Darnell Snoopy Brown

Hometown: Boston, MA

Current Classes: Hip Hop @ Brook Charter High School

Education: Business & Arts Management / Dance

Professional Experience: So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance, Urban NutCracker, The ARK USA Qualifier...

Teaching Philosophy: "Let your mind go and tell your story... Somebody is listening/watching. Let music be your Narrator and your movement tell your emotion."

"Show your Origin"

"Everything is based off feelings and emotions"

Loves: Traveling, Playing Video Games, Dancing, Going on Wild Adventures and Sleeping !!

 

Haley Day

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Current Classes: Baby Open Play Space; Baby Groove; Kids Groove; Level I/II Contemporary; Level II Accelerated; Level I/II Acro

Education: Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (BFA in Dance Performance)

Professional Experience: Urbanity Company Dancer; Guest Artist at Western Oklahoma Ballet Theater; Owen/Cox Dance Group; Guest Corps Member with Kansas City Ballet

Teaching Philosophy: Teaching allows me to share two things about being human that I love the most: movement and music. I want to build a generation that loves movement and knows the joy and power of the body in motion.

LOVES: All Ben & Jerry's except Cherry Garcia, drop swings, the smell of wood smoke, 30 Rock, and my kitties, Charlie and Toaster

 

Alexander Davis

Hometown: Hollis, NH

Current Classes: Baby Crawlers, Baby Groove, Kid's Groove, Boys Dance I & II

Education: Keene State College (B.A. of Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance); American Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, David Dorfman Summer Intensive

Professional Experience: Urbanity Company Dancer, Judy Dworin Performance Project, Gold Dust Orphans, independent dancer and choreographer.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in the enhancement, specification, and celebration of the individuality that is naturally within all moving beings. This includes the encouragement and facilitation of the search for agency and ownership within movement and oneself.

LOVES: Knitting, Comedy, Autumn, and Dogs

 

Jamie Ballou

Hometown: Bridgewater, MA

Current Classes: Modern/conditioning/technique for Urbanity's Trainee Program

Education:  Dean College (B.A. in dance)

Professional Experience:  Boston Community Dance Project, MSO via ACE Entertainment, Urbanity Dance (company), 10 years of teaching/choreographic experience including: Paula Coffey Dance Center, The Dance Connection, Urbanity dance, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, The Hurley School, and master teacher/guest artist at Dean College and several schools throughout Massachusetts. 

Teaching Philosophy:  To encourage strong work ethic, self-esteem, and a love for the art of dance through structure and positive reinforcement. 

LOVES: writing, pugs, calla lilies, harry potter, anything christmas, & my husband <3

 

Jen Passios

Hometown: Lunenburg, MA

Current Classes: Contemporary I, II, & III

Education: Five College Dance Department, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress

Professional Experience: Company and Freelance work around Boston including Urbanity Underground

Teaching Philosophy: Breed compassion. Feed hungry minds. Foster artistry. Revel in being a verb.

LOVES: Espresso, turtlenecks, leotards, driving, words, plants, and critters

 
 

 Jessie Alegria

Hometown: Escazu, Costa Rica

Current Classes: Adult Beginner Hip Hop

Education: BA in Anthropology and Dance from Oberlin College, Recipient of the Helen Ward Memorial Prize in Theater and Dance.  

Professional Experience: I have dedicated the last 11+ years to teaching Hip Hop, Creative Movement, and Modern dance to students of all ages and abilities. Before attending Oberlin College, I was a member of DCypher, a professional Hip Hop company based in Washington, DC. Once at college, I became the Artistic Director of the Hip Hop company and also performed in/choreographed for the Oberlin Modern Dance Company. As well as teaching dance at Urbanity, I also teach fitness classes at Flywheel Sports and Orangetheory Fitness. Clearly, I love to move! This is my third year teaching for Urbanity and am so excited for what's to come! 

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in creating a fun, high-energy environment that is also welcoming, inviting and judgement-free. I want my students to feel comfortable exploring new movement, to feel confident in adding their own style and flavor to a move, and to leave class with a little more swag in their step. Nothing makes me happier than hearing stories of my (once shy) dancers breaking out into choreography at the club, at a friend's wedding or even at grandma's 90th birthday bash. 

Loves: Nike kicks, Dark chocolate, anything in a Mason jar.

 

Jessica Flynn

Hometown: Haverhill, MA

Current Classes:  Kids Groove

Education:  High School Diploma

Professional Experience:  Junior Apprentice with Urbanity Dance, Apprentice with Bosoma Dance Company

Teaching Philosophy:  Kids improve when they realize that the only person they need to be better than is themselves

LOVES: Chocolate ice cream, dance parties in my room, and filling in my planner

 

 

Betsi Graves

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Current Classes: Baby +1; Kids Groove; Dance with Parkinson's

Education/Training: Boston College; Jacob's Pillow Choreography Lab

Professional Experience: Director of Urbanity Dance; Faculty at Boston Ballet; Faculty at Regis College; Master Teacher and guest choreographer at colleges and schools across the United States; Jacob's Pillow Choreography Lab; Orlando Ballet; LA Underground; Cirque du Soleil/Theatre Mama Kooza. 

Teaching Philosophy: Every human is born dancing; it's my job to help students return to this state of mind, to rediscover the sheer joy of their unique movement essence. And there are incredible physical/mental side effects along the way: strength, flexibility, coordination, body awareness/comfort, and movement bliss. What a dream, to help others tap into the secrets of dance and movement!

LOVES: Diet coke, the number 3, trees, rainbows, and fancy hair-dos

 

Kurt Joyce

Hometown: Weymouth, MA

Current Classes:  
Acro I/II & Hip Hop Level II

Education:  B.S. in Marketing Communications with a minor in Dance from Emerson College.

Professional Experience:  Kurt has been a performer for number of dance companies within the Greater Boston area, including UrManity. In additional Kurt has worked as the Artistic Director for Emerson Urban Dance Theatre and an independent choreographer. 

Teaching Philosophy:  Give your work everything that you have, and then some.

LOVES: Indoor cycling, music and autumn!

 

Leilani Ricardo

Hometown: Limerick, Maine

Current Classes: Level III/IV Contemporary; Level II/III/IV Improvisation

Education/Training: Dean College (BA in Dance); Ballet New England; The Konservatoriet; NorthEastern Ballet Theater

Professional Experience: Independent Dancer/Choreographer; Boston Ballet's Education and Community Initiatives; Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Assistant for Tony Award winning Choreographer Yo-el Cassell

Teaching Philosophy: Dance is for everybody and every body.

LOVES: Chai, Shakespeare, animals of all kinds, throwing dinner parties, the ocean, holidays, reading, and comic books!

 
 

Kiki Canuto

Hometown: South Weymouth, MA

Current Classes: Hip Hop I, II, III/IV, Acro I/II

Education: Simmons College, Bachelor of Arts (Spanish and Psychology)

Professional Experience: Teaching Artist at Urbanity (School Year 2016-17 and Summer Bootcamp 2016), UGOT Active Kids Instructor, Guest Choreographer for Weymouth High School Dance Team, Former Member of DanceWorks Boston and OnStage Dance Company, Guest Instructor at Boston Children's Museum's KidsJams, Zumba Kids Instructor and Lead Teacher at My Gym Boston

Teaching Philosophy: As an educator and dancer, I believe dance should be accessible and enjoyable for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Dance is a universal language that brings people of different backgrounds and experiences together in a powerful and fulfilling way. I wish for my students to experience this language through my music, movements, and energy, and become the movers they truly are. Encouraging my kids to make movement a priority while simultaneously fostering creativity, building self confidence and understanding the importance of team work is one of my main goals through my work inside and outside of Urbanity.

LOVES: Coffee ice cream, Mexican food, traveling the world, and riding my bike!  

Jennifer Farrell

Hometown: Boston, MA

Current Classes:  Contemporary Jazz- Level IV/V

Education:  Northeastern University- Doctor of Education Ed.D. (current) MA- Emerson College- Theatre Education; BA- Tufts University Drama and Dance

Professional Experience: Jen is a candidate for a Doctor of Education at Northeastern University with an emphasis on dance history. She is a faculty member with The Department of Performing Arts and dance instructor with The Department of Professional Studies Pre-College program at Emerson. Presently, Jen teaches at Urbanity Dance Studio, Boston where her advanced level jazz class, JazzDanceBrunch provides support for 3LPlace--a community that empowers adults living with Autism and developmental disabilities. Jen's choreography includes: Boston Contemporary Dance Festival; New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. World Trade Show; City Performing Arts Center-Alvin Ailey Dance Camp; Peggy Ann at The Longy School of Music; and college productions of: Guys and Dolls!, Merrily We Roll Along, Two Gentleman of Verona; ParadeHair: The American Tribal Love-Rock MusicalInto the Woods and Anything Goes. She has taught dance at The Boston Conservatory, Suffolk University, M.I.T., Northern Essex Community College and College of The Holy Cross. She danced nationally and internationally for various sportswear companies including: Keds, Champion, PUMA and FILA. Jen also danced in shows opening for headliner entertainers Gregory Hines, Rita Moreno, Harry Connick Jr., The Pointer Sisters, and The B-52’s.


Teaching Philosophy:  Teach the student you have first, teach the subject you have second. 

LOVES: Jack and Cyd (my children named after Jack Cole and Cyd Charisse), lobster, the beach, watermelon sour patch candies, flowers, chocolates, drum beats, heart beats and pizza!

 

Brenna Robinson

Hometown: Plymouth, CT

Current Classes: Adult Beginner Contemporary; Adult Beg/Int Contemporary

Education: Dean College (BA in Dance); Broadway Dance Center (Summer Professional Semester); Triple Threat Dance Company

Professional Experience:  Urbanity Dance Company; Dean College Company; American College Dance Association; Patriots Football Season Opener

Teaching Philosophy: The mind is a powerful tool. What we tell it, greatly affects us. 

LOVES: Improvising, psychology, live music, the outdoors, and peanut butter