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Tracie StanfieldTracie Stanfield

What is your dance background?
I started dancing at the YMCA when I was 5 yrs old. I trained through high school at local studios. In high school, I studied mostly ballet. My first modern class was in college. I have never taken a lyrical class! I followed the traditional route for dancers: I performed in industrials, music videos, concerts and companies. Some gigs were fantastic, some were not. While I was a member of Tapestry Dance Company, I was fortunate enough to teach for the TDC school and choreograph a piece for the company. This opportunity changed my life! I discovered that teaching and choreography were my main interests - more than performing. I moved to New York within a few years. My first job in NYC was assistant to choreographer Michael Blevins. I learned everything I could from everyone I could and took every job offered to me! I created Synthesis Dance Project, a contemporary dance company. We have performed at numerous festivals and venues across the country. It has been a very cool ride. 
 
Who WERE your teachers, and who ARE your teachers?

I have been lucky to train with some amazing teachers! The biggest influences are Patti Patterson and Liz Rains of Tyler, TX and Dawn Weiss, Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand of Austin, TX.  In my off-time, I work privately with a ballet teacher who combines principles of contemporary, ballet and pilates. I jump into random classes downtown when my schedule allows. AND I have been known to hide in the back of a hip hop class at my gym! While I am working on a new piece or production, I stay out of class in order to be honest to my own vocabulary and intention.
 
Who/What inspires you, and how do you inspire and motivate your students?

I hope that it is obvious to my students that I am inspired and committed to their growth and progress. I LIVE for the moment when a dancer makes a connection, an "aha moment" or does something they thought they couldn't do! Teaching is hard and I am not perfect but I hope that even on my not-so-perfect days that my committment to helping them discover the best of themselves is evident.  To stay motivated and fresh, I attend a lot of shows: downtown concerts, touring companies, Broadway, anything. I hope to prepare my students to move in any direction they choose so I want to make sure that I know what can be available to them. 

What are some things that people might not know about you?
umm.. really? i love left battements... oh yeah, EVERYONE knows that. let's see...

I am a pretty decent tapper. I taught tap at BDC for almost three years. 

I created the very first Intern program at BDC. and I was the first director the ISVP program years ago. It was one of my first jobs here.  

I am a great (FAST) driver! I have driven through blizzards, torrential downpours, roadblocks, detours and massive construction delays. I can get you from BDC to Boston in less than 2 1/2 hours - even on a Friday. If you are with me, you will NOT be late for your show!

What projects are you working on now?  
My company, Synthesis Dance Project, just finished our season. Our last performance was at Joyce SoHo last week. I have some teaching workshops planned and I am choreographing in Costa Rica in April. I produce a pre-professional workshop in August, so I am working on the logistics of the workshop/performance now. I am in pre-production for a new project. I will keep you posted! 

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Jamie JacksonJamie Jackson
What is your dance background?

The TV was my first teacher! I began learning routines from videos I loved! I didn't take my first dance class til I was 19!

Who WERE your teachers, and who ARE your teachers?
I started with Bev B and started taking Sheryl Murakami. When I realized BDC was open during the week I began taking Amount Boyz and worked my way up to Rhapsody! Then found a new love for contemporary & jazz. Then I began taking Michèle Assaf, Sheila Barker, and my inspiration for contemporary, Wes Veldink.

Who/What inspires you, and how do you inspire and motivate your students?
The love I have for dance inspires me! Life and friends inspire me! Helping my students enjoy what they love inspires me.

What are some things that people might not know about you?

I look like I have trained in ballet & jazz from the outside, but I learned most of what I know from explanation and a few classes.

I have a degree in computer programming & advertising and communication design!

What projects are you working on now?
I'm excited to be working with company, which I nicknamed the conglomerate, comprises of Jamie J & Co. and Jamie J & Co(ntemporary).

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Beth GoheenBeth Goheen

What is your dance background?
Whatever five year olds work on in a tap and jazz class class is where I started!
The ballet academy was down the street, so I started studying there seriously at eight years of age with several former dancers from the National Ballet of Canada and the Joffrey Ballet. Those early teachers exposed me to a quality approach to dance training, and I always loved all movement of any genre.

Who WERE your teachers, and who ARE your teachers?
I have studied with many gifted great teachers who were all generous, dedicated and humble. At this time I am feeling deeply influenced by the principles and methods used by Ms. Nadine Revene. Many of us who studied with her were privileged to experience significant individual growth. Because of her concentrated approach of working and moving from the inside-out, she created a highly challenging ballet class with invaluable technical and artistic insight; it was never just steps!

Who/What inspires you, and how do you inspire and motivate your students?
The music; all music is a mysterious manifestation of the soul and everyone needs it.

What are some things that people might not know about you?
Maybe that my favorite bakery in NYC is Duane Park Patisserie in Tribeca! Please order for yourself, for no reason, a chocolate cake, with any fresh berry filling, and marzipan icing!!

What projects are you working on now?
While teaching my regularly scheduled ballet classes, I taught in December for the Complexions Contemporary Ballet's first Winter Intensive, and am now preparing for summer auditions for Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts Intensive.

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