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Dance

RAYMOND “SPEX” ABBIW is a gifted dancer, performer, choreographer, and artist who has emerged and established himself as a creative force within the hip hop/street dance community. A New York City born native has served as a vanguard for the preservation of the history and evolution of the art form of hip hop dance for a remarkable 20 years and has collaborated with several of hip hop’s pioneers and innovators among dance, music, and theater. He graduated New York’s acclaimed Art School of Design and received an initial introduction to the hip hop at the height of its explosion in 1988, which ignited his enthusiasm and lifelong commitment to hip hop dance and culture forging himself onto an astonishing career that has led him to collaborations with notable artists such as pop star, Mariah Carey, and hip hop performers, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef John just to name a few. Spex’s standout ability and performances that led him to international tours throughout Japan and Europe as a featured dancer and highly sought after teacher. In 2002, Spex would further his evolving artistic abilities by making his acting debut in Off Broadway’s , highly acclaimed, hip hop musical, Full Circle’s Productions Soular’d Power as a featured performer, dancer and actor. Spex is a founding owner of the House Dance Conference and continued to emerge as an acclaimed dance instructor in New York’s Broadway Dance Center This standout performer, dancer, and choreographer continues to set his sights on the development of highly innovative works that relate to an ever evolving audience the power of urban dance and culture.


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 comes from a performing arts family, and began performing at the age of 3. She has attended the Professional Performing Arts High School in NYC, where she studied Musical Theater and vocal at the Harlem School of the Arts and Dance with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. She has studied Dance and Theatre Arts at City College of New York; where she also obtained a degree in Psychology. Megan has also studied Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Ballet at Broadway Dance Center and the New Dance Group. Megan has performed with The Harlem Repertory Theatre and has had the pleasure of being an assistant dance teacher at the 92nd street Y; Harkness Dance Center. Megan has also had the privilege of working with students in NYC public schools teaching musical theater, theater history and dance. Megan enjoys performing and teaching students of all ages and abilities. Megan is also a choreographer for the GCAC Competition Dance Team since 2018 and is very proud of the members of the competition team for all their amazing achievements and dedication.


TIFFANY DEMOPOULOS began her dance training at the age of 2. She has trained in all styles including Contemporary, Ballet, Hip hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Modern (Graham and Horton technique), as well as Musical theater. Tiffany was a competitive dancer at Nadia’s Performing arts Center in Bayside, New York. Following her competitive dancing years, she began her professional dance career working with RWS entertainment group and began training at The Joffrey Ballet School as a year-round Jazz and Contemporary trainee. She has performed as a backup dancer for artists including Fatman Scoop and Rayvon Owen. Tiffany is now on a Division 1 collegiate dance team at Saint John University training and competing in Hip hop, Jazz, and Pom. Along with choreographing for competitive dance teams, during the summer off-season, she continues her professional career dancing for the WNBA Connecticut Sun dance team for 2 seasons in a row!


ALEXANDRA HART began dancing at age 3. She attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens as a dance major, where she received formal training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. In high school, Alexandra worked with celebrated guest choreographers and attend performances from world-renowned companies, thus expanding her dance vocabulary. She graduated from Fordham University with a major in Economics, and now works in the Development department at New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center. Alexandra has been teaching students in preschool through high school for more than ten years and enjoys sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.

 


ZHANNA KOROLKOVA is a multi-award winning dancer based in NYC. Her most recent awards include “2019 Belly dancer USA”, “2018 Miami Bellydance convention winner”, “2016 Houston Oriental Dance Superstar” and “2016 Belly Dancer of the Year” to name a few.  She has performed in many of the top restaurants, hotels and night clubs in the US, India and Egypt. With a passion for Egyptian music and dance, she moved to Egypt for two years of intensive training. Zhanna is known for her elegant style, perfect technique and ability to create fun atmosphere. She is also very passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

 


AMANDA MONTONI has been a theatre-lover since before she could walk. She grew up listening to her grandmother sing along to musicals like The King and I, Gigi, Cats, Funny Girl, and more. Thanks to her grandma Barbara, she found a love that would last her lifetime. She has been a performer since her first dance recital at 2 years old. Now, after studying musical theatre, she is an award-winning Director/Choreographer/
Actress in NY. Some of her awards include The Josephine Foundation Choreographer of the Year Award for Cabaret (2016), and She Loves Me (2017). She has sold out audiences for her directorial work on The Addams Family – The Musical and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Montoni is a co-founder and board member of the Royal Star Theatre company in Queens, and a team member of the indie-theatre-focused company, Theatre Beyond Broadway. She has choreographed and directed for numerous years at Sewanhaka High School, Hicksville High School, Plaza Theatrical Productions, and the SYJCC Children’s Theatre. Her goal is to bring the magic of theatre and the comradery and sense of community that goes along with it to the youth. Children are magic, and theatre magic is a powerful tool that sparks creation, confidence, and the ability to “go with the flow.” She is ecstatic to have found Gold Coast Arts Center, a place where comradery, community, and creation blooms. www.amandamontoni.com


CINDI REITMAN began singing and dancing at an early age. At age nine she received a scholarship to study with Dance Theater of Harlem. Later she was accepted and graduated NYC HS of Performing Arts with a degree in a Dance.  A lover of all styles of dance she continued extensive training in jazz, ballet, modern, theater dance & Latin ballroom. She trained at Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Phil Black Studio, Broadway Dance Center, Dancesport and various studios though out NYC. Cindi taught and choreographed for John Harms Performing Arts School, AMDA (Summer Dance Intensive) programs, The Studio Dance Theater, Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC, Judge StarPower International Dance Competitions. Professional dancer/singer performed US & Europe in national tours, TV Specials, concerts & film. Currently, Cindi is a performance coach for aspiring dancers and singers. She has a Visual & Performing Arts degree in Dance & Photography and is currently an active member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA.


JENNIFER STATHES has been dancing since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in dance with a minor in business and holds a master’s degree in elementary education. She is a full time elementary school teacher for the NYC DOE. She was a member of her high school and college dance teams and was captain of a rhythmics team in high school as well. She has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop to children ages 2 through adult. In addition to dancing Jennifer also teaches Zumba fitness to children and adults. Jennifer is Gold Coast Arts Center’s Dance Team Coordinator.

 


JESSICA SULLIVAN Originally from Queens, New York, Jessica is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, pursuing minors in Psychology as well as Education as a Social Science. She is continuing her education at NYU to gain a MA in Dance Education through ABT. Sullivan received training at Nadia’s Performing Arts Centre, Queens, NY since the age of 3, as well with the Joffrey Ballet School in the Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program throughout high school. Sullivan has worked with choreographers including Mia Michaels, Angelica Stiskin, Michael Blake, Phil Orsano, John Evans, Michelle Manzaneles, and André M. Zachery. Jessica plans to continue performing and teaching, while exploring various opportunities in the dance and administration world.

 

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