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Tracie StanfieldSlam

What is your dance background?
My Dance background is mainly ballet, jazz, and contemporary. I started training ballet at age 13, to later on branch out into different styles.
 
Who WERE your teachers, and who ARE your teachers?

My teachers were mainly from the Ballet of Flanders in my native Belgium, and in New York I have taken classes from David Howard, Mia Michales and Hinton Battle.
 
Who/What inspires you, and how do you inspire and motivate your students?

I really get inspired by many different things... Life itself is what really inspires me. I try to inspire students, by sharing with them my experiences and my knowledge, and try to always take them somewhere new...

What are some things that people might not know about you?
That I'm petrified of flying lol! (even though I literally live on a plane), that I LOVE animals, and that I am half Moroccan.

What projects are you working on now?  
I am currently working hard at starting my own Contemporary Dance Company... stay tuned! :) 

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Joshua BegasseJoshua Bergasse
What is your dance background?

I grew up at Annette & Company School of Dance, my Mom's dance school in Detroit, doing mainly Jazz and Musical Theater classes.

Who WERE your teachers, and who ARE your teachers?
When I was learning to dance, my teachers were my mom (Annette Bergasse) and Doug Caldwell. Now, I continue to learn from classic movie musical footage of great performers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, etc. Any great NYC ballet class is an ideal way to learn as well!

Who/What inspires you, and how do you inspire and motivate your students?
I think the most interesting dance is not about the steps, but about the idea, the thought, the feeling the dancer feels while dancing. I watch my students' dancing go to a new level when they forget the counts and dance the character or the plot, or even re-live a memory that inspires them.

What are some things that people might not know about you?
I am Married to Broadway dancer Kristine Bendul. I've been teaching at BDC since 1998. And the one thing nobody knows is that I'm actually 6' tall!!!

What projects are you working on now?
Choreography for GUYS AND DOLLS at Barrington Stage Company and choreography for the new NBC pilot SMASH, produced by Steven Spielberg.

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Barbara DuffyBarbara Duffy

What is your dance background?
I took Ballet, Tap & Jazz from age 6-17, but my training wasn't the best, so I wasn't able to get into college as a dance major. After starting all over again in beginner classes, I was discouraged and wanted to quit dancing. I could always tap dance pretty well, but at the time, I didn't know you could have a career as a tap dancer. By chance, I saw a concert of Leon Collins and when I saw him, I knew that's what I wanted to do. By some "miracle", he moved his studio across the alley from my apartment, so that was it! Then Leon introduced me to Brenda Bufalino. She is the reason I moved to NYC, to study with her. I became the dance captain for her American Tap Dance Orchestra for 10 years. During those years, I met Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Steve Condos, Sarah Petronio, Jimmy Slyde, Lynn Dally, Honi Coles, Buster Brown..... the list goes on. All of them influenced my dancing helped me to find my own style.

Who WERE your teachers, and who ARE your teachers?
Doris McGeary, Esther Dolan, Leon Collins, CB Heatherington, Dianne Walker, Pam Raff, Brenda Bufalino, Honi Coles, (see all of the above)
Now, my teachers are often my students. I learn about myself from teaching them.

Who/What inspires you, and how do you inspire and motivate your students?
What inspires me is seeing dance that conveys different levels of emotion.  I try to motivate my students to find their own voice and to find the emotion in the rhythm. In tap dance, there is such a focus on the technical work, which is necessary, but it's also important to try to find what you really want to say.

What are some things that people might not know about you?
I love Sudoku.
When I first moved to NYC, I worked at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. I checked in the very first guest when it opened in 1985.
I worked in a glass bottle factory for 6 months to save money to move to Boston to study dance.

What projects are you working on now?
I'm working on developing my concert into an off broadway show, trying to book our show in theatres around the country and beginning a company in Europe.

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