Digby Baker-Porazinski (Children’s Theater for Ages 5-7) is a student at Stony Brook University with experience in writing, directing, and performing. He has worked on over a dozen productions at Hubbard Hall, such as 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Crucible, and is currently directing the Children’s Company for a third season.
Zaidee Bliss (Hatha 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.
Carman Bogle (Pre-Ballet, Intro to Ballet, Beginning 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 (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, Pre-Pointe/Beginning Pointe, Beginning Rhythm Tap) 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.
Gene Marie Callahan (Chorale) has held positions of organist/choir director in churches throughout New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, and is the organist/choir director at Old First Church, Bennington, Vermont. She has taught voice at Skidmore College; music theory, fundamentals of music and voice at Castleton State College; and was a visiting lecturer, teaching classes, private voice and conducting the Community Chorus at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also taught voice at the Emma Willard School and was a co-director for the Saratoga Children’s Chorus. She earned a B.Mus. degree from Hope College and is an alumna of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. Ms. Callahan makes her home in Cambridge where she maintains a private voice and piano studio.
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 (Youth Theater/Chorale/Fencing) 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.
Katherine Danforth is a native of Hoosick Falls. She attended college at SUNY Postdam and studied abroad at York St John University in York, UK. When not working as an assistant director at Hubbard Hall, Katherine enjoys writing fiction, and hopes to see her work in print one day soon.
Terry Dansin (Essentrics) is a recently certified Essentrics® instructor and revels in the fact that Essentrics® combines her love of movement and sciences and allows her a medium to share the benefit of movement with others. Terry began dancing in high school with Mahopac High School Dance Company and upon moving to Washington County over thirty years ago was fortunate to begin dancing again with The Dance Company of Cambridge (formerly Margaret Wagner and Dancers) where she performed with the Ensemble for a few years. She currently continues to study ballet at Hubbard Hall. Terry holds a Masters degree in Science Education and is currently a science teacher at Schenectady High School. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and daughter and enjoys visiting with her son and daughter-in-law.
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 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, Qigong,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.
Betsy Edinger (Irish Technique) is a life-long Irish Step dancer and an alum of the Hubbard Hall Irish Dance program taught by Darcy May. Betsy is a 2015 graduate of Bucknell University with a double major in psychology and education. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from The College of William and Mary last May, and is currently working toward her Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. She has worked as an assistant director of Hubbard Hall’s Children’s and Youth Theater programs, led Hubbard Hall’s Afternoon Arts program, and helped teach and perform with the Irish Dance program at Hubbard Hall. Growing up, Betsy danced with Wild Irish Acres School of Dance in Saratoga Springs, received traditional hard shoe instruction from Rosemary Campbell, danced regularly with the Hubbard Hall Irish Step program, and participated in an Irish Dance club while at Bucknell University. Betsy is currently taking Irish dance lessons in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Virginia May Edinger (Youth Theater) Returns to the Hubbard Hall Youth Theater program. She participated in program 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) and directed summer productions of Really Rosie and Alice in Wonderland. 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.
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 dance 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, Women’s Karate & Self-Defense) 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.
Laura Lanchantin is a landscape painter who creates her own watercolor and oil paint from local minerals. Born and raised in Cambridge, Laura has a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz and now has a studio in White Creek. Laura has taught earth pigment workshops across the country, including at the Denver Arts Society and at Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
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 (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.
Lulu Mulalu (African Dance) is a recent graduate of Bennington College and holds a degree in Psychology and Drama. She is a performer, singer-songwriter, poet, storyteller, budding playwright, and an aspiring dog mom from the country of Botswana.
Audrey Roosevelt is a sophomore at Stony Brook University. She enjoys spending her summers at the Hall, acting in Shakespeare productions, helping with youth theater and sorting through archives. She was the assistant of Afternoon Arts for two previous summers and is wary of her return as the main instructor. She hopes the children will not turn on her.
Lindsay Shaner (Hip Hop, Beginning Ballet & Tap) 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.
David Snider received his MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and his BA in English Literature/Russian language from Dickinson College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He has directed, produced, acted and taught with Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Hangar Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Jean Cocteau Repertory and the Maddermarket Theatre of Norwich, England, among others. He is currently on the faculties of both Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and American University in Washington, DC. In 2010 he received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities from First Lady Michelle Obama, in a private ceremony at the White House, in recognition of his leadership of after-school arts programming for public school students with Young Playwrights’ Theater in Washington, DC.