Dance Faculty

Shannon Grant: 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 for more.

Saya Harada::
Ballet | Pointe | Choreography | Modern | Variations

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.

Chien-Ming Lin: Ballet, Pointe, Classical Variations

Mr. Lin was part of the first graduating class in the partnership between NYU and American Ballet Theatre earning a M.A. in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and the Professions with a concentration in ABT Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt School of Education. He is certified in all levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Since 2010, Mr. Lin was the Ballet Program Director at a private studio in Johnston, Iowa, utilizing the core tenants of the ABT curriculum with students ages 7 to 17. He achieved affiliate teacher status in November 2011 and May 2016 after successfully presenting students for ABT curriculum exams in levels 2A, 3B and 4B – with many of the students receiving honors. Additional teaching credentials include guest teaching for The Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago as well as teaching in New York City, Florida, Maryland, and Maine. In addition to his classical ballet training and performance career, he is an accomplished traditional Chinese dancer, selected for the best technique award at the 2000 National Chinese Dance Competition in Taiwan. One of his strengths as an instructor comes from his experience in performing both Western and Eastern dance styles. His teaching philosophy and vision is to cultivate dancers who are well-rounded artists, appreciating the work ethic, beauty, and rich history behind various dance forms and cultures. He teaches ballet & Pointe for levels 3A, 3B & 4 at Huntington Ballet Academy.

Amanda DeOliveira: Ballet, Classical Variations

Ms. DeOliveira trained at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT on full scholarship since its founding year with Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens in 2005, until she joined the ABT Studio Company in 2011. She studied and completed all the levels (in the pre-professional program) as well as completing  the ABT National Curriculum under the tutelage of Raymond Lukens, founder of the ABT national Training Curriculum. Ms. De Oliveira danced professionally with ABT as well as many guest principal opportunities, and in 2016 spent a year in London touring with Royal Ballet choreographer Ludovico Ondiviela. She has taught for her  mentors (former ABT Principal dancers, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky) at their summer intensive in both NYC and Panama. In addition, she has taught several master classes all over the US, Brazil and London. She is eager to share her passion for dance while passing along my knowledge and experience to the next generation. She teaches conditioning, ballet & classical variations for levels 1, 2 & 4 at Huntington Ballet Academy

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Music Faculty

Joan Albright: violin groups & privates

Cathy Beck: viola,violin, cello & piano

Natalia Valkiv ; piano

Deborah Walker: voice, piano