We work with the best teaching artists in New York to support our unique approach to dance education. Many of today's top performers and choreographers have served as Teaching Artists or mentors in Dancewave's programs.

Janelle Barry, School at Dancewave

Janelle Barry earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. She has performed works by Bella Lewitsky, Nakul Dev Mahajan, and Mike Esperanza, as well as performed with Backhausdance, I KADA Contemporary Dance Company, the Czech-American Marionette Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, and with Mark Morris Dance Group. Her choreography has been featured at Regional Dance America in addition to numerous venues in California and New York, and she has had the pleasure of setting work on the Orange County Regional Ballet, Ballet Unlimited, the Chapman Dance Alliance, and the Folklore Dance Theater. Janelle is also a lead teacher for the Dance for PD® program.

Janelle teaches Ballet in Dancewave's youth programs.

Rolanda Catapano, School at Dancewave 

Rolanda is a natural born talent and has been dancing since a young age. She received her formal training from the Broadway Dance Center. From music videos with artists such as Shaggy and international artists, to showcases such as Carnival, Sybarite and Sirens After Dark, Rolanda's presence on the scene was meteoric. With her career blossoming exponentially she chose to continue training under her mentor La Jon Dantzler from the BDC program where she got the opportunity to become a part of his company: La' Fuerza.

Parallel to this occurrence her West Indian background provided an instant attraction to the movement and style of Laure Courtellemont. Combining her background with the tools acquired from La Jon enabled her to become a member of Laure's company: Ragga Jam and transition into the role of her New York assistant within a short time span. With both La Jon and Laure nurturing her growth Rolanda plans to share her information with others teaching and dancing across the world.

Rolanda teaches Hip Hop to Dancewave's adult students.

Jessica Cipriano, School at Dancewave

Jessica is a native of Connecticut and holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2013, she completed a fellowship with Lincoln Center Education, where she premiered her first choreographic work in NYC, 'So Our Habits As Shadows.' Jessica is a member of Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, and has also danced for Balasole Dance Company, and Winston Salem Festival Ballet. She is passionate about sharing dance with young children.

At Dancewave, Jessica teaches Modern, Contemporary Jazz, and Ballet. Jessica also conducts residencies and master classes in schools throughout NYC for Dancewave's D-Wave in Motion program.

Maleni Cruz, School at Dancewave | Company Coach

Maleni, an alumnus of Dancewave Company I, graduated from SUNY The College at Brockport with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance. She was awarded the Susan S. Collier Dance Award during her time at the College at Brockport.

She began working at Dancewave as the D-Wave in Motion Intern and was then promoted to D-Wave in Motion Assistant.

Maleni is the Junior Coach for Dancewave Company I and a class assistant for School at Dancewave.




Mary Goetz, School at Dancewave

Mary is is a dancer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary grew up dancing at Ballet Arts and Minnesota Dance Theater and the Dance Institute pre-professional program in Minneapolis. She received a BFA in Dance from Dominican University of California's Alonzo King LINES Ballet program. Mary has worked with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr, Uri Sands, Amanda Miller, Robert Sher-Machherndl, Hope Mohr, and Christian Burns.

Mary began teaching dance with JUNTOS Dance Collective throughout cities and Guatemala, and continued to teach dance in public high schools in Minneapolis. She is now a Conductive Education instructor with disabled adults. 

Mary teaches Ballet and Modern at Dancewave.

Lisa Graziano, School at Dancewave

Originally from Long Island NY, Lisa graduated from Montclair State University with her BFA in Dance. She focused on her specialties in Horton technique and creative movement education. Since graduating Lisa has taught with several dance companies, schools and studios in and around NYC. She is very excited to be working with Dancewave and is looking forward to meeting all the students and watching them grow.

Lisa teaches Ballet in Dancewave's Youth Programs




Jessica Harris, School at Dancewave

Jessica is a dancer, educator, and Movement Pattern Analyst based in Brooklyn, New York. Harris is a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts and has danced with the company for more than ten years. Performances with the company include the Lincoln Center Festival, Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, La Fenice in Venice, Het Musiztheater in Amsterdam, Hong Kong Grand Theater, Sadler’s Wells and more. Harris joined Shen Wei in choreographing material for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has continued performing in a variety of projects, including Marina Abromavic’s MOCA Gala in 2011 and with her company, Oracle Acts, providing interactive event entertainment.

As an educator, Harris has taught numerous dance and performance workshops throughout the US and Europe, and served a one-year teaching appointment in the Dance Department at Pomona College where she introduced a course in Site Specific Performance. She also developed a curriculum to teach cognitive skills to young children using movement, which she teaches in preschools throughout Brooklyn. As a Movement Pattern Analyst, Harris decodes movement to see how individuals and teams make decisions. Her company, Decision Harmony, works with professional teams and individuals to optimize their decision-making process.

Jessica teaches Modern in Dancewave's youth programs.

Kathleen Helm, School at Dancewave | Choreographer

Kathleen is originally from Southern California and received her MFA in Dance from CSU Long Beach in 2015. She has been an avid dance educator for 6 years and has performed extensively, in venues throughout California, Chicago, and NYC. Her choreography has been presented at Chicago Freelance Dance (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, SoCal Dance Invitational (Goldenwest College), Dance 4 the Camera Film Festival, American College Dance Festival Gala (U. of Montana), Doug Varone’s CHIN Project (92nd Street Y), DUMBO Dance Festival (Gelsey Kirkland Center for the Arts), Split Bill (Triskelion Arts), Comedy in Dance Festival (Triskelion Arts), WAXworks (Triskelion Arts), and she was named a 2015 Breaking Glass choreographer, a platform that recognizes young and emerging female choreographers.

Paige Horton, School at Dancewave

Paige teaches Ballet in Dancewave's youth programs.

Madeline Irmen, School at Dancewave

Madeline began dancing at the age of six in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio. After she graduated with a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2013, Madeline moved to New York City where she is dancing in projects with Erik Abbott-Main | Boy Friday, Danté Brown | Warehouse Dance, The Median Movement, and Quentin Burley Dance Group.

Madeline's favorite aspects of teaching at Dancewave are watching her amazing students use their creative problem solving skills to help their classmates, and enjoying the simple happiness of dancing together.

At Dancewave, Madeline teaches Creative Ballet, Creative Movement, Creative Modern and is a choreographer for Amazing Creatures Ensemble (ACE).

Kenna Morris Garcia, School at Dancewave

Kenna Morris Garcia has had a performing and teaching career that has taken her all over the world. After graduating from the Youth Performing Arts School (Louisville, KY), she attended the University of Oklahoma where she studied modern dance and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Kenna continued her dance training in New York after being accepted to The Ailey School. Her diverse training in modern, street jazz, musical theater, ballet, tap, and Fosse has allowed her to have a long and diverse performing career.

She has performed with recording artists such as Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Diddy, and Ludacris. Her film/television credits include Saturday Night Live, MTV Video Music Awards, America’s Got Talent, and the feature film Idlewild. Kenna has also performed in various national tours, Off-Broadway, and regional theater productions including the 1st national tour of Memphis (Dance Captain/Swing), The Wiz (City Center Encores), and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Radio City Rockette. As an instructor, Kenna has taught various forms of dance in studios and communities across the world for over 15 years. She was the assistant choreographer for the national tour of Memphis, choreographed regional musical theater productions, and worked with such choreographers as Sergio Trujillo, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Hinton Battle.

Kenna teaches Broadway Stars and Modern in Dancewave's youth programs.

Bethany Logan, Company Coach

Bethany Logan is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist. She graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Dance & Choreography, a Minor in Psychology, and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Personal Trainer. She currently teaches at The Brooklyn Dance Centers and femcho*. Logan currently dances with Chris Ferris & Dancers and Kelley Donovan & Dancers. Past performances include The Physical Plant, Sandra Kramerova & Artists, The Median Movement, Doug Neilson, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Dance Kaleidoscope.

Logan's choreography, Pani (2014), was selected to be performed in the American College Dance Association's Gala Concert in March 2015. She's also choreographed for University of Dayton Dance Ensemble and performed her own choreography in Mumbai, India, where she also studied Prana Paint Flow with Navdhara India Dance Theatre. She received Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts Award to study Ohad Naharin’s Gaga technique with Batsheva dancer, Shaked Dagan, in Italy in 2014, and completed a dance administration internship with Doug Varone & Dancers in 2012.

Bethany is the Young Performers Ballet Ensemble Coach.

Mariah Martens, Company Coach

Mariah is a Brooklyn-based dance artist originally from Denver, Colorado. She achieved a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, Washington), where she had the honor of performing works by nationally renowned artists such as Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Ohad Naharin and Larry Keigwin.

Mariah also creates her own work which has been presented at On the Boards (Seattle), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle) and with the CURRENT SESSIONS at the Wild Project. Both in creating and teaching Mariah believes in community engagement and empowerment through movement.

Mariah has worked with Dancewave's D-Wave in Motion program, bringing dance to schools throughout NYC. She is currently teaching ballet and is a Company Coach.

Debbie Mausner, Company Coach

Debbie Mausner graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she began her formal dance training at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and The Ailey School. As part of Barnard/Columbia Dances she performed in works by Pam Tanowitz, Mark Morris, Caitlin Trainor, Trisha Brown, and Joanna Kotze. She has also performed with company TrainorDance in several live performance and film projects. Debbie founded a collaborative company, DJMdancecollective, in 2017.

Her work has been showcased through NACHMO, The Dance Complex, The Creator’s Collective, and HATCH Presenter Series. As a teacher Debbie has worked with all ages in ballet, modern, and composition classes. She currently works as a Teaching Assistant at Mark Morris Dance Center and in their community outreach programs, predominantly in classes for kids with disabilities.

Debbie is the Amazing Creatures Ensemble Coach.

Rebekah Mulkey, School at Dancewave

Originally from Minnesota, Rebekah studied dance at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. In 2012, summer of her senior year of college, she had the privilege of attending the Jazz and Musical Theater Dance Summer Intensive at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, studying under Chet Walker. She attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and graduated with her B.A. in Dance Performance in 2013. After graduating she attended the American Dance Festival, where she was also a Costume Apprentice. In 2015, after moving to New York, she studied with the José Limon Dance Institute and had the wonderful opportunity to learn from past and present company members in their nine-month Professional Studies Program; completing it in 2016. Since then she has been a part of freelance performances at the PlayStation Theater and Eden’s Expressway here in NYC; she currently dances with Dance Visions NY. Rebekah loves assisting and teaching and passing on her love of dance to students of all ages!




Rebekah is a class assistant for School at Dancewave.

Kenny Smith, School at Dancewave

Kenny teaches Hip Hop to Dancewave and D-Wave in Motion students.

Autumn Oftedal, School at Dancewave

Autumn is from Yakima, WA and graduated cum laude with her BFA in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, as well as creative movement and choreography. Graduating with several chronic injuries, Autumn turned to yoga and fitness to help heal her body after moving to NYC. Finding more mindful ways to work and move, and always being one to want to share her knowledge, she began teaching fitness classes as well as dance. Autumn is currently teaching ballet, beginning tap, general fitness, and Barre Vida.
As a strong believer in movement being a part of everyday life, Autumn looks to inspire a joy of movement within her clients & students. She believes there is nothing more important than getting moving, whether it is to fuel a serious passion or just for fun after a day of work or study. Autumn’s main goal and challenge is to inspire people to desire an active lifestyle.

Autumn teaches Barre Vida to Dancewave's adult students.

Rebecca Oviatt, Company Coach | Choreographer 

She has danced since she was 5 years old and enjoys inspiring children, teens, and adults to express themselves through dance. Rebecca received a BFA in Dance and Arts Education from the State University at Brockport and an MA in Dance Education from New York University.

Rebecca pursues dance performance, instruction, and choreography throughout NYC. Trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, improvisation, and choreography, Rebecca has had the pleasure of dancing for NYC choreographers Jana Hicks, Marijke Eliasberg and Lea Helle.

Rebecca is a Dancewave Company Coach.

Aria Roach, Company Coach

Aria Roach is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. Raised in Vermont, she graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with her BFA in Dance and Choreography. As an undergraduate, Aria spent a semester at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, and received a 2015 Dean’s International Study Grant to travel to Vienna, Austria. Following graduation, she joined The Yard as Artist Services Intern.

Aria has had the pleasure of performing works by Eva Dean, Deganit Shemy, Martha Curtis, Autumn Waddell, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller, and has presented her choreography at Built on Stilts Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Iona College, and The Yard. She is currently the Operations Coordinator at Mark Morris Dance Group and volunteers as a Teaching Assistant with Art Start.

Aria is the Young Movers Ensemble Coach.

Lisa Sainvil, School at Dancewave

Lisa Sainvil is a professional dancer residing in NY. She's worked with top choreographers such as Keone & Mari Madrid and has worked on jobs such as Pepsi, Coke , performed with artists like Maluma, Teyana Taylor, Silento etc. Lisa recently performed in Australia with live production "Slumber" (recognized as one of the top shows) at the Fringe Festival - Adelaide also choreographed by Keone & Mari Madrid. She’s currently performing with the iLuminate company nationally. In class, Lisa strives to create a space where her students can reach their full potential by working on building self confidence & creating a sense of community while focusing on the fundamentals of Hip Hop and performance!

Lisa teaches Hip Hop in Dancewave's youth programs.



Marion Spencer, School at Dancewave

Marion is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She graduated from Vassar College in 2009 with a BA in Geography-Anthropology.

Since moving to New York City, Marion has had the pleasure of performing with Shandoah Goldman/Carte Blanche Performance, Melissa Riker/Kinesis Dance Project, Hollis Bartlett, Megan Bascom, Michiyaya Dance, Lauren Petty and Shaun Irons, and apprenticing and performing with David Dorfman Dance.

Marion currently teaches Beginning Adult Modern, Open-Level Adult Modern, and directs the Adult Modern Company. 

Jessica Thomas, School at Dancewave 

Jessica received her Bachelors degrees from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Dance as well as Media & Society, with a minor in Arts in Education.

She studied Dance/Movement Therapy and received her MS from Pratt Institute in New York City. During this time she interned at the child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric units of Queens Children's Psychiatric Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital and was the student liaison to the American Dance Therapy Association. Her thesis research was conducted at Mt. Sinai Hospital focusing on sensory integration and dance movement therapy in child inpatient psychiatry.

Jessica was previously employed as the creative art therapist at St. Michael's Home, a residential adult care facility. For the past four years, Jessica has been providing dance therapy to children on the autistic spectrum in district 75 schools for the the Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

Jessica teaches ballet and is also the Development Manager at Dancewave.

Madeline Warriner, Company Coach

Madeline Warriner is a freelance movement artist, educator, and advocate in New York City. Originally from New Jersey, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance and an EdM in Dance Education. She has performed works by Doug Elkins, Manuel Vignouelle, Robert Battle, Brian Brooks and Randy James amongst others, but is currently working with improvisation artist Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson and Joanna Mendl Shaw and the Equus Project. She has danced in many spaces, from sidewalks in Harlem and benches in Prospect Park to the Joyce Theater and Gershwin Theater. In addition, she teaches Yoga throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn and is a teaching artist for Dance Theater of Harlem. As an educator, she has presented at conferences, taught workshops and received awards for bringing mindfulness and movement into the k-12 sector throughout New York and New Jersey.

Madeline is the Dancewave Company III Coach and Company II Co-Coach.