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Our expert faculty has years of training and experience in dance and education. We draw from many years of working with undergraduate students in higher education, students in K-12 schools and those with complex disabilities, to establish a safe and supportive environment for our students to grow and thrive as they learn to master their movement.

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Curtis Stedge

School Director

Curtis is a dancer, choreographer, educator, researcher, and an arts manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Business Administration from SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY), a Master of Arts in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland (College Park, MD), and a CMA in Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (New York, NY).

As a professional dancer Curtis has toured regionally as a principal with Geomantics Dance Theater (Rochester, NY). From 2005 to 2011, he studied contemporary dance and Laban Movement Analysis intensively with CMA Richard Haisma. He has also studied with Christopher K Morgan, Adriane Fang, PEARSONWIDRIG DanceTheater, Elizabeth Streb, Catherine Burge, Troika Ranch, Ruth Solomon, and Wally Cardona.

As an educator Curtis has taught both arts management and dance at the undergraduate level in higher education, and has taught dance extensively to people of all ages and backgrounds. Curtis' areas of research interest include the choreographic process, dance and community, dance and peacebuilding, as well as dance and placemaking. He is currently a certified K-12 dance teacher, in the state of New Jersey,  working at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ.. 


Whitney Denesha


Whitney is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and social worker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dance from SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY), and a Masters of Social Work from the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY). She is currently pursuing certification as a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist through Kinections’ alternate route program, here in Rochester, NY.

As a dancer she began her movement training in the Cecchetti Method, of classical ballet, at age eight, under the artistic direction of Jean Spear. She had performed as a company member with the Thousand Islands Festival Ballet for four years, touring throughout the Northeast US and Canada. She has worked extensively with internationally known teacher, choreographer and performer, Richard Haisma, and was a principal dancer in Mr. Haisma's company Geomantics Dance Theater from 2005 to 2013.


As a social worker, Whitney has worked extensively throughout the greater Rochester area with Mary Cariola Children's Center (Rochester, NY), and House of Mercy (Rochester, NY) serving diverse populations, including developmentally delayed youth and their families, underserved youth, and the homeless. She is the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Community Collaboration for KineoLab.


Nanako Horikawa Mandrino


Originally from Sapporo, Japan, Nanako is a Rochester-based freelance dance artist, who graduated from The College at Brockport, SUNY with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Theater. She was the recipient of the Santo Giglio Choreography Award and was recognized as the Departmental Scholar in Dance.


Since graduating from Brockport, Nanako had danced for Mariah Maloney Dance and Geomantic Dance Theater, and currently works with KineoLab, BIODANCE, Heather Roffe Dance, Hanlon Dance & Company (HaDCo), and Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble. She also dances with individual artists including Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Natalia Lisina, and Mariko Yamada. Additionally, Nanako had the privilege to perform in productions such as “Les Enfants Terribles” and “Orfeo ed Euridice” with Eastman Opera Theatre, “Life is a Dream” directed by Frank Kuhn, and “Rosa Luxemburg” with Theatre Sennen Oukoku.


As a choreographer, Nanako co-produced ”WA” and performed with Yuko Hashimoto and Kanako Horikawa, touring Europe and Japan. Her recent works have been presented during the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, Vision of Sound, and Dances at MuCCC. Nanako is also a certified Projective Kineticist (CPK) in Projective Kinetics Analysis and Training (PKAT), directed by Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) Richard Haisma.


Rebecca Hall

Arts Voyage Rochester Teacher

Ms. Hall holds a certification in Elementary Education from New York State, and is currently an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher in the Phelps Clifton-Springs Central School District. She is in her final semester of a Master of Education in English as a Second or Other Language from Canisius College, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland. She is an avid traveler and has taught ENL in Seoul, South Korea and throughout Italy.


Rebecca holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

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