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Hip-hop dancer/B-boy Kenneth “Ken Fury” Marez Jr. was raised in Pueblo, Colorado, where he grew up with a strong desire of self expression and a passion for dance. Ken built his technique by training with the Lordz of Finesse Crew and competing in many nationwide Break Dance competitions. Ken’s dance style became so dynamic, at the age of sixteen he was asked to perform with artists such as Rahzel, Kurtis Blow and the Black Eyed Peas. Since then he has been a featured performer for Full Circle Productions, K-Swiss print advertisements, The New York City Float Committee, and other commercials. His dream is not only to become the best dancer he can be, but to inspire others how to express their souls through dance and encourage one’s ability to utilize the spirit of dance to be free!
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Royce has danced professionally for 22 years both in the U.S and Europe. The last nine have been in New York City where he was a regular in (o.a.) the Nutcracker. He is presently Certified in The American Ballet Theatre Teaching Curriculum and has his Masters in Higher Education and Ballet Pedagogy from N.Y.U. Steinhardt. His background also includes extensive training in tap, jazz, and musical theater. He received his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Royce has performed with professional companies in Classical and Contemporary Ballet works, professional Modern based companies and has done professional work in the field of musical theater as well.
Royce has taught master classes and workshops in classical ballet, contemporary movement, and partnering in Dallas, Florida, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Germany, and New York City. He has been on staff at Broadway Dance Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center's Ailey Extension Program, and The School at Steps on Broadway. His classes are challenging but fun. His class thrives on musicality, shifting of weight, and conscious movement through space. Royce is very passionate about students passing the point of what they perceive their own limitations to be only to discover new boundaries to explore in personal growth and development with in the art form.
Olisa Thompson (Edited version from www.cecilyandolisa.com). Born and raised in New York, Olisa Thompson (and Cecily Bradley) are the award-winning, show-stopping choreographing team known as Nu-Stylz. By the time they were teens they’d already earned a reputation for ripping down stages at dance competitions, college shows and the world-famous Apollo. Since then, Nu-Stylz has gone to become one of the hottest choreographers in the business, working with top entertainers such as G-Unit, Missy Elliot, Tweet, Daddy Yankee, Mario, The Fugees, and Whitney Houston. The choreography on Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” music video earned them nominations at the 7th Annual American Choreography Awards and the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. At the 10th Annual American Choreography Awards they won the “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography” award for their work on Missy’s “Pass the Dutch” music video. In the spring of 2006 Olisa and Cecily were selected to judge the second season of Fox TV’s hit reality-competition show “So You Think You Can Dance”. They also worked on commercials for Nike and the 2006 “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” awards show where they took their skills to another level by choreographing and dancing alongside a 75-piece marching band and with hip-hop legends Rakim, Ice Cube, Ice-T, the Wu-Tang Clan, and the Beastie Boys.
KARIN SARI RENDELMAN
Karin, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., is a working choreographer and teacher now residing in New York City. Graduating Cum Laud from Florida International University, Miami Florida, she earned a BA in Dance. Her infectious energy and her passion for dance, seasoned while she mentored under the Broadway Tap Dancer, Jimmy Tate. Karin continues her training at BDC and STEPS on Broadway.
Karin has been teaching for over ten years and during this time, was honored to become the Director of the Dance Department at the nationally renowned Weiss School. Karin also directed a youth tap company in South Florida where her students and choreography were recognized with numerous awards at a variety of competitions on both regional and national levels. In addition, she continues to teach master classes and create choreography for many students from Florida to New York.
Karin is excited to become a part of the family at SPAC and is looking forward to a very successful year! Her passion for her art and the technique that supports it, for rhythm and energy and the combination of it all, can be seen in her ambitious and expressive choreography!
Angela Crain began teaching hip hop dance at Peridance in 2002 and is excited to be back in the program after finishing her degree in performance studies and sociology at NYU. Her dance career has led her from Louisiana to San Francisco, LA, Brazil and NYC where she began performing and teaching with Decadancetheatre, an all-female hip hop dance company. Since 2002, Ms. Crain has toured throughout the US and Europe and has performed in programs such as NBA Allstars broadcast, commercials for Macy’s and Nike, a Reebok industrial, music video for Sony music artist, as well as Jacob’s Pillow dance festival. As a teaching artist, Ms. Crain has worked with children and adults from diverse backgrounds including community organizations, public schools, and private studios. She believes that dance has the pervasive capacity to break through social and cultural barriers and to promote mutual respect among artists. Her class will integrate various forms of hip hop movement into concert dance while engaging students both physically and intellectually to explore their own artistic expression.
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Former New York City Ballet dancer, ABT soloist, currently Principal Guest Artist.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, she studied at the National Ballet School during which time she received the first place in Romania's National Ballet Competitiion . She went on to study in Los Angeles with Yvonne Mounsey at the Westside School of Ballet, after which she received a full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York where she won the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise. She then was invited to join the New York City Ballet where she danced from 1992 until 1996 after which she joined the American Ballet Theater. She performed in all the great classics throughout the world, and was also awarded the Diagilev Award and the Silver Medal at the third Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition as well as The Viewers' Choice Award at the Maya Plisetskaya International Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was promoted to soloist with the American Ballet Theater in year 2000. Since then, she gave numerous performances throughout the United States, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Japan, China, Spain, Brazil, Russia, France, with the American Ballet Theater, and as a Guest Artist with other companies abroad. Her repertory includes all great classics and contemporary masters, and her dance partners include Gennadi Saveliev, Marcelo Gomes, Ethan Stiefel, Damian Woetzel, Angel Corella, Nilas Martins, Sebastien Marcovici, Sasha Radetsky, and Vitali Krauchenka.
David Fernandez is a choreographer, dancer, and
ballet teacher based in New York. Born in Mexico City, David
Fernandez studied at the Centro de Arte y Ballet. He immigrated to the
United States in 1989 after winning a scholarship to Giordano Jazz Dance
in Chicago, where he performed with the company and
received the Jeffrey Mildenstein Award. David began choreographing while
studying at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, creating
contemporary works for performance in art galleries and alternative
Born in Minsk in the Republic of Byelorussia, Vitali Krauchenka
trained, from the age of six, at the Byelorussian Choreographic School
and performed with the Byelorussian Academic Theatre of Opera and
Ballet. After graduations he joined the National Ballet Theatre of
Belarus, then moved to Riga, Latvia where he danced with the Latvian
National Opera. He also danced in Canada with Atlantic Ballet Theatre
and Ballet Jorgen of Canada. His repertory with those companies included
roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Romeo and
Juliet, and other classical and modern ballets such as Carmen, Le
Sacre du Printemps, 3x, Ben Jorgan’s Petrouchka, Boris
Eifman’s Tchaikovsky and Kchistof Pastor’s Carmen.
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Anna Liceica during one of her 32 continuous pirouettes at the June 2010 SPAC Year-End Performance
Company rehearsal with David Fernandez @ Stamford Performing Arts Center - April 2010
Vitali Krauchenka during the Stamford Performing Arts Center Year-End Performance June 2010
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