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Guest Faculty & Choreographers

Al Blackstone

Al Blackstone is an NYC-based choreographer, performer, and educator, and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.  While working mostly in musical theater, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. In July of 2012 he directed, and choreographed the original dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom.  

 

Other original works include; an upcoming premier at University of the Arts, Hello Dolly for Dancers Responding to AIDS’ Dance From the Heart, the solos performed on So You Think You Can Dance by season 8 finalist Jess LeProtto, and Defying Inequality: A Broadway Benefit (cast of The Lion King).

 

Theatrical credits include Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). Favorite performing credits: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages), the feature film A Winter’s Tale, NBC’s American Dreams, and TLCs Trading Spaces. 

Stacey Tookey

Originally from Canada, Stacey represented her country at the Adeline Genee awards in London, England, danced with Ballet British Columbia, Fusion Dance Company and as a member of the N.B.A.'s "Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team". Upon moving to New York she has had the honor of working on projects with Bette Midler and Micheal Buble. She has performed in concerts as a member of Mia Michaels Company R.A.W. including Jacob's Pillow and with Parsons Dance Project in Seoul, Korea. Other performances included Carmen with the Houston Grand Opera and assistant choreographer of A Few Good Men Dancin' on Broadway. In 2002, Stacey relocated to Las Vegas where she was original cast member for the entire 5 year run of Celine Dion's show A New Day at Caesars Palace. Other performances with Celine include The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 2004 World Music Awards, Larry King Live, CNN's New Year's countdown live in Times Square and A&E's biography of Celine Dion. She has been slimed on National T.V. alongside Justin Timberlake dancing at the 2007 Kids Choice Awards. In addition to performing, Stacey has taught master classes in Mexico, Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica and throughout North America, and has been the recipient of many choreography awards. In 2010, she choreographed the music video for Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts." Stacey has been featured as a choreographer and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance both in the US and Canada and directed the So You Think You Can Dance Canada top 10 tour for season two. Last year she was nominated for an Emmy for "Fear" with Kathryn and Legacy from season 6; recently she has been nominated for a 2012 Emmy for "In This Shirt," "Turning Tables" and "Heart Asks For Pleasure First" from season 8. Stacey is currently based in LA and is excited to be on the NUVO faculty.

Blake Krapels

Blake Krapels, a For Dancers Only Alumnus and 2011 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has been dancing since the age of three under the tutelage of Billy Larson and Jamie Salmon. In 2015, Blake graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While at Juilliard, Blake has had the opportunity to perform repertoire by William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Jose Limon and Peter Chu. Alongside the vast repertoire, Blake had the privilege of working with Larry Keigwin, Austin McCormick, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Emery LeCrone and Monice Bill Barnes on new creations. In addition to his core training at school, Blake traveled to Den Haag to partake in Nederlands Dans Theatre’s 2014 Summer Intensive as well as Montreal for Springboard Danse Montreal 2013. In 2011,The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts recognized Blake for his choreography and afforded him the privilege to present his work at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Blake is currently dancing with BalletX, Contemporary Ballet Company in Philadelphia, while continuing freelance work throughout the country.  Eventually he plans to launch his own collaborative company.

Amber Perkins

Amber Ann Perkins was born and raised in Norwich NY, where she began her dance training. She went on to the University of Brockport and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in Dance in 1994 and her BS in Economics in 1995. Amber performed with the Danscore Company as a principle dancer for three years. As a choreographer, Amber has worked with various companies and dance institutions across the United States and Canada, including Williams/Henry Dance in Kansas City. Amber is the owner of the nationally distinguished Amber Perkins School of the Arts and is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Phoenix Project Dance. Ms. Perkins has won many choreography awards, including the very prestigious Elan Award. The Elan Award is presented annually by Dance Spirit Magazine and Capezio, honoring one choreographer who has changed the way we view dance. Previous Elan Award recipients are Graciella Danielle, Jerry Mitchell, Ann Reinking and Rob Marshall and Susan Stroman. Ambers work has also been recognized in Dancer Magazine and Dance Studio Life.

Madame Olga

Madame Olga was born in the desolate snow capped mountains of Russia to her parents Daria and Igor. When Olga was five years old, Daria noticed a rare gift in her daughter.. when she gracefully leaped into a full split across a frozen river to save a baby coyote from drowning. That's when she knew Olga would become a ballerina. The family took the brutal trek by foot to Leningrad to audition for the historic ballet school. On the way, they battled ice storms, deadly quick sand, and a run in with descendants of Attila the Hun. When they arrived, they were told Olga would have to wait five years before being old enough to audition. Olga would not accept this outcome. so she put on her point shoes Daria had made of snow leopard skin and performed "The Swan." The legends who witnessed Olga's dance were so taken aback by this five year olds interpretation of "The Swan" they thought Anna Pavlova had been reincarnated. She was accepted into the school, the youngest in history. At the age of fourteen,  Olga was the youngest ballerina to ever join the ranks of the Kirov Ballet, and that same year to perform the title role of "Giselle." Olga had a legendary career performing all the full lengths. Olga also began a career as a choreographer, pushing barriers between the Soviet Union and the world. Her controversial piece "Smugliana" won the Russian Hope Award encouraging peace with the West. Now she lives in Manhattan, teaches ballet all over the country, and still performs. Olga will always be connected to her homeland of Russia but now considers America her second home. She wants to change the world one pirouette at a time. 

 

Class description:

 

Madame Olga's class consists of standard barre work, and challenging center exercises. Olga stays true to the purity of Russian ballet while at the same time pushing artistic boundaries to evolve dance into the future. She brings joy and laughter to ballet with hopes of students reaching their true potential. Class is open to all levels, ages and genders. All are welcome into Olga’s magical world! 

Daniella Cavaleri

Daniella grew up competitively dancing in New Jersey and has gone on to teach, choreograph and perform for the past 23 years.  Her dance education includes, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, full scholarship STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and other various teaching and choreography workshops.  Over the years she has been lucky enough to work in various areas of the entertainment industry.  Along with performing Mrs. Cavaleri has been Assistant Choreographer  to Ray Leeper and Brook Notary and was Resident Choreographer for Franco Dragone’s European Circus Show INDIA.   For the past 8 years she has coordinated and run the Dance Teacher Summit Fashion Forward fashion show and most recently has become in involved with choreographing photo shoots for BLOCH and Art Stone.  When not travelling she teaches and choreographs for various competitive studios in the tri-state area.  Her students have been seen in such shows as Hello Dolly, Cats, Newsie’s (Broadway), So You Think You Can Dance,  Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC and Tour) ,  The Grinch (NYC and Tour), White Christmas (NYC and Tour), Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins,  Bye Bye Birdie, 101 Dalmations and Annie the Tour.

Credits for performance include:  Radio City Christmas Show NYC (ensemble/swing), Fosse (International /National Tour), (Resident Choreographer) INDIA Franco Dragone Entertainment (Germany), Rolling Stones Tour, Mia Michaels R.A.W., Notario Dance Company (Assistant Choreographer), Mogan Scott Ballet (formerly Joffrey II), and Broadway Dances (DRA).

Jess Leprotto

Justine Capria Morill

Justine Capria Morrill, a native of New Jersey, graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009, with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. Justine was a member of The Xhale Dance Company in Philadelphia where she choreographed and danced in numerous performances including the Philly Fringe Festival. Justine was a part of Marinspired the storyteller’s, under the direction of Marinda Davis, where she performed in the company’s NYC debut “Breakable,” and also performed at the Capezio A.C.E awards. She has also performed in many APAP showcases at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC, works by Michael Susten and Marinda Davis. She is a company member of Michael Susten and Company which is working on their third season this fall in NYC. Justine can be seen on season 5 of The Dr. Oz show as an OZ dancer, along side Stepp Stewart. She has performed alongside Stepp Stewart at the past two Health Corp Galas in NYC. Aside from performing Justine Capria Morrill has a passion for teaching and choreographing for award winning competitive dance studios, dance teams, and performing arts high schools throughout New Jersey where her work has received numerous choreography awards.

Matthew Wiercinski

Matthew Wiercinski grew up in Totowa NJ, and started dancing at the age of six. He has trained in all styles of dance. His ownstyle is unique and uses technique from Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Matt’s home studio is For Dancers Only, FDO, where he really established his technique. He frequently takes classes in the city at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Matt recently made his Broadway debut in Anastasia and continues to work in professional theater. 

Jordan Washington

International dancer and choreographer Jordan Washington (Toronto/Windsor) is a former core stepper for the legendary Black Ice step company. He is an entertainer and a soul movement enthusiast with the objective to develop and cultivate the minds of artists through quality education and higher learning. 

Jordan's knowledge and ear for music, complimented by his diligent practice and persona, has made way for him to provide vital service to the under-served dance community nationwide. His new ideals and extraordinary visions can be seen in his works with media outlets Bravo, MuchMusic, BET, and CTV.

Jordan's credits include Ariana Grande, Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monae, Sean Paul, Divine Brown, Canadian Idol’s Eva Avila, and Gary Beals, the motion picture How She Moves, and the Grey Cup Half Time Show. He also choreograped for the 2010 Olympic GamesCorporate stages.

With over eight years of experience in the music and dance industry, Jordan has emerged as a dynamic flame to aid the next generation of hungry minds.

Megz Alfonso

"Megz" Alfonso was raised in the Bronx and then moved to Long Island where she began training at Michelle Ferraro's Dance USA.  She dedicated her time to taking and teaching dance classes for the past 18 years. Her accomplishments consist of assisting choreographers Nick Zobrowski at Adrenaline Dance Conventions, Shelia Barker at MPAC, and Cynthia Geffon and Nick Zobrowski at the Choreographer Ball in LA, as well as teaching her own choreography at workshops and conventions. Megz has also travelled all over the US and UK touring with Deca Dance Company. She was featured in the October 2005 Dance Spirit Magazine. Megz was an extra in the movies Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and Step Up 3D, and she also dances in the new Idog commercial. She was a Top  finalist for the 6th season of So You Think You Can Dance. Recently, Megz has been choreographing and dancing back-up for an up-coming singing artist.  Megz aspires to continue training and bettering herself as a dancer and choreographer so that she can achieve all of her goals for her future and inspire others to do the same. 

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