MDC@HOME IS DANCE + BODY / MIND TRAINING FOR THE MALE DANCER
Born and raised in Denver, Justin Boulet grew up with an extensive background in acting and dance. As a young man, he crossed the threshold to Los Angeles and began to contribute his talents to the capitol of entertainment, from there he was soon performing and teaching all over the world. Justin has more than 15 years of professional experience as a dancer, actor, coach and choreographer, in film, television, and in live performance. Justin’s vast skill set and character have led him to work with many of the newest and brightest artists in the business – most recently working with Taylor Swift, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale.
Daniel Catanach was born into a large Hispanic family and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He served as the Artistic Director for the Urban Ballet Theater for 10 years creating over thirty original ballets including the critically acclaimed “Nutcracker in the Lower”, which celebrated a ten year run in New York’s Lower East Side. Early on in his career he was appointed to be the Rehearsal Director for the Kansas City Ballet where his duties included assisting Alvin Ailey on “The River.” Mr. Catanach was also the Ballet Master for the Armitage Ballet for three years.
Michael Cusumano grew up in Long Island New York. He began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then. That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994. Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. With ABT Michael danced in all the full length classics as well as works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Agnes DeMille, and Lar Lubovich to name a few.
Frank's resume features an extensive list of principal and soloist roles as a guest artist with companies across the US and internationally, including Chicago City Ballet, Universal Ballet (Korea), The Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco and Santa Fe Ballet Companies, Cynthia Gregory and Friends (NYC and South American tour), The Kozlov’s “International Stars of the US Ballet” (performing Balanchine and De Mille at the Kremlin), The NJ Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and many other ballet companies across the US, Japan, South America and Europe.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ben Delony spent summers at Ballet Austin, Harid Conservatory, and Hubbard Street before matriculating through the ballet department at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Upon graduating with a performance bachelors degree, he had been featured in numerous works ranging from George Balanchine to Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Frederick Ashton and Joshua Bergasse. He spent multiple seasons with Ballet Memphis and Ballet Nouveau Colorado and later formed a strong relationship with Houston Grand Opera, where he was a regular dancer since 2013. Regional theater credits include the Arvada Center Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Central City Opera, and Boston Early Music Festival. He is a former member of the ballet chorus at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as well as former faculty for Ballet Academy East, Rioult Dance Center, and New York University. He is based in Houston, TX where he is on faculty for the dance departments of the University of St. Thomas and the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Felipe Galganni - tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer - is known for his unique style and versatility in blending American tap dance with his Brazilian roots. He is currently a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and the American Tap Dance Foundation where he is also an artist in residency. Felipe has danced with renowned companies such as the New American Tap Dance Orchestra and Dorrance Dance in addition to creating his own work with Felipe Galganni & Company.
Calen J. Kurka
Calen J. Kurka was born and raised in Canada, developing a passion for the arts even as a child. Music was a constant for him, and inspired a focus in playing the piano, saxophone, learning musical theory, and eventually leading him to take classes in dance. Although dance quickly became his medium for expression, it was more honestly the vehicle for his curiosity in human connection, and the way in which we see ourselves in conjunction with how we communicate with the world.
Stephanie Lang Bittner
Stephanie has been training privately as well as facilitating instructor certification programs in the tri-state area for over 10 years. Her weekly clientele include professional dancers and athletes, Broadway performers, and those recovering from chronic or major injuries. She carefully creates on-going wellness programs for those suffering from chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis. Her vast knowledge enables her to make adjustments to any workout class or program - even for those with special needs.
Originally from Mayfield, Ohio. Brandon Leffler is an actor, choreographer and educator for private studios nationwide as well as Broadway Dance Center, The Male Dancer Conference, Man in Motion, Broadway Connection, Broadway Classroom and Ballet Austin.
Broadway and Off-Broadway performing credits include: On The Town, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Wicked, Trip of Love, Fanny, The Golden Apple and Anyone Can Whistle. Brandon has also been seen across the United States with the national tours of My Fair Lady, Wicked, A Chorus Line, and Cats.
Matt Lopez first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He attended Northeastern University majoring in theatre. Lopez later transferred to the University of Central Florida where he danced at Walt Disney World. Matt had the opportunity to perform with Hillary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC. Upon graduating from Central Florida, he landed a job as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly’s Go-Go Segment.
Charlie Sutton is dancer and choreographer with more than a decade of Broadway experience. He has originated and danced in 10 Broadway shows, and has worked with Tony award-winning directors and choreographers.
Cesar has training in many dance disciplines such as Modern, Jazz, Street Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Hustle and Salsa but has recently celebrated 33 years of Vogue dance experience. He has created his own signature style of Vogue: Pop, Dip and Spin with grace and precision, combining traditional military style hieroglyphics with acrobatics and spins. In 1988, he walked his first ball in Harlem's Elks lodge where he won and quickly became a fixture in the ballroom scene winning many coveted trophies.
Michael is the Co-founder and Co-Owner of boysdancetoo LLC and The Male Dancer Conference.
His experience as a movement educator started in 1995 building an all boys gymnastics program. His boys program started with 1 student and was built to 40+ within 1 year. His program was both competitive and recreational. Michael's training and pedagogical style was formed by adopting practices from his mentors that held positions as Dean of Exercise Science from Rutgers University, Sports Psychologist and Author and Olympic trainers. Michael has co-owned a state of the are Pilates and Garuda studio for over 12 years, is a certified Master Trainer in Pilates through the Pilates Academy International, and has studied and trained with some of the top movement and meditation experts in the world.
Kat is one of those rare ballerinas who has appeared with both New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She performed with NYCB in 1981, dancing works by legendary choreographer/founder George Balanchine, who hand-picked her to perform in one of his last works, Adagio Lamentoso. In ABT (1986), then under artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, she performed in more traditional ballets like The Sleeping Beauty (in his version for ABT, Sir Kenneth MacMillan created the role of the “knitting lady” for Kat; Julie Kent was one of her assistants!).
RON TODOROWSKI has had a diverse career in musical theater, concert and commercial dance. Broadway credits include Angels in America, Cats, Finding Neverland (original cast), Wicked, Come Fly Away (Resident Director of national tour), Guys and Dolls (Brandy Bottle Bates), The Times They Are A Changin, Movin' Out (Eddie) and Footloose. He starred in London's West End production and first national tour of Movin' Out playing the role of Eddie where he received a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a musical. Off Broadway and other theater credits include Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Brigadoon at City Center, Chess for the Actor's Fund with Josh Groban, Barrie Manilow’s Copacabana, Spirit, Cinderella, recent workshops of Something To Dance About- An evening of Jerome Robbins and the recent Hello Dolly revival.
Kyle Robinson began dancing when he was 11 years old at The Gold School in Brockton, MA. By the time he was 18, he received the Gold Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). It was also during this time that he met legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov who began to mentor Kyle from that point on. He went on to fine-tune his abilities by training at the Julliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Chris Hale is Associate Director and Director of Education at Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, which launched in the fall of 2009. Through his work with Pushing Progress Chris and his partner Calen J. Kurka are at the helm of a revolution in the way we train in dance. Through an energetic approach and the incorporation of varied methodologies for sustainability and injury prevention they hope to bring a sophisticated level of information into the lives of every dancer who has the drive and passion to grow as an artist.
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