Teaching Artists

Phoebe Ballard

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet & Modern

Phoebe Ballard is a mover, maker, teacher, and writer returning to the east coast after an incredibly enriching stint living in Urbana, Illinois while earning her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A time filled with big moves Read more…

Janelle Barry

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet
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. Read more…

LaToya Brooks

D-Wave in Motion ○ Hip Hop
LaToya has been dancing for over 20 years. Originally from Utica, NY, she is trained in various dance techniques and grew up as a competitive dancer. She is a graduate from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Dance and Theatre. Read more…

Mary Simone Burns

Adult Classes ○ Ballet

An instructor of movement for over thirty years in colleges & professional dance studios in NYC, Texas and Chicago, including DNA, Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance, Mary now works regularly with NYC’s wellness and dance community regularly in injury Read more…

Olivia Cancelli

School at Dancewave ○ Modern
Youth Company Program ○ Coach

Olivia Cancelli is a New York City-based performer, teacher, and choreographer. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Olivia started her dance education at an early age before continuing on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ohio University. While at OU, she performed Read more…

Emily Chin

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet

Emily recently graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Dance and Human Development. At Connecticut College, Emily has had the privilege to perform works by Heidi Henderson, David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Megan Williams, Ronald K. Brown, Ohad Naharin, and Kate Weare. Read more…

Erica Cianciulli

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet & Jazz

Erica is a graduate of Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. She has traveled the US and parts of Canada with the National Tour of Pippin (Fastrada) in 2016-2017 and the tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage (Marjorie Houseman) Read more…

Mary Goetz

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet & Modern
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. Read more…

Jessica Harris

School at Dancewave ○ Modern

Jessica Harris is a dancer, educator, and Movement Pattern Analyst based in Brooklyn, New York. As a dancer, Jessica 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, Read more…

Bethany Logan

Youth Company Program ○ 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. Read more…

Debbie Mausner

School at Dancewave ○ Modern
Youth Company Program ○ Choreographer

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,
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Laura Mercer

School at Dancewave ○ Creative Movement

Laura Mercer is a dance educator specializing in early childhood dance education. She also works full time at Dancewave as the D-Wave in Motion Manager. While completing a BA (Hons) Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey, Read more…

Autumn Oftedal

Adult Classes ○ Barre Vida

Autumn Oftedal 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 Read more…

Kuni Quimby

Adult Classes ○ Zumba

Kuni is a Certified Zumba Fitness instructor for five years. She has been studying various styles of dance and performed for more than 20 years. Since Kuni discovered Zumba Fitness, it has played a transformative role in her life. She instantly fell in love with Zumba Read more…

Aria Roach

Youth Company Program ○ 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, Read more…

Ella Rosewood

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet

Ella Rosewood is a dance specialist at I.S. 347 School of Humanities in Brooklyn, NY. Rosewood holds dual degrees in Dance and Elementary Education from UW-Madison and a masters degree in Dance Education from the Inaugural Cohort of the Lincoln Center Scholars Read more…

Ra Ruíz Leon

D-Wave in Motion ○ Salsa

Ra Ruíz Leon is a poet and dancer from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ra began her studies in dance with traditional Boricua roots music, Bomba y Plena. Ra served as Managing Director for the flamenco dance company Xianix Barrera Flamenco. Currently she is Latin Dance Teaching Artist Read more…

Lisa Sainvil

D-Wave in Motion ○ Hip Hop

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 Read more…

Marion Spencer

Adult Classes  Modern & Modern Company
Youth Company Program ○ Choreographer

Marion is a New York-based dancer, choreographer and educator. Since moving to New York, Marion has had the pleasure of collaborating and performing with Athena Kokoronis, Melissa Riker/Kinesis Read more…

Madeline Warriner

School at Dancewave ○ Modern
Youth Company Program ○ Coach

Madeline Warriner is a 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, Read more…