NIKOLE LACHIOMA - Owner, Director
BALLET – CONTEMPORARY BALLET – MODERN – POINTE
Nikole LaChioma is a Cum Laude graduate from Marymount Manhattan College and holds a BFA in Ballet. Most recently, Ms. LaChioma has become owner and Director of Rockwell Dance Center. She had previously held the positions of Artistic Director of the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut and Artistic Director of In Motion Dance Company for the past 13 years. In 2007 she became the Founder and Artistic Director of The Parker Project a contemporary dance company. Nikole is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensives in Pre Primary through Partnering of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum. Ms. LaChioma is proud that three of her pieces have been invited to the Youth American Grand Prix 2015 and 2017 Finals in New York. In 2017 YAGP named her Outstanding Choreographer and her ensembles placed 2nd overall in Boston. Her choreography has also been set on the professional company, Florida Dance Theatre, and she has had pieces accepted at the International Dance Festival-NYC, “Dance Under the Stars” professional dance festival in California, Solstice In Times Square (BCEFA/DRA) and CT Meets NY Dance Festival. Her works with The Parker Project have been performed at many venues in Connecticut and New York. Ms. Lachioma is an instructor and choreographer in the disciplines of ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, musical theater dance, and also teaches dance composition, improvisation, contemporary partnering and tap.
Ms. LaChioma feels fortunate to have had many wonderful performance opportunities. Most recently with BalaSole Dance in NYC, where she received this review from Dance Europe Magazine: “She’s a personable performer whose expressions create a connection with the audience…. On top of this acting ability, her clear and easy technique make her a joy to watch.” Nikole has had the privilege of dancing with Hartford Ballet under the direction of Kirk Peterson, Raymond Lukens and Franco DeVita as both their student and as Clara in their American Nutcracker. Other roles include Snow Queen with Connecticut Dance Theater, the privilege to dance with Wayne Sleep and the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain in Kent, in Scotland at the Aberdeen Youth Festival, with the Scottish Ballet (Ken Burke) and at His Majesty’s Theater. Locally she has performed in many musical theater productions and has served as choreographer for both area high schools and theater organizations.
Nikole has had the pleasure to study at the Complexions Summer Choreography Intensive with Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, SAB, Boston Ballet, Hartford Ballet with Raymond Lukens Franco DeVita and Kirk Peterson, Pedro Ruiz, Katie Langan (Ballet) Beth Goheen (ballet), Karen Festog (ballet), Denise Vale (Graham), Kristina Berger (Horton), Max Stone, Jana Hicks, Dominique Kelley (tap and hip hop) and Manwe Saul-Addison (Hip Hop). Ms. LaChioma has studied voice with Melissa Hart (Cabaret, Candide), Scott Handley and Joyce Erickson.
Modern – Improvisation - Ballet
Caroline Fermin graduated from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and later, the Juilliard School with a BFA. She has performed all over the world for a variety of ballet and modern companies. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance where she was a company member for six years and served as Rehearsal Director and Education Chair. As a choreographer Caroline works collaboratively with clowns, actors, sculptors, painters, filmmakers, and fashion houses. She has created work for actors at NYU Tisch, actors/dancers at Western Wyoming Community College, and for the playwright Daniel Talbott.
Ms. Fermin was a teaching artist in NYC public schools and is a proud member of Artists Striving to End Poverty, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young people through the Arts. With ASTEP she sat on the organizing committee for the Artist As Citizen Conference, a summit for young arts leaders held annually at the Juilliard School.
This year she has been commissioned to create a new work for Stockton University’s dance program. As an advocate for social justice, Caroline works extensively with community engagement programs. She brings her expertise in arts and youth leadership to organizations such as New York City Center, Dancewave, and Artists Striving to End Poverty. Caroline has run dance education programs at Snow College in Utah and in collaboration with the Juilliard School in her hometown of New Orleans. This year will see Caroline teaching at Barnard College/Columbia University specializing in improvisation and classical modern. Caroline lives in New York City with her cat Nell, and they both enjoy bird watching.
Hip Hop – Break Dance - Dance Crew
Born and Raised in Iloilo, Philippines and eventually moving to the United Sates, Raymund Lagdamen started dancing at Central High School in Bridgeport, Ct. at the age of 15. Along with a group of his friends, he created a high school dance team called Versus Dance Crew. A year later he began his dance studies in dance, mostly in hip hop, at thePerforming Arts Center of Connecticut. With his hobby turning into this passion, he auditioned for Double Up Dance Company’s Team Leggo. A few years later, after all the hard work and dedication, he became their Assistant Choreographer. Raymund appears in music videos for such artists as; international singer Kat DeLuna, Rickstarr (London, U), JohnThomas and local favorite Gabriel Brunot. Mr. Lagdamen has also taught iat many dance workshops, such as “Be Inspired” and “ The Y.A.R.D.”. Recently he was signed by the Block Talent Agency. Raymund’s goal is to continue learning and to share his love and passion for dance with his students.
Hip Hop – Break Dance
Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Daisy is a strong, charismatic individual that shares her love for the arts to others. Dancing at the age of 8, she learned how to dance primarily through her culture of Hispanic dances, which then became the bridge to learning all styles of Hip Hop. She was mentored by Jolet Creary(owner of Studio 860). Jolet gave her the inspiration to become a leader in the University of Hartford’s Hip Hop dance team, Fenomena later in the years. Daisy is also an actress, a skill she worked at during her four years of training at her Arts High School. Daisy has worked in many of the Hartford Stage productions, such as Breakdancing Shakespeare and Comedy of Errors which was directed by Darko Tresnjak.
Ms. Infantas is currently studying Psychology at the University of Hartford, while teaching younger generations the art forms of acting and dancing through the Breakdancing Shakespeare program and at Rockwell Dance Center.
Daisy is motivated to continue her passion of dancing and acting while accomplishing her goal with being a therapist for younger children. Through her growth and accomplishments her goal is to share and inspire the younger generation to pursue their dreams and love for the arts.
Hip Hop – Gymnastics - Acro
Maria Cherniske was born and raised in Connecticut where she took her first class at the age of three. Since then, her passion for the arts has continued to flourish. In addition to being a performer, Maria has taught dance to students of all ages for the past fifteen years and is a coach for competitive level gymnastics. Maria was a competitive gymnast trained by 2004 Olympic coach Alan Hatch and 2004 two-time Olympic silver medalist Annia Hatch. Following college, Maria continued her dance education at the Broadway Dance Center in New York. She trained under Rhapsody James in the 2012 winter session of Motivating Excellence. She is also a member of New York based dance companies Jamie J & Co and Humans Collective.
Maria has worked with choreographers such as Lisette Bustamante, James Jackson Jr, Dana Foglia, Rhapsody James, Luam Keflezgy, Kelly Peters, Derek Mitchell and Tanisha Scott. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall in an ad for Rocawear clothing, with super model Coco Rocha at NYC's Fashion's Night Out, on national television with Icona Pop and in a national commercial for the Wendy Williams show. She was also recently a principal in a commercial for Affinity Bank. In addition, Maria has done work for Nike and Adidas. She appeared in Music Videos with popular up and coming artists and performed live with artists Matt Hunter, Carey Nokey, and L Michelle. Maria was the assistant choreographer for Rob Thomas’ music video “I Trust You” and most recently co-choreographed for the Off-Broadway hit “La Cancion.”
Maria travels internationally to teach acro/tumbling and dance. In 2012 she was selected to be a mentor for the program Creating Opportunities (www.creatingopps.com) developed by world-renowned choreographers Lisette Bustamante and Chonique Sneed. Since 2012 she has been an adjunct professor of Dance at Sacred Heart University. Maria is dedicated to perfecting her art and the love of performance. She believes that dance is the universal language and enjoys getting to know others and helping people get to know her through dance. Maria holds a B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Reading Education from Sacred Heart University. She also holds a Connecticut Teaching Certificate and is certified through Fitness, Gymnastics and Acro federations (listed below). Website: www.MariaCherniskeDance.com
AFAA Group Fitness Certified
BodyART Certified Instructor
Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED certified
ACRO levels 1-6 through USA Gymnastics
USA Gymnastics Safety Certified - Artistic Gymnastics Coach
Modern – Partnering - Ballet
Tyler DuBoys hold a B.F.A. in dance from NYU Tisch school of the Arts. In addition, Tyler is pursuing an independent study of Pedagogy and Musical collaboration with the Graduate Dance Department. Mr. DuBoys is an Alumni of the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut where he was a member of In Motion Dance Company and assisted the Director and set several pieces of choreography.
Tyler became a certified AntiGravity Yoga® instructor, which is what initially brought his dance and movement practices up off the ground and into the air. He has been teaching aerial classes in the tri state area for the past five years.
Throughout the years, Mr. DuBoys has had the opportunity to perform works by Larry Keigwin, Deborah Jowitt, Sidra Bell, Takehiro Ueyama (Take Dance), and Andrea Miller (Gallim Dance), just to name a few. In his final year at NYU Tisch he had the opportunity to collaborate with several international choreographers on new works for the Second Avenue Dance Company, and performed Mazurkas by the Jose Limon Dance Company at the Joyce Theatre. Currently a member Streb Extreme Action Company, which combines virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted appeal.
It is clear to anyone who knows Tyler that he is an intelligent, creative, inspired dancer, choreographer, aerialist and person. It is our pleasure to have him back at the Performing Arts Center for Aerial Silks Classes/Workshops, choreography and teaching this year!
Dolores Sanchez, affectionately known as ""Lola"", is a strong versatile mover well versed in Tap Dance, Street Jazz, Contact Improv, and Capoeira. Ms. Sanchez has served as Faculty and Guest Faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, Steps On Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center. She has also had the pleasure of being part of the Adjunct Faculty at Pace University for The Commercial Arts Dance Program and as a Guest Teaching Artist for the Hope College Dance Department.
Dolores has had the pleasure of performing for/with Artists such as Ali Bradley for the Debut of "Black Matter", Joseph Webb's NYC Company debut, Dancing Buddhas, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Sam Webber, and Dianne Walker at Jacobs Pillow ,Chloe Arnold for Rhythm in Motion, Maud Arnold, and Derick K. Grant.
Ms. Sanchez is a current member Of Chloe Arnold's Company, Apt. 33. She has performed at the Harlem Stages, Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, The Producers Club, Playhouse Square, Bitter End, and for Queretaro, Mexico's Cultural Exchange Program.