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.


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.


Sade Bully, School at Dancewave

Sade teaches Soca in Dancewave's adult program.


Mary Simone Burns, School at Dancewave

Mary teaches Absolute Beginner Ballet in Dancewave's adult program.


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.


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.

 

 

 


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.


Paige Horton, School at Dancewave

Paige teaches Ballet in Dancewave's youth programs.


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.


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.


Kenny Smith, School at Dancewave

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


Eder Souza (Professor Curu)

Professor Curu teaches Capoeira Workout in Dancewave's adult program.


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. 


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.