Daniel Hyde is an active dance accompanist, classical pianist and musician living and working in NYC. Daniel is currently employed as a pianist at the Julliard School, LaGuardia High School for Music and Arts & Performing Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, The Manhattan Youth Ballet and many others. He has taught theory, form and the relationships between music and dance as a Guest Professor at The National University of Costa Rice, as well as improvisation classes at The Ballet Hispanico School (NYC). Daniel received his Bachelor's Degree in Classical Piano Performance from the University Of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and at El Instituto Superior De Artes, Costa Rica.
His work as an accompanist has brought him to Barcelona, Athens, San Jose, Chicago and put him in the employment of nearly every major school and dance company in NYC. Daniel can be found playing for major dance companies such a Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Martha Graham Dance Company and other during their tours.
Bob was born in San Diego CA, and raised in Denver CO. He earned degrees in classical piano performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Memphis.
Bob has performed Jazz and Blues with many great artists including Jimmy Witherspoon, Phineas Newborn Jr., the Moody Blues, Smokey Robinson, the Shirelles and the Platters.
His diverse background in classical music and jazz has contributed to his success as anaccompanist to dancers, vocalists, and as a member of many ensembles; playing at some of the finest schools and best musical venues in New York.
Lyudmila Melerud was born in the former Soviet Union and trained at the Kiev and Moscow conservatories. While there Melerud conducted seminars on Mozart and Schumann. In 1979 she moved to America where she began her tenure with the dance department.
Sam Ospovat began his musical studies in Lincoln, Nebraska, playing piano and singing in a boys' choir. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Music and Electronic Music and earned his MFA in Percussion Performance from Mills College under William Winant. He also studied with Peter Magadini and Haitian master drummer Daniel Brevil before moving to New York City in 2013. Ospovat tours throughout the United States and Europe, and has performed and recorded with many notable musicians and ensembles including Ava Mendoza, Tune-Yards, Kim Cass, Naytronix, Enablers, The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, members of Rova Saxophone Quartet, and poet Yusef Komunyakaa. He does regular studio work for Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, and currently plays in the Angelica Sanchez Nonet, Unnatural Ways, and Brandon Seabrook's Die Trommel Fatale. Ospovat has been a dance musician for over 15 years, and has worked at UC Berkeley, Mills College, NYU Tisch and Marymount Manhattan College. He joined the faculty at LaGuardia in 2016.
John Prestianni — John has been a professional pianist, composer, dance accompanist and musical director in New York for over 20 years. He is an accompanist at several universities and schools, including NYU (Steinhart), American Theater Dance Workshop, and most recently LaGuardia High School, involved in both the dance and drama departments. He is also the Musical Director for the 'Kids Company' at the West Side YMCA for 8 seasons running.
As a composer: most recently 'The Golden Contender' and 'Pie Rats' for Brooklyn Childrens Theater, 'The Black Dahlia' at the York Theater in 2008, 'The Vaudevillian' at the Lark theater in 2005. A member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced).
Eva Schwarcz-Gangel was born in the former Czechoslovakia. She received her BA and MA from Manhattan School of Music and has been accompanying classes in the dance department since 1975.
Cedric Tolley joined the dance faculty in 1997, bringing with him over 25 years’ experience as a pianist for ballet, modern, theatre dance, jazz, and tap. He has worked for such noted teachers as Margot Fonteyn and David Howard and in schools and companies as diverse as the Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Merce Cunningham Studio.
Stephen Weinstock is a dance musician and composer. He has worked at the Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, and Jose Limon studios, as well as Juilliard, UC Berkeley, Princeton, SUNY Purchase, and Marymount. Before LaGuardia, he directed and composed theater works in the Bay Area, taught and coordinated the Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU Tisch, and was a Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera's Creating Original Opera program. When not improvising for modern dance classes at theFame school, he is writing a series of 11 novels called 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles.