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.
JENNIFER STATHES has been dancing since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She holds a bachelors degree from Queens College in dance with a minor in business and holds a masters degree in elementary education. She is a full time teacher for the NYC DOE. She was a member of her high school and college dance teams. She was captain of a rhythmics team in high school as well. She has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop to children ages 2-adult. In addition to dancing Jennifer also teaches Zumba fitness to children and adults.
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.
ELIZABETH WEHRMAN is a Dance Educator working for the NYC Department of Education. She teaches dance to grades Pre-K to Fifth at The Waterside Children’s Studio School P.S. 317Q in Queens, NY. She also has experience teaching elementary school dance to grades Pre-K to Fifth in the Bronx, NY. Elizabeth graduated from Hofstra University in January 2013 receiving a B.S. in Education – Dance Education and received her NYS Initial Teaching Certification for K-12 Dance in February 2013. She is the founder and past President of the University Club and Student Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), T’DAA (Teaching Dance As Art) on her campus. Elizabeth has performed in four Faculty Concerts at Hofstra, working with five different choreographers. She has also performed with the Gotham City Cheer, in flash mobs with NYC Dance Arts and at the 92Y in NYC. She is currently continuing her education by both taking dance classes in New York City along with attending Graduate School at Adelphi University for Physical Education.
SAMANTHA WITT a hula hoop artist, dancer and has a duo lyra act with The Hoopla Girls. She earned a BFA in Dance with a Concentration in Jazz Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Samantha started off as a dancer and then fell in love with the world of circus when she toured nationally and internationally with Cirque Le Masque. She has also toured with Cirque Legacy and has worked with companies such as Cirque du Jour, The Bindlestiff Cirkus, Skyz The Limit, and Phoenix Entertainment. Samantha has also performed at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, as well as at corporate and special events. She has also been seen hooping on The Dr. Oz Show, The YouTube Music Awards with M.I.A, and M.I.A’s live performance at Terminal 5 NYC. Samantha also loves to teach, she has taught dance and circus style hula hooping across the tri-state area and loves to share her love of dance and circus with others. View Samantha’s hula hoop work HERE.