Faculty

Our professional faculty is experienced in the Steffi Nossen Method, nurturing their students’ passion for dance in an organized, structured and proven curriculum.

The Steffi Nossen School of Dance’s professional teaching faculty members are leaders in the field of dance education. Our instructors are highly trained dancers and choreographers with extensive performing and teaching experience. They create a safe, nurturing and accepting environment where students of all shapes, sizes and abilities can experience the joy of dance and benefit from its inherent discipline. Pre-professional and recreational dancers are trained with equal enthusiasm. Using the proven Steffi Nossen Method, our faculty encourages artistic expression while building a solid technical foundation.

SHELLEY K. GRANTHAM

Executive Director | Jazz

SHELLEY K. GRANTHAM

Executive Director | Jazz

Shelley Grantham Nierenberg, Executive Director of The Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY since 2016. Shelley had previously been The School at Peridance Capezio Center’s Coordinator since 1999 along with the Director of the Peridance Youth Ensemble since 2000. Originally from Minneapolis, MN Shelley started her dance training at Dance Arts Center and Ballet Arts. She furthered her dance education at the Conservatory of Dance at Barat College, DePaul University, Chicago, IL receiving a BA in Dance and graduating with honors in 1997. While in Chicago she taught at North Shore School of Dance and choreographed for the musical theatre department at Loyola Academy. Shelley also performed with the Barat Repertory Dance Company, working with Rory Foster, Eileen Cropley, Emily Stein and Julie Cartier. After moving to New York City she began dancing and performing with two independent companies, Danielle DePersis and Dancers and Deborah Damast and Dancers along with choreographing for a Tap group, Fiddle Faddle Feet. Shelley has been teaching and choreographing for schools in Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey and New York for over 25 years, teaching Jazz, Modern, Tap and Composition. Shelley coordinated all out-reach efforts for both not-for-profit dance companies at Peridance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and the Peridance Youth Ensemble for over 15 years, working closely with organizations such as University Settlement, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Free Arts and NY Cares. Shelley is a Facilitator for the Department of Education in New York City, helping develop dance curriculum for the classrooms of NYC public schools along with working closely with Dance Education Laboratory, 92nd Street Y as a Facilitator in Training. Shelley believes she is the person and educator she is today because of her strong family and very supportive dance teachers throughout the years. She cherishes every moment she is able to give back to the dance community and arts education.

Shelley teaches Jazz, Composition and Conditioning classes in our Conservatory classes, Summer Dance Camp, Dance Intensives, and Boot Camp.

KRISTINA TODD NELSON

School Director | Creative Movement & Dancing Tots

KRISTINA TODD NELSON

School Director | Creative Movement & Dancing Tots

Kristina Todd Nelson, Steffi Nossen School Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice performance from Brevard College in Brevard, NC where she began her career teaching dance for its community program.   She is a graduate of the Harkness Dance Center Education Laboratory program and is a certified Pilates mat instructor. Kristina has been a faculty member at Brooklyn Ballet, Dance Project of Washington Heights and has also taught at 92nd St Y and Peridance.

Kristina started training in ballet and modern dance at a young age in Ohio and South Carolina. Her performing career began in college with leading roles in opera and musical theatre.  Professionally, she danced for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and in numerous Off-Broadway shows in New York. Kristina previously managed the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries education program.

Kristina teaches Parent & Toddler classes in our Dancing Tots program, Creative Movement in our Young Movers program, and Story Book Camp in our Summer Programs. She also teaches Story Book Dance/Creative Movement classes at the White plains and Chappaqua Libraries and Briarcliff Nursery School in our Outreach programs.

JESSICA DIMAURO MARKS

Artistic Director | JMC II & MC II | Modern

JESSICA DIMAURO MARKS

Artistic Director | JMC II & MC II | Modern

A Steffi Nossen alumna, Jessica DiMauro Marks holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Her company, DiMauro Dance (dimaurodance.com), has been performing for over nine years. Ms. DiMauro’s choreography has been seen at venues throughout the Tristate area including The Alexander Kasser Theater, The Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement, The Works Studio, Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre/The Academy, The Crystal Theater in Norwalk, CT, Steps on Broadway, The Theresa Lang Theater, the Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College, Peridance Center, The Music Conservatory of Westchester, The Arts Exchange and The Irvington Town Hall Theater. DiMauro Dance has been selected to perform at numerous festivals and curated showcases including White Wave’s COOL NY Dance Festival, The HATCH Presenting Series, Dance Conversations at The Flea, CT Meets NY, Queens Arts Express, and New Dance Downtown. Ms. DiMauro is on faculty at Montclair State University as a professor of Dance Technique. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. She was the recipient of an Arts Alive Artist Grant for the year 2007 from The Westchester Arts Council for her work titled “com-mu-ni-ty”.  In addition, Ms. DiMauro produced Unraveled at the Merce Cunningham Studio in April of 2011, Confetti: A Collection of Works by Jessica DiMauro at The Producers’ Club Theaters and her choreography was also seen at the 2004 International NYC Fringe Festival in Granola! The Musical at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. Jessica teaches our Modern technique classes in our Technique Program as well as in Boot Camp during our Summer Programs. She also teaches Junior Master Class II and Master Class II in our Pre-professional program. As the school's Artistic Director, Jessica produces our annual Choreography Showcase, Benefit & Community Concerts, and Gala performances.

PAULETTE LEWIS

Company Director

PAULETTE LEWIS

Company Director

Paulette Lewis, a native Wisconsinite, holds a BA in Dance from Point Park University. Paulette is a performer, teacher, stage manager, and travel enthusiast. She began teaching at the age of 15 and has taught workshops at studios throughout Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and has studied at multiple studios throughout NYC. Currently, Paulette is the Marketing + Communications Director for the CURRENT SESSIONS, a NYC based performing arts organization that develops and presents the work of emerging artists. Paulette is the Company Director for the Steffi Nossen Dance Company. She also teaches Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Jazz in our Technique Program.

ANNIE DOSS

JMC I & MC I

ANNIE DOSS

JMC I & MC I

Annie Doss began teaching at Steffi Nossen in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently pursuing her MS in Movement Therapy at Pratt University.  A Steffi Nossen alumna with many performing credits, Ms. Doss has also presented her own choreography at the Theresa Lang and Red Room Theaters, Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW), SUNY Purchase, and Peridance Center. She is a founding member of DiMauro Dance and a Certified Pilates Instructor. In addition to her role as faculty member and choreographer at Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Ms. Doss is also a member of the Faculty at Trapeze School New York.

ALYSSA FULMER

Creative Movement | Ballet/Tap Combo | Ballet Technique

ALYSSA FULMER

Creative Movement | Ballet/Tap Combo | Ballet Technique

Alyssa Fulmer, originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude with a BA in dance from Point Park University. Since graduating, she has been happily teaching modern, ballet, pointe, tap and jazz to children and young adults in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York. When not teaching, she can be seen performing with many artists in the New York City area and beyond. Alyssa loves being able to pass on her love for dance in a fun yet educational environment. Alyssa teaches our Ballet & Tap combo class in our young movers program, Beginner Ballet, Advanced Beginner Ballet, and Pointe I in our Technique Program, Story Book Camp and Ballet in Dance Camp during our Summer Programs, and a creative movement class at the Carver Center as part of our Outreach Programs.

DESIREE ERRICO

Ballet Technique

DESIREE ERRICO

Ballet Technique

Desiree Errico has danced professionally for both contemporary and classical ballet companies throughout NY. Ms. Errico’s performing highlights were with the Eglevsky Ballet where she danced both Soloist and Principal roles. Desiree also had the privilege to work with Ali Pourfarrokh, David Howard, Bob Rizzo, Alfred Obersteiner, Lenore Wall, and Kathy Scholz. Desiree received her primary ballet training from world renowned ballet coach, Maggie Black. She also spent several summers studying with the New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Furthermore, Desiree is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, 92 Street Y/Harness Center, and Peridance. She started her own fitness based Instagram and launched her own YouTube channel, “Dansique Fitness.”

Desiree teaches Intermediate Ballet, Advanced Ballet, and Pointe II in our year-round Technique Program, and Ballet technique during our Summer Dance Intensives.

JILLIAN FOLEY

Core Ballet

JILLIAN FOLEY

Core Ballet

Jillian Foley grew up in Niskayuna, NY where she got her dance training at Northeast Ballet Company, under the direction of Darlene Myers. She graduated from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy under the direction of Stephen Pier, and two minors in Psychology and Performing Arts Management. While at Hartt, Jillian had many opportunities to work with classical and contemporary choreographers, and had the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam, The Netherlands to dance with the Henny Jurriens Foundation. Jillian performed in Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase with choreography by Amy Marshall in March 2016 and she recently choreographed and danced in Orpheé et Eurydice at Des Moines Metro Opera. Jillian teaches at Joffrey Ballet School in NYC among other studios in the area and dances with Amy Marshall Dance Company. She is very excited to join Steffi Nossen School of Dance this Fall! Jillian teaches Ballet in our Core Program.

COURTNEY MURRAY

Creative Movement | Core Ballet

COURTNEY MURRAY

Creative Movement | Core Ballet

Courtney Murray originally from Colorado, where she danced professionally for six years and trained for twenty, in virtually every style. She has been a company member of Rogue Dance CO., The Schiff Dance Collective, Blue Moon Dance Company, Sammy J. Dance and a current member of Borne Dance Company. She was chosen for Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester Program where she received the Best Choreography Award for her year. Her choreography has been featured at Boulder Creek Festival, The Schiff Dance Collective showcases, Blue Moon Dance Company performances, Christopher Palacio Dance Project, Peridance Capezio Center’s Faculty and Student Showcase, and dance competitions. Courtney started assisting and teaching her own classes at 17 and quickly fell in love with teaching dance to kids. She has taught techniques from ballet to hip-hop at studios, middle schools and high schools throughout Colorado. She moved to New York to pursue a dance career in 2014. Courtney loves the feeling of making a difference in a child’s life whether by passing on her love and knowledge of dance or cheering her students on while they play “Freeze Dance” to Disney music. She is so excited and honored to be a part of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance. Courtney teaches Ballet in our Core Program, and Creative Movement in our Young Movers program.

CAREN VALENTE

Creative Movement | Core Modern

CAREN VALENTE

Creative Movement | Core Modern

Caren Valente holds a BA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and was a member of the Steffi Nossen faculty for 14 years, teaching Core Modern and Jazz Technique. She is currently on the faculty of SUNY Purchase teaching Dance Fitness and is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts. As a choreographer, Caren has choreographed musicals for Scarsdale High School, White Plains Middle School, Purchase Youth Theater and the Playgroup Theater. Caren’s performance career includes dancing with Kinetic Dance Theater, appearing as a dancer on the AMC Series “Into Character: Dirty Dancing”, and danced in the Off- Broadway Musical “Still on the Corner.” Caren is thrilled to return to the Steffi Nossen School of Dance and the Core Modern Classes in Chappaqua. Caren teaches Modern in our Core Program, and Creative Movement in our Young Movers program.

TAMI MELE

Core Modern

TAMI MELE

Core Modern

An alumna of NYC’s High School of Performing Arts, Tami Mele went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Adelphi University with Departmental Honors. Her performance credits include the Collective Dance Company, guest artist with DJ McDonald at Lincoln Center Summer Arts Festival, and the AIDS Benefit sponsored by Elle Magazine. Ms. Mele is on the Faculty of the Moba Dance Academy and the Oceanside Conservatory of Dance. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and teacher of kick-boxing. A faculty member and choreographer at Steffi Nossen since 1992. Tami teaches Tumbling, Modern and Jazz in our Core Program.

DYLAN BAKER

Tap

DYLAN BAKER

Tap

Dylan Baker is a New York City based dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist. After growing up in the boondocks of Wisconsin and earning a BFA in Dance at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dylan moved to NYC to pursue his dance career. Apart from creating his own works, Dylan can often be found dancing with David Parker and The Bang Group, Matthew Westerby Company, and the Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn. When Dylan is not on stage or in rehearsal, it’s likely he is in the classroom. With experience teaching a range of subjects from tap dance to science class, Mr. Baker has taught kids and adults of all ages and is ecstatic to be joining the amazing family of students and educators here at Steffi Nossen School of Dance! Dylan teaches all of our Tap classes as well as the Boys Movement classes.

CARRIE DEMOS

Boys Movement & Core Jazz

CARRIE DEMOS

Boys Movement & Core Jazz

Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Carrie Demos received her early training from Little Theatre Culture Center and is a proud graduate of Colorado State University (B.A. in Performing Arts-Emphasis in Dance). In her home state Carrie has performed with Louder Than Words Dance Theatre and taught with Canyon Concert Ballet, High Performance Dance Theatre, and the Colorado Ballet Department of Education and Outreach. Since moving to New York, Carrie has additionally performed with Community Dance Project and has continued to pursue her deeply seeded passion for teaching. A graduate of The Foundations of Dance Education, Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd St Y, Carrie has served on faculty at the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center, and currently serves on faculty with Peridance Capezio Center’s Young Movers/PeriChild program. Carrie has additionally been honored to serve as a Teaching Artist for New York City Ballet Education, teaching NYCB curricula/residencies in New York City Public Schools and work with The New York City Department of Education in collaboration with the Dance Education Laboratory to further advance standards for dance education in grades K-8 by helping to train Pre-K educators by serving as a Co-Facilitator for the NYCDOE’s 2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Training and as an Adjudicator for their Arts Achieve Initiative. Also a certified Pilates Instructor (Kane School of Core Integration) Carrie continues to strengthen her own teaching by studying Kinesiology/Anatomy from master anatomist/teacher Irene Dowd and her most recent venture as an educator has included working with American Ballet Theatre’s Department of Educational Outreach in collaboration with The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School to pilot their first year of their Two-year-old Program, ABTots. Carrie is beyond elated and honored to join Steffi Nossen School of Dance this year!

BILLY COHEN

Hip Hop

BILLY COHEN

Hip Hop

Billy has taught Hip Hop at accredited institutions such as NYC public schools, 92nd street Y, Peridance Capezio Center and is excited to join the Friday Faculty! Billy teaches all levels of Hip Hop on our Core Program, Teen Hip Hop, as well as Hip Hop during our summer Dance Camp and Dance Intensive.

SPENCER POND

Theater Jazz | Jazz Ensemble

SPENCER POND

Theater Jazz | Jazz Ensemble

Spencer Pond is a freelance dancer based in New York City, and founder of The American Jazz Company, a concert dance company dedicated to preserving and expanding the art of the American dance form. He has enjoyed performing for audiences everywhere from beer gardens in Queens to the Minskoff Theatre with choreography by James Kinney, Sue Samuels, Christopher Jackson and others. Originally from Hartford, CT, Spencer trained in classical ballet under Samantha Dunster and Jazz under the tutelage of Darlene Zoller. Spencer has now been apart of our Summer faculty for 2 years, teaching Repertoire and Jazz technique in our Musical Theater programs. He is also the choreographer for Jazz Ensemble 2019!

TARA MAZUREK

Adaptive Dance | Ballet & Tap Combo

TARA MAZUREK

Adaptive Dance | Ballet & Tap Combo

Tara Mazurek’s passion for outreach began as a young dancer performing at nursing homes, local charities, and elementary schools. She trained and performed with the Eastern CT Ballet Company, where she was the first student to be asked to teach for the school at just 18 yrs old.  After receiving a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan, she performed professionally in musical theater and cheerleading. She then continued in outreach as a teacher, bringing dance to after school elementary programs in CT, creating a ballet program for the Hasidic community in Brooklyn, and teaching at studios in Manhattan and the tristate area. Recently relocated to White Plains, she loves working with organizations in Westchester through Steffi, serving adults with special needs and preschool students. Tara teaches our Moving Wheels & Heels classes in our year-round and summer Adaptive Dance programs, Ballet & Tap combo class, and classes throughout our Outreach Programs.

ELI KABABA

Hip Hop

ELI KABABA

Hip Hop

Teaching Artist Eli “Mr. e” Kababa, author of “Hip-Hop to the Top” a curriculum used and implemented in New York City Public Schools by the 92nd Street Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership. He directs Garden State Dance Project, a company devoted to community oriented arts and entertainment – his work has been published by Dancer Teacher Magazine. He has a natural ability to strengthen community bonds through focusing on the best hip-hop has to offer.

ANGELA DECICCO

Musical Theater - Voice

ANGELA DECICCO

Musical Theater - Voice

Angela DeCicco discovered singing and a love for theatre at a very young age. She has served the Westchester community as a voice teacher following a career that includes performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours and with many Regional theatres. In addition, Angela has performed as a soloist with symphonies in both the US and Europe. Ms. DeCicco has been honored to sing back up for artists such as Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey, Barry Manilow, Harry Connick, Jr., Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Stephanie Mills and Broadway stars such as Patti LuPone, Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway, Keala Settle, and more! She has also been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices Gospel choir for over 20 years. Angela is a graduate of SUNY Purchase where she was a voice major and received a BA in Music. Her desire to teach was influenced by her own extraordinary teachers: Jessie Landsberg, Marianne Challis, and Beverly Myers. Angela focuses on vocal health for all styles of singing including Musical Theatre, Opera, R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Gospel. She works with her students on song interpretation, acting, and performance. She is dedicated to helping singers, dancers and actors of all ages and levels to achieve their goals by de-mystifying the act of singing; from basic technique-building to meeting the challenging demands of an 8-show week and rigorous rehearsal and touring schedules. Angela strives to bring the best out of each student and encourage enjoyment at all levels of singing-from the novice to the professional! Angela will join our team this summer, teaching Voice during our two-week Musical Theater Intensive and Kids Camp!

ENRIQUE BROWN

Theater Dance

ENRIQUE BROWN

Theater Dance

Enrique Brown is a theatrical performer, director, choreographer, arts educator, and producer. After beginning his training in Dallas he continued at the Houston Ballet Academy and Virginia School of the Arts. He spent four seasons with Ballet Oklahoma, where he danced many ballet roles, including Prince in The Nutcracker and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Other favorite roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, and George Bailey in the premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life. Mr. Brown went on to perform in many Broadway, national touring, regional, and stock productions. His Broadway credits include The Little MermaidFiddler on the RoofThe Music Man (performing the role of Tommy Djilas), and Oklahoma! He can also be seen dancing in the film Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor. Off-Broadway, Mr. Brown performed in Carnival, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Anne Hathaway, for New York City Center’s Encores! series. Among his favorite productions were Evita (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Oklahoma! (MUNY/Ogunquit Playhouse), Chess (L.A.’s Ford Amphitheatre), The Boyfriend (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), The Most Happy Fella (5th Avenue Theatre), Fame (North American tour), and Tommy (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). Enrique’s choreography credits include In the Heights for NYU/Tisch’s musical theatre program, as well as a new musical, Temple of the Souls, at the 2017 New York Musical Festival, for which he received an Outstanding Choreography nomination. He served as the associate choreographer for the first national tour of Oklahoma! and has directed numerous shows across the country, including The Music ManThe Little Mermaid, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Upcoming in June, 1776 at The MUNY in St. Louis. The founder of Brown Productions, Mr. Brown has been involved as a producer with the mounting of numerous shows from Broadway to the West End. Productions include The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys, and a new musical adaptation of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor (West End premiere). Upcoming this fall Enrique will be producing a Broadway Lab of new musical, Oswald. Mr. Brown is currently on the Musical Theatre Dance Faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Ballet Academy East in New York City, and Rioult Dance Center.

INDAH WALSH

Modern

INDAH WALSH

Modern

Indah M. Walsh has danced in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the US, and holds a B.F.A. in dance from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and an M.F.A. in dance from Tisch School of the Arts. As an emerging choreographer, Indah Walsh has showcased work at venues and festivals including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Watermill Center, Take Root at Greenspace, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, Spoke the Hub, Dance New Amsterdam, The American Dance Guild Festival, Triskelion Arts, and many others.  Her work has also been featured in California at the Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators as well as Backhausdance Platform Production in Irvine. Indah has taught and choreographed works for high schools, colleges, and dance conventions in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and California including: Peridance Capezio Center, Nevada Union High School, Taipei American School, Singapore American School, Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators, Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asia Schools Cultural Convention, Southwestern College, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON (Guest Faculty)

Horton | Dance Theater Group

ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON (Guest Faculty)

Horton | Dance Theater Group

Alexandra is a graduate of Montclair State University. A recipient of the Dance and Theater Department Service Award , she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Musical Theater. After recovering from a back injury, Alexandra took interest in Pilates. It was recommended to her to help keep her body healthy and injury free. Alexandra has her Pilates Certification from Steele Pilates and BASI Pilates. “Pilates is a great way to cross train for any physical activity. You relieve stress, gain flexibility, and leave class feeling taller!”. She currently dances for DiMauro Dance Company and Moe-Tion Dance Theater . She is also on staff at Union County College where she teaches Dance. Alexandra teaches Horton technique during our Summer Dance Intensives and Boot Camp. She also is our 2019 choreographer for our Dance Theater Group.

WILLIAM BRISCOE (Guest Faculty)

Contemporary

WILLIAM BRISCOE (Guest Faculty)

Contemporary

JESSICA RIZZO STAFFORD (Guest Faculty)

Jazz

JESSICA RIZZO STAFFORD (Guest Faculty)

Jazz

Jessica Rizzo-Stafford is a native New Yorker and graduate of NYU Steinhardt's Dance Education Master’s Program; with a PK-12 New York State Teaching Certification. Her double-concentration Master’s Degree includes PK-12 pedagogy and dance education within the higher-education discipline. She also holds a BFA in dance performance from the UMASS Amherst 5 College Dance Program where she was a Chancellor's Talent Award recipient. Jess now works extensively with children, adolescents and professionals as choreographer and teacher and conducts national and international master-classes specializing in the genres of musical theatre, modern, contemporary, improvisation and choreography-composition. Jess’ national and international performance career includes: The National Tour of Guys & Dolls, The European Tour of Grease, West Side Story, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Salute to Dudley Moore at Carnegie Hall, guest-dancer with the World Famous Pontani Sisters and IMPULSE Modern Dance Company. Jess has been a faculty member for the Perichild Program & Peridance Youth Ensemble & taught contemporary and jazz at the historic New Dance Group and 92nd Street Y in NYC. She was Company Director at the historic Steffi Nossen School of Dance/Dance in Education Fund and in 2008 traveled to Uganda where she taught creative-movement to misplaced children. The experience culminated with Jess being selected as a featured instructor at the Queen's Kampala Ballet & Modern Dance School. She has conducted workshops for the cast of LA REVE at the Wynn, Las Vegas and has been on faculty at the IDS International Dance Teacher Conference at The Royal Ballet in London, UK as well as the annual Dance Teacher Web Conferences. Recently, Jess has served as adjunct lecturer to the Mason Gross School of the Arts-Rutgers University Dance Department and is a faculty member at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre. She has completed her NYU Master’s thesis research on the choreographic process of technically advanced adolescent dancers and is the creator of “PROJECT C;” a choreography-composition curriculum for the private studio sector. She is also master teacher & adjudicator for various national and international dance competitions. Jess is the Chief Editor for the DanceTeacherWeb.com Blog and also serves as faculty member, contributing writer and presenter in the choreography and “how to” teaching segments on the celebrated DanceTeacherWeb.com. Jess teaches Jazz technique during our Boot Camp session offered exclusively to Master Class students in our Pre-professional program. For more info, visit her website at www.jrizzo.net.

BENNYROYCE ROYON (Guest Faculty)

Contemporary

BENNYROYCE ROYON (Guest Faculty)

Contemporary

Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino-American director, choreographer, and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY. Royon received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2006. As a performer and collaborator he has worked on Broadway (Tony Award-winning 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I ), Off-Broadway ( Artist of Light ), at The Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, The First Emperor ), at the New York Philharmonic ( The Cunning Little Vixen ), and with dance companies including Armitage Gone! Dance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Alaska Dance Theatre, The Nilas Martins Dance Company, Collective Body Dance Lab, Cas Public, and Bad Boys of Dance. Royon has worked with choreographers Aszure Barton, Karole Armitage, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christopher Gattelli, Greg Zane, Sidra Bell, and Carolyn Dorfman, among others. He has created new works for Atlanta Ballet, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Point Park University, Marymount Manhattan College, BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year 2015 Competition, and more. Royon has received two CUNY Dance Initiative residencies, Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award, and The Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works Choreography Award. He is a Dance Motion USA Follow-On PDP alumnus. In 2010, he founded Bennyroyce Dance, a project-based contemporary dance company. Bennyroyce teaches Contemporary and Turns, Jumps, & Leaps during our Boot Camp session offered exclusively to Master Class students in our Pre-professional program. www.bennyroyce.com

EMMA PRESSMAN (Guest Faculty)

Ballet & Pilates

EMMA PRESSMAN (Guest Faculty)

Ballet & Pilates

DANIEL PADIERNA (Guest Faculty)

Contemporary

DANIEL PADIERNA (Guest Faculty)

Contemporary

DANI COLE (Guest Faculty)

Modern | SND Company Choreographer

DANI COLE (Guest Faculty)

Modern | SND Company Choreographer

Dani Cole is a recent graduate in Dance and Human Rights from Marymount Manhattan College, a fellow at Gibney Dance Center, and facilitator of Coleateral Movement. Embracing an activist approach through choreographic process and movement invention, Dani explores breath, embodiment, and visceral interactions within deeply researched socio-political contexts. Dani's work has been shown at the 92nd St. Y, Actor's Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, Access Theater in NYC, and Marymount Manhattan College. A certified yoga instructor, she and conducts self-created movement+connection workshops throughout NYC, encouraging any and all bodies to unlock creative potential through improvisation and meditation while moving consciously with others.

JEANIE GAYESKI

Nursery & Pre-school Dance Classes

JEANIE GAYESKI

Nursery & Pre-school Dance Classes

Jeanie Gayeski served as Head of the Arts Department and Movement Teacher at the Gillen Brewer School, educating children with special needs in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and German from the University of Rochester, a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Hunter College, and has completed a Certificate Program in Dance Education for Children at the 92nd Street Y. Ms. Gayeski has also trained in Creative Arts Therapy at Pratt Institute, Yoga and Creative Movement for children with special needs, and is a certified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe, NY. She has been teaching at Steffi Nossen since 2007.

SILVANA LARKIN

Adaptive Dance & Outreach

SILVANA LARKIN

Adaptive Dance & Outreach

A graduate of Manhattanville College, Silvana Larkin holds a BA in dance/theatre with a concentration in dance therapy. She has studied locally and performed for Gabri Crista of the Bill T Jones Company and Carlos Orta of the Jose Limon Dance Company. Mrs. Larkin has been with Steffi Nossen since 2004, teaching creative movement and ballet throughout Westchester to mainstream and special needs populations. She became a certified ZUMBA instructor in 2011.

WENDY MORSEBERGER

Parkinson's Dance

WENDY MORSEBERGER

Parkinson's Dance

Wendy Morsberger, trained at School of the Dayton Ballet and Buffalo Ballet Center, eventually making her way to the Royal Ballet School.  After a performance career, culminating in the Royal Ballet (England) and Frankfurt Ballet (Frankfurt, Germany) taught ballet, pointe and injury prevention at Boston Ballet, Harvard and more dance schools in Boston and Westchester. A trained physical therapist holding an MS in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professionals, Wendy has trained in the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance for PD program in Brooklyn, NY.

NANCY LUSHINGTON

Artistic Advisor

NANCY LUSHINGTON

Artistic Advisor

Nancy Lushington holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Adelphi University. She has danced with May O’Donnell, Joyce Trisler, Theatre Dance Collection, and in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at Kennedy Center. Ms. Lushington serves on the Board of the O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance. She has taught master classes internationally and is a member of the faculties of Marymount College and Montclair State University. After two decades at Steffi Nossen as Master Class teacher, choreographer, and Artistic Director, Ms. Lushington continues as the school’s Artistic Advisor and dynamic faculty member in Moving Wheels and Heels, the school’s annual adaptive dance intensive.

NATALIE PENA

Marketing & Administrative Coordinator

NATALIE PENA

Marketing & Administrative Coordinator

Natalie currently manages the overall daily activates of the office, manages incoming inquires, registrations, financial aid, maintains the MindBody online database, and designs and creates social media posts, fliers, postcards, e-blasts and advertisements for SNSD. Natalie received a conservative dance training from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She attended Dean College with an annual half scholarship as a Dance Major. During her time at Dean, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Dance Department as part of her work-study program, which led her to eventually change her major and career path into Arts Administration after completing her first year. Natalie is currently a senior, undergraduate student at SUNY Purchase College, majoring in Arts Management and Minoring in Political Science. Natalie previously worked at the renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City from 2014- 2017. During her time there, she first worked as an Intern, then eventually an Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator, and lastly Program Manager. Her positions at Joffrey gave her experience in problem solving, overall administrative duties, customer support, reporting, supervising, managing the MindBody Online database, billing & registration, program scheduling, and marketing & development. Natalie also worked at BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance from April 2017-June 2017 as a Marketing, Development, & Special Events intern and continued to work part-time through January 2018 as the Company Assistant. Here she expanded her knowledge in marketing and development and also received experience in company management and special events coordination, which included fundraising and seeking donations.

JUDITH ROSS

Community Relations Director

JUDITH ROSS

Community Relations Director

Judith Ross oversees all Steffi Nossen Outreach and Adaptive Dance Programs along with all After-School and In-School Enrichment Programs; she also manages the organization’s marketing. She was responsible for the creation and development of the School’s Moving Wheels and Heels program for people with disabilities which began with Moving Wheels and Heels in 2003 and formed the basis of our dance classes for people with disabilities including Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy classes; Outreach Disabilities Classes in Greenburgh and New Rochelle schools, SPARC (Special Program And Resource Connection), Cardinal McCloskey Services,  Yonkers Recreation, and Mt. Kisco-based Hidden Treasures;   Sanctuary sheltering homeless and runaway teens; pre-schools and elementary schools in four communities; area libraries;  and classes sponsored by White Plains Youth Services, Carver Center in Port Chester,  and Theodore D. Young Community Center. Judy works with community and school personnel to develop programs and curriculums to meet their needs, select appropriate faculty, set schedules, and oversee and evaluate the programs progress. In her Marketing role, Judy writes and manages all press releases and School and Foundation announcements. An important part of her job is maintaining relationships with area print and online advertising and editorial representatives. Judy oversees advertisement design and placement with all print and online marketing. Judy holds a BA from Brandeis University and taught elementary school in the New York City and East Ramapo school districts until she started a family.  After a period as a stay-at-home mom, which included volunteer activities in her town and PTA including legislative activities, intern placement and tutoring, she re-entered the workforce as an employment counselor.  She became involved in the Steffi Nossen organization through her children, joining the staff as assistant to the Executive Director in 1982.  Since then her role has grown, overseeing both the organization’s expanding Outreach Program and its Marketing efforts.