Ronen “Roni” Koresh
Adult School—Advanced Modern Jazz
Roni, a native of Israel, began his career with the renowned Batsheva Dance Company of Tel Aviv. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1983, he studied in New York with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater prior to settling in Philadelphia, where he performed with Shimon Braun’s acclaimed “Waves” Jazz Dance Company. After performing internationally, his interest shifted towards choreography, and he founded Koresh Dance Company in 1991. Shortly after, in 1993, he opened the Koresh School of Dance, serving as a residence for his company and a training center for the Philadelphia dance community. In addition to receiving numerous grants, Roni is a recipient of several choreographic fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the PEW Charitable Trusts, and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. Roni regularly travels to conduct master classes, set choreography, conduct residencies, and showcase his company throughout the country.
Children School—Creative Dance, Pre Modern Jazz, Pre Ballet, and Ballet 1
Private Lessons in Modern Jazz, Ballet
Courtney Conigatti began her dance training at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. As a dance major, she trained in various styles at the Ailey School under the direction of Hassan Blandford. After high school, she went on to study at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned her BFA in dance. While at the university, Courtney performed the works of many respectable choreographers such as Ronen (Roni) Koresh, Wayne St. David, Douglas Becker and Sidra Bell. In 2014, she had the opportunity to participate in the “DanceAbility” (dance for able and disabled bodies) teacher certification course in Vienna, Austria under the direction of Alito Alessi. Upon graduating, Courtney performed in Opera Philadelphia’s production of “Turandot,” choreographed by Renaud Doucet. She has been training extensively with Roni Koresh and Melissa Rector of Koresh Dance Company. Courtney loves sharing in her passion for dance and is excited to be a part of the Koresh School of Dance faculty.
Philadelphia native Jessica Daley began her training at Jason Douglas Dance, continued at The Rock School, and later Alvin Ailey School training under Troy Powell. While earning her BFA at UARTS, Jess received the Promising Artist Award, the Pulawski Award, and the award for Excellence in Modern Performance. In 2001, she joined the 76ers Dance Team and in 2002, she performed with Eleone Dance Theater. Jessica joined Koresh Dance Company in 2004 and danced as a principle member under the direction of Roni Koresh. Currently, Jess performs, choreographs, and guest teaches throughout the Philadelphia and New York area.
Children School—Ballet 2
Private Lessons in Ballet, Pointe
Fallon Gannon, originally from Rome, NY began her training with Stephen and Canan Jackson and Delia Foley, A.R.A.D. Under the direction of Ms. Foley, Fallon studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and completed exams through Advanced I. While studying with Ms. Foley, she also had the opportunity to dance with the Mohawk Valley Ballet, performing many full-length ballets. She furthered her training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pre-Professional Program directed by Marjorie Grundvig and Denis Marshall.
Upon completing this program, Fallon was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance. During her time at UArts, she had the opportunity to perform works by: Douglas Becker, studying the Forsythe technique; Scott Jovovich; Iquail Shaheed; Sara Procopio; and classical ballets restaged by Anastasia Babayeva. She also received a scholarship to study GYROKINESIS® and received her teaching certification under Miriam Barbosa with the assistance of Jennifer Binbord Johnson.
Upon graduating, Fallon has had the opportunity to perform with BalletFleming, Dance Del Bello, Arch Contemporary Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Alongside performing, Fallon loves teaching and has been a teaching artist in Philadelphia for the past eight years. Additional teaching credits include: Philadelphia Dance Academy, The Rock School for Dance Education's Rock Reach program, The Philadelphia School, Germantown Friends School, and University of Pennsylvania's Penn Ballet and Arts House Dance Company.
Children School—Pre Ballet, Modern 2, and Jazz 2
Private Lessons in Modern Jazz, Tap
Cheryl Francaviglia began training at Standing Ovation School of Dance where she attended national dance conventions and competitions studying under choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Sheila Barker, Joe Lanteri, Wade Robson, and Tyce Diorio. She graduated from Rowan University with a BFA in Education and Child Drama, along with a Dance Concentration. During her time at Rowan, she was Captain of the RU Dance Team, performer for Rowan’s Dance Company, and in 2009 Cheryl was awarded the Dr. Joseph Robinette Theatre and Dance Medallion. She continued her dance training performing with Reading Phillies Dance Team and studying at the Koresh School of Dance. She has taught and choreographed for various studios, where she is continually recognized and awarded for her entertaining choreography. Cheryl is currently a first grade school teacher and participates in dance projects throughout the area such as Fringe Arts and Koresh Artist Showcase Series.
Children School—Jazz 3
Adult School—Modern Jazz
Private Lessons in Modern Jazz
After studying at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Melissa obtained her Certificate of Dance from The University of the Arts in 1993. Following graduation, she obtained a scholarship to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Melissa has been dancing with Koresh Dance Company since its inception in 1991 and is the company’s Assistant Artistic Director. At the Koresh School of Dance she teaches her unique style that blends Modern Jazz and Luigi technique. Additionally, Melissa is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Koresh Youth Ensemble. Her work has been performed locally at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, Annenberg Center, Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, PeriDance Capezio Center in New York City, among other places. She frequently travels around the country to perform, teach master classes, and set choreography on students.
Children School—Modern Jazz 1
Adult School—Modern Jazz, Stretch & Strengthen
Private Lessons in Modern Jazz
Kevan grew up in Millford, CT and started his dance training at the age of two. He studied at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance while also traveling to NYC to train. In 2009, Kevan received the Director’s Talent Scholarship awarding him a full tuition scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He was also selected to study at the School of Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program in the summer of 2010. Kevan has performed with Alchemy Dance Company as well as Tommie Waheed Evan’s “Waheed Works”. Kevan joined Koresh Dance Company in 2013 and is excited to be part of our teaching staff.
Children School—Modern 3
Adult School—Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Modern Jazz
Private Lessons in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop
Gary W. Jeter II began dancing in 1997 at Pebble Brook High School for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated in 1999. Gary attended the Alvin Ailey fellowship summer program and received a full director’s scholarship to The University of the Arts, where he graduated in 2003 with a BFA in Dance. After graduation, he was asked to join PHILADANCO!, where he was a principal dancer from 2003 to 2007. Gary has also worked with Fernando Bujones and Eddie Shellman, in addition to dancing with Eleone Dance Theatre. Gary danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2007 to 2014, and is now an Artist-in-Residence for the company. He has set works for The University of the Arts, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Gary has been performing with BalletX since 2014.
Children School—Hip Hop 1, Hip Hop 2
Adult School—Hip Hop
Samuel Antonio Reyes (Sammy) has been a Philadelphia artist for the past 15 years. Sammy received a BFA in Performing Arts from the University of the Arts in 2001. He is the proud recipient of the Cushman Acting Award and the Theater Ensemble Award. Post-graduation, Sammy continued his dance training under Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company and Renni Harris of Renni Harris Pure Movement. He has danced with many local Philadelphia artists such as Charles O. Anderson “Dance Theater X”, Kate Watson-Wallace, and Montazh Performing Arts Company. Sammy was nominated for a 2002 Barrymore Award for Best Choreography and Movement in the musical “St. Louie Women” and “Pal Joey” where he assisted Myra Bazell. He toured and created for Disney’s radio and television star Raven Symone from 2004-2008. Sammy continues to collaborate and set work on both theater and dance companies such as The Luna Theater, Cat Scratch Theater, Le Cabaret Molounge, Zen One Dance Collective, 11th Hour Theater Company, among others. He is currently choreographing for the Rocketts at Xfinity Live, is an adjunct professor/artist in residence at Muhlenberg College, and is the Artistic Director of his company SANBROOKA Productions.
Children School + Adult School + Private Lessons—Yoga, Salsa
Teagan Schweitzer is a woman with many passions and a tenacious personality. Her passion for yoga and dance is infectious, and she inspires others around her to reach for greatness.
Teagan has been dedicated to teaching yoga in Philadelphia for over 10 years and has taken teacher trainings in a variety of styles including Yogahour, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and Power Yoga. She is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She combines her knowledge from these studies to offer unique, challenging, expertly taught, well-aligned yoga classes, workshops, and teacher trainings.
Aside from pursuing yoga studies, she has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and researches food in Philadelphia in the 19th century. She graduated top her class in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Her passion for movement and form traces back through a long history in dance, both amateur and professional - she was a professional salsa dancer for many years - and extends to all modalities of fitness and physical practice.
Fang Ju-Chou Gant
Private Lessons in Ballet
Fang-Ju, born and raised in Taiwan, came to the United States to further her study of dance. She earned an Associate Degree of Dance in Australia from Queensland University of Technology Academy of Arts/Dance, and received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. She is trained in a wide variety of dance styles and stagecraft. Fang-Ju joined Koresh Dance Company in 1998 and currently travels to perform and teach across the U.S.
Michelle "Chellie Fig" Figueiredo
Adult School—Commercial Hip Hop
Private Lessons in Hip Hop
Michelle Figueiredo "Chellie Fig" is a former Captain of the Sixers Dancers and has performed across China on an NBA China tour numerous times. She has danced back-up with artists such as Nico & Vinz, Pharrell Williams, Vanilla Ice, and more. She received a BA in Dance Performance from ARB's Princeton Ballet School and continues to train at Millennium Dance Complex and Broadway Dance Center.
Adult School—Modern Jazz
Greg Anmuth began his dance training at his mother’s studio in New Jersey. Having waited until sixteen to begin taking technique classes, Greg fought to catch up to his peers. This began a process of self-exploration that continued through his time at Rowan University. Under the guidance of Paule Turner and Melanie Stewart, Greg sought clarity in his approach to choreography. Using every resource available, Greg pioneered original programs that helped define his movement style and launch his teaching career. While at Rowan, Greg was the first student to present an original evening length dance work and develop a unique internship using the Franklin Method as a healing tool. He was elected the president of Rowan’s Contemporary Dance Company, and has been awarded the Bryna G. Goldhaft Medallion for Dance Excellence in 2012 upon his completion of his B.A. in Health and Exercise Science.
Now a co-owner of his family’s school, Greg has established a strong presence in the local community. As a teacher and choreographer Greg has been awarded dozens of choreography and entertainment awards for his original concepts including the choreography award at the World Dance Championship in 2017 for his piece, “Deluge”. In class, development of personal growth remains paramount. Greg challenges individuals to try all things and learn from every experience. Classes are heavily influenced by his Yoga background, Nan Giordano’s NGCP, and Roni Koresh. Greg’s performance career has continued all the while. Greg has performed with Roger Lee Dance, Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, Band of Artists, and Legends in Concert, Asya Zlatina’s STORM, and Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Greg is currently touring as a company member with SHARP Dance Co.
Adult School—Hip Hop
A 'jack of all trades', an individual dedicated to his careers, and an inspiration to those who have witness a show, battle, piece of choreography, training session, painting, poetry from his book, or thoughts/words on a panel from this positive individual. Tyger-B has taken the years granted to him and treated them with countless hours of focus, sweat, determination, and with a positive perspective. Taking his abilities around the globe, Tyger-B has spread his gifts throughout the USA, Russia, Canada, South Africa, Paris, Japan, Uzbekistan, China, London, and many other location. Moving in the the styles of hiphop, house, dancehall, salsa, and many more as a representative of the USA. Studying the techniques of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and more at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Training in the movements of muay thai, kick boxing, taekwondo, capoeira, and other martial arts for over two decades. All of these attributes contribute to his creative choreography, his diverse ability to switch genres, and his quick eye. With this many things under his belt, Tyger-B has used his choreography and dancing abilities to set works on Pennsylvania Ballet ll, many recognizable festivals throughout the world, over a decade in the commercial industry with several artist like R&B singer Ginuwune, Pop artist Raven Symone, MTV's Mena Heaven, and many other companies, showcases, competitions and vocalist. Throughout his many events and memorable captures, it's always a factor for Tyger-B to continuously evolve, share his positivity, and leave a piece of his heart with everyone possible, no matter the size. Giving thanks to all those who has believed in him, every teacher and every student, Tyger-B looks forward to continuing his life to become the best human he could possibly be right in front of your eyes. Please, take time to get to know Tyger-B a little more by visiting his website, TygerB.com, and enjoy one of his many talents and careers.
Ryan James Stauffer
Children School—Pre Hip Hop
Adult School—Hip Hop
Private lessons in Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater, Tap
Ryan James Stauffer, former dancer with Koresh Dance Company, attended the University of the Arts as a Ballet major. Since college he has toured as a backup dancer for actress and recording artist Raven Symone and performed in the film “Bolden!” choreographed by Hinton Battle. Pursuing musical theatre, he later performed in “Hairspray” “The Producers” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Curtains” at the Walnut Street Theatre where he earned his Actor’s Equity status. He has been teaching dance for over 10 years in the Philadelphia area. He has taught a variety of styles at numerous studios including Jovo Dance Studio, Philadelphia Studio Ballet and Koresh School of Dance. Currently, Ryan teaches adult hip hop class at Koresh studios, as well as with the Koresh Kids Dance Outreach program under the direction of Teresa VanDenend Sorge.
Children School—Ballet 3X, Ballet 4, Introduction to Pointe, and Pointe/Variations
Private Lessons in Ballet, Pointe
Eva was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She was accepted into the Hungarian National Ballet Institute in 1970, graduating with honors as part of the genesis of the Gyori Ballet. Retiring from the Gyori Ballet in 1988, she took her teaching diploma and her family to Philadelphia. She is currently teaching ballet at the Rock School for Dance Education and Koresh School of Dance. You can Eva’s profile in the Marquis Who’s Who in America book, 2010.
Private Lessons in Tap
Becky hails from State College, Pennsylvania, and is a multiform tap dancer with additional training in jazz, ballet, and modern. Becky studied under Sarah Mason at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, and has been a member of the Fraser Street Dancers, Crunch! Productions, and Jade Dance Project. Since 2011, Becky has been active in Philadelphia’s dance community, beginning with her appearance in “Too Darn Hot” a Philadelphia Fringe production, and soon after became a member of Tap Team II. In 2012, she began performing with The Lady Hoofers as a founding company member, rehearsal assistant, and is now a main choreographer for the ensemble. Becky has taken class with and performed alongside many tap masters including Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, Heather Cornell, Roxane Butterfly, Ayodele Casel, Karen Callaway Williams, and Andrew Nemr.
Children School— Ballet 3
Adult School— Ballet
Private Lessons in Ballet
Lara Tant was born in Philadelphia, PA where she began dancing at the YMCA. She trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC under the direction of Ludmila Markovina and Alla Sizova. Additionally, she supplemented her training through summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, where she had the opportunity to be coached by Leslie Brown and Rebecca Wright. Finally, she completed her professional training in the Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School. Lara began her professional career at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, where she also embarked upon her career as a ballet teacher. In 2006 she joined Connecticut Ballet in Stamford, CT.
In 2007 Lara co-founded Exit 12 Dance Company. Lara has performed with many companies and choreographers in New York City including Rebecca Kelly Ballet, David Fernandez, Alison Cook-Beatty Dance Company, Mooney-Cooley Dance, and Lou Troisi. In the summer of 2016 she joined the Farm to Ballet Project in Burlington, Vermont as a principal dancer, and was part of a PBS documentary. In 2017, she was a guest artist with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in Connecticut. Lara has performed many classical and contemporary works; her favorites include Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Lara has taught ballet and creative movement at Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Des Enfants, Armonk Dance, ATB, Brooklyn Ballet, Steps on Broadway, The Hartt School, and Boston Ballet. In 2017, she was a guest teacher and performer at The Dance Company in Saint Augustine, Florida. She is a Bolshoi Certified Ballet Teacher for levels 1 through 3. In 2015, she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to teach dance to children in the townships. From 2010 to 2016 she was a full- time faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan in the Children, Youth Ballet and Adult Programs. Lara graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Dance Performance Degree from the College of Saint Mary’s, LEAP program. In the summer of 2016 she was the Artistic Director of From Studio to Stage 2 summer program at the Hartt School in Hartford, CT where she choreographed a full-length original ballet with an original score, The Velveteen Rabbit. In 2016, she became the artistic director and dancer with Azoth Dancer, where she currently performs and with them has toured three times to France, Poland and Finland; teaching as well. She has traveled twice to India to teach dance to children in Bangalore. In 2017, she wrote a curriculum for the Pennsylvania Ballet Education and Community Initiative program called Dance Chance to be used in Philadelphia Public Schools. She is currently on the sub list at the Pennsylvania Ballet and pursuing her master’s degree in Dance Movement Therapy at Drexel University.
Private Lessons in Social Dance (Salsa, Wedding dance, etc.)
Roberto Rodriguez-Garcia is a Performer, Teaching Artist, and Choreographer who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. While in Puerto Rico, Roberto was trained in numerous Latin Dance styles including: Salsa, Merengue, Plena, Bomba, Danza, Seis, Chachacha, Rumba, Tango, and Pasodoble.
Upon his arrival in Philadelphia at age six, Roberto continued his Latin dance training at Taller Puertorriqueno under the direction of Maribel Lozada. He also incorporated acting classes with Victor Corsino and partner Fransico to add intensity to his performances.
In June 2003, Roberto graduated from Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (C.A.P.A) where he trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African and Lyrical dance techniques. As a member of CAPA’s Dance Company, Roberto performed for Ed Rendell’s Inauguration, choreographed “Conga” and “America” performed by CAPA’s Company, and received numerous awards.
Roberto has had the pleasure of performing with Traci Hall & Co. and Eleone Dance Theatre as a Principal dancer. He is the proud titleholder of “Mr. Latino 2004” for Philadelphia, where he is the organizations personal Dance/Modeling Coach. Roberto also performed as Principal Dancer and Dance Captain in the Independent Film entitled “Life Knocks”, a Philadelphia-based music Documentary Film focusing on lupus Awareness created and co-produced by Cynthia DiClaudio. Currently, Roberto is a head instructor at C.A.P.A teaching Latin Jazz and providing master dance workshops throughout the Philadelphia School District.