Teaching Artists & Class Schedule

 

EMBARK classes are taught by our teaching artist members.  The artist pays us affordable rent and students pay the artist directly.  Our goal is to bring you unique classes taught by execptional instructors and provide affordabe teaching space for those who want to share their art.  Please contact the instructors directly for additional information and registration.

WENDY MORSEBERGER
Adult Advanced Beg. Ballet 

Wendy Morseberger received her training at the Royal Ballet School in London,apprenticing with the Royal Ballet and later joining Germany Frankfurt Ballet.  On returning to the US, Wendy performed as a soloist and guest artist throughout the New England area.  For 20 years Wendy has divided her time between her work as a physical therapist and teaching ballet.  Wendy recently trained with the Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson's program, and is looking forward beginning a Peekskill-based Parkinson's Dance Program at some point in the near future. Always a popular teacher known for her positive, playful, yet rigorous teaching style, Wendy is delighted to teach at EMBARK!

Amy Jethmal is a professional ballroom, latin and swing dancer with over 20 years dance training and teaching experience.  She competed professionally in American Smooth dancing and has performed and traveled all over the United States.  Amy has a BA in Dance from SFSU and has had extensive dance training from everything from Lindy Hop, Salsa, Hustle and American Smooth to West Coast Swing, International Standard, Ballet, Jazz, Theater and more!  As an instructor she is patient and kind and happy to work with all levels of students.  Please call to set up private lessons or to inquire about her group classes here at Embark and upper Westchester.  (917) 757-5330.

Currently, Amy is teaching Salsa "0n 2" Classes here at Embark which is a sexy and fun NYC club style of dancing the salsa and includes exciting turn patterns and lots of styling!

KEN WOODHOUSE
Improv

Kenneth Woodhouse divides his time between Fire Island and the Mainland.  During the winter months Ken plays out his alter ego, Sonny Shores, as host and lounge lizard throughout New York City and the suburbs.  While it’s warm, he is on Fire Island acting as house manager and curator for the Arts Project of Cherry Grove.  Through the APCG, Ken pioneers a children’s theater program known as Kid Kamp, insuring Cherry Grove with future generations of talented actors.  Ken’s been training for a future as a waiter since he was fourteen.  He attended Boston University to study theater, then landed in Chicago where he spent a decade playing as an actor and earning a living doing everything else.  Today, he shares his love and knowledge of the theater with anyone who wishes to learn more.  His approach to creative expression is honest and simple.  Recently he’s been seen at the Susan Batson Studios in NYC - filling in for his friend and mentor Susan Campanaro, where she teaches improv to actors of all levels. Susan is a seasoned improv artist who made her start as Tina in Tony and Tina’s Wedding, and today she plays the caterers wife in its current revival.  At Susan’s suggestion, Kenneth is here.

BILL KLINE &
KATRINE BANGSGAARD
Swing Dance
 

Bill has been teaching swing for almost 20 years.  He has taught and performed nationally and internationally and been featured on stage and television.

"When I was 17, I saw the Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races.  What struck me most was the Lindy hop scene and I remember thinking, 'Wow!  If I ever learn how to dance that's how I want to dance!'  I was fortunate to be able to study for many years with the man who choreographed that sequence, Frankie Manning."

 

Katrine has been dancing most of her life. She spent many years studying ballet at the Westchester Center for the Performing Arts before branching out into modern, post-modern, contact improvisation, African, Brazilian, and social dance.  She established a teen swing dancing and performing program - the 92nd Street Y Lindyhoppers and performed on American Movie Classics, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, & Lincoln Center (Midsummer Night Swing),

 

KATIE FEDER
Creative Dance. Ballet/Jazz 

Katie Feder has over 25 yrs directing, performing and teaching experience including Pulse Performing Arts, Hudson River Performing Arts, Westchester Dance Center, Peekskill Arts Camp, Dance Expression and as Peekskill High School Drama Director and Choreographer 2010-2012.  For five years she has directed the Midsummer Night's Firefly and Fairy Festival with assoiciated Summer Camps the last four years.  She is co-founder and Executive Director of EMBARK|PEEKSKILL working  to develop a performing and literary arts center for Peekskill.  It is her greatest pleasure to expose dance to children who othewise might not be able to aford the opportunity.

SUZI TIPA
Zumba, world dance 

Suzi began her dance career with the Windemere Ballet Theatre in Queens, and her passion for dance lead her to study many international folk dance styles. An actor as well, she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and improvisational comedy at Chicago City Limits in New York City.  She traveled the world as a member of AllNations Dance Company, sharing a message of global understanding through the arts, and has performed in many regional musicals and plays. Suzi is co-founder and Company Manger for World Dance Theatre, a not-for-profit professional dance company dedicated to the promotion of cross-cultural understanding through the arts. Since becoming a licensed Zumba instructor in 2009, Suzi has embraced her neighbors in Westchester by offering classes throughout the county. Her joy for dance and for sharing international dance styles makes her classes a fun and fabulous way to get fit and stay fit!  She is a Certified POUND Pro, and is certified in Group Fitness by the American Council on Exercise, and in Aquatic Exercise by the Aquatic Exercise Association. Email: zumbasuzi@gmail.com

JUDITH HEINEMAN
Storytelling 

Judith Heineman is a storyteller, producer and teacher, who has been selected as an Illinois Humanities Council "Road Scholar" and an Illinois ArtsTour and Residency Artist. She co-chaired the July 2003 National Storytelling Conference in Chicago, and presented a workshop on Tale Variants at the 2004 National Conference in Bellingham, WA. She is the producer of The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival and Tellabration, the adult Storytelling festival that she brought to Chicago in 1997. Judith has created programs for numerous museums, festivals and schools and has appeared at the Chicago Humanities Festival.