Urbanity Faculty

Thygita Céspedes    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.

Thygita Céspedes

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.

Jose Cuadra    Current Classes : Brazilian Zouk

Jose Cuadra

Current Classes: Brazilian Zouk

Haley Day    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

Haley Day

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

Jen Farrell    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.

Jen Farrell

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.

J’Quan Oliver    Hometown:  Boston, MA   Current Classes:    Professional Experience:  J'Quan started dancing before he could remember. Rhythms, beats, and the art of movement was a big interest growing up. Originally learned off the streets of Boston and trained as a martial artist since he was six. Since then, he's had extensive training in hip hop, break-dancing, lyrical , tricking & parkour. Eventually, expanded his training into tap and contemporary. As J'Quan progressed, he looked into different genres of art and dance from different cultures to further expand his knowledge and understanding: to then develop his own unique style.  J'Quan attended Becker College in Worcester, MA for Game Design with a minor in Psychology. During this time, he helped create the Becker College Dance Program as Captain for the team and President for their club. He also joined Dance Company Worcester as a guest choreographer and dancer for 4 years. Currently he is apart of one of the most influential crews for hiphop in Boston known as Phunk Phenomenon.  Living thee "Artist Life" he lives and breathes art. While not busy in school, J'Quan trains in multiple forms of art such as photography, digital paint and traditional drawing. In dance, he combines Musicality and story telling combined with fast, intricate movements of a martial artist and acrobatics in his work. All and all, J'Quan believes in training yourself, your mind everyday. "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."

J’Quan Oliver

Hometown: Boston, MA

Current Classes:

Professional Experience: J'Quan started dancing before he could remember. Rhythms, beats, and the art of movement was a big interest growing up. Originally learned off the streets of Boston and trained as a martial artist since he was six. Since then, he's had extensive training in hip hop, break-dancing, lyrical , tricking & parkour. Eventually, expanded his training into tap and contemporary. As J'Quan progressed, he looked into different genres of art and dance from different cultures to further expand his knowledge and understanding: to then develop his own unique style.

J'Quan attended Becker College in Worcester, MA for Game Design with a minor in Psychology. During this time, he helped create the Becker College Dance Program as Captain for the team and President for their club. He also joined Dance Company Worcester as a guest choreographer and dancer for 4 years. Currently he is apart of one of the most influential crews for hiphop in Boston known as Phunk Phenomenon.

Living thee "Artist Life" he lives and breathes art. While not busy in school, J'Quan trains in multiple forms of art such as photography, digital paint and traditional drawing. In dance, he combines Musicality and story telling combined with fast, intricate movements of a martial artist and acrobatics in his work. All and all, J'Quan believes in training yourself, your mind everyday. "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."

Colleen Roddy    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

Colleen Roddy

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

Maria Walter   Hip Hop   Professional Experience:  Maria began dancing right after she graduated in Germany in 2010. She trained in Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet and had performed in clubs, theatres, and public places since 2012, under dance studios like On Stage in Hamburg and Flying Steps Academy in Berlin. In 2015, she obtained a dance trainer license to fulfill her aspiration to become a dance teacher. Together with the formation Holy Grail from Tybas Dance Center she won the Germany national DTHO Hip Hop championship in 2016.   Teaching Philosophy:  I help dancers to understand the idea behind movement and to connect with their real selves through music

Maria Walter

Hip Hop

Professional Experience: Maria began dancing right after she graduated in Germany in 2010. She trained in Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet and had performed in clubs, theatres, and public places since 2012, under dance studios like On Stage in Hamburg and Flying Steps Academy in Berlin. In 2015, she obtained a dance trainer license to fulfill her aspiration to become a dance teacher. Together with the formation Holy Grail from Tybas Dance Center she won the Germany national DTHO Hip Hop championship in 2016.

Teaching Philosophy: I help dancers to understand the idea behind movement and to connect with their real selves through music

Meg Anderson   Ballet, Contemporary, Leaps and Turns, Toddler Movers, Youth Co (Primary + Senior),   Hometown:  Wheelwright, MA   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

Meg Anderson

Ballet, Contemporary, Leaps and Turns, Toddler Movers, Youth Co (Primary + Senior),

Hometown: Wheelwright, MA

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

Stan Karachev    Hip Hop    Professional Experience:  Stan Karachev, also known as "eSKapade", has 9 years of dance experience participating on teams such as CONcept ARTists, StreetHYpE, VibeStyle, Dance2Save and Colleges of Fenway Dance program. Through classes, showcases, competitions, sessions and battles, Stan is continuously striving to learn and grow in various dance styles including Hip Hop, house, krump, locking, popping, dancehall, vogue and more. Stan believes that whether it's taking class or teaching, dance is an exchange of energies, cultures and movements. It's about connecting to the music and enjoying the process of your dance journey. Check him out on YouTube and Instagram  @eSKapadeLife.    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!

Stan Karachev

Hip Hop

Professional Experience: Stan Karachev, also known as "eSKapade", has 9 years of dance experience participating on teams such as CONcept ARTists, StreetHYpE, VibeStyle, Dance2Save and Colleges of Fenway Dance program. Through classes, showcases, competitions, sessions and battles, Stan is continuously striving to learn and grow in various dance styles including Hip Hop, house, krump, locking, popping, dancehall, vogue and more. Stan believes that whether it's taking class or teaching, dance is an exchange of energies, cultures and movements. It's about connecting to the music and enjoying the process of your dance journey. Check him out on YouTube and Instagram @eSKapadeLife.

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!

Leilani Ricardo    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.

Leilani Ricardo

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.


Flora Kim    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.

Flora Kim

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.

Jacob Regan    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

Jacob Regan

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


Juanita Pearl

Juanita Pearl

Levi Philip Marsman is from Boston, MA. He began his training at the Boston Arts Academy, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, and Jeanette Neill Dance Studio as a scholarship recipient in their Boston Youth Moves Program. After graduating from the from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Levi was awarded a place in the Scholarship Program at The Ailey School. He later enrolled in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, which lead to an invitation to join Ailey II by former director, Sylvia Waters before graduation. Levi’s performance credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York), Movements Dance Company (Jamaica), OrigiNation (Boston), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Los Angeles), Reed Dance (Pittsburgh) and PHILADANCO! (Philadelphia).  Levi has been Artist in Residence at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Teacher In Residency for Urbanity Dance and is currently on faculty in the Ailey Extension program of the Ailey School. As a choreographer, he has created works for institutions such as Dallas Black Dance Theatre:  Encore! , the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Sharron Miller Academy for the Performing Arts, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School for the Arts, Marygrove College, Renaissance High School, Boston Youth Moves, Endicott College, Georgian University's Black Movements Dance Theatre, the Joffrey School, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, The Ailey School, Reed Dance, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Ballet Ecclectica at Center of Creative Arts, and OrigiNation. He has worked extensively with his mentor Christopher Huggins as co-choreographer and collaborator for dance companies and schools such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and the Juilliard School.  Levi’s awards include Contemporary Dance Silver Medalist of the 4th Seoul International Dance Competition, 2007 Young Professionals Awardee—Martha Hill Dance Fund, Best Performance at the 10th Annual Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan and first recipient of the 2016 Ballet Inc. Emerging Choreographer Award. He was recently asked to perform an original solo in the 2018 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and was one of two guest choreographers to create a new work for Urbanity Dance in Boston in their "Urbanity NeXt" Project in 2017. He is excited to have choreographed for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Eastern Michigan University and Dean College this past school year and to be Artist in Residence at the Boston Arts Academy. This summer he choreographed a new work for Move(NYC) and new works in the Ailey School’s summer intensive for both professional and junior divisions. He is excited to be returning to the Boston Arts Academy this fall and to be creating a new work for Richmond Ballet’s 2019-2020 season.

Levi Philip Marsman is from Boston, MA. He began his training at the Boston Arts Academy, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, and Jeanette Neill Dance Studio as a scholarship recipient in their Boston Youth Moves Program. After graduating from the from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Levi was awarded a place in the Scholarship Program at The Ailey School. He later enrolled in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, which lead to an invitation to join Ailey II by former director, Sylvia Waters before graduation. Levi’s performance credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York), Movements Dance Company (Jamaica), OrigiNation (Boston), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Los Angeles), Reed Dance (Pittsburgh) and PHILADANCO! (Philadelphia).

Levi has been Artist in Residence at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Teacher In Residency for Urbanity Dance and is currently on faculty in the Ailey Extension program of the Ailey School. As a choreographer, he has created works for institutions such as Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore!, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Sharron Miller Academy for the Performing Arts, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School for the Arts, Marygrove College, Renaissance High School, Boston Youth Moves, Endicott College, Georgian University's Black Movements Dance Theatre, the Joffrey School, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, The Ailey School, Reed Dance, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Ballet Ecclectica at Center of Creative Arts, and OrigiNation. He has worked extensively with his mentor Christopher Huggins as co-choreographer and collaborator for dance companies and schools such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and the Juilliard School.

Levi’s awards include Contemporary Dance Silver Medalist of the 4th Seoul International Dance Competition, 2007 Young Professionals Awardee—Martha Hill Dance Fund, Best Performance at the 10th Annual Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan and first recipient of the 2016 Ballet Inc. Emerging Choreographer Award. He was recently asked to perform an original solo in the 2018 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and was one of two guest choreographers to create a new work for Urbanity Dance in Boston in their "Urbanity NeXt" Project in 2017. He is excited to have choreographed for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Eastern Michigan University and Dean College this past school year and to be Artist in Residence at the Boston Arts Academy. This summer he choreographed a new work for Move(NYC) and new works in the Ailey School’s summer intensive for both professional and junior divisions. He is excited to be returning to the Boston Arts Academy this fall and to be creating a new work for Richmond Ballet’s 2019-2020 season.