Stephen “Shizzlo” Caldwell comes from Washington D.C., where he has lived for 24 years of his life. Stephen has been an active member of the dance community since 2011, and is a founding member of the hip-hop dance crew, the Delicious Lawn Gnomes. Stephen has had a successful career as a performer thus far, performing alongside companies such as Urban Artistry, Culture Shock DC, Dynamic, Dancarate Inc., and Washington AIDS International Teens (WAIT). Along with being a part of an active crew within the dance community, he is also currently an instructor at Making Moves Dance Collective in Beltsville MD. Stephen is adept at various styles of street dance, including b-boying, popping, locking, krump, beat ya feet, and house.
In addition to his love of dance, Stephen has also been an active paramedic in the Washington D.C. area since 2014. His love of medicine has proved useful in various situations, particularly in the event of a dance-related injury among his students. His other hobbies include drumming, playing piano, reciting poetry, handywork, and participating in various other forms of visual/performing arts. He has dreams of one day manifesting his passion for teaching dance through launching a project in which youths can take dance classes from professional dancers, free of charge.
Yolanda Coppedge was born and raised in Washington, DC in 1972. She has one son who became a published author of 3 books at 9 years old. Yolanda is a former teacher of young children from infants to 5 years old, with 20 years experience under her belt. TEACHING is her PASSION! She loves children and people. When Yolanda's mother passed away in 2009 due to diabetes complications, she decided that's when she needed to honor her mother's wishes and make a change in her weight. She joined Z-GoGo now Da Go-Go Fitness and soon became an instructor for them. It was a struggle for 5 years until she found an exercise that she loved and the weight just started falling off. Because of that she was inspired to get licensed in ZUMBA, ZUMBA KIDS/KIDS JR. and Zumbini, and start her own fitness business to help adults and children lose weight, get fit and live healthier lives. The name No Obesity Family Fitness, LLC came from her own experience of being obese and not ever going back to being obese anymore! Her main target is children because there are so many obese young children from the ages 3- 15 years old and she wants to teach families how to eat healthier and get fit together. Yolanda currently teaches dance fitness year around at daycares, schools, Boys & Girls clubs, YMCA’s, summer camps, aftercares, etc. She also, does all kinds of events for adults and children. Her advice is to follow your passion, write down all your ideas, and pursue them. If you feel discouraged keep going because there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t let your age stop you from doing what you dream. In the words of her son, “You’re never too young to anything!”
Rima Faber, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. and M.A. from American University and her B.A. from Bennington College. She studied with Blanche Evans (1947-1951), Anna Sokolow (1952-1957), Martha Graham (1957-1961) and Merce Cunningham (1968-1971). She founded and directed Consolidated Energy, an experimental dance nucleus in New York (1971-1978). After moving to the Washington, DC area in 1978, she danced with Liz Lerman for two years, and then performed as a soloist for Pola Nirenska from 1980 until her death in 1992.
Dr. Faber began studies in cognitive development in 1962 as an undergraduate student at Bennington College. When her older daughter began struggling with schoolwork in the 1970s, Faber recognized her difficulties learning verbally and taught her the required academics through dance experiences.
Her sister unfortunately suffered a Brocca stroke in 1976 and was left aphasic as well as completely paralyzed on her right side. Rima worked with therapists to rebuild functions. She linked the neurological knowledge gained with her knowledge of cognitive development to construct deep understanding of the relationship of dance to cognitive development and brain function in young children.
Dr. Faber founded and directed The Primary Movers (1979), a studio and children’s performing company that taught dance to children from physiological, psychological, neurological, cognitive approaches to learning dance as an art form. She simultaneously taught academic curricula through dance in DC Public schools.
This prompted Dr. Faber to enroll at American University in 1992 where she received her masters in Dance in 1994 and her doctorate in 1997 from the School of Education. As her mentor at AU, Dr. Prevots introduced Rima to a national perspective. Dr. Faber worked with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (1994-1997). She was Chair of the Editorial Board of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD, 1997-1999); Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College Dept. of Fine Arts; Adjunct Faculty at American University Dept. of Performing Arts; and Visiting Clinical Professor at New York University. She currently teaches online courses for Rutgers University, George Washington University, and the National Dance Education Organization.
In 1998, Dr. Faber was instrumental in forming the National Dance Education Organization and served as founding President, founding Executive Director, and Program Director from 1998-2010. She helped NDEO build into the foremost non-profit organization serving as the voice for dance arts education for private schools of dance, PreK-12, higher education, dance arts agencies, and community programs. She was Research Director for a 3-year initiative to identify research in dance education in the United States, develop a database, and publish a “Report to the Nation” analyzing the patterns, trends, and gaps of research in dance education. She chaired task forces to develop two sets of standards in dance: for early childhood and for children 5-18 years of age (PreK and K-12).
Dr. Faber retired from the National Dance Education Organization in 2010, but continues her work in the national arena as Chair of the Dance Task Force for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. She led the development of the next generation of national Core Standards for Dance Education. She is founder and current President of Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization (CREDO).
Honors and Awards: Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (1986-1993. 1995-1997), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1994-Present); Phi Delta Kappa (1995-Present); American University Dance Scholarship Awards (1993, 1994), American University Student Service Award (1994), Beatrice Davis Community Service Award (1996). International: Tour in Russia with The Primary Movers (1996); Member of Dance Education Delegation to China (1996); Contract to teach kinesthetic learning workshops in Germany (1997). National Dance Education Organization Visionary Award (2002); American University Performing Arts Hall of Fame (2004); DC Metro Dance Award for Excellence in Dance Education (2006), NDEO Executive Director’s Award (2013), NDEO Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).
Kamishia C. Francis has a long history of dance, theater, modeling & teaching. Kamishia's love of dance began at the age of six. She found her favorite forms of dance to be ballet & jazz. As a child, she danced in local plays along side her mother. At the age of twelve she enrolled in John Casablanca's Modeling and Career School. She furthered her interest in dance and began to compete. During high school she was enrolled into the school's Fine and Performing Arts program and pursed Cosmetology. In addition to her Cosmetology studies she was a member of the Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) club. This program consisted of many hours of volunteering and studying to complete her diploma. She continued to model, dance and play instruments until the end of high school.
In 2006 Kamishia participated in her first pageant and won Miss Dogwood State. This lead to her participating in the Miss Teen African American Pageant in pursue of a scholarship, although she did not win, she was grateful for the opportunity and the leadership skills she learned during that time in which are still part of her character.
In her early twenties she was featured in many featured films & held leading actress roles in various music videos. While in college she developed a new love for childcare. She enrolled into an internship for communications and became a mentor to truancy & juvenile children. During the summer for the last 8 year she volunteered to work at a family home daycare.
Currently, she works on the weekends and watches children for four families. She has also worked in a daycare environment with infants and toddlers and plans to continue her education this fall to pursue her love of childcare in hopes of achieving her long time goal of owning her own daycare where she can teach and dance!
Elizabeth Gaither has had a career span as a professional ballerina for 22 years. She began her earlier ballet studies with her mother, Gloria Gaither in Miami Florida. While studying with her mother she received three years of high honors in the Royal Academy
of Dance Examinations. She then continued her ballet training at the Houston Ballet Academy, joining Houston Ballet Company at the age of 15. After dancing with Houston Ballet for 5 seasons Ms. Gaither decided to follow her dream of wanting to dance with
American Ballet Theatre. She was able to live out her dream and joined the company for nine incredible seasons. During her time there she toured the world, danced on the Metropolitan House stage regularly and performed many wonderful and special roles.
She then decided to keep moving forward in her career and explore what else was out there for her to experience in the ballet world. After being contacted by The Washington Ballet she was offered a Principal Dancer position and was ready to take on a new city, a new company and continue learning and growing from those around her. Ms.Gaither danced with Washington Ballet for eight seasons...
During the course of her career she has performed numerous roles such as Giselle, Bathilde and Zulma in Giselle, the Pas de Deux girl in Fancy Free, Princess Florentine, Puss N Boots, Silver Fairy and Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Biance in Taming of
the Shrew, Clara, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker, Cygnets and Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Mercedes and Amor from Don Quixote, Lead Shade and Small Pas d' Action in La Bayadere, Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Theme and
Variations, Symphony Concertante, Symphony in C as well as Russian Girl and Dark Angel in his Serenade, First and Third Theme in Four Temperaments and Titania and Helena in his A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peasblosson Fairy in Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream, Swanilda and Dawn in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Spring Fairy and Summer Fairy in Cinderella, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, the lead in Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jerome Robbins' In the Night, Nacho Duato's Na Floresta, Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses and There Where She Loved, Mark Morris' Gong, Drink to Me only with Thine and Eyes and Pacific, Paul Taylor's Black Tuesday, Lar Lubovitch's Meadow, Othello, Artemis, and My Funny Valentine, Cho San Goh's Momentum and Fives, Christopher Bruce's Sergeant Early's Dream, Ghost Dances and Rooster, Ben Stevenson's Four Last Songs and Pas De deux Romance, Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room, Backer's Dozen, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove, the lead in Nicolo Fonte's Bolero, A world Premier pas de deux by Septime Webre called The Hours, as well as a world premiere pas de deux and reperatory ballet that was created on Ms. Gaither in Edwaard Liang's Wunderland. Ms.Gaither has also been Edwaard Liang's repetiteur for his ballet Wunderland.
Elizabeth was a finalist in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990 and placed fourth in the world in the junior division at age 16 and won the Amilita Hoffman Award. She has been in the PBS American Ballet Theatre filmings of Le Corsaire and Sir Frederick Aston's The Dream, as well as had a dancing role in The movie Center Stage. She has had tv segments on her story on CNN and Young universe and was featured in
Dance Magazine in a full spread in 2007 in an article called Survive and Conquer and graced the cover of Pointe Magazine in 2008.
Another passion of Ms.Gaither's during the course of her career has been yoga. In 2007 she became a certified teacher in vinyasa yoga and has been teaching yoga ever since. She really enjoys sharing and helping others to improve their lives through the power of yoga, meditation and movement. Since her retirement from the stage in 2012 Elizabeth has been teaching and coaching
students as well as professional dancers and incorporates her knowledge from her yoga training into her ballet training skills to help the dancer have a greater understanding of the mind and body connection. She is loving being able to pass on her years of
experience, knowledge and her passion for this art form, to help other artists grow and improve. There is no greater reward then to be able to give back to the world of ballet and it's striving artists and help them on their journey. Ms.Gaither is the honored and proud wife of Professional Art photographer and multimedia producer Theo Kossenas and is the Artistic Director of their joint creation called media4artists. The dynamic duo love working together and collaborating on many creative photography and multimedia projects together.
Emma Hebert is a professional actor, dancer, and teaching artist in the DC area. She began dancing at age five, and in high school trained with The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and City Dance Conservatory. After graduating with a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, she completed a Teaching Apprenticeship at Round House Theatre Education. Since then she has taught at multiple arts organizations and schools in the area, including Imagination Stage, Encore Performing Arts, The Woods Academy, and Everyman Theatre. She has also performed professionally with several dance and theatre companies in the area, including Mosaic Theatre, Synetic Theatre, and KG Dance.
Sona Kharatian of Yerevan, Armenia, danced with with Orlando Ballet, the Trey McIntyre Project and Copenhagen International Ballet under direction of Alexander Kolpin, and was a guest artist with ARKA Ballet under the direction of Roudolf Kharatian. She began her ballet training at the Choreographic Institute in Yerevan, and later studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet. Kharatian has performed works by George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Choo San Goh, Antony Tudor, Septime Webre, Nacho Duato, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Christopher Wheeldon, Trey McIntyre, Nicolo Fonte, Alexei Ratmansky, Roudolf Kharatian, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Edwaard Liang and Alejandro Cerrudo, among others. Featured roles include Juliet in Romeo + Juliet, Myrtha in Giselle, Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, Carmen in Carmen, the Red Queen in ALICE (in wonderland) and Lady Brett Ashley in Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises, among others. Kharatian is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.
Katherine is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she began studying classical ballet with Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico at the age of three. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, the Walnut Hill School (on scholarship), and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Katherine joined the company at Ballet Repertory Theatre as an apprentice in 2007 and was promoted to a full company member in 2011, where she continued dancing until moving to Washington, D.C. in 2016. She has danced principal roles in Ballet Repertory Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Beauty & the Beast (Beauty), The Nutcracker (Dew Drop Fairy, Sugarplum Fairy), The Little Mermaid (the Prince’s Fiancée), and Alex Ossadnik’s Romeo & Juliet (Peace). She performed in numerous other BRT productions, including Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Mythical Wonders, Literally Dance, and many others. Before graduating college, she also performed at the New College of Florida, with Sparrow Dance Productions, and in two Opera Southwest productions. Katherine graduated from the University of New Mexico with bachelor degrees in English and Biology in 2014.
Katherine moved to Washington, D.C. in 2016 to pursue her law degree at Georgetown University with a focus on ocean conservation, and will be receiving her J.D. in 2019. She is also pursuing an M.A. in science writing at Johns Hopkins. She has trained with several studios in the D.C. metro area and is performing as a freelance dancer. Past productions include Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble’s 2018 Spring Recital, the 2018 ICONS Showcase, the 2018 Choreographer’s Incubator, and as a guest artist (Sugarplum Fairy) in Adagio Ballet’s 2017 Nutcracker. Katherine has been teaching ballet at all levels since 2011. She was the Junior Company Ballet Mistress for Ballet Repertory Theatre's Spring Recital in 2016 and set and choreographed the Junior Company's performance of Act III of Coppelia.
Stuart Loungway is the Artistic Director of Terra Firma Dance Theatre. His training began with Tania Lichine, Irina Jacobson, and John Clifford before receiving a full scholarship to the prestigious School of American Ballet. He began his professional career performing with the Joffrey II Ensemble and Joffrey Ballet, before joining San Francisco Ballet Company and continuing as a Principal Dancer with American Repertory Ballet. He has performed soloist and principal roles in work by David Bintley, James Kudelka, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, and many others. Mr. Loungway maintains an active schedule as a master teacher, choreographer and performer, and has served on the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Selected as “Who’s Hot” by National Dance Critics Association Chair Karyn Collins, Mr. Loungway's choreography, as expressed by Robert Johnson of Dance Europe, is "elegant and evocative" and “bodes well for the future of dance.” His work and company have been featured in the national dance publication Pointe Magazine.
His work has been featured at Ballet Builders/New Choreographers on Pointe. He is the recipient of the Individual Fellowship Recipient in Choreography NJ, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in recognition of the high artistic merit of his work. He recently served as an Artist- in-Residence at Rutgers University, Desales University, and is currently working on a commission for Raritan Valley College. He has served as the Ballet Master for American Repertory Ballet and Roxey Ballet. Recently, he served as a principal faculty member at Joffrey Ballet School, in addition to teaching ballet technique and contemporary ballet at Steps and Peridance. His work and company were featured at Jacob's Pillow this past summer.
Rachel Luebbert is a dance artist, choreographer, and teacher from Colorado. Rachel graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance with Honors, a B.A. in Spanish, and a minor in Business from the University of Utah. She has worked at Jacob’s Pillow to develop community engagement programs and to advocate for greater access to dance. She has performed in the Performing Dance Company (Salt Lake) in works by Daniel Clifton, Stephen Koester, and Luc Vanier. Rachel received the Utah Fine Arts Fees Grant to travel and perform Tectonic by Sharee Lane and Juan Carlos Claudio (2016) in Berlin and then to teach dance in Panama through the Movement Exchange Program (2017). Rachel has taught modern dance, ballet, jazz, creative movement, and improvisation to people and children of all ages. As a choreographer, Rachel produced an evening length show New Year (2017) based on her research of embodying coming-of age narratives through text and movement.