Green Street Studios is home to some of Boston’s most engaging and experienced movement artists and teachers. Our founding and long time artistic residents engage students on many levels, offering work in classical and innovative movement approaches to contemporary dance.
Jessica Muise (Open Company Class)
Mariah Steele (Monday Morning Modern)
Tarikh Campbell (Hip Hop)
Tarikh Campbell was born in New York City and raised in Teaneck, NJ. Tarikh began dancing in his freshman year at MIT where he joined the school’s Dance Troupe. Throughout his college years, Tarikh focused on hip hop, jazz, and contemporary training with fellow MIT students. Only a year into his dance life, Tarikh decided to branch out from MIT and check out dance groups in the Greater Boston area, where he was introduced to teams like The Rainbow Tribe Dance Company and B Side. With time, Tarikh felt confident enough to audition for Boston’s competitive hip hop scene and joined MIT’s Ridonkulous, which he later captained for a year. Toward the end of his college days, Tarikh and a few male hip hop dancers came together and formed Side Project, a crew that takes performance as seriously as a professional company but runs like a group of friends. After graduating from MIT, Tarikh went on to join Static Noyze, which took 1st place at Fusion’s Elements X, 3rd at Best of the East 2010, and 2nd at The Main Event: Round 2. Tarikh’s most recent project is PROject Nailz, a small hip hop crew consisting of female dancers, led by Tarikh and his long-time friend/first mentor, Adlai Grayson. At the moment, Tarikh dances with SidePro, Static, PRONailz, MIT Dance Troupe and teaches classes at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio, The Dance Academy Of Siagel Productions, and Green Street Studios.
Katie Dealy (Creative Dance)
Katie Dealy has taught dance and creative movement to children in the Boston/Cambridge area for many years. She holds a Masters in Education from Simmons College and a Masters in Dance Education from George Washington University. In addition to teaching for CPP, Katie also teaches at the Cambridge Performance Project and several pre-schools. Katie likes to use props and create story dances in her energetic and imaginative classes.
Matei Livianu (Salsa)
Matei started dancing ballroom in 2000 in Los Angeles with the Clarement Colleges Ballroom Dance Company. Competing in International Latin events around the country, he and his partner won the Collegiate Open Paso Doble Championship, and with the tour team, the Collegiate Formation Team Championship in 2003. Inspired by the salsa scene, he spent many evenings learning and dancing in the Los Angeles area clubs. Since 2004, he has been teaching salsa, cha-cha, bachata, and merengue, starting in Los Angeles, then Atlanta, and now Boston. In 2006, he co-founded the Salsa Club at Georgia Tech and, together with a stellar group of dedicated volunteers, built a thriving campus organization, complete with weekly classes, salsa socials with live music, and a performance group, for which he helped choreograph a 6-couple salsa routine. Over the years, he has taught many new dancers not only dance steps, but to move with rhythm and style that grabs attention on the dance floor. Matei’s genuine interest in the improvement of his students’ skills has contributed greatly the evolution of his own skills as a dancer, performer, and teacher. For more information visit www.salsamatei.com
Marta Moussa (Hawaiian)
Marta Moussa has over 30 years of experience in ethnic dance as a performer, teacher, and choreographer. She co-founded and directed the International Academy of Ethnic Dance (the only dance studio in New England to offer Hula and Tahitian dance) and was co-artistic director of Anjali Ethnic Dance Company. In 1985, Marta founded Polynesian Dance Arts. She continues to direct the professional performance group and teach PDA’s Polynesian dance classes. Marta first studied hula with ethnic dance great, La Meri. Marta subsequently studied hula with the late Kumu Hula Rose Kapulani Joshua and her daughter Lorraine of Honolulu, Hawai’i. Marta continues her study of hula with Kumu Hula Keith Awai. Marta was a guest performer for Ethnic Dance Arts under the direction of La Meri. Marta has performed with Polynesian Dance Arts, Ethnic Dance Arts, and Anjali Ethnic Dance Co. to name just a few. Marta was a dance major at Boston Conservatory of Music and a Theater Education major at Emerson College.
Najmat (Middle Eastern/Belly Dance)
Najmat is a Brazilian-born, Boston-based dancer. She is widely known for her strong and compelling performances and expert drum solos. As a teacher, Najmat sees the therapeutic side of middle eastern dance — it is a healing dance designed to awaken the feminine spirit and unleash women’s sensuality and inner power.
Peter Petrov (Balkan Dance)
Peter received his Master’s Degree in Movement and Dance from The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and his massage certification from The Muscular Therapy Institute/Cortiva Institute, Boston MA. As a professional dancer throughout high school and college, Peter became interested in injury prevention and alternative medicine after suffering two serious leg and hip injuries.
Peter’s fitness and muscular therapy experience includes 5 years with WAVE Health & Fitness, where he worked as an assistant manager, massage therapist, and personal trainer. He implemented exercise programs for his clients and taught various fitness classes such as Total Body Conditioning, Full Body Stretch, Spinning, Yoga and Body Pump. In his 5 years as a chiropractic assistant, Peter developed stretching and strengthening programs for patients with acute and chronic pain issues. In his spare time Peter teaches dance and directs his own dance company.
Nicole Pierce (Int/Adv Modern)
Nicole Pierce is the Artistic Director of EgoArt, Inc. which she founded in 1999 to pursue self-discovery, universal truth and cultural paradoxes through dance, theater, music and multimedia. She serves on the dance faculty at Emerson College and Green Street Studios where she also served as the Co-Executive Director from 2000 to 2005. Pierce teaches music with her own private practice in the Boston area. She has taught master classes in dance technique at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, Salem State College and the Chelmsford Academy of Ballet Arts. Pierce has danced locally for Marcus Schulkind, Caitlin Corbett and Jody Weber among others.
Marcus Schulkind (Int/Adv Ballet & Int/Adv Modern)
Marcus Schulkind is a founding director of Green Street Studios and has been dancing, teaching, and performing for over thirty-three years. Originally trained in Graham Technique and Graham based variants (Norman Walker, May O’Donnell, Pearl Lang), he went on to study ballet with Antony Tudor and Maggie Black at Julliard, bodywork with Zena Rommett (for whom he taught in New York), and Pilates Technique with Kathy Grant. He has performed nationally and internationally with many major modern dance companies including Lar Lubovitch, Kathy Posin, and Batsheva Dance Company of Isreal. He has taught in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East. Mr. Schulkind is a nationally recognized dancer, teacher, and choreographer, having received grants from the N.E.A., N.Y.S.C.A., Affiliate Artists Inc., Bank Boston Celebrity Series, and First Night. He has choreographed for Dennis Wayne’s Company, Princeton Ballet, David Brown, Elisa Monte, 5 by 2 Plus, People Dancing, Pick of the Crop, Little Feet, Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company, and in Canada for Dance Partout and the National Ballet of Egypt. Since seriously injuring his knee twelve years ago, he has been integrating physical therapies and his five year training of Pilates into his floor barre, modern, and ballet technique classes. Marcus is also a practicing acupuncturist.
Rebecca Rice (Int/Adv Modern)
Rebecca Rice is an award winning choreographer and respected teacher in the Boston community. She taught modern dance and creative process at the Boston Ballet for almost 20 years and created numerous works on BBII as well as organized Boston Ballet’s first choreography workshops, “Studio 7 @ Boston Ballet.”. She developed modern and choreography programs at MIT, Winsor and the Dana Hall School and was artist-in-residence at Green Street Studios during the summer of 2007. Her company, Rebecca Rice Dance, has been presented in MA by various organizations including Boston Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Bank of America Celebrity Series, The Boston Pops, World Music and CMAC and made its New York City debut in 2006. Rebecca graduated with honors in modern dance performance from the University of Utah where she studied and worked with Bill Evans, Ron Ruby, Ririe-Woodbury and the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre. In New York City she worked with Viola Farber as well as studied at the Limon and Ailey Schools.She was a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a founding member of the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy Company where she performed and choreographed for six years. She performed with various artists and companies throughout the United States including Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, Gerri Houlihan, Stephen Pelton, Bill Evans and Marianne Goldberg as well as participated in choreography workshops at Jacob’s Pillow with Bessie Schonberg. Coming from a small town in Massachusetts, she grew up studying and performing the work of Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis with her grandmother, Marion Rice. rebeccaricedance.com. For more information on classes with Rebecca Rice, please contact email@example.com.
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Andy Taylor-Blenis (Int. Modern Jazz)
Andy started dancing with her parents in International Folk Dance at age 0. Her early Creative Movement experiences were with Ruth Wheeler, co-founder of Dance Collective, and with Ann Brown-Allen. After receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she came to Boston and danced with Danny Sloane Dance, Paradigm Dance, Concert Dance Company, Dance Collective, Micki Taylor-Pinney, Dawn Kramer, Miguel Lopez, Milton Myers, Julie Ince-Thompson, ACE Entertainment, and has been with Prometheus Dance Company for 19 years.
She has taught International Dance through the Folk Arts Center of New England, Modern and Jazz Dance at Northwestern and Northeastern Universities, Harvard, Emerson, Boston University, Boston Conservatory and the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Andy is the artistic director of Mladost Dance Ensamble and the RSCDS Demonstration Team and loves teaching school residencies thru Mass Movement and Revels Inc. Andy is an adoring admirer of Lynn Simonson. Dance is a musical, satisfying, overwhelming, strengthening, challenging, freeing discipline that applies to and enhances each day of our lives. Enjoy!
Jody Weber (Adv. Beginning Modern & Int/Adv Modern)
Dr. Jody Weber received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1988, an M.A. from American University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in dance history from Boston University in 2005. Her choreography has been presented through numerous local outlets as well as venues in New York City, Maine, Washington D.C., Central Florida and Alaska. In the 2001, 2005, and 2009 seasons, DR. Weber received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Somerville Arts Council to support her choreography. She has also been the recipient of a choreographic fellowship for a two residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia. From 2000-2005, she worked as Co-Executive Director of Green Street Studios Center for Movement and Dance where she continues to teach technique classes. Dr. Weber has worked as part time faculty at Stonehill College, Bates College, Emerson College, Salem State College and The College of the Holy Cross. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State College. Dr. Weber’s historical research has been presented through the Dance History Scholars Conference held at the New York Public Library in 1993 and through the Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College in 1999. Her first book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, was published in 2009 by Cambria Press.
Jessica Muise (Intimations Dance Open Company Class)
Jessica Muise has been choreographing since 2003 and training as a dancer since age 3. She has a B.A. in Dance in Education as Transformative Pedagogy from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. While studying abroad in Durban, South Africa, she trained and performed extensively with the Flatfoot Training Company and studied dance history, choreography and education through the graduate program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also taught dance for various dance development projects including KZNArts Link, Mboza Primary Schools Dance Development Project, FastForward, and the Magwa Environmental Education through the Arts Project. Her work was shown in the Third Year Dance Festival (2006), Honours Dance Festival (2007), and the JOMBA! International Dance Experience in Durban, South Africa (2008).
Since returning home to the Boston area in 2010, she has been creating new work for Intimations Dance, Avenue Collective and OnStage Dance Company, and has performed most recently at the Oberon in Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert, with Cambridge Dance Company and Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project. She continues to teach modern classes throughout the Greater Boston Area and continues to support and advocate for dance in the community. She is currently a member of Impact Dance Company‘s Board of Directors and works in admissions at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Mariah Steele (Monday Morning Modern)
Mariah Steele grew up dancing at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, New York, with May O’Donnell technique at the core of a modern-dance based curriculum. Mariah graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a major in Anthropology and minor in Dance. She combined these two passions by studying traditional Kandyan dance in Sri Lanka for two months and then writing her anthropology thesis about the experience: “Dancing Away the Divide Between Ritual and Art.” Ze’eva Cohen and Rebecca Lazier were her main dance teachers and mentors at Princeton. She went on to perform professionally in New York City in the companies of James Martin, Beth Soll, and Kelley Donovan.
Since moving to Boston in 2008, she has performed with Sokolow Now!, the Anna Sokolow archival company, Rebecca Rice Dance, Nell Breyer and Sara Smith, among others. Recently named a “Rising Talent” by the Boston Globe, Mariah continues to develop her unique blend of original choreography and anthropological investigation in her Boston-based company Quicksilver Dance and through teaching, workshops, and commissions. Her choreography has been presented up and down the East Coast. In 2011, Mariah earned a Masters Degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, concentrating in non-profit management and conflict resolution. For her thesis about using dance in peacebuilding, she traveled to Ireland to study Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s Fall and Recover by choreographer John Scott, a work with two professional dancers and eleven torture-survivors and asylum-seekers from different countries. Currently, Mariah teaches dance and dance history at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. For more information, visit www.quicksilverdance.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org