June 08, 2020

Introducing: Koresh at CityDance Online Summer Intensive Faculty 2020

We are thrilled to introduce the guest artists from Koresh Dance Company who will join our faculty for Koresh & CityDance's Vaganova for the 21st Century Online Summer Intensive, July 6-17. 

Learn more about CityDance's Online Summer Intensives, see the full summer schedule and find out how to audition here.

Meet the Koresh Dance Faculty

Micah Geyer, Dancer

Raised in North Carolina, Micah started dancing at a young age with Nina's School of Dance in Durham. He later joined the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. During his career, he has had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theater for Tap City, as well as touring throughout Europe and South America. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Psychology from East Carolina University and joined Koresh Dance Company in 2007.

Robert Tyler, Dancer

Robert Tyler grew up in Batavia, NY and began dancing at the age of 10. He studied under the instruction of Robin Cotler at her studio, Images in Dance. In 2008 he began studying at the University of the Arts and graduated in May 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance, majoring in ballet. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he worked with Robin Cotler’s dance company, Images Evolution, and performed at the International Dance Festival in Poland. Robert joined Koresh Dance Company in 2012.

Sarah Shaulis, Dancer

Sarah Shaulis sought out dance at a very young age at Oxford Center for Dance under the direction of Dina Gazzerro-Kinney, in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her achievements consist of performing as a child actress at several professional theaters including Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA and Hershey Park's Music Box Theater. In 2012, she began her pre-professional training with the Koresh Youth Ensemble, working with Roni Koresh and Melissa Rector. After graduating high school, Sarah moved to the city and is now continuing her training with Roni Koresh and Koresh Dance Company.

Meet the CityDance Faculty 

Stanislav Issaev, Ballet Master, CityDance Conservatory

Stanislav is a two-time international gold medalist at the Varna and National Soviet Ballet Competitions and a recipient of the Nijinsky Prize in Paris and People's Artist of Russia title. He also enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a principal dancer with the Moscow State Classical Ballet.  During the two decades of his performing career, Stanislav partnered many famous and highly respected ballerinas including Ekaterina Maximova, the Prima Ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre.

After moving to the United States, Stanislav presided over the dance department at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts for more than a decade, followed by two years spent as Ballet Master for the Men's Program at the Kirov Academy of Washington D.C. Stanislav's reputation as an esteemed teacher rivals that of his career as a dancer. His students have gone on to become medalists in international ballet competitions worldwide and earn positions in the world's most elite ballet and contemporary dance companies. In addition, he has been named Outstanding Teacher by Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2019. 

Therese Gahl, CityDance Faculty

Therese Gahl received the crux of her dance training from the Washington School of Ballet under the tutelage of Mary Day. When she was a young student, one of her many influential instructors in the program included Lorraine Spiegler. In 2007, she became a member of Ballet West II in Salt Lake City. She graduated with cum laude honors from George Mason University, where she received a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology. In 2011 she started working at CityDance and has had many roles in the institution and has since expanded to teaching classes in ballet, pointe, modern and jazz. She has recently worked with a number of the Conservatory students in presenting her choreographic work at Sidney Harman Hall and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. In 2017, she completed her diploma certification for Dance ICON Smart USA Method, International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, founded by Vladimir Angelov. This fall she will be setting her own choreographic works at such institutions including Towson University and Georgetown University. In addition, she is a performing artist with Shu Chen Cuff’s Gin Dance Company and Stephanie Droycott’s Motion X Dance. She is looking forward to another great year as part of CityDance School & Conservatory.

Alicia Canterna, Guest Teaching Faculty for CityDance

Alicia Canterna began her Classical Ballet training with the St. Louis Ballet under the direction of the late Ludmila Dokoudovsky and Antonio Zalewski. Canterna moved to Washington, DC at 16 to continue her training, on scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. There she studied under Nikolai Morozov and Ludmila Morkovina. Upon graduation Alicia went to Shenandoah University pursuing a BFA in dance performance and a minor in Arts Management. Alicia is a proud founding member of Company | E in Washington, DC. She has performed works by Paul Taylor, Ohad Nahrin, Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar, Rachel Erdos, Kate Weare, Thomas Noone and Robert J. Priore, as well as many other renowned choreographers. Alicia was a cultural ambassador with Company | E traveling the world performing, choreographing and teaching master classes. While with the company, she acted as Rehearsal Director, Ballet Mistress and Choreographer. Currently, Alicia is the Rehearsal Director and Ballet Mistress for SweetBird Productions. She has performed with the production company’s RockTheBallet, Romeo and Juliet and RockTheBalletX. Ms. Canterna is also a coach and teaching artists for young pre-professionals. Alicia accredits the growth of her career to her family, colleagues and engaging artists she’s had the pleasure to work with from around the world. Canterna is also a certified Pilates instructor.