Faculty


Sara Barney

Sara Barney

Sara Barney Lustig was born in Providence, Rhode Island and began her studies at Providence Ballet under the direction of Eva Marie Pacheco. She has had the pleasure of working with Providence Ballet Theatre, Island Moving Company, Spindle City Ballet and various freelance choreographers over the years. In 2011 she graduated with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Sara has had the privilege to perform works by Alonzo King, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Doug Elkins among other great artists. Her training consists of techniques such as Cunningham, Limón, Nikolais along with Composition, Improvisation and Ballet techniques such as the Vaganova Method and ABT’s Pedagogy. After graduation she was awarded the Kenan Fellowship with Lincoln Center Institute which enabled further experience in the field of arts and education alongside LCE Teaching Artists in New York City with grades Pre-K through collegiate level including Special Education and ESL classes. In 2015 she graduated with a M.A. from the London Contemporary Dance School where she had the honor of performing on tour with the University’s collegiate company, EDge, performing works by Ben Wright, Joe Moran, Yael Flexer and Trisha Brown. She has a strong background in teaching Ballet and Modern to all ages and is thrilled to be on faculty at Chrystie Street Ballet Academy and Spoke the Hub.

Donnaldson Brown

Donnaldson Brown

Donnaldson has practiced yoga for move than two decades and has completed more than 300 hours of teacher trainings. In addition to being a KRI certified Kundalini yoga and meditation instructor, she is certified by the Veterans Yoga Project to teach trauma-sensitive yoga to those suffering from PTSD, as well as certified to teach Kundalini yoga to those suffering from chronic health conditions. She loves sharing the tools of Kundalini yoga, which are a beautiful and fun way to find one’s innate balance, strength and grace.

Will Brown

Will Brown

Will Brown, began his dance journey at The University Of Massachusetts where he earned his BFA in dance. Since then he’s performed works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Garth Fagan, Stefanie Battan Bland, Meredith Rainey, Zane Booker, Abdel Salaam and Augusto Soledade. Brown has taught workshops and master classes in several cities along the east coast. NYC is his home base now and he couldn’t be more thrilled. His work has be presented in New York City, Mare Nostrum Elements, Dixon Place, Toronto’s KasheDance Choregrapher’s showcase, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Kun Yang Lin’s Inhale Series. He’s been a featured performer at the Florida Dance Festival, IABD Conferences in Philadelphia & St. Louis. In 2013 he was invited by Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade to be a soloist in the Viva Dança Festival, Bahia Brazil. Currently he is a dance artist with Company Stefanie Battan Bland and teaches for several studios throughout NYC.

Michela Deidda

Michela Deidda

Michela Deidda also known as “Miki Tuesday” was born and raised in Italy. After dancing different styles, Michela fell in love with the urban dances at the age of 17 when she started studying Hip-Hop. She graduated from the M.C. School of Dance in Italy in 2000 and she became the technical director of the school in her own town Cagliari. Since then she has been working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She competed as dancer and choreographer in several competition such as Best Show, World Dance cup
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”.

Taylor Donofrio

Taylor Donofrio

Taylor Donofrio is a recipient of a BA in Dance from Manhattanville College. Taylor has had the privilege to perform with Pucci Plus Dancers,Te Ilum Theatre Company, Misnomer Dance, and Not An Original Theatre Company.

Taylor has taught Modern, Ballet, and Jazz through out studios in Northeast Connecticut as well as Westchester, NY. Along with dance, Taylor’s background in theater has brought her to teach theatre improvisation and Drama in Connecticut for Performing Arts Programs. In 2009, Taylor began teaching children’s Yoga in after school programs as a teacher at Yogi Beans and most recently FLY Yoga. Through these programs, Taylor had the opportunity to teach yoga and creative arts in Westchester, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, bringing the art of yoga and creative arts to children, 2 years old to 12 years old.

Taylor is also the Artistic Director of, Donofrio Dance Company, based in Park Slope. The Company has performed in front of audiences at The Tank, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, and Movement Research, and have been Fiscally Sponsored for the past two years from New York Live Arts. Most recently, they performed their newest work at the 2012 Dumbo Dance Festival and as guest artists at Manhattanville College.

Taylor is delighted to be a part of Spoke the Hub and looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of dance and yoga with her students!


Jacqueline  Dugal

Jacqueline Dugal


Stephanie Franck

Stephanie Franck

Stephanie Franck began her dance training at age five at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet in New Jersey and later studied under Kelli Wicke Davis at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. There she earned her BA in Dance and Performance Studies with a minor in Child Development and received an "Excellence in Dance" award. Upon graduating, Stephanie began teaching Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Jazz in Newport, Rhode Island and was a founding member of The Turning House Dance Company in Providence. In New York, Stephanie has had the pleasure of dancing for Rocha Dance Theater and was a Director's Choice winner at Spoke the Hub's "Winter Follies". She very much enjoys teaching at Spoke the Hub and Kidville and is a freelance choreographer and performer.

Gentry George

Gentry George

Choreographer and contemporary dance instructor Gentry Isaiah George founded ZEST Collective Dance. 

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, George 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.

George 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.


Mina Hamilton

Mina Hamilton

Mina has been teaching yoga in Park Slope for 22 years. She has an Advanced-Level Professional certification from the Kripalu Center in MA. She is also a trained Yoga Therapist. She brings intelligence, humor and creativity to her classes. Mina has studied meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Naht Hanh, and Jack Kornfield and loves helping her students to be both revitalized and less stressed. Her book, "Serenity To Go: Calming Techniques for Your Hectic Life" has been published in 6 languages and is a hit in Japan, where it has sold over 40,000 copies. She is a Life Coach and has a MA from Harvard University. Before starting her yoga and coaching career, she was the Executive Director of several non-profit organizations. Her writing has been published extensively in magazines such as Mother Jones, the Nation, and the Village Voice. Her website is serenitytogo.com.

Lori Jorgensen

Lori Jorgensen

Lori Jorgensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and Choreography from SUNY Brockport. She has toured North America, Europe, Africa and Asia with Maude Baum and Company, Kaleidoscope, and All Nations Dance Company. She has over 30 years experience teaching dance and fitness to children and adults, is the proud mother of 2 teenage boys and has been a Park Slope resident for 16 years.

Kerry Kastin

Kerry Kastin

KERRY KATSIN came to NYC from Virginia by way of Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. At BTF she was an Artist-in-Residence, teaching acting and playwriting in local elementary schools. Since moving to New York, she has worked as a performer, director, and stage manager with companies such as The New York Shakespeare Exchange, Vineyard Arts Project, and Lincoln Center, and trained in improv comedy at Gotham City Improv and Magnet Theater. Kerry is also co-founder and Artistic Director of the Blowout Theatre Company and the Associate Producer for the audio drama podcast The Truth.

Faith  Kimberling

Faith Kimberling


Mark Lamb

Mark Lamb


Elise Long

Elise Long

Elise 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.

Dalienne Majors

Dalienne Majors

Dalienne attended the dance departments of the Juilliard School and University of Iowa/Iowa City and continued graduate studies at the NYU Steinhardt School of Education. Her current studies include the PD Dance/Mark Morris Dance Center, Ernesta Corvino/Ballet, Annie Rebel-Coyne/QiGong and Integrative Yoga Therapy/Laura Staton. She has an extensive career as a dancer, choreographer and dance educator and currently inspires students of all ages at Spoke the Hub, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn senior centers and New York Methodist Hospital/Parkinson's Dance. She also choreographs and performs with Parents Who Dance.

Ethan Meigs

Ethan Meigs

Ethan Meigs believes there is enormous potential in the intersection of dance, martial arts, sports, and theatrical improv, he seeks to develop movement games that are cooperative, physically strenuous, and fun. He plans to some day study with movement guru Ido Portal. Currently Ethan is developing a curriculum that can inspire young people to move and play– an alternative to the team sport/fitness approach widely used in physical education.

Doreen Miranda

Doreen Miranda

Doreen Miranda was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts for dance and has continued dancing. Much of her time has been spent working for non-profit dance companies in Brooklyn in various capacities. She has her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. Doreen continues as a student and instructor of dance.

Karen Munson

Karen Munson

KAREN 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.

Dolores Natividad

Dolores Natividad

Dolores Natividad is an Exercise Physiologist certified by Marymount College and ACSM. She has practiced Yoga since the mid 1980’s and is a certified Integral Hatha Yoga practitioner for Basic Hatha 1 and Intermediate, Extra Gentle, Chair Yoga Prenatal,Post-Partum and Yoga-4-Arthritis. Dolores also studied extensively at the Original White Cloud Yoga studio in NYC where Julio Horvath originated his Gyrotonic® System. Her most recent certification is Melt® for Hands and Feet. She enjoys working the full spectrum from the new beginners to the seasoned athlete.

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.

doloresnatividad.com


Sarah Pope

Sarah Pope

Sarah 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

Kaina Quenga

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 Rebman

Mindy Rebman

Mindy 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)

STH STAFF

STH STAFF


Bethina Sayegh

Bethina Sayegh

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.


Amber Schmiesing

Amber Schmiesing

AMBER SCHMIESING is originally from the extremely cold planet, Minnesota. She hopes to travel the world, dance with epic people, make films, and eventually start a dance company. When not dancing, she can be found making movies, scaring people, and creating art.

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

Laurie Shayler

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!

Dance Connection
718.615.8105 www.danceconnectionnyc.com


Butler St. Studio 1

Butler St. Studio 1


Gowanus Studio A

Gowanus Studio A


Freestyle Repertory Theater

Freestyle Repertory Theater

Both college graduates of theater programs, Laura Livingston continued her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England and Mike Durkin at Sandy Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Their love of theater propelled them to start Freestyle Repertory Theater almost 30 years ago. Freestyle Rep’s mission is to combine the immediacy of improvisation and apply that to the rehearsed “spontaneity” needs of live theater.

Mindy Toro

Mindy Toro


Debra Wanner

Debra Wanner