Meet the Highly Sought-After Master Teachers
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Gabriela Garcia in an artist dividing her time between the theater, dance, commercial and education industries. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from Saint Mary's College of California, and is Co-Founder and Director of R.Evolución Latina, a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts. Theater credits include: Half Time the musical directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, Chicago The Musical Mexico City and Vienna (Velma Kelly), Chicago Broadway (cast member and dance captain), Chicago Düsseldorf (Dance Associate), and Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theater (Movement Associate). Gabriela served as Associate Choreographer for Public Works' musical production of Twelfth Night.
She choreographed Sweet Charity and Chicago for Preludio Cultural Association in Peru; and she has created works for the Joffrey Ballet School's NYC Jazz and Contemporary summer intensive performances, BC/EFA benefits and R.Evolución Latina's Choreographer Festival. Her ballet and theater dance classes have reached schools in Sweden, Peru, Mexico, China, Germany and other countries. In New York she has taught at institutions such as Ellison Ballet, PACE University, Ithaca College, and was co- coordinator for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Joffrey Ensemble. Professional dance company credits include Tanzforum Koeln (Germany) and Pacific Northwest Ballet. TV credits include: “Succession” and “Jessica Jones.” Film: In The Heights, Enchanted, Whatever Lola Wants (Tribeca film festival). As a voiceover actor, Gabriela's voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the US national Hispanic market as well as Spanish language audio books. To learn more visit www.Gabriela-Garcia.com
JENNIFER GOLONKA Mansfield Performing Arts School, and has taught and created works at many dance studios, high schools for the performing arts around the country, and at the University of Colorado at Boulder, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, the Symphony Strings on Mountain, Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive, as a guest choreographer for the Pacific Arts Dance Center’s The Nutcracker, and the White Wave Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NY.
Golonka is a Teaching Artist at Arts Connection, and was featured in the January 2014 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine for her work on the DELLTA program, (Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts).
Jennifer recently created a Dance For Camera course for 8th grade students, designed to help them hone their inner artist while building language and collaborative skills. Golonka was honored to receive the 2015 Janklow Award, naming her Teaching Artist of the year.
Her choreography and movement direction have been featured in many plays and musicals including original works Sunny Good Enough written by Jonathon Farmer, and Nature of Captivity by Matthew Paul Olmos (Mabou Mines, NYC). Both have recently been published. Golonka was Co-Director/Choreographer of The Threshold Project with KC Chun-Manning in Denver Colorado and Co-Director/Choreographer of Nimbus Dance with Beth Elkins-Wales and Brad Wales in Buffalo NY. Both companies explored the relationship between current events, site-specific work and multi-media collaboration.
In 2013, Golonka founded the LuminaryDance Project, a workshop designed to provide dancers with a comprehensive artistic education while building their technique. These workshops happen throughout the year, across the county, at various dance centers and universities.
Michael Cusumano grew up in Long Island New York. He began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then. That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994.
Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. With ABT Michael danced in all the full length classics as well as works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Agnes DeMille, and Lar Lubovich to name a few. After ABT Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, then as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He went on to perform in the original cast of “All Shook Up” on Broadway and then to star as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Michael won the title of Mr.Broadway 2011. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" “SNL”. Michael’s alter ego Madame Olga was featured on an episode of”Joan and Melissa Joan knows Best” dancing the Black Swan coda for WE TV. Madame Olga is currently a highly sought out teacher nationally and internationally. @madameolgav on instagram. As a singer Michael performed as the lead in the BBC up-fronts performing David Bowie’s “Changes.” Michael most recently appeared in the original production of "An American in Paris" on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Pace University where he has taught for six years, and also teaches at world renowned institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Ballet Arts at City Center.
Camille Armstrong is a first generation American-Jamaican, born and raised in New York City, where she attended the "FAME" school of the Arts for Vocal Music and Dance, sang and danced for Grammy award-winning Morgan Heritage, performed with Natalie Cole, and began her 10 years performing and touring in the Off-Broadway show STOMP.
Named "A Performing Arts Renaissance Woman", CAMILLE WHO? is known for her work worldwide as a (deep breath...) singer, front woman, composer, arranger, lyricist, dancer, choreographer, rhythm & percussionist, actress, director and teaching artist.
Aside from her constant show-building, CAMILLE WHO? currently hops around performing as a lead vocalist/front woman and percussionist for bands like the late, great Bernie Worrell--with whom she wrote a hit song in London in 2014, Steve Kimock and Friends, The Motet, Willy Jack and the Northern Light, Everyone Orchestra, and her own Reggae/Soul band SoulRagga who just received "Best Reggae Album" in the June 2016 Akademia Music Awards. Other shenanigans include but are not limited to teaching acting, singing, rhythm, dancing, artistic development, double-dutch jump rope, and Body Percussion workshops for all ages at music & camping festivals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and New York . An asset in any creative environment, you never know which Camille you'll get to work with. Hence, the name "CAMILLE WHO?"
Some of her many works include, but are in no way limited to composing and choreographing with and for Harry Connick Jr.'s show Elf; Hip-Hop and Body Percussion (making music with our bodies) dance instruction and choreography at DeSales University, Tap Ties, and an ongoing relationship with Liberty High School Theater and Pennsylvania Youth Theater as a Movement Instructor in Drama and Choreographer for main stage musical theater productions. Her more recent choreographed works include The Little Mermaid Jr., Shrek the Musical, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver!, Aida, Pippin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cinderella Kids, A Christmas Carol, Annie, and West Side Story.