"What an outstanding faculty! The classes had a good variety and challenged the boys without discouraging them. I was amazed at how much they learned in so little time!"
The education offered at MDC is in the form of traditional class work, master classes, master clinics, and lecture / demonstrations. All course work is designed specifically for the male dancer and has a keen focus on information retention. Each offering is taught by vetted industry leaders who have a passion for teaching boys and men. Dancers leave MDC with an arsenal of new tools and information that they would otherwise not be exposed to, helping in the immediate and distant future.
MDC 2019 FACULTY
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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.
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 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. 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'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.
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.
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!). 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.
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.
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.
GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.
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.
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 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.
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.
Glenn Allen Sims
Principal Dancer for Alvin Ailey, Glenn Allen Sims (Long Branch, NJ) began classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and was a scholarship student at The Ailey School’s Summer Intensive. Mr. Sims attended The Juilliard School under the artistic guidance of Benjamin Harkarvy. In 2004, Mr. Sims was the youngest person to be inducted into the Long Branch High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been featured on several network television programs, including BET Honors, Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, LIVE! With Kelly and Michael, The Today Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Sims is a master teacher, certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor, and certified pilates mat instructor. He has performed in the White House Dance Series and for the king of Morocco. Mr. Sims was featured on the cover of and wrote a featured guest blog for Dance Magazine. He has originated featured roles by Carmen De Lavallade, Judith Jamison, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Mauro Bigonzetti, Rennie Harris, and Ronald K. Brown. Mr. Sims joined the Company in 1997.
Lou is a Choreographer/Actor) and was most recently the Associate Choreographer for Spongebob Squarepants, The Broadway Musical. He is also known for his work as the Associate Choreographer for Broadway’s Newsies, working with Tony® Award winner Christopher Gattelli. Other Broadway credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 13 The Musical, and Sunday in the Park with George (Roundabout Theatre Company, Tony® Award nomination for Best Revival). Off-Broadway credits include Altar Boyz (New World Stages, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Choreography), and Departure Lounge (The Public Theater/NYSF). National and International Tours credits include Altar Boyz. Learn more about Lou and view some of his work by visiting here.
Andrew Wilson was recently seen on Broadway playing the role of Tumblebrutus in CATS. Other credits include Dance Captain/Newsie in the 2017 movie, Newsies The Musical as well as Dance Captain/Swing in the Newsies 1st National Tour. Growing up an accomplished gymnast, he was afforded the opportunity to work with one of his idols in both the national tour and Madison Square Garden engagements of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. He also performed in the CATS 25th Anniversary Tour; a show which he was able to revisit twice more as Mr. Mistoffelees at Pittsburgh CLO and Casa Manaña. Some of his other favorite credits include: Seven Brides… (national tour), New York City Opera – Lincoln Center(featured dancer in their season), Miss Saigon (Dragon Acrobat), Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular (original Magic Carpet), Toy Story: The Musical (original dance captain) and also being the dance captain for the opening casts of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.
Edgar Godineaux: Barrymore Award winner for Outstanding Choreography/Movement for Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Peoples Light. Nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director/Best Choreography for Memphis, The Musical (regional larger theatre). He is the Choreographer for Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole at the Geffen Playhouse. Comedy Central pilot starring Awkwafina, Dancing with the Stars with Jason Taylor and Edyta, SYTYCD Canada, Nona Gaye videos/tour BET Entertainment, the movie The Five Heartbeats in collaboration with the legendary Michael Peters, Color Me Bad Tour, Jersey Boys the movie, and Motown 30th Anniversary. He has toured with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Diana Ross.
He is the Associate Choreographer for the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations (Tony Award for Best Choreography), the Tony-Award winning Best Musical Memphis, The Musical (Olivier Award for Best Choreography in the UK), and Leap of Faith on Broadway.
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.
Meron Langsner, PhD
Meron is a fight director, scholar, and playwright. He has composed violence for over 175 productions, tours, and films in venues ranging from LORT houses to prestigious conservatory programs, with many projects winning regional awards. He has published widely on the topics of stage combat and martial arts in outlets including Backstage, HowlRound, The Theatre Times, The Sondheim Review, and The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors as well as in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is currently on the Core Faculty of the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in NYC, and has previously taught at Tufts University (Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education), Emerson College, Boston University, and NY Film Academy. His plays have been performed around the country and overseas, and are published by Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, YouthPLAYS, and other imprints. He holds masters degrees from Brandeis and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and a doctorate from Tufts. More at www.MeronLangsner.com
Jonathan is passionate about the power of movement and play to empower all of humankind.
Jonathan has been practicing movement for 30 years, coaching it for 19 years, has a BS in Psychology (NYU), as well as 11 of the most widely recognized fitness certifications in the USA. He has been featured as fitness and tai chi expert on network television (ABC, FOX), is a published author (Harper Collins), and has presented his work at a diverse array of places, from guest lecturing at colleges (NYU, Union College) to leading rituals at Burning Man to leading retreats into the wilderness.
Jonathan leads by example, as both an athlete and healer. He finished 7th place at a Spartan Race (2016), 75th at the OCR World Championships (2016), and competed on Season 8 and Season 9 of the hit NBC TV show American Ninja Warrior, where he was a City Finalist! He lives in NYC, and hasn’t been sick once in the last 12 years, thanks to his beast immune system and dynamic understanding of health.
"We cannot say enough about the teachers and faculty at the conference. To have such amazing experience with supportive and encouraging words made all the difference in the world."
"All of the teachers were amazing. It was really cool to try new styles of dance, especially pas de deux and Graham technique. Taking a class with the choreographer from WICKED was a an experience that not many are able to have--I'm lucky to have done so."