Kelvin Amburgey MFA – Modern and Jazz / Vanderbilt Dance Director – has his undergraduate degree in Theatre from Morehead State University in Kentucky, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kelvin has performed professionally as an Actor/Singer/Dancer in Theatre and Dance Companies across the United States ranging from the Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, and Unto These Hills to appearances on One Tree Hill on the CW and commercials for CMT. He spent several years with the Tennessee Dance Theatre and has performed with several local companies in dance and theatre. He has over 100 choreographed works in Modern and Jazz produced on stages across the US. Kelvin has taught Dance and Theatre for the past 25 years in various studios, colleges and universities as well as aesthetic education with the Nashville Institute for the Arts, Wolftrap Early education through the Arts and other Arts institutions.. He has taught all levels of jazz dance, modern, improvisation, and musical theatre dance at Vanderbilt University since 1993.
Sahana Balasubramanya - Bharatanatyam – Bio-pending
Banning Bouldin - Modern – a Nashville native, began her dance training at the School of Nashville Ballet. In 1998 she was accepted early admission and on scholarship to the Juilliard School under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. Directly upon graduating with a BFA in 2002, she joined Hubbard Street 2. Banning has since gone on to work internationally with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary dancers, choreographers, and companies: Lar Lubovich Dance Company, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, and Wen Wei Wang, to name a few. She was a soloist, master teacher, and rehearsal assistant during her tenure with Aszure Barton and Artists from 2003-2010. In 2007 she began developing and teaching her own syllabus in Paris at the Theatre de la Danse and Studio Harmonic. That same year she joined Rumpus Room Dance, based in Portland, Oregon and Gothenburg, Sweden, where she had the opportunity to co-create and perform multiple site-specific dance works. She and her Rumpus Room colleagues were nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010. Banning has taught master classes in the US, Canada, and Europe, has performed worldwide, and has been featured in four films, as well as in articles in Dance Magazine, The New York Times, and Dance Spirit. Having returned to Nashville in 2011, she now spends her time choreographing and teaching contemporary dance technique and improvisation at the Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt University, and with her own burgeoning dance collective, New Dialect Formation.
Danny Baye – Ballroom, Swing, and Latin - in 1985, Danny started dancing and teaching at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. In 1987, he moved to Nashville to teach at a studio here, and went on to partner in (own) two dance studios, before he and his wife opened Dance World in 2002.Dance World is the largest ballroom studio–facility and teacher-wise–in the southeast. Baye believes in teaching the full spectrum of ballroom dance as well as engaging in both social and competition, via group classes in Vanderbilt Dance Program as well as private lessons.
Anna Caruso – Ballet – began her ballet training at age 4 with Community Ballet School (Huntsville, AL). She joined the Huntsville Ballet Company at age 14 under the direction of Llyod Tyget, David Herriott, and Karen Gibb and performed lead roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Paquita, and The Nutcracker. She then attended the University of the South, where she taught at the Sewanee Dance Conservatory and was the student director and member of the college dance company, Perpetual Motion. Anna then moved to Washington, DC where she performed with the Kintz-Meijia Academy of Ballet. In 2005, Anna moved to Nashville, TN and joined the Vanderbilt Dance Theatre, under the direction of Tom Shoemaker. For the past five years, she has also taught for Rejoice School of Ballet. Anna currently lives in Nashville with her husband Josh and three children.
Monica Cooley – Bharatanatyam- is a respected performer and teacher of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance style of southern India. Professionally trained in Madras, India by the renowned dancers, Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi, Ms. Cooley has performed extensively in the United States and India. Her academic background in South Asian Studies, combined with years of personal experience living in Asia make her uniquely suited as an interpreter of Indian classical dance and culture for Western audiences. Since 1992, she has taught Bharatanatyam at her institution, Kala Nivedanam, a school of South Indian dance and music in Nashville. She has also been an instructor for the Vanderbilt Dance Program since 1995 and serves periodically as visiting professor for the Department of Dance at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Travis Cooper – Hip Hop, Contemporary - Bio Pending
Nomalanga Eniafe – West African Dance / Fitness- Nomalanga teaches movements based upon traditional African dance forms. Her style and class regime is designed to bring forth new life and new energy through the power of rhythm and dance. Her students develop a new consciousness about themselves and traditional African culture. Nomalanga has traveled to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky to teach and perform her art.
Reischa Feuerbacher – Belly Dance, Flamenco - is an experienced Belly Dance Performer and Instructor focused on both traditional and modern fusion styles. She has been a dancer and choreographer for world fusion group Labyrinthe since 1999, and later founded The Labyrinthe Belly Dance Company. She has studied Middle Eastern with accomplished Arabic musicians and dancers such as Laylia White, Aziza and Suhaila Salimpour. Reischa received her degree in Theater Performance from MTSU, where she also served as choreographer for the university’s production of Tales of Arabian Nights. Her solo performances include festivals, Arabic weddings, and restaurants. She is also teaching at places such as La Colmena Dance Studio and Centennial Arts Center.
Stephanie Hamilton – Tap – teaches dance and choreographs at Vanderbilt University, Harpeth Hall School and Montgomery Bell Academy. Locally, she also has taught dance at Columbia State Community College, Metro Parks and St. Cecilia Academy, as well as serving on the board of the Tennessee Association of Dance. Previously, she performed professionally as a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and as a featured dancer for several regional theatre and ballet companies. Originally from Memphis, where she worked in dance, theatre, opera and TV, she is an award-winning choreographer and performer, having been on the boards or behind the scenes in too many musicals and concerts to count.
Erin Law – Modern, Improvisation- Bio Pending
Juliana Lehman – Ballet, Fitness-Has danced with Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She attended Illinois State and won scholarships and awards for her dance from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Gus Giordano Scholarship and the Houston Ballet Academy. She has taught all levels of Ballet and fitness for the past 9 years in schools, Dance Academies, studios and Fitness clubs. Juliana is a personal trainer, in addition to having certifications in Zumba, Group exercise, and Pilates.
Jen Jen Lin – Modern - holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, IL. While in Taiwan, she was the artistic director and choreographer for the Lan-Yang Chinese Folklore Performing Dance Company, the group toured internationally extensively. In the U.S., she danced full-time in a modern dance company (Jan Erkert & Dancers) in Chicago, taught dance full-time at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and was an assistant professor of dance at the Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Her modern dance composition won the “Boston Moves” competition and presented in Majestic Theater in Boston. In Nashville she founded Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN), a not for profit performing arts organization and was the choreographer and the artistic director for several dance productions produced by CAAN. Ms. Lin also collaborated with Vanderbilt Blair School of Music presenting modern dances: “Snow Lotus” &“Qu Yuan.” ”Snow Lotus” was played live by Vanderbilt Wood Symphony, and music for “Qu Yuan” was played live by Vanderbilt Blakemore Trio. In 2012, Ms. Lin choreographed “Dragon Tales” dance theater production at the Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, and “Qi,” a site specific modern dance project for the Shelby Park 100 Years Anniversary Celebration. She is Carell Artist in Residency for the Harpeth Hall School in the Spring 2013.
Jennifer McNamara - Pilates, Ballet and Pointe – Jennifer is from Syracuse, NY and received her early training at the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts, with further study at the School of Cleveland Ballet and the School of Richmond Ballet. She was a member of the company in Richmond for two seasons before joining the Eugene Ballet, where she danced for ten years, creating lead roles in many of artistic director Toni Pimble’s works. From 2001 – 2007, Jennifer was a principal dancer with Nashville Ballet, especially noted for her portrayals in narrative and dramatic works. She is a certified Pilates instructor and teacher trainer for Balanced Body; she maintains a private and group practice at Simply Balanced and works specifically with dancers at her home studio. Previously on the faculty of the Ensworth School of Dance and the School of Nashville Ballet, Jennifer will be joining the staff at the Nashville School of the Arts as well as Metro Parks’ Dance Program. She is currently pursuing her teaching certification through the National Dance Education Organization. Jennifer was the 2005 recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship in Dance awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Maria Maggipinto – Modern - Bio Pending
Danika Miles – Jazz – Bio Pending
Chelsea Juetten - Hip Hop - Bio Pending
Jeff Durham - Modern Percussionist- At age 8, Jeff abandoned the clarinet and spent the next ten years of his musical life in marching bands, playing as many different types of percussion instruments as possible; he has never looked back. While attending graduate school, he became enamored with the tonal variety and diverse world of hand drums and, after many years of living and playing in Los Angeles, Jeff returned to his home town of Nashville in 1998. In addition to studio recordings, he has played over 700 live shows with Celtic, Latin, Blues, Rock, and Pop bands and enjoys bringing an eclectic flavor to every style he plays.
Jeff Durham became an accompanist for Vanderbilt’s Modern Dance program in 2004 and considers it, “… a great pleasure and privilege to play for such talented teachers and dancers.”
Al Marcelli - Ballet Pianist – Bio pending
Sandra Partridge – Ballet Pianist - is proud to have been a part of the Vanderbilt Dance Program since moving to Nashville in 1997. Sandra received her Bachelor of Music in piano from the University of Alabama and went on to study at The Boston Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Her love of silent movies and interest in pantomime and dance led her to begin working with dancers and actors at the Conservatory and at Boston Ballet, where she accompanied classes for three years. Sandra has a Master’s degree in Education and enjoys teaching her craft to others. She has a website, http://32measures.weebly.com for beginning ballet accompanists.