Take a contemporary dance class from teachers trained in Simonson Technique. Classes are offered in Advanced Beginning, Slow Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, and Advanced levels for pre-professional and professional dancers.

Classes in Beginning & Slow Intermediate Contemporary/Simonson Technique provide a more mellow contemporary dance technique class taught by teachers trained in Simonson Technique. Depending on the teacher, classes emphasize contemporary dance, modern dance, or jazz, but all offer a safe warm based on anatomical alignment and then transition into sequences choreographed by each individual teacher. These classes offer a safe warm-up based on anatomical alignment and then transition into sequences choreographed by each individual teacher. Explore your artistry while improving your modern dance technique.

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    Instructors

  • Laurie DeVito

    Laurie’s deep-rooted movement utilizes the torso with spirals and contractions which expand into movement through space. Her combinations of movement are both physically and mentally challenging. She hones in on the articulation of the body and clarity of movement while stressing musicality and phrasing. Laurie has been a teacher of Simonson Technique since 1979. Simonson Technique, developed by Lynn Simonson, is an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware.
    Laurie De Vito was a founding director of Dance Space/Dance New Amsterdam where she taught for 30 years. Along with her company, Laurie De Vito and Dancers, she has taught, choreographed and performed at schools and theaters across the United States, Canada and abroad. Most notably, she has worked at NYU Tisch School of the Performing Arts, Yale University, York University (Toronto), Montreal Jazz Festival, Spirit Square Center for the Arts(NC), Gustavus Adolphus College(MN), Tel Aviv Dance Center(Israel), I.A.C. Studio (Tokyo), International Dance (Spain),Balettakademien (Sweden), She has self produced 8 seasons in NYC. Laurie brings Simonson technique which is specifically designed for dancers of all disciplines and injury preventive to Peridance Capezio Center. For more information please visit: lauriedevito.com
  • Rachel Feinerman

    Rachel Feinerman’s class is based on the Simonson Technique which is a comprehensive and anatomically-based technique that prepares the body to dance with awareness and safety. Influenced by the various movement styles she has utilized throughout her years of performance, Rachel’s class offers students the opportunity to strengthen technique and performance quality in a fun and relaxed environment. Rachel’s choreography emphasizes lush movement, spinal articulation, musicality, and honesty in performance.

    Rachel Feinerman began her dance training at Barnard College. In 1996 she discovered Dance Space and continued training and teaching from there. She has performed with Laurie De Vito & Dancers since 1999 and has also been a member of Daria Fain’s Human Behavior Explorers, Ricardo Gomez Dance Theatre, and has danced for Wilson Mendieta, Sita Mani, Isabel Gotzkowsky, Sakura Shimada, Gail Accardi, Suki John, Yael Levy, Marjon van Grunsven, Katiti King, and Diane McCarthy. She has been in cast in photo and film projects including Stephanie Matthews’ black and white series “Dance: A Study of Movement and Fluidity,” Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, and Daria Fain’s film Clocks and Clouds and has worked with visual artists Griselda Healy, Brookie Maxwell and Kelvin Robertson. She was recently featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, demonstrating Laurie De Vito’s technique. Rachel’s choreography was most recently performed at Queens College in a Theater Department production of A Dybbuk and has also been presented at Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space, WAX, Evolving Arts, Makor, Greenwich House Theater, and Barnard College. She was on faculty at Dance Space/Dance New Amsterdam from 1999-2013 and has taught at Barnard College, 3rd Ward and the Educational Alliance.

  • Chris Heller

    Simonson Technique, developed by Lynn Simonson, is a comprehensive and anatomically based technique that prepares the body to dance with awareness and safety. Chris Heller provides a beginner’s dance vocabulary set to a wide variety of contemporary and classic music. With an emphasis on musicality and rhythm, Chris’s choreography challenges the beginner student to connect coordination, rhythm, and dance technique as they increase their strength and flexibility. This class allows students of all ages, body types, and experience levels to learn in an open and supportive atmosphere. No experience necessary!

    Chris Heller teaches dance and drama all over New York City. She has performed her own work as well as choreography by Katiti King, Jana Hicks, Max Stone and with Bliss Dance Theatre. She was a faculty member at Dance New Amsterdam from 2006-2013, where she also choreographed for Performance Project and served as an instructor in Lynn Simonson’s Method of Teacher Training course. She is the Artistic Director of Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, where she directs, choreographs and writes original musicals for children ages 6-18. She currently works as a teaching artist for Arts Connection, serving as an artist in residence and as a teacher mentor at schools throughout the public school system. Chris has an M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU.

  • Katiti King

    Katiti King brings an exciting and challenging movement quality to her class that emphasizes musicality and rhythm. Katiti’s choreography combines various dance vocabularies such as jazz, modern, and ethnic, and is inspired by jazz, soul, Latin and world music. In her class, Katiti guides the student to find a deeper awareness of the body and to experience free expression as an individual through movement. Katiti has been teaching, choreographing and performing for over 25 years. Ms King is currently teaching at Barnard College, Mark Morris, Steps on B’way and Gibney Dance Center.

    She previously taught at Dancespace/ DNA since 1984. Katiti has taught throughout Europe, South America, Canada and Japan, as well as major dance festivals here in America, including Bates Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance, New York Summer Dance Intensive [which she co founded with Charles Wright]. Additionally, she has performed for many choreographers including Lynn Simonson, Adrienne Hawkins, Danny Sloane, Marlies Yearby, Sarah Pogostin, Guido Tuveri and Kraig Patterson.Her collaborative include choreography with Micheal Foley and vocalist/ musician Philip Hamilton.

  • Diane McCarthy

    Diane McCarthy has been teaching, performing and choreographing throughout the U.S. and Europe for over twenty -five years. Her work has been presented in Holland, Spain, Washington, New York and Canada where she travels yearly to give workshops and choreograph. She has been on faculty at various colleges and universities around the United States including Manhattanville College, Hofstra University, Marymount College and Bates College in Maine. Presently, Diane is a member of the Arnold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College working to receive her masters in dance education. She is teaching Simonson technique at several studios in New York including Gibney Dance and Peridance Capezio Center.

    Diane has been a teacher of Simonson Technique since 1988. Her full movement phrases teach dancers to apply technique, explore musicality and work on performance qualities. Diane encourages students to make personal choices about dynamics and phrasing both in movement and stillness. Her classroom is a place for all dancers to find their inner strength, refine their technical skills, explore their passion to move and learn to let go. Simonson Technique, developed by Lynn Simonson, is a comprehensive and anatomically based technique that prepares the body to dance with awareness and safety.

  • T. Perez Ceccon

    Teresa will lead you through an organic approach to Modern Jazz technique emphasizing body alignment, deeper awareness and greater ease of movement. Her class begins with Lynn Simonson’s 10-minute signature warm-up designed to methodically prepare the body for dance. This foundation is carried throughout the class’s exercises and combinations, which also focus on developing a sense of rhythm and musicality. Dancers of all styles can learn how to work within their natural range of motion, preventing predisposition to injury while achieving increased stability, mobility and flexibility.

    Teresa Perez Ceccon, a native New Yorker, has been an active dance artist, educator and choreographer for over 25 years. In addition to being on faculty at Gina Gibney Dance Center where she teaches Simonson Modern Jazz Technique, she is substitute faculty at Steps on Broadway and teaches and choreographs for various New Jersey based dance companies and schools. Each year she travels to Europe and Canada to teach Simonson pedagogy and dance technique workshops. She also works closely with Lynn Simonson conducting the teacher training in New York City.

    For over 15 years, Teresa taught at Dance Space/Dance New Amsterdam. She holds a BA in Theater/Dance from Queens College where she later taught in the dance department for over 10 years. She also served as a faculty member at Hofstra University and for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting NYU and Conservatory programs. Teresa has been invited as a guest artist to many dance institutions, including Montclair State University, Barnard College, University of Tennessee, Bates Dance Festival, the Joffrey School’s Jazz & Contemporary program, Sarah Lawrence College, and Centenary College.

    Teresa has danced works by a variety of highly regarded choreographers as well as her own. She has performed in many New York City venues with several independent dance artists and companies. Teresa supplements her dance life through her practice and certifications in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Touch for Health applied kinesiology, and Anatomy of Movement.

  • Ambere Rogers

    Ambere Rogers teaches the Simonson Technique, developed by Lynn Simonson, is a comprehensive and anatomically-based technique that prepares the body to dance with awareness and safety. Ambere’s hands on approach with physical and verbal guidance, in Simonson, is in a nurturing and positive environment. Her positive energy is reflected throughout the class, as she focuses the students body and mind to work together, towards stretch, strength & healthy alignment. Her choreography is supported by strong rhythmical music that will inspire you to move.

    Ambere Rogers has performed, taught, & choreographed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the High Seas. She has taught at Mount Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts, Barnard College, Shubert Summer Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, and she is co-owner/director of her own studio in Connecticut. Ambere was a guest teacher at Metro Movement and C.C. Dance Theatre in Toronto, Canada, and a faculty member at Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. Ambere comes from a long line of dancers in her family. Her parents performed and worked with the great pioneers of dance such as Martha Graham, Lugi, Katherine Dunham, Jerome Robbins, Donald Mckayle, etc. With this rich background surrounding her, she carved out her own path. She performed in the US 1st National Tour of Mamma Mia!, the Off-Broadway & Regional Production of FAME, and has performed in many regional productions and Broadway Workshops. She held the position of Dance Captain with RCI Cruises. She can be seen in many commercials and films. Ambere has performed in the companies of esteemed New York choreographers Diane McCarthy, Kota Yamazaki, Kevin Wynn, Adrienne Hawkins, and Jaime Rogers. She is currently a performing member of Vissi Dance Theatre Co. Ambere received her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts. She enjoys sharing her love of traditional and contemporary Modern, along with the soul of Jazz and Caribbean movement.

  • Sasha Soreff

    Sasha’s class invites those who are new or returning to dance to explore movement that is safe and satisfying to execute while developing core stability, coordination, and strength. Sasha guides students in how to move with confidence, connect to the music, remember steps, and find their individual physical expression. The class includes a warm up, stretching, and ample time to practice – and enjoy – dancing. Her technique draws on classical modern dance, Simonson technique, and principles of kinesthetic anatomy.

    Sasha has taught modern, jazz, Simonson technique, anatomy and student performance workshops throughout New York and New England since 2000. She is on faculty at the 92Y and The International Partner Dancing Intensive, taught at Dance New Amsterdam from 1999-2013, and has served as teaching assistant to anatomist Irene Dowd. She is Creative Director of Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, which has been creating and presenting multigenerational, participatory work since 2002 at such venues as the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dixon Place, The Queens Museum of Art, Long Island University, The JCC in Manhattan, and on WNET’s MetroArts Television Station. Sasha is currently an artist-in-residence at University Settlement. She had the pleasure of dancing with Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends from 1998-2004. A Maine native, Sasha attended North Carolina School for the arts and Barnard College. More information at sashasoreffdance.com