Rockwell Dance Center

Faculty

 
 
 
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KATIE LANGAN

Professor Katie Langan is the Chair of the Dance Department at Marymount Manhattan College. She teaches advanced levels of Ballet and Pointe, is a frequent choreographer for the Department’s fall concert series, and is the Artistic Director of the Dance Department’s semi-annual performance series. Under Ms. Langan’s tenure, this performance series has grown from an in-studio presentation of works by faculty and student choreographers to a major dance event featuring new and restaged works by America’s most noted choreographers.

In addition to her work at Marymount, Ms. Langan taught company class for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for over three years and taught for several years advanced levels for the Ailey School summer program. She has also taught for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, NYCDA, Dance Space, NYU Tisch, and Ballet Maestro along with Master Classes for the Connecticut Performing Arts Center and others. She was a recent guest teacher for Ballet Hispanico’s 2nd Company. Lectures for Broadway Dance Center’s Teacher Conference have included; How to Teach a Good Barre, Why Go to College, How to Teach Fondus, and To the Pointe. Ms. Langan has also written several articles for Dancer Magazine including the cover stories, From Studio, To College, To Stage: The Importance of Modern Dance Training, in March 2008 and The Spectrum of Contemporary Ballet? Giving Your Students a Leg Up, in August of the same year.

Ms. Langan received her dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and the School of American Ballet. Before coming to Marymount, Ms. Langan performed with numerous companies including the Boston Repertory Company, New York City Opera, William Carter Dance Ensemble, the Zurich Ballet, Chamber Ballet USA, New Jersey Ballet, and Twyla Tharp Dance. She had the opportunity to work directly with Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Anthony Tudor, Billy Forsythe, Rudi van Dan Zieg, Gelsey Kirkland, Eleanor D’Antuano, and Brian McDonald to name a few. After retiring from performance, Ms. Langan studied art and design at MMC and received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1990 when she graduated as class valedictorian.

With over twenty ballets created, her 1995 ballet, Akhmatova, included in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Video Archive in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Ms. Langan served as a judge for DRA’s Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce, served on the Princess Grace Foundation USA 2010 Dance and Choreography Panel and was a Board Member of Parsons Dance from 2009-2011. By invitation, she has also served as a participant in “feedback” showings for The Joyce Theater’s Creative Residency Program. Creative Residency Artists include Wally Cardona, Andrea Miller and Brian Brooks. She is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum© through Level 5.

 
 
 
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BECKAH J. HOWARD

Beckah Joy Howard is a NYC based dancer and choreographer originally from central Florida. Since moving to NYC four years ago, Bekah attended NYU and completed Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester program.

Bekah is a member of the Derek Mitchell Dance Company and BEings Dance and has performed in contemporary dance festivals including Pushing Progress, the Giving Tree, and Brooklyn Dance Festival. Bekah has been featured as a dancer on the Today Show and in national commercials for K Factor Plus Resistance Bands. She has also performed as a dancer with touring acapella group “Rockapella,” and in John Brown’s production of “Requiem for a Young Man” in Orlando, FL.

Bekah has been lucky to train under some of today’s most sought-after creators. She has spent a great amount of time traveling with and assisting Derek Mitchell, Lane Napper, Emily Bufferd, and Emily Greenwell at various studios, workshops, and conventions across the nation.

Bekah has presented choreography at Symphony Space, the Peridance Salvatore Capezio Theatre, and the Highline Ballroom. Most recently she set work for the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Bekah also works for a flash mob company as a resident choreographer.

Presently, Bekah teaches dance at Broadway Dance Center and several local dance studios, and she currently has several new professional works in progress. Through performance and choreography, Bekah has developed a passion for teaching and sharing, and hopes to spread creativity and light with everyone she gets the chance to connect to.

 
 
 
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JONATHAN MENDEZ

Jonathan Mendez began dancing at the age of nine in Cali,Colombia at the Colombian Institute for Classical Ballet. Upon graduation, he joined Incolballet — Colombia’s Premier Dance Company. 

Jonathan received a full scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. He performed with Dances Patrelle in the Nutcracker and during their 2010 Spring Season. In May 2010, Jonathan performed with Avi Scher and Dancer at the Kennedy Center. 

Jonathan joined Les Ballets Grandiva in July 2010, where he performed and toured all around Japan. In December 2010 he was a guest artist with Alberta Ballet for the production of the Nutcracker in Canada. He joined Les Ballets Eloelle in 2012 where he performED in China, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. 

 Jonathan is a American Ballet Theatre certified teacher and is also featured in the current American Dance Documentary: “First Position”.

 

 
 
 
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GINA IANNI

GINA IANNI, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, began her training under the direction of Tracy and Debbie Davenport. She graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance from Marymount Manhattan College, where she was awarded the department’s highest honor, a gold key, for demonstrating excellence in her field.

Since then, Gina has enjoyed working in both the concert and commercial realms of dance. She is currently a member of Keigwin + Company, and has danced for TAKE Dance as well as the Steps Repertory Ensemble. Gina has worked with Beyoncé, been featured at New York Fashion Week, and appeared on TV for America’s Got Talent, NBC Red Nose Day, and BET’s 106 & Park. Other industrial credits include AXE, Pepsi, and Tommy Hilfiger. Gina is also a certified Pilates instructor and has been teaching since 2011.

 
 
 
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MARY BETH HANSOHN

Mary Beth Hansohn received her professional training at The Arlington Center for Dance in Arlington, VA, and with Peter Stark, at The Maryland Youth Ballet. She studied ballet in the highest level at The American Ballet Theater Summer Program in New York City, where she performed George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. She joined The Ohio Ballet as a full member at age 18, and went on to dance in works by Heinz Poll, Donald Byrd, Laura Dean, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Stephen Mills, Septime Webre, Salvatore Aiello, Dermot Burke, Christopher Fleming, and Jeffrey Hughes. 

 Mary Beth has performed with Twyla Tharp Dance, The Metropolitan Opera, The Ohio Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, The Cleveland Opera, Dances Patrelle, Neglia Ballet and Terra Firma Dance Theater.  Television credits include “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” on CBS, as well as “The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD”, where she appeared in the role of one of Venus’ Three Graces in Tannhauser.  Most recently, Mary Beth performed in “Eight Jelly Rolls”, for Twyla Tharp’s four-week run at The Joyce Theater, in NYC. Mary Beth is on the permanent faculty at Broadway Dance Center, where she teaches ballet and “BDC BARRE”, a dance conditioning class she designed and developed for BDC.

 
 
 
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CHRISTOPHER STUART

Christopher Stuart, originally from Sandy Hook, Conn., began his formal training in Connecticut and with Franco DeVita and Charles Kelley. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2002 under the direction of Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover and Duncan Noble. He joined NB2 in 2002 and performed with the main company in many performances.

Christopher is a Principal with Nashville Ballet.  Since joining the company in 2003, Stuart has been featured in several pieces by renowned choreographers such as Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling, Brian Enos, Peter Quanz, Gina Patterson, Sarah Slipper, Thaddeus Davis, James Canfield and numerous others.

Stuart has been featured as Renfield in Vasterling's Dracula, the Nutcracker Prince and Sugar Plum Cavalier in Vasterling's Nashville’s Nutcracker, Pas de Trios in Swan Lake, the Young Warrior in Salvatore Aiello's Rite of Spring, Melancholy in Four Temperaments, Mac in Lew Christensen’s Filling Station, Puck in Vasterling's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Vasterling's Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth in Vasterling’s Macbeth. He has also performed as a guest artist with Quixotic Fusion, Missouri Ballet Theatre, National Choreographic Initiative and Evansville Ballet.

Stuart has always had a niche for choreographing. His vast experiences as a dancer and performer helped him articulate his choreographic voice through improvising and exploring different forms of movement. Embarking upon his journey as a choreographer has allowed him to further express himself in a free and limitless way. Stuart has created pieces for NB2, Nashville Ballet, Quixotic Fusion and Ballet Arkansas. In Nashville Ballet’s 2012 Emergence, he collaborated with ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. In 2012, he choreographed and staged Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Macbeth. For the past four seasons, Stuart has created pieces for Nashville Ballet’s annual Ballet Ball with music performed by Holly Williams, Kellie Pickler, Clare Bowen and John Oates. For Nashville Ballet’s 2014 Attitude series, he created Under the Lights, a full-length work to the music of Johnny Cash performed by Sugar + The Hi-Lows about which ArtsNash said, “Stuart’s choreography proved to be a seamless blend of classical, modern and popular dance styles.” In 2015, Stuart had the pleasure of choreographing a piece to the music of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers.

His artistic achievements won him the 2010 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, one of the highest honors that a Tennessee artist can receive. Stuart was a finalist in Ballet Arkansas' 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition, as well as a finalist in the 17th annual choreography festival of the NYCI Choreographic Fellowship held at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, Calif. Most recently, he was awarded a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, in 2016.

Awards
2016 New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship, 2010 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, Finalist in 17th Annual Choreography Festival of New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship, Finalist in Ballet Arkansas' 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition  ChoreographedNashville Ballet’s Emergence Series, Ballet Ball 2013-2016, Music Videos for Thom Donovan and Justin Nault, Attitude Series Under the Lights

 
 
 
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SARAH BRAVERMAN

SARAH BRAVERMAN grew up in Los Angeles, California. She trained extensively in the Royal Academy of Dance, under the direction of Bernadette Hill and JoAnna Jarvis, completing all exams through Advanced II with distinction. Sarah moved to NYC in 2004 to attend Marymount Manhattan College, under the direction of Katie Langan, graduating cum laude with a BFA in Dance and Arts Administration in 2008. During her time at MMC Sarah had the privilege of performing works by Robert Battle, Stephen Petronio, David Parsons, David Marquez, Graham Lustig and Joao Carvalho. Sarah joined Parsons Dance from 2008 - 2017 where she enjoyed nine seasons of extensive national and international touring, performing and teaching master classes and intensives. During her tenure at Parsons, she had the honor of performing works by Robert Battle, Trey McIntyre, Kate Skarpetowska, Monica Bill Barnes and Ephrat Asherie. She joined the cast of NYC’s Queen of the Night as a guest artist, dancing the principle role of Pamina from 2015 - 2016 and has been featured in both Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit. Sarah currently resides in NYC enjoying life as a freelance artist, dance teacher, fitness and pilates instructor.