Sara Adams was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, and began her dance training at the age of six at the Mid-Cape Ballet Academy. She later studied at the Boston Ballet School, before taking a summer course at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2003. She enrolled as a full-time student at SAB from 2003 to 2008. She became an apprentice with NYCB in June 2008 and became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009. In February 2017, Ms. Adams was promoted to soloist.
John Alix is a director/choreographer who works in both theatre and TV/film. Some of his credits include the NBC/Universal Kids network launch in 2018, MoMa, Uniclo, Inspiration Morn musical theatre intensive in Shanghai, China, and the resident choreographer for high-end events by Van Wyck & Van Wyck. In addition, John is especially proud of his work as associate choreographer to Luis Salgado on two productions of In The Heights, which took home 9 Helen Hayes awards, including best choreography.
One of John’s favorite annual events is Broadway Bares, in which he has served on the creative team for the last five years. Some of his work within the show includes Flashlight Tag, Feminist Studies, and Stonewall.
This year, John was honored to join the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Observership Program. Through this program, he hopes to continue to share his love of the theatre. He continues to teach and produce work all over the world, connecting people through art.
Danita Shaheen is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and certified Pilates instructor from New York. She has performed nationally and internationally with numerous contemporary, modern, and jazz/ hip hop companies. She currently teaches dance classes to students of all ages and levels at public schools, dance studios, professional workshops, summer intensives, and private lessons.
Her class focus is on sequential movement, momentum, anatomical alignment and musicality. She asks the student to think about where their movement initiates from, and how it transitions fluidly to the next. We investigate the textures, tensions, and weight of our phrase work and discuss how our rhythm and breath will encourage dynamic artistry.