SEUNGHEE HAN  Managing Director

SeungHee is very excited to manage Woodside Ballet Co. with extraordinary faculty transitioned from Woodside Ballet Academy.

She has been a director of Kids Music Together offering Music Together® in Jackson Heights, Woodside, Sunnyside and East Village since 2005, been awarded Music Together Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ.

SeungHee is a professional vocalist /composer/instructor, who is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and holds a masters degree from New England Conservatory.  She is also a certified Somatic Voice Work™ teacher, who has taught contemporary non-classical voice and piano/theory at schools in New England as well as in New York, including Weston High School, Norfalk Music School, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, currently teaches at her private studio.

SeungHee performs/composes/arranges music in style of modern jazz/avant-garde/free-improv. and three released recordings of her own compositions with her quintet have received rave reviews by Jazz Times, All about Jazz, Japan Jazz Reviews Time Out New York, Jazziz, etc. Check out her web site, www.Seung-Hee.com for her shows and news.

MICHELE MORENO  Artistic Director

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Michele Moreno began her ballet training at Ballet Keyla Ermecheo were she graduated as part of Rafael Portillo, Vladimir Lopukhov and Roumen Rachev class. Upon graduation she was offer a contract with Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas under the direction of Keyla Ermecheo were she went from corp of ballet to coryphee, couple of years after she was offer a contract with Ballet Juvenil Teatro Teresa Carreno, under Rafael Portillo and Irina Ivanova's direction, there she had the opportunity to dance an extensive classical and neoclassical repertory including Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Four Seasons, she returned to the Ballet Metropolitano of Caracas by Keyla Ermecheo as soloist dancing the company's full repertory and touring internationally to Latin America and US, including a tour to the US were she had the opportunity to work with Fernando Bujones at The University of the
Arts in Philadelphia.
After traveling to US she decide to move to NY and started training with Natalya Stavro, she currently dance for Contemporary Ballet Theater and Staten Island Ballet , were she is also part of the faculty teachers, she has been guesting at Ballet Angela Custodio and Ballet Caracol in Ibiza, Spain for the past five years and has guest teaching at Martha Graham School NY.
Michele Moreno obtained her teaching certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Russia levels I - VIII , since 2016 she substitutes Natalya Stavro at Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts. Michele also worked as ballet Mistress for Dance Matters NY and from 2017 joined Broadway Dance Center kids & teens as ballet teacher for levels V and pointe classes.

MAGGIE GAVIN

Maggie teaches dance and yoga in New York City.  She has taught ballet, jazz, yoga, and creative movement to students of all ages and abilities at locations such as NYU, Steps on Broadway, Gibney Dance, and Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in CT. Maggie worked with Dances for a Variable Population as a dancer and teaching artist until taking time off to have her son in 2017. Maggie holds a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MSW from Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, and is a licensed yoga teacher with The Perri Institute for Mind and Body, a teaching community dedicated to education and research in the arts and mind-body studies. Throughout her career as a professional dancer and teacher, Maggie has focused on increasing mental health and wellness through movement. Since the birth of her son, Maggie has studied developmental movement patterns from infancy to adulthood. Her classes emphasize agency and choice to develop confident movers of all ages.

YEONGJU SON

Origianlly from Korea, YeongJu started ballet at 8 years old for fun, then she immediately fell in love with ballet and decided to become a ballerina. After a couple of years of professional ballet training she got into Sunhwa Arts School. She was mostly trained by Russian teachers and learned Character Dance, Korean Dance, and Modern Dance. After graduating, she continued her ballet training at Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia, one of the most prestigious classical ballet schools in the world. She finished school under Ludmila Kovaleva, known as a professior of Diana Vishneva, a former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre and principal dancer of Mariinsky Theatre.

YeongJu has danced for Seoul Ballet Theater in Korea. As a freelance dancer, she has danced with many dance companies in the US such as Albany Berkshire Ballet, Albano Ballet, Victoria Ballet to name a few.

She always has loved teaching ballet to children and becoming a ballet instructor was another dream of hers. Now she teaches in preschools and ballet schools in Queens area, sharing her professional ballet training with her students.

ROBYN WILLIAMS

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Robyn trained for 15 years at Encore Dance Theatre in styles ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and pointe and has been teaching all throughout South Florida since the age of 15. She moved to New York City being signed with Clear Talent Group and attended Broadway Dance Center's Professional Fall Semester in 2015. Since then, she has showcased her work all throughout New York City. 
 

Robyn's professional dance career consists of working with choreographers such as Rich n Tone, Luam, Ryan Heffington, Joshua Bergasse, Sarah O'Gleby, Lindsey B & Craig, Jermaine Browne, and more. She's a principal dancer in the feature film "The Only Living Boy in New York" and has worked on projects including Samsung, Macy's, New York Fashion Week, ABC, & more.

JIYON SONG

Jiyon Song is a performer, choreographer and improviser based in NYC. Native to South Korea, Song had been trained of Hip Hop, Popping, Locking and K pop dance at Winners Dance School through her teen years which gave the foundation for further pursuit of her career as performer. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she developed new personal physical vocabularies along with the Street Dance style.

Song has performed in works by Jesse Zaritt, Nora Gibson, Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller, also formed several collaborative exhibitions including (dis)Comfort Women and Self-Ness at the Gershman Y Hall in Philadelphia, where she also premiered two duet pieces: Embodying Memory (2016) and Absent Presence (2017). She created a piece Leave/Live which was presented as a part of HATCH Performance Series and The Series IV of Ballet Inc in 2017. In February 2018, Song has successfully presented an experimental piece, Different But Together, at Movement Research's Open Performance Night. She also revisited her work Leave/Live and performed its evolvement at Waxworks in Williamsburg and Sans Limites Movement Festival in May 2018. Song is currently leading a non-profit dance team “Living Stone” at New Frontiers Church in NYC and creating her own choreography with independent performers. She teaches K pop dance class at East West School of International Studies in Queens and Ballet to K pop class at NYC Spaceworks in Long Island city, NY.

ELIZABETH MCGUIRE

Elizabeth McGuire is a dancer, singer, and actor, born in northern England and raised in central Kentucky. In 2017 she received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is now living and working in NYC. Elizabeth has experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and creative movement to students of various ages including toddlers as young as two years. She has performed and choreographed with a variety of organizations and theatre companies including The Lexington Theatre Company, Birmingham Children's Theatre, Virginia Samford Theatre, Samford University and The Lexington City Church. She is excited for this opportunity to help children grow and create through music and movement!

JULIE SCHWARTZ WEBB

Julie is joining our fantastic staff of teachers for MUSIC & MOVEMENT SUMMER CAMPSummer Camp 2019 to coach theater workshop, RHYTHM & STORY.

Though a resident of Woodside herself, Julie spends much of her time in Westchester County, where she directs K-8th graders in children’s theater productions year-round for the Random Farms Kids’ Theater. Julie has been with Random Farms since 2010, where in addition to directing shows, she also leads acting classes, private lessons, and a performance troupe that visits nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and family shelters. She has worked with hundreds of kids in the tri-state area to help foster their love of the performing arts and achieve their performance goals – whether that be trying out a new activity, getting over a case of stage fright, or booking a Broadway show.
Julie received her B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Wagner College, graduating suma cum laude. She then went on to work as a director and performer for Missoula Children's Theatre, touring domestically and internationally to work with thousands of children around the globe to put on musical theatre performances within their own communities. She has also created and run after school acting clubs at different schools and community centers in NYC through New York Cares, in hopes of exposing kids to the performing arts who may not otherwise get the opportunity to take an acting class. Julie is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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