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Faculty and Performing Artists

We will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary with Tony Coppola, Natalie Desch, Lawrence Jackson, Carol Schuberg. Keith Saunders, Kellye Saunders, Donald Williams, and many more.

     

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.

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Natalie Desch

Natalie Desch, a BFA graduate of the Juilliard School and an MFA graduate of the University of Washington, performed for five seasons with the Limón Dance Company and eleven seasons with Doug Varone and Dancers in NYC. During that time, she also danced in various productions at the Metropolitan Opera and other regional opera companies (Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Palm Beach Opera, Longleaf Opera (NC), Lincoln Center Institute (NYC). From 2005-2012 she taught at Hunter College (City University of New York) and has also been a visiting faculty member at Weber State University (UT), University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Beijing Dance Academy. She additionally has taught for the following summer residencies or festivals: Doug Varone and Dancers, the Limón Dance Company, UNCSA, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Bates Dance Festival, Ririe-Woodbury, and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, among others. Natalie has restaged the works of Doug Varone, José Limón, Daniel Charon, and Jirí Kylián on performing groups around the world, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the US. In 2014 Natalie relocated to Salt Lake City, UT, and began teaching at Ballet West Academy, Westminster College, Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College. Natalie joined the University of Utah’s School of Dance as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2019.

 


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.

 

 

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Kellye 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 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.

 

 



          

Carol Schuberg

Carol Schuberg most recently directed and choreographed PIPPIN for Stephens College, CABARET for Concordia College and GODSPELL for Okoboji Summer Theatre. She performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St.Louis; Off Broadway in CHESS;  in the National Tours of CATS, BARNUM, GIGI, THE TAP DANCE KID and PROMISES, PROMISES; and Regionally in A CHORUS LINE (Sheila), BYE, BYE BIRDIE (Rosie), GYPSY (Electra), OLIVER! (Mrs. Sowerberry), and GEORGE M! (Madame Grimaldi). She served as the Visiting Guest Artist in Dance at Stephens College and has taught Master Classes at NYU, Penn State, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and American University. She was the associate choreographer to Michael Smuin on the movie of THE FANTASTICKS, to Tony Stevens on SWEET CHARITY (Istanbul Grand Opera), and to Ted Pappas on COMPANY, CABARET, GUYS and DOLLS (Pittsburgh Public Theater) and KISMET (Royal Canadian Opera). She received fee BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and resides in NYC.

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Donald Williams

Donald Williams Chicago, Il. native.  Premier Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem(27 yrs), principle guest artist: Royal Ballet Covent Garden, New York City Ballet and Complexions. Broadway: Ragtime, Phantom Music Box Tour, Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular. Television: Motown’s 30th Anniversary. PBS’s “Firebird” and DTH’s Emmy nominated “A Streetcar Named Desire”.   Film: “ Cotton Club”. Featured Dancer for Aretha Franklin. Personal trainer for Keanu Reeves for his film “Devil’s Advocate”. Master Ballet Teacher. Company Instructor for Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, Celine Dion’s ”A New Day” and Nevada Ballet Theatre. School Instructor for Dance Theatre Of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, New Orleans Ballet Association, and The Rock Center For Dance. Guest Teacher for UNLV,  USC Glorya Kaufman, Florida State University, Marymount College and currently Adjunct Professor at Tulane University.

 


Lawrence M. 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 is currently choreographing the film version of this work to premiere in Spring 2021.
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Amy Miller

Amy Miller (Gibney Dance Company Director) is a NYC-based dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. Formerly with the Ohio Ballet, she was also a founding member and artistic associate of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater. Now a GDC Director alongside Nigel Campbell, and a performing member of Gibney Dance Company, Miller has facilitated numerous teaching residencies at Oberlin College, Brown University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Bates Dance Festival among many others. Miller also focuses on Gibney’s Community Action initiatives through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention. She has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), MUDA Africa (Tanzania) and most recently in Gisenyi, Rwanda. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization’s Access, Diversity and Equity Committee, as well as Dance/USA’s Dance & Disability Affinity Group working toward National Initiatives. Miller has twice been a Dance/USA Mentor through their Institute for Leadership Training. Miller was honored to receive an Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Miller holds a BFA in Dance and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her choreography.

 


Jesse Obremski

Jesse Obremski, a native New Yorker, graduated from LaGuardia High School (2012) and The Juilliard School (2016), under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, and has additionally trained at The Ailey School, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary Program, and Springboard Danse Montréal. Obremski, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient, Jadin Wong Dance Awardee (2016), Interview En L’air’s “Dancer to Watch” (2017), and Dance Magazine’s March 2019 Dancer “On The Rise” has performed with Diversity of Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Peter Stathas Dance, Wilder Project, Kate Weare Company, and a company member with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2014-2016, while at The Juilliard School), Buglisi Dance Theatre (2016-present), WHITE WAVE (2017-present), and has performed ensemble, soloist, and principal roles with The Limón Dance Company (2016-2019). Obremski has had the honor to perform for the Obama family at The White House as well as for the Olympic recognized FINA World Tournament 2019 in South Korea.

Obremski has taught at Montclair State University, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, The University of Wyoming, Brigham Young University, Gibney, LaGuardia High School, MOVE(NYC), others and is on faculty for The Limón Foundation and Diversity of Dance. Obremski has assisted in the staging of Limón’s Missa Brevis at The Juilliard School from 2015-2018 as well as staged José Limón’s solo Chaconne on MOVE(NYC) in 2018 and The University of Wyoming in 2019.

Obremski’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as The New Prague Dance Festival, Battery Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, The Juilliard School’s Choreographic Honors Showcase, Gibney, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, and he has been commissioned for new creations by Diversity of Dance (NY), The University of Wyoming (WY), Fort Hamilton Joffrey Academy (NY), Sacred Heart University (CT), and Brigham Young University (UT). Obremski founded his company, Obremski/Works, in 2017 as an outlet for his choreographic work which includes an emphasis on dance films. In 2019, his dance film No Words was selected and presented by HBO at Lincoln Center through The Dance Films Associations.

Obremski was a guest artist with GDC for the 2018-2019 season and is very excited to be with GDC for a second year, now in a new light as a full time Artistic Associate.

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Melissa Rector

Melissa Rector, Assistant Artistic Director and Dancer

Originally from West Virginia, Melissa started dancing at a young age with Monica Folio. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 1993. Melissa has been dancing with Koresh Dance Company since its inception in 1991 and is the company’s Assistant Artistic Director. She is also an instructor at the Koresh School of Dance, where she teaches her unique style that blends modern jazz and Luigi technique. Her work has been performed locally at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Annenberg Center, Drexel University, the Grier School and Brandywine Ballet. She frequently travels around the country to perform, teach master classes and set choreography on students. In 2008, Melissa helped to establish the Koresh Youth Ensemble and serves as their artistic director, setting both original choreography and company repertory on the group.

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Performing Artisits

Gibney Dance Company

Jesse Obremski & Jacob Thoman

With an uncompromising focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, Gibney Dance Company activates its dancers toward their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves through rigorous physical, intellectual, and interpersonal practices.

The Company's vision is to not only cultivate the next leaders of the field, but to also provide a concrete example of the wide-reaching relevancy of artists in our society. Gibney Dance Company supports its Artistic Associates with 52-week contracts, health insurance and paid vacations.

Photo Credit Nir Arieli

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Boston Ballet

Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy & Jorge Andres Villarini

For more than five decades, we have mesmerized audiences with our sweeping repertoire, which spans from cherished 19th-century classics to contemporary show-stoppers.

We perform in the historic, 2,500-seat Boston Opera House and reside offstage in a state-of-the-art facility headquartered in Boston’s South End.

The Company is comprised of 69 dancers of 11 nationalities, representing the highest caliber of international talent on our Boston stage. We present a broad repertoire, including timeless classical ballets, such as Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, Florence Clerc’s La Bayadère, and John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet; neo-classical ballets with masterworks by George Balanchine; and innovative contemporary ballets from choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, and Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo.
 
Boston Ballet School serves more than 5,000 students at locations in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore, with programs designed for ages two through adult, at all experience levels. Boston Ballet School provides training for the next generation of professional ballet dancers, and the highest quality dance education for all.
 
Our Department of Education and Community Initiatives (ECI) reaches 4,000 individuals in Boston and the surrounding communities each year through our programming, events, and activities. For more than 25 years, our Citydance program has provided third-grade students from Boston public schools with a tuition-free introduction to dance education.
 
Our internationally-acclaimed performances, world-class education programs, and ground-breaking community initiatives have made us a leader in our field, with an over 50-year history of promoting excellence and access to dance.

 


Koresh

Melissa Rector & Micah Geyer

Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country. Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. The company also presents work by guest choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, and Paul Selwyn Norton.

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