MARISSA ADAMS is a dual certified New York State Dance and Drama educator. She studied Dance Education at Hofstra University for her undergraduate studies and Theatre Education at New York University Steinhardt School of Education for her Masters degree. She works with special needs students in the performing arts. She has created many children’s plays and is committed to bringing the performing arts to children.
EVELYN BALASSANIAN started dancing at age 8. By age 12 she was training in Russia and at 14 she was performing as a soloist with major European dancers, teachers and choreographers: George Balanchine in Serenade; John Butler in Scheherazade; Morris Bejar; Robert DuWarren; Robert; and Inga Urazgildier. In the U.S. she joined the Dance Theatre of Long Island with artistic director and international choreographer, Ali Pourfarrokh. For 15 years she taught and choreographed ballet at the Long Island School of Dance and Berest School of Dance. She continues to teach and dance with the American Theatre Dance and Eglevsky Ballet.
MEGAN CLANCY who began dancing and performing at age 3, comes from a professional performing family. She attended the Professional Performing Arts High School, Manhattan and studied Dance, Theatre Arts at City College of New York; Musical Theatre, Dance and Vocal at the Professional Performing Arts School; Vocal and Dance at the Harlem School of the Arts; Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre at the Broadway Dance Center. Megan has worked with The Harlem Repertory Theatre and has taught Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance at the 92nd street Y; Harkness Dance Center; and the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism. She is the Co-Choreographer for The City College of New York productions. In addition to bringing joy and confidence to her dance students at GNAC’s School for the Arts, she is also a teaching artist working with its Out Reach/Art Reach program, teaching Musical Theatre.
NICHOLE PIACENZA is a Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Singer who graduated from Long Island University with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Theater. She is working on her Masters, MAT program at Queens College. Nichole performs regularly with Dance Visions, a modern and contemporary Ballet Company. She has danced solo and in ensembles with Georgette & Co.; Moves and Motions; the Long Island Fringe Festival; Isadora Duncan and the American Jewish Experience. As a singer she has performed in A Grand Piano, 5 Woman & Song.
LANCELOT THEOBALD Jr. a former professional football player with the Italian Football League has performed on Broadway in Indigo dancers and at the Metropolitan Opera, Sampson et Delilah. He has trained with George Faison, Frank Hatchett, Geoffrey Holder and Ted Levy. Lance’s choreography has been seen at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, CBS, NBC, Mary Tyler Moore’s walkathon for diabetes research, and more. He has choreographed for the New York Knick City Dancers and choreographed and assistant directed the promotional tour and video for the hip-hop artist REYN and Motown’s R&B artist Lateaf’s music video.