Instructors

Program Director

roberta mathes, Artistic Director

roberta mathes, born and trained in NYC, received a BA in dance from Adelphi University and has a distinguished career in the performing arts, both in front of the audience as a performer, and behind the scenes as a choreographer and coordinator. Her litany of achievements include work in several feature films, Beat Street, Fatal Attraction, in television programs, The Guiding Light, Law and Order, and in award winning music videos, Higher Love (Steve Winwood), Heard it through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye). She has also performed in shows, Sweet Charity and Kismet, in major industrials for IBM and Chrysler, in special events including the Broadway opening of Disney’s film Hercules, the Liberty Bicentennial and most recently in an off off Broadway play, Invisible Child. One of roberta’s outstanding credits was as assistant choreographer in Brian de Palma’s film, Carlito’s Way. While directing beyond dance @ bergenPAC, roberta remains on the faculty of Steps on Broadway, NYC. roberta co-directed her own school, dance plus…a whole lot more for thirteen years, taught and choreographed at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive (NYC), and has been a guest teacher in Israel, Italy, Canada, Norway, Venezuela and Brazil. Her strength as a dancer and choreographer is her versatility in style. Check out her recently launched website: www.robertamathes.com.

Instructors

roberta mathes, Program Director

roberta mathes, born and trained in NYC, received a BA in dance from Adelphi University and has a distinguished career in the performing arts, both in front of the audience as a performer, and behind the scenes as a choreographer and coordinator. Her litany of achievements include work in several feature films, Beat Street, Fatal Attraction, in television programs, The Guiding Light, Law and Order, and in award winning music videos, Higher Love (Steve Winwood), Heard it through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye). She has also performed in shows, Sweet Charity and Kismet, in major industrials for IBM and Chrysler, in special events including the Broadway opening of Disney’s film Hercules, the Liberty Bicentennial and most recently in an off off Broadway play, Invisible Child. One of roberta’s outstanding credits was as assistant choreographer in Brian de Palma’s film, Carlito’s Way. While directing beyond dance @ bergenPAC, roberta remains on the faculty of Steps on Broadway, NYC. roberta co-directed her own school, dance plus…a whole lot more for thirteen years, taught and choreographed at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive (NYC), and has been a guest teacher in Israel, Italy, Canada, Norway, Venezuela and Brazil. Her strength as a dancer and choreographer is her versatility in style. Check out her recently launched website: www.robertamathes.com.

Tabitha Boulding

Tabitha Boulding, born and raised in Eden, North Carolina, has been dancing since the age of three. Tabitha received her BFA in Dance (with a concentration in jazz) from East Carolina University. Her New York City performing credits include, The Miss New York Metropolitan Pageant, Culture Shock of NYC, the 2003 Elan Awards, Dancers Responding to Aids, Confessions of a Dance Teacher and an Off Off Broadway play, Invisible Child. A few years ago she went to Gyeonggi English Village in South Korea where she choreographed, danced and appeared in a children’s TV series. Upon her return, Tabitha was thrilled to perform at the 2007 bergenPAC Spring Gala, opening for Chaka Khan and Stephanie Mills! Tabitha loves to choreograph and her work was seen in Stripped, a cabaret in the heart of the New York City Theatre District, in 110 in the Shade and A Cole Porter Party and most recently Cats at the Players Guild of Leonia, (NJ). In the midst of her busy performing schedule, Tabitha worked as the junior marketing director of The Martha Graham Dance Company and also assisted roberta mathes at the School At Steps and at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. At present she is happy to be performing with the Complete Theatre Company in Manhattan and especially loves teaching here at beyond dance!

Kristina Berger

Kristina Berger, from Washington D.C., has toured internationally as performer and teacher. Her professional credits include principal dancer with Erick Hawkins, a founding member of SWATT, and a member of Molissa Fenley & Dancers. She discovered her love of the Horton Technique as a scholarship student at Jacob’s Pillow studying with Jimmy Truitte and has since performed as a soloist with the Lester Horton Dance Theatre. Kristina performed with Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Washington Opera Ballet, NYC’s Balinese American Dance Theatre and was a circus dancer with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. She has worked as assistant/demonstrator to the renowned Milton Myers and has been on dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College for eight years. Other teaching credits include Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Steps on Broadway, Belvoir Terrace, Performing Arts Center of Conn. LaGuardia High School, Taiwan National University of the Arts, University of Las Vegas, and Boston Youth Moves. A review in the NY Times read “Ms. Berger maintained the extreme power of strong positions while exuding a peaceful, free-flowing elasticity. For Hawkins’s choreography, it was just the right kind of poetic juncture.”

Yucari Kobayashi

Yucari Kobayashi is from Tokyo, Japan and has been dancing since the young age of three. After training at Kazuko Fukazawa Ballet and H Dance Company, she began teaching, choreographing, and performing as a soloist among an elite group of dancers from Alvin Ailey including Obediah Wright. Yucari came to NYC and trained under Patricia Dokoudovsky’s tutelage at The New York Conservatory of Dance. Her NYC performing credits include the bergenPAC’s annual gala, opening for such notables, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Chaka Khan, and Stephanie Mills, the 2003 ELAN Awards, Dancers Responding To Aids at Symphony Space and St. Marks Church, as well as the International Chopin and Friends Festival. This dancing dynamo has been featured in several dance companies: Jete, Stankovic Ballet Company, Faune Dance Troupe, Dzul Dance. In addition to Steps on Broadway, she has taught at The New York Conservatory of Dance, Lumiere Ballet, dance plus…a whole more of Englewood, Dance Emotions and Central Park Dance in Westchester, NY and continues to choreograph for the NJ Association of Verismo Opera. Currently, Yucari teaches ballet and jazz at beyond dance @ bergenPAC in Englewood, NJ, and taught jazz at Buddy Balou’s and Elaine Kudo’s Theatre Arts Dance Academy (TADA) in Upper Montclair, NJ. Yucari continues to work closely with roberta mathes and has assisted her at The School At Steps and at American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive.

Kirsten Lane

Kirsten Lane began studying classical ballet at age six in Teaneck, New Jersey where she developed her love for dance. She continued her studies on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, and the Joffrey Ballet School. As a student, Kirsten performed at Lincoln Center in a production of Coppelia with the New York City Ballet. She has performed with regional dance companies in the New York/New Jersey area and traveled to Nagano, Japan to dance in the opening ceremonies of the 1998 winter Olympics. Her teaching credits include classes at the School at Steps in NYC and various schools in Bergen County. Kirsten is a certified yoga instructor for both children and adults.

Natalie Lugo

Natalie Lugo grew up in Haworth, NJ and started dancing at age three at a local dance school in Cresskill, NJ and then continued her training at dance plus…a whole lot more in Englewood, NJ. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. Natalie, a well rounded dancer, has trained and performed with many choreographers including Donna Scro Gentile, Alberto Del Saz, Jay T Jenkins, Sean Curran, and roberta mathes. Natalie performs regularly with various entertainment companies. She danced with European performing artist, Dan Balan at Adventureland Theme Park. She was cast in Sean Kingston’s televison video for the Electric Company which was aired recently on CBS. Natalie especially loves working with children, teaching creative movement, modern, jazz and hip hop. She is happy to be a part of beyond dance, alongside her teacher, roberta mathes and the other talented faculty. Natalie’s high energy class will advance your child’s abilities as they learn the art of dance in a fun and disciplined atmosphere!

Miro Magloire

Miro Magloire is a choreographer, teacher, pianist, composer, and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet. Born in Munich, Germany, he started playing the piano at age six and later studied composition at the State Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. Miro moved to New York City to study dance at the Ailey School and performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble and the Nikolais/Louis Company. Focusing on ballet, he continued his training with Willhelm Burmann and Peff Modelski among others. He has danced with several ballet companies, including Florida Ballet, Omaha Theatre Company Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and American Repertory Ballet. In 2004, Miro founded New Chamber Ballet, for which he has choreographed over 40 ballets. Parallel to his dance career, Miro has worked as a pianist, most recently at American Ballet Theater and Steps on Broadway, and has recorded and published six CD’s with music for dance classes.

Ashani Mfuko

Ashani Mfuko is a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, and residing in Harlem. She received a BA in Dance and in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College. She has trained and performed at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and has also danced at Madison Square Garden, The Joyce Theatre, and many other venues throughout the US. Ashani has appeared on television shows such as Showtime at the Apollo, Good Morning America, MTV’s Yo Momma, as well as in music videos on MTV, BET, and VH1. In addition to performing and modeling, Ashani is experienced in teaching and choreographing modern, jazz funk, hip-hop, African, and ethnic to all ages. She has taught in both private and public schools throughout NYC. Along with teaching here at beyond dance and Steps on Broadway, Ashani is on staff at Taps n’ Toes in Brewster, NY, and substitutes regularly at the world-famous, Ballet Hispanico, and New Dance Group.

Joanna Gibson

Joanna Gibson is a versatile performer, equally comfortable in classical and musical theater venues. She began piano training at the age of 4 and has appeared in many solo and chamber music recitals. Ms. Gibson served as Musical Director and pianist for various productions, including The King and I, A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, FAME, The World Goes ’Round, Pippin, and the cabaret duo “Music Makes A Comeback” with vocalist Rich McNanna. As a choral artist, Ms. Gibson has sung with the Dartmouth College Chamber Singers, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, the Pro Arte Chorale, and most recently the Rutgers University Choir. Ms. Gibson received her BA with Honors in Music from Dartmouth College, majoring in conducting and piano performance. She was awarded the Eugene Roitman 1943 Memorial Award for outstanding dedication to music. Her Dartmouth studies included a semester abroad at the Royal College of Music in London. Ms. Gibson completed an honors thesis on G.F. Handel’s Acis and Galatea, including two performances of the work with chamber orchestra, soloists and chorus, for which she was awarded funding through the Lazarus Family Musical Theatre Program Fund, the Peter D. Smith Initiative Awards, and the Office of Residential Life/Class of 1939 Senior Scholar Program. A candidate for the MA in Musicology at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Ms. Gibson has instructed introductory courses in general music and music history. She also performed in the Opera at Rutgers productions of Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Floyd’s Susannah. Ms. Gibson is also a passionate advocate for arts education, having spent ten years as manager of the acclaimed “Jazz For Teens” program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ. She has also worked with the New Jersey Youth Theater (NJYT, formerly WYACT) program as an accompanist and musical arranger.

Heather White Godfrey

Heather White Godfrey, a native of Vermont, first came to NYC to attend Barnard College, Columbia University. While there she continued her dance training, studying modern, ballet, African, and Simonson Jazz. She had the privilege of working with many inspiring teachers including Katiti King, and Jim and Lorry May of the Anna Sokolow Players Project. After graduating with a B.A. in Dance, she has pursued a career in musical theater, performing in professional productions of West Side Story, White Christmas, Damn Yankees, and Fiorello!, as well as the National Tour of The Will Rogers Follies and most recently, Heather did a benefit at the UN! She is a proud member of AEA, the actors union. Heather has been teaching dance to children of all ages as well as adults for many years. In her classes she strives to share a love of movement and expression, grounded in solid and healthy technique and a good working knowledge of the body.

Toko Kobayashi

Toko Kobayashi straight from Japan has a background of hip-hop, breaking, popping and jazz. She studied dance at Zeal Studio in Japan and trains here in NYC at Broadway Dance Studio. At present Toko trains and performs with the ladies of the Hip Hop Crew and the famous “breaking” crew Full Crew. She has performed with various artists such as RUN DMC, Aisha, and danced in a studio collaboration with Janet Jackson. Currently, she teaches in Manhattan, Queens, Westchester, and is happy to be joining us at beyondDANCE!