Dance & Music Faculty
Ballet, Pointe & Variations
Shannon Grant Shannon Grant is currently dancing with Ballet Long Island, Jersey City Ballet, Pink Pig Ballet and award winning choreographer Jamie Benson. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally with Ballet de Printemps, City Ballet of San Diego, Ballet New England, Media City Ballet, BalaSole, Ballet Magique, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Scottish American Ballet and others and originated a role in the Ovation Award winning musical Shag With a Twist. Shannon danced in music videos for Velvet Revolver, Avenged Sevenfold, Dame Fortune and other bands, as well as in commercials and fashion shows. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in American Studies and also holds an Associate Degree with Honors in Business Administration. Shannon Grant loves sharing her knowledge of dance through teaching and has taught all over the New York tri-state area and in Los Angeles to dancers of all ages and abilities. Visit shannongrantdance.com for more.
Ms. Harada currently teaches ballet, Pointe and choreography at Arts Cure Center (Queens) and Huntington Center for Performing Arts. As a part of internship she also worked at American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as a class assistant teacher and a summer intensive counselor. Saya is the first Japanese citizen who obtained both MA in Dance Education/ABT ballet pedagogy from NYU and certification as an American Ballet Theatre certified ballet teacher, who completed the ABT® National Training Curriculum Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7.
Saya is from Hyogo, Japan. Saya was a company member of Sadamatsu-Hamada Junior Ballet Company for years in Kobe. She danced major soloist roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Sylphide, and other classical ballets. In NYC, she has performed with Sokolow Theatre Ensemble, 277 Danceproject and Azul Dance Theatre. She also works as a choreographer and has choreographed “A Midnight Spring Dream ~Yozakura~”(2009), “An Abyss of Lament”(2010). She has worked with Long Island Ballet Theatre since 2013 and choreographed “In Your Hands”(2013), “Splash!” (2014) and “Presence”(2014). In 2015 she will choreograph two pieces for Long Island Ballet Theatre which will be performed at the LI Dance Consortium’s “Celebration of Dance” in April. She also directed the new production “Urashima”(2012), and choreographed the production “Princess Kaguya~A Lady from the Moon” (2013 &2014) all presented by Arts Cure Center.
Maria Piedad Paredes Lascano (Maria Piedad)
Ballet, Pointe, Classical Variations,Jazz
Maria Piedad is a choreographer and teacher who graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School and from the NYU/ABT M.A. in ballet pedagogy. She has developed her artistic career in the main dance companies and schools in Ecuador. Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO since 2009. She also teaches character, historical, classical repertoire, Latin-American, jazz and other styles. She is a certified teacher of ABT´s National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level 7 and partnering. Master Frank Augustyn at Adelphi University, where she earned her BFA in dance.
She was a teaching assistant at ABT’s JKO School children’s division, a counselor at the ABT Summer Intensive and adjunct jazz dance instructor for CUNY’s College Now Program (2013-2014). She worked as the artistic director and choreographer of ProDanza-Ecuador, Commercial Dance Company(2001-12); artistic director/choreographer of Danzas, Ballet School(2000-12), Ambato, Ecuador; K-12 dance educator at the German School of Quito (2008-12) and the American School (2003-10). Rehearsal Director at National Ballet of Ecuador (2004-08). Repertoire teacher at the Ballet School Alejo Carpentier in Havana (1999-2000). Her choreographies have been performed in Ecuador, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and USA. She staged the Jaime Pinto’s complete ballets Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Three Musketeers and Taming of the Shrew for the National Ballet of Ecuador where she also was a dancer (1996-97)
See Huntington Center Faculty featured in NYU Steinhardt’s Dance Education Program
Joan Albright: violin groups & privates
Cathy Beck: viola,violin & piano
Maya Lorenzen: violin ensemble, private violin
Natalia Valkiv ; piano
Deborah Walker: voice, piano