New York Faculty

 
 

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We are thrilled to be partnering with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers working in New York City. Our NYC Faculty is available for private lessons, weekend workshops and weekly intensives. 

Check out their bio's and get ready to take your performance skills to the next level!

Caitlin Abraham

 
  Caitlin Abraham    www.caitlinabraham.com

Caitlin Abraham

www.caitlinabraham.com

Caitlin Abraham was an original cast member of An American in Paris with Dir/Chor Christopher Wheeldon both in Paris and on Broadway. She performed the principal role of Madame Baurel a number of times as well as the featured vocal track, Olga. She is also an original cast member of the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles with Tony Award-winning Dir. Terry Johnson. Caitlin played Liz on the National Tour of Chicago the Musical. Other favorite credits include “Cassie” in A Chorus Line (original choreography), a featured dance track in On The Town at Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as working with incredible choreographers such as Josh Bergasse (NBC’S SMASH), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella on Broadway), Peggy Hickey (Anastasia on Broadway), Dontee Kiehn (International Supervisor An American in Paris), and Anne Reinking (Chicago on Broadway). Caitlin works on a continual basis with the Verdon Fosse Legacy to reconstruct Bob Fosse’s original choreography. Under the direction of his daughter, Nicole, this select group of dancers learns Mr. Fosse’s original choreography from original cast members and films the pieces for the archival purposes of the Estate.

TV/Film/Industrial/Commercial Credits include: L’Oreal, Let’s Make a Deal, the 2010 and 2015 Tony Awards, Bob Evans, Cinderella for UNC-TV, Monet Impressions for UNC-TV, Carolina Jamboree for UNC-TV, as well as Transmission: a Jazz Documentary. She was featured in the dance films Wind and Tree and Salt Water (starring Desmond Richardson). Caitlin recently filmed a new Dance on Film documentary with the Verdon Fosse Legacy which is scheduled to air on the BBC this November 2018.

Before her musical theater career, Caitlin spent eight seasons at Carolina Ballet under Dir. Robert Weiss (New York City Ballet). She achieved the rank of Soloist and performed principal roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Jose Limon. Caitlin also originated roles by Lynne Taylor-Corbett (...Gottschalk, ABT) and Robert Weiss. Favorite roles include: Choleric (The Four Temperaments), Caliope (Apollo), Girl with a Purse (Fancy Free), Iago’s Wife (Moor’s Pavane) and Red Rockin’ Chair (Carolina Jamboree). Caitlin has also enjoyed performing to benefit fantastic organizations including Dancers Responding to AIDS, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Amnesty International.

Caitlin has been teaching for over 20 years; she teaches ballet, pointe, theater dance, Fosse-style jazz, audition technique and vocal coaching. Teaching credits include: the trainee programs at both Joffrey Ballet School and the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, Alvin Ailey, New York City Dance Alliance, the Joffrey Musical Theater Intensive, Educational Performance Tours, Dance Educators of America, On Stage New York, Showstopper, Broadway Workshop and Dance Masters of America.

Caitlin teaches master classes and sets choreography at studios, performing arts school and universities across the US. Her adaptation of “BlackBird” from Bob Fosse’s Liza with a Z was seen at Symphony Space in New York City; she expanded the original 10-dancer cast to involve 25 pre-professionals from the Joffrey Ballet School. Caitlin has also adapted Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony-Award winning choreography to set a condensed version of the “An American in Paris Ballet” on Detroit Country Day School. Her work has been seen at NYCDA National Finals and at YAGP. Caitlin has received ‘Best Choreography” awards for her “Buenos Aires,” inspired by Rob Ashford’s 2012 Broadway revival of Evita, and for “Barso Re,” an Indian- themed contemporary pointe piece.


Michael Blake

 Michael Blake

Michael Blake

 


Michael Blake holds an MFA in dance from Purchase College, and a 2010 Bessie Award for Dance and Performance. He has had a successful dance career with several notable concert dance companies as well as musical theater productions. His professional career was not limited to the performing arts. Michael has been a consistent voice in dance and theater education. He is a sought after teaching artist in private dance schools, and colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. Michael created, and was the artistic director of an innovative dance program that catered to the 21st century dancer.


Extensive management experience including hiring and managing staffs of various sizes: strategic planning and budgeting; organizational and creative leadership; and strong ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Dynamic, results oriented problem-solver. Confident, articulate, and professional speaking abilities. Persuasive writing skills. An exceptional teaching artist with the ability to teach, choreograph, and communicate with all ages and levels.


Work Experience

 

  • Teaching Artist Mark Morris Dance Group - New York, NY June 2018 to Present

         Outreach teaching artist. Modern Dance technique.

  • Teaching Artist Contemporary Dance Steps on Broadway - New York, NY September 2017 to Present
  • Contemporary Dance instructor for the Conservatory Program at Steps on Broadway.
  • Teaching Artist Contemporary Dance Peridance Capezio Center - New York, NY September 2017 to Present

         Contemporary Dance Instructor for the Conservatory Program at the Peridance Capezio Center

  • Dancer/Performer Netta Yerushalmy - New York, NY August 2017 to Present

         PARAMODERNITIES #5 (FOSSE)

  • Jazz Dance Teaching Artist Hunter College - New York, NY


January 2018 to May 2018

  • The Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, BA Undergraduate Dance Program
  • Artistic Director Jazz and Contemporary Program Joffrey Ballet School - New York, NY May 2011 to August 2017

Created a progressive curriculum for the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program which more than doubled the student body within the first 2 years. Produced large scale dance/theater productions in major New York City dance venues. Hired a highly-skilled, award-winning faculty of teaching artists. Created innovative collaborative programming for each performance event. Taught on faculty (contemporary, modern, jazz, music for dancers, acting for dancers, improvisation, Pilates). Directed three summer intensives each year.

  • Dancer PARADIGM DANCE Company - New York, NY July 2005 to October 2014
  • Artistic Council Member Artistic Council HB Studio - New York, NY January 2006 to May 2011

Served on the Artistic Council in the development of the Hagen Core Training Program within the Hagen Institute. Aided in the development of the overall curriculum. Built the Movement Program. Taught Movement for Actors, and hired Movement faculty for the school.

  • Movement for Actors Professor Mason Gross School of the Arts - New Brunswick, NJ September 2002 to May 2011
  • Teaching Artist Company class, Boys class, and Humphrey/Limon Ballet Hispanico - New York, NY March 2009 to April 2011 for school 
  • Modern Dance Professor/Movement for Actors Professor Purchase College State University of New York - Purchase, NY September 2000 to May 2004
  • Casting Associate, Raw Readings Producer Genesius Theater Guild - New York, NY January 2003 to December 2003.Worked with Directors and Producers to cast in accordance to script specification. Made casting recommendations. Worked directly with actor agents and managers.
  • Dance/Singer/Actor The Supper Club - New York, NY January 2000 to December 2001
  • Dancer/Singer/Actor Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

August 1999 to January 2000

  • Rehearsal Director Donald Byrd/The Group - New York, NY September 1991 to June 1998. Assisted director with all studio duties which included: rehearsing dancers, setting works, teaching company classes.
  • Dancer Donald Byrd/The Group - New York, NY September 1991 to June 1998
  • School Manager Jose Limon Dance Institution - New York, NY April 1989 to August 1991. Organized and laid the ground work for what is now the Limon Institution. Scheduled and staffed faculty with qualified Humphrey/Limon teaching artists.
  • Dancer Jose Limon Dance Company - New York, NY March 1986 to August 1991
  • Manager/Teacher Studio Dancin - Osaka, JP January 1985 to December 1985. Scheduled classes. Hired faculty, Taught classes (jazz, modern), Produced shows
  • Dancer Murray Louis Dance Company - New York, NY January 1982 to November 1984

Education

  • MFA in Dance Purchase College - Purchase, NY 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance Empire State College - New York, NY 2001.

Skills

Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Choreographer, Ballet
Links
http://www.michaelronaldblake.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-blake-4170609/
Awards

  • 2010 Bessie Award 2010
  • Awarded for Achievements in Dance and Performance

Certifications/Licenses

  • BPSS Teacher/Director Cerification April 2017 to April 2021
  • Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision

Publications
First You Cry
Published in Dance Magazine
Additional Information
SKILL HIGHLIGHTS * Master Teacher * Choreographer * Published writer * Leadership/communication skills CORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS * Launched a successful Jazz and Contemporary Program * Published articles relating to dance * Successful professional career in dance and theater * Produced large-scale collaborative theatrical events * Awarded a Bessie for Dance and Performance * Member of the Actor's Equity Association
 

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