Dance, Music & Theater 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 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.
Chloe Singer: Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary Ballet & Jazz
Chloe Singer grew up studying ballet at a pre-professional level at the Huntington Center for Performing Arts before continuing her training in Manhattan with Valentina Kozlova. She performed as a soloist & ensemble member in numerous classical ballets, on some of the most prestigious stages in New York City & Long Island. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Dance Education from George Mason University. Her theatre credits include featured roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Footloose, & Pippin. She currently works as a freelance dancer with esteemed choreographers, including James Kinney & Chase Brock. She is thrilled to be teaching at the school where she began her dance career!
Vassia Spanos: Ballet, Conditioning, Theater Dance
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Joan Albright: violin groups & privates
Cathy Beck: viola,violin, cello & piano
Natalia Valkiv ; piano. music theory
Tori Vitucci: voice
Musical Theater Faculty
Jason Summers : Artistic Director Mr. Summers has been the Director of the Musical Theatre program at the Huntington Center of Performing Arts since its inception. He is Artistic Director of The Westchester Sandbox Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. As a director, Mr. Summers has countless off-Broadway,national tour, regional, summer stock, and academic credits. He received his BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was awarded the Seidman Award at graduation, for his work as both an actor and a scholar. In addition to musical theater productions, Mr. Summers has expanded his talents to include ballet productions such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella for LI Ballet Theatre which is resident at Huntington Center for the Performing Arts.
Tori Vitucci: Musical Director & Voice Teacher, is a New York- based vocal and performance coach, who graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Culture with a minor in Film and Television. Tori was classically trained and has performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of the Concert Festival series. As a young performer, she was part of the Amore Opera Company in Manhattan and performed in “Don Giovanni.” She is honored to be the musical director for HCPA with recent shows being “Annie” and “Mary Poppins.” Some of her other credits include producing and directing original off-Broadway show “37 Miles from Broadway”, “Godspell” at the Access Theater, and PCI’s Talent Revue Showcase at Carnegie Hall. Tori was the production assistant for the film “Popular Vote” and stage manager for the sold out, original show “Breaking the Internet LIVE” at The Tank Theater in NYC. She is also co-creator and Showrunner of the online concert series, “Cabaret on The Couch” where her and her team have raised over $3,000 for various non-profit organizations and have been nominated for BroadwayWorld awards. Tori has such a passion for singing and truly enjoys teaching her students the art of music and performance and aims to provide a space that is both inclusive and transformative.