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(1 - 4 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 25

The NYC Jazz/Contemporary program is the flagship Jazz and Contemporary dance intensive worldwide. Under the new artistic direction of Angelica Stiskin, the program will offer the classical techniques of ballet and modern, along with the neoclassical derivatives of contemporary, improv, hip hop, theater dance, and much more. Spanning the worlds of both concert and commercial dance,  dancers will explore new ideas of movement and artistic excellence, harvesting a love of dance within versatility. The intensive culminates in a life changing performance in a major NYC theater venue.

Master Faculty

  • Stay 1 Week

    $799 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks, Save $348

    $625 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $598

    $599 per week

  • Stay 4 Weeks, Save $997

    $550 per week


$799 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99


$499 per week

Housing Due at Registration: $250

Housing Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Students ages 10 and 11 that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive. Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

Meal Plan

$275 per week

Meal Plan Due at Registration: 50%

Prices include food & beverages plus sales tax. Breakfast and Dinner Only.
Only offered to dancers in housing.

Meal Plan Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Chaperone Fee

$250 per dancer

Chaperone Fee Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Required for students in housing ages 12 to 13

One time fee

Resident Fee

$150 per dancer

Resident Advisor Fee Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Required for all dancers in housing

One time fee

Performance Fee

$125 one time fee

Performance Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Be a part of the NYC Jazz & Contemporary Finale Performance.

Must attend Weeks 3 and 4.

3.5% Processing Fee

For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Joffrey FAQ's

Some of the most common camp questions are answered on the below FAQ.

For more detailed information about our summer dance camps, feel free to check out the following links. Please look this over, and if you still have a question, don’t hesitate to email us at Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm EST.

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

33 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

The PACE Dormitory Residence Hall brings customized, first rate amenities to the heart of New York City’s Financial District. Each floor is staffed with a Resident Advisor.

81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003
The Joffrey Ballet School Third Street Residence is located at 81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003. Located in Manhattan’s East Village, Third Street is within short walking distance to some of New York’s best restaurants, independent stores, coffee shops, and theaters. Nearby essentials are Whole Foods, K-Mart, NY Grocery, several banks, City MD Clinic, Starbucks, Rite Aid, and easy access to the N, R, 6, B, D, and F trains. It is a short 20 minute subway ride to Joffrey.

Students ages 10 and 11 that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive. Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

We will do our best to honor roommate requests that are completed and remain within the established guidelines.

A dancer may request up to a maximum of three roommates for a total of four dancers in a chain. Please note that all roommate requests must be completed by both sets of parents, at least fourteen days prior to arrival.

Please note that confirmed roommates will be in the same room, but we are unable to accommodate requests for a bunk assignment near another dancer. Dancers are assigned their beds by their Resident Assistants based on numerous factors including medical conditions, sleepwalking, etc. and these assignments may not be changed during the arrival process.

Roommate Requests will be asked during Registration.

The Joffrey Ballet School is proud to partner with Pace Cafeteria and Panera that serves two hearty kid-friendly meals per day. Enjoy breakfast burritos with veggies, sausage, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, trail mix with dried fruit, and mixed nuts on the side. Imagine a wonderful grilled herbed chicken breast, a flavor-filled soba noodle salad with edamame and cucumber relish, bok choy, carrot ginger dressing, accompanied by a side of watermelon. The food is delicious and healthy–perfect for the developing dancer. We care about you and your child and have worked very hard to partner with the best food providers in the NYC area.

Pace housing students will eat at the Pace University Cafeteria

Students in all other buildings will have their meals catered by Panera which provides an array of options, including vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free choices. Panera Bread provides students with breakfast and dinner daily

Please note that lunch is NOT included in any of the meal plan. We recommend that students pack a healthy lunch and snacks to eat between meals. Due to severe food allergies, dancers are NOT permitted to pack anything with peanuts in their lunch.

The Joffrey Ballet School has setup a very simple and orderly housing check in and check out process. Please drop off your dancer Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. When picking up your happy dancer please assist your child to be packed and on their way home prior to 12:00 PM Saturday. Please note after check-in that evening the dancers will have a mandatory orientation.

Orientation and arrival times depend on whether or not you will be staying in our housing facilities. Please check the Orientation Times section for full details. Please join us Monday morning at the start of your intensive for the opportunity to meet the JBS Staff and review your schedules.

What to Bring
Your room will fill up quickly; please bring only what you need. Also, keep in mind that items can
be purchased upon arrival at nearby stores.

  1. Bedding: Twin XL Sheets, Blankets, Pillows
  2. Bathroom Essentials: Towels, Shower shoes, hair dryer
  3. Toiletries: Toilet Paper, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush,
    toothpaste, and other personal toiletry items.
  4. Dance Attire: Dance clothes, shoes, and other related supplies.
  5. Recreational clothes: jeans, t-shirts, swimsuit, sandals, etc.
  6. Electronics: Alarm Clock. Computers, iPods, iPads, and other valuables at your own
    discretion. All dorms are Wi-Fi equipped. Don’t forget to bring the chargers!
  7. Cell Phone: Every student is required to bring or purchase upon arrival, a personal mobile phone. This phone number must be provided to the RAs upon arrival. Students should download Google Maps and Embark NYC.

What Not to Bring
The following items are prohibited in Joffrey housing and may be confiscated if found in your

  1. Toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemaker, or any outside cooking appliance not provided by JBS.
  2. Candles or incense
  3. Space Heaters
  4. Halogen lights
  5. Pets of any kind
  6. Alcohol
  7. Anything that produces a flame/spark, fireworks, sparklers.
  8. When not in use, lighters for your pointe shoes MUST remain in your dance bag.
  9. Drugs, tobacco, including eCigarettes; illegal substances of any nature

There is a Lost and Found table set-up during check-out on Saturday. Please check this section for any misplaced items before you leave. If you realize that you did not make it home with an item, please call Customer Service at +1 888.438.3808 and leave a message describing the missing item(s). All claimed items will be returned C.O.D. Items will be held for two weeks, and after that time they will be donated to charity. Please label all items and make sure that you have all your belongings before leaving. JBS is not responsible for lost or broken items.

Other FAQ's


$50 Change Buildings (NYC only)

$50 Roommate Change Request

$100 Initial Roommate Request

$100 Early, Late Check In and Check Out

Team Assignments

$50 Change Team Assignment Request

The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive 2019 is proud to present SPECTRUM, the culmination of another successful summer of dance in New York City. Our annual performance, held once again at Symphony Space, is a fast-paced, eclectic, music video-like spectacular with works created by Tony and Emmy nominated choreographers, as well as notable and emerging New York City-based artists. SPECTRUM, the NYC Jazz & Contemporary program is the flagship Jazz & Contemporary dance intensive worldwide. Under the artistic direction of Angelica Stiskin, the program offers the classical techniques of ballet and modern, along with the neoclassical derivatives of contemporary, improv, hip hop, theater dance, and much more. Spanning the worlds of both concert and commercial dance, dancers explore new ideas of movement and artistic excellence, harvesting a love of dance within versatility.

Friday, August 9, 2019 | Time: 3pm and 7:00pm
Location: Symphony Space

Pace Housing

  • Bed Style: Twin XL; some rooms have a loft bed.
  • Pace University Security monitors the building 24/7
  • Microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning unit in each room.
  • Window blinds provided

East 3rd Housing

  • Bed style: Bunk beds or loft bed, Twin XL
  • Each apartment will be furnished with bunk and loft beds, dresser drawers, desks and chairs, closet, full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, and full size fridge.
  • AC unit available in each bedroom for temperature control (air conditioning included). There is no AC unit in kitchens. For effective airflow, keep bedroom doors open with bedroom AC units on.
  • Laundry available on top floor. TV, beverage vending machine, sink, and counter tops (no oven or fridge) available in the basement Recreation Room West and East.
  • Window Screens/Blinds not provided.

This document lists the most important housing policies. Please refer to the housing manual of your assigned facility for a complete list of rules, policies, and procedures.

We know you are anxious to find out everything you need to know to prepare for your intensive(s) and we cannot wait to share all the details! All dancers are required to complete our Online Pre-Check In form prior to arrival. All dancers will need to DocuSign their Pre-Check In packet, print and bring it with them to orientation/housing check in.

Joffrey Ballet School offers transportation to and from the airport. Our service is significantly more expensive than taking a New York City taxi, so if your dancer feels comfortable taking a taxi, we encourage them to do so. Below is an outline of fees and reflect the price one way. The cost includes tolls and driver’s tip.

Transportation to JFK, LGA, and EWR airports $150

Transportation for all international flights $200

If your student is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor through the airline (and you have already paid the Unaccompanied Minor fee through your airline), please contact:

JBS NYC Airport Transportation Coordinator


Joffrey Ballet School can only provide a chaperone to the gate if it is required by the airline. There is an additional $150 fee for this service.

Non-Refundable Tuition and Other Fees

It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student’s parents or guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program; in the event that no such substantially similar program exists, the School will issue a full refund.
In some instances we are able to offer a credit towards Joffrey programing which must be used in 1 calendar year. The Registration Fee, ALL DEPOSITS, and all Processing Fees are non-refundable and will be forfeited.
Prior to May 1st, a credit for any payments already made may placed in the dancer’s name to be used for future Joffrey programming. All payments made at the time of withdrawal are non-refundable. Any future payments still due to the school will be waived at the school’s discretion.
After May 1st, all payments are non-refundable. If a dancer’s withdrawal is due to injury or illness, and certified by a Dr’s. note, a partial credit may be used towards next summer at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Discretion. Credit can not be issued for housing and meal plans payments.

The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself in taking photos of the dancers that represent their superb experience and will utilize the photos for its website and or marketing and advertising purposes. Dancers and parents are welcome to take photos of the dance experience. When attending the program you consent to the use of your photography in our website and marketing materials.

We have taken great care in providing superb and exciting weekend and after class activities. Please see our activities page for details.

Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Between 9th and 10th Streets.
3rd, 4th and 5th Floor

Joffrey Dance Center
47-10 Austell Place, Long Island City, NY 11101

Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Stepping Out Studios
37 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Note: Please see your Weekly Schedule’s studio assignment for your exact location

You will be emailed a link to your dance schedule. You will receive it a week before your session starts.


Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working as an Arts Administration Intern, HRA, AHRA, or RA for our Summer Intensives please read the duties described below and submit the application form. They are all paid positions. Positions will be filled at a first come first serve basis to qualified candidates – please submit application early for best consideration. Final candidates who are offered a position will be required to undergo a background check prior to finalizing the hiring process.

Online Application Form - HRA, RA, ARA,

Online Application Form - Interns

Please email us at for questions regarding any of the positions.


Interns Supervisor assist the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Interns assist the Interns Supervisor and the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Joffrey Ballet School seeks hard working and enthusiastic individuals for Head Resident Advisors in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position, with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The Head RA is responsible for supervising housing staff and students who are residing in their assigned dormitory during the summer school session. The Head RA will organize transportation of students to and from the dormitory and Joffrey studio locations and activities. The Head RA will organize and supervise staff schedules and work assignments in the dormitory. The Head RA will ensure that all staff schedules, policies, transportation schedules, major disciplinary decisions and scheduled staff meetings are presented to the Director of Resident Life for review and approval.  The Head RA will be responsible for communication between their assigned dormitory and Joffrey administrative staff, faculty, students, and parents.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for assisting students who are staying at Joffrey Ballet School during the summer school session. The Resident Assistant helps dancers feel at home in housing, organize fun activities, problem solve, ensure dancers are following the rules. RAs will also collaborate with the Joffrey administration to ensure the well-being of all residents. Applicants must be able to work within the artistic culture of Joffrey, have the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, be able to problem solve, have excellent verbal and written communication, and have good organizational and analytical skills.

Dance and Residence Life experience preferred. We background check each applicant to ensure the safety of our dancers. Joffrey Ballet School seeks enthusiastic and hard working individuals for several Resident Advisor (RA) positions in New York City, LA, Dallas, San Francisco and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The RAs report to the Head RA. The RAs manage the daily operations of the Residence Halls and maintain an active leadership role to cultivate a positive and supportive community to the residents. The RAs serve as a role model and resource to students by assisting in artistic and personal growth.

Application deadline date: April 1st, 2019


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Lena Lauer

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Lena is a dance artist who has created and performed work from the Sonoran desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America.  Her latest project is serving as co-founder of The Lovelies, New York City’s foremost dance compositional improvisation company.  In New York, Lauer has produced work at venues such as Dance New Amsterdam, The Tank, Judson Church and Gowanus Art + Production, where her incorporation of the aerial arts, modern dance, improvisation, inventive partnering and sound scores provide a foundation for Lena’s aesthetic.  She has taught at Ohio Northern University, as well as Lima City Schools in Ohio and The Ohio State University where she was also commissioned to set original choreography for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Lena will be presenting work this Fall at Triskelion Arts and curates for the FIGMENT project every summer on Governor’s Island.

Maximilien Baud

Associate Director of NYC Musical Theater

Also, an Instructor for the NYC Pre-Professional, Ballet and Jazz Intensives.
Maximilien Baud; Trained at the School of American Ballet for 10 years under the guidance of Peter Martins, Jock Soto, Peter Boal, Olga Kostritzky, and Andrei Kramarevsky. While a student, he performed with the NYC Ballet, and was part of the original cast of two world premieres: Organon by Elliot Feld and Scenes De Ballet by Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Mr. Baud began his professional career with the Carolina Ballet under Robert Weiss. There he would work with choreographers such as Lynne Taylor Corbett, Robert Weiss, Damian Woetzel, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 2005, Mr. Baud joined the Pennsylvania Ballet under the directorship of Roy Kaiser and would perform principal roles in ballets by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, George Balanchine and many more. In 2009, Mr. Baud had the opportunity to work on the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture, Black Swan, by Darren Aronofsky. In 2010, Mr. Baud would join the national/international tour of Billy Elliot, the Musical performing the role of Older Billy, and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical. He was in the ensemble of the national tour of Flashdance the Musical based on the iconic 80’s film under the directorship of Tony Award-winning choreographer, Sergio Trujillo. Maximilien has reprised his role of Older Billy in regional productions of Billy Elliot with the MUNY, North Carolina Theater, and the North Shore Music Theater Company.

Mr. Baud, along with Matthew Prescott, are the co-directors and co-creators for the Joffrey Ballet School Musical Theater Summer Intensives in New York City and London. This year they are also debuting an all-new program, the Joffrey Las Vegas Summer Intensive. Together they run M Squared Talent LLC, which is a production company that produces the most up-to-date dance education in America. Mr. Baud also holds the position of Co-Artistic Director and Consulting Producer for Joffrey Elite, which is a documentary series on YouTube’s AwesomnessTV that features a group of dancers from the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program.

Mr. Baud has had the opportunity to teach master classes at numerous dance studios around the world, as well as coach the young Billy’s from Billy Elliot. Currently, he is on the staff at The Joffrey Ballet School and Ballet Academy East. While directing and teaching, Mr. Baud enjoys enriching the lives of dancers through discipline and a passion for the arts.

John Leggio

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

John Vincent Leggio made his Broadway debut in the musical CATS and continued to dance on Broadway and Broadway Tours for the next decade, with the revival of My Fair Lady, Show Boat, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. John is on this season’s dance faculty for the “Making It On Broadway” Intensive in NYC, sharing the platform with Broadway Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Annaleigh Ashford, along with Broadway stars Sierra Boggess and Natalie Weiss. This past season, John had the great privilege of choreographing pieces for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary Winter Concert, and also taught and choreographed at last summer’s Joffrey Intensive in NYC. John was a guest dance instructor for the Cleveland Musical Theatre dance intensive, along with Broadway Tony Award Winner, Kathleen Marshall.

He also worked for Broadway Dance Center in NYC, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dance Department, and is on the dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College.

John began his professional career at the age of sixteen, singing and dancing at the world premiere of the movie, “Six Weeks,” starring Dudley Moore and Mary Tyler Moore. Barbra Streisand was a guest that evening as John sang the song, “Life is a Celebration.” In his home town of Kansas CIty, John worked with legendary Broadway composer, John Kander, in the musical, “The Happy Time,” and as a dancer in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. John performed at the historic Starlight Theatre, in Kansas City, and went on to Opryland USA, Walt Disney World, numerous television specials, a European tour, and singing and dancing on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. John was featured a few times on The Rosie O’Donnell Show (choreography by Chris Gattelli), and was part of a CATS Broadway sketch on Saturday Night Live.

The second part of John’s career took him to Florida, where he joined the team at Disney to help stage the Epcot Millennium Parade at Walt Disney World. John went on to work as the assistant director and choreographer for the national tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze and was the resident choreographer for the Jaeb Theatre in Tampa, where he was awarded the Weekly Planet’s “Best of the Bay” for his choreography and performance in an original production, “Swing, Swing, Swing.” His direction and choreography in the musical revue, “The Best Of Jacque Brel,” was stated by one critic at the Tampa Times to be “possibly the best thing he had ever seen in a theatre.”

In 2001, John became the Artistic Director of The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, Florida where he was in charge of casting, directing, and choreographing for three seasons. In 2004, John opened his own Broadway-style performing arts school, John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts, teaching dance, music, acting, and acrobatics. His students have performed on Broadway, The Rockettes, National Tours, Regional Theatres, Cruise Ships and Theme Parks around the U.S. and internationally.

Michael Susten

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

“Michael Susten is a choreographer who creates beautiful and original work” Debbie Allen Michael is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and was honored with the Choreography Prize upon graduation While a sophomore in college, Michael created the Xhale Dance Company, a contemporary company based in the heart of Philadelphia. In addition to their seasonal productions, the company also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Koresh Artist Showcase and The Choreographer’s Canvas in NYC. After graduation Michael continued producing his company, while teaching at studios in the Tri-State Area. Michael has showcased his work in the Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, California, The Pushing Progress Showcase and the APAP festival in NYC and the International Choreography Competition held in Pittsburgh. Michael has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine twice and Dance Studio Life Magazine. He recently placed 3rd in the ASH Choreography competition out of 100 choreographers.   Michael Susten & Company has produced three sold out concerts in NYC over the past year, as well as two sold out workshops. Michael has been a dance educator for the past 14 years. He has had the privilege of teaching at dance studios around the country, Performing Arts High Schools and most recently was a guest at Point Park University and the University of Pa. Michael has trained and mentored students who have performed on Broadway, Vegas, Theme Parks, Major Dance Companies and have been accepted into the top dance colleges around the country. Michael Susten can be found teaching Broadway Dance Center and Steps on broadway and The Joffrey Ballet in NYC, Millenium Dance Complex in Philly and is Currently on staff for numerous convention and competitions, traveling the country continuing to inspire a new generation of dancers. “Michael Susten is a choreographer who is unafraid to explore the dynamics motion and emotion, his choreography is athletic with a balletic undertone.” Dorrell Woods NYCStuff

Maleek Washington

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

MALEEK WASHINGTON was born in the Bronx, New York. At seven years old, he was introduced to dance at Broadway Dance Center, where he started his training under the legendary Frank Hatchett. After a couple of years, Maleek joined Harlem School of the Arts and attended Laguardia High School for Performing Arts simultaneously, where he was able to explore additional techniques such as African, Graham and Horton. During his four years of training at the “Fame” school, he was awarded scholarships to train at The Ailey School and Dance Theater of Harlem. After graduating, Maleek continued his education at The Boston Conservatory while performing with the Commonwealth Ballet and working with Complexions.

Maleek began his Professional career in 2008 when he joined CityDance Ensemble, a repertory company that toured to over 8 countries. For 3 seasons, Maleek performed works by Paul Taylor (Last Look) Larry Keigwin’s (Mattress Suites) and Kate Weare’s (Drop Down). Wanting to expand his movement vocabulary, Maleek attended Jacob’s Pillow for 2 consecutive years where Mr. Washington was able to interact with choreographers such as Azure Barton and Helen Pickett. In the summers of 2010-2013 Maleek attended SpringBoard Danse Montreal, where he participated in workshops guided by companies as diverse as Rubberbandance and William Forsyth. From this experience, he eventually joined Jose Novas’s Company Flak. Maleek joined Company Flak during a creation process of Diptych that would later go on European tours to Paris and Copenhagen.

In 2012, Mr. Washington became a dancer with McArthur Genius Award recipient, Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of During his three seasons with A/I/M, Maleek has additionally collaborated with 2012 Princess Grace Winner, Loni Landon, Cindy Salgado (of Kidd Pivot) and Bryan Arias a dancer and choreographer from Netherlands Dance Theater. Most recently Mr. Washington worked at The Metropolitan Opera in Die Flaudermaus.

Wendy White Sasser

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Wendy White Sasser began her dance training with the Alabama Dance Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama. She was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School and a fellowship student at The Ailey School before becoming a member of Ailey II. She then went on to perform with Donald Byrd/The Group and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, before joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During her seven years with Ailey, she performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia in roles by many leading choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Dwight Rhoden, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove and Alonzo King. Wendy rejoined Complexions in 2008 and remained a member until 2011. Since then, Wendy has enjoyed teaching for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Joffrey Experience and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy as well as guesting at the French Academie of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and with the Alabama Dance Theatre. Most recently, Ms. White Sasser joined the faculty of Long Island College’s Brooklyn campus as an adjunct professor of ballet.

Mayte Natalio

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Mayte Natalio was born and raised in Queens, NY. She began dancing at the age of 3 several at several neighborhood dance schools. She then attended the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as well as Ballet Hispanico and Dance Theater of Harlem. Mayte received her BFA from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance. Mayte has toured internationally with the Parsons Dance Company, was a member Ogunquit Playhouse’s Production of Elton John’s Aida, performed with Roger C. Jeffrey’s Subtle Changes Inc., Nathan Trice’s Rituals and Kyle Abraham/A.I.M. She toured with the French pop star, Mylene Farmer and has also performed with Kanye West. She has danced the works of choreographers, Jose Limon, Kevin Wynn, Megan Williams, Michael Blake, Margie Gillis and Shawn Hounsell. Mayte first worked with Camille A. Brown around 2004 and has been a member of CAB&D since 2010.

Michael Wright

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Michael Wright is a professional dance artist living in New York City. Presently a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts and Steeledance (Teri and Oliver Steele), Wright has also had the privilege of working with Mark Morris, Itzik Galili, Chase Brock, Manuel Vignoulle and others. Wright has also performed at Tokyo Disney Land as a featured dancer from 2008-2009 and again in 2012. While residing in Tokyo, he was featured in advertisements for Disney all over Japan. In his career, Wright has performed in over a dozen countries, spanning 5 continents in their largest theaters. He was most recently seen at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and Shen Wei Dance Arts. As an educator, Wright has taught open classes at Steps on Broadway, Gibney Dance Center, Peridance, and master classes at The University of Stockholm, Manhattan College, and the 5×5 Dance Festival (CT). Wright holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dance Performance. He graduated in 2008.

Nicholas Cunninngham

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Born in Australia, Nicholas Cunningham trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After completing an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, he was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Dance 2005/2006. He then moved to Paris in late 2005, to dance at the Bal du Moulin Rouge.
In 2006 Nicholas made his debut on West End in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning show Movin’ Out, directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Nicholas joined Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures in late 2006, starting an international tour with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, performing in seven different countries worldwide.
Commercial work includes: McCains airing on ITV and Channel 4, Orangina, the gala launching Toyota’s 2009 range of cars and the opening of Terminal 5. He has assisted in two screen productions: the feature film The Boat That Rocked, directed by Richard Curtis and a video for the launch of the YSL summer range, in which he also appeared.
He was the Associate Choreographer on the Pet Shop Boys “Pandemonium” world tour 2009/2010. That same year he performed in the Olivier Award winning Revival of La Cage aux Folles on West End as Hanna from Hamburg. While performing in La Cage Nicholas was fortunate to be in the cast of the feature film/musical Nine, directed by Rob Marshall.
Nicholas made his Broadway Debut in the Tony Award winning Broadway Revival of La Cage aux Folles in 2010. He was the Associate Choreographer and Dance Captian. He also was seen on stage 8 shows a week as Hanna from Hamburg.
In 2012 Nicholas performed with Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, whilst there he performed in the 24th Anniversary and the 10,000th performance as the Slave Master/Soloist Dancer.
He toured in extensively throughout Europe with Romeo and Juliet, playing the principal role of Paris, and most recently finished another world tour with New Adventures, and Matthew Bourne as a featured dancer.
Between Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, working with new artists, choreographing, and working bi coastal in San Francisco with the San Francisco Opera, Nicholas is proud and excited to be teaching at the Summer Intensive here in New York City.

Gary Maurice Lewis

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Gary Lewis has forged a singular career in Dance and Theatre in the United States and abroad since 1982. Beginning at the age of 12, Lewis studied at the Ballet Theater of School of The Virgin Islands under the direction of the late Kay Atchison. Lewis spent his summers in New York City studying at Dance Theater of Harlem Summer Intensives under the direction of Arthur Mitchell. It was then that Mr. Lewis knew he would pursue dance professionally.

Lewis sought out further instruction beyond the Virgin Islands, moving to Washington D.C. to pursue his dream to become a professionally trained dancer at the Washington School of Ballet (TWSB), under the direction of and founder Mary Day. Known nationally and internationally, TWSB is recognized for its dedication to classical training, dance and dance education.

In 1989, Lewis made his professional debut as a company member of the Capitol Ballet of Washington, D.C. under the direction of late Doris Jones, where Lewis had the opportunity to work, and perform the critically acclaimed ballet “The River”, by Alvin Ailey. Following his tenure at the Capitol Ballet, Lewis was accepted at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School with a full scholarship under the direction of Denise Jefferson.

Lewis auditioned and was accepted into the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Co., in 1990, where he led lectures, demonstrations and master classes and performed ballets by Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Eleo Pomare, Kevin Jeff and Katherine Dunham, to name a few. He traveled with the Ensemble throughout United States, Europe and Africa for six years. Lewis was also a company member with the Colorado Ballet, where he performed “Swan Lake”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Nutcracker” in 1992 and 1993 seasons. He worked with Cleo Robinson and Colorado Ballet from 1990 through 1997.

Lewis joined Ron Brown EVIDENCE at the Joyce Theater, NYC in the fall of 1997 for a season. He went on to make his Broadway debut in the original cast of “The Lion King” on Broadway, as a Swing Dancer and Assistant Dance Captain, at the New Amsterdam Theater. Lewis also performed in the cast of “The Lion King National Gazelle Tour” in 2001 for two years performing to audiences throughout the United States.

Other featured performances include the 1998 Tony Awards with The Lion King; the 2008 Middle Eastern Film Festival Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, choreographed and directed by Otis Sallid; and performances of FAUST and CARMINA BARANA with the Colorado Symphony in Denver Colorado.

Quincella Swyningan

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Quincella was a long-time student of Kathleen S. Grant with whom she studied the Pilates Method. She has performed and taught in America and internationally and is recognized by the French Ministry of Culture as a Contemporary teacher of dance. She has worked with many choreographers including Talley Beatty, Billy Wilson, Lukas Hoving, Donald Byrd, Suzane Linke, and Pina Bausch. Quincella joined the Tanztheater Wuppertal, in 1988 where she performed major roles in the current repertoire as well as new works created during her tenure. She has danced with the Tanztheater Wuppertal, Alvin Ailey II, Jose Limon, Donald Byrd, and Walter Nicks. She has performed on Broadway and in many films and dance specials. Quincella holds a degree in the performing arts and business.

Rena Butler

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a Joffrey Experience Instructor.

Rena Butler is a native of Chicago, IL. She has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Mettin Movement, as a guest artist with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Yara Travieso, and for Manuel Vignoulle-M/Motions. She has been featured in FORMA magazine,, The Dance Enthusiast, Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us and Dance Magazine. She began her studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Her choreographic work has been featured on the Ailey/Fordham BFA students, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, in the Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland. Rena is a dancer, artistic collaborator, and choreographer based in New York. She currently dances for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Manuel Vignoulle-M/motions.

Kevin Michael Fay

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Kevin Fay began dancing at The Joy of Motion Dance Center in Bethesda, MD. After moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, Kevin continued training at both Northwestern and The Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance, where he worked closely with Laura Wade and performed with Larry Long & Dolores Lipinski’s Civic Ballet of Chicago. Over summers, Kevin trained at The Ailey School, American Ballet Theater School, The Taylor School, and Hubbard Street Dance Center, where he spent a year on scholarship after his college graduation. Since leaving Chicago, Kevin has danced with Dayton Ballet in Ohio, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company in Washington, D.C., and Daniele Desnoyers at springboard danse montreal. Now, as a freelance artist in New York City, he has performed and toured with Stefanie Batten Bland, Sonia Lopes Soares, Bob Eisen, Gabriel Forestieri, Douglas Dunn, Michael Mao, Heidi Latsky, Keith A. Thompson, Marjorie Folkman, dancemaker and film artist Jennifer Sims, visual artist Noritoshi Hirakawa, and Itzik Galili at The Metropolitan Opera as well as Ben Wright at Washington National Opera. As both teacher and administrator, he has taught at Brooklyn Music School, assisted Alexandra Wells with her Movement Invention Project, and worked as guest faculty at New York’s City Center and Chicago’s Northwestern University.

Kristian Cellini

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Born in Chieti Italy, on August 28th, 1971 he began his training at the age of 13 at the “Dance Center School” directed by Renato Greco, famous choreographer and dance Maestro. He graduated at the age of 16 with top marks, “Excellent and full merit” in classical, modern, and jazz ballet, and was awarded 2 scholarships for further studies by an international group of judges: Victor Litinov (Russian) Maria Teresa del Medico (Italian) Matt Mattox (USA) Renato Greco (Italian) Margherita Trajanova (Russian) and Tuccio Rigano (Italian). He then continued his studies in various schools across the country.

Prince Riley

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Prince Riley has been featured in music videos for John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan and Fergie, and has danced onstage with artists including Rihanna and Thalia. Prince has also appeared in commercials for Verizon, Nike and MTV networks, and in the feature film Transformers 2. He worked with Salt N Pepa and EnVogue for the 2005 Hip Hop Honors Awards show, and has directed/choreographed videos and onstage acts for Jamaican Reggae artist CK, Cheri Dennis, Kristine W, Alexander Alexis and Tara Ortiz. He is the President and CEO of PRP Entertainment Group, an entertainment and fashion management firm. He is currently dedicating his time to developing artists and sharing his wealth of knowledge about the business.

Robert Taylor Jr.

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Robert Taylor Jr. is an American entertainer who’s goal is to inspire and spread love and peace to people of all ages through music and dance. Robert was born and raised in Coney Island and developed a love for music and dance as a as a young child. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in dance and a minor in musical theatre. While at Marymount, he studied the Graham, Horton, and Limon techinques, as well as acting, theater, and other styles of dance. He also performed in several musicals, including New Girl In Town and The Boyfriend. He then went on to study with teachers such as Brian Green, The Amountboyz (who he performed with as an honorary member), Jared Grimes, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Eric Jenkins, Jamie Jackson, Future, Eric Negron, and Spex. Robert performed for Michael Jackson, in 2002 at Webster Hall (NY) with a singing/dancing group called ‘Uneti.” Robert was selected as one of the nation’s top 20 contestants for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance and made it to the top 16. Other credits include American Idol Season 3, So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, MTV’s ‘Say What? Karaoke, in which he won 2 shows and made it to the finals in both 2003 and 2007, Kat Deluna’s ‘Whine Up'” music video, and the national tour of Hairspray as a singer/dancer/actor in 2008. Robert has also danced for L.L. Cool J at Carnegie Hall for the CBS Network Rundown (choreographed by Gio Hubela from Iconic). He also performed with Rihanna as a recording artist/entertainer for the ‘Peace and Love’ festival in Sweden in 2012. Robert recently performed in Rihanna’s Budweiser c ommercial with fellow faculty member Anthony Rue II. This past summer, he was a part of America’s Got Talent as a finalist with The Mothmen. For more information, including his latest iTunes release, please visit

Richard Pierlon

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Richard Pierlon has choreographed at the Latin Quarter (New York), Bally’s Park Place (Atlantic City), Riviera Hotel (Mardi Gras Room; Las Vegas), Sporting Club and Cabaret (Monte Carlo), Brick Hall (Nagasaki, Japan), Convention Exhibition Center (Hong Kong); in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Saga City, Japan; Israel; and in Amsterdam, Holland.  He has choreographed the videos “A Night at la Cage” starring Milton Berle, “Pepperidege Farm Products,” “Cut Me Loose,” and the movies “Gone With the Weiners” and “Lustre,” and the musical “The Trapped Family Singers” (Fringe Festival, New York), and “Borderless” (Tokyo).

As a teacher he has taught at Broadway Dance Center (New York), Ballet Arts, City Center (New York), Boston Summer Dance Festival, Professional Dance Center (Tokyo), Ketzeu Hagoof (Israel), Congreso de Baile (Buenos Aires), Dance Master’s and Show Stopper (North Carolina), Teri Martell School of Dance (Akron), Tad Dance Studio (Japan), N.Y.C. p.f. (New York), Theater Dance (Nagasaki), and Kanako School of Ballet (Saga City, Japan), Perry Dance II (New York), Step’s 74 (New York), David Howard School of Ballet (New York), Theater Dance (New York), Fitness Gym (Germany), Sonya Marie Dance Studio (Dothan, Alabama), Debonaire School of Dance (Warren, Ohio), I.A.C. Studio (Tokyo), Broadway Dance Center (Tokyo), Dance Point (Osaka), Jazz Unlimited (Mariton, New Jersey), The Amsterdam School of Art (Holland), Waves (Philadelphia), Fancy Dancer (New York), Classical Jazz Theater (Teaneck, New Jersey), P.D.T.A. (Savannah, Georgia), and Dance Caravan (New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Denver, Pittsburg, Des Moines, Cincinnati, New York, Myrtle Beach, Orlando), TCA (Tokyo), PDC (Tokyo), Broadway Dance Center (New York), Triple Threat Arts Center (Cherry Hill, NJ), Congreso de Baile (Madrid).

Richard Pierlon was trained at Harkness School of Ballet, Martha Graham School, Alvin Ailey School of Dance and New Dance Group Studio.  Mr. Pierlon has worked with Agnes de Mille, Cathy Dobby, Gwen Verdon, Lee Theodore, Bob Fosse, Debbie Allen, Eleo Pomare, Sophie Maslow, Walter Knickes, Arlene Phillips and Luis Johnson among others.

Germaul Barnes

NYC Character Dance Contemporary African Instructor

Also, a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.

GERMAUL YUSEF BARNES – recently choreographed the World Premiere of Marley , the first original musical based on the life and music of the reggie superstar Bob Marley written & directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Mr Barnes is a former principal dancer and currently a répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he received the New York Dance and Performance Award-The Bessie Award. Mr. Barnes serves as the Associated Artist Director for ChoreoQuest – a creative laboratory for choreographers based in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Barnes has received honors ranging from Arts International Grant fostering his anthropology study in Ghana,West Africa and the Baryshnikov Residency Fellowship. One of his highest personal achievements includes demonstrating for legendary choreographer/anthropologist, Katherine Dunham.

Forming Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance in 1991, Mr. Barnes mission is to promote and present multilayered dance performances and educational residencies. In addition to creating more than 18 works for his own company, Mr. Barnes has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies, including Movement Source Dance Company, Southern Danceworks, Restoration Dance Theater Company, aTrek Dance Collective, Footholds Dance Project, Calvin Wiley Dance Company, among others. Mr Barnes interest in collaboration with other artists has resulted in collaborations with, The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, Maxim Rubtsov – flutist, Thollem McDonas – pianist, Paul Suvillan – Grammy Award winner composer, Bongani Nododana – South African composer, Eleo Pomare – legendary choreographer, Cameron Carpenter – organist, Susan Copeland – set designer, Sherry Robinson – jazz vocalist, Greg Tate – composer/writer, Gabri Christa – choreographer/film artists, Whitney Hunter Media and among others. Viewsic Expressions Dance program Black Bones- A Celebration of African-American Male Artists was recently featured on Time Warren Cable PBS.

Gernaul Barnes has received many commissions to create new dances in New York – Alvin Ailey/Fordham School, Judson Memorial Church, P.S. 122, Danspace Project/St. Mark Church, DanceNow/New York, Saratoga Arts Gallery, Dixon Place, HarlemStages/The Gate House, Restoration Youth Arts Academy, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada – danceImmersion and Internationally Toronto, Canada – danceImmersion- Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditsky Denis Dance Company, Ghana National Dance Company, and the Lublin International Dance Festival, and Friends of Tafo in London.

Mr. Barnes has also danced with Pilobolus Dance Company, Tolada Dance Company (Berlin, Germany), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Movement Source Dance Co., Philadelphia Opera Company and Group Motion Dance Company. He has appeared as a Guest Artist with Minnesota Ballet, Ohwia Ballet Company (Tokyo, Japan), Errol Grimes Dance Group, Joan Miller Dance Players, Shapiro and Smith, Penumbra Theater Company, among others.

He has received rave reviews and brilliant acclaim as a dance instructor from prominent dance academies through out Germany (TanzFabric, Ballet Centrum, Milton’s TanzSchool). His list of other venerable dance institutions includes : Black College Dance Exchange, Guest artist with Skidmore College, University of Buffalo, Ghana National Dance Theater, Xavier College Prep, Dance Masters/New York, Cleo Parker Summer Intensive, ‪92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center, New Dance Technique Laboratory, Guest Artist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Alabama Dance Festival, University of Michigan, Dance Olympus, Wayne State University, Restoration Plaza Youth Arts Academy and Joffery Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive.

Kay Eichman

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Kay Eichman received her early ballet training from Pat Leclercq in New Orleans.  She later studied on scholarship at: The National Ballet, Washington DC; The National Ballet  Of Canada; The Conservatoire de Nice, France; and Joffrey’s American Ballet Center in New York.

Kay left the JoffreyII  company to join Cleveland Ballet in its inaugural season. A distinguished 15 year career ensued, including principal and soloist roles in numerous traditional and contemporary works.  Among these were Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet  and The Nutcracker . She also had the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland.  Kay spent one season in Germany as Principal Guest Artist with the Geissen Ballet.

Ms. Eichman has served on the faculties of The Minnesota Ballet and The University of Akron (UA) Dance Program. She is currently on the faculty UA’s Dance Institute and Ballet Mistress of the Dance Department at the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA). Ms. Eichman was named Outstanding Teacher by Dance Institute and received an Appreciation Award from CSA for commitment ,dedication and outstanding works.  In addition to teaching at numerous local studios, she has also taught company class for Verb Ballets, August Wilson, and Greene Works Project. Kay was on the faculties of IABD conference ,Joffrey Ballet Jazz & Contemporary Summer Session and Dance Caravan; and served as a talent judge throughout the United  States with “Dance Explosion”, “Dynamite”, and others.

Roger Lee

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Roger Lee is an award-winning entrepreneur, educator, TEDx speaker, author, and artist from Philadelphia, PA. He is the owner of Roger Lee Arts, LLC where he creates and directs programs for Roger Lee Arts Academy and the award-winning Roger Lee Dance Company. Roger is also an adjunct professor, currently in the dance and education departments and formerly in the graduate urban studies program, at Eastern University. He previously served as an adjunct professor in the dance program at Temple University and as a Guest Artist in the dance program at Ursinus College.

Over the course of his career, Roger has worked with world-renowned organizations including Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, Philadanco, TEDx, 6 ABC, and Comcast and celebrities including American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard, The Voice Finalist Matt Schuler, 6 ABC’s Melissa Magee, Comcast’s Suzanne Roberts, and Philadanco’s Joan Myers Brown. In 2014, he danced for United States Vice President Joe Biden live on national television. Roger’s awards include Philadelphia School of Dance Arts (Home of Philadanco) 2015 Teacher of the Year, Ursinus College 2014 Rising Star Alumni, CBS and KYW Small Business Challenge 2013 Top 4 Finalist, and American Dance Festival 2010 Young Artist Scholarship. He has been featured in the media over 40 times by major outlets including 6 ABC, CBS, KYW, WHYY, CNN, Comcast, The Metro, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post. Roger authored and self-published an e-book, wrote nationally-published articles, and delivered a TEDx Talk on the power of millennial entrpreneurship in 2015.

Roger earned his Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Media & Communication Studies, magna cum laude with honors, from Ursinus College. He is also a graduate of Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and the former Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.

Dyane Harvey

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Dyane Harvey is a founding member and assistant to the director, Abdel R. Salaam, of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company; a 35 year-old Harlem based company whose mission is the preservation of this planet and the empowerment of their audiences. FONDT was named “Dance Company of the Year” by the Audelco membership.

She has performed as principal soloist with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company for over 20 years, having toured the United States, Italy, Australia and Lagos, Nigeria as U.S. representative in F.E.S.T.A.C. (the Second Black and African Festival of Art and Culture). Her relationship with Mr. Pomare is timeless as he is responsible for shaping her approach to movement and the necessary theatricality in creating relevant art. In 2009 she reconstructed two of his solos and offered a presentation on his life as part of “The Black Dance Project” at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris.

Dyane has performed with Tony Award Winning George Faison’s Universal Dance Experience, Dunham dancer Walter Nicks’ Dance Theatre, Otis Sallid’s New Art Ensemble, Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Chamber Dance Company, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, internationally recognized Dance Brazil and the Trinidad/Tobago Repertory Dance Theatre. Most recently she served as rehearsal director for the Apollo project, “Get On The Good Foot” a celebration in dance to the music of James Brown. This project features the work of 9 different choreographers, 12 dance artists from Philadanco and 3 soloists.

Commercial credits include: “Free to Dance” (PBS Special), “The Wiz” (Broadway and film), and “Timbuktu!” “Spell #7”, “Ailey Celebrates Ellington”(CBS Special), the Paris Company of “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” at the Mogador Theatre.

She was Director of the Dance Department at Stephen’s College during their Summer Dance Institute, offering eclectic programming and unusual dance exposure. As professor at both Princeton and Hofstra Universities she choreographs and has introduced two courses, one a Pilates Lab which supports the physical and mental connections that specifically dancers need reinforced to handle daily challenges; and the other, “The American Experience and Africanist Dance Practices” a practical and theoretical examination of the contributions of Africanist cultural movement to American concert dance with overwhelming student popularity.

Dyane’s studies of the Pilates system of exercise began in the early 1970’s with Judith Covan-Newfeld as therapy for a knee injury. In 2000 she earned her teaching certificate from Romana Krysanowska, of the Pilates Institute. One of the most enjoyable aspects of her life is the sharing of this wonderful storehouse of knowledge through community classes as well as apparatus sessions under Ma’at Pilates, her vision of a Pilates system designed to maintain balance and create a sense of harmony for flexibility and strength, injury prevention and rehabilitation for the dancer and non-dancer .

Harvey earned the Dance for Life Award (from Better Family Life, a cultural, financial and educational empowerment organization in St. Louis, Missouri), the AUDELCO Award for actress in a musical (Dunbar) and choreography (The Great Men of Gospel), the Monarch Merit Award, The Ira Aldridge Black Theatre Award, the Goddesses and Gurus Award, and “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” a recognition award given by the Hempstead African American Museum. The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Harlem Arts Alliance honored her with the title “Woman of Distinction”, and most recently was honored with the Torch Bearer Pioneer Recognition Award for contributions to Black Theatre.


Sidra Bell

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Sidra Bell has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She is currently an adjunct professor at Barnard College (Columbia University). Recent commissions include River North Chicago Dance Company, The Ailey School (BFA, Certificate, & Extension Programs), The Duo Theatre, Ballet Divertimento (Montréal), Arts Umbrella Dance Company (Vancouver), Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (Toronto), Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Springboard Danse Montréal, National Choreographers Initiative, The Margie Gillis Foundation, Stella Adler Studio of Acting/NYU and Conservatory Programs, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, LINES Ballet Training Program, University of Michigan, August Wilson Dance Ensemble, Bessie Schönberg Choreographers Residency at The Yard, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, The Barnard Project with New York Live Arts, Ballet Austin, Mystic Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Ailey II, Tisch School of the Arts Dance/NYU, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Point Park University, The Juilliard School, New York Live Arts Studio Series, and Dance Theater Workshop.

Her work has been seen at many premiere venues throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Canada, Aruba, Spain, France, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has been commissioned for many special projects nationally and internationally. A solo work, Conductivity, won Second Prize for performance at the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009 and was then toured in Greece and in select German cities. She was invited back to Stuttgart for the 2011 Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival with a new solo Grief Point. where she received First Prize for Choreography and her dancer, Moo Kim, received First Prize for Performance. Grief Point. will tour Germany and Brazil in 2011/2012. Bell is a sought after master teacher and has taught her unique approach to creative process, improvisation, and technique Contemporary Systems at many prestigious institutions for dance and theater throughout the United States and in Canada.

Kristen McGrew

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Kristen McGrew received her early training in Tennessee under master teachers such as the world renowned Anna-Marie Holmes. She has danced with professional companies Eglevsky Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Bravo Dance!, Tennessee Festival Ballet and Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania. Ms. McGrew has worked as a guest artist throughout the Eastern U.S. and performed across the country as well as dancing principal roles in the classics and world premieres where she served as the inspiration for many new pieces that were created specifically for her. Her resume includes classical, contemporary and modern works. She was the Ballet Mistress at The Eglevsky Ballet for ten years under the directorship of Ali Pourfarrokh before becoming the Artistic Director of Nomad Contemporary Ballet and currently teaches at The Ailey School on the ballet faculty for Junior Division and The Professional Performing Arts School and American Theater Dance Workshop, the official New York school of Nomad Contemporary Ballet.

Kathryn Sullivan

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

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.

She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, La Guardia High School of Performing Arts, and has done master classes and judging for Professional Dance Teachers Association and Dance Masters of America. Her choreography has been presented at Joyce Soho, Cunningham Studio, New Choreographers on Pointe, and commissioned by Barnard College. She was a co- director and choreographer for InnerLandscapes Dance Theater for seven seasons.

Kathryn teaches at Peridance Capezio Center, Steps on Broadway, and is on the ballet faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University.

Kathryn has made numerous ballet class CDs, written for dance publications, and directed several dance DVDs. Check out her new ballet accessory, The Ballet Glider!

Katie Vason

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Katie Vason, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Connecticut College with a double major in dance & self-designed major environmental politics. Since moving to NYC, Katie has danced with BE Dance Collective, Tough Cookie Dance, Kitchen Sink Collective, Rewind Dance, and The Lovelies, performing at various locations in and around New York City. She has presented her own work at Triskelion, White Wave CoolNY Dance Festival, Movement Research, and Dixon Place. Katie is a certified Pilates Instructor on mat and equipment through the Kane School of Core Integration. She has taught at various studios in the New York area, currently teaching at Pilates Garage and Progressive Pilates in Williamsburg as well as Dynamic Body Pilates at Studio 26 in Manhattan.

Keeley Walsh

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Keeley Walsh has been a working Pilates practitioner for over 6 years in New York spanning from group reformer classes and working in a physical therapy office to teaching children’s dance and Pilates mat classes.  She draws from her vast knowledge and experience as a modern dancer, athlete and someone with scoliosis and a spinal defect, to inform, shape and inspire her classes. Walsh’s classes benefit from her commitment to workshops and certifications with New York’s most innovative practitioners  including: Trey McEntire, Mi Valentin, Eric Franklin, Lolita San Miguel, a first generation Pilates elder; and Irene Dowd, who teaches kinesthetic anatomy at Julliard and NYU Tisch, are integrated into her broad repertoire and have helped influence every session to combine progressive techniques and modifications to the traditional Pilates method.  Walsh holds a B.A in dance and journalism from the University of Iowa.

Steven Melendez

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Steven Melendez was born in New York City in 1986 and started his ballet training as part of the LIFT Scholarship Program at Ballet School New York at the age of 7. Later, he studied at the School of American Ballet and attended summer intensive programs with the San Francisco Ballet Academy, Houston Ballet Academy and Kaatsbaan International School.

In 2001 Steven joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice and in 2006 was promoted to Principal. While there he performed leading roles in choreographies by Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Butler, Agnes DeMille, Donald Mahler, Antony Tudor and others. In 2004, while dancing with New York Theatre Ballet, he graduated from the American Ballet Theater Studio Company Associate Program, the program culminated in a performance of Oblivion by Jessica Lang and Continuo by Antony Tudor.

For the 2006 season Steven was invited to Buenos Aires as a Guest Soloist to perform with Ballet Concierto, directed by Inaki Urlezaga. His repertory there included Carmen(Alonso), Don Quixote (Baryshnikov), Symphonic Variations (Ashton) and Borodin(Ariaz). While performing with Ballet Concierto Steven traveled extensively performing in international ballet galas and festivals in Argentina, New Zealand, Thailand, Venezuela, Ecuador, Estonia, Spain and Italy.

In 2007 Steven joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia, as a Principal dancer. With the Vanemuine Theater he has performed Principal roles in Onegin (Medvedjev), The Nutcracker (Isberg), Giselle (Feco) and Peter Pan (Titova). The leading male role in Par Isberg’s Uinuv Kaunitar (Sleeping Beauty) as well as the title role in Ruslan Stepanov’s Kevade were both choreographed on him.

Steven returned to New York City in March 2010 for New York Theatre Ballet’s Signature 10 series as a Principal Guest Artist performing José Limon’s Mazurkas and rejoined the company full-time for the following season. In 2011 Steven worked with British choreographer Richard Alston to create his new work A Rugged Flourish and performed Limon’s Moor’s Pavane for NYTB’s Signatures 12.

In 2015 Steven celebrated his 15th season with New York Theatre Ballet performing world premieres in works by Pam Tanowitz and Nicolo Fonte and a U.S. premiere of  Richard Alston’s  Such Longing. He is a frequent guest artist at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and Ballet Palm Beach.

Steven is a faculty member of Ballet School New York and also holds an annual summer workshop in Nagoya, Japan.

In 2008 Steven received a Diploma from the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary. He also received special recognition from head jurist Maya Plisetskya for his second round performance of Onegin. Afterwards, he was invited to perform in the gala entitled Celebrating the Classical Male Dancer and later represented Estonia at the 13th International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga, Latvia. In 2009 he performed in the Johvi International Ballet Gala for Agnes Oaks’ farewell tour and in 2012 performed at the Jacob’s Pillow International Dance Festival Gala The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth. Steven is a Van-Lier Fellowship recipient and was a 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee, he is a protégé of David Howard.

Vanessa Martinez

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Susaye Lawson

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

SUSAYE LAWSON National Tour: Hairspray. Regional Tour: What’s In a Name, Perp! A Criminal Musical, The Lion King, Dinner at Grandma’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Black Nativity, Langston Hughes. Film/TV: Memoirs, Computer Love, A Matter of Dignity, Today Show, Sun East Bank, American Gangster.

William Isaac

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

William Isaac, born on the island of St. Johns, Antigua, alumnus of The Juilliard School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts has formerly danced with Armitage Gone! Dance, serving as the principal male artist under the directorship of Karole Armitage, along with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Artistic Director Judith Jamison), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Artist Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson), Alonzo King’s Line Contemporary Ballet (Artistic Director Alonzo King), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell), and Philandanco (Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown). Mr. Isaac has worked as assistant choreographer for the Tony award winning musical Passing Strange, first performed at The Public Theater in the summer of 2007 and then transferring to Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in February 2008. Also during this time Isaac taught company and outreach classes and assisted in staging works for Armitage Gone! Dance. Mr. Isaac also received a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award for his performance in Karole Armitage’s Connoisseurs of Chaos.
Since changing his primary focus to choreography, Mr. Isaac has been commissioned to choreograph for the Senior Graduation Concert for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts in New York City in 2011/2012/2014. In the fall of 2011, Mr. Isaac started his new company, Kymera Dance, with the vision of securing a place for artists like him to create. It was also important to him to invite new and interesting voices in the dance, theater and art communities to contribute. The inaugural performance for Kymera Dance was February 2012 at The Little Flower Theater in New York City. The program included a work by Karole Armitage, and two original works byMr. Isaac. In May 2014 Kymera Dance completed it 2nd New York City season at the JCC in Manhattan. In the fall of 2014, Mr. Isaac worked with Nike and model Karlie Kloss as a creative consultant on the Nike X Pedro Lourenco campaign. He most recently worked on the creative team for El Publico, a new opera based on Frederico Garcia Lorca’s play of the same title at Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.

Tara Crichlow

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Hailing from the birthplace of hip hop itself, New York City native Tara Crichlow, affectionately known as “big tara,” is a pioneer in the world of hip hop.  As a self-proclaimed New York club culture ambassador, Crichlow is an acclaimed artist best known for her contribution to the art form as an international teacher, performer and curator of related programs.  Crichlow made notable contributions to the scene as a founding member of the Anomolies Crew, as well as a member of other crews including MAWU, HeartBreakers, and the 2006 We Bgirlz Championship squad, Fox Force Five. With over 20 years invested in the dance scene, her other skill sets include, but are not limited to, creating and implementing successful dance curriculums, consulting, workshopping productions, organizing, hosting, acting as a brand ambassador, battling, judging, lecturing, and researching.

Yvonne Chow

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

I am the Education Director of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory founded by Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas. The vision guiding HDC is one of creating an educated, diverse, highly skilled Hip-Hop dance professional who is capable of handling rigors of the performance industry at large with a finesse and a depth of character that is a paradigm for all within the dance community to follow. I am the Curator of Works of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory Repertory Company (HDCRC). The primary mission of HDCRC is to create a more feasible trajectory for a Hip-Hop dancer’s growth in lieu of music videos and “back-up” dancing that presents them as the main artist as well as compensates them in accordance with their requisite education and skill-set.

Tia Feather

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Tia Feather is an Iowa native whom graduated from Winona State University with a BS in health promotion, along with minors in both dance and wellness coaching. Tia’s passion for dancer health stemmed from her life in the studio, dancing since the age of 4. At an early age, Tia began assisting with Very Special Arts Iowa, Janice Baker’s program to bring the joy of dance to the mentally and physically disabled. She later continued with community outreach by dancing in such roles as Sadako in Beth Harano-Adams’ Sadako and the Thousand Cranes. After discovering her passion for dancer health, she interned as a physical therapy technician. Tia also completed her certification for nursing assistants at Mercy Hospital. After that, she received instruction from the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching staff. She created and implemented a mobile Sexually Transmitted Infection testing program for Semcac Family Planning Clinic. Tia was a research presenter on the topic of dancer health at the American College Dance Festival 2012. She also presented at the Minnesota Dance Education Summit 2012. Tia has been thrilled to contribute her health ideas and lessons to Joffrey Ballet School since 2012. Tia Feather is an Iowa native whom graduated from Winona State University with a BS in health promotion, along with minors in both dance and wellness coaching. Tia’s passion for dancer health stemmed from her life in the studio, dancing since the age of 4. At an early age, Tia began assisting with Very Special Arts Iowa, Janice Baker’s program to bring the joy of dance to the mentally and physically disabled. She later continued with community outreach by dancing in such roles as Sadako in Beth Harano-Adams’ Sadako and the Thousand Cranes. After discovering her passion for dancer health, she interned as a physical therapy technician. Tia also completed her certification for nursing assistants at Mercy Hospital. After that, she received instruction from the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching staff. She created and implemented a mobile Sexually Transmitted Infection testing program for Semcac Family Planning Clinic. Tia was a research presenter on the topic of dancer health at the American College Dance Festival 2012. She also presented at the Minnesota Dance Education Summit 2012. Tia has been thrilled to contribute her health ideas and lessons to Joffrey Ballet School since 2012.

Zoe Rabinowitz

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Zoe Rabinowitz is an independent artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Vermont, Zoe graduated from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts before earning her BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, where she studied anatomy and kinesiology under Rebecca Dietzel. Zoe has taught yoga, Pilates and dance since 2005 in studios, schools, universities, gyms, and corporate and private locations throughout New York City, and abroad in Japan, Jordan, Palestine, and South Korea. As a performer, Zoe has worked with artists such as INSPIRIT: a dance company, JoAnna Mendl Shaw/ Equus Projects, Kristina Isabelle, MBDance, Nia Love/ Blacksmith’s Daughter, Urban Bush Women, Anne Zuerner and Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT), where Zoe is the Associate Artistic Director.

Her own work been presented at the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Cape Cod), Green Building, New York Theater Workshop, Theater Lab, and West End Theatre. Zoe was awarded a 2015 grant from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and residencies from the Omi International Arts Center (2014), CUNY Dance Initiative at Lehman College (2016) and Marble House Project (2016). You can learn more about Zoe on her website,

Kat Wildish

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Kat Wildish is a New York City master ballet and pointe technique teacher for students of all ages & levels, formerly on faculty at the Ailey Extension. She currently teaches at Pace University, Peridance Capezio Center & Ballet Arts.
She performed with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater and numerous international companies including Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet & The Eglevsky Ballet (under artistic director Edward Villella).

Sue Samuels

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Sue Samuels (Choreographer, Master Jazz Teacher, Performer, Artistic Director of Jazz Roots Dance Company) has established herself as one of the staples of the performing arts community of today. With over 40 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, Irene Cara and Dominique Dawes.

Performance and choreographic credits include lead dancer and assistant choreographer in such shows as “The Fifth Dimension On Broadway” at the Uris Theater, “Got Tu Go Disco” at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway, “The Sylvie Vartan Show” and “The Johnny Hallyday Show” in Paris, “The Brazil Export Show” in Rio de Janeiro to name a few. Televised credits include “All My Children,” “Jerry Lewis Telethon,” “Contemporary Women,” “The Arthritis Telethon” with Melba Moore,” “Zoom,” and numerous commercials and industrials for Dr. Pepper, 7 Up, Wheat Thins, Head & Shoulders, Adidas, Glaxo, Members Only among others.  Sue’s most recent performing credit was two years travelling nationally for the Schiff Vitamin Company as a “Move Free Dancer”.

Ms Samuels is the Artistic Director of Jazz Roots Dance Company, which she formed in 2009 to preserve and promote the Classic Jazz Dance style, a real American dance form.  Ms Samuels recently produced the Company’s First Season and Gala at the Peridance Capezio Center and took Jazz Roots Dance on tour to L.A.

Choreography has been the cornerstone of Ms. Samuels’ artistic career and most of the Jazz Roots Dance Company repertory is choreographed by her. She has been commissioned to choreograph works for Companies in Japan, Finland and Brazil and she holds workshops for students of all levels to learn and perform her choreography.

Sue Samuels was the co-founder/owner of Jo Jo’s Dance Factory in New York City. Ms Samuels was also the director of the Jazz Department and founded the Jazz program for Children at the Ft. Lauderdale Ballet in Florida, and ran her own Children’s program in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms Samuels was commissioned to teach at New York University in the Cap 21 program with theater majors, as well as Olympic Gymnastic Instructors in Tokyo, Japan. Other teaching credits include The Broward Civic Ballet, Frank Hatchett’s Professional Childrens Program, Dance Masters Association, and The Dance Company of Haiti. She continues to travel around the world for master classes often held for teachers & Instructors. In turn, groups come to study her unique Jazz Style. She has been on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center since 1986 and also teaches at the Peridance Capezio Center.

The blending of jazz dance with her classical ballet training makes Ms Samuels’ style unique. This classic jazz style emphasizes strong and proper body alignment and clean technique.  Her classes include a jazz barre warm-up, floor exercises, which she accompanies on Conga Drum, and classic jazz isolations. Her choreography is based on the dynamics of musicality using strong movements which emanate from the hips and chest, creating an overall visual picture of the music.

Ms. Samuels training began with the Broward Civic Ballet in Florida where she performed with the company for six years and became the first soloist. She also studied in New York with the distinguished Madame Swoboda of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her jazz training includes JoJo Smith and Frank Hatchett as well as tap with Judy Bassing, and voice with William Daniel Grey.

Trevor Krahl

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Trevor began dancing at the age of 14, studying under Keith Clifton and staff of Clifton Dance Project in Huntington Beach, CA. He quickly became choreographic assistant to Keith, touring the country teaching master classes as well as assisting and performing as a guest artist on several national convention and competition circuits. Further and more extensive training took him to Los Angeles, where he studied and performed under the direction/staff of The EDGE PAC, and New York, where he studied and performed with Max Stone, and Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg of The Next Stage Project as well as Untitled|Collective under the direction of Ian RT Colless. At the age of 18, Trevor began his professional career, which has taken him around the world. Credits include: Tokyo DisneySEA, Holland America Line, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Theatre Credits: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Ephraim) at Cabrillo Music Theatre, Oklahoma! at CLOSBC (Ensemble), and Peter Pan at Paper Mill Playhouse (Ensemble). 2012 marked a decade of dancing for Trevor and he couldn’t be happier, currently performing in the 1st National Tour of Wicked.

Daniel Madoff

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Daniel was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2007 to its conclusion in 2011. He initially joined as an pleasure of working closely with Mr. Cunningham on four new creations and many reconstructions, often performing the roles Merce created for himself. He also had the Cunningham’s earliest solos, “Totem Ancestor” which he rehearsed extensively with Merce.
Before arriving at MCDC, Daniel was briefly a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Daniel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY Purchase in June Balanchine, Merce Cunningham and Kazuko Hirabayashi. Before that, he trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Tisch School of the Arts, and Carver Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005, he traveled to Mexico to dance the role of “Mephisto” in Ms. Hirabayashi’s “Faust.”
In 2006, he helped to re-stage the male quartet from Paul Taylor’s, “Cloven Kingdom,” which he performed in Hong Kong. In 2010, he assisted in the reconstruction of, “Sacred Things,” by Wallie Wolfgruber at Purchase College. In 2012, he set a Cunningham “MinEvent” in Paris, on students of the New York Dance International Summer Program under the direction of Kazuko Hirabayashi.
Daniel teaches technique classes at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, and has taught master classes and workshops in New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Mexico City and Beijing.
He has been hailed by the New York Times as a “live-wire, always keenly alert,” a dancer of, “striking stretch and control,” “vividly evok[ing] the rapid reversals, slow turns of the head and commanding use of the eyes that for many years were distinctive characteristics of Cunningham himself.” Elsewhere he has been described as, “stunning,” “exceptional,” “excellent,” “superlative,” having “wonderous strength and composure,” and “impeccable musicality.” He continues to dance for Kazuko Hirabayashi, Nelly van Bommel, Christopher Williams and Pam Tanowitz.

Tyler Gilstrap

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet and Pre-Professional Instructor.

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

Daniel Wilkins

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Daniel Wilkins graduated from School of American Ballet performing principal roles in the graduation workshop at Lincoln Center. Wilkins went on to dance professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, Spectrum Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Suzanne Farrell Ballet among others. Daniel formed DASSdance in 1996, with the intention to push the athletic and architectural limits of dance. An integral part of his artistic vision is 20 years experience in sports such as wrestling, basketball and baseball as well as a curiosity in visual art that began with employment at the Guggenheim Museum, and remained with him to fuel his All-Terrain / multimedia choreographic endeavors. DASSdance inaugurated Diane von Furstenberg -The Theater in 2000 and has performed five world premieres with original costumes by DVF. DASSdance has also performed seasons at the JoyceSoho (NYC), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), HundredGrand Soho (NYC) and the Bagley Wright Theater (Seattle) including residencies at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (Seattle) and currently at Washington Hall (Seattle). Wilkins has been commissioned nationally and internationally, including for the Chrysler Salon, Spectrum Dance Theater’s Northwest Best, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Flux Laboratory in Switzerland, Arts for Art NYC as well as film and commercial projects. Wilkins has been featured in New York Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, the New York Times, Seattle Times and named one of Paper Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people. Daniel is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of DASSdance.

Denise Strenger

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Denise and her clients have found that Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. The practice of Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. You can personally intensify each workout as your body conditioning improves. Denise is certified in Pilates mat, chair and is a reformer Master Trainer with more than 10,000 hours of training and teaching. It is her passion to help all levels and abilities experience the benefits of Pilates.

Eddie Stockton

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Working professionally for over 25 years, Eddie Stockton received his formal training as a student of the (Alvin) Ailey and Martha Graham Schools, and NYC’s High School of Performing Arts. During his third year he joined his first dance company, (NJ)Center Dance Collective. He would later continued his studies at the Acting and Musical Theatre Department’s of Alabama State and Howard Universities. His career has since been enriched with the experience of working for several companies and choreographers including George Faison, Kevin Iega Jeff, Philadanco, Dwight Rhoden, DC Shakespeare Theatre, Nathan Trice, Nai-ni Chen, Bill T. Jones, and more. Teaching dance since a teenager, Eddie was a fifteen year instructor at The Ailey School (Jazz & House) and nine year founding member of Brooklyn’s Purelements (Modern/Jazz/ Ballet). His passion for dance and desire to share information has drawn him across the country and globe doing residencies, workshops, and occasional performances. He’s worked in Greece, Poland, France, and makes regular visits to Germany, Italy, and recently Slovenia. He is proud to have twice been invited to sit on the panel at Guadeloupe’ Regional Dance Competition and once for ‘Expression’ National Dance Competition in Florence, Italy. As a choreographer, Eddie’s ability to instruct almost any level dancer has allowed him to choreograph in many capacities, for school kids, dance groups, college and off Broadway musicals, and professional dance companies. His most recent contribution was as guest choreographer for 2014’ 5th Annual Stars Of New York Dance. In 2009, along with partner Sarah Collins, Eddie started MIXTape, a choreographer’ showcase. The next two years produced three successful MIXTape’s before both taking a hiatus to pursue other endeavors. One of those endeavors will be debut of his contemporary dance company, “dance es” and he development of an international artist exchange. He is grateful to have his passion as his profession and looks forward to continuing to share his choreographic vision, music, and dance all over the world.

Friedrick Bührer

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

EDUCATION as a dancer / stage performer

Friedrich Buehrer studied dance at the Stuttgart John Cranko Ballet Academy and at the Munich Iwanson school. His vocal training he graduated in Berlin and Vienna. In the U.S., he worked among others for the New York City Opera , Donald Byrd the Group, Sean Curran and Co., Anti Gravity Co., Complexion Dance Co. Bill T. Jones and John Hock at the Old Globe Theatre Mala in San Diego.

ENGAGEMENTS as a dancer / choreographer and dance captain

In Germany, he danced with the Ballet Ulmer Philippe Talard for Johann Kresnik , the Iwanson Dance Company and Mark Davis. Even in Norway and Stockholm Friedrich Buehrer was as a dancer on stage. Musical experience was gained , inter alia, the theater of the West in ” UFA -Revue “, ” La Cage aux Folles “, the ” Kurt Weill Revue “, ” One, Two, Three,” Polanski’s ” Dance of the Vampires “, ” Kiss me Kate ” in Berlin and Cologne , “West Side Story” at the Bad Hersfeldern Festival and as a guest at the European premiere of ” the Life ” at the Kassel State Theatre . He is currently engaged in the musical production ” Beyond the horizon ” in Berlin.


Friedrich Buehrer also works as a dance teacher and choreographer.

UDK Berlin

Stage School Hamburg

Since 2009 visiting professor of jazz dance , yoga and choreography at the Academy of Stage Arts Frankfurt / Oberursel

JoLea Maffei

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

JoLea Maffei, originally from Michigan, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a BFA and a Gertrude Heubner Award for excellence in dance. Her performance credits include works with the Milton Myers Dance Company, the New York Ballroom Company in the work of Gary Pierce and Christian Holder, Rod Rodgers and Lonne Morretton, to name but a few. She served as co-artistic director, resident choreographer and performer for the East/West Repertory Dance Ensemble from 1990 until 1995, and is the founder of the Maffei Dance Company.

Currently on the faculties of New York University, Hofstra University and STEPS on Broadway, JoLea teaches the Horton technique. She was an adjunct professor at City College of New York in 1995 and 1996, where she taught modern dance and repertory. Summer festival experience has also enriched her teaching, including Hunter College Summer Sampler, Jacob’s Pillow, Internazionale Tanz Wochen in Vienna, Austria and the Cleo Parker Robinson summer festival in Denver, Colorado. In September 1999, JoLea was guest artist-in-residence at the University of Northern Colorado, where she set her work “The Distance Between Wait and Quiet” on the student dance company.

Her class is intended for dancers and students with some dance experience, who are interested in an introduction to modern dance or in learning the fundamentals of the Horton technique. Her class enjoys live accompaniment.

Daniel Gwirtzman

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Daniel Gwirtzman–producer, director, educator, filmmaker and dancer–celebrates twenty-one years as a New York choreographer and company director in 2016. His diverse repertory has earned praise for its humor, stylistic versatility, musicality, charisma and accessibility. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know” writes The New York Times.  The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill.” For the New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company he has created more than one hundred repertory works known for their playful virtuosity, blending robust physicality with universal themes. His choreography has been performed at venues throughout the country and abroad and he has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation (NY), The Yard (MA), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), Sfakiotes (Greece), Raumars (Finland) and the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil). A master teacher, Gwirtzman has worked at numerous studios and universities. Daniel holds degrees from The University of Michigan and The University of Wisconsin. He danced in the companies of Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group among others. As a dancer he has been described as a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind. Summer 2016 he will be in residence at the Maison Dora Maar in France and the Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur in Spain.

Julie Fisher

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Pilates Instructor

Julie Fisher is former dancer turned Romana’s Certified Pilates instructor, ACE Certified Personal trainer and Core dynamics teacher with a degree in Health Education and a Meisner trained actress. She grew up in Miami Florida beginning her ballet training with Thomas Armour, one of the first Americans to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, Joffrey Ballet, David Howard, the Boston Ballet School and then on to dance with their company. She began her Pilates training with Joseph Pilates’ protégé Carola Trier at the age of 13 and later continued her studies with some of the best in the field including Robert Fitzgerald, Peter Vaillancourt, Sari Mejia Santo and Romana Kryzanowska. After dancing she continued to study different forms of bodywork including Zena Rommett’s floor barre in which she can be seen in their first released video. Her strategies and specific exercise assignments have a direct relationship to the principles of ballet. She has taught ballet in New York and California, Pilates at the Joffrey Ballet School as well as privately in NYC, LA, Miami, Frankfurt and strength trained dancers in NYC including the American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. She has a strong kinesthetic awareness enabling her to breakdown movement and proper alignment in order to help improve technique as well as strengthen specific weaknesses. Her excitement, enthusiasm and passion for teaching is backed by a continued love for dancers making supplemental training key in keeping them strong so their bodies are able to handle the discipline and dedication involved in the art and guiding them with a healthy lifestyle to maintain a long lasting injury free career.

Cornelius Carter

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Cornelius Carter (Director of Dance, University of Alabama, Artistic Director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre). Carter has been awarded the National Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Washington, D.C. He has received the award for the 2001-2002 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award by the Alabama Alumni Association. Attended the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO and received his M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Carter has danced with Cleo Robinson Parker Dance Ensemble, studied at The Ailey School in New York on scholarship. Carter has been the Artistic Director of the first contemporary dance company and school in Reykjavik, Iceland, Faculty member at the American Ballet Theatre, American Dance Festival (Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Russia and Seoul, Korea), Bates Dance Festival and Harvard Summer Dance Festival (Dean of Students) and at the American Choreographers Showcase where he presented and performed his choreography in France, Holland, Austria, Vienna, and Lithuania. Carter continues to set new works on student companies, professional companies and other university dance programs in the United States and abroad. He has served as Guest Rehearsal Director for Dance Brazil in Bahia, Brazil. He also teaches and choreographs for the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program (2001- present) and presented choreography at The Pulse and with Broadway Dance Center in New York in 2013. Recently appointed Faculty in Residence for the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center and in the summer of 2015 was invited to present work at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ryan Daniel Beck

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Ryan Daniel Beck is a visual art teacher working in the medium of dance. Inspired by a varied background and training, ranging from modern, Classical Ballet, Hip-Hop and Acrobatics. Ryan has done commercial dance work for ESPN, MTV, Fuse TV, Mini Cooper, Givenchy, Microsoft, ABC, and Onion News Network, and danced commercially for the Mercedes Benz company in Frankfurt, Germany. Recently, he performed in the Danny Ezralow (Across The Universe, 2014 Sochi Olympics) touring show WHY…be extraordinary, when you can be yourself in Italy and Israel, and can be seen in the film Step Up 3D with Rhapsody and Jamal Sims. Additional credits include working with Beyonce on the C&A Campaign, and the Black Eyed Peas. Ryan was an ensemble dancer with Disney’s Tarzan stage show, and danced back-up for Hard Rock Live Tour and special engagements with YouTube sensation Mila Jam. Ryan has choreographed for Central Florida Ballet and Ballet South of Orlando under the direction of Russell Sultzbach of Joffrey Ballet. Ryan has also worked for Choreographers Ball in Los Angeles and NYC, as well as industrials in Miami, Las Vegas, Paris, New York and Atlanta. Ryan danced with the Disney Corp for two years in Tokyo, Japan and choreographed for the opening ofInsadong MUSE in Seoul, South Korea with the Pussycat Dolls. He toured Spain with MOMIX Dance Company, and has developed special projects for MTV News. Ryan has taught internationally and worked with students at O-School(Singapore), Jacqui Howard’s The Village(Sydney, Australia), Studio B(Tel Aviv, Israel), La Luna Dance Center(Italy), Danzaccion(Mexico), Danza Activa (Panama), Dance Theatre USA National Competition, and Che Force Dance Convention with Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. In 2010, Ryan began a series of collaborations with Fernando Suels Mendoza of Pina Bausch company. Ryan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and a founding member of Ancona Dance Festival in Ancona, Italy. Is also a certified BodyART instructor, working to condition dancers for peak mental and physical performance.

Jose Traba

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Jose Traba has performed principal and soloist roles with Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Chicago, New Orleans City Ballet and has been a guest artist with companies across the U.S. and abroad. He has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera, Washington Ballet and has appeared in television in works on PBS and on Live from Lincoln Center.
He has also been a judge and taught master classes at conventions for Dance Educators of America. Among his teaching credits are Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, The Harkness Center for Dance, Ballet Academy East, The Ailey Extention, Miami City Ballet School, South Carolina Dance Conservatory,The New Schools’ Eugene Lang College, International Summer Dance Academy in London and The Festival of Theater and Dance in Japan.
Visit Jose at his website!

Claire Danese

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Claire Danese is a former ballet dancer who trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and performed with major ballet companies in Europe. Her interest in the human body led her to obtain her Pilates certification from Power Pilates in 2008. Since then she has developed her interest further focusing on Pilates benefits for the body and its ability to alleviate injuries and chronic conditions. She believes in mind body balance to lead a healthier life. She is an avid runner who ran many half marathons, practices yoga and enjoys many sports disciplines. After working at Equinox, Columbus Circle for more than 5 years she is now focusing on her private clientele. Claire also teaches Pilates Mat classes at a number of different locations in New York.

Alison Mixon

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Alison Mixon’s passion for dance began as a scholarship student at the School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School. In 1999, She moved to New York City to study at The Juilliard School and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. Since graduation, Alison has performed for dance, opera, musical theater, and entertainment companies nationwide. She just finished performing in Josephine, an exciting new musical about Josephine Baker. Alison has performed for Paramount Pictures, NBC/Universal, Disneyland Entertainment, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Dodgers Theatrical, Music Circus, Pasadena Playhouse, and Theater League. In addition to performing, Alison enjoys teaching dance to students of all ages. Her teaching credits include: Alvin Ailey’s Teen Extension, Arts in Education & AileyCamp, The Joffrey School: Jazz and Contemporary Program, Harlem School of the Arts, Stage Coach Theatre Arts Schools and several studios in the tri-state area. Alison is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, and American Guild of Variety Artists. Please, visit for more information.

Stephanie Guiland

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Stephanie Guiland began her dance studies at 3 years of age in Queens, NY.

Her training consists of study at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC as a trainee, Laguardia HS of the Performing Arts, ballet with Madame Gabriela Taub- Darvash and spent a summer on scholarship at Dance Theater of Harlem. She studied jazz with the legendary Frank Hatchett, freelanced in the commercial music industry dancing for groups such as P.M.Dawn, Salt N Pepa, Lisa Stansfield, and Monie Love and competed twice on the national television show, Star Search. She joined Donald Byrd/ The Group in 1992 and also became an original member of Complexions in 1993 for their debut concert. Nonetheless, It was with Mr. Byrd’s NYC company that she grew from dancer to artist. She acted as Mr. Byrd’s assistant on numerous occasions and projects and became rehearsal director for the company in 2002. After the folding of the company in 2003 she retired from the stage and returned to school. In 2004, Mr. Byrd approached her to help in the process of his choreography for The Color Purple headed for Broadway at the time. After much work and proving of her capabilities she became the Dance Captain for Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple in 2005.

She has served as Mr. Byrd’s assistant on many of his works. She re-staged Burlesque on AAADT, assisted Dana Hash-Campbell on setting Mr. Byrd’s A Dance at the Gym for AAADT, and rejoined forces with her to set Shards for AAADT second company. Stephanie assisted Mr. Byrd on the creation and setting of Longing for the Cincinnati Ballet and has worked extensively with Spectrum Dance Theater from the time Mr. Byrd assumed his position as Artistic Director for the Seattle based company in 2003.  She had been fortunate enough to recover after many knee surgeries stemming from an ACL tear 20 years ago only to rediscover her time on stage was not completed. She is honored to have been an ensemble member for Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway in 2008 and was fortunate enough to be asked by Disney to participate in the running of the Lion King Cub School in 2010. She went on to tour with The First National Tour of The Color Purple and served as the Associate Choreographer for Mr. Byrd with the same production. After the completion of this production she went on to assist Mr. Byrd yet again on the Equity Workshop of White Noise which was performed in New Orleans and slated to open on Broadway in 2009. During the summer of 2011, after the discovery that she was expecting her first child she was in Seattle with Mr. Byrd yet again assisting him on the setting of his choreography for the distinguished 5th avenue company’s production of  Oklahoma.

In 2014 she set one of Mr. Byrd’s pieces on the Joffrey Concert Dance Group and the Jazz and Contemporary program.

Stephanie has been a working ACE certified personal trainer since 2003 and continues to investigate the fitness and wellness fields. She is a certified Zumba instructor, TRX suspension system trainer, CPR certified, has worked with Dance Theater of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers program, and is certified in ABT’s National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary through level Three. She has served as an Artist in Residence and as Adjunct Professor in Dance at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus during the years of 2011-2014 and is one of the founding teachers at the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center where she heads the ballet department and serves as program director for the Young Performers Companies. She has taught at the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center and The Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive. She assisted Mr. Byrd with his work in 2015 on the Joffrey Ballet Summer intensive, and works frequently with Spectrum Dance Theater where she continues to set pieces on the company.

Stephanie is the founder and creator of The Kick My Assets KMABootcamp.

Danielle Lyndsay

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Danielle Lyndsay is a native of Clinton, MD. Over the 20 years of her dance career, Danielle has extensively trained in classical ballet, contemporary jazz, musical theater, modern, Hip Hop, West African dance and gymnastics. An alumnae of Bishop McNamara High School, she concentrated in lyrical jazz and West African dance. While there, she also became a student choreographer, playing vital artistic roles in her Junior and Senior festivals, being named Dancer of the Year by the American Dance Association upon graduation and inducted as a senior member of the Sankofa West African Dance Troupe.

Danielle attended Frostburg State University (MD), majoring in psychology and minoring in dance. As a member of the FSU Dance Company, Danielle was a student choreographer for four years, and was a founding member and choreographer for the FSU Epitome Hip Hop Dance Team. Danielle is a graduate of the prestigious Broadway Dance Center internship program (New York, NY). Concentrating in contemporary jazz and hip hop, she trained under some of the industry’s top choreographers in the world including Brice Mousset, Luam,) Rhapsody James and Sheryl Murakami. While at BDC, Danielle performed her original choreography for the BDC winter and spring showcases.

In 2014, Danielle joined the Fine Arts Department (Classical Dance) at her alma mater, Bishop McNamara. Danielle is also the Rehearsal Director for the DanceMakers, Inc. competitive troupe (Lanham, MD). Her choreography over the past four seasons has received multiple entertainment, choreography, and title awards on both the regional and national levels. This summer Danielle will be staring in a dance documentary titled “Passion Project”.

Ginger Cox

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Ginger’s multifaceted career as teacher and choreographer has taken her all over the world.  She holds a Masters Degree in Kinesiology, and a BFA in Dance from Temple University. She is an Adjunct Professor at Pace University, on faculty at Broadway Dance Center (BDC), the PULSE Teacher’s Workshop, and Harkness Dance Center; and has taught in Luxembourg, Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and Japan, for the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary Jazz Program, Alvin Ailey Arts/Education Program, the University of the Arts and many conventions. Ginger was featured in Dance Train Magazine for her dynamic teaching style and commitment to dance education, and is described as an innovative, inspiring teacher who is dedicated to the development of her students.

Her “absorbing and inventive,” choreography “with amusing creativity” (Jazz Dance E-news) continues to receive rave reviews. Ginger choreographed for NIKE SHOX, the NJ Nets Dancers, recording artist Lijie, and was one of 10 chosen to present work in the Élan Awards, honoring Mr. Lar Lubavich. Her work was commissioned by Dancing Wheels Company, Collaborative Movement Dance, the Hanayashiki show in Japan, and several industrials.  As the Artistic Director of LiNK, her work has been presented in the NuDance Festival, where the NY Times quoted “The selection of choreographers was unusually good,” WaxWorks, the 60X60 musician collaboration, DRA Remember Project, the Queens Fringe Festival, Suite Summer Festival and the Independent film Reflections, to name a few. The Jazz Dance E-news quotes, “The greatest exploration of the choreographic voice within jazz dance was seen in the work of Ginger Cox.” In addition to dance, Ginger hes choreographed for a female bodybuilder and fitness enthusiasts.

Ginger is the co-creator of BDC’s Choreographer’s Workshop, and she co-developed  BDC’s Dance Educator Development program (DED). She designed Stretch it!, a fitness video produced by Leaders In Fitness, and her own Dance Warm Up by LiNK, produced by 10-9 Productions. She is on the Advisory Board for the Young Choreographers Dance Festival, Broadway Dance Center’s Faculty Advisory Board, and has contributed for articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit and Jazz Pulsions. Some of her many performance highlights include Saturday Night Live with Molly Shannon and Jimmy Falon, Radio City Music Hall, Lou Bega, and many industrials and dance concerts.

Jamie Graham

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Jamie Graham is a classical Pilates instructor and professional dancer based in New York City. She started Pilates at a young age at Virginia School of the Arts and knows first hand how Pilates can help young dancers develop greater strength and flexibility to support their technique. She completed her teaching certification through Romanaʼs Pilates at True Pilates New York in 2007 under the tutelage of Marjorie Oron, Cynthia Shipley, and Sari Mejia-Santo.  She has taught at True Pilates East and Equinox Fitness and now teaches independently at Form Pilates in Union Square.

As a performer, Jamie currently divides her time between a dance theater / comedy improv duo under the direction of Amy Larimer, The Raving Jaynes, and Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies. She has performed with Barbara Mahler, Naomi Goldberg-Haas, and Juliana May. Jamie graduated cum laude from Webster University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in English Literature.

Candace Tabbs

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Dancer, Choreographer and Fitness Professional, Candace Tabbs earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Dance at Barnard College. She has performed at venues such as New York Live Arts (formerly DTW), Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and the Highline Ballroom. Recently, Candace has the pleasure of performing with Jamie J & Co. and Poetic Theatre Productions. She has also has the privilege of dancing for music artists such Miss Al Boogie and Pete Miser. Currently collaborating with Movement of the People Dance Company, Candace explores the conversation between Modern and dances of the African Diaspra and brings dance to young people throughout the city. Candace is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, bringing mental and physical wellbeing to the forefront of people’s lives. Candace is excited to move with the talented artists of the Joffrey Jazz Summer Intensive!

Jennifer Archibald

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Jennifer Archibald, Founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company, graduated from the Alvin Ailey School and has performed across the U.S. at major venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, Judson Memorial Church and MTV, as well as in Europe, Russia and Canada. For 2013 Jennifer is 1 of 4 choreographers selected as a choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle.
Her work was featured outdoors in the heart of Time Square for the Solstice Dance Festival, and was presented by the Bates Dance Festival in a gala concert of international choreographers in 2008 and 2011. Jennifer’s one-woman-show was recently produced at The Studio@620’s “Le Salon de Danse” in St. Petersburg, FL. She is a recipient of the “Talk of The Arts” award from the University of South Florida, which has also honored choreographers Donald McKayle, Bill Irwin and Bill T. Jones.
As an artistic director she has presented Arch Dance Company nationally with two National Performance Network grants. Jacob’s Pillow presented Arch Dance Company’s The Uncomfortable Truth for Inside/Out Stage in 2011. She has staged various off-Broadway shows working with casts from Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk and the musical Cats. Jennifer has also choreographed for the NBA New York Knicks City Dancers and The Alvin Ailey School. Her works have been featured twice at the Elan Awards honoring Rob Marshall (director of the Academy Award winning film, Chicago) and contemporary dance choreographer, Lar Lubovitch.
She has choreographed for the musicals Carousel, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pippin for professional theater companies; and is also a graduate of the Maggie Flannigan Acting Conservatory specializing in the Meisner technique. She has worked with chart-listed singers Ludacris and Shaggy as well as actors such as Audrey Tautou (The DaVinci Code and Amelie) as a movement specialist and choreographer.
Jennifer is currently on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center and CAP 21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory teaching Contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop. She is also a longtime faculty member at the Bates Dance Festival and Florida Dance Festival. She has been a resident artist and lecturer at Princeton University, University of South Florida, University of Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth University, Goucher College, East Carolina University, FAMU, Studio Harmonique in France, Jackson School of the Arts in Bermuda and CAP21/NYU.
In 2012 Jennifer was a resident artist for Ailey/Fordham, East Carolina University and Columbia Dance Chicago program. Internationally, she has taught master classes in France, Russia, Mexico, China, Ecuador, Slovenia, Sweden and Canada. She has done numerous outreach projects within the New York City Public School system and was hired by designer Tommy Hilfiger as a guest artist to teach inner city youth.

Casey Loomis

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Casey Loomis is a performer, visual artist and Pilates instructor based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from Skidmore College in 2008 she has danced for the Metropolitan Opera, Compagnie Julie Bour, Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, Buglisi Dance Theater, Brian Brooks Moving Company, KEIGWIN + Company and ChristinaNoel & the Creature among others. She is currently a member of Doug Varone and Dancers and performs weekly with Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies. Casey received her Pilates mat certification from the Kane School of Core Integration after having practiced various forms of classical and contemporary Pilates for many years and has furthered her studies by taking Core Muscle Anatomy, the FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries) Workshop and Comprehensive Pilates Mat Phase 2 through Kinected. In addition to teaching weekly mat classes at Kinected, Casey has also taught Pilates mat at the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer and Winter Intensives as well as the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive. Casey’s classes emphasize biomechanically robust movement through imagery-based cueing and aim to strategically fire targeted muscles while inhibiting unsolicited muscle engagement.

Jillian Foley

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Jillian Foley grew up in Niskayuna, NY where she got her dance training at Northeast Ballet Company, under the direction of Darlene Myers. She graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and two minors in Psychology and Performing Arts Management. While at The Hartt School she studied many techniques including ballet, Limon, Graham, and contemporary. Jillian has had many opportunities to work with different classical and contemporary choreographers including Doug Varone and Dancers, Parsons Dance, Joffrey Ballet School, Keigwin and Company, Matthew Ferraro, and Adam Barruch. In the summer of 2014, she traveled to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with The Hartt School to dance with the Henny Juriens Foundation. Along with creating a summer dance program for the community center of Niskayuna, NY, she had the opportunity to teach along side Jill Henderson, Jillian Cote, and Libby Nye at The Hartt School Community Division.

Timothy Edwards

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Timothy Edwards, a Hawai¹i native, began his journey into dance at the age of fourteen when he stepped in his first dance class, African dance. From that day on his teacher, Desiree Kramer, would give him the tools and inspiration to pursue his new found dance dream.

After receiving his B.A. in Dance at Hunter College, Timothy now works with David Dorfman Dance Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Eva Dean Dance as well as other NYC companies and choreographers. He has had the honor of teaching nationally and internationally Hip Hop, Breaking and other street styles. Timothy is dedicated and is passionate about imparting the knowledge he has to the students at Soul Arts Academy and is honored to be a part of such a distinguished faculty.

Gabriela Garcia

Musical Theater LA Theater Dance Instructor

Also an Instructor for the NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive.

Gabriela is a native of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  She is a former cast member and dance captain for CHICAGO the Musical on Broadway and National Tours.   She has worked with celebrities such as George Hamilton, Marilou Henner, Hal Linden, Taye Digs, Usher, Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Brooke Shields and more.  She is currently Co-Founder/Director of R.Evolución Latina (RL), a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts.  Gabriela has brought the RL mission to her city of La Paz and surrounding areas by teaching workshops at community centers as well as offering master classes in dance to the local dance community. Her training begun under the RAD syllabus and followed at San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has taught Classical Ballet, Jazz and Musical theater at schools across Germany, Austria, Mexico, Peru and in New York at STEPS, PACE, Ellison Ballet, BDC and Arias Dance NYC. Gabriela danced with various groups in Mexico, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tanzforum der Oper Koeln in Cologne. She has assisted Choreographers such as Ms. Ann Reinking and Baayork Lee. Her musical theater credits include Roman Holiday (Guthrie), West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing…, Caroussel and the Vienna, and Mexico City companies of CHICAGO where she played the role of Velma Kelly in their original language.  She also staged the Dusseldorf Company of CHICAGO. As a voice over actor her voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the Hispanic market.  Her film credits include WHAT EVER LOLA WANTS (Tribeca film festival) and ENCHANTED. She’s a passionate teacher, inspiring, mentoring and instilling her values and work ethic into the new generation of dancers.  She is a recipient of El Diario’s 2010 Mujeres Destacadas award and an advisory board member for the Broadway League’s VIVA BROADWAY initiative.

Earl Mosley

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Fredrick Earl Mosley, Born in Raleigh, NC and is one of New York’s respected choreographers and teachers. He was honored as the 2005 teacher of the year by Dance Teacher Magazine! Mosley has received numerous awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. He just received the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award from the Connecticut Dance Alliance 2012. He is founder and director of both Diversity of Dance Inc., and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts; which is celebrating its eight season as one of the nation’s leading new summer intensives serving 140 students annually and recognized as a serious summer program by Dance Magazine.

He has had works presented at such venues as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, City Center (NYC), Aaron Davis Hall, Whitney Museum, The Ailey School, and Ballet Hispanico School. His teaching and choreographic talents have taken him to such noted institutions as the Alvin Ailey Fordham/BFA Program, Ohio University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wesleyan University, Montclair State University, Long Island University(Brooklyn Campus), Interlochen Arts Academy, Tokyo School of Music, Bat-Door Studios, Israel, University of Oklahoma, S.U.N.Y. Purchase College, to name a few. He is currently on faculty at the Ailey School, Long Island University, and Education Center of the Arts. He has set works on such companies as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater Studio Company, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Ailey II, Florida Dance Theater, Edge Works Dance. He is very proud to have just launched his new endeavor; Life Dance Company- Dance for a Cancer-Free World.

Emily Bufferd

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

A Producer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Performer, Emily Bufferd is the Producer of The Young Choreographer’s Festival, an annual event held in NYC presenting the most up and coming 18-25 year old choreographers, and the Artistic Director of BEings dance; a concert company presenting work in many genres.
“Emily Bufferd continues to impact the New York dance scene.” –
Emily’s concert choreography has been presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, the 92nd St. Y, New York Moves, The Showcase Series presented by :pushing progress, The Choreographer’s Canvas, The Gershwin Hotel, The Elan Summer Dance Festival, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, among others, and has been commissioned for dance companies and private studios around the country and abroad.
Emily has been featured by Dance Spirit, Dance Informa, and Dance Mogul Magazine, as well as on the television show ‘Inside NYC Dance’ for her work with The Young Choreographer’s Festival.
“Emily Bufferd, the festival producer and an emerging choreographer herself, did an outstanding job of collecting the talent for this showcase of young voices.” – Dance Informa.
She has served on the selection committees for the 2010-2014 Wave Rising Series and as a guest host for the Hatch Presenting Series at Jennifer Muller/The Works Studio. She is also the Co-Producer of APAP at Peridance Capezio Center.
As a dancer, Emily has been on The View with recording artist Outkast, The 2013 Beanstalk Foundation Event, World Dance Movement Gala/Jason Parsons, Carnival/Choreographer’s Ball, International Dance Festival, and has had the pleasure of working with Choreographers such as Michèle Assaf, Jaqueline Baligian, Sheila Barker, Bruno Collinet, Ginger Cox, Pam Chancey, and Shelly Hutchinson, among others. She has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kravis Center, Lincoln Center, Hollywood PAC, and The Variety Arts Theater, and has appeared in print and online media for World Dance Movement and The Ailey Extension.
Emily can currently be found working on several upcoming projects and teaching in NYC.

Ariel Asch

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Ariel Asch is a New York-Based choreographer, dancer, dance educator and the artistic director of the indie-ballet collaborative.  She completed her BFA in Dance from Alvin Ailey/Fordham University with a minor in philosophy. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Dance Education at Hunter University as a Lincoln Center Scholar.  In fall of 2015 she started a dance program at University Neighborhood High School in the lower east side.  Ariel also teaches movement for actors at HB studio, and Improvisation for Joffrey’s Jazz and Contemporary program.  Her choreographic work has been shown at Symphony Space, Citigroup Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, Center for Performance Research, and more.  Ariel’s company INDIE-BALLET is a contemporary and improvisational collaborative of musicians and dancers that presents dance with live music in social situations.  Indie-ballet has performed at live music venues and also in multiple community gardens as part of New York Restoration Project’s series: Arts in the Garden. Most recently Ariel choreographed a 5 video visual album for the band FOREIGN FIELDS, as well as a music video for the single “Love You With the Lights On” by MORGXN.  (

Joanna Numata

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Joanna Numata’s love of dance lead her to train extensively in hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and african. Her hard work and tenacity paid off when she was invited into Rhapsody James’s company. This opportunity allowed her to gain the experience and training she would need for the commercial dance world. Joanna has had the privilege of working with such artists as Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Pharrel, Cassie and Dirty Money to name a few. She has also worked on the feature films, Step Up 3D, I AM Legend, The Smurfs and Friends with Benefits. Some other credits include the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, “Fashion Rocks,””MTV VMA’s,””SNL,””Law & Order,”“How to make it in America,”“Jimmy Fallon show,” Dr.Scholls national commercial, and industrials for Tommy Hilfiger, L’Oreal, Nexxus, Nike, Adidas, Sobe Lifewater and Equinox. She now wants to share her love of movement and musicality with the world, and give other young dancers the tools and opportunities they need in order to be successful in the dance industry. Joanna has primed herself by teaching at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and various studios all around the world.

Candice Franklin

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Originally from St. Louis, MO, born and bred into Jazz dance and influenced greatly by the Jazz music scene, Candice Michelle Franklin is a New York based professional dance artist, choreographer, and producer who has been seen in numerous film, TV shows, music videos, industrials, and, of course, on the live stage performing in plays and dance companies.  She has a B.A. in Fine Arts majoring in Dance on four-year scholarship, studied on scholarship at Steps on Broadway, trained in St. Louis at Missouri Concert Ballet, and, upon invitation to New York, received her conservatory training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.  She owns Dance Industrial Professionals, Inc./The Pro DANZ Group in which she oversees the dance and creative direction of several performance groups, recording artists, industrials, and stage shows.

Her work has been performed in a host of New York venues including Jacob Javitz Convention Center, the Marriott Marquis Theater, The Syracuse OnCenter, Capitale, Odeum Expo Center, Broad Street Ballroom, The Kumble Theater, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Cafe, Webster Hall, The SPACE at Westbury/Westbury Theater, Stage 48, the Oheka Castle, The Theater of Riverside Church, The Sage Theater, American Theater of Actors, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and Joyce SoHo, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Trump Taj Mahal, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s.  Most recently, her choreography work has been seen in the WEBBY-nominated music video for the rock band Black Taxi called “Shoeshine,” in the holiday stage play, “Coming Home to Christmas,” and in the gospel stage play, Blest Be the Tide, performed at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City.  In addition, she is Head Choreographer for CEG Productions LLC, is choreographer for the 80′s Girl Group, Buffalo Stance, and serves as choreographer for a number of recording artists including Natiah, internationally celebrated Bollywood Hip hop artist, SHAKTI, the rapper BRASCO, and Grammy award winning recording artist, MACY GRAY.

Currently, she performs with the legendary master jazz pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs II’s New Vintage, works as an Advanced Jazz instructor and adjudicator for The Joffrey Ballet School in the Jazz and Contemporary department, instructs in Joffrey’s Master Teacher National tour, and works as the producer and choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, a live band and dance production group performing at Jazz Festivals and Jazz concert series’ such as Jazzmobile, the Harlem Shrines, and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.  Coming up next year, her production, Jazz Ain’t Dead® will be featured as one of the resident performance groups for the upcoming Nashville Jazz Festival.  Miss Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by DDO Artists New York City.

Carrie Campbell

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Formerly a professional ballet dancer, Carrie Campbell was introduced to Pilates in 1992 as part of her physical therapy to help rehabilitate chronic dance injuries. She fell in love with the Pilates method at first sight and 6 years later when her dance career ended, she decided to get certified to teach. She received a 600 hour comprehensive Pilates certification through Power Pilates NYC in 1998 and she has taught clients, teachers and teachers in training full time ever since.

Over the past 15 years, Carrie has built an extensive client base. To date, her youngest client was a 12 year old aspiring gymnast and her oldest client was a 97 year old Pilates devotee. She has trained many celebrity clients including Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Mandy Moore, Mary Louise Parker, etc.. Carrie has appeared in numerous Pilates DVDs, online workshops/workouts, training manuals and has an audio CD of mat work called “Pilates on the Go!” She has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Pilates Style, Us Weekly, Quest, Allure and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show and the WB news. In addition, Carrie has presented workshops and workouts at numerous conferences including IDEA, PMA, Equinox and Power Pilates.

Carrie Campbell is the owner of Positively Pilates, LLC. She teaches privately, group classes and continuing education workshops in NYC & NJ. She lives in Jersey City, NJ and is a mother of two beautiful children. For Carrie, Pilates is not just a workout, it is a way of life.

Joyce King

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Joyce King proud of her NH roots, has a versatility and insatiable appetite to express life through movement, affording her the opportunities to choreograph, teach, an and perform throughout the U.S., Vienna, Costa Rica, Belgium, France, Japan. Joyce continues to enjoy teaching on NYC faculty: Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive.

In 2008, she established JKing Dance Company, (JKDC) receiving press recognition and awarded the BUILD grant & The Field Artist Residency. King has been commissioned to present works as part of special performances at Symphony Space, DNA, Merce Cunningham Dance Theater, Pinkerton Academy Theatre Arts, Palace Theatre, Dansstage Dance Festival, Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Eugene O’Neil Theaters, Costa Rica. Her work, ‘UnCloaked’ was presented as part of the Louis Vuitton project, ‘Life is a Journey’, a collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Parson, and Joffrey J & C – NYC 2013 Fashion week.

Notable performances: Cats, Chorus Line, Fame, Benefits for Broadway Cares; Michael Jackson Sportswear, Industrials with choreographer Lynne Taylor Corbett, Boston Opera’s Aida and Die Fledermaus with choreographers Sam Kurkjian, Graciela Danieleand original plays directed by Doug Hall. Concert dance – original works by Adrienne Hawkins, Danny Sloan, Fred Benjamin, Richard Levi, Lynn Simonson, Miquel Lopez, Bruce Taylor and Ron Forella. She trained extensively with Sue Michaud, Michael Owens, Lynn Simonson, Adrienne Hawkins, Michele Assaf, Charles Kakatsakis, Sally Johnson, Frank Kubik and at Boston Rep, Boston Ballet, Hartford Ballet and the Oxford Shakespeare Summer Program, London England.

King continually explores ways to share her experiences and choreography with emerging dancers through national and international master classes, workshops, Summer intensives and dance education programs. Joyce is happily married to Ray and proud mom of her 12 yr. old son, Aidan.

David Guggino

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

David Guggino began his training at the age of five in New Jersey and quickly moved on to training and professionally performing by the age of twelve in Philadelphia with the youth professional musical theater troupe, The Rainbow Company. While performing he also trained with Rennie Harris and pure movement, an internationally acclaimed Hip-Hop company and Philadanco with Donald Lunsforth. At eighteen he moved to New York City and attended Marymount Manhattan University training under the direction of Katie Langan, Jim Sutton, Nancy Lushington and Anthony Ferro in Ballet, Jazz, and modern, performing works by Louis Falco and Chet Walker in the style of Fosse and post-modern. He soon joined Momix, under the direction of Moses Pendleton, while still attending the Joffrey/New School from which he received his B.F.A. where he studied under David Howard, Francios Perron and John Magnus in Ballet, partnering and Men’s Variations. While dancing professionally David taught at various studios and intuitions such as, Steps on Broadway, Reebok Sports Club, American Ballet Studio, Ballet School of Stamford, Harbor Ballet, Stagedoor, and Fazio Dance Center, teaching Jazz, Contemporary, Contemporary Ballet, Contemporary Jazz, Partnering and Modern. He has taught master classes at CW Post College, Variations and Ballet School at Stamford.

Performance credits include Bobby Fisher in the dance play Ward 9 in the New York Musical Theater Festival directed by Mat Williams, West Side Story at TUTS directed by Alan Johnson, Damn Yankees at the North Shore Music Theater directed by Barry Ivan, and Grease! at the Kansas City Starlight Theater Directed by Barry Ivan. Company credits include Momix (National/International Tour) directed by Moses Pendleton, Joffrey Ensemble directed by Eli Lazar, Chase Brock Experience directed by Chase Brock, Rebecca Kelly Ballet direct by Rebecca Kelly, Eglevsky Ballet directed By Ali Pouraki. David Has been featured at the Joyce Theater, the Fire Island Dance Festival, and Gypsy of the Year. David has choreographed and produced his first off-Broadway show entitled What Guys Do! . His choreography credits include West Side Story for the Westhill School, Rocky Horror for BackPocket Productions, Sid in the City at the New Dance Group created and self-produced, he has been commissioned by CW Post Long Island University to create We were always coming back, a new rock ballet performed at Symphony Space and Virus. His movie credits include, Fly the Light, Produce by Dancelens, director Domique Polombo, and Them director Mathew Debate. Other commissioned works include Idol Giselle, performed at Choreographers Canvas, How Strong, Conversations, The Life, Sid n” the city excerpts, What Guys Do Excerpts, Cosmic, and Opposing Forces. His most recent work A Beautiful Sadness is being premiered and produced by the Muse theater.

Joamer González

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Joamer González is a choreographer/performer from Puerto Rico. His credits include: “Fame”, “JesusChrist Superstar”, and “Chicago”, where he collaborated as assistant choreographer as well. Also, he toured and performed with Latin Grammy award winner Gisselle and choreographed Puerto Rico & U.S. tour and “Hora Enamorada” music video for Grammy Award winner Elvis Crespo. His works as choreographer include “Pasaporte a la Fama” (TV movie for Telemundo Puerto Rico, Latin artist Martin Méndez’s Tour in Argentina. In 2006, he created, choreographed and directed the production “Ciclos de Sombra y Luz”.

In New York, he performed with Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, “Ear to Ground” (directed and choreographed by Arthur Aviles), “Throw Like a Girl” (choreography by Doug Elkins) and “Room to Panic” (Loco7 at LaMaMa ETC). Other performances: “Salsa Gorda” (choreographed by Luis Salgado, “Diamond Spectacular” (Foxwoods Casino”), “Broadway Underground”, “Hollywood Sings” and “Brides” (Pregones Theatre). TV credits: Makano (MTV3)(dancer/choreographer), Ana Isabelle (Latin Artist) “Univision New Year’s Eve on Times Square” (dancer/choreographer) and Amelia Vega (Miss Universe 2007). Recently, he choreographed for upcoming artist Daniel Patrick Ellis. Joamer has taught at Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Rita Gold Center of Columbia University, JCC In Manhattan and currently at Bridge For Dance & Manhattan Motion Studios in NYC.

Jana Hicks

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

In NYC Jana Hicks currently serves as a faculty member at Peridance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Joffrey Ballet Conservatory and is Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project (TNSP). In her capacity with The Next Stage Project, Jana conducts international repertory/choreography workshops which cumulate in self-produced concerts, and creates showcases presenting TNSP along with other contemporary artists and companies. Jana is also Company Manager for the Kevin Wynn Collection and for Johannes Wieland. A native of Texas, Jana holds a BFA in dance from Southern Methodist University where she twice received the Meadows Outstanding Performer Award.

While in Texas she danced with Dancers Unlimited Repertory Co., Citijazz, Meadows Repertory Dance, The Dallas Opera, and noted choreographers such as Mathew Diamond, Judith Jamison, Bill T. Jones, and Max Stone. Following an invitation to apprentice with the Jose Limon Company, Jana moved to New York in 1990 and has since performed with a wide variety of companies and choreographers including Max Stone’s E-Motion, David Storey Danceworks, Extended Dance Co., Sans Nemo Collective, Soundance Repertory, Verlezza Dance, Laurie DeVito & Dancers, Elyse Wright Dancers, American Dance Ensemble, Ariel Herrera’s Fishmongers, Linda Nutter & Co., and Unconfined Movement among others.

Jana was a member of The Kevin Wynn Collection from 1995 – 2005. For 10 years, Jana was the Managing Director of Dance Space Center where she initiated the Foreign Student Visa Program among other programs. In collaboration with Max Stone she was Co-Director of New York Dance Exchange (NYDE) from 1995 – 2001. Jana taught technique class for the FSU in NYC Masters program 2007 – 2009. Jana’s choreography has been commissioned by New York companies: Earl Mosley Arts Institute, Janessa Clark/Kilterbox, Stephanie Harris Dance Collective, Off Center Dance Theater, The Next Stage Project, New York Summer Dance Intensive, Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Summer Youth Program, and regional companies: New Articulations (Arizona), Arts Magnet Repertory (Dallas), Houston Met (Houston), The Divine Project (New Hampshire), Mack Avenue Dance Company (Detroit), The Jordan Center for Performing Arts (Ohio), and Shenandoah University (West Virginia).

International commissions include Vasteras Kulturskolan (Sweden), Fontys Dance Academy (Tilburg), Dimovi (Amsterdam), Portella Dance (Rio de Janeiro), Montreal Moves Dance Co. (Canada), Moga Dance (Japan), and Vlad’s Dance Company (Toronto, Canada). Works have been showcased at Brooklyn Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, City Center Studios, by City Center Ballet Arts’ the 6th Floor, Dance Now at Joyce Soho, SWEAT, Unconfined Movement, the Evolving Arts Theater, Broadway Dance Center Performance Outlet, Steps on Broadway, The Dance Gallery at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Peridance Capezio Center, and Gene Pool at Dance New Amsterdam. Jana has taught Master Classes and Workshops in the US and abroad including Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.

Jay T Jenkins

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

The creator of the “JAZZ FUNK” style. Jay T trained as a musician in piano, trumpet and voice; He studied with Joe and Delores Benjamin – Joe having played with Duke Ellington. As a dancer he trained with Phil Black in Jazz and William Chaison (Alvin Ailey) and Joan Palladino for Modern. Jay T has developed a choreographic movement vocabulary that combines classical and stylized jazz, modern, tap & funk/hip hop and named it “JAZZ FUNK”. He choreographs in feature films, industrials, music videos and recording artist’s concert tours. He has worked with Prince, Salt N’ Pepa, Kool Moe Dee, Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Lopez, Color Me Badd and many others. Currently, he is one of the choreographers for the “New Electric Company.“

He attributes his success in staging movement for musicians without detracting from their playing live to his own experiences as a musician. He has choreographed concert pieces for Ohio State University, Princeton University, Montclair State Unitversity, DeSales University, Bolles Dance Theater (Florida) and many others. Jay T is recognized around the world for his style – he was the first American to tour Siberia, Russia to teach Jazz Funk, classic Jazz, Musical Theater and Hip Hop. He has taught in Egypt, Malaysia, Moscow, Paris, Italy, Zurich, Osaka and Tokyo. He is in constant demand in the States both commercially and for Colleges and Performing Arts Schools, teaching a variety of styles. His in-depth knowledge of classic jazz, musical theater and as one of the creators in hip hop have allowed Jay T to choreograph and teach in all venues; from the classroom to the concert stage, from the studio to the soundstage. Presently on staff at Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey Studios and Montclair State University, Jay T continues sharing his experiences with both the student and the professional. His versatility is rarely found and always appreciated.

Marie-Christine Giordano

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Marie-Christine Giordano, founder and artistic director of Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, was awarded a Swiss Scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School and a Merit Scholarship to the Martha Graham Center. She earned her Professional Trainee Certificate in the Martha Graham technique and performed with the Martha Graham Company in New York and on tour internationally. She has choreographed and danced commissioned works for performance in New York and Switzerland and is the recipient of grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She has created a unique modern dance training technique and Giordano Alignment, which she has taught as a faculty member at Broadway Dance Center, the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Intensives and internationally. She was the founder and instructor of an outreach program in New York public school system for 10 years and is the Salon Series Curator for MCGD.

Nathan Trice

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Originally from Detroit, MI, Trice began his training in 1988 under the direction of Aulani Chun in San Diego, CA at Mesa College. While training, he simultaneously completed his remaining two years of a four-and-a-half year contract with the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his Naval contract, he was accepted into the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program in 1991. Since completing the program in 1993, Trice spent the following six years as a featured artist with MOMIX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Kevin Iega Jeff, Donald Byrd/The Group and Forces of Nature Dance Company. During that period, Trice developed and began presenting his own choreographic work while simultaneously establishing his teaching philosophy, style and technique.

In 1998, Trice created nathantrice/RITUALS Project-by-Project Dance Theater as a means to share his own artistic vision. He and his company have toured throughout the United States, Bermuda, Aruba, Japan, Argentina and Hong Kong. Over the past fourteen years, the company has performed in some of the most prestigious festivals, including Summer Stage, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival in the world, including City Center Fall For Dance, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors, E-Moves Gatehouse Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church’s DADD series, Danspace Project, (IABD) International Association of Blacks in Dance, Hiroshima City Museum, Dance New Amsterdam’s (DNA) In The Company of Men, Aruba Festival and The Hong Kong Hip Hop Festival.

As an educator, Trice has taught his technique and brand of movement, given master classes, conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations and has choreographed for over 30 universities, colleges and performing arts high schools. He has been on faculty at Long Island University dance department in Brooklyn New York for over 10 years, and continues to be one of the most sought after teaching artists in the academic dance world as well as in the professional dance studios nationally and internationally for the past 18 years.

Nathan was the inaugurating artist for the guest artist residency program of the dance department at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for four consecutive years. He is the recipient of the Restoration Youth Arts Academy Recognition Award as well and is currently in residency at the academy. He is the recipient of the Maggie Allesee Copperfoot Award at Wayne State University, and has been commissioned by numerous actors and singers, the Alvin Ailey organization, Dallas Black Dance Theater, DNA’s In the Company Of Men, The Hearman LaVern Theater Group, Bermuda Dance Company and the New School for Social Research.

Violeta Galagarza

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Choreographer, Dancer, Performer, Inspirational Role Model, and Artistic Developer, Violeta Galagarza, was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, New York. She is one of those individuals you meet and say, “Where have you been my whole life!” Having studied at the Professional Performing Arts High school, and at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Violeta achieved the inevitable. She has presented her works in New York at numerous dance spaces, and founded her non-profit Hip Hop dance company, KR3T’s (Keep Rising to the Top).

Violeta has received many prestigious awards associated with the Choreography she provided for artists such as Aventura, Frankie Negron, Jim Jones, Prince Royce, Joe of Jive Records, Lumidee, and Notch. In addition, she has received acknowledgements for her Choreography on Grand Theft Auto 3 & 4, where she is also featured as one of the characters in the game.

Some of the awards presented to Violeta include:
-most recent Latin Grammys for Verizon Fios Best Choreography Flash Mob Award
-AOL’s MAKERS chose Violeta as 1 of 100 woman who have shaped America
– Mamas Latinas Award

-New Yorker of the Week, NY1
– The Bessie Award (Special Achievement in Dance)
Just to name a few.

Violeta has trained numerous emerging artists who have appeared with established artists: Usher, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Chris brown, Step Up 2 & 3 and MTV’s Tr3.

Jodi Moccia

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

(Choreographer) BROADWAY: Arcadia. OFF-BROADWAY: Brother Russia,Under The Bridge, Adult Entertainment, Company, The Rhythm Club (Helen Hayes nomination) Broadway Bares II-XIII, Miss Saigon (National Tour), The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Dead Air, All My Children, In and Out, Meet Joe Black, Object Of My Affection, Curtain Call. DIRECTOR: Zena Rommett Foundation Gala, Broadway Bares XIII. ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER BROADWAY: Grey Gardens, Never Gonna Dance, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, Putting It Together, Miss Saigonand Sunset Boulevard (Nationally and Internationally). Love Never Dies (West End), Next To Normal (Seoul, Korea). As PERFORMER Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Bob Fosse’s “Dancin”, Leader of the Pack, Michael Bennett’s Scandal Workshop.

Juel Bedford

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Ms. Bedford was born in Barbados, West Indies before moving to New York City to attend Julia Richman H.S for the performing arts where she studied Cunningham, Graham, Horton, Vaganova Ballet and Fosse techniques. She spent her summers exploring the vibrant dance scene of NYC taking classes at the Ailey School, Pilates Studio with Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant and Gyrotonic at White Cloud Studio.

She later attended SUNY Brockport College graduating with a BA in Dance and a BS in Biomechamics. At Brockport she studied with Garth Fagan renowned choreographer of Broadway’s The Lion King, dance and toured with Garth Fagan Dance Company for 10 years. Juel”s collegiate studies include such pioneering professors, Laban/Feldenkisis with Jackie Davis, Somatic dance with Sondra Farleigh and finally working with Kerry Milan to combine her passion for dance, science and sports into a combined degree of Biomechanics. Her sport conditioning research began with functional strength training of downhill skiers, gymnastics, martial arts and swimmers, receiving her Pilates certification with Physicalmind to integrate Pilates, “dance rehab meets sports mite”.

Juel has over 20 years of experience in the dance, sports and fitness industries, and has become extremely well know for creating curriculums for sport/fitness, dance in Italy, France, Turkey and USA. JPilatesMoves is her company- which multifaceted idea is her understanding of how the human body can strengthen, align and heal itself with poetic beauty as vital meditation in motion.

Karen Gayle

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also, a NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor.

Originally from Toronto, Karen began her formal training in the Claude Watson Arts Program. After moving to New York, she furthered her studies at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School. Karen has had the honor of working with such choreographers as Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown and Tony winner Hinton Battle. Karen has taught at Ballet Hispanico, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey Extension, The School at Columbia University, Horace Mann, New Dance Group, and is currently a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Montclair State University and Marymount Manhattan College. She has had the opportunity to guest teach and choreograph across the U.S. and abroad, including Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Italy, Cyprus, and Israel and recent commissions include: The Steps Repertory Ensemble, Steffi Nossen, Earl Haig High School, Montclair State University and the Harvard Ballet Company. Most recently, she choreographed the original production of The Boston Tea Party Opera for the NY Fringe Festival. As artistic director of the xodus dance collective, her choreography has been showcased at such venues as: The Ailey Theatre, Riverside Theatre, American Dance Guild Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Downtown Dance Festival, JPAC, Here Arts Center, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto and the Inside/Out Festival at Jacob’s Pillow.

Janis Brenner

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher and is Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. She has toured in 33 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include: a “Bessie” for her performance in Meredith Monk’s work, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, the U.S. State Department, Asian Cultural Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, UNESCO, US Embassies in Moscow, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for the interdisciplinary work, The Memory Project, from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 45 companies and colleges worldwide and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990 – 2005 (recording on ECM Records). Ms. Brenner was with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977-84, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the U.S., Asia (including four tours to Indonesia), and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. The company is known for the caliber of its dancers as well as its “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work. Ms. Brenner teaches technique, improvisation, composition, repertory and voice/movement workshops worldwide. She is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

Jessica Batten

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Jessica Batten trained with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble under Nancy Turano and graduated cum Laude from SUNY Purchase, with a BFA in Dance. Ms. Batten has danced professionally with: NJDTE, Cedar Lake II, Connecticut Ballet, Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico of NY, Nimbus Dance Works, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and withThe Metropolitan Opera Ballet; among many other companies and choreographers. Ms. Batten was invited to perform in Cali, Colombia in the Fifth Annual International Dance Festival 2011, representing the USA with Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance, and has traveled the world performing and teaching.  She has also performed with the Kirov Ballet at The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, and has been an invited artist for the Cape Dance Festival.  In 2008, she appeared on the AMICI Television Show in Rome, Italy, dancing as a Guest Profesionista on the series.  Additionally she has appeared in film and several more recent TV credits, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Ms. Batten enjoys teaching, coaching, and choreographing in addition to her performance career.  While conducting master workshops and residencies throughout New England and abroad, Ms. Batten is also the Ballet Mistress & Rehearsal Director, for NJDTE, and has staged several Ballets for the company.  She has been on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, Columbus Pre-School, and The School of Nimbus Dance Works.  Additionally, Ms. Batten has been the Guest Artist in Residence for the last five years at The Putney School in Vermont, and also for the World Dance summer program, at Amherst College, in Massachusetts. Most recently, Ms. Batten has been named Director of Dance, at The Putney School in Vermont. She will begin at the end of the summer, for the academic year, and is very excited for this new opportunity!

Peter Yuen

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Peter Yuen has taught at numerous studios including New Jersey’s Governor’s School, New Jersey Ballet, David Howard Foundation, Briansky Ballet Center, Mignon Furman’s American Academy of Ballet, as well as other prominant NYC studios. Performing credits include the First National tour of Fosse, directed by Ann Reinking; regional credits include: Anything Goes (Marcia Migrom Dodge), West Side Story, The King and I, La Cage Aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Cabaret.

Lauren Cox

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Lauren Cox is a performer, teacher, choreographer, model and adventurer who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Lauren was nurtured as a young poet and a little later a competitive Rhythmic Gymnast. She competed around the country from age 6-17 eventually achieving 20th in the nation.

Lauren has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Black Girls Rock with Alicia Keyes, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Gwen Stefani, Google Spotlight with Pharrell, AFC Championships with LLCoolJ, at the Hong Kong Coliseum with Joey Yung and in the Off-Broadway play, Seeing You as night club singer, Joan DeBeauvoir to name a few. She has worked with industry leaders such as Ryan Heffington, Randy Weiner, Rhapsody James, Fatima Robinson, Nick Kenkel, NappyTabs, Joanna Numata, Luam and Danielle Flora.

Her extensive career has led her to teach in India, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia often infusing volunteer classes at local orphanages and girls shelters. Lauren is honored to be a certified teacher for the year round program at Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary and travels representing the school. She teaches open classes at Brickhouse NYC and is the resident MC for the Planned Parenthood Benefit Series Wise Fruit NYC curated by Brinda Guha.

Lauren’s Choreography has been commissioned by Columbia University, Hunter College, Joffrey Ballet School, Milford Readers & Writers Festival, MassBliss Mindfulness Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Harlem Arts Festival and many more.

Sekou McMiller

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

At the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world. Sekou’s unique style of Latin dance rich with Afro-Carribean essence and laced with techniques from many genres of dance combined with his explosive energy on and off stage, has earned Sekou’s dancing and instructing broad recognition World-wide. Sekou made his NYC Off-Broadway debut and International Tour with Celia the Musical. He is the founder and artist director of Proyecto Descarga, an Internationally recognized Afro-Latin Dance Company. Sekou has performed and choreographed for Top latin artist such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves, PitBull and the pop icon MADONNA. In addition Sekou has worked with the Radio City Rockettes and has over 14 years of instructing and performing at Latin Dance Conventions all over North and South America, Europe and Asia. Also he has conducted Master Classes in New York, Chicago, LA, Seoul, Tokyo, San Diego, Seattle, Beijing, Singapore, Mumbai, Miami, Shanghai, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Manchester, Warsaw, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Rome, Paris, Brussels and many other international hubs of dance. As a current faculty member at the Peridance Capezio Center NYC, Sekou has developed a curriculum for his trademark Contemporary Afro Latin Fusion Style. He also instructs at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey (Summer 2014) and NYU.

Marlies Yearby

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

A modern/postmodern choreographer, Marlies Yearby is best known for her Tony-nominated choreographic contributions to Jonathan Larson’s Broadway hit Rent (1996), a reinterpretation of Puccini’s La Boheme made relevant for the AIDS era. As a teenager in the late 1970s in Oakland, California, Yearby was a professional disco dancer. In the 1980s, she trained in modern dance at San Jose State University, supplemented by classes in Limon technique with Aaron Osborne at New Performance Gallery in San Francisco. In addition to her work for musical theater, she is founder and co-artistic director of Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater.

Angelica Stiskin

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also, a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor.
Angelica Stiskin, a native of northern New Jersey, is internationally recognized for her versatility as a choreographer, performer, and dance educator. Her knowledge spans both worlds of commercial and concert dance offering a wide array of expertise. She proudly earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Shen Wei, Robert Battle, and Lar Lubovitch to name a few. She has danced behind Justin Beiber and Disney Channel’s Shake It Up girls for the nationally televised Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Angelica is honored to have assisted the Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels across the U.S.A. and Canada. Her professional career began early, performing as a guest artist in ASH Contemporary Dance Company by demand of freelance choreographer Billy Larson, and Adrienne Canterna’s American Dance Artists, dancing alongside Rasta Thomas and Travis Wall at the age of 14. She has also had the rare opportunity to perform a self-choreographed solo at Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater as an advocate for solo artistry in concert dance. Miss Stiskin has been distinguished faculty of Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz/Contemporary Summer Intensive since its birth, traveling the country to lead master classes and auditions, and instructs the Pre-Professional program at the world-renowned school in NYC. Angelica directed and choreographed a piece at NY Fashion Week for Fall/Winter Season February 2013—a rewarding collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Parsons School of Design. Most recently, she’s been diving into projects with fashion designers and videographers, choreographing and discovering the impact of dance behind the lens. Look out for her work with the luxury comforts brand, Move Society. @angelicastiskin

Sarita Allen

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Sarita Allen, a world-renowned dancer, performing artist and teacher; whose career spans three decades, began her training at the acclaimed Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle Washington, and later received a scholarships to the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. Allen’s strength, technical acumen, and strong theatrical ability brought her to the attention of renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey. During her twenty-year association with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founder Ailey choreographed eight works featuring Allen; and she has performed Revelations for two United States Presidents at the White House. Allen has worked with many renowned choreographers including Elisa Monte (Treading, Pigs and Fishes), Judith Jamison (Hymn) and George Faison (Suite Otis, Gazelle).

As principal dancer, company teacher and school faculty member with the Ailey Company Allen’s most notable performances include The Metropolitan Opera, The Paris Opera, La Scala, The Pyramids at Giza, Tivili Theater in Copenhagen, The White House for the inaugurations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. In 2004 she received an award for her contribution to the international dance at the Bolshoi Theater during the Moscow Ballet Festival. She soon developed a dual interest in both performing and fitness and began studying Pilates Technique with Kathy Grant. Grant is regarded as one of two “grand dames” in the technique, and was personally taught and certified by technique founder and fitness innovator Joseph H. Pilates.

Striving to maintain her competitive edge while increasing her knowledge in the field of fitness Sarita began training with the inventor of the Gyrotonic Expansion System Julio Horvath. Her approach of incorporating both the physical and the mental development of the individual has made her a teacher in demand worldwide. Most notably is a guest teacher/instructor for the top academics in Tokyo, Japan in 2000 as a part of their fitness training and education.

Additional international credits include the University of Salvador in Brazil (2002), where she taught both Dance and Pilates, as a part of the International Dance Festival in Bahia. An eight-month residency in 2006 at Planet Health Club Istanbul, Turkey’s most venerable fitness facility, and instructor for the continuing education of fitness trainers working at the Four Season’s Hotel and Resort in Maui (2007- 2011). In the United States she has taught master classes and extensive fitness workshops at UCLA, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Dean College, Spellman College.

In 2009 was a visual consultant on two Mari Winsor’s video productions; the Pilates for Pink Video (which was Produced by Shape Magazine with the profits of the video going for Breast Cancer Research), and the new product Core Reformer produced by Gaim. Other high profile media work from 2010 to 2013 includes training models that have appeared on the iconic televised Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show, and in the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition. In 2012 Sarita was invited to teach a Muscle Release Workshop at the In Balance Studio in Sag Harbour. In 2004 she received an award for her contribution to the international dance at the Bolshoi Theater during the Moscow Ballet Festival.

She has had the distinction of choreographing Elton John’s Aida for three touring companies North American (2008), Bejiing and Shanghai (2010), and Taiwan (2012). Her continuing association with Complexions Contemporary Ballet has evolved from performer to teacher and she is currently Artistic Advisor. She has taught Pilates at the company’s summer intensive program for the last five years including a residency at Wayne State University (2011) and in 2013 will be on both the faculty the Joffrey Ballet and Complexions summer intensive programs. Currently she is a faculty member at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, A member of the wellness teams at DLFit Pilates Wellness Studio and HBO Fitness Center- now in its tenth year.

Chris Coates-Mitchell

Joffrey South Georgia Master Hip-Hop and Jazz Instructor

Also an Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Chris Coates is a New York City based dance/teacher/choreographer who as dance professionally for 12 years. He has toured Europe and the U.S. with Jeff Amsden’s “A Few Good Men…..Dancing”, danced for many Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway teachers including Tracie Stanfield and Geoffrey Doig Marx and has worked with Joe Lanteri, NYCDA, and ONSTAGE NY for the past 7 years. A Georgia native, Chris trained in Atlanta for 10 years before starting his professional career performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Navigator and Explorer of the Seas.

Currently he is a member of Oliver and Teri Steele’s company, STEELEDANCE, who’s New York season just premiered at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in February. In addition, Chris has performed with many other modern companies around the country, including Salvatore La Russa Dance Theater in NYC and Project 7 and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta, GA. He has done many industrials and commercials including ones for Wal-Mart (choreographed by Ray Leeper), the E.L.C.A, and New York Sports Club.  Chris also danced with recording artist and Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson and performed in the Annual Easter Bonnet Competition-Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

As a guest instructor, he has taught at Peridance, The Joffrey Ballet School in NY and spent 5 years as a choreographer and teacher for The Joffery Summer Jazz and Contemporary Intensive in New York City.  There he continues his contemporary modern dance training and travels around the country to teach and choreography for many dance studios and schools.

JoiLynn Hopkins

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Also a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor.

JoiLynn trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, and The Ailey School before studying Haitian folklore with Ase Dance Theatre Collective and hip hop styles in the underground scene of NYC. She has been a featured dancer for numerous venues including projects for Kiesza,Parliament, Target, Regis and Kelly, Rachel Ray,  The David Letterman Show, Maybelline, Impulse
Dance Company, Balance Dance Theatre, JuxtaPower, Jazz Ain’t Dead, “Holler if You Hear Me” based on the work of Tupac Shakur, “Journey to the West” based on the life of Bruce Lee, The Apollo Club, and music videos for Jay-Z, Shakti, and Laura Pausini.  She is also a core dancer for recording artist Kiesza. As director of JoiLynn Productions, she produces provocative and innovative dance based projects and is known as a “sci-fi “ choreographer creating projects that have a distinct conceptual message, are entertaining, and celebrate the technicality and artistry of dance. As a choreographer her work has been featured in projects such as “The Rainbow Project’ in Barbados, The Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival, DC Fringe Festival, for recording artists Sofi Green and Mental™, for “The Shipment” a play by Young Jean Lee and the musical “Loving You” presented by The Riant Theatre, at Sol Afrik: African Fashion Week in NYC, and “Michael and Michael have issues“ on Comedy Central. She is a sought after teaching artist who has taught workshops in Barbados and throughout the US at schools such as New Jersey Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. She also has a passion for sci fi, action, and fantasy films using her mastery of movement to enhance her experience as an actress and is a vocalist featured in music with recording artist Caktuz, General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, and afro beat sensation Wunmi.

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Nicholas Grubbs

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Nicholas Grubbs, originally from Southwest Virginia, is a New York City based dancer and choreographer holding a BFA in dance with a minor in psychology from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Nicholas has had the privilege of performing works by choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Shannon Gillen, Seán Curran, and Deborah Jowitt, and training under renowned instructors including Gus Solomons Jr., Pamela Pietro, Phyllis Lamhut, Rashaun Mitchell, Ori Flomin, and Ami Shulman.  He has trained abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance as well as Springboard Danse Montréal, where he collaborated with Maxine & Conor Doyle of Punchdrunk and Banning Bouldin of New Dialect.  Nicholas is currently dancing for LoudHoundMovement and Bryn Cohn + Artists while pursuing his own choreographic endeavors.  Nicholas has presented work at various NYC venues, galleries, and public spaces including the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Jack Crystal Theatre, and Washington Square Park.