Gigi Begin (Pre-Ballet, Intro to Ballet) Growing up just outside NYC, Gigi had many opportunities to explore a variety of interests in the arts. Her love of ballet and modern dance as well as graphic and fashion design helped shape her career as a fashion designer and painter. As a homeschooling mother of four, Gigi brings years of experience and a passion to teach young children to be creative and excited about learning movement and dance. In addition to fostering the early childhood ballet program at Hubbard Hall, Gigi continues to create and inspire as a working painter and mentor in the arts. Gigi joined the Hubbard Hall faculty in 2012.
Zaidee Bliss (Continuing Yoga) Considering her early interest in ballet and figure skating, it is not surprising that Zaidee Bliss found her way to yoga as an adult. That first class was so reminiscent of her ballet years that it felt like coming home. Her natural inclination, skill and experience as a teacher led her along the path to becoming a yoga instructor. Zaidee is certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher and has since completed the 200-hour Anusara teacher training as well as a certification as a Yoga Ed teacher. Her classes are designed to suit the needs and levels of her students. She pays special attention to correct alignment in order to more safely enhance her student’s practice.
Sylvia Bloom (Eenie Meenie Music Together®, Children’s Theater) first observed performance as a two-year old, which was booty-shaking during her parents’ folk-dancing group. Many years later she went on to receive a B.M. in voice from Oberlin Conservatory, and an M.A. in Counseling specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy. Her performing experience ranges from the sublime—recent member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus, former cast member in the San Francisco production of Phantom of the Opera, soloist with the Erie Philharmonic (PA) and Springfield Symphony (MO)—to the sublimely ridiculous—singing “Carmen” at a Burger King in West Virginia and shrieking as the voice of the evil Tooth Fairy in a really bad major motion picture. Her combined love of the arts and of learning about the development of the human mind led her to the Music Together program, which she’s taught for the past 6 years. She’s the proud mom of seven-year-old Eli, and is excited to bring the world of Music Together® to the community!
Carman Bogle (Ballet for Teens & Adults)
Scott Carrino (Tai Ji and Qi Gong) has studied Taoism and Tai Ji as a method of centering and as a metaphor for life for the past 31 years. Teaching Yang Style solo, two-person, sabre and sword forms since 1986, he has cultivated an integrated understanding of chi (vital energy) and the mysteries and power of the Tao. He is a teaching member of the Living Tao Foundation for the past fifteen years, and published their newsletter for 10 years. Scott is a founding member of Pompanuck Farm and Roundhouse Bakery.
Richard Cherry (Foil) is a pupil of Herb Cohen who fenced on three US Olympic teams. Richard has been teaching sword-fencing in the local area since 1999.
Otha Day (Drum Circle facilitator) leads fun and lively Rhythm Events from the deep belief that rhythm has the power to build communities, promote well-being, and bring incredible joy. Otha leads drum and rhythm events for corporate functions, conferences, schools-libraries, hospital-health groups, religious and private events. Some of his many clients have included the US Naval Air Systems Command Leadership Development Program in Washington, D.C., the multi-national SABIC Innovative Plastics, Burr and Burton Academy, and Williams College. More info at www.drumtothebeat.com.
Gina Mammone Deibel (Bollywood Dance, Creative Rhythm & Movement, Dances of India) studied classical Indian dance (Odissi style) and various folk traditions for 10 years with guru Ranjanaa Devi and performed with Nataraj Performing Arts based in Hadley, MA. Her background in dance also includes jazz, modern, tap, ballet, flamenco, Middle Eastern, lindy-hop, and yoga. She is a member of daCi (Dance and the Child International), holds degrees in Childhood Education and Television/Film Studies from Boston University, has taught in the US and the UK, and has performed throughout the Northeast.
Elizabeth Dunn (Beginner & Open Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Supported Yoga, Yoga Journeys, Kid Yogi) is a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher who trained with Shiva Rea at Kripalu and graduated in 2012 from the year-long intensive Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program. Elizabeth has taught yoga in a variety of settings and through her experience with yoga and massage she has been exposed to a wide range of people and their needs. Elizabeth has volunteered in hospice, traveled to Haiti to work with hospitals patients, doctors and caregivers through yoga and integrative therapy, taught yoga in the Sandy Hook school to teachers who survived the Newtown tragedy, and worked with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Toby Keith and others. Elizabeth’s classes are a simple blend of yoga, breath awareness, body scan, aromatherapy and reiki.
Alan Epstein (Bluegrass Jam, Mandolin) has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Aside from private teaching, he’s taught workshops and at camps in Michigan and at Bluegrass Week at Augusta (WV). Alan excels at helping students master fundamentals and giving them the confidence to enjoy a broad range of musical experiences. Listen to Alan’s holiday CD at: http://www.cdbaby.com/abepstein
Jacquie West Farbman (Gyrokinesis®)
Alan Haskell (Karate) has studied martial arts since 1983 and has seen first-hand the many benefits of proper martial arts training for both young and older students. Sensei Haskell holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) and has placed multiple times in competitions of Kata (forms) and Sparring. He has taught in the Cambridge area for many years and Hubbard Hall is honored to welcome Sensei Haskell to our faculty.
Natasha Judson, MEd, RYT (Yoga) started teaching yoga in the Berkshires in 1999. She has studied with many teachers, including with the Iyengar yoga and Buddhist meditation communities. Currently a student and teacher of Anusara yoga, Ms Judson studies several times a year with John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga.
Jon Katz (Art of the Blog, Writing the Short Story) has written twenty-two books: eight novels, one collection of short stories, and thirteen works of nonfiction—including Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, The Dogs of Bedlam Farm, and The Second Chance Dog. Katz is also a photographer and the author of two children’s books, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm and Lenore Finds a Friend. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette. He has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Heidi Knecht-Seegers (Hip Hop and Modern Jazz) has taught, choreographed, and performed for many years in NYC as well as in the Capital/Saratoga region. She was a guest choreographer and dancer for Margaret Wagner and Dancers, and has also performed with Ellen Sinopoli, Laura Gates Carlson, John Passifiume, Moving Images, Jamie Stiller, and the Non-Canonical Ensemble. She has been on the faculty at Russell Sage and has guest taught at Union College, Skidmore College, Berkshire Ballet, and at Ballet Regent School.
Jennetta Lorman (Tap, Creative Rhythm & Movement) has studied tap since 1989 and brings a wealth of dance team & competition experience to her teaching, for both young and older students.
Frank Lombardo (Puppet Club)
Darcy May (Irish Step) is a 1985 graduate of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She studied Irish Dance as a child at Fay and O’Connell School of Irish Dance in Pearl River, NY, and danced with Wild Irish Acres of Saratoga Springs. Darcy has taught at Hubbard Hall since 2004. She also illustrates children’s books.
Bliss McIntosh (Arts Around the World, Basketmaking, Tune Jam) has a BA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and has been a musician/ craftsperson/ dancer/ gardener/ cook for her whole life, passing on her knowledge along the way to anyone who will come along for the ride.
Gabi Moore (Explore Art, Create Your Own Comics)
Alya Ohana (Bonjour Monet, Into the Light)
Jeanne Reig (Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Pilates Mat) has been involved with dance for as long as she can remember. Her earliest memories are of watching her mother, who was also a teacher, in class. She studied classical ballet and then modern ballet in Rye, New York until leaving for college in Bar Harbor, Maine. With limited opportunities to continue with ballet training, and after receiving a diagnosis of severe scoliosis, she discovered Pilates as a way to continue to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of strength and flexibility. She attended more formal Pilates training at The Pilates Studio in Chicago in 1999. She is excited to bring her 15 years of experience to Hubbard Hall. Jeanne is thrilled to be returning to teach in Cambridge and has also taught ballet at Schatzi’s Performing Arts with Kristi Segura in Bennington, VT. She lives in Bennington with her husband and three children.
Kristi Mancini Segura (First Steps, Musical Theater) is a graduate from The Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in dance. In addition, Kristi has studied under the tutelage of Madame Darvash, Frank Hatchett, Jeanette Neill, Sandy Hagen (Luigi) and Charles Kelley. Her professional performing career has provided her the opportunity of not only touring the United States but also throughout Europe. Notable credits include, CATS, MAMMA MIA, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, 42ND STREET, and ANYTHING GOES. Kristi has had the special privilege of working with Gillian Lynne (CATS), Randy Skinner (Anything Goes), Michael Reed (Joseph) and Jon Engstrom and Mark Bramble (42nd Street). Kristi has also directed a performing arts program named Schatzi’s Performing Arts in Bennington, VT and was on faculty at Berkshire Dance Theatre teaching ballet, jazz, tap, pre-school dance and musical theater. She has also choreographed many school productions and has worked privately with students throughout the Bennington area. Kristi has lived with her family in Bennington for 7 years.
Carol Serrotta (Puppet Club) has been attending, volunteering, teaching, exhibiting, and serving Hubbard Hall’s mission to make art and community happen for many years. Carol claims she does it for “fun” but it has been her understanding of how the “fun” of making art does build community that has helped shape Hubbard Hall’s mission and resultant programming. Carol is a retired art teacher and although her art exudes the “fun” that motivates her, it also impresses one with the level of skill and talent it incorporates. The intergenerational Puppet Club that Carol and her daughter, Lisa Carrino, turns our visual arts studio into a bee hive of puppet makers ranging from elementary students to retirees, cutting, gluing, painting, tying, and chuckling with delight at the life that springs from their creations.
David Andrew Snider has directed and performed at theaters in England and throughout the U.S. for over twenty years, having worked extensively Off-Broadway with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jean Cocteau Repertory and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, England and the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) in Washington, DC. He was on the full-time faculty of Shakespeare Theatre Company 2001-2004 and ran both Camp Shakespeare and Text Alive!, training thousands of youth and adult learners in text, movement, acting, stage combat, mask work and commedia dell’arte, was Producing Artistic Director and CEO of Young Playwrights’ Theater in Washington, DC 2005-2012 and most recently served as Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Performing Arts Department at American University in Washington, DC and the new Executive Director of Hubbard Hall.