Sylvana Christopher is a D.C. native. Trained at Washington School of Ballet and Metropolitan Ballet Academy, she holds a BFA in Performance & Choreography from The Ohio State University. Sylvana enjoys teaching youth and adults and has worked at several schools and art institutions in D.C. including Joy of Motion, The Washington Ballet, Sidwell Friends, Holton-Arms School, City Dance and Sitar Arts Center. In 2009, she co-founded Glade Dance Collective and continues to present choreographic and collective work in the metro area. She is excited to be teaching at Dance Loft on 14!
Seth Dellinger is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and a firm believer in the transformative powers of curiosity and creativity. I discovered the Feldenkrais Method® in 2011 and was immediately drawn to the spirit of “biological optimism” that is embodied in this unique somatic approach. In my classes, I emphasize the potential for every individual to discover new possibilities for more comfortable and joyful movement. I strive to create a safe a playful atmosphere where child-like exploration is encouraged and celebrated.
In my teaching I draw on lessons from experiences as a musical composer and improviser, immigrant rights activist, taxi driver and student of speech language pathology. Today, I’m an enthusiast of parkour and contact improvisation. I am a co-leader of the experimental DC Movement Research group along with contemporary dancer Juliana Pongutá. I am currently collaborating with local dance legend Michelle Ava, founder of Joy of Motion dance center, to produce a multi-media stage show to be presented in July 2017.
I am the central organizer of the DC Feldenkrais Festival, a free day-long event that has been held five times since Fall 2014. I have taught classes in many local venues and made special presentations at the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Dance Educators Training Institute of the Baltimore County Public School System.
Find out more about Seth in his blog at: https://movelikeachild.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/i-am-dancer-there-i-said-it/
Elizabeth Gaither has had a career span as a professional ballerinafor 21 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 eight 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 amazing seasons...
During the course of her career she has performed numerous roles such as Giselle and Zulma in Giselle, the pas de deux in Fancy Free, Princess Florentine, Puss N Boots and Silver Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty, Clara, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker, Cygnets and Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Demi Soloist in Gorge Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Symphony Concertante and Symphony in C as well as Russian Girl and Dark Angel in his Serenade, Titania and Lover in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella in Cinderella, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Daisy in the Great Gatsby and has performed 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 and Drink to Me only with Thine Eyes, Paul Taylor's Black Tuesday, Lar Lubovitch's Meadow, My Funny Valentine and Othello as well as Edwaard Liang's Wunderland.
Elizabeth was a finalist in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990 and placed fourth in the world in the junior division and won the Amilita Hoffman Award.
She has been in the PBS American Ballet Theatre filmmings of Le Corsaire, A Mid Summer Night's Dream and the Documentary Dance Across America and, she was in the in the film Center Stage.
Her second passion is yoga, and she is a certified teacher in vinyasa yoga and really enjoys helping others through the power of yoga. Ms.Gaitheris the honored and proud wife ofWashington DC photographer Theo Kossenas and loves working and collaborating with him on photography projects.
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.
Luis Torres is currently the STUDIO COMPANY AND TRAINEE BALLET MASTER of the Washington Ballet.
LUIS R. TORRES (Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master) from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in his 14th season with The Washington Ballet and joined The Washington Ballet’s artistic team as the Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master. Prior to joining TWB, Torres was a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland (1995-1997) in Annapolis, Maryland, and performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Arizona from 1997-2003. Many dancing roles have been created for him by a number of world renowned choreographers such as Moses Pendleton, Ib Anderson, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Torres began his training in Puerto Rico under the direction of Elizabeth Calero before accepting a Roberto Clemente scholarship transfer to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of Roberto Munoz. During his time at Point Park University, he received the outstanding sophomore of the year award adding to his scholarship aid. A few of his featured roles during his tenure at TWB include Snow King, Drosselmeyer and Anacostian Man (Arabian) in The Nutcracker, Tom Buchanan in the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, Lord Capulet in Romeo + Juliet, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the King of Hearts and Cheshire Cat in the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland). Torres received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in dance and psychology from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2003 and completed his Master in Fine Arts from George Mason University (GMU) June 2014. Currently, Torres is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and a guest teacher and choreographer in many locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
Royce Zackery completed his Masters at N.Y.U. Steinhardt/American Ballet Theater in Higher Education: Department of Music, Performing Arts Professions, and Pedagogical Studies. He received his B.F.A from Southern Methodist University, is a proud member of American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plie` and certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Teaching Curriculum with a concentrated methodological degree in Ballet Pedagogy: Anatomical Physical Performance and Measures of Injury Prevention.
Royce has over sixteen years of experience as a professional dancer along with thirteen years of teaching. Within his career, Royce has worked professionally with over 30 companies. His performing experience ranges from Broadway shows such as My One and Only, Oklahoma! Anything Goes, to Classical Ballet and Contemporary Company’s such as Rebecca Kelly Ballet Theater, Rioult Dance Theatre, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Staten Island Ballet, and Urban Dance Collective to name a few. Royce’s choreography, teaching, coaching, rehearsal directing, and artistic directing experience crosses all levels of dance and idioms from beginner to professional; including public schools, pre-professional programs, academies, universities, professional companies, and festivals across the U.S. and abroad. Teaching idioms include classical/contemporary ballet, contemporary movement, jazz, tap, and partnering (classical/contemporary).
Mr. Zackery is currently an Asst. Professor and Head Coordinator for the area of Dance Arts in Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts Program. He has also been on faculty of several professional/pre-professional training facilities in New York City such as Broadway Dance Center, the Alvin Ailey Extension Program, and the School at Steps on Broadway. International festivals, gala performances, governmental functions, and professional dance companies are just a few of the many places that Mr. Zackery’s own choreographic works have been seen. Places around the world include Germany, Russia, New York, Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma City, and Atlanta Georgia. Royce has received choreographic notoriety of his work through New York Premieres Commissioned by Dixon Place Theater, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Hofstra University, Irondale Theater, Staten Island Ballet, Loteria Performing Arts, and Nomad Contemporary Ballet. Because Mr. Zackery is a strong believer and advocate of giving back to community and youth of the world through his undying passion for teaching, He travels to Africa working with the Mind Leaps Organization to help train native teaching artists of Kigali, Rwanda as well as work extensively with under privileged orphans and street children in aim to help them get into Boarding and Trade schools to gain an education. Royce’s teaching philosophy is to enrich the students' cognitive development. He believes that unconditional caring, patients, and mentorship of our youth will ensure leaders of tomorrow.