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Faculty and Performing Artists

We will be celebrating our 26th Anniversary, with familiar faces and new artists!

     

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Tony Coppola

Tap virtuoso, Tony Coppola, is a former All American gymnast with a degree in music and an extensive professional carreer. He was one of Donnie and Marie Osmond's dancer and toured the world with them for several years. He was on faculty as the tap teacher for Tremaine Conventions for twelve years while also performing as a tap soloist. He recieved most of his dance training in Los Angeles where he studied ballet, jazz, modern, and was in a modern company. Tony brings a unique style to tap dance which combines percussion and athletics with an emphasis on entertainment. He was on hte faculty of the Colorado Ballet in Denver as the director of the jazz department. Tony choreogrpahed The World Gold Gymnastics Tour starring Olympic Gold Medalists and Hollywood dancers. Capezio honored Tony by having a tap shoe names after him, an honor of which Tony is very proud. He was on faculty at UNLV for five years, teaching both jazz and tap. Currently, he teaches the tap program at Don Mirault's Theater Arts Preparatory School. Tony directs and choreographs his own ensemble, the Coppola Rhythm Ensemble, in their show "Kickin' it!"

Tony espouses a philosophy of versatility and relevance for himself and his dancers.

 


Shaun B. D’Arcy

Shaun B. D’Arcy is a dance practitioner and educator with research interests in classical and contemporary ballet, modern/contemporary dance, and choreographic practice. Shaun has performed in both ballet and contemporary dance companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and BalletMet amongst others. Her choreography has been showcased nationally and internationally at venues such as the Joyce Soho Theater (NY), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NY), The Bonnie Bird Theatre (UK), The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place (UK), and the Kennedy Center (DC), as well as presented at several national dance platforms including The DanceNOW Festival (NY), The Dance Gallery Festival (NY, TX), Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance and Film Festival (AZ) and The Women in Dance Leadership Conference. Shaun has also been a recipient of The Field's Artist Residency grant (NY), the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), and the prestigious choreographic initiative DanceLines at the Royal Opera House in London. Shaun graduated summa cumme laude from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, earning a BFA in Dance with Honors. She also holds an MA in Choreography with Distinction from The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and an MFA in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance at George Mason University. Shaun has served as a full-time faculty member in dance programs at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Utah and has taught at several other universities and dance institutions in the United States and United Kingdom. Currently, Shaun resides with her husband and son in the Washington D.C. metro area and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University.

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Dedrick Gray

Dedrick “D. Banks” Gray is a Chicago Native is Performing Artist Choreographer, Educator, and Producer.

He has worked and studied and performed works under renowned artists/companies such as Gwen Welliver, Ron K. Brown, Onye Ozuzu, Moncell E. Durden, Darrell Jones, Dianne McIntyre, J’ Sun Howard, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Red Clay Dance Company, Camille A. Brown, Jawole Zollar and Urban Bush Women.

Dedrick will be receiving his MFA at Florida State University this spring. He’s furthering his pedagogy in Hip Hop, African Diasporic dance technique and cultural practices. His research centers the investigation on Black Linguistics and its connection to the African Diaspora.

 


Jason Hortin

Jason Hortin (Olympia, WA) graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), under the direction of Louis Kavouras. While in school, Jason performed with Moving People Dance Theatre and the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. After graduating from UNLV, he danced two seasons with River North Dance Chicago (2005-2007) and ten years with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (2007-2017) where he performed in over 60 masterworks including choreographies by Kylian, Pite, Forsythe, Abraham, Ek, Eyal, Naharin, Tharp, and many others. In addition to restaging works for Penny Saunders and Frank Chaves, Jason is currently finishing his master’s degree in dance, and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Arizona.

 

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Melanie Hortin

Melanie Hortin received her Pilates Certification from Romana's Pilates in 2002. She was fortunate to have all of her training and seminars taught by Level 1 instructor, Juanita Lopez, and to be tested by Romana Kryzanowska herself, protege of Joseph Pilates, for her 600 hour exam. Melanie is currently on staff at the Pilates Center of Chicago.

After earning her Bachelor's degree in dance from SUNY Buffalo and getting her Pilates certification, Melanie began a very fulfilling 12 year career with River North Dance Chicago. She has worked with and performed works by many top choreographers in their field such as Adam Barruch, Ruben y Sabrina Veliz, Frank Chaves, Harrison McEldowny, Kevin Iega Jeff and Julia Rhodes.  Additionally, she has also had the pleasure to perform choreography by Sidra Bell, Danny Ezralow, Robert Battle, Randy Duncan, Laurie Stallings and Sherry Zunker. Throughout her time with River North Chicago Dance Company, Melanie had the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally including: Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Columbia, and Russia. Melanie credits her longevity and relatively injury free career to her comprehensive Pilates certification and continued pilates practice.



          

Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence M. Jackson is the Associate Chair, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of Alabama, where he teaches Jazz, Contemporary, Dance History, Research Methods and African American Dance Studies. 

Professionally, he devoted several years with the internationally acclaimed modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed as a guest artist in a variety of concert dance venues. Choreographically, Jackson has produced over 85 original choreographic works. Most recently, Lawrence choreographed an off-Broadway production, Separate and Equal, which premiered in 59E59 in September 2018, and subsequently nominated for an AUDELCO Award for Best Choreography. Jackson also  choreographed the film version of this work, premiering in Spring 2021.

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Amy Kleinendorst

Amy (Young) Kleinendorst began her dance training at the age of ten in her hometown near Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she then went on to receive a BFA from The Juilliard School. Ms. Kleinendorst joined Taylor 2 soon after and made her debut as a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Paris Opera House in January of 2000. She was also a founding member of TAKE dance Company (2004-2010). Throughout her 17-year career, Ms. Kleinendorst taught master classes, residencies, intensives and workshops all over the world and continues to do so. Since retiring from the stage in 2013, she has also begun to share Paul’s work by setting his pieces at St. Paul’s School, Interlochen Arts Academy, The Citadel Dance and Music Center, Boston Conservatory and University of Wyoming. Amy taught and performed at the Snowy Range Dance Festival in the summer of 2021. She has been on faculty at The Taylor School where she taught weekly youth classes as well as professional level classes. Amy and her husband Robert, a fellow Paul Taylor dancer moved to Severna Park, MD in 2021 with their two children. She is now an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and Anne Arundel Community College and continues to teach in the community at the Severna Park Community Center.

 


Rob Kleinendorst

Robert Kleinendorst received his B.A. in Dance from Luther College in 1995. Immediately upon graduation, Robert moved to New York City to pursue a dance career. Robert attended daily classes at the Paul Taylor Dance Company while dancing for Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project, Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble, and Cortez and Co. In 1998, Robert was asked to join Paul Taylor’s second company, Taylor 2. Robert was then asked to join Mr. Taylor’s main company in 2000 in which he danced until his retirement in 2019. In his 21 years with Paul Taylor, Robert danced 98 roles in 77 of Taylor’s dances and also originated 28 roles with Mr. Taylor. He also originated roles with choreographers Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Lila York, Doug Elkins, Bryan Arias, Pam Tanowitz, Margie Gillis, and Kyle Abraham. In addition to his performing career, Robert taught master classes domestically and abroad as well as teaching at the Taylor School in New York. Robert also took on the responsibilities of assistant rehearsal directing and administrating all of Mr. Taylor’s company auditions. He has a MFA in Dance from George Mason University and is beginning his investigation into his own choreography. Robert is an Assistant Professor, Coordinator Performing Arts - Dance, and Director of AACC Dance Company at Anne Arundel Community College.

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Keith Saunders

Over a 44-year professional career, Keith Saunders has practiced the art and science of ballet as a performing artist, teacher, ballet master, stager, coach, company director, director of education programs, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant.  A long-time dancer and ballet master with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, he has taught all levels of ballet while serving on the faculties of the DTH School, the BalletMet Dance Academy, the New Ballet School (Ballet Tech), Steps NYC, the 92nd St. Y, the University of Wyoming (Guest Artist-in-Residence), and the Snowy Range Dance Festival.  He has choreographed works at the student, university, and professional levels, and taught innumerable workshops and master classes in studios, schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and abroad.  In 2017, Saunders earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA).  He joined the faculty of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, TX) in 2018.

 


Kellye A. Saunders

Kellye A. Saunders – (Ballet Master, Dance Theatre of Harlem) began her training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.  She continued her dance education with Rosella Hightower at Le Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France, before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem where she rose to the rank of principal dancer.  Ms. Saunders featured roles include Firebird, Giselle, Agon, A Song for Dead Warriors, Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, The Moor’s Pavane, Allegro Brillante, and Fancy Free, among many others.  She has also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Red Shoes and Porgy and Bess, and as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, dancing the role of the Striptease Girl in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.  Guest appearances also include Collage Dance Collective, the Washington Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Dance, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera.  Ms. Saunders has had extensive experience teaching and coaching dancers at both academic and professional levels.  From 2010-2013, prior to becoming a ballet master at DTH, she served as the project coordinator for Harlem Dance Works 2.0, a choreographic workshop that produced new repertoire for the Dance Theatre of Harlem company.  In 2015, Ms. Saunders graduated Summa Cum Laude from St Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance.  She is currently on faculty at Texas Christian University. 

 

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