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Our faculty are professionals in their fields, creating and performing in their distinctive and diverse communities. Comprised of graduates from some of the finest theater and dance departments in the U.S, they are dedicated to educating youth, to creating community and to learning continually from the exchange they have with young people. BAX selects faculty for their deep understanding in the development of children and how that translates into the training of a young dancer, actor, choreographer or playwright in today’s world. BAX faculty are provided with ongoing professional development to hone their skills, share their experiences and insure continuity of the BAX educational experience.

Alexandra RoseDiane TomasiKevin Carillo
Amber SloanDonna CostelloLuisa Martinez
Amy Beth WrightHelen TocciMadison Krekel
Andrew JannettiJanet WertherMaira Duarte
Angie PittmanJen McGinn Maya Visco
Ann ChiaveriniJessica LeeMor Mendel (Guest Artist)
Billy SchultzJose Joaquin GarciaSkye Montante
Cat WagnerJulia CavagnaStephanie Miller
Danté BrownKate BellSchool Breaks Arts Program Staff
Diana CrumKelindah Schuster

Alexandra RoseALEXANDRA ROSE (In-house teacher) is a freelance artist in dance based in Brooklyn, NY. Holding a B.A. in Dance and Economics from Denison University, Alexandra has performed as a member of Fusionworks Modern Dance Company (RI), the State Ballet of Rhode Island, and as a freelance artist with ACW Dances in Arlington, VA. She also recently completed a choreography mentorship with Doug Varone. Her choreography has been presented at Gibney Dance Center, the idance festival 2014 in Hong Kong, by Fusionworks, and at multiple schools in the Northeast United States. She has taught for schools such as Mercersburg Academy, Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, the Festival Ballet Providence School, Fusionworks Academy, Providence Country Day, and Chadwick International in Incheon, South Korea, where she created, launched, and ran the dance program for three years. She has also returned to the Festival Ballet Providence School for several summers as part of their Summer Intensive Faculty. Alexandra looks forward to joining the BAX faculty and community!

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amber-sloanAMBER SLOAN (Guest Artist) is a choreographer, performer and teacher. Her work has been presented by Dixon Place, Roulette Theater, West End Theater, Danspace Project (DraftWorks), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Spoke the Hub at Gowanus Arts, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, the EstroGenius Women in Motion Festival, as well as a 15 year commissioning relationship with the Dancenow Festival. Sloan was a 2015 Bessie Schonberg Fellow at the Yard on Martha's Vineyard and has received space grants from Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Spoke the Hub, Dancenow Silo, among others. As a performer, Sloan has been a member of David Parker & The Bang Group since 2002. She teaches dance composition at the Ailey School and is on the advisory board for Dance Omi. She co-directs Women in Motion, organization whose mission is to foster female choreographers through commissioning of new work, producing and mentoring. Sloan received a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was recently honored with the Beverly Blossom/Carey Erickson Alumni Dance Award.

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Amy Beth Schneider HeadshotAMY BETH WRIGHT (BAX AIE Partnerships: Academy of Arts and Letters, PS 39) has been a BAX faculty member since 2004. She graduated from Oberlin College with majors in Dance and English, and served as a founding member of Choreo Collective, a modern dance cooperative in the Triangle area in North Carolina. Upon moving to New York City, she directed her own dance company, Thread Dance Theater, which produced the annual Brooklyn Dance Sampler between the years of 2002 and 2008. She also joined the faculties of Young Dancers in Repertory, Marquis Studios, and BAX as a teaching artist. Amy Beth teaches creative movement and modern dance in BAX Arts in Education partnerships. She also recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and currently teaches writing at SUNY Purchase and the College of New Rochelle.

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Andrew Jannetti HeadshotANDREW JANNETTI (In-house teacher, School Breaks Director) has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching in NYC since he graduated from Montclair State University in 1976. His choreographic work has been presented in many venues in NYC including DTW, St. Marks’s Danspace, 92nd Street Y, Alvin Ailey Center, The Duke, DIA, BAX, Cunningham Studio, DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY Festival, ADG Festival, NY International Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe, as well as various venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. He has received grants from NYSCA, NJSCA, MCAF, Meet The Composers, the Field, and Harkness Center. He received a BAXten Award for his strong commitment to Dance Education and a PASEtter Award from the Partnership for After School Education for his work with after school arts programming for NYC youth. He was the co-director of Children’s Dance Project of Manhattan as well Summerstage, a music and theater workshop for children in Rockland County, NY. He taught at Staten Island Academy for 6 years where he developed the entire dance program for Pre- K thru 12th grade and an integrated arts curriculum for grades 1- 4. His lesson designs have been published in national magazines that include Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and National Dance Association Journal. He is currently employed by the NYC Department of Education as a full time dance educator at PS 79 in Whitestone, Queens. In addition, he teaches modern dance to young students at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and has been a teaching artist at PS 115 for the past two years. After an hiatus from BAX for four years, he returned as the director of all of the school breaks programs and has been coordinating them for the past three years. His classes for adults include modern/jazz dance, aqua aerobics, stretch and tone, and his own special brand of cardio-conditioning, Rhythmic Fitness, which he teaches throughout the New York metropolitan area. He is a recent honors graduate of the Steinhardt School at NYU with a Masters in Dance Education.

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Angie PittmanANGIE PITTMAN (In-house teacher) is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer. She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a graduate minor in African American Studies and a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in work by Ralph Lemon, Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cordona, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, C. Kemal Nance, Johanna S. Meyer, Rachel Thorne Germond and others. Angie's work has been shown at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, and STooPS. She was a 2015 DanceWEB scholarship recipient for Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria and is a 2016-2018 Artist-in- Residence with Movement Research. As a teaching artist, Angie focuses on offering dance as a way for students to access agency, freedom, and mobility.

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Ann ChiaveriniANN CHIAVERINI (In-house teacher) is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and educator who has worked in the performing arts for the past 13 years. As an educator, Ann strives to provide an engaging and supportive environment where students are able to gain not only technical proficiency, but also the confidence to delve deeply into their own potential for growth within the physical and creative challenges of dance. In addition to teaching at BAX, Ann is currently a Teaching Artist with American Ballet Theatre's education initiatives in NYC schools, a performer and instructor for Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, and a performer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Ann has also had the pleasure of sharing her love of ballet and modern dance with students of all ages and levels of experience as an instructor at the NYC Summer Arts Institute, The Ballet Tech School, and Young Dancers in Repertory in NYC; Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, MA; Eisenhower Center for Dance and Oakland University in the Detroit metro area; and as a guest instructor at universities and dance festivals throughout the US and Europe. Her past performance experience has included work with many accomplished choreographers and visual artists, as well as engagements with Bard Summerscape Opera, Martha Clarke's Garden of Earthly Delights (Off-Broadway), Eisenhower Dance, and Ballet Soloist with Michigan Opera Theater. Ann holds a B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet Performance from The Joffrey Ballet School/New School University.

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Billy SchultzBILLY SCHULTZ (In-house teacher) Billy’s areas of expertise include physical theater, physical comedy, circus arts, and participant-centered exploration. As a teaching artist he has worked with organizations such as Brooklyn Arts Council, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and New Victory Theater, among others. Billy received his training from the Stella Adler Studios, Dell Arte International School and the International School for the Comic Actor in Reggio Emelia, Italy.

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Candace ThompsonCANDACE THOMPSON (In-house teacher, Guest Artist) Candace Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer/choreographer/performer, and a graduate of Adelphi University's dance department, fluent in several forms including, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Caribbean/Diasporic, and Soca Dance. She currently performs with Renegade Performance Group, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Areytos Performance Works, her own work ContempoCaribe, and is the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. Candace is currently on faculty at Mark Morris Dance Group teaching Soca Dance and Beginner Modern and at BAX teaching Modern Technique.
www.candacedancefitness.com

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Cat-WagnerCAT WAGNER (In-house teacher) is a Brooklyn-based dance theatre artist. She received her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, where she had the pleasure of dancing in works by Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Rodger Blum, and Cathy Nicoli. She has taught at Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and currently teaches at public schools and private studios throughout NYC. Prior to her graduate career, Cat lived in Boston and danced with Danny McCusker, Wanda Strukus, and Joan Green. She was the emerging choreographer for the original "Across the Ages Dance" project, now held annually in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cat has also studied and performed with Double Edge Theatre, a physical theatre ensemble based in western Massachusetts.

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dante-brown-dance-shotDANTÉ BROWN (BAXco DIrector) began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography and Performance. As a performer, Danté has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Kendra Portier, and Noa Zuk, among others. After founding Danté Brown|Warehouse Dance in 2010, DB|WD has had the opportunity to show work at Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Columbus Dance Theater, Dance Gallery Festival, Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, The New Museum, Sam Houston State University, Triskelion Arts, The Wild Project, Wexner Center for the Arts, and YourMove Dance Festival. As an educator, he has had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, Dance New Amsterdam, East Village Dance Project, Gibney Dance Center, The Ohio State University, and Peridance Capezio Center. In addition, Danté has held adjunct faculty positions at CUNY Westchester Community College and Bates College.

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diana-crumDIANA CRUM (In-house teacher) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator and advocate. The roles overlap and inform one another. In addition to teaching at BAX, she currently works with Pentacle’s Behind the Scenes, Brooklyn Arts Council, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Drew University/ARTS By The People (Madison, NJ). Since 2010, she has overseen Movement Research Dance Makers in the Schools. She has served as Adjunct Faculty/Visiting Artist at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and Hollins University (Roanoke, VA). Her teaching practices and community work inform her choreography, which has been presented in NYC; Atlanta; Salt Lake City; Vienna, Austria; and Nancy, France, among others. She holds an MFA from Hollins University and a BA from Columbia University, both in Dance.

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 width= DIANE TOMASI (AcroBAX I Director, In-house teacher) Diane performs both on the ground and in the air, as a dancer and aerialist. She has performed at Galapagos, The Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, The Muse Brooklyn and other venues. She also performs regularly with Phaedra’s Cabaret. Diane has received certifications in Simonson Method of Teacher Training, Thai Massage Adv Studies Sen Theory & Application, & Thai Massage Basic Studies Level I & II, and she also holds a BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Dance), from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Diane began teaching in 2001, and has taught classes and workshops in and around the US, including New York, Alaska, and Massachusetts as well as the UK. Diane currently teaches tumbling, acro, modern dance and aerial silks in various locations throughout the city including The Muse, Brooklyn Zoo NY, 92Y, and Brooklyn Dance Center. In all of her classes, Diane encourages the students to build strength, flexibility, and coordination as well as confidence and artistry. Diane fosters an atmosphere that is positive yet challenging allowing the students to go deep into their bodies and discover their own interpretation of the movement given or experienced as well as their artistic voice.
www.dianetomasi.com


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DonnaDONNA COSTELLO (Youthworks Director, DPW I Director, Guest Artist BAXco, BAX AIE Partnerships:BNS) Donna Costello is a dance artist working in the field of dance, theater and performance. She is drawn to investigative processes that asks questions, allows space for new discoveries and provides opportunities to share work within and for a community. Her practice and passion for the art form continues to deepen with the exchange she has cultivated over the past 15 years as a performer, creator and educator in dance. She has had the privilege to perform with Vicky Shick, jill sigman / thinkdance, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance (founding member), Carrie Ahern, Jimena Paz and Mollie O’Brien. Additional projects that have shaped her as an artist include works by Stephan Koplowitz, Juliette Mapp, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Pele Bauch, Kelly Bartnik, Barbara Mahler, the human company, director Jennifer Sargent and collaborating with composer Anne Hege. In 2010, she taught and performed throughout Germany with the program Dancing to Connect for Aviva Geismar’s Drastic Action alongside Battery Dance Company. Her own work has been presented in New York by Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Conversations at the flea theater, Green Space, Wow Café, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, SWEAT dance series and at Performatica in Mexico. She was a space grant recipient at BAX in 2011. As a teaching artist, Donna dances with young people of all ages and ability in a multitude of settings. She has been on faculty at Poly Prep Middle School , Greenwich House Music School and Queensborough Community College. She currently creates and facilitates workshops for Lincoln Center Education and the Park Avenue Armory. She has taught at BAX since 1999 and very much considers this her artistic home.

* photo credit : Ann Billingsley

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Helen Styring Tocci HeadshotHELEN TOCCI (DPW III Director, AcroBAX Director) is passionate about creating space for people of all ages to explore their unique creativity and discover the innate strength and wisdom that lives in every body. With over 15 years of experience as a professional dancer, vocalist and movement teacher in NYC, Helen is the co-founder of Varoom Group Dance Collective and her multi-disciplinary performance works with collaborator Calia Marshall have been presented at venues throughout the city and beyond including BAX, Joyce Soho, Judson Church and DTW. Helen was the recipient of a BAX space grant in 2008. Helen is a certified yoga instructor and teaches privately throughout the city. She is also trained in CircusYoga and travels nationally teaching workshops and sharing this innovative and playful new practice, most recently presenting at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is a dynamic facilitator and is well-loved for her joyful approach to community building and art-making. Helen is a founding member of the Mantra Music band, Kirtan Soul Revival and leads group singing experiences all over the country. She has been on the dance faculty of the Brooklyn Friend’s School since 2001, and it has been one of the great joys of her life to create and explore with the BAX community for the past 12 years.

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Janet Werther HeadshotJANET WERTHER (BAX AIE Partnerships) is a dance and theater artist, educator, and scholar. She has been teaching dance and tumbling at BAX since Fall 2011, including through the School Breaks Program. In the past, Janet has had the pleasure of getting to know the BAX community at the front desk as well as in the classroom, and this summer she was the Summer Arts Program Group Leader for the MegaBAXers. Janet has presented her choreography and performance work in NYC at Dixon Place, Triskelion, and the MuseIAM among others. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Jen McGinnJEN MCGINN (DPW II Director) received her B.A. and M.F.A in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the ADF. She currently teaches at the University of the Arts and co-directs their Summer Institute in Dance; is a Dance Specialist for "Life Lines” Community Arts Project; and is the Studio Manager at the Center for Performance Research. She is currently making work as a 2014-2016 Artist in Residence through Movement Research and a 2015 Gibney boo-koo Grantee. Her work has been presented throughout the East Coast and abroad at various spaces including Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2013 Space Grantee); Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks); nEW Festival (2009 AIR); Movement Research at the Judson Church ('09-'15); Danspace Project (DraftWork and Academy Dances); Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (The A.W.A.R.D Show); Franklin Street Works (Showing the Work); Dixon Place (BRINK); Performance Mix Festival ('08, '11, '14); CPR (New Voices in Live Performance and Performance Studio Open House); AUNTS; Community Education Center (New Edge Mix); and the National Theater of Luxembourg (Bruler Pour Briller). Her interests include Cecchetti ballet, magical thinking, and logic problems. www.jenmcginndance.com

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Jessica Lee HeadshotJESSICA LEE (In-house teacher,BFS, Playspace Facilitator) Jessica’s favorite childhood pastime was to chassé around the house in a tutu (sometimes only a tutu) and with a musical wand in hand. Later in elementary school, she cartwheeled through the kitchen and did handstands against the walls. Luckily all her energy and love for movement could be channeled into the discipline of ballet, which she trained in at Connecticut Dance School in Fairfield, Connecticut for many years, and then later into modern dance, improvisation, choreography, and environmental studies at Middlebury College, where she graduated cum laude in 2013. Jessica is now a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator who divides her time between NYC, Connecticut, and Vermont, where she recently helped found an alternative off-grid interdisciplinary artist residency called The Sable Project. After starting at BAX as the Fall 2013 Education Intern and working as the Spring Break Group Leader, she is delighted to join the BAX faculty to teach Creative Movement and Modern dance, and facilitate Playspace.

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200910_FACULTY_JoseJOSÉ JOAQUÍN GARCÍA (BAX AIE Partnerships:BNS) director, composer, actor, singer, writer, is the Artistic Director of Rubí Theater Company. “Mi Rey”, a song he wrote and performed with members of Rubí, was featured on acclaimed recording artist Dan Zanes’ CD “Family Dance” on Festival Five records. Rubí’s production of Martín Espada’s IMAGINE THE ANGELS OF BREAD has been performed at sold-out runs at New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts as well as the 2nd NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Members of Rubí, under the direction of Mr. García were recently in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where they led theater workshops and created an original musical production that was performed by young people from all over the world. Mr. García was the production director of Urban Youth Theater at Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts center for 6 years. There he directed A WOMAN WHO OUTSHONE THE SUN, RAKSHA’S CHILD, the hip-hop musical THE MINOTAUR (collaborating with PopMaster Fabel and Crazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew as well as bilingual rap pioneers Latin Empire) and additionally the critically acclaimed EL BRONX REMEMBERED by Nicholasa Mohr. Other plays he has directed for Rubí have been performed at the Northeast Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages in Manhattan; the Hispanic Leadership Conference in Lorain, Ohio; INTAR; Dixon Place; Hunter College and many other locations. Mr. García was a member of Pregones Theater Company for six years and has also performed with The New Group; Repertorio Español; Joseph Papp Public Theater’s Latino Playwrights Workshop, among others. He appeared in and understudied Rubén Blades on Broadway in Paul Simon’s THE CAPEMAN. Mr. García teaches acting, collective creation and empowerment through theater for young people with the arts organizations Brooklyn Arts Exchange, City Lore and Henry Street Settlement’s Youth Employment Program at various schools in New York City. He has been a resident teaching artist at Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 1993.

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Julia Cavagna HeadshotJULIA CAVAGNA (BTC Director) is a movement based actress, clown and performer from Argentina. She studied Sociology first and then earned a Bachelor Degree at EMAD (Metropolitan School for Drama in Buenos Aires, her hometown). After graduating Julia started specializing in Physical Theater and Poetical Theater under the mentorship of such masters as Claudio Martinez Bel, Marcelo Savignone and Daniel Casablanca (in Buenos Aires). In NYC, Julia's main training has been with the Movement Theater Studio (Richard Crawford, Norman Taylor, Virginia Scott, among others) specializing in Jacques Lecoq approach of physical theater. Since moving to NYC, Julia has worked with contemporary dancers, ensembles and experimental Theater companies: Private (i) 2014 Third Annual BEAT Festival, Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Navy Yard, MASSMESS 2014, Performance Mix Festival at HERE Theater. Along with Rebecca Lloyd Jones, Julia was a recipient of the BAAD Dance Residency in 2015. Some of her biggest performance challenges in NYC include performing the experimental piece PinkToe under Dena Kopolovich's direction and she was recently part of the Opera ELEKTRA at the Met Opera. Julia is one of the founders of the Lampazo Theater Company, a physical theater company. Julia recently completed the EMERGENYC Residency - the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program - at NYU.

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Kate Bell HeadshotKATE BELL (In-house teacher) is a playwright, director, singer/songwriter, and teaching artist. Her plays have been produced or developed in New York at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at HERE Arts Center, Culture Project, Theater for the New City, Red Fern Theatre Company, New Perspectives Theatre, Manhattan Theater Source, Gallery Players, Theatre for the New Economy, Random Access Theatre, and at Baruch College (with Committed Theatre), as well as in the Washington D.C. Area by Silver Spring Stage, and in the Appalachian Play Festival at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Past honors include the Audience Award at the 2015 DUTF and two Hopwood Awards at the University of Michigan, where she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her plays have been published on Indie Theater Now and in The Book of Estrogenius 2008, and she recently collaborated with the New York Philharmonic on their Very Young People’s Concerts. She founded the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy Theater Ensemble in 2005, and directed nineteen productions there during her nine-year tenure. She’s been a Teaching Artist in New York City since 2004, and is thrilled to be joining the faculty at BAX! For more information visit: www.katebell.info.

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Kelly SchusterKELINDAH SCHUSTER (KELI) (In-house teacher)is an emerging performance and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She grew up in Indonesia and has taught in Mumbai, Singapore, Normandy, and New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Drama and Gender Studies focusing on collaborative feminist theater and education for peace and justice from Vassar College where she studied with early childhood specialist Deborah Falasco and adolescent psychologist Abigail Baird. Her recent performance work explores puppetry, clown, animal work, and acrobatics. In NY and abroad she has trained with various theater companies including Theater Mitu, One Year Lease, Frantic Assembly, and The Debate Society. In the past year she has presented work at Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Sideshows by the Seashore, The Stonewall Inn, The Tank, Standard Toykraft, Portland Stage, and The Knockdown Center. She performs regularly with Crimson Kitty Productions and The Nobodies. Kelindah aspires to pursue art therapy in special education and currently teaches at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Marquis Studios, Recess Dumbo, and Child’s Play NY. She believes deeply in the power of art education as a tool to radically reshape the future through nurturing young art-makers and problem-solvers through the principles of unconditional respect, celebration of difference, and creative play!

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unnamed (1)KEVIN CARILLO (In-house teacher) is an actor, director, and choreographer. A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he holds a BFA in Drama and was the recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr Excellence Award. Through the Kenan Charitable Trust, Kevin held the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where he wrote and performed his one-man play, The Expressionist. At MCC Theater, he associate produced FreshPlay, a workshop of new plays written by NYC high school students and assistant directed UnCensored for the MCC Youth Company. Broadway: A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Assistant Director). Kevin's teaching objective is for each student to learn and exercise skillful artistic technique while balancing open and free expression.

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Luisa MartinezLUISA MARTINEZ (In-house teacher) Born to immigrant parents of Chile and Yugoslavia, Luisa Innisfree Martinez began her life in Manhattan, New York. She had the fortuity of moving and growing up in several states along the East Coast. In 2010 she received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. During her education, her choreography was performed at Ohio University concerts and the American College Dance Festival.
Returning to New York, Luisa began working with Shannon Hummel and her teaching staff at Cora Dance School in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Feeling very inspired, she has continued to pursue a career in dance education by working with children at several schools and studios. Luisa is passionate about teaching children and hopes to engage their sense of awareness, agility and accomplishment.
After being a company member for INSPIRIT, a dance company formed by Christal Brown and Emotions Physical Theater, Luisa is now excited to embark on a new journey of choreographing and performing her own work in NYC.

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Madison KrekelMADISON KREKEL (In-house teacher) is a freelance performer, musician, and activist originally from Oakland, CA. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, where she was a member of the renowned Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble, and performed works by Jodie Gates and Charles Moulton. Now living in Brooklyn since 2010, she has performed works by Katy Pyle's Ballez, Vanessa Walters/Ripening, toured with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company's Untitled Feminist Show, and was a long time performer with Third Rail Projects' Bessie award-winning show, Then She Fell, among others. Currently she performs with Third Rail Projects’ new show, The Grand Paradise, and rocks regularly around NYC with her punk band, Snatch Attack. She is determined to use her passion for the arts and vast performer knowledge to help others connect to themselves and be proponents of joy and social change.

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Maira Duarte HeadshotMAIRA DUARTE (In-house teacher) is a Mexican dancer, teacher and choreographer. She obtained an M.A. in Dance Education by New York University, supported by the National Fund for the Arts and Culture of Mexico. Her choreographies have been presented in several venues and festivals in Mexico, Spain, Uganda and the United States. Maira has taught in more than twenty schools in the NYC area and New Jersey with the non-profit organizations Education in Dance, Dance Theater of Harlem and the New Victory Theatre. In 2012 she was a full time dance professor at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Presently she performs with Tanztheater Andre Koslowski and co directs Dance To The People, a dance laboratory and forum, starting activities in 2014 at the College of Staten Island, supported by the CUNY Dance Initiative. Maira is also an independent dance-film and documentary director and producer. She is currently working in a Dance Film documentary, titled Being There, and a documentary titled A Scientist’s Search, which will be featured at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh.

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maya-viscoMAYA VISCO (BAX AIE Partnership: PS 24) joined the staff of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in May of 2008. She previously served as the Education Director for several years, and is currently working for BAX as a Teaching Artist at PS 24, teaching a dual language residency with 2nd graders, 5th graders and pre k students. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she came to New York by way of Boston and Providence. Maya is a bilingual theater artist, educator administrator and occasional producer. Maya is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Conservatory (now the Brown Trinity Consortium). Her regional work in theater has included Nickel & Dimed, A Christmas Carol and The Long Christmas Ride Home directed by Oskar Eustis. In New York, she has worked with The LARK/ US-Mexico Exchange, INTAR, Vital Theater, Fringe-NYC, The Gallery Players and The Puertorican Traveling Theater. Maya also teaches Theater at Kingsborough Community College and with Broadway Classroom.

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Mor MendelMOR MENDEL (Guest Artist) is a Brooklyn based dancer, performance artist and educator. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. Mor earned her BFA, including a teaching certification in Dance Theater in Israel where she performed and taught in various venues and schools. She is teaching creative movement, contemporary and improvisation at after school programs and independently at different studios around NY. Mendel is interested in the people around her and how movement is translated through their heart and body. She experiences dance and movement as a method that gives much more than technique, but also as a way of reflecting and communicating life itself. Her creative work was performed at Gowanus Arts center, as part of a collaborative work in Triskelion Art center, at the 14Y, Brooklyn studios for dance, BAAD!, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and as part of movement research at the Judson church. Mendel is creatively engaged with other artists while perusing, searching, following and establishing her calling in movement and dance in the big entity of NYC.

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whitsonNI'JA WHITSON (Guest Artist) (M.F.A.) Ni'Ja Witson is an award-winning dance maker, performer, and visual artist. Whitson is a 2015 Bogliasco Fellow, a 2015-2016 BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange) Artist in Residence, 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist and Residence, a 2014-2015 artist in residence at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Creative Capital "On Our Radar" artist, and recipient of dozens of other residencies and awards across disciplines. Whitson is a practitioner of indigenous and diasporic African ritual and resistance forms, creating work that reflects the sacred in street, conceptual, and indigenous performance. Proudly, they have worked with many notable artists in theatre, dance, visual art, and music including closely with Sharon Bridgforth and Douglas Ewart, Dianne McIntyre, Guillermo Gomez Peña / La Pocha Nostra, April Berry, Allison Knowles, Darrell Jones, and Dee Alexander.

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Skye Montante PicSKYE MONTANTE (In-house teacher) began studying ballet at Petaluma School of Ballet at the age of 8. In later years as she was introduced to other forms of dance; she found her true calling with Hip-Hop and Contemporary styles. She continued her dance through college and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Dance. While in school in San Francisco, she taught youth and adult classes at ODC School of Dance, City Dance Studios and after school programs and summer camps. Before moving to New York, she was performing with a Hip Hop company; Funkonometry, and two contemporary companies; Binki Danz, and Alive and Well Productions. She is looking forward to teaching dance and growing with youth in New York City.

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Stephanie Miller UpdateSTEPHANIE MILLER (In-house teacher) Stephanie is a Brooklyn based theater artist hailing from the Bay Area, CA. Working primarily as an actor and director, she has worked alongside a number of theater companies nationally and internationally including CollaborationTown, New Georges, Tale Told, and Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company. She has worked as a mentor for young artists for over 3 years aiming to empower them as individual artists within a supportive and collaborative based environment. Her theater work aims to challenge traditional storytelling structures by reshaping and reworking them in order to have a more universal impact. She holds a B.A. in Theater and African Studies from Smith College, and studied at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.

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