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Teaching Faculty

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Aqura Lacey (Chicago,IL) raised in Louisville, KY began her dance training at the Louisville Central Community Center then on to the Louisville Ballet School under full scholarship and Fordham University/Ailey B.F.A.

Ms. Lacey has performed Internationally with Ailey II, Philadanco/Apollo's "James Brown Project" and as a Guest Artist for AAADT, Zest Collective, Opus and more.

Featured in George Faison's "Paris 1925" as 'Josephine Baker', 'Apollo Club Harlem' with Maurice Hines, Netflix/Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down"; Ms. Lacey has also modelled in several fashion week shows.

Aqura has assisted as a personal stand in for Mariah Carey with Celebrity Choreographer/Creative Anthony Burrell. She has also performed with Beyonce(VMAs), JLo and Mariah Carey("All I Want for Christmas") under the direction of Choreographers Darrell Moultrie, Otis Sallid and Mogul Frank Gatson.

Ms. Lacey is currently faculty at HSA, Resoration Youth Arts Academy, Alvin Ailey, Abundance Dance Academy and DPWH.


Evabustamove is a Guatemalan artist based out of NYC. She currently dances for Omari Mizrahi’s company Les Ballet Afrik. She is excited to present their newest work at the Guggenheim January 2020. For the past year she has enjoyed continuing to work with Erik Altemus after dancing in his music video Backroom Parties and being brought on as the choreographer for his most recent release Desidero. Her work with the younger generation via her teaching work, allows her to continue to develop and share her artistry.


Choreographer and Youth Dance Instructor Gentry Isaiah George founded ZEST Collective November 02, 2013. Former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ailey II, George graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012. Gentry is an Associate Artist at New York Live Arts, and currently consults as choreographer and instructor in Ballet and Composition at Dance Project of Washington Heights, and USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts.

Gentry has created work on The Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA and has choreographed two ballets on the Peter London Global Dance Company. George has presented work throughout New York City, New Jersey, and Florida. In New York City, ZEST has performed at SummerStage, Dixon Place, HarlemStage Gatehouse Theater, Ulster Performing Arts Center, The Wassaic Project, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Whitebox Art Center, Madiba Harlem, Fort Tryon Park, Marcus Garvey Park, and the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood


XIMENA SALGADO is originally from Peru. Her experience in Musical Theater includes “In the Heights” US Spanish Premiere at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington DC, “Hairspray”, “Disney’s High School Musical” (Sharpay), “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Wizard of Oz” in Peru. She has been member of Balmir Latin Dance Company performing, teaching and competing in diverse Latin Dance Festivals around the US. In Peru she earned the title of National Salsa Champion as a Soloist in 2015. Her Dance Awards in the US includes 1st place in Salsa Pro Heats and 2nd place as a Soloist at Salsa Con Fuego , Pittsburgh 2017, 2nd place in Bachata Rising Stars and 3rd place in Samba Soloist at the World Salsa Summit 2017.

Now based in New York she is Artistic Director of LeSalsa NYC, professional Dance Company dedicated to the entertainment and education field celebrating and honoring Latin Rhythms and values such us joy, freedom, empathy and resilience. She also teaches her Latin Rhythms class, salsa and bachata in diverse dance studios and venues of the city.

Dan Mitra

Dan Mitra is New York City based tap dancer. Since starting tap dancing at a young age, he has received multiple awards such as the American Tap Dance Foundationʼs Tap Future Award, youngARTS silver finalist, and was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2009. 

Dan has been in Joseph Webbʼs Dancing Buddhaʼs, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Michela Lerman, Omar Edwardʼs Passion of Tap, and in works by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in On Tap at Summerstage. He has also performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala, choreography by Jared Grimes; and lastly as a member of Emmy Award Winning Jason Samuel Smithʼs A.C.G.I. 

Dan currently teaches and has taught at Mark Morris Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, AbunDance Academy of the Arts, and many more! 

Check out Danʼs website and DanMitraonTaps for updates on classes, performances, events etc!!


Katie Hardin

Katie has been performing and teaching in New York City ever since she moved here 3 years ago. She began dancing at age 4 and has continually trained ever since. While she has had the opportunity to train in many diverse styles, Tap is her favorite! Katie is passionate about sharing her love for dance by teaching children and adults of all ages, and is thrilled to be here at DPWH!


Nicki McVinua

Nicki McVinua has been dancing since age 7 and has studied Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, Jazz, and West African dance forms. In 2013, she received her B.A with a minor in Dance from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she studied technique, dance history, and composition. She performed in a number of student choreographed concerts from 2010-2013 as a member of the Muhlenberg Dance Association. She then went on to perform modern works in the New Haven, CT based East Rock Dance Theater. She previously worked as a dance instructor in the children’s program at Dance Haven (New Haven). She loves working with young children and also has a background as a preschool teacher. Additionally, Nicki is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds a master's degree from Columbia University.


Bekah Elles

Bekah Elles is a Colombian-American performing and teaching artist from Seattle. Bekah has a BA in Musical Theatre from American University where she also danced with the American University Dance Company for two years. Bekah has been teaching early childhood creative drama and dance classes for the past three years at Imagination Stage and Joy of Motion Dance Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington DC . She has had experience working as a lead teacher, assistant teacher, and inclusion facilitator working with a diverse population of neurotypical and neurodiverse students. Bekah is passionate about instilling a love of dance, movement, and performance in her students. Her favorite part of teaching is watching her students’ confidence grow throughout the session!