Milan Agnew earned her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and is an ABT® Certified Teacher in levels Primary through Five. She has performed with numerous ballet and modern dance companies in New York and Philadelphia, most notably Brooklyn Ballet and Philadanco respectively. She has taught at various ballet schools, including Ballet Academy East and the JKO School at American Ballet Theater. In addition to her work with Notes in Motion, Milan is a teaching artist with New York City Ballet’s Education Department.
Dance Genres: Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement
Dalit Agronin, originally from Dallas, TX, graduated in 2016 Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Dance and Psychology. While at Muhlenberg Dalit had the opportunity to study abroad in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance studying Gaga as well as work in the Allentown School District teaching a 6 week dance program to middle school students as part of her Psychology Senior Thesis. Since graduating Dalit has had the privledge of attending both ADF summer and winter intensives as a staff assistant as well as the Carolyn Dorfman NJ Summer Dance as a Scholarship student. While in the city Dalit has been dancing and performing with a few comapines in the New York area and also choreographing and producing her own work. Dalit is so excited to be part of the Notes in Motion family.
Michelle Applebaum was born in Rome, Italy. She completed her dance studies in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance with a Ballet Diploma at the Balletto di Roma in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts in 2011, at La Sapienza University and her Master of Science in Performing Arts in 2014, at Roma Tre University. She Taught Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance to children and adults at Danzarmonia School. She danced with various Italian Choreographers, and worked for Theatre and Dance Festivals in Rome. She then moved to New York City, where she worked as Administrative Intern for Awaken Dance Theater, as Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Kate Weare Dance Company, as Fundraising Manager for Idaco NYC. She currently dances, teaches and is Social Media Manager with Dance To The People. She teaches Ballet at Art Plaza Cultural Center and is a Dance Educator at Citizens of the World Charter School. She is a Social Media Assistant for Mare Nostrum Elements Dance Company.
Dance Genres: Ballet, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, Creative Movement
Dot Armstrong, a Minnesota native and recent transplant to New York, graduated in May 2017 from the University of Iowa with degrees in Dance Performance (BFA) and English (BA) plus a 200-hour yoga teaching certification. While at UI, she taught pre-ballet for the UI Youth Ballet and studied modern, ballet, improvisation, and composition under Melinda Myers, George De La Pena, Armando Duarte, Charlotte Adams, Jennifer Kayle, and others. She received additional training at the American Dance Festival, Movement Research, the Martha Graham School, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Here in the city, she dances for Bryce Dance Company, Thea Little, Matthew Westerby Company, Adriana Santoro, and her own collective. This is Dot’s first year as a Teaching Artist with Notes in Motion.,
Dance Genres: Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement, Yoga
Shelby is a passionate soloist, chamber player, educator, and experimental musician who desires to explore the vast art of percussion and music within today’s communities and cultures. Shelby is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Percussion Performance with emphasis on Contemporary Performance Practice. She has also received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Auburn University. She currently resides in New York City as a freelance percussionist and educator. She has been grateful to have recently performed and collaborated with the New York Vituosi, multiple theater productions, and solo artists. Sharing the experience of music within collaboration has thankfully brought many opportunities to her. She recently traveled as an ensemble member and clinician with the World Percussion Group, and also performed across the world including USA, Poland, and China as a soloist and chamber percussionist.
Born and brought up in India, Ashmita graduated as a Business Administrator. Although she started dancing since she was five, she took it up professionally only in 2013 when she did a one-year Diploma course in Dance. Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Kathak, Bollywood, dance history, anatomy, dance psychology and choreography, one by one, class after class, she found her niche. As she learned more styles, Latin dancing intrigued her in a way that left a permanent impact on her. She trained and worked with Vive La Salsa, Kolkata, India for three years. Vive La Salsa gave her an opportunity to tour, perform and teach children and adults across the country. Following Vive La Salsa, she moved to Mumbai, India in April to join the jazz company, Danceworx. She trained in Ballet, jazz and contemporary and also worked in the administrative department.
In June 2017 she was accepted by Peridance Capezio Centre to be a part of the International Program and is majoring in Salsa and Ballet. She is also a part of a prestigious salsa company in New York called Baila Society headed by Ahoy Juliana. She is currently training, performing and teaching under Baila Society. She has performed in many Salsa Congresses such as Boston Salsa Festival(2018), Kingdom Come Salsa Festival(2018), Connecticut Salsa Congress(2018). This is Ashmita’s first year as a Teaching Artist with Notes in Motion.
Dance Genre: Ballroom and Traditional Indian Dance
Gina Marie Borden is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in dance and completed a program in women’s leadership. At Barnard, her senior piece was a solo created collaboratively with former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Mariah Maloney, and she performed in works by Susan Rethorst, Beth Gill, and Lance Gries at New York Live Arts, and in a work by Jon Kinzel at Miller Theater. Borden choreographed Columbia University’s 119th Annual Varsity Show, performed a solo in GROUNDPLAN at La Plaza Cultural, and created her work Experiment for Five for Fete de l’Hurricane at Red Bean Studios. Other performance credits include Ferrum by Carte Blanche Performance, performed at Pioneer Works, Gowanus Art + Production, and Roulette Theater. Borden was cast as a part of Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase 6 in a work by Bryan Strimpel, and is a company member of Jessica Lewis Arts and Andrew Jannetti and Dancers, with whom she will be performed at University Settlement in June 2016. This is Borden’s second year teaching for Notes in Motion, and other teaching credits include Jessica Lewis Arts Youth Company, Astoria Pre School Dance, Dance.Laugh.Learn., and Mark DeGarmo and Dancers.
Dance Genres: Modern, Creative Movement
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Carrie Demos holds her B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University and is a graduate of The Foundations of Dance Education, Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd St Y. Carrie has served on faculty at the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center and is currently on faculty with Peridance Capezio Center’s Young Movers/PeriChild program. Carrie has additionally been honored to serve as a Teaching Artist for New York City Ballet Education and work with The New York City Department of Education in collaboration with the Dance Education Laboratory to further advance standards for dance education by serving as a Co-Facilitator for the NYCDOE’s 2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Training and as an Adjudicator for the Arts Achieve Initiative.
Dance Genres: Ballet, Modern, Tap
Manon Hallay was born in France. She started dancing in the Conservatoire de Tarbes and went to Bordeaux at 13 to study in a pre-professional course. Two years later she was accepted to the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and had the opportunity to work with choreographer as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui or Micheal Shannon. She moved New York four years ago to integrate the Alvin Ailey school as a scholarship student. She has been a member of Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since 2014 and she is now Artistic Director of Les Ballets Nomades. This is Manon’s second year as a teaching artist with Notes in Motion this year.
Dance Genres: Ballet, Contemporary, Creative Movement
Morgan Hurst is a freelance artist, non-profit administrator and dance teacher. She received her BFA in Dance in 2014 from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, where she graduated with the Bert Terborough Award. Morgan dances for Mari Meade Dance collective, has done work for SummerStage with Luca Veggetti, collaborations at The New School with Jean-Baptiste Barriere, and has danced for Nimbus Dance Works, Sum Bones, Touche Pas, Doug Varone, Joanna Kotze, Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, John Higginbotham, Laura Aris, Shen Wei and has done a number of projects with the Cunningham Trust. She has taught at a number of dance schools in the city and in the New Jersey public school system for ages ranging from 4 to 18. This is Morgan’s second year as a teaching artist with Notes in Motion.
Dance Genre: Creative Movement
Luiza Karnas is a dance artist and educator originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil. She recently received her M.F.A from SUNY The College at Brockport (NY), and graduated from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS (Brazil) with a degree in Dance Education. In 2013, Karnas was a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program scholarship recipient and studied at Hofstra University (Long Island/NY) for one academic year.
A tap enthusiast from the heart, her interests also include intensive training in ballet and modern dance. She has studied and performed with teachers and choreographers from Brazil and the United States. She has presented choreographic works at venues in Porto Alegre and NYC, including Teatro Renascença, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance and Research, and more. Karnas is thrilled to join Notes in Motion as a Teaching Artist.
Dance Genre: Tap dance
Fatima Logan-Alston received a B.F.A. in dance and choreography with a minor in African-American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. As the Artistic Director of VashtiDance, Logan-Alston has presented work for the Powhatan Arts Council and the Glenn Allen Cultural Arts Center. She has danced with Chuck Davis’s African-American Dance Ensemble and Ezibu Muntu African Dance Theatre, Roque Bey Dance School Theater, and Roots in Revolution. In New York, Fatima currently dances with Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Harambee Dance Company. In addition to her work with Notes in Motion, Logan-Alston teaches dance residencies at many schools in the New York area with Young Audiences/New York.
Shonica Gooden is a proud native of Atlanta, GA. While growing up in Atlanta, Shonica attended Dekalb school of the Arts as well as trained extensively at Dance Makers of Atlanta. In 2011, she graduated from Point Park University with a BFA degree in dance. She is a master teacher with The Broadway Collective and MOVE(NYC). Her professional performing credits include Sister Act The Musical (Deloris Van Cartier), CATS (Broadway Revival; Rumpleteazer), Hamilton: An American Musical (Broadway), American Dance Machine (Sweet Georgia Brown), Matilda The Musical (1st National Tour), Piece of my Heart, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway), Bring It On: The Musical (Broadway and 1st National Tour). Film: “Ted 2” and “The First Purge” (Summer 2018).
Dance Genres: Broadway Jazz, Commercial Dance
Skye Montante began studying ballet at Petaluma School of Ballet at the age of 8. In later years as she was introduced to other forms of dance; she found her true calling with Hip-Hop and Contemporary styles. She continued her dance through college and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Dance. While in school in San Francisco, she taught youth and adult classes at ODC School of Dance, City Dance Studios and after school programs and summer camps. Before moving to New York, she was performing with a Hip Hop company; Funkonometry, and two contemporary companies; Binki Danz, and Alive and Well Productions. She is loves to teaching dance and growing with youth in New York City.
Dance Genre: Hip Hop
Originally from Montgomery, AL, Ashley McQueen graduated with a BFA in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis (Class of 2013) and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance from Hollins University, Class of 2018. Throughout her time in St. Louis, McQueen developed a strong network of artists and professional experience. She performed with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company under Jennifer Medina for two seasons, as well as occasional project-based work. She was twice invited by ANNONYArts to independently choreograph/direct two evening length concerts at Satori, An Artist Space. As a Kranzberg Exhibition Series Guest Artist, McQueen choreographed Laune, a site specific dance performance on rideable lawnmowers for Laumeier Sculpture Park. The work culminated in a film installation, Harmony in 3, by Zlatko Cosic that remained on exhibition through February 2016.Since moving to New York in Fall 2015, McQueen performed with shawnbibledanceco., Sans Limites Dance, Eunoia Dance Ex, Artistic Abandon, and Bom Diggs. She also presented work at HeForShe Arts Week NYC, Dance Astoria Festival, Take Root at Green Space, Tiny Dance Festival, Amalgamate Artist Series, Sans Limites Dance Winter Concert, Marie-Christine Giordano Salon Series, and BIPA Festival of Cultures.In addition to directing and choreographing for Smashworks, McQueen freelance performs throughout the city, teaches for Pure Barre West Village, and works as a Teaching Artist for the West Side YMCA.
Dance Genres: Ballet, Modern, Contemporary
Vera was born in Milan, Italy, where she began her professional training at the Centro Studi Coreografici Teatro Carcano, and she graduated in ballet and modern dance in 2012. After her graduation she won a scholarship for the Henny Jurriens Stichting Summer Intensive in Amsterdam, where Miki Orihara gave her a scholarship to study at the Martha Graham School in New York, and she moved in the City in 2013. After a few months she was asked to join Graham 2. She danced many principal roles in distinguished venues such as the Met Museum, and in 2015 she obtained her Teaching Training Program certification. She has been dancing with Alison Cook Beatty Dance since summer 2015. Vera returned to Europe for a year in 2017, where she danced with Aconcoli Dance by Elena Albano in Milan, and she collaborated with the pianist Xavier Boot for the Nationale Indiëherdenking in the Netherlands, along with teaching Graham Technique workshops in Milan, Sardinia, Rome and Utrecht. Since she has been back to the US, Vera has also danced for several independent productions such as “Enter the Luminous” by Miriam Barbosa, experimental projects with Fooju Dance Collaborative by Adam Dickerson, and she just joined H.T Chen & Dancers as an apprentice. This is Vera’s first season as a Teaching Artist with Notes in Motion.
Dance Genere: Ballet and Modern
Jessica is a NYC based actress, comedian, and teaching artist originally from South, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Media Communications. Her comedy has been featured at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, MA, The Burbank Comedy Festival, as well as numerous clubs and venues throughout New York City. Jessica is a co-teacher and mentor for EPIC Players, a non-profit Theatre company that provides arts education and performance opportunities for actors living with and without disabilities. She teaches a 9-week standup comedy class with the non-profit, “Stand Up” girls, that seeks to empower teenage girls in underserved areas to find their voice through comedy.
Performance Genere: Theater
Rachel Schemenaur joined Notes in Motion as a teaching artist in April 2016. She holds a BA in Dance from Oral Roberts University. She also currently teaches at Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church Early Childhood Center, and assistant teaches at Mark Morris Dance Center. Before moving to New York, Rachel danced for Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth in Texas.
Dance Genres: Creative Dance, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary
Born in Haiti, Fabricio was raised in Florida where had the opportunity to attend many arts institutes from high school on. He attended many dance programs as such as the American Dance Festival and has worked with several artists such as Sonya Tayeh and Bill T Jones. He graduated with a BA in Theatre, Minor in dance and a Minor in nutrition from Millikin University, where his featured solo placed top in the American college dance Association. Fabricio has previously worked as an aerialist and dancer for The Rainbow Circus in Miami. He is currently working with I-kada contemporary dance and is thrilled to be the newest member of the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
Dance Genre: Contemporary
Jeremy Smith is a freelance percussive artist whose interests lie in the vast array of modern and folkloric percussion traditions from around the world such as those found in South America, Africa, India,the Middle East, and jazz. He is currently an accompanist at Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center, The New School, and Ballet Hispanico. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
Sarah Starkweather is a contemporary dancer and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor based out of New York City. Since 2009, Sarah has performed over 100 times with professional companies from Texas, Missouri, and New York. Sarah has presented her own work at festivals and venues in San Antonio, TX, and St. Louis, MO, as well as at The Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah holds a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Sarah is a founding member of the San Antonio Dance Fringe, and continues to teach technical, choreographic, and leadership workshops across Texas and the United States through MA Dance. This is Sarah’s fifth season as a principal dancer with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and fourth year as a Notes in Motion Teaching Artist.
Dance Genres: Jazz, Contemporary, Modern
Rochelle Wilbun was born and raised in Memphis, TN where she received her training from Classical Ballet Memphis and New Ballet Ensemble, alongside informal training from her church and community. She continued her modern dance and ballet training in high school at Phillips Academy Andover and Boston Ballet School. Currently, Rochelle is a senior at Columbia College studying Dance and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. As a part of Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts, Rochelle performed in works by Pam Tamowitz, Alexandra Beller, and Joanna Kotze. Most recently she performed with Beth Gill in New York Fashion Week and with Marguerite Hemming’s and Arielle Rosales’s #wefree #UnleashYourDuende workshop. Rochelle’s work has been showcased through CoLab Arts Collective and The University of Amsterdam. Rochelle is excited to join the Notes in Motion Teaching Staff.
Anna Zekan is from Newport, OR where she began dancing at the Newport School of Artistic Movement under the direction of Nancy Mittleman. She continued her training at Colorado College where she performed works by Patrizia Herminjard, Shawn Womack, Debra Mercer, Tsui-shuang Lai, and Casey Avaunt. After graduating with a B.A. in Dance and Creative Writing, she relocated to NYC to attend the Martha Graham School, and has since performed with Maher Benham’s Coyote Dancers, Alice Klugherz, and Fooju Dance Collaborative. Zekan is also a published writer and instructor at Pure Barre West Village. This is her first year as a teaching artist with Notes in Motion.
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