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Mr. Aronoff has served as executive director of The Berkshire Project since 1999. In addition to seeing clients privately, Marc has worked extensively as an outreach counselor with teens at risk. On the artistic side, Marc has performed, taught, and choreographed dance throughout the last twenty years. As a performer and instructor, Marc has worked touring Europe and the US. Selected credits include working with Lou Conte of Hubbard Street Dance, Oberlin Dance Company, and Anna Sokolov. In London, England, Marc helped develop and perform with "Dance For Everyone", a unique literature through dance series that toured middle schools. Marc holds a Bachelors from Northwestern University in the Interpretation of Literature and a Masters in Psychology from Leslie University in Cambridge, MA.
Sara "JAHARA" Conz
Hip Hop Dance Instructor
Jahara has expressed herself through the art of dance since the age of six. She studies Yoga, West African, Hip Hop and Improvisational Dance. She has competed and performed a Contemporary Hip Hop dance piece with Choreographer Jennifer Hackworth and has performed with the Kikeli Dance Troupe (Traditional Dances from Ghana) led by Professor Royal Hartigan. Currently, Jahara is studying Sabar (Traditional Dance and Drum from Senegal) with Talla Ngom Master Drummer and Dancer from Dakar, Senegal. She has performed in Holyoke, MA and in New York City with Katrina O'Brien & Company, as well as street shows with The Primate Fiasco Band. Her original choreography has been seen at The Paper Mill Studios and A.P.E. Thornes Marketplace. Jahara has recently completed choreographing and performing a solo, outdoor site specific, dance & spoken word project entitled Balming Northwest Road: A Ceremony of Healing & Ritual of Self-Discovery. She currently teaches Yoga & Creative Hip Hop Dance in Northampton, Holyoke & Florence, MA and is a Certified Yoga Instructor from The Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts.
Hip Hop Dance Instructor
Derrick Davis (Hip Hop Instructor / Program Director) is a native New Yorker who attended Fiorello H. Laguardia School of the Arts and was a scholarship student with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Derrick has taught Hip- Hop, Jazz, and Modern dance in the New England area and in the Boston Public schools for the past fourteen years. He has also taught master classes throughout the United States. Derrick has trained some of Boston's best Hip-Hop and Jazz performers and has choreographed and performed with such artists as: Nas, Eve, Kid Capri, Slick Rick, KC & Jojo, and other national and international recording artists. Derrick is a member of Impulse Dance Company, of Boston and a featured guest artist with companies throughout the U.S. He is currently a master teacher at Dance Theatre of New England in Bridgewater, MA. Derrick is the 2007 Dance Belt Award winner for outstanding work with youth at risk in Cambridge, MA. Derrick has been with the Berkshire Project for over five years.
Hip-Hop Dance Instructor
Wyatt brings over twenty years experience as a hip-hop dancer and performer. He has worked with MTV, VH1, and performed on Broadway. This Boston- based artist works extensively with teens at risk and recently was awarded Dance Teacher of the Year Award by the State of Massachusetts. In addition to working with The Berkshire Project, Wyatt travels internationally teaching hip-hop workshops as well as performing and is involved in documenting the evolution of Hip-Hop for Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.
Hip Hop Instructor
Keith brings some of the most amazing hip hop and break dance moves anyone has ever seen. His work as a performer and choreographer can bees seen in AOL, Target, and The Gap television commercials. When Keith is not working in television, you can see him in music videos like Mary Jay Blige. Keith is currently a company member of the nationally renowned hip hop dance theatre, Rennie Harris Puremovement .
Hip Hop & African Dance Instructor
Kim Waterman holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and Art Education, and has studied dance professionally both nationally and abroad. She has taught children both in the elementary classroom and in the arts for over ten years. Kim combines her training as a teacher with her dance experience to create a comprehensive, accessible and exciting learning atmosphere. She specializes in Afro-Caribbean dance and Hip Hop, the recent descendant of African rooted dance. Since leaving her job (to be a mom!) as Head Teacher in the early childhood program at Undermountain Elementary School in Sheffield, Kim has remained actively involved in teaching both art and dance. Kim is on staff at Interlaken School of Art, where she leads creative art classes for children with an emphasis on the arts of world cultures. She has recently taught Afro-dance at Simons Rock College, Berkshire Community college, Valleyhead School, Richmond Consolidated Middle School, and CanyonRanch. During the Berkshire Project's 2000 School's Initiative Kim choreographed and taught hip-hop dance to over 400 Berkshire middle school students. Kim, a member of The Berkshire Project's core teaching faculty, is currently teaching Afro-Caribbean classes to children and adults at the Eden Hill Recreation Center in Stockbridge.
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