Past Choreographers Include...

 
 
 
Monitor Azulao
 
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Monitor Azulão (a/k/a Odair dos Santos) began playing Capoeira over 11 years ago in Brazil. He has studied under Professor Gialis, Mestre Loka, and more recently, under Mestre Ray of Oficina da Capoeira. Today, Azulão writes his own Capoeira music, performs throughout the east coast, and incorporates samba dance and percussion into his classes in the Hudson Valley.
 
 
 
Thea Brauer


 
Thea Brauer is a professional ballet and contemporary dancer and is also a professional choreographer. Thea has 24 years of dance experience in classical and contemporary ballet, pointe work, modern dance, jazz, tap and choreography. She attended Barat College of DePaul University where she received a full scholarship and graduated in the Spring of 2001 with a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in ballet performance and choreography. She has received a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts for her choreographic work which has debuted at the Museum of Hudson Highlands, North American Cultural Laboratory, Sullivan County Community College and Storm King Art Center. In addition, she has choreographed work for the Cornwall Arts Alliance. Thea’s professional experience includes performances with the Triad Modern Dance Ensemble, Cocoon Modern Dance Company, New Paltz Ballet Theatre and the Hudson Valley Dance Theatre in Cornwall, New York. Thea is also part of the dance faculty at the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy where she is in charge of the pre-professional ballet ensemble group. When not performing or choreographing, Thea attends dances classes at Steps on Broadway from teachers including Lonne Moretton, Nancy Bielski, Robert Atwood, Lisa Lockwood and Fabrice Herrault.
 
 
 
 
Walter Freeman
 
 

 
Walter "Sundance" Freeman, recently featured on the WB's Radio City Music Hall presents One World Jam with Boyz 2 Men, Chicago and Ja Rule, dazzled the audience with his unique style of American Tap dancing alongside Irish tapper Colin Dunn in an excerpt from the show Riverdance

Freeman's Broadway credits include the original production of Black and Blue and Riverdance on Broadway. Freeman has also completed three world tours, bringing his unique style to audiences all over the world. 

In addition to Mr. Freeman's Broadway credits, he has had the honor of performing in a benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.  Dignitaries present included Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, landing Freeman a page in the history books, which can be found on video titled World'sGreatest Dancers.  Other DVD and videos distributed worldwide featuring Walter "Sundance" Freeman include Riverdance Live From Geneva

Freeman's past is as remarkable as the present, having the honor of working alongside legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Honi Coles, Buster Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., The Nicholas Brothers, Bunny Briggs, Naomi Campbell, among many others.  He has performed alongside Gregory Hines at the NYC Tap Festival in 2003.  Freeman is currently on faculty at the American Stardom Dance Academy in Poughkeepsie, New York.
 
The San Francisco Chronicle summed up Freeman's style in these words, "Fats Waller, who is never wrong, was more than usually cogent when he instructed us 'It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing', and Freeman's got it".

 
 
 
Lauren Hale Dance
 
 

 
 
 Photo Credit:  Steven Schreiber
 

Lauren Hale Biniaris is the founder and Artistic Director of Lauren Hale Dance.  In 2002, Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she studied modern and West African Dance.  Before that, she was a corps de ballet member with the Chattanooga Ballet in Tennessee.  In 2004, Lauren graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  During her two years at Tisch, Lauren presented four original works, was a member of the Second Avenue Dance Company, and studied with such teachers as Andrea E. Woods, Phyllis Lamhut, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Gus Solomons, Jr.   

Since 2004, Lauren has acted as Guest Teaching Artist and Choreographer in Residence for the Chattanooga Ballet, Brown University’s Dance Extension, and the Mercersburg Academy. She has also studied pedagogy and improvisation with Pilobolus founder, Jonathan Wolken.  In New York City, Lauren has presented choreography at The Museum of Biblical Art, The Solar 1 Arts Festival, The Cunningham Studio, Triskelion Arts, and the Cool New York Dance Festival to name a few.  She has also co-produced two evening length concerts with ThisThat Dance Collective and has participated numerous times in the Bessie Choreography Workshop for NYU graduates under the tutelage of Don Redlick.  Most recently, Lauren presented an evening of dance with her company entitled Turn:Return at the Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, New York.  

 
 
Heather J. Holohan
 

A dancer, choreographer, singer, actress and musician has been performing her entire life in one venue or another. She was most recently cast in the national Tour of “Thank you Gregory”, a new Tap Revue and will begin touring this October.  Heather is also very excited to be dancing at Lincoln Center  this coning July in a reconstruction of Ms. Brenda Bufalino’s work. Her most recent  Regional Theatre credits include Amneris “ AIDA”, Reno Sweeney “Anything Goes”, Zeigfeld’s Fave “The Will Roger’s Follies”, and Cassie “A Chorus Line”. When Heather is not busy performing, she is otherwise occupied teaching at The Studio: School for Dance and Theatre Arts , in Amenia NY which she opened in September 2007. She holds a degree in Musical Theatre with a Dance minor from Ithaca College, 2002.
 
  
 
Linda Diamond & Company
 
 
Linda Diamond,  born and raised in Panama is the founder of the Woodstock Diamond Sokolow Dance Theatre, dedicated to promoting dance, music, poetry and the visual arts in a professional setting.  She has served on the Fulbright Panel for Dance Scholarships, and has received her MA  from NYU  Department of Dance.   Her BA is in French from USC and she attended the Sorbonne in Paris and UCLA.  Innovative projects include:  A Dancer's View of Calder's Universe for WPBT public television in Miami,  award winning DanceVisions of Picasso (Mary Duke Biddle Foundation),  and several Harkness Foundation Dance grants,  two awards from the Dutchess County Arts Council, and a recent award from the Puffin Foundation.  LINDA DIAMOND & CO is a group of highly trained professional dancers who have a wide array of styles which combine into the eclectic and unique signature of contemporary modern dance at its best. 
 
 
 
Xander Weinman
 
 In January of 2009 Xander was seen on the Today in New York Show as a guest tap dancer; the segment was also played throughout taxis in NYC. In the following month Xander performed in Soundcheck, a series of shows produced by Tony Wagg and ATDF (American Tap Dance Foundation). As a part of this series he performed with the legendary, and brilliant, Brenda Bufalino in her show, Primordial Memories. He was also dance captain of Jason Samuels Smith’s ensemble for Take It To The Stage.

Xander will be performing pieces of the American Tap Dance Orchestra with Brenda Bufalino at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York City this July. Additionally, he is currently forming his own tap company.

Xander is a member of Mazel Toes, Shelby Kaufman's company of Jewish hoofers. In New York City he has performed at the B.B. King’s Blues Club on 42nd Street, in Battery Park, at the Judson Memorial Church in the Village, and at Café Loup with Barbara Duffy.
Xander has also performed at MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and in countless theatres throughout New Jersey including: the State Theater in New Brunswick, the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank and the Strand Theatre in lakewood. He has also been seen tap dancing on ESPN2 national television.
Xander is a graduate of the Hoofer's Club and C.A.T.S. Performance Company of Center Stage Dance and Theatre School, where he studied the performing arts from the age of 3; he continues to study in New York City. In addition to a tap dancer, Xander is an actor and a singer, and has studied lyrical, jazz, ballet and pilates.