College Dance Faculty

Administration

Mary Lisa Burns

Dean of Dance
305-237-3582
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Mary Lisa Burns (Dean of Dance) BA, Barnard College/Columbia University; MFA, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) in Dance under the direction of Stuart Hodes and Lawrence Rhodes. Professional modern dancer (Kenneth King, Gina Gibney, Brenda Daniels and others) and Director of Education/ Faculty member, Merce Cunningham Studio. Adjunct faculty member at Barnard College and guest faculty at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.


Assistant to the Dean
305-237-3684

 

Faculty


Karin Bejerano

Full-time Faculty
305-237-3343
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Karin Bejerano (Ballet, Jazz, Composition), BFA, SUNY Purchase; performed works by Gerri Houlihan and Gerard Ebitz and numerous professional music theater productions including Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Evita, and others. Scholarship student at the Martha Graham Studio and the Limon Studio, faculty at Miami City Ballet School , University of Miami, National High School Dance Festival.


Rebecca Cannan

Full-time Faculty
305-237-7499
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Rebecca Cannan (Modern Dance, Choreographer), B.F.A., M.F.A., Florida State University; Interlochen Arts Academy (High School). Trained at Bella Lewitzky Dance company; member of Dance Repertory Theatre, Millennium Dance Syndicate, and Evansville Dance Theater as dancer and choreographer. Guest faculty at numerous companies and schools including Harid Conservatory, Lexington Ballet, Kentucky Ballet Theater.


Gerard Ebitz

Full-time Faculty
305-237-3687
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Gerard Ebitz (Ballet, Pedagogy, Choreographer), B.F.A, New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. Dancer with the New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Zurich Ballet and faculty/choreographer at Miami City Ballet School. His Firebird was recently performed to critical acclaim by Gainesville’s Dance Alive! dance company.


Jeffrey Lloyd Smith

Full-time Faculty
305-237-3405
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Jeffrey Smith (Choreographer, Modern), BFA, Boston Conservatory and MFA from Florida State University. A former member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Martha Graham II Company and a choreographer whose work has been presented by Tulane’s Newcomb Dance Company and Peter London Global Dance Company.


Peter London

Full-time Faculty
305-237-3685
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Peter London (Modern, Choreographer), B.F.A, New World School of the Arts/University of Florida; Diploma, Julliard School. Principal dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company. Artistic Director, Peter London Global Dance Company. His choreography has been presented in Miami, throughout Florida, at the Festival Internacional del Baile in San Juan Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in the Caribbean.


Lara Murphy

Full-time Faculty
305-237-3194
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Lara Murphy (Ballet, Choreographer) is a NWSA High School graduate. BA, New York University; MA University of Miami. Performed with the Miami Ballet, Juegos del Arte, Miami Contemporary Dance Company and Maximum Dance company in Europe and South America. Choreography for finalists of American Ballet Competition and National Young Arts competition.


Diane Brownholtz

Adjunct Faculty
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Diane Brownholtz (Dance History) attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Illinois, and a Doctorate in Higher Ed from the University of Miami.


Kareen Camargo

Adjunct Faculty
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Maria Teresa del Real (Ballet) performed as a principal dancer with the English National Ballet, Ballets de San Juan, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Awarded the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, she has partnered with Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones, José Manuel Carreno and others and was a faculty member at the Central School of London.


Maria Teresa del Real

Adjunct Faculty
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Kareen Camargo (Ballet) performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and the Miami City Ballet Company and has performed in the New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker and with the American Ballet Theater Company. A former dancer and company manager of Miami Contemporary Dance Company, she also a been faculty member of the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and Miami City Ballet School


James Harragin

Adjunct Faculty
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James Harragin (Music, Musical Director) BA from Portland State University and an MM from Manhattan School of Music. He was the Music Director of the Portland Ballet Company and was one of the founding members of the contemporary music group Virtuosi della Rosa.


Adele Myers

Adjunct Faculty
305-237-7499
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Adele Myers (Modern, Composition) BA Sarah Lawrence College and MFA from Florida State University. Myers is the Artistic Director of Adele Myers and Dancers Company, which has received support from the National Performance Network, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Bates Dance Festival and others and has presented work throughout the United States.


Maureen O’Rourke

Adjunct Faculty
305-237-3640
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Maureen O’Rourke (Physical Therapy, Anatomy, and Kinesiology) is a dancer with a BFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a licensed massage therapist, certified neuromuscular therapist and Pilates professional.


Herman Payne

Adjunct Faculty
305-237-3341
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Herman Payne (Jazz, Modern) an alumnus of the NWSA High School dance division, BFA from The Juilliard School. Dancer formerly with the Aspen Ballet, his other professional credits include West Side Story, The Pajama Game, and The Wiz and performance with Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and others.


James B. Randolph

Adjunct Faculty
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James B. Randolph (Acting for Dance) BFA in Theatre, University of Miami and MFA in Theater from the University of Florida. Member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Arts. Has appeared in numerous works for stage and screen and was named Best Supporting Actor of the Year by New Times for his role in EQUUS. Director of several season at Miami’s City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, among other credits.


Toranika Washington

Adjunct Faculty
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Toranika Washington (Composition, Laban Movement Analysis) CMA, Laban/Barteniff Institute of Movement Studies; MFA in Choreography, Jacksonville University. A dancer with Karen Peterson & Dancers, Ana Miranda Dance and others, she is also Registered Somatic Movement Educator.


Technical Staff

Joshua Gumbinner

305-237-3686
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Joshua Gumbinner (Technical Director & Lighting Designer) BFA University of Florida. In addition to his work at NWSA, he has worked as lighting designer for a number of dance and theater companies including the Lake Worth Playhouse, the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, Peter London Global Dance Company, Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre, DanceNow!Miami and Josee Garant Dance Company.

 

Costumers

Elaine Flores

Haydée Morales

 

Theraphy Staff

Mindy Green, DPT

 

Accompanists

Modern

Haydée Morales

Mindy Green, DPT

 

Ballet

Maria Del Frade Diaz

Vivian Gonzalez Gorrin

Yraima Menendez Gonzalez

Jose Ruiz Elcoro

Marina Yeremeyeva