Kinderdance, Ballet, & Jazz Instructor
Azuri began dancing at the age of three at Harlem School of the Arts. She studied there for several years followed by the Ailey School. She is currently receiving her BA in dance and kinesiology at Hunter college. She has 3 years of experience working with kids, as she assisted classes at Brooklyn Friends school and taught her own classes in Harlem. Azuri is very excited to share her love for dance with the students!
Afro Caribbean Instructor (Winter Intensive)
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!
Ballet & Jazz Instructor
A Principal Dancer with the Charles Moore Dance Theatre for more than twenty-five years, Ms. Lonnie also serves as an Instructor for the Charles Moore Dance Center for Ethnic Studies and has been the Artistic Director/Choreographer for the Charles Moore Youth Ensemble 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: Wilhelmina 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.
Hip Hop Dance Party Instructor
Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Laci Chisholm has been dancing nearly as long as she has been walking. A gifted and outgoing child, Laci’s desire to express herself has driven her passion for dance and given her a remarkable creative outlet. Laci studied dance intensely throughout her adolescence perfecting her craft and developing her ability to share the skill of dance with others. With a strong performance background Laci has studied several genres of dance including African, Jazz, Haitian, Hip-Hop, and Tap. While attaining her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Laci never lost her zeal for dancing. She was the principal dancer of Opeyo, her college’s Hip-Hop dance team. In addition to performing with her collegiate dance troupe, Laci took a serious interest in sharing her love of dance with others. She nobly founded an after school hip-hop dance class for students due to a lack of resources in the community. Having had such success in building relationships with children through dance Laci assumed several positions after graduating where she was responsible for choreographing and teaching both competition routines and recital pieces respectively for Cheer America and the Academy for Performing Arts in North Carolina.
Laci moved to New York City in the summer of 2006. She studied with the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory for a year and has performed at the legendary Apollo Theater and on the Rachael Ray Show. Though she loves to perform, Laci found her calling in education, receiving her Masters of Science in Education from Hunter College and has spent most of her career in that field, though dance was never far from her heart. She started Fit4Dance in 2014, with the intent of providing fun, challenging, and effective dance fitness classes to beautiful women across New York City. It has been her lifelong dream to operate a dance studio offering a variety of dance + fitness formats that have helped her maintain a healthy, fit, body.
Laci is a certified Zumba instructor, a graduate of the Shape-Up NYC Instructor Training Program, a certified group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), as well as a current member of Kriye Bode, a Haitian Dance performance troupe. Laci truly believes that dance has the ability to elevate the spirit, focus the mind, and center the body. This belief is evident in her high energy classes where her infectious smile and encouraging words will almost make you forget you're even exercising!