Meet our special Guest Artists

Weekly dance classes are complemented each year with one workshop that is conducted by a special guest artist(s).  Concepts from weekly classes are brought to life with a celebration of cultures through a certain style of dance, an art presentation, or other special program.  Please see our Gallery page for pictures of our past workshops.

 

PAUL BOOS - AMERICAN BALLET PRESENTATION

Paul Boos is a former New York City Ballet principal dancer. In recent years Paul  has been traveling the world as a Balanchine Trust Repetiteur, some of the prestigious Ballet companies that have had the honor to work with Paul are: Bolshoi Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Romania, Bulgarian National Ballet... Dance to Unite was honored to welcome legendary Paul Boos as a guest artist for a special Ballet presentation. Check out our gallery page for pictures from that incredible presentation!

To learn more about Paul Boos go to: www.paulboos.com

 

 
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VISHAVJIT SINGH- SIKH CULTURE/ SUPERHERO CARTOON WORKSHOP

Vishavjit Singh is our nation's first and only SIKH editorial cartoonist! Through Vish’s life story students got to learn about the Sikh culture, looking different and the need for acceptance. He challenged everyone’s imagination with the concept that anyone can be a superhero! Vish gave a special cartoon workshop at Dance to Unite. Check out our gallery page for pictures from that incredible presentation!

To learn more about Vishavjit Singh go to: www.sikhtoons.com

 

ATIF TOOR- ISLAMIC ART PRESENTATION and ART OF HENNA WORKSHOP

Atif Toor is an award-winning creative director and published author leading design, corporate branding, and publication programs for museums, cultural institutions and the non-profit sector. We are not only lucky enough to have him as a special guest artist but as an Advisory Board member as well!
Dance to Unite welcomed Atif Toor for a special Islamic Art presentation where our kids learned about the special attributes of the fascinating Islamic art, they also got to learn some cool Bhangra dance moves! We welcomed Atif back for a special Art of Henna presentation, this time our kids learned about the history and the cultural significance of henna and got to practice some hands-on designs. Check out our gallery page for pictures from both inspiring presentations!

To learn more about Atif Toor go to: www.atiftoor.com

 

NICOLE TOUNGE- BRITISH BALLET WORKSHOP

Nicole Tongue is a former ballerina at England's prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet, for over the past 20 years Nicole's career has spanned a wide range of genre's including: Ballet, Opera, Theatre, Television, Film and Commercials both nationally and internationally. We are not only lucky enough to have her as a special guest artist but as an Advisory Board Member as well! Our kids welcomed Nicole for a special presentation about the discipline and commitment that the art of ballet demands from a dancer. Nicole's personal story ( alongside her personal photographs and her pointe shoes from childhood ) inspired our kids to appreciate the ballet art form and sparked an interest to learn more about it! Check out our gallery page for pictures from Nicole's heartfelt presentation!

To learn more about Nicole go to: www.nicoletongue.com

 
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BHAVANI LEE- INDIAN DANCE KATHAK WORKSHOP and YOGA MEDITATION WORKSHOP

Bhavani Lee is a multidisciplinary creative performer, teacher and actor. Derived from her deep roots in classical Indian Kathak dance and life long Yoga practice, Bhavani's magical talent led her to dance as a principal in the world renowned Cirque Du Soleil as well as become the creator of dance discipline for women called Devi Moves. Dance to Unite welcomed Bhavani for a special traditional Indian dance workshop called Kathak, our all girls' class enjoyed learning the elegant and feminine moves of Kathak including the beautiful jewlry that goes along with it. We welcomed Bhavani back for a special Yoga and Meditation workshop, where our kids ( boys and girls ) got to learn about the fascinating culture and philosophy of the Far East. Check out our gallery page for pictures from both presentations!

To learn more about Bhavani go to: www.bhavanilee.com

 
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YULA BE'ERI - COMPOSER, MUSICIAN, SINGER and PERFORMER

Yula Be'eri is an Israeli composer, musician, and performer. She has been performing music in New York City for the past ten years. Yula is the founder of the music arts collective Yula & The Extended Family (YXFM), an ever-morphing poetic tribe based at The Hive NYC in Brooklyn.
Dance to Unite welcomed the amazing and multi-talented Yula Be'eri for a special performance of her haunting original song 'Before The Great War' at our second annual DtU show! Our Jazz Lyrical dance class ( teen/girls) performed a special choreography (taught throughout the year) that was tailored especially to her song. It was a beautiful gesture on her behalf to our Dance to Unite, the audience was mesmerized by her performance and by the DtU dancers, it was a moment that touched hearts and brought many to tears... Check out our gallery page for pictures from that incredible performance!

To listen to Yula's music go to: http://www.last.fm/music/Yula+and+the+eXtended+Family#close