Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Carrie Demos received her early training from Little Theatre Culture Center and earned a B.A. in Performing Arts-Emphasis in Dance from Colorado State University. Carrie has performed with Louder Than Words Dance Theatre and Community Dance Project in NYC and taught with Canyon Concert Ballet, High Performance Dance Theatre and the Colorado Ballet Department of Education and Outreach. 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 served as a Teaching Artist for New York City Ballet Education, teaching NYCB curricula/residencies with The New York City Department of Education/Dance Education Laboratory to further advance standards for dance education in grades K-8, serving as a Co-Facilitator for the NYCDOE’s 2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Training and as Adjudicator for their Arts Achieve Initiative. A certified Pilates Instructor, Carrie continues to strengthen her teaching by studying Kinesiology/Anatomy from master anatomist/teacher, Irene Dowd.
Dijon K. Whyte
Dijon K. Whyte recently graduated Adelphi University receiving his BFA in Dance. He received his most significant dance training in Stamford at Locust Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and Ballet School of Stamford. Dijon was inspired to be a tap dancer, but the more he was exposed to the art, the more he fell in love with different types of movement. Alongside Tap he went on to pursue Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Salsa, and West African dance. His summers were spent training with the Ballet School of Stamford, USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Martha Graham School. He has also been blessed to work with choreographers such as Jimmy Locust, Monica Richardson, Maurice Curry, Troy Powell and Sheila Barker. Over his career he has been privileged to perform works by David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham and Jiri Kylian. He hopes to share his excitement and passion for dance to influence positive growth and development in the Greenwich Academy community.
Toni DiTrocchio has been teaching pre-ballet, tap and jazz/hip-hop classes for 10 years. Along with a degree in early childhood development, she trained in college at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, trained in ballet under Stephen Pier and toured as soloist with RDNY. She takes a creative fun approach to teaching while instilling strong technique and musicality.
Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Lauren has toured both nationally and internationally as a member of MOMIX, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Michael Mao Dance, and Catapult. Lauren is an Assistant Rehearsal Director for Buglisi’s Table of Silence Project, which is performed each year on September 11th at Lincoln Center. She has also performed with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, ACB Dance, Ballet Ambassadors, and as a guest artist with Eva Dean Dance. Most recently, Lauren was a guest artist and master teacher for the Fini Dance Festival in Southern Italy. In addition to her performance work, Lauren teaches for several schools including The Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Capezio Center, and the Greenwich Dance Studio.
Alicia Nicole Thompson
Alicia Nicole Thompson, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, is currently a Freelance Artist and Executive Partner of Innergy. She began her training at Dance Theatre of Huntsville under the direction of Monique Ryan and attended the University of Alabama where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Cum Laude. Upon graduation, Alicia continued her passion for educating and inspiring as Associate Director of Dance Theatre of Huntsville and as Assistant Choreographer for DanceAll Productions. Alicia danced with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II where she toured and performed works by Talley Beatty, Christopher Huggins, and Mel Tomlinson to name a few. She also had the honor of performing with Michelle Gibson's groundbreaking company Exhibit Dance Collective, was selected as a choreographer for the Dance Canvas Performance Series and featured as a principal dancer in the HBO Film "Bessie" starring Queen Latifah. Now residing in NYC, she continues to teach her philosophy of the importance of diversity in dance, attention to detail and combining mind, body, and spirit in all aspects of dance.
Sydnie L. Mosle is an award winning artist-activist and educator who is interested in creative work that is both artistically sound and socially aware. he produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her dances have been performed extensively throughout New York City and she was listed by TheRoot.com as one of twenty-five “Up and Coming: Young Minority Artists and Entrepreneurs.” In February 2017, Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Sydnie produced her most recent evening length work with The Performance Project @ University Settlement (Artist in Residence 2015-2016). In 2011, she became the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. As a dance educator, Sydnie teaches modern, jazz and West African dance, amongst other styles. She teaches babies (really!), K-12, undergraduates, non-dancers and professionals alike, with the motto: if you can move, you can dance!
Nia Lancelin-Brantly is a dancer, singer, actor originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She received a BA in Theatre and Dance from Spelman College in 2009. Since then, Nia has performed in world premiere musical “I Dream” as a principal dancer, “CROWNS” as Jeanette, International Tour Drumline Live as a soloist dancer & singer, and National Tour UniverSOUL Circus as a ballet pointe soloist. Nia has been spotted on screen in the Real Housewives of Atlanta, NCAA March Madness commercial, BET Hip Hop Awards, and Bessie on HBO. Her company work includes: T. Lang- A Dance Company, Dames Aflame, and Axam Dance Theatre Experience. Upon moving to New York Nia took a break from performing to focus on developing her business, the WERKing dancer, and establishing herself as a choreographer by becoming a faculty member at Riverdale Children’s Theatre, Brooklyn Ballet, and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. She lives by the motto: To touch. To move. To inspire. That is the true gift of dance.
Eliza S. Tollett
Eliza S. Tollett, native of Massachusetts, is a New York City based ballet dancer and teacher. She has performed professionally with both classical and contemporary companies, including New York Theatre Ballet, Brooklyn Ballet, Richmond Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, and Buggé Ballet. She has also appeared as a featured dancer in an original opera as part of the 2017 Prototype Festival. Eliza holds a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a double major in French. She is an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3. In addition to mini mix, Eliza is on the faculty of Ballet School of Stamford, she teaches regularly at Brooklyn Ballet, and she is a teaching and audition assistant at Ballet Tech. Eliza received her initial dance training from Walnut Hill School of the Arts, spending summers at School Of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Boston Ballet School on scholarship.
Manuel Vignoulle, French choreographer based in New York, studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with many french companies. He was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York). Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland), State Theatre (South Africa) and The Forsythe Company (Germany). Manuel’s work, has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’Him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Chicago Repertory Ballet, The Ailey School , Rutgers University among others. He has performed his work with Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions both nationally and internationally including at at Jacob’s Pillow, Monterrey International Ballet Gala (Mexico) and The Dance Gallery Festival, among others.
Manuel's class draws its inspiration from the various experiences throughout his career, whether in contemporary, modern-jazz or ballet training.
Colleen Megley is the School Coordinator and teacher within the Peridance Young Movers Program in NYC. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Biology and Dance from Connecticut College. While at Connecticut College she studied ballet and post-modern dance under the direction of David Dorfman. Colleen received her Masters in Dance Education and Ballet Pedagogy at NYU in partnership with American Ballet Theatre and is an ABT National Training Curriculum Primary through Level 5 certified teacher.
Marcia Brooks is a dancer and choreographer, from Miami, FL. In Miami, she attended New World School of the Arts High School and continued there, earning a BFA in Dance. While at New World, she performed lead roles in works by Michael Utoff, Jose Limon and Geri Houlihan and was the first student at New World to produce a full evening of choreography. Since moving to New York in 1997 she has performed with Tina Croll, Melanie Morris, Paula Pleassas, Ann Robideaux, Ellen Stokes Shadle and RETTOCAMME. Marcia has taught at various schools in Miami as well as Virginia School of the Arts and Whitman College. She is currently Director of Upper School Dance at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut, where she lives with her son, daughter and husband. She began Marcia Brooks/Various Works in 2008 and recently launched an ongoing class and performance series called MiXt Co.
Annie Heinemann is the director of the Middle School dance program at Greenwich Academy. She began her training at the Canton Ballet, a pre-professional company in Ohio and has studied with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Annie holds a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters in Special Education. Before coming to Greenwich Academy, Annie was the artistic director for Tappan Zee Dance Group, a non-profit dance studio in Westchester, NY. She has performed professionally with Adams Company Dance, Co'Motion Dance Theater, Iowa Dance Theatre, Bernier Dance and Marcia Brooks/Various Works. Annie has performed and taught dance throughout Ohio, Iowa, Connecticut and New York, including at the Westchester Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Center and as an artist-in-residence for the Tarrytown Public Schools.
Andrew Sakaguchi is a New York based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. A ballet dancer by training, he has performed primarily in musical theater, touring extensively with West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, and The King and I. Regionally he was seen in Chess, Forever Plaid, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Cabaret, and Pageant, and he participated in workshops for Fosse and Behind The Painting, as well as The Jack Cole residency at Jacob's Pillow. In his hometown, Honolulu, he is a frequent guest director and choreographer, and he has helmed several award winning productions including the Hawaii premieres of Spamalot, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray, as well as acclaimed productions of Sweet Charity, Chicago, and Jesus Christ Superstar. For the last eight years, he has been a teaching artist with National Dance Institute, a non-profit organization founded by Jacques d'Amboise that works in partnership with New York City public schools to bring dance education to elementary school children.
Charlotte Perebinossoff studied at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, CA and at Pittsburg Ballet Theatre School in Pittsburg, PA. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Dance and a minor in Education. She has been on faculty at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore; KDLP and MapleBear Global Schools in Seoul, South Korea; California Dance Institute; and Westside School of Ballet. She is currently a Teaching Artist at National Dance Institute in New York City. Charlotte is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.