Zaidee Bliss (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) 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 3 years. She’s the proud mom of four-year-old Eli, and is excited to bring the world of Music Together® to the community!
Athena Burke (Rock Your Voice) is a Cambridge, NY based singer-songwriter. Athena started playing piano at age three, began composing at age eight and went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. She has traveled the country performing at arts centers, opera houses, festivals and retreats, entrancing her audiences with her high energy, interactive concerts. Athena opened The Music Sanctuary, a joyful performing arts center in Cambridge in 2013 and received a New York State Council on the Arts grant to teach her “Rock Your Voice” program at Cambridge Central School last year.
Scott Carrino (Tai Ji) 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.
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 is a Drum Circle Facilitator who 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) 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 (Yoga) 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 Jamming, 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.
Carolyn Kibbe (Oil Painting) was born in Oneonta (Fly Creek) NY and moved back to New York five years ago. She has degrees from UC Berkeley, RI College, and Boston University. She taught painting for several years in a small gallery in East Providence RI. A former teacher, reporter, editor and editorial cartoonist, she now paints professionally full time. Carolyn is a member of the Beekman Artists’ Coop in Saratoga Springs, Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) in Glens Falls, the Saratoga Arts Council (SAC), the North Country Arts Council (NCAC), and Fine Arts America. Her work is represented by VAM and the Ginofor Gallery in Cambridge, and Beekman Artists’ Studios in Saratoga Springs. She also has three cartoons in the current brochure for the National Park Service (Western Division). Her commissioned portraits and other paintings are in private collections in this country and in Ireland.
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.
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 (Visual Art)
Kathleen Oliver (Slow Grooves) has been teaching dance for over 35 years. She has been at Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts since 1988 and travels to Senegal and Bali to continue her studies in dance and percussion. In 2012, she received a Martha Boschen Porter Grant and taught two original dance choreography pieces in Dakar, Senegal. She continues to teach dance, percussion and choreograph new works.
Bonnie Ross (Journey Into Music) is a homeschooled student musician who will be starting college in the Fall and pursuing a degree in Music. Bonnie sings and plays the cello, violin & piano, and likes to mess around with the viola, African bow harp and anything “stringed.” She holds the principal cellist position in the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra, takes private cello lessons & plays cello in her Church’s contemporary Christian band. In 2010, Bonnie directed and co-taught “Sound Waves: Totally off the Scale,” an intro-to-music course at the Greenwich Free Library.
Paul Joseph Rovelli (Introduction to American Piano) has been teaching piano and working in the piano industry for over 35 years. He brings an extensive level of instructional experience that rather than holding to a particular teaching methodology, adapts to the needs of the student. We each learn in different and unique ways, which means one size does not fit all. Music is viewed as an interdiscipline, which means that there’s a cultural and social context within which the various movements of Rock, Folk, Jazz and Blues must be viewed in order to gain an insider’s understanding of this universal language. We might say that American music is but one dialect in this beautiful language that inspires us and brings meaning to life and living.
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.
John and Keturah Trembley (Playing Socially) are co-founders and directors of Growing Words Speech and Language Therapy in Cambridge, NY. They are most importantly proud parents of two young sons who keep them both entertained and full of joy. Keturah and John’s goal of helping young children better understand social language starts very close to home. In developing the Playing Socially program, they have applied their experience and understanding of the importance of physical activity, body-space awareness, and self-regulation in effective social interactions among young children.
Vicki Webberley (American Belly Dance) Vicki Webberley has been on the staff at Hubbard Hall since 2006 teaching Belly Dance for fitness & fun. Vicki has taught & performed both as a soloist in Greece, Italy, Australia, Japan, & New York and as a company member of the Anahid Sofian Middle Eastern Dance and The Saz Dance Theatre. She is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and holds an AS degree in Exercise Science. As an International flight attendant for American Airlines, Vicki has the opportunity to practice with and learn from World Class Orientale Dancers in Belgium, France, Argentina, & Switzerland, as well as New York City. She regularly brings back new moves, concepts, and applications to her students at Hubbard Hall. Belly Dance no longer belongs solely to the Middle East. Women all over the world have claimed this dance as a way to express their emotions and celebrate the many aspects of womanhood. This dance form continues to evolve and develop yet maintains authenticity by remaining true to the more than 25 rhythms that inspire its movements. Many women find Belly Dance healthful, fun, & empowering! It’s but one of the many & diverse art forms that Hubbard Hall brings to the community.