Hometown: La-Vista, NE
Current Classes: Baby Crawlers; Baby Movers; Baby Groove; Kids Groove; Acro I; Hip Hop I and II ; Lee Academy
Professional Experience: Danielle performed for several years in Germany, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, and throughout the US including California at La Miranda Theatre. She continues to dance and perform through collaboration with friends at New England Conservatory and Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Teaching Philosophy: For every child to find their worth and individuality through movement.
Loves: Painting, reading, petting cats, and being with friend.
Hometown: Salem, MA
Current Classes: Mini Crew; Hip Hop I, II, and III; Adult: Beginner Hip Hop Form and Perform; Intermediate Hip Hop Form and Perform; All Levels Heels
Professional Experience: Tyh has performed with Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater, and Danza Organica political dance collective. She has also collaborated with Reggie Wilson in his Fist & Heels residency at the ICA and used her leadership scholarship, Posse, to catalyze the dance program at Centre College.
Teaching Philosophy: Tyh's teaching philosophy includes sharing her passion for hip hop, jazz funk and afro modern dance with people of all ages and abilities! She especially enjoys exploring fusion styles, building confidence and technique with adults in the 12-week form and perform classes!
Loves: Reading mystery/thriller/psychology/lifestyle books. Hiking, camping, kayaking. Exercising, adventuring with friends.
Current Classes: Brazilian Zouk
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Current Classes: Baby Movers; Kids Groove; Kids Tap and Tumble; Youth Company I/II; Pre-Pointe; Conditioning; Modern I/II; Modern IV/V; Contemporary I/II; Acro I, II, and III/IV
Professional Experience: This will be my fifth season as part of Urbanity's professional company, and I received my BFA in Dance Performance from University of Missouri, Kansas City--Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2013.
Teaching Philosophy: I hope to create a classroom environment that fosters an appreciation for hard work, a sense of mutual respect and support between students and teacher, and joy and wonder for the capacities of the human body in motion.
Loves: My cats (Charlie and Toaster), ice cream, music, reading, but most of all, moving
Hometown: Boston, MA
Current Classes: Jazz III/IV/V
Professional Experience: Faculty member with The Department of Performing Arts and dance instructor with The Department of Professional Studies Pre-College program at Emerson. 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 first, the subject second.
Loves: Jack, Cydney, the ocean, wine, reading, cooking.
Hometown: Newton, MA
Current Classes: Acro III/IV
Professional Experience: I have been a b-boy for about 6 years. I did parkour for about 2 years. I have done gymnastics and circus arts for the past 4 years. I love doing acrobatics, juggling, fire arts, and other circus practices!
Teaching Philosophy: I have always appreciated teachers who make learning fun without losing their dedication to work hard and drive their students to do their best.
Loves: I LOVE doing circus arts. My most recent interests have been fire arts such as: fire staff spinning, fire poi, fire juggling, and fire breathing. When I'm not training, I'm probably watching various different anime series.
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Current Classes: Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary Workshop (Adult)Lee Academy; Tartts Daycare
Professional Experience: Flora Hyoin Kim is a performer, dance educator and choreographer who earned her B.F.A in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Flora is currently a company member at Prometheus Dance and teaches contemporary, modern, ballet, hiphop and creative movement to various age group. Flora is dedicated to become a positive influence to her students through sharing her love of dance with others.
Teaching Philosophy: "Educators are born to make a difference in students' life"
Loves: Church family, chocolate, laughter, Charles River, beach, losing myself in freedom.
Hometown: Belchertown, Massachusetts
Current Classes: Baby Walkers; Baby Movers; Kids Groove; Tap I/II; Ballet I; Contemporary I
Education: Emerson College, (B.A. In Journalism and Dance)
Professional Experience: Dance Workshop Inc; The Walt Disney Company; Emerson College Dance Company
Teaching Philosophy: Foster passion first, and the rest will follow.
Loves: Vanilla Coffee, Dogs, Dancing around the kitchen and anything that Sparkles!
Professional Experience: J'Quan attended Becker College in Worcester, MA for Interactive Media Design. During this time, he was an integral part of creating the Becker College Dance Program, and soon became captain of the team and president for their club. He also joined Dance Company Worcester as a guest choreographer and dancer for four years and was a member of one of the most influential hip hop crews in Boston known as Phunk Phenomenon.
Living the "Artist Life" he lives and breathes art every day. As a interdisciplinary artist, J'Quan is also a photographer, digital drawing and music production. In dance, he fuses musicality and story telling combined with fast, intricate movements of a martial arts and acrobatics to create his own style. "It's not always about the movement of your body, but the movement of your mind. Don't think outside of the box: Because there is no box. Your mind is unlimited so you must keep it creative and free."
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Current Classes: Boys Dance; Improvisation II/III/IV/V
Professional Experience: Dancer with Urbanity, Prometheus, and Contact Improv Boston
Teaching Philosophy: To facilitate a laboratory setting that encourages autonomy inside and outside the classroom.
Loves: Philosophy, Video Games, and Improvising
Hometown: West Haven, CT
Professional Experience: Performer and choreographer with Boston companies including Urbanity Underground, Sasso & Company and 617 Dance Collective as well as Nashville based contemporary company Transit Dance Company. I have also danced as back-up dancer for SNL comedian Hannibal Buress.
Teaching Philosophy: I love to make dance fun for all levels with close attention to correct body alignment to reduce risk of injury.
Loves: Spin Class
Hometown: Wheelwright, MA
Current Classes: Youth: Baby Groove; Youth Company Jr. III; Youth Company Sr. IV/V; Contempory II and III/IV; Teen Contemporary; Ballet III/IV/V; Leaps/Turns III/IV/V
Professional Experience: Received her BA in Dance in 2012 from Dean College. Graduated with high honors. Company Dancer for Urbanity 2012-present, Has performed at Jordan Hall, the Paramount Theater, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and more. Performed in the ACE awards. Choreographed for Emerson College Dance Co, Boston Children's Museum, Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and more. Trained under teachers such as Jill Silverman, Nailiah Randall-Bellinger, Jeremy Howes, Marcus Schulkind, Lorraine Chapman, and Betsi Graves and has performed work from Pilobolus, Carl Flink, Andy Noble, Jaclyn Walsh, and Doug Varone.
Teaching Philosophy: Tough Love. I believe in challenging dancers to their fullest potential and supporting them along their entire dance adventure.
Loves: Dogs, Giraffes, Coffee, Crunches, Sunflowers, Feathers, Socks and Blankets
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Current Classes: Ballet II, Contemporary II
Professional Experience: Dorothy Cherry received her BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. This is her second season with the professional company at Urbanity and as a teaching artist.
Teaching Philosophy: I create a safe enviornmemt for dancers to feel that they can be 100% their unique selves, while pushing them to also be their best selves, explore their creativity, and strengthen their technique and performance quality
Hometown: Hollis, NH
Current Classes: Baby Groove; Baby Walkers
Professional Experience: Urbanity Dance, Professional Company Lorraine Chapman, The Company Director of Alexander Davis Dance (ADD), Exhibited Fiber Artist, Published Memoirist, Okay Comedian
Teaching Philosophy: I believe in the importance of creating a safe yet charged space for experimentation, and exploration. The classroom exists as a laboratory. I believe in guiding students in the discovery process. All students are on their own individual journey, and it is my responsibility to facilitate those journeys while also creating a space for social development, collaboration and tolerance.
Loves: Knitting, Podcasts, Creative Non-Fiction, Activism
Boaz Deceus (Statix)
Current Classes: Breakdancing I; Hip Hop II; All Levels Krump
Professional Experience: Statix has been dancing for about 8 years. He has auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent. He has also done various performances and competitions, in and out of Massachusetts.
Teaching Philosophy: Practice makes progress.
Jessica Rose Flynn
Hometown: Haverhill, MA
Professional Experience: Bosoma Dance Company, Boston Community Dance Project, Urbanity Dance (Junior Apprentice)
Teaching Philosophy: Every student is stronger than they think that they are. They have more passion and more drive than they think they do. I strive to make my students realize that and become proud and confident in their abilities.
Loves: Sitting in the sun, driving with the windows down on a warm summer day, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, the smell in the air right after it rains in the summer, chocolate ice cream, decorating/interior design, and finding things that make me happy (like dance)!
Current Classes: Beginner Hip Hop; Beginner/Intermediate Hip Hop; Intermediate Hip Hop (Drop In);
Professional Experience: Stan "eSKapade" Karachev is a passionate Boston-based dancer that has collaborated with dancers with various backgrounds to diversify and build his own style. Stan is well versed in hip hop, krump, house and other street dance styles with performance experience ranging from small local charity events to Six Flags New England to competing at events like World of Dance Boston. In the last few years, Stan has worked on countless dance styles through classes, sessions, battles and training with the understanding that versatility is important; there is always more to be learned. Follow him on Instagram at eSKapadeLife for his latest dance projects, class updates and contact information.
Teaching Philosophy: Knowing the history of the dance style and its foundation are the two key parts to my teaching philosophy. I focus on giving students the history and background distinctive to each dance genre or specific moves within my choreography. I also provide thorough explanations of timing, movement and textures to guide my students; and most importantly, I remind my students to loosen up, breathe through all movements and have fun!
Current Classes: Lee Academy; Kingsley Montessori; Women's Lunch Place
Professional Experience: Rachel earned her BFA from the Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in Modern Dance, where she performed works by Adam Barruch, Omar Carrum and Claudia LaVista. She has taught with M3 Math x Music x Movement in Philadelphia, as well as with the Boston Ballet's Boys in Motion program. Currently, she is working towards her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University.
Teaching Philosophy: Dance is a somatic practice, which allows the mover to foster the connection between the mind and the body.
Current Classes: Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary
Professional Experience: Genny is a full time pediatric occupational therapist born and raised in Boston. She has been dancing with Urbanity's Creative Class since 2012 and teaching adult contemporary since 2016. She loves teaching and getting to know her students each session.
Teaching Philosophy:Tough love and lots of laughs! Let's dance and grow together!
Victoria Di Prizio
Hometown: Medford, MA
Current Classes: Tap Private Lessons
Professional Experience: Tap Miami Spectacular dancer with Joffrey Ballet School. Musical Theatre dancer in NYC with Joffrey Ballet School. First Place Overall choreographer in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for On Pointe Dance Academy. Competitive dancer for Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio for ten years. Competitive dancer for On Pointe Dance Academy for five years. EDC (Elite Dance Challenge) Performance Team.Teaching Philosophy: If you're not having fun then what's the point.
Loves: Elvis Presley, Boxing, Anything 80's, constantly quoting movies.
Director of Education
Hometown: Limerick, Maine
Current Classes: Kids Groove, Contemporary IV/V, Ballet IV/V, Privates and Semi-Privates, Fenway High School
Professional Experience: As a teacher, Leilani has taught every age for Urbanity from Baby Crawlers through Trainee, served as the Resident Director for Urbanity Summer Intensive, and been the instructor at a dozen Communty locations. Outside of Urbanity Leilani has spent four years as a Lead Teacher for Boston Ballet's Education and Community Initiative Department and with the Massachusetts Educational Guild. Outside of the studio, she has danced with Kat Nasti Dance, served as Dance Captain and Assistant to Yo-el Cassell, and performed with various theaters through out New England.
Teaching Philosophy: Dance is for everybody and every body.
Loves: Reading, gardening, comic books, cooking & baking, chai tea, all things Wonder Woman.
Current Classes: Beginner/Intermediate Hip Hop
Professional Experience: Grace grew up with a dance background in modern dance and developed her Hiphop style at a professional dance company in Hong Kong. There she trained in Hiphop and Urban Dance styles including JazzFunk, Popping, and Locking. She worked professionally in Hong Kong as a part-time dancer, performing at multiple concerts, commercials, and events. Grace's role as a university dance team captain helped garnered her experience in large-scale performances, competitions and teaching. Her recent choreographing experience includes University teams in HK, and Prizmatic crew in Boston.
Teaching Philosophy: Transform all students (even those who don't think they can dance) into Rockstars!
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