JENN
EISENBERG

Jenn Eisenberg (Co-Founder) 

is the Co-Founder of BOLD Arts, a leading creative dance and arts program based in the tri-state area. Jenn has been involved in the dance education world for over two decades, as a teacher, trainer, presenter, curriculum consultant, and performer. 

 

Jenn has a BA in Dance Education from Marymount Manhattan College. As a professional in the arts, she is known for her energetic, positive, entertaining, and empowering approach to working with children. 

 

Through BOLD Arts, Jenn has led programming at The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, The Shefa School, All Saints Day School, The Village Electric, and Reeves-Reed Arboretum, to name a few. She is proud of the development of the BOLD Pop curriculum, which fuses jazz, hip hop, fitness, creative dance and storytelling, and has loved training and supporting BOLD teaching artists in teaching this style. 

 

Jenn is the Performance Coordinator and Dance Teacher at All Saints Day School in Hoboken, NJ, where she has worked for 13 years, and where BOLD began. Jenn taught with National Dance Institute (NDI) in NYC for over 10 years. While with the organization, Jenn developed programs for early childhood, as well as sequential programs for all grade levels, and created virtual content throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She presented on behalf of NDI at conferences like NDEO and Face to Face, and led trainings for teachers at ABT, DEL, Community Word Project, and more.  

 

Jenn has consulted with Worldwide Orphans Foundation, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and for the children’s television series, Creative Galaxy.  Jenn and Chelsea worked together with House of the Roses, an outreach program that serves homeless children in NYC, to co-write a curriculum that has been successfully used by volunteer teaching artists for years. 

 

She danced with Spark Movement Collective, Bianca Johnson and Dancers and Undertoe Dance Project, as well as many musical theater productions throughout the tri-state. A personal favorite performance experience was performing as a dancing doll, with blonde hair, on a raked stage! 

 

Jenn loves sharing the magic of dance and the arts with her students!

CHELSEA
KOENIG

Chelsea Koenig (Co-Founder) 

is the Co-Founder of BOLD Arts. She is the Performing Arts Coordinator and Dance Specialist at The Town School in New York City, where she teaches Nursery-2nd Grade Dance. Chelsea received her BS in Arts Administration and Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While attending Butler, she developed a dance outreach program for the Butler Community Arts School that served over 1,000 underserved children a year in the Indianapolis area. Chelsea also created a dance mentorship program linking children at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center with Butler Ballet dancers as part of Butler’s Center for Citizenship and Community programming.

 

After moving to New York City, Chelsea worked with the National Dance Institute as a teaching assistant, co-wrote curriculum and led House of the Roses with Jenn Eisenberg, and taught dance at various studios and schools. Chelsea gained valuable experience while managing New York City Center’s dance and musical theater programming from 2009-2012.

 

In 2012 and 2014, Chelsea traveled to Kampala, Uganda to work with deaf children at the Uganda School for the Deaf. 

 

Chelsea’s training also includes participating in Creative Dance Institute's Summer Dance Institute for Teachers focusing on BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Teaching, National Dance Institute (NDI) Teacher Training Certification, Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Foundations of Dance program, and a multitude of New York City Center workshops.

 

Chelsea is the Artistic Director Emeritus and founder of Spark Movement Collective, a contemporary modern dance company, and the former NY Producer of NACHMO (National Choreography Month). www.sparkmovementcollective.org

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SOFIA
BLASCO

Sofia Blasco (Dance Teaching Artist) 

is an alumna of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Concentration in Classical Ballet. She is a certified Pure Barre Teacher in NYC and has been performing, teaching, and studying dance on a professional level for many years. In College she studied with and performed pieces by a multitude of well known choreographers including Katie Langan, Adam Barruch, Chase Brock, Trebien Pollard, and Fredrick Earl Mosley. 

 

Sofia is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Company The Dancer Movement Corp: reimagining dance for people with disabilities. Sofia currently teaches around the NYC area bringing the joy of dance to both children and adults. Sofia has a passion for teaching all people and is excited to join the BOLD Arts team!

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SAMANTHA
BLOSSEY

Samantha Blossey (Music Teaching Artist) received her Masters in classical voice performance from Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelors in music education from The College of New Jersey. She is a certified music educator in the state of New Jersey having led distinguished programs in
Bergen, Middlesex, and Union counties. These programs spanned from teaching elementary, middle and high school students. For eight years Ms. Blossey taught early childhood music for
the company Music Preludes. Her experience included leading students age 6 months through 6 years in general music lessons.
Currently Ms. Blossey is a choral specialist for the Children’s Chinese Book Garden in New York City. She collaborates with the full time teachers to provide opportunities for seven classes to develop their singing and understanding of music making. She has also taught private voice and piano for over 10 years. As a teacher, Samantha strives to combine a fun and positive atmosphere to give students an outlet for creativity and self-expression.

 

Ms. Blossey is also an accomplished performer having shared her talents in concert, opera and musical theater up and down the U.S. east coast. Her experience also extends to the sports
arenas as she is a regular soloist at the Prudential Center for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. She has performed leading roles with opera companies in Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York
and Mississippi. Samantha has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Trenton War Memorial, Don’t Tell Mama, Symphony Space, 54 Below, and the United Nations. Additionally she acts as a
soloist and concert producer for non-profit organizations such as the Susan G Komen foundation.

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BRYCE
COLBY
VAEW-SORN

Bryce Colby Vaewsorn (Dance Teaching Artist) is super excited to be teaching with BOLD Arts! Born and raised in Northern California, Bryce graduated from the University of California, Irvine where he studied musical theatre & choreography. As a performer, Bryce has worked Off B’way at The York Theatre Company, The Argyle Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Abilene Opera, and more. Some of his recent show credits at these theatres have included Legally Blonde, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and creating new works. A career highlight for him was dancing in Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland while in college.

 

As a teaching artist, Bryce has been teaching students of all ages for almost a decade. He has coached high school competition dancers, trained college students studying performing arts, and curated recitals for toddlers and younger children. He has worked as an assistant to instructors at Broadway Dance Center as well as teaching ballet, jazz, tap, theatre styles, contemporary, and hip hop at various dance studios and private lessons in the the Tri-State area.

 

Bryce is currently a working actor-singer-dancer and teaching artist in NYC. He hopes to inspire curiosity in young minds through art and spark each student’s own creative spirit and unique imagination. 

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ANNAMARIA
DIAMANT

Annamaria Diamant 

(Dance Teaching Artist) 

Annamaria Diamant earned her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida and MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College. She began her career as an instructor with Texas based company MA Dance, and served as an instructional staff member for the Capital One Bowl Halftime Show. She is a former company member of Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company (SCDC, formerly Fuzion Dance Artists).

 

Annamaria has performed in contemporary works by Julia Ehrstrand and Jennifer Archibald. Additionally, she’s presented choreographic works for CBGDance, Sans Limites, Your Move: New Jersey Modern Dance Festival, J CHEN PROJECT’s TRANSLATE and Jeniffer Muller’s HATCH series. In 2016 she was named one of SCDC’s Emerging Choreographers and returned in 2018 as a SCDC Artist in Residence. In 2019 she was a finalist for J CHEN PROJECT’s T3 Choreography Competition. 

 

Annamaria is a passionate and skilled teaching artist working with educational organizations WR Arts, Williamsburg Movement and Art Center and Garden Street School of the Performing Arts. She is delighted to join the BOLD team and can’t wait to share her enthusiasm with her students and peers! 

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FRIEDMAN-KATS

Lara M. Friedman-Kats 

(Dance Teaching Artist), born and raised in Central NJ, began her dance training at Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio in Edison. In 2008, Lara received the NJ Governor’s Award for Excellence in Dance. Lara is a proud BFA and Dance Education graduate of Towson University’s Dance Department in Maryland. In 2011, she won the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) regional competition for Art of the Solo and went on to compete and place nationally. She also received the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education Award in 2013 from Towson University. Lara has performed with Dissonance Dance Theatre (DC), Deep Vision Dance Company (Baltimore), Deviated Theatre (DC), Carolyn Dorfman Dance (audience dancer “Interior Designs”- NY/NJ), Mish-Mash Productions (NYC), Nikki Manx Dance Project (NJ), and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre/Sean McLeod Dance Experience (NYC). While in Maryland, she had performed works by Alvin Ailey, Enoch and Kimmie Chan, Runquiao Du, Linda-Denise Fisher Harrell, Nicole Martinell, Troy Powell, Shawn Short and Prentice Whitlow. She also had her work adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival Association (now ACDF). Lara was the permanent dance substitute at Academy for Performing Arts in Scotch Plains from 2014-2015 and continues to teach both dance and fitness throughout studios, schools, and gyms in NJ. She is in her 5th season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance. 

MELISSA
GALANO

Melissa Galano (Dance Teaching Artist) 

was born and raised in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She studied dance at Towson University where she obtained a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Mass Communication. She is also a 200 HR certified yoga instructor. Melissa has had the privilege to perform professionally at various venues in NYC. In 2019, she founded Manasquan High School’s dance program in NJ. Melissa is excited to dance with BOLD!

CLAUDIA
GOVANTES

Claudia Govantes (Music Teaching Artist) 

is an award winning musician from Cuba based in New York City. She graduated as a piano and choral conducting teacher from Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba in 2003.

 

Claudia has been teaching piano and voice for more than 14 years. Also, she was choir conductor at Theological Seminary of Baptist Church of Havana. Govantes was first soprano singer of important ensembles such as National Choir of Cuba, Entrevoces Choir and Ensemble Vocal Luna. As a member of those choirs, Claudia made concert tours in countries like Colombia, Spain, Ecuador, Venezuela, Germany and United States.

 

In 2011, the National choir of Cuba, won the First Prize at International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in Germany. Claudia has been part of records such as "El canto quiere ser luz" (Singing wants to be light) and "Oh Yes!" by National Choir of Cuba, "Apunte" by Ensemble Vocal Luna, "Pedro Bermudez, Música en la catedral de Guatemala" (Pedro Bermudez, Music in the Cathedral of Guatemala) by Ars Longa de la Habana and so on.

 

Nowadays, Govantes is part of All Souls Choir and Musica Viva NY. Furthermore, she offers music classes in several public schools in Manhattan as part of Afro Latin Jazz Alliance directed by Arturo O'Farrill. Also, she is piano accompanist of National Dance Institute.

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FLORENCIA
GUZMAN

Florencia Guzman (Dance Teaching Artist) was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and comes from a family of professional musicians where she represents the fourth generation of pianists.

 

Florencia has a masters degree in piano performance from NJCU and has 18 years of experience in teaching piano, choir, and music appreciation. She believes in the power of music and that every child should have the opportunity to be exposed to a musical education not only to develop a love for music but also to enhance the child’s abilities to think, process, interact, and reason through the process of musical stimulation. She also believes that music is fundamental for the emotional and personal development of the child.

Florencia is also the founder of “Hunter Hall” music studio, a space for the performing and visual arts, in Roxbury Township, NJ.

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LUIZA
KARNAS

Luiza Karnas (Dance Teaching Artist) 

Luiza Karnas (she/her) is a dance artist and educator originally from Brazil. She received her M.F.A in Performance and Choreography from SUNY The College at Brockport, NY, and graduated from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS (Brazil) with a degree in Dance Education. A tap enthusiast by heart, Karnas has presented choreographic works at renowned venues in NYC, including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, Symphony Space, Spoke the Hub, and more. She is also a leading tap dance performer and collaborator of kamrDANCE company.

An advocate of dance education, Karnas is an experienced Teaching Artist, and has worked for well-known dance programs such as WR Arts, Notes in Motion, Breaking Ground Dance Center, Downstage Studio, Brooklyn Independent School, and Garden House School. She is also a veteran in virtual dance teaching and is a Teaching Artist for Virtual Babysitters Club.

Karnas is thrilled to be part of the BOLD team and to continue sharing her passion for dance.

DANA
PANEPINTO

Dana Panepinto (Dance Teaching Artist) 

is so excited to join the team of BOLD Arts, a company that gives students a full exposure to all the Arts through dance! Dana is a teaching artist with an MFA in Theatre Performance, emphasis on Movement from the University of Florida and a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi in Theatre, minoring in Dance and studying Visual Arts. Throughout graduate school, Dana taught theatre and movement classes to major and non-major undergraduate students.

 

A native of New Orleans, she considers herself a New Yorker after 13 years of city living. Prior to moving to New York City, she worked regionally in musicals and plays with The Hippodrome State Theatre, Tulane Shakespeare, Southern Rep, and Carey Dinner Theatre to name a few. Throughout her time in New York, Dana has balanced teaching Theatre, Dance, and Visual Art with performing in such classics as Macbeth, Trojan Women, A Winter’s Tale and The Man that Came to Dinner as well as other contemporary and original productions.

 

Teaching the arts has become her greatest pleasure starting with working with the award winning Stages of Learning, bringing sequential theatre training to public school students, in her early years of training. Dana has a passion for teaching all the arts and continues to discover how to incorporate theatre, dance, visual art, and music in her work with children. She currently works for the renowned Nation Dance Institute, as well as Wingspan Arts, Artsconnection’s Broadway Junior and LeAp (Learning through Expanded Arts Programing). Dana has worked with a diverse population of students in the public school system in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, including leading Professional Developments with classroom teachers and Parent Workshops. The most exciting part of her work has been when working with eager performers to create something that has never existed before, writing original scripts, lyrics, choreography, and thinking up costumes and sets. The arts all together on one stage! She will be adding the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre to her resume this summer, creating new musicals with children in need.

ANGEL
REED

Angel Reed (Dance Teaching Artist) 

has spent over a decade performing in musicals including: A USO tour over Sea’s,  the Broadway National Tour ofSaturday Night Fever, West Side Story at 5th Avenue Theater, Chicago at Hudson Theater in LA, and finally an ensemble role in Rock of Ages both off and on Broadway. Her cast of Rock of Ages received a 09' Tony nomination for Best Musical, they performed in numerous live telecasts including the 09' Tony Awards, Reed also received an Astaire nomination for Best Female dancer in a musical. Currently Reed works full time as a Choreographer for National Dance Institute in NYC, Broadway For All (Summer Conservatory), and is the Executive Producer and creator of an Off Broadway Rock Theatrical Experience.

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SANCHEZ

Esther Sanchez 

(Dance Teaching Artist) 

A kid at heart, Esther has always had a passion for teaching children. Esther recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with her B.A. in Dance, and a concentration in teaching. Since then she has taught at various dance and movement classes around the city such as My Gym, Broadway Bound Kids and many other children enrichment programs! Esther's vivacious and whimsical personality allows children to feel inspired, and she hopes that with her they feel uninhibited to use their imaginations and be themselves!

KALA
SEIDENBERG

Kala Seidenberg (Dance Teaching Artist) 

is a Brooklyn-based dancer, dance educator, and choreographer. She received her early dance training at Academy of Dance Arts and Columbia City Jazz Company in Columbia, South Carolina. She earned degrees from Emory University in Dance and Movement Studies as well as Educational Studies. After graduation, she started her professional career dancing for Atlanta-based, modern dance companies and choreographers including Staibdance, Catellier Dance Projects, and Emily Christianson. She also taught dance for the arts non-profit, Moving in the Spirit as well as at the Marcus Jewish Community Center. She relocated to New York City in 2014, and has since enjoyed teaching and creating with the smallest of dancers at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, as well as in various public schools with New York City Ballet’s in-school residency program, Ballet Tales. Her choreographic work has been presented by Dance Truck (in a truck!), Spelman College (on a stage!), Emory University, and Waxworks. She currently performs with NYC based contemporary dance company, Falcon Dance. 

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STUCKY

Eric Stucky (Dance Teaching Artist) 

from Portland, Oregon received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance under the direction of Katie Langan with a minor in Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College, performing works by David Parker, Randy James, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish and Megan Williams. Stucky spent six months in 2019 training in Israel at Dance Jerusalem, performing works by Noa Zuk and Roni Chadash at The Suzanne Dellal Center and trained with Batsheva Dance Company and Vertigo Dance Company. Stucky is a company member for Jennifer Muller/ The Works and is also a teaching artist across the greater New York Area. Stucky’s choreography has been showcased in person and on film across the world in various film festivals and live events which you can see here and on Germany’s Super Talent.  Stucky is also a certified May O’Donnell Technique Instructor and is super excited to begin as a Bold Pop Teaching Artist this year. 

 

Photo Credit- Steven Pisano for JMTW