Dance School Faculty
Joan Bradford (Dance) recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Long Island University, where she received the Dance Faculty Award for Excellence in Choreography. Professionally, Joan has performed at Symphony Space and Citi Group Theatre and shown her own choreography at The American College Dance Association Festival and the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. She is a co-founder of the dance company Praevado Dance Collective.
Kim Johnson BA Theater, Northwestern University; extensive dance training including a merit scholarship with Alvin Ailey School. Kim has worked in regional, stock theaters, and on Off-Broadway dancing, singing and acting, directing and choreographing. For nine years she was the Artistic Director of ARTISTS IN SEARCH OF …, a NYC performing arts company. Teaching work includes, Horace Mann, The Center for Arts Education, CommunityWorks and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She is currently a teaching artist for Alvin Ailey American Dance and Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center.
Marci Meyer studied at the School of American Ballet and performed with the New York City Ballet and the Westchester Dance Theater. She studied jazz with Lynn Simonson and Peter Gennaro among others. She has been a teacher of dance for over twenty years with many studios including Rolynn Dance Studio, Let’s Dance and Andrea’s Dance Studio.
Sasha Meyer-Porco (Dance) has been dancing since the age of six, and at the age of eight began assisting in classes at the Rolynn Dance Studio under the auspices of her mom, faculty member Marci Meyer. She has previously taught and choreographed at the Academy of Dance Arts and Miss Andrea’s Dance Studio.
Georgios Pillas hails from Cyprus by way of Amsterdam, Holland where he received a diploma from the Fontys Dance Academy. He is a full time member of the Phyllis Rose Dance Company, and has performed as an actor and dancer in productions at the Greek Cultural Center in NYC. For five years he was a full time member of the Latin and Ballroom Entertainment Dance Company in Cyprus. Georgios is an Arthur Murray Certified Teacher where he recently placed 2nd at his first competition in both the rhythm and smooth categories. Georgios has also taught for Children of Promise, the Ideal School and PS#6 in NYC.
Shannon Reynolds graduated with her BA in Dance and Health Sciences from Russell Sage College and her MPA from Mercy College. She is a past member of Nacre Dance Company and has trained with Ellen Sinopolli Dance Company, Paul Dennis, and others. Her previous teaching experience includes Dance Dimensions in Albany, Studio B Dance, and Vicki’s Dance Studio.
Kirsten Schranze BFA, Dance Performance, The Hartt School. Kirsten has performed various works by legendary choreographers such as Jose Limon, Martha Graham, and Petipa and was selected to perform with Hartford’s resident contemporary dance company, Full Force Dance Theater. Schranze was the recipient of The Hartt School Dance Division’s “Senior Outstanding Achievement Scholarship” in 2015. She is a member of the New York’s PMT Dance Company, under the direction of Pavan Thimmaiah.
Cecilia Seaward studied at Boston Conservatory Dance Division, holds her Bachelors from the University of Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and the American Ballet Theater Teacher Certification Program. She has been on the faculties of Expressions Dance Center, Hyde Park Dance Academy, the Brookline Ballet School and Ballet Rox, Inc., all in Massachusetts.