Ms. Helfenstein - Started her training in her native France with Francine Richard and was a Soloist of the Opera De Paris. She continued her studies at Conservatory of Lyon in ballet and contemporary dance and performed at the Opera De Lyon, the Maison De la Dance and danced at the Biennale De la Dance. She later moved to Paris to broaden her dance Technique in various styles and danced with the Modern Dance Ensemble and the FFD Company.She earned her ballet teaching Certificate. She moved to NYC where she completed the Professional Training and Teaching Training program on scholarship at the Martha Graham School and also joined the Graham II Ensemble. She also performed at The Buglisi Dance Theatre in the Table of Silence Project at Lincoln Center, with the BalaSole Dance Company, in the TW Dance group, and with the Amalgamate Dance Company.She has choreographed for numerous venues such as Alvin Ailey Citigroup, Triskelion Art Centerer, and Westbeth home to The Arts. She is currently dancing for Caitlin+dancers and Kelly Donovan& Dancers Companies. She is excited to share her passion at KTB!
Johnea DuPont - Is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is a New Orleans native and began her dance training at a very young age with the Syrell School of Dance in New Orleans. She attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts High school (NOCCA). In 2012 she moved to Los Angeles and was signed with the prestigious BLOC Talent Agency in Los Angeles, CA.She had the opportunity to dance for various R & B Artists, Tank, Irene Cara, Ludacris, Lil J, and Usher there. Ms. DuPont also worked with re-owned Choreographers like Travis Paine and Roland "Roro" Tabor. Ms. DuPont co-founded the CDC Kids N' Teens after school program. In 2012 she joined SKIN- the Tina Thompson Dance Company, and in 2013 she became a Principal Dancer with the company.She is currently the Program Director of SKIN2.
Briana Brink-Rivera - For the past six years Briana Brink-Rivera has been teaching ballet technique and various styles of musical theatre to young aspiring dancers. Her knowledge and passion for teaching has come from her 24 years of ballet and dance experience with School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, and New York Conservatory for the Arts. She has performed in several of Joffrey's Nutcrackers and Spring Concerts, Disney, Universal Studios, and most recently Dances Patrelle's Yorkville Nutcracker. In her spare time she will also perform in community theatre productions, her most recent being Cabaret and La Cage aux Folles. Briana's goal for her students is not only to improve their technique but to instill an everlasting passion and confidence for whatever it is they want to achieve."
Pedro Suarez- Started dancing at his local studio in Queens, NY at age 13 and immediately fell in love with dance. Pedro auditioned for Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School and was accepted and trained with some of the best teachers in NYC. One hip hop class turned into years of training and at 18 he moved to Philadelphia to study dance at The University of the Arts. Pedro has been teaching, choreographing, and performing in Philadelphia & NYC. He has performed works by Bill T Jones, Sidra Bell, Jesse Zaritt, Shayla Vie Jerkins, Wendell Grey, Wayne St. David, and Gray Jeter. Pedro is currently producing his own award winning choreography and teaching with KTB Dance in NYC, and around Philadelphia. Pedro's love for dance is very evident in every class that he teaches. He loves to push his students to their best potential.
Emma Hochenberger- Started dancing when she was just two years old, and hasn't stopped since. She danced many different styles, an found her home at KTB .Emma's favorite style was ballroom, when she was 9 years old, she won her first ballroom competition. She started exploring other styles and fell in love with lyrical because of the beautiful costumes and graceful movements. After which she started dancing competitively with KTB dance studio for years. She performed and studied all styles, including jazz, tap, lyrical, and ballet. Not only did Emma study dance at KTB, but she also was part of their Drama/Vocal classes and performed in many plays. When Emma was 12 ears old she performed in the off Broadway Production of Stone Soup. She now continues to share her passion for dance and hopes to inspire all of those she teaches.
Ariel McAuley - Is a passionate dancer and entertainer. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and competing since the age of 7. Ariel has studied all styles of dance, specializing mostly in hip hop, tap, and musical theater, She also has experience performing in and choreographing a number of musicals including Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Ariel can also be seen in an array of music videos, television show, and short films.
Adrianna Placzek – Is a talented gymnast.Growing up, she loved doing cartwheels and tricks everywhere she could. Her mom enrolled her in acro at the age of 7 in Poland. When she came to the United States, she joined a gymnastics center and quickly became part of USAIGC. After a few years, she transferred to USAG as a level 6 gymnast. Today she coaches gymnastics and acro hoping to spread that passion to the kids who were just like her at a young age.She hopes to inspire many young kids to be the best that they can be, and to push themselves to their full potential, without holding back.She believes that facing your fears is what will help you reach your goals.
Melina Bilajbegovic - Has been involved in the performing arts for over 10 years. At the young age of 7, she started training in all varieties of dance, such as, jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop. She quickly realized hip hop was suited for her and started training at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. At the age of 11 years old, she started her career in the modeling and acting industry being signed to both Ford Models and Innovative Artists. In her teen years, she was transferred to New York Models and currently does print work when available. She graduated LaGuardia Performing Arts High School specializing in the dramatic arts. Today, she attends St. John’s University, and while her major is Biology, she is very active in dance organizations and stands as a choreographer for multiple shows on campus along with choreographing professional music videos for upcoming artists.
Anna Puma- Is a ballet technique teacher at KTB dance. At the age of eight, she started training as a KTB Company dancer in styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Pointe. In high school, she joined her school's dance company and began to study classical ballet exclusively. She has performed in several productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Heather's: The Musical: landing leading roles in performances of Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. She is currently working on her BS from St. John's University and attends modern and ballet classes at Steps on Broadway to keep learning and growing as a dancer and educator. Anna believes the challenging art of ballet lays the strongest foundation for every dancer. She hopes to instill the importance storytelling in her students, just as her teachers have done for her. She is excited to be a part of the KTB teaching team and share her passion with the next generation of dancers!