CTP Faculty 2014/2015
Anne-Allegra Bennett is from Eugene, OR, where she graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in dance, a minor in theater arts, and a certificate in film studies.
In NY, performances include shows at Symphony Space; in The Choreographer’s Canvas; The New York Jazz Choreography Project; and with the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus in A Marvelous Night with Noël & Cole at the DiMenna Arts Center under artistic director Baayork Lee, and music director Luke Frazier.
Anne-Allegra worked as a company captain with Camp Broadway’s Next Step Program under the direction of Carol Schuberg, and choreographer Michelle Robinson. She was recently Lainie Munro's assistant for her Broadway Big Brother/Big Sister Program. She has interned at Broadway Dance Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation, and Tradition in Tap. She has performed at promotional events choreographed by Jim Cooney for Office Max’s "Elf Yourself" campaign, Glamour magazine’s flash mob for Fashion Week, and Anjellicle Cats Rescue.
Anne-Allegra is an original member of Crystal Chapman’s New York Theatre Dance Ensemble. She has previously performed with Joel and Inga Gerson's The Zany Theatre Projects, and as an apprentice with the fusion tap/jazz company Undertoe Dance Project. Additionally, she has a strong interest in all arts, with great enthusiasm for musical theater, technical production, MGM musicals, learning original Fosse choreography, and studying films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She is honored to work with such phenomenal artists and educators. She also writes for the theater review site Center on the Aisle, and On The Beat. www.AnneAllegra.com
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.
Emmanuel Brown developed a love for acting and the martial arts at an early age. Fostering a love for the movies led him to want to be an actor. He performed in school plays in elementary school and middle school, which was around the same time that he was introduced to the martial arts. The martial arts became something of an obsession for him and he went on to become a State, National, and World Sport Karate Champion all by the age of 18. After achieving success in the martial arts, he decided it was time to return to his first love...acting. He went on to receive his BFA from the University of Florida in 2004. Since then he has performed on and off Broadway, on national tours, and on TV and film as an actor, dancer, acrobat, singer, martial artist, and a fight choreographer.
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)... [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.
Rachel M. Hettinger, originally from Pennsylvania, started on the stage doing musical theater, performing in Fame: The Musical (Iris), Oliver! (Bet),Bus Stop (Cherie), and Pinocchio (as Pinocchio).
Rachel moved to NYC to study as an intern at the Broadway Dance Center under names such asGinger Cox, Joshua Pelatzky, Calen J, Kurka, Chris Hale, Jeff Amsden, Sheila Barker, and Brice Mousset, where she found her true passion for dance. Soon after, Rachel decided to continue her studies focusing on contemporary ballet movement and anatomy with :pushing progress's Contemporary Training Program under the direction of Calen J. Kurka and Chris Hale... [Read More]
Megan Jones 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... [Read More]
Vanessa Karali is a Manhattan based artist who is studying the means of communications through movement and creative media. Born and raised in New Jersey, Vanessa spent most of her childhood training as a pre professional dancer with the Art of Dance Company. This training led her to opportunities such as the Fred Astaire Awards, Dancing Downtown at the Joyce Theater, and a chance to work with many world famous choreographers. After graduating high school, Vanessa continued her training with programs such as the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center and the Dana Foglia Dance Mentorship Program. Vanessa has most recently had the opportunity to choreograph for RAW Artists as well as Broadway Dance Center, and continues to teach, work, and perform around the area. While Vanessa’s style continues to grow and develop, she is passionate about finding the most efficient and quality training for young dancers and discovering ways to push the body and mind to it’s greatest potential.
Yuka Kawazu was born in Kanagawa, Japan. She has performed throughout the United States and Japan as corps, soloist and principal dancer with many distinguished ballet and theater companies.
In the past, Yuka has served as ballet mistress for the Staten Island Ballet Company, among others, and teaches yearly at the New Jersey Dance Theater Project. Yuka is a regular faculty member at several New York City studios, including Ballet Arts, Dance Molinari and Broadway Dance Center. She was also a faculty member of New Dance Group and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. She has choreographed performances at several theaters including the Alvin Ailey Theater, the Duplex and the Triad Theaters and for several dance companies... [Read More]
Kenichi, or Ken as most call him, was born in Malaysia but spent most of his years in Thailand. Upon his move to the U.S. in April 2013, Ken’s work has been featured in Mark Ronson’s “I Can’t Lose” music video, back up dancing for famous Latin artist Maluma at Madison Square Garden, judging and teaching for street dance competitions such as PUSO: SAYAW presented by Stony Brook. Additionally, Ken has worked closely with very well-known choreographers such as Neil Schwartz, Gigi Torres, Jared Jenkins, and Carlos Neto, just to name a few. As Kenichi continues his training with the top trainers here in New York, he strives to push his boundaries as a choreographer and as an instructor to offer the dancers of New York a piece of his art and craft.
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.
Emilio Mercedez, aka “Millz” is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut. He is a dynamic dancer, choreographer, and teacher of Dominican descent and has choreographed and performed for renowned choreographer/artistic director Earl Mosley at Earl Mosely’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA). Mr. Mosely introduced Millz to the world of dance, exposing him to Modern and Ballet while encouraging him to enhance his favorite styles; Hip-Hop and Krumping.
Millz has worked with various Hip-Hop and R&B artists such as Atlantic Recording artist Laza, BSE Recordings “Arika Kane,” and the well-respected “Talib Kewli.” Millz has also trained with and assisted master Hip-Hop teacher/choreographer Robin Dunn at the Alvin Ailey School. He has worked with Ms. Dunn on such projects as Teen Vogue featuring Chris Brown, and Robin Dunn's Middleground Dance Theater at The Ailey Citigroup Theater and Hunter College. Most recently, Millz has signed on to teach Hip-Hop for the Cultural Arts Center in Washington Heights, and at Broadway Dance Center. Millz’s Hip-Hop/Freestyle/Krumping teaching style is exciting and leaves dancers wanting more. He is committed to becoming the best in the entertainment business and treasures nothing more than giving back to his community.
Janine “J9” Micheletti is a native New Yorker and street fusion choreographer. As a child she was first and foremost passionate about dance, but she had regrettably let the dream go. About six years ago she went back to dance merely to get some exercise, but the art form quickly enraptured her as it did when she was a child and she was hooked. She has since vowed to never let the gift of dance out of her life and she devotes herself to it on a daily basis. Her dedication has led her to assisting choreographers, touring the country, and notably was selected to be a part of Ellenore Scott’s Breaking Glass program. A competitive program that grants 5 to 6 female choreographers a years worth of artistic and administrative mentorship as well as a group show in New York City. She was mentored by Rhapsody James for her artistic mentorship and Michelle Ramos-Burkhart for the administrative mentorship, an experience she will truly never forget. Since being selected, she has had the chance show her work at Symphony Space, Alvin Ailey, Manhattan Movement Arts Center and many more venues around the tri-state/metro area. She holds her own performance workshops that perform at Ailey Citigroup Theater for Kat Wildish Workshops, is on faculty at Locust Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex in Philadelphia, and Liberated Movement here in Manhattan. Janine’s class is built to not only learn steps but to understand and enjoy the freedom that street specific styles include. Janine starts out with a warm up consisting of various grooves, isolations, stretching, and core strengthening exercises. She then moves into a combination that will have a focus for that class, whether it be a feeling she wants conveyed or to drill steps to develop one’s skills as a street style dancer. She hopes to instill an integrity of movement in a supportive and open atmosphere
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.
Philip John Orsano was born in Queen, NY and began his training at the Long Island High School of the Arts. After spending two years at LIHSA, Orsano went on to further his training at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Here he performed works by Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Max Stone, Danny Buraczeski, and many others. Not only was Philip able to train at SMU as a dancer, but he was also able to teach, choreograph, and present his own works... [Read more]
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!
Bokyung Park (Bo) is a professional dancer and pianist from Seoul, South Korea. In 2010, Bo came to New York City and started training in Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Contemporary in Broadway Dance Center's ISVP (International Students Visa Program). There she trained with Luam Keflezgy, Jermaine Browne, La Jon Dentzler, Rhapsody James, Jared Grimes, Andrey Silantyev, Dana Foglia, and many more. While she was training, Neil Schwartz wanted to work with her at the New York University Fashion Show. Thereafter Park performed as the main dancer for Sirens After Dark. Since then she kept working with Neil for the Young Choreographer Festival, L.A. Carnival Choreographers Ball, and the New York Carnival Choreographers Ball.
Since April 2012, Bo helped Luam in every Broadway Dance Center class she taught, and assisted her for the Brooklyn Nets team rehearsal, JYP artist Miss A’s new song “I don’t’ need a man” choreography submission, and helped with new artist Neon Hitch’s Tour Audition. Gathering her experiences as an assistant, she also worked with Neil Schwartz for the Broadway Dance Center Intern Showcase and the Professional Semester Showcase. She also passed the audition for Urban Reach Showcase directed by La Jon Dentzler and Marty Kudelka, and performed with La Jon and completed Marty’s workshop. In terms of teaching, she taught at the NY Dance School in Korea, worked with a performance crew “HYPEUP”, and helped Jinwook Suk working for GNG productions to choreograph for a new artist. In September 2013, she received her artist visa and came back to NYC. Since then she continued assisting Luam at the Broadway Dance Center and recently performed alongside Jonte Moaning.
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.
Erica Ratkovicz is an alumna company member of The Rochester City Ballet. She began her principal training at an early age with The Timothy Draper Center for Dance Education. As a young dancer, Erica attended several intensive programs including CPYB and The Joffrey Ballet New York. She has performed numerous soloist and corps de ballet roles along with Joffrey Ensemble, Boston Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet. She was a soloist in both a promotional film aired on Oprah and an unreleased film choreographed by Alex Tressor. Her modeling photos have been seen in Dance Teacher, Pointe Magazine, book covers, Discount Dance Supply and Art Stone the Competitor. Erica was the rehearsal assistant for Men on Pointe. She has taught programs and classes at Rochester City Ballet, NYU Tisch Program, Broadway Bound Dance Center and is the Director of Dance and instructor for Brookwood Camp Summer Intensive. Recipient of Platinum Medal awards as well as High Point and Overall competition scores from New York Dance Champions, Rochester Invitational, Rising Star, New York Dance Olympics, Star Power, North American Dance Experience and Starbound. As an instructor, she has been presented with Choreographer Awards from Nexstar, Beyond the Stars, Groove and Headliners and Entertainment Awards from Groove, Headliners, and Beyond the Stars Nationals. Erica is honored to be part of Broadway Dance Center. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge to help mold future dancers while creating wonderful experiences.
Alan Robert was born in Reunion Island (French Territory) he started breaking at a young age and decided to move to new York to pursue a career in dance. He started training in different styles and along the way was lucky enough to work with amazing teachers and choreographers. His credits includes man in the mirror (international tour), Madonna "gimme all your luvin' " music video, rhonj with Cris Judd.
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. [Read more]
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.
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. Stacie has performed with Catastrophe under the direction of Cat Cogliandro, and has most recently worked with Derek Mitchell on projects for Nike, and a tribute for the Frank Hatchett Memorial.
Stacie is currently working as the Consulting Choreographer for Laughing Pizza as they create their new series for PBS. Stacie is on faculty for the Children and Teen Program at BDC, and is the Rehearsal Coach for the Arts In Motion Youth Performance and Training Company through the CTP Program. She works closely with young professionals, and loves the opportunity to work with young dancers from the tri-state area as they make their way to BDCNYC every weekend to train... [Read more]
Heidi (Hyung Ji) Yu began her early ballet training in the Vagonova Method in Korea. She received many awards in dance competitions and earned a scholarship for outstanding student from her alma mater, Sejong University. As a dancer of the Korean Ballet Theatre, Ms. Yu performed roles in several classical ballets. She later relocated to New York where she studied at the Merce Cunningham Dance School to train in modern dance, and SUNY Purchase to study choreography. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she focused on pedagogy and choreography. Ms. Yu has performed with the Roxey Contemporary Ballet Company and Albano Ballet Company, taught ballet and shown her choreography at festivals throughout New York. She holds a teaching certificate in the Vagonova Method. Ms. Yu is currently the Artistic Director of AS Arts NY, teaches ballet at the Broadway Dance Center and New Haven Ballet.
Visit www.asarts-ny.com to learn more about Heidi!