Summer 2019 Master Classes
Thanks Everyone for the Best Summer Master Class Summer Ever!
Check back for even more Master Classes here throughout the upcoming year!
July 8 - Paulette Ashkenazie
Paulette has been teaching in the tri-state area for over the past 12 years, specializing in hip hop and street jazz. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center, and with Antboogie’s Urban Dance League, while working with NYC's top choreographers. She has performed for many live events,TV shows,music videos and movies. Which include Pepsi & Uber Super Bowl halftime show, 9.23 Amp Radio Station, Dr Oz, NYC's Carnival, Galaxy by Harvic clothing brand commercial, Recording artist Chris Porter, and most recently choreographed and performed in New York & LA Fashion week. Beyond just dance, Paulette's classes are guaranteed to motivate, inspire, instill confidence and empower students with the courage to freely express themselves.
July 15 - Kevin Raponey
Kevin Raponey is originally from Bristol, CT now residing is New York City! He studied dance for 10 years before attending the dance program at University of the Arts where he received his Certification in Dance Education.
Since then, Kevin has performed at Theme Parks, on Cruise Ships and in Broadway National Touring Productions! You may have seen Kevin on the National Tours of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Who’s TOMMY. Kevin was also in the World Premiere of Ever After at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ!
Now, Kevin works for an multiple dance studios in the tri-state area and an NYC based company, Man In Motion, which brings dance education to dance studios, competitions and conventions all over the US and beyond!
Kevin has been a Dance Educator for 13 years and his choreography has been recognized with special judges awards and top scores at numerous regional and national competitions.
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July 22 - Nina Hudson
Nina Hudson is a NYC based dance educator/choreographer/professional dancer. Nina is a graduate of the prestigious Ailey School and currently resides in New York City where she is looking forward to her 6th season with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She also is the co owner of DeViate Dance In House Convention and The Process an audition experience.
July 29 - Casey Lee Ross
Casey is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA. His Broadway work includes Miss Saigon. He has performed in numerous well know thetre productions such as Radio City 2016, Wicked (Germany), Chess, and Beyond the Music. In Film Casey has danced in Step Up, The Other uts, and Never Say Goodbye. Over the past 5 years he has appeared as a dancer on Television on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon, America's Got Talent, Saturday Night Live, So You Think You Can Dance, Fight of the Concords, and Law and Order.. He trains and belongs to the following Companies: Rasta Thomas' Rock the Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Mark Stuart Dance Theater. He also danced in a Madonna Video, Give Me All Your Luvin. Rounding things out his special skills are Tumbling, Tramploline, Partnering, and Yoga.
August 5 - Mary Angela Granberry
Mary-Angela Granberry is a contemporary and commercial dance artist and instructor. Originally from Illinois, she received her formal training at Faubourg School of Ballet under the direction of Watmora Casey and Tatiana Mazur, and has trained in commercial hip hop and contemporary styles with top choreographers in Los Angeles and New York City. Ms. Granberry's professional credits include The Tonight Show, Avon Cosmetics, Creme of Nature, Beyoncé on Oprah’s 24th Season special, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Google/YouTube, Sexy Hair, music videos, and national tour with Fetty Wap dancing with RGF recording artist, Inas X. As a concert dancer, Ms. Granberry has had the opportunity to perform and showcase works by Ellenore Scott (ELSCO Dance), Aszure Barton, Breton Tyner-Bryan, Randy Duncan, Kidd Pivot, and ChuThis. Most recently, Mary-Angela has appeared in a social media campaign for Segura Viudas with Lion Babe, debuted her acting skills in two commercial ads for feminine product company Lola, and had the pleasure of working an immersive theater premiere event in L.A. for the TNT show, “I Am The Night”. As an instructor, Ms. Granberry has coached and choreographed top placing dancers at Youth America Grand Prix’s NYC finals, IDTA (IL Dance Team Association- High School), and at such institutions as Visceral Dance Center, Peridance, Mark Morris Dance School (assistant), The Ailey Extension (assistant) and master classes in Chicago, Michigan, and the NYC Tri-state area. She has had the opportunity to learn from such teachers and choreographers as Finis Jhung, Yanis Marshall, Randy Duncan, Luam, Peter Chu, and Barton Movement (Charissa, Cherice, Aszure Barton), to name a few. Recently, she has discovered a love for fitness dance and teaching dance movement to adults at Equinox and London-born studio, At Your Beat in Downtown Brooklyn.
Mary-Angela aims to spread her joy, love, knowledge, and passion for dance to all she gets than chance to meet and teach.
August 12 - Joshua Beaver
Joshua Beaver, from Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, began his early training with his mother Cynthia Beaver’s gymnastics studio, Movement Laboratory, and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. After high school, he attended Boston Conservatory on full scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance in 2011. While at the Conservatory he performed works by Limon, Tudor, Sokolow, and Nikolais. After graduating, he joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, Romania, where he spent three seasons rising to first soloist and choreographer. He was featured as Paris in Rotaru's Romeo and Juliet, Barbanto in Le Corsaire, and principal soloist in Gardner's Four Seasons. During this time he toured and performed in Germany, Austria, Sicily, Hungary, and New Zealand. In the summer of 2014, Josh joined Prague Chamber Ballet touring to Mexico and also winning 1st place in the Lila Lopez Contemporary dance competition in Saint Luis Potosi. Shortly after returning home from his years in Europe, Josh joined Dayton Ballet in Ohio where he spent two seasons as a featured soloist. Some of his featured roles included The Prince in Cinderella and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. During this time he also performed various repertoire from choreographers such as Septime Webre, Melissa Barak, Jessica Lang, and Gina Patterson. Josh has recently become a resident of New York City and is making his transition into theater.
July 12 - Morgan McEwen
New York City native Morgan Claire McEwen began her professional ballet career at age 17 with the Richmond Ballet. Ms McEwen then continued on to BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. During her time at BalletMet she had the opportunity to dance many soloist roles and was also co-recipient of the Violetta Boft award. Her repertoire there was extensive ranging from classic Balanchine to works by Stanton Welch. In 2009 Morgan moved back to New York to dance with the Metropolitan Opera. Here she has had the opportunity to dance in the several Metropolitan Opera premiers including Rossini’s Armida and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann; as well as the world premier of Enchanted Island. Morgan has performed on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in Brigadoon. Ms McEwen has also danced with Neos Dance Theatre, Syracuse City Ballet, and Gleich dances. She has guested with Ballet Yuma, Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms McEwen launched her own ballet company, MorDance in January 2013. She serves as the director and resident choreographer of the company. Ms McEwen has been sighted by the New York Times as having “an eye for shaping the arc of a dance as carefully as the transitions and details within it.” MorDance has performed in multiple dance festivals as well as holding their own seasons at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and the Sheen Center in New York City. The company has also been invited to hold short-term residencies at both the Silo and Mana Contemporary. Ms McEwen has been commissioned to choreograph for Columbia Ballet Collaboritive and is currently creating a new ballet for Eglevsky Ballet.
August 19 - Jeff Cowans
Jeff’s credits include:
Currently on Tour with Crystal Waters / Ja Rule / Robin S / Kelly Rowland
America's Got Talent
America's Best Dance Crew