Christine Ferreira

Director

 

Christine graduated in 2003 from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in Psychology. She danced four years with the Quinnipiac Dance Company and became President of the Company in 2002. She is experienced in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop. She has taken classes in Manhattan at The Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She has danced at Hammerstein Ballroom and has been in several Off-Broadway Musicals.

 

Christine has been a dancer for the AFL’s New York Dragons at Nassau Coliseum and appeared on NBC. She was invited on ESPN’s “Cold Pizza” as a celebrity guest. She also was a dancer for the USBL’s Westchester Wildfire performing at the Westchester County Center. She danced for the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena during the 2004-2005 season and performed on “The WB Morning Show.”

 

Christine has performed all over Westchester and has danced for several Entertainment Companies and in a Music Video. She has taken master class and teacher training from Finis Jhung, David Howard, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Sheila Barker and Frank Hatchett.  She began choreographing in college for the Quinnipiac Dance Company and discovered she loved teaching as well as performing.

 

She works well with children as well as adults and enjoys helping them toward their individual dance goals. Christine teaches at both locations and directs and choreographs for the Company Dancers.

Jessica Grafer

Director

 

Jessica majored in dance at The University of Hartford with “The Hartt School of Dance.” She has studied dance since the age of four and is experienced in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop. She has taken classes all over Westchester and at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan.

 

She performed in an off-Broadway musical and has danced for several Entertainment Companies. In 2004 she danced for the USBL’s Westchester Wildfire.

 

Jessica taught a dance program for young children with Cortlandt Recreation in the fall of 2004. She danced in the 2005 - 2006 Season as a NY Knicks City Dancer. She was recently a featured dancer in Danny Aiello's Music Videos, "Dance With Me" and "City of Lights".

 

Jessica has taken Master class and teacher training from Mia Michaels, Many Moore, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Laurie-Ann Gibson, Dan Karaty, Shane Sparks, Luam and Chio.  She has a love for choreographing and teaching dance and would like to pass on her knowledge and passion to young dancers. She loves sharing her passion for dance teaching at both locations and choreographing for the Company Dancers.

 

Michael Buoni

Instructor

 

Joining us from New York City and currently a resident choreography for the Jersey City Ballet, Michael has been classically trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Lyrical.  He has danced with such companies as Ohio Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Dayton Ballet as well as a modern company, Michael Mao Dance.  He is Russian trained in his approach and focuses on proper body alignment.  His love for the art of dance extends to all and we are happy to have him on staff at Dance Expression.

 

Owen Hill Jr.

Instructor

 

Inspired by the music videos of artists like Usher and the late, and great Michael Jackson, Owen began dancing at the age of 11. After winning a school talent show at the age of 13, he really knew that performing was for him. Owen was self taught, but in hopes of taking his talent to the next level he began taking classes in New York City. After a couple years of hard training he began auditioning and soon found himself dancing along side the very person he grew up watching, Usher. He also was featured on many major television networks such as MTV, VH1, BET, NBC and FUSE, has done tours, movies and commercials. He shares his passion of teaching hip hop around the world, from Paris, France to the Philippines, and now right here at Dance Expression!

 

Lauren Cozza

Instructor

 

Lauren's countless theater credits including Sweet Charity, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Wonderful Life, Copacabana, Evita, and West Side Story.  She was a choreographer/dancer for pop singer Dana Rayne.  Lauren also performed at Radio City Music Hall, with Neil Young on his Greendale tour. On television she appeared in a recurring U/5 role on All My Children from 2006-2009 as a 'Fusion' office intern and a Papa John’s commercial.  Lauren danced for the NBA's 76ers and the NETS dance teams. She danced alongside DE Director, Christine on the 2004-2005 Nets Season! She is also a regular staff member for Step Up 2 Dance national dance tour.

 

Catherine Skojec

Instructor

 

Catherine grew up in Binghamton, NY studying dance since she was 5 years old. She continued her dance and theatre education at SUNY Cortland where she received her degree in Musical Theatre. She most recently performed on The Wizard of Oz National Tour, and has traveled across the country with numerous regional theaters performing in shows like Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly and many more! In addition to performing, Catherine has taught full time in dance studios working with recreational and competitive students in New York as well as masterclasses across the U.S. and Canada. She also works occasionally as a dance competition judge along the East Coast. Catherine still studies in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway working with leading professionals to stay up to date with the latest choreography and teaching techniques. She most recently finished an Intensive with Broadway choreographers and dancers such as Rachelle Rak (Flashdance, Dance Moms, Broadway's Fosse) Joshua Bergasse (choreographer for Broadways’ On the Town, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and So You Think You Can Dance), Sara O'Gleby (choreographer for Disneys’ Frozen Musical) Randy Skinner (42nd Street and White Christmas choreographer) and Richard Hines (Come From Away Associate Choreographer and Newsies Associate Director).

 

Brad Trump

Instructor

 

Now based in NYC, Brad Trump originally hails from the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA. He received his training from the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Point Park University, and the Joffrey Ballet School. As a performer, Brad has performed in the National 30th Anniversary Tour of CATS as Tumblebrutus. He has also performed in regional productions of Mary Poppins, Spamalot, A Christmas Carol, CATS, Oklahoma!, Joseph…Dreamcoat and can also be seen in Lovestruck! The Musical on ABC Family with Jane Seymour. He has directed productions of The Little Mermaid JR., AnnieKIDS and CinderellaKIDS. As an educator, Brad has taught at dance studios all over the north eastern region and is an adjudicator/convention instructor for Dancers INC.

 

Heidi Freyer Craig

Instructor

 

Heidi received her early training from her mother, Linda Freyer. Heidi went on to receive her BA in dance at UCONN and earned her Independent Study Certificate at The Alvin Ailey American Dance School in NYC. She apprenticed and performed with The Thomas Ortiz Dance Company in NYC and The Connecticut Ballet Company in Stamford, CT. Heidi is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. To round out her skills, Heidi pursued her Pilates certification through Power Pilates and additional certifications in Barre fitness including one from the well known Exhale.

 

Kelly Kline

Instructor

 

Kelly, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a New York City based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her training began at Just Off Broadway Dance Studio where she studied many different styles and was a member of their national award winning competition team. She holds a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University, where she was awarded the Terpsichore Award and the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann Choreography Award for her excellence in both performance and choreography. Kelly has performed works by artist including Mike Esperanza, Tiffanie Carson, Christopher K. Morgan and Stephanie Martinez, to name a few. She is also a Balanced Body certified Pilates instructor. Kelly continues to grow as an artist and teacher, sharing her passion and creativity any chance she gets.

 

Erin Hunter

Instructor

 

Erin Hunter Jennings recently moved upstate from Manhattan, where she resided and performed for 20 years. Having performed in film, tv, and commercial work, her favorite is the stage. Erin performed in about 20 musicals, dancing leading roles such as Kristine in the National tour of A Chorus Line, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Louise in Carousel at Westchester Broadway Theater and Graziella in West Side Story at the famed La Scala opera House. She has danced all over NYC, ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to galleries, parks and windows. She is thrilled to be teaching in the lower Hudson Valley studios. Hailing from Maryland, Erin first tasted modern dance with Pam Marcin/GT Dance and then at Bucknell University with Shellie Cash-Mueller and Danna Frangione. Since then, she has performed with companies such as Pilobolus, and those led by Olsi Gjeci (Sublime/Trisha Brown DC), Germaul Barnes (ViewsicEx/Bill T Jones), Anahid Sofian, & Caron Eule(CEule Dance). She is honored to also have performed choreography of Alvin Ailey, Doris Humphrey, Charles Moulton, Alwin Nikolais, and Jerome Robbins among others. Erin holds a Master’s degree in Dance/Ed from NYU as well as 200 hr Yoga certification. Her work has been presented & positively mentioned at the World Financial Center, John Jay College, DTW and various showcases She loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance and can be found dancing in the Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband, two children, two bunnies and schnoodle puppy.

 

Alonzo Williams

Instructor

 

Team CeeLo Alonzo has managed dancers and singers alike.  He recently had the pleasure of fully choreographing two routines for the Grammy nominated artist of the Year, Jidenna.  Alonzo’s credits also include being featured on America’s Best Dance Crew with his team Rhythm City, and choreographing for artists Tal and Sharaya J. He choreographed for the 2014 US Open, MTV’s MADE and CW’s “The Next” for artist Frankie Z.  He has shared the stage with some of the biggest artists in music today like: Missy Elliot, LMFAO’s Red Foo, Sean Kingston, Fatman Scoop, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss and Lil Mama.  His international tour credits include China, Japan, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. We are excited to welcome his challenging choreography and motivating personality to Dance Expression!

Lawrence "Neno" Ward

Instructor

 

Lawrence, AKA "Neno", is a seasoned performer who eats, sleeps and breathes entertainment. Born in Detroit, MI at the end of the disco era, he began dancing and performing at the age of 10, jumping right into talent shows. He transitioned into cheer and gymnastics where he excelled and started teaching at age 15. He trained and taught hip-hop, All Star Dance, HS & PAL Cheerleading,  and choreographed for teams and local artists in 2014.  He then decided to move to NY with $500 and a dream, working hard until he got where he is now. Reno's credits include working with stars such as Chilli from TLC and Shaun T, events such as Fashion Week, the US Open, commercials and Off Broadway Plays.  Outside of entertainment, Neno is a fun, goofy guy who loves to cook and joke around.  You can call him the life of the party and we are thrilled to have his energy at Dance Expression!

 

Nico Rodriguez

Instructor

 

"Nick" has trained at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, Rock the Industry and Monsters of Hip Hop. He has been a backup dancer for many artists including Sharay J/Missy Elliot “Smash Up the Place.” Nico has done a commercial with Wendy Williams “Feel It” and worked with top choreographers like Tricia Miranda, Luam and Jermaine Brown. His Street Jazz/Hip-hop style and choreography is a favorite among Dance Expression students. We are happy to have him on staff and subbing Hip-Hop and Jazz Classes in both Westchester and Dutchess!

 

Westchester: (914) 736-3100 Dutchess : (845) 765-2009
Christine Ferreira
Jessica Grafer
Michael Buoni
Owen Hill Jr.
Lauren Cozza
Catherine Skojec
Brad Trump
Heidi Freyer Craig
Kelly Kline
Erin Hunter
Alonzo Williams
Lawrence "Neno" Ward
Nico Rodriguez
Westchester: (914) 736-3100 Dutchess : (845) 765-2009
Christine Ferreira
Jessica Grafer
Michael Buoni
Owen Hill Jr.
Lauren Cozza
Catherine Skojec
Brad Trump
Heidi Freyer Craig
Kelly Kline
Erin Hunter
Alonzo Williams
Lawrence "Neno" Ward
Nico Rodriguez
Westchester: (914) 736-3100 Dutchess : (845) 765-2009
Christine Ferreira
Jessica Grafer
Michael Buoni
Owen Hill Jr.
Lauren Cozza
Catherine Skojec
Brad Trump
Heidi Freyer Craig
Kelly Kline
Erin Hunter
Alonzo Williams
Lawrence "Neno" Ward
Nico Rodriguez
Christine Ferreira
Jessica Grafer
Michael Buoni
Owen Hill Jr.
Lauren Cozza
Catherine Skojec
Brad Trump
Heidi Freyer Craig
Kelly Kline
Erin Hunter
Alonzo Williams
Lawrence "Neno" Ward
Nico Rodriguez