Faculty

JACKI FORD

Jacki Attended the University of Utah on the William F. Christensen scholarship and graduated with a performance/teaching emphasis.  She has worked with such companies as Ballet West, Utah Ballet, and as a principle dancer with Rocky Mountain Ballet.  Jacki has appeared on stage in Funny Girl, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Rockette, Mack and Mabel, with Jerry Herman, and Sinatra, His Voice, His World, His Way with John Pizzarelli.  Industrial/Television work includes: IBM, Q-Lube, Polaris, Intel, Tupperware, Wal-Mart, As the World Turns Telemucno Upfront, the 2004 Tony Awards, One Night Only with Hugh Jackman, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. 

ASHLEY LINDSEY

Ashley Lindsey is an NYC-based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Susan McCullough. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Limon Dance Company, where he danced for six seasons. He later went on to dance for various contemporary companies including Lar Lubovitch Dance company, Helen Simoneau Danse, and The Wes Veldink Movement. He also has an extensive resume in commercial dance

As a choreographer, he has created work for stage, film, television, dance companies and universities across the country and abroad. In 2012 he founded Ashley Lindsey Dance, the company has since performed in the Reverb International Dance Festival, Pushing Progress Showcase, Raw Movement Festival, and White Wave Dance Festival. He was selected  as a finalist in the 2011 Capezio ACE Awards, for choreographic excellence through Break the Floor Productions and Dance Spirit Magazine. Ashley is the director of the summer program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

 

MICHAEL CUSUMANO

Michael grew up in Long Island New York. He began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then. That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994. Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. With ABT Michael danced in all the full length classics as well as works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Agnes DeMille, and Lar Lubovich to name a few.

 After ABT Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, then as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He went on to perform in the original cast of “All Shook Up” on Broadway and then to star as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Michael won the title of Mr.Broadway 2011. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". Michael’s alter ego Madame Olga was featured on an episode of”Joan and Melissa Joan knows Best” for WE TV. As a singer Michael performed as the lead in the BBC upfronts performing David Bowie’s “Changes.”

 Michael most recently appeared in the original production of "An American in Paris" on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Pace University where he has taught for five years, and also teaches at world renowned institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Ballet Arts at City Center.

TYLER HAYNES

Tyler Hanes is an actor/choreographer/producer best known for his work on the Broadway stage. His Broadway/NYC credits include Rum Tum Tugger in the original revival company of Cats, Gabey in On The Town, Larry in the original revival company of A Chorus Line, Link Larkin in Hairspray, Charlie in Sweet Charity opposite Christina Applegate, The Frogs, The Boy From Oz with Hugh Jackman, Urban Cowboy, Oklahoma!, A Bed and A Chair opposite Bernadette Peters, Juno opposite Victoria Clark, and American Dance Machine for the 21st Century. Elsewhere: The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Barrington Stage, Signature Theatre, Paper Mill, MSMT. TV/Film: Pose, The Good Fight, Elementary, the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Scenario, and as Jerry Orbach in Fosse/Verdon on FX. As a choreographer, his work includes Dancing with the Stars, Kristin Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned World Tour, The American Country Awards, New York Fashion Week, and El Chico De Oz in Lima, Peru. www.tylerhanes.com @thetylerhanes

AMANDA EDGE

Amanda attended the Hungarian National Ballet School in the summer of 1990 before moving to New York to study at The School of American Ballet. Following the student workshop, she was invited to join the New York City Ballet. During her 15 years with the company, she performed principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and was featured in many new works. Amanda appeared in numerous Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts with NYCB, and in the 1993 Warner Brothers movie, “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” She was also featured in Shape Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Scotland’s “Caledonia.” In 2006 Amanda left NYCB to be an original cast member in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. She returned to New York the following year, and from 2007-2009, she worked in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on the National Tour. In 2010, Amanda was selected as the “swing” in the original Broadway cast of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. When the show moved to the Wynn’s Encore Theatre in Las Vegas under the title Sinatra: Dance With Me, Ms. Tharp invited her to be the dance captain for the production. In 2011, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in Arts Administration, and rejoined Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, serving as the show’s assistant dance captain until 2014.

KIM CRAVEN

Kim most recently served as the Resident Choreographer of CATS on Broadway, and will be the Associate Choreographer on the 1stNational Tour going out January 2019.  Prior to that she was the Associate Choreographer for HONEYMOON IN VEGAS on Broadway and Paper Mill Playhouse.  She served as the Resident Director for Twyla Tharp’s COME FLY AWAY on Broadway, the Associate Director/Choreographer for the 1stNational Tour, and was the Dance Supervisor for Tharp’s SINATRA DANCE WITH ME at The Wynn Theater in Las Vegas.  Other Tharp credits include: Dance Supervisor for the 1st National Tour of MOVIN' OUT, Associate Director/Choreographer for MOVIN' OUT in London, and Resident Director for TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ on Broadway.   Kim also served as the Dance Captain for the 1st National Tour and Las Vegas production of MAMMA MIA, the Dance Supervisor for the 1st, 2ndand 3rd National Tours of SWING, and the Dance Captain for ON THE TOWN on Broadway.
 
She began her training at Westside Ballet in Los Angeles and spent summers at the San Francisco Ballet School and The School of American Ballet.  She moved to NYC to study full time at SAB and began her professional career dancing with The Pennsylvania Ballet Company.  She moved to LA to pursue commercial dance and eventually returned to NY when she earned her first Broadway show.  
 
Teaching credits include: New York City Dance Alliance, Marymount Manhattan College, L.A. Chamber Ballet, Westside Ballet, Orange County High School of the Arts, and Crossroads School.

KELBY BROWN

Kelby Brown is an American born choreographer, from St. Louis, Missouri. Kelby has had the pleasure of choreographing for Justin Timberlake for the 20th Anniversary, Kids Choice Awards. He also created a special work to pay homage to the legendary founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mr. Arthur Mitchell, for Opera Noire.  Later he joined forces with Screen Director Ryan Shiraki for the movie Spring Breakdown, where his choreography was showcased by a star-studded cast including Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch.  Kelby then reunited with Shiraki to choreograph for the hit MTV show “Awkward”.  Kelby’s choreographic stage credits include Zombie Strippers the Musical, where his choreography was quoted in the Broadway World review as being, "The Star of the Night.”   Kelby’s expertise in teaching and his dedication to the art of dance makes him a highly sought after instructor, coach and choreographer. As such, he has held faculty positions at some of the most prestigious institutions including American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, State Ballet of Missouri, PACE University and Broadway Dance Center.  Kelby continues to teach and inspire, both domestically and internationally, and is recognized as an influencer in the dance community.

SEAN KELLY

Sean Maurice Kelly was born in San Francisco, California. He received his training at Marin Ballet. After attending the summer program at American Ballet Theatre II, he was invited to join the company. Two years later Mr. Kelly was offered a contract from Mikhail Baryshnikov to join ABT. But opted to join the Houston Ballet, where he became a Principal Dancer.

Mr Kelly is currently the Resident Director for the International tour of An American in Paris, the Tony Award winning musical by Christopher Wheeldon. He was most recently the Resident Director/Associate Choreographer for the U.S. tour as well as the Broadway production.  Sean was Associate Choreographer for Billy Elliot, the musical for the Chicago, Toronto, and touring productions. He also was Resident Director for the tour of the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel production ‘Movin' Out’. Sean continues to inspire dancers of all kinds with his teaching and coaching.

MICHAEL SNIPE JR

Michael Snipe Jr. was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and received his B.F.A from The Juilliard School. Upon graduation, he won The Hector Zaraspe award for Choreographic honors. He has performed with Ailey 2, The David Parson Dance Company and Robert Battle's company Battle Works.  He has also performed in Swing! The Musical and Movin' Out. He was in the original cast for the first national tour of Movin' Out and later went back to New York to perform with the Broadway Cast. He was also a member of the Irish Modern Dance Theater based in Dublin Ireland. He lived in Paris for a year and taught at Le Centre des Arts Vivants. He’s been on faculty at Columbia College, Roosevelt University and The Joffrey Academy, all in Chicago. He has taught summer sessions at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. and for the Ailey Experience in NYC! He teaches for Ailey Extensions and is currently on Faculty At Ballet Tech. He’s super excited to be joining Kanyok Arts Initiative, teaching ballet and Horton Technique.

AL BLACKSTONE

Al Blackstone is an Emmy-nominated director, choreographer, and educator.  His passion for bringing people together to experience something meaningful drives him to make dances, tell stories, and encourage joyful connection.  Born in New Jersey and raised in a dance studio, he has called New York City home for more than a decade.  In that time he has created emotional work for the stage and screen, thrown parties for charity, and introduced hundreds of people to one another.  He believes deeply in the power of dance, community, and kindness.

BILLY GRIFFIN

Billy Griffin is a New York City based choreographer and educator. Select choreography credits include the currently touring Friends! The Musical Parody, as well as work for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival featuring So You Think You Can Dance winner Ricky Ubeda, The Red Bucket Follies, The Drama League Gala (honoring Steve Martin), Hershey Park, Issac Mizrahi for QVC, The Miss America Organization,The National YoungArts Foundation, NYMF (nomination for choreography), The Joffrey Ballet School, The Steps Conservatory, Fordham/Ailey, New York University and Pace University. As a performer Billy was in the Broadway/National Tour Productions of Mary Poppins, White Christmas and Young Frankenstein. Associate/Assistant credits include work with Sonya Tayeh, Josh Bergasse, Andy Blankenbuhler and Al Blackstone. As a dance educator Billy is on faculty at Steps on Broadway and is a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and NYU. Billy is also a proud ambassador for Lululemon.  

GARY LEWIS

Mr. Lewis is a native of St. Thomas, U.S., Virgin Islands, started his dance training at the age 12 at the St Thomas School Of Dance In Virgin Islands under the directorship of Kay Atchison and trained at the Dance Theater of Harlem and Washington School of Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Center. He has danced professionally for Capitol Ballet, Toured Nationally/Internationally w/ Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble , Colorado Ballet, Evidence ( Ron Brown ) and made his Broadway debut in the original cast of The Lion King and has toured w/ The Lion King “Gazelle National Tour. Mr. Lewis has been a Judge and Master class teacher for YAGP ( Youth Grand Prix ) for the past 6 years and have taught for summer intensives at Ballet West ( Salt Lake City ) Brooksher Ballet ( Mesa Arizona ) and Classical Dance Academy In Denver Colorado . Mr Lewis has been a certified Master for Zena Rommett Floor Barre since 2006.

DANIEL CATANACH

Daniel Catanach served as the Artistic Director for the Urban Ballet Theater for 10 years creating over thirty original ballets including the critically acclaimed “Nutcracker in the Lower” which celebrated a ten year run in New York’s Lower East Side. Early on in his career he was appointed to be the Rehearsal Director for the Kansas City Ballet where his duties included assisting Alvin Ailey on “The River.” Mr. Catanach was also the Ballet Master for the Armitage Ballet for three years. He has been a guest choreographer and teacher at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the Dance Teacher Summit, New York City Dance Alliance, Male Dance Conference and Manhattan Youth Ballet. He also taught on the faculties of ParisCentre in Paris, France, Wilson Teatro da Danza in Rome, Italy and the Balettakademien in Stockholm, Sweden as well as in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.

SEAN ROZANSKI

Sean Rozanski, born and raised in Queens, New York. Studied jazz dance, at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia , PA. Later, Sean danced with America’s original jazz company, Giordano Dance Chicago.  He recently completed working on Jerome Robbins Broadway, Chicago,The Bodyguard and Dirty Dancing the musical.

VIN BERARDI

Vin Berardi has been an acting instructor for over twenty years, having programmed and created classes at every level and for all age groups, throughout the northeast. As a director, he’s mounted new works at multiple regional theaters and in New York City, and has had great success at several festivals—most recently the BAD Theater Fest. On each show he played Vin Berardi, and received rave reviews. He’s the artistic director of his own theatre company, My Theatre Company, for which he’s directed and produced two successful original productions. He’s also a co-creator of The Trilogy Podcast, and has his own comedy website.

DOMINIQUE PLAISANT

Dominique Plaisant-Is cast in Marvin Hamlisch’s and Jerry Lewis’s last work, The Nutty Professor, patiently waiting the Broadway run! Other Broadway credits include: The Wild Party (staring Mandy Patinkin, Eartha Kitt and Toni Collette); LESTAT (by Elton John and Bernie Taupin)

She recently toured the world with Philip Glass in Book of Longing, Leonard Cohen‘s book of poetry set to music. Off-Bway: For Lovers Only, at the New World Stages, and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Will Mr. Merriweather return from Memphis? At Carnegie Hall, she performed in JUBILEE (dir. Herbert Ross)  Internationally-Patsy Cline in Always … Patsy Cline, she has also toured Europe extensively as an acclaimed jazz soloist. She made her film debut as the lead in Soul Mates, winner of best of festival at the Berkeley film festival. Currently she plays the role of Sybill in the new film short Full Moon and High Tide in the Ladies Room, nominated and playing in several film festivals this year. Dominique coaches Broadway professionals and teaches all across New York City. She is a professor at Baruch College, she teaches at Broadway in Motion and various other classes and workshops here in the City. She is very proud to be teaching for Kanyok Arts Initiative.

Additional Faculty
  • Karine Plantadit

  • John Selya

  • Kurt Froman

  • Emily Bufferd

  • Martha Nichols

  • Jess Hendrix

  • Dee Caspary

  • Shelly Hutchinson

  • Kyle Robinson

  • Chet Walker

  • Jon Olestad

  • Jack Gil

  • Martin Harvey

  • Corey Snide

  • Bo Park

  • Alexandra Damiani

GRADY McLEOD BOWMAN

Choreography credits include: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW (Off-Broadway), JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT (Drury Lane Theatre), MY FAIR LADY (Olney Theatre), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Capital Repertory Theatre), GREASE (Gateway Playhouse), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Northern Stage), GODSPELL (Pace University), and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). 

Grady has also worked alongside Tony Award-winners Julie Andrews, Chris Gattelli, Joe Mantello, and Randy Johnson as an Associate Director & Associate Choreographer on several productions including DOGFIGHT (Second Stage Theatre), IN YOUR ARMS (The Old Globe), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Capital Repertory Theatre), THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL (Goodspeed Opera House), and TOP HAT (NY Developmental Lab). 

As a performer, Grady was in the original Broadway companies of BILLY ELLIOT, SOUTH PACIFIC (2008 Revival), HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, WONDERLAND, and THE PIRATE QUEEN. He also toured internationally with FOSSE and Pilobolus Dance Theatre, as well as appeared in the films FORREST GUMP and THE LAST FIVE YEARS.