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Teaching Faculty

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Allie

Alexandra Bonesho-NYC Credits: THE BLACKOUT (The Anthropologists), SPIT (Nylon Fusion Theatre Company), THE GOOD LIFE (Xavier Theatre Company), SWINGTIME CANTEEN (Cherry Lane), Young Company (Titan Theatre Company). Regional Credits (selected): SPRING AWAKENING,  CAMINO REAL, GREY GARDENS, LEND ME A TENOR. Proud member of AEA.

Alexandra has taught various acting and dance classes throughout the Midwest and NYC. She has worked as a choreographer and guest artist for educational shows and programs. Alexandra also helps students on the Autism Spectrum take their next steps as artists and individuals through musical theatre, dance, and acting classes. Her training includes classroom strategies, sensory awareness, social stories, and how to best communicate with the various ranges of the spectrum including work with non-verbal students. As a teacher, Alexandra encourages risk-taking, empowerment from mistakes and hardships, and incorporating song, dance, memory tools, and life skills to create an environment that translates into confidence on and off the stage. www.alexandrabonesho.com

Aqura

Aqura Lacey(Chicago,IL)  was raised in Louisville, KY and began her dance training at the Kentucky Centers ArtsReach program at Louisville Central Community Center under the direction of Geraldine Woods and mentor, Aundra Lafayette. She also trained at the Louisville Ballet School and the Fordham University/Ailey B.F.A. program. Aqura has performed Internationally with Ailey II and Philadanco for the "The James Brown Project". She performed as a Guest Artist for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Zest Collective, Keen Dance Theater and Opus Dance Theatre to name a few. Aqura Lacey was also an original member of the Cartier Williams Dance Theatre. Aqura has also performed for George Faison's Universal Dance Experience in "Paris 1925" featured as 'Josephine Baker' and Apollo Club Harlem with Maurice Hines. Ms. Lacey has worked for Beyonce, JLo and Dance Mogul and Creative Director, Frank Gatson. She was featured in Nicole Miller's Fashion's Night Out and has modeled in several shows for Fashion Week. Aqura was a dancer for Baz Luhrmann's new Netflix original series(2016) "The Get Down". Most recently Ms. Lacey has performed for Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" show, Beyonce's VMA performance and a personal stand in for Mariah Carey's New Years Eve performance. 

As a teacher, Ms. Lacey and is currently faculty at Alvin Ailey, Resoration Youth arts Academy and Dance Project of Washington Heights. 

Eva

Eva Bust a’ Move is originally from Guatemala City. She has found a dance home in NYC and trains in Popping, Breaking and House. She has performed for Kiesza, Ephrat Asherie Dance and works with new artist Erik Altemus. Music has inspired her to create her own music visuals which you can experience on her Instagram @evabustamove. In 2017 she had the honor of choreographing for the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive. She uses her knowledge of dance to empower her young students and to become a better human being. So much to learn but with dance it’s a bit sweeter. 

Gentry

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 teaches 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

Lauren

Dancing since the age of four, Lauren has been performing, choreographing, and teaching extensively throughout the tri-state area for over ten years.  She received her BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College in 2008 with Magna Cum Laude Honors, having trained in various styles and techniques such as ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and tap.  Since then she has danced and performed professionally with DanceLink, coEXISTdance Company, FireRock Productions, Eng and Friends Dance Company, hersouldances modern dance project, Serendipity Dance Ensemble, Annex Dance Company, Morgan Chambers (Pink Hair Affair), REXDANCE, Jenkintown Dance Company, danceETHOS Performance Company, Underground DanceWorks, and ContempraDance Theatre Company.

 

She currently lives in Manhattan and is balancing teaching, choreographing and ongoing projects. She is extremely excited to be a part of Dance Projects of Washington Heights.

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Ximena

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.