The Greater New England Chapter of NADAA will hold one day workshops on the following dates:
2019 - 2020 dates:
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - Sheraton, Springfield, MA
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - Sheraton, Springfield, MA
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - Sheraton, Springfield, MA
Teachers for March 8, 2020
Alex Zarlengo is a contemporary ballet dancer currently living and working in New York City. Originally from Mattapoisett, MA, Alex holds a degree in Neuroscience from Salve Regina University, where he graduated Magna cum laude. Alex currently dances for the contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance, with whom he has performed for 10 seasons a soloist and pas de deux partner. Such roles include Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit), Sleeping Beauty (Prince), The Nutcracker: Suite and Spicy (The Nutcracker Prince, 10 seasons), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and Dracula (Van Helsing). Regionally, Alex has worked as a master class teacher and guest artist for numerous ballet companies and dance academies including Ballet Theatre Company, Fischer Ballet, Worcester Ballet, and Ballet School of Stamford. Outside the realm of classic and contemporary ballet, Alex has danced commercial contracts for Busch Gardens and Norwegian Cruise Lines, and several music videos for Broadway and Youtube star, Todrick Hall. Also a singer, Alex has worked in musical theatre, regional credits including: Singin’ in the Rain (NBFT, Ensemble), Mary Poppins (North Shore Music Theatre, Ensemble), The Music Man (TBTS, Ensemble), and Kinky Boots (The Gateway, Angel). As an educator Alex focuses on Balanchine-based ballet technique in a structured yet fun atmosphere, focusing on the importance of correct placement and alignment to ensure a strong foundation to create classic lines and movement. Adagio is the best medicine. www.alexzarlengo.com
Aaron McGloin is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in NYC. Originally from Phoenix he got his BFA in Choreography from Arizona State University and went on to create his own professional company, Aaron McGloin Dance. Throughout the company’s 10 year run they worked with organizations across the country - performing in unique and prestigious venues, making dances for professional companies and students, and teaching classes to dancers of varying ages and abilities. Most recently he has been teaching classes throughout NYC as well as a number of guest artist residencies and commissioned projects for colleges and professional companies. You can visit Vimeo.com/aaronmcgloindance to see more of his work.
Grace Cannady hails from Westfield, MA. Grace has the distinction of being the youngest dancer (at age 10) allowed to audition for and join The Boston Tap Company in 2011 under the direction of Sean Fielder (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk). She teaches tap dance at All-Stars Dance Center, Westfield, MA, and has served as a regional dance captain for #Taplifetoo; mentoring aspiring tap dancers for the Western New England area, and continues to train in all forms of dance. She has won numerous regional/national solo dance titles over her competitive years, with her own choreography, and now produces solo/duo/trio and group choreography for others. She has trained with Sean Fielder, Derick Grant, Jason Samuels-Smith, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Corey Hutchins, Sarah Reich, Diane Walker and many others. Over the years, she has attended Beantown Tapfest, Jersey Tapfest, DC Tapfest, North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Chicago’s Rhythm World, Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project, The LA Tap Festival and The Intensive. Her stage performances include Beantown Tapfest, DC Tapfest, North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Rhythm in Motion (NYC), Soul Walk (NJ), Rhythm Stories (CT), The Urban Nutcracker (Boston), and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. Most notably, Grace was selected to perform in “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life” as a featured soloist for over 60 shows at The Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston and The Allen Theater, Cleveland, OH. She thoroughly enjoys improvisation and has performed live with members of The Diva Jazz Orchestra, The Three Divas and Medusa. She was cast as a tap dancer in the movie “Breaking Brooklyn” starring Louis Gossett Jr. Most recently, Grace performed at the MGM Springfield’s VIP Gala Event. Her ethos is “People go throughout life wasting time… Tap Dancers keep it.”
Lexi Tavares grew up in Milwaukee, WI where she studied hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and ballet at Accent on Dance Studios. Throughout her competitive years, she earned numerous awards and scholarships performing her solos and group pieces in places including Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and New York City. In 2006, she was named Regional Miss Teen Onstage in the Midwest.
While Lexi was earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology summa cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, she was choreographing and performing for the Northeastern University Dance Company. She also danced in Boston’s contemporary company Urbanity Dance under Betsi Graves. Post-graduation during the three years she lived in China, she taught contemporary and hip hop at Ants Army Dance Studio and had the opportunity to choreograph and perform throughout Hunan province.
Since returning to the United States, Lexi created her own visual arts enterprise called Love Spiral Art, became a proponent of the Ecstatic Dance movement, serves as a health and wellness coach, and continues to teach dance, choreograph, and perform. She currently teaches at Studio22 in East Lyme, CT; Dancer's Ink in Mystic, CT; Wild Earth Studio in Salem, CT; Physiocare in Salem, CT; and serves as a guest teacher and choreographer throughout Connecticut as well. With DFX Entertainment, she’s enjoyed performing at venues such as Mohegan Sun Casino, and this past holiday season she had the privilege of dancing with CONNetic Dance’s 10th Anniversary of The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy. Lexi is also currently dancing with Joby Roger’s Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience. Whether she’s on stage or jamming in her living room, Lexi believes that dance can truly bring peace within oneself and to the whole world. Dance like nobody’s watching; dance like everybody’s watching; dance because it’s what we live to do!