Jeremy Raia

Jeremy RaiaBallet, Jazz, Choreography Instructor

“I’m inspired by those around me, especially my fellow dancers. They move me and make me want to be a better artist and person.”

First Soloist at de Montreal, Quebec

Origin: Queens (New York), USA

1991 Joffrey Ballet School
1992-1996 The Juilliard School (BFA 1996)
1994 Boston Ballet
1995 Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague, Holland )

Career: 1996-1998 Ballet Arizona (Michael Uthoff, director)
1998 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (corps de ballet)
2000 Promoted to demi-soloist
2001 Promoted to soloist
2005 Promoted to first soloist

Sandra Stanton

Sandra StatonBallet, Pointe, Choreography, Yoga Instructor

“It is necessary to push yourself, always – just in the right direction.”

CEO & Founder of Tour de Force Dance Competition 2013-2014
Adjunct Professor at Hamilton College 2011-Present

Origin: Verona NY (USA)

The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Chicago City Ballet
1991 Chautauqua Ballet Company
North Carolina School of the Arts
1992-1996 The Juilliard School (BFA 1996)

Career: 1996-2000 Principal Dancer with Twyla Tharp’s

2000 LaLaLa Human Steps of Montreal, Quebec
2000 – 2002 University of Vermont Ballet Faculty
2002 Certified Massage Therapist with Wellness Guides
2003 Certified Ashtanga YOGA instructor A
2012 American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in levels Primary-Level 7

James Morrow

James MorrowHip Hop Instructor

James Morrow lives in Holyoke, MA and is the founder and artistic director of james morrow/ The Movement. A native of Chicago, James was the founder and artistic director of Instruments of Movement from 2001-2009. James has worked with Chicago based companies: The Joel Hall Dancers, Deeply Rooted Productions, Ascension/The Kirby Reed Project, Ken Von Heidecke’s Festival Ballet, Larry Long’s Civic Ballet, Culture Shock Chicago, Concert Dance, Inc., Mordine and Co., Hedwig Dances, The Tyego Dance Project, Impetus Dance Chicago, MOMENTA, Nick Cave of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Other credits include New York’s: Helen Pickett, nicholasleichterdance, Gina Kohler/ Dream Factories, Danielle Russo Dance Company, Tami Stronach Dance, Tessa Chandler, Margaret Morrison, Wendell Cooper, Yozmit, DeeLite, DJ Kotchy, Bahama’s: The Baha Men,Minnesota’s: Sesame Street Live,Toronto’s: Gerry Trentham/ Pounds Per Square Inch Theatre,Michigan’s: Kalamazoo Ballet, Berlin’s: Tino Sehgal, Durham’s: Tommy DeFrantz/ Slippage, Ellen Hemphill/ Archipelago Theater, Jim Havercamp, Alex Maness, Jacksonville’s: Tiffany Fish, Becca Levy, Rachael McClellan Leonard, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Elevated Dances, and Western Massachusetts: Jen Pollins, Paul Metteson.

Jim’s choreography can be seen on companies throughout the U.S. and Internationally, most recently in Puebla, Trinidad, Utrecht, Vienna, Mumbai, Krasnoyarsk, and New Brighton. Jim was on Faculty at the American Dance Festival (summer 2010). Jim received his MFA in dance fromHollins University/ The American Dance Festival where he received a fellowship. He has been recipient of the Artist Ambassador Award to Northeastern Illinois University (2001), The Mordine and Co. Mentoring Project (2006), Chicago Cultural Dance Center’s Dance Bridge (2008), Movement Research at Judson Church (2012), and Bates Teacher Fellowship (2013). He is currently on Faculty at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and is touring with Paul Matteson and Jen Pollins.