Teaching Artists

Featured Teaching Artists 2017

Heather Bennet—music/piano/chorus: Graduated Magna Cum Laude at the University of South Carolina with a major in jazz performance. She has performed all over the US. Ms. Bennett has taught for 6 years at many NYC schools. Ms. Bennett has 2 CDs released under her own name and performs regularly in the tri-state area with her own group and as a sideman.

Howard Britz—music/bass/chorus/piano: Howard Britz, based in Brooklyn, NY was born in London, England in 1961. Arriving in America in 1991 on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Transferring to The New England Conservatory of Music, Britz earned a Graduate Diploma whilst keeping up a busy performing schedule. He has performed and recorded with a diverse collection of influential musicians including; Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, Danilo Perez, Paquito de Rivera, Sam Rivers, Uri Caine, Jeff 'Tain Watts, and New York's Central Baptist Gospel Choir to name a few. In 2005 Mr. Britz received his BFA Summa Cum Laude in Music and Education.

Sebastian Guerrero
—music/latin percussion: Sebastian Guerrero's background is a true example of the American cultural experience. He was born in Brazil to a Peruvian father, American mother and raised in New Jersey. As an artist, he honors the many cultures that influence him through his music. Sebastian has studied with master percussionists in New Orleans, New York City, Cuba, Brazil and Peru, giving him a broad musical vocabulary. He is an experienced performer on drumset, Latin percussion,  classical percussion and drumset. He was initiated as a Zapateo dancer by El Atajo Los Negritos del Carmen under Amador Ballumbrosio.
        He has been a guest clinician at numerous schools k-12 throughout NY and NJ. Teaching Afro-Peruvian tap dancing, Cuban percussion, and rhythmic development.

Anna Zastrow—theater/physical comedy/circus skills: An actor specializing in physical comedy and circus /clowning skills Ms. Zastrow is a consummate professional who has also taught at many schools in NYC and also around the world in France, Myanmar, Cuba and other countries. She is a member of the Big Apple Circus’s Clown Care Unit, which performs for children in NYC hospitals.

David Tabatsky—theater/circus skills: a graduate of Adelphi university, he also studied at the Actor’s Institute NYC. David has taught at the University of Connecticut, the City of Hartford Public Schools, Wesleyan University and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. In addition to teaching he has appeared in films, TV, and many international venues including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Follies Pigalle, the Theatre du Lucernaire, and Berlin’s Tempodrom. David is a member of the National Writers Union, Actors Equity Association, and The Screen Actors Guild.

Christina Johnson
—Ballet/Hip-Hop: “CJ” grew up with brothers, jumping fences and flipping off trampolines.  She finally found her feminine side in dance, and has been combining her love of pushups and plies ever since.  CJ has been dancing professionally since 1999.  She has a degree in Fitness Technology and is certified in Pilates Mat, Barrelates, Urban Rebounding, Turbo Kick, and has been teaching fitness, dance, and Pilates for 10 years.  CJ lives to share her passion and knowledge of how the body moves with the world.

Carmela Gallace—dance/international folk dance: a former principal dancer of the Moiseyev Dance Company in Moscow, where she trained and performed dances from: Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Argentina, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Moldavia, Venezuela, Spain, etc... As a recent graduate of NYU/Steinhardt (MA in Dance Education/ABT Pedagogy. She also lived and taught at a college in American Samoa while learning Polynesian dances. Ms. Gallace is a graduate of NYU/Steinhardt (MA in Dance Education/ABT Pedagogy)

Sari Nordman—dance/Ballet: Originally from Finland Sari Nordman has presented her choreography in various theaters and festivals in the US and in Finland, such as: Atlantic Center for the Arts, BAAD!, BAX, Columbia University, Dance Theater Hurjaruuth, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Dumbo Arts Festival, The Flea, Full Moon Dance Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New Steps, Scandinavian House, and The 92nd St. Y, among other venues. She has taught at numerous schools including PS M042, PS K191, and  the Little Red Schoolhouse NYC. Ms Nordman holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan and an MFA from NY University.

Josh Paul—movement/martial arts: Mr. Paul has more than a decade’s experience practicing and teaching aikido. He has taught in schools throughout NYC, bringing aikido to elementary and high school students, students with autism and other disabilities, and at-risk teenagers, and he is the founder and head instructor of Aikido of South Brooklyn. He is ranked as sandan (third-degree black belt) by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan and received instructor certification (shidoin) from the Aikido World Alliance. He is the author of “Teaching Aikido to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.  Off the mat, he is a freelance writer and classical guitarist.

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