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About Our Programs…

Based on nationally recognized criteria, we offer unique programs that emphasize both the artistic and cultural benefits of applying oneself in the arts. These benefits are diverse and numerous including acquiring and maintaining basic physical skills as well as cognitive development in problem solving—the ability to think creatively and apply knowledge to action. Knowledge and experience in the arts promote a sense of well being that develops language skills and communicative ability, promoting an understanding of ourselves as individuals culturally aware of our community and the world around us.

About Our Faculty…

Experienced and caring educators guide each individual student through the process of discovery while they are learning and enhancing artistic and technical skills.

We promote a sense of wellness, confidence and love of the arts that enhance all of our students’ lives.

We carefully guide students who may choose to pursue the arts as their profession by preparing an excellent foundation.

 

Elsa Posey, R.D.E.
elsa11aa Elsa Posey, R.D.E. is Founder and Director of Posey School and teaches ballet classes for children and adult beginners as well as professional dancers.

She is respected as an international scholar of dance, dance history, and dance pedagogy, specializing in dance for young children and classical ballet.

She attended schools of the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. In addition to meeting with her classes at Posey School, she is President of the National Registry of Dance Educators, Past President of the National Dance Education Organization, and a national advocate for arts education.

Ms. Posey has served on the Board of the New York State Dance Education Association, recognized by the NYS Department of Education; Board of the Dance Notation Bureau; Board of the Congress on Research in Dance and National Dance Association. She is past Co-chair of the Education Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

Kimberly M. Wager, M.A
kimberlywager001aKimberly M. Wager, M.A. is Administrative Manager of Posey School. She teaches ballet, composition, and children’s dance, and is choreographer for Posey Dance Repertory Company.

Ms. Wager earned a Masters degree in Dance Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She is an Affiliated Member of the Cecchetti Council of America, qualified to prepare students for the Cecchetti exams at the Advanced level. She wrote her thesis on Cecchetti ballet technique.

Kimberly studied and performed with Rebbecca Kelly Ballet Company, Kaleidoscope of Kultures Dance Company, North Country Ballet Ensemble, National Ballet, and Phoenix Dance Company. Kimberly has studied with Pamela Moore, Betty Seibert, Kathy Koesner and Debbie Guibord to refine her work in the Cecchetti method of Ballet. She was ballet mistress for Christopher Fleming (former NYCB dancer.)

Kimberly travelled to Kampala, Uganda in Africa where she taught creative movement to orphaned children and studied traditional Ugandan dance forms. Her choreography, “A Brush in Time” represented SUNY Potsdam at the American College Dance Festival. She studied choreography with Jacqueline Smith-Autard at NYU.

Isabella Eredita Johnson, Pianist
isaabellaissy1aIsabella Eredita Johnson, Pianist, directs and produces OPERA NIGHT on the first Friday of every month at the Northport Methodist Church on Main Street.

She is former Chairman of the Northport Arts Coalition and cultivates diverse interests in the arts. Isabella holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and is both a concert pianist and piano teacher.

Whenever her busy schedule permits, she accompanies ballet classes at Posey School and assists with choreography.

Lena Massari Sawyer
lena-thumbLena Massari Sawyer has been a museum educator for over twenty years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and did her graduate work in Art Education at The Steinhardt School at New York University. She has been involved with museum based parent-child workshops as well custom designed art programs for the School of America Ballet, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and ”The Family Circle” for a major NYC museum. For over six years she taught a museum based class ”Book then Look”, a membership class for young preschool children in which visual arts were explored in conjunction with Caldecott awarded children’s literature. Lena’s career focus has been on introducing young children (ages 2 to 6) to art through both gallery tours and projects designed to engage them in art making in a way that encourages their own creativity and visual style.
Ghislaine Grillo, Danskinetics
grillo1aGhislaine Grillo, Danskinetics, was born in Paris, France. She began studying dance at the age of 9 and by age 13 was performing on stage all over Europe. She continued to study many dance techniques including ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, African, and Spanish dance with internationally renowned teachers. By 17, she was assisting the ballet master of The Paris Opera and was performing with the modern dance troop, Les Ballets Contemporains de Paris.

She was certified in ballet and modern dance by the Ecole Superieure d’Etudes.Choregraphiques de Paris and established her own school of dance, developing her own method of free expression through movement, “Expression Corporelle”.

In America, Ghislaine discovered Danskinetics, another form of movement that encourages the body/mind/spirit connection and became a certified Danskinetics instructor in 1998 (Kripalu Center, Lenox, Mass.). She will be teaching Danskinetics on Thursday mornings.

Jeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett spent his early professional life teaching theatre, English, vocal music and public speaking. In addition to staging over fifty high school shows, he has directed plays at Queens College, Port Jefferson’s Theatre Three, Huntington Village Theater Company and New York City’s Cafe LaMama.

Many of Jeff’s students have distinguished themselves professionally. Jeff Bennett is the author of Secondary Stages, a guide to organizing and implementing a successful and dynamic high school theater program. The book was featured on NBC’s Today Show in April, 2002 and is published by Heinemann Drama.

Jeff Bennett founded the Bare Bones Theatre Company in the fall of 1999. The Company, which began life as a CED course, took up residence at Posey School in 2001. Two eleven-class sessions are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Each class focuses on fundamental acting skills: believability, concentration, sense memory, intention–and then progresses gradually to the preparation of scenes from established plays performed for invited audiences.

Brittany Daniella
Brittany Daniella is from North Eastern Connecticut and moved to Long Island NY to teach at Posey School of Dance. She is professionally trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip-Hop dance. She is also certified to teach Zumba. Ms. Brittany’s performance experience has included: Florida Orange Bowl, statewide competitions, Warner Theater and Nutmeg Ballet School. Her Repertoire includes “Hairspray”, “Nutcracker” and “Footloose.” She has danced professionally with Aron Turner, Steve and Angela D’valda, Dolly Kelepecz, Simone Depaolo and many others. She has taught master dance classes throughout New England and continues her dance training by participating in yearly conventions.
Abigail Agresta-Stratton
abigailAbigail Agresta-Stratton, earned a MA in Dance Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and is a Registered Dance Educator. Abigail has taught dance in many public and private schools and studios and has created and implemented multi-faceted dance curriculums for PS161M in the New York City Department of Education and West Islip High School on Long Island in New York. Abigail has performed with the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre in works by Mary Anthony, Charles Weidman and Bertram Ross, and in venues such as the Field in New York City in works by independent choreographers such as Michiyo Sato. Abigail is a graduate of Dance Education Laboratory and has been a member of the New York City Department of Education Blueprint Writing Committee, a scorer for the NYS Dance Content Specialty Test, Chair of the New York City Dance Educators /UFT, President of the NYS Dance Education Association and Membership Director of the Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization, a state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization serving Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. Abigail also serves as the moderator of the K – 12 Forum and has served as the CREDO forum moderator for NDEO. In October 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Service Award by the New York State Dance Education Association for her dedication to the advancement of dance education. Last August, Abigail was honored at the Dance Teacher Magazine Summit as the 2013 K – 12 Awardee and was recognized for her commitment and accomplishments in both dance education and advocacy for dance. She served as the Director of the Specialty Center Dance Company at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA for two years. Abigail and her husband, Daniel, the proud parents of Maxmillian Anthony and Charlotte Serafina, are excited to return to New York and to the Posey school.
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