Faculty Artists

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Catherine Green Anthony

Ballet

Catherine Green Anthony teaches ballet in the Hunter College Dance Department in New York City.  She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University, a BFA in dance from Purchase College, and a diploma in ballet from North Carolina School of the Arts.  Professional credits include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met, Milwaukee Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Ballet Mink Colbert, New York Historic Dance Theater and Brooklyn Ballet, for whom she served for a decade as Elevate Outreach Director.  This spring has been Catherine’s first experience teaching ballet from her bedroom during a pandemic.  

Karisma Jay

Ancestral Connections

True to her name, Brooklyn-native, is an honors graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts where she majored in dance. She is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School where she studied Performing Arts and Pre-Medicine and is a certificate student of the Mathematics Education Master’s program at City College. Teaching dance since the tender age of 11, she has honed her skills of working with children and adults to develop the confidence and charisma of even the shyest, youngest and/or oldest of students. Dancing and performing since the age of two,she has studied at Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Ailey School (Junior Division) and has performed/toured with prestigious dance companies such as Brooklyn Ballet, Deeply Rooted, Maimouna Keita, Creative Outlet, Asase Yaa, and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence. Professionally, Karisma has been featured in programs aired on Netflix, BET, MTV, NBC, and VH1. In 2013, Karisma joined the company of the longest-running Off Broadway musical, STOMP. In 2016, Family Circle magazine coined her a “Local Hero” and Lifetime TV featured her in several commercials as a Female Entrepreneur to watch.She is also the 2016 winner of The Stars of New York Dance Award and Caribbean Life's Impact Award. Most recently, she won the “Power Women in Business” award for her work as the Artistic Director and Founder of AbunDance Academy of the Arts. Annually, she writes, directs, choreographs and stars in original musicals that present at the prestigious Kings Theatre in Brooklyn with AbunDance. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Dance at Hunter College while also teaching Dance as an Undergraduate Faculty Member at Hunter. With a mission to lead by example, she helps everyone who crosses paths with her to flourish AbunDantly.

Michael Leon Thomas

Lecture Demonstration

Michael Leon Thomas (Dillon, South Carolina) received his BFA in Dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Mr. Thomas has performed as a principal dancer with numerous dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he was featured in Judith Jamison’s Emmy Award willing PBS special, A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, and with Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers, Dance Brazil, Donald Byrd/The Group, the Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in the critical acclaimed production of Men’s Stories. Mr. Thomas is the Deputy Director of National AileyCamp, a Teaching Artist for Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and teaches the Horton technique at Hunter College. Mr. Thomas also teaches Contemporary dance at The Ailey School, Ailey Extension, and at dance festivals and schools nationally, and internationally. Mr. Thomas works with award winning actress/playwright Anne Deavere Smith as her movement coach for her one woman shows, Let Me Down Easy, On Grace and Notes from the Field – Doing Time in Education. Michael’s choreography has been commission by The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Cape Town Dance Company, The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Long Island University (Brooklyn and Post campuses), Encuentro Internacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain, Marymount Manhattan College, The Ailey School, The Beijing Dance Academy, and DanceworX in Mumbai, India.

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