Jennifer grew up in lower Westchester and trained both at local studios and at Joffrey Ballet & Peridance Center, NYC while growing up. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University and performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Nikolais/Louis Dance Company. Although her degree focused more on the Modern and Ballet side, Jennifer's passion was in Jazz, Tap & Theatre Dance, and once out of school she followed her passion touring and performing in various shows. Credits include West Side Story, Godspell, Chess, Me and My Girl, King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma and The Music Man.
Jennifer's TV appearances include roles on the "The Good Wife", "Celebrity Ghost Stories", "On the Case with Paula Zahn", "Mysteries at the Museum", "Restaurant Stakeout", "Redrum" and "Crime to Remember", Films "Frenemy", "Handle Your Business", "Rest in Peace", "Hearsay", "I Don't Want to Know", as well as various Industrials and Commercials.
As much as she has always loved performing, one of her favorite pastimes has always been choreographing Musical Theatre. Choreography credits include Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game and Pippin.
While she has had the great fortune to perform and choreograph throughout her career, her absolute BIGGEST PASSION lays in teaching children the joy of dance. She celebrated that passion by opening Academy of Dance Arts 17 years ago. Since then she has taught and passed down that love to the next generations so she could watch them spread their wings and fly. She has coached dance to children working on Broadway, (Billy Elliott, Matilda, A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Will Rogers Follies) and her older dancers have gone on to College Scholarships at major Universities then successful careers in the industry.
Jennifer has judged nationally for various competition companies and is a Certified Member of Dance Educators of America and a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics.
She is looking forward to her 18th Season with a wonderful faculty and excited to work once again with such fun and talented dancers!
Jose Rivera is a graduate of the Juilliard School and also trained at School of American Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem during his Juilliard tenure. After graduating Juilliard, he traveled to Munich, Germany where he danced lead roles in such Operas as Aida, Die Fledermaus and Carmen with the Gärtnerplatz Theater and the Bayarische Opera Ballet. Mr. Rivera returned to the United States and began his eleven season tenure with the Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia where he continued to dance lead roles in such ballets as the Nutcracker and various other classical and contemporary roles. He has been a guest artist with the Virginia Ballet Theater, Georgia Ballet, and the Connecticut Ballet dancing in Allegro Brillante, Le Combat, Coppelia, and Romeo and Juliet to name a few. Mr. Rivera began teaching in 1997 and has continued teaching in numerous studios all up and down the East Coast. Mr. Rivera has been a favorite ballet faculty member of all ages and levels of students at Academy of Dance Arts since September 2006.
Ned hails from New York City and trained at the School of American Ballet, The High School of Performing Arts, The New York School of Ballet and with David Howard.
He started his professional career as a child actor working in musicals and film. He has danced in over 60 different professional productions with companies such as Kansas City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet and Dances Patrelle. Edwin has worked as a Dancer, a Ballet Master, an Assistant Director and a Choreographer with Ballet for Young Audiences since it's inception in 1985.
He has staged over 40 productions and has choreographed over 20 ballets, including Jungle Book, Pirates, Zorro and most recently Snow White, for family audiences. Among his other works are The Father, Water Goblin, The Accursed Hunter and Spring Song. Edwin's piece The Water at the Spring, was specially Commissioned for the opening ceremony of the Nanning International Folk Song Arts. Ned has also served as Artistic Director of City Center Ballet in New Hampshire and taught for many prestigious Ballet schools including Ballet Academy East, NYC.
Casey Hartman is a dancer and choreographer living in NYC. She was born and raised in South Florida where she studied from the age 3-19. Upon graduating, Casey attended New World School of the Arts in Miami for two years, earning her Associates Degree in Dance. She also taught and choreographed many numbers throughout FL.
Upon moving to NYC, Casey joined BEings Dance Company Directed by Emily Bufferd, where she has performed for numerous concerts and showcases throughout New York, New Jersey and Boston. Casey has performed at Peridance Capezio Center, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and many more.
Casey is thrilled to be a part of Academy of Dance Arts and looks forward to a fun and exciting year with her Lyrical & Acrobatics students!
Charles Smith has been entertaining audiences since the tender age of 4 years old. Right out of High School, Charles began to tour with Recording Artist "T-PAIN'' for his "Pain and Pleasure" Tour. Projects include dancing In Michael Jackson's final Album “Michael" release party and Guest Hip Hop Dancer in "Capezio's 125th Anniversary", "World Of Dance" and "Carnival NYC" as well as showcasing his own Choreography In Rhapsody James' "Sirens After Dark" as well as Sybarites annual Showcase " Love Is Love".
Charles is currently the Choreographer for the Brooklynnettes. He has spent time choreographing and teaching in China and in the states at Six Flags Over Atlanta. He is very much looking forward to being back with his Hip Hop students at ADA this fall!
Jimmy Tate has been performing on stage for over 25 years. He did his first Broadway show at the age of 13; where he played the title role in THE TAP DANCE KID. From there he went on to appear in the Tony Award winning Best Musical -BIG RIVER; JELLY'S LAST JAM, with Savion Glover and Gregory Hines; BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK, also with Glover; and the Irish smash hit RIVERDANCE. On tour, Jimmy recreated Savion Glover's Tony Award nominated role in BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK, and won a 1998 Ovation Award for his performance. He has appeared on "Late Night" with David Letterman, twice on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, and three times on "The Late Show" with Jay Leno.Jimmy danced for former President Bill Clinton at the 1995 Kennedy Center Honors, and at the 1997 Presidential Gala.
Jimmy is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist. His first CD "Play Me" was finished in the summer of 2000. His next release came out in May 2003 - a collaboration with guitarist David Leiter under the group name "Sphinx", featuring tracks of his unique tap style and funky rock and roll tracks.
Jimmy's tap students have thrived under his expertise since he first joined Academy of Dance Arts back in 2006, and he looks forward to another fun year this upcoming fall!
Academy of Dance Arts alum Sara Cohen is thrilled to be back 'home' and teaching the next generation of ADA students! A graduate of Professional Performing Arts High School/Ailey School and received her BFA from the Hartt School of Dance. Recently back from Pittsburgh as a guest artist with Firewall Dance Theatre, Sara has continued to perform and teach dance and yoga. Sara has performed and has been featured in works choreographed by Robert Battle, Nina Watt, Traci Stanfield, Shannon Gillen and Emory LeCrone. A former member of Full Force Dance Theater in Hartford,Ct., Sara is excited to work with all ages 2 and up, bringing her love of teaching & special mix of ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and contemporary to her students!
Chloe grew up in Westchester County. She began her dance career at Academy of Dance Arts where she studied dance from ages 3-18 and competed as a part of the Dance Company. She began teaching dance to autistic youth at the Boys and Girls club of Mt. Kisco at 14 years old in addition to assistant teaching at ADA as well.
Currently a Dance Major at Manhattanville College, in addition to teaching & assisting with the Dance Company at ADA, she currently choreographs musicals for schools across Westchester County. She has performed with the Theatre Company Theatre MAMA in Times Square, danced in several dance documentaries and recently completed shooting a role as lead dancer in a music video.
Chloe is thrilled to spend so much time at her home away from home, sharing her love for dance with the students of ADA.
Ariel grew up in Westchester County where she began her dance training at the age of 5. She then continued her training in NYC at age 12 at The Ailey School and Martha Graham School’s Young Artist Program. During her time at the Young Artist Program, Harper performed in the All-City Panorama performance at the Joyce Theater. Harper then attended Northwestern University where she earned a BS in Dance and African American studies. In 2016 Harper performed in Garth Fagan’s “Two Pieces of One: Green”. Also in 2016, she had her choreographic work, “Breakdown/through” adjudicated at the ACDA North-Central Conference. Harper has taught throughout Westchester County and New Jersey and is excited to become a part of the ADA teaching team this season!
Devon grew up dancing and performing in Santa Fe, NM. She graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, but also trained at The Broadway Theatre Project, NYU - CAP21, The University of the Arts, and Steps on Broadway. She has taught and choreographed works throughout Boston, New York, New Mexico, Philadelphia, Florida, and Connecticut. Devon's contemporary work was recently featured in the New York Choreographer's Showcase at The Tank Theatre on Times Square.
While still in college, Devon began her own teen/young adult theatre company in Albuquerque, where she produced, directed, and choreographed full-length musicals. Favorite choreography credits include Lysistrata Jones, The Wedding Singer, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, 13 The Musical, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Anything Goes, Godspell, Cabaret, All Shook Up,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys & Dolls, & Gypsy.
Devon has performed in numerous musicals throughout the U.S. and loves sharing her passion for dance and theatre with young artists. She has been lucky enough to study and work with Donna McKechnie, Jacques D'Amboise, Christopher D'Amboise, Randy Skinner, Nick Adams, and Neil Patrick Harris. She is excited to be back with Academy of Dance Arts for Theatre Dance this year!
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