Gisele Assi was a member of two flamenco companies in her hometown Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1988 to 1997 and traveled to Madrid and Seville to study flamenco dance and singing from 1991 and 2009. Working in New York since 1999, Gisele taught flamenco dance for children and adults at Ballet Hispanico, Third Street Music Settlement, at Piel Canela School in New York, and Every Little Movement Academy of Art in Hoboken, NJ. Gisele is a member of Alborada Spanish Theatre Company where she is a choreographer, first dancer, and singer since her arrival in New York. She also appeared on TV shows and Flamenco Tablaos in NYC, and within the tristate area as a featured dancer. In 2009, Gisele was given a scholarship to study flamenco singing at the Foundation Cristina Hereen in Sevilla, Spain.
Xianix Barrera had her first exposure to dance and music as a child with studies in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Xianix began her formal studies in flamenco in New York City with Jorge Navarro, Nélida Tirado, and Soledad Barrio. In Sevilla, she deepened her training with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Patricia Guerrero, and Carmen Ledesma, among others. She has worked and performed with such prominent artists as Isabel Bayon, Ángel Muñoz, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla, and has taught master flamenco workshops for The Joyce Theater and New York City Center. She is a recipient of a coveted scholarship to attend Jacob Pillow's Cultural Traditions Program led by Noche Flamenca. In 2011, she founded her own dance company, Sabor Flamenco, which premiered to a sold-out audience at The Poet's Den Theater in East Harlem. Xianix has been touring with Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca since 2013 with their wildly successful production of Antigona, a flamenco adaptation of the Sophoclean tragedy. Most recently she performed in Sevilla and Copenhagen alongside flamenco legend Jose Suarez in El Torombo. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults and children as a teaching artist for New York City Center, Ballet Hispanico, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York.
Darren Biggart is a producer, performer, and teacher. He earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and has performed on tour (Elf), Off-Broadway (Prospect Theatre Company, NYMF, Lincoln Center), and at regional theaters throughout the country (Madison Square Garden, New York City Center, Kennedy Center, MUNY, PCLO, Northern Stage). He is the Creative Director of the non-profit A BroaderWay and was a founding producer of Encores! Off-Center. He is now working in production and innovation at Siena Music, developing and producing new projects in and around NYC. As a director and choreographer, Darren has worked at Plymouth State University (NH), Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Steps (NYC), MTCA (NYC), and The Studio New Canaan (CT).
Sue Delano has performed in the Broadway and National Tours of My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain, Cabaret with Joel Grey, and Liza in Concert with Liza Minnelli. She has worked across the country, Europe, and the Far East as a performer, dance captain, choreographer, and director with such names as George Abbott, Michael Shawn, Jimmy Buffett, Susan Stroman, Jack Lee, Vivian Matalon, and Ron Fields, just to name a few. She has worked as a director/choreographer at Western Carolina University and Stephens College. She was a director/choreographer for Bravo's On with the Show and has been a Choreographer for Camp Broadway since 1998. Sue received her BA in dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.
Isabel del Día was born and raised in New York City. She was introduced to flamenco at Bard College with Judson Dance Theater pioneer Aileen Passloff, and has continued her studies in New York and Spain with flamenco masters Soledad Barrio, Concha Vargas, Andrés Peña, Kati García Renart, Sonia Olla, and mentor Sara Erde. Isabel del Día has been awarded The Bard Theater and Dance Award (2004), a coveted scholarship to attend the 2008 Cultural Traditions Program at Jacob’s Pillow, and an esteemed Beca (scholarship) to attend III Ciclo Dedicado a la Formación Completa del Baile Flamenco at the historic Amor de Dios Studios in Madrid, Spain (2010). Isabel has worked with Spanish artists Carmen Ledesma, Almudena Serrano, Elena Andujar, Ismael Fernández, and Sonia Olla, and is part of the New York ensemble at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Isabel has toured with the renowned Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, where she shared the stage with Soledad Barrio, Juan Ogalla and flamenco legend Alejandro Granados at The Joyce Theater in New York City (2012) and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (2014), among other venues.
Stephen DiMenna is an Off-Broadway and regional theater director and educator. He is the co-artistic director of the Stargate Theatre Company, a program of Manhattan Theatre Club. He was the artistic director of the MCC Theater Youth Company for 14 years. He has directed 22 Off-Broadway productions including Vigilwith Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg at the DR2 Theatre and previously with Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg at the Westport Country Playhouse. He is the artistic director of The International Theatre and Literacy Project, which uses theater as a means of social uplift for youth in developing countries (Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, and India). He is on the faculty of the Educational Theatre Program at NYU. He is a senior teaching artist for Theatre Development Fund, New York City Center, and Theatre for a New Audience. He is a consultant for the New York City Department of Education for whom he co-authored the NYC K-12 Theater Blueprint. He directs workshops for the Stratford Festival in Canada, The Old Vic in London, and throughout the world. He appeared as Glen in the movie Camp directed by Todd Graff. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Dawn DiPasquale MA in Dance Education from NYU. Academic: Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wichita State University. Choreography: Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Santa Barbara CLO, and Folly Theatre of KC. Performance: DTW, PS 122, Riverside Church, Green Space, Manhattan Movement and Arts, Fringe Festival, and Strada Facendo (Italy) working with choreographers Deborah Damast, Trish Doherty, Carl Paris, Douglas Dunn, and Elissaveta Iordonova. Member of SDC. Teaching Artist for New York City Center in creative movement for early childhood dance.
Olyda "Ola" Espinal attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and has been passionately teaching throughout New York Public Schools, predominantly in the Bronx, for 13 years. As a Community Outreach Liaison and Teaching Artist for The Bronx Dance Theatre, New York City Center, Flamenco Latino, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Olyda constantly strives to teach innovative, creative, and energetic classes in multiple dance styles to inspire and propel her students into the performing arts. She has trained under flamenco masters Soledad Barrios, Maya deSilva, Nelida Tirado, and Omayra Amaya. Olyda has performed in many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and Benmarl, and regularly preforms as vocalist, dancer, and percussionist with the renowned Los Cintron Brothers, as well as with NYC artists in various venues across NY.
Caroline Fermin attended The Juilliard School for dance and graduated with honors. She has performed for a variety of ballet and modern companies including James Sewell Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, Sidra Bell, Adam Weinert, and the Resonance Collective. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance where she originated many roles and pieces while touring nationally and abroad. While a dancer with Gallim, Caroline helped create the educational outreach arm of the company. Caroline currently collaborates with theater artists, most recently choreographing for actors at NYU Tisch. She works extensively with community engagement programs such as Artists Striving to End Poverty and Sing for Hope. This year will see Caroline teaching at Barnard College,Columbia University, and Mount Holyoke College.
Amilia Hernandez was born in France from Spanish descent and graduated from the national conservatory in ballet and modern dance studies in 1999 with the honors of the jury. She then completed her contemporary dance studies in Paris until early 2000. Her style was shaped by dancing with two renowned companies A.M Pascoli dance group and Taipei Dance Circle in France and Taiwan from 2000 to 2005. She started studying flamenco in 2006 in Sevilla under the direction of Ursula Lopez, Andres Marin, and El Oruco, among others. In 2012, she danced at the NYU Baruch Theater in La Quinta Luna, a show directed by Flamenco y Sol company to promote New York’s best emerging flamenco dancers. Since 2013, she has been dancing with Pasion y Arte company based in Philadelphia. Her work with them includes performing at the Flamenco Festival of Philadelphia and at the Fisher Memorial Art of Philadelphia in Complices, a creation from Rosario Toledo blending modern dance and flamenco. She is also a member of Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana Company. She joined the New York City Center teaching artists team in 2017.
Angela Jamieson Broadway: Conductor and pianist for Disney’s The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Music Director for Hiroshima, a Kennedy Center Award-winning play with music by Yoko Ono. Touring: Associate Conductor Cheetah and Gazelle companies of The Lion King, Cats, Phantom of the Opera-Europe, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. TA for New York City Center, TADA! Youth Theatre, Young Audiences NY, Inside Broadway, Disney Worldwide, and SAI NY.
Glenda Sol Koeraus, “La Argentinita,” is a Buenos Aires-born flamenco dancer who, over the past decade, has established herself as one of the top flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York City. As a scholarship recipient of the Jerome Foundation's Travel and Study Grant, the Cristina Heren Foundation scholarship and the Jacob’s Pillow Cultural Traditions Program, Sol has studied with many of the great dancers and teachers of flamenco, among them, Angelita Vargas, Los Farrucos, Yolanda Heredia, Carmela Greco, and Belén Maya. Since her move to New York, Sol has appeared at illustrious venues such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and The Joyce Theater. Sol has toured internationally with Soledad Barrios and Noche Flamenca for six years, sharing the stage with figures such as Juan Ogalla, Alejandro Granados, and Alfonso Loza. She has also participated in Zeferelli’s production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera. More recently, she has been featured in the pre-production of Christopher Gatelli’s Tony Award-winning In Your Arms (Powerhouse Theater), Zorro! The Musical (Alliance Theater, GA), The Latin Quarter Show at the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City, choreographer and solo dancer for Portland Opera's production of Carmen (Keller Auditorium), and is currently touring the US as a solo dancer and singer for the world renown Gala of the Royal Horses. Sol is also an accomplished teacher who has offered both master and youth classes, as well as residencies with Alvin Ailey and Young Audiences. In addition, she has turned her energies towards directing and choreographing her own original works. Her most recent productions, Orobo Jondo, Flamenco Cabal, and El Inmigrante, represent a new phase in her creative output. flamencoysol.com
Peter Musante works at the nexus of immersive theater, dance, music, and technology to invent unique performance-based experiences that transform space and create community. His original works have toured internationally and are created collaboratively by a diverse group of artists—most notably Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOWHERE – OBIE Award), and Trusty Sidekick Theater Co. (Lincoln Center, Park Ave Armory, and Abrons Art Center) where he is a Resident Artist and Multisensory Experience Director. Peter is also a founding member of Fixed Agency (Brooklyn Navy Yard), a cast member of Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre), and a frequent collaborator with Spring Street Social Society. petermusante.com
Drew Petersen is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator. He currently is an educator with Park Avenue Armory, The New Victory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and City Center. As an artist, he is the artistic director for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company—a theater company devoted to creating high quality, original work for young audiences and their families. He has been commissioned by and created original work with Lincoln Center Education, The Kennedy Center, Park Avenue Armory, New Victory Theater, Classic Stage Company, Cleveland Playhouse Square, PACE University, The Tank, and Curio Theater Company in Philadelphia.
Arielle Rosales is an interdisciplinary performance artist with over a decade's-worth of professional experience as a dancer, choreographer, actress, and educator, specializing in flamenco. She is the founder and artistic director of House of Duende, the intercultural dance studio and collaborative arts organization based in Spanish Harlem, NYC (www.houseofduende.com). Dubbed “exciting rhythmic and undoubtedly seductive” by Dance Informa Magazine and “a very intense and wonderful choreographic talent" by BroadwayWorld.com, Arielle’s most recent works are based in collaborative cultural exchange, which has manifested into the all-female percussive dance troupe, Soles of Duende, which connects flamenco, kathak, and tap with the spirit of New York, and the #WeFree | #UnleashYourDuende Experience with artist/activist Marguerite Hemmings, which explores what liberation looks and feels like through sound and movement. Arielle is currently on faculty at STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet des Amériques, and is a teaching artist for both New York City Center and Ballet Hispanico. www.ariellerosales.com.
Alana Marie Urda has worked as a professional choreographer and teaching artist in NYC for over 10 years, working in a variety of programs including New York City Center, The Trinity School, the West Side YMCA, and Bridge for Dance Studios. With a BFA in dance from FSU, Alana is assistant director of The Trinity School After School Program and is choreographer for the West Side YMCA’s Professional Kids Company and The Events in Orlando, FL. Alana is also co-founder and artistic director of Amalgamate Dance Company, Inc (ADC) where she has envisioned and produced a range of distinguished dance events, charity projects, and educational workshops. Her work has been celebrated in renowned venues including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, Boston University, Sant’Angelo in Vado Italy, BBKings, The Times Center, Ailey Citigroup, and Merce Cunningham Studio, and tours both nationally and internationally. She is an artist in residence at Bridge for Dance and a grant recipient of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Rachel Tuggle Whorton is a performer, director, writer, and arts educator. As a pianist, vocalist, actor, and music director, Rachel has collaborated with groups across the country including San Diego Musical Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The New School, New York University, CO/LAB Theatre Group, Havas Luxe Events, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Acappella Company, and New York Theatre Barn. As a writer, recent work includes "Site-Specific Theatre: New Perspectives on Pedagogy and Performance" (RiDe: The Journal of Applied Theatre, 2015), "Responsible Inspiration: The Role of Arts Educators in Career Choice" (Teaching Artist Journal, 2016), and the short film Micro,an official selection of Cinewest's 2016 Women in Media Arts and Film Festivalin Sydney, Australia. As a Master Teacher with The National YoungArts Foundation, Rachel created original work with emerging artists at National YoungArts Week in Miami, FL. She is also an adjunct instructor and student teacher supervisor at NYU where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Theatre.
Kevin Winebold is a musical director, actor, and teaching artist. Winebold's New York credits include The Irish...and How They Got That Way, The Threepenny Opera, and Tin Pan Alley. On the road, he has toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Footloose, The Wedding Singer, and All Shook Up. Always passionate about arts education, Winebold is a proud teaching artist with New York City Center, Disney Theatrical Group, and The New York Pops.