shade Dance Company" a dance group where passionate dancers trained with an emphasis on style versatility and full out performance. Jerry has worked with a long list of upcoming artists such as Alina Worldwide, Alus, HAYDEE, Melvii G and recently choreographed Your Husband Is Cheating On Us, a new musical dreamed by JD Lawrence. Jerry hopes to inspire others while growing as an artist himself. It’s only the beginning for Jerry Curls!
    Becky Pearl | Past Faculty Becky Pearl >> Past Faculty
    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 School at Peridance since 2003.
    Joshua Pelatzky | Past Faculty Joshua Pelatzky >> Past Faculty
    Joshua has received many awards for choreography including Choreographer of the Year and Young Choreographer of the Year. He has been featured in several showcases internationally including Carnival, Broadway Underground, Sirens After Dark, Botega, World Dance Movement and Broadway a Tropea. Joshua choreographed and danced in the Darwin Deez' music video 'DNA' which landed him a nomination for a UK Music Video Award. He has also been commissioned to set site specific work for art gallery openings. He has taught contemporary and street jazz throughout 15 different countries. Joshua teach guest classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at The EDGE in Los Angeles.
    Miguel Perez | Past Faculty Miguel Perez >> Guest Teacher
    MIGUEL PEREZ started dancing at the age of 18 at the University of Arizona. After college, he danced for River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago. Miguel has had success in the commercial dance world: he danced for both Celine Dion’s A New Day in Las Vegas and her Taking Chances world tour.
    La Mora Pérez | African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre La Mora Pérez >> African Based I Djoniba Dance Centre
    Originally from Santiago de Cuba, Danys "La Mora" Pérez Prades is an internationally renowned master of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance. Pérez is an expert dancer, teacher, dance ethnologist and choreographer specializing in all the unique styles of Afro-Cuban Culture and of her native region of the Oriente province in Eastern Cuba, a region whose cultural richness is attributable to its infusion of Afro- Haitian influences to an already vibrant Afro-Cuban context. Pérez began her dance training at an early age with Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian dance ensembles. At 13, she was asked to join the renowned national folkloric ballet company, Cutumba, with which she toured internationally with the company for 18 years.
    Te Perez Ceccon | Past Faculty Te Perez Ceccon >> Past Faculty
    Teresa Perez Ceccon is a professional dance artist, educator and choreographer. Known by many as "Te" Perez, she specializes in Simonson Technique having earned her certification at the original Dance Space in 1997. Having taught the technique for over 15 years at Dance Space Center (later renamed Dance New Amsterdam), she continues to give classes at the Gina Gibney Dance Center where she is on faculty.
    Francois Perron | Past Faculty Francois Perron >> Past Faculty
    Francois Perron is a graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet School where he studied under the direction of Claude Bessy. Before moving to the United States, François danced with La Scala in Milan, where Maurice Béjart invited him to Brussels as part of Les Ballets Du XXe Siecle. François has had principal contracts with the Northern Ballet Theatre of England and Ballet Du Nord.
     Sabra Perry | Past Faculty Sabra Perry >> Past Faculty
    Sabra Perry is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School, and has performed with companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, the Hartford Ballet, the Merce Cunningham Repertory Group and Dances Patrelle. For over 13 years she was a leading dancer and ballet mistress with Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
    Bethany Perry | Past Faculty Bethany Perry >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Rochester, NY, Bethany moved to NYC after graduating from SUNY Brockport's Dance department in 2000. She found her dancing niche in NYC in 2011, within the Simonson community of teachers and dancers. She has studied extensively with, and performs for, Diane McCarthy and Laurie De Vito; completed the Simonson Method of Teacher Training with Lynn Simonson; performed the work of Isabel Gotzkowsky, Katiti King, and Ellis Wood in NYC
    Igal Perry | Ballet Igal Perry >> Ballet
    Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Perid an ce Contemporary Dance Company. and Peridance Center, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, NYTimes).
    Frida Persson | Past Faculty Frida Persson >> Past Faculty
    Frida is originally from Sweden. She has been living in New York City for six years, working as a dancer and choreographer. Recently bookings includes: dancer in Jennifer Hudson music video “Go all night’’, Radio city music hall with Hip hop Extravaganza show, choreographing for Jenn Bocian's live show and music video "We will always have New York" that include 110 dancers, IMAX commercial, with Axwell from Swedish house mafia etc.
    Saverio Pescucci | Past Faculty Saverio Pescucci >> Past Faculty
    Italian born, Saverio Pescucci began his ballet training at La Scala Ballet School in Milan, Italy and graduated from the same school in 2010. Ballet companies include “Dance Theatre of Harlem” (2017), “Dresden SemperOper Ballet” (2011-2014) and “Finnish National Ballet” (2010-2011) performing corps de ballet and soloist roles in ballets by world renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Aaron S. Watkin, Helen Pickett and Jiri Kilyan to name a few.
    Laura Peterson | Past Faculty Laura Peterson >> Guest Teacher
    Laura Peterson is a NYC based dance artist creating work that challenges the limits physicality and redefines performance spaces. Laura’s work is influenced by visual art and includes visually stunning installations that are developed simultaneously with the choreography. She has had residencies and commissions throughout NYC and her work has been performed at venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and in Europe and South America. Laura’s choreography has been commissioned by dance companies and universities throughout the US. She has taught technique and improvisation in universities including Princeton, Rutgers and Marymount Manhattan and she holds an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art
    Mishay Petronelli | Past Faculty Mishay Petronelli >> Past Faculty
    Mishay Petronelli is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer based in New York City and Los Angeles. A “compellingly dramatic and athletic,” multiform dancer (BOSTON GLOBE), Mishay has danced for a wide variety of artists including Jonte’, Janes Addiction, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Mackelmore, Will Smith, Janelle Monae, Hailee Steinfeld, FKA Twigs, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and in music videos for Whitney Houston, Nikki Williams, Beyoncé, Madonna and Janet Jackson.
    Stephen Petronio | Past Faculty Stephen Petronio >> Guest Teacher
    Stephen Petronio (Artistic Director /Choreographer) received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he began dancing in 1974. Petronio was the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company (1979 to 1986), and has gone on to build a unique and powerful language of movement in a career than spans 25 years. Petronio has created over 35 works for his company, and has been commissioned by some of the world’s most prestigious modern and ballet companies.
    Katharine Pettit | Past Faculty Katharine Pettit >> Past Faculty
    Katharine Pettit is a NYC based Tap Dancer and teacher, Director/Choreographer. Most recently she served as Ms. Susan Stroman’s SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) observer on BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. Her choreography has been shown at The 92nd Street Y, Green Space, The Cell, Hostel International Ballroom, TADA! Emerging Artists Theater New Works, Choreographer's Forum and Peridance Showcases.
    Daniel Pettrow | Past Faculty Daniel Pettrow >> Past Faculty
    Daniel Pettrow is a Brooklyn-based actor, director, and teacher.  He is the Director of Performance and Communication Training for Heifetz International Music Institute (since 2012.) He is also the Drama teacher and Speaking in Public teacher for Heifetz Institute.
    Sabrina Phillip  | Guest Faculty Sabrina Phillip >> Guest Faculty
    Sabrina is originally from Calgary, Canada. She trained intensively in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance in her early studies and went on to work at the international level in London, England. She taught Master classes at The Pineapple, Danceworks and The Urdang Academy and toured with Virgin Records recording artist Annie.
    Helen Pickett | Past Faculty Helen Pickett >> Past Faculty
    Helen Pickett studied at The San Francisco Ballet School. While in school, she performed with San Francisco Ballet Company under the direction of Michael Smuin and Lew Christensen, and later, Helgi Tomasson. For nearly 12 years, she performed as a dancer and actor with Ballet Frankfurt, directed by William Forsythe, becoming a principal in 1991.
    Stephen Pier | Past Faculty Stephen Pier >> Past Faculty
    Stephen Pier has been a trusted company teacher for Company Wayne McGregor, Random Dance, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Introdans, Scapino Ballet, and many others.
    Mikerline Pierre | Past Faculty Mikerline Pierre >> Past Faculty
    Mikerline Pierre’s dance background is steeped in the rich Haitian tradition. She studied under Haitian dance giants, including Vivian Gauthier and Pierre Desrameaux and at the renowned Enarts Dance School of Haiti in Port-au-Prince
    Janet Pilla | Past Faculty Janet Pilla >> Past Faculty
    Janet Pilla toured as a soloist of Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit for 12 years, and currently dances in Philadelphia with Melanie Stewart Dance Theater, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and Dancefusion. She has taught Limón repertory at colleges, universities, and companies in the US and abroad, and is currently adjunct faculty at Arcadia University.
    Leslie Plummer | Past Faculty Leslie Plummer >> Guest Teacher
    Leslie, a native New Mexican, learned classical ballet from Patricia Dickinson-Wells and performed with New Mexico Ballet Company. She furthered her education at summer intensives with ABT and the Ailey School. Leslie received her B.A. in Dance from the University of New Mexico. Leslie performed with Oui Danse under Artistic Director Brice Mousset. Currently, Leslie is a freelance dancer in NYC working in film and dance projects and assisting Jon Ole Olstad for creative projects.
    Danielle Polanco | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Danielle Polanco >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    In 2003 at the age of 17, Danielle booked her first professional job with Beyonce but that wouldn’t be her last. Danielle is best known for being the leading lady in Omarion’s video ‘Touch’ and in 2008 for portraying the role of Missy Serrano in the hit movie ‘Step Up 2 The Streets’. Polanco has an impressive resume; she has choreographed for Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Chris Brown, Eve and Estelle.
    Michalis Porgiazis | Past Faculty Michalis Porgiazis >> Past Faculty
    Michalis Porgiazis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in July 1991. He is a professional dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and creative director.
    Kendra Portier | Past Faculty Kendra Portier >> Guest Teacher
    Bombastic Post-Downtown Class is a super physical sensation-based articulation of form via improvisation, imagination and heavily nuanced set material. Class begins with filtering our formal techniques with an active creative practice that encourages trust and choice-making. We will take ownership of our unique eccentricity, beauty, and darkness. We will cultivate the permission to reveal, explore, and revel in the effort and joy. We will gather to regenerate, discover, challenge, and applaud. We will dance via little physics and loud ways; sweat and move until we cannot.
    Emma Portner | Past Faculty Emma Portner >> Past Faculty
    In 2012, Emma was named American Dance Awards National “Young Choreographer of the year”. Since then, her choreography has won several National and Regional Level awards. Including a top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E awards. Her choreography is constantly recognized for it’s intricacy, honesty and blend of styles.
    Gwen Potter | Tap Gwen Potter >> Tap
    Gwen Potter moved to New York City from Indiana with big dreams and an unwavering determination to pursue her dance career. She attended University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and graduated with a BA in Dance Performance. Gwen’s choreographic work has graced the stage of many reputable venues in the city such as Alvin Ailey, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Highline Ballroom, and other dance festivals in the tri- state area.
    Kelly Potter | Past Faculty Kelly Potter >> Past Faculty
    Kelly Potter’s style is a fusion of technique and athleticism combined with high-energy hip-hop moves. Her class begins with a technical warm-up, progressions across the floor and a unique street jazz, hip-hop or even lyrical combination.
    Benoit Swan Pouffer | Past Faculty Benoit Swan Pouffer >> Past Faculty
    Benoit-Swan Pouffer is a critically-acclaimed choreographer representing an innovative, less formalized approach to dance. Born and raised in Paris, he studied as a dancer at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse. Early in his career he took first place in the Benetton European Dance Competition, a distinguishment that preceded seven years of dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where he was a principal dancer.
    George Povydysh | Past Faculty George Povydysh >> Past Faculty
    George Povydysh was inspired to dance when he first encountered local b-boys in Brooklyn at the age of 14. After taking the first ever class he knew that this new found interest is something he would want to pursue. It gave him a challenge like no other and he was determined to dive into the culture.
    Matthew Powell | Past Faculty Matthew Powell >> Past Faculty
    Matthew Powell received his training from the School of American Ballet, and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the International tour of 'West Side Story,' and more. As a choreographer, Matthew was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and recently received an award for his choreography at Regional Dance America. He has created works for Kansas City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Brooklyn Ballet, and is the on-set choreographer for BLOCH dancewear.
     Prince  | Past Faculty Prince >> Past Faculty
    In 2002 Jor-el joined an adult Salsa Dance Company by the name of Eddie Torres. While training Jor-el was offered a position in the company by The Mambo King himself. He then began Voguing competitively in the Underground Ballroom Scene, winning trophies all of the country earning his stage name The Royal ‘Prince” of Vogue Fem.
    Connie Procopio | Past Faculty Connie Procopio >> Past Faculty
    Upon graduating from the University of South Florida in 2000, with a BFA in Dance Performance, Connie trained at the Limón Institute. She has worked with Sue Bernhard, Alan Danielson, Raphael Boumalia, Maxine Steinman, and Kathryn Alter. She performed for the Avodah Dance Ensemble from 2003-2009 working with JoAnne Tucker, Julie Gayer, and Sidra Bell, and where she also led the company’s outreach work in women’s prisons.
    Dante Puleio | Past Faculty Dante Puleio >> Past Faculty
    Dante Puleio trained in London, Leeds, and finished school in Philadelphia. He danced with Limon Dance Company from 2000 until 2014. He currently teaches master classes in New York City and across the USA. He will begin his Masters at UC Irvine, CA, in September.
     Q | Past Faculty Q >> Past Faculty
    Having graduated from Baltimore School for The Arts as a theater major who was influenced by varying disciplines, Q creates choreography, both onstage and in class, that connects the dots between the music, the movement and the message. To hear him tell it, as he often does while working with dancers, “Anyone can dance, but not everyone can perform.” After moving to New York, his dance class regimen included a steady diet of Hip Hop, Funk, Ballet, and Jazz.
    Shirlene Quigley | Past Faculty Shirlene Quigley >> Past Faculty
    Shirlene Quigley was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and just moved to New York city. She is best known for her work as a professional dancer and teacher. She has performed all over the world at arenas world wide touring with some of the biggest stars of our generation. dancing on television, commercial, film, and Music videos with artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot, Mary J Blige, Jamie Foxx, Ray J, PorcelainBlack, Lil Romeo, Ashanti, Fantasia and many more.
    Rafael Quintas | Past Faculty Rafael Quintas >> Past Faculty
    Rafael Quintas earned degrees in Dance and Mass Communication - Radio/TV in Missouri. After being introduced to Waacking during his time in a musical theater company, he decided to pursue his passion into teaching and choreography. He has choreographed for multiple dance events in the Los Angeles area and most recently started creating and directing dance films.
    Audrey Rachelle | Past Faculty Audrey Rachelle >> Guest Teacher
    Audrey Rachelle graduated salutatorian from The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and received additional training from Banning Bouldin, Netherlands Dance Theater, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Lou Conte Dance Studio.
    Ruth Rae | Past Faculty Ruth Rae >> Past Faculty
    Upon moving to New York City, she attained her complete Yoga certification in Yogea Artflow© through Antonia Katrandjieva and YOGEA© Artflow Center, combining innovative poses with tradition, alignment, dynamic flow, as well as the breathing and mudras of kundalini yoga, and theories and processes of meditation, visualization, chi- gong, Ayurveda, Reflexology, and many other modalities and esoteric theories. She has taught yoga, Pilates, combination classes and private sessions for 6 years.
    Caterina Rago | Modern Caterina Rago >> Modern
    Selected as the 2016 Emerging Choreographer for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Texas. CRDC is currently working on their newest production titled Labir Into, in which Caterina will be collaborating with the renown set designer, Pier Paolo Bisleri. The production is scheduled to premiere at the New York Live Arts in October 2016. Rago also teaches Graham Technique at Dance Theatre of Harlem. She continues to be a guest teacher of numerous dance centers in Italy and New York City.
    Christopher Ralph | Contemporary Christopher Ralph >> Contemporary
    Christopher Ralph was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. He began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School, were he was accepted into the theater/ dance program. While training at school he simultaneously attend classes at Broadway dance center and Steps on Broadway with teachers such as Peter Schabel, Dorrit Koppel, Frank Hatchett and Chio Yamada.
    Daniela Rapisarda | Past Faculty Daniela Rapisarda >> Past Faculty
    Today with Alessandro Vacca, international dancer and choreographer with her in the dance company, holds workshops and seminars in the world (Italy, Shanghai, Miami, Hong Kong, New York).
    Tony Ray | Past Faculty Tony Ray >> Past Faculty
    Tony Ray was born and raised in San Diego, California. He started his dance journey in his hometown when he was 19 with his first love being House Dance. Now at 25 years old, he’s traveled the globe testing his skills in many different battles and competitions, most notably taking the win this year in the House Category at Juste Debout 2019. He’s also taught around the world, mostly in the U.S and the countries of Asia. He’s a proud representative of Dance Fusion Family a New York Legacy for House culture and SourPatchCrew who are a collective of artists around North America. He admits that Japan is one of his favorite countries to visit and is anxious to make his next trip happen very quickly. Tony Ray hopes to be able to shine some light around the world with his genuine love for Music and Movement.
    Kelley Reid | Past Faculty Kelley Reid >> Past Faculty
    Kelley Reid born and raised in Kissimmee, Florida and well trained in all styles of dance. Kelley has worked with top industry choreographers like Dana Michaels, Mia Michaels, Brian Friendman, and Gil Duldulao to name a few. Credits Include The Bodyguard, Holland America Line, Iggy Azalea X Silky Ganache, and RuPauls Season 11 Finale tour with Miss Shuga Cain. In NYC she has been seen on stage for numerous showcases and benefits. (Leg Up On Life’s “Night Of Life” and Choreographer’s Carnival).
    Karin Rendelman | Past Faculty Karin Rendelman >> Past Faculty
    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. In addition, Karin continues to teach master classes and create choreography for many students all over the country and abroad as well as teaching on the competition/convention circuit.
    Gilbert Reyes | Past Faculty Gilbert Reyes >> Past Faculty
    Gilbert Reyes was born in the Bronx and raised in Spanish Harlem, Reyes graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology focused in Linguistics with a minor in Afro-Latino Studies. He dances for Maura Donohue, Frankie Martinez, Christal Brown and Vanessa Anspaugh. Inspired by physicality and improvisation Reyes plays with the body's different venues of exploration through movement.
    Cesar Reyes Lopez | Past Faculty Cesar Reyes Lopez >> Past Faculty
    Cesar's style embraces a fusion of different Yoga sources, such as Ashtanga and Iyengar, Tai- Chi Chuan, as well as developmental physical techniques from dance and sport.
    Dwight Rhoden | Past Faculty Dwight Rhoden >> Past Faculty
    A native of Dayton, Ohio, who began dancing at age 17, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a performer, he has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries and commercials throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has been a featured performer on many PBS Great Performances specials.
     Riceball | Guest Faculty Riceball >> Guest Faculty
    Ryota " Riceball " Yamasaki (Mellow Animals / Team Rocket ) A dancer from Osaka, Japan with more than 15 years experience in dancing Hiphop, House dance, Locking and Popping. He learned from many legends from NYC since he started, and had been living in NYC by himself as a dancer to pursue his career and growth as a professional artist. He is now famous for being one of the representatives from NYC and Japan in street dance battle scenes all over the world. He has taught more than 1000 students in 10+ Countries / Regions, and has won championships all over the world.
    Desmond Richardson | Past Faculty Desmond Richardson >> Past Faculty
    Raised in Laurelton, Queens NY began his formal dance training at the High School Of The Performing Arts known now as Laquardia High School of Art and the Performing Arts
    Jillianna Richcrick | Past Faculty Jillianna Richcrick >> Guest Teacher
    Jillianna trained with Brie Neff in Philadelphia and Teri Steele in New York before pursuing her certification through the STOTT Pilates program. Jillianna’s class draws from her vast experience in movement to offer insight and an informed perspective to pilates instruction. Through this she will help you develop better body awareness, increased physical strength, flexibility and focus.
    Jonathan Riedel | Past Faculty Jonathan Riedel >> Past Faculty
    Jonathan Riedel is the choreographer and Artistic Director of Riedel Dance Theater, founded in 2003.
    Pascal Rioult | Past Faculty Pascal Rioult >> Past Faculty
    Former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Co. , who created his own style, blending the contemporary European culture with classic American modern dance.
    Dual Rivet | Contemporary Dual Rivet >> Contemporary
    Dual Rivet is a women-led dance company focused on creating and sharing highly physical contemporary dance to a wide audience. Based in NYC, Dual Rivet creates work for stage and film that exchanges a cinematic and visceral language to influence both platforms. The company teaches a myriad of classes, throughout the United States, with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. Led by Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth, Dual Rivet aims to share what it means to be female leaders in the arts.
    Ariel Rivka Dance | Past Faculty Ariel Rivka Dance >> Past Faculty
    Based in New York/New Jersey, Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by a married choreographer/composer team, Ariel Grossman (Artistic Director/Choreographer) and David Homan (Executive Director/Composer). Named one of Jersey (New) Moves' Emerging Choreographers, ARD will premiere work at NJPAC on June 17th, and will be presented this summer at Rutgers University, White Wave's Wave Rising Series and Inaugural Solo/Duo Festival, and celebrate its 9th Season Festival in May at New York Live Arts.
    Becca Robinson | Past Faculty Becca Robinson >> Past Faculty
    Rhodesia Robledo | Past Faculty Rhodesia Robledo >> Past Faculty
    Rhodesia became an original member of Michael “U4Ria” The Movement Foundation in 2006, and joined Ladies of Hip-Hop in 2011. She performed, attended and facilitated workshops with both crews. In March of 2014 Rhodesia officially joined MAWU. Rhodesia has organized and taught workshops in Connecticut, New York City, Brooklyn, Boston, Miami, Mexico, Norway and Italy. Helped to create and organize new creative works that turned into two full hour length performances under MAWU. Red Hook Festival Spring 2015 and Journey into House Nov 2016. Rhodesia is currently teaching dance for a Summer Dance Camp and is helping to bring House Music and more awareness about Club and DJ culture to Connecticut. Rhodesia continues to be involved within the NYC underground dance community and helps to influence and inspire the next generation.
    Christina Robson | Past Faculty Christina Robson >> Past Faculty
    Christina Robson currently dances with The Sean Curran Company, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Alexandra Beller Dances, Heidi Henderson/Elephant Jane Dance, Kendra Portier | Band Portier, David Dorfman Dance and an artist's collective called The Space We Make. Rachel Rizzuto of Dance Teacher Magazine writes, "She is- the modern dancer to watch of this next generation. Her ability to mold herself to any number of choreographers’ styles with ease and detail is truly exceptional."
    Rhea Roderick | Past Faculty Rhea Roderick >> Past Faculty
    Rhea Roderick began her dance training in Philadelphia at the New Freedom Theater and the Pennsylvania Ballet School . Upon moving to New York City, she studied on full scholarship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Joffrey Ballet School and The Juilliard School. Ms. Roderick is a former company member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions,and Oakland Ballet (soloist). As a freelance guest artist, she has danced with Ballet Arts of Minnesota and Moving Poets.
    Juan Rodriguez | Past Faculty Juan Rodriguez >> Past Faculty
    Juan Rodriguez originally from NY began his training at The Ailey School under the direction of Dennis Jefferson as a scholarship student where he received The Donna Wood Award. He furthered his training at The Juilliard School graduating with a BFA. Juan has danced professionally with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and has freelanced and been a guest with many others.
    Ambere Rogers | Past Faculty Ambere Rogers >> Past Faculty
    Destini Rogers  | Guest Faculty Destini Rogers >> Guest Faculty
    Destini Rogers was born and raised in the heartland, where she studied dance at Classen School of Advanced Studies and The University of Central Oklahoma. She quickly made moves as a commercial dancer after becoming a top 8 finalist on the first season of So You Think You Can Dance. She’s worked for artists such as; Rihanna, Beyonce’, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys. Destini has choreographed for studios and companies all over the U.S. for over ten years but settled in New York to work with the world’s best dancers. Destini’s goal is to create a space where dancers come in open and leave feeling like a movement superhero.
     Rokafella | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Rokafella >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    NYC born and raised La Roka, also known internationally as BGIRL ROKAFELLA for her Break dance mastery, performed as a teen in school productions and open mics. She began to perform at theatrical venues with Full Circle Prod and found her voice after successfully providing interludes for the dance pieces in their evening line up. La Roka is well rooted in Hip-hop and Afro Latin rhythms growing up in a time where so many genres are fused. She composed a Gospel version of Jimmy Castor's Just Begun adding to how she offers an empowering message in her music. Roka usually does a break dance freestyle if her audience requests, time permitting, so she reminds the world how Hip-hop still lives.
    Christopher Roman | Past Faculty Christopher Roman >> Past Faculty
    For the last 12 years Christopher has been a principal artist with Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company and contributed to the creation of 25 original works with Will Forsythe and the company. In 2005, Mr. Roman co-founded the company 2+ with video designer Philip Bussmann, formerly of The Wooster Group. He is currently the curator for the MFA European Residency Studies at Hollins University in collaboration with ADF.
    Omar Román De Jesús | Past Faculty Omar Román De Jesús >> Past Faculty
    Omar Román De Jesús (San Juan, PR) began his formal training at School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Omar was a member of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico from 2006-2011. During this period, he won the Championship Cup and Gold Medal at the National Dance Competition in Puerto Rico. He received scholarship to the Ailey School in 2011. He performed with Parsons Dance, Ballet Hispánico and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company where he did works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Robert Battle, Mary Pat Henry, Trey McIntyre, Kate Skarpetowska, Michelle Manzanales, Jennifer Archibald, Tania Peréz-Salas, Carlos Pons and Ephrat Asherie. Omar is currently dancing for Yin Yue Dance Company.
    Emma Rosa | Guest Faculty Emma Rosa >> Guest Faculty
    Emma Rosa, Cuban New Jersey native, is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher in various styles ranging from heels and hip hop to contemporary and tap. Emma was recently a featured dancer on Tayla Parx’s international We Need to Talk Tour under the creative direction of Shirlene Quigley. She has also performed with American music artists including Trey Songz, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Todrick Hall, and VH1 Love & Hip Hop’s Mariah Lynn as well as Latin artists El Alfa, Sech, and Chimbala among others.
    Sean Roschman | Past Faculty Sean Roschman >> Past Faculty
    Sean Roschman began his dance training in Chicago, and went on to earn a BFA from New York University. He founded is company Roschman Dance in 2008 and since has presented three original evening length works. His company has been commissioned by Cirque Du Soleil "onedrop.org", Lady Gaga's ARTRave New York City Fashion Week, The Maritime Museum of Norwalk, HEREArts, New York University, The New York Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts, and Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village's 'Summer On The Oval" Festival. Roschman Dance has had the pleasure of performing at 2012 Downtown Dance Festival, The Elan Awards, WaxWorks, The Rover Soho, PS122 many others.
    Arleigh Rothenberg | Past Faculty Arleigh Rothenberg >> Past Faculty
    Arleigh Rothenberg is a member of Boston Tap Company and Undertoe Dance Project, and artistic director of CANDOR, the tap dance company she has established. She has performed at many prestigious venues, and holds a BS from Ithaca College.
    Clarisse Roud | Past Faculty Clarisse Roud >> Past Faculty
    Clarisse Roud, is originally from Switzerland. She is a performer, dance teacher and choreographer based in between London and New York. She focused her training on modern techniques : contracting and releasing within the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, falling and recovering within the Limón Institute where she saw herself designated to perform There is a Time for War as a Soloist.
    Marc Royale | Past Faculty Marc Royale >> Guest Teacher
    Marc "FullOut" Royale is a professional dancer and choreographer hailing from Queens, New York, Marc possesses a natural flair for full out movement. His captivating performance qualities has opened many doors and has inspired many over the globe. Royale trains professionally at various New York studios and is also a graduate of Rock the Industry training under the legendary Luam .
    Bennyroyce Royon | Past Faculty Bennyroyce Royon >> Past Faculty
    Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino-American director, choreographer, and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2006. As a performer and collaborator he has worked on Broadway (The King and I), Off- Broadway (Artist of Light), at The Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, The First Emperor), at the New York Philharmonic (The Cunning Little Vixen), and with dance companies including Armitage Gone! Dance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Alaska Dance Theatre, The Nilas Martins Dance Company, Collective Body Dance Lab, Cas Public, and Bad Boys of Dance.
    Jon Rua | Guest Faculty Jon Rua >> Guest Faculty
    Jon’s commitment, versatility, perseverance, and talent has accelerated his well rounded career. Jon Rua has starred on Broadway as ‘Jesus Pena’ in the new musical Hands on a Hardbody as well as ‘Sonny’ in the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical In The Heights.
    Jennifer Ruggiero | Past Faculty Jennifer Ruggiero >> Past Faculty
    Jennifer Ruggiero began dancing at age 7, at Westchester Ballet Center under the direction of Rose-Marie Menes. As a young child she performed in The Dance Theatre in Westchester’s annual production of The Nutcracker and continued to do so until her early 20’s. She went on to study at SUNY Purchase, receiving a BFA in dance performance. She began her Pilates training in 1995 while at SUNY Purchase.
    Dana Ruttenberg | Past Faculty Dana Ruttenberg >> Past Faculty
    Israeli born dancer and choreographer, Dana Ruttenberg graduated from The Bat-Dor School of Dance. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude and is now pursuing her MFA in Dance with the ADF/Hollins Program. Since her return to Israel in 2003, she has been teaching, giving workshops and choreographing for the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, OtherDance Festival, IntimaDance Festival, and Dance Arena festival, to name a few.
    Tracey Ryan | Past Faculty Tracey Ryan >> Past Faculty
    Tracey Ryan is a Pilates instructor and dancer with more than 15 years of professional teaching experience. She holds a first class Bachelor’s Degree in dance and pedagogy from the London College of Dance as well as advanced level certifications from The Ceccheti Society, The Royal Academy of Dancing, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, The Royal Society of Arts, and Stott Pilates.
      Saba | Past Faculty Saba >> Guest Teacher
    Saba has been a member of the Rosella Hightower Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, and Pearl Lang Dance Theater. He is the founder and choreographer of the Saba Dance Theater, with which he has won a Bessie Audience Award for Best Performance.
    Jillian Sage | Past Faculty Jillian Sage >> Past Faculty

    Jillian Sage is a Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, Model and Yogi, former faculty member of The Washington School of Ballet located in our nation’s capital, under the direction of Septime Webre and School director Kee Juan Han.

    Yoshito Sakuraba | Contemporary Yoshito Sakuraba >> Contemporary
    He is founding artistic director of Abarukas and an award- winning choreographer. His work was seen in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Jerusalem and the U.S. He won the International Choreographic Competition at NW Dance Project in the US in 2015.
    Cindy Salgado | Past Faculty Cindy Salgado >> Past Faculty
    Cindy was born in Sunnyvale, California and started dancing at the age of 3. She trained at Dance Academy USA in multiple styles and in Los Angeles and New York at various professional studios over her summers.
    Luis Salgado | Guest Faculty Luis Salgado >> Guest Faculty
    Luis Salgado [Director / Choreographer ] is an international director, choreographer and educator from Puerto Rico based in New York City and who most recently opened his own adaptation of the musical FAME to great reviews in Washington D.C. He was the Assistant Latin Choreographer of In the Heights on Broadway, which won four Tony Awards.
    Jamie Salmon | Past Faculty Jamie Salmon >> Past Faculty
    Ms. Salmon received her professional training as a youth with Dana Kennedy, Paul Mejia and Melissa Hayden before attending junior and high school at The North Carolina School of the Arts. Her interim training was sponsored and mentored by Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse at The School of American Ballet and Harkness Ballet and upon graduating, Ms. Salmon continued her formal training on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and also studied with many NY greats such as Finis Jung and David Howard. Her professional career spanned years of performing classical and contemporary works in theatre, television, film, print and industrials.
    Frances Samson | Past Faculty Frances Samson >> Past Faculty
    FRANCES SAMSON joined the Limón Dance Company in 2017. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Frances is a former company dancer (2013-2015) and guest artist of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, performing the works of José Limón, Colin Connor and Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo, and in 2016, she attended Ryerson University’s School of Performance. She has received additional training from summer studies with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Arts Umbrella. Frances has had the pleasure of performing for Walt Disney World, TEDx, Miss Universe Canada, Rotary International and Frog in Hand. She is currently a guest artist in the multicultural and multidisciplinary project, The Gravity Between directed by Jacqueline Bulnes in collaboration with Niklas Emborg Gjersøe. Frances has participated in numerous festivals such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the José Limón International Dance Festival (New York & Sinaloa), the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival and the Fringe Festival (Toronto & Rochester). Most recently, she was an Artist in Residence at the Danish National Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark sponsored by the Department of Global Affairs Canada. Frances continues to freelance in Toronto, teaching, performing and rehearsal directing. Frances has had the opportunity to teach for Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program, Peel District School Board, The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense and Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival, and Peridance Center.
    Kendrick Samuel | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Kendrick Samuel >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Kendrick Samuel known to many as 'Kenny' was born and raised in Queens, New York. Professional dancer, choreographer and instructor represented by MSA Talent Agency, NY. Music has always played a huge role in his life. Starting out as an upcoming singer performing at local shows and colleges; leading into his courageous transition of pursuing a dance career.
    Sue Samuels | Jazz/Theater Sue Samuels >> Jazz/Theater
    Sue Samuels has established herself as one of the staples of the performing arts community of today. With over 35 years of experience, her expertise is often sought after for mentoring and coaching purposes by professionals and aspiring artists from around the world. Her students have included numerous stage, film and tv stars including Melba Moore, Brooke Shields, and Irene Cara.
    Ana Lollipop Sanchez | Past Faculty Ana Lollipop Sanchez >> Past Faculty
    World renowned dancer and star of the groundbreaking iconic, hip-hop culture films Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, and Locking & Punking/Posing/Whacking pioneer, Ana “Lollipop” Sanchez is a specialty choreographer, a proven dance educator, a true pioneer in urban dance culture, and an unrivaled source of inspiration for dancers all over the world. A natural born performer, this hot-blooded Puerto Rican- Italian possesses an unparalleled love for dance and music. Love, passion and emotional spirit are three elements that define Ana “Lollipop Sanchez.
    Dolores Sanchez | Past Faculty Dolores Sanchez >> Past Faculty
    Lola is a strong and vibrant addition to the dance world. She made her way to NYC to train as a professional tap dancer under the mentorship of Derick K. Grant, Lynn Schwab, Chloe Arnold, and Jared Grimes, just to name a few.
    Eric Sanchez | Past Faculty Eric Sanchez >> Past Faculty
    Eric Sanchez, born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, found his path for dance at the age of eight. Having gone through high school filling up his schedule with several dance programs, he graduated as the initial valedictorian of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School. After graduating, he continued his dance studies at the Alvin Ailey School and several NYC dance companies.
    Leandro Santos Silva | Past Faculty Leandro Santos Silva >> Past Faculty
    Leandro Silva (Alegria) was born in Bahia, Brazil. He began his Capoeira training at the age of ten years old with Mestre Jelon Vieira and has demonstrated and taught capoeira throughout Brazil, the United States and Europe.
    Kanon Sapp | Past Faculty Kanon Sapp >> Past Faculty
    Kanon Sapp graduated from East Carolina University with her BFA in Dance Performance, Magna Cum Laude. Kanon founded looseKANONdance, a fiscally sponsored contemporary boutique company in 2017. Kanon’s looseKANONdance completed two separate choreographic residencies with Nimbus Dance Works, curated and mentored by Joanne Robinson Hill, former Director of Education of The Joyce Theater and Keith Thompson, company member, muse, and rehearsal assistant to Trisha Brown of Trisha Brown Dance Company for over a decade. looseKANONdance has shown work at some of the most notable New York City venues including Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Peridance KnJ Theater, Martha Graham Studio Theater, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, and 14th Street YMCA, among many more. Kanon was selected as an Eryc Taylor New Choreographers Grant Awardee to create new work. Most recently, Kanon produced looseKANONdance’s sold out, evening-length show, P L A S T I C, that received rave reviews and was notably featured by Playbill.
    Yaeko Sasaki | Past Faculty Yaeko Sasaki >> Past Faculty
    Yaeko Sasaki was a principal dancer with Asami Maki Ballet and the Tokyo 20th Century Ballet. In the classical ballet repertoire, she has danced almost all the parts ranging from corps de ballet through the principal roles. Ms. Sasaki has been teaching ballet for many years at the leading dance institutions in Tokyo and New York, and joined the Peridance faculty in 2003.
    Erica Saucedo | Past Faculty Erica Saucedo >> Past Faculty
    Erica Saucedo, Assistant at the School at Peridance, graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. Trained in many forms of dance, she specializes in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance, studying under many great teaching artists at the university.
    Kameron Saunders | Past Faculty Kameron Saunders >> Past Faculty
    Kameron N. Saunders (St. Louis, MO) began his dance training at the Center of Creative Arts, COCA, where he studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and choreography as a part of their Pre-Professional Program. Kameron is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. He has worked with renowned artists such as Alonzo King, Alicia Graf Mack, Antonio & Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Sally Bliss, Christine O’Neal, Kirk Peterson, Michael Uthoff, Kate Skarpetowska, Frank Chaves, Ron K. Brown, Matthew Rushing, and Judith Jamison.
    Thryn Saxon | Past Faculty Thryn Saxon >> Past Faculty
    Thryn Saxon was born and raised in Miami, FL and received her BFA in dance from FSU in 2014. Over the 5 years she has been in the city she has had the privilege of performing with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, TYKE Dance, Depth Dance, SpacesOfFontana and others. Saxon is currently dancing with Kate Weare Company and is a performer in Punchdrunk’s production Sleep No More. Saxon choreographs and has shown her work within the 5 boroughs and New Jersey under the moniker SAXYN/DanceWorks.
    Richard Scandola | Past Faculty Richard Scandola >> Past Faculty
    Richard is a former professional dancer/performer, dance teacher, choreographer, currently dancing with various dance companies in NYC. While living in NYC for the past 6 years, he has been practicing different types and styles of yoga, such as Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. His passion for yoga and teaching led him to get certified in 2017 at Loom Yoga Center in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His approach to yoga is based on organic and fluid movement, with an emphasis on postural alignment and injury prevention.
    Jennifer Scanlon | Past Faculty Jennifer Scanlon >> Past Faculty
    Jennifer Scanlon, former principal dancer and associate artistic director of the Limón Dance Company, studied at Ted Shawn’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Julliard School before joining Limón in 1963. She performed with the company world-wide, dancing major roles in The Moor’s Pavane, Dances for Isadora, A Choreographic Offering, There is a Time and Missa Brevis. Ms. Scanlon was a full- time faculty member at The Boston Conservatory for 20 years teaching Limon Technique and Repertory and Alexander Technique.
    Giulio Scatola | Past Faculty Giulio Scatola >> Past Faculty
    Giulio originates from Rome, Italy. He studied ballet and modern dance in his home town before getting a scholarship in Lausanne at Maurice Bejart École- Atelier . He then received scholarships at both the David Howard Dance Center and at the Alvin Ailey Studios, both in New York.
    Peter Schabel | Past Faculty Peter Schabel >> Past Faculty
    Peter Schabel performed with such companies as the Los Angeles Ballet, Bejart Ballet of the XXth Century, and the Boston Repertory Ballet. He began his teaching career directing the school of the Evansville Dance Theatre and has been teaching in New York since 1983. He has been a guest teacher for Dance Masters of America, Professional Dance Teachers Association, the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, and others.
    Tammy Scheffer | Past Faculty Tammy Scheffer >> Past Faculty
    Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer has been a creative force in NYC’s vibrant jazz scene for the past decade.
    Svea Schneider | Past Faculty Svea Schneider >> Guest Teacher
    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 and Forsythe Improvisation technique. In her classes and performances, Svea incorporates different dance styles, building a new and approachable visceral movement language.
    Elisa Schreiber | Past Faculty Elisa Schreiber >> Past Faculty
    Elisa Schreiber is an international performer and teacher. She was a guest artist with the Limon Dance Company from 2011-2015, and has worked with Dance Heginbotham, Dance by Alan Danielson, Kathryn Alter and Dancers, and MeenMoves. Elisa has had the pleasure to perform solo works by Kathryn Alter, Anna Sokolow, Doris Humphrey, and Jose Limón in New York and abroad.
    Logan Schyvynck  | Past Faculty Logan Schyvynck >> Past Faculty
    Some of Logan's live performance credits include Cirque Du Soleil, Hysterica Dance Co., and multiple world tours and performances with the hugely successful pop star Kesha. He has appeared on numerous television shows for big networks like MTV, Nickelodeon, ABC, NBC, and CBS to name a few. He has also been fortunate enough to work with talented choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Ryan Heffington, Wade Robson, Mandy Moore, The SquaredDivision, and many more.
    Ellenore Scott | Guest Faculty Ellenore Scott >> Guest Faculty
    Ellenore Scott is a New York–based choreographer and performer. Scott most recently choreographed the Off- Broadway Revival of Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theater. Scott also served as the associate choreographer for Head Over Heels and King Kong on Broadway, and she was the assistant choreographer for the Broadway revivals of Cats and Falsettos. She choreographed Off-Broadway’s Pride and Prejudice at Cherry Lane Theatre. Scott is the Artistic Director of ELSCO Dance, a New York City contemporary dance company. As a performer she was a finalist and an All-Star on the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She performed on numerous television shows (Glee, Smash, The Ellen Show, The Blacklist, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to name a few) and danced with Janet Jackson.
    Caitlin Scranton | Past Faculty Caitlin Scranton >> Past Faculty
    Caitlin Scranton joined the Lucinda Childs Dance Company in 2009, and performs solo roles in the current world tours of Ms. Childs’ iconic works Dance and the Einstein on the Beach. She’s also performs numerous works of choreographer Christopher Williams, including his recent collaboration with opera director Peter Sellars; Henry Purcell’s final opera The Indian Queen.
      Sekou | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Sekou >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Sekou has worked with artists such as Gwen Guthrey, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Aretha Franklin, MC Lyte, Clubland, Pet Shop Boys, Foxy Brown, and Jay Z. In 2005, Sekou choreographed the Dance Dance video for Fall Out Boy that went #1 in the country and won a Best Video Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
    Caleaf Sellers | Past Faculty Caleaf Sellers >> Past Faculty
    Caleaf is one of the original pioneers to come out of New York's dance movement in the late 80's. Caleaf tours the world teaching movement foundation, technique and history of House dancing from an originator point of view.
    Chafin Seymour | Past Faculty Chafin Seymour >> Past Faculty
    Chafin Seymour is a native of Brooklyn, NY whose experience in dance has been investigative and eclectic. He began his training in earnest during his high school years with Dancewave and at the Packer Collegiate Institute. He received his BFA with Distinction in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2012. During his time there he was privileged to work with such artists as Susan Hadley, Vera Blaine, and Bebe Miller. Following this he returned to his home borough and had the pleasure of performing with Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, Ni’Ja Whitson/The NWA Project & Anneke Hansen Dance among others. He also founded seymour::dancecollective as an umbrella for his choreographic projects. Since 2012, they have presented original work throughout NYC and nationally at venues such as Center for Performance Research (CPR), Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Livestream Public, Gibney Dance, The Current Sessions, New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Ohio Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival among others. The collective works on a project- to- project basis with a rotating roster of curated artists. Chafin completed an MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa in 2018 where was granted an Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught as a Graduate Assistant within the Department of Dance. He is once again in NYC and is continuing to make work with the collective as well as teach dance for various organizations within the city.
    Jessica Sgambelluri | Guest Faculty Jessica Sgambelluri >> Guest Faculty
    Jessica Sgambelluri is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she received her BFA in Dance in 2014. During her time there she was selected to study privately with Ballet Maestro Hector Zaraspe and also to perform in the Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming, China. Upon graduating, Jessica joined the Graham 2 company.
    Shannon Whichway Sha | Past Faculty Shannon Whichway Sha >> Past Faculty
    Shannon is an established dance teacher, performer, and choreographer specializing in house dance music style. As a performing artist he has been showcased in particular with Motown's Rythym&Blues artist Stacy Laddisaw as well as being highlighted in the videos of Run-DMC I'm the King, Shaba Ranks, Doug-E Fresh, Toni Braxton, and more.
     Shar | Past Faculty Shar >> Past Faculty
    Shar has trained in commercial street jazz for 19 years. She grew up in the world of choreography performing for The View, Sephora, and Ludacris, and choreographing/performing for Ryan Leslie and Jenn Cuneta. Later she discovered her passion for freestyle, the club scene and more specifically- waacking. She is now assistant to Princess Lockeroo, and her main documentarian. Shar has also singlehandedly grown her own production company called Movements by Shar. Her company films red carpet events, ENG press coverage, music videos, new media TV, live performances, directs multi cam productions, and produces documentaries. Her unique abilities to film and dance sometimes has her dancing, choreographing, filming, and editing live shows and music videos. Shar has travelled the world in all of her work and has the strongest passion for story telling, through dance and film.
    Mary Kate Sheehan | Past Faculty Mary Kate Sheehan >> Past Faculty
    Mary Kate Sheehan is a New York City-based modern and contemporary dancer originally from San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of the Joffrey Ballet School Pre- Professional Trainee Program and is currently a candidate for a B. A. in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dance from St. Mary's College of California.
    Adetunji Shennaike | Past Faculty Adetunji Shennaike >> Past Faculty
    Originating from the Bronx, Adetunji has been involved in the street dance community for years, working to strengthen the culture in which he grew up in. Performing in an inspirational cultural show throughout New York City with a South African dance troupe, a piece working called the Third Rail to build a better understanding if African Americans, and several hip hop performance showcases. Training with originators and legends to understand the foundation and roots of dance and street dance culture, to help provide a better experience for people coming into the culture as well as the ones already involved.
    Alexandra Sheppard | Past Faculty Alexandra Sheppard >> Past Faculty
    In California she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance along with her 200 HR Yoga and Mat Pilates Certification. She also is a CrossFit Level One Trainer. As a result of her experience training in dance, Pilates, CrossFit and Yoga, she has a keen awareness of the body, a great understanding of movement, and a solid foundation on technique to ensure that her students are always safe.
    Mikki Shoji | Past Faculty Mikki Shoji >> Past Faculty
    Mikki started her Classical Ballet train when she was 5 years old in JAPAN. ​ She trained Ballet with Noriko Seyama, Hiromi Obuchi, and Jamie Salmon. Contemporary Dance with Azusa Seyama, Hiromi Obuchi, Fabien Prioville, Kojiro Imada. Also Tap with Lynn Schwab and Vanessa Martínez de Baños, Jazz Dance with roberta mathes. She has trained a wide range of styles, including; ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop in Japan and the U.S..
    Ami Shulman | Past Faculty Ami Shulman >> Past Faculty
    Ami Shulman was born and raised in South Africa, and has been based in Montreal since 2001. She graduated in the Performing Arts (Honors) in 1997 and has since worked prolifically in diverse aspects of theatre: from performance to set, costume and lighting design. She has danced with numerous highly regarded choreographers - most notably Gregory Maqoma, Jose Navas and Marie Chouinard.
    Ellen Sickenberger | Past Faculty Ellen Sickenberger >> Past Faculty
    Ellen is a professional dance artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University, she has performed for many NYC and internationally-based artists including Freddie Moore/Jiwon Lee, Janice Rosario, Bryn Cohn, Yoshito Sakuraba, Danté Brown, Ashley McQueen, Susie McHugh and Hollye Bynum. She has trained under David Parsons, Helen Pickett, Jennifer Archibald, River North Dance Chicago, Kidd Pivot, David Dorfman and more. Last Summer, Ellen performed “Vigilante” by Luke Murphy as part of the b12 festival in Berlin. Ellen currently performs with URBAN / TRIBE (Mathew James), and she is a touring cast member of Nadine Bommer's "INVISI'ball". Ellen has taught Guest Artist/Master Classes in Northern Virginia, Richmond, D.C., North Carolina, Austin and New York City, including classes at Gibney and Mark Morris. Ellen has been acknowledged for her choreography and is the Artistic Director of DEPTH dance. The company most recently presented work in the Austin Dance Festival where their film won audience favorite, MIXTAPE Festival ATL, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.
      Sifa | Past Faculty Sifa >> Past Faculty
    Zumba is a cardio-based workout with sculpting exercises designed to tone the entire body from top to bottom. Zumba is a fun way to workout, and is great for the mind, body, and soul!
    Rosangela Silvestre | Past Faculty Rosangela Silvestre >> Past Faculty
    Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance and post-graduated specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). She has researched dance and music in Brazil, India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba as part of her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement.
    Helen Simoneau | Past Faculty Helen Simoneau >> Guest Teacher
    Helen Simoneau is a native of Québec, Canada. Her company, Helen Simoneau Danse, is based in both NC and NYC. She had the honor of taking 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, and winning The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: NYC.
    Stuart Singer | Past Faculty Stuart Singer >> Past Faculty
    STUART SINGER is a Brooklyn-based performer and teacher. He has danced in the companies of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane (2004-2008), Doug Varone (2009), Wally Cardona (2008-2010) and Lucinda Childs (2011- present), and is currently performing in the world tour revival of the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach.
     Sir Ledgen | Past Faculty Sir Ledgen >> Past Faculty
    Sir Ledgen trained in styles such as Hip-Hop & House, expanding to Popping, Waving, and Isolations, to name a few, while keeping a strong core in his native style of dance, Dancehall. Since then, Sir Ledgen ventured into theater, working with Young Jean Lee's The Shipment, onstage at the 2009 International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), even movies, in John M. Chu’s Step Up 3D.
    Katarzyna Skarpetowska | Past Faculty Katarzyna Skarpetowska >> Past Faculty
    She is an alumna of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA from The Juilliard School in 1999 under Artistic Director Benjamin Harkarvy. In 1992, at age 15, she was the youngest cast member of the Broadway show, METRO, directed and choreographed by Janusz Jozefowicz. Kate was a member of The Parsons Dance Company from 1999 until 2006 where she performed lead roles in the company’s repertory including the iconic CAUGHT.
     Slam | Past Faculty Slam >> Guest Teacher
    Salim’s career started in his native Belgium, at the Koninklijke Balletschool - S.I.B. in Antwerp. At the age of seventeen, He auditioned in Belgium for a scholarship to a prestigious Dance School in New York City. Out of the 2,000 dancers that auditioned, he was one of the two dancers who were awarded the scholarship.
     Slowdanger | Past Faculty Slowdanger >> Past Faculty
    Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight, choreographers, musicians and performing artists, are co- founders slowdanger. As a multidisciplinary performance duo, slowdanger fuses sound and movement through improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks.
    Monika Felice Smith | Past Faculty Monika Felice Smith >> Past Faculty
    MONIKA FELICE SMITH is a professional choreographer, movement coach & dancer from NY, currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Having transitioned to the contemporary & commercial hiphop world from classical ballet & pointe, her choreography blends a fusion of both technical contemporary & hiphop vibes.
    Willie Smith | Past Faculty Willie Smith >> Past Faculty
    Willie Smith III a native of Charlotte,NC began his training at the age of ten at Weir Dancing Inc and numerous other intensives such as Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philadanco, and International Ballet Classique. After graduating with honors from Northwest School of the Arts he continued his education and training at The University of the Arts.
    LaVelle Smith, Jr | Past Faculty LaVelle Smith, Jr >> Past Faculty
    A long-time innovator and respected artist, LaVelle Smith, Jr., is on the cutting edge of today’s entertainment industry with his award-winning dance routines and his expertise as a movement stylist. As a choreographer, he has created the steps that grabbed our attention for artists such as, Michael & Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones.
     SoFire | Past Faculty SoFire >> Past Faculty
    Sophia a.k.a. SoFire originally from Hollywood, FL. Coming to New York to train and also when opportunity comes traveling to Los Angelos to train at many studios. Recently working as Back-up dancer for Kiesza, Canadian singer. Also working as a back-up dancer for Soave, 80s freestyle singer. performing at Radio City Music Hall. Sophia travels often to teach dance workshops in Milan, Florence, Biella, Ancona and Turin Italy. Currently teaching at Sassclass, the hiphop and heels classes.
    Jeanne Solan | Past Faculty Jeanne Solan >> Past Faculty
    Jeanne Solan has danced with Harkness Ballet, Deutsch Opera Berlin, Lar Lubovitch Co. Dancers, and Netherlands Dans Theater I and II. She has danced and created many important roles in an extensive array of works by Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce, Nacho Duato, and Jennifer Muller.
    Sasha Soreff | Past Faculty Sasha Soreff >> Past Faculty
    Sasha is on faculty at Gibney Dance and The International Partner Dancing Intensive, taught at Dance New Amsterdam from 1999-2013, and has served as a teaching assistant to anatomist Irene Dowd. She is Creative Director of Sasha Soreff Dance Theater (SSDT), which has been creating and presenting multigenerational, participatory work since 2002 at such venues as the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dixon Place, The Queens Museum of Art, Long Island University, The JCC in Manhattan, and on WNET’s MetroArts Television Station.
     Spex | Past Faculty Spex >> Past Faculty
    Raymond "Spex" Abbiw's career took off and he appeared in music videos with such artists as Mariah Carey, Joe, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and more. Spex also toured internationally in Japan and France. He made his off-broadway debut in the 2002 Full Circle Productions' production, Soular Power'd at New York's New Victory theater. He continues as a member of the Full Circle Dance Company touring throughout the U.S. and abroad including the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Spex is currently part owner with founder Brian "Footwork" Green of the now defunct House Dance Conference. A monthly event providing a platform for entertainment, dance and education. Spex continues to teach and perform nationally and internationally and is most happy about having his dream come true.
    Tracie Stanfield | Past Faculty Tracie Stanfield >> Past Faculty
    As one of the top teachers in New York City, Tracie brings energy, style and passion to her students across the world. Known for inspiring and challenging classes, her work focuses on moving beyond the steps to allow each dancer to find his or her connection with breath, emotion and movement. Building on the technique of ballet, the bold rebellion of modern contemporary and the pulse of jazz dance, Tracie’s classes are explorations in PURE DANCE.
    Suzana Stankovic | Past Faculty Suzana Stankovic >> Past Faculty
    Suzana has premiered and performed her own full- length works and has appeared in principal roles on many of New York City's finest stages ranging from the formal and grand to the offbeat and experimental such as The Joyce Theater, Kupferberg Performing Arts Center, Riverside Theater and Florence Gould Hall to Theater for the New City, Here Arts Center, Cornelia St. Cafe and the New Museum, to name a few. Most recently, Suzana premiered and performed a new site-specific, dance-theatre work in Le Festival de Martigues in the south of France where she was a featured American artist.
    Alyx Steele | Past Faculty Alyx Steele >> Past Faculty
    Alyx Steele as many years experience within the Commercial Dance industry, having worked as a performer for artists such Rihanna, Pink, Jessie J, Gary Barlow, LMFAO, Cher Lloyd and Cold Play and brands such as NIKE, Loreal, K-Swiss, Hellmanns, Heineken, BBC and more. She spent a year in New York training under top choreographer Rhapsody James as part of her Motivating Excellence program and was part of her “Dream Catchers” production. Other world renowned Choreographers she has worked with include Frank Gatson, Lavelle Smith Jnr, Tina Landon, Tanisha Scott and Luca Tommassini. Her choreography has been featured in Music Videos, Live stage performances and Fashion Shows for Sam Gray, Disclosure, Damien Marley, VV Brown, Vidal Sassoon, Fashion TV and Uk Stand Up.
    Oliver Steele | Past Faculty Oliver Steele >> Past Faculty
    Oliver, Romanian by birth and a citizen of Germany, trained at the Ivanson Dance Center in Munich and moved to New York in 1992. The goal of the class is to achieve clear minded high quality movement/technique while encouraging confidence in one’s ability/knowledge and learn how to implement such into choreography. Mr. Steele has also worked with choreographers: Milton Myers, Andrew Asnes, Michael Foley, Ray Tadio, Charles Wright, Daniel Tinazzi, Richard Pierlon, John Evans, Nadia Tarr, Fabrice Herault, Mina Yo and Jessica Ivanson.
    Teri Steele | Past Faculty Teri Steele >> Past Faculty
    Teri Lee Steele graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with her B.A. Teri created the Steele Pilates Mat Certification Program in 2005 and Continuing Education Curriculum in 2006. She has certified over 200 instructors domestically and internationally. Steele Pilates workshops have been held in Norway and Sweden. Her students have gone on to successful teaching careers in the US, Israel, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Spain and Amsterdam.
    Omer Steier | Past Faculty Omer Steier >> Guest Teacher
    Choreography style consists of physical movements that derive their energy and origin from hip-hop and personal experiences. Studied dance and choreography with Ossie Martin and Jimmy Williams, London UK.
    Risa Steinberg | Past Faculty Risa Steinberg >> Past Faculty
    Risa Steinberg is internationally known as a solo artist, teacher, and director of the works of José Limón. Born in New York, and trained at the High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, she was invited by Limón to join his company, where she danced for 11 years. She is cited by the Village Voice critic Deborah Jowitt as "one of our great modern dancers."
    Maxine Steinman | Past Faculty Maxine Steinman >> Past Faculty
    Maxine Steinman holds an MA degree in dance education from Teachers College Columbia University. She has been teaching the José Limón Technique for over ten years, both nationally and internationally. She is on the dance faculty at Montclair University, Martmount Manhattan, Hofstra, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Maxine was the director of LINKS, the Limón Initiative Nurturing Kids program.
    Amanda Stevenson | Past Faculty Amanda Stevenson >> Past Faculty
    Alicia Stewart | Past Faculty Alicia Stewart >> Past Faculty
    Alicia Stewart is a professional Dancer/Teacher, Pilates Instructor and Massage Therapist. She has performed on three continents and the Caribbean for over 25 years. Due to a spine injury and dance related injuries, Alicia sought treatment through Pilates, Ballet Barre exercises and massage therapy. As her health improved, she was inspired to help others. Alicia is experienced working with a variety of musculo-skeletal injuries (spine, pre and post - surgery, frozen shoulder, strains and sprains, among other conditions). Her goal is to guide each person through their pain management and restorative process to a strengthening and conditioning program, an overall sense of well-being. Alicia is certified in Pilates through the Kane School of Core Integration and is a licensed Massage Therapist in the states of New York and Colorado.
    Sean Stewart | Past Faculty Sean Stewart >> Past Faculty
    After performing in musical theater productions as a child, Sean Stewart began his study of jazz dance and tap with Lisa Clark at the age of 10. He began studying ballet two years later with Yanina Cywinska and was a professional ballet dancer by the age of 14, having joined the Joffrey II Dancers in New York under the direction of Jeremy Blanton and Gage Bush Englund. He studied for a year at the Paris Opera Ballet School before joining American Ballet Theatre.
    Max Stone | Contemporary Max Stone >> Contemporary
    A respected and sought-out teacher/choreographer, Max is Artistic Director of the New York based dance company, Sexy Beast NYC. He holds an MFA in dance and served as Senior Lecturer on the faculty at Southern Methodist University. He was with the original Broadway cast of the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch musical/play, They're Playing Our Song.
    Theresa Stone | Guest Faculty Theresa Stone >> Guest Faculty
    Theresa Stone has been working in the industry for close to 10 years. She has trained and assisted under some of the biggest names in dance including Brian Friedman, Laurieann Gibson, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Cris Judd, Tricia Miranda and more!
    Buddha Stretch | Guest Faculty Buddha Stretch >> Guest Faculty
    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York with three sisters and one younger brother, Stretch was influenced by his dad Emilio Austin, Sr. His Dad danced as a youth and provided Stretch with discipline, inspiration, support and motivation and remained by his side to guide him throughout his career. This foundation carries Stretch, a father himself, throughout his personal and professional career today. Stretch heavily impacted the dance world by bridging the gap between what was termed, Ol! Skool and New Skool.
    Kristin Sudeikis | Past Faculty Kristin Sudeikis >> Past Faculty
    Choreographer, master teacher, dancer, and humanitarian, Kristin Sudeikis is an involved member of both the national and international dance community. Equally active in the commercial, concert, and athletic aspects of dance, Kristin’s work is centered on human connection. Dance publications such as Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine have written about Kristin’s methodology and choreography, affectionately naming her “the dance whisperer”. Kristin debuted DROP at BAM Fisher with her company, Kristin Sudeikis Dance, produced by The Brooklyn Arts on May 13th, 2017, choreographing and co- directing the evening of dance, film, and spoken word.
    Kathryn Sullivan | Ballet Kathryn Sullivan >> Ballet
    Kathryn Sullivan performed with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Connecticut Ballet, and Les Ballet de Nancy in repertory from classical ballet to contemporary dance. Kathryn is on the ballet faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University. She has made numerous ballet class CDs, written for dance publications, and directed several dance DVDs. Creator of the "Ballet Glider"
    James Sutherland | Past Faculty James Sutherland >> Past Faculty
    In the Advanced Beginner class, the focus is primarily on strengthening basic techniques that will eventually allow rhythms to transfer from the brain, to the heart and soul, and to the feet. Formulas and rudaments will be presented for half of the class and the second half, students will be shown a combination that pieces together learned material. This class is about the discovery of rhythm with your feet.
    Ken Swift | Past Faculty Ken Swift >> Past Faculty
    Kenny, “Ken Swift” Gabbert is one of the greatest influences the dance of B.Boying has known. Considered “The Epitome of a B.Boy”, B.Boys and Girls have emulated Ken Swift’s image and style worldwide and is credited with establishing movements critical to the dances’ foundation, with his personal style and original techniques. He is a true pioneer recognized worldwide for his continued contributions throughout the last 30 years of promoting, educating and preserving the art form.
    Ido Tadmor | Past Faculty Ido Tadmor >> Past Faculty
    Ido Tadmor began his studies at the Bat Dor Dance School, shortly afterwards join to the Bat Dor Dance Company, and later on to Bat Sheva Dance Company as lead dancer in many works created by famous choreographers from all over the world. Ido invited to perform as a lead dancer in Lar Lubovitch well known Dance Company in New York.
    Saki Takahashi | Past Faculty Saki Takahashi >> Past Faculty
    Maho Takeshita | Past Faculty Maho Takeshita >> Past Faculty
    Maho Takeshita is a dancer, choreographer and educator from Osaka, Japan. She graduated from the Limon Professional Studies Program in 2013, where she performed works by Jose Limon and Alan Danielson. She has worked with artists such as Nathan Trice, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Kaoru Ikeda, Kyle Rostan, Yuko Ikeshita and Louisa Armstrong. She has taught youth at organizations such as the International Theater Festival of Okinawa and the Hiroshima Communication and Dance Conference. In 2017, she performed her own work at Carnegie Hall and founded a dance collective titled Little Yarn with her fellow dance partners. Little Yarn has performed at NY City Center, Triskelion Arts and Peridance Theater.
    Bianca Tammaro | Past Faculty Bianca Tammaro >> Past Faculty
    Bianca studied the art of Hip-Hop dance in Denmark for most of her life. She studied dance at "Gerlev's Athletic Academy" and taught both kids, adults at gyms, after school programs and more. She moved to NYC to grow as a dancer, Teacher and expand her horizon and knowledge within the arts of dance. She has taught at summer programs such as "Dancers Dreamzzz summer camp " also she teaches dance and movement for younger kids within the program called "Kids In The Game", and she is an instructor and junior staff member at the after school program "The Meeting House" in the Gateway School. When not teaching Bianca performs at shows, competitions and events. Bianca is known for her energetic, creative and fun way of teaching.
    Zack Tang | Past Faculty Zack Tang >> Past Faculty
    He has worked with choreographers Victor Quijada, Peter Chu, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Larry Kegwin, Mark Morris, and Darrell Grand Moltrie, and has performed works by José Limón, Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Bronislava Nijinska. In 2012, Zack was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch”. Before joining RUBBERBANDance Group, he spent two years with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Most Recently Zack has been casted in events for Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize
    Kimberly Tate | Past Faculty Kimberly Tate >> Past Faculty
    Kimberly ‘Galaxxxy’ Tate is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her multimodal practice integrates performance art, architecture, somatics, urban experimental dance, mindfulness, healing, social practice, permaculture and critical pedagogy to seek embodied liberation for all beings.
     Tavia & Tamara | Past Faculty Tavia & Tamara >> Past Faculty
    Tavia and Tamara have been working in the entertainment industry for several years. They have had the opportunity to work with artists such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Diddy, Whitney Houston,Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and many more. They have also toured over 80 countries with platinum artist Sean Paul. You have seen them in all of his major music videos including We Be Burnin, Temperature, Like Glue, Everblazin, Press It Up and Give It Up To Me. Tavia and Tamara have been teaching dance classes throughout the world and at conventions such as The Pulse and Monsters Of Hip Hop.
    Sonya Tayeh | Past Faculty Sonya Tayeh >> Past Faculty
    Sonya Tayeh is a New York City based choreographer and teacher. Tayeh hardly whispers in the movement she creates, she screams. An undeniable force in the dance world, her work is a tribute to her Detroit roots -- a constant yet grounding influence that inspires her to create aggressive, sometimes jarring, emotional, and powerful choreography with an underlying sense of angst and a persistent embodiment of technical facility.
    Jacob Taylor | Past Faculty Jacob Taylor >> Past Faculty
    Jacob Taylor received his formative training at Boulder Ballet School and in the summer programs of American Ballet Theater, the School of American Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Kaatsbaan, and Perry Mansfield. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the Ballet Performance Program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he was coached in many balanchine ballets by Violette Verdy. At IU his repertoire included ballets by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, Dwight Rohden, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. His professional career includes working with such companies as Boulder Ballet, Christopher Caines Dance, Eglevsky Ballet, FJK Dance, Ithaca Ballet, Lydia Johnson Dance, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, and Thomas Ortiz Dance.
    Jessica Taylor | Past Faculty Jessica Taylor >> Past Faculty
    Jessica Taylor has studied most notably with such artists as Robert Battle, Doug Varone, and Jason McDole, among others. In 2010 she founded DAMAGEDANCE and never looked back. Her work has been showcased in New York City at the Rover Soho, APAP NYC at Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, Merce Cunningham Studios and Bryant Park, just to name a few. Most recently Ms. Taylor has accomplished her first international premiere at the Booking Dance Festival within the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland.
    Teddy Tedholm | Past Faculty Teddy Tedholm >> Past Faculty
    Teddy Tedholm, a graduate of the University of the Arts, has presented work throughout North America to much praise. Currently based out of Brooklyn, his work has been described as "hip, whimsical and endearing, understated without a lot of bravura, but so entertaining. (Wet Paint)". He has been a finalist for a World Dance Award, the Capezio ACE Award, and the McCallum Theater Choreography Festival.
    Alex Tenreiro Theis | Past Faculty Alex Tenreiro Theis >> Past Faculty
    Alex Tenreiro Theis is a dancer, singer, and choreographer from Colorado. She began dancing at a young age and trained at The Turning Pointe Dance Academy, University of Colorado Boulder, Bates Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Intensive and ultimately earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a dancer she has performed nationally and internationally in Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, and Israel and will perform in Mexico again next fall for Mexico City's FIDCDMX. Alex is currently a member of Yoshito Sakuraba’s Abarukas, Eryc Taylor Dance, and Angie Moon Dance Theater, but has also worked with Gregory Dolbashian, Pamela Pietro, Erica Randall, Cameron Mckinney|Kizuna Dance, ROVACO Dance company, and Asia Duo Dance Company to name a few.
    N'tifafa Akoko Tete-Rosenthal | Past Faculty N'tifafa Akoko Tete-Rosenthal >> Past Faculty
    Ntifafa attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. Post graduation she enrolled as an independent study student at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, where she studied dance with Milton Myers, Ann Marie Forsythe, and Maguette Camara along with various other instructors. She now performs as an independent artist with Maimouna Keita Dance Company, Fusha Dance, and Les Enfants du Soleil amongst a few companies while pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
    Spenser Theberge | Past Faculty Spenser Theberge >> Past Faculty
    Spenser Theberge, a Portland, Oregon native, is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. He is a former company member of Netherlands Dance Theater, and has most recently been seen as a guest artist with The Forsythe Company.
    Lamine Thiam | Past Faculty Lamine Thiam >> Past Faculty
    Dancer, choreographer, teacher, model, actor -- this Senegalese-born talent is a charismatic dancer who has preserved his homeland traditional popular dance forms. He has choreographed in Ivory Coast and France, held a feature in “Amistad,” by Stephen Spielberg, has been in over 5 major performances from Japan to Germany to the US, and is the Director of Bousso Dance Ensemble in NY.
    Marnie Thomas | Past Faculty Marnie Thomas >> Guest Teacher
    Marnie Thomas toured and performed with the Martha Graham Company, taught at the Graham School, and was privileged to be part of the first generation of women to perform Ms. Graham’s own roles. Currently, Ms. Thomas serves as a consultant and rehearsal coach for the Graham Company, and is a faculty member of the Martha Graham School.
    Michael Thomas | Past Faculty Michael Thomas >> Guest Teacher
    Michael Thomas is a performer, director, and choreographer. Mr. Thomas has performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers, Dance Brazil, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Complexions.
    Raphael DW Thomas | Past Faculty Raphael DW Thomas >> Past Faculty
    Raphael Thomas, Jamaican native, came from the technical atmosphere of training. Starting at the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance, he then branched off to other schools such as; DTH, Ailey, Kirov, and The Rock School. The pursuit of it all came from watching Michael Jackson when younger and wanting to feel the passion felt through the experiences.
    Ted Thomas | Past Faculty Ted Thomas >> Past Faculty
    Melding his urban athleticism with her Latin sensuality, and their combined choreographic and musical sensibilities, Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz founded Thomas/Ortiz Dance, introducing a fresh and emotionally engaging new vision to contemporary dance.
    Brant Thomas-Murray | Past Faculty Brant Thomas-Murray >> Past Faculty
    Brant Thomas Murray is a lighting designer, production manager, educator, and consultant who currently lives with his wife in New York City and also operates out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, located in Pittsburgh. He is an Associate Artist with Ping Chong + Company. From 2004 to January 2013, Brant held senior management positions and designed multiple productions at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was the Production Manager for one of the newest venues, the David Rubenstein Atrium, and the Technical Supervisor / Resident Designer for Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education (now known as Lincoln Center Education). He has over twenty years of professional experience and, since arriving in New York City in 2003, has designed or collaborated on over 700 productions for theatre, dance, concerts, musicals, operas, events, fashion, and architecture. In addition to teaching for the Certificate Program, teaching assignments have included classes and workshops at The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, and Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program. At Walden University, he is actively working towards a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Aesthetic Education. Brant received a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design and the William Nelson Memorial Award in 2003 from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. From 1993-2000 in Virginia he worked for Wiley & Wilson Architects- Engineers-Planners, Fauber Architects, and was a volunteer at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. Brant received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Minor in Drama (with a concentration in Lighting Design) in 1993 from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and Department of Drama, respectively. In 1989, he received his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America.

    Aaron Tolson | Past Faculty Aaron Tolson >> Past Faculty
    A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aaron Tolson continues to make his mark by championing the movement of the art form of Tap in several arenas. Mr. Tolson is a national spokesperson for dance wear company SoDanca, a consultant and writer for Dance Spirit Magazine, former professor of dance at Plymouth State University and the Boston Conservatory, as well as the assistant choreographer, co-creator and assistant producer of the acclaimed stage production Imagine Tap!
    Will Tomaskovic | Past Faculty Will Tomaskovic >> Past Faculty
    Will Tomaskovic, originally from Flemington, NJ, is a graduate of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts with his BFA in dance. Post graduation, Will has apprenticed for Keigwin + Company for their 10th anniversary Joyce season and joined Julia Ritter/Ayrin Ersotz for their site-specific dance theater production of Donmus Ruya/Frozen Dream in Istanbul. Aside from working with 10 Hairy Legs, Will is a member of ZviDance, Michael Susten and Company, and Bryn Cohn + Artists. This is Will's third season with 10 Hairy Legs.
     Tomo | Past Faculty Tomo >> Past Faculty
    Tomoko Ishikawa was born and raised in Tokyo, where she started her career as a dancer. She then moved to New York to find new inspiration. Tomoko has worked with various teachers and has choreographer all over NYC. She has worked as a back-up dancer for various artists such as Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Dawin and Backstreet Boys. She was recently featured as the lead dancer for Fat Joe's "All The Way Up" music video and performed on the BET Awards Show.
    Jaime Torres | Past Faculty Jaime Torres >> Past Faculty
    Jaime Torres is a born and raised NYC kid. He is a singer, actor, dancer, and designer and has spent the last decade working on productions at every level of professional Theatre, Dance, and Opera. He has worked at prestigious venues such as The Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Theatre, and The Juilliard School and has worked for companies like Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Gotham Chamber Opera.
    Ricardo Torres | Past Faculty Ricardo Torres >> Past Faculty
    Ricardo Torres was born in San Juan ,PR in 1980. He started his ballet studies at the age of 9, under one of the first students of Joseph Pilates Lolita San Miguel and Alicia Alonso's teacher Jose Pares . At the age of 13 Ricardo received a scholarship for the School of American Ballet Summer Intensive, at the age of 14 he received a scholarship for the San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive, then joining as a full student at the age of 16. In 1998 Ricardo became a finalist at the 1998 Paris Ballet Competition receiving a contract for the ABT studio company joining the ABT main company at the age of 19.
    Jose Traba | Past Faculty Jose Traba >> Past Faculty
    Jose Traba has extensive performance experience including with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera Ballet and Chicago Ballet among many others. He has taught world wide, including at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Spain, the Okamoto Ballet in Japan, and the International Dance Academy in London. Jose also holds a B.F.A. from Fordham University and a Certification in Sports Physiology and Personal Training from Marymount Manhattan College, which enhances his approach to the science and art of teaching ballet technique.
    Nathan Trice | Past Faculty Nathan Trice >> Past Faculty
    Nathan Trice is the artistic director and founder of nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater and has created a number of projects that have become synonymous with his company: The Recognizing Women Project (2000), Us: the project (2007) and Strange Love: Episodes (2012). He and his company have toured nationally and internationally receiving commissions & residencies, and has performed in numerous festival including Fall For Dance, New York SummerStage, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, The Hong Kong International Hip Hop/Contemporary festival and The Harkness Dance Festival.
    Brad Trump | Past Faculty Brad Trump >> Past Faculty
    Brad has gone on to tour the US and Canada with the ever popular musical, CATS as Tumblebrutus. He also worked alongside Jane Seymour in ABC Family's first Television Movie-Musical, Lovestruck! The Musical choreographed by Michael Rooney. Regionally, he has performed with North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, North Carolina Theatre, Casa Manana, and the Liberty Theatre. In addition to performing, Brad has taught masterclasses over the country for various studios, high schools and conventions; most credibly Millenium Dance Complex: PITTSBURGH and Peridance NYC.
    Matthew Tseng | Past Faculty Matthew Tseng >> Past Faculty
    Matthew brings his Love for Life, Learning, and Dance to his work, creating an exciting, informative, and invigorating studio environment. Matthew believes that dance is a mixture of Athleticism, Emotion, and Movement. Matthew also teaches compassion and appreciation within the dance studio, thus helping dancers realize their self- worth and accomplishment with every class
    Miki Tuesday | Past Faculty Miki Tuesday >> Past Faculty
    Michela Deidda aka “Miki Tuesday” was born and raised in Italy. Michela fell in love with urban dances when she was 17 after she started studying hip hop. In 2010, she moved to New York City to study at Peridance Center where she started training in Waacking; now her main style.
     Tweetboogie | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Tweetboogie >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Always representing the South Bronx, Tweetboogie teaches all over the world, has worked on shows like So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and has worked with top artists like Jay Z, Fergie, Mya, Shareefa, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Ryan Leslie, and Shakira.
    Breton Tyner-Bryan | Ballet Breton Tyner-Bryan >> Ballet
    Breton Tyner-Bryan is an American born dancer, choreographer, actor and photographer, as well as a highly sought after teacher. She is the creator of Breton Follies, an evening length cabaret production featured in Dance Magazine October 2015. Most recently she has worked with Lorin Lattaro and Diane Paulus on pre-production for the Broadway Show Waitress.
    Mike Tyus | Guest Faculty Mike Tyus >> Guest Faculty
    Mike Tyus is a dancer, choreographer, and creative director from Los Angeles California. He has been performing and creating dance for the stage, print, and screen for over 15 years. Tyus has created branded campaigns for companies such as Vaara and Veuve Clicquot. He has worked with Cirque Du Soleil, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, Sia, Whim Whim Contemporary Dance, W Magazine, The Broad Museum and Jacob Jonas The Company. His print work has been featured in Vogue Italia and LALA Magazine. Community and Creation are at the core of Tyus’ mission and continue to drive his efforts in crafting work that feeds the human spirit and reflects the times in which we live.
    Takehiro Ueyama | Past Faculty Takehiro Ueyama >> Guest Teacher
    Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro “Take” Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for 8 years. In 2003 Ueyama debuted his first choreographic work, Tsubasa, performed with fellow Taylor dancers at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in 2005 founded TAKE Dance.
    Georgia Usborne | Past Faculty Georgia Usborne >> Past Faculty
    Georgia’s is a free flowing movement meditation. Through imagery and sensation based prompts, we will connect our imagination and physicality, bring focus to the present moment, and let curiosity lead us past our expectations and limitations. Informed by her time dancing and teaching for Andrea Miller’s Gallim, her class provides peaks of high intensity physicality, flirtations with form and a space to exercise our creativity and play.
    Alessandro Vacca | Past Faculty Alessandro Vacca >> Past Faculty
    He began dancing mainly solo roles in many Italian theaters such as the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Teatro Scenario Public Catania, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Arena Sferisterio of Macerata, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Greek Theatre in Rome, Teatro Ponchielli of Cremona, the Teatro Nuovo in Turin, Teatro La Fourmi Lucerne, Dansens Hus in Stockholm, the Municipal Theatre of Morocco (Rabat and Casablanca), Teatro Vittorio Emanuele of Messina, Teatro delle Saline of Cagliari.
    Cesar Valentino | Past Faculty Cesar Valentino >> Past Faculty
    Cesar has been dancing for 35 years and is a fixture in the underground club and ballroom scene. He has been featured in music videos and magazines, supervised & designed fashion shows, and choreographed for numerous award shows and pageants.
    Ryan VanDenBoom | Past Faculty Ryan VanDenBoom >> Past Faculty
    Ryan VanDenBoom is a New York based performing artist and teacher hailing from Munger, Michigan. He has performed nationally and internationally singing and dancing on the symphony orchestra circuit. He appeared in and choreographed a concert commissioned by the Gershwin estate entitled Here To Stay: The Gerswhin Experience.
    Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez | Past Faculty Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez >> Past Faculty
    Co-directors of DoubleTakeDanceCo.com Ashley and Vanessa have been dancing, teaching and choreographing for almost a decade. They´ve performed worldwide and have achieved recognition for their choreography nationally and overseas. Venues & companies include Alvin Ailey Theater, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, MMAC, Teatro LaTea, Teatro Madrid…. Pilobolus, Justin Timberlake, Lush Cosmetics, Sia, El Pais Newspaper, Nicki Minaj, to name a few. They have choreographed several shows (such as “Tick, Tick, BOOM!” “I Love you, You´re Perfect … Now Change”, “Love Art Japan”); events (NYRR Half Marathon, Fuse TV, Flashmobs), movies, commericals, music videos, etc; and have danced for Balasole, Germaul Barnes, Freddie de Jesús…and many more. Currently faculty members at Peridance in NYC they are really excited to be teaching this workshop.
    Sharon Vazanna | Past Faculty Sharon Vazanna >> Past Faculty
    Vazanna has a M.A in Choreography from the Jerusalem Dance Academy. Graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy (B.A), Vazanna was a dancer at the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. She worked with the choreographers Johan Inger, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Mats Ek, Anouk Van Dijk, Rami Be'er, Idan Cohen, Idan Sharabi. She also performed creations by William Forsyth and Jaccobo Godani.
    Wes Veldink | Past Faculty Wes Veldink >> Past Faculty
    Director and choreographer Wes Veldink discovered his passion for teaching dance early on when he opened a dance studio at the age of 16. His unique and dynamic style of dance over two decades ago. Based in the fundamentals of jazz, ballet, and modern, his work transforms human posture and gesture into movement that brings the intricacies of music to visual life and transcends the boundaries between commercial and concert dance.
    Manuel Vignoulle | Contemporary Manuel Vignoulle >> Contemporary
    At Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) Manuel has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Didy Veldman, Jo Stromgren, Alexander Eckman and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. He is currently a freelance choreographer, performing his work in Switzerland, France and in New York. He has also been an assistant to modern-jazz choreographer, Redha, on various productions. Such productions include concert dance, television, film, fashion, musical theater, and operas in which he often performed in.
     VIM VIGOR | Past Faculty VIM VIGOR >> Past Faculty
    Following a successful run in Germany as both a choreographer and dancer, Shannon Gillen returned to New York City to form VIM VIGOR. Interested in founding a collaborative think tank, where the most innovative and profoundly gifted artists could come together to create cutting edge dance theater, VIM VIGOR represents a paradigm shift in the creative process, with all original music, writing, set, media and movement created collaboratively by the company.
    A'drey Vinogradov | Past Faculty A'drey Vinogradov >> Guest Teacher

    A’Drey’s choreography style is a fusion of European Modern Dance and American Contemporary with Hip- Hop/Street- Jazz influences. It is always intricate, full of energy, emotionally charged and never forgettable. Stay on the look out because this young choreographer’s journey is only at it’s beginning.

    Jordan Viscomi | Past Faculty Jordan Viscomi >> Past Faculty
    Jordan Viscomi is a dancer/choreographer from Long Island, New York where he began dancing at a very early age. On a whim, he auditioned for his first professional dance job at age 6, which began his pursuit of turning his passion into a career. Starting with the NBA's NJ Nets & NY Knicks dance teams, Jordan's love for performing only expanded, and at age 9 he was honored to have made his Broadway debut at the Shubert Theater in Gypsy with Bernadette Peters.
     Vive | Past Faculty Vive >> Past Faculty
    Vivake Khamsingsavath (Vive) is a Laotian American dancer and choreographer from Brooklyn, New York. He studied dance at Binghamton University, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Vive has toured Europe performing with modern company Galumpha, taught workshops in Asia and South America, and worked in Los Angeles California.
    Nicole von Arx | Past Faculty Nicole von Arx >> Past Faculty
    As a performer, she has worked for Carte Blanche, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance; Loni Landon Dance, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and was a soloist at the Chicago Lyric Opera and The Royal Opera House in London. Most recently, Nicole danced in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show Nutcracker Rouge directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick of Company XIV.
    Christian von Howard | Guest Faculty Christian von Howard >> Guest Teacher
    Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman and various others. Christian is a Fulbright Specialist (2019-2021) and a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006) and his choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, the Ailey Citigroup Theater amongst others.
    Oli Waackamole | Past Faculty Oli Waackamole >> Past Faculty
    Oli Waackamole was born and raised in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina and got in touch with dance at the age of 12 for the first time. After a lot of research, traveling around the world, education and self- discovery throughout years of dance experience in different styles such as: street jazz, hip hop, heels, house, vogue and waacking he decided to become a teacher and share his knowledge with other students in his hometown in 2011. Years after referring to himself as a street jazz teacher, dancer and being a choreographer for local and international competitions, theatre shows and modeling he finally figured out that his true love was actually and always will be waacking. Since then (2015) it is his main style. He moved to NYC in 2018 and since then he is an active member of “International Affair” waacking crew (founder - Miki Tuesday), he also assists Princess Lockerooo in various projects and subs for her class from time to time and he regularly teaches waacking at “Sol Dance Center” in Queens.
    Rada Waackengers | Past Faculty Rada Waackengers >> Past Faculty
    Rada Waackengers is a dancer, Choreographer and Teacher with an experience that goes beyond 15 years of work, she begins her training with the techniques of Street Dance and then specializes in Waacking, a dance that was born in the 70s, while continuing her journey in all the other styles including Salsa and Hustle, two pair dances
    Emily Wagner | Past Faculty Emily Wagner >> Past Faculty
    Emily Wagner trained under scholarships at the Flint youth ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, and the American Ballet Theatre School. Her most influential training came from Sabrina Pillars, friend and mentor from the New York City Ballet. Wagner has performed nationally and internationally with companies including: Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Noir, Terra Firma Dance Theater, International Ballet Theater, and BalletX in Philadelphia. In 2005 she performed Peter Breuer’s Bolero in Salzburg, Austria with the Salzburg Ballett and from 2005 to 2007 she danced as a soloist with the Movement Network of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    Hannah Wagner | Past Faculty Hannah Wagner >> Past Faculty
    Hannah Wagner is a native of St. Paul Minnesota, where she began her dance training at the Classical Ballet Academy of Ballet Minnesota and went on to earn her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Missouri Kansas City. There she had the opportunity to perform with Alvin Ailey in “Memoria,” as well as worked with Kirven Douhit Boyd, Gregory Dawson and more. Hannah has danced professionally with Ballet Minnesota, Williams Henry Contemporary Dance, and Nimbus2. She trained at the Martha Graham school intensives for 3 years, and is now a company member with Caterina Rago Dance Company and teaching around NYC.
    Michael Waldrop | Past Faculty Michael Waldrop >> Past Faculty
    Michael Waldrop, a performer, choreographer, and instructor, was born in Los Angeles, California. He has toured the world, dancing with Ballett des Theater Koblenz, State Street Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, as well as guest performances with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Seamless Dance Theater and the Covent Garden Dance Company’s international gala, Ballet in the Park.
    Juwaan Walker | Past Faculty Juwaan Walker >> Past Faculty
    Born and raised in New Jersey, I am a raw mover with a freestyle background. Growing up in NJ, I started off as a Jersey club freestyle dancer who then began entering “all style” battle events with movement training from my God Brother, Rob Bynes. As I studied more under him, I soon developed a love for Hip Hop and took it upon myself to explore my own movement and apply it to my training. After years of exploration, I began utilizing my knowledge and transitioning towards choreographing as well as remai. My style is groovy hiphop, hiphop with soul is my intent so all of my classes provide moves and grooves with purpose.
    Jaclyn Walsh | Past Faculty Jaclyn Walsh >> Past Faculty
    Jaclyn choreographed and performed in Vienna Teng's music video "Level Up." She was also named a finalist in the 2014 Capezio A.C.E. Awards for choreographic excellence. In 2014, DanceSpirit magazine recognized Jaclyn as one of the thirteen dance world's "Hottest Young Choreographers." Jaclyn currently dances with KEIGWIN + COMPANY and has been a member since 2011.
    Dianna Warren | Ballet Dianna Warren >> Ballet
    Dianna Warren, a Michigan native, trained on scholarship at the Chicago City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet Schools. She has been a member of the Washington Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Ballet Met, and Das Berner Ballet Switzerland, where she performed various soloist roles. She has also guested nationally and abroad. For seven years, she was a member of the Ballet/Chorus of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. She is currently teaching Ballet, Pointe, and Variations in New York City. She is also a certified GYROTONIC instructor. Dianna has been on the faculty here at Peridance as well as the Martha Graham School, French Academie of Ballet, and NYU/Gallatin.
    Maleek Washington | Contemporary Maleek Washington >> Contemporary
    After college Maleek joined CityDance Ensemble, a company that performed works by Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, and Alex Noreal to over 8 countries. During his time with Citydance Maleek attended SpringBoard Danse in Montreal where he was able to join Jose Novas's Company Flak for a 2 seasons of European tours. Currently Maleek is in his Third season collaborating with McArthur Genius awardee Kyle Abraham, and his company Abraham in Motion. While dance at the Mckittrick in the off Broadway show "Sleep No More".
    Tokumi Watanabe | Past Faculty Tokumi Watanabe >> Past Faculty
    Tokumi Watanabe is Originally from japan.

    He lived in New York for about 4 years, now Live in LA and Teaching weekly groove class at movement lifestyle.
    Tokumi is very inspired by old school foundation style, but with new school vibe.

    Selena Watkins | Past Faculty Selena Watkins >> Past Faculty
    Selena is a professional dancer, personal trainer & fitness instructor and pageant coach. After graduating from Rutgers University, Selena became a radio producer on 98.7 Kiss FM for several years before finding her way back into the commercial dance world. Her credits include Janelle Monae, Pharell, Alison Hinds, Konshens, Busta Rhymes, Saturday Night Live, BET Black Girls Rock and she is currently one of the Brooklynettes, a team of diverse, cutting- edge, technically-trained dancers for the NBA Brooklyn Nets. In 2012, she won Miss Black USA and became the first Antiguan-American to capture the national title. She also founded Socanomics in 2012, which is a company focused on bringing pan-Caribbean culture to the mainstream through dance workshops, fitness classes, performances, events and more.
    Jens Weber | Past Faculty Jens Weber >> Past Faculty
    Jens was born in Berlin. He was accepted at age 10 into the State Ballet School Berlin where he had a rigorous classic-academic ballet education for the following 8 years. At age 18 he joined the Berlin Ballet where he soon was promoted to the rank of Soloist and later Principal Dancer.
    Alexandra Wells | Past Faculty Alexandra Wells >> Past Faculty
    Alexandra Wells was a faculty member at Ecole Supérieure de Danse du Quebec in Montréal, Canada from 1995-97. She danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, Dennis Wayne’s DANCERS and Lyon Opera Ballet.Currently, she is a fulltime faculty member at the Julliard School, and also teaches at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Boston Ballet Company.
    Amanda Wells | Past Faculty Amanda Wells >> Past Faculty
    Graduating Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 with a love of modern dance, she entered into the Stephen Petronio Company and has since toured and taught extensively throughout US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
    Noa Wertheim  | Past Faculty Noa Wertheim >> Past Faculty
    A multi-talented artist, choreographer and dancer, Noa (47) was born in the USA and grew up in Netanya, Israel, where she started dancing at Esther's Studio. Although her religious upbringing delayed her pursuit of a dancing career, in 1990 she completed her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
    Dashaun Wesley | Past Faculty Dashaun Wesley >> Past Faculty
    Dashaun has been of the Ballroom scene for the last 10 years honing his unique vogue dance style. His dedication, talent, and ambition have landed Dashaun in international commercials for Coca Cola and inspired the creation of the Hip Hop dance “The 5000,” making him an internet and media sensation.
    Marguerite Wesley | Past Faculty Marguerite Wesley >> Past Faculty
    Ms. Wesley was chosen by Zena Rommett to teach her floor barre technique and has taught at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Arts, Barnard, Broadway Dance Center, Dance Space, NYU, and Steps on Broadway. Marguerite has been a guest teacher in Spain and Italy.
    Ken West | Past Faculty Ken West >> Past Faculty
    Ken West seeks to fuse what he calls “athletics & appeal” by combining his love for fitness and the arts, and devoting himself to using movement to help others build and showcase the best versions of themselves.
    Wendy White Sasser | Past Faculty Wendy White Sasser >> Past Faculty
    Wendy White Sasser was raised in Montgomery, Alabama, where she trained with the Alabama Dance Theatre. She was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and went on to continue her studies as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. While at Ailey, Wendy was chosen to participate in two videos documenting the Lester Horton technique. She was a member of Ailey 2, Donald Byrd/The Group, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Alvin AIley American Dance Theater.
    Chryssie Whitehead | Jazz/Theater Chryssie Whitehead >> Jazz/Theater
    A highly experienced performer, Chryssie Whitehead- Disbrow has had an accomplished career in film, television and theatre spanning over 20 years. Chryssie began her career as a dancer for the Rockettes right out of high school and made her Broadway debut in the revival of A Chorus Line. Her additional Broadway credits include: Velma in Chicago (understudy, performed), Lola in Damn Yankees, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Kathy in Company and Bombalurina in Cats. Her multiple film and television credits include: Grey's Anatomy, Happy Endings, In Plain Sight, Switched at Birth, Castle, The Mentalist, Warehouse 13, Private Practice, Boston Public, Revenge of the Bridesmaids(with Raven-Symone) and Steven Spielberg's West Side Story. In addition to performing, she has directed and/or choreographed productions of Chicago, Into the Woods, Shrek, Grease and Beauty and the Beast. She leads a creative, artistic life teaching across the globe and now online with her performing arts educational company.
    Kim Whittam | Past Faculty Kim Whittam >> Past Faculty
    Kim is an established and recognized teacher and choreographer. She brings a centered calmness to her class that allows each student to focus on proper alignment and technique. Kim teaches within our teen and excelled Ballet programs.
    Garielle Whittle | Past Faculty Garielle Whittle >> Past Faculty
    Whittle was dancer with the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine’s direction for 14 years, then became a Ballet Mistress for the NYCB, and a faculty member at The School of American Ballet, both for 30 years. She remains a Repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust. She is strongly influenced by Mr. Balanchine’s aesthetic, but as he said, “one must first be trained classically before learning the style.” Her class focuses on correct body placement, precise and detailed work, musicality, phrasing, quality of movement, big, bold dancing, never holding back, stretching each line to it’s maximum. She interject Mr. Balanchine’s aesthetic into her classes, but how much depends upon the capacity of the student.
    Grace Whitworth | Past Faculty Grace Whitworth >> Past Faculty
    Grace Whitworth was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up dancing at the Fine Arts Association (FAA) in Willoughby, OH. The FAA awarded her the Outstanding Senior Award and a scholarship to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated with the Nicole Marie Falbo Memorial Scholarship and a BA in Dance, concentrations in both Ballet and Contemporary studies. Grace danced in Chicago, on scholarship, at Lou Conte Dance School (home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). She joined Graham based dance company, Winifred Haun and Dancers and soon began dancing regularly with Jaxon Movement Arts and Thodos Dance Chicago "New Dances". As a freelance dancer, Grace performed notably in Dance Chance (Eduardo Zuniga, former Luna Negra dancer), Dance Chance Redux (Autumn Eckman, former Hubbard Street dancer). Grace moved to NYC in 2011 and began dancing for YY Dance Company. YYDC has performed full length works at Dixon Place, Peridance, FLICfest, Jacob’s Pillow, Summer Stage, International Fringe Festival, Jiangxi Nanchang, China, and this amazing show and audience in Aachen, Germany.
    Johannes Wieland | Past Faculty Johannes Wieland >> Guest Teacher
    Johannes Wieland (artistic director) is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the resident dance company at the State Theatre of Kassel, Germany.In addition to leading his own companies, Wieland was Associate Artistic Director of PARADIGM (New York), and is a guest choreographer and teacher at companies and schools around the world.
    Kat Wildish | Past Faculty Kat Wildish >> Past Faculty
    Kat Wildish is a high-caliber dance ballet instructor, currently teaching multi-level ballet and pointe technique for children and adults. She trains teachers for the Dance Educators of America and her performing credits include New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater and numerous international companies. Her classes are very danceable, with a classic sense of line, musicality, placement, and style. The barre exercises are not just a warm-up series, but are anatomically sound and designed to improve the body.
    Omari Wiles | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Omari Wiles >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Ousmane Wiles, age 28, was born in Senegal. He began his training in West African dance at the age of 6 years old. He then joined with Marie Basse Wiles, a known master in West African dance. Ousmane continued his training with his mothers company The Maimouna Keita School of African Dance as a member of their children's company. He later became the assistant director of his mother's company, and his choreographic work was viewed by many.
    Daniel Wilkins | Past Faculty Daniel Wilkins >> Past Faculty
    Daniel Wilkins trained at School of American Ballet and went on to perform professionally with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Donald Byrd –the Group and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Daniel is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of DASSdance, a multi-media contemporary dance company based in NYC and Seattle.
    Michael Williams | Past Faculty Michael Williams >> Past Faculty
    Michael Williams began his dance training at The Studio of Dance in Georgetown, SC. Michael also attended the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia for four years and received a BFA in dance with emphasis on ballet. He is a performer, teacher, and mentor.
    Mark Willis | Limón Mark Willis >> Limón
    Mark Willis, a New York City native, began his formal dance training at Montclair State University, where he received his B.F.A. in Dance. At MSU, Mark performed works by José Limón, Earl Mosely, Bill T. Jones, Anna Sokolow, May O’ Donnell and Maxine Steinman. He was also the recipient of the Jeanne Wade Henningburg Scholarship and Spirit of Dance Award given by the Department of Theatre and Dance. In 2008, Mark had the privilege of performing with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in President Barak Obama’s inauguration parade. In 2014, Mark’s solo piece, “Save Me” was selected to be performed at the American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, where it accorded positive reception and praise. He has also had the pleasure of working with Douglas Dunn and Dancers, ARCOS Dance, Christina Noel and The Creature, WHITE WAVE Dance, JOIN Ensemble, among others. Mr. Willis has taught and performed all over the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His other interests include choreographing, composing, singing, modeling and playing the trumpet. Mark joined the Limón Dance Company in 2015.
    Ejoe Wilson | Hip Hop/House/Street Styles Ejoe Wilson >> Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
    Ejoe Wilson started dancing in the late 70's on the streets of the south Bronx amidst the birth of the Hip- Hop explosion. In his teens he would win Amateur Night four weeks in a row at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater and dance in videos for rap legends MC Lyte, Heavy D, The Jungle Brothers, and Monie Love; Pop groups Dee-Lite, The Pet Shop Boys, Mariah Carey and Will Smith.
    James Wilton | Guest Faculty James Wilton >> Guest Faculty
    James Wilton Dance were founded in 2010. The company have won awards at the Bern, Hannover and MASDANZA International Choreography competitions and the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest.
    Gabe Winns | Past Faculty Gabe Winns >> Past Faculty
    Gabe Winns is from San Diego, CA, where he began dancing at the age of 11. Since then, his love for dance hasn’t stopped growing. He first began his professional career as a tap dancer at the age of 13 as a featured soloist on the television show “America’s Most Talented Kids.” For the past five years he has toured with the critically acclaimed stage show Tap Kids, and continues to perform and teach with them, both nationally and internationally. Since moving to New York City, he has worked with many dance companies, including Dorrance Dance, Rumba Tap, and SwingFX, and will continue to share his love for the art form as often as he can.
    Jason Wise | Past Faculty Jason Wise >> Past Faculty
    Jason Wise is the Director & Choreographer of National Lampoon's Full House, the Musical, starring Perez Hilton, which opened in Toronto, Canada and is currently running off-Broadway in New York City. Recent Credits include the World Premiere of The Wolf at Theater Raleigh (Choreographer); Lifetime's Dance Moms (Season 5); American Showstoppers: Irving Berlin starring Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett & Lee Roy Reams at Pace University (Director/Choreographer), The 50th Anniversary Concert of Fiddler on the Roof starring BD Wong, Stephanie J. Block, Len Cariou, Tovah Feldshuh, & Linda Lavin (Choreographer), etc.
    Nicole Wolcott | Past Faculty Nicole Wolcott >> Guest Teacher
    Nicole Wolcott is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Brooklyn and is also the Co- Founder and Education Director for KEIGWIN + COMPANY. Called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, 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 in DANCE TEACHER magazine. After co-founding KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Nicole was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013.
    Marlena Wolfe | Past Faculty Marlena Wolfe >> Guest Teacher
    Marlena Wolfe was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. In May 2007, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College. Upon graduation, Marlena danced for Robert Battle’s company, Battleworks, where she assisted Mr. Battle with numerous projects, such as the creations of seven critically-acclaimed works. She also danced for Camille A. Brown’s company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, where she was the company’s rehearsal director and a member of the Bessie Award-winning cast for Best Production of Mr. Tol E. RAnce. Marlena has also danced the works of Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Doug Varone, Tammy Colucci, Ann Marie D’Angelo, and Mimi Garrard.
    Michael Wright | Past Faculty Michael Wright >> Past Faculty
    Since moving to New York, Wright has worked with the New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Satellite Collective (choreography by Manuel Vignoulle), Exit 12 Dance Company, The Chase Brock Experience, and currently with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Steeledance, and Julia Ehrstrand. He also worked as a dancer at Tokyo Disneyland from 2008 until 2009, and again in 2012.
    Alice Wu | Past Faculty Alice Wu >> Past Faculty
    With a diverse dance background, Alice has learned much about discipline, poise, grace, technique and most importantly expression through movement. She has a ten year background in Chinese cultural dance and has trained in many other different styles. She’s also had the privilege of dancing with RAPS Dance Troupe, A Rhythm Company, and VEN15, all NJ based teams, in the East Coast Dance Community. Currently she is training under the guidance of Kenichi Kasamatsu in aKompany, based in NYC.
    Derrick Xtravaganza | Past Faculty Derrick Xtravaganza >> Past Faculty
    Professional dancer, new york ballroom icon & master expert of the performance art of vogue, Derrick 's recent professional performances include opening for recording artist and fashion muse, Lady Gaga, at The Box during New York Fashion Week Promotional Event. September, 2009. New York, NY.
    Mei Yamanaka | Past Faculty Mei Yamanaka >> Past Faculty
    Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Tokyo, Japan. Mei moved to New York in 2008. Mei has worked and collaborated with artists including Catherine Galasso, Tiffany Mills, Mark Dendy, Jennifer Archibald, Christine Bonansea, Jody Oberfelder, among others. Mei's work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Mix Festival at HERE, Food for Though at Danspace, and more. Mei was a "Fresh Tracks" residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop(now New York Live Arts) in 2010 - 2011. Mei was also residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence in 2014 at Chez Bushwick
    Ryan Yamauchi | Guest Faculty Ryan Yamauchi >> Guest Faculty
    Ryan Yamauchi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and began his dance training at the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts. He later moved to New York and received his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Ryan has had the pleasure of dancing with 2nd Best Dance Company, Loni Landon Dance Projects, and Sidra Bell Dance New York. He has performed as a guest dancer with Gibney Dance Company and Santa Barbara Dance Theater. As a choreographer, Ryan has been commissioned to create work for students at SUNY Purchase and The Juilliard School. Ryan began working with Doug Varone and Dancers in 2015.
    Richard Yoder | Past Faculty Richard Yoder >> Past Faculty
    Richard is a St. Louis born performer, choreographer and dance teacher. Last seen as a New-Rhythm in My One and Only at Goodspeed Opera House and a featured performer in Arena Stage's record breaking production of Sophisticated Ladies. Richard is a proud AEA member and a graduated of Oklahoma City University.
    Vincent Yong | Past Faculty Vincent Yong >> Past Faculty
    Vincent is a certified movement analyst, registered somatic movement educator and therapist, and certified life-coach. He is an award-wining educator and motivator with over 15 years of involvement in dance pedagogy and international dance. Since 2000 he has danced internationally on platforms such as Holland Dance Festival, ITS Festival, and Tokyo Performing Arts Market. He has performed in pieces by Alberto Dal Saz, John Utan, Charlotte Boye- Christensen, Michael Schumacher among others. Vincent is a graduate of CODARTS. He is currently a teaching assistant at LABAN/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in Brooklyn and offers movement therapy and coaching sessions to private clients in NYC.
    Hee Ra Yoo | Past Faculty Hee Ra Yoo >> Past Faculty
    Originally from Kwang-Ju, Korea, Hee Ra Yoo trained at the Um Ballet School in Korea until she was invited to work with the Kirov Ballet in Russia. Ms. Yoo has danced with the Korean National Ballet and the California Ballet, and has taught ballet for the Australian Olympic Gymnastics Team, the Korean National Rhythmic Gymnastic Team, at Tulane University in New Orleans.
    Yin Yue | Contemporary Yin Yue >> Contemporary
    Yin Yue is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in China, she studied classical ballet, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was listed as “top ten performers” in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. After graduating with a MFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 2008, she quickly started to gained attention as a highly original performer and choreographer among peers.
    Stephanie Zaletel | Guest Faculty Stephanie Zaletel >> Guest Faculty
    Originally from Las Vegas, NV Stephanie Zaletel is a choreographer, dancer, mentor, wife, and educator currently working from Los Angeles, CA. Her choreography has been commissioned for various music videos, short films, colleges, institutions, and collaborations. Zaletel began her career dancing for Danielle Agami (Artistic Director, Ate9) in LA before committing to the creation of her own work by forming Stephanie Zaletel | szalt in 2015.
    Greg Zane | Past Faculty Greg Zane >> Past Faculty
    Greg Zane has had a career in the performing arts as a dancer, actor, director, choreographer and teacher. Credits include the 2005 National Tour of The King & I, the Alberta Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, and Hawaii Ballet Theatre. His directorial and/or choreographic credits also include Carousel, Annie, Peter Pan, Seussical, The Sound of Music, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Grease.
    Daniel Zaragoza | Past Faculty Daniel Zaragoza >> Past Faculty
    Daniel Payero Zaragoza: Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher born in the city of Santa Fe where he began his studies with teachers Maria Selva Arias, Ana Maria Narvaja and Cristina Copes.
    Lukasz Zieba | Past Faculty Lukasz Zieba >> Past Faculty
    Lukasz Zieba, a native of Kraków, Poland, former artistic gymnast, graduated from L’Art de la Danse Cracow Dance Academy before moving to New York to study at The Ailey School on a full scholarship.
    Maor Shir Zuriel | Past Faculty Maor Shir Zuriel >> Past Faculty
    Maor Shir Zuriel is a graduate of the Nadine Bommer Dance Academy Completed her Animato Art Dancer track and Animato Teacher track with Honors Soloist for 10 years with the Nadine Bommer Troupe in Israel and New York. Currently, she manages the Nadine Bommer Dance Academy, the Rehearsal Director of the Nadine Bommer Ensemble, a guest artist in the Nadine Bommer Dance Companies in Israel and New York, and a Senior Animato Art method teacher worldwide.

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