MEET OUR MENTORS
CREATOR / DIRECTOR
Founder/ Artistic Director of The Bridge Movement & The Protége Movement, Founder/ Artistic Director of Still Motion Dance Company , Celine Dion A New Day, So You Think You Can Dance, Multi Emmy Nominations
My hope is that students leaving my class will feel empowered on the journey to revealing their own unique light. I believe we all have gifts to share and sometimes you just need the space, tools and encouragement to bring it out.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / CONTEMPORARY
ROGER VAN DER POEL
BALLET & CONTEMPORARY REPERTOIRE
14 years dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater; stager of Crystal Pite and Leon & Lightfoot work with The Australian Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Oslo Opera, Zurich Ballet, Ballet BC and dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre; guest artist with Peeping Tom; Collaborating Artist of chuthis.; faculty member of NDT Summer Intensive and chuthis. Educational Programs.
"I hope students will remain forever curious and keep exploring body & movement and realize that there are several ways one can approach movement in order to "achieve" certain steps, movements, positions, ideas, goals... I hope everyone keeps using imagery, think of sounds, see it all as a mind-body game that allows you to "play" and discover."
Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Cirque Du Soleil, Teacher at Alvin Ailey, Advisory Committee at SAB
"Dance is joy!"
COREY JOHN SNIDE
IMPROV / TAP
West Side Story 2019 (revival), Dance Captain CATS, Dance Captain Carousel, The Juilliard School, Billy Elliot The Musical (Title Role)
"Blaze your own trail and follow the career that most excites you, not the one people expect of you or you expect of yourself."
INNER DEVELOPMENT / CAREER ALIGMENT
Harry Potter/Cursed Child, Phish NYE Run, Hamilton, iLuminate (world tours), Akashic Records Certification
"When in doubt, trust your inner compass to guide you on your highest path."
RICHARD TODD ADAMS
The Phantom and Raoul in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Javert and Valjean in LES MIZ, and Cervantes in MAN OF LA MANCHA
"You are not JUST dancers. You have a voice and can use that instrument to tell a story just as much as you can your bodies when you dance."
Mother to my amazing son!, Artistic Producer for Ballet BC, Performance Coach for Céline Dion, "Amelia" -film by Edouard Lock, collaboration with Crystal Pite and Peter Chu for Çaturn.
"I hope students will feel new joy, be aware that every moment is a choice, and experience greater empowerment over their lives."
Take Me Out (Original Broadway Cast), Blue Bloods, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Bull, The Blacklist
"Always be the student. "Yes and" yourself and always listen and be present. The key word is play."
AM Dance Productions, Executive Producer. Operation Tap, founder and co-director. SYTYCD, Emmy Nomination. CODA, the first ever genre specific, intuitive, data analysis dance adjudication system. 20+ years of international teaching.
"Be aware when you are judging. Getting past the binary of good and bad into a space of expression and artistic freedom."
VAL "MS VEE" HO
HIP HOP & STREET STYLES
Ephrat Asherie Dance, Co-choreographer of Keisza's 'Hideaway' music video, 500M+ views and counting, first ever Hip Hop teacher at The Juilliard School, on faculty at the prestigious Pace University Commercial Dance BFA program, New York City Center Fall For Dance
"In taking my class, it's my hope that students approach dance and movement differently. In 5 years from now, I hope they still approach move and dance from connection and understanding to a movement form."
MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING
Master of Education, The Dance Podcast, Female Sport Summit, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, DSOA Speaker
"I hope students remember that mental resilience and well-being are best crafted with curiosity, compassion, and connection. And with that knowledge, they practice those skills every day as they make choices, frame their experiences, and expand their identity and belief in who they are. And if nothing else, I hope they feel seen, heard, and taken seriously."
Bob Fosse's "Dancin'","Movin' Out" (Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor), Original cast member of Andrew Lippa's "The Wild Party", One of 10 principle dancers cast in Jerome Robbins workshop, "Something To Dance About" dancing a variety of works he created for Broadway and New York City Ballet, Developing, "The Fête Arts" with business partner Colin Cunliffe & producing 6 very different live performance events since 2019 in upstate New York
"I hope they remember feeling safe and having a wonderful time in my class. That our relationship doesn't have to end after the Bridge and I will always be there to help in any way I can. I hope they're motivated to try everything and anything."
CONTEMPORARY / EMPOWERED MOVEMENT
Sleep No More NYC, Programs Director of Share the Movement, Rothy's "That's More Like It" Campaign
"I hope students leave my class feeling empowered to take up space in the dance field. Too often we, as dancers, are made to feel as though we are just a number, instead of the full, complex, unique individuals that we are. I want students to remember that they have agency over their bodies and voices, and that their identities belong in any and every space."
MINDFUL MOVEMENT, SOMATICS,
Somatic Experiencing Advanced Student, Neurosculpting Meditation Facilitator, CLI Cofounding Choreographer, SYTYCD Allstar, Step Up Revolution, DanceMakers Convention Faculty
"My hope is that students will have a felt sense of safety and belonging within my classroom setting. Through a blend of self-regulating techniques and somatic awareness practices, students will be invited towards more self-compassion, trust, and embodiment, all encouraging a cultivation of greater autonomy in their work and personal lives."
So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, Big Bang Theory, They Shoot Divas, Don't They starring Jennifer Beals
Mom to the sweetest little boy, Penn, Director of SALT II, "Paper Cuts" by Peter Chu, "Perfectly You" Choreographed on SALT II, Seeing clients change their lives to take control of their health
"I hope that they will learn to listen to, honor, and treat their bodies kindly."
JAZZ / MUSICAL THEATER / PROGRESSIONS
Professor Pace University- Musical Theater Dept and Commercial Dance Program, Joffrey Ballet school, SNL, radio city.,SYTYCD Europe
"Your unique imagination has power, it can be applied to anything and it’s enough to change the world for good"
CONTEMPORARY / PILATES
USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, World Expo 2020 Dubai, Assistant Rehearsal Director for the Ballet Collective’s production of The Night Falls, directed by New York City Ballet’s Troy Schumacher, Soloist in Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin in USC Kaufman’s International performance debut in Fürth, Germany, Featured dancer in Panasonic’s commercial Horizons
"My hope is to help students feel more connected to their physical form and empowered to research the endless ways the body is capable of expressing itself"
CONTEMPORARY / MOVEMENT AS MEDICINE
New York University , World EXPO 2020 Dubai, Ingrid Michaelson
"Movement is a healing modality that we can access any time, any place. My hope is that students build an ever-deepening relationship with their specific instrument that allows them to drop into moments of radical joy and embodiment."
MEDITATION FOR DANCERS
“Baby” in National Broadway tour of Dirty Dancing ,Cirque du Soleil’s, Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard, Columbia University
"I hope they will each have their own consistent meditation practice that is supporting noticeable changes within themselves. From concentration, to health, to kindness towards themselves and others, I hope they have an embodied experience of how these practices transform their life over time."
Ballet Workshop of New England, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, JUMP Dance Convention
"My hope is that the students I had the opportunity to teach would remember how to find joy in exploring their instruments, takeaway an understanding of the idea that with mindful repetition comes the opportunity for great change, and would try seeing ballet as a meditation meant for EVERY BODY and EVERYBODY."
PSYCHOLOGICAL SKILLS FOR DANCERS
Royal Ballet, City University of London, Northern Ballet
ADVANCED PRACTICE / NEUROMUSCULAR TRAINING