The Brooklyn Dance Center
The Brooklyn Dance Center Instructors
David Paul Kidder. is a dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer based in NYC. Regional performing credits include Pittsburgh CLO, Flat Rock Playhouse, Alhambra Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. As a choreographer, David Paul has choreographed for many Florida theaters, schools, and universities including The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts (Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast), Stanton College Preparatory School (Godspell) and The University of Central Florida (Winds of Motion, TranscenDance, Shove! Push!). He has been a dance teacher and choreographer for The University Performing Arts Centre (director - Judi Siegfried) and The Scott Jones School of Dance (director - Scott Jones). He is a coach of the Fletcher High School Dance Team who has taken his choreography to the nationally televised ESPN National Dance Team Championships. In New York, David Paul has choreographed the "Broadway Loves Britney" Concert at the Canal Room, and Narrows Theater's productions of Crazy For You, Miracle on 34th Street, and Singin' In The Rain. David serves as a master teacher for the Florida State Thespian Festival
David Paul Kidder is a judge and instructor for Sheer Talent Ltd.
In 2015 he danced with Kristin Sudeikis Dance in STAND, and in January 2016
David performed at The Joyce Theater in New York City in "American Dance Machine for the 21st Century."
Mr. Kid has appeared on Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, BET, Metro Channel, Good Day New York and Good Morning America. He’s even done photo shoots for the very popular magazines such as Vogue, Trace, Breaking Grounds and The New York Post. As well as having a gift for dance, his talent expands to the stage. Mr. Kid also has the gift of acting, which landed him a role in the Lincoln Center play "The Gift Unleashing the Mystery", as an actor and head choreographer. Some of his previous accomplishments include dancing at the 2008 Disco Ball, alongside Bonnie Pointer and The Sugar Hill Gang and hosting The Pro Dance Tour Dance Competition. His award winning choreography has created an upstanding reputation and follows through to this day, winning national titles and special awards. Mr. Kid has taught and continues to teach master classes all over the tri state area, including individual workshops with the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company and Dance Moms Miami, Angel & Victor. You can catch his latest photo shoot in the 2012 Body Wrappers dance catalog. He is currently the director or Innovations In Dance Development. A workshop and master class company bringing in high caliber choreographers to work with young dancers. Such as Tracie Stanfield, Athony Burrell, Carlos Neto, Chio (Broadway Dance Center), Derek Mitchell and many more. As well as guest teaching at various studios choreographing special competition pieces. Mr. Kid has recently taught at the 2015 Backstage regional competition in New Jersey. He also has its own clothing line called 5678Steps, which is worn by young kids all over the United States. He was recently made president of Love No Hate, an anti bullying organization for young children. Mr. Kid continues to innovate and inspire young and old individuals.
Sarah Rodak graduated from the early -release program at The Washington School Of Ballet, trained professionally at The Ailey School, and is certified in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. Sarah currently dances with The Benjamin Briones Ballet Company and freelances as a dancer and sometimes choreographer for other classical, commercial, and avant guard dance projects in New York City. She has danced with companies such as Veracity Dance Theatre, DanceSoul Company, Misako Ballet Company, El Teatro De Danza Contemporanea De El Salvador, The Moscow Ballet, and Ballet Theatre of Annapolis. She performed, choreographed, and directed multiple shows for Six Flags America and Silvertree Productions, where she recruited to appear in Touchstone movie "Step Up" (2006) and again in "Step Up: 2 "The Streets" (2008). Sarah has been on faculty as a ballet teacher at AnneArundel Community College and Misako Ballet School. This is her 6th year teaching at The Brooklyn Dance Center.
Diana Marie Perez has been performing and teaching the art of Bellydance for many years. It is a gentle and sensuous dance that is the expression of the dancer and her intimate physical connection with "mother earth". Diana has appeared in performances at The Lafayette Grill, Rakkasah Convention and Cafe Figaro in Manhatten, as well as dancing for various cultural events throughout the tri state area. She has created her own Bellydance troupe entitled "The Belly Mysitcs" and a new teen troupe "Mystic Treasures" here at The Brooklyn Dance Center. She has brought her unique style of dancing to women's healing workshops for many years. Her students help her to embrace her "divine feminine" and enhance her art of Bellydance.
Gail is the founder and director of The Brooklyn Dance Center and The Brooklyn Dance Ensemble. Gail has been fortunate to share dance with so many through the years by teaching classes within her school and at various community centers, choreographing and promoting dance works and performances in the NYC area.
Along wtih teaching Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Tumbling her studies have included Classical Indian Dance, Bellydance, and Flamenco. Gail holds a Bachelor Of Arts degree in Dance and has trained under June Lewis, one of the original and authentic master teachers of the Graham technique. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has developed wellness classes in various health clubs and NYC Parks facilities. She has taught dance and yoga classes at Kingsborough Community College.Gail has been honored for outstanding community service during "Womens History Month". Her dance events have raised funds for many charitable events,most recently for Breast Cancer Awareness, and Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Allison Astarita currently works as an executive administrative assistant at Citigroup where her day is jam packed with phone calls and meetings, but at the end of the day her true passion is dancing. She started dancing at the age of 12 at The Dance Spot where she later became a teacher specializing in tap and jazz. After her 10 year journey at The Dance Spot , she joined The Brooklyn Dance Center and has been teaching and dancing there ever since. One of the greatest opportunities she has is being part of the The Brooklyn Dance Ensemble where she has performed at various events, including NYC Parks events, Dumbo Dance Festival and CoolNY Dance Festival. Her most recent performance was at The Kat Wildish NY showcase at Alvin Ailey and again at Hunter College. Aside from The Brooklyn Dance Ensemble, she has studied Graham technique at Brooklyn College with Artis Smith. She has taken many jazz and hip hop classes at Broadway Dance Center through the years and will always fit in a Zumba class!
Benjamin is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, director, designer and entrepreneur. A graduate of The National School of Classical Ballet, The National School of Contemporary Dance and The Royal Academy of Dancing in Mexico City. His eclectic educational background includes training in Cuban and Royal Ballet styles, as well as study of Graham, Cunningham, Limon and Francis modern dance styles. As a soloist dancer, he has appeared with many companies, among them Ballet El Paso, Ballet Austin, Connecticut Ballet, Mid Ohio Ballet, Ballet Theater of Annapolis, Granite State Ballet, Southern New Hampshire Ballet, New Haven Ballet, Staten Island Ballet and River Ballet. He has taught extensively throughout the NYC including The Joffrey Ballet School, Mark Morris Dance group, LEON Dance Arts & Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre. Also for “Centro de Arte y Ballet” en Mexico City. Benjamin was appointed Ballet Master At The Staten Island Ballet in 2006-09. During that time, he also began his choreographic career, serving as the Resident Choreographer for both the Staten Island Ballet and Ajkun Ballet Theatre (New York). In 2012, his numerous choreographic endeavors culminated in the created Benjamin Briones Ballet. He is also Founder and Co-Director of Mid-Pointe project.
Co-owner and co-founder of UBCostumesDancewear.com, Benjamin has been designing costumes for the past 18 years. For more info: BENJAMIN BRIONES BALLET
Amanda Asmar graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2014 with recognition for highest academic honors. In 2009, she graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a minor in Biology. She was awarded the “gold key” for excellence in her field of study. Amanda has extensive training from The Martha Graham Conservatory of Dance, demonstrating the Graham technique for former principal Graham dancer Alessandra Prosperi at Centro Nacional de Danza Contemporanea in Queretaro, Mexico. She has also appeared on PBS television performing the choreography of Mark Morris at the Governor’s Award Ceremony, and the works of Twyla Tharp, David Dorfman, Tricia Brown, and Doug Varrone at Jacob’s Pillow and at various NYC venues. Amanda is currently a member of the Brooklyn Dance Ensemble, a certified Pilates instructor, and full time Physical Therapist at NYU Lutheran.
Yaritza Prendergast At the tender age of five Yaritza knew that she wanted to dance. Through the encouragement of both her parents she started the long journey of honing her skills. Throughout the years she has studied various forms of dancing which include but not limited to ballet, flamenco, afro-Cuban, salsa and ballroom. Yaritza studied in a variety of schools and programs such as: Stepping out studios, Alvin Ailey summer intensive, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana under the direction of Maya Desilvia, La Salsa Dey Hoy under Carolyn Hulse and the Dewy Dance Ensemble under the direction of Michael Goring. Yaritza has fused all that she has learned to become a diverse and well rounded dancer, choreographer and performer. As a company member of The Brooklyn Dance Ensemble, Yaritza has performed at festivals, and events throughout the city and most recently was proud to perform in the Kat Wildish Showcase at Alvin Ailey Theater.