Roslyn Biskin

Co-director, has been an arts-in-education consultant and dance educator for over 30 years and has been part of the Together in Dance team since its inception in 2000.  In addition to her work with TID, Roslyn has designed and implemented creative movement programs in a variety settings across New York State.  While co-directing the organization, she continues to work as a master teaching artist for Together in Dance.  She is particularly proud of the organization’s unique Teaching Artist Mentoring and Professional Development Program, in which she and co-director Karen Curlee train and mentor emerging teaching artists and provide on-going professional development to the entire TID team.  In addition, she continues to design and facilitate professional development workshops for educators and is a regular presenter at conferences in the field.  Biskin is a mentor for the NYCDOE Arts Matter initiative - providing support to newly appointed itinerant middle school dance educators.  Prior to her work in arts in education, Roslyn choreographed, directed and stage managed for opera companies across the country including Houston Grand, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington and New York City Opera National Company, as well as choreographing and appearing in her own work in NYC.  The various awards and honors she has received include a NYFA TAP grant, The Field’s Independent Artists’ Challenge Grant and a Future Leadership Fellowship from National Arts Strategies.

Karen Curlee

Co-director, transitioned into the world of arts education after performing for over 25 years on Broadway in CATS, A Chorus Line, and Showboat, among others.  After completing an arts administration Certificate Program at NYU, she worked as a teaching artist in creative dance and musical theater in grades pre-K-8 for organizations across NYC and designed and implemented the Dover High School Arts Immersion programs in Dover, Delaware.   At its inception, Ms. Curlee helped shape the exemplary programming Together in Dance offers and as a co-director she continues to create residency designs, work with school administrators, facilitate professional development workshops and family engagement workshops and mentor the roster of teaching artists while tending to the on-going tasks of running the business. 

 

Avital Asuleen
Teaching Artist

Avital is a musical theater director, choreographer, performer, and educator. She is thrilled to be a part of the Together in Dance faculty and loves sharing her love of musical theater with students throughout NYC. Previous teaching artist work includes directing and/or choreographing over dozen shows with the award winning Watertown Children’s Theatre, in Watertown, MA. Performance highlights include the National Tour of “A Christmas Story,” and regional productions of “42nd Street,” “White Christmas,” and “Cabaret.” Avital has directed for Theatreworks USA, and has assisted on several off-Broadway productions with Prospect Theatre Company.
www.Asuleen.com.

Sabrina Chapadjiev
teaching artist

Sabrina is a musician, songwriter and musical director who's been with TID for six years. She has performed as a children’s musician at Citibabes, Rock-a-Baby and other fine musical institutions. Sabrina has independently recorded and produced two cds of her own work and performs all over New York and the country. sabrinachap.com

COURTNEY COOKE
teaching artist

Courtney is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist in Brooklyn, New York. For the past eight years, Courtney has facilitated residencies in New York City public and private schools. She is currently on faculty at Poly Prep Country day school as the lower school dance specialist. Last fall, Courtney was featured in dance teacher magazine for her original all young, male ballet class offered at Red Hook's Cora School of Dance. As a choreographer, Courtney has most notably shown her work at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is currently dancing for choreographers Kim Brandt, Niall jones, and Emily Wexler. Courtney has been teaching with together in dance since 2011.

DAWN DIPASQUALE
teaching artist

Dawn holds an MA in Dance Education from NYU, and has been a visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wichita State University and the College of Charleston.  In addition, she has worked as a teaching artist for NY City Center, 92nd Steet Y and Together In Dance. Dawn's choreography has been seen at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Santa Barbara CLO, Folly Theatre of KC, and she currently performs with Elea Gorana Dance Collective.

COLLEEN HAWKS

Teaching Artist, is a Broadway performer (Smoky Joe's Cafe, the Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman, and Shrek the Musical - available on Netflix and DVD) who has been teaching voice and musical theatre for many years.  Her directing and choreography credits include the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, and of course, Shrek the Musical.  She enjoys working with youth and young adults, and is especially proud of her voice studio and the extremely talented students she is sending out into the professional world.

LOUISE HEIT
Teaching artist

Louise has enjoyed working for TID since 2007. She believes in TID’sphilosophy of honoring children’s creative process.  She also works as a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education and has worked for Mark DeGarmo, 92nd Street Y, Ballet Hispanico, among others.  Louise has also performed and choreographed in many dance, dance theater and performance art pieces throughout New York and worldwide.  She holds a MA and CMA (Certified Movement Analysis) from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, a CMA and a BFA in dance and theater from New York University. 

KATIE PALMER
Teaching artist

Katie is a theater and dance professional with a devoted passion for Arts Education. She has worked as a Teaching Artist in all five boroughs of New York as well as San Diego, California and most recently she served as the Interim Director of Education at New York Theatre Workshop. She has taught numerous disciplines including jazz, ballet, creative movement, musical theater, world dance and acting to all ages: 18 months to over 70! Katie also co-founded a dance-theater company in New York City, THEATER IN ASYLUM, and as resident choreographer her dances combine ballet, modern and physical theater to create a hybrid dance style. Katie graduated from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama.


SARAH POPE
Teaching Artist

Sarah is a dancer, improviser, clown, dance teacher and personal trainer/fitness instructor based in Brooklyn, NY who holds a BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. She is currently dancing with Mark Lamb Dance, Renee Gerardo/Dances, and Catey Ott Dance Collective. In the past she has worked with Sarah Council Dance Projects, Daniela Hoff Dance Company, and HT Chen & Dancers. She enjoys studying the art of the clown with Nose to Nose of North America. In addition to her work as a teaching artist with Together in Dance, Sarah is on the faculty of Spoke the Hub Dancing, Inc., the Prospect Park YMCA, and Young Minds after school program.

Nora Stephens
Teaching artist

Nora is a dancer, choreographer and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Nora has been teaching dance and yoga to people of all ages for over 15 years. She excitedly joined Together in Dance in 2016 and is also currently the Dance and Yoga specialist at the German School Brooklyn. Previously in NYC, she has taught at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, at various schools through Soul Shine Life Yoga and at Le Jardin de Louise Preschool and various others. Originally moving to NYC in 2001, she left in 2005 to travel, have babies, teach, study and live in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro before coming back to find Brooklyn home in 2012. Nora’s choreographic work has been presented both internationally and nationally, including most notably in NYC at Gibney Dance, Danspace Project and Dixon Place. She received her MFA in Dance at Hollins University, Kids Yoga Teacher training at Karma Kids Yoga, Developmental Movement and Baby Yoga with Ellynne Skove, 200-hour Yoga teacher training at Atmananda Yoga and other certifications with OM Yoga. She also currently dances with choreographers Emily Wexler and Kim Brandt. www.norastephens.org.

Photo by: Janelle Jones

Photo by: Janelle Jones

Macy Sullivan
Teaching artist

Macy joined the faculty of Together in Dance in 2017.  Sullivan also frequently works as a teaching artist for Dance for PD® and Juilliard Global Ventures.  She has helped develop collaborative programs such as Education in Motion (Cayman Arts Festival/The Juilliard School), Middle School Boot Camp (New York City Department of Education/Lincoln Center Education), and Lincoln Center Kids! (Lincoln Center Education/The Juilliard School).  She is a two-time recipient of the Goldman Arts Enrichment Teaching Fellowship in partnership with Harlem School of the Arts and has additionally enjoyed teaching through volunteer organizations such as Artists Striving to End Poverty and The New Orleans Project.  Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was the recipient of the Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, and Choreographic Honors.  She currently dances for Dance Heginbotham, The Chase Brock Experience, and Caleb Teicher & Company.