STAFF

  • Mr. Kid Guest Teacher/ Choreographer Hip Hop


    We are excited to welcome Mr, Kid to our staff as a permanent Guest Teacher!

    Abdul Belle aka Mr. Kid, was born in Trinidad and grew up in Brooklyn NY.
    He found dance at the age of 14, dancing in school talent shows and school functions. Later on, he became a local NYC street performer and started booking professional jobs, such as, Stussy Clothing photo shoot, Jolly Rancher commercial, Nickelodeon commercial and also appearing on BET, MTV, VH1, NBC, and other cable networks. Mr. Kid also realized he had the joy of teaching, so he started teaching his first class at a Long Island dance studio. In about a year he grew from two classes a week to eight classes a week, and teaching at three different studios. In three years he had one of the most popular breaking classes in Brooklyn. He started his own DJ company called, Not Just Dancers Entertainment. Following that, he started his own dance workshop company called, Innovations In Dance Development. The objective of this company was to bring high esteemed choreographers to young dancers who may not be able to have access to these teachers, ranging in all styles of dance.
    In 2015 he formed the “Mr. Kid’s Protege Program”. A program created to give young studio dancers opportunities beyond the studio and prepare them for their dance careers in performing and teaching. Mr. Kid is well known for his community outreach work, from motivational speaking at public schools, performing for the Department of Homless Services, The Seton Foundation for Down syndrome and special needs, etc. Mr. Kid is currently teaching at Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center in Brooklyn NY. He was recently elected president of Love No Hate, an Anti Bullying organization with hundreds of members and thousands of followers all of the world. His most recent project is his clothing line called 5678Steps. Mr. Kid’s work continues to speak volumes, inspiring young and old dancers and non dancers, gaining tremendous support on an international level.

  • Yuki Fukui Ballet & Modern


    Yuki Fukui originally from Tokyo Japan, is a NYC based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Fukui started dancing at age 3 and received her training from Yoko Shimizu in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Misao Kai in Tokyo (Japan) and Sara Magistro in Paris (France) as a young dancer. In 2006 she moved to NYC to attend Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. While her time there she had the privilege of performing works by Takehiro Ueyama, Karla Wolfangle, Rebecca Stenn, Jose Limon(staged by Sarah Stackhouse), Anna Sokolow (staged by Jim May), Jill Johnson, to name a few. Since graduation in 2010 with a B.A in the Arts concentration in Dance, Fukui has performed with HIU-Shudan, DajhiaIngram Dance, The Movement Collective, Amalgamate Dance Company GAS Series and Dirty Soles Dance. Currently, Fukui is an artist represented by Bellus Productions LLC. In addition to being a member of Mersiha Mesihovic/CircuitDebris, Fukui dances for Gwen Rakotovao Company where she serves as the Associate Artistic Director.

  • Anthony Locascio Tap Master


    A native New Yorker, Anthony LoCascio has performed, taught, and toured internationally since 1994. He has opened for people such as, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder; Appeared on, Regis & Kathy, Good Day New York, MTV and more.

    Anthony has been seen internationally as far as Monte Carlo and South Africa. As a NYC cast member, and the first American to earn a standing role in Tap Dogs, he performed with the Dogs for close to 17 years, often playing The Enforcer. He finished a six-week tour in South Africa with the International Cast in 2013.

    Anthony frequently teaches at conventions and tap festivals, and adjudicates at competitions throughout the world. Currently, his projects include his Role of Spiritual Gangster for Singer/Songwriter Frank Persico, as well as choreographing, performing, and enjoying his Taplife Company. See the very first #Taplife Company live visiting the link: www.tinyurl.com/taplife

    You can take class with Anthony at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Anthony is also an entrepreneur who is currently working on new, intuitive, mobile applications for dance and beyond.

  • Marissa Jean Contemporary, Improv &Ballet


    Marissa, a New York native, started her early training through Broadway Dance Center’s Children & Teen Program. From there, she became a member of their Arts In Motion Company where she got to perform at such events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, and the Kids Cafe Festival. She had the opportunity to train and perform works by Frank Hatchett, Tracie Stanfield, Heather Adzima, Chio, Ms.Vee, and Pam Chancey

    Marissa continued her studies at The New School and received her B.A in Dance under the direction of Neil Greenberg. During her years there she performed in works by Karla Wolfangle, Joao Carvalho, Take Ueyama, Ori Flomin, Ana Sokolow, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

    Upon graduation Marissa began working at various studios across Queens and Long Island. She has performed professionally with Long Island Dance Project, Community Dance Project, Cedan Dance, Michelle Duvall Dance Collective, and Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup. She was given the opportunity to perform at The Hatch, Center for Performance Research, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, and for the Biomorphic Dance Festival.

    In addition to dancing, Marissa is currently the Program Coordinator for an international dance program called Dance Italia. Marissa is also interested in health and wellness and would like to pursue certifications in yoga and pilates.

  • Staci Cousert Musical Theatre, Jazz & Acro


    Staci is excited to have brought her talents to NYC after having lived and taught in the Chicagoland area for the last 14 years. She has been seen domestically and internationally in “Sesame Street Live!”, locally in NYC performing with Anthony Lo Cascio’s #Taplife company and in many theatre productions over the years. In addition to performing, she has choreographed numerous Theatre productions in a number of venues.
    Growing up in Kansas City, Staci started dancing at the age of 2 and was already teaching others by the age of 13 through a Teachers’ Training Program. She was part of the Kansas City Dance Theatre Company which performed 2 full-length musical-dance productions a year. Through this Company, Staci was able to visit Chicago & NYC to study with various Masters.
    Staci enjoys being at the front of the classroom as a teacher of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Ballet, & Lyrical. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with a keen interest in biomechanics, kinesiology, and anatomy.

  • Emily Bufferd Guest Teacher Miss Emily With Our Staff


    Our staff and guest teacher Miss Emily Bufferd. Nothing but the best for our students and their families.