We have a core staff of 5 full-time, professional dance instructors, (plus some visiting guest instructors) who are from Canada, the New York City area and the West Coast-- many who have been with us for over 10 years. They have all worked with young girls and make the learning process both challenging as well as fun.
(In addition to the professional dance staff, the camp hires mature counselor staff members who live with the girls in their bunks and provide the necessary supervision while adding to the fun experience of camp.)
Below is a brief summary of our professional instructors' backgrounds and experience.
Core Professional Instructor Staff
Hip Hop - Eli Kababa
A gifted hip-hop dance artist and educator, Eli's been on faculty at BLDC for over five years. His dance career was forged early in life as a student of Tae Kwon Do, while also discovering his love of hip-hop street-dance and the fine arts. These forms combined with passion, devotion, and experimentation led Eli to co-found Garden State Dance Project. His company exists to bring communities together through music and dance. Eli teaches at the 92nd Street Y's Harkness Dance Center and works with organizations like New York City Ballet, Center for Arts Education and Arts Horizons. He is a graduate of DEL, the Dance Education Laboratory and co-author of a hip-hop dance curriculum which debuted through the 92nd Street Y's Educational Outreach Center's School Partnership Program. Eli truly loves sharing hip hop dance and culture with students of all ages and abilities, especially with those here at Brant Lake Dance Camp! His wife, Kathy and son Kaelen come to enjoy the magic of Brant Lake with him.
Modern - Blake Pearson
Blake Pearson is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in New York City. A BFA Alumn, in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, Blake has been a professional dancer ever since. He spent numerous years in the dance company of Joanna Mendl Shaws' Dancing With Horses/The Equus Projects and danced for Pearson-Widrig Dance Theater. Blake's own work has been presented in New York City, Maryland, and Virginia. His choreographic interests span in diversity from organic, abstract movement to dance theatre and musicals. He currently is on faculty at The Dalton School in New York City, where he teaches Modern Dance, social justice, leadership, and is a high school house advisor.
Ballet - Terez Dean
Originally from Hudson Valley, New York, received her training at the prestigious School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. In 2005, she joined the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, dancing a wide range of contemporary and classical works. Dean joined Smuin Ballet in 2008 and has been featured in works of world renowned choreographers like Jiří Kylián, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Adam Hougland, and Michael Smuin. While dancing full time, she received her BA through the Saint Mary's College LEAP program. Off stage, Terez enjoys sharing her years of knowledge and training to budding young dancers. She looks forward to teaching this summer at Brant Lake Dance Camp.