STAFF

  • Tony Mansker Guest Teacher


    A native of Manhattan Beach, CA. Mr. Mansker began his performing career at age 11, in the role of Bilbo Baggins in the musical version of The Hobbit. Tony had the great blessing of training with some of Southern California’s best performing arts instructors, most notably Lisa Diaz of Legacy Dance Studio, Lisa Semko of Lisa Semko Vocal Studio. Alex H. Urban-founder and Artistic Director of MET2, and the incomparable Paula Morgan.

    Tony continued his training and moved to New York at age the age of 17 to attend New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Performing credits include over twelve hundred performances of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s smash hit MARY POPPINS. An original cast member, he also had the pleasure of tap dancing across the ceiling as Bert on numerous occasions.

    In 2009, Tony shared the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines in Arena Stage’s record breaking production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Previous performance credits include: WEST SIDE STORY ( US and International Tours). CABARET (Emcee). THE WIZARD OF OZ (Tinman). FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Motel) THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. 42nd STREET (Andy Lee). SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cosmo). TV credits include The 61st Annual TONY Awards. The View, Good Morning America, Inside Amy Schumer, The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, Commericials for Coca Cola and Nintendo DS.

    Tony served as Director/ Choreographer for Surflight Theatre’s production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL in New Jersey. He also created new 90 minute versions of the hit shows FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL and FAME THE MUSICAL for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. In 2006 and 2009, he served as Director/Choreographer for over 200 young actors in BYE BYE BIRDIE and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, for the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network, aka MET 2, in Southern California. Other choreography credits include FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. CABARET. MACK AND MABEL and THE WHO’S TOMMY for Surflight Theatre.

    Tony currently serves on the faculties of several fine dance schools in the New York/New Jersey area. He also serves as guest choreographer/teacher for many dance studios across the USA and world, including Mexico City. Canada and Spain.

    Tony is a professional member of Dance Masters of America, and a certified teacher of The Paula Morgan Technique, an innovative and elite level system of dance training, created by Tony’s own teacher, Paula Morgan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Yvonne


    Come full circle!! Yvonne is a Rehearsal Director & company member with Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company in NYC. As Rehearsal Director she has been led to teach in the settings of Columbia/Barnard University, Ailey/Fordham Program, Howard University, CAP21, Dance New Amsterdam, Balettakademien (Stolkholm), and others. Since 2007 she as also served on faculty for the nationally recognized Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program. Yvonne was formerly a company member of Raja Feather Kelly’s The Feath3r Theory.

    After receiving her B.A. from of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Yvonne began her performing career in San Diego, CA serving as Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company Dancer, Resident Choreographer, Apprentice Company Co-Director, Youth Performing Group Director and Senior Teaching Artist.

    Yvonne’s love for dance & movement has led to a versatile career including teaching Yoga in NYC for Yoga to the People, Coaching top athletes at Hammer Athletics in Syosset, and a Nutrition Health Coaching Practice. She is honored to work under the guidance of her very first mentor, Miss Kristin!

  • Julia


    Julia Alaimo was born and raised in Eastern Long Island, New York. She began dancing at age 3 and by 5 was already developing a passion for dance which she fueled by becoming a competitive dancer. She dedicated herself to training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop at top Long Island studios as well as nationally ranked dance conventions throughout the US. Julia began dancing professionally behind up and coming artists Shoshana Bean, Chelley, Renee Stakey, and Athena Ripka during live performances on Long Island, New York City and The Barclays Center. She was featured as a soloist for the Ivivva by Lululemon campaign and by age 16 was assisting and working under industry greats such as Brian Friedman, Ian Eastwood, Tessandra Chavez, Tyce Diorio, Tricia Miranda, etc. She continues to extend her growth through training in the contemporary fusion company Abstrakt Beings run by Theresa Stone and the hip-hop company Shinsa run by Bo Park.
    Above all, Julia lives to inspire those around her and bring something special to every stage she graces and person she meets.

  • Jaclyn


    Coming soon!

  • Brittney


    Coming soon!

  • 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.