MAGDALYN SEGALE is a dance artist and multi-media performance director. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School (BFA 2014) and alumni of NJDTE (2010). Maggie works for OFFSHORE, a project directed by Cally Spooner, with which she has performed, taught and collaborated internationally at Le Centre National de Dance de Paris, France; Centre of Contemporary Arts, Singapore; M Muesum in Leuven, Belgium; the New Museum, New York City. Maggie is a teaching artist at Nord Anglia International Schools and is also a member of Helen Simoneau Danse and The Bang Group, both based in NYC.
Adrienne Stevens is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Sciences at Columbia University in New York City. As an expert on the science of human movement, Dr. Stevens has worked in environments ranging from dance companies to fitness clubs and pharmaceutical corporations. She holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Applied Physiology from Columbia University.
Dr. Harlene Goldschmidt has been the Director of the Wellness Program for the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble since 2007. She has given presentations and programs on mind/body health for dancers and at national conferences, Montclair State University, and The Juilliard School. Harlene has been interviewed by Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher Now on issues regarding optimizing emotional health, improving personal and professional relationships, communication skills, and performance enhancement. Publications include, “Dancing With Your head On: Mental Imagery Techniques for Dancers,” in the Journal of Dance Education (2002), and she has recently published 2 articles on mind/body unity and clinical Qigong. Dr. Goldschmidt has worked in private practice as a psychologist/psychoanalyst for 30 years. She has 2 post-doctoral degrees in psychoanalysis from the Center of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey (CPPNJ). As a faculty member of CPPNJ, Dr. Goldschmidt teaches courses on neuro-psychoanalysis and mind/body issues. Harlene is also a certified Level 2 Qigong Therapist. With NJDTE, Harlene teaches Qigong Meditation, which helps dancers increase and balance their internal energy through the use of breath, visualization, and intention. In 2014, Harlene will be teaching at Atlantic Health Care’s Center for Well Being. She will be offering a Continuing Education Program for nurses and other medical staff in Clinical Qigong.
Barbara Hoon is the owner and founder of Six Degrees Pilates. Barbara brings a wealth of experience from her professional dance background, beginning as an original member of the notorious Twyla Tharp Dance Company upon her graduation from The Juilliard School in New York City. During her six years with Twyla Tharp, Barbara created distinguished roles in celebrated pieces including The Catherine Wheel and The Sinatra Suites, in which she danced alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov. Barbara continued her career on the Broadway stage, where she performed featured roles in Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Carousel, and South Pacific. Barbara performed in the Academy Award winning film Amadeus as well as feature films Zelig and Bugsy. She also appeared on television in national commercials, soap operas, and the popular show Picket Fences. Barbara discovered Pilates while training at The Juilliard School, where she learned the technique from pupils of Pilates master teachers. She most notably honed her craft with her teacher and trainer of twenty years, Patrick Strong, a New York City disciple of the world renowned Romana Kryzanowska. After teaching Pilates in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and New Jersey, Barbara’s diverse experience and wide fan-base prompted her to open her own studio. At Six Degrees, Barbara shares her passion for Pilates, where her knowledge and instruction are unmatched, helping anyone– regardless of their physical condition, age or ailments– learn and rejoice in the boundless benefits of Pilates.
(NJDTE Artistic Director/Choreographer)
Nancy Turano, Artistic Director is a Director, Master Teacher and Choreographer for Dance, Film, Opera and TV. She received a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and performed as a principal dancer and with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Martine Van Hamel’s New Amsterdam Ballet and others. As Artistic Director of the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble since 1994, Turano has been acknowledged for creating innovative training programs for dancers in the NJ, NYC metro area including; Movement Invention Project® (MIP®) at Baryshnikov Arts Center and New York Live Arts, and MIP2® in NYC. Turano recently secured a new 9,000 sq. ft. dance center for NJDTE in Summit, NJ to expand their pre-professional training program for dancers ages 5-18.
Turano has choreographed 26 new works and commissioned 53 new works for NJDTE. Her choreography has also been presented throughout the US, Mexico, Panama, Israel, Sweden and Germany. Her full-length “Carmen” was filmed for a feature on PBS Channel 13. Her short film “Tango Octogenario” has been featured on PBS Channel 13, at the New Films/New Directors series in Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, and other film festivals around the world. She has also choreographed episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
Turano is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 NJSCA Individual Artist Fellowship for Excellence in Choreography, NJSCA 2012 NJ Governor’s Award, NJSCA 2011 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award, and Outstanding Alumni Award by the Chancellor of SUNY Schools. Turano has been a National panelist (2013-2015) and Chair (2016-2017) for YoungArts in search of U.S. Presidential Scholars for the Arts. Turano has been on the NJPAC Advisory Committee since 2015. A master teacher, Turano has taught at National Ballet of Sweden School, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Aspen Ballet, National Ballet of Panama, Teatro San Martin in Argentina, Bat-Dor in Israel, Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Celine Dion’s “A New Day,” Montclair State University, New York University, Purchase College, and over 30 Universities in the US. Turano was also the Founding Director of the Harkness Youth Ballet at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. Turano has been on the faculty of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program since its inception and with the Pre-Professional Division of Ailey School for 21 years.
Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich was born in New Jersey and trained with Gertrude Weinberg and Alfredo Corvino as a member of the NJDTE. At the age of seventeen, she performed for the first time professionally with the New Jersey Ballet Company. She then toured internationally with the Pavlova Celebration, dancing lead roles in the “Fairy Doll” and “Giselle”. Upon returning to New Jersey Ballet, she rose to be their leading principal ballerina for over 15 years. Ms. Sabovick-Bleich has toured Taiwan and Moscow with the Stars of American Ballet Theatre and Bermuda with NJBC. She is known for her versatility and technical brilliance in such roles as Sylvia Pas de Deux, DeMille’s “Cowgirl” in Rodeo and the Sugar Plum Fairy. She has worked with many noted choreographers including, Vicente Nebrada, Norbert Vesak, Edward Villella and Robert North. She is currently on faculty for NJDTE as well as a faculty member with New Jersey School of Ballet and New Jersey Ballet Company.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Lenore Pavlakos Morales trained with Vicky Simegiatos and continued her training at Nubert Ballet School. She was awarded a trainee scholarship to study at Harkness House for Ballet Arts. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received her BFA Degree in Dance. Ms. Pavlakos Morales performed with Maryland Ballet and Eugene Ballet before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1993, where she danced as a soloist and principal dancer. She additionally served as assistant rehearsal director and master teacher. While with DTH, Ms. Morales toured Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, The United Kingdom, and the United States, performing ballets by noted choreographers such as George Balanchine, Glen Tetly, John Taras, and Michael Smuin, to name a few. Ms. Pavlakos Morales is a guest teacher with “Tremaine Conventions,” teaching ballet classes to hundreds of children throughout the United States. She has performed on TV for the 2000 Kennedy Center Honors Awards and has been seen in various magazines such as Oprah, Mademoiselle, Pointe, and Dance, as well as the Italian magazine Io Donna. She formerly was the Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Director of Staten Island Ballet and currently is the Ballet Mistress of NJDTE and a guest artist with Morales Dance.
Alexandra Gonzalez started her dance training in Miami, Florida. At the age of seven, she continued her ballet training in Colombia with the Ana Pavlova Ballet Academy. At the age of fifteen, she received a full scholarship to join the San Francisco Ballet School where she was featured in Dance Magazine. She then joined the San Francisco Ballet Company under the direction of Helgi Tomasson. After dancing with the San Francisco Ballet she moved back to Miami where she was a guest dancer with the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Americas Ballet, and Michel Uthoff Dance Theater, among other companies. She joined the New World School of the Arts under the direction of Daniel Lewis where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2004. In New York City, Alexandra has danced with Cedar Lake Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, The Metropolitan Opera, and Thomas Ortiz Dance Company.
Ms. Brikké is a senior full time faculty member at LaGuardia High School in NYC since 1998. She teaches ballet technique, pointe, dance history and Pilates. She regularly choreographs for the senior showcase and concert as well as photographs dancers for the school’s brochure and concert posters. A native of France, Ms. Brikké studied ballet with remarkable teachers such as Rosella Hightower at the Centre International de Danse in Cannes, France, Marika Besobrasova at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco, Terri Charlesworth at the Graduate School of Dance in Perth, Australia, and Anne-Marie Sandrini from the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris in Paris, France. Ms. Brikké performed in a wide variety of repertory ballets with the schools she attended as well as a freelance dancer and actress in Europe, Kenya and the United States.
Ms. Brikké received the Diplôme d’Etat de Professeur de Danse Classique from the French Ministry of Culture in Paris in 1993 . She is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She periodically assists ABT examiners and NTC founders Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens during teacher examinations.
Ms. Brikké began teaching dance in 1989 in Nairobi, Kenya, where she taught the children of the expatriate community as well as founded a dance ensemble for young talented Kenyans. Back in Paris, she taught, choreographed and coordinated dance programs at the Conservatoire des Arts in Le Mée. In 1994, Ms Brikké moved to New York where she joined the faculty of the Neubert Ballet Institute at Carnegie Hall and then the faculty of LaGuardia High School in 1998. Ms. Brikké has taught for several summer programs including Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Summer Intensive in New York City, New Jersey Ballet Company, Westchester Ballet Center and Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Massachussetts.
An avid learner and reader, Ms. Brikké regularly attends professional workshops on an array of topics pertaining to dance, teaching and wellbeing.
Throughout her career, Ms. Pablos has performed with companies such as: Chicago City Ballet under the direction of Maria Tallchief; the National Ballet of Mexico; Ohio Ballet, directed by Heinz Poll, with whom she toured in Central and South America; Feld Ballet and Charleston Civic Ballet. In 1989 she joined Ballet Hispanico and was on the faculty of the Ballet Hispanico School for twelve years and served as School Director. She has been guest teacher at the Dance Department of Indiana University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble.
She received her MFA from Purchase College, SUNY, earning the MFA award and has served as a jury member for International Dance Competitions in Nyon, Switzerland and México City. She has been Teacher in Residence at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, where she taught and choreographed a piece for the graduation ceremony. She had the honor to participate in the first Dance Series at the White House under the Obama administration. From 2012 to 2014 she was a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mercedes currently teaches at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College, the Department of Dance at Hunter College, and The Ailey School in New York City.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mikhail graduated with a BA from Vaganova Ballet Academy.
Mikhail won Gold Medal at the ‘Vaganova-Prix” Competition (1998). He danced with Mariinsky Ballet while also studying with Vaganova Academy. Mikhail started his professional career in the US when he joined Boston Ballet in 1999. In He was awarded a diploma at the Paris Competition, won highest awarded prize – Silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition (2000), won the Bronze at the Jackson IBC(2002). In 2001, he became a soloist and then a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet and performed a wide variety of the leading repertoire. In addition in 2005, he was chosen by Dance Magazine as one of the ‘to watching’ dancers of today. Mr. Ilyin finished his professional performance career with the American Ballet Theatre. He also performed as guest artist all around the US and across Europe and Asia.
He is a faculty member at American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School, SLK Ballet, Alvin Ailey. Mikhail also is a Ballet Master for the rehearsals of all levels, teaching, staging, choreography and evaluating audition for ABT’s Summer Intensive programs. He teaches Master classes for ABT’s outreach groups from: Brazil, Japan, Florida and NYC; extensively working with American Ballet Theatre’s company apprentices and Studio Company. Mikhail is certified and has won awards for his teaching of ABT’s National Training Curriculum.
Mikhail is also Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of iDEA in Movement workshop series: an integrated dance series focusing on body awareness and improvisation, combined with professional dance and classical ballet training. He is also a Certified Practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education: a 4-year professional training program in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. He continues to teach workshops and private lessons in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
Ilse Kapteyn began her training at the East Street Ballet, Massachusetts. She continued training with Irina Vakhromeeva while a student at Deerfield Academy. Ilse attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution, and American Ballet Theatre NY. Ilse traveled to Moscow in the summer of 2011 and was accepted at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Ilse is currently a dancer at the New Jersey Ballet since 2012.
Originally from Massachusetts, Christina Paolucci trained at Boston Ballet School from 1981-1991 and began her professional performing career while still in high school, with Boston Ballet. A 1995 graduate of The Juillard School, Ms. Paolucci earned a BFA in dance, supported by The Jerome L. Greene Dance Fellowship. While a student at Juilliard, she danced the works of choreographers such as Paul Taylor and Robert Battle, and was a student of Alfredo Corvino, Maria Grandy, Linda Kent and many others. Immediately after graduation, she was chosen by thelate Benjamin Harkarvy to assist in the coordination of Juilliard’s first national summer dance program, sparking her interest in artistic coordination and arts administration. She also served as rehearsal director to choreographer Lila York, staging her ballets on national companies.
In 1996, Ms. Paolucci joined New York Theatre Ballet and remained with the company for seven years, dancing principal roles. She studied exclusively with Diana Byer and Sallie Wilson. She was one of two dancers chosen to represent the Cecchetti style at the First World Congress of Classical and Contemporary Ballet in Monterrey, Mexico and danced as a guest artist in the companies of American Repertory Ballet, Dance As Ever, North Star Ballet and South Georgia Ballet. She was the dance coordinator for the Columbia Pictures film CenterStage.
From 2004-2006, Ms. Paolucci held the position of Artistic Associate of The Tallahassee Ballet in Florida. She commissioned guest choreographers and artists and hired teachers to work with the company and assisted in fundraising and grant writing. Ms. Paolucci taught company classes and oversaw the training curriculum of dancers ages 8 through adult. She initiated a summer workshop series and as Director of DanceChance, The Tallahassee Ballet’s community outreach program, she was a moving force in the successful growth of reaching hundreds of underserved children, enabling them to study ballet free of charge. Many of her DanceChance students became young members of The Tallahassee Ballet’s training ground and performing company.
Ms. Paolucci served as ballet mistress for The Tallahassee Ballet as well as staff choreographer, presenting her dances for children of all ages at several venues in Tallahassee including the prestigious Ruby Diamond Auditorium. She occasionally performed with the company and as a guest artist and was coached by Dan Wagoner and performed in his modern dance work at Florida State University.
For four years, she was a faculty member at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and was a guest teacher at the East Coast Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America’s conference. She served on the board of Florida State University’s Friends of Dance and for two years served as a dance panelist for the New Jersey State Arts Council. She was a senior faculty member at Ballet School NY, the official training school of NYTB from 2006-2012. In 2008 she assisted in the staging of Antony Tudor’s Judgment of Paris for American Ballet Theater at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City and performed the role of Juno, in Judgment for the Antony Tudor Centennial Celebration held at Juilliard. In November 2010, Ms. Paolucci was a ballet and modern dance adjudicator in Milan, Italy for the country’s national dance festival. She was a 2010 Dance USA Access Dance Scholar and mentee of The Kennedy Center’s Arts-in-Crisis Program. She is a member of Dance USA.
In 2006, Ms. Paolucci became Associate Director of New York Theatre Ballet, and in 2009 was appointed Executive Director/Associate Artistic Director, a position she held until 2012 when she became Co-Director of The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in Ridgefield, CT, from 2012-14. In 2015, after a temporary position as Project Manager for Operation Summit at New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Ms. Paolucci joins NJDTE as Operations Manager and as a faculty member, teaching ballet and pointe. She also is an administrator of Burklyn Ballet Theatre and a newly appointed member of County College of Morris’ Dance Advisory Panel.
Jessica Batten trained with New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble under Nancy Turano and graduated cum Laude in 2005 from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance. Ms. Batten has danced professionally with: NJDTE, Cedar Lake II, Connecticut Ballet, Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico of NY, and most currently at the Metropolitan Opera and with Nimbus Dance Works, among many other companies and choreographers.
Ms. Batten was invited to perform in Cali, Colombia in the Fifth Annual International Dance Festival 2011, representing the USA with Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance and has traveled the world performing and teaching. She has also performed with the Kirov Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. And in 2008, she appeared on the AMICI Television show in Rome, Italy as a Guest Profesionista. Additionally she has appeared in film and several more recent TV credits, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Ms. Batten enjoys teaching and choreographing in addition to her performance career, and is on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, NJ Dance Theater Ensemble, Columbus Pre-School, and The School of Nimbus Dance Works, and she has taught at Amherst College the last two summers.
Peter Brandenhoff is a Danish ballet teacher and former ballet dancer currently based in New York City.
As the third generation of his family at the Royal Danish Ballet, he chose to pursue a career abroad after his graduation and went on to dance with Boston Ballet II, Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In his 15 years with SFB he rose to the rank of soloist with a wide repertoire of lead and supporting roles spanning from the romantic classics of Petipa, Bournonville and the modern classics of Balanchine, Robbins, Taylor, MacMillan, Forsythe to the avant-garde modern of Redha. He created works with Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Possokhov, James Kudelka, Helgi Thomasson, Val Caniparoli, and was critically acclaimed for his character portrayals.
As a guest he performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Ballets Grandiva, South African Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Opera and numerous tours with the Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet. In 2004 he helped initiate an outreach collaboration between SFB and South African Ballet Theatre, which steered him towards teaching. In 2008 he became ballet master of the boys program at Ballet San Jose School, quadrupling the enrollment in the first year. He has taught and staged Bournonville at the schools of San Francisco Ballet; Oregon Ballet Theater; Ballet San Jose; Peridance; Ballet Academy East, as well as company classes at Royal Danish Ballet; Ballet San Jose, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Upon retiring from the stage he completed a BFA with honors from St. Mary’s College in California, and spearheaded a Fellowship program in Arts Administration at CalPerformances at UCBerkeley, California.
Peter Brandenhoff is a faculty member at the Ailey School in New York City, where he teaches in the Professional and Junior divisions. He also teaches his own pre-professional training program for students ages 7-14 in New York City.
Caroline Dietz is from Chester, New Jersey. She trained primarily at Ballet Forte at Wings Conservatory under the direction of Andrea Kramer from 2001 until graduating high school in 2009 as well as New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble under the direction of Nancy Turano from 2003 to 2009. She also trained at Studio Maestro under the direction of Francois Perron from 2005 to 2007 and received private coaching from Alexandra Wells from 2005 to 2009. At NJDTE, she was fortunate to have performed works by choreographers Andrea Miller, Belinda McGuire, Twyla Tharp, Stephen Pier, Jean Emile, Kate Skarpetowska, Fabrice Lamego, Elizabeth Roxas, and Nancy Turano. Caroline then went on to graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with a BFA in dance in 2012. There she performed choreography by Kate Weare and Aszure Barton. Post graduation, she joined Carolyn Dorfman Dance as an apprentice in September of 2012 and has been a full company member since 2013. There she performs repertoire by Carolyn Dorfman and Doug Elkins. Throughout the years, she has additionally studied at several summer intensive programs such as American Ballet Theatre NY, Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Movement Invention Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Northwest Dance Project LAUNCH 7. Caroline has had wonderful opportunities to teach both ballet and modern to students of all ages and backgrounds. After gaining so much from the faculty at NJDTE as a young student, she is thrilled to be able to return as a new member of the faculty of teaching artists.
Elizabeth Koeppen-Kalosieh, former Associate Artistic Director of Parsons Dance, was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, where she began her training with Judith Hatcher and Darlene Kelly. She continued her education at SUNY Purchase where she received her B.F.A. under the instruction of Gayle Young, Larry Clarke, Kevin Wynn, Rosanna Seravalli and Betti-Jane Sills. Teaching credits for The Parsons Dance Company include SUNY Purchase, The Juilliard School, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The 92nd Street Y, the New Arts Festival, Baltimore School of the Arts, Peridance and Dancespace. Ms. Koeppen has staged works by Mr. Parsons on numerous companies including the Milwaukee Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Repertory Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Louisville Ballet and Roland Petit’s Ballet National de Marseille. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support. Ms. Koeppen joined The Parsons Dance Company in 1989, and joined the NJDTE modern faculty in 2015.
Bradley Shelver (South Africa) trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and The Ailey School. He has danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK); in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Radio City Music Hall; and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He is an international touring solo artist throughout Europe and the USA and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Italy, including; Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Cedar Lake 2, Compania Rio Danca, Cape Dance Company, as well as creating works for The Ailey School, Purchase Conservatory, Long Island University, and the Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools. He is Artistic Director of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, and is on the Faculty of schools and Universities worldwide including the Bartholin Ballet Academy in Denmark, Choreographic Institute in Rio, Brazil, Atebaletto Academy, Italy and Oure Contemporary Dance in Denmark. As a writer, he has written a monthly column for Dance Spirit Magazine. His book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton” is available on Amazon.com.
Belinda McGuire is an American-Canadian dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Belinda
McGuire Dance Projects, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been supported by the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and presented across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former student of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she completed her formal education at The Juilliard School.
Established in 2007, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects (BMDP) supports the research, development, production, and presentation of international and collaborative multidisciplinary dance performance as a means to stimulate the conscientious capacity of wide-ranging publics through exposure to creative experimentation and artistic excellence. Through BMDP, Belinda has commissioned and performed in world premieres by Kate Alton, Sylvain Émard, Andrea Miller, Sharon Moore, Idan Sharabi, Doug Varone, and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. In 2013, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in The Heist Project. Additionally, Belinda has performed as a company member for Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY and The José Limón Dance Company, appearing on stages across Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.
Formal residencies for Belinda McGuire Dance Projects include Centre de Création O Vertigo, Éspace Marie Chouinard, International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam, James Sewell Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop, New Dialect, New York State & Province of Quebec Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program, ODC San Francisco, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Springboard Danse Montréal and the Bessie Schönberg Residency at the Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. She has taught and choreographed as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, The Juilliard School, The Limón Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, Canada’s National Ballet School, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and State University of New York at Purchase.
Elizabeth Roxas was born in Manila and became the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. After receiving scholarships to Joffrey, Graham and The Ailey School, she danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ohad Naharin and Joyce Trisler Dance Company before joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she was a principal dancer from 1984-1997. She was the first Filipina ever to dance with that Company. The New York Times described her as “a cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm.” While dancing, Roxas worked with many of the most significant choreographers, including, Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Jerome Robbins, Talley Beatty, Lar Lubovitch, John Butler, Ulysses Dove and Judith Jamison. Roxas performed in the Emmy award-winning PBS specials “Two by Dove” and Judith Jamison’s “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey” among others, and was featured in a 1997 Dance Magazine cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans. After leaving Ailey as a dancer, Roxas was asked to perform on Broadway in The King and I as Eliza and went back to concert dancing and made several guest appearances in the United States and abroad as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has worked with Anna Deveare Smith at the Graduate School of New York University and was Movement Coordinator for Ms. Smith’s last show “Let Me Down Easy” and has choreographed in regional theaters and off Broadway. She has taught at Tisch School of the Arts through CAP21 and was guest faculty at Harvard University in 2010. She is involved on an ongoing basis in restaging ballets of Alvin Ailey works and is an integral part of the Ailey legacy. At the Ailey School, as part of the faculty, she has taught the Actor’s Studio Class and regularly teaches the Horton Technique.
She is married to Robert Z. Dobrish, a prominent matrimonial attorney in Manhattan.
Justin Dominic , a native of Newark, NJ, began his formal dance training at Newark Arts High School. In addition, he was a fellowship student at the Ailey School and attended summers at the American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet School. On a full scholarship, Justin received his B.F.A from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he performed with the Limon Company and works by Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, Donald McKayle, and Larry Keigwin.
After graduating, Justin joined Lustig Dance Theater as a founding member and, later, went on to dance with LaneCoArts, Dance Iquail, Keigwin + Co, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance. He also performed with the Mark Morris Group in Hard Nut and the Met Opera Ballet in Aida, Les Troyens, and Orfeo ed Euridice. Justin has worked closely with choreographers and teachers Doug Varone, Alexei Ratmansky, Francesca Harper, Ronald K. Brown, Carolyn Adams, Didy Veldman, Sean Sullivan, and Francesca Harper. Highly devoted to educating the next generation of artists, he teaches contemporary dance, ballet, and the Dancing Classrooms ballroom curriculum in various locations around the United States and abroad.
As a recipient of the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, Justin received his M.F.A in dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While finishing graduate school, he directed, choreographed, and produced his first screendance and short-film “unapologetic me: BLACK | GAY | MAN.” Justin is glad to return to the Met Opera Ballet for the 2018/19 production of Marnie.
Loni Landon is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant based in New York City. In addition to creating dances for her own collective Loni Landon Dance Projects, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Makers across the country. Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2005. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA Young Arts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. Landon is the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship winner awarded with BODYTRAFFIC. As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by Keigwin and Company, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, BODYTRAFFIC, American Dance Institute (for Loni Landon Dance Projects), Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her company has performed at The Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, as well as at Bryant Park and the first annual Beach Sessions in Rockaway Beach. Landon has won numerous awards including 1st Prize Winner of Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives’” Choreography Competition, Winner of the Next Commission from CityDance Ensemble, Finalist in the International Solo Tanz Theater Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, and Finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition. Landon was also a participant in the 2012 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible through the generous support of the FordFoundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other residencies include ITE and the CUNY Dance Initiative. Alongside Gregory Dolbashian, Landon co-founded THE PLAYGROUND, an initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate affordably. The Playground was recognized by Dance Magazine as a 25 To Watch for 2013.
Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, later receiving dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and was a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal and also worked with The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation. As a choreographer, Adam’s work has been presented at notable venues such as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, and NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and he has taught technique and repertory at such colleges as Princeton University, The Boston Conservatory, The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, and New York University. Adam was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, and his full-length evening solo work, My Name is Adam, was performed at Joe’s Pub commissioned by DanceNOW NYC in 2013. His short-film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance On Camera Festival in Lincoln Center in 2012. Adam has created works for companies such as Ailey II, Keigwin + Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, BalletX, Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance, Graham II, GroundWorks Dance Theater and Minnesota Dance Theatre, as well as for dance icons Margie Gillis and Miki Orihara. Adam was the recipient of a 2014 Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, and in 2015, Adam was the choreographer-in-residence at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California as part of the 2015 DANCEworks Residency. Adam was an artist-in-residence at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in 2016-2017. He is currently working on a new physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Based in Brooklyn, Adam currently creates and performs work under the epithet of his own company, Anatomiae Occultii.
Sidra Bell (Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York), is a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and was an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University (Indiana) and Barnard College (NYC). She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College. Ms. Bell has won several awards, including a notable 1st Prize for Choreography at the International Solo-Tanz Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her critically acclaimed work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and has produced over 100 new works. Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film “TEST” set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis. The movie was nominated for a 2015 Independent Spirit Award. “TEST” was also awarded two grand jury prizes from the Los Angeles Outfest and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The film has had many screenings at LGBT festivals worldwide and is enjoying an international theatrical run. She was recently named one of 50 outstanding artists living or working in Westchester County as part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th Anniversary. SBDNY has an extensive educational and mentorship program and works with institutions for dance and theater internationally with a particular emphasis on young artist development.
Jenni Berthelot received a BFA in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. A Houston native, Jenni graduated from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts and trained at Rowland School of Ballet in Kingwood, Texas. Jenni is a founding member of chuthis., a contemporary dance company under the direction of choreographer Peter Chu. Most recently, Jenni had the pleasure of premiering the latest works of chuthis., —in3s— in Las Vegas. Jenni has also acted as assistant and rehearsal director for many of Peter’s recent creations, including pieces for New Dialect (Nashville, TN) and Brigham Young University. Teaching highlights include Brigham Young University & MIP2. Currently, Jenni lives in New York City, working as a freelance artist and teacher.
Andrea Miller is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, a graduate of The Juilliard School, and former dancer with Ohad Naharin’s Ensemble Batsheva, Cedar Lake, The Limón Dance Company, and Buglisi Dance Theater. In 2006 she established Gallim Dance. Her work has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. Miller has been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (January, 2009 Issue). In addition to being the artistic director for Gallim she is also the Associate Choreographer for Noord Nederlandse Dans in Groningen, Holland (2009-2011). Recent commissions include Ballet Hispanico (NY), Ballet Bern (CH), Hubbard Street 2 (IL), The Juilliard School (NY), Zenon Dance Company (MN), Springboard Danse (CANADA), Repertory Dance Theater (UT), Hedwig Dances (IL), Arts Umbrella (CA), among others. She has choreographed for students at The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey, SUNY Purchase, and New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble. Miller is the recipient of choreographic awards and residencies including the Hubbard Street 2 Choreographic Competition and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting Artist in Residence (MAD AIR), New Haven Ballet AIR, and College at Brockport Company Residency among others. In addition to choreography, Miller teaches dance and movement to actors. NJDTE won the 2010 Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce Choreography Award with Andrea’s work SNOW.
Shanna Irwin grew up in Landing New Jersey. Throughout high school she trained and performed
with Generations of Dance as well as The New Jersey Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Nancy Turano. She spent summers at The Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Complexions Intensives and world Dance Movement, Italy. In April 2014, Irwin began touring with Complexions before receiving her BFA in dance from Marymount College in May 2014. Irwin joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2014.
Tim Stickney began his dance training at the age of 3 and furthered his training at The Gold School in Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold. While there, he was featured in DanceLife TV’s Male Voices documentary series in 2010, winner of four “Telly” awards. He continued his education at the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, where he graduated in 2014. He has had the opportunity to perform the work of Alvin Ailey, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Karole Armitage, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Joshua Beamish to name a few. He has been working with the Francesca Harper Project since 2012 and worked with the Equus Projects in New York and Sweden from 2012 to 2014. Stickney joined Complexions in 2014.
Cherice Barton is a creative force with over 20 years experience in the entertainment and performing arts Industries. An internationally renowned choreographer, director, dancer and actor, Cherice’s extensive background in the conception and production of live events has led her to creatively direct and collaborate on numerous notable projects ranging from Las Vegas Cirque spectacles to intimate music and dance creations including productions by Dragone Entertainment Group, American Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Wynn Las Vegas, ABRI Agency, Acroback, Zone 3 Productions, Aszure Barton & Artists, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJMDanse) and many more. Ms. Barton is proud to have joined forces with numerous prestigious artists and innovators such as Franco Dragone, Mia Michaels, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vincent Paterson, Serge Denancourt, Giuliano Peparini, Aszure Barton and Crystal Pite, to name a few. She has most recently joined Julie Taymor, Danny Ezralow, Bono & The Edge as the resident choreographer for Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, scheduled to open on Broadway in 2010, after returning to New York City from Las Vegas where she was the resident choreographer for the cirque aquatic spectacle, Le Reve, at the Wynn Resort Hotel and Casino. Cherice was also commissioned to create Gesto for NJDTE. Barton continues to tour with the casting department of Dragone Entertainment Group and is frequently asked to conduct master classes, choreograph for and creatively collaborate with such distinguished institutions as The Julliard School, Barnard College at Columbia University, Adelphi College and The Banff Center School of Fine Arts. The eldest of three sisters, all equally powerful forces in the performing arts industry, Cherice’s performance career has spanned over 20 years in over 30 countries including North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia.
Kate Skarpetowska started dancing at age 13 in her native city of Warsaw, Poland. Two years later, she was cast in a first-ever Polish musical entitled METRO. Directed and choreographed by Janusz Jozefowicz with music by Janusz Stoklosa, the show was an instant hit at the Dramatic Theater in Warsaw. On April 16th, 1992, the show had its Broadway premiere at The Minskoff Theater where now 15-year-old Skarpetowska was the youngest cast member. After the show closed, Skarpetowska enrolled in the NYC High School of Performing Arts, graduating in 1995, and then went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. After graduating with a BFA in Dance, she immediately joined Parsons Dance Company, where from 1999 until 2006 she performed lead roles in the company’s repertory, including the iconic Caught. From 2006 until 2008, Skarpetowska was a guest member of The Battleworks Dance Company, founded by her former colleague at Parsons Dance and the present artistic director of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle. In 2007, she was one of two featured dancers during the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and in 2008 she toured Italy with Why Be Extraordinary If You Can Be Yourself, a show by Daniel Ezralow. In 2009, she co-designed and co-directed Romeo and Juliet for The Gunter Theater in Greenville, SC. Since 2007, she has been working for The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, performing at many reputable venues such as New York City’s City Center, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Skarpetowska has also appeared as a guest artist with Buglisi Dance Theater since 2009. She has had the privilege of working as a repetiteur and assistant to the choreographer for Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons and Robert Battle, setting works on AAADT, Introdans, Company C, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, SUNY Purchase, and The Juilliard School. Her own choreography has been performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater II, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Buglisi Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Big Muddy Dance Company, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, Ailey/Fordham, Marymount Manhattan College, George Mason University, Ohio University, Kansas University and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. Skarpetowska is also a freelance teacher holding workshops throughout the world. She resides in New York City.
Fabrice Lamego joined Elisa Monte Dance 1998 as a dancer and has served as Rehearsal Director and Assistant to the Director for the company. Fabrice has won acclaim for his technical and artistic proficiency and for the energy and sheer joy that infuses his performances. An alumnus of the Alvin Ailey School, which he attended on a French government scholarship, Fabrice also won First Prize in the 1996 National Competition of Dance in Paris. Fabrice has taught dance in New York; New Jersey; Barbados; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Lyon, France; Paris, France; London, UK; and Guadeloupe French West Indies. Fabrice has danced in Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Singapore, The Philippines, Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Brazil, London, and through out the United States. Fabrice has created a work for the Elisa Monte Dance Company as well as works for the Ailey School, and his works Requiem and L’Envol are in the NJDTE Repertory. He is currently the director of Pilates Pour Tous Studio.
Madelyn Eltringham graduated summa cum laude in May 2015, with a BFA degree in Dance Performance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. In her Fall 2013 semester, she was chosen to take part in the Conservatory’s international exchange program, giving her the opportunity to study abroad at London Contemporary Dance School. As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, she has performed works by Sarah Mettin, Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, Rosalind Newman, Ori Flomin, George Balanchine restaged by Bettijane Sills, and Nicolo Fonte. Ms. Eltringham, a New Jersey native, attended The Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School (Dance Major-Theater Minor) in Denville. During that time she trained with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Nancy Turano, as well as being privately coached by Yuliya Akopyan of the Bolshoi Ballet. Since graduating, Madelyn has performed as a member of RéCo Dance at the Reverb Dance Festival and Hudson River Museum, as well as most recently appearing in a new work by Magdalyn Segale at the INKUBATE performance series.
Anthony Zas is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. His credit includes playing Spot Conlon in the 1st National Tour of Newsies. He was part of the Live Filming of Newsies at the Pantages theater in Los Angeles which was recently released on iTunes and Netflix. Anthony is a Disney, Certified Instructor and taught Tony Award winning Broadway choreography to students all across the US and Canada! Anthony Zas has taught under Michelle Obama’s youth fitness movement and has received National Recognition for his work with Dancers with Disabilities. He has been commissioned by 10 collegiate programs in the U.S. as a guest teacher and guest artist including; Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in N.J.