CHOREOGRAPHERS

Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., believes in giving jazz choreographers at various stages of their development the opportunity to show their work. Both professional and inexperienced choreographers are able to develop their technical skills and creativity by having their dances performed before live audiences. The choreographers who participate in our performances do not pay a fee to have their work shown, and they are able to purchase a DVD of their dances without paying the much larger cost of filming.

Artistic Directors

Marian Hyun

Marian Hyun has studied jazz and ballet in New York with Luigi, Bob Audy, Ed Kresley, Shirley Bassat, Julia Dubno, and wonderful teachers in Paris, France, Susan Sparks and Frédéric Lazzarelli. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she was a freelance writer and a writing instructor at the New School before enrolling in the Dance Education Lab (DEL) at 92nd Street Y. Since then she has taught dance to people of all ages, from two-year-old pre-ballerinas to senior citizen jazz buffs in various New York studios and community centers. She has choreographed for the New York Jazz Choreography Project, Choreographer’s Canvas, the Fridays at Noon Marathon at 92nd Street Y, and the Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts. In May 2007 at New Dance Group, Marian produced the first performance of the New York Jazz Choreography Project, a showcase devoted to jazz dance.  It sold out.  Subsequent performances of the Jazz Project have been produced semiannually by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 2007 to promote the creation of original jazz choreography.  Marian is the president and co-artistic director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises.
Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.  Choreography credits: Off-Broadway – Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish (Assistant Choreographer – Director, Joel Grey),  The Golden Bride (Chita Rivera Award Nomination), Amerike – The Golden Land, The Megile of Itzik Manger, and Lies My Father Told Me (The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene), Eddie and the Palaceades (Midtown International Theatre Festival “MITF”), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre), South Pacific (Lancaster Opera House), Sherlock Holmes – The Early Years (New York Music Theater Festival). Director/choreographer credits: Chicago, The Who’s Tommy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Woodstock Playhouse), They Walk Among Us (MITF – Award for Best Choreography), Roar of the Greasepain, Smell of the Crowd (Lancaster Opera House). Assistant Director credits: World AIDS Day Gala (Capetown, South Africa, Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour – Director, Baayork Lee).

Current Choreographers

• Adrián Aguirre
• Barbara Angeline
• Evita Arce
• Lisa Biagini
• Jessica Black
• Lauren Blue
• Bob Boross
• Paul A. Brown
• Audra Bryant
• Antuan Byers
• Kelly Carrol
• Tiffanie Carson
• Ashley Carter
• Crystal Chapman
• Sharlane Conner
• Matthew Couvillon
• Lloyd Culbreath
• Jeff Davis
• Rachel Leigh Dolan

• Megan Doyle
• Darius Drooh
• Mike Esperanza
• Kaitlin Flynn
• Candice Michelle Franklin
• Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon
• Karla Garcia
• Kenya Gibson
• Cara Goodwin
• Kavin T. Grant
• Billy Griffin
• Julia Halpin
• Carol Haney
• Bill Hastings
• Stephanie Heroux
• Richard J. Hinds
• Michael Jagger

• Karin Kawamoto
• Svetlana Khoruzhina
• Joyce King
• Ali Koinoglou
• Gregory Kollarus
• Glenn Leslie
• Christopher Liddell
• Fatima Logan
• Cat Manturuk
• Vanessa Martínez de Baños
• roberta mathes
• Mary Lynne McAnally
• Sekou McMiller
• Bryan Menjivar
• Bobby Morgan
• Tammy O’hara
• Matt Pardo

• Liz Piccoli
• Mimi Quillin
• Christy Rak-Samson
• Nicholas Ranauro
• Shawn Rawls
• Ashley Rich
• Francis J. Roach
• Alexis Robbins
• Sue Samuels
• Kristen Brooks Sandler
• Kirsten Schwartz
• Ellenore Scott
• Jaime Shannon
• Alan Spaulding
• Ashley Stafford
• Amy VanKirk
• Chet Walker
• Kurt Weiler

Adrián Aguirre

Adrián Aguirre

Born in Juarez, Mexico, Adrián Aguirre grew up in El Paso, Texas, after his family moved there. He began his dance training at the age of 17 and received his B.F.A in Dance Performance at Southern Methodist University. He is currently dancing with Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Adrián’s choreographic style merges Graham technique and ballet through jazz principles of movement and musicality to create works of inherent movement without affectation. He has presented work in festivals such as {254} Dance Fest and Body Logic Choreography Festival.

Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline is the founder and artistic director of Hysterika Jazz Dance. She is a full-time instructor at Rutgers, teaching Jazz, Broadway Jazz, History of Broadway Dance, Dance History, and Improvisation. She has an M.A. in Dance Education (NYU) and B.A. in Dance (UC Irvine). Barbara’s historical collaboration process was used for her works: Tightrope (a tribute to the contributions of Bob Fosse); eat Crow (inspired by the movement style and life of Josephine Baker); and Rhapsody (in the style of George Balanchine). HJD’s premiere work, “Mi Maschera (Mask Me)”, was an original jazz dance that explored Venetian Masks in the Baroque Period as they related to issues of female identity. Presented Jazz Dance Choreography – Historical Collaborations with Dance Luminaries (NDEO, Chicago). Barbara created and moderated panel of jazz dance educators from around the country to discuss Jazz Dance in Higher Education and The Professions: Where Do We Go From Here? Performance credits include Broadway Backwards 5, 6, 7, Oakland Ballet, Broadway Bares, Gypsy of the Year Awards, Equity national tours and musicals, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Danced with/for Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Bob Bartley, Bernadette Peters, and Aretha Franklin. Hysterika Jazz Dance is dedicated to expanding the legacy of jazz dance as a rich, powerful, historical American art form.

Mike Baerga

Mike Baerga

Mike Baerga (a native of Houston, Texas) received a B.A. from the University of Houston with a double Major in Dance and Journalism, and an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. His training includes Urban Souls Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary. His performing credits include: Broadway-“King Kong” (Kingsman), “Miss Saigon” (Asst. Commissar/Acrobat), “Moulin Rouge” Lab (Ensemble); Off-Broadway-Metropolitan Opera (“The Merry Widow”), Houston Grand Opera (“Aida”). Mike has choreographed for Showtime Network (King Mo Fight), Disney Cruise Line (Dream Crew Awards), Lumipad Festival (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre), New York Fashion Week 2018 (Arielle Toole,) The Trevor Project, and Award recipient for his numerous works in Regional Dance America Festival and the U.S. International Ballet Competition. He has served as a faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, American Academy of Ballet, Broadway Classroom, Camp Broadway and Man in Motion to name a few. Mike Is ecstatic to create work for this year’s JCE Jazz Dance Project, and would like to thank Marian and Merete for such a wonderful opportunity! Love and thanks to God, Mom and Dad!

Lisa Biagini

Lisa Biagini

Lisa Biagini is a New Orleans born and raised dancer, teacher and choreographer with decades of experience in theaters and studios across the U.S. She began her career in 1972 with Chita Rivera in ”Bye Bye Birdie” at Pittsburgh CLO. Her credits in other major regional theaters include “Take Me Along” with Gene Kelly; “Fiddler On The Roof” with Leonard Nimoy; “Seesaw” with Tommy Tune and Lucie Arnaz; “Sugar” with Donald O’Connor, Robert Morse and Ken Berry; and “Damn Yankees” with Dick Van Dyke. Other favorite credits include “Hello, Dolly!” as Minnie Fay, “The Music Man” as Zaneeta Shinn, “Fiddler on the Roof” as Chava, “Gone With The Wind” as Suellen, as well as “My Fair Lady,” “Can-Can,” “Applause,” “Funny Girl,” “How To Succeed…,” “Mame,” and “Kismet.” Recent NYC performance credits include “Marathon ’33″ at Webster Hall and a performance of an original work by Luigi for the NY Jazz Choreography Project in the spring of 2010. Film/TV: “Summer Rental,” Glen Campbell’s “Southern Nights” (CBS), “Rumpelstiltskin” (PBS). A student of the Luigi Jazz Technique since childhood, Lisa has been a sub/guest teacher at Luigi’s Jazz Centre in NYC since 2010.

Jessica Black

Jessica Black

With the generous love and support from her parents, Jessica Black was able to move to NYC to further her dance training at several studios throughout the city. Jessica had the opportunity to perform classical variations from Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Paquita, Don Quixote, and Balanchine’s Episodes and La Source. After attending the famous LaGuardia H.S. of the Performing Arts, Jessica was selected as the top ballet student of the year under the Jacques d’Amboise award. Jessica also received a scholarship to train in the Alvin Ailey School’s Fellowship Program and was chosen to perform with the Alvin Ailey company in “Memoria” at New York City Center. Under the tutelage of the Master of Jazz, Luigi, Jessica was the first American to perform his work “Solitude” in several NY venues. Jessica has worked as a freelance dancer with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballets with a Twist, and is currently with TranscendanceGroup and DeMa Dance Company.

Lauren Blue

Lauren Blue

Lauren Blue started her dance career in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop and by age 10 was dancing competitively in the North East. She received her bachelor’s in English at the University of Vermont where she choreographed for their dance company, Orchesis. Soon after she started her first company, “Sync,” a contemporary jazz ensemble that performed around New England. She moved back to New York where she choreographed for Broadway Dance Center showcases. Since then, she has choreographed for ABC TV, the Boston Celtics pre-show at TD Garden, venues around New York City such as Highline Ballroom and Kaye Playhouse and has taught workshops around New Jersey and New York City. She has danced for MTV, ABC, and done promotional work for GAP. Her goal is to take societal conformities and blow them up to promote the message that beauty does not discriminate.

Bob Boross

Bob Boross

A musical theatre performer in West Side StoryGodspellZorba, and The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), Bob made his Broadway debut in the 1981 revival of Can-Can, choreographed by Roland Petit. Since then he has choreographed Equity and Non-Equity productions of Annie Get Your GunGuys and DollsVictor/VictoriaBlood Brothers, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Bob has also been invited to teach and choreograph at the 3rd International Jazz Dance Forum in Paris, France; Boris Eifman Dance Academy in St Petersburg, Russia; Just Jazz Dance Company of Finland; Millennium Dance 2000 in London, England; Pro Danza Italia and La Bella Vita Arts in Italy; and the University of Dance and Circus in Sweden. Most recently his work has been seen in the NY Jazz Choreography Project, the Choreographer’s Canvas (NYC), and VelocityDC Dance Festival in Washington DC. In Los Angeles Bob presented his work in Jazz Dance LASpectrum Dance in LA, and at the Gypsy Dance Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  His evening length dance theatre piece Empty Sky…The Rising, set to twelve songs by Bruce Springsteen, debuted in 2005 at the Two River Theatre in NJ. Bob holds the M.A. in Individualized Study (Jazz Dance) from the Gallatin School of New York University. He has held professorships at Shenandoah University, the University of California, Irvine, and is currently an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Marymount Manhattan College.

Paul A. Brown

Paul A. Brown

Paul A. Brown is Internationally known as a Master Jazz Teacher, having taught master classes and workshops while touring with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago as Assistant Associate Director and Principal Dancer, as well as with International/National tours of the Broadway shows CATS and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He has also performed with such acclaimed regional dance companies as Chicago Dance Medium, Dancewerks, AntiGravity and many others. In 2004 his own company, Moonlight Gypsy Productions, LLC, premiered his original ballet, La Sparizione (The Vanishing) – A Gothic Rock Experience, at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles to rave reviews. He has choreographed and taught for various companies and studios throughout the Chicago, LA and New York regions, as well as abroad in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Paul’s mentors are the various choreographers he’s had the privilege of working with as either Assistant Choreographer or Dance Captain, including such greats as Gus Giordano, Matt Mattox, Luigi, Frank Hatchet, Tony Stevens, Barry McNabb and Liza Gennaro, just to name a few.

Audra Bryant

Audra Bryant

Audra Bryant, a Kansas native, attended the University of Oklahoma where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre (2015) before moving to New York City to pursue a performance career. She discovered dance early as a child, leading to a love of choreography, often producing mini dance recitals in her basement at home. For Audra choreography has gone hand in hand with her pursuits in the arts, and followed her to Oklahoma where she choreographed various musicals for local theatres (The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can, In The Heights) and worked multiple summers at the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma as Dance Captain. In her last season at Lyric she was the Assistant Choreographer for their production of Mary Poppins. Now as a performer in NYC, choreography has been a wonderful creative outlet for Audra. She has been associate choreographer on various dance videos for YouTube with Broadway’s Christopher Rice as well as teaching dance regularly throughout New York and the surrounding area through Liberate Artists. Audra is thrilled to take part in the New York Jazz Choreography Project and thankful to debut her work on a New York stage.

Antuan Byers

Antuan Byers

Antuan Byers (Dallas, Tx) is currently a senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program and a graduate of the certificate program at the Parsons School of Design. He is a alumni of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, under the direction of Lily Weiss. Antuan has danced alongside Grammy Award Winner, Erykah Badu, Tony Award Winners, Jennifer Holliday and Melba Moore, and Tony Award Nominee, Felicia P. Fields. Antuan has been featured in New York Magazine, Dazed Digital, and Tribeca Film as a dancer in Erik Madigan-Heck’s “The Enemy,” choreographed by Elena Vazintaris. He can also be seen in the music video,“Bury Me” by The Skins featuring D.R.A.M.. Antuan has performed with KEIGWIN + Co. for the Park Avenue Armory’s 2015 Gala as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for both their Lincoln Center and City Center Opening Night Gala’s. Antuan is currently a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet under the direction of Joseph Fritz, performing works by Kim Brandstrup, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others. Additionally, Antuan is a dancer with Washington National Opera Ballet as well as an apprentice with Ailey II.

Kelly Carrol

Kelly Carrol

Kelly Carrol (Choreographer) began her dance training in Chicago and spent three years touring internationally with the Lenore Sutton acro-dance company. She came to New York and began a long career as a triple threat performing on Broadway, television, film, night clubs and international concert venues. Kelly was a Copa Girl at the original Copacabana, and performed in such musicals as Cabaret, My Fair Lady and Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. She was one of the original members of JoJo’s Dance Factory, was a dancer in Grover Dale’s company at the Lenox Arts Center in Jump Crow, and in Galt McDermott’s LaNovella with the NY Dance Ensemble. Kelly’s choreography credits include a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Longacre Theater on Broadway, Jazz Age Revisited music video, Rockula music video, The Gaslight Club Speakeasy review, and a special dance segment for As the World Turns. She also created choreography for the lead and back-up singers of musical acts such as Vickie Sue Robinson’s international tour, 70’s Disco Revival at Radio City Music Hall, and The Harlettes. Kelly has been lovingly choreographing for Jazz Roots Dance Company since its inception.

Tiffanie Carson

Tiffanie Carson

Tiffanie Carson is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at Shenandoah University. She is specialist in the area contemporary & commercial jazz dance and holds a MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tiffanie currently acts as dancer and Assistant Director with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A), directed by Christopher Morgan. She has conducted CKM&A’s annual winter and summer intensives at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD as well as residencies at numerous universities and institutions with Mr. Morgan. From CKM&A’s October 5th Anniversary Concert, Tiffanie was described as having “achieved a choreographic homerun” for her 2014 work, “Deprivation.” Tiffanie has been a dance educator for the past 13 years being welcomed as master teacher and guest choreographer nationally and internationally. “Find Your Happy” was originally commissioned by Shenandoah University in 2017, and features members of the Shenandoah Conservatory Dance Ensemble.

Ashley Carter

Ashley Carter

Ashley Carter is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer; and as co-director of NYC-based company DoubleTake Dance www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, SummerStage, Battery Dance Festival, Webster Hall, the New York Jazz Choreography Project and Carnival Choreographer’s Ball. Ashley is on faculty at Ballet Academy East and Joffrey in New York. She can be seen working alongside artists such as Ricky Martin, NeYo, Lady Sovereign, Nicki Minaj and Mila Kunis, for companies like Pilobolus, Balasole, Derek Mitchell, Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions, Ruddur Dance, HannaQ Dance Co, the Little Opera Theatre of NY and Balasole, and for brands such as Nike, Athleta, Nokia, Microsoft, Heineken, Yahoo, Ameriprise, the Rachel Ray Show and Lush Cosmetics. She has been seen off-Broadway in “West Side Story”; performed in a music video for Sia, a Boost Mobile commercial, a feature film with Justin Timberlake, and is credited with choreographing independent feature film “The Ride of Tom and Valkyrie” and the musical “Dragula.” Recently, Ashley was featured in the original dance film “Here We Go Again” (dir. Nathan Cohen), performed as Fritz/Rat King/Russia in “DIY Nutcracker,” danced in “Barber of Seville” with the Amore Opera, and worked on “Peter Pan” for Broadway Asia.

Crystal Chapman

Crystal Chapman

Crystal Chapman is the Artistic Director of the New York TheatreDance Ensemble and faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York. Choreography: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Carousel, Oklahoma! Glorious Christmas Nights, and she assisted Tony Stevens on Split Ends. Performance credits include: New York: Fosse (Broadway Workshop), Dancing on Air (City Center), Seesaw (Off-Broadway), A Demand Performance (Lincoln Center), Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein (Radio City Music Hall) where she also recorded the tap sounds for the show. Regional: Anything Goes (Tony Award winning Williamstown Theatre Festival), Oklahoma! (Dream Laurey), and several productions of 42nd Street. She danced with Ben Vereen in Celebrating Life, and with Beyonce for a charity event. Television: Law and Order, Don’t Trust the “B”…, The Good Wife. Commercials: Chase/Shop Rite, Buick, Samsung, ITT. She is the writer/choreographer/musical director of the documentary film, With No Regrets: A Dancin’ Man’s Journey about director/choreographer Tony Stevens that made its World Premiere at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Love to my angels on Earth and Above, especially “Hollywood”, Tony, Chris, and family.

Sharlane Conner

Sharlane Conner

Sharlane Conner majored in Dance at Dean College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and then went on to train in The Alvin Ailey School’s Summer Intensive and Independent Study Program. In 2010, she fell in love with Latin styles and Salsa on 2, training under Sekou McMiller and Nelson Flores, which led to her perform at the Int’l New York Salsa Congress, Brooklyn Salsa Congress, and Int’l Chicago Salsa Congress. She’s also had the pleasure of performing alongside Maurice Hines in “Apollo Club Harlem” at the Apollo Theatre. She has toured with Catapult Entertainment, a shadow dance company seen on “America’s Got Talent” in 2013, performing in numerous corporate events in Africa, Las Vegas, AZ, Iowa, MD, and CT. Recently, she had the pleasure of dancing in Bare Opera’s production of “Goyescas,” choreographed by Liz Piccoli. She is currently an assistant manager and dance instructor at Dance With Me Studios and is very excited to be a part of the NY Jazz Choreography project for the second time as a performer and first time as a choreographer!

Matthew Couvillon

Matthew Couvillon

Matthew Couvillon received a BFA in dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and continued his studies at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He has toured both Nationally/Internationally with West Side Story (A-Rab) and A Chorus Line (Larry, Mike, dance captain). Some of his Regional credits include: Cats, The Pajama Game, and Brigadoon. Couvillon has also worked as Assistant Choreographer to Director/Choreographer Baayork Lee on productions of A Chorus Line, Oliver, ShowStoppers (Wynn, Las Vegas), One Singular Sensation (The Public Theatre’s 2014 Gala), as well as two shows for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He has set work for college dance departments, and his piece In Retrospect was showcased at the American College Dance Festival. Couvillon is also a teaching artist for the Theatre Club at P.S. 124; headed by the National Asian Artist Project (NAAP). Special thanks to Baayork Lee, Samantha Duthler, Cassey Kivnick, NAAP, Merete Muenter and Marian Hyun for their continued support and encouragement.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is a NYC-based artist, performer and choreographer. He most recently created three original pieces for the NY Jazz Choreography Project along with directing and choreographing two original new musicals, “The Gunfighter Meets his Match” and “The Lovely WiLDS!” He is Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets and Glitter Kitty Productions. As a performer, he recently was featured with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company at Bryant Park and Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab. International tours with Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre and John J Zullo/Raw Movement. National tour of the hit musical “FOSSE!” Pittsburgh CLO: “West Side Story” (Diesel), “Oklahoma!” (Dream Curly), “Carousel,” “Tommy,” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Jeff received a BA in dance from Point Park University. While attending, his choreography “Hold to Release” was selected to showcase at the American College Dance Festival.

Rachel Leigh Dolan

Rachel Leigh Dolan

Rachel Leigh Dolan is a Choreographer and Master Dance Teaching Artist based in Washington, DC. She is a Helen Hayes Award Nominated Choreographer whose highlights include: Hair and Cabaret at the Keegan Theatre, Oliver at Adventure Theatre MTC, recently James and the Giant Peach, directed by Michael Baron, and A Year with Frog and Toad at Imagination Stage. In 2014, Rachel was honored to be selected as part of the 2014-15 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Prestigious Observership Class, and has since become a proud Associate Member. She continues to grow her portfolio of unique choreographic style, and always strives to take on challenging projects with progressive theaters. As a professional performer, Rachel made her debut in 2000 in Debbie Allen’s Dreams at the Kennedy Center, and performed with Ms. Allen again in 2002 in Pearl. A dance educator, she has had the privilege to teach at numerous prestigious studios, schools, and universities in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, including Catholic University of America, American University, Montgomery College, Joy of Motion, and Loudoun School of Ballet. In 2014, Rachel became a faculty member at the innovative private performing arts secondary school, The Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts.

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle has been involved in many facets of the dance world as a performer, educator, and choreographer. Megan recently completed her Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU and is the Associate Director of Dance Education at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center. Community Dance Project NYC (CDPNYC) was created by Megan during her time at NYU with a goal to provide the safest possible space for artists to collaborate, create and grow. This year CDPNYC presented its second full-length showcase at Mark Morris Dance Center and is proud to be presenting work, for the third time, with JCE. As a performer, Megan spent 5 years on tour as Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, appeared in industrials with the Jonas Brothers, Demi Levato, and Emily Osment, as a dancer in the “How to Dance with Hannah Montana” video, and in numerous contemporary dance pieces and companies throughout NYC. Megan’s work is always dedicated to her teachers: Roy, Heather, Renata, Monique, Mom and Dad.

 

Darius Drooh

Darius Drooh

Darius Drooh (San Francisco, CA) began his dance training under Elvia Marta at the San Francisco School of the Arts. He later joined the Edge Performing Arts Center as a scholarship student under Bill Prudich and Randy Allure, and was granted full scholarships at the Ailey School, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, and Anthony Burrell’s Breaking Barriers. Mr. Drooh is a recipient of the Beach Blanket Babylon $10,000 Scholarship in Dance. As well as placing in the top 10 in the 2009 World Hip Hop championship, he has also performed on the Fox hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Mike Esperanza

Mike Esperanza

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought after teacher and choreographer throughout the nation. Mike has been commissioned by colleges and universities nationwide to create original works for their programs. He has also been invited to present work at the Ford Amphitheater, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The McCallum Theater and The Orange County Performing Arts Center. In 2005, Mike was awarded a “Dance: Creation to Performance” grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. With support from this distinguished award, he founded BARE Dance Company. Since 2005, BARE has produced acclaimed productions in the Southern California area and has headlined events for the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, The Center Orange County, Inland AIDS projects and the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern California. BARE was a finalist for the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival’s professional division in 2005, 2007 and most recently in 2009 when Mike won the second place award for his choreography “Silk or Cotton.” In 2010 BARE will be participating in ODC theatre’s Innerstate program in San Francisco (created to give touring opportunities for dance companies, promote residency and outreach).

Kaitlin Flynn

Kaitlin Flynn

Kaitlin Flynn is a recent graduate of Ohio University, completing a BFA in Dance on multiple scholarships and talent awards. Kaitlin has performed the work of Nathan Andary, Travis Gatling, Tresa Randall, and Xan Burley and Alex Springer (The Median Movement). She performed Christine Cali’s SUSPECT at ACDFA East Central Conference in 2014 in Athens, Ohio and performed her first solo work, The Sweet Escape, at the Paramount Theater in Ashland, Kentucky. She has studied at Giordano Dance Chicago, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, Jazz Dance World Festival and completed an internship with Chicago Human Rhythm Project. A native of Pittsburgh, Kaitlin has trained with local companies Attack Theatre, The Pillow Project and on scholarship at Point Park University’s International Summer Dance. She is a passionate advocate for arts education with a desire to learn, share, teach and create. Kaitlin is interested in incorporating somatic principles and stylized, athletic movement in her choreography. She is currently a teaching artist at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and performing with Core Project Chicago, as well as creating her own contemporary jazz work.

Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon

Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon

Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon are some of the most sought after international shag teachers around the globe. In 2010, after only six weeks weeks of partnering, they placed a solid third in the prestigious Hot Rhythm Holiday’s shag division in Austin, Texas. Five and a half months later they became international champions, and they have worked tirelessly ever since to advance their practice, their students, and the dance itself. Teaching out of Dance Manhattan in NYC, Tony Fraser is a 17-year veteran of swing dancing, competition, coaching and teaching. He’s a best of breed technical instructor having taught workshops in shag, aerials, partner charleston and lindy all over world. He’s been on television many times and is an ALHC and US Open champion. Jaime Shannon acquired her B.A. in dance from Hofstra University in 2006. Since then, she has established her professional dance career by performing throughout the US with such companies as Lauren Hale Dance, HalloHallo, Dance Cat-Alyst, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, and the Bronx Opera Company. As a swing dancer, Jaime is an assistant instructor at Dance Manhattan and an advanced coach in partnering technique across all styles of swing dancing.

Karla Garcia

Karla Garcia

Karla Garcia is a NYC based choreographer, dancer, and educator. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance and a minor in journalism. Performing credits include Broadway shows WEST SIDE STORY, GIGI, and HOT FEET; the National Tours of WICKED and ADDAMS FAMILY; top 7 female TV finalist on FOX’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Season 5; a soloist for Rasta Thomas’ BAD BOYS OF DANCE; and a principal dancer on NBC’s SMASH season 2. In 2011, Karla was named UNIpro Magazine’s “Top 30 Filipinos Under 30.” Karla’s choreography has been performed at BC Beat, Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground, Capitol Movement, the 2nd Annual Blake Whyte Music Festival at Alvin Ailey, and Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce Theater, where her piece “Ai Du” was selected as a finalist. She has choreographed music videos for artists GABI and KINDNESS. Her choreography for KINDNESS received rave reviews and was praised as “infectious” by chartattack.com. She is set to choreograph the next music video for the group, THE KNOCKS. Karla teaches all around the country and is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center. She is an adjudicator for numerous organizations including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Dancers Inc.

Kenya Gibson

Kenya Gibson

Kenya Gibson is a native of Brooklyn, New York. At the age of four she started her formal training at Dance Theatre of Harlem, performing in DTH’s popular repertoire such as “Shout!” and Geoffrey Holder’s “Dougla.” She attended Talent Unlimited Performing Arts High School in NYC as a Dance Major, training at the Martha Graham School and the Juilliard School, and Long Island University Post Campus, receiving her BFA in Dance Studies in 2014. During her time at Post, she performed with and choreographed for the Post Concert Dance Company and worked with established choreographers such as Michael Leon Thomas, Patricia Ann Kenny, Khaleah London, and Fritzlyn Hector. Kenya became a co-founder and member of Ntrinsik Movement in 2014, showcasing her works at such venues as The Alvin Ailey City Center and Symphony Space, and is currently a company member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre under the direction of Abdel Salaam. She has performed at the Apollo Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall and recently appeared in the New York Times for her performance in Saya Woolfalk’s “ChimaTEK” installation for The River to River Festival.

Gierre J. Godley

Gierre J. Godley

Gierre J. Godley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living and working in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has toured to numerous national cities including San Francisco, Little Rock, Seattle, Walla Walla, Vashon Island, Kalamazoo, Austin, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis and international cities including Montreal, Berlin, Manchester, Havana, Barcelona, and Madrid to name a few. In 2016 Gierre was awarded the NECF Choreography Award and Echo Choreography Award. Most recently Gierre & PROJECT 44 were awarded funding from the Queens Council on the Arts & the Peg Santvoord Foundation to support their upcoming project, “Dearest Charlotte.” Gierre is currently on faculty at The College of Mount Saint Vincent, Suffolk County Community College, Connecticut Dance Center and is a performer in the NYC Bessie Award Winning show, “Then She Fell.”

Cara Goodwin

Cara Goodwin

Cara Goodwin is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, where she trained and later taught at the nationally renowned dance studio- Denise Wall’s Dance Energy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University. While there, Cara helped formulate and set up a dance program at a multidimensional studio in Waynesboro, VA. She then went on to work with Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Cruise Line, dancing onboard their five-star cruise ships and traveling throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Hawaii and Alaska. After completing her contracts, she was featured in various commercials and was cast twice to perform with Cirque du Soleil. Cara is currently living in NYC, where she was a dancer with Keen Dance Theatre. She has been invited to present her choreography in a number of shows, most recently the :pushing progress Showcase Series. She is also on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and an instructor at TMSD in Westchester, NY. Cara is very excited to have her piece featured in the New York Jazz Choreography Project.

Kavin T. Grant

Kavin T. Grant

Kavin T. Grant is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alabama State University and Adjunct Professor of Dance at Troy University. He received his MFA in Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Grant has trained with Kariamu and Company: Traditions, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and Jacksonville University where he earned a BFA in Dance with departmental honors and a minor in Sociology. He has been a guest instructor at Tri-Cities High School, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Temple University, Penn State University, The University of the Arts, The University of Akron, Rowan University, Muhlenberg College, Tallahassee Community College and Jacksonville University. He is the founder/CEO of Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment, LLC. Three of his choreographic works were adjudicated and selected for the Gala program at various Regions of the American College Dance Festival and one chosen for the National American College Dance Festival. He was a member of Kariamu and Company: Traditions for three years. Mr. Grant specializes in classical ballet (Vaganova), contemporary ballet, contemporary modern, hip-hop, jazz, African (Umfundalai), musical theater and step dance.

Billy Griffin

Billy Griffin

Billy Griffin is a New York City based artist who received his BFA from New York University/Tisch School Of The Arts.  Performing credits include the Broadway/1st National productions of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and White Christmas, as well as Jeff Amsden’s A Few Good Men Dancin’, The Electric Company on PBS, and the video game Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii. As a director/choreographer he has created work for Hershey Park, Waldameer Park, The Miss America Organization, The National YoungArts Foundation, Fleet Week at South Street Seaport, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Steps Conservatory and NYU. Associate/assistant credits include working with Andy Blankenbuehler on Only Gold, Josh Bergasse on episodes of NBC’s SMASH, Marlo Hunter on My Life Is A Musical at Bay Street Theater/Duke on 42nd and Al Blackstone on Broadway Backwards, BC Beat, Gypsy Of The Year, the new musical Crazy In Love, Freddie Falls In Love at the Pershing Square Signature Center and the Fire Island Dance Festival and most recently The View Upstairs which is currently running off-Broadway.  Billy also teaches regularly at Broadway Dance Center, Steps On Broadway and NYU.

Julia Halpin

Julia Halpin

Julia Halpin is a native of Santa Cruz, California, where she studied classical ballet. She spent two years with the Richmond Ballet of Virginia before moving to New York in 2001. She has dedicated much of her career to broadening her skills as a dancer, studying Latin ballroom, swing dance, Forsythe improvisational techniques, and of course, contemporary jazz. Her choreography often reflects this mix of styles. In 2013 she produced her first evening length work, Love Don’t Come Easy, featuring a cast of acrobats, swing dancers, bboys, and ballerinas. Most recently, she finished production on a music video for singer Joanna Wallfisch. She has been a featured soloist with BalaSole Dance Company and performed in such venues as Ailey Citigroup Theater, Webster Hall, and The Muse Brooklyn, where she is an artist in residence and studying aerial acrobatics! On top of dancing and choreography, she is also a personal trainer specializing in post rehab conditioning and injury prevention.

Carol Haney

Carol Haney

Carol Haney (1924-1964) was spotted by dancer/choreographer Jack Cole, becoming his dance partner and assistant from 1946–48. She also assisted Gene Kelly in choreographing films On the TownSummer StockAn American in ParisSingin’ in the Rain. Haney danced with Bob Fosse in the 1953 film Kiss Me, Kate, and when he landed his first Broadway choreographing assignment, The Pajama Game (1954), he recommended that Haney be cast in Gladys Hotchkiss. The role shot Haney to Broadway fame and won her a Tony Award.

She was seen on television, and she recreated her performance as Gladys in the film The Pajama Game (1957). She focused her career on choreography for Broadway shows: Flower Drum Song (1958, directed by Gene Kelly), Bravo Giovanni (1962), She Loves Me (1963) and Funny Girl (1964). The American Dance Machine(1978) featured her choreography from television. She was nominated for three more Tony Awards, for choreography, for Flower Drum SongBravo Giovanni and, posthumously, for Funny Girl.

Bill Hastings

Bill Hastings

Bill Hastings has performed in over 50 musicals including the Broadway and National Companies of A Chorus Line, The Most Happy Fella’, CabaretRagsSweet Charity, and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’. He received a National Endowment for the Arts grant (U. of Nebraska); received the Wilson Center guest artist residency at the U. of Georgia; three-time choreographic grant recipient at the U. of  Richmond. On faculty of three universities (UCI, Chapman, and Houston). Six-time choreographer for Jacob’s Pillow Jazz Happening; premiered his modern work, Napta Playa, at the Duke Theater and PBS/ Metro 13. As well as 30 musicals and 20 concert pieces, Bill conceived, directed, and choreographed the highly lauded full-length dance opera Lotti: The Girl With the Golden Knot. Bill was Dance Captain for Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ on Broadway; assisted Tony winner Scott Salmon on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Miss America Pageant;  assisted Chet Walker and Gwen Verdon on the  Tony-winning Fosse; was  Dance Supervisor on Heatwave: The Jack Cole Project at the Queens Theater. Bill is privileged to have worked with such dance luminaries as Bob Fosse, Graciela Daniele, Michael Bennett, Ron Field, Tony Stevens, Phil Black, Luigi, and the great teacher, Harvey Hysell.

Richard J. Hinds

Richard J. Hinds

Richard’s Broadway & Tour credits include Come From Away (Associate Chor.), Disney’s Newsies (Associate Dir.), Jekyll & Hyde (Associate Dir./Chor.), Il Divo: A Musical Affair (Assistant Dir.), 9 to 5 (Associate Dir.) and Disney’s High School Musical (Associate Chor.). Richard worked on the Off-Broadway and West End productions of Here Lies Love (Associate Dir./Chor.). His Regional Theatre credits include La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle 5th Ave. Theatre. His Television credits include Bring It, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, America’s Got Talent and The Bethenny Show. Richard is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and represented by bloc Talent Agency.

Mindy Jackson

Mindy Jackson

Mindy Jackson is a professional dancer, choreographer, rehearsal director, teacher and youth mentor for concert dance, theater, music videos and television. Currently, Mindy is Director of Professional Training Programs & contemporary faculty at Steps on Broadway plus a guest teacher at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s ASAP Mentorship Program and schools across the country. Notable credits include being recognized by Dance Magazine with an ENews exclusive and showcased as a style model in continuing issues of the publication. Most recently, her work was presented by Inception to Exhibition at Bryant Park’s Contemporary Dance Summer Series. She has worked with top contemporary dance makers including Aszure Barton, Cherice Barton, Donald Byrd, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Larry Keigwin, Seán Curran, Monica Bill Barnes, Nathan Trice, Andrea Miller, Camille A. Brown, Mark Dendy, Zvi Gotheiner, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and Cape Town South Africa’s Ikapa Dance Theatre to highlight a few.  Honorable mention for her choreography includes being selected as 1 of 4 pieces from the North Carolina Dance Festival history to perform in the ADF’s 80th Anniversary Celebration.

Karin Kawamoto

Karin Kawamoto

Karin Kawamoto spent her early 20′s playing Connie Wong in A Chorus Line in several International Tours as well as in regional theaters, working for Baayork Lee and Mitzi Hamilton, among other notable directors. She also sang and danced for Ms. Lee and Marvin Hamlisch at the Hollywood Bowl and the opening of the Cincinnati Performing Arts center. In addition to performing in industrials, at theme parks, and Civic Light Operas, Karin has assisted Baayork in recreating Turkey Lurkey from Promises, Promises at NYU and for private workshops. In 2015, she dusted off her dance shoes to perform in National Asian Artists Project’s 5th Anniversary Gala, where she performed in two of her favorite numbers, Big Spender from Sweet Charity and Turkey Lurkey, from Promises, Promises. She also danced in the 2016 Annual BC/EFA Easter Bonnet at the Minskoff, finally performing on a Broadway stage. Recently, Karin also made her film debut in the soon-to-be-released film short, Parental Pride, and teaches an open jazz dance class for NAAPs Professional Development program that is open to the public. Karin has a B.A. from UC Irvine in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in classical voice.

Svetlana Khoruzhina

Svetlana Khoruzhina

Svetlana Khoruzhina is originally from Moscow, Russia where she grew up and started her dance career as a competitive ballroom dancer. Later, she began training in contemporary dance, street styles, modern and jazz dance and joined JMshow dance company under the mentorship of Moscow-based choreographer Ludmila Kvasnevskaya, performing and choreographing for numerous events and dance festivals. Svetlana was awarded with a scholarship to study at Institut de Formation Professionnelle Rick Odums (Centre International de Danse Jazz) in Paris, France, where she successfully passed the French state exam in jazz dance technique. Then she moved to NYC to further her dance training in the Steps on Broadway Conservatory Program, where she now has the opportunity to study and perform, as well as to choreograph herself. Svetlana was a part of the Musical Theatre Dance Program at Jacob’s Pillow in 2016, where she performed choreography by Chet Walker, Bill Hastings, Jason Wise and Shannon Lewis. Svetlana also holds a bachelor degree in Culture Studies and is a certified Pilates instructor. She is not new to JCE as a performer and choreographer and is very excited to present her new piece.

Joyce King

Joyce King

oyce King’s versatility and insatiable appetite to uniquely express life through movement has afforded numerous opportunities to choreograph, teach, perform, traveling throughout the U.S., Vienna, Costa Rica, Belgium, France, Japan. In NYC, she is on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet Program and guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center. In 2008, Joyce established JKing Dance Company, (JKDC), receiving press acknowledgement, 2012 and 2013 ‘…undeniably emotional, unabashedly raw, and most importantly real. Artistic Director and Choreographer, Joyce King allows herself to be vulnerable as both artist and person…’,(Jennifer Thompson/NY Dance Examiner). King’s choreography has been commissioned as part of special performances at Symphony Space, DNA, Merce Cunningham Dance Theater, Pinkerton Academy Theatre Arts, Palace Theatre, Dansstage Dance Festival, Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Eugene O’Neil Theaters, Costa Rica. King has also choreographed for, ‘Life is a Journey’, a collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Parson, and Joffrey,  performed for fashion week 2013 in NYC at mmac. Notable performances: Chorus Line, Cats Vienna, Fame: The Musical, Benefits for Broadway Cares; Impulse Dance Co, Industrials, Boston Opera’s Aida and Die Fledermaus. Joyce is happily married to Ray and proud mom of her 11 yr. old son, Aidan.

Ali Koinoglou

Ali Koinoglou

Thriving in New York City, Ali Koinoglou spent numerous summers studying at the Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theater and continued her training with Joffrey Ballet’s pre-professional year-round program after graduating high school. Ali then trained at Broadway Dance Center in the Professional Semester. While training at BDC, Ali created a relationship with master teacher/choreographer, Derek Mitchell, the Resident Choreographer of Hamilton the Musical. Since Derek’s move to LA, Ali has taken over his various positions choreographing industrials for several companies including Big Hit Events & GoSeeDoNYC. Ali’s company Koin & Co Dancers (est. 2013) created a Junior Training Program division to the company allowing Ali’s network of teachers/choreographers/agents to contribute to the success of the next generation of dancers. Currently, Ali is assistant to five-time Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels and is a resident choreographer/teacher for many intensives including The Academy of the Holy Angels, KLICK’T, Peridance Capezio Center, Artistic Dance Exchange and more. Ali’s long-term goal is to one day be educating & inspiring dancers around the world to grow to their full potential as talented dancers, kind humans and all-around creative, versatile individuals!

Gregory Kollarus

Gregory Kollarus

Gregory Kollarus trained at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Martha Graham School, and Long Island High School of the Arts. He currently performs with independent choreographers, choreographs for musical theater, and teaches dance at The Studio on Long Island. Recently, he has been seen in West Side Story at the John Engeman Theater, and in an interactive incarnation of Carrie, the Musical at Long Island’s SoLuna Studio. Gregory has also appeared in competition-winning performances with xyz nyc, dancing with Barbara Montero at The Tank. He is one of the founding members and creative choreographers of the Logos Dance Collective. Greg values innovation in the arts and enjoys collaborating with others who are similarly willing to risk making inroads into uncharted territories.

Glenn Leslie

Glenn Leslie

Glenn Leslie is an Emmy Award-winning dancer who danced with Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director) for 10 years. Glenn’s tenure of studying and training with Mr. Siegenfeld and his gravity-directed body-healthy approach to physical movement (Standing Down Straight®) and his rhythmically intricate choreography continues to inform and influence Glenn’s explorations of dance that are rooted in energy, emotion, and vernacular movement. In addition to having taught Jump Rhythm® Technique in intensives, residencies, workshops, master classes, and at Northwestern University, Glenn has been teaching adult tap classes at Dance Center Evanston since 1999. Before he moved from New York to Chicago in 1998, Glenn worked professionally in musical theater, performing in summer stock, regional, cabaret, and dinner theaters, and international productions. Glenn has choreographed many musicals including “Anything Goes”, “West Side Story”, and “Fiorello!” His concert dance choreography includes “Out of a Rut & Into a Groove”, “First Comes Love”, and “G. K. Lovejoy”, his homage to Gene Kelly. In 2009 Glenn established Classic Jazz & Tap Productions, with the intent to honor, preserve, and promote the timeless (classic) traditions of jazz and tap dance and to apply those traditions in telling stories for our contemporary world.

Fatima Logan

Fatima Logan

Fatima Logan, Artistic Director and Founder of VashtiDance Theater, studied at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She danced professionally with the African-American Dance Ensemble directed by Bessie Award Winner and Founder of DanceAfrica, Dr. Chuck Davis; Forces of Nature Dance Theater directed by Abdel Salaam; and the Seewe Dance Company directed by Mouminatou Camara. She has extensive teaching experience as artist in residence at Hunter College and Long Island University. She is a teaching artist with Bronx Children’s Museum and Young Audiences New York. She has performed with Bobby Sanabria, Paul Winters, Alicia Keys, Ntozake Shange, and has received written recognition for her commitment to dance education from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Cat Manturuk

Cat Manturuk

Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Cat was a scholarship student at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago, later moving to LA, where she performed with LA Modern and Ballet Company, Blue13 Dance, Regina Klenjosky Dance Company, and Collage Dance Theatre. Upon her arrival in New York, she joined Dance 2XS and became rehearsal director to Decadancetheatre. Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine.

DANCE CAT-ALYST outreach programs and performances: Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times.

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

Vanessa Martínez de Baños is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer, and co-director of DoubleTakeDanceCo.com (NY SummerStage, Battery, Carnival, Jazz Choreography Project, etc). Featured twice in Dance Informa Magazine, DoubleTake Dance (DTD) has recently received several commissions: Rock that Rolls choreographic commission for Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH; HT Chen New Steps residency NYC; Next Step commission and performance for JPAC NYC. Currently she dances and choreographs for DTD, Daniel Gwirtzman and American Tap Dance Foundation. Other companies/choreographers include DIY Nutcracker, BalaSole, Noir Tribe Media, RSW & associates, ABT, Little Opera Theater, Ikada, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém Alonso, Lynn Schwab and Tony Waag, L’OREAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Tag Heuer, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, Fuse TV, X- Box/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign), Rachel Ray Show etc. Film credits include “Friends With Benefits” with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011). Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career. On faculty at Steps, Joffrey, BAE and a Tap City Leader, she’s been featured on CNN, NBC and TV Globo in Brazil.

Mary Lynne McAnally

Mary Lynne McAnally

Mary Lynne McAnally was resident choreographer for Ballet Classic and Entertainment in Hannover, Germany from 1987-2011. During this time she choreographed numerous European tours including “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She worked as the resident choreographer for the Edmonton Festival Ballet; introducing jazz choreography to the company’s repertoire. Her choreographic work has been seen at the Istanbul Festival, The Citadel in Edmonton, Canada; at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and all across Europe. Mary Lynne holds a Master’s in Choreography from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Currently Mary Lynne is the coordinator of the Jazz and Tap curriculum in the Gifted and Talented Dance Department at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School in Bridgewater, NJ. She is also Artistic Director of “The Tap Co..” a student touring Tap Company. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 25 years and has taught in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy.

Mary Lynne is thrilled for the opportunity to present her students once again at The NY Jazz Choreography Project! She continues to be an advocate to preserve Classic Jazz Technique, and is delighted that the Jazz Project exists to showcase this wonderful art form!

Sekou McMiller

Sekou McMiller

A native Chicagoan now residing in New York City, Sekou is the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world. Sekou’s unique style of Latin dance, rich with Afro-Caribbean essence and laced with many genres of dance, has earned him recognition world-wide. Sekou made his NYC Off-Broadway debut and international tour with “Celia the Musical.” He was an associate choreographer for the theatrical productions “Afro Tango” and the “Latin Nutcracker Review” and is the founder and artist director of SMc Dance Co., an internationally recognized Afro-Latin dance theater company.

Sekou has performed and choreographed for top Latin artist such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves, Jose El Canario Alberto, PitBull, r&b artist KEM, and the pop icon Madonna. In addition, Sekou has worked with the Radio City Rockettes, Bravo TV, Jennifer Lopez’s new network NUVO TV and “Good Morning America.

Bryan Menjivar

Bryan Menjivar

Bryan Ernesto Menjivar is a triple threat performer from the West Coast. Born and raised in California, he was always the life of the party as a child, so much so that he enjoyed and strived for the limelight. Dancing was his escape from the harsh realities of his troubled youth; he started in Hip-Hop and contemporary in school, and salsa and merengue at home. In 2008 he graduated from the Musical Theatre program at AMDA LA. Shortly after that he joined the high seas and danced for Carnival Cruise Lines. He enjoyed the challenge and never looked back. Following those 5 years he moved to the city to pursue his dream of Broadway and hasn’t given up yet. He is currently working for Dance with Me studios where he is still building up his resume and honing his skill but also making it possible for him to create new styles and choreograph many awesome and beautiful pieces. He wants to thank his partner, Sharlane, for not giving up on him, his family for always being there, but most of all his man and dog—Teddy and Oliver—for being the family he always wanted.

Bobby Morgan

Bobby Morgan

With a love for music and movement of all styles, Bobby Morgan has received diverse training and inspiration from: Desmond Richardson/Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dana Foglia, and Erica Sobol to name a few. Bobby holds a Certificate of completion from Peridance’s Intensive Semester Program in NYC and has also been involved in The Gypsy Project 2017 in Los Angeles. Along with ballet/contemporary influence, styles such as voguing, hip hop, house and jazz are fused together to form one language. As a choreographer, his mission is to bring forth cohesive art in an effort to bring together the classical and commercial dance communities, and appreciate the art form of dance as a bridge we use to communicate and relate to each other.

Tammy O’hara

Tammy O’hara

Tammy O’hara is from Kanagawa, Japan. She graduated from Tokai University with a degree in Physical Education and runs her own dance studio, Studio Tammy; choreographs and performs with her jazz dance company, FJ Co.; and is a Luigi teacher and Luigi clothes line representative for Chacott. Tammy commutes several times a year to New York City, which she considers to be her second home. She studied for many years with her mentor, Luigi, and teaches jazz at Luigi’s Jazz Centre. In New York she is also a guest teacher and choreographer for various workshops and has performed with her FJ dance company. Her other performing credits include Steve Love’s New York Express Roller Dance Company with her dance roller-skating mentor, Lezly Ziering. Tammy loves roller dancing at the Central Park Skating Circle, attending dance classes, and spending time with her New York friends.

Andrea Palesh

Andrea Palesh

Andrea Palesh is a NYC based producer, director, choreographer, and marketing consultant.  She attended Colorado State University where she graduated with a BA in Dance and BS in Fashion Merchandising.  Since moving to NYC, she’s danced in Eyes of a Blue Dog Dance Theater, performed as a backup dancer for entertainer Robert Taylor Jr., was a featured dancer in the off-broadway show Chris March’s Butt-Cracker Suite, and toured internationally and domestically with Mystic India: The World Tour.  Most recently she was the associate choreographer and featured artist in the hip-hop/vaudeville show Rebirth of Rabbit’s Foot and the choreographer of the production Gunpowder.  Currently she directs, choreographs, and performs for the nightlife cabaret spectacle: Guilty Pleasures Cabaret.  When she’s not dancing or choreographing, she can be found designing costumes, contributing articles for online publications, and consulting brands with their online marketing and social media presence.  

Matt Pardo

Matt Pardo

Matt Pardo, originally from Albany New York, is a 2007 graduate of the University at Buffalo with an advanced honors B.F.A. in dance. Professionally, he has danced for the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Groundworks Dance Theater, Northeast Ballet Company, Balasole Dance Company, Parijat Desai Dance Company, and as the company apprentice for the River North Chicago Dance Company. Matt was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Dancers in the World for 2010-2011”, one of 10 Americans, by Dance Europe Magazine for the performance of a solo he choreographed and performed with the Balasole Dance Company in NYC. His choreography has been in the repertory of Universidad De Las Americas Puebla, Skidmore College, Salve Regina University, Zodiaque Dance Company, Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet Company, Northeast Ballet Company, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and Jazz Choreography Enterprises among others. Currently, Matt is a company member with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and is also on the world tour of the Philip Glass Opera “Einstein on the Beach”. Matt recently completed a guest faculty position in the dance department at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Union.

Liz Piccoli

Liz Piccoli

Liz Piccoli (AEA/AGMA/SDC Associate Director/Choreographer). Choreo: Assist. Director/Choreographer-Tricia Brouk, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” (Central Coast Theater), Assist. Choreographer “Central Ave. Breakdown” at NYMF (Deagu Award,) Assist. Choreographer- “Ionescopades” (York Theater/Lucille Lortel Nomination,) SDC Observer-Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Off-Broadway,) Assist. Choreo.-TVLand Awards starring Liza Minnelli and Choreographer of “Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws” Off-Broadway at La Mama with Jonathan Warman. She was the choreographer for a musical in workshop based on Pink’s album “Misunderstood,” at EAT and is very happy to be a part of the NY Jazz Choreography Project at Alvin Ailey. Liz most recently was the Co-Director and Choreographer of “Spandex, the Musical” Off-Broadway as well as the choreographer of “Footloose” and “Hairspray” with the Ohana Arts Project in Oahu, HI.

Mimi Quillin

Mimi Quillin

Mimi Quillin received a BFA in Dance, Boston Conservatory of Music. She danced in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, Chamber Dance Theater under director William Carter of ABT. Broadway debut in Bob Fosse’s revival of SWEET CHARITY starring Debbie Allen. Quillin assisted Fosse and Gwen Verdon in the reconstruction and as Dance Captain. Fosse chose her as recipient of a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Institute to pursue a career in acting. Off Broadway /Regional credits include Genet’s THE BALCONY at Hudson Guild as the General’s Mare, Jules Feiffer’s CARNAL KNOWLEDGE on Theater Row as Cindy with Judd Nelson and Jon Cryer,  A.R. Gurney’s SNOWBALL directed by Jack O’Brien/Old Globe, San Diego. She is a member of British Actors Equity performing Edith Wharton’s CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY among other books for the BBC Radio. Returning to Broadway in the original cast of RAGTIME. Choreography includes regional productions of CAROUSEL, MUSIC MAN and OLIVER, THE FLEA THEATER/OOB, numerous plays and the world premiere of Liz Swados’ KASPER HAUSER. Quillin teaches at STEPS and Broadway Dance Center as well as writing and performing solo pieces at various NY venues. She played Tessie Tura in Harbor Lights Theatre Company’s August 2015 production of GYPSY.

Nicholas Ranauro

Nicholas Ranauro

Massachusetts native Nicholas Ranauro grew up training in tap, jazz, and musical theater before graduating from the ballet program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He is a 2014 graduate of The Juilliard School where he danced in the works of famous and emerging choreographers alike including Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Nahrin, Alex Ketley, and Pina Bausch. Post graduation he has danced with the Tania Perez-Salas Compañía de Danza in Mexico City but remains based in NYC where he is represented by CESD Talent Agency and is happy to have joined the touring cast of iLuminate; Artist of Light. Nicholas is an avid choregorapher and has had his work presented in the Amalgamate Artist Series, Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors, and is thrilled to be presenting a piece in the New York Jazz Choreography Project. He has taught professionally throughout New England and on outreach trips to Johannesburg, South Africa and New Orleans, Louisiana. Nicholas hopes to work closely with artists of all mediums and styles to continue pushing the envelope and making dance that is fresh, interesting, and entertaining.

Ashley Rich

Ashley Rich

Ashley Rich started her technical training at a young age, fell in love with dance, and completely immersed herself in her dance education. Some of her achievements include being a finalist on the 8th Season of “So You Think You Can Dance” and attending the prestigious Ailey School in NYC, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has been featured in music videos, has performed nationally, and most recently choreographed a lyric video for Sony recording artists Lecrae and Tori Kelly. Ashley is currently a master teacher for “Turn it up Dance challenge” and teaches at Downtown Dance Factory in New York City. She is the Head of the Contemporary/Lyrical program at Downtown Dance Factory and Choreographer for their Junior/Senior Lyrical performing companies. During the summer she is the Director of the dance program at the SOCAPA, a dance intensive for teens located in Los Angeles. With her primary focus being on choreography and dance education, she decided to start Rich Dance Project in 2014. Rich Dance Project is a NYC based dance company for teens from all over the Tri-State area. RDP has performed throughout NYC in shows such as the New York Jazz Choreography Project, Brooklyn Dance Festival Youth Ensemble show, Brooklyn Summer Stage, and were featured performers in Tracie Stanfield’s SynthesisToo Apprentice show. Ashley’s mission is to teach dancers how to explore the purpose of their talent, develop their ability in a supportive space, and to inspire change through dance.

Francis J. Roach

Francis J. Roach

Francis J. Roach is the Artistic Director of  Luigi’s Jazz Centre in NYC. He travels all over the globe (30 times to Japan alone) to teach Luigi’s method. In the USA, he guest teaches at Manhattan Youth Ballet and countless workshops, such as Broadway Theater Project. He has taught at the Houston Ballet Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, Manhattan Marymount College, CUNY, Jackson International Ballet Competition, and Hoctor Dance Caravan. His choreography credits are: Broadway benefits for ALS, fashion shows for NYC Marathons, opera and dance companies, MTV videos, Japanese commercials, JCE showcases, and a magazine spread for Charlotte D’Amboise. He assisted Luigi for one of Liza Minnelli’s tours and currently is Resident Choreographer for NY Artists Unlimited. As a dancer, Francis appeared in AEA and SAG productions, on Broadway and world stages. Dance Masters of America President’s Award was bestowed on him. He is the humble co-author of Luigi’s Jazz Warm-Up book with Luigi and Lorraine Person Kriegel.

Alexis Robbins

Alexis Robbins

Alexis Robbins, a native of Wakefield, RI, is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Exercise Science. Her emerging tap and modern dance company, kamrDANCE, has performed at Near and Far Collaborative Art Project in Cape Cod, ASBC’s 4th and 5th Choreographer Showcase in NYC, the 4th Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance’s November 2015 salon in Brooklyn, Sans Limites Dance Winter Season 2015 and Spring Season 2016 in NYC, Peridance’s Winter and Summer Student and Faculty Showcase 2016 in NYC, and the 3rd Annual Astoria Dance Festival in Queens. Robbins has performed in works by Rachel List, Anita Feldman, David Parker, Sean Curran, Heather Waldon, Amy Marshall, Sean Fielder, Hillary-Marie Michael, and Kristen Collins and has performed on Good Day New York with Aaron Tolson. Robbins is a rising choreographer who fuses tap and modern dance with humor and intricacy to create unique voices and investigate the necessity of supportive relationships, laughter, and absurdity. Alongside choreographing, Robbins is a, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and teaches tap at several studios on Long Island. She is very excited to be presenting “Please Be Kind if I’m a Mess” at the New York Jazz Choreography Project.

Sue Samuels

Sue Samuels

Sue Samuels — performer, master jazz teacher, choreographer — has an established reputation as one of the leaders within the performing arts community. She was the co-founder/owner of Jo Jo’s Dance Factory in New York City, which later became Broadway Dance Center. Sue has been on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center since 1986 and is also on the faculty of Peridance Capezio Center NYC. Students have included numerous stage, film, and television stars such as Melba Moore, Brooke Shields, Dominique Dawes and Irene Cara. As a performer and choreographer, Sue has over 40 years of extensive credits in film, television, and theatrical productions on Broadway and around the world. In 2009, Sue founded Jazz Roots Dance, a professional company dedicated to the preservation of the classic jazz dance form while aiming to excite and educate all generations about its roots. In Spring 2013 she self-produced and presented a successful season for Jazz Roots Dance, and in Fall 2013 the company completed its first tour to L.A. to perform in the TriArt Festival in San Pedro. Sue is a 2015 recipient of the Flo Bert Award for her dedication to the Jazz Dance art form. Critics agree that this company is “a new force to be reckoned with.”

Kristen Brooks Sandler

Kristen Brooks Sandler

Kristen Brooks Sandler is a New York based choreographer. Her work is at the intersection of theater and concert dance, employing narrative in tandem with an avant-garde aesthetic to start a conversation. She believes in art as a medium through which difficult topics can be uniquely explored and discussed. Kristen graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Elon University.  Since then, she has performed all around with world with Holland America Cruise Lines, Elf! The Musical National Tour, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat National Tour. Other credits include Hello Dolly! (Ermengarde – Riverside Theater), Someone to Belong To (Maggie – NYC Fringe), Cinderella (Artpark). Most recently, she returned from performing in Japan. Kristen’s choreography has been presented at venues all over the country, such as NJPAC, Symphony Space, 92Y, and at Elon University. Most recently, Kristen’s piece Lachesism was featured at Dixon Place in New York City. She has also assistant choreographed a myriad of projects, including Nickelodeon’s TV Show Shimmer and ShineWoyzeck at the Juilliard School, and Busch Garden’s Nightbeats.

Ellenore Scott

Ellenore Scott

Ellenore Scott is a New York City based choreographer, master teacher and performer. Scott was a finalist (Season 6) and All-Star (Season 8) on the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance?” and most recently was the Assistant Choreographer for the Broadway Revivals of “Cats” and “Falsettos. She has choreographed for national commercials (AVON and Chase), numerous music videos and internationally for Glow Dance Company (Norway). This season she had the pleasure to choreograph for Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice” at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, which will go Off-Broadway in Fall 2017. Scott is also the Artistic Director of New York City based contemporary-fusion dance company, ELSCO Dance.

Jaime Shannon

Jaime Shannon

Jaime Shannon began her dance training at the age of four at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford, CT.  In 2006 she received her BA in dance from Hofstra University. Since then, Jaime has performed professionally with Azul Dance Theatre, Dance Cat-Alyst, Soluq Dance Theater, Lauren Hale Dance, and Kelley Donovan and Dancers. In 2010 Jaime met Tony Fraser and together, they quickly became a dynamic partnership in the swing dance community. Together they have performed and taught various styles of swing dance throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Alan Spaulding

Alan Spaulding

Alan Spaulding has taught dance to youths and adults since 1994. He currently teaches ballet, tap, and jazz dance in his neighborhood of Inwood in Upper Manhattan at The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre, where he has also choreographed several musicals including “The Pajama Game,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Anything Goes,” and most recently, “Singin’ in the Rain.” He has been involved as a dancer and choreographer for JCE since its inaugural production, and he is very happy to be revisiting these two numbers from past shows, especially re-staging “I Met a Girl,” which was originally choreographed by his teacher, mentor, and dear friend, Bob Audy.

Ashley Stafford

Ashley Stafford

Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Ashley Stafford came to New York City by way of Lexington, Kentucky. A free-spirited and hyperactive choreographer, teacher, performer, photographer, and pianist, Ashley’s love for the arts began at a very young age with the Indiana University pre-college ballet and music programs. She graduated with honors and received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, as well as a minor in Psychology, from Transylvania University. Ashley currently teaches for the Children and Teens Program at Broadway Dance Center and at Downtown Dance Factory. Her choreography has been showcased in both the Brooklyn Dance Festival and Gotham Dance Theater’s performances for emerging choreographers, as well as in Chris Palacio’s Rooftop Showcase. She performs regularly for both stage and for film, and has appeared on MTV, Good Morning America, and Telemundo to name a few. Ashley aims to fuse together her diverse training, life experiences, musical knowledge, and passion for the arts to create works that are relatable, genuine, and powerful.

Chet Walker

Chet Walker

Multi-Award Winning Director/Choreographer Chet Walker has garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, in television, film, music video and all commercial media. Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical FOSSE which also won an Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Chet is also recipient of the L.A. Drama-logue Award for Best Choreography for Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for Annie Get Your Gun; and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of Pal Joey at the Goodman Theatre. Chet most recently received the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award, and a Tony nomination for his choreography of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin, the acclaimed revival directed by Diane Paulus. Also, as director/choreographer, Chet created Sweet Charity (Bob Fosse’s Original Choreography) in the United States and abroad; further credits include productions of La Cage aux Folles, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Follies, Working, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Producers, The Dancing Man, and Jazz on Jazz. He has also created five dance operas, including The New York Times critically acclaimed Seduction; as well as three ballets for Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentina.

Kyle Weiler

Kyle Weiler

Kyle is honored to be back presenting work with NY Jazz Choreography. A recent graduate of The Juilliard School, he has performed the works of José Limon, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Kyle Abraham, Camille A Brown, and Brian Brooks. Recent stage credits include: Damn Yankees (Ordway) and Mamma Mia & Dear Edwina (Theatre Aspen). Kyle participated in Arts Powers Arusha, an arts outreach exchange in Arusha, Tanzania. Back home in Minnesota, he has created original material for local dance companies, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and assistant directed/choreographed Bare: The Pop Opera at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. He is also a founding member of the Arts Fusion Initiative, a diverse group of artists who create unique, interdisciplinary performances inspired by American poets. For the next year, he will be adventuring around Europe and Asia, playing Diesel in the centennial tour of West Side Story. Much love to his family and mentors!

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In Memorium

Robert Audy

Robert Audy

Robert Audy has worked in every aspect of show business as director-choreographer for Broadway, television, movies, and summer theatres across the country. He has coached or taught numerous stars, including Shirley MacLaine, John Travolta, Cybill Sheppard, Joel Grey, and Ben Vereen, and has trained several generations of international tap dancers. He wrote two best sellers published by Random House, Teach Yourself How to Tap and Jazz Dancing, and has taught for every major dance organization in the United States, as well as in Paris, France, and Helsinki, Finland. Robert was delighted to accept the Dance Masters of America President’s Award for 2001. He was honored for his contributions to tap dance at Tap City 2003. In 2007, the New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day presented him with the Flo-Bert Life Achievement Award. In May 2009, Jazz Choreography Enterprises honored Robert for his contributions to the art of jazz dance as a distinguished teacher and choreographer. And in November 2009, Robert will be presented with the Tradition In Tap Award for “Outstanding Achievements & Significant Contribution To The Tradition And Art Of Tap Dance.”

Luigi

Luigi

Luigi (1925-2015), creator of the world’s first complete technique for learning jazz dance, is a legend who influenced generations of dancers, teachers and choreographers. Born Eugene Louis Faccuito in Steubenville, Ohio, Luigi spent his childhood performing on local stages as a singer and dancer. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in movies. Only two months later, he was in a near fatal car accident that left him with a skull fracture and paralysis down one side of his body. While in a coma, an inner voice told Luigi, “Never stop moving, kid. If you stop, you’re dead.” When he awoke, doctors told him he would never walk again. On his own, Luigi created a series of rehabilitative exercises that helped him discover what he had to do to control his body. After a year of trial and error, he continued his work and started back in dance classes. Miraculously, he went on to dance in the chorus of over 40 classic films, such as, An American in ParisSingin’ in the RainThe Band Wagon, and White Christmas. While on the movie set of On the Town Gene Kelly gave him the professional nickname, Luigi. During this era Luigi choreographed nightclub, television, and Equity productions too. He also started teaching. After moving to New York to be in Broadway shows, he eventually opened his still running school, Luigi’s Jazz Centre. Celebrities such as Liza Minnelli, Susan Stroman, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, and Michael Bennett, along with countless students, have taken there. Writers have called Luigi an Ambassador of Jazz, and others have bestowed many awards for his contributions to dance. But perhaps the greatest tribute to Luigi is the fact his technique is taught today by his students in schools and colleges all over the world.

Sal Pernice

Sal Pernice

Brooklyn born and bred, Sal Pernice got his start on stage at the age of four, when he tore down the house dancing to “Darktown Strutters’ Ball” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He attended the High School of Performing Arts, and upon graduation, performed with the Santa Fe Opera Ballet Company. Soon after, he went on tour as Baby John in Jerome Robbins’ unparalleled “West Side Story.” Sal was a veteran of nine Broadway shows including “Dear World” with Angela Lansbury, “The Apple Tree” with Alan Alda, and “Goodtime Charley” with Joel Grey. His performing career also included stock, industrials, and national tours. Having achieved success and a sense of completion performing under others’ direction, Sal decided to create his own choreography and teach others. For almost 30 years he taught children and adults at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center. At the Center’s 75th Anniversary Gala, Sal directed young dancers in the Harkness Repertory Ensemble in an excerpt from Jerome Robbins’ “Opus Jazz.” He was also on the faculty at Ballet Academy East. Sal died on September 9, 2018. He will be remembered by many in the dance community, especially his devoted students, who now call themselves the Salarinas.

 

Past Choreographers

  • Bafana S. Matea
  • Tammy O’hara
  • Jaclyn O’Rourke
  • Sal Pernice
  • Katrina Phillip
  • Kelly Potter McHale
  • Christy Rak-Samson
  • Shawn Rawls
  • Tyrell V. Rolle
  • Svea Schneider
  • Hadley Schnuck
  • Kirsten Schwartz
  • Kellie Schweon
  • Amy Baker Schwiethale
  • Mary Shorey
  • Lauren Ashlee Small
  • Shauna Sorensen
  • Lori Spada
  • Tracie Stanfield
  • Katherine Titone
  • Amy VanKirk
  • Fukuyo Watanabe
  • Kathryn Wilkening
  • Lara Wilson
  • Sidney Erik Wright
  • Debra Zalkind

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