Two 5-Day Sessions
Alana Isiguen trained and apprenticed with the North Carolina Dance Theater and with Rebecca Massey Wiley of American Ballet Theater, focusing on dance pedagogy, restaging classical works, and rehearsal direction. Professionally, Alana has performed works by George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, and William Forsythe, and presented her own choreography at the La Mama Experimental Theatre. Alana received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, studied abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and received her MFA in Dance at the University of California, Irvine where she researched the integration of somatic concepts into technical training, specifically ballet.
Albert Blaise Cattafi is the Resident Choreographer for the Phoenix Ballet and is a proud faculty member of Los Angeles based dance convention, “L.A. Dance Magic”. He began his training at the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. Upon high school graduation, Albert won the prestigious title of Mr. Dance of America and shortly thereafter was honored to receive a full scholarship to the dance program at Montclair State University. Albert has been cast in several episodes of “Saturday Night Live”, has appeared as a guest artist on SYTYCD, and was featured in an international Coke Zero Commercial. He has performed on the Video Music Awards for Florence and the Machine and on the American Music Awards with Kelly Clarkson. Known for his technical prowess and artistry, Albert was an original member of both internationally recognized dance companies “Shaping Sound” under the direction of Travis Wall, and “Bad Boys of Dance” under the direction of Rasta Thomas.
Amber Perkins is the owner of the nationally distinguished Amber Perkins School of the Arts and founder and Artistic Director of the Phoenix Project Dance. Ms. Perkins has won many choreography awards, including the prestigious Elan Award, presented annually by Dance Spirit Magazine and Capezio. Amber received her BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts and her BS in Economics. Amber performed with the Danscore Company as a principle dancer for three years. As a choreographer, Amber has worked with various companies and dance institutions across the United States and Canada, including Williams/Henry Dance in Kansas City.
Ashley Lindsey graduated from the University North Carolina School of the Arts. He has since performed with the Limon Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Defero Dance Collective, VIA Dance Collaborative, and Jessica Gaynor Dance Company. Ashley worked with choreographers Jason Parsons, Mia Michaels, Lauren Adams and Suzi Taylor; and created works for the North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC, American Youth Grand Prix, CC& Co Dance Complex, Plumb Performing Arts Center, and Defro Dance Collective. Ashley has taught at UNCSA, Duke University, Elon College, and Jose Limon Workshops. He was a 2013 finalist for the Capezio ACE Awards.
Barton is a native of Denver, Colorado where he began his training at Denver School of the Arts and The Academy of Colorado Ballet. We went on to attend The University of Arizona, graduating with a BFA in Dance. Barton recently returned from the 1st National Tour of 'An American In Paris' where he was the understudy to the role of Jerry as well as starring in the Lifetime original film 'Center Stage: On Pointe'. He has appeared in featured roles with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Pontus Lidberg Dance, and Bad Boys of Ballet (among many others). Barton can also be seen in print ads for Gap Fit, Old Navy, and Capezio. www.bartonc.com
"...dance is, as I see it, a form of poetry for which physical prowess is merely a means but surely not an end. Dancers who get stuck emphasizing only the athletic aspect of dance seem to have only one note they strike repeatedly. They appear to be shouting all of the time. It’s the difference between yelling and singing. Barton sings. It’s a choice.” - Lar Lubovitch
Brandon Cournay Brandon Cournay is originally from Detroit, Michigan and is one of the most versatile dancers in the industry. Since receiving his BFA from The Juilliard School, he has had an exciting journey performing in both commercial and concert dance. Brandon has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, can be seen in TV commercials for Puma as well as industrials for Sesame Street and Target. He is featured in the upcoming film, “Musical Chairs.” Brandon has performed with the New York Theatre Ballet, Morphoses, Mark Morris Dance Group and is currently dancing with KEIGWIN + COMPANY.
Chris Hale is Associate Director and Director of Education at Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, which launched in the fall of 2009. Through his work with Pushing Progress, Chris and his partner Calen J. Kurka are at the helm of a revolution in the way we train in dance. Through an energetic approach and the incorporation of varied methodologies for sustainability and injury prevention they hope to bring a sophisticated level of information into the lives of every dancer who has the drive and passion to grow as an artist. Chris has been on faculty at Broadway Dance Center as well as teaching around NYC at Steps and Dance New Amsterdam. A renowned master teacher, Chris travels around the U.S. and Canada bringing his passion for technique and artistry to dancers of all ages. Teaching opportunities have taken Chris to Italy, Ireland and was on faculty at the ABT New York Summer Intensive 2013.
Professional credits include KTU's miracle on 34th Street where he performed with such recording artists as Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Gloria Gaynor, and Michael Jackson. In 2002, he performed with international singing sensation Anastasia at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Busan, Korea. Television credits include HBO's "Sex and the City" playing opposite Kim Catrall. He, along with fellow instructor Calen Kurka, released an instructional video for the Live At BDC series entitled “Floorwork with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale”
In the summer of 2004 Chris debuted a collection of never before seen works entitled “CollidE (with me) at Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Art Nexus “WAX” in three evenings of sold out performances. Since then his work has appeared throughout New York in choreographer’s showcases such as “The Turning Point” at NYC’s Puffin Room, and “Envision This” by Enfocus Dance. Most recently his work has appeared in the Pushing Progress “Showcase Series” started by Calen J. Kurka as a means to bring a wide range of choreographer’s together in the shared vision of creating a memorable dance experience. As a choreographer, he will continue to create work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance and hopefully bring it to the mainstream in a way that is accessible to everyone. His more than four years-experience with the GYROTONIC® methodology has hugely influenced his teaching and brought a heightened awareness to his own dancing. Chris is certified in GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methodologies. Chris is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Christina Dooling began her dance education at the age of three under the direction of Isobel Johnson, Kim Johnson-Spolitino, and Sandra Moore (Stewart-Johnson Dance Academy.) Christina was given the opportunity to train and compete nationally, working with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, and Tyce. In 2003 she was accepted to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There she studied with dance legends such as Gus Solomons, Jr., Kathy Grant, Deborah Jowitt, and Linda Tarnay. In 2006 she became a member of Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company. It was here she crossed paths with Mr. Rhoden where he created her featured role in Phoenix Variations. That summer Christina began her professional dance career with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Since then Christina has traveled and performed extensively. “A pint-sized powerhouse (she’s just shy of 5’3”), she dances with attack, precision, and confidence. She’s equally at home doing Rhoden’s challenging off-center pointe work and strutting across the stage in stilettos…” –Dance Spirit Magazine. Christina has been a guest artist for dance companies featuring classical Ballet to Broadway styles. Most recently, Christina made her musical theater debut with The Phantom of the Opera. Additionally, she has taught master classes internationally and continues to choreograph for her award-winning students at SJDA.
Elizabeth grew up dancing in Raleigh, North Carolina and her passion for movement led her to a professional dance career in New York. Over her fifteen year career as a dancer and choreographer, Elizabeth worked with Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., SNL, X-box, MTV, Google, Roberto Cavalli, Dos Equis, Perrier, Ben Stiller, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, The Knocks and others before deciding to focus her career on fitness. Elizabeth is certified in Pilates mat, Mad Dogg spin, Pre and Postnatal exercise and is a NASM personal trainer. Since 2010, Elizabeth has been training men and women in North Carolina, New York and Indianapolis. She is known for being an energetic, encouraging and challenging instructor.
Jaclyn Walsh is a principal dancer of KEIGWIN + COMPANY. Her choreography has been presented at Perceptions Contemporary Dance Festival, American Dance Guild Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, NYU’s Past/Forward, and SummerStage Main Stage. She received Broadway Care’s coveted Choreography Award at the Joyce and has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher Magazine. Jaclyn received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she performed works by Susan Marshall and Ronald K. Brown and received the Tisch Achievement Scholarship in Dance. Jaclyn is on faculty at Crunch Fitness and BDC’s Contemporary Variations Series.
Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He was recently a member of the Falsettos Broadway choreography team, including preparing the cast for their Tony Awards performance. He worked with Josh Prince and Pulitzer Prize winner, Director James Lapine on the choreography for "Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing." Jason's performance credits include “White Christmas” (Broadway), “On The Town" (Barrington Stage), “My One And Only” (Stages St. Louis), Tap Stars (international tour), Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and MTV’s Video Music Awards. Jason performed at the Kennedy Center for Presidents Obama and Bush. He earned the title of Adult World Tap Dance Solo Champion at the International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Championships (’03) and ADA’s national Young Choreographer of the Year (’05). Jason’s choreography has been presented on Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater (Falsettos), the Kennedy Center and Symphony Space NYC. Jason is a guest teacher at many conventions including NYCDA, ASH, Syncopate, and Tap the Map. Jason graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance.
Jessica Longo’s training included ballet, pointe, acro, modern, lyrical and tap. She studied with George Lon, Chris Lee, Mary Felber, Dawn LaViola-Schaub, Frank Hatchett, Michele Assaf, AC Ciulla and Joe Lanteri. Jessica also trained as a gymnast, reaching the Class III competitive level, and was named to the All County and All Conference gymnastic teams. Prior to joining DANJ, she was on the artistic staff at Performing Arts Academy for over ten years. Her credits also include commercial and modeling roles. Jessica attended the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City and Montclair State University where she majored in Dance.
Jourdan Epstein began her dance training at Summit School of Dance and won 1st place at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. While training at Ballet Arts Minnesota, Jourdan received a scholarship to attend the Walnut Hill School. Jourdan earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School. The following year, as a Complexions apprentice, she performed Benoit-Swan Pouffer’s choreography in Fashion Week. Jourdan has studied at ABT, The Juilliard School, Kirov, Kaatsbaan International Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. She was a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company from 2011 to 2014 before joining Rasta Thomas’ Romeo and Juliet.
Kathleen Arcieri grew up in Ridgewood, NJ where she began ballet lessons at the age of five. As a prized student at Irine Fokine’s School of Ballet, Kathleen performed in annual recitals as well as in Tchaikovsky’s classic, The Nutcracker, for over twelve years. At the age of 17, Kathleen was chosen to dance the coveted Sugar Plum Fairy role. After seeing her perform, the renowned Russian ballet dancer, Igor Youskevitch, invited her to train and compete professionally. In 1990, Kathleen was awarded the bronze medal in the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition. Kathleen also danced with the Connecticut Ballet Theater and taught classes at Irine Fokine's School of Ballet.
Katie Kozul began her dance training at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold and her mother, Kathy Kozul. She attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, where she had the honor of performing George Balanchine’s Serenade. Katie attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA program where she had the opportunity to perform works by Francesca Harper, Jennifer Archibald, Alenka Cizmesija, and Malcolm Lowe. Most recently she had the pleasure of performing in the annual “Ailey at the Apollo” event. Kozul joined then Hubbard Street 2 company as an apprentice in September 2012 and was promoted in August 2013.
Kelby Brown received his training at the School of American Ballet, the official School of the New York City Ballet. As a classically trained dancer, he performed with State Ballet of Missouri, Ballet Chicago, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific NW Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. He danced featured roles on some of the most notable stages including, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Opera and Cirque du Soleil’s, Mystère. After Cirque he was invited to join Celine Dion’s, A New Day Las Vegas Show, Directed by Franco Dragone and Choreographed by Mia Michaels.
He has worked with other musical artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Melody Gardot, Elton John, and Usher. He has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, dancing alongside Lady Gaga. He also assisted Emmy Nominated Choreographer, Stacey Tookey and Emmy Award Winning Choreographer, Mia Michaels on SYTYCD. He graced the big screen dancing in, The Dance Flick, Transformers 2, Showtime’s Television Series, Weeds, as well as the hit TV show, Gossip Girl.
Kelby, the Choreographer, joined forces with Director, Ryan Shiraki, on the big screen for the movie Spring Breakdown, where his moves were showcased by the star studded cast, including Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch. He reunited with Ryan Shiraki, to choreograph for the hit MTV show Awkward. His Choreographic stage credits include, Zombie Strippers the Musical, where his choreography was quoted as being, "the star of the night”. He choreographed the 20th Anniversary of The Kids Choice Awards, where he got to work exclusively with multi-platinum recording artist Justin Timberlake.
Kelby’s dedication to the art of dance naturally carries a presence in teaching. His expertise in the art of dance has made him a highly sought after instructor, coach, and choreographer. He has held faculty positions at some of the most prestigious institutions including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and State Ballet of Missouri. He regularly adjudicates and teaches for dance conventions, like CANDANCE and THE PULSE.
Kelly Burke-Fitzpatrick, Artistic Director of Westchester Dance Academy, has been and remains to be the driving force behind the success of her studio. Her dream of opening her own studio was first realized in 1997 in Harrison, NY, after her final public, solo performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Kelly has combined her years of extensive professional training – including the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater – and her love of teaching, to create a unique experience in dance education for all of her students. Additionally, her personal experience and pervasive success in the competition industry has played a pivotal role in the consistent accomplishments of the WDA Troupe. Kelly has been recognized with countless awards for her celebrated choreography and role as a dance educator.
Logan Epstein is an alumni of Westchester Dance Academy and is currently in New York City studying Commercial Dance at Pace University where she is getting her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. Logan has danced all over the country assisting many of the top choreographers including Mia Michaels and Andy Blankenbuehler in all styles of dance. While she attended WDA she won many regional and national titles in addition to dance scholarships and has appeared in many dance magazines and instructional videos. Besides going to school full time she is currently a professional assistant for New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage New York and teaches Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet at WDA.
Lynne Grossman is on faculty at Montclair State University where she is the Dance Auditions Coordinator for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She received her BFA at MSU after her extensive performance career. Since 2005, Lynne has been guest ballet teacher at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts in Denville, NJ where she choreographs and assists in concert productions bi-annually. Ms. Grossman has been on faculty at New Jersey Ballet, Front-n-Center for Performing Arts and The University of Texas Austin, where she received the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award.
Lynne’s early dance training with Fred Danieli at the Garden State Ballet, led to performing opportunities in the company. During that time she was fortunate to meet and study extensively with renowned master teacher and choreographer, Gabriela Darvash. She was directed and coached by Darvash in ballets such as Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Walpurgis Night. Her professional career continued with the Israel Ballet, Austin Ballet Theatre, Sharir Modern Dance Company and the Texas National Dance Theatre as co-founder and Director of the Academy. She was able to perform nationally as a solo guest artist, and with her dance partner of many years, Greg Easley. Ms. Grossman danced the title roles in classics such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty. She was honored to perform George Balanchine works including, Serenade, Symphony in C, Concerto Borocco, and Valse Fantasie. She performed works by Doug Verone, David Parsons and many original pieces by contemporary artists. At Radio City Music Hall, Ms. Grossman performed in over 300 shows as both a ballet and jazz dancer. She spent five summers at the South Carolina Governor‘s School for the Arts catering to gifted and talented dancers.
Sharon Hockstein received her Ballet training at the School of American Ballet, and studied on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and with Robert Denvers. She danced many leading roles in the School of American Ballet Workshop performances, such as George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barroco. Sharon danced professionally with The New York City Ballet performing at Lincoln Center, touring the West Coast, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was also a Guest Artist with other Ballet companies across the USA, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Sharon currently teaches ballet on the adjunct faculty at Montclair State University. She choreographed Ballets and full-length Musical Theater productions at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Sharon truly enjoys passing on her knowledge and love of Ballet to future generations of dancers. She has been teaching for over twenty years and is thrilled to join the DANJ family – and we are thrilled to have her!
Terk received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Western Michigan University where he performed in works by Ron De Jesus, Frank Chavez and Antony Tudor. His formal training began with Tony Calucci at The Dance Extension in Columbus, Ohio. Terk also trained with the City Ballet of San Diego and River North Chicago. He joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2010 and has since performed in works by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jae Man William Forsyth and Marcelo Gomes. Waters became an Artist In Residence with the Company in 2017.
Terk has taught at The Joffrey Ballet School NYC, Broadway Dance Center NYC, New York City Dance Alliance, The Alvin Ailey Extension Program, The American College Dance Festival, The Pulse Convention, Complexions Contemporary Ballet intensives (NYC, Atlanta, Detroit) , Atmosphere Dance Events (Ukraine), Vilnius Cultural Center (Lithuania), Marymount Manhattan University, and Western Michigan University.
"I believe "greatness" resides in Terk Waters. He is not just a really good dancer but a dancer rare for his generation." - Darrell Wood, critic, NYC Dance Stuff
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