Roslyn Biskin
Co-Director

Roslyn 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. Roslyn 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

Karen transitioned into the world of arts education after performing for over 25 years on and off  Broadway in CATS, A Chorus Line, Me and My Girl, Tap Dance Kid, and Showboat, among others. Prior to her Broadway career, Karen received a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in Theater Arts and Music. She taught high school and ran a performing arts department for five years before heading to NYC.  

When she left the Broadway stage, she completed an arts administration Certificate Program at NYU and worked as a teaching artist in creative dance and musical theater in grades pre-K-8 for organizations across NYC. She designed and implemented the City Center Encores’ outreach musical theater curriculum (grades 4-12) for the first 8 years of it’s programming. She left to start a new arts education organization called Together in Dance. At its inception, Karen helped shape the exemplary programming Together in Dance offers. As a co-director, she continues to create residency designs, work with school administrators, facilitate professional development workshops, family engagement workshops and mentor the roster of teaching artists while tending to the on-going tasks of running the business. Besides the exemplary musical theater curriculum that serves over 1,500 NYC public school students per year (grades 4-8), she has also designed the Teaching Artist Mentoring and Professional Development program that was most recently generously funded by the NEA.  In this program, she trains teaching artists, oversees them with consistent site visits and feedback, and facilitates cross site visits between teaching artists.

 
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Chrissy Brinkman
Administrative Coordinator

Chrissy joined the Together in Dance office in 2017 after receiving her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn college. A lifelong performer and avid believer in arts education, she has previously taught tap, social dance, and improvisational acting classes at several institutions. Prior to moving to New York, she taught visual arts to students with ADHD and other behavior disorders. The owner of a small, children’s entertainment company (A Royal Shindig), Chrissy brings her business and administrative experience to the Together in Dance office. 

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. Not only a teacher by day, Avital teaches eveningTap classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center. 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

DAWN DIPASQUALE
teaching artist

Dawn joined Together In Dance in 2006. She holds a MA in Dance Education from NYU and is a former Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and Musical Theatre at Wichita State University; Her work as a teaching artist in NYC public schools includes residencies in early childhood dance, Parents As Arts Partners and Creative After School Adventures. Dawn currently leads professional development workshops in dance for the DOE PreK For All program and is a curriculum writer for the Discover Dance series for 92nd Street Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership. Choreography: Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Santa Barbara CLO, Folly Theatre of KC. Performance: DTW, PS 122, Riverside Church, Green Space, Manhattan Movement and Arts, Fringe Festival, Strada Facendo (Italy) working with choreographers Deborah Damast, Trish Doherty, Carl Paris, Douglas Dunn, and Elea Gorana Dance Collective.

COLLEEN HAWKS
Teaching Artist

Colleen is a Broadway performer (Smoky Joe's Cafe, The Boy from Oz, and Shrek the Musical who has been teaching voice and musical theater 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 is a choreographer/dancer and teaching artist who has enjoyed working for TID since 2007. She believes in TID’s philosophy of honoring children’s creative process. Through the 92nd St Y, she also facilitates professional development workshops encouraging classroom teachers to incorporate dance/movement in to their classrooms. She has worked as a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, 92nd St Y, Ballet Hispanico, DanceWave, Marquis Studios among others. Louise has also performed and choreographed in many dance, dance theater and performance art pieces throughout New York City and worldwide. She holds a MA from the Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance in London, a CMA (Certified Movement Analysis) from Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, a BFA in dance and theater from New York University and a certificate from the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y.

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.

Sara Pope
Teaching Artist

Sarah is a dancer, improviser, clown, dance teacher, and personal trainer/fitness instructor based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. She has collaborated with many dance companies including Mark Lamb Dance, Renee Gerardo/Dances, Catey Ott Dance Collective, Sarah Council Dance Projects, Daniela Hoff Dance Company, HT Chen & Dancers, and Beth Leonard/The Construction Company. Most recently Sarah has been performing as SarahBesque the clown, whose work converges Sarah’s love of dance, humor, theater, and above all, the audience. In addition to her work as a teaching artist with Together in Dance, Sarah is on the faculty of Spoke the Hub Dancing, Inc. and the Prospect Park YMCA.

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 Sullivan joined the faculty of Together in Dance in 2017 and continues to teach for Juilliard Global Ventures and Dance for PD® as well. Prior, she 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. Sullivan works as a dancer and rehearsal director for both Dance Heginbotham and Caleb Teicher & Company and has additionally enjoyed projects with The Merce Cunningham Trust, The Bang Group, The Chase Brock Experience, and Pat Catterson. She has also assisted Michelle Dorrance and Chase Brock in the creation and staging of new works (on American Ballet Theatre and Barnard College, respectively). Her own work has been performed at Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts, Judson Memorial Church, The 92nd Street Y, and The Tank. Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, Choreographic Honors) and loves Lindy Hop.

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CAITLIN ADAMS
TEACHING ARTIST

Caitlin Adams (Los Angeles, CA), interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, performer, teacher. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been presented at Gibney Dance NYC, Prospect 4/New Orleans Art Biennale, NYC Poetry Festival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Machine Project, Highways Performance Space, Roy and Edna Disney CalArt’s Theater, Human Resources LA, Bates Dance Festival (ME), NY Art Book Fair through Printed Matter (Chelsea, NY). She has had the honor of working with choreographers Maya Caroll, Zoe Scofield, Kate Wallich, Daniel Charon, Colin Connor, Meryl Murman,Sean Greene, Ronald E. Brown, Denise Leitner and directors, Lior Shamriz and Asher Hartman. In 2015, she founded DYNASTY CENTER, a rehearsal studio, DIY venue and community space in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Caitlin was the resident choreographer and movement coach of Los Angeles Silverlake Children’sTheater Group; she has also taught students at Lula Washington Dance Theater, and Grand Arts High School. In addition to teaching for TID, she is the artistic director and choreographer of emerging NYC dance company, HEIDCO.

Hailey Brynne Kemp
Teaching Artist

Born and raised in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Metropolitan area, Hailey Brynne Kemp is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. She danced in traditional ballet training settings, learning character dancing, jazz, hip-hop, west African, modern, and post-modern forms, pointe work, and more. She studied at Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City, looking for a non-traditional setting, interested in composition and modern dance. She has worked with Reggie Wilson, Sarah Michelson, Rebecca Stenn, Neil Greenberg, Sally Silvers, Ivy Baldwin, Jeanine Durning, and Joanna Kotze while at Lang college. She has choreographed three pieces that have performed at New York Live Arts, the Secret Theatre, and The Tank. She has currently dances with The Rogue Dancers, At the Brink! Dance Theatre, Vanessa Long Dance Company, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Marie Christine Giordano. Hailey Brynne currently teaches dance, gymnastics, and movement around the New York City area.