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.
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
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
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
Ghislaine Grillo, Danskinetics
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.
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.