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Meet our Teachers

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Miss Madison
Jazz/tap Dance

Madison Hilligoss is a NYC based performing artist, teacher, and writer from Minnesota. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (B.S. in Teaching, 2022) and is an alumna of the tap dance program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Madison is a passionate and dedicated teacher who has trained and worked professionally in a variety of specialties within both the academic and performance fields, including but not limited to: Writing tutoring and editing, Spanish education, dance education, and music education. She is currently on substitute faculty at Broadway Dance Center and teaches music and voice classes to children affected by cancer through A Free Bird. Some of her favorite professional performance credits include performing Off-Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid at New York City Center, tap dancing in the pre-production lab for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, performing in 42nd Street at The Ordway, and tap dancing in Generation Dance! at Little Island. Madison has also performed in concert dance work, created short dance films, sung in various choirs and a cappella groups, and has choreographed for dance studios across the country. Madison is proudly represented by The Mine Agency. www.madisonhilligoss.com

Miss Kelsey
Broadway Dance

Kelsey Kempner began dancing at the age of 4 at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Academy in Hoschton, GA. During this time, Kelsey competed at national dance conventions and trained in a diverse variety of dance genres. She also served as captain on her state-winning pom team. Kelsey graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a BFA in dance and BS in neuroscience. While at OSU, Kelsey worked with notable choreographers such Eddie Taketa, Daniel Roberts, Bebe Miller, Crystal Michelle Perkins, Susan Petry, and Susan Hadley. Kelsey will be receiving her masters in motor learning and control from Columbia University in February 2023. Kelsey works on applying principles of motor learning to her teaching philosophy to increase dance performance outcomes. Kelsey has taught for a variety of schools and dance studios around NYC and Atlanta, including Brooklyn Dance Center, Elevate Dance, and Sugarloaf Ballet. Kelsey teaches a variety of dance classes including contemporary, jazz, musical theater, improvisation, modern, creative movement, and ballet. Additionally, Kelsey is a teaching artist with Kaiser’s Room, specializing in teaching classes to children and adults with physical and neurological disorders. Professionally, Kelsey has worked with NYC and Atlanta companies such as Mishidance Company, Project 7, Apollonia & Dancers, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Zoetic Dance Ensemble. Kelsey has also performed in operas, music videos, and concerts with performers such as Gracie Nash and Kelly Monrow Dowdle. 

Mr Eric
Chess

Mr. Eric has 15 years of chess experience and 4 years of chess teaching experience. Marshall chess club member and tournament competitor. US Chess Federation Member 1809 Rated Player. 

Miss Nina
ballet

Miss Nina is a professional ballerina having over a decade of performance experience with The Russian Ballet Company, New York Dance Project, and Miami Cuban Classical Ballet Company amongst others. She has spent the past year teaching young children in Miami, where I discovered my next passion in life is to teach! My classes involve visual, auditory, and basic natural movements often using props, such as tambourines, scarves, and ribbons to create a fun and engaging environment for young students to learn.

Miss Rinchen
Arts and craft
With over 3 years of experience of teaching arts and craft to toddlers and kids in day cares as assistant teacher and having 6 years of experience as baby sitter and nanny. Miss Rinchen has the skillset to not only teach the kids about the fun of arts and craft classes but also is famalier with students of various ages and the proper techniques to get the students involved in the projects.
Eliza
Gymnastics

Meet a dynamic gymnastics teacher with a diverse background that spans sports and caregiving. With a foundation from Broadway Dance Center, she’s taken her skills beyond the dance floor. She kicked off her journey as a Caregiver and Certified Nursing Assistant at Paramount Senior Living in 2020, showcasing her compassion and commitment to helping others. In 2022, her passion for movement led her to Gymtime Rhythm & Glues, where she excelled as a Gymnastics Instructor. Her ability to inspire confidence and refine skills was evident in her work with budding gymnasts. Her role as a Dance Instructor and Administrative Assistant at Solon Center for the Arts in 2021-2022 highlighted her organizational prowess while fostering artistic growth in students. From solo performances to group acts, her choreography experiences, like “Reasons to Listen” and “To Hold a Moment,” display her creative innovation. With a solid foundation in dance, caregiving, and gymnastics, this teacher brings a holistic approach to coaching and instruction, enriching lives both on and off the mat.

Emily
Ballet

Discover an exceptional ballet teacher who brings a world of dance experience to every class. Currently at The Dance Studio of Park Slope, Brooklyn, she instructs Ballet, Creative Movement, and Pre-pointe with a nurturing touch. At Fancy Feet Dance Studio, Bronx, her talents extend to Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary, inspiring a diverse range of dancers. Her impact isn’t limited to teaching. As a Tabulator for Starbound National Talent Competition, she ensures fairness in dance. With performances that include Matthew Westerby Company, EBD Dance Collective, and Feld Entertainment, her stage presence is unmatched. Beyond structured roles, she’s a Freelance Performer/Choreographer, infusing creativity into captivating narratives through movement.

Angela
STem Babies

Prepare to be captivated by our STEM Babies teacher, a true beacon of early childhood education. Certified with NYS Special Education and General Education Teacher Certification covering birth to 2nd grade, she seamlessly melds expertise with a passion for nurturing. Her qualifications include a Mat Pilates Certification, underlining her commitment to holistic development, and a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services, showcasing her dedication to inclusivity. Her teaching journey encompasses roles such as a Kindergarten Teacher at Flatbush Ascend Lower School, where she tailors instruction to diverse learners, and a Lead Teacher/Assistant and Acting Director at Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, where her leadership shines. As a Teach for America Corps Member, she’s committed to national education, while her role as a Dance Teacher at Erica’s Dance Academy highlights her creativity and guidance. Our STEM Babies program is enriched by her dynamic approach, promising an inspiring and transformative learning experience.