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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.

Andrew JannettiEllie WeinmanKevin Carillo
Angie PittmanHelen TocciMaira Duarte
Ben WeberJ. Bouey Maya Visco
Billy SchultzJanice Acevedo Rachel Freeburg
Diana CrumJessica LeeSkye Montante
Dani CrissJose Joaquin GarciaStephanie Miller
Diane TomasiJulia CavagnaTamika Charles-Sims
Donna CostelloKate BellSchool Breaks Arts Program Staff
Ella RosewoodKelindah Schuster

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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BEN WEBER (In-house teacher & playspace facilitator) is a performance artist living in Brooklyn who uses text, physicality, voice, and sculpture to explore ideas of vulnerability, courage, and the celebration of failure. Ben proudly serves as a teaching artist for many organizations throughout New York City including The New Victory Theater, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Soul Arts Academy. Ben produces and hosts Cozy Zone with Ben Weber, the coziest podcast on the planet, that asks guests to invite him into their safe, warm and inspiring spaces for conversations about creativity, humanity, and feelings. Ben holds a BA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he created the concentration "Theatricality and Taboo" examining how forbidden topics manifest on stage through the lenses of anthropology, linguistics, critical theory, and performance studies. He earned an MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York's School of Professional Studies.

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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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DANI CRISS (In-house teacher) Affectionately known as Dani Criss The Artist; a dancer, actress, activist, creator, and writer, Dani Criss seeks to explore the individuality in humanity, the concept of self liberation, and the use of ourselves and our work as catalyst for social change. She is heavily influenced by the African diaspora, her heritage, and the history we stand on as she implements thorough research elements and processes through her artistry. Trained extensively in the dances of the African Diaspora, predominantly in West African and Congolese techniques, various stylings of modern, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and liturgical dances. Dani is a graduate of High Point University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Dance. As an actress, she studies authentic storytelling and uses techniques such as Meisner to connect to true places of empathy. From comedic relief, to the undeniable underdog, and the powerhouse, Dani grasps the essence of character work as if it’s her story; having worked in her collegiate theatre company, performing in outdoor theatre projects, collaborative theatre, and writing works of her own. She has trained with Collage Dance Company (Durham, NC), the American Dance Festival and their faculty (Durham, NC), Otesha Cultural Arts Ensemble (Winston Salem, NC), Urban Bush Women and the Summer Leadership Institute(New Orleans, LA & Brooklyn, NY), UBW’s The Generative Dancer, The Honorable Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble (Durham, NC), Bloodline Dance Theatre (Brooklyn, NY), Ase Dance Theatre (Brooklyn, NY) as well as numerous other professional artist around the country. Her work has been seen at High Point University (High Point, NC), the American College Dance Association (Tennessee and Mississippi), Mark Morris Dance Center (Brooklyn, NY), Headlong Theatre (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), The Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC), The Black Spectrum Theatre (Queens, NY), 2018 Upstart Space Grant Recipient at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Brooklyn, NY), NYC Public & Charter Schools, and other various festivals, schools, and venues in NC and NYC. Dani strives to create and display authentic work that will ultimately touch, inspire, and change lives. She is a native of Durham, NC and currently works, trains, teaches and performs as a teaching and freelance artist in Brooklyn, NY.

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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 Brooklyn Arts Council, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Abrons Art Center and The Leadership Program. 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; across the country; and throughout Western Europe. 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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ELLA ROSEWOOD (Guest Artist) Ella Rosewood is a dance specialist at I.S. 347 School of Humanities in Brooklyn, NY. Rosewood holds dual degrees in Dance and Elementary Education from UW-Madison and a masters degree in Dance Education from the Inaugural Cohort of the Lincoln Center Scholars Alternative Certification Program, in Partnership with Hunter College. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Rosewood preserves historic solo dances for performance and educational purposes including choreographers Jane Dudley, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Helen Tamiris, and more. Rosewood performs solos by living choreographers Douglas Dunn and Heidi Latsky. Rosewood formerly danced with JoAnna Mendl Shaw’s Equus Projects, was a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, and was Education Associate at New York Live Arts where she managed the educational programs for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. ellarosewooddance.com

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ELLIE WEINMAN (In-house teacher) Ellie Weinman was raised a barefoot flower child in Eugene, Oregon. Ellie has extensive training in contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics, contact improvisation, modern, and musical theater. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in choreography and performance from the University of Montana, where she also directed an evening length show. In 2015, Ellie’s choreography was selected to be performed at the annual American College Dance Festival in Greeley, CO. Ellie danced professionally with Bare Bait Dance, Headwaters Dance Company and MASC ARTISANS. She was hired to dance at VidCon YouTube Festival two years in a row, and has performed in regional musicals including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chicago, and The Legend of Orpheus: The Opera. Ellie has been teaching for seven years, and is always searching for new ways to expand her diversity in movement and connect with fellow artists!

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Helen Styring Tocci HeadshotHELEN TOCCI (DPW III Director, AcroBAX II 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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J. BOUEY (Guest Artist) is a Dance Artist. They received a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University, and J. is a current performer and collaborator with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT Dance Company and AntonioBrownDance and performs for Germaul Barnes’ Viwesic Dance. J. Bouey is currently a Movement Research Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color Fellow for 2018 and BAX Fall Space Grantee. J. was also a Dancing While Black Fellow for 2017-2018, Gibney WorkUp 4.0 Artists in Residence, and has performed with Elisa Monte Dance as an apprentice from 2015 to 2017. J. has shown their original work at Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, CPR – Center for Performance Research as a 2017 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence, La Mama Experimental Theatre and South Mountain Center for Performing Arts. As a dance instructor at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx, J. Bouey contributes to making dance easily accessible in underserved and under-represented communities for Black and Brown people. www.jbouey.com

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JANICE ACEVEDO (In-house teacher) is an actor who uses movement and music whenever she can in her performances. As a teaching artist she works for organizations like The New Victory Theater and Serious Fun where she teaches theater, yoga, and a variety of different art forms. She is a proud graduate of the New York City Public School system where she studied vocal music and studied performance at Mount Holyoke College.

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JESSICA LEE (In-house teacher) is a dance artist, educator, and arts administrator who has been a part of the BAX community since interning for the Youth Education Department in Fall 2013. She delights in teaching and learning from the littlest BAXers – ages 18 months to 6 years – in teaching Creative Movement, Move and Groove, and as a Group Leader for the School Breaks Arts Program. Her artistic work and teaching practice are grounded in gender, racial, and environmental activism, fueled by the joy of movement, and dedicated to inclusive community building. Jessica dances with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Paloma McGregor | Angela’s Pulse (Building a Better Fishtrap), and is an Organizer for PURPOSE Productions. Jessica is also the Co-Director of The Sable Project, an alternative off-grid summer artist residency in Vermont. (www.thesableproject.org). She holds a BA in Dance and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.

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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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KELINDAH SCHUSTER (In-house teacher) is an emerging performer, teaching artist, and lighting designer. They grew up in Indonesia and received their undergraduate degree in Drama and Gender Studies from Vassar College where they focused on collaborative feminist theater and education for peace and justice. They currently perform throughout Brooklyn in drag fusing clowning, puppetry, animal work, poetry, and acrobatics to explode gendered stereotypes and unsettle the limits of identity. In the past two years in NYC they have presented work at Pioneer Works, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Sideshows by the Seashore, The Stonewall Inn, The Tank, The Brick, Brooklyn Bazaar, and The Knockdown Center among others. Kelindah believes deeply in the power of art education as a tool to radically reshape the future through making space for young art-makers to problem-solve and celebrate difference. They also teach in public schools through Marquis Studios and are committed to art accessibility and performance as an avenue for radical community care.

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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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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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RACHEL FREEBURG (In-house teacher) is a dance artist and educator raised in Wisconsin and currently based in Brooklyn. While living in Minneapolis, she presented work though the 9x22 series, danced for the company, Arena Dances, and toured internationally for French choreographer, Johan Amselem. Currently collaborating with dance artist, s.lumbert, their work has recently been shown at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and in the Work Up 3.0 series at Gibney Dance Center. Her work as a mover and maker has been influenced through dancing in works by Angharad Davies, Pat Graney, Bebe Miller, and Susan Rethorst. She has taught at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Gibney Dance Center. Rachel holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BFA from the University of Minnesota.

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SKYE 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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TAMIKA CHARLES-SIMS (In-house teacher) has instructed and coached gymnastics for the over 20 years in New York City. She has taught gymnastics and sports at the 92nd St Y. She coached competitive and recreational
gymnastics at NYC Elite and worked for the non-profit Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation
teaching gymnastics to all ages - 18 months to adult. Along with teaching artistic gymnastics,
which includes vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, she has taught many
apparatus in rhythmic gymnastics as well as trampoline. She studied and has a strong
background in various types of dance-ballet, modern, jazz, tap and African. She has a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Mathematics Education and minored in music. Over the years, Tamika has
developed a teaching philosophy that anyone can learn gymnastics as long as they believe
they can and are willing to work hard. She is very happy to be a part of BAX!

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SCHOOL BREAKS ARTS PROGRAM STAFF
The School Breaks Arts Program is run by season staff, including a Group Leader and Senior and Junior Counselors. Professional Arts Specialists facilitate daily specialty workshop activities. School Breaks Staff attend a mandatory BAX training program. The program is overseen by the School Breaks Director and Education Department staff.

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