HS Dance Faculty

Administration

Mary Lisa Burns
Dean of Dance
305-237-3341
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Mary Lisa Burns, a dance educator and administrator, comes to Miami from New York City where she was Director of Education for the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, overseeing the Cunningham Studio's accredited Professional Training Program and spearheading its Educational Outreach program. A faculty member of the world-renowned Merce Cunningham Studio since 1988, Burns was also a part-time faculty member of the Dance Department of Barnard College for fifteen years and danced professionally in the Companies of Kenneth King, Brenda Daniels, Gina Gibney, and others. Mary Lisa Burns holds an MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a BA from Barnard College/Columbia University.

TBA
Assistant to the Dean of Dance
305-237-3684

Faculty

Rebecca Cannan
Full-time Faculty
305-237-7499
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Rebecca Cannan attended Interlochen Arts Academy and received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Florida State University, where Dr. Nancy Smith Fichter and Lynda Davis mentored her. While in Florida, she was a member of Dance Repertory Theatre performing works by modern dance legends Doris Humphrey, Alwin Nikolais, Peggy Lyman and several others. She also trained with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company in Los Angeles for a short time and then taught at the University of Mississippi and for the Mississippi Dance Association. Ms. Cannan then joined the Evansville Dance Theatre as dancer and choreographer. She has presented a series of lecture/demonstrations for visual arts students and educators at the University of Southern Indiana, exploring the relationship between the performing and visual arts, thus bridging the gap between the disciplines. Upon returning to Florida, Ms. Cannan joined Millennium Dance Syndicate as a dancer/choreographer and is an adjunct professor of modern dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami.

Gerard Ebitz
Full-time Faculty
305-237-3687
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Gerard Ebitz danced professionally with the New York City Ballet and was a founding member of Miami City Ballet. He was a principle dancer in the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Zurich Ballet. Ebitz has received world-recognition for his choreography and teaching and has been on the faculty of NWSA since 1988.

Peter London
Full-time Faculty
305-237-3685
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Peter London serves as associate professor of dance at NWSA, choreographs and teaches Graham technique and African-Caribbean Dance. His professional work also includes serving as visiting Artistic Director Senior for The Martha Graham Dance Company, faculty for the Alvin Ailey summer intensive program and at Dance Empire in Pine Crest. A former principal dancer of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Ms. Graham created the role of Shaman in Night Chant for him and recreated other major ballets which he danced with Michael Baryshnikov. With the Graham Company, he toured internationally from 1988-1997. He is a dancer and teacher of African dance retentions of Trinidad & Tobago. Mr. London is a 1987 graduate of the Julliard School, and alumni of Jose Limon Dance Company. He holds an AA & BFA Degree from MDC/NWSA/UF.

Lara Murphy
Full-time Faculty
305-237-7499
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Lara Murphy is a native Miamian who began her training with Martha Mahr and Thomas Armour. She graduated from New World School of the Arts High School and has a BA in Philosophy and Comparative Religions from New York University. She has performed with Washington Square Repertory Dance Company, Miami Ballet and Juegos del Arte and has appeared as a guest artist in multiple Nutcrackers and contemporary galas around the country. Ms. Murphy was a founding member of Maximum Dance Company and currently performs with Miami Contemporary Dance Company. Locally she has taught ballet at the Mencia-Pickieris School of Dance, Miami City Ballet and the Miami Conservatory, where she continues to work with the scholarship program. Ms. Murphy has been a guest teacher at the National High School Dance Festival, the National College Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival and ballet academies in South Carolina and Missouri. Additionally, Ms Murphy has choreographed contemporary ballets for Miami Contemporary Dance Company and New World School of the Arts as well as the classical divertissement of The Nutcracker for the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. Presently she is working towards her Masters of Arts at the University of Miami.

Adjunct Faculty

Diane Brownholtz
Adjunct Faculty
305-237-3084
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A native of Chicago, Illinois, Diane Brownholtz attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois as an undergraduate. She then continued on to the University of Illinois where she received a Master of Arts degree in Dance. At Illinois, she studied with former company members of Limón, Nikolais, and Cunningham. She is the Dance Program Coordinator of the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade Community College where she has taught for twenty five years. During her tenure at Miami-Dade, she has written two Aerobic Dance books, received an Endowed Teaching Chair, and for two years was the Chairperson of the Arts and Philosophy Department. She has an earned a Doctorate in Higher Education administration from the University of Miami. She teaches Dance History at the New World School of the Arts.

Jay Harragin
Adjunct Faculty
305-237-3955
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James [Jay] Harragin received a BA from Portland State University and an MM from Manhattan School of Music. While in Portland, he was the Music Director of the Portland Ballet Company and was one of the founding members of the contemporary music group Virtuosi della Rosa, where he worked with such esteemed composers as Lou Harrison, Ursula Mamlock and Tomas Svoboda. Mr. Harragin also works for Miami City Ballet and is organist for Christ Congregational Church.

Adele Myer
Adjunct Faculty
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The Artistic Director of the national touring contemporary dance company, Adele Myers and Dancers (AMD). Ms. Myers was Assistant Professor of Dance at Tulane University and most recently at Connecticut College. She holds an MFA from Florida State University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and a PhD (ABD) from New York University.

Maureen O’Rourke
Adjunct Faculty
305-237-3640
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Maureen O’Rourke is a dancer with a BFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a licensed massage therapist and certified neuromuscular therapist, specializing in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention. In addition to working with her private clients in the Miami area, she heads the therapy department at the New World School of the Arts' dance division, where she works with high school, college, and professional dancers. She uses techniques from hydrotherapy such as whirlpool, ice massage and contrast baths as well as trigger point release work, connective tissue massage and stretching to rehabilitate injured dancers and to teach them how to heal small injuries before they become major problems. Ms. O’Rourke also teaches anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology in the college program at New World; hydrotherapy, kinesiology and palpation, and “commonly encountered conditions” at Educating Hands School of Massage Therapy; and gives many lectures dealing with anatomy and injury prevention.

DeAnn Petruschke
Adjunct Faculty

DeAnn Petruschke began training at the School of Cleveland Ballet under the tutelage of Daniel Job and Roni Mahler. She continued her training at the School of American Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Milwaukee Ballet Schools. During Ms. Petruschkes' ballet career she danced as a soloist and in the corps de ballet for Ballet Arizona, Cleveland Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Gamonet. While performing with the Grand Rapids Ballet, she joined the school faculty. Ms. Petruschke has continued her teaching career as faculty and guest instructor at schools in Michigan, Ohio and South Florida, where she has been a faculty member at the Miami City Ballet since June 2012.

Hiroko Sakakibara-Sliva
Adjunct Faculty

Originally from Nagoya, Japana. danced professionally with the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium), Nagoya Theatre de Ballet (Japan), Maximum Dance Company (Miami), Ballet Gamonet (Miami), and Complexions Contemporary Ballet (New York) and she was repeatedly invited to Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Boca Ballet Theater and Gala performances in Holland and Japan. She received numerous awards in International Competitions including the Scholarship prize in 1989 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, the First prize in 90’ Paris International Dance Competition and others. Ms. Sakakibara-Sliva has studied at Yoko Tsukamoto Ballet Studio in Nagoya, Japan and at The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp in Belgium.

Ruth Wiesen
Adjunct Faculty
305-237-3341
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Ruth Wiesen received her BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida. She is the director of the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, as well as the School and scholarship program. She is on the Ballet Faculty at New World School of the Arts. She performed with the Miami Ballet From 1984-1991.

Support Staff

Joshua Gumbinner
305-237-3686
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Joshua Gumbinner, a Houston, Texas native, but spent his formative years in West Palm Beach, Florida. His family has been involved in the Florida and Texas dance community for over 25 years. Joshua began working in technical theater while he was in college at the University of Florida’s Center for Performing Arts. Joshua then went on to intern at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Joshua received his BFA in lighting design with honors from the University of Florida, and he is now on his sixth year as the resident lighting designer, and technical director for New World School of the Arts. Joshua is also a freelance lighting designer for many of Miami’s dance companies such as: Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre, Dance Now, Freddick Bratcher Dance Company, Moti Deren and Susana Reyes Dance, and the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet just to name a few.

Facilities

Control Booth 305-237-7423
Box Office 305-237-7019