Digby Baker-Porazinski (Children’s Theater) is a student at Stony Brook University and a Hubbard Hall veteran. He enjoys working with children of all ages, and has occasionally been known to deal with adults too. Digby has performed in plays and musicals at CCS, Hubbard Hall and Stony Brook University, making a living selling the vegetables thrown at him during shows. He loves to act, read, write, teach and acquire student loans.
Zaidee Bliss (Wednesday 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®) 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 (Pre-Ballet, Intro to Ballet) studied ballet as a child and through her teenage years in Rutland, Vermont where she performed in The Nutcracker with Ballet Manchester at the Smith Center and The Dorset Playhouse. After becoming a wife and mother, Carman continued to enjoy a love of dance, using her skills as a cheerleading coach and for various church & community events/benefits. Carman joined the Hubbard Hall faculty in 2014 and says the experience has been “a true honor and privilege.”
Fern Bradley (Pre-Flurry Contra Dance Workshops) is a regional favorite dance caller and instructor in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. New and experienced dancers alike appreciate her relaxed teaching style, her warm voice, and her knack for choosing dances that are just the right fit for the mix of dancers on the floor.
Elizabeth Call (Advanced Beginning Ballet, Beginning Pointe) studied ballet in California with Faith Heidemann, Alexandra Kosloff, Mia Slavenska and Kira Ivanovsky. She danced in several regional ballet companies there: Ballet Fantasque, Ballet Etc. and LA Ballet. In New York she did concert work in various dance styles and continued her ballet studies with Gus Dick Andros, Julia Simmone, and Nanette Charisse. She taught ballet at the Poppenhusen Institute in Queens, and at Lycee Francais, and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan. Elizabeth has been a licensed acupuncturist for 22 years and is able to use her training in anatomy to aid students in correct placement and form. She maintains a private acupuncture practice in Greenwich, NY.
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 co-owner of Roundhouse Bakery and Cafe.
Richard Cherry (Foil Fencing, Youth Chorale) 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.He has been the Musical Director for a number of theater companies in the region. Richard has been a faculty member of the Canberra School of Music in Australia and of the Rockland Conservatory of Music and the Blue Rock School in Rockland County, New York. He presently works in the Music Department at Skidmore College.
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 & BollyX) 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 certified BollyX instructor, 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 (Open Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Supported 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.
Rebecca Dragon (Fundamentals of Acting) was raised on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, and grew up in the theater. She was trained in dance, acting, and voice at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. At the University of Massachusetts, she majored in Theater with a focus on performance with a penchant for voice training, and was trained in Suzuki with Stage West. Since graduating, she performed, but has shifted her focus to teaching voice and acting. She is a homeschooling mom to three Hubbard Hall Irish Step Dancers.
Virginia May Edinger (Youth Theater) This is a homecoming of sorts for Ginny Edinger, who participated in Hubbard Hall Children’s Theatre for four years, from age 9 to age 12. She also assistant directed two productions with the program (The Hobbit 2013, Happily Ever After 2014). Her Hubbard Hall history also includes many years of Irish dance, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop/Jazz, Dances of India, and Jazz Band. She has been in four operas with HHOT, and three Summer Shakespeare productions. She has also done productions with Fort Salem Theater, Schuylerville Community Theater, and Greenwich Jr. and Sr. High Schools. Her theater training includes a summer intensive at Ben Vereen’s Broadway Theater Project. She is a 2014 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a high school Theater Major. She is currently attending SUNY Purchase as a double major in Playwriting/Screenwriting and Theater & Performance.
Alan Epstein (Bluegrass Jam) 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®) is a certified Gyrokinesis instructor with an M.A. degree in Movement Sciences from Columbia University. As a professional dancer she performed with Charles Weidman Dance Theatre and other companies in NY and California. She taught modern dance and ballet at a performing arts high school for 25 years and teaches dance at Ocean County College, NJ. Recently she performed in Global Water Dances at the Jersey shore and in a solo dance to the poetry of Bonnie Hoag at Hubbard Hall.
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.
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) 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 (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 Arts) is an artist and teacher with over 15 years experience leading art workshops for people of all ages. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Teaching for eleven years at Fordham University, Gabi led courses in Anatomical Drawing, Painting, and Drawing. Since she moved to Cambridge in 2000, she has taught at Hubbard Hall and the Community Center at the Salem Court House. Gabi continues to work on her own figurative art, painting people in quiet moments, between actions, observed as they interact in outdoor spaces. Gabi lives in the village of Cambridge with her 2 children.
Lindsay Shaner (Creative Movement, Ballerina Princess) received her B.S. in Dance from Radford University, graduating with honors. Since then, she has performed professionally with Footworks Percusive Dance Ensemble and spent the past 15 years teaching. While she has experience teaching, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and hip hop, Lindsay’s focus and passion for the last several years has been teaching creative movement and ballet to 2-5yr olds.