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Christine Chen, Director of Strategic Programming, oversees the Adult Education and Dance departments, as well as 92Y’s strategic programming …
Christine Chen, Director of Strategic Programming, oversees the Adult Education and Dance departments, as well as 92Y’s strategic programming. Prior to joining 92Y in 2014, Christine served as Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School. Highlights from her professional dance career include performing with STREB Extreme Action Company at the opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival with Cirque du Soleil and on The Late Show with David Letterman; dancing with AXIS Dance Company in works by Bill T. Jones and Stephen Petronio at the 2002 Salt Lake Cultural Olympiad; and dancing while dangling off multi-story buildings and industrial cranes with Flyaway Productions.
Christine holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Sociology, an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of California, Davis.
John-Mario Sevilla, Director of 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and former 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Director …
John-Mario Sevilla, Director of 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and former 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Director, hails from Pauku-kalo, Maui. He teaches at New York University Steinhardt. John-Mario has danced in the companies of Pilobolus, Rebecca Stenn, From the Horse’s Mouth, Daman Harun, Erin Dudley, Lisa Giobbi, Nikolais and Louis, Shapiro and Smith, Janis Brenner, Anna Sokolow and Bill Cratty. John-Mario also performed with juggler Michael Moschen, film animator Laura Margulies, drag artist Sherry Vine, poet John Unterecker and Navajo sandpainter-healer Walking Thunder. John-Mario’s choreography has appeared in New York City at LaMaMa, NYU Steinhardt, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92YTribeca, Dance Theatre Workshop, Columbia University, ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Asia Society, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, as well as at universities throughout the country. He was the Director of Education at New York City Ballet. John-Mario is dance student of Betty Jones and a student of the hula with Kumu Hula Ho-ku-lani Holt. He has a MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Megan Doyle, Director of Musical Theater at 92nd Street Y, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory …
Megan Doyle, Director of Musical Theater at 92nd Street Y, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory and is currently pursuing her second Masters in Educational Theater at CCNY. Megan has choreographed for American Girl, Netflix, Disney, and Lululemon Atheltica. Megan’s company, Community Dance Project NYC (CDPNYC), has presented works of Musical Theater and Contemporary Jazz throughout the city including at the Ailey Theater, Peridance, Symphony Space, White Wave, Green Space, and as a presenter with Jazz Choreography Enterprises.
As a performer, Megan has worked extensively for Disney appearing in the How to Dance with Hannah Montana video, voice overs for Lizzy McGuire Merchandising, and industrials and concerts with the Jonas Brothers, Emily Osment, and Demi Lovato. In addition to her commercial work, Megan has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of dance companies, including as a soloist in When Paths Collide at Lincoln Center. Megan is proud to have spent 5 years on tour as Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. Other favorite touring/regional theatre credits include: Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project, The Sound of Music, Sugar Babies, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Joseph …, and the world premiere of Markings.
Megan has had the privilege of teaching at many different schools and studios including recreational and competitive dance studios throughout the United States, in the NYC public school system as a teaching artist, The Village Community Middle School, and at Merrick Academy Public Charter School. Megan also wrote and developed the dance curriculum for Gymboree Play and Music.
Catherine Tharin, MA, Artistic Associate, is the Curator for Harkness Dance Center performances, including Fridays at Noon, Dig Dance, …
Catherine Tharin, MA, Artistic Associate, is the Curator for Harkness Dance Center performances, including Fridays at Noon, Dig Dance, and the Harkness Dance Festival. She is a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) Breaking Boundaries Committee. She was a member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company for seven years and has taught movement and dance to 2½ -18-year-olds and Hawkins technique, dance history, choreography, and somatics to college students for nearly 30 years. She choreographs dances and recently brought her work to Korea. She is co-authoring a book about Erick Hawkins. She has sat on boards for dance, dance selection committees, and has taught in residencies and workshops both at home and abroad.
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Chelsea Spraker, Program Manager of the Harkness Dance Center, joined 92Y in 2016.
Chelsea Spraker, Program Manager of the Harkness Dance Center, joined 92Y in 2016. Chelsea holds a BFA in Dance with a specialty in Business Administration from The College at Brockport, State University of New York and is also a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory. Prior to joining 92nd Street Y, Chelsea worked as an Educational Specialist with the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSA), School of Dance and as a Rentals and Classes Representative with Gibney Dance Center. As a professional dancer and teaching artist, she worked with the Student Company at Mark Morris Dance Center and currently performs with the Mariah Maloney Dance Company, among other freelance artists in New York City.
Nancy Allison is a New York-based performer, choreographer, filmmaker, book editor and educator. She has danced in ballet companies, theater productions and on the concert stage. Her choreography h ...
Nancy Allison is a New York-based performer, choreographer, filmmaker, book editor and educator. She has danced in ballet companies, theater productions and on the concert stage. Her choreography has been presented by the Athens Festival in Greece, House of Composers in Russia and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival among others. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals throughout the world including the Venice Film Festival (2017), International Festival of Films on Art in Montréal (2016) and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival (2015). She is the executive producer and featured dancer of the three volume video archive Dance and Myth: The World of Jean Erdman (1993) and has staged Erdman’s classic modern dance repertory throughout the US. In addition to extensive training in classical, world and modern dance techniques Allison is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and ISHTA Yoga. She has taught on faculty at NYU, Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS/NY), SUNY Purchase, Lincoln Center Institute and as a guest artist at universities and institutes throughout the US and abroad including, C’a Foscari (the University of Venice), Centro Teatrale di Ricerca Venezia, Laboratorio Danza Contemporanea di Laura Boato and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She is the editor of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines (Rosen Publishing 1999) and The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance (New World Library 2017).
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, MA, CMA, Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92Y, is a luminary in dance education and an advocate for dance. She created DEL in response to the need for a practi ...
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, MA, CMA, Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92Y, is a luminary in dance education and an advocate for dance. She created DEL in response to the need for a practical and focused dance pedagogy program. Through DEL, Jody aims to inspire and prepare teachers to work with children and teens. She continues these efforts as Executive Producer of the NY Emmy nominated documentary, PS DANCE!: Dance Education in Public Schools, to raise awareness and advocate for her mission, Dance for Every Child.
Teaching dance in NYC public schools for more than 25 years, has provided Jody with the experiences that continue to guide her dance education efforts including supporting the dance program at the New York City Department of Education, creating the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College, and serving as the visionary benefactor behind the Doctorate in Dance Education at Teachers College Columbia University. Jody supports and champions many NYC dance companies including Ballet Hispanico where she is Honorary Chair. She also supports and mentors countless dance teachers many of whom now lead the field.
Jody serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at New York City Department of Education and was Co-Chair of the Committee that created the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance K-12. She is on the Board at 92Y, Hunter College, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and on the Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC. She has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Education Update’s Distinguished Leader in Education Award, and Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award. Jody has received the Floria V. Lasky Award, Dance Films Association’s Dance in Focus Award, and the New York State Dance Education Association Outstanding Leadership Award. She has been honored by Lincoln Center Education, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Limon Dance Foundation, Dancewave, and NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for her contributions to dance and dance education.
Jody holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA).
DEL was recently named Outstanding Program by the National Dance Education Organization.
DEL Essentials — An Introduction to Dance Education Laboratory
Catherine Baggs holds a BA in Music Theatre and Mathematics from American University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. At New York University she received the award of Outstand ...
Catherine Baggs holds a BA in Music Theatre and Mathematics from American University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. At New York University she received the award of Outstanding Achievement In Dance Education. She has performed with Disney Cruise Lines, Washington Women In Theatre, Kaleidoscope Dancers, The Smithsonian Institute and various special events for The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. As a dance educator she has had the privilege of teaching with US Performing Arts Camps (DC and MA), Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (VA), Broadway Bodies (NY), Musical Theater Workshop with Summers at LREI (NY) and American Youth Dance Theater (NY). Her choreography has been performed at New York University, American University, Dance New Amsterdam and The Player’s Theater.
Marilyn Baker has worked in modern dance, film and theater. She has studied with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Finis Jhung and Mary Anthony. Marilyn has taught children and adults for 35 years. ...
Marilyn Baker has worked in modern dance, film and theater. She has studied with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Finis Jhung and Mary Anthony. Marilyn has taught children and adults for 35 years. She has been on the faculties of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, New Jersey Center for Modern Dance Education, North Carolina School of the Arts and taught at the University of Utah, Old Dominion University, as well as in the Harkness Center at 92Y. She has conducted teacher training workshops for the American Dance Guild, NYC Headstart Program and 92Y. She designed and implemented an early childhood curriculum in dance for young children. For the last 25 years she has had a personal training and small group fitness practice. Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Justin Bass is from East Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University and majored in Dance Education in 2009. In 2011 he transferred to SUNY Brockport and graduated in 2013 with his BFA in Da ...
Justin Bass is from East Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University and majored in Dance Education in 2009. In 2011 he transferred to SUNY Brockport and graduated in 2013 with his BFA in Dance. During his time at SUNY Brockport he was a touring and performing intern with Garth Fagan Dance, performing at renowned stages including The Joyce Theater. Justin is a versatile performer with a technical background in "Cecchetti ballet" and has studied a variety of modern dance techniques including those of Paul Taylor, Limón, and May O’Donnell. He is also trained in Contemporary, Release, Hip-Hop, and Jazz, (Fosse, Luigi, and Broadway Jazz). He enjoys teaching and is interested in developing his choreographic skill. Justin has recently finished five seasons with Salt Lake City’s premiere modern dance company Repertory Dance Theatre.
Modern Dance (Open Level)
Hip-Hop (Absolute Beginner)
Modern Dance for Life
Ann Biddle M.A., Dance Education, Columbia University, B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College, and Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Biddle has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, ...
Ann Biddle M.A., Dance Education, Columbia University, B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College, and Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Biddle has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, writer, and choreographer for the past 30 years. She is the Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92nd St Y with Jody Arnhold (1994 to present). Ms. Biddle has designed and taught numerous courses for DEL including Foundations in Dance Education, DEL Essentials, Planet Dance- Multicultural Dance Education, Dancing in Early Childhood, Dance and Nature, Teaching from Transformation to Inspiration (Tina Curran), Dance and Literacy (Barbara Bashaw), DEL: The Next Generation, the DEL Facilitators Course, and Dance for Social Change. Ms. Biddle is currently the Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow.
As a staff developer and curriculum consultant, Ms. Biddle has partnered with numerous cultural organizations including: Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, Flamenco Vivo, Jose Limon Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Movement Research, and Jonah Bokaer. Ms. Biddle has taught overseas at the National University in Costa Rica as a Fulbright scholar and at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana. Additionally, she worked closely with the late Alan Lomax as a Choreometrics analyst and is currently an advisor to the Global Jukebox initiative.
Ms. Biddle was an advisor and contributor to the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, and has been a NYCDOE Blueprint professional development facilitator since 2005. She is also a scorer for the Massachusetts Dance MTEL exam. Ms. Biddle was the Director of Arts Programs at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA and Director of the Dance Department from 2011-2018.
As a writer, her dance teachers’ curricula and training manuals include: The Essence of Cool: West Side Story, New York Export: Opus Jazz the Film (NYC Ballet), Dance Motion USA Doug Varone and Argentinian Brenda Angiel’s Aerial collaboration, Richard Daniel’s Dances for iPhone film series, Wonderdance early childhood curriculum, Dance Making Inspired by Langston Hughes Poetry, and the DEL Facilitators Training Manual. She is a frequent presenter at the annual NDEO conference and was selected to pilot the Model Cornerstone Assessments as part of NCCA. Ms. Biddle has published integrated curricular units though the NYC DOE (Dance Units Inspired by Literary Works, 2016 and The Essence of Pearl Primus through Photography and Poetry: The Negro Speaks of Rivers, 2018).
Summer Institute: Dance for Social Change
Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for almost 20 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from "Math Dance ...
Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for almost 20 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from "Math Dance" and "Reading Dance" to teaching children in a mental institution via videophone. He has also taught in private pre-schools and studios. Barry was an adjunct professor at American University, in Washington, DC, where he also taught at-risk youth in a housing project as part of a HUD grant and deaf college students at Galludet University. Barry is currently on the faculty of Friends Seminary School in Manhattan where he has built their dance program over the past 10 years. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Dance from American University and is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory of 92nd Street Y; a certified Level 1 Teacher of Language of Dance®; a certified yoga instructor; and a Registered Dance Educator. Barry has served on the board of directors of NYSDEA for the past 3 years as Director of Communications and is the Artistic Director of TAPFUSION, a dance company combining modern dance and tap.
Arts Integration: Dance, Architecture and Mathematics
Jeanne Bresciani, BA, Skidmore College; MA, history of art, William's College, MA and PhD in dance, NYU; worldwide acclaim as solo performer, choreographer, lecturer, educator and creator of fe ...
Jeanne Bresciani, BA, Skidmore College; MA, history of art, William's College, MA and PhD in dance, NYU; worldwide acclaim as solo performer, choreographer, lecturer, educator and creator of festivals; artistic director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute; performed as soloist at Lincoln Center, before the United Nations General Assembly, at the National Museum at Saratoga Springs, before the Olympic ceremonies in 1988, and at the National Museum in the Arts.
Isadora for Adults
Judith Richardson Bunney, MA, BC-DMT has been involved in dance since childhood, and in dance therapy all her adulthood. She is a pioneering dance/movement therapist having been trained by Marian C ...
Judith Richardson Bunney, MA, BC-DMT has been involved in dance since childhood, and in dance therapy all her adulthood. She is a pioneering dance/movement therapist having been trained by Marian Chace a recognized innovator in the profession. A charter member and Past President of the American Dance Therapy Association she was selected to testify before a US Senate Committee on the benefits of dance therapy for geriatric individuals. She was appointed to the President’s Commission on Mental Health: The Role of the Arts. She was a founding member and first President of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations. Ms. Bunney’s clinical work encompasses inpatient, outpatient psychiatric hospital session and training graduate interns. She has expertise working with adult psychiatric, forensic and geriatric patients. Her private practice includes work with artists and writers dealing with creative blocks and enhancing the creative process. She has lead team-building workshops for corporations and government agencies and is a co-producer of the early film: Dance Therapy: The Power of Movement.
A trainer in dance/movement therapy for 40 years, Ms. Bunney has taught in a number of US colleges and universities. Since 2011 she had been part of the faculty at the Alternate Route Program at 92nd Street Y in NYC and in 2015 joined their collaborative Alternate Route Program at the Grands Ballets de Canada in Montreal. In addition, she has taught in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and the Ukraine. She recently was invited to teach in the Peoples Republic of China. Ms. Bunney received the American Dance Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and was invited to present the Marian Chace Memorial Foundation Lecture in 2012. She is an ocean sailor, earning a captain’s license and can be seen fleetingly in several films made in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she now lives.
Born and raised New Yorker, Myrna is a dancer and swing dance events producer for the NY Metropolitan area. Since 2005 she has been producing swing dance events at 92nd Street Y where she teaches t ...
Born and raised New Yorker, Myrna is a dancer and swing dance events producer for the NY Metropolitan area. Since 2005 she has been producing swing dance events at 92nd Street Y where she teaches the swing lesson before the night of dancing begins and performed dances in swing, hustle, tap and salsa. Other dances she is trained in include theatre, jazz as well as various ballroom genres. Myrna performed and taught at various special events in NYC. Among her dance mentors was legendary swing dance master Frankie Manning who was among the pioneers of the Lindy Hop and also master tap instructor Chuck Kelley who is internationally acclaimed as the teacher’s teacher. For more information about her events or to contact Myrna please visit her website: www.SwingDanceSwing.com
Swing and Lindy Hop (Open Level)
Swing and Lindy Hop (Absolute Beginner)
Disco and The Hustle (Absolute Beginner)
Patricia P. Capello, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT is a Senior Dance/Movement Therapist and Acting Team Leader for the Therapeutic Activities Service at Maimonides Medical Center’s Department of Psyc ...
Patricia P. Capello, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT is a Senior Dance/Movement Therapist and Acting Team Leader for the Therapeutic Activities Service at Maimonides Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry in Brooklyn, New York. While earning her BA in Psychology and Dance from CUNY Brooklyn College where she focused on Graham technique, Ms. Capello was co-owner of a community dance studio teaching a variety of dance forms to children and adults. Following her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from New York University where she performed with the Judith Scott Dance Theatre, she went on to become a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Dance and Dance Education. Ms. Capello has served over 16 years on the Board of Directors of the American Dance Therapy Association and is Associate Chair of The International Panel.
In addition to training and supervising students both in the US and abroad, Ms. Capello maintains a private practice specializing in developmentally delayed adults. Her writing is featured in the recently published book The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance (Routledge; 2009) and as a regular contributor to The American Journal of Dance Therapy.
Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy Program (Summer Program 2017-2019)
Dance as Therapy
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Ballet / Ages 3-6
Ballet / Ages 6-8
Advanced Ballet / Ages 7-18
Mary Copeland is a former professional dancer and has been teaching ballet, jazz, creative movement and fitness to adults and children for over 30 years. She currently teaches at 92nd Street Y ...
Mary Copeland is a former professional dancer and has been teaching ballet, jazz, creative movement and fitness to adults and children for over 30 years. She currently teaches at 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center and May Center and in the Himan Brown Senior Program. She also provides in-home personal training.
As a dancer, Mary performed with the Columbus Civic Ballet, where she was partnered with Patrick Bissell; the New Jersey Classic Ballet; and Danny Buraczeski's Jazzdance Company. She has worked as a teaching artist in the NYC public schools and has choreographed musical theater productions for the Children's Opera Company of Ossining as well as for community theaters in NYC. Mary is a Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) facilitator. She completed the 92Y Wonderdance™ Teacher Training program for early childhood dance education and is a Wonderdance teacher and curriculum writer.
As a fitness instructor, Mary holds a Group Fitness Certification from the American Council on Exercise and a Pilates Mat Certification from Pilates Institute of America. Her teaching background includes four years as an in-studio Pilates trainer, 14 years with Peggy Levine Fitness (pre- and postnatal, aerobics, and strength training), and 10 years with the Silver Sneakers program (senior fitness) as an instructor coordinator responsible for assessing and training staff and teaching group SS classes. Mary worked at the Riverdale YM-YWHA for seven years, running a dance program and designing and teaching fitness classes, such as Functional Strength Training and Stretch/Alignment. She studied anatomy/kinesiology with Irene Dowd and MELT with Edya Kalev.
Women's Heart Plus
Tina Curran is co-founder and director of the Language of Dance Center, USA. She is a doctoral candidate in dance education at New York University focusing on dance literacy and holds an MFA in cho ...
Tina Curran is co-founder and director of the Language of Dance Center, USA. She is a doctoral candidate in dance education at New York University focusing on dance literacy and holds an MFA in choreographic theory and practice from Southern Methodist University and a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. As a Language of Dance Certification specialist, she conducts certification and teacher education courses, presents at national and international dance conferences, and develops notation teaching resources. She was a contributor to the development of the landmark New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and has been active in its implementation as a professional development educator. An internationally recognized master teacher, she also is active in staging masterworks from Labanotation score.
Laban Movement Analysis/Language of Dance for Dance Educators
Frederick Curry MA, CMA, is an Assistant Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department. He is also on faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies andDance Educa ...
Frederick Curry MA, CMA, is an Assistant Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department. He is also on faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies andDance Education Laboratory at 92nd Street Y. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization, the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau and is a proctor/adjudicator for the NYCDOE Arts Achieve dance performance assessments. In New York, he danced with Nancy Zendora and Rod Rodgers, among others, and performed leading roles in The Vengeance of Mami Wata by Rose-Marie Guiraud, and Owl in Love by composer Jon Deak. His choreography was presented at Dixon Place, the American Dance Guild Performance Festival, Merkin Concert Hall and La MaMa, and he was a 2006 U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy to Uganda.
Deborah Damast has been teaching in the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program since 2002. She has taught technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production and choreography, and is the Artistic Ad ...
Deborah Damast has been teaching in the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program since 2002. She has taught technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production and choreography, and is the Artistic Advisor of the program and Director of dance concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers. Deborah designed and directs a study abroad program to Uganda each January. She has participated in motion capture studies with the Department of Computer Science, and Internet Arts Collaborations with faculty from Music Education. Deborah has been on the faculty of Peridance Center, New York City Ballet, LREI, 92nd Street Y, Dance Education Laboratory, Oregon Ballet Theatre and has created creative dance videos for children, Move N Groove Kids.
Summer Institute: Early Childhood Dance
Originally from Denver, Colorado Carrie Demos holds a B.A. in Performing Arts with a Dance Concentration from Colorado State University. She has taught children/teens with Canyon Concert Ballet, Br ...
Originally from Denver, Colorado Carrie Demos holds a B.A. in Performing Arts with a Dance Concentration from Colorado State University. She has taught children/teens with Canyon Concert Ballet, Broadway Bound Dance Academy, High Performance Dance Theatre and Colorado Ballet. A recent graduate of the Foundations of Dance Education, Dance Education Laboratory, Carrie is thrilled to be teaching at 92Y Harkness Dance Center.
Mari Di Lena began her professional career while on scholarship at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, studying with Margaret Craske and Alfredo Corvino. As a child she was a member of the Met ...
Mari Di Lena began her professional career while on scholarship at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, studying with Margaret Craske and Alfredo Corvino. As a child she was a member of the Met's Children's Chorus and danced leading roles in the children ballets produced by The Little Orchestra Society. At 17 she became principal dancer with the future Maryland Ballet Company. She also danced with Manhattan Festival, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and was a principal with Ballet Guatemala and the Dortmunder Ballet. After a long career as a dramatic and classical ballet dancer she joined Pina Bausch’s Wuppertal Tanztheater where she was also responsible for giving ballet classes. After leaving the company she opened her own ballet school which she directed for 20 years. She taught extensively at the Folkwang Hochschule and taught company ballet classes for the Daniel Goldin Dance Theater in Muenster for many years. Keeping close contact with the Bausch company, she was thrilled when her former teacher and mentor Alfredo Corvino became their Ballet Master and took company class whenever he was in town. Since returning to the States in 2008 she has given Master Classes at different Universities and schools in the New York area, choreographed for the Harkness Dance Center, gave class often for the Jose Limon Company, gave Bausch workshops at Sarah Lawrence, Juilliard and 92Y, was on the panel at Barnard/Columbia 2013 discussing the different Rites of Spring and contributed to the educational film Understanding Pina, by Kathryn Sullivan. In 2013 she joined two other former members of the Wuppertal Tanz Theater to reconstruct Wind von West, a Bausch piece that hadn't been danced since 1979. It was through her initiative that it became an international undertaking between Juilliard and the Folkwang Tanz Studio and premiered at the Pina Bausch 40 Year Jubilaum Festival in Germany and the New Dances Concert at Juilliard this past December. Mari is currently on the faculty of 92Y Harkness Dance Center and the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in Connecticut.
Elizabeth Douglas received her Masters in Dance Education from NYU; has taught in both private institutions and Arts in Education programs; in addition to her work in education Elizabeth continues ...
Elizabeth Douglas received her Masters in Dance Education from NYU; has taught in both private institutions and Arts in Education programs; in addition to her work in education Elizabeth continues to develop her own choreography.
Leah Dowdy is a vivacious actress, singer and classically trained dancer. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, her passion for performance began at a young age when she first started taki ...
Leah Dowdy is a vivacious actress, singer and classically trained dancer. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, her passion for performance began at a young age when she first started taking dance lessons at The Rock School West where she studied the art of ballet, jazz and hip-hop for a total of twelve years. Leah went on to further study her craft at the University of Pittsburgh where she served as an executive board member and student choreographer for the Pitt Dance Ensemble, attended and competed in multiple ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) competitions and first began teaching dance with the Healthy Program in Pittsburgh public schools. A proud panther, Leah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Film Studies, a BA in Communication & Rhetoric and a minor in Dance in the spring of 2011. Leah has also studied at Broadway Dance Center as well as the Imperial College of London. Since relocating to New York City, Leah has danced for various commercials, including Canon Cameras and Gillette, and landed roles in such films and television shows as Audition (2014), "Person of Interest" (CBS) and "How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC). Teaching is truly one of Leah’s greatest passions, and she enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities.
Megan Doyle, Director of Musical Theater at 92nd Street Y, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, is a graduate of th ...
Hip-Hop / Ages 6-8
Advanced Contemporary Jazz / Ages 13+
Spotlight Kids III: Theatre and Movement Class / Ages 4-6
Hip-Hop / Ages 9-12
Creative Broadway Kids / Ages 3-4
Ballet / Ages 9-12
Jazz / Ages 7-11
Hip-Hop / Ages 7-9
Advanced Contemporary Jumps and Turns
Creative Broadway Kids / Ages 2½-4
Creative Broadway Kids / Ages 4-6
Broadway Jazz / Ages 7-11
Kids on Broadway / Ages 7-11
Broadway Tap / Ages 7-11
Jr. Jazz Company / Ages 6-11
Sr. Jazz Company / Ages 13-17
Broadway Jazz for Teens / Ages 13+
Broadway Jazz / Ages 11-14
Intermediate Jazz Company / Ages 9-13
Contemporary Theater Jazz / Ages 7-11
Contemporary Theater Jazz / Ages 13+
Broadway Tap / Ages 13+
Jr. Tap Company / Ages 6-10
Intermediate Tap Company / Ages 11-14
Jr. Broadway Performance Team / Ages 7-11
Sr. Tap Company / Ages 11+
Broadway Performance Team / Ages 11-14
Advanced Contemporary Jazz Competition Team / Ages 12+
Advanced Teacher Training / Ages 12+
Pre-Professional Tap Company
Private Lessons for Competition Solos
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr: Musical Theater Workshop / Ages 6-18
Summer Dance & Theater Intensive / Ages 4-18
Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist, board certified dance therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 1973. She has c ...
Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist, board certified dance therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 1973. She has conducted a dance therapy program in a New York City Department of Education program for adolescents who have emotional and learning disabilities since 1992. Her students have performed in Lincoln Center, Central Park, South Street Seaport, St. Mark’s Church, NYU’s Frederick Lowe Theater and the Apollo Theater.
Teachers Tell All: Top Tips for Effective Teaching in Dance
Tina Erfer, MS, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, National Certified Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. For thirty-six years, she has worked as a d ...
Tina Erfer, MS, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, National Certified Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. For thirty-six years, she has worked as a dance/movement therapist in educational and psychiatric settings, with children and adolescents with special needs. She was the Coordinator of the Hospital School Program on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital for eight years. Tina has given lectures, workshops and training sessions at numerous agencies and universities; and supervises and trains dance/movement therapy graduate students and practitioners. She has published on her dance/movement therapy work with children who have emotional and/or behavioral challenges, and children on the Autism Spectrum. Tina has served on the Board of Directors of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA); and is past President of the NY and NJ Chapters of the ADTA. Tina is the Coordinator, and faculty member, of the Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy Training Program at the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York; and on the faculty of Les Grands Ballets National Center for Dance Therapy in Montreal, Canada. She has taught DMT in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well. Tina is the recipient of the American Dance Therapy Association 2015 Exceptional Service Award, and the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award. Tina is one of the founding members of a Task Force working towards State Licensure for Dance/Movement Therapists and Drama Therapists in New Jersey.
Catherine Gallant, has been performing, creating and teaching dance for over thirty years. Ms. Gallant is now the full-time dance teacher at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with childre ...
Catherine Gallant, has been performing, creating and teaching dance for over thirty years. Ms. Gallant is now the full-time dance teacher at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with children using an integrated approach to the arts which includes the language of Laban Movement Analysis and investigations of dance across culture and history. Ms. Gallant served on the writing committee for the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and regularly conducts dance education workshops for DEL, NYCDOE and NDEO.
Catherine was the assistant director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96 just as the Dance Education Laboratory was holding it’s first courses and workshops. DEL has been the foundation for her work with children and the source and inspiration for ongoing inquiry in dance education for all ages. Ms. Gallant’s choreography has been supported by Harkness Foundation for Dance, LMCC and NYFA. Catherine Gallant/DANCE was recently produced at Chashama in non-traditional venues and her group, Dances by Isadora presented performances at Green-Wood and Mount Auburn Cemeteries. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Roberto Garcia, faculty, Sandra Cameron Dance Center; also trained as a ballet and modern dancer; former member of May O'Donnell Dance Co. and Deborah Carr's Theater Dance Ensemble.
Basic Six Ballroom
Aaron "Leo" Gregory, originally from Omaha, NE is a graduate of Morehouse College. He performed with the ARISE Step and Dance Ministry and Spelman Dance Theatre, while attending Morehouse ...
Aaron "Leo" Gregory, originally from Omaha, NE is a graduate of Morehouse College. He performed with the ARISE Step and Dance Ministry and Spelman Dance Theatre, while attending Morehouse. Aaron has also performed in various shows in New York such as the NYU Distinguished Faculty Concert, NYU Master's Concert, NYC10 and BAAD Women of Dance Festival. Aaron has training in West African dance, Stepping and Modern dance. Hip Hop is his foundation from early on in high school, dancing with Krucial Dance Crew back in Omaha. Aaron has performed with MJM Dance and Aries in Flight Theater Dance Company. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and is a second year candidate for the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Master's program. He hopes one day to "Danceform" the world one class at a time exposing students to the grooves of dance, mentorship and character building.
Naomi Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film. Highlights include collaborations with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, playwright Tony Kushner, director Brian Kuli ...
Naomi Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film. Highlights include collaborations with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, playwright Tony Kushner, director Brian Kulick and Disney animation. Her work with the Silesian Dance Theater and persons with disabilities was presented in 2010 at the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Poland and in 2011 at Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, B.C. She formerly danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet and holds an MFA from Tisch Dance at NYU. She has taught dance at Cal State, Long Beach and Loyola Marymount University and currently teaches at NYU, the Harkness Dance Center at 92Y and in her intergenerational company Dances For A Variable Population (DVP's) programs at senior centers in NYC. Recent projects include Golem with the Czech American Marionette Theater for La Mama's 50th season and Times Square ROUNDUP with the Times Square Alliance. Friends of the High Line awarded its first dance commission to DVP for “Autumn Crossing,” which joined the company with neighborhood residents and was the first dance performance on the High Line. In 2011, DVP was selected by the NYC Arts Alliance as one of "Seven Emerging Voices of 2011."
Elissaveta Iordanova, MA, MFA, native Bulgarian, is a New Yorker since 2004. She has an extensive dance experience, bridging Eastern and Western aesthetics and therapeutic practices. Elissaveta&rsq ...
Elissaveta Iordanova, MA, MFA, native Bulgarian, is a New Yorker since 2004. She has an extensive dance experience, bridging Eastern and Western aesthetics and therapeutic practices. Elissaveta’s creative, performing and teaching experience in traditional, modern and creative dance introduced her to different populations, some with special needs, where she refines the use of dance as healing practice. She graduated from the Alternative Route program in DMT at 92 Street Y, NY led by Prof. Miriam Roskin- Berger and will obtain her MS in DMT from Sarah Lawrence College in May, 2015. She was a presenter at the ADTA conferences in 2011-2013 and NDEO conferences in 2009-2012. Elissaveta obtained 1000 intern hours in Dance Movement Therapy at The Wartburg Adult Care Community, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, International Center for the Disabled and taught dance to hearing-impaired students in Bulgaria as well. Currently, she teaches dance in NYC and provides private dance movement activities for the Hasidic community of women in Kyrias Joel, NY.
Eli Kababa is a gifted artist, dancer, choreographer and instructor. His dance career was forged as a student of Tae Kwon Do simultaneously discovering his love of hip-hop street-dance and the fine ...
Eli Kababa is a gifted artist, dancer, choreographer and instructor. His dance career was forged as a student of Tae Kwon Do simultaneously discovering his love of hip-hop street-dance and the fine arts. These forms combined with passion, devotion and experimentation led Eli to co-found Garden State Dance Project. A company that exists to bring communities together through various educational, instructional, and performance projects. He has also shared his talents with organizations like New York City Ballet, Center for Arts Education, Arts Horizons, Brant Lake Dance Camp and Harkness Dance Center where he is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). He is co-author of a hip-hop dance curriculum which debuted this year through the 92nd Street Y’s Educational Outreach Center's School Partnership Program. Eli truly loves sharing the art and gift of dance with students of all ages and abilities.
Let’s Session: Hip-Hop Summer Workshop
Jill Kenney is a New York-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been working as Germaine Salsberg’s tap assistant at Broadway Dance Center since 2008. In addition to teaching at 92 ...
Jill Kenney is a New York-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been working as Germaine Salsberg’s tap assistant at Broadway Dance Center since 2008. In addition to teaching at 92Y, Jill is on faculty at NYU Steinhardt and has guest taught at Steps on Broadway. She is also the director of the early childhood program at the Dream Center Dance Academy on Long Island.
With Salsberg’s tap company, Les Femmes Plus, Jill has performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, The Friars Club, Brooklyn College and Boston’s Regent Theatre. She has appeared in numerous festivals including the Dumbo Dance Festival, Tap City, Stam-Pede and the Tap Extravaganza. For numerous years, she has been a team leader for ATDF’s Tap it Out — an outdoor concert directed by Tony Waag and Lynn Schwab. Other performance highlights include the Highline Ballroom, LG Electronics, Disney Cruise Lines and the tour of Dancin’ on Common Ground (choreography by Jared Grimes). She has also performed with the Andrea Torres Dance Company and Carlos Donan’s Folktap.
Originally from Rhode Island, Jill grew up training in various forms of dance under the direction of Lisa Mailloux and also at the Newport Academy of Ballet. She has studied at the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory and holds a B.A. in Dance Performance and Education from SUNY Empire State College, as well as an A.A. in Dance from Dean College.
Tap for Absolute Beginners
Tap (Open Level)
Tap Performance Ensemble
Holly Kerr received the highest technical and artistic ballet training at the Univ. North Carolina School of the Arts and loves to share this knowledge with her students! She was a soloist with bal ...
Holly Kerr received the highest technical and artistic ballet training at the Univ. North Carolina School of the Arts and loves to share this knowledge with her students! She was a soloist with ballet companies in North Carolina and Colorado, a principal dancer of MGM’s Hallelujah Hollywood! and appeared as a dancer, singer and actress in theatre, Broadway, film, television and USA and world tours. For 12 years, Holly was a certified instructor/instructor trainer for the New York City Ballet Workout and served as teaching artist/teacher trainer for New York City Ballet’s New York City Ballet Workout high school program. Holly served as teaching artist for American Ballet Theatre and choreographer for ABT’s Make a Ballet program. She is a ballet teaching artist for New York City Center. Faculty positions include Broadway Dance Center, Denver Ballet Academy and Prestige Academy of Dance, LLC. Holly has conducted master classes and teacher professional development for the New York City Ballet Education Department, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Lincoln Center Institute, Main Stage and The Pulse! Holly choreographed the Off-Broadway musical The Little Mermaid for The Players Theater, and ballets for Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and BDC’s Arts in Motion Co. She has lectured on dance at Lincoln Center and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, and is a dance writer for Broadwayworld.com. Holly is a DEL 92Y Foundations of Dance graduate, has a BA/MA in Dance Education from SUNY Empire State College and holds a N. Y. State Ed. Dept. K-12 Dance Certification. Holly is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer.
Holly’s Ballet Workout combines the experience of her years as a New York City Ballet Workout instructor with her knowledge of wellness and holistic fitness.
Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society ...
Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. Fran is also a protege of Sydney Levy, PH.D. in his pioneering work in Projective Drawing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Fran Levy has been creatively interweaving the arts into a cohesive form of psychotherapy for over 30 years.
She is the author of Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (AAHPERD, 2005) and senior editor of Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough (Routledge Press, 1995). Her books have been translated into Korean and Chinese and are used as text books for graduate and undergraduate programs in the US and abroad. Dr. Levy teaches internationally and has her private practice in Brooklyn, New York.
Molly Mae MacGregor moved to New York from her hometown of Austin, TX in 2004. She received her BA in Theatre & Dance from UT Austin (2003) and her MA in Dance Education from NYU (2010), as wel ...
Molly Mae MacGregor moved to New York from her hometown of Austin, TX in 2004. She received her BA in Theatre & Dance from UT Austin (2003) and her MA in Dance Education from NYU (2010), as well as the first annual Martha Hill Dance Fund Young Professionals Award (2004) and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Graduate Dance Education from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (2010).
For the last several years, Molly has been building a Dance/Creative Movement curriculum & methodology and teaching at public schools here in New York. She teaches in a range of other capacities throughout the city as well, and she is delighted in recent years to have joined the 92nd Street Y faculty and teaching artist communities as well as the Gibney Dance Guest Artist Program. She is greatly enjoying working with a varied population of dancers of all ages who engage with dance/movement as anything from play to practice to profession.
Molly also acted as the 2014 Program Assistant for Young Dancemakers Company, a free summer dance intensive for select NYC public high school students from across the five boroughs. YDC is run out of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale and directed by Bessie Award winner Alice Teirstein.
In addition to teaching, Molly continues to create and perform professionally. She has had the pleasure of dancing and performing with and for some lovely and amazing artists throughout the city. This year marks Molly's sixth season with The Median Movement, the creative project of Doug Varone and Dancers’ Alex Springer and Xan Burley. In 2014 she also enjoyed dancing as a guest artist in Doug Varone and Dancers' Choreographic Intensive (CHIN) project.
Her own work has been presented at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and at Judson Church. In 2011 Molly acted as Movement Director for Brecht’s Life of Galileo, directed by Ian R. Crawford and presented at Fordham University & Lincoln Center. Recently she has also been found dancing in a music video for Clay Wilson, in the Noah Baumbach film Frances Ha and in the web series "Winners." She also enjoys writing and creating short video dances.
Gloria McLean was a leading member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Co. from 1982-1993. She is the choreographer/director of LIFEDANCE/GLoria McLean & Dancers. She has been a professor of dance at UW ...
Gloria McLean was a leading member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Co. from 1982-1993. She is the choreographer/director of LIFEDANCE/GLoria McLean & Dancers. She has been a professor of dance at UW/Madison, George Washington U and Keimyung University. She teaches at 92Y and privately in NYC and Andes, NY, and is the President of the American Dance Guild.
Modern Dance (Absolute Beginner)
Marlon "International" Mills, one of New York's most well-known dance personalities in the Salsa dance community, was born in NY to parents from the Caribbean and was educated in NY & ...
Marlon "International" Mills, one of New York's most well-known dance personalities in the Salsa dance community, was born in NY to parents from the Caribbean and was educated in NY & Spain. He found his love of Salsa in 2001, after having been taken to a class by a co-worker and has not looked back since. He has trained with some of the best in the business, including Maria and Eddie Torres and has been teaching Salsa for more than 14 years. Marlon has performed Salsa for films, television, festivals, clients such as Marriott Group and American Express, and on stage for artists such as Jose Alberto El Canario, Hector Tricoche and El Gran Combo. He has also made appearances on Sesame Street as a performer and recently at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing as an instructor and performer. Marlon has taught at prestigious universities such as NYU, Columbia Business School and Hofstra University. He currently teaches at LIU and at several dance studios. Marlon has since joined the 92Y Staff and is currently teaching all levels of Salsa. Marlon hosts weekly social dance events that feature some of the top Latin bands and artists from the NY area. Marlon is also a Teaching Artist for the Dancing Classrooms program, teaching ballroom dance to kids throughout NYC public schools. He is known for his warm smile, amazing lead and excellent teaching abilities. Through clear teaching and strong fundamentals, he takes people from having two left feet to dancing up a storm while having fun on the dance floor in a relatively short amount time. His goals are to continue teaching, dancing, traveling the world and positively impacting the lives of others. His motto — Changing lives, one dance at a time!
Salsa (Open Level)
Salsa (Absolute Beginner)
Sameena Mitta is the artistic director of MeenMoves and has presented work in North America, India, Japan and Europe. Her government-funded program MadHops brings dance education to underrepresente ...
Sameena Mitta is the artistic director of MeenMoves and has presented work in North America, India, Japan and Europe. Her government-funded program MadHops brings dance education to underrepresented groups and individuals. As a freelance modern dancer, she has performed for numerous choreographers and taught in schools in North America and abroad. Sameena completed an MA in Dance Creation at UQAM focusing on movement intervention for survivors of domestic violence. She is the winner of the Celia Franca Award and an Associate Member of the Cecchetti Society. Sameena is on faculty at the Limón Institute and is thrilled to be a part of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center.
In 1988, Naoko Moriyama-Robbins came to New York to further her dance career. She studied many different styles of dance and performed with several different choreographers.
She has been a very successful director of education for Japanese-American children both at Educational Alliance West and Friends Academy in NYC. Naoko has also taught at Brotherhood synagogue and East Park Avenue synagogue and other nursery schools and several dance schools including the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center, Ballet Tech. in NYC.
Since 1990, she has been an integral part of the Peridance Capezio Center faculty, teaching Ballet and GYROKINESIS® as well as serving as International student advisor for 12 years. She has been mentor, and often friend to literally hundreds of parents, children and foreign dancers from all over the world.
Ms. Robbins is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer. In the winter of 2011, she opened her own studio, conveniently located in mid Manhattan. The opening of her own studio is a natural culmination of her training and desire to teach others about the wondrous benefits of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.
Jessica Nicoll, graduate, Sarah Lawrence College; 92Y faculty since 1985; Hunter College dance faculty since 2010; performed with Kei Takei, Phyllis Lamhut, Claire Porter and others; performer/chor ...
Jessica Nicoll, graduate, Sarah Lawrence College; 92Y faculty since 1985; Hunter College dance faculty since 2010; performed with Kei Takei, Phyllis Lamhut, Claire Porter and others; performer/choreographer with Nicoll+Oreck Dance Theater; awards: 2007 and 2008 Boulder International Fringe Festival awards, 1999 Off-Off Broadway Reviews (OOBR) Award (choreography); 2007 BAX10 Award, 2004 Linda LeRoy Janklow Award (teaching artistry); presents nationally and internationally at arts education conferences; 92Y choreography students were the subjects of a chapter she co-authored with her partner Barry Oreck, in Vygotsky and Creativity (Peter Lang Press, 2010).
Kenny Noth comes from a family of dance instructors and attributes his ability to his mother’s dance studio where he began dancing at the age of four. Although he has been trained in many sty ...
Kenny Noth comes from a family of dance instructors and attributes his ability to his mother’s dance studio where he began dancing at the age of four. Although he has been trained in many styles of dance, he has always held the highest regard, passion, and enthusiasm for tap! Over the years Kenny has received tap training from Jo Noth, Charles Goddertz, Germaine Salsberg, Debbie Dee, and Lane Napper. Besides his trainers, he has been influenced by Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, The Nicholas Brothers, and Gregory Hines. One of Kenny's greatest achievements was winning "Male Dancer of the Year" (Dance Olympus) with an a cappella tap piece that he co-choreographed with his mother. Favorite performances include OKLAHOMA!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and an exchange performance tour in Russia and Denmark. He is a pround member of AEA. Besides teaching at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Kenny also teaches at Steps on Broadway. He has a number of private students that have appeared on Broadway in shows such as Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Gypsy (Patti LuPone). In addition, he has choreographed for The American Belles. Using Broadway-style tap, his class emphasizes a solid technique that sets the base for a successful and fun climb to a more advanced level. The class starts with a technique warm-up, progresses with fun exercises and combinations across the floor, and finishes with a fun, yet challenging, combination.
Susan O’Malley is a dancer, choreographer and educator. As a dancer she has studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, improvisation, and East and West African dance. She received her BA deg ...
Susan O’Malley is a dancer, choreographer and educator. As a dancer she has studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, improvisation, and East and West African dance. She received her BA degree from Wheaton College (MA), with a major in English, and a minor in Theater and Dance Studies. She then moved to New York to pursue dance and dance education. She received her Master of Arts degree from New York University in 2011, becoming a New York State certified Teacher of Dance. She has taught in various settings including preschool programs, public schools, private studios, community centers, summer camps, and after-school and outreach programs. Currently she teaches Creative Ballet and Ballet Basics at the Harkness Dance Center at 92Y.
Debra J. Orenstein, MA; Debra started studying Isadora Duncan technique with Jeanne Bresciani in 1979 and has performed with Dancers for Isadora and the Isadora Duncan International Institute since ...
Debra J. Orenstein, MA; Debra started studying Isadora Duncan technique with Jeanne Bresciani in 1979 and has performed with Dancers for Isadora and the Isadora Duncan International Institute since that time. Debra has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children with a Dance emphasis, and a Masters Degree in Education (Special Education). Debra has been a tenured teacher and teacher trainer for the NYC Board of Education and a creative arts specialist and mentor at the School for Language and Communication Development in Nassau County. She is presently an education consultant with the Young Adult Institute/NY League for Early Learning and on the dance and theatre faculty at the Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance. She has been a guest lecturer and instructor at NYU, St. John's University and Queens College. Debra is currently specializing in early childhood education and early intervention and is a certified NY State and City nursery, elementary and special education teacher.
Sal Pernice was raised in Brooklyn ...
Sal Pernice was raised in Brooklyn and attended the High School of Performing Arts. Upon graduation he performed with the Santa Fe Opera Ballet Company and soon after went on tour as Baby John in Jerome Robbins’ unparalleled West Side Story. Sal was a veteran of nine Broadway shows, including Baker Street, Illya Darling with Melina Mercouri, The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, Dear World with Angela Lansbury, The Apple Tree with Alan Alda, Molly with Kaye Ballard, Georgy, Heathen, and Goodtime Charlie with Joel Grey. He toured with the national companies of Hello Dolly with Betty Grable, Mame with Edie Adams, and Helizapoppin’ 67 with Soupy Sales. His industrial credits include the Milliken Breakfast Show and the Ford Industrial Show. His work in stock also brought him into contact with Molly Picon in Milk & Honey, Jan Murray in Bye Bye Birdie, Alfred Drake in Kiss Me Kate, and Anna Maria Alberghetti in West Side Story. Having achieved success and a sense of completion performing under others’ direction, Sal decided to create his own choreography and teach others. For 20 years he taught at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center, and was also on the faculty at Ballet Academy East in New York City.
Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years in Hawaiʻi, Florida, New York and throughout the east coast. Kaina Quenga performs widely as a freelan ...
Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years in Hawaiʻi, Florida, New York and throughout the east coast. Kaina Quenga performs widely as a freelance Polynesian dancer in the tri-state area at themed parties, community events, schools, and senior centers. Under the direction of Hiloʻs famed kumu hula, Johnny Lum Ho of Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua, Kaina received formal Polynesian dance training. Kaina went on to perform professionally with Tihati Productions on her native Big Island, and has twice traveled to Tahiti to study at the Conservatoire with Mamie Louise Kimetete and Vanina Ehu. Kaina is the Director of Nā ʻOiwi NYC, a New York City-based education and advocacy group dedicated to perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture, history, and voice. Kaina shares her culture and experience via education. Kaina has consistently worked with the students of Concourse House Day Care in the Bronx since 2003. There she teaches Hawaiian mele and hula to the children through the school’s well-established music and movement program. Since Summer of 2013, Kaina has served as Hula instructor for world-class cultural and community center 92nd Street Y in Upper East Side, New York. Kaina also teaches Hula in Park Slope dance and culture staple, Spoke the Hub, for the last seven years and hosted Ori Tahiti dance classes in NYC parks. Kaina’s classes provide beginners with fundamental elements of Hula and Ori Tahiti that honor cultural perspective as well as celebrate joyous expression of the dance. Kaina is one of the Co-Founder, Directors of Te Ao Mana. Te Ao Mana is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation and education of Tahitian culture and dance. Though New York based, Te Ao Mana’s mission is to create global awareness of the Tahitian culture through song, dance, and story. Te Ao Mana has made appearances at Hawaiian Airlines New York Outrigger Liberty Challenge, Battery Dance Festival, Dance, Parade, 92 Street Y Street Fair, and Indigenous People's Day Celebration.
Hula (Open Level)
Hula (Absolute Beginner)
Claudia Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Berlin, Germany to Chinese-Indonesian parents, and has performed and taught tap dance all over the world for over 15 years now to all ages from 6 years o ...
Claudia Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Berlin, Germany to Chinese-Indonesian parents, and has performed and taught tap dance all over the world for over 15 years now to all ages from 6 years old to 83 years old. She has extensively studied tap dance with Sam Weber, Andreas Dänel, Sven Göttlicher and Pascal Hulin. After having danced in numerous tap dance-shows all over Europe and having been on tour with several touring productions around Europe as well as the United States (Magic Of The Dance, Dancing Feet, Dancing On Common Ground), Claudia moved to New York City in 2003 to continue her dance education and pursue a career in dance in the US.
Her performance highlights include tap dancing in Michelle Dorrance’s The Blues Project at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, on "The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon" with Andrew Nemr's CPD PLUS, the world-famous Apollo Theater alongside the fabulous Miss Mable Lee, New York City’s Cotton Club with the Cotton Club Sophisticated Ladies and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, MTV's "TRL" as part of a Happy Feet-segment with Robin Williams and Elijah Wood and singing and dancing at Joe’s Pub and the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Claudia has also had the opportunity to dance with Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker, Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, Max Pollak’s RUMBATAP, Jane Goldberg, Barbara Duffy & Company, Roxane Butterfly's WORLDBEATS, Jared Grimes' T.A.D.A.H. and many others. In 2011, Claudia has been on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine and has been featured as one of Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch" in 2010. Currently, she is on faculty at Steps On Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York City.
Claudia has been extremely blessed and fortunate to have met and spend valuable time (on or off stage) with tap masters like the late Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Bunny Briggs, the late Dr.Henry LeTang, the late Dr. Buster Brown, the late Dr. Harold Cromer, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Savion Glover among others and wants to thank them for all that they have shared. She is looking forward to keep sharing her love for music and the art of tap dancing with everyone through her teaching and performing.
Cynthia Reynolds performed with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from1976 to 1993. Reynolds teaches dance at 92Y, and the Alexander Technique at The New School, at NYU, and privately.
Ellen Robbins has been teaching dance since 1966. She was the resident dance educator at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC for 34 years. Robbins is a recipient of the 1993 Arts in Education Roundtable ...
Ellen Robbins has been teaching dance since 1966. She was the resident dance educator at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC for 34 years. Robbins is a recipient of the 1993 Arts in Education Roundtable Award and the 1986 “Bessie” (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her work with children. In May 2015, she was the honoree of the LaMama Moves Gala. She has taught Dance Education at Sarah Lawrence College and has guest-lectured around the country and abroad. She has been on the faculties of 92nd St. Y, Bennington College July Program and with ArtsConnection, a performance arts project for public school children. She has directed the Young Dancers School at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. In the summer of 2001, Dances by Very Young Choreographers was produced at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Doris Duke Theater. Robbins is known for her extensive repertoire of group dances choreographed in collaboration with children.
JoDe Romano "La Chispa" was a guest Teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas were she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera Carmen ...
JoDe Romano "La Chispa" was a guest Teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas were she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera Carmen. She also performed in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez at the Metropolitan Opera, attended by president Clinton, which was broadcast for PBS Live From Lincoln Center and toured Japan with the Three Tenors. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, was soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company at the Joyce Theater, the Town Hall New York City, and toured the US and Spain. She was also a dancer in The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis and others, and taught a castanet workout on the Dr. Oz Show. JoDe Romano choreographed the Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous Zarzuelas, and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso's Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York. Ms. Romano has taught at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispanico, NYC public schools and the summer intensives at Joffery Ballet NYC.
Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She has been a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop at 92Y. Ms. Romano also taught a master class and workshop at NYU for NYSDEA and at Fall for Dance at NY City Center. She teaches at Steps on Broadway and other locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. She has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques, and has produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD. www.FlamencoRomano.com
Flamenco (Open Level)
Jose Rosario, born in the Dominican Republic, has been a Latin dance instructor in the Tri-State area for over 10 years. Jose has served as a spokesperson for the Latin music and dance scene with a ...
Jose Rosario, born in the Dominican Republic, has been a Latin dance instructor in the Tri-State area for over 10 years. Jose has served as a spokesperson for the Latin music and dance scene with appearances on "Good Morning America," "The Martha Stewart Show" and "Good Day New York." He has also been featured in The New York Post and in The Sunday Times Magazine. Jose has also appeared in salsa documentary films as an instructor and performer. After serving overseas in the military, Jose returned to New York and joined the Sandra Cameron Dance Center staff as a Salsa instructor. Jose joined the 92Y staff and is currently teaching all levels of Salsa as well as private classes in Chacha, Merengue and Bachata. Jose also produces social events throughout the year that feature his favorite Latin bands from the greater New York area.
Susan Rosenbaum, a New York native, received her early training at the New Dance Group Studio and at Harkness House in NYC. She studied with David Howard, Finis Jhung, Kira Guzikova, Wilhelm Burman ...
Susan Rosenbaum, a New York native, received her early training at the New Dance Group Studio and at Harkness House in NYC. She studied with David Howard, Finis Jhung, Kira Guzikova, Wilhelm Burmann and Sydelle Gomberg. She earned her BFA in dance from the University of Utah, her MA in Early Childhood Education from Adelphi University and is also Montessori certified. She performed with Ballet West, Harkness Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and NYC Character and Ballet Company. In addition to teaching both children and adult levels at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Susan has also taught at the Peninsula Hotel Fitness Center and in the “Take a Chance” series at the JCC Manhattan. Susan’s teaching credits also include Central Park Dance in Scarsdale, NY, Steps on Broadway, Rutgers University, Maryland Ballet, Chautauqua Institution and Tanzwerkstatt, Bonn, Germany.
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An early pioneer of dance therapy while she performed with the Jean Erdman Theatre of Dance, Dr. Berger teaches dance therapy at New York University, where she was the Director of the Program in Da ...
An early pioneer of dance therapy while she performed with the Jean Erdman Theatre of Dance, Dr. Berger teaches dance therapy at New York University, where she was the Director of the Program in Dance Education from 1993–2002. She is also currently the Director of the Dance Therapy Program at the Harkness Dance Center of 92nd Street Y. She has created dance therapy training programs in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Sweden, and has taught dance therapy and the Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory in France, Germany, Greece, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Taiwan. She initiated the International Panel of the ADTA in 1995. In 2009, Dr. Berger received the Charles Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, the ADTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame in 2005 and she was given the Marian Chace Award for fostering the international growth of dance therapy in 2002. Past President and charter member of the American Dance Therapy Association, Dr. Berger was Director of the Creative Arts Therapies Dept. at Bronx Psychiatric Center 1970–1990, and is a past Chair of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies. A former co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and editorial board member of the Journal of Dance Education, she now is on the board of Arts in Psychotherapy and the American Journal of Dance Therapy. An early student of dance therapy pioneers Marian Chace, Irmgaard Bartenieff and Rhoda Winter Russell, she studied non-verbal communication with Albert Scheflen, Martha Davis, Marion North, Judith Kestenberg and Warren Lamb, and studied dance with, among others, Alwin Nikolais and Martha Graham.
Arleigh Rothenberg began dancing at the age of 7 and has experience in a multitude of dance genres. Currently, Arleigh tap dances at The Cotton Club weekly, as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards& ...
Arleigh Rothenberg began dancing at the age of 7 and has experience in a multitude of dance genres. Currently, Arleigh tap dances at The Cotton Club weekly, as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ “Sophisticated Ladies”. She has performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Taste of Broadway (2009 and 2010) as a member of the “Young Hoofers”, and performed in an excerpt of Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap! at Rodeph Sholom in NYC (February 2010). In March and July 2011 she performed in Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ Michael Jackson Tribute at The Dancespace Project and the NYC Summer Stage Series. In May 2011 she performed in Derick K. Grant’s Once Upon A Tap, at the Harris Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. Arleigh is also a cast member of Rhythm Is Our Business (2013), produced by Tony Waag and American Tap Dance Foundation, directed by Derick K. Grant, and with choreography by Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Recent Salsa performance credits inlcude Salsmania Saturdays and Dancesanity Stars’ World in Motion – Part 2, with choreography by Karla Choko (June 2013).
Television and Video Credits include the Malibu Rum “Funky Dip” Flashmob Commercial; choreographed by Tweetie, tap dancing on "Sesame Street’s" 2009/2010 40th Season, dancing in the Step Up 3D Official Dance Dub Broadway Dance Center Video; section choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, and appearing in the films Step Up 3D (2010), Eat, Pray, Love (2010) and Friends with Benefits (2011). Arleigh has also danced in several Flashmob America events, including the Cha Cha Cha for Charity produced by Charmin and the 2011 Estee Lauder Campaign.
Arleigh was selected to perform in new choreographic works by Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s 2009 Sound Check performance series, and Michelle Dorrance’s piece in the 2009 Symphony Space Showcase. She is also proud to have been selected by the legendary Dr. Harold Cromer for his piece in the 20th Annual Tap Extravaganza. Other performance credits include Tap City’s 2009 Main Event with “Mazel Toes”, various shows with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative” including On Tap at Joe’s Pub, They Don’t Sing About Love No More at New World Stages and The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, and several performances with Sean Fielder’s “Boston Tap Company”. She also performed at Tap City’s 2008 Tap and Song with “C3, a NY Tap Cooperative”, and in Old Man Time by Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Reggio McLaughlin.
Arleigh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television-Radio with a concentration in Video Production from Ithaca College. While attending Ithaca College, she founded the Ithaca College Tap Dance Club, and conceived and co-directed the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival.
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Randi Sloan (MA/NYU) is the Director Of Arts at The Dalton School in NYC and has served as Chair Of The Dance Department for the past 32 years. She has been on the faculty at New York Univers ...
Randi Sloan (MA/NYU) is the Director Of Arts at The Dalton School in NYC and has served as Chair Of The Dance Department for the past 32 years. She has been on the faculty at New York University in the Steinhardt School of Dance Education since 2007, an adjunct Professor in the Hunter College Graduate Dance Program since 2015, Randi has been on faculty at DEL (Dance Education Laboratory) at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center since 1996. She has served as consultant and teacher of dance pedagogy, as well as advisor for the Blueprint for Teaching & Learning in the Arts for the New York City Department of Education. Randi serves on the Exam Committee for NYCDOE under the direction of Ana Nery Fragoso. In 2017-18, Randi directed a project in Senegal where the objective was to create collaborations (in the form of workshops, ateliers, and culminating performances) to reveal the genuine interest of American artists in Senegalese cultural practices, and for each group to train each other in alternative forms of dance making. Randi has taught teacher training workshops for the Office of Arts and Special Projects NDEO, SASI (Center for Arts Education and workshops and consultant in the Public Schools), taught workshops for The Philadelphia Arts Projects, headed by Madeline Cantor at Bryn Mawr College, and presented at NDEO and at the International Dance Council CID. In prior years, she taught in academic venues both nationally and internationally, including Milan, Oakland University, University Of Detroit Mercy, and The Desisto School in Stockbridge, MA. Randi Sloan is a Fellow of The Academy for Teachers in NYC.
Kate Stephan danced professionally as a soloist for over ten years in ballet companies including The Cincinnati Ballet, The Israel Ballet in Tel-Aviv and the Florida Ballet. She also performed on B ...
Kate Stephan danced professionally as a soloist for over ten years in ballet companies including The Cincinnati Ballet, The Israel Ballet in Tel-Aviv and the Florida Ballet. She also performed on Broadway and in the Los Angeles cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in the principal role of "Meg" and in the ballet chorus. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, a certified Integral Yoga pre-natal teacher and a certified OM Yoga teacher. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer. In 2007, Ms. Stephan earned a Masters’ Degree in Dance Education at New York University. Ms. Stephan was the Manager of the New York City Ballet Workout, a ballet-based fitness class, for three years. As Manager for the New York City Ballet Workout, she traveled world-wide to train and certify all instructors while also teaching the Workout at New York Sports Clubs. She was also the Associate Producer and Fitness Director for NYCB Workout 2, the second video/DVD of the Workout exercise program. Ms. Stephan's teaching credits include, 92nd Street Y, Steps on Broadway, Lucy Moses School, Brown University, Providence Ballet, The Spence School, New York Sports Club and New Jersey Ballet School.
Dr. Suzi Tortora Ed.D, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC, received a B.A. with honors in Child Study, along with teaching certification (K-8 and special needs preschool to 7 years), from Tufts ...
Dr. Suzi Tortora Ed.D, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC, received a B.A. with honors in Child Study, along with teaching certification (K-8 and special needs preschool to 7 years), from Tufts University. She received her M.A. degree in dance therapy at New York University. Dr. Tortora received her doctorate in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in infancy development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an ADTR, which is the advanced level accreditation certification of the American Dance Therapy Association. She is also a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA); a Kestenberg Movement Profiler (KMP); has studied Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; authentic movement with Janet Adler, anatomy, kinesiology and ideokinesis with Irene Dowd; and received certification in Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sumar. Her postgraduate continued professional education courses include Dr. Greenspan's Infancy and Early Childhood Intervention training course, and numerous Zero-to-Three Training Institutes.