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.


Sarah Beranbaum | Jessica Cipriano | Julia Ehrstrand | Noemi Di Gregorio | Caroline Fermin | Rachel Freeburg | Lisa Graziano | Kathleen Helm | Paige Horton - Choreographer & Coach | Madeline Irmen - ACE Choreographer | Rolanda Catapano | Mariah Martens - Company Coach | Alison Mixon | Rebecca Oviatt - Company Coach | Caci Pritchett | Kathryn Sauma - Ensemble Coach | Gabriel Serrano | Marion Spencer | Joanna Stone | Nicole White | Jessica Zippin


Sarah Beranbaum Brooklyn born and raised Sarah was introduced to yoga by her rigorous dance training. Through studying sensation based dance, she learned about the power of movement and touch, which sparked her excitement in discovering our untapped physical and emotional potential. Sarah is interested in yoga's accessibility and use in healing both physical injury as well as emotional suffering or distress. Sarah's classes are focused in anatomy and proper alignment. Thoughtful sequencing promotes physical exploration while knowledge of the Sutras gives space for emotional growth. Sarah wishes to create a safe space where any body is welcome to harness their potential. Sarah grew up dancing at Dancewave and is honored to now be a member of its teaching community!


Jessica Cipriano 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 and currently teaches at multiple studios in Brooklyn.

At Dancewave, Jessica teaches Modern, Contemporary Jazz, Ballet and Adult Ballet. Jessica also conducts residencies and master classes in public schools throughout Brooklyn through D-Wave in Motion.


Julia Ehrstrand graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance (Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro (Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA in 2009. Since coming to New York in 2007, she has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, SexyBeastNYC, Carrasco Dance Company, Lane Co Arts and Collective Noir, among others. Her choreography has been presented in various stages in NYC, Europe and Asia. She has taught at The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, DOCH University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Balettakademien (Stockholm), Daily Professional Classes for Danscentrum (Stockholm), Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdam), UiS/University in Stavanger and at PRODA (Norway), the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Gina Gibney Dance, DNA, Steps on Broadway and SUNY Purchase. Julia has also been dancing/choreographing/teaching in China, Taiwan, Uganda and Ethiopia. In addition to teaching at Dancewave, Julia is currently faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Gibney Dance Studios.


Caroline Fermin is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance where she has danced the last six years and served as Education Chair for the last three. She currently performs as a freelancer and teaches across the nation, working with nonprofits, schools, and groups of artists. She is a member of Artists Striving to End Poverty and runs a dance/theater program in the summers at Snow College. Caroline is so happy to be part of the Dancewave team!


Rachel Freeburg is a dance artist raised in Wisconsin and currently based in Brooklyn. While living in Minneapolis, she presented work though the 9x22 series, danced for the company, Arena Dances, and toured internationally for French choreographer, Johan Amselem. Currently collaborating with dance artist, s.lumbert, their work has recently been shown at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and in the Work Up 3.0 series at Gibney Dance Center. Additionally, dancing in works by Angharad Davies, Pat Graney, Bebe Miller, and Susan Rethorst has greatly shaped her work as mover and maker. Rachel holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BFA from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Gibney Dance Center. This upcoming fall she joins the faculty at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Mark Morris Dance Center. Her modern dance classes draws from post-modern, modern, and somatic techniques in service to help students feel more comfortable and empowered in their bodies. Moving from slower experiential and anatomical explorations on the floor into partnering and center work, the class culminates with phrase work emphasizing momentum and a playful attitude.


Lisa Graziano, originally from Long Island NY, 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.


Noemi Di Gregorio received her dance education at Zurich Dance Theatre School and in New York, where she studied the Limón technique and different contemporary styles. Noemi performed in Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA for companies such as Avír Dance Company/Enzo Celli, The New Young Choreographers and Azul Dance Theatre and in productions such as “Spectrum Arts Variety Showcase,” “The Voice” and in the movies “Räuberinnen”, “Halbdichtheiten” and “The Hell of it.” She performed as a figure skater with “Art on Ice,” where she worked with internationally renowned choreographers Marvin A. Smith and Salome Brunner. Noemi was a member of Spark Movement Collective, a New York-based contemporary dance company, for four years. Meanwhile she has been working on her own choreographies which are shown at different venues in New York and abroad. Interested in outreach, Noemi joined Connie Procopio to teach and perform at the Women‘s Correctional Institution in Connecticut. As a dance teacher, Noemi Di Gregorio enjoys to convey the passion of dance to her students and letting them find their authenticity through movement.


Kathleen Helm 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 began dancing at the age of six in her hometown, Toledo OH. 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, Pre-Ballet and Creative Modern. 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 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 is a Brooklyn based dance artist originally from Denver, Colorado. She achieved a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA) 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.

At Dancewave, Mariah coaches DC I and II, as well as acts as D-Wave in Motion Coordinator.


Alison Mixon moved to New York City in 1999 to study at The Juilliard School. Alison has performed for dance, opera, musical theatre, and entertainment companies nationwide. Her performance credits include: The Merry Widow (The Metropolitan Opera and The Lyric Opera), Die Fledermaus (The Metropolitan Opera), Florencia In The Amazon (Washington National Opera), The Merry Widow (Los Angeles Opera), Superfly: The Musical (Dodgers Theatrical), The Wiz (Baltimore Centerstage), Carmen and Aida (Opera Carolina), A Funny Thing Happened... (Music Circus and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Can Can (Pasadena Playhouse), Aida (Theater League), Aladdin: The Musical Spectacular (Disneyland Entertainment). In addition to performing, Alison enjoys teaching dance to students of all ages. Her teaching credits include: Alvin Ailey’s Junior Division, Teen Extension, Arts in Education & AileyCamp, The Joffrey Ballet School, Harlem School of the Arts, Stage Coach Theatre Arts Schools and several studios in the tri-state area. Alison is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, and American Guild of Variety Artists. More info at www.alisonmixon.com.


After receiving a BFA in Dance and Arts Education from the State University at Brockport, and an MA in Dance Education from New York University, Rebecca Oviatt pursues dance performance, instruction, and choreography throughout NYC. She has danced since she was 5 years old and enjoys inspiring children, teens, and adults to express themselves through dance. 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.


Caci Pritchett began her dance training in Atlanta, Georgia, at North Atlanta Dance Academy under the direction of Michael Garrison. Since then she has trained with Nashville Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. She recently graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program as an E. Corrigan Scholar and Senior Leadership Awardee with a concentration in Pre-Med studies.

Caci has worked with choreographers including Ron K. Brown, Sylvia Waters, Matthew Rushing, Norbert de la Cruz III, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Julian Barnett, Lynn Sterling and Lloyd Culbreath. She is now pursuing her professional career as a concert and broadway performer.

She is extremely excited to join the Dancewave family as a Teaching Artist!


Kathryn Sauma, a.k.a. Kat, completed her BFA in Dance at The Ohio State University in 2014. Her distinction thesis was awarded 2nd place in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for her exploration of improvised movement and text. Kat lived in Berlin, Germany in 2013 where she studied and performed with Sasha Waltz & Guests and Marcela Giesche. In 2015 Kat produced an evening length, site-specific dance work in Columbus, OH at M.I.N.T. Art Gallery in collaboration with local visual and musical artists. She has performed with influential choreographers such as Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof, LeeSaar the Company, Bebe Miller, Jimmy Ortiz, Owen David, Dante Brown, and Cleo Mack. Kat has also studied improvisation as composition extensively with Angie Hauser & Chris Aiken, and Darrel Jones. She currently collaborates and performs regularly with BUILD, a nightlife-based music collective, and is working on a video album for musical artist, Gnosis’ latest E.P. Kat has been teaching in various capacities since high school and is thrilled to join the Dancewave community!


Gabriel Serrano was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He pursued dance training at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center, while earning his BFA at The City College of New York. Gabe has since danced for Melissa Gorga, Angel Haze, and Fifth Harmony. He can be seen in commercials for MTC Hits, Men's Wearhouse and Flips Audio, as well as the major motion picture, Step Up 3D. He has also toured with Dublin Worldwide's, "Man in the Mirror" - Micheal Jackson Tribute Show. Gabe continues to teach across New York City and enjoys sharing his knowledge with upcoming dancers.


Marion Spencer is a Brooklyn based dance artist. Since moving to New York 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.

She is thrilled be a part of the Dancewave family. Marion currently teaches Beginning Adult Modern, Open Level Adult Modern, and directs the Adult Modern Company. She graduated from Vassar College in 2009 with a BA in Geography-Anthropology.


Joanna Stone graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in theater and dance. She performed with Contradanza, a Mexico City dance company, and Rosanna Gamson World Wide, a Los Angeles dance company in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and Ecuador. Joanna also performed on stilts in Los Angeles, acted in a small role in a mini series on Comedy Central, and hosted the Warner Brother’s Kids Club show. Joanna graduated from Texas Woman’s University with an MA in dance and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher. As an instructor, Joanna incorporates her knowledge on anatomy, physiology, and dance. She began teaching Barre classes over two years ago as a FlyBarre instructor.

Currently Joanna teaches dance cardio, yoga, and a HIIT class, so she is super excited to get back to teaching Barre at Dancewave!


Nicole White Currently residing in Brooklyn, this cluster of Midwest accents and Southern hospitality writes, dances, and teaches from a black queer womanist lens. Nicole Shanté’s movement work utilizes thirteen years of dance experience in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and African dance. She founded Poetry in Motion, a summer dance collective in Sumter, SC and has coached two competitive youth dance teams: Dynamic All-Starz 2 in Milwaukee, WI and Young Empire in Brooklyn, NY. Clark Atlanta University's Dance Theater has also featured Nicole Shanté's choreography.

She facilitates freelance twerk fitness classes throughout New York City, under the belief that twerking is a radical form of community healing and resistance. Nicole Shanté is a certified KUKUWA® instructor excited to bring African dance fitness to Dancewave!


Jessica Zippin 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 is also the Special Events Coordinator at Dancewave.



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