Faculty

RENEE ROBINSON

 

Renee Robinson began her training in classical ballet at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, DC.  She was the recipient of two Ford Foundation scholarships to the School of American Ballet and was awarded full scholarships to the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and The Ailey School. She performed at the White House State Dinner in 2003 in honor of the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, and at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison in 2010.  Ms. Robinson was recently honored with the prestigious Dance Magazine Award. She was a member of Ailey II and a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1981 to 2012. Ms. Robinson is a certified Gyrotonics instructor.

LUAM KEFLEZGY

 

Luam Keflezgy is a world-renowned choreographer from Eritrea, East Africa. Based in New York, Luam has choreographed for numerous music videos, awards shows, concerts, film, and television. With a youtube audience producing over 28 million views and a loyal following, Luam is a global sensation in dance and choreography. Her choreography and artistic direction has brought her to artists and projects such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Step Up Revolution, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Kanye, Reebok, John Legend, X Factor, American Idol, and more. She has obtained cult popularity among the dance community all over the world with her teachings and passion for spreading inspiration.

 

RONALD K. BROWN

 

Ronald K. Brown was born in Brooklyn, NY and founded the New York-based contemporary dance ensemble EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY in 1985. In addition to his work with Evidence, Brown has created work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Grace, Serving Nia, Ife/My Heart, Dancing Spirit and Four Corners), Ailey II, the African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cinque Folkloric Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire.

ASHLEY BLAIR FITZGERALD

Ashley Blair Fitzgerald has worked with such Broadway and ballet vets as Gwen Verdon, Nicole Fosse, Josh Bergasse, Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, Twyla Tharp and Ann Reinking. After attending The Boston Conservatory,  her first  professional job was the National/International tour of Fosse. She continued on to perform in three 1st National Tours including Dirty Dancing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away, where she starred in and was nominated for a Helen Hayes best actress in a musical award. Her NYC theater credits include Broadway's Gigi and On The Town, where she understudied NYCB's Megan Fairchild and ABT's Misty Copeland. TV credits include Smash and Company. Most recently she has been performing in the off Broadway hit Trip of Love as well as performing in workshops for the upcoming Broadway production of King Kong.

JAMAR ROBERTS

Jamar Roberts graduated from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.  He trained at the Dance Empire of Miami and as a scholarship student at The Ailey School.  Mr. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He has been a lead dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2002.

ANNE-MARIE DUCHENE

Anne-Marie Duchêne is the Founder and Owner of Art of AlignmentÔ, an integrative healing practice that offers Body-Mind-Spirit and Emotional Alignment.She is a certified Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner, Hellerwork International Faculty & Board member, and a Barral Institute certified Visceral and Craniosacral therapist.

Anne-Marie’s ongoing research includes yearly laboratory dissections at Rutgers University focusing on fascial and integral anatomy, advanced training in osteopathy, neuropathy, biomechanics, psychosomatic therapy, Voice Dialogue and Shamanism. Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley and has an Associates degree in Communication from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She lives and works in New York City.

DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE
 

Darrell Grand Moultrie (New York, New York) is one of the nation’s most sought after and diverse choreographers with repertoire spanning from ballet to modern, theater and commercial work. He is a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award recipient and a master teacher. Darrell has created and staged multiple works for Dance Theatre of Harlem, North Carolina Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, The Julliard School and Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program to name a few. Most recently, Mr. Moultrie has worked with Grammy Award winning recording artist, Beyonce, for her Mrs. Carter World Tour and with Tony Award winning tap dancer, Savion Glover. As a performer, Darrell has danced in several Broadway shows including Hairspray, Aida and Billy Elliott. Mr. Moultrie is a proud graduate of P.S. 144 in Harlem, Laguardia High School and The Julliard School.    

 

 

 

REDD WILLIAMS

 

Redd Williams, a St. Louis native, brings significant experience to performing, choreographing and teaching.  He received extensive training at the Millenneum Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds in Los Angeles in the areas of jazz and hip-hop. Since then, he has consistently worked with renowned choreographers such as Laurianne Gibson, Cecily & Olisa, Ro Ro, Kennis and Rosero & Jamal. He has performed on tours, in music videos and television commercials for some of hip-hop’s biggest recording artists, including Beyoncé, Corbin Bleu, Lady Gaga and many more. Redd maintains a guest teaching position at Millenneum Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds, as well as working internationally in Japan. He is the head of the hip-hop department at Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, where he also directs the company, the COCA Hip-Hop Crew. His work has become a regular feature of St. Louis Grand Center’s “Dancing in the Streets” and a Better Family Life’s “Black Dance St. Louis.” Redd is greatly respected for his colorful personality and ability to create “life” on stage. 

RHAPSODY

 

Rhapsody James began her career as a choreographer after receiving her BFA Purchase College (NY). Born in Brooklyn, her first job was at Sony Music as an Executive Assistant, which planted the seed for her foray into the Commercial Dance industry. She quickly became a lead choreographer for the NBA New Jersey Nets Dance Team and a principal dancer in the acclaimed, Put You Hands Where My Eyes Can See music video by Busta Rhymes. Keeping up her flair for business and chorography, Rhapsody parlayed those roles into appearances on the commercial dance world’s leading stages: MTV's The Grind, VH-1 80's Dance Party, VH-1 Fashion Awards and Lip Service. Her credits include: Beyoncé, Madonna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, J.Lo, Diddy- Dirty Money, Kalenna, SEVYN, The Jonas Brothers, The Pussycat Dolls, The Spice Girls, Cassie, Jay Sean, Donnie Klang, Step Up 2: The Streets, Making The Band: Season 4, and commercials for the NY Lottery, Citron Car Company, and ESPN.