Danceartists Ballet Academy Faculty
Danceartist's Ballet Academy Founding Director
Joanna Duncan RTS ARAD Solo Seal
A Registered Teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, a member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, Paris, Joanna has over 25 years experience teaching.
Joanna trained with renowned Ballet Teacher Lorraine Norton in Sydney Australia gaining all her Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Examinations Levels from Primary, up to and including the coveted Solo Seal Award, the highest award of the Royal Academy of Dance at age 15 , to date the youngest Dancer in the world. Joanna was offered a place at the NYC School of American Ballet SAB at age 14 by, then NYC Ballet Director, Edward Villella. After a successful Ballet Career as Principal dancer from age 16 with The Tasmanian Ballet, and offered contracts with Ballet Victoria and Dance Europe Ballet Companies, Joanna also performed with The Carol Burnett Show, NBC Universal and Disney production tours. Joanna turned her passion to teaching.
Joanna received her Vaganova Teacher Training through Mischa Slavensky and studied the Vaganova Core Level training 1 thru 8 through Peggy Willis Arnio. As vice president of the Society of Dance Arts Joanna worked alongside Yuri Grigorovich, the Director of Bolshoi Ballet Company, arranging Classical Ballet Students training Seminars with stars of the Bolshoi Ballet Company including Natalia Besmetnova.
Dancers trained by Joanna have performed with many world renowned companies including Royal Ballet Company, American Ballet Theater, Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet Company, Australian Ballet Company, Hybrid Movement Company, Gyor Ballet Company Hungary, Zurich Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Christopher Harrison's Anti Gravity, Acroback, Cirque du Soleil, and more, also Film and Television including Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Chicago, NBC SMASH, and more.
Joanna is also owner of Danceartists Management www.danceartistsmanagement.com established in 2007 to promote performance Artists continuing career placement.
Françoise N Voranger - Hybrid Conditioning
Founder and Creator at Hybrid Movement Company, Owner Hybrid Movement Creative Lab, Creator of the Movement as Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Training Program-Co Creative Director for Little Cinema Immersive Shows
Multi Disciplinary Performance Artist / Dancer / Aerialist / Acrobat / Choreographer / Visual Artist / VJ / Member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, CID, Paris.
Françoise trained on full scholarship at The Royal Ballet Upper School UK- She holds the distinguished honor of performing at the Gala of the Stars Benois de la Danse at Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Russia in Ann Marie De Angelo's Last Time I Cry.
Françoise has performed with The Royal Ballet, London, Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Ballet NY, Anti Gravity, the Royal Gala London among many others.
As a co-Creative Director of Little Cinema Immersive Shows with Jay Rinsky awarded the 2017 Best of New York in New York Magazine.
A 2014 EACP STREB Awardee, Françoise's choreographic works are renowned for their ability to touch the heart to search or reveal, and have been performed at NYC City Center, NYC Lincoln Center, Bolshoi Ballet Theater Moscow, NYC SummerStage, New Victory Theater New 42nd Street, NYC Maker Faer, LaMama, Hanover Theater, across the world from Australia's Sydney Opera House to Japan, Germany, Russia.
Françoise is the creator of the Movement as Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Summer Intensives and Workshops and the Hybrid Conditioning Program.
Francoise's Mapping Installations projects include MoFE - Museum of Future Experiences - Andy Warhol's old Studio in Soho, Manhattan. .
Rick Tjia - Classical and Contemporary Ballet
Rick’s early training years began with tap dancing, eventually branching out into professional studies of classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance (training with teachers like David Howard, Finis Jhung, Christine Busch, Bruce Marks, Laura Young and Geri Houlihan). He also trained in other disciplines (trumpet, physics, and later on, guitar studies and various studies in business).
After an extensive career in dance and acting that includes performances with Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet, as well as three years of work in film and television in Los Angeles doing hip-hop, jazz, and ballet (with choreographers like Twyla Tharp, Joe Layton, and with film directors like Mark Rydell, and James Brooks), Rick joined La La La Human Steps in Montreal in 1993, with whom he danced and toured the world for 8 years. As with many dancers and musicians, Rick is also a composer, a dance and acrobatic choreographer, and judges dance competitions, and teaches various workshops around the globe.
For the last 16 years he has been a Talent Scout specializing in dance at Cirque du Soleil. Rick’s contributions to the Casting Department has extended itself to contributing to and drawing up new operational and business strategies, as well as contributing to creative and innovative internal and external strategies of various types.
Rick also works closely with International Performing Arts & Theatre (I-PATH) through leading dance education in the 21st Century. He is a member of Phoenix Associates in the UK, an organization that offers opportunities and masterclasses to students aged from 6 right through to professional dancers.
In 2016, he joined the creative team of the Cirque du Soleil Big Top touring show Volta as an acrobatic choreographer, and In 2018, he started up the online choreography market Choreography Online with two partners, which had its official public launch in September, 2019.
Rick joined Danceartists Faculty in 2020.
Andrea Nicole Ortiz (Nikki)- Yoga Contortion
Nikki is a Performance Artist, Yoga Teacher and Designer.
She is a certified yoga teacher with over 600 hours of training and under the mentorship and coaching of Jared McCann she became the 2015 USA National Yoga Asana Champion.
Nikki trained in Aerial Arts with Francoise Voranger and her performance work has appeared at The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, Bonnaroo Festival, Envision Festival and The House of Yes amongst others. She is a collaborative Artist at Hybrid Movement Company and Little Cinema.
Nikki studied Interior Design in Florence Italy at Lorenzo de' Medici the Italian International Institute and she holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from Texas Christian University.
Heather Christiansen- Martha Graham Technique
Before her exposure to dance, Medea was a gymnast, competing in USAG's Tumbling and Trampoline from ages 10-15 and becoming a Two-Time National Champion in Rod Floor. Medea completed two years as a trainee with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, performing at Harris Theater and Auditorium Theatre. In Chicago, Medea was inspired by her mentor, Ronn Stewart (Cocodāco Dance Project), to pursue modern and contemporary techniques. After performing with the Ailey Company in Chicago, Medea attended The Ailey School in New York City on full scholarship. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey (Memoria) and Kirven Douthit-Boyd at City Center and Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater.
She joined the second company of Martha Graham shortly after her time at Ailey, performing works by Martha Graham, Blanca Li, Carrie-Ellmore Tallitsch, Virginie Mecene, and her own choreography at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, City Center, The Joyce, and BAM. She has performed works as a freelancer for Francesca Harper Project, Buglisi Dance Theater, and Gloria McClean.
Since discovering more creative flexibility in multi-disciplinary circus arts, Medea has performed often with Hybrid Movement Company www.hybridmovementcompany.com most recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center in January 2020. She also collaborates with Constellation Moving Company from New York's Theater for the New City to Francisco de Paula de Toro in Campeche, MX. As a choreographer Medea creates works that advocate for mental health awareness. Music is Medea's second life, and when she isn't performing and training, she records under the alias Hayling, blending instrumentals from violin and dulcimer to guitar and voice.
Tina Marshall RTS Young Children's Ballet classes
Tina has trained in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) from the age of 3 years, completing examination levels Pre-Primary to Advanced 2. She enjoyed being part of numerous dance competitions and small touring productions as a child.
Her love for ballet and contemporary dance continued at the university level where she studied a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary - English). With this achievement, Tina taught Dance as an elective subject for 7 years in Australian High Schools. Missing the technique of syllabus work, Tina went back to study the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) allowing her the privilege to teach using the RAD approach.
Tina developed a strong relationship with staff and students in her teaching and worked to achieve a lead ballet teacher for prominent local studio. After having her own children, Tina saw the need for developing programs for toddlers and pre-schooler's and this is where her passion lies. Tina teaches the Toddlers and pre school Ballet program at Danceartists.
Scott is an IT Professional, Musician and Audio Engineer who brings his expertise to Danceartists Administration, Performances, Audio Installations including installation of our state of the art Online training program's secure Network.
Scott attended New England Conservatory studying Audio Engineering and trained in Acoustic Guitar with Mitch Haupers at Berklee College of Music, Boston.
Scott created and teaches Danceartists Music as Applied to Dance Course. This course of study is an important part of our Dancer's education developing a rich understanding of musicality.
Scott is the creator of Danceartists Visual Backdrops and Sound scores seamlessly integrating the visual and audio for all our productions.
He designed the Audio Installation for Jose Mateo's Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge Ma and has created sound scores for many music artists and choreographers including Jose Mateo Ballet's Cuban Condition and Nutcracker and the archival recordings for live Orchestra's including New Hampshire Symphony.
"I have worked with Joanna Duncan on various creative projects, each time she has proven to be not only efficient, but also full of integrity. I highly recommend her as an asset to any team." Christopher Harrison Founder AntiGravity Inc.
"Joanna is a gifted artist who has been true and unwavering to her craft all her life. She continues to be the creative spirit and provide guidance and proper technique for her students, schools and organizations that are fortunate to have her." Ruben de la Peña Artist/Designer