Advance Arts Summer Intensives


Ages: 8 – 12  and 12 – 15
Dates: July 8 – Aug. 30, 2019
Times: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 748 Union St. @ 6th Ave

Call 718.408.3234 to register.

ADVANCE ARTS is Spoke the Hub’s newest, individualized summer mentorship program for serious young artists looking to deepen their artistry and skill in their chosen art form. Small groups of 3-6 students work with a professional artist on their own individual projects. Intensives can be for one week or up to eight weeks, depending on the availability of the mentor. Private and semi-private intensives can also be arranged. Field trips to working artists’ studios, live performances and other outstanding cultural institutions also to be arranged.

Current intensives and mentors include:

w/ Iliana Quander

Young designers will learn the process of bringing their ideas from concept to the runway. We will meet with local fashion designers and visit a few local markets where indie designers sell their wares to get inspiration for their own collection of 3 or more pieces which will be presented at the end of the intensive. Young designers will learn basic patternmaking, how to choose fabrics, basic construction via machine and hand sewing, embellishments and finishing. For the presentation, we will learn how to do a casting call, a photo shoot and how to work as a team to put together the final presentation.




ILIANA QUANDER (amparo3) is an independent women’s clothing designer, artist and educator based in NYC. She produces mostly one-of-a-kind, custom and short run clothing for women and retails it at Sohung Designs boutique in Chelsea. On occasion, she wholesales to other specialty boutiques in the New York area. In the past, she has served as Sustainability Director for the BK Style Foundation, the organization that produces Fashion Week Brooklyn each season and she has also taught Clothing Reconstruction at F.I.T.’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. Since 2008, Ms. Quander has also done on-site tailoring for the fashion and entertainment industry serving both high end and commercial markets with notable clients such as: Vogue, Target, Kohls, The Gap, Umizoomi, JCPenny AND many other stylists and celebrities.


w/ Alex Faoro

Young film-makers will have the opportunity to explore the practice of filmmaking outside of its conventional parameters. Throughout the week-long course, students will be exposed to a variety of experimental cinema, they will be taught important aspects of production, editing and post-production, and they will imagine and execute their own unique short films. Moreover, they will learn about filmmaking as an art form… one that can be used to communicate personal realities in new and interesting ways. More ambitious, multi-week, personal film-projects also possible.




ALEX FAORO is a teacher, programmer and moving image maker. His films and videos utilize 8mm, and address concepts of absurdism, mortality and decay. His work has been exhibited at festivals, galleries and small cinemas including Anthology Film Archives, Spectacle Theater, CineAutopsia: Bogota Experimental Film Festival, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, FEDAXV, London Experimental Film Festival, Unexposed Microcinema and Family Film Project. In addition to screening his own work, Alex directs and programs a small theater space – Al’s Cinematheque – where he shows a variety of domestic and foreign avant-garde films. Alex teaches digital filmmaking classes through Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Magic Box Productions and LEAP NYC; three non-profit organizations that work with the Department of Education to promote arts enrichment in public schools. Additionally, he instructs super 8mm workshops with Mono No Aware, a Brooklyn based cinema-arts non-profit that has supported community filmmaking for over a decade.

w/ Sabina Ciari

In this intensive, young capoeristas will learn the basics of capoeira music and dance while also creating a Brazilian carnival “bloco”. The objective is to create a concept for a samba street band which will conclude with a parading performance around the block on the final day of the intensive. We will be learning how to play samba rhythms on percussion instruments of all shapes, sizes, and sounds. In addition, we will choreograph a basic samba and capoeira dance, and even create costumes to complement our concept. High energy fun is guaranteed!





SABINA CIARO is a bursting-with-color artist, capoeira diva, and a joy-inducing teacher. When armed with her enchanting instrument, the berimbau, Sabina creates authentic and empowering capoeira circles open to all who are willing to dispel their anxieties, open their hearts, and establish community. She is a student of world-renowned capoeira masters since childhood and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. Sabina has worked her magic at Sleep No More at The Mckittrick Hotel, Second Stage Theater and Queen of the Night, as well as across numerous stages where she has performed as a dancer, musician and/or capoeirista.. She is committed to creating accessible, intergenerational and inclusive art with all of those who wish to jump into the circle!



w/ Eugene “Spydey” Jordan

Young breakers will learn the history and classic moves of Breakin’, originally know as Breakin’ bboying/bgirling. We will learn 4 basic foundations that are used in this art form and then expand upon them to create our own moves and styles!







SPYDEY grew up in Hollis, Queens, home to native hip hop icons like LL Cool J and Run DMC. He taught himself street dance moves and backflips by mimicking Michael Jackson and Usher videos when he was very young. He picked up Breakin’ at age 18 after watching it on T.V. and seeing it in his high school’s black history show. In his first year at college, he was introduced to Kid Glyde, son of Mr. Glyde and president of the legendary B-boy Crew “The Dynamic Rockers”. After training and learning about hip hop history from Kid Glyde and Dynamic, Spydey became a member of the Dynamic crew, competing with them in world reknown breaking’ competitions like R16 and Outbreak; he has won dance competitions at “Battle for Your Life / New Jersey” and the 610 Mayfield Competition in Pennsylvania.

DATES: July 29-Aug 2 or Aug 19-Aug 23

w/ Elise Long

Through structured improvisations and critique, young performers and dance-makers will be challenged to “divine” their own unique theatrical voices and to express what’s on their minds physically with originality, courage, humor and invention. An informal showcase of the new works-in-progress will be presented at the end of each week, and for more ambitious young choreographer/directors who would like to create their own solo or group shows, a final weekend production will be presented at the end of the summer which will also include work in set, prop, costume, multi-media and lighting design.




ELISE LONG is the Director & Founder of Spoke the Hub Dancing and Gowanus Arts. She has been teaching, creating and presenting her own idiosyncratic small and very large-scale intergenerational “folk dances” in the States, Canada, abroad for over 40 years. Her work has appeared in lowbrow venues including community gardens, on ferries, in pizza joints, across bridges and in protest marches, as well as being commissioned and produced by higher brow venues including Dance Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She holds a BA in Dance and Studio Art from Middlebury College, and has done graduate work in Dance Education and Exercise Physiology at NYU, Columbia Teachers College, LIU and Queens College.


w/ Gabe Pacheco

In a weeklong intensive, up and coming comics and comedy writers will practice developing their comedic voices by creating stand-up monologues, learning improv games, and basic sketch writing. The class will be fun and fast-paced with the goal of creating a mini-variety show at the end of the week.







With over a decade on the NYC scene, comedian GABE PACHECO has appeared at Caroline’s, The Creek & The Cave, and the Knitting Factory. He’s featured at the Asheville Comedy Festival and Accidental Comedy Festival. His voice is on John Fuglesang’s Tell Me Everything, on Sirius XM, the “Katie Halper Show” and the “Eat Pray Judge Podcast”. His Album “Risky Behavior” was released March 2019 on 800 Pound Gorilla Records As an educator, Gabe has been a member of the Story Pirates community since 2008 and holds a master’s degree in elementary education. He works with students year round. Gabe is also the curator of GILLIGAN’S COMEDY Showcase at Spoke the Hub, which supports the work of up and coming comedy stars in front of a live, local audience.

w/ Gail Flannery

Young artists will work mostly with and on paper. Explorations will include all kinds of printmaking and collage as well as painting and pencil drawing.







GAIL FLANERY graduated from Cooper Union – and first showed at Dorsky Gallery in NYC in 1975. She has work in many corporate collections, and in the permanent collection of the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Throughout her career, she has had the honor of working with major master printers in NYC. Gail was a master teacher at STUDIO-IN-THE-SCHOOLS for many years and is an active member of the 440 Gallery artists’ collective in Park Slope.





w/ Cecilia Schmidt

Young artists will explore different mediums to help students find and develop their own personal artistic voices. Individual projects may include drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, found objects or portfolio development. Field trips to MOMA and other important exhibits and art galleries to be arranged.







CECILIA SCHMIDT was born in Louisville, Kentucky and she attended the University of Kentucky, receiving a B.F.A in Sculpture and her M.F.A. in combined media from Arizona State University. She also studied photography at The International Center for Photography in New York City and continues to do freelance photography work on assignment. Her work in photography, painting, sculpture, architectural installation and video has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.





w/ Ann Dragich

Young tap dancers will learn the history of tap dancing while they also work to develop and advance their own individual tap styles and technique. Dancers will also be encouraged to improvise and choreograph their own original tap choreography and to expand the boundaries of what tap can be as a rhythmic art form. Possible field trips to be arranged.






ANN DRAGICH has been tap dancing in New York since 2008 after studying at the Eddie Brown Studio for the Arts (THE BEAT) with Gregg Geoffroy, Babs Yohai and Mark Mendonca. She is a member of Cole Collective and is a founding member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret. Ann is also in the step company “Momentum” and was featured in Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show (Paris Fashion Week). Ann was a Spring 2018 cycle AiRe Artist in Residence at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana creating tap dance choreography, which she presented at Flamenco Certamen USA held at the NYPL Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center. Ann holds a level 1 teaching certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation and is currently working on her level 2 teaching certificate. She is on faculty at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation, Ballet Hispanico and The DreamYard Project. More information about Ann can be found on her website,