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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.

Emily BatsfordMaira DuarteMadeline (Maddie) Irmen
Ariel Neema BlakeKelindah SchusterRachel Freeburg
Donna CostelloKate BellTamika Charles-Sims
Dani CrissJuan "Coel" RodriguezSophie Tibiletti
Andrew JannettiJ. Bouey Natalia Muñoz
Billy SchultzJose Joaquin GarciaSkye Montante
Helen TocciNaja GordonRosetta Fair
Diane TomasiJessica LeeStephanie Miller
Ella Wasserman-SmithBen WeberEllie Weinman

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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ARIEL NEEMA BLAKE (she/her/hers) (In-house teacher) is a black and Guyanese American actress, teaching artist, racial & economic justice activist, advocate & birth worker in training. She is a graduate of the BFA Drama program at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a proud member of The Upstart Creatures: a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating (meta)physical feasts that combine theater and food and her voice can be heard narrating the audiobook for Raven Leilani’s 2020 debut novel “Luster”.


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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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DIANE TOMASI (AcroBAX I Director, In-house teacher) (she/her) -is a queer cis white woman who performs on the ground and in the air, as a dancer and aerialist. She began as a gymnast at the young age of 2, later began to dance, and then was introduced to aerial through an inclusive, abled/disabled body workshop with Blue-Eyed Soul Dance Company in the UK. Diane has performed at Galapagos, Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, The Muse Brooklyn among other places and with Phaedra’s Cabaret, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater as well as in her own work. Diane currently facilitates tumbling/acrobatics, aerial, and dance classes and is the director of AcroBAX 1 at BAX|Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Diane is interested in the ways in which these movement styles weave in and around each other and is constantly finding ways to fuse them together. Diane has been teaching since 2001 and is particularly interested in exploring the presence of fear and vulnerability in learning as well as the deep need for trust and community while moving through that fear. She is interested in the immense confidence and joy that can be attained through vulnerability and learning as well as the ability to move the body in new and exciting ways. Diane teaches all ages throughout NYC solely teaching 'Open Level' classes as she is interested in breaking-down the hierarchy of 'talent' vs learning ability and community. Diane's classes are upbeat and welcoming of all ability, body-type, race, gender, and sexual-orientation.
www.dianetomasi.com
www.thisbodylives.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 WASSERMAN-SMITH (In-house teacher) is a dancer and choreographer, originally from Athens, GA. She holds a degree in the arts with a concentration in dance from The New School, Eugene Lang College, where she studied a variety of somatic techniques. Her work has been presented at many venues around New York City under the name Dancews including Spoke the Hub, Triskelion Arts, and University Settlement, where she was a Performance Project Fellow. Her early dance and performance background includes musical theatre, tap, jazz, and ballet, but her first formal training was in competitive gymnastics. She has always loved being upside down, so much so that she would walk on her hands through the grocery store. Her teaching practice incorporates the rigor of her gymnastics background with the experimentation, somatic knowledge, and play of her dance and theatre training. As an instructor, she hopes to connect with children’s inherent excitement for movement and give it the space to develop into a lifelong love.

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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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EMILY BATSFORD (In-house teacher) is a theater artist with a particular love for new work. Her art is inspired by physical theater, puppetry, inclusion practices, and ensemble-based collaboration. Emily's recent endeavors include productions at The Tank, SoHo Playhouse, Cherry Lane, 59e59, and regional theaters all over the country. She is also a Teaching Artist at CO/LAB Theater Group, providing a creative and social outlet through theater to individuals with developmental disabilities. Emily produces and hosts The Power Up Podcast, where she interviews guests about their super powers! Emily holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University. ...all this aside, Emily most strongly identifies as 'proud dog mom.'

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HELEN 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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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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JUAN "COEL" RODRIGUEZ (In-House Teacher) is a dance based artist from Phoenix, Arizona. He began his artist venture training in Urban Styles or Hip hop at an early age, his primary form being breaking. He later attended Arizona State University when he became interested in other artistic practices including postmodern dance, various forms of improvisation and lighting design. His interests now revolve around hip hop research, education, history, improvisation, battling, ethnography and choreography. As both an educator and an artist, Coel wishes to spread hip hop education in order to help broaden the field while challenging the ways institutions represent hip hop culture. This includes opening up spaces for conversation and discourse as well as thinking about how to make the field and its contents available/accessible. Hip hop is for everyone, but how we engage in it is where things differ. It’s in this melting pot of ideas and practice where real exchange happens. Let’s build on that.

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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 a nonbinary educator and drag performance artist known as "Theydy Bedbug" who grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. They studied Drama and Gender studies at Vassar College and have been teaching, technical directing, and creating art at BAX since 2015. As their performance persona, they have performed and produced in venues such as Pioneer Works, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Coney Island USA, The Stonewall Inn, UCB, Chelsea Music Hall, The Tank, BAM, VICE Headquarters, Columbia University, National Sawdust, and The Knockdown Center. They are the current reigning Mx. Brooklyn and since the pandemic have been co-producing a monthly online drag show which raises funds for a range of Black trans centered grassroots orgs and artists.Their teaching makes space for problem-solving societal dilemmas, imagining new possibilities, and expressing differences with joyful authenticity. They believe that access to spaces of genderful play in performance and creation is a step toward collective liberation. www.kelindahbee.art/radical-educator

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MADELINE(MADDIE) IRMEN (In-house teacher) began dancing at the age of six in her hometown, Toledo, OH. In 2013, she graduated with a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University and moved to New York City, where she has had the pleasure of teaching dance to students of all ages as well as dancing professionally with Erik Abbott-Main | Boy Friday, Quentin Burley Dance Group, Doug Varone and Dancers at NY City Center, Christina Noel & The Creature, Dante Brown Warehouse Dance, the Median Movement, Seymour Dance Collective, SHARP Dance Co, and AnA Collaborations. When she is not dancing, Maddie is busy pursuing a career in physical therapy and working as a member of The Fleet — a dance video production company.

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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. 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 directs Dance To The People, a collective that organizes donation-based classes and workshops, environmental dance research, performance parties, and community forums. Recent DTTP work includes The Tampon Piece, a feminist dance variety show, Papalotl Muyus, a protest dance film in solidarity with migrant families at the border, made in collaboration with Semillas Collective and Mayday Space, and the Trash Movement project, consisting on Trash Outings and other trash performances open to the public to change the way we relate to our environment.

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NAJA GORDON (In-house teacher) Born and raised in New York City, Naja Gordon is a dancer, choreographer, arts administrator and dance educator. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Bard College. She is currently an awardee of BAX’s Disabled Artist Space Grant, and is also the Artistic Programs Associate at BAX. Naja was introduced to movement at the age of 6, when she enrolled in the Alvin Ailey American School of Dance. She continued her training there in the Pre-Professional program for 11 years. During her time at the Ailey School, she performed excerpts of "Revelations" with the Ailey Company at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with Company member, Dwana Smallwood performing "Cry", performed in the Annual Macy's Day Parade and with the Ailey Company for their 50th Anniversary Celebration. Previously, Naja has worked at BAX as the Group Leader for the Summer Arts Program and School Breaks Arts programs, and also as the Movement Specialist at the Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. She currently teaches private ballet lessons in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Naja has a passion for working with children, and believes wholeheartedly in the power of movement to encourage social and emotional development, creativity, and self-awareness in people of all ages. Naja is thrilled to be joining the faculty at BAX!

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NATALIA MUNOZ is a Multi-disciplinary Arts Educator and activist with a diverse and eclectic background. Born and raised in Colombia, Natalia has always been fascinated about diversity, culture and tradition. She has trained in Afro-Brazilian, Haitian, Capoeira and several Afro-Colombian rhythms. Her understanding and love for arts education is inspired by her own experience as a child. Natalia defines herself as a kinesthetic learner, thus she strongly believes in the importance of the inclusion and access to arts education in the classroom. Natalia strongly believes in the power of the arts as a vehicle for social justice and has conducted extensive research on themes of racial justice, cultural equity and inclusion. Natalia is currently a recipient of the 2019 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship at CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.) In addition, Natalia is strongly committed to bring participant centered arts programming that are inclusive to communities that have been underrepresented and historically oppressed as a tool for healing and social change. Her framework focuses on using the power of Theater, in Education, Dance and Storytelling to unlock the potential of young people to develop their creative competencies to collectively connect and find their personal voice. Natalia has participated in multiple projects using arts as a vehicle for social change and as a powerful tool for healing and self-expression. Some of her community projects include: INSITU Site- Specific Dance Festival/ New York, Iniciativa Colibri/ Nicaragua, Theater of oppressed/ Guatemala, Imagine action apprenticeship Colombia and Tools of imagine action among others. Natalia currently teaches literacy through Drama, Theater in Education, Creative Movement and Storytelling, serving pre-k, elementary, middle and high students in underserved communities throughout the New York City Public school system. "It's time to reclaim our inherited birthright to embody and tell our personal & collective stories."

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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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SOPHIE TIBILETTI (In-house teacher) is a Brooklyn based dancer, maker, and teacher. She began her dance training in Longview,Texas. In 2013 she moved to Philadelphia to further pursue her dance education at the University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. There, she performed works by Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords-Thurman, Curt Haworth, Mark Haim, and Netta Yerushalmy, and created many works of her own. She was also given the opportunity to study and perform abroad in France, Belgium, and Israel through the University of the Arts. Sophie graduated with a BFA in Dance in May of 2017. She currently teaches at Petite Performers, Williamsburg Montessori, and recently finished her time as the Community Outreach Intern at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. In 2018/19 she has presented work at Spark Dance Forum, mouthful movement festival, Sans Limites Movement Festival, The Craft and Small Plates Brooklyn, and performed with Catie Leasca, ingercooper|dancers, Jessica Lam, Sarah Richman, and Haven Movement Company.

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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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