Director/Owner (Company & Mainstream: All Genres)
Maria owes much of her success to her training with Frank Ohman, one of George Balanchine’s original Principal Dancers. Gaining the most prestigious ballet training in the area, she wanted to become more versatile and began her Competitive career. Maria dominated the Competition stage earning both Regional and National first place soloist and Titles. She knew dance was going to be her future and accepted a coveted spot to Towson University's Dance Performance program on scholarship where she trained under established professionals in the industry such as Dana Martin and Sandra Perez. She transferred to Hofstra University to access the Manhattan dance scene where she double majored in Dance and Anatomy and Kinesiology. Maria was a graduate of the prestigious Professional Semester Program at world-renowned Broadway Dance Center where she was personally mentored by dance icons Sheila Barker, Dana Foglia, Derek Mitchell, Brian Thomas, Jermaine Browne, and Judy Rice. Some of her performance credits include Broadway Dance Center Professional's showcase, featured dancer for recording artist Chelley, appearances on GO TV Network, and Caesars and Bally's Atlantic City annual New Year's Eve performance gala. Her choreography credits include many dance studios across the country, the West Hills Varsity Dance Team, students of the Youth American Grand Prix stage, and several National Championships. In 2015, Maria founded MB DANCERS to create a higher level of Dance Education and to produce well rounded, versatile dancers who receive an unparalleled standard of teaching.
Maria is frequently sought after for choreography and master training and travels with Kids Artistic Revue competition judging both regionally and nationally. Most recently, her students were awarded the coveted exchange award through Artistic Dance Change (Juan Borana) to travel and train in Italy.
Maria's combination of genuine love for kids and sky-high expectations creates a perfect balance of support and discipline for young dancers. Her favorite part of the job is seeing her dancers achieve things they never thought possible. She strongly believes in teaching her students integrity and perseverance along side the physical training; producing a well-rounded and hard working athlete and artist.
Mainstream Teacher: All Genres
Jordan Bryant is a native of Long Island, NY and has been dancing for 15 years. Jordan aspires to be a professional dancer and choreographer. She has received many scholarships and high awards from some of the most prestigious Competitions and Conventions. To name a few, JUMP, The Pulse on Tour, The Edge, PACE Performing Arts Intensive and was most recently named the CANVAS Emerging Artist of 2017, from companyONE. Jordan has trained and worked under the direction of many well-known choreographers and institutions such as: Broadway Dance Center, Tessandra Chavez, Angelica Stitskin, Missy Ridgeway, Jordan Casanova, Theresa Stone, Blake McGrath, Rhapsody, Thomas Ford, Steven Atwater, Phil Orsano, Jamie Chandler Torns, Destini Rogers, Maria Biase and many more. She has performed at The Freestyle Explosion concert and choreographed and performed at renowned venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She is currently a member of AbstraKT BEINGS the company, under the direction of Theresa Stone and will be starting the Broadway Dance Center Pre-Professional Program in 2018 to continue on her path to becoming a professional dancer.
Resident Acro/Tumbling Coach
In coming of age, Jay has been in perpetual motion. Since starting gymnastics at such a young age, it quickly became his specialty. Being an all year round sport, there was no excuse rain or snow; the gym was always open and he made time for it and always pushed his limits. Jay found passion in being able to test new abilities, strengths, and contortions. Jay explored his success in other sports like soccer, but gymnastics would always have his heart, which led him to begin coaching. In college, Jay was able to gain new skills and was given the opportunity to perform in the Springfield College Home Show, which is a theatrical show performed by the College’s gymnastics team. His college education is in Human Movement, Exercise Science, Nutrition and Physical Education. In conjunction with his gymnastics experience, this is what gives Coach Jay such a competitive edge as a coach. He visuals each gymnastics or acrobatic skill anatomically and is able to create innovative ways to condition his students to help maximize their progress. He never knew his path would lead him to the dance industry, but it has afforded him the opportunity to explore his teaching methods and become a truly exceptional coach.
Resident Company Tap Teacher (Mainstream: All Genres)
Alexa Gambaro has been dancing since the age of 3, and competed from age 5 to 18. She has won numerous regional and national competitions, including title pageants. She went on to graduate from the American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City where she studied under some of the most well known Broadway and commercial dance stars including Chrissy Whitehead, Casey Colgan, Eryka Clayton, Nic Thompson and Michelle Bruckner. Some of her performance experience includes Six Flags Great Adventure, and Good Morning America alongside the Dancing With The Stars cast. Alexa looks forward to continue growing as a teacher and choreographer.
Resident Company Hip Hop Teacher
Brit Hay would say she could dance before she could walk. She was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and began performing and training in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop in her earlier competition years. She flourished as a performer winning numerous titles and convention scholarships through in her high school.
Her aspiring teacher, Kristin Loughlin, was her light, inspiration and motivation. Upon high school graduation, Brit then pursued Dance at Dean College receiving her A.A. In “Fine Arts”. There, she was classically trained in ballet, modern, various styles of hip-hop, tap, and Jazz. Working with Kelly Peters, Gregory King, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Jeremy Hughes, Jill Silverman and many more.
After receiving her A.A., she moved to New York City almost a year later. She immediately was taken under Kelly Peters Wing, from there she became
Apart of “Generation X”( BrickhouseNYC) hip-hop crew, and also Mr. Peters Choreography Assistant. Along with “X”, she became apart the company, Dancers Unlimited, contemporary styles fused with street styles, Directed by Linda Kuo, and partner choreographer, Amanda Spilinga. Both Kelly Peters and Linda Kuo have provided a creative platform for we,as young artists, can share our Choreography and classes to the public.
Since living in NY, Brit has worked with Jean PaulGoyte for Desigual Couture NYFW, MTV networks, Joey Bada$$, Kieza, Wyclef Jean, Cary Nokey, Mike Singer, Webster Hall, Fox 5 and more. Brit has no limit with dance. She will never stop learning and growing thru her performance Art, choreography , and teaching skills. She wants to inspire the world to accept the power of Art. ``Love what you do, do what you Love.``
Hope was born and raised in Taiwan, received her BFA in Dance Education from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2003, and moved to New York City in May 2004 to further her dance career.
Hope is a freelance ballerina and has performed with New York Theatre Ballet, Ballet des Amerique, Ballet Deviare, Chamber Ballet Taipei, Taipei Ballet Company, Truly Fooly Children’s Troupe and Upstate NY Ballet among others. She currently dances with Lydia Johnson Dance Company, Jersey City Ballet and American Liberty Ballet.
Hope also teaches classical ballet/pointe in the NYC area. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, Primary to Level III of the ABT© National Training Curriculum.
Hope is delighted to be sharing her experience with young dancers.
Resident Company Contemporary Teacher
Theresa Stone is a dancer/choreographer from Long Island, New York. She has worked long and hard at her craft to make her as versatile as possible, and has been able to continue doing so throughout her experiences as both a dancer and choreographer.
Theresa has worked with artists including Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Earth Wind & Fire, Silento, and Keke Palmer. She was also a featured dancer in Lady Gaga's ARTPOP Ball Tour, as well as the GUY music video. On top of that, her dance experience has also gotten her in the top 10 dancers of Laurieann Gibson's hit show Born To Dance, Good Morning America, The Monique
Show, Wendy Williams Show, and the most recent Hunger Games movie trailor.
Theresa has choreographed and worked with artists including A Great Big World, Meredith Vieira, Lance Bass, Omi, and Adam Lambert. You can also see her work on Fox's Hit Show So You Think You Can Dance, Todrick Hall's Toddlerz Ball Tour and DanceOn's Dance Showdown. She has also worked for companies including Target Stores, OA Fluid Sense, Discount Dance Supply, and more. She is the season one champion of Nigel Lythgoe's Every Single Step, and since then has worked for The Pulse On Tour, Broadway Dance Center, Wild Dance Convention, and more.
Theresa's pre professional dance company, AbstraKT BEINGS, has been featured on America's Got Talent, Brooklyn Dance Festival, and Carnival NYC. She has trained these dancers to then go on and dance for Sia, Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Silento, Ivviva Athletica, Macy's Passport, MTV, and much more!