Mira Cook is from Austin, TX and is the director of NYCommunityBallet. She has been a dancer with Battery Dance, Indelible Dance, Liss Fain Dance SF, & City Ballet of San Diego and has taught dance in more than 40 countries world wide.  She is featured in the documentary “Moving Stories” which won best doc at Chesapeake Film Festival and is currently streaming on Amazon.  Mira also choreographs and writes music. Her 4th album was released in 2019 on Gold Robot Records. Check it out at miracook.com

 

Mira’s class focuses on correct alignment, musicality and ease of movement, pairing rigorous combinations with generous use of breath.

Laura Rae Bernasconi is from San Francisco and has taught contemporary ballet with a healthful approach for over 36 years. She has taught for organizations such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Netherlands Dance Theater, Norwegian National Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Scapino Ballet, Australian Dance Theater, Gallim Dance  and is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in New York. Laura also gives classes in wellness which include guided self-massage, laughing exercises, deep relaxation, positive thinking and meditation.

 

Laura’s class is rejuvenating, healing, repairing and uplifting. Laura encourages exploration of energetic patterns in the body and positive thoughts in the mind, using principles of Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, the Ilan Lev Method, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, Haha Yoga, sports psychology and martial arts. Laura focuses on individual needs of each student with support, empathy, love and mudita, or vicarious joy.

Giorgia Bovo, is an Italian-born dance artist living in Berlin.  She danced in NYC with Armitage Gone! Dance, The Metropolitan Opera, Pigeonwing Dance, Indelible Dance and Rebecca Kelly Ballet. She has choreographed for Indelible Dance, Joffrey Ballet School,  e-Luminate Festival (UK), and Grammy Award winning band Pentatonix.  Giorgia has been faculty at Joffrey Ballet School, taught company class for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and she is a level 5 ABT® certified instructor.

She currently dances at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Giorgia’s class is based on total body awareness, risk taking and finding one’s individual movement exploration while maintaining a strong technique.

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Elisabeth Jeffrey is currently the Rehearsal Director and a member of Periapsis Music and Dance, a dancer for Thomas Ortiz Dance and a freelance artist in NYC. She is a full scholarship graduate of the Joffrey Ballet School, and has trained with schools such as The Royal Ballet School, Houston Ballet and Washington Ballet.  Elisabeth has taught company classes for Benjamin Briones Ballet and led auditions for Periapsis Music and Dance and Emotions Physical Theater, as well workshops for Central Minnesota Ballet Academy.  She enjoys being a supplementary teacher for Greenwich House of Music School, Dancation (NJ) and Logrea Dance Academy (NY).

 

Elisabeth’s class is built on an honest and straightforward approach to ballet. Classes provide a firm technical structure, focus on the individual’s needs, technical goals, and accuracy of movement, while preparing the professional for the day. 

Gabrielle Lamb is a New York City-based choreographer and Artistic Director of Pigeonwing Dance, described by The New Yorker as "eccentric,...playful...curious". Her choreography has been presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Whim W’him (Seattle), Ballet Collective (NYC), Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet.

A native of Savannah, GA, Gabrielle trained at the Boston Ballet School and was a longtime soloist at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and a memer of Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses. 

 

Gabrielle’s class incorporates elements of the American, French, and Russian schools, placing emphasis on coordination of the upper and lower body as the basis for holistic and connected movement.

Tiffany Mangulabnan is New York-based dancer and choreographer. Originally from Manila, she was a principal dancer with the Philippine Ballet Theatre until 2012. Tiffany is a co-founder, co-director and dancer of Brooklyn-based contemporary ballet company konverjdans. She performs with Pigeonwing Dance, Gleich Dances, and Indelible Dance, and has performed with Emery LeCrone Dance, Claudia Schreier & Co, BalletNext, and other companies.

 

Tiffany's ballet class, while technical and challenging, places a strong emphasis on the full breadth and extension of movement, on freedom of expression within the confines of technique, and on thoughtful form, placement and alignment as a necessary foundation for movement.

Jordan Miller is co-founder and co-director of konverjdans, a contemporary ballet company based in Brooklyn, NY. She also choreographs and dances for the company, creating work which celebrates the backgrounds and experiences of the varied artists they collaborate with. Previously, Jordan trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet for several seasons before she began freelancing in New York. She has danced professionally with companies such as Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Ashley Bouder Project, Gleich Dances, Indelible Dance and many others. In addition to her dance career, Jordan is a certified Pilates Instructor and teaches throughout NYC.

Jordan's class can help you find freedom of movement within a precise technical vocabulary with an emphasis on the proper use of one's anatomy and energetic patterns.

Bethany Mitchell is from Southern California and currently dances with Battery Dance with whom she has done extensive international touring and teaching for institutions like Attakkalari in Bengalore, Centro Cultural San Martin in Buenos Aires and EnDanza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  In 2019, Bethany was added to the the Fullbright roster and is currently planning a workshop with Fullbright support in the DR.  She has also performed with Indelible Dance, Liss Fain Dance, City Ballet of San Diego, State Street Ballet, and Ballet Pacifica. Bethany is a founding teacher for NYCommunityBallet since 2015 and has also been a faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

 

Bethany's high-energy ballet class focuses on musicality, proper technique, flow of movement and artistic expression.  

Leigh Schanfein is a freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher, and independent researcher in the fields of kinesiology and biomechanics.  Leigh trains and performs in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance and has performed in commercial productions with comedian Hannibal Buress’s Oddball Comedy Tour, NYC Fashion Week for designer Malan Breton, and for brands such as Xerox, Suave, Oreo, and Estee lauder.  Leigh received her M.S. in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics from Purdue University, and her B.S. in animal physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance from the University of California San Diego. She has received multiple awards for her research including two through the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and worked for five years as the research associate at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.  In 2015, she joined the faculty at Barnard College as adjunct lecturer of biomechanics in the department of dance.  Leigh is a contributing journalist for Dance Informa Magazine and has been a founding teacher for NYCommunityBallet since 2015.

 

Leigh’s class focuses on developing solid and functional ballet technique, playing with musicality, and exploring creativity within ballet movement.

Michelle Thompson Ulerich is currently a professor at SUNY Purchase, and the newly appointed Artistic Director of Spark Movement Collective. She received her training from San Francisco Ballet and danced for 14 years with Ballet Austin. Also during her time in Texas she earned her undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University, and began her choreographic career with an emphasis on site specific and immersive dance experiences. She is a freelance choreographer in New York, and has recently shown work at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Arts On Site, The Actors Fund, and The Wadsworth Museum in Connecticut.

 

Michelle’s ballet class focuses on technique, musicality, and coordination. She finds fun ways to coach her students and help them find connection and joy.

Brent Whitney currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is the Executive & Co-Artistic Director of the Traverse City Dance Project, a freelance dancer & choreographer, and an entrepreneur in the wellness/massage industry. Originally from Traverse City, MI, he began his early dance training at Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc.  Brent danced with Milwaukee Ballet Company, Judith Fugate’s Ballet NY, Ballet X, Connecticut Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, San Diego Opera, Toledo Opera, Carolina Opera, Dance Key West, Lustig Dance Theatre, and the Oakland Ballet. He specializes is sports rehab and injury prevention for dancers and other athletes at his private practice in NYC, The Art of Wellness LLC.

Brent's class starts out slow and steady with an emphasis on breath and releasing tension. Continuing with a thorough barre and center combinations that encourage the dancers to express their artistry. Brent remembers the day he discovered that dancing without unnecessary tension changed everything about the way he moved and is constantly helping other dancers to find this for themselves.

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