Guest Faculty

Chip Abbott is a NYC based choreographer and director who is currently performing on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His performance career spans the worlds of concert dance, commercial dance, and Broadway. Chip served as assistant choreographer and dance captain to Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse on the Broadway Revival of On The Town (Tony nominee for best choreography.) He recently directed and choreographed Dance, Dance Dance, Heartbeat at Hershey park and was choreographer of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Red Mountain Theatre Company. Chip was associate choreographer for On The Town at the San Francisco Symphony (Bergasse choreography, re- staged) and was assistant director to Tony Yazbeck for the YoungArts Gala 2017.

Other theatre performance credits include the first national tours of Andy Blankenbuehler’s Joseph…Dreamcoat, and R+H’s Cinderella. He has been seen on TV in the Today Show, The Tony Awards on CBS, Avon’s “Boss Life” and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City starring the Rockettes. Chip’s choreography has been seen at Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance World Congress and he has choreographed works on Houston Met Too and University of Central Oklahoma. He is a master teacher and has taught at Oklahoma City University and The Boston Conservatory and is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC.

Joshua Beaver, from Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, began his early training with his mother Cynthia Beaver’s gymnastics studio, Movement Laboratory, and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. After high school, he attended Boston Conservatory on full scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance in 2011. While at the Conservatory he performed works by Limon, Tudor, Sokolow, and Nikolais. After graduating, he joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, Romania, where he spent three seasons rising to first soloist and choreographer. He was featured as Paris in Rotaru’s Romeo and Juliet, Barbanto in Le Corsaire, and principal soloist in Gardner’s Four Seasons. During this time he toured and performed in Germany, Austria, Sicily, Hungary, and New Zealand. In the summer of 2014, Josh joined Prague Chamber Ballet touring to Mexico and also winning 1st place in the Lila Lopez Contemporary dance competition in Saint Luis Potosi. Shortly after returning home from his years in Europe, Josh joined Dayton Ballet in Ohio where he spent two seasons as a featured soloist. Some of his featured roles included The Prince in Cinderella and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. During this time he also performed various repertoire from choreographers such as Septime Webre, Melissa Barak, Jessica Lang, and Gina Patterson. Josh has been a resident of New York for 2 years and currently freelances, teaches, and choreographs in the New York/New Jersey area.

Grady Bowman. Grady is a NYC-based choreographer & creative artist who Dance Magazine has called “exceptionally versatile” and “on the rise”. Choreography credits include THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW (Off-Broadway), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT (Drury Lane Theatre), MY FAIR LADY (Olney Theatre), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Capital Rep/Barter Theatre/Laguna Playhouse), GREASE (Gateway Playhouse), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Northern Stage), GODSPELL (Pace University), and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). Other choreography credits include 2 original contemporary works on students at NC School of the Arts. Grady has also worked alongside Tony award- winners Julie Andrews, Chris Gattelli, Joe Mantello, and Randy Johnson as an Associate Director & Associate Choreographer on several productions including DOGFIGHT (Second Stage Theatre), IN YOUR ARMS (The Old Globe), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Capital Repertory Theatre), THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL (Goodspeed Opera House), and TOP HAT (NY Developmental Lab). As a performer, Grady was in the original Broadway companies of BILLY ELLIOT, SOUTH PACIFIC (2008 Revival), HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, WONDERLAND, and THE PIRATE QUEEN. He also toured internationally with FOSSE and Pilobolus Dance Theatre, as well as appeared in the films FORREST GUMP and THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

Jenna Capizzi began her dance training in her local hometown studio, The Yvette Dance Studio, before continuing her studies at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. She has trained at the Dance New York International in Paris, France studying under former principal dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet, Wilfried Romoli and Elisabeth Maurin, as well as acclaimed European contemporary artists Amaury Lebrun and Iratxe Ansa. She worked closely with Anne Marie Foresyth and Milton Myers to ignite her passion and love for the Horton technique and has performed works by Martha Graham, Jessica Lang, Hope Boykin, Sidra Bell, Cherice Barton, Carlos Dos Santos, and Jean Emile, among others. Jenna graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program with a minor in Business Administration. Currently, she demonstrates for Milton Myer’s Horton classes at the Ailey School and enjoys teaching and mentoring aspiring dancers.

Courtney Catalana received her dance training from the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, NY. She was chosen to compete in the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition (2009), and the Boston International Ballet Competition (2012). Courtney joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 and remained with the company until the summer of 2013. Ms. Catalana’s favorite roles with the company include Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade. She also had the opportunity to perform work by Artistic Director, Jamey Leverett at Jacob’s Pillow. Courtney later joined BalletMet Columbus where she danced roles such as Cygnets from Swan Lake and was a featured soloist in Edwaard Liang’s Of Heaven and Earth. Following BalletMet, Courtney joined the Dayton Ballet where she enjoyed such roles as Wendy in Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, the title Role in Cinderella, the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, the dual role of Katerina/Lucy in Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines, as well as featured contemporary works by Amy Seiwert, Jessica Lang, Septime Webre, Melissa Barak, and Nicole Haskins. Courtney currently performs with Mordance NYC.
Arthur Cuadros studied dance at Lompoc School, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City. He has choreographed for Boston’s Fiddlehead Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and Bellarmine Prep University.  He has traveled the world dancing for Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruise Line. He was last seen onstage at Westchester Broadway Theatre in On Your Feet. He has danced regionally at Moonlight Productions, Village Theatre (Seattle), San Diego Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Theatre(Auburn, NY), Lyric Stage(Boston) and numerous others. He danced in and assisted the choreographer for the feature film, Isn’t it Romantic starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth. Arthur is proud to be a producer on the Broadway production of Head Over Heels and the London production of Come From Away.  He is a co-founder of Start Theatrical, LLC who most recently helped bring the revival of Company starring Katrina Lenk and Patti Lapone to Broadway.

Andrea Dotto hails from Syracuse, New York, but considers New Jersey her home away from home. Having family in West Orange, she was never far away from the call of the big city. Her NJ roots guided her to pursue her BFA in Musical Theater from Montclair State University. Dotto made her Broadway debut in Bandstand, gaining herself a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. She’s performed at Lincoln Center, Papermill Playhouse, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Palace Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theater, Fireside Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Cortland Repertory, and the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Dotto toured the country with Andy Blankenbuehler’s National Tour of Joseph! Her television performances include Good Morning America and the 71st Annual Tony Awards. She was also seen on the big screen in Fathom Event’s filming of Bandstand. Without the support of her family, none of these endeavors would be possible. IG: @missandreadotto

Jessica Lee Goldyn Broadway/NY: A Chorus Line (Val/Cassie), Hello Dolly, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, On The Town (Ivy Smith) City Center Encores!, ADM21 at The Joyce Theatre. National Tour: Fosse. Regional: Tuck Everlasting (Rose), South Pacific (Nelly), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Chicago (Velma), Sweet Charity (Charity), Damn Yankees (Lola) TV/Film: Every Little Step, Smash.

ALEXANDRA GONZALEZ started her dance training in Miami, Florida. At the age of seven, she continued her ballet training in Colombia with the Ana Pavlova Ballet Academy. At the age of fifteen, she received a full scholarship to join the San Francisco Ballet School where she was featured in Dance Magazine. She then joined the San Francisco Ballet Company under the direction of Helgi Tomasson. After dancing with the San Francisco Ballet she moved back to Miami were she guested with the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Americas Ballet, and Michel Uthoff Dance Theater among other companies. She joined the New World School of the Arts under the direction of Daniel Lewis were she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2004. In New York City, Alexandra has danced with Cedar Lake Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, The Metropolitan Opera, and Thomas Ortiz Dance Company. Alexandra has taught at Peridance Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. She currently teaches at Stamford Ballet, New Jersey Dance Theater and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Jordana Grolnick is a NYC-based musical theatre performer. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the St. Louis Muny, Goodspeed Opera House, Ogunquit Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, and the Arvada Center. She toured the country with Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. As a dance educator, she has taught at the Detroit School of the Arts and has given master classes at studios across the country. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan. Big thanks to Lisa and the fabulous Moving Youth students for making this experience so wonderful!

Ariel Rebecca (Rivka) Grossman founded Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) in 2008 with composer husband David Homan (homanmusic.com). Ariel began her dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School under the direction of Gerald Arpino LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She earned a B.S. in Dance with honors from Skidmore College. With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Ariel Grossman has a passion for introducing dance to young learners. To do this we offer family, community, and early childhood programming. ARD recently presented at the CMOM and Saratoga ArtsFest, received grants from LMCC and the Nathan Cummings Foundation as well as awarded a residency at MANA Contemporary through Armitage Gone! Dance. In May 2015 ARD nearly sold out four performances at New York Live Arts at our 8th season festival with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, featured soloists Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch and Paul Dennis and special guest works by Sean Curran.

From Fanwood, New Jersey, Devin Loh trained pre-professionally at Union County Academy for Performing ArtsThe Well Performance Project, and New Jersey School of Ballet.  In May, 2019, Devin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Arts Management from Purchase College, SUNY.  She was awarded the Bert Terborgh Award upon graduation for her leadership and excellence in dance.  Currently, Devin is a company member of Graham 2, and is working towards a Certificate of Teacher Training at the Martha Graham School. Additional credits include performances with Encounters Dance, Thy Will Be Done, and works by Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Taryn Kaschock Russell, Bettijane Sills, and Norbert de la Cruz III, among others. When not performing, Devin loves to teach the next generation of local artists and is grateful for the time she has spent with MYDC this year!

ANNMARIA MAZZINI began dancing in Allentown, Pennsylvania under the direction of Frances Evers, and later earned her B.F.A. at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. While working as an art model for painters and sculptors, she studied at The Taylor School and in 1995 joined Taylor 2. She has been a guest artist with CorbinDances, the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Kim Gibilisco Dances, Karla Wolfangle, and Juliette Soucie. Ms. Mazzini teaches modern dance on the road and at The Taylor School, choreographs and performs her own work, and is an accomplished jewelry designer and creator of AMulets, seen at www.annmaria.comShe made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the 1999 American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

New York City native Morgan Claire McEwen began her professional ballet career at age 17 with the Richmond Ballet. The year following, Ms McEwen joined BalletMet where she danced many soloist roles and was co-recipient of the Violetta Boft award. In 2009, Morgan moved back to New York to dance with the Metropolitan Opera. Here, she has performed in several Metropolitan Opera premiers including Rossini’s Armida, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, and the world premiere of Enchanted Island. Morgan has performed on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre and also with Neglia Ballet, Neos Dance Theatre, Syracuse City Ballet, and Gleich Dances. She has guested with Ballet Yuma, PA Classical Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms. McEwen is Artistic Director of Mordance in NYC.

Olivia Mode-Cater, EdM is a dance educator with experience in all teaching settings: higher education, PK-12 schools, and private studios. Olivia is the Director of Dance Education at Hofstra University.  Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member of the dance department at Rutgers University teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has also created two dance programs in a public charter high school and a private PK-12 school. Olivia has presented on dance education at national and regional conferences including NY Phys Ed Consortium, NJAHPERD, NJ Charter Schools Conference, and NDEO.  She also has been published in Dance Studio Life Magazine and on Dance Teacher Magazine’s website.  Lastly, she is the Founder and CEO of Dance ED Tips a company dedicated to helping dance teachers refine their practice. Dance ED Tips was recently ranked the #2 dance teacher blog and website to follow in 2019.  Follow @danceedtips

Brandi Pinnix began her ballet training at the American Repertory Princeton Ballet School under the direction of Douglas Martin. After graduating high school in 2013, she was accepted into the LINES Ballet Training program in San Francisco, CA. She finished the program in the winter of 2015 and moved back to the tristate area to train at the Ailey School, in their Independent Study Program and Scholarship Program. Brandi has also studied at some of the most prestigious intensive dance programs including The Juilliard School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet X, and Point Park University.  She has had the opportunity to work with amazing choreographers such as Eric Wagner, Sidra Bell, Uri Sands, Kara Davis, Dexandro Montalvo, Carmen Rozenstraten, Danielle Polanco, and Darshan Bhuller. She is now in her third Season with Philadanco. 

Ariel Shepley danced professionally at The Metropolitan Opera, Ballet Hispanico,
Staten Island Ballet and Westchester Dance Theatre. She has toured nationally in
Contactas the Girl in the Yellow Dress and as the Girl on the Swing and toured
internationally with West Side Story. She performed in Little Dancer Project (Lincoln Center Theatre), Encore’s On Your Toes (City Center), The Bombshell Benefit Concert (Minskoff Theatre), American Dance Machine 21 (Joyce Theatre). TV: NBC’s “Smash” and “ The Best Time Ever”. She is a fitness model for Insanity and has a BA in biochemistry from Columbia University. She currently attends University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine perusing her VMD in Philadelphia.

Alison Solomon is currently the Associate Choreographer for Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other Associate credits include Sweet Charity (with Sutton Foster), Gigi, Beautiful – the Carole King Musical, and the workshops and Paper Mill Playhouse production of Bandstand. She has had the amazing opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s best choreographers, including Andy Blankenbuehler, Joshua Bergasse, Josh Prince, Greg Graham, Warren Adams, Al Blackstone, Marcos Santana, and Luis Salgado.

As a performer, Alison was in the closing company of Finding Neverland and toured with Billy Elliot, In the Heights, and Swing!. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and more. Alison’s dance captain and associate experience have given her the opportunity to teach master classes in NYC and around the country. Alison’s class focuses on story telling and style, while continuing to work on technique in a fun, inspiring environment. Please check out www.AliSolomon.com for more information and updates!

Devin Loh is from Fanwood, NJ and trained pre-professionally at Union County Academy for Performing ArtsThe Well Performance Project, and New Jersey School of Ballet.  In May, 2019, Devin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Arts Management from Purchase College, SUNY.  She was awarded the Bert Terborgh Award upon graduation for her leadership and excellence in dance.  Currently, Devin is a company member of Graham 2, and is working towards a Certificate of Teacher Training at the Martha Graham School. Additional credits include performances with Encounters Dance, Thy Will Be Done, and works by Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Taryn Kaschock Russell, Bettijane Sills, and Norbert de la Cruz III, among others. When not performing, Devin loves to teach the next generation of local artists and is grateful for the time she has spent with MYDC this year!

Originally from California, Michelle Thompson Ulerich trained at San Francisco Ballet for nine years. She also received training from Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Tisch School of the Arts Summer Program. She moved to Texas and joined Ballet Austin in 2001. During her 14 years with Ballet Austin, she performed in works by Stephen Mills, Balanchine, Ulysses Dove, Twyla Tharp, Nelly van Bommel, KT Nelson, James Gregg, Thang Dao, Greg Dolbashian, Jennifer Hart, Jimmy Orrante, Amy Seiwert, Gina Patterson, Thaddeus Davis, and Sidra Bell. Also during her time in Austin she completed a Dance and Humanities degree from St. Edward’s University. The Moving Beauty Series in Brooklyn, Blanton Museum, Califa Arts Collaborative, Ballet Zaida, Motion Dance Theater, Illusory Impressions, San Angelo Civic Ballet, Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, Ballet Austin, Ballet Spartanburg, The Empathy Series in New York, Translate, and Spark Movement Collective have commissioned Michelle and her newly formed company, Distributed Movement, for choreography. Michelle’s Illusory Impressions collaboration and co-directorship with composer Catherine Davis was given an award by the Austin Critics’Table for excellence in a Site- Specific work as well as Robert Faires’ Top 10 Classical Music/Dance Treasures of 2016. Recently, she returned to Austin to create a new site specific, immersive show for Illusory Impressions that was held in Jennifer’s Gardens to sold out crowds. She also recently premiered her newest work for Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s Fall performance in November of 2017. She currently teaches dance at SUNY Purchase in New York, holds open improve and ballet classes, instructs yoga and ballet privately, and also teaches through the NYC Yoga Project which brings yoga to underserved populations. She has performed in New York with XAOC Contemporary Ballet and Spark Movement Collective. She has also been chosen as the Women’s Choreography Project winner by Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas, and she will head to Dallas in April 2018 to create on their company.

Amy Young, originally from the Pacific Northwest, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, MI. She went on to earn a B.F.A. in dance from The Juilliard School in Manhattan where she fell in love with modern dance. She began her career with Taylor 2 and later joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company, spending a total of 17 years in Taylor Companies. Ms. Young was also a founding member of Také Dance Company from 2004 to 2010. In addition to performing, she has taught countless master classes and workshops in communities and at universities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since retiring from the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2013, has continued to teach at The Taylor School for both the youth program and adult/professional level classes. She has staged Mr. Taylor’s works for St. Paul’s School, Interlochen Arts Academy and dancers of New York City Ballet. She and her husband, dancer Robert Kleinendorst, have two children.