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Great Neck, NY (September, 2015) — With the summer drawing to a close and the Fall Registration already open offering wide curriculum at the Gold Coast Arts Center, dancers of all ages and at all levels can gain beginner knowledge or brush up on their technique in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical forms! GCAC offers these classes though their knowledgeable staff of instructors who have years of experience in dance, choreography, and teaching from notable dance theatres to Broadway! www.GoldCoastArts.org


The dance programs offered at Gold Coast are available due to the guidance and passion of their extraordinarily dedicated and talented staff of instructors who work tirelessly to give each student the proper tools to learn and grow in such a truly unique artform:


EVELYN BALASSANIAN started dancing at age 8. By age 12 she was training in Russia and at 14 she was performing as a soloist with major European dancers, teachers and choreographers: George Balanchine in Serenade; John Butler in Scheherazade; Morris Bejar; Robert DuWarren; Robert; and Inga Urazgildier. In the U.S. she joined the Dance Theatre of Long Island with artistic director and international choreographer, Ali Pourfarrokh. For 15 years she taught and choreographed ballet at the Long Island School of Dance and Berest School of Dance. She continues to teach and dance with the American Theatre Dance and Eglevsky Ballet. Evelyn currently teaches multiple ballet classes at the Gold Coast Arts Center including classes in Primary Ballet, intermediate ballet, a new advanced 90 minute ballet class as well as adult Ballet class. She has also instructed in various after school programs through Gold Coast’s outreach program.


LANCELOT THEOBALD Jr., a former professional football player with the Italian Football League, has performed on Broadway in Indigo Dancers and at the Metropolitan Opera, Sampson et Delilah. He has trained with George Faison, Frank Hatchett, Geoffrey Holder and Ted Levy. Lance’s choreography has been seen at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, CBS, NBC, Mary Tyler Moore’s walkathon for diabetes research, and more. He has choreographed for the New York Knick City Dancers and choreographed/assistant directed the promotional tour and video for hip-hop artist REYN and Motown’s R&B artist Lateaf’s music video. Lance currently teaches a rocking boys hip hop class at the Gold Coast Arts Center.


NICHOLE PIACENZA is a Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Singer who graduated from Long Island University with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Theater. She is working on her Masters, MAT program at Queens College, and performs regularly with Dance Visions- a modern and contemporary Ballet Company. She has danced solo and in ensembles with Georgette & Co.; Moves and Motions; the Long Island Fringe Festival, and Isadora Duncan and the American Jewish Experience. As a singer she has performed in A Grand Piano, and 5 Women & Song. Nichole teaches children from as young a 2 ½ – 5 years of age primary ballet and tap.


Additional Dance Instructors Include:

MEGAN CLANCY who began dancing and performing at age 3, comes from a professional performing family. She attended the Professional Performing Arts High School, Manhattan and studied Dance, Theatre Arts at City College of New York; Musical Theatre, Dance and Vocal at the Professional Performing Arts School; Vocal and Dance at the Harlem School of the Arts; Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre at the Broadway Dance Center. Megan has worked with The Harlem Repertory Theatre and has taught Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance at the 92nd street Y; Harkness Dance Center; and the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism. She is the Co-Choreographer for The City College of New York productions.

JENNIFER STATHES has been dancing since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in dance with a minor in business and holds a masters degree in elementary education. She is a full time teacher for the NYC DOE. She was a member of her high school and college dance teams. She was captain of a rhythmics team in high school as well. She has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop to children ages 2-adult. In addition to dancing Jennifer also teaches Zumba fitness to children and adults.

ELIZABETH WEHRMAN is a Dance Educator working for the NYC Department of Education.  She teaches dance to grades Pre-K to Fifth at The Waterside Children’s Studio School P.S. 317Q in Queens, NY.  She also has experience teaching elementary school dance to grades Pre-K to Fifth in the Bronx, NY.  Elizabeth graduated from Hofstra University in January 2013 receiving a B.S. in Education – Dance Education and received her NYS Initial Teaching Certification for K-12 Dance in February 2013. She is the founder and past President of the University Club and Student Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), T’DAA (Teaching Dance As Art) on her campus.


With classes such as “Advanced Dance for Adults Only”, trained students will focus on posture, flexibility, strength, correct body alignment, balance, and technique. In “Lyrical Dance” (Ages 8+) a combination of the technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity and expressiveness, and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance is offered. The brand new “Intro to Tap” (Age 7+) offers “A fun combination of rhythm and Rockette”, with a form of percussion that teaches students not only technique, but also musicality, rhythm, and beat. “Ballet 1” allows students (Age 5-6) to focus on basic techniques, movement, terminology, spatial organization, and expressive response to music. For the full list of courses offered, Click HERE!


With such a talented and experienced group of instructors offering a wide array of beginner to advanced dance classes this Fall at the Gold Coast Arts Center, you won’t want to miss your chance to learn and grow in your knowledge!


For more information on the Dance Classes offered, VISIT: http://goldcoastarts.org/school-for-the-arts/classes/dance-classes/


Or Call 516-829-2570


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More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout the region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in schools and in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, in its 5th year this Fall. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

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