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Alexander BellerAlexandra Beller
(Choreography/Composition)
(MFA: University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 2006; BFA in Dance University of Michigan,1994) is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1995-2001), she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. and has staged work by Bill T. Jones. She helped to create “The Belle Epoch,” (Martha Clarke and Charles Mee). She was a 2 year Artist in Residence at HERE Art Space, and has also been an AIR at Dance New Amsterdam.


Alexandra is a faculty member at Dance New Amsterdam and has taught at the Atlantic Theater School, The New School, 92nd St Y, The Spence School and St. Anne's School and at universities throughout the United States. She was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. She was a guest choreographer at the U of Michigan, Rhode Island College, The U of South Florida, MIT, Texas Woman's University, Connecticut College, Texas Christian University, and Bates College, among others. She received an NCCI commission from Montclair State University to serve as adjunct faculty and guest choreographer in 2003/2004.


Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at and commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, WAX, HERE, The Connelly Theater, SUNY Purchase College, Dance New Amsterdam, and Jacob’s Pillow and has been commissioned by companies in Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Korea, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Maine, New York City, Florida, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey and elsewhere. Her company has toured through Michigan, Massachusetts and New York and received The Company Residency at The Yard in 2004 .


Film work includes “Romance and Cigarettes” by John Turturro. She was the collaborator and subject of a series of photographs by Irving Penn, "Dancer," (Whitney Museum, Houston, Chicago, Sweden, London, St. Petersburg, Paris, Japan and other locations globally). She has modeled for fashion, feature and commercials and has appeared on the Ananda Lewis Show, The Oxygen network, E! Entertainment Television, and other shows. Alexandra is also a part time dance critic and writes reviews for offoffoff.com.


Recent projects include work Symphony Space’s Dance Sampler in April, at BAX in May, at the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg and the Berkshire Fringe Festival in July 2008. Upcoming projects include performances at the North American Cultural Laboratory, American Dance Guild, Wave Rising Festival and next year’s Open Look Festival in Russia. More information is available at www.alexandrabellerdances.org.


Jennifer BrilliantJennifer Brilliant
(Yoga) has nearly twenty years of experience guiding people in athletic, therapeutic and creative movement. Her vast knowledge of the human body is drawn from the Pilates method, Alexander technique, Kinetic Awareness, meditation instruction in the Shambhala tradition, as well as ten years as a professional modern dancer. Since 1989, Professor Brilliant has been teaching group and private one-on-one fitness and yoga in homes and offices in New York City and across the country. She was the Director of OM Yoga Center's Teacher Training programs from 2000 - 2005. Under her careful eye, dozens of graduates have become OM-certified yoga teachers. She is the author of Doga-Yoga for Dogs, and contributed to Joyful Birth-A Spiritual Path To Motherhood and Start Your Own Personal Training Business.


Alenka CizmesijaAlenka Cizmesija
(Ballet, Horton Technique) is a native of Zagreb, Croatia. She started dancing at the Laban School for Dance at the age of 8 where she continued to train and dance at the Zagreb Youth Theater. Her love of dance and pursuit of artistic voice led her to Brugge, Belgium where she graduated at the top of her class from Vlaamse Dans Academie. She was invited and awarded a scholarship to Ailey School in `94. Since then she has danced with numerous dance choreographers and dance companies. Currently she is a principal dancer with Earl Mosley`s Diversity of Dance, a guest artist with Nathan Trice`s Rituals and part of the Kevin Wynn Collection. Her teaching assignments include Ballet Hispanico, STEPS on Bdwy, Dance New Amsterdam and Ailey School. She has thought BFA students, professional dancers, junior division and Ailey outreach public school programs. As a facilitator for the national and international tour of “Revelations” the Interdisciplinary approach she has traveled the country to bring the art of dance to communities of children that do not have the opportunity to experience dance. Currently she is teaching at the Long Island University (Ballet, Horton) and is part of the founding faculty for the Earl Mosley`s institute ofthe Arts in Kent, C T where she teaches modern, ballet, yoga and is a student adviser.


Tim CryanTim Cryan
(Design & Production) is a NYC based lighting designer. Recent collaborators have included: Babel Theatre Project “You May Go Now”(dir. Geordie Broadwater), Nora Chipaumire (Szombierki Power Plant, Poland), East River Commedia “The Magnificent Cuckold” (dir. Paul Bargetto), Chris Elam (Fortune Conference, CA), Diamanda Galas (Spiegeltent), Eiko & Koma (Danspace Project), Jean Isaacs (Danspace Project), Jamie Jewett (Joyce Soho), Juliana May (Joyce Soho), Dianne McIntyre & Olu Dara (651 Arts), Virginie Mécène (Martha Graham Dance Ensemble), Nature Theatre of Oklahoma “Fragment”, “Poetics-a ballet brut”, “Kasimir & Karoline”, “Three Sisters”(dir. Pavol Liska), Brook Notary (Dance Sampler), Sara Rudner (Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy), Pedro Salazar “As You Like It”,” The Glass Menagerie”, “The Seagull” (Columbia University), Workhorse Theatre Company “Wild Porcelain”, “Sawbones”, “With claws and beak” (dir. Stephen Buescher), Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas (Lancaster, PA). He is the resident lighting designer for Fusionworks Dance Company (Providence RI) & Dario Vaccaro Dance Project (NYC), as well as a Lighting supervisor with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group. MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Portfolio: http://timcryan.net.


Elizabeth GoheenElizabeth Goheen
(Ballet) received her early classical ballet training at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. After graduating as a full-tuition scholarship recipient, the diverse repertory she performed included the ballet classics, modern dance and musical theatre. She has presented her own choreography in NYC venues sponsored by The Field, Dance Space/Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance Center, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, Soundance Studio, and LIU's Faculty Concert. She has taught company classes for Ailey II, Diversity of Dance, American Dance Theatre for the Deaf, Soundance Repertory Company, and to faculty members of the summer Bates Dance Festival. She has been invited to substitute teach in the dance departments of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. Beth currently teaches ballet technique in the Professional Division of The Ailey School which includes a joint BFA program with Fordham University, at Dance New Amsterdam which is internationally recognized as the founding studio for the modern jazz dance Simonson Technique, for Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts annual summer dance intensive, and in the BFA program of Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus Dance Department.


Dana Hash-CampbellDana Hash-Campbell
(Chair; Modern, Ballet, Dance Wellness) is an Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department. She has served as trainer, recruiter and rehearsal director since 1997. Dana was a principal dancer and company teacher with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater until 1995, when she retired to return to school. She has served as rehearsal director for Donald Byrd/The Group and has set the choreography of Mr. Byrd on the Alvin Ailey dancers. She is coordinator of The Dance Wellness Program at LIU and continues her research in Dance Wellness in the LIU-based ADAM Center Research Laboratory under the direction of Shaw Bronner, head physical therapist for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and School. She teaches ballet and wellness training to the dance majors and continues to coach them in technique and choreography.


Mare HieronimusMaré Hieronimus
(Yoga) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary dance artist, performer and teacher whose work weaves together her interests in movement, light, sound, the visual image and human perceptual awareness. Often working as a solo performer, Maré creates abstract and psychic landscapes, using the body in motion as the primary impulse. Her choreographic and improvisational performance experiments have been presented inside and outside and in gallery and site-specific settings in NYC, Baltimore, Washington DC, West Virginia and in Mexico at The Institute of San Miguel de Allende. Maré received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and Teaches Yoga and Body Integration in the New York City area.


Whitney V HunterWhitney V. Hunter
(Graham Technique) One of Trace Magazine’s “7 NYC Dancers on the Rise” (’07), and recently featured as “Adam” in Off-Broadway’s, Garden of Earthly Delights by Martha Clarke, Whitney is an internationally traveled performer/ choreographer/ teacher.  He is the first male graduate of the Howard University Theatre Arts/Dance Major program (B. F. A, ’97) under the directorship of Dr. Sherrill Berryman-Johnson.  His performance credits include: Kankouran West African Dance Company, in the companies of Doug Hamby, Rod Rodgers, Pearl Lang, Reggie Wilson, Pascal Rioult, Martha Clarke, and at the Metropolitan Opera.  Recipient of the 1999 Coca Cola Award of Artistic Excellence to the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, he joined the ensemble and later the company in 2003 where he was recognized for his “…emotional electricity” (exploredance.com) in such roles as “The Minotaur” in Errand into the Maze, the “Yellow Man” in Diversion of Angels, “Jason” in Cave of the Heart, and the “Lion” in Circe, and in 2008, Hunter recreated the role of Father/Ghost and the Judge in Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury at The Japan Society.  Hunter’s choreographic commissions include:  Promise of Light (Howard University Dance Major Program, ’03), Crossed, South Country, Sankofa (Washington Reflections Dance Company, ’05-‘07), and The Othello Variations (HUNTERDance Theater, ’08).  He currently holds an adjunct dance faculty position at LIU (Brooklyn Campus) and teaches at Arias Dance NYC.  In addition, he has been on faculty at Colorado College Summer Dance Festival (Guest Artist, ’07), Peridance Center, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (Teens @ Graham Program), Harlem School of the Arts, The Ailey School, and a guest faculty at Dance Institute of Washington.  He has taught master classes for Ailey II, Howard University Dance Major Program, and at Kankouran West African Dance Company. Hunter is a founding artist and company-in-residence at The Nest Summer Dance Camp (PA), where he, with his company, teaches technique, composition, and repertory.
Hunter has been creating and performing original works with his company HUNTERDance Theater since 2000, and in 2009, he renamed the company to Hunter Performance Group as a way of artistically re-positioning the company.  He recently received a Fund for New Work Grant from Harlem Stage for which he will create an evening length solo work to premiere in 2010.


Vanessa Justice
(Pilates)is a Brooklyn-based dancer/ choreographer presently teaching Pilates Mat in the LIU Brooklyn Campus Department of Dance. Professor Justice's dances shuttle between objectivist and subjectivist aesthetics as she endeavors to recognize fundamental realities of the body. She has an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University, a B.A. in Religious Studies/Philosophy from Pomona College, and danced professionally with Hannah Kahn Dance Company. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Professor Justice spent a year investigating the cross-pollination of Eastern and Western dance forms in Asia and Europe.


Mary Pat KleinMary Pat Klein
(Aerobics, Body Training, Pilates) began her career as a dancer and choreographer before specializing in body training and conditioning. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Penn State University, one in Art History and the second in Dance, and an M.F.A from Temple University. Professor Klein appeared with Dance Conduit of Philadelphia and spent four years with the Utah Shakespearean Festival as a dancer and assistant choreographer. She has taught Modern, Jazz and Ballet in New York, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles, and has offered courses in aerobics since 1985. In 1992 she added personal training to her repertoire. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA). A strong advocate of safety and form, she loves to teach her students and clients about body awareness and the power we have to change ourselves. Other teaching skills include Core Strengthening, Stretching and Body Alignment, Basic Weight Training, Intensive Cross Training, Power Walking, Step Aerobics, Aerobic Dance and Spinning.


Stephanie Liapis
graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in dance as the recipient of the Helbien Scholarship. She received her MFA in dance from the University of Washington in 2013 as the recipient of the prestigious Bonderman Fellowship. Stephanie has had the pleasure of working with Doug Varone and Dancers, the MET Ballet, Nancy Bannon, Nicholas Leichter Dance and as a guest artist with Susan Marshall and Company among others. She has served on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and the 92nd Street Y, and as visiting lecturer at the University of Washington, Hunter College and Barnard College and SUNY Purchase College. She teaches master classes and residencies throughout the U.S. and has shown her own work in New York City, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore. Stephanie is also a certified Pilates mat and yoga instructor.


Krista MartinsKrista Martins
(Hip Hop) has been teaching dance at various studios in Toronto and NYC for over ten years. She has performed in a wide variety of concerts, stage shows, music videos, film and television productions including appearances on MTV, B.E.T., Comedy Central and Soul Train. Professor Martins has also performed halftime for NFL games and has appeared in print ads including a "Stop the Violence Against Women" campaign for LifeTime Television for Women. She is currently teaching hip hop and dancehall in Connecticut and NYC, and is an adjunct professor at L.I.U.


Judith Stuart (Founding Chair; Dance History) was recruited to join the faculty of LIU in the mid-1960s. She received her principal dance training at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, where she had opportunities to study with the world-renowned choreographer herself, along with Bertram Ross, Mary Hinkson, Yuriko, Ethel Winter and other members of the Graham Company. For over forty years, Professor Stuart has taught classes in Dance History and Composition for students at LIU's Brooklyn campus as well as at Brooklyn College and the Woodward Elementary School. The original dance works she choreographed and set on LIU students, including Dances on the Mall (1969), Celebration (1972), Every Which Way (1992), Bedtime Stories (1993), In Saturn's House (1993), The Calm Before (1994) and While Pondering Piet (1996) have provided students with an opportunity to embody through movement the complex concepts discussed in the classroom. In addition to her work in the classroom, Professor Stuart has been a tireless advocate for the dance community in New York City. She served as a dance reviewer for The Phoenix and The Villager, and helped cultivate the next generation of dance artists as an adjudicator for the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association, American College Dance Festival Northeast Regional Conference, Brooklyn Dance Consortium Invitation Concert, and most recently at the AWARDS show at the Joyce SoHo. Professor Stuart earned both a B.A. in Dance and an M.F.A. in Theater from Brooklyn College.


Nathan Trice (Modern) is the Artistic Director/Founder of nathantrice/RITUALS based in New York City. The group was established in 1998 and consists of a nucleus of eclectic artists with diverse backgrounds of expression. Professor Trice began his training in 1989 under the strict direction of Aulani Chun at Mesa College in San Diego, California. While studying, he simultaneously completed his remaining two years of a four and a half year contract with the U. S. Military Naval Service. He was then accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dancer Center two year certificate program where he took the opportunity to build as an individual, a dancer, and a choreographer. Professor Trice went on to dance with MOMIX Dance Co., Complexions, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group and now with his own company, nathantrice/RITUALS. Today he regularly choreographs and teaches nationally and internationally for an array of venues including Hollins University, Spelman College, Bermuda Dance Company, 1995 Cultural Olympic Gay Games, Tennessee State University, Ailey Fordham/BFA Program, LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Deeply Rooted, The New School for Social Research, Meredith College, American College Dance Festival Association, American Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Dallas Black Dance Co., Subtle Changes Inc., Ailey II, The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors 1999, Judson Memorial Church, and Jacobs Pillow.


Chris TunkelChris Tunkel
(Accompanist, Music for Dance) is a Percussionist and Vocalist who's been teaching and performing in New York for over ten years. Origianally from Virginia Chris has worked for many dance organizations including Virginia School of the Arts, Hollins University, Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, Dance New Amsterdam and Long Island University where he teaches in both the Dance and Music departments. Chris is also a founding member of Astro-Cusion and Big Mama Boogie Band and has played many styles of music ranging from traditional world percussion forms to Jazz and Rock & Roll. In 2007 he independently released his first record entitled "Grey Matters".


MaryAnn WallMary Ann Wall
Mary Ann Wall is an adjunct professor, production director and administrator for LIU Brooklyn's Dance Department where she teaches freshman and senior seminar, dance history, sets choreography on the undergraduate student body, and produces three main stage student dance concerts a year. Ms. Wall has performed with Monica Bill Barnes, Cid Pearlman, Cynthia Anne Stanley/Bardos Ballet, as a redhead with Johannes Wieland, and collaborated with choreographer April Sellers. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and earned a BFA in Dance (Magna Cum Laude) and a BBA in Finance (Cum Laude). She has trained choreographically under Pearl Lang, Nathan Montoya, Susan Sentler, and through the Bessie Schönberg Laboratory in Composition with Neil Greenberg. In August 2002, she found RedWall Dance Theatre, a comedy dance-theater, which reflects both the humor and heartache of everyday society, in-particularly the role of women. RedWall has shown work in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, California, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin including PS 122, DanceNow at Joe's Pub & Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Dixon Place, Bryant Lake Bowl (MN), Highways (CA), and Mount Holyoke (MA). She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Media Arts at LIU Brooklyn and a Dance MFA in Performing Arts at UWM. She will present her dance thesis Home/made in the fall of 2013 at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Florida, for the past ten years she has been exploring and creating in Brooklyn.