CTP Faculty 2013/2014
Anne-Allegra Bennett is from Eugene, OR, where she graduated with a BA in dance, a minor in theater arts, and a certificate in film studies from the University of Oregon. She received the School of Music and Dance "Dean's Outstanding Dance Service Award."
Anne-Allegra performed with the UofO Repertory Dance Company. In NY, Anne-Allegra has performed in the late Ernest “Brownie” Brown's "Old Man Time" tap piece at Symphony Space; performed in The Choreographer’s Canvas; The New York Jazz Choreography Project; interned at Broadway Dance Center; the American Tap Dance Foundation; and Tradition in Tap. She has performed at promotional events for Office Max’s Elf Yourself campaign, Glamour magazine’s flash mob for Fashion Week, and Anjellicle Cats Rescue. Anne-Allegra is a member of Crystal Chapman’s "New York Theatre Dance Ensemble," Joel and Inga Gerson's company "The Zany Theater Projects," and was an apprentice with the fusion tap/jazz company "Undertoe Dance Project." Anne-Allegra has a strong interest in all arts, with an emphasis in musical theater, technical production, and films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Honored to be a part of the CTP faculty, and working with such phenomenal artists and educators.
Kate Bennett has been a ballet dancer and now teacher nearly her entire life. Kate's formal training began at the Princeton Ballet, where she studied until the age of 16 when she moved to Seattle to study and dance with the prestigious Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). While at PNB Kate performed in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Firebird, Carmina Burana, Concerto Borocco, and Swan Lake, to name a few. Kate returned to the east coast to attend the Joffrey Ballet at The New School from which she received her BFA. Kate has been teaching ballet for the past five years while also pursuing an acting career and becoming a certified Pilates instructor.
Jessica Epting's goal is to create and inspire a love for ballet in all of her students while promoting a high standard of excellence. In her classes students learn classical ballet including all the French terminology, and ballet history. Miss J’s students learn that challenging themselves both physically and mentally is one of the many joys of ballet and dance! In 1995, she founded En L’Air Dance Academy in Omaha, where she served as the director and master teacher for six years. She has served as a principal faculty member teaching classical ballet at Omaha Academy of Ballet (Omaha, NE), Metropolitan Ballet Theater (Rockville, MD), Ballet Royale Academy (Columbia, MD), NewDance (Rye, NY), Ballet Hispanico (New York, NY) and The D’Valda and Sirico Dance Centre (Fairfield, CT). She is currently on the teaching staff at The Boden Performing Arts Center (New York, NY).
Hannah Frederick is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up training intensly at the Dance Shoppe in Plymouth. Since moving to New York, she has been studying at the, ever prestigious, Broadway Dance Center in several of their professional programs, including the Intern Scholarship Program. Shortly after interning, Hannah had the privilege of working with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale in their contemporary training program :Pushing Progress.
Hannah has recently performed in several choreographers festivals including Sirens After Dark and Sybarite. Most recently, she performed in the opening gala for Broadway Dance Center's renovation unveiling. Hannah has worked for the renowned company, Just For Kix, for the past 4 years and most recently spent the summer traveling the Mid-west teaching and choreographing. Hannah has taught and choreographed for countless studios, high school dance teams, and college dance teams in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Kansas, and Florida.
As a teacher she thrives off of the energy and passion her students have to offer. She encourages her students to find their love for dance based on their own personal journey. Hannah's goal as a teacher is to inspire others to find their own voice in dance through movement.
Emily Greenwell moved to New York from Michigan where she studied and taught at a Performing Arts High School, various studios, and colleges in the area. Upon moving to the city she booked a tour with Oz the Musical, directed by American Idol Finalist Todrick Hall. She then went on to continue her studies of dance by completing the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center.
This year Emily had the opportunity to work with Jeremy Miller performing his work in the Steps Performance Lab. Last December, Emily traveled to Argentina as a guest teacher in Buenos Aries. There she performed the work of Derek Mitchell in the... [Read More]
Selena Hepburn started dancing at the age of seven in Chesterfield, VA where she enjoyed training in a wide variety of styles, competing, and performing at local events. As a teen she danced as an apprentice to the jazz company Fusion in Richmond, VA, at the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and as a back-up dancer for Hip Hop artists. She continued her training at Ohio University, Joy of Motion in D.C. and studios in NYC such as BDC. Selena began her teaching career in 2002 and starting in 2005, she created and directed dance programs at Woodlake Aquatic & Fitness Center and Milby's Just Kids. Since relocating to NYC in 2008, she continues to perform professionally, teach, and set choreography along the East Coast. She is currently co-artistic director of the contemporary ballet company PPB in NYC. In the classroom, Selena strives to create a nurturing environment that not only challenges the students to work toward technical excellence, but also encourages them to find and express their unique voice as an artist.
Megan earned her BA in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was awarded scholarships to train at the Martha Graham School and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Megan is currently a member of both New York based companies LiNK! The Movement/ Ginger Cox and Periapsis Music and Dance/ Leigh Schanfein. Megan has had the opportunity to perform in such Venus as SummerStage, APAP/ Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Choreographers Canvas, Stage 6, Carnival "Choreographers Ball", and New York Moves to name a few. Megan has taught throughout the US in multiple public schools and private dance studios. Her students have gone on to pursue dance in higher education throughout the country as well as receiving dance scholarships and awards. Megan's classroom is an open-minded multidisciplinary atmosphere with the development of learning through technique, kinesthetic awareness, and artistry. Megan is thrilled to share her love for dance with the BDC Children & Teen Program.
Meeka, born in Japan, found her passion in performing arts at very young age. Her versatile training includes styles such as Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Horton, Ballet, and Breaking. After she graduated from Fordham University where she majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in psychology, she signed with Bloc Agency. Meeka has worked with sought after artists, directors and choreographers, such as Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Dir. X, Dir. Anthony Mandler, Tanisha Scott, Jonte' Moaning, Luam, Sheryl Murakami and Dana Foglia, to name a few. Meeka is also proud to be the one of principal dancers in Dana Foglia Dance.
Matt Lopez first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He attended Northeastern University majoring in theatre. Lopez later transferred to the University of Central Florida where he danced at Walt Disney World. Matt had the opportunity to perform with Hillary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC. Upon graduating from Central Florida, he landed a job as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly’s Go-Go Segment. His other notable past stage/television performances include dancing for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean on a kids programming show on PBS, as well as ... [Read More]
Lara Luzim is a a native of South Florida. After graduating from Dillard High School for the performing Arts she was accepted into the prestigious N.Y.U Tisch School of the Arts. She received her B.F.A in Dance and began teaching and collaborating with artists and choreographers all over New York. Lara has been blessed to work with countless choreographers including Doug Varone, Jennifer Archibald, Milton Myers, Mia Michaels, Mark Dendy and Naganuma Dance . Lara has produced shows and showcases such as "Rip Tides" and "Cut Loose". Lara has been fortunate to teach and judge for dance competitions such as Beyond the Stars ,NYLA and All American Talent. Lara is currently developing work with her company Lara Luzim Dance.
Ethan Mayo, a native of Mobile, AL, has been dancing since the age of 12. He has trained in the areas of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Tap, Modern, and Ballet. When he was 17 Ethan trained in Phoenix, AZ then worked and performed in Miami, FL, and on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas as a dancer with Celebrity Dance Competitions.
After graduating high school Ethan Moved to the University of Alabama to double major in Dance and Computer Technology and Applications. During the spring semester of his freshman year, in 2010, Ethan auditioned and was cast as a character performer at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Since his time at the University of Alabama Ethan has choreographed multiple pieces for the student-choreographed dance show, Dance Alabama!
Ethan began to cultivate his love for teaching dance at the Academy of Ballet and Jazz in Tuscaloosa, AL. During his span at ABJ Ethan taught all ages and skill levels in the Contemporary, Jazz & Hip-Hop departments, and also got the opportunity to choreograph quite a bit for the competitive levels at the studio. Ethan is beyond thrilled to continue his journey in NYC and is so excited about becoming a part of the Broadway Dance Center Faculty!
Michaela McGowan began her dance training at the age of five in Northern Virginia, calling the Loudoun School of Ballet her home away from home. Focusing only on ballet training until age 14, she didn’t consider a professional dance career until jazz and contemporary became part of her dance vocabulary just before high school. Michaela spent her summers studying at Boston Ballet and, Point Park University.
Michaela attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for dance, where she graduated with honors. While there, she performed works by resident faculty members Cherylyn Lavagnino, Pamela Pietro and Aszure Barton. She also had the pleasure of performing in the 2010 Tisch Gala as a featured dancer.
Outside of Tisch, Michaela has also worked with and performed works by Calen Kurka, BT (Brian Thomas) and Cara Goodwin, and performed in the :pushing progress Showcase Series and Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.'s Choreography Showcase. Most recently, she danced with Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company (Cara Goodwin, Artistic Director) in "Behind Painted Lines," an evening-length performance benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, participated in the CURRENT SESSIONS performing work by Carol Mendes and performed with Noesis/ Kinetics under the direction of Calen Kurka at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards.
Jerica began her training in Denver, Colorado studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz/Lyrical & Tap. At the age of 12 she moved to the east coast and has trained at Broadway Dance Center ever since. She has also attended Alabama Ballet's summer program, American Ballet Theatre's summer program, and Alvin Ailey's summer program 2 years in a row. Jerica, has also had numerous performance opportunities. She has been a company member of Stacie Webster's jazz company "Handcart Dance Company", she's danced for Sheila Barker in Savion Glover's production "Invitations To A Dancer", she's been in several pieces shown around the city choreographed by Valerie Salgado, she's danced in the 2011 Choreographer's Canvas with choreography by Michelle Barber, & most recently has been a company member for Beyond Lines Directed by Cara Goodwin. This is Jerica's 6th year working for the Children Teen Program. Jerica can also be seen from time to time teaching open classes at Broadway Dance Center.
Christopher started his dance training in 2002 at Nassau Community College. In 2003 he began to train with The Eglevsky Ballet out on Long Island and in 2004 he was asked to join the company. Shortly after, Chris began to dance with Genesis Dance Company, a Horton based company. He also worked with a few universities and theater companies on Long Island, where he has danced several roles in several shows!
In 2005, Chris became a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor, where he used his skills as dancer to make himself a unique trainer. He began to teach dance classes for gyms such as NYSC, Reebok Sports Club and The Sports Club/LA UES. Chris also teaches Hip-Hop on Long Island for Spotlight Dance Studio.
Chris has worked with Attitudes in Motion, The Eglevsky Ballet, Downtown Dance Factory in NYC and several other studios. Chris joined the Children & Teen Program in 2008 as an assistant in both Hip-Hop and Modern classes. In July of 2013 Chris put together the Christopher Palacio Dance Project, a showcase of different works by different choreographers and himself!
This is Chris' second year teaching for the CTP program and he feels such gratitude and is so blessed to be a part of the CTP Faculty! His goal is to share his knowledge of dance and proper movement techniques, in order to help create the best dancer one could possibly be!
Born in New York of Cuban and Jamaican descent, Alycia Perin possesses a strong ballet foundation which began with with Egelvsky Ballet on Long Island. She then studied at the Martha Graham Conservatory later moved on to Dance Theater of Harlem. After graduating with a BFA in Dance, she went on to perform with dance companies such as Philadanco and Forces of Nature. Alycia has worked with choreographers such as George Faison, Milton Myers, Hinton Battle, Adel Salaamm, Tina Landon, and Jordi Cabellero to name a few.
Sheila Pomroy holds an Associate with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has over ten years experience teaching pre-dance and creative movement to young children as well as Tap, Ballet and Jazz to teens and adults. She has performed professionally throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland and regularly performs with the Niall O'Leary Dance Troupe and other Tap companies in the tri-state area. Television credits include Univision, Fox and ABC. She is very excited to share her experience and passion with the children at Broadway Dance Center.
Claudia Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Germany, where she studied extensively with Andreas Daenel, Sven Goettlicher and Pascal Hulin. She moved to New York City in 2003 to continue her education in tap. Claudia performed in numerous tap shows in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Belgium. She has also toured with the productions "Magic of the Dance," "Dancing Feet" and "Dancing On Common Ground." Claudia has had the pleasure to dance with Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, Andrew J. Nemr's CPD Plus, Michelle Dorrance, Max Pollak, Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats, Susan Hebach's Tap Collective, Michael Minery's Tapaholics, Jared Grimes' T.A.D.A.H and alongside the fabulous Miss Mable Lee as one of her Dancing Ladies. Claudia is very excited to be joining Barbara Duffy & Company this season.
Most recently Krista filmed an episode of the NBC hit show SMASH with Sean Hayes. She has appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Pal Joey and the Lincoln Center production of Camelot (PBS – Live from Lincoln Center). She has toured the US and Canada in the 1st National Tour of Young Frankenstein and worked as the Assistant Choreographer for the National Tour of DreamWorks Shrek. She has performed for 7 years as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in NY and appeared on such specials as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Krista’s career in both concert dance and theatre has taken her around the world performing in shows such as “Carnival” at the Kennedy Center in D.C, “42nd St.”, “The Producers” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta and the Ovation Award winning cast of “Crazy for You”. She has also performed with companies such as Aeolian Ballet Theatre/LA and Ballet Jorgen/Toronto. She has taught workshops at Radio City Music Hall and Broadway Dance Center in NY and has worked with legendary performers such as Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Hinton Battle, Jason Alexander, Stockard Channing and Gabriel Byrne. Krista can also be seen on the instructional dance DVD titled “Hops Dance with Tyce Diorio and Krista Saab” and as a dancer in the feature films “The Great Observer” and “American Gangster”. She is also featured on the 75th Anniversary DVD of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and is excited to be a part of the faculty for CTP at Broadway Dance Center.
Yvonne-Marie Sain grew up in New York City and began training at a young age at Dance Theater of Harlem and the School at Steps. Yvonne studied Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Modern dance at the Northfield Mount Hermon School and then went on to achieve a B.A. in Dance from Cornell University. Since graduation Yvonne has had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Jared Grimes, Sheryl Murakami, Rhapsody James and Luis Salgado.Yvonne has been teaching for more than 8 years, with students of all ages and ability levels. Her goal as a teacher is to give students a thorough education while nurturing and inspiring their creativity, discipline and self-confidence.
Jamie Salmon received her professional ballet training as a youth with Dana Kennedy, Melissa Hayden and Paul Meija. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for Jr. high and high school. Further training was received at the school of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet school, where she became a member of the Joffrey Concert Group performing lead roles in classics and new works.
Jamie has also worked with Kirk Peterson and Louis Falco as well as dancing in commercials, tv, film and print work.Jamie began her teaching career at the Joffrey Ballet school... [Read more]
Doug Shankman is delighted to be returning to Broadway Dance Center's Children and Teen Program. As a tap dancer, Doug has performed with Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, DanceEllington, and as a soloist for BaleTap USA. He has performed in the National Tours of 42nd Street, My One and Only, Singin' in the Rain , On Your Toes, A Chorus Line and West Side Story. Currently, Doug is Choreographing and Directing for the Theater throughout the nation and recent credits include: Peter Pan, Camelot, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, Thirteen, Pippin, Once On This Island, King and I, Big River, Music Man, Camp Rock and Frog and Toad. Additionally, Doug is the Artistic Director of Contemporary Dance Arts, which is dedicated to creating new works for theater, film and Television. Critically acclaimed productions include: Primal Vision, ZenDance, Nostalgia, Musical Millennium, Our Time and Atlan.
Shauna Sorensen earned her BFA in Dance Performance from The University at Buffalo. She is currently a member of In-Sight Dance Company under the direction of Leeanne M. G-Bowley. In addition to In-Sight she trains closely with Ginger Cox and was a member of her company, LiNK The Movement. With In-Sight and LiNK she has had the opportunity to perform at: SoNo Arts Festival, New Yorks 60x60 Dance, Elian Summer Dance Awards, Jazz Dance Choreography Enterprises, and The National Museum of Dance. A few other credits include Carnival with Synthesis Dance Project, Tangle: A Site Specific Dance, Music, and Art Show, and back up dancer for LIVID Rock Band and singer Barry Brandon. In addition to performing Shauna has been teaching for over ten years at various studios and camps across the U.S. To view complete bio and resume or to view her choreographic works you can visit www.shaunasorensen.com.
J Lyn received her Bachelor's of the Arts in Dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She moved to New York in the spring of 2008 and signed with MSA Talent Agency. Since signing, she has worked with famous choreographers such as Geo Hubela (winner of America’s Best Dance Crew), Sheryl Murikami (Beyonce’s choreographer), and Frank Gatson (Beyonce’s producer); trained in West African dance under FELA!’s Ishmael Kouyate; back-up danced for LL Cool J, Lil Jon, Chris Willis, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana; danced in music videos for recorded artists such as Cee-Lo Green; choreographed for Kevin Lyttle, Spragga Benz, Jeremy Carr, and FARRAD; danced on national television shows such as CBS, Comcast, BET, MTV, and CNN; danced in movies like Step Up 3D; danced in television commercials for Hip Hop Abs and Lucille Roberts Gym; can be seen in print advertisements for products like Coors Light; and has opened up for Sean Paul, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Fabolous, the Backstreet Boys, and Pitbull.
When not performing or choreographing, J Lyn is a dance instructor of over 13 years at dance studios, conventions, non-profit organizations, after school programs, charter schools, public schools and abroad. Her passion lies in empowering youth through the performing art of dance.
Andrea Torres hails from the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, Texas. With a Bachelor of Science degree in American Dance Pedagogy, she has choreographed and has been featured on many stages in New York City including the Highline Ballroom, Symphony Space, the Paul Taylor Studios, the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Sheraton Hotel for the Pulse on Tour faculty, and the Kaye Playhouse.
Andrea's latest performances include tap dancing on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, dancing in The Shine On Awards Show at Radio City Music Hall hosted by Meryl Streep, The A.C.E. Awards, and as a featured tap dancer for the Step Up 3D promotional music video. [Read More]
Stacie Webster, a native of Southern Utah, attended Southern Utah University where she earned a degree in Dance Performance, and was awarded the San Christopher Scholarship. She has performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet, was invited to perform in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Stacie is currently the Artistic Director of Handcart Dance Company in NYC which had its company premiere in September 2008 at Webster Hall NYC. Additionally, she is attending the Academy of Massage Therapy where she will obtain her clinical massage license in 2009. Stacie has pursued her love of choreography and teaching at various studios and schools, and is very excited to return as a member of Broadway Dance Center’s CTP faculty.
Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Juan made his way to NYC at age eleven to pursue a career in dance. He began, and continues his training at Broadway Dance Center, where he studies in various dance styles including Ballet, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, etc. Juan has toured with up and coming artist Bex, in addition to being a back-up dancer in her latest single “Life of the Party.” As well as dancing, he had the opportunity to choreograph for Latin Artist Marcy Place, and Hip Hop recording Artist Lil’ Mama. Most recently, he performed at Carnival 2012 in LA, for choreographer Derek Mitchell and he now dances for Rhapsody James in her new fusion company Rhapsody En Dance.