Dance
Students dancing on the Usdan stage

Our Summer Dance PrograM

At Usdan, dancers can study an array of styles in a creative community with nationally acclaimed artists. In all classes, they develop technique, learn original choreography, and hone their voices. The department upholds and models the values of creativity, dialogue, embodiment, curiosity and discipline in classes that include hip hop, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and tap.

Instruction at our dance camp is rigorous, caring and fun.  Our studios are spacious and mirrored, with soft floors and generous skylights that give an open-air effect. Each class culminates in a freshly choreographed dance performance for the entire community, including friends and family, in the dance department studios or on Usdan’s main stage.

2020 MAJORS

Ballet (Intermediate/Advanced); Choreography; Contemporary Forms; Contemporary Forms (Intermediate/Advanced);  Dance Adventure.

2020 MINORS

Broadway Jazz; Hip Hop; Tap; Yoga.

 

2019 Faculty

Tap, Lead Teacher

Jessica Azenberg

Jessica Azenberg has studied acting and dance since she could walk, training at the School of American Ballet, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and others. She started tap dancing at 8-years-old while attending Usdan and went on to pursue a career in theater. She has performed with companies across the country and currently teaches tap, ballet, and jazz in New York City.

Ballet and Dance Adventure, Lead Teacher

Rachel Mazur

Rachel Mazur is a ballet dancer, choreographer, and educator who leads Usdan’s ballet courses. Trained in performance and pedagogy, Rachel earned her master’s in dance instruction before joining the faculty at American Youth Dance Theater and Brooklyn Ballet. She continues to partner with and bring dance to local public high schools and community organizations.

Dance, Costumer

Barbara Morse

Ballet and Dance Adventure, Contemporary, Assistant

Molly Conklin

Broadway Jazz, Lead Teacher

Jessica Blair Lukasik

Dance, Assistant Teacher

Jada O'Neal

Dance, Department Chair

Diana Crum

Diana Crum is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator, and advocate, and Interim Chair of Dance at Usdan. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Atlanta, Mexico, and across Europe. She currently serves as Program Director for Movement Research’s Dance Makers in the Schools and teaches dance at 92Y, Brooklyn Arts Council Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and more.

Discovery, Lead Teacher

Lorene Bouboushian

Hip Hop, Lead Teacher

Jacqueline Selesky

Jacqueline Selesky is a multi-talented dancer, proud Long Island native, and Usdan hip-hop instructor. Since the age of seven, Jacqueline has studied ballet, modern, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and more. She has danced alongside Demi Lovato, Cardi B, and G-Easy in televised appearances, and appeared in Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It.” Jacqueline performed as lead soloist in Martha Graham’s Daughters of the Night and is a member of Asha Dance Company. She also teaches dance in Orange County Public Schools in New Jersey.

Tap, Lead Teacher

Dolores Sanchez

West African Fusion, Lead Teacher

Alicia Thompson