Dance Classes

Ballet w/ Carol Lonnie
Tuesdays 5pm-6pm

Enjoy learning ballet while developing confidence, mental concentration, physical coordination and grace. This class is for students who are new to ballet, students who want to dance, but never had the opportunity, and those who have danced before and want to begin again.

Jazz Dance w/ Carol Lonnie
Every other Wednesday 6pm-7pm

This class focuses on body isolations, syncopated rhythms along with high level movements.  Jazz dance provides the individual to interpret their own style and express their own individuality.  Students learn technical exercises to improve full body fluidity by using locomotive movements and choreographic dance combinations.

Modern w/ Carol Lonnie
Every other Wednesday 6pm-7pm

This class is a Horton based technique modern dance class.  The class focuses on flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness.  Students will learn locomotive movements and choreographic dance combinations.  We will also do floor-work for core building, technical exercises to help improve full body fluidity.  We will look at the elements of space, time, force and the means for freedom of expression.

Carol Lonnie
A Principal Dancer with the Charles Moore Dance Theatre for more than twenty-five years, Ms. Lonnie also served as an Instructor for the Charles Moore Dance Center for Ethnic Studies and was the Artistic Director/Choreographer for the Charles Moore Youth Ensemble for over nineteen years.

Carol holds an MA from New York University’s School of Education, and a BFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  As a Dance Educator, Ms. Lonnie works for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the following capacities:  Director of Dance and Performing Arts Coordinator at Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented (I.S. 383), as well as Professional Development Facilitator for the DELTA Team which provides –Professional Development to Dance Educators City-Wide and has published Units of Study for the NYCDOE’S Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts/Dance.  For the past five years she has been a Coach for the Artful Learning Communities, creating and researching assessment tools for the arts, where she has published several units and tools for dance education. She is a Mentor/Cooperating Teacher for Dance Education students from New York University and Hunter College.

Her extensive performing career includes working with numerous choreographers and dance companies notably: Whilemena Taylor, Walter Nicks, Pepsi Bethel and Alfred Gallman, Local Produce, Dance Africa, the New Music and Dance Ensemble in Pisa, Italy, Latoya Jackson, Battery Dance Company, John Parks Dance Ensemble, The Renaissance Festival, Kids Thirteen and the AUDELCO Awards, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dreams Dance Ensemble, a Dance Consultant for NYC Housing Performing Arts Project.

Beginner Afro Cuban w/Maya Louisa
Fridays 6pm-7:15pm

This class offers a rich taste of authentic AfroCuban culture and provides an amazing full body workout!. You will learn songs, rhythms, and dances of the Traditional Afro-Cuban Folklore.

Belly Dancehall w/Maya Louisa
Wednesdays 8pm-9pm

Belly Dancehall is a fluid mix of North African Belly dance and Afro- Caribbean movement. It ignites rhythm and flexibility, improves posture and grace. Unique choreography that awakens joy and overall well being. Tones the abdominal region, firms thighs and glorious gluteus muscles. 

Maya Louisa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Maya began dancing at the age of three. Eventually training at the Alvin Ailey Junior Division School, she spent High School choreographing and performing to the music of her favorite artist, Aaliyah. Maya holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Dance from Howard University. While at Howard she joined Afro-Cuban dance company, Alafia and toured internationally including Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. She also spent a summer residency with Ballet Hispanico under the direction of Tina Ramirez. Maya holds a certificate of professional development and study from the Board of Education Dance institute based on the Katherine Dunham model. She frequently travels to Cuba to deepen her knowledge of Afro-Cuban dance studying with both Ballet Folklorico Cutumba of Santiago de Cuba, and Cojunto Folklorico Nacional of Havana, Cuba. Maya currently performs and choreographs in both New York City and Los Angeles.

Haitian Dance w/Peniel Guerrier
Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm

Haiti, the second independent republic in the Americas, partakes of three cultural sources: African, American, and European. The dances and culture of Haiti have been extremely important in the development of American dance, thanks to the pioneering work of Katherine Dunham. Peniel Guerrier draws on his extensive knowledge of Haitian folkloric dance to create original combinations within the different traditional Haitian rhythms. His dances enhance the energy and flow of traditional forms with beautiful, vivid body shapes. 

Peniel Guerrier has been studying Haitian folkloric dance and music for the past 25 years. He began instruction under one of the most prestigious Haitian folkloric dance teachers, Herve Maxi. He has subsequently performed with the National Dance Theatre of Haiti and Baccoulou Dance Company for eight years, touring worldwide to places such as Venezuela, Paris, Hungary, Japan, Montreal, Germany, and Santo Domingo. While living in Haiti, in addition to performing, Peniel taught at the National Dance Theatre and ENARTS, two of the foremost dance and music centers in Port au Prince. 

Peniel moved to New York City in pursuit of his dream of promoting and preserving Haitian folkloric culture. He draws on his extensive knowledge of Haitian folkloric dance and music to engage a diverse range of communities in learning about Haitian folkloric culture. As a dance teacher he is appreciated for his attention to detail, and unwavering confidence in every student. As a performer, he is famous for the energy and originality he injects into traditional dance forms, bringing audiences to their feet at every performance.

Peniel teaches regularly at the Djoniba Dance and Drum Center (Peridance), and PMT dance studio. He has been a guest teacher at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Greenfield Community College, Amherst College, Wellesley College, and Brown University. He travels regularly throughout the country to give workshops and lectures on Haitian folkloric dance and culture, at venues such as the New Orleans Dance Festival. Peniel and his students also perform throughout the year at venues such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Center and the Brooklyn Museum. Peniel is extremely interested in reaching marginalized communities through Haitian dance, and as such has held successful workshops with people with disabilities, older populations, incarcerated peoples, etc. Peniel has been featured in a variety of media, most recently WPIX 11, the Bomb magazine, New York Seikatsu, Daily News, NYU Washington Square News, Haiti Exchange Newsletter, Variation News (CT) and Alter Press Lincoln Center.

Illy's Dance Clash w/ Ilana Warner
Mondays 7:30pm-8:45pm

Ilana, affectionately known as ILLY, hails from the Bronx with roots in St. Kitts. She holds her small island heritage near to her heart and blends it with both traditional and urban West African sounds and styles. From St. Kitts to Senegal, Grenada to Ghana, Trinidad to Togo, Barbados to Nigeria, ILLY created what she likes to call ILLY's Dance Clash! 

Just Dance w/Cassandra Nuamah
Tuesdays 6pm-7pm

Come ready to dance! Cassandra Nuamah brings the fire each week in this high energy cardio dance class. She chooses a style from the popular monthly workshops she teaches at the studio, so you never know what you're in for. It could be Kukuwa, House & Funk, or Soca & Dancehall. You'll have to come to find out! Either way it's tons of fun & highly effective. Come check it out!

Cassandra Nuamah, aka "Coach Cass" is danceaholic, travelista and fitness fanatic that makes healthy living and positive energy contagious. She's a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and health and wellness coach. After losing 50 pounds and transforming her lifestyle,  her mission is to help individuals, groups and organizations live happier and healthier lives. She believes that in order for us to be successful, make money, and network, we have to be well. Our health physically, mentality and spiritually is so important for our growth and stability. She has given a variety of wellness seminars, group fitness classes and workshops on the topics of healthy living, positive thinking, de-stressing, time management and fit body strategy to numerous organizations and groups all over the world.