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The Dance Complex FACULTY

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Adrienne Hawkins (Modern, Jazz, Blues - MJB) (617) 304-2347 | impdance@aol.com received her BA in Education from Arizona State and was awarded a full scholarship for her MFA in Dance at Connecticut College. She is Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company and Co-Artistic Director of Bass-Line Motion.

She has been on the faculty of, or visiting artist at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of the Arts, Mt. Holyoke, University of Massachusetts both Amherst and Boston campuses, Harvard University, American Repertory Theater Institute (A.R.T.), Stonehill College, Rhode Island College, Dean College, Denison University, The Joy of Movement Center, The Dance Complex, Boston Ballet, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, The Dance Inn, The Dancing Arts Center, Codman Academy Charter School and others. She presently teaches at Rhode Island College, Harvard University and A.R.T.

While in graduate school at Connecticut College she assisted Daniel Nagrin for five years at the American Dance Festival, at Connecticut College and Duke University. Ms. Hawkins then taught Jazz Styles and Jazz at ADF for three years, two in North Carolina and one in Tokyo Japan. Ms. Hawkins has taught on numerous occasions at The Harvard Summer Festival, Northwest Florida Summer Festival, Yantra Summer Festival, Dancing Arts Summer Festival, Citi-Center Summer Festival, Sankofa Dance Project, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and others.

Adrienne is a sought after teacher and has taught extensively throughout the world in such places as Iceland, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, France, Holland and Japan. She has toured her one woman shows, “A Day in the Night” and “Reality Check” beat to fit, paint to match, for a number of years to such places as Denmark, Ireland and Iceland. She was a Massachusetts Choreography Fellowship recipient numerous times and has choreographed over 100 pieces, for companies, studios and working Dancers. Besides the pieces created for Impulse Dance Company and Bass-Line Motion she has also choreographed for the Icelandic Ballet, Ballet Plus, Portland Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, and Bosoma Dance Co. She has choreographed Rock Musicals, Commercials, and Music Videos and has worked in Trade Show productions. She is proud to have been an opening act for such notables as Miles Davis, Al Green, and danced with Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Revue.

In addition to her artistic work she has a number of organizational positions, Artistic Director of the Joy of Movement Center for thirteen year, which she opened a branch in New York with Dennis Wayne & Dancers Inc. Impulse Dance “The Studio” which was opened in the heart of Boston for over ten years. She was an adjudicator for the Presidential Arts and Talent Search, on the Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island State Cultural Councils. She has served on the board of Directors of McCormick Center for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Art, The Piano Guild, The Boston Dance Alliance, and The Brookline Community Center for the Arts.


Aicha "Astou" Sagna (African) has been dancing for twenty-five years. During this time, she worked with the African Ballet of Senegal and the National Ballet of Senegal.

Alioune “Pape” N’Diaye (African) www.papendiaye.com | 575-513-7273 | infor@papendiaye.com. A multi-talented artist from Dakar, Senegal, Alioune “Pape” N’Diaye (www.papendiaye.com) is a seasoned performer (song, dance, and percussion), instructor, and choreographer in Djembe, Kutiro, Sabar, Modern, and African contemporary dance forms. He has been a member of numerous acclaimed Senegalese traditional and contemporary dance companies, including the National Ballet of Senegal, Cinquihme Dimension, Ballet Sinomew, Forêt Sacrée, and Manhattan Dance School. Pape N'Diaye is also a former lead dancer for Jant-Bi where he choreographed pieces for the award winning FAGAALA, Jant-Bi’s most recently toured production. In the United States he has choreographed and performed with the Kinodance Company, Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, and the Harvard University Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, to name a few. He is the lead singer and founder of the Mbalax Music Band, Doomou Africa, and the director of the recently acclaimed African Dance Company, Les Enfants du Soleil - African Dance Theater. This company is made up of dynamic artists and musicians from various West African countries and the United States. In addition to singing and directing Les Enfants du Soleil - African Dance Theater, Pape N'Diaye is the founder of the Ndaje School of African Arts, Inc. which hosts the Annual Ndaje Festival of African Music and Dance, the largest African dance and drum celebration in Boston! Pape currently teaches a weekly beginning African Dance class at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.

Amorn O’Connor. Nectar.Amorn O’Connor (Nectar) has been involved with movement, dance and acrobatics most of her life, and is currently working towards a masters degree in Dance and Expressive Arts Therapy. She co-founded, directed and performed with the troupe, Organic Theater from 2008-2010 in Asheville, NC producing collaborative arts shows based on social justice, personal story and community voice. Amorn has a background in performance dance, and has been a resident dance artist in schools teaching choreography, creative movement, and gymnastics. She is a Circus Yoga teacher, works with adolescents in a residential mental health setting, and is passionate about dance as a therapeutic practice.

Contact Amorn: 931-607-6699 or amorn.oconnor@gmail.com.


AnaLinda Marcus (Tango) www.tangoembrace.com Argentine Tango is an improvisational social dance that changes lives, and AnaLinda fell under its spell 6 years ago. Social dance has been the connective tissue of her life since age 12. After dancing Jazz and Hip-hop in her 20's, she renewed her childhood involvement with Latin social dance in her 30's and studied Salsa and Mambo intensively, as well as Cha Cha, Bolero, Cumbia, and Bachata. She continues to dance these genres, which influence her Tango style. AnaLinda's method of movement in the Tango utilizes the concepts of stretch and release/weight and counterweight that she encountered as a student of both Tai Chi and Yoga. AnaLinda has taught dance classes for more than 5 years, initially as an assistant to Sharna Fabiano of the Boston Tango School. For the last 4 years she has led her own group and private classes. She was a member of the faculty at the former Brookline Community Center for the Arts, and is presently a member at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. In addition to performing in the local area, AnaLinda has traveled extensively to pursue her Tango passion throughout North America. She has also been to Buenos Aires, Argentina several times to study Tango.

Andy Taylor-Blenis (Modern) - started dancing with her parents in International Folk Dance at age 0. Her early Creative Movement experiences were with Ruth Wheeler, co-founder of Dance Collective, and with Ann Brown-Allen. After receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she came to Boston and danced with Danny Sloane Dance, Paradigm Dance, Concert Dance Company, Dance Collective, Micki Taylor-Pinney, Dawn Kramer, Miguel Lopez, Milton Myers, Julie Ince-Thompson, ACE Entertainment, and has been with Prometheus Dance Company for 19 years.

She has taught International Dance through the Folk Arts Center of New England, Modern and Jazz Dance at Northwestern and Northeastern Universities, Harvard, Emerson, Boston University, Boston Conservatory and the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Andy is the artistic director of Mladost Dance Ensamble and the RSCDS Demonstration Team and loves teaching school residencies thru Mass Movement and Revels Inc. Andy is an adoring admirer of Lynn Simonson. Dance is a musical, satisfying, overwhelming, strengthening, challenging, freeing discipline that applies to and enhances each day of our lives. Enjoy!

To contact Andy, call: 617-875-7426 or email: atayblenis@gmail.com


Anita Irujo. Horton. Wednesdays.Anita Irujo (Horton) - started her dance career at the age of 6, studying ballet for many years at the Opera in Graz, Austria. In her 20s, she immersed herself in a variety of new styles, competing and performing throughout Europe, with Hip-Hop and Jazz Dance becoming her new passion. In 2007, she fell in love with Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Salsa, she trained, performed and eventually started teaching. In 2009 Anita moved to Boston, and joined the MetaMovements Dance company, where she was introduced to Horton Technique. Immediately recognizing the importance of this technique for dancers of all genres, she studied the technique in depth, and is now certified through the Horton Pedagogy program at Alvin Ailey. She is looking forward to passing her knowledge on to her students.

Anna Myer www.annamyerdancers.org (Ballet) received scholarships from American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and a Ford Foundation Scholarship from the School of American Ballet. Since 1978, she has performed with various companies in the Boston area such as Boston Ballet, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company and Copley Square Ballet, as well as directing her own company, "Anna Myer and Dancers" in contemporary works. Myer also directs the Cambridge School of Ballet.
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Brian Crabtree (Modern) has been dancing and making dances since 1975 in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and his home town of Portland, Maine. He studied Modern Technique with Viola Farber, Dan Wagoner, June Finch, Diane Frank, Douglas Dunn and Daniel McCusker. For 8 years he was a member of Ram Island Dance Repertory Company based in Portland under the direction of Daniel McCusker. There he danced a repertoire that included dances by Senta Driver, Maida Withers, Yvonne Rainer, Lucinda Childs and Mr. McCusker. Since moving back to Boston, his own work has been produced or commissioned by the Boston Center for the Arts, Greet Street Studios, Ram Island Dance, Dance Complex, World Music, First Night and Dance Umbrella.
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Carl Alleyne www.thecaabgroup.com (Hip-hop) Carl has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 20 years. A native Bostonian, he has spent his time performing, teaching, and choreographing in different parts of the country at many venues. As a performer, he has performed in front of thousands of people, sharing the stage with artists such as Gladys Knight, the late Ray Charles, the O-jays, Fabolous, SPEECH of Arrested Development, Sir Elton John, Neill Young and others. He did a West Coast tour with his 3 time Boston Music Award Winning R & B Band Eye2Eye. He performed at Symphony Hall at Hillary Clinton's event where the Goo Goo Dolls were also special guests. His latest works include choreography and movement coaching for the new feature film “ Furry Vengeance ” starring Brendan Fraser, Brook Shields and Ken Jeong, directed by Roger Kumble, feature film “ Knight and Day ” starring Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruz where he was the role of one of the groomsmen, the taping of MTV ’ s Made as a dance instructor to an aspiring rapper, Hasbro ’ s Clue Game board as the character Mr. Green, and choreography and movement coaching for YouTube ’ s number one R & B Group, recording artists Ahmir.

Carl spent a few years in New York City working with his Talent Agency that he started, TTE Talent Agency. TTE represented choreographers and dancers who worked with projects and with artists such as Michael Jackson, Destiny ’ s Child, Chris Brown, The Rolling Stones, Don Omar, Coke Commercials, Bombay Dreams National Tour, In the Heights on Broadway, and the list goes on.

Carl brings personality, style, and knowledge to the table. God has blessed him to make great impact on the entertainment industry.

For more information, visit his website: www.BostonMobileDance.com.


Carolisa (Bellydance and Zumba) has over fifteen years experience as a professional entertainer and dance teacher throughout New England. She teaches beginner through master classes, Zumba, Bellydance, and Dance Fitness and conducts Workshops for company wellness centers, social events & parties, and all ages from seniors to college, teen , & kids’ programs. She especially enjoys motivating and inspiring others of any fitness level or dance experience; and sharing her joy and knowledge in a fun and friendly class!

She is also an experienced DJ with Moonlight Disc Jockeys covering weddings, corporate & private functions, reunions, theme events, family and kids’ parties.

Contact information: email: moonlightdjs@aol.com or call: (978) 937-7937.


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                         Chien-Hwe. Movement Lab.

Chien-Hwe is an internationally respected and sought-after dancer, teacher, and choreographer living in Boston, MA, USA. Her style is a fusion of classical ballet, original contemporary floor-work, tai-chi influences, and fluid musicality. Her professional activities have brought her to Europe, Asia, Canada, and all over the United States. Her work has been described by audiences as “graceful”, “fluid”, “intense”, “emotional”, and “liberating”; her choreography “enchanting and inspirational”; and her teaching “creative”, “pure joy”, and “expert”. She recently started a dance company called 1 o o o v i r t u e s d a n c e, (Chien-Hwe literally translates to “1,000 virtues”), a place where refined technique meets story-telling.

Singled out by Judith Jamison as a dancer with “beautiful movement quality” while at The Ailey School, she has performed at City Center with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Club Oberon, Museum of Fine Arts, Somerville Theatre, Boston College and managed to make Top 100 of Boston (2009) for So You Think You Can Dance . She has taught master classes at Boston University, Theatre Noir (Hong Kong) and at various schools all over Massachusetts.

Her current projects include collaborations with chamber music ensemble The Broken Consorton their project “The 3M’s”, an original rock-opera musical called “This is Treatment,” choreographed by Ricardo Foster Jr., a New Dream Co. theater project “Songs from the Moon”, Soul Sessions, a monthly multi-media series that brings artists to an audience in an intimate setting, a collaboration with Axemunkee on an original multi-media concert called Bring us Your Women at Oberon, a residency and national tour as teaching and performing artist with Nathan Trice/Rituals and an upcoming performance tour in Asia called “ecoute; a performance arts troupe.”

You can follow her passions, pursuits and projects at www.chienhwe.wordpress.com or www.1000virtuesdance.wordpress.com.


Chris Suharlim - Sassy Hip Hop.Chris Suharlim (Sassy Hip Hop) has been dancing since 2007 to upbeat pop and k-pop music from amazing artists such as Britney, Lady Gaga, 2ne1, or Girls Generation. He is a physician and public health practitioner who enjoys dancing to shake the stress away. “It’s my way to stay sane!” said Chris. Since 2011, he has been teaching dance as a cardio class at multiple fitness centers in Indonesia. He is currently a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, and an avid Sassy HipHop dance instructor for HSPH Dance Club, Dance Complex, and private dance groups.

Christina Harrington - TAP.Christina Harrington (Tap Instructor) Christina started dancing late in the game compared to most children—she was 9 years old! She studied tap, jazz, and ballet at the Paula Coffey Dance Center in East Bridgewater, MA from 1987-1995. Tap was always her favorite, under teacher “Miss Denise” DaSilva. From 1996-1999, she was a member of the dance troupe Orchesis at Elmira College, led by Mia Filippetti. In 2000, Christina was an assistant tap choreographer for the Elmira College summer theatre program, under lead choreographer and Broadway performer Nedra Dixon. Breaking from dance to focus on her career in Arts Administration, Christina was away from the studio until 2009 when KSA Dance was formed in Chelmsford, MA. Since then, she has been tapping with KSA as both a student (under Katie Alexander and Amy McCarthy) and as an instructor. Currently, she teaches at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA, where she offers Level 1 and Level 2 adult tap classes.
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Danny Swain. Jazz/Funk at the Dance Complex!Danny Swain www.dannyswaindance.org (Jazz Funk) holds a BFA in Theater from Salem State College, where he studied under Caitlin Corbett, Jennifer Uhl and Sallee Slagle. Danny teaches Jazz-Funk at the Dance Complex as well as teaching Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre Dance at UMass Boston and Hip Hop Fusion at Tufts University. In the past, he has taught classes at the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Salem State College, Cambridge School of Weston, and the Boston Center for Adult Education, as well as St. Anselm's College & Plymouth State College in NH. He has been choreographing, performing and teaching throughout New England since 1997. His choreography has been seen in such venues as the Hatchshell on the Boston Esplanade, Seacoast Repertory Theatre in NH, Salem State College, Massachusetts College of Art, Green Street Studios, and the Dance Complex. Along with being Artistic Director & Choreographer for Danny Swain Dance Company, Danny has performed with Snappy Dance Theater, Boston Dance Collective, Impulse Dance Company, Kate Digby, Peter DiMuro Performance Associates in Massachusetts and in Washington D.C.

Daniel McCusker. Making Dances.Daniel McCusker makes dances for a wide variety of performers and venues. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University and also teaches at the Boston Conservatory. For seven years he served as the Artistic Director of Ram Island Dance, a community arts organization in Portland ME, with a repertory company, an occasional presenting series, educational outreach programs and an after-school children's program. Before moving to Maine, he danced in national and international tours with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company.

In addition to making his own dances, for the past five years McCusker has curated and produced The thISThaT Show. These events combine and, in that way, contextualize the work of a broadly defined group of "local" choreographers, composers, poets and visual artists doing work in video/slide installation.

As a guest artist in many university dance programs, Daniel has choreographed for student groups. He has also choreographed for several regional dance companies. In addition to teaching at ACDFA events, Harvard Summer Dance, the American Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow, he has taught internationally in Singapore, Canada and France and was involved with Summer Stages Dance educational programs from 2006 until 2012.

Interesting projects of the last four years include a self-produced program of new work that was performed in early May 2013; a community dance project sponsored by the RI Dance Alliance this past spring; collaboration with director Natalya Baldyga on a production of borrauschenbergamerica at Tufts University; mentoring the Choreography Fellows for Summer Stages Dance; curating and producing the tHiSThaT Show Numbers #s 4 & 5, at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge; a shared program with Caitlin Corbett and Kelley Donovan produced by Crash Arts at the ICA in Boston and making a dance for Tripod Dance Collective in Victoria, British Columbia.

His work has been supported by the Arnott Fund of Tufts University, the Monk’s Trust, NYSCA and NEA Choreography Fellowships and through the generosity of private individuals. His work with Ram Island Dance was supported by the UNUM Foundation, NEA Company Grants, NEFA and the Maine Arts Commission.

McCusker has served as a panelist for the Connecticut Commission on Arts and Tourism, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Artist’s Foundation, NEFA New Works, Maine Arts Commission and Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. He has been a site visitor for the NEA.

A native New Yorker, Daniel trained with Alfredo Corvino and studied at the Cunningham Studio and with Judy Padow. Classes with Gwyneth Jones and workshops with Debra Bluth and Olivier Besson have had more recent impact on his dancing.

Visit: danielmccuskerdanceprojects.org


David Sun (Ballet) received his primary ballet training as a scholarship student of the late Richard Thomas & his wife, Barbara Fallis, at the New York School of Ballet. He has performed as a dancer with the Houston Grand Opera, with many regional groups in New England - including Island Moving Company & North Atlantic Ballet; in New York City; & as an actor on CBS. He has taught extensively in the Northeast since 1989, including at the Boston Ballet School, Boston College, Boston University, Dean College, & Harvard University. He currently teaches at Southern NH Dance Theater, Mass Ballet of Framingham, MA; at Creative Steps in Tilton NH, & for A. Fine in Needham, MA. David formed his project based group, dSundanceX, to explore classically based choreography. It most recently performed a 20" work, "Wayfarer" in May 2013, at Green St. Studio's New Works program. He continues work as a photographer, with national credits in dance, theater & fashion, including Boston Ballet, Dance Magazine, The New York Times, & Vogue.

Website: www.dsundancex.com


Dennis Goldsmith (Tae Kwon Do, Cardio Kickboxing) holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. He is a fifth degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and provides both private and group lessons in Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Self Defense Skills. Dennis is certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American council on Exercise, the American Institute of Fitness Educators, and has an Advanced Personal Training Certificate from the International Sports Medicine Association. In addition, he was part of the Reebok University's Personal Training Program. Dennis is also certified to teach Aerobics, Kickboxing and Muscle Conditioning classes through AFFA, Cardio Athletic Kick Box, and Martial Arts Training, and teaches Heartsaver classes in First Aid, CPR and AED. Dennis teaches group exercise classes and provides personal training sessions throughout the Boston and Greater Boston Area including the Sports Club/LA and Boston Sports Clubs. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors of The Dance Complex.

Denny Morrell (Teen Ballet) has an extensive background in training and performance. She studied under Dame Laurel Martyn ,O.B.E and artistic director of The Victorian Ballet School , Melbourne ,Australia and after graduation was accepted into the Victorian Ballet Company where she performed in all of the Major Classical Ballets. Denny furthered her education in the United States and received a B.F.A from The Boston Conservatory and a Masters Degree from Emerson College. She is also the recipient of grants from the Mass Council on the Arts and Humanities and Brookline Arts Council to develop workshops celebrating Cultural Diversity through the Performing Arts.

Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett. Modern.Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett www.promethuesdance.org (Advanced Modern) As co-Artistic Directors of Prometheus Dance, Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett create original dance/theatre which has been performed on both coasts in the United States; and internationally in Spain, France, Denmark, Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador. In the past twenty five years, they have choreographed over sixty-three works and three operas, as well as creating The Elders Ensemble, a second company of post-professional dancers ages 60-90. Prometheus Dance has been named “One of the Years Ten Best in Dance” four times by prominent Boston news organizations The company has been produced and/or commissioned by the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Joyce SoHo Theatre, the Celebrity Series, Jacob’s Pillow, World Music/Crash Arts, Dance Umbrella, First Night, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Opera Boston, The Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, the Outside the Box Festival and The Yard, among others.
Ms. Arvanites & Mr. Neblett have received numerous awards for their work, including a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; five Artists Fellowships for Choreography and a Gold Star Award for The Elders Ensemble from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and a Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from Governor Deval Patrick. Mr. Neblett was recently named the Assistant Director of The Boston Conservatory Dance Division and Ms Arvanites has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the same institution. They are long-time members of the dance faculties at The Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and The Dance Complex, where they teach modern technique, partnering, and choreography. For more information, log onto www.prometheusdance.org.`

Dicki Johnson Macy - Duncan Dance.Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, M.Ed., L.M.H.C., lineage holder in the Art/Technique of Isadora Duncan and director of the “Boston Children’s Foundation” is the creator and founder of Rainbowdance . A tireless and dedicated pioneer in the field of trauma focused stabilization and resiliency programs for young children and their communities, she is also the co-founder of the acute trauma response and intervention, CBI. For the past 25 years, in her career as a dance therapist, she has created international healing rituals for children isolated by developmental and neurological disorders and exposure to conflict and natural disaster.
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Eve Costarelli - Youth Flamenco.Eve Costarelli www.AlwaysBeDancing.com (Youth Flamenco and Tap) Eve "Eva Lorca" Costarelli has been teaching flamenco, tap and yoga in the Greater Boston community for the past eighteen years. Through her exploration of flamenco technique and its connection to the yoga body, her dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Eve Costarelli is the founder and Artistic Director of the AdamAnt Eve Dancers a youth flamenco dance troupe. Ms. Costarelli is a member of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, with her program, The Birth of Flamenco and travels to schools (K-12) bringing both her love and knowledge of flamenco all over the state. Eve performs with the Boston Arts Consort. She is also founder and creator of Yoga-Snacks, an in-school yoga program, is on the Massachusetts State Teaching Roster and is a certified yoga instructor.
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Fatou Carol Sylla - African.Fatou Carol Sylla (African) has been a dance teacher, performer, and choreographer for over a quarter of a century. She has preformed in several African as well as Modern/Jazz/Blues/Gospel dance companies including Ballets Africaines and Ballet Bougouroubou in Senegal and Ballet Fatala in Guinea, West Africa. She is the current Artistic Director of Under the Sun Dance & Drum, which is sponsored under the Mass Cultural Council's Events and Residencies program and teaches at the Dance Complex and for over ten years in the public schools for VSA arts of Massachusetts Standard Teaching Certification in both Dance and Health K-12. Ms. Sylla has also taught dance at the college level, including ten years in the dance department at Bradford College. In 1985, Ms. Sylla designed and lead a month long seminar in Senegal, Guinea and Guinea Bissau for Americans interested in studying dance, music and the function (especially in health and healing) that the arts play in these traditional cultures. She continued this work at Bradford College by organizing and teach a similar two-week three credit course in Senegal as part of Bradford's Summer Studies Abroad Program.
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Gabby Wallace (Afro Brazilian) has taught Brazilian dance internationally, has trained in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro with professional dancers. She has trained and performed with the choreographer of Olodum, a well-known Brazilian samba reggae percussion group, who were selected to appear in music videos by Michael Jackson and Spike Lee. She is also a trained and experienced language teacher and her classroom skills transfer to her dance classes.

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Harrison Blum. Nectar.Harrison Blum (Nectar) has been leading mindfulness-based improvisational dance jams since 2006. He has offered his two-hour Dharma Jam at universities including Harvard, Northeastern, and MIT, and has taught half-day workshops at Buddhist centers including the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, and The Interdependence Project. Harrison has danced in performances at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Somerville’s Artbeat Festival, and Earthdance. In his other life, Harrison works as the Buddhist Spiritual Advisor at Northeastern University and as a staff chaplain at Franciscan Hospital for Children. He has a Master of Education from Lesley University’s Creative Arts in Learning program, a Master of Divinity focused on Buddhist ministry from Harvard Divinity School, and is a Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition.

Contact Harrison: 617-308-2683 or harrisonablum@gmail.com


Honey Blonder teaches Jazz/Funk at the Dance Complex.Honey Blonder www.HoneyBlonderDance.com (Jazz/Funk) started dancing in New York City at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute where she studied dance, theatre and voice. Her choreography in the independent film Dance by Design screened at the National Film Theatre, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema; the Ivy Film Festival at Brown University and the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia. Honey choreographed and danced in New York and Boston with performance art / recording artists "Countess" created by Cynthia Von Buhler. She received a Boston Music Award nomination for Best Live Act. Honey is the choreographer of her dance company "Disco Brats" and their performances include the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, The Cutting Room (NYC), Berklee College of Music, Hynes Convention Center, Paradise Rock Club and the Middle East Rock Club. Honey created the holiday dance show "12 Dancers Dancing...A Christmas in Cambridge" and produces the event at the Dance Complex each December. Honey currently teaches dance at the Dance Complex in Cambridge and for Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Honey has also taught at Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, MIT, Boston Center for Adult Education, and Green Street Studios.
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Ife Bolden (African) is a former member of several Boston based dance companies such as The Art of Black Dance and Music and the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers. She was co-founder & choreographer of ACE (African Cultural Explosion) and founder, director & choreographer of the We are Family Children's Dance Theater and the Kuumba Watoto Children's Dance Company. Ife was the first instructor to establish an African dance class at The New Dance Complex and has now been teaching here for over 18 years.
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James Reardon (Ballet) is the founder and director of the Boston Dance Company. A graduate of Newman Preparatory School in Boston, James was a Ford Foundation Scholarship recipient, studied at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Harkness and Stuttgart Ballet Schools. He has trained with such notable teachers as E. Virginia Williams, Violette Verdy, Jürgen Schneider, Edward Caton, Hans Brenna and David Howard to name a few. He has danced with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Könnenlich Ballet van Vlaanderen, as a Guest Artist with many companies in the USA. As a soloist with Boston Ballet - with the honor of being the first and youngest male dancer of the Boston Ballet, trained and advancing through its school, to such an elevated rank in the Company. As a soloist he mainly danced principal roles including numerous Balanchine works, as well those in the traditional classics and several works created on him. As Artistic Director of Boston Dance Company he has produced several summer intensives with former Principal Dancers from New York City Ballet focusing on the teachings of George Balanchine. Through James’ teaching and tenacity, the Boston Dance Company has acquired nine Balanchine ballets in the repertory, and he has been gifted with the permission of the George Balanchine Trust to restage a few of his works. BC repertory also consists of works by Agnes DeMille, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, Isadora Duncan and numerous pieces by James and Clyde Nantais. He has brought the Boston audiences at the Majestic Theater an evening of Balanchine ballets, in their Boston premieres including Walpurgisnachtballet, Raymonda Variations and Bugaku. Boston Herald cited James as “one of the finest teachers in Boston”, and the BDC is one of the “schools to watch for” according to the prestigious Dance Magazine. He continues his teachings at the BDC studios in Cambridge, and returns to The Dance Complex after 20 years.


Jean Josue Appolon - Haitian and Modern Dance.Jean Josue Appolon jeanappolonexpressions.org (Haitian Dance & Modern Technique)

In addition to being the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn Williams Rousier Dance School, the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School. In addition to the companies and schools listed above, Appolon has also performed with Elma Lewis Productions (Black Nativity), Marlene Silva, North Star Ballet Company (Fairbanks, AL), Black Door Dance Company (Miami, FL), and the Atlantic City Ballet Company. Jean Appolon teaches regularly at Boston Ballet, The Gold School, Wellesley College, UMass Boston and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), among other locations. Beginning in 2006, Appolon conceived and has since directed a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers who do not have regular access to dance training. Appolon’s vision is to expand the summer course into a year-round dance program based in Port-au-Prince.

Appolon’s Boston-based Haitian Contemporary dance company has performed both at major venues such as Boston’s Paramount Theater and John Hancock Hall, as well as in city parks and community spaces in free performances accessible to the public. JAE also has performed at many schools and colleges, including Boston University, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Northeastern University and Wheaton College. JAE has been fortunate to share the stage with celebrities such as Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates and Edwidge Danticat, and to collaborate with community partners such as Central Square Theater.

Since 2012, Jean Appolon has received funding support from Cambridge Arts Council, The Boston Foundation (ExpressingBoston), and many individual donors. Appolon received the 2013 Green Street Studios New Works Program Award. Also in 2013, Appolon was nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship (awarded by The Boston Foundation), and honored by The Art of Black Dance and Music. The Boston Globe ran a feature article on Appolon entitled “Dancing for Haiti” in June 2013. Appolon has been interviewed by Latitudes (broadcast nationally on NPR), WBUR, and World Vision Report. He has been the subject of two feature articles in The Boston Haitian Reporter, and has received significant media coverage in Port-au-Prince’s major radio, television and newspaper outlets, including three feature articles in Le Nouvelliste, Haiti’s most important newspaper. Jean Appolon has been endorsed by E. Denise Simmons, Mayor of the City of Cambridge, for his positive contributions to the Cambridge community. Jean Appolon is a member of The International Association of Blacks in Dance and The Boston Dance Alliance.


Jennifer Hicks (Butoh) has been performing and teaching for over 25 years. She has been studying Butoh with some of the great Butoh masters since the early 1990s and has been a member of Katsura Kans international dance company since 1999. She received her MFA from Naropa University in Contemporary Performance, her BFA from Tufts University and Degree in Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. Jennifer won the prestigious The Traveling Scholars Award from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is an alumnus of Franklin Furnace in NYC. Ms. Hicks is a certified Shintaido Instructor, certified Trance Dance International Facilitator and a Yoga Instructor registered with the National Yoga Alliance. She is a former member of Boston's performance collective called Mobius. She studied shiatsu massage and acupuncture at Boston School of Shiatsu and New England School of Acupuncture as well as with H.F Ito and David Palmer. She is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Academy of Personal Training and in the process of completing the National Academy of Sports Medicine (CPT) exam. For full resume please go to www.jenniferhicks.org. Ms. Hicks' acclaimed dance company is called CHIMERAlab Dance Theatre is based in Boston. Please join our mailing list for our upcoming shows this season. www.chimeralabtheatre.com.


Dr. Jody Weber (Intermediate Modern Technique) received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1988. She was deeply influenced by teachers Sarah Stackhouse, Kevin Wynn, and Mel Wong. In 1992 she received an MA from American University focusing on dance history. At American University she was a recipient of a full teaching fellowship. In addition to teaching and graduate school studies, she continued to participate in the professional community through the works of Debra Riley and Beth Davis. In 2005 she completed her doctorate in dance history at Boston University

Her company, Weber Dance, has been presented through numerous local outlets and has provided residencies in Juneau, Alaska for the past seven years. In addition, they have performed at The Dance Place in Washington DC, Spoke of the Hub in Brooklyn, Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, and with Yow Dance in Florida, toured Western Montana and British Columbia, and are set to tour western Colorado in Spring 2014. In the 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 seasons, Dr. Weber received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Somerville Arts Council to support her choreography. She is also a two-season recipient of residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, a recipient of the Boston Dance Alliance Retreat and Residency Award, and most recently a resident at the Boston Center for the Arts.

In addition to performing and choreographing, Ms Weber has an avid interest in dance history. She presented her original research as a selected speaker at the Dance History Scholars Conference held at the New York Public Library in 1993. Her work as a dance historian and guest speaker was also funded through the Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College. In June 0f 2001, she worked on the Boston Dance History Survey with Ruth Benson-Levin through the Boston Dance Alliance. This project established the foundation to build an archive on local dance history. Her first book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, was published in 2009 through Cambria Press.

Dr. Weber has worked as part time faculty at Stonehill College, Bates College, Emerson College, Salem State University and The College of the Holy Cross. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State College where she teaches courses in modern technique, repertory, history, choreography and pedagogy.


Johara Cusick (Middle Eastern BellyDance)

Johara has been sharing the art of belly dance in the Boston area for over 15 years. She has performed her innovative blend of Middle Eastern cabaret, folkloric, and American fusion dance in Turkey, Greece, Brazil and across the United States. Johara is known for her musicality, fiery drum solos, and sensual veil-work.

As the artistic director of Snake Dance Theater, Johara has produced full scale theatrical shows since 2001. She draws on her knowledge and training in yoga, multiple dance forms (i.e. west African, Afro-Latin, Romani, Hip-Hop), and extensive studies in Middle Eastern and fusion dance with some of the world's finest teachers (Morocco, Mahmoud Reda, Yousry Sharif, Yasmina Ramzy, and Suhaila Salinpour). She holds a masters degree in ESL Teaching, a certification in yoga instruction, a degree in Jazz vocals, and training in world percussion. Her teaching style is simple and clear. She fosters a fun and supportive classroom atmosphere where everyone, no matter what age, gender, size or shape, is welcome.

More about JOhara: www.joharasnakedance.com. Join Johara Boston and her "student of johara" page on facebook to share choreography notes, student photos, and more.


"Joh" Sidi Mohamed Camara www.JohOnLine.com (African Dance) Sidi Mohamed Camara, popularly known as " Joh, " was born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa. Surrounded by great artists and musicians as a child, Joh started traditional dance and drumming at the age of five. On his father's side, he comes from the Camara ancestry that ruled in Mande Society. However, he mastered the art of music and dance from his mother, Fanta Kamissoko, a well-known Jali. Jalis, also known as Griots, are highly venerated in their traditional society as skilled oral historians who are singers, storytellers, musicians, advisors, and mediators. Joh has participated in and founded a wide variety of traditional dance companies in his career, completing tours throughout West Africa. Under his guidance as Chief Choreographer, Troupe Mande and Troupe Sewa became among the most renowned and competitive troupes in the world of West African dance and drumming. Since relocating to the US in 1995, Joh has taught at: Brown, Princeton, Brandeis, University of Pennsylvania, Berklee School of Music, Washington University, Olympia (Washington State), and Boston Public Schools (elementary, middle, and high). Nationally, Sidi has presented at various museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. In addition to holding weekly classes in Boston and touring the United States, Canada, and France, Joh currently teaches at various community centers and instructs a semester dance and drumming class at Boston University and Harvard University. Through his willingness to share at national conferences, community workshops, and academic engagements, Sidi continues to enhance cross-cultural exchange and make a positive imprint on the fabric of cultural arts and education in America.

Johnny Giraldo: Director, Performer, Choreographer Salsa y Control Dance Company, Boston, MA

Johnny Giraldo has been dancing for as long as he can remember and has been teaching Salsa locally in the Boston area and nationally since the year 1998. He dancing career started with Colombian folk dance group BAJUCOL performing traditional dances form his native Colombia. In 2003, he founded Salsa y Control Dance Company alongside his wife and brother. With Salsa y Control, Johnny has has had the pleasure and privilege of teaching and performing with Salsa y Control at some of the most prestigious events and congress around the country in places such as Boston, New York, L.A, Miami, Texas, Utah, San Francisco, Washington, and many other major US cities, as well as in Mexico and Colombia. His passion for salsa is expressed equally though his performances, teachings, or while he’s social dancing. He believes strongly in connecting with the music and most importantly with your partner. The love for what he does and the experience he has obtained throughout the years has placed him as one of the top instructors/performers out of Boston.


Julianne Corey www.MovingCelebrations.com is a Nia Black Belt and a Nia Next Generation Trainer. She holds the MFA in Creative Writing, 200 hour certification in Elemental Yoga and has studied Yin Yoga with Josh Summers and Yoga Therapeutics with Bo Forbes. Her purpose and passion is to hold the space for transformation through the celebration of body, mind and spirit! Contact: julianne@niaboston.com or call: 617-645-9158.
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Kelly Silfies (Salsa) is a non-Latino female with a Latin soul. Her inner Latina emerged six years ago, when she discovered salsa while living in Chicago. She has studied salsa with Colombian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and French instructors and has been teaching Puerto Rican style salsa for four years. Her motto is to enjoy the salsa experience - feel the music, feel the connection to your partner, relax, and have fun!

Kirsta Sendziak - Ballet.Kirsta Sendziak (Ballet) began her dance training in Buffalo, NY with Clare Fetto of The Festival School of Ballet and Elaine Gardner of Pick of the Crop Dance. Kirsta attended Hampshire College, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Psychology. In Boston, she has trained with Anna Myer, Rebecca Rice, Marcus Schulkind, and Wanda Strukus, and has performed works by Marcus Schulkind, Kelly Donovan and Dancers, Rozann Kraus, Josie Bray, and Wanda Strukus. Along with ballet and modern dance classes, Kirsta takes tango with William Chen at the New England Tango Academy. She also teaches ballet at the Brookline Center for Adult Education.

The School of Classical Ballet was founded in 1985 by Anna Myer and Patricia Adelmann. For 25 years, the school has provided students with classical ballet training and helped to develop student appreciation for dance as an art form. In 2009, under the direction of Ariella Amshalem and Kirsta Sendziak additional dance forms were incorporated into The School of Classical Ballet curricula. Currently, Kirsta continues to provide students the quality instruction upon which the school was founded. The School of Classical Ballet is technique-based. Performances are all-inclusive opportunities for students to showcase their technique as well as their love of dance while gaining experience performing for an audience of family and friends.

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Lamine Touré www.laminetoure.com (African) Amadou Lamine Touré comes from a long line of griots, a caste of musicians and oral historians among the Wolof people of Senegal. Born into a family of griot percussionists, masters of the sabar drum, Lamine has been drumming and dancing since the age of four. Growing up in Kaolack, he received his early training as part of his family's drum troupe, performing regularly at weddings, baptisms, and neighborhood dance parties. In 2001, Tour é relocated to the U.S. to pursue his solo musical career and has continued to teach and choreograph sabar dance. Since Fall 2002, Lamine Tour é has been serving as Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senegalese drumming ensemble, Rambax MIT. He also teaches sabar dance at Suffolk University. In May 2005, he co-wrote a pioneering composition with Evan Ziporyn entitled Sabar Gong for sabar drums and Balinese gamelan, which was premiered at the MIT Presidential Inauguration of Susan Hockfield. He continues to teach sabar drumming and dance classes in the Boston area, with ongoing dance classes at the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England and at Springstep in Medford, MA. He also conducts workshops and lecture-demonstrations at local schools and universities.

Leslie Salmon Jones, Afro Flow Yoga.Leslie Salmon Jones, Afro Flow Yoga® founder, enjoys a career working with clients, students, diverse populations, and community organizations to help develop mastery over their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-beings. Since dancing at the age of seven, Leslie has been living her dreams as a professional dancer, certified holistic personal trainer, yoga instructor, certified wellness coach, and public speaker. She completed her BA in interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and dance at SUNY, NYC and has had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga and spirituality. It was through her intensive dance training at the Alvin Ailey School in New York that Leslie was first introduced to yoga, and nearly twenty years later, she remains dedicated to her yoga practice. It was the connection with African spirituality, yogic principals, the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements and a transformational journey throughout Africa and the Caribbean, that inspired Leslie to create Afro Flow Yoga® in 2008. Along with her husband Jeff Jones multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director and co-founder, they currently offer AFY weekly classes, monthly workshops and teacher trainings in Boston and New York. AFY workshops and retreats are also offered at The Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Festivals, Colleges and Universities, and at studios worldwide including Hawaii, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Canada. Afro Flow Yoga® has been featured in Yoga Journal, Black Enterprise, Exhale Magazines, “Better Living with Liz Walker,” NBC and ABC news. Leslie and Jeff co-produced two wellness DVDs:“Core Strength: Back to Basics” and “Core Power: Radiate the Energy Within”, available online and at local Whole Foods stores in Boston. Leslie also teaches weekly Core Strength & Core Power classes in Boston along with her Living From Your Core™ program. To learn more please visit, www.lesliesalmonjones.com.

CONTACT INFO www.afroflowyoga.com, www.lesliesalmonjones.com, info@afroflowyoga.com.


Lino "leanski" Delgado - Break Dancing.Lino "leanski" Delgado www.floorlords.com (Break Dancing) Lino Delgado Floorlords Urban Dance Threatre Director and Head Choreographer. Floorlords played a significant role in the new movement being the "Culture of Hip Hop" for more than two consecutive decades. Contributing wholeheartedly by helping to define, and then expanding upon "The art of Breakdancing". The group has been instrumental in bringing the five elements of the culture to millions of fans and followers through television, films, stage and the streets. Some notable screen appearances include films "Krush Groove" and "Southie" as well as television programs "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" and The "Donohue" Show. At present not all of the original members are involved, but the remaining Floorlords still continue to perform and pass on their teachings to all who seek the knowledge. The Floorlords have won numerous local and international competitions as well as dancing in exhibitions ranging from nightclubs to various community events all while they "edutain" many through their self produced stage play "Floorlore, The History of Hip Hop". Through on-line channels, many today still enjoy the Saucony Courages footwear that was made for The Floorlords in honor of their major contributions to the culture. The Floorlords have shared the stage with artist such as Eric B & Rakim, Madonna, J-Lo, Fat Joe, Maxwell, Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh, Dj Qbert, The Xecutioners, Talib Qualy, Wu tang, Nice & Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Busta Rhymes, Run Dmc, P Diddy, Beastie Boys, Kool Herc, Big Pun, and Missy Eliot to name a few.


Lisa Simon - Jazz & Stretch.Lisa Simon (Jazz, Stretch) has been a professional dancer/choreographer for over 30 years and a stretch and personal trainer for over 20 years. She has taught and performed in a variety of dance styles for many colleges and universities, and performed with many local and European companies such as: The Opera Company of Boston, The Kamikazee Jitterbugs, San Germaine Follies European tour, Brazilian dance tours in Sicily, and TV and film. She has taught master classes for many companies and colleges throughout New England, New York, Italy, France and Germany and has taught many couples how to be fabulous dancers for their weddings.

Liz Lapuh (Ballet) is the Artistic Director of the Cambridge Chamber Ballet. She has taught ballet classes in the Boston area for more than ten years and is currently teaching at The Boston Conservatory, North Atlantic Ballet Studio, and at the Dance Complex. She has performed in the Boston Area as well as in Virginia, Florida and the south of France with such companies as the Virginia State Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Boston and the North Atlantic Ballet. Ms. Lapuh holds a BA in dance and an MFA in choreography from the Boston Conservatory. She currently heads the dance program at UMass Boston.

Lolli HoopsLolli Hoops (Hoops) has been on the fore front of the hooping scene in Boston since 2003! As a founding member of the Boston Hoop Troop she has helped build a community that embraces Hoop Dance. With fun, dynamic, and flirty performances Lolli Hoops has become a mainstay in the Boston vaudeville and cabaret scene. Lolli has taught hoop dance to hundreds of kids and adults throughout New England and beyond. Beyond teaching multiple Boston based classes weekly she has taught at regional festivals including: Hoop Convergence (NC) Hoop Fest NE (ME), Wildfire (CT), and Pittsfield City Hoopla (MA). Teacher, Performer, Movement Artist, Clothing Designer, Lolli Hoops has something in her bag of tricks that you want to experience!

Lolli Hoops is fully insured carrying both Performers Insurance and Dance Instructor Liability Insurance.

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Mahala Beams teaches Modern Dance 55+ at the Dance Complex on the Wednesdays. Come join her!Mahala Beams (Modern 55+) holds an MA in musicology from Boston University and an MFA in dance from NYU. After having danced as a child at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in Scarsdale, New York, Mahala rediscovered dance at the age of 27 when she took a modern dance class for exercise as part of her strategy to quit smoking. Quickly becoming passionate about dance, she took a leave of absence from her job teaching music courses at Pine Manor College and headed for New York. There she attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, receiving an MFA in dance in 1977. After returning to her position at Pine Manor College, she taught modern dance and music courses there until her retirement in 2011, choreographing many musicals as well as dances for student and faculty performances. Now she is delighted to be teaching Modern Dance for dancers over 55 at the Dance Complex and to have the opportunity to share her joy in music and dance with others.



Margot Parsons. Ballet teacher at The Dance Complex.Margot Parsons www.dancevisions.net (Ballet) Margot Parsons (Choreographer, Teacher, and Producer) trained in Chicago and New York with Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay, Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis, Maggie Black, at The Harkness School and at the Martha Graham Studio.  Along with being invited to dance with Ballet Theater, Agnes de Mille, and Pearl Lang, she performed in New York with Yuriko, The Ballet Ensemble of New York, in the City Center Production of The King and I, and in Boston with Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble.  She teaches ballet at Boston University, Boston College, The Dance Complex, and Suffolk University and has choreographed for Boston Ballet II, Wellesley College Dance Group, Boston College Dance Ensemble, Boston University Repertory Ballet Class, “Across the Ages Dance,” and other companies. She is the choreographer and artistic director for her own company DanceVisions, Inc.  She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MA with honors from the University of Utah. www.dancevisions.net

Marianne Harkless - Afro-Jazz.Marianne Harkless (Afro-Jazz) has been dancing and teaching dance for more than 25 years. She performed with the Art of Black Dance & Music, Ballet Theatre of Boston (Jose Mateo), Danny Sloan Dance Company, Boston Dance Collective, Brasiliero, Inc., Grupo Bandança Afro-Brazilian Dancers & Drummers, Under the Sun Dance & Drum, the Spirit of Africa, and Impulse Dance Company.

Marianne has taught at Radcliffe College, Boston University, Dean College School of Dance, Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, the Commonwealth School, Cambridge School of Weston, Ballet Arts Center of Winchester, Hyde Park, Brighton, and Dorchester High Schools, the International Academy of Ethnic Dance, Ballet Theatre of Boston, the Institute for Contemporary Dance, Shady Hill School, Cambridge Friends School, the King, Fitzgerald and Webster Community Schools in Cambridge, the McCormack, Dever, Ohrenberger and Mather Schools in Dorchester and has guest taught and performed in Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Oregon, and in France, Switzerland, and Jamaica.

Marianne was a 1996 recipient of the Dance Belt Award from the City of Cambridge. During the summer, she teaches at Bird Street Community Center, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Program, and The Learning Project August Scholars Program. During the school year, Marianne teaches at Wellesley College, the Cambridge School of Weston, Shady Hill School, Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester, Leslie Ellis School and the Dance Complex in Cambridge.
Marianne is Assistant to the Director for Benkadi Drum & Dance, a Cambridge-based West African dance company.


Matei Livianu and Hirley Livianu www.salsamatei.com (Salsa)The Salsa Matei Dance School was founded in 2008 by Matei Livianu in order to bring a unique style of instruction to Boston dancers. While many studios teach mainly patterns, we focus on all four fundamentals of salsa in our classes: steps -- where you put your feet, rhythm -- keeping time with the music, style -- body isolation and improvisation, and partnering -- feeling your partner without having to see them. We teach you what to do with your body and arms, show you how to do it, and explain why you do it. By varying the focus throughout the class, we keep it fun and interesting while providing you with the tools to become a great dancer.

Our Instructors

Matei Livianu. Salsa at the Dance Complex.Matei Livianu (pronounced 'mah-tay')

Matei started dancing ballroom in 2000 in Los Angeles with the Clarement Colleges Ballroom Dance Company. Competing in International Latin events around the country, he and his partner won the Collegiate Open Paso Doble Championship, and with the tour team, the Collegiate Formation Team Championship in 2003. Inspired by the salsa scene, he spent many evenings learning and dancing in the Los Angeles area clubs. Since 2004, he has been teaching salsa, cha-cha, bachata, and merengue, starting in Los Angeles, then Atlanta, and now Boston. In 2006, he co-founded the Salsa Club at Georgia Tech and, together with a stellar group of dedicated volunteers, built a thriving campus organization, complete with weekly classes, salsa socials with live music, and a performance group, for which he helped choreograph a 6-couple salsa routine. Over the years, he has taught many new dancers not only dance steps, but to move with rhythm and style that grabs attention on the dance floor. Matei's genuine interest in the improvement of his students' skills has contributed greatly the evolution of his own skills as a dancer, performer, and teacher.

Hirley Livianu - Salsa at the Dance Complex.Hirlley Livianu (pronounced 'ear-lay')

Born and raised in the Amazon, Brazil, Hirlley started dancing at the age of twelve at the Academia Plena Forma (Community Dance School Center), where she studied jazz, modern and national folkloric dance. In the year 2003, Hirlley joined the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England, located in Boston, USA, where she works both as a performer and choreographer. Later, Hirlley also joined Afro Brazil group, where she has taught and performed Brazilian national folkloric dances. In 2008, she founded the Samba Braza Dance Group, a company that disseminates Brazilian folkloric and contemporary dances. After moving to Boston Hirlley has learned Salsa on 1 and on 2 and continues to perfect her dance skills by taking salsa classes in Minneapolis and New York City. Hirlley teaches salsa, L.A. style, and is one of the principal dancers for Samba Tremeterra from Boston. Hirlley's creative choreographic approach for teaching includes a mixture of modern latin, traditional samba, contemporary samba from Rio and Bahia, salsa, bachata and merengue. As co-Director, Hirlley helped to propel SMDC from a small dance school into a dance company serving hundreds of students per month.


Mayuri Bhandari. BOLLYX at the Dance Complex.Mayuri Bhandari (BOLLYX) is the founder and President of MOKSHA, a non-profit that teaches dance movement to blind, deaf, and mentally challenged children in India. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a major in Dance Performance and minor in South Asian Studies, and is a certified fitness professional. She has taught Bollywood cardio classes to over 150 students at a time, is trained in dance styles from all over the world, has been casted for a lead role with Cirque Du Soleil, and is a national figure skating champion of India. In addition she was one of the finalists on the show Just Visit our website.Dance (Indian version of SYTYCD) and has worked with several Bollywood directors andchoreographers. www.bollyx.com

Mestre Manhoso. Capoeira Angola.Mestre Manhoso (Capoeira Angola) Born Charles Davis in 1947, Mestre Manhoso first started studying martial arts at age 12. Beginning with Judo and Boxing but quickly moving on to Goju-ryu Karate, Mestre Manhoso studied with noted instructors Kent Davis and Fred Goodridge for 20 years. In 1966, Mestre Manhoso served in the US military in Vietnam. He took advantage of military life to train with fellow soldiers, from America, Korea and Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he also was exposed to traditional Vietnamese Martial Arts. After being wounded in 1969, he was shipped to Okinawa, where he served for one year while studying Karate in the land in which it originated. Returning from the military in 1970, Mestre Manhoso relocated to Boston, where he began studying Nothern Shaolin Kung Fu and the Filipino knife fighting art of Kali. In 1974, he started classes with sifu Bo Sim Mark, and dedicated himself to the Chinese internal arts of Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Hsing Yi.

Always curious about the art of Capoeira, Mestre Manhoso was finally able to find a teacher when Mestre Nego Gato began teaching in New York in 1984. After Mestre Deraldo arrived in Boston in 1986, Mestre Manhoso began to train with him. Mestre Manhoso currently teaches at Spontaneous Celebrations, and the Dorchester YMCA. Alongside Mestre Deraldo, Mestre Manhoso has participated in numerous festivals, and expositions throughout the United States and Canada. Manhoso was graduated as a Master of Capoeira in 2010.


Michelle Dalton. Teaching Meditative Stretch and Strengthening, Fridays.Michelle Dalton (Stretch) holds a BFA degree in dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was a member of the U. Mass Dance Company, performing and touring in the U.S.A. and England. She was also a ballet instructor for the U. Mass Dance Department for 2 years before she returned to the Boston area to perform with The Windhover Dance Company in Rockport, MA from 1999-2007 performing original works by Doris Humphrey, Ina Hahn (former Doris Humphrey company member), and Carol Burnham. During this time she also continued teaching dance in the Boston and North Shore area. From 2004-2007 she was on faculty in the dance department at Northern Essex Community College where she taught Modern Dance I and II, Modern Dance History, and Dance Composition. She was a company member with Dead Wood Dance from 2009-2011 where she performed original works and collaborative group improvisations by Judith Wombwell at Philip's Academy in Andover, MA. She is currently a company member with the Deborah Abel Dance Company and recently toured their performance "Calling To You" in Northern and Southern India where the company also gave spiritually inspired modern dance workshops to young women affiliated with SEWA (self employed women's association). She is also currently still performing with The Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble in Boston, MA. She has been teaching dance of all genres including her meditative stretch and strengthening class at the Andover School of Ballet since 1997. She is looking forward to sharing this special class with dancers in the Boston community.

Molly Wheat - Ballet.Molly Wheat (Ballet) has been teaching ballet in the Boston area since 2000. Her early training in ballet was with Carol Jordan, Jill Silverman, Christiane Clark and José Mateo. In 1992, she joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge and danced in the company for 15 years, performing featured roles in original, neo-classical ballets as well as the full-length ballets Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. In her 14 years of teaching ballet to all ages and levels, Molly has brought together her training under José Mateo and her own study of ballet as both an athletic pursuit and an art form. She has taught at schools including, José Mateo Ballet Theatre, The Dance Inn, LaPierre School of Dance, Harvard Dance Department, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and The Boston Conservatory. Molly provides performance opportunities and workshops through the Ballet with Molly programming and performs her original choreography with her multi-generational, amateur dance group the Molly Wheat Dance Ensemble.

In her own words: “I'm Molly Wheat. I fell in love with ballet while growing up in Boston in the 1980s and I joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 1992. I danced in the company for many years, performing in neo-classical works as well as traditional full-length ballets. My limited facility for the lines and turn-out of ballet motivated me to explore how to succeed without the 'perfect ballet body'. Now I'm grateful things didn't come easily, I'm a better teacher for it. As soon as I started teaching in 2000, I knew it was my calling to share my love of ballet in a fun and nurturing environment. In my classes I boil ballet down to is most basic ingredients and explain it in a logical way. Using both the traditional French terminology and the English translations, I teach a safe and understandable approach to ballet. I work closely with a pianist to create unique, choreographed combinations that let everyone dance! I'm lucky to be able to give the gift of ballet to the enthusiastic and talented community of dancers in the greater Boston area!”

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"I HAVE BEEN A STUDENT IN MOLLY'S ADULT BALLET CLASS FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. MOLLY OPENS UP THE WORLD OF CLASSICAL BALLET TO ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS LIKE ME. SHE IS PASSIONATE, CHEERFUL, HUMOROUS, NONJUDGMENTAL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HER PEDAGOGY SUITS ADULT BEGINNERS VERY WELL IN TERMS OF BUILDING MUSCLE STRENGTH, INCREASING FLEXIBILITY, AND CULTIVATING AN ARTISTIC SENSE. THE CONSISTENT LEVEL OF CARE AND ATTENTION SHE GIVES TO ADULT STUDENTS IS VERY, VERY RARE AND IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED BY HER STUDENTS." -F.L-F.

"MOLLY IS A PERFECT TEACHER AND EDUCATOR RESPONDING TO THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF EACH STUDENT AS SHE CONSCIOUSLY RECOGNIZES BOTH THEIR ABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS AND WORKS WITH THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR INDIVIDUAL MAXIMUM POTENTIAL. MOLLY GIVES EXCELLENT INTELLECTUAL ANALYS IS OF THE DIFFERENT BODY MOVEMENTS REQUIRED BY BALLET AND SHE ALWAYS TEACHES THE HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF THE DIFFERENT MOVEMENTS. SHE IS IN TOP PHYSICAL FITNESS FORM HERSELF AND IS ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE ALL THE BALLET MOVES WITH DYNAMIC FORCE. THE "BALLET WITH MOLLY" PROGRAM IS AN EXTREMELY UNIQUE PROGRAM GIVING UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO THE BALLET ART FORM. OH YES, AND MOLLY IS ONE OF THOSE GENUINE AND AUTHENTIC PEOPLE WHO COME ALONG ONLY RARELY IN LIFE WITH WHOM IT IS A PLEASURE TO INTERACT WITH." -G.P.

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Olivier Besson (Movement Improvisation Jam & Contact Improv) is a improvisational movement artist who hails from France and is based in Boston (USA). From 1980 until the early 90's, Olivier studied contact improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson and Andrew Harwood, and improvisation with Daniel Lepkoff and Julyen Hamilton. During that time, he also trained and performed Bugaku (Japanese court dance) with Arawana Hayashi. Most notably, Olivier's work has been presented: in the US - at Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), New York Improvisation festival, Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Boston Dance Umbrella, Florida Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington DC), Radford University (Virginia) & internationally - at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), Die Pratze (Tokyo, Japan), Art of Movement Festival (Yaroslav, Russia), Studio 303 (Montreal, Canada) and with Cie Vertige (Nice, France). He has collaborated with many individuals including Chris Aiken, Lisa Schmidt (formerly of Trisha Brown co.), Debra Bluth, Liz Roncka, Min Shen Ku, Pamela Newell (formerly of Marie Chouinard co.), Toshiko Oiwa (formerly of Bill T. Jones co. and Angelin Preljocaj co.) and musicians Mike Vargas, Peter Jones, Jane Wang and Grant Smith. Locally, he has guest danced for Dawn Kramer, Micki Taylor Pinney and Diane Noya. His current and upcoming performance projects involve collaborations with musician/composer Mike Vargas in Paris, Emmanuelle Pepin in Nice and Jane Shockley in Minneapolis. The Boston Conservatory senior class will perform under his direction, Nov 15-18th. Olivier is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory (dance division) and teaches regularly at Canal Danse (Paris) and the French national circus school (C.N.A.C). He has been on faculty at Emerson College, Boston University and Bates Dance Festival. He has taught residencies at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), the Centre Choregraphique de Danse/ Daniel Larieu (Tours, France), the University of Minnesota, and Radford University (Virginia) among other places. His current and upcoming performance projects involve collaborations with Liz Roncka in Boston, musician/composer Mike Vargas in Paris, Emmanuelle Pepin in Nice and Jane Shockley in Minneapolis.
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Nicole Pierce - Modern. Photo by Jon Sachs.Nicole Pierce (Modern) is the Artistic Director of EgoArt, Inc., a Boston-based dance company founded in 1999. She has created over 30 dance works for her company and maintains an active freelance career as a dancer and choreographer in the Boston area. Her award-winning company is known for what she has dubbed “dance installation” where audiences enter constructed environments (3-D elements and video projection) in which dance is placed.   She serves on the dance faculty of Emerson College, Salem State University, The Dance Complex and Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. Pierce has conducted master classes at many schools and colleges throughout New England including Harvard University, Tufts University and College of the Holy Cross to name a few. Nicole is also a classically trained pianist; she teaches piano privately to children and adults.  Please visit www.egoartinc.com.

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Paa Seck Diery - West African Dance.Yeumougor “Paa” Seck Diery (West African Dance) Paa Seck Diery was born into a West African griot family in Kaolack, Senegal. He grew up performing with his father’s music troupe, Vieux Group Diery. As a young boy, Paa opened many shows as a solo drummer and dancer. He also played drums and danced in the troupe, providing music for traditional Senegalese events (weddings, baby showers, and parties), as well as performing regularly in clubs in the Sene-Gambia region. He has toured and performed in Europe, Japan, United States, and many countries in Africa. Paa teaches the Senegalese dances and rhythms called Sabar. As a dance teacher, he is recognized for his thorough knowledge of both traditional and contemporary Sabar stylings. Paa teaches and dances with focus, clarity and vibrancy. He is a master dancer and drummer, and is able to make the beauty of Sabar accessible to all of his students through his patient and clear teaching.

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Rachel Werkman Samba and Afro-Brazilian at the Dance Complex.Rachel Werkman (Samba and Afro-Brazilian) discovered samba in 2001 and her life was changed forever. Prior to that, Rachel had dabbled in other dance styles and practiced yoga. Samba brought dance to the forefront, together with a new-found love of Brazil which she has nurtured for over 12 years with annual travel, language study and integration into the vibrant local Brazilian community.

Rachel has been teaching samba since 2003, first at the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England. She performed with the Center’s percussion group, Samba Tremeterra, for over ten years. She currently acts as the Dance Director for SambaViva, Boston’s premiere Brazilian dance and music ensemble. She also leads cultural tours to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.

For Rachel, the joy of samba and other Brazilian rhythms inspires and energizes every day. Her objective in class is to create a welcoming, non-competitive and fun environment that allows students to experience the uplifting and energetic culture of Brazil through dance.



Ramon de los Reyes (Flamenco) was born in Madrid, Spain and since an early age has been dancing flamenco. At only 13, he was performing flamenco and classic Spanish dances around the world while continuing his training under great Spanish teachers like Manolo Vargas, Enrique " el Cojo " , Perice, La Quica, Antonio Marin and others. He has performed worldwide in prestigious theatres and danced as a soloist with the Spanish National Ballet, Ximenez Vargas Company, Pilar Lopez Dance Company and Alba-Reyes Spanish Ballet. M. de los Reyes has performed on television and has won many awards and grants: National Endowment for the Arts; recognition for Excellence in Dance from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; Recognition for Artistic Contribution to the people of Massachusetts from Governor Michael Dukakis; Gold Medal, World Olympics, Mexico, to name a few. He has also taught in universities including Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walnut Hill School, Boston Ballet and many more.

Randi Henry teaches Samba and Afro-Brazilian dance at the Dance Complex.Randi Henry (Samba and Afro-Brazilian) discovered her passion for Brazilian music, dance and culture while studying at Tufts University and has been performing and teaching for 10 years. She has worked with many local talents within Boston’s Brazilian community and has trained in New York, Paris and Brazil. While living in Ohio Randi was dance director and featured dancer for the Aquarela do Mundo Samba School in Cleveland. After relocating to Boston, Randi performed as a featured dancer for the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England and the Samba Tremeterra Dance and Percussion Ensemble for several years. As part of the BCCNE, Randi developed her skills as a choreographer, teacher and costume designer.

Currently, Randi is a performer and dance instructor for SambaViva, New England's premier Brazilian dance and music ensemble. Her goal is to teach students freedom of expression and movement through authentic Afro-Brazilian dance.


Reynaldo Gonzalez (Afro-Cuban) hails from Matanzas, Cuba. For 14 years Reynaldo was a dancer in one of Cuba's top national folkloric dance companies, AfroCuba de Matanzas. For the past six years Reynaldo has lived and worked in the Boston area, teaching Afro-Cuban dance forms and performing and teaching master classes on a national and international basis.

Ricardo "Psy-Fa" Foster (Hip Hop)

Born and raised in Boston, Ricardo has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 10 years. Using his special talents as a dancer, choreographer, performer, actor, comedian, and model, he has single-handedly made a name for himself amongst many of today’s popular artists. Working and performing with artists ranging from Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, NSYNC, En-vogue, Uncle Cracker, and Beyonce to old school classics like Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang clan, and RUN DMC, he has seen it all. Recently he has been focusing his talents on ventures behind the scenes, choreographing for various artists, guest choreographing for major dance companies and crews and producing onstage performances through his production company Unyted Stylz Entertainment. He has also fashioned Unyted Stylz to be an entertainment umbrella housing performers, teachers, and dance groups of different disciplines, styles, and backgrounds to help enrich and broaden the dance community. Ricardo is also proudly one of the main choreographers and developers for the Xbox Kinect video game franchise “Dance Central”. Due to his involvement with these projects and his works showcased on different platforms of entertainment Ricardo has been recently dubbed a world renowned choreographer. All while being a devoted teacher at Dean College for both Jazz and Hip-Hop, as well as constantly doing workshops, master classes, and lectures on the performing arts as a whole.With an outstanding personality, he has a way with audiences, students, and his peers alike. By using comedy, simple physical analogies, and a story-like premise behind all of his dance movements, he looks to have people understand and enjoy his performances, choreography, and classes. All while trying to help people find a new appreciation and love of dance and themselves. Known as a master teacher, an exceptional performer, and an international choreographer Ricardo strives to live up to the standard of “…..not necessarily being the best, just everyone’s personal favorite.”


Roseann Ridings (Ballet) danced with the Boston Ballet and the Copley Square Ballet. She was the director of the Cambridge Ballet Center and has taught at the Cambridge School of Ballet and Marie Paquette's Classical Ballet School.
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Sam Clark and Julia Pian teach Martial Arts.Crimson Kicks Youth Martial Arts is a martial arts program specifically designed for children ages 3 to 6, founded and run by Harvard undergraduates and 3rd degree black belts in Taekwondo, Sam Clark and Julia Pian. Both of our instructors teach and compete with the Harvard Taekwondo Team, have successfully competed regionally and globally, and are certified martial arts instructors, with a combined 9 years of experience teaching and 20 years training. Entering our second year, we teach elements of Taekwondo and several other martial arts through fun games and intense drills, with skills-focused progress checks in every class. Our classes strive to improve Crimson Kicks kids’ coordination and fitness, focus and respect, flexibility and agility, and confidence and discipline, all while having a lot of fun and learning proper martial arts techniques. At the end of the term, Crimson Kicks kids will test for new belts, break boards, and show off their skills!

For more information, go to our website at www.crimsonkicks.com, or email us at crimsonkicks@gmail.com.


Sela Bailey - Tap.Sela Bailey (Tap) has been tapping for as long as she can remember - growing up she wouldn't buy a pair of shoes without testing out whether she could tap in them. While at Smith College she studied in the Five College Dance Department, performing with the Celebrations Dance Company and the UMass University Dancers. She was a founding member of the Terpsichore Ensemble in Amherst, MA and taught tap classes in Amherst and Northampton, MA. Since moving to Boston after pursuing her Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, she has returned to the studio, studying with and assisting Maureen Cosgrove. She is excited about carrying on the tradition of Boston Tap, established by Maureen in 1976, and looking forward to teaching the Level 1 and Level 2 tap classes at the Dance Complex.

Seydou Coulibaly - African Dance.Seydou Coulibaly (African) is one of Mali's leading choreographers and dancers. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning TROUPE KOUMME DIOSSE. In America, Seydou teaches at Brown University, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Babemba USA. The Music School, Roger Williams Middle School, and privately in Boston and Connecticut.


Shahil Patel is a Co-Founder of BOLLYX. Prior to BOLLYX, he served as the President, CEO and Artistic Director of Ishaara Dance Company, the first Bollywood group in history to make Shahil Patel. Co-Founder of BOLLYX.the Semifinals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent!” He has choreographed, produced, and led over 200 Bollywood performances for clients nationwide including Walmart, Pepsi, Cisco, and ATT. He has also performed alongside celebrity superstars including Gloria Estefan, Jamie Foxx and Diana Ross. Shahil is an AFAA certified fitness professional and has taught BOLLYX master classes at multiple locations throughout the Boston area. Another little known fact about Shahil is that Visit our website.he first started dancing in college – not too long ago. As a self-trained master in the art of Bollywood, he is excited to share his transformational knowledge and dance experience with the world!

Sharon Montella - Hip-Hop.Sharon Montella www.hiphopballerina.com (Hip-Hop) holds an MFA from the Boston Conservatory. Her choreography has been presented internationally and includes work for members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She can be seen in the film Dance by Design and has done promo work for Justin Timberlake. Sharon has danced with Boston Dance Company, Impulse Dance, Honey Blonder's Discobrats in Boston, and Bicycle Shop Dancers, Kelley Donovan, Toby Armour and Michael Mao in New York. Her name, Hiphopballerina, derives from her classical training and performing experience. Her hip hop style has been influenced by choreographers Bev Brown and Luam, with whom she studies in NY, and by her studies in White Dragon Fist kung fu, in which she is a black belt practitioner.

Static Noyze Dance CompanyStatic Noyze Dance Company (Contemporary) is dedicated to creating innovative and entertaining theatrical performances with a focus on the contemporary styles of hip-hop dance. Through performances and teaching opportunities, they strive to form strong bonds with the community. Visit our website: www.staticnoyzedance.com
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Taylor Maurand - Bhangra Indian Dance.Taylor Maurand (Bhangra) has studied dance and movement and since she was four years old. Starting with gymnastics, she has trained in Ballet, Modern, Belly Dance, Irish Step, West African/Ghanaian, Swing Dance, Capoeira, Yoga, and Contact Improv. She was a member of Flock Dance Company (Modern) in Galway City, Ireland in 2003. When she discovered Bhangra in 2007, she fell in love and has never looked back. Originally from the Boston Area, she spent six years in San Francisco, where she trained in Bhangra and Giddha with the Dholrhythms Dance Company. She has performed Bhangra in numerous locations around the Bay Area, and since returning to Boston in 2013, has taught Bhangra at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, ME, and classes in Boston. Taylor is currently a member of Boston Bhangra's performance team, and looks forward to sharing this amazing dance with you. Balle balle!

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Wendy Jehlen - ModernWendy Jehlen (Modern) Wendy Jehlen is a choreographer whose work draws on a wide array of movement forms, including Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi; Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and wide-range of Contemporary dance styles. Her work is informed by her study of storytelling and literature from around the world. She holds a BA in Storytelling, Ritual and Performance from Brown University and a Masters of Theological Studies in World Religion from Harvard Divinity School. Jehlen’s career has been marked by international explorations, study and creative collaboration. She has worked with artists from a broad range of cultures and disciplines, from Deaf poets to Japanese paper artists. Jehlen's emotionally powerful choreography has been performed across North America, Europe, India and in Japan.

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