From 2015-17 the teacher held a full-time position as the Program Director of the Accelerated and Extension Programs at the Martha Graham Dance Company. He was charged with the task of modernizing the educational offerings for the Graham School and the Company as well as conceiving and curating new performance series. First of which, NEXT@Graham, had its inaugural performance in January 2017.
Since moving to New York in 1993, he has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Graham 2, Coyote Dancers, Battery Dance Company, Avila/Weeks Dance, Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, theater director Robert Wilson, David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Company and MoveOpolis as well as in works of Maurice Béjart, Nacho Duato, Andonis Foniadakis, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Anne Bogart, Annie-B Parson, Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, Susan Stroman, Steve Paxton, Larry Keigwin, Deborah Hay, Ted Shawn Isadora Duncan
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Mary Brienza is a multi-faceted artist with credits spanning Off-Broadway and regional theatre, television, radio, concert dance and alternative comedy. As an educator, she is a respected teacher of tap dance, jazz, and theatre dance at levels novice through professional. She has served on the faculty for Broadway Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem,
Jacque D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, and American Theatre Dance Workshop.
A native of France, Ms. Brikké studied ballet with remarkable teachers such as Rosella Hightower at the Centre International de Danse in Cannes, France, Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco, Terri Charlesworth at the Graduate School of Dance in Perth, Australia, and Anne-Marie Sandrini from the Paris Opéra Ballet in Paris, France. Ms. Brikké performed in a wide variety of repertory ballets with the schools she attended as well as a freelance dancer and actress in Europe, Kenya and the United States.
Ms. Brikké received the Diplôme d‘Etat de Professeur de Danse Classique from the French Ministry of Culture in Paris in 1993 . She is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum
Ms. Brikké began teaching dance in 1989 in Nairobi, Kenya, where she taught the children of the expatriate community as well as founded a dance ensemble for young talented Kenyans. Back in Paris, she taught, choreographed and coordinated dance programs at the Conservatoire des Arts in Le Mée. In 1994, Ms Brikké moved to New York where she joined the faculty of the Neubert Ballet Institute at Carnegie Hall and then the faculty of LaGuardia High School in 1998. Ms. Brikké has taught for several summer programs including Paul Taylor Summer Intensive in New York City, New Jersey Ballet, Westchester Ballet Center and Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Massachussetts.
New York City–based dancer, performer, teacher, Limón reconstructor and coach, Kristen Foote is originally from Toronto, Canada, and joined the Limón Dance Company in 2000 - where she was a principal dancer until 2017.
Hailed by the New York Times as “marvelously versatile” and "especially captivating”, Ms. Foote has been recognized by Dance Magazine as a “Featured Artist” during 2011 and 2016, selected as one of the “Most Amazing Performers” of 2010 and one of their “Top 25 To Watch” in 2005. She has performed as a soloist in many roles by noted choreographers including, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Jiří Kylián, Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, Rodrigo Pederneiras, Susanne Linke, Murray Louis and John Heginbotham. In 2015, she developed a solo dance project which had its international premiere in Paris, France and its U.S. premiere at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Series as well as at the Baryshnikov Arts Center presented by The Watermill Center.
She was a Radio City Rockette, has been a member of Dance Heginbotham since 2011, has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, and has been featured as a lead dancer in music videos.
Carmela Gallace is a former principal dancer with The Moiseyev Dance Company and soloist with Riverdance-The Show; performing across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Oceana. Additionally, she has danced at The Radio City Music Hall in Riverdance’s 10-year anniversary celebration, and at the Bolshoi Theatre in productions of La Fille Mal Gardee, Les Sylphides/Chopiniana and The Nutcracker. Her training began in St. Petersburg, FL at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and The Academy of Ballet Arts under Suzanne Pomerantzeff, Reginald Yates and Lester Jacobsen. At the age of 16, Carmela started her professional performance career apprenticing with the Miami City Ballet in The Nutcracker (Balanchine). She was later invited to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow (Russia); where she graduated under the training of Galina Solovyova, Alexander Bondarenko, Marina Leonova and Sofia N. Golovkina. After returning to America, Carmela received her BA degree in Communication from the University of Tampa while teaching dance at The Pinellas County Center for the Arts and Academy of Ballet arts. Many of her students went on to join schools, companies or shows such as; ABT, Dance Theatre of Harlem, BalletMet, Momix, Juilliard, The Lion King, Hairspray Live, and Rent, etc… Carmela also worked for five years at The American Samoa Community College, where she helped establish the first dance and musical theatre programs at the only US accredited institution of higher learning south of the equator, and adapted, choreographed and directed 9 full-length musical productions. Under the guidance of Raymond Lukens and Franco de Vita, Carmela is a graduate of the NYU-Masters program in Dance Education/ABT Pedagogy. She is ABT certified (Primary-Level 7) in the National Training Curriculum and is currently choreographing and teaching various forms of dance and outreach education at the American Ballet Theatre, The Ailey School, La Guardia High School, Harlem School of the Arts, New York University/Steinhardt, Peridance, City Center and other schools and institutions throughout the city.
A graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School, she continued her dance training at Purchase College, SUNY, where she graduated with a BFA in Dance. Additional training includes a semester abroad at Amsterdamse Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten and summer studies at Springboard Danse Montreal. As a student she has performed works of Johannes Wieland, Bill T. Jones, Martha Graham, Kimberly Bartosik, and Doug Varone. Following graduation, she has been a member of companies Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance and Nicole von Arx & Guests. She has been a consistent collaborator with Loni Landon and Nicole Wolcott. Education has been a consistent part of her work and she serves on faculty at Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts program and frequently travels the U.S. as a guest teacher.
While at Purchase College, SUNY she began her research of dance making under the mentorship of Doug Varone. Her choreography has been shown in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Sawdust, Moody Performance Hall, and Ailey Citigroup Theater. She has been commissioned to create new works for Bombshell Dance Project, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the Grace Farms Foundation. Her research has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, for the development of her interdisciplinary collaboration with neuroscientists and psychologists to study the possibilities of movement as a healing modality through the lens of memory making and mental time travel. Amanda is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Bert Terborgh Award, a 2012 YoungArts Winner, a 2018 Art Omi Fellow, a 2019 Keshet Arts Artist in Residence and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of AMMA, a new dance company focusing on movement performance as a ceremonial act to move communities toward healing.
Kelley is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Levels Primary thru Level 7 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She is currently a full time teacher for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre. She is also the Artistic Coordinator for the American Ballet Theatre’s Apprenticeship Program. She is a guest faculty teacher for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Steps on Broadway, Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Ballet Arts.
Greg Sinacori began his dance training at a local dance studio in Queens, NY. He is an alumnus of LaGuardia High School and was a finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search in Miami, Florida. Sinacori graduated magna cum laude from the Fordham University/Alvin Ailey Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in dance. He has performed with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Alvin Ailey’s second company (Ailey II), Parsons Dance Company and as a guest artist with Battleworks Dance Company. He is currently featured on the hit Nickelodeon series The Backyardigans as the animated dancing moose, Tyrone, and also performs the movements for Nickelodeon's newest Emmy Award Winning animated series The Bubble Guppies. Sinacori can be seen in The Music of Regret, a short film directed by Laurie Simmons at the Museum of Modern Art.
Joey R. Smith began his professional career with the Houston Ballet at the age of nineteen. After a move to New York, he danced with the Feld Ballet, went away to dance with The Washington Ballet and returned to dance with the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of Musical Artists, AGMA, and in 1995 was appointed to a full-time teaching position at LaGuardia where he choreographs the school’s annual musical.