Competition, MC Hip hop Contest, Vetrina Coreografica di Olbia, Gran Premio Della Danza, always ranking in the top 3. In 2007 she performed the Italian tour of the show “Haiku” with the artist Omid Walizadeh. In 2010 she moved to New York City to study at the renowned Peridance Capezio Center In NYC. Her career has led her to perform with choreographers such as Svea Schneider, Tweetie, Michelle Byrd McPhee, Chanan Lareche and Robert Taylor. In 2011 Michela joined the Ladies of Hip Hop Crew and she performed as choreographer and dancer at the Ladies of hip hop Festival. Since 2012 she has been a company member of KINEMATIK Dance Theater performing in 2013 at Fringe Festival and Flushing town hall
Theater with the show “Insekta”.
His is a former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey II, Lustig Dance Theatre, Collage Dance Collective, and Malcolm Low’s Formal Structure, Gentry graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012. Gentry is an Associate Artist at New York Live Arts, and currently teaches Ballet and Dance Lab / Composition at USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts.
Gentry has presented work throughout New York City, New Jersey and Florida. In New York City, ZEST has performed at the SummerStage, Dixon Place, HarlemStage Gatehouse Theater, Ulster Performing Arts Center, 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.
Elise LongElise Long is the Founder/Director of Spoke the Hub Dancing and Gowanus Arts. Born in Coalinga, CA and raised in SF Bay Area, Long attended Middlebury College in Vermont on scholarship where she graduated Phi Beta Cappa, Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in Dance and Studio Art. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and has done graduate work in Dance, Physiology, Anatomy and Kinesiology at Columbia Teachers College, NYU, LIU and Queens College. She has created over 100 original dance/theater works performed in the States, Canada and abroad indoors and out-of-doors since 1979, and has been teaching dance and related art forms to both children and adults for over 40 years.
Karen MunsonKAREN MUNSON currently teaches at Spoke the Hub and at private gyms throughout Manhattan. She has designed and taught fitness classes for over 20 years at Equinox and Eastern Athletic Clubs, as well as trained clients privately. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Washington and multiple certifications through ACE, AFFA and REEBOK. While training and working in regional repertory theatre, she also trained in ballet with Ruthanna Boris, jazz with Phil Black, floor/barre at Alvin Ailey and gymnastics at Sutton Place Gym.
Profoundly influenced and changed by Young Living Essentials (Aromatherapy) Dolores enthusiastically brings this additional level of healing into her private practice and her Yoga classes.
Sarah PopeSarah Pope, dancer, improviser and teacher, is originally from Southern California and holds a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. She is proud to have been singing, dancing and making believe at Spoke the Hub for the past 6 years, and looks forward to continuing with Park Slope's tiniest dancers into the next decade! As a performer, Sarah has been a member of Mark Lamb Dance since 2005, currently appearing in the company's monthly 'S7' Salon Series at Metro Baptist Church, and has worked with Sarah Council Dance Project since 2006. She also currently works with choreographer Daniela Hoff, as well as Catey Ott Dance Collective. In addition to her work at Spoke, Sarah teaches ballet to all ages and adult fitness at the Prospect Park YMCA and creative dance at Young Minds After School Program in Fort Greene.
Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years in Hawaiʻi, Florida, New York and throughout the east coast. She performs widely as a freelance Polynesian dancer in the tri-state area at themed parties, community events, schools, and senior centers. Kaina trained under Hiloʻs famed kumu hula (hula teacher) Johnny Lum Ho of Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua and she also danced with Tihati Productions on her native Big Island. In the community, Kaina has worked with the students at Concourse House Day Care in the Bronx since 2003, teaching Native Hawaiian mele (songs) and hula (dance) to the children there. She is a Polynesian dance instructor at Spoke The Hub Dancing in Park Slope, Brooklyn and also has free Hula and Ori Tahiti dance classes throughout NYC Parks during the Spring and Summer. Kaina is among the dance Teaching Artists with Brooklyn Arts Council's Folk Feet Folk Arts and Arts In Education programming. She is skilled in Native Hawaiian language as well as in the art of traditional Hawaiian lei making.Kaina is also the Director of Nā ʻOiwi NYC, a New York-based education and advocacy group that perpetuates Native Hawaiian culture, history, and voice in New York City. Kaina performed at the Aloha Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. with Brother Ah and the Aloha World Music Ensemble honoring President Barack Obama. She is devoted to sharing and perpetuating the traditional dances and culture of Polynesia. Kaina Quenga is a true ambassador of Aloha.
Mindy RebmanMindy Rebman began her early dance training in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma with teachers from Ballet Oklahoma, Boston Ballet, and The National Ballet of China. In addition to her rigorous ballet training, she also began to hone her skills in jazz and tap in these formative years. She graduated with honors from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance as well as a BA in Psychology. She is a founding member as well as the rehearsal director for RedWall Dance Theatre (www.redwalldancetheatre.com) and has also performed with Bardos Ballet Theatre and other independent choreographers. Mindy's teaching credits include The Ballet Tech School, Marquis Studios, ArtsConnection, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Ballet, and of course Spoke the Hub! Ms. Rebman has set original choreography on students from The Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Spoke the Hub, and has been a guest speaker and rehearsal consultant for the dance department at Long Island University. In the Spring of 2010, Mindy became the Artistic Director of Chrystie Street Ballet Academy. (Tap I-III and Teen Hip Hop)
Bethina is a professional dancer, who had her start at the famed STEPS of New York City. It was there that she had her first taste of Jazz and Ballet. Later on she joined the "Eddie Torres Latin Dance Company". After perfecting her Mambo and Cha Cha Cha , she went on to tour with Tito Puente for 10 years.
Trained in Afro-Caribbean, Flamenco, Jazz, Waltz, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing and a bit of Ballet. Bethina is been teaching Zumba for a year and a half and she just LOVES IT!!! Every bit of it!!! In her Zumba classes she uses all her dance knowledge to bring you an exciting, creative and high energy routines that will leave you feeling great.
Bethina was born in South America, and has lived in NY for over 20 years.
She recently made the move to the Big Apple and is planning to do work in film, photography, and dance.
When creating movement in dance, film, and design she is constantly inspired to create work based on momentum, architecture, and structural designs.
Laurie Shayler has studied and pursued a career in dance her entire life. She received a B.S. in Dance from S.U.N.Y Brockport and an M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College. Her professional training and background includes Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Latin, Swing and Ballroom styles. She has performed and taught with several modern dance companies and choreographers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
She was first introduced to Swing and Salsa in the clubs and immediately fell in love with this electrifying music and dance scene. Her interest quickly extended to other Social Dances. She has studied with many well-known New York City and world-class instructors. She began teaching Ballroom, Latin & Swing at New York Health & Racquet Clubs throughout Manhattan and at The Picnic House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Eventually the popularity of her personalized instruction grew and she formed her company Dance Connection. Her program offers a variety of group and private classes in Brooklyn and she also specializes in wedding preparation and choreography.
Laurie’s passion and enthusiasm for studying and teaching dance is quite contagious and she invites you to join her on the dance floor!