DANCEWAVE TEACHING ARTISTS

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.


Jessica Cipriano | Lisa Graziano | Kathleen Helm | Paige Horton - Choreographer & Coach | Madeline Irmen - ACE Choreographer | Rolanda Catapano | Mariah Martens - Company Coach | Rebecca Oviatt - Company Coach | Marion Spencer | Joanna Stone | Nicole White | Jessica Zippin


Jessica Cipriano, School at Dancewave

Jessicais 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 and currently teaches at multiple studios in Brooklyn.

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.


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.


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. Kathleen is thrilled to be teaching at Dancewave!


Madeline Irmen, School at Dancewave | Company Coach 

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.

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

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.


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 Mr.cool, 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.


Mariah Martens, School at Dancewave | 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.


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.


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 Zippin, 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 Special Events Coordinator at Dancewave.