INSTRUCTORS

current FACULTY

Michael Vadacchino - President / Artistic Director / Head Conditioning Coach

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, both recreational and competitive, started with 1 student and was built to 40+ within 1 year. Michael's training and pedagogical style was formed by adopting and modifying practices from his mentors that held positions as Dean of Exercise Science from Rutgers University, Sports Psychologist, Olympic trainers and international fitness professionals. Michael has co-owned a state of the are Pilates 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.

Bryce Lee - MDC@home Head Ballet Coach & Associate Program Director

Bryce Lee was born in Missouri and started his professional training at 12 at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Laguna Hills, CA. In the summer of 2011, he attended School of American Ballet, then was asked to stay for the Winter Term program from 2011-2012. He attended several summer courses on full scholarship including SAB, Miami City Ballet and Colorado Ballet. Bryce has received several awards in classical and contemporary forms of dance as well as 1st place, semi-finalist at YAGP Europe and two-time YAGP Finalist Qualifier. He joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2013 and was promoted to the Company in 2015.

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Dance training and awards: Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy - School of American Ballet summer and winter terms - Summer courses on full scholarship including SAB, Miami City Ballet and Colorado Ballet - Several awards in classical and contemporary dance, as well as 1st place, semi-finalist at YAGP Europe, and two-time YAGP Finalist Qualifier. 

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. ​

Daniel Catanach

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. 

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Sarah Singer

He has been a guest choreographer and teacher at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the Dance Teacher Summit, New York City Dance Alliance, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Nationally, Mr. Catanach has been invited to create work and conduct master classes for the Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Lubbock, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Delaware Dance Company, Armitage Gone Dance, National Dance Institute, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and NORD/NOBA Center for Dance in New Orleans. He also taught on the faculties of Paris Centre in Paris, France, Wilson Teatro da Danza in Rome, Italy and the Balettakademien in Stockholm, Sweden as well as in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica. ​​

He was a principal dancer and soloist for most notable the Kansas City Ballet where he was critically praised for his portrayal of “The Prodigal” in George Balanchine’s “ The Prodigal Son” and referred to as “The company’s best dancer” by Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times for his interpretation of “The Gigolo” in Todd Bolender’s “Souvenirs.” He was also a principal dancer with the Armitage Ballet, the Garden State Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Santa Fe Dance Ensemble, Santa Fe Repertory Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, among others. 

Mr. Catanach currently serves on the faculties of Steps on Broadway and Sheer Elite where he is the Master Teacher of 2 Summer Intensives in New York and Las Vegas. Mr. Catanach continues to create work and teach for dance organizations throughout the North and Central Americas.

Michael Cusumano

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.

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After ABT Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, then as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He went on to perform in the original cast of “All Shook Up” on Broadway and then to star as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Michael won the title of Mr.Broadway 2011. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" “SNL”. Michael’s alter ego Madame Olga was featured on an episode of”Joan and Melissa Joan knows Best” dancing the Black Swan coda for WE TV. Madame Olga is currently a highly sought out teacher nationally and internationally. @madameolgav on instagram. As a singer Michael performed as the lead in the BBC up-fronts performing David Bowie’s “Changes.” Michael most recently appeared in the original production of "An American in Paris" on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Pace University where he has taught for six years, and also teaches at world renowned institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Ballet Arts at City Center.

Frank Dellapolla

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.

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Currently teaching and coaching ballet on an as needed basis in NYC and NJ including Peridance, Alvin Ailey Extension, Gina Gibney and privately.   I’m teaching now at Peridance and Gina Gibney.  In the past I’ve been a guest teacher and/or taught master classes for the Eglevsky Ballet (men’s class, pas de deux), Burklyn Ballet Theater in Vermont, Okamoto Ballet in Fukuoka, Japan and various schools in New Jersey, California, Santa Fe and elsewhere.

Ben Delony

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

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.

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In 2017, the company premiered TAP&TOM, a tribute show to the music of the Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The concert was then presented at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, and at the 14th Street Y.   In 2018, Felipe received the Machado de Assis Medal for disseminating the Brazilian culture in the USA, and in 2019 had the honor of performing with the Duke Ellington center band at Birdland. Most recently, he premiered his solo shows Felipe 101 and FORGET ABOUT ME at Pangea NYC, and performed as part of the quintet Nilson's Matta Brazilian Voyage at Dizzy's club at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For more information visit: www.felipegalganni.com

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.  

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After enjoying his first professional experience working for Tokyo Disney as a Main Stage performer, Calen moved to New York City to continue training.  He was fortunate enough to call Broadway Dance Center a home.  Not only for his training, but for the development of his own classes as he became a name as a weekly instructor, and eventually branched out to Steps on Broadway and Peridance.  As a performer Calen joined the first national tour of Jeff Amsden’s widely acclaimed “A Few Good Men Dancin’,” and can be seen demonstrating for Michelle Assaf in the Live At Broadway Dance Center” instructional series  “Turns and Turn Combos,” as well as dancing for theater choreographer Danny Herman.  It was soon there after Calen head his own instructional video with partner Chris Hale:  ”Floor Work with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale.”  With a need to exercise and develop his own creative ideas in movement generation and techniques in training, Calen turned his attention to creating Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance:  A New York performance based company with a focus on human connection and the study of the mind and physical form.  It became a playground for self discovery for both him and his artists, and the birth place for his beliefs in how to train and develop dancers as full people with an awareness of the connection between mind, body, and spirit.  Inspired by the works and teachings of Eckart Tolle, Brene Brown, and Robert Holdon, as well as his study in kinesthetic anatomy, pilates, Gyrotonic, and the work of Irene Down, Calen expanded his focus to creating and producing opportunities to support the growth and development of emerging artists in NYC.  This included several annual dance festivals, curating and connecting both emerging and established choreographers, as well as co-directing the Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program with Chris Hale:  A training ground where dancers connect from within, turn goals into actions, and cultivate their creativity from a place of self awareness, joy, and honesty.  

 

Calen believes in the respect and responsibility that comes with accumulating knowledge, the daily practice to refine his tools, and continues to create and produce programs and events to nurture and support the development of the artist as a whole person in the world. 

Brandon Leffler

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. 

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Dance Labs and pre-Broadway workshops have given Brandon an inside look at the creative process of many Broadway shows including: The Cher Show, Clueless: The Musical, Carousel, On The Town and Cinderella. 

Concert dance has been a huge part of Brandon’s journey, working with companies such as Ballet Austin, Verb Ballets, Collage Dance Collective, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Dancing Wheels and dre.dance. 

T.V. credits include: National promo commercials for Wicked: The Musical and Chicago: The Musical, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Gossip Girl, the Tony Awards, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Matt Lopez

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. 

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His other notable past stage/television performances include dancing for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean on a kids programming show on PBS, as well as artists Yulya and Matt Palmer.

Matt now lives in New York City where he is currently dancing with his crew, DEF-C, and choreographing flash mobs to raise awareness for non-profit organizations. In April 2012, Lopez was the audition facilitator for a Nicki Minaj performance and chosen as a lead dancer in Times Square for the debut of her album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Matt is now choreographing for R&B/Pop artists, Kyle James and Sid Haywoode, whose song, No Excuses is #6 on Europe’s dance hit chart. 

Lopez teaches hip-hop/funk master classes abroad including the Philippines and the United Kingdom. He is currently teaching hip-hop and street jazz at Broadway Dance Center and other prominent drop-in studios in New York City.

Charlie Sutton

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. 

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Choreography Credits: *Evita (ACT of Connecticut), *NOEL (VenueWorks Tour), Wringer (City Center Stage II), Gregorian (Soho Rep), Young Charles Dickens (Mint Theater), Away Towards Home (EnsembleStudioTheater), Sherlock Holmes (development) and the Co-Artistic Director for Working Artists Theatre Project. Associate Choreographer Credits: *Diana (La Jolla Playhouse), *Clueless (Off- Broadway), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Beatsville, A Sign Of the Times.

Broadway Credits: American in Paris, Kinky Boots (Astaire Award Nom), How to Succeed in Business, Lysistrata Jones, Catch Me If You Can, Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Addams Family, Crybaby, La Cage aux Folles, Wicked. 

Michael Spencer Phillips

Michael Spencer Phillips is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his BFA in Dance.  He has had a 20+ year career as a professional dancer in New York City with RIOULT Dance NY as well as Robert Battle, Merce Cunningham,  Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Muller, New York City Opera, Broadway Bares, the Fire Island Dance Festival, and Debutaunt-an immersive dance theater work.

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As a choreographer, he has created original dances for dance companies, conservatories, and educational institutions around the globe such as Carnegie Hall, Ariel Rivka Dance, the Silesian Dance Festival, LangLab, The Open Look Festival, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Interlochen, and the Ailey School.  Last year he choreographed his first opera, "Haunted-a dance opera in one act".  This collaboration was commissioned by Lehigh University and featured a libretto by Dana Gioia and a score by Paul Salerni. In 2019, he also collaborated on the dance film, Waltz Noir with composer, Polina Nazaykinskaya and filmmaker, Emma Kazaryan.  Waltz Noir was commissioned by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and UC Berkeley.

 

Mr. Phillips is also a choreographer and art director for editorial publications and ad campaigns such as VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar, Tiffany & Co., Vince Camuto, Barry's Bootcamp, Flaunt Magazine, and CF Goldman to name a few.

 

In 2010, in recognition of his achievements as a dancer and his promise as a choreographer, Mr. Phillips received the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan's Board of Governors naming him one of the University's Distinguished Alumni.

Cesar Valentino

 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.

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Cesar has appeared in music videos with Toni Braxton, Carmen Electra and K7, as well as in the documentaries “The House of Tres,” “Voguing the Message” and “Paris is Burning.” Cesar most recently appears in the Netflix series “The Get Down.” He is currently a faculty member of The Alvin Ailey Extension where he teaches the first official Vogue class in Ailey's history.

past FACULTY

Kat Wildish

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!).

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Kat has also been a guest artist with such companies as Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Eglevsky Ballet (then directed by Edward Villella), Bernhard Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Fokine Ballet, the American Dance Machine, Dances Patrelle, and Louisville Ballet. More recently, Kat participated in American Ballet Theatre’s project of establishing uniform country-wide standards of instruction, and she is now an ABT® Certified Teacher of Primary through Level 7 (the highest) of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has also trained and mentored other teachers, notably for the Dance Educators of America and as a member of the U.S. Faculty of Education of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Dance To study with Kat is to be the beneficiary of superlative technical training, a lifetime of accumulated ballet lore, and a generous, elegant spirit. She prepares her students not only to dance beautifully, but to live with grace.

Ron Todorowski

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. 

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Ron is currently a proud member of Twyla Tharp Dance. He's performed all over the world with the company and others such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company and Mia Michaels "RAW". Some television and film credits include Saturday Night Live, The Tony Awards, The VMA's with Ne-yo, The Today Show, The View and the feature film “Winter’s Tale”. As a choreographer he's created original work for Nate Ruess (music video, Ah-ha!), RWS Entertainment, Wayne State University, BC Beat and was Assistant Choreographer for the Lyric Theater's production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as well as Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show, "A New Day”.

Kyle Robinson

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.​

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Throughout his college experience Kyle continued to take his skill to the next level, and worked as a freelance dancer with Aszure & Artists as well as the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. His hard work paid off, and he landed the role of Diesel in the first national tour of West Side Story.

Continuing with this success, Kyle performed a special ballet piece on Dancing with the Stars this past season and remains active in the dance community. He now resides in LA where he starred in a reality documentary series on the Oxygen network titled All The Right Moves. He mentors and dances with Shaping Sound Dance Company, as well as dancing independently. Most recently he can be seen in the National Broadway Tour of An American in Paris.

Chris Hale

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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Chris is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Chris has been on faculty at broadway Dance Center as well as teaching around NYC at Steps and Dance New Amsterdam. A renowned master teacher, Chris travels around the U.S. and Canada bringing his passion for technique and artistry to dancers of all ages. Teaching opportunities have taken Chris to Italy, Ireland and was recently on faculty at the ABT New York Summer Intensive.

Professional credits include KTU's miracle on 34th Street where he performed with such recording artists as Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Gloria Gaynor, and Michael Jackson. In 2002 he got the pleasure of performing with international singing sensation Anastasia at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Busan, Korea. Television credits include HBO's "Sex and the City" playing opposite Kim Catrall. He along with fellow instructor Calen Kurka, released an instructional video for the Live At BDC series entitled, “Floorwork, with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale”.

His more than four years experience with the GYROTONIC® methodology has hugely influenced his teaching and brought a heightened awareness to his own dancing. Chris is certified in GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methodologies. 

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