Staff

 
 

Erin Rice

(Artistic Director/ Instructor/Voice Coach)

Erin Rice (Artistic Director/Founder/Instructor) is an actor and singer who holds her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained extensively in acting, voice and dance. She has been teaching musical theatre, acting and private voice to young students in Brooklyn for over 14 years. Erin is a proud member of The Screen Actors and Guild and Actors Equity Association.  www.erinrice.net


Mary Rice

(Founder/Instructor)

Mary is an arts educator and has been a faculty member at Poly Prep Lower School for over twenty years, where she co-founded the Musical Theater program. She continues to direct and produce shows with the Poly Players, and some of her former students have moved on to professional acting careers on the stage including Broadway’s The Lion King. Mary has also written and implemented an original drama curriculum for Poly students. Mary received her teaching degree from Brooklyn College and is currently a Master’s candidate at New York University in the Educational Theatre MA program.

 

 

Rebecca Rice-Chiusano

(Artistic Director/ Instructor/Special Needs Consultant)

Rebecca has been performing on stage since she was a young girl and made her Broadway debut at the age of nine. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and Irish step dancing for over fifteen years, developing a passion for the arts which inspired a career in teaching. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Literature and Theater from New York University and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Brooklyn College. She has been teaching dance and musical theater to children for the past eighteen years. Currently, Rebecca teaches English Language Arts and Literacy at Bay Ridge Prep, where she has also directed numerous dance and theater performances. Rebecca is certified in Special Education and has over ten years experience working with students with special needs both in the performing arts and literacy classroom. Rebecca is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actor’s Guild.


MARIEL BLATT

(Ballet/Tap/MT instructor)

Mariel Blatt is one of our teachers who hails from Brooklyn herself and has always had a passion for dance. She began training in tap and ballet from the age of three, and in subsequent years, studied the disciplines of jazz, modern dance, and theatre dance (for 15+ years). She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied the disciplines of musical theatre and learned the importance of not just mirroring choreography, but breathing true, complicated life into it in order to tell a specific story with a clear point of view. Just as Mariel knew she loved dancing from a young age, she knew she wanted to inspire the love for dance in wee ones. As a young dancer, she helped assist countless ballet and tap classes at J's New School of Dance for children aged 4 through 10, helping them grasp the vocabulary of movement, proper form and alignment in order to strengthen and increase flexibility in developing bodies, and the remembering of choreography in a way that makes sense in the head and the heart. Each year of assisting would culminate in helping the children prepare for sensational seasonal dance recitals. She brought this experience and knowledge to her more recent position this past year as a Drama and Dance Specialist with Kids Orbit, an after school program that brings creative thinking and play to children all over NYC. Above all, Mariel strives to help children find joy, love for the self, and love for the creative process all while strengthening the body and mind through the art of dance.

 

 

Danielle Kremar

(PT consultant)

Danielle received a Masters in Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University and a Doctorate at Simmons College. She has been a Physical Therapist for seven years, treating both adults and children. Danielle currently is a Pediatric Physical Therapist who works with children in the New York City public school district and in the home setting. She is certified in Pediatric Yoga for children with and without special needs.


Danielle SWINK

(Gymnastics/Jazz/Hip-Hop/Ballet/Pointe/Adult Ballet Instructor)

Danielle has been dancing and performing since she was a young girl when she landed a role on the Broadway tour of The Sound of Music at the age of nine. From there she went on to do two other national tours and danced with companies such as UK Random Dance company and James Sewell Ballet Company. She was a competitive gymnast for thirteen years, studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Irish and hip-hop for over seventeen years. Danielle received a BFA from Western Michigan University in Musical Theatre with a minor in dance. In Michigan Danielle choreographed for shows such as, Rocky Horror, Rent, West Side Story and Hairspray. Danielle moved to Los Angles out of school and taught at a performing arts studio for two years. She decided she was an east coast gal and moved back to the big apple where she has taught dance and theatre for five years now. Danielle is a proud member of The Screen Actors Guild. Danielle has always had a passion to share her love of dance and performing with others.