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 18 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 excited about celebrating Academy of Dance Arts' 20th Anniversary 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.
Catherine Kingsley was born in England where she received her training at the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Dance where she was the recipient of the Solo Seal Award. As an instructor, she also studied at the Vaganova School, Russia. Performance credits include the Royal Ballet, the Bavarian State Opera Ballet and the Milan Opera Ballet. She was also the founder and Artistic Director of the Anglo-American Ballet, NYC and the International Dance Festival of New York.
Catherine has taught at numerous schools, companies and colleges including Marymount Manhattan College, Boston Ballet School, Steps Studio, Broadway Dance Center, French Academie of Ballet NYC and Stephens College MO.
In addition to teaching, Catherine has presented lectures on dance at Mt. Sinai Hospital NYC and Columbia University along with being a costume designer/constructor under the name of Kingsley Ballet Costumes. She is thrilled to join Academy of Dance Arts this year and bring the years of her expertise to our ballet students!
Casey Hartman is a dancer and choreographer 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, Ballet & Acrobatics students!
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!
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