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Our Faculty

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.

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