Part-Time Rehearsal Assistant, CityDance Conservatory
Part-Time Rehearsal Assistant, CityDance Conservatory
Broadhurst has danced in a number of companies, including Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensemble, and Rennie Harris’ PureMovement. He has also performed in DanceAfrica in Chicago, Jacob's Pillow, Exit Festival in Paris, France, M.T.V.'s Direct FX, and Jimmy's Uptown Café SoulErotica. He has taught at NYU's Summer Intensive, The Bridge for Dance Studios in Manhattan, Harlem School of the Arts, CityDance, University of Trinidad and Tobago, and as a guest artist/instructor for Morehead State University. He was Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (2014). He is also a 2014 Washington, DC Mayor’s Arts Awards Nominee for Outstanding Emerging Artist and is the recipient of the Maryland Choreographer’s Showcase Audience Choice Award (2015).Broadhurst is now embarking on choreography with Taurus Broadhurst Dance/ An African Contemporary Dance Company. The company has performed at the Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), The Atlas Performing Arts Center’s INTERSECTION FESTIVAL, and Velocity Festival DC. And as director, Broadhurst has produced the Fresh series, shows that brought together emerging dance companies from across the east coast. Broadhurst is looking to do more community engagement, whether in DC or worldwide.
Managing Director, CityDance School
Asanga Domask is a performer, teacher, choreographer and the founder and Artistic Director of SerendibDance, a Sri Lankan traditional and folk dance company in the Washington, DC area. The mission of SerendibDance Company is to serve a fundamental role in preserving the sacred and endangered art of traditional Sri Lankan dance through training, education and performance. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Domask devoted her childhood to studying the art of traditional Sri Lankan dance, Kandyan and Low Country, under prominent dance masters. In 1993, she performed her Ves Mangalya in Kandyan dance – a high achievement in the field of dance and has won many national solo and group dance awards in Sri Lanka. Domask received her Bachelors in Economics, worked at the World Wildlife Fund, and later earned her Masters in Dance from the American University with a thesis on Sri Lankan traditional dance preservation. Domask has choreographed and performed extensively in local and international venues, including at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sri Lankan Embassy events, the US State Department, The Music Center at Strathmore, Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan, VelocityDC Dance Festival, Dance Place, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Intersections and the American Performing Arts Presenters in NYC, among others. In 2010, Domask established the Sri Lankan Traditional and Folk Dance Program at CityDance at Strathmore and has directed and choreographed concerts since then to help preserve the heritage of Sri Lanka. Domask is an Ignite Artist at CityDance and is a recipient of the prestigious 2015 and 2013 Individual Artist & Scholars Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and 2014 Individual Artist Award in Dance: Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Sarah J. Ewing
Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian born choreographer, a CityDance Ignite Artist, and the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers. She has been on faculty at CityDance for 10 years, often creating new works on our students which she presents alongside her company in performances throughout Washington, DC. In 2019 Ms. Ewing was one of the first artists commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create an original work for its newly expanded campus, the REACH. She also toured a new work, Analog OnSite, to New Zealand's premier alternative arts festival, The Arcade Festival, and toured twice to Detroit. She presented a new full-length work, Gallery, at FlashDC in May. The work was re-presented by CulturalDC and CityDance at Source Theater in September for Cultural DC's 20th anniversary season. Sarah was selected to choreograph for Maryland Lyric Opera's new production of Thais, which premiered at the Kay Theater at the Clarice Performing Arts Center in January 2020. Her Company, S. J. EWING & DANCERS, has presented throughout DC at The Kennedy Center, Dupont Underground, Dance Place, Atlas Performing Arts Center, and in site-specific installations at Bread for the City, 2M Apartment Building, Flash nightclub, and The Warehouse. The Company has toured across the US to Green Space (NYC), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (MA), White Wave Dance Festival (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), Your Move JC (NJ), Dance Gallery Festival (TX), CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore (MD) and twice to the Detroit City Dance Festival (MI). In the 2018-2019 season, the Company had residencies in Michigan at Cranbrook School and Lightbox Theater.
Classical Ballet Teacher
Ms. Higgins has taught ballet and pointe technique classes for over 15 years in the DC metro area and has re-staged and coached over 20 classical repertory variations. Following the historical preferences of a prestigious DC ballet academy, Ms. Higgins researched and began teaching selected students in the Vaganova style, building strength through a challenging curriculum and precision through meticulous attention to detail, all while instilling the automaticity of its épaulement. In 2017, Ms. Higgins studied with Irina Vakhromeeva in a teachers’ workshop covering the full Vaganova curriculum. A native New Yorker, Ms. Higgins’ training is principally from the official school of the Joffrey Ballet under Ann Parson, Meredith Bayliss and Maria Grandy. After an early debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ms. Higgins danced professionally with the Sandra Genter Contemporary Dancers in New York City. As a complement to teaching and coaching, Ms. Higgins has written proposals and won grants in the arts, made presentations at the Arts Club of Washington, organized a chaired a new Capitol Ballet Studio, Inc. and was member of the Washington Joffrey Board. Ms. Higgins has a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB from Columbia University. She is fluent in French from research projects at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques and at l’Université de Paris XIII.
Ballet Master, CityDance Conservatory
Stanislav Issaev studied at the Perm Dance Academy in Russia, and upon graduation, joined the Moscow State Ballet Theatre (Moscow Classical Ballet) as a principal dancer.
In 1980, Issaev was awarded the Gold Medal in the National Soviet Ballet Competition in Moscow and soon after won the Gold Medal and the Award for Extraordinary Technical Skills at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the world's most prestigious ballet competition at the time. In 1983, Issaev was presented with the title of Distinguished Artist of Russia, and seven years later, he was awarded with the title of People's Artist of Russia, the highest artistic honor in the nation. In 1984, he was awarded the Nijinsky Prize by the Paris Academy of Dance, which recognized him as "the most distinguished dancer in the world." This is an award that was also given to Alexei Ratmansky, Jiri Kylian, Sylvie Guillem, Pina Bausch, John Neuemeir and Trisha Brown.
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. Stanislav Issaev appeared in more than 40 countries around the world and was a leading dancer in special galas throughout America, Canada and Spain. During this time, Issaev received keys to the cities of San Diego and El Cajon, and was named an International Honorary Citizen by the City of New Orleans. In 1990, he was invited to join the Atlanta Ballet as a principal dancer. Issaev’s teaching career began with coaching for the Moscow State Ballet Theatre, and while dancing with the Atlanta Ballet, he was invited to be a guest teacher for Columbia Classical Ballet. In 1996, he became Director of the USC Dance Conservatory and Associate Director of USC Dance in South Carolina. From 1999, Issaev served as the Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Program of the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities of South Carolina. In 2015, Mr. Issaev moved to the Washington, DC area to work with the Kirov Academy of Ballet as a Master Teacher/Choreographer.
In 2017, Stanislav Issaev joined CityDance as Ballet Master of its Conservatory.
Over the past fifteen years, students that Issaev trained have won and placed in leading national and international ballet competitions in Jackson (MS), New York (NY), Helsinki (Finland), Rome (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic) and Seoul (Republic of Korea). Students of Mr. Issaev have also gone on to dance professionally with leading ballet companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia), The Royal Danish Ballet and many others.
In addition, Mr. Issaev has been named Outstanding Teacher by Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2019.
Program Manager and Faculty, POP!
Faculty, DREAM, and School & Conservatory
Lesley Adjetey Klufio , a native of Ghana, began dancing hip-hop at the age of 11. Adjetey studied under his uncle, a winner of the World Dance Championship, until age 18, when he decided to branch out and add Ghanaian traditional dance to his repertoire.
With his new goals in mind, Adjetey became a principal dancer for Ghana’s National Dance Company, the Ghana Dance Ensemble, in record time. He was awarded Best Dancer, 2007-2008, for his work in hip-hop and traditional dance. Adjetey danced with the Ghana Dance Ensemble for over nine years, working with some of Ghana’s most elite dance pioneers and professionals including: F. Nii Yartey (Director, Noyam Dance Institute); Professor Ofosu Adinku (School of Performing Arts, Legon); David Amoo (Director of National Theater Dance Company of Ghana); and Choreographer Bright Terry Ofosu.
Adjetey has also worked with international choreographers like Sheron Wray University of Irvine, California), Brain Jeffery (University of Alaska), Ammadu Sulamana (Dance company of Senegal), Chuck Davis (Director Dance Africa), and H Patton( Director, Inspired Africa, UK). Adjetey has worked as an assistant choreographer to the All African cup of nations in Ghana, also as (2008) ,Co-Director of the Creative Team for Ecowas Games Opening Ceremony (GADEC) (2012) and Art Consultant/Choreographer for the World Vision Organization (NGO) (2011). He has been toSouth Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Botswana and Guinea, to learn and participate in some of their dance festivals.
After relocating to the United States in 2012, Adjetey has become a sought after performer and teacher. The New York Times mentioned him as “both spectacular and subtle” for his performances with Dance Africa, (NYC , Texas and Carlifonia). Adejety is currently an Adjunct faculty at the Ann Arundel community college and a choreographer for the Soul In Motion Dance and drummers company. Adjetey owns a dance company located in the DMV area (Rythmswithin). Adejetey also teaches in the DC public schools as well as multiple studious and two dance schools with City Dance Conservatory and the Madeira dance company.
Adjetey has taught many master classes across the country at schools like the University of North Texas, The Brokport University In New York, Ann Arundel community College and has toured with multiple dance companies. Adejety has also performed at some of the prominent theaters in the states like; The Kennedy Center, The Appolo theater, The Bam In New York. In 2012 The New York Times mention Adjetey klufio as being spectacular
Ballet Master Emeritus, CityDance Conservatory
Anatoli Kucheruk was born in the Ukraine and studied dance throughout Eastern Europe. He was educated at the Ballet Academy in Kiev, Ukraine and the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated with a Ballet Soloist Diploma and soon began touring all over the world. In 1986, Anatoli was invited for a special appearance with The Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet. Anatoli has performed and worked with the Los Angeles Ballet, Ballet West, the Russian Ballet Institute, Murray Ballet Center, La Jolla Festival Dance Center, the State of Alabama Ballet, the Ventura Ballet of California, Birmingham Southern College Spring Dance Concert and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. During his tenure at Kirov (1994-2010), Anatoli trained many male and female dancers who have gone forward to win awards and enjoy professional ballet careers. Some include Chase O’Connell, principal dancer at Ballet West, Mathias Dingman, principal dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet and Constantine Allen, principal dancer at Stuttgart Ballet. Anatoli trained three Gold medal winners at the Varna International Ballet Competition — Rasta Thomas, Mathias Dingman and Brooklyn Mack, and he himself won silver. Anatoli has received the award for best teacher at the New York International Ballet Competition and has trained dancers for competitions in Helsinki and Moscow.
Marie Renee McNair
Summer Camp Manager, Faculty, CityDance School & Conservatory
Marie Renee McNair began her ballet training at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington, DC under the tutelage of Lorraine Spiegler, Septime Webre, Victoria Leigh, Rebecca Wright and Rudolph Kharatian. She trained there for six years. Marie was a recipient of the Virginia Johnson Scholarship Award. Marie also attended intensives at The Rock School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance (San Francisco, California) and the Dance Theater of Harlem Residency Program (Washington, DC).
Marie received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at The State University of New York Purchase College. She trained with Kazuko Hirabyashi, Megan Williams, Ted Kivit, Stephanie Tooman, Rosanna Seravalli, BettiJane Sills and Helen Pickett. She has choreographed for CityDance Conservatory, The Brooklyn Ballet's Counterpoint Festival and The Hoover Damn Collective (Brooklyn, New York).
Marie recently graduated from Dance ICONS Choreographic Institute with a certificate in choreography.
Along with teaching and choreographing for CityDance, Marie has worked as Costume Mistress and onsite summer camp manager as well. She started working in 2010 at the CityDance summer intensive and has set quite a few dances on the Conservatory and top level students. As a year-round faculty member, Marie teaches between 7 and 9 classes a year in ballet, modern and jazz.
Currently, Marie is also Head of the Dance Department at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.
Robert J. Priore
Faculty, Adult Program
Faculty, Adult Program
Caroline Rocher trained at the Conservatoire de Montpellier in France with Madame Claparède and later graduated from the Rudra Béjart art school in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1998, she moved to America to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. In 1999, Mrs. Rocher joined The Dance Theatre of Harlem under the mentorship of Arthur Mitchell and was promoted to the rank of Principal dancer the following year. Her professional career extends internationally as she danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany, the Lyon Opera Ballet in France and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet in San Francisco.
In 2001 Mrs. Rocher was named one of "25 to watch" in Dance Magazine. She also collaborated with international ballet star Vladimir Malakhov at the Career Transition For Dancers Gala in New York and was invited to perform at “Le Gala des Etoiles du 21ème siècle” in Paris in 2004.
Mrs. Rocher has performed works by acclaimed choreographers such as Marius Petipa, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Hans Van Manen, John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Maguy Marin, Jacopo Godani, Dwight Rhoden, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Arthur Mitchell, Michael Smuin, Glen Tetley and Alonzo King.
Alongside her dance career, Mrs. Rocher has been a great advocate for passing on her craft to the next generation of dancers. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching worldwide, and she is currently part of the Alonzo King Discovery Project team, an intensive workshop offered nationwide, whose mission is to use dance to bridge gaps created by the diversity of experience, perspective, culture and socioeconomic background. Furthermore, in 2015, she traveled to Cape Town as part of The LEAP-SOUTH AFRICA organization. There, together with a team of inspiring artists, she taught young dancers at the CAPA Art School, as well as the public schools located in the townships of Khayelitsha, and Guguletu.
Mrs. Rocher is also a certified GYROTONIC® instructor and a GYROKINESIS® apprentice instructor.
Senior Teaching Faculty
Ms. Vakhromeeva’s ballet career began in the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy, where she received her MFA of Ballet Artist. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She toured throughout the world as a soloist and Principal dancer with the Moscow Ballet Company, Festival Ballet, International Ballet Company and Metropolitan Ballet.
Ms. Vakhromeeva danced principal roles in many ballets, including The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, Don Quixote, Paquita, Italian Caprichio, Flame of Paris, The Swan Lake, Corsaire, Cinderella, The Snow Maiden, The Blue Bird and many others.
As a Principal Guest Artist, Teacher and Choreographer, Ms. Vakhromeeva worked with Hamilton Ballet in Canada, International Ballet in Taiwan, Krassovska Ballet Jeuness and Galveston Ballet, where she staged La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, Napoli, Les Sylphides, Carmen, The Nutcracker, her own choreography, The Blue Bird, Solitude, Spring Verse, Glinka Waltze and others.
Her knowledge of the most current teaching methods and styles has produced many young dancers who have been accepted into some of the world’s greatest schools, including Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Vaganova Ballet Academy, Juilliard School, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and to professional ballet companies.
Stephanie is a native of Syracuse, NY where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical from the ages of 3 through 18. She also participated in community theatre in high school and college. She was introduced to modern dance at SUNY Oswego where she received her B.A. in Human Communications. After moving to the DC area in 2007, she jumped into the dance scene, adding hip hop to the styles of dance she trains and performs in.
Over the years, Stephanie has been a member of multiple DC area dance companies of varying styles including Tappenstance, Afta Shock DC, Next Reflex Dance Collective, ARA Tap, and as a guest dancer with Glade Dance Collective. Other performance credits include: dancing for the Utz National Chip Day Celebration, dancing on the National Mall for Earth Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival, multiple DC Tap Fest All-Star Concerts, and National Tap Dance Day. Her most favorite performances were on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in a tap dance tribute to Fred Astaire, and dancing in the documentary titled, “James Brown: The Man, The Music, The Message” which aired on NBC.Stephanie has taught multiple dance styles all over the DC area, but tap dance is where her heart is. In addition to CityDance POP!, she currently teaches at Perfect Pointe Dance Studio. She also directs a local youth tap company. When she is not dancing or teaching, you'll see her behind the lens of a camera. She is honored to have attended Jacob’s Pillow in August 2019 for the Art of Photographing Dance intensive to further her skills as a photographer. Her hope is to keep growing as a student and educator of dance and one day spread the love of dance throughout the U.S.