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A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Kara Chan is a professional dancer, artist, and teacher based in New York City. Currently, she is a dancer with Twyla Tharp Dance. Kara began dancing at the age of 5 and received her formal training at Pro Arté Center. Under the direction of Astrid Sherman, she completed all her ISTD and RAD Ballet & Modern Examinations with distinction. While training, she received BC provincial titles and top awards at local and international competitions.
Kara moved to New York to continue her studies and is a BFA graduate from The Juilliard School. Well versed in classical and modern styles, Kara had the opportunity to perform masterpieces by José Limon, Murray Louis, Merce Cunningham, and Jerome Robbins. In 2014 while still a student, she performed as a guest artist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, making her debut at the Joyce Theatre. Kara has also performed in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut and has worked with Larry Keigwin, Merce Cunningham Trust, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Trainor Dance, Kathryn Posin Dance Company, MorDance, Gleich Dances, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and Taylor Drury. She is an alumna of Jacob's Pillow, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Youth America Grand Prix. Known as “eye-catching”, “a joy to watch”, and a “spark plug”, Kara has been reviewed by the New York Times as “the diminutive dancer” who “consistently caught the eye with her exuberance, reach, and abandon”. Kara is grateful to be living her dream and pursuing a career as a professional dancer in New York. When she is not dancing, Kara enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance with other aspiring dancers.
Brian Poniatowski grew up in Poland, where he also started his adveture with dance, when he was 14. He recived his dance education from Caro Dance Company in Siedlce. In 2006 he won IDO world championships in Boston with a jazz solo in the adult category. In 2007 he won IDO world championships in Riesa Germany . In 2010 he graduated and became a qualificated jazz teacher and choreographer. In 2012, Brian Poniatowski won the Polish edition of So You Think You Can Dance, season 7, and after that he became a choreographer of SYTYCD Poland seasons 8th and 9th. In 2015 he moved to Hong Kong where he was hired as a choroegrapher and placed on faculty for the Red Shoe Dance Company. Besides winning SYTYCD Poland Brian's Professional career includes being a soloist in Caro Dance Theatre, a soloist on the international tour of "Rock Loves Chopin" and he was a face of a Axe deodorant commercial. His passion for dance has let him live in Los Angeles, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Hong Kong and New York.
A native North Carolinian, Tabitha Boulding received her BFA in Dance from East Carolina University with a concentration in jazz. While attending ECU, Tabitha, was given the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Mark Morris and Mia Michaels.
Upon moving to NYC Tabitha started her professional career immediately. NYC performing credits include The Miss New York Metropolitan Pageant, Culture Shock of NYC, The Elan Awards, Dancers Responding to Aids, and two Off Broadway plays, Confessions of a Dance Teacher and Invisible Child. She has also performed in opening acts for Chaka Khan and Stephanie Mills, as well as choreographed and danced with Weird Al Yankovic. Her dance career spans the globe from the United States to South Korea, where in South Korea she danced, choreographed and appeared in a children's TV series.
Besides performing, Tabitha has a passion for teaching and choreographing. Not only is she a very versatile dancer but also teacher. She currently has been teaching for 10 years. Tabitha’s choreography credits include High Society, The Happenings at Sogmush River, Cats, Crazy for You, Release Your Style NYC Salon Commercial, The Curious Sofa, Swing, Meet me In St. Louis, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane it’s Superman, Shrek Jr., and most recently The Melody Lingers On.
A consummate dance professional, Kathleen is well-versed in a number of genres, including ballet, jazz, musical theatre, and hip hop. She toured both nationally and internationally with such well known companies as The Jette Performance Company, The Mantis Project, Kelly Drummond, and The Jennifer Krease Dance Ensemble. She has also appeared in movies such as Carlitos Way and The Stepford Wives, and was a featured dancer in MTV London's Speedracer Video. Ms McAree holds a BFA from Montclair State University with a concentration in dance. She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Queens College-City University of New York(CUNY). She is a certified teacher of ballet by The American Ballet Theater(ABT) through the National Training Curriculum. Kathleen is also a member of The New York State Association for the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance( NYS APHERD) and has beena Dance Conference Presenter for their organization. For 13 years she taught in the Dance Dept. for CUNY at Queensborough Community College and had the privilege of working with such esteemed choreographers as Robert Battle, the current artistic director of The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In addition to her collegiate position, Kathleen has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theatre, modern, lyrical, and latin dance at such renound studios as Steps on Broadway, Central Park Dance, DDA Dance Academy, The Ridgewood Conservatory, DEU, and served as the master class series director for The Elan Awards honoring such amazing performers as Susan Stroman and Rob Marshall
Jennifer Moskowitz is originally from Newark, MD. She began her adventure in dance at the age of 9 and never looked back. This journey took her to Philadelphia, where she received her BFA in Jazz/Theater Dance from The University of the Arts; training with inspiring teachers and creative choreographers; Beth Iguchi, Milton Meyers, Faye Snow, Andrew Pap, Mia Michaels, and Cathy Young are just the tip of the iceberg. Upon graduating, her dreams led her to Los Angeles where she performed with Winifred R. Harris Between Lines for two seasons. During her time in Los Angeles she discovered that not only did she love performing but she was passionate about passing on what she had learned over the years; and so began the next big adventure. Jennifer continued to perform and teach in LA until returning to her hometown in 2001. She took the next three years and concentrated on honing her own style of teaching. Then, once again, she followed her dreams and let them lead her to New York. While in New York, she performed with Emancia Dance Company as a soloist, working as the rehearsal assistant and a guest choreographer for two seasons in addition to a full teaching schedule. Ms. Moskowitz has found her creative journey leading her from New York to Florida and back again in the last few years concentrating on teaching and choreographing. Her choreography has been performed in New York at Steps on Broadway and in DUMBO at White Wave, in Florida her competitive choreography won the Best Choreography Award at OnStage Dance Competition for Wild Things in spring 2011. Jennifer has been back in New York teaching since 2011 and has continued to build on her dreams. In 2013 she began For Love of Dance, a children’s dance party entertainment company, as a way to combine her excitement for teaching, kids and birthdays. She has continued her education as well, by pursuing a Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College. Jennifer is now very excited to become a part of the Tate Dance Academy. She looks forward to sharing in the creative process with her students and colleagues.
“TRIX" is a very talented hip hop choreographer and performer with over 14 years commercial dance experience and 12 years of teaching experience. Trix has appeared on Bet's Hit Show "106 & park" several times as a champion contestant and as a dance weekly guest performer. He was a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance Season 9.”
Trix has had the pleasure of working and performing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida across all theme parks. From theme parks to the basketball court, he choreographed a half time performance for the Orlando Magic Dance Team.
Trix is currently a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Company. In addition to those well renowned schools, he is a master instructor for the Joffrey Ballet Summer hip hop program in multiple cites across the US and participates in the audition tour recruiting talent from all over the United States.
David Parra is thrilled to be teaching with The Tate Academy,
A professional dancer originally from Bogota, Colombia; he moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue a career as a commercial hip-hop and street jazz dancer. David has participated in conventions as well as competing twice in the Hip-Hop World Championship. He has worked on numerous industrial jobs in New york city including The World Pride Concert in Barclays Center, Nintendo Launches, TV show, many more.
David is honored to teach, and looks forward to sharing his love and passion for dance with the students of The Tate Academy. He hopes this generation of Dancers will benefit from the same opportunities dance has given him.
New York City native Morgan Claire McEwen began her professional ballet career at age 17 with the Richmond Ballet. Ms McEwen then continued on to BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. During her time at BalletMet she had the opportunity to dance many soloist roles and was also co-recipient of the Violetta Boft award. Her repertoire there was extensive ranging from classic Balanchine to works by Stanton Welch.
In 2009 Morgan moved back to New York to dance with the Metropolitan Opera. Here she has had the opportunity to dance in the several Metropolitan Opera premiers including Rossini’s Armida and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann; as well as the world premier of Enchanted Island. Morgan has performed on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in Brigadoon. Ms McEwen has also danced with Neos Dance Theatre, Syracuse City Ballet, and Gleich dances. She has guested with Ballet Yuma, Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Ms McEwen launched her own ballet company, MorDance in January 2013. She serves as the director and resident choreographer of the company. Ms McEwen has been sighted by the New York Times as having “an eye for shaping the arc of a dance as carefully as the transitions and details within it.” MorDance has performed in multiple dance festivals as well as holding their own seasons at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and the Sheen Center in New York City. The company has also been invited to hold short term residencies at both the Silo and Mana Contemporary. Ms McEwen has been commissioned to choreograph a new ballet this Fall on Columbia Ballet Collaborative and continues to teach across the country.
Holly mehedin has been teaching for over 20 years now, and specializes in multiple disciplines. She began training in Hamilton NJ, with Julie Caprio of Hamilton Ballet. She competed for years in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical, and danced throughout middle and high school, and earned an associates in the fine arts for dance.
She owned her own studio for years, building an award winning competition team, and venturing into NYC for classes almost daily.
She later moved to NYC, where she began training daily with multiple teachers, expanding her skill set with tap and hip hop. She participated in workshops, conventions (NYCDA, DEA, and Tremaine) as well as teacher conventions (Dance Teacher Summit and BDC teacher workshop) to refine her skills as a teacher.
She has spent a significant amount of time refining her teaching, and focusing extensively on a PT based approach to dance. After deciding to go back to school, she has become certified by sugarfoot therapy a PT based approach to dance training, as is also a Tspheres certified teacher, which promotes self care and injury prevention.
She travels for choreography and teaching, as well as is on the panel for SDA, and judges for their competitions.
She is thrilled to be starting her second year with the tate family!
Michael Crawford is from Takoma Park, Maryland. He began dancing with prestigious schools, including the Maryland Youth Ballet and Kirov Academy, with summer intensives at The Rock School and San Francisco Ballet on full scholarships. In his senior year, he was accepted into the Kennedy Center’s Master Class Series, where he trained and performed with top international companies.
Mr. Crawford then moved on to the Washington Ballet where, in their top training program, he performed with the company under the direction of Septime Webre. Upon graduation, he went on to study and perform in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell.
After Pacific Northwest Ballet, he danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, American Repertory Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. At these companies, he performed several ballets as a principal artist.
He has been privileged to work alongside top productions, such as “Guys and Dolls," "West Side Story," "Show Boat," and other musical performances at The Kennedy Center, as well as touring many other international stages. He has also worked guestings with The Washington National Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, Brooklyn Ballet, and Ballet Neo.
While signed with New York Model Management, Mr. Crawford had the honor to internationally campaign. He has walked in several seasons of NYC Fashion Week. He also appeared in the feature film "Step Up" and can be seen on television in ABC’s production of “Forever.”
Michael is also an award-winning teacher and choreographer. He has been teaching and choreographing nationally and internationally for over 10 years. He has coached many prize-winning students for competitions, such as Youth America Grand Prix. Some of his students have gone on to Prestigious college programs, top dance companies, and leading broadway performers. Michael is on faculty at many studios including Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC.