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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

David Strobbe (Teacher/Choreographer) was a Principal Dancer with Hong Kong Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Smuin Ballet. He performed to critical acclaim around the world for over 20 years. Mr. Strobbe transitioned to Musical Theater and performed at the Walnut Street Theatre (White Christmas), Maine State Music Theatre (My Fair Lady, RENT, Chicago, Spamalot), and the Fulton Theatre (Hello, Dolly!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Upon retirement, he served as the Ballet Master for Smuin Ballet and became an internationally recognized Master Teacher in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and musical theater dance for organizations such as Joffrey Ballet (current faculty for ballet and jazz/contemporary auditions for the Summer Programs and master classes throughout the US and Canada), Ballet Hispanico, City Ballet of San Francisco, and Orange Coast College. In addition to teaching, he has choreographed numerous shows for the Village Light Opera Group in New York City. Mr. Strobbe currently works in Artistic Administration at the Metropolitan Opera of New York while pursuing his Masters Degree in Public Administration at Baruch College.

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 grew up in Washington state. She spent her senior year of high school studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan prior to entering The Juilliard School in New York, where she earned a B.F.A. in 1996. She joined Taylor 2 in August of that year. Ms. Young enjoys teaching and has been on the faculty of Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma and The Taylor School. She also dances with TAKE Dance Company. Ms. Young made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Paris Opera House in January 2000.