De'Ja Robinson

De’Ja Robinson, a native Texan from Houston, is a performer, choreographer, and freelance model.

She started her dance training at the age of seven at Brockton Elementary located in Los Angeles, CA; following her move back to Texas she continued her education at STARZ Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, Cypress Lakes High school, and The New Orleans Ballet Theatre located in Louisiana. Robinson attended Louisiana State University Alexandria for two years on scholarship as a Business major before moving to New York City to continue her professional studies at Long Island University Brooklyn while pursuing a career as a professional dancer. During her professional studies in college De’Ja also had the privilege to travel the world studying different cultures and art in countries such as Cuba, Canada, Mexico, London, Amsterdam, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and 20 different states in the U.S. Currently in New York City, she continues her training at Broadway Dance Center and Gibney Dance exploring and educating herself on various styles of dance.

De’Ja’s performance and other talents have given her the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Amy Gardner, Juri Onuki, Diogo De Lima, and Sean Sullivan. She has worked for companies Samsung, OkayAfrica, 4C Only Club, Dolce&Gabbana, Clinique, Calvin Klein, Shiffon Co., Daisies NYC and danced alongside music artists Salt Cathedral in their debuting music video “Rude Boy”. In addition to her performance and modeling career, De’Ja was given the opportunity as a teaching artist and choreographer at Steps By Stephanie Dance in Louisiana. Her current choreographic work will be debuted October 4th, 2018 for “See You Next Time” a short documentary focused on the relationship between black women and Asian nail technicians.

While still establishing herself in the New York City dance scene De’Ja continues to train and shape her career; she has been the master of networking and connecting with artist of all backgrounds seeking out all opportunity that is offered.

Kim LaRuePre Ballet
Leslie Mahan

Leslie Mahan began her dance journey at age 3 in a small studio outside of Orlando Florida. Upon moving to Michigan at age 7 Leslie decided to expand her dance knowledge and begun competition dancing as she grew up. She was heavily trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet with a focus in tap, jazz, and contemporary as well. Throughout her teen years Leslie won numerous dance awards and became a certified grade VI professional Cecchetti dancer. In High school, Leslie joined a pre- professional contemporary company called X2. It was ran by artistic director Jodie Randolph, and provided many choreographic,teaching, and performance opportunities in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Upon graduating from South Lyon High School, Leslie moved to New York City and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School for two years under the direction of Era Jouravlev. In September 2018, Leslie accepted an apprentice position at New York Dance Project. She loves to train, teach, and perform in any capacity and looks forward to an exciting year with The Bridge For Dance! 

Kim LaRueHippity Hop
Mackenzie Hagan

Deciding to move to the city a decade ago, Mackenzie has been blessed with opportunities to grow and deepen her love of the arts. She knew NYC was where she wanted to be after graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in contemporary dance and choreography. In those years she danced for several companies and choreographers including H. T. Chen and Dancers, Fly-by-night Dance Theater, Brice Mousset, Belinda McGuire, and Ruth Barnes. She also shared in the successes of her twin sister's dance company 87 Dance Productions as a performer and choreographer. Feeding her need to experience and learn other exciting ways to express her creativity and physicality, Mackenzie is also an aerial artist. She has been lucky to train with many wonderful coaches most notably: Bobby Hedglin-Taylor, Ivo Gueorguiev, Laura Witwer, Kristin Olness and Benn Mendoza. As a teacher, she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion of aerial arts and dance. She has been given the opportunity to share in many settings from private studios to colleges. Over the last couple years while on a brief hiatus from dance, Mackenzie added singing to her arts repertoire. A musician since childhood, Mackenzie has enjoyed the challenge of learning a new skill, has performed on stage, and looks forward to new opportunities to perform songs from the jazz and R&B greats. 

Kim LaRueAerial Circus
Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Wilson holds a BFA in musical theatre from Oklahoma City University, is a graduate of Dillard School of the Arts & a proud alumn of the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa.  Stephanie has studied with Ann Reinking, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Luigi, Al Blackstone & Lynn name a few.

Her musical theatre credits include:  My One & Only (Regional & National Tours), Damn Yankees (Virginia Musical Theatre), All Shook Up (choreographed by Ricky Hines), Fiddler On The Roof (Arizona Palm), Rockin’ The Boat (Busch Gardens Williamsburg) & revue shows for Renaissance Cruise Line & many others.

Her circus credits include: The Circus World Tour starring Britney Spears, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Big Apple Circus To-Go program, Imaginaerial & Cirque DuJour. Her aerial choreography was featured in both the New York City & Nashville Choreographer’s Canvas.  Her choreography has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Toy Fair, The Emmy Award winning Cyberchase: For Real, Ars Nova’s Clown Bagagge & many others.

She was a company member of The Ya’el Tap Company & The Generation Tap Company.  She’s the co-owner of SpiderMouse Productions, an event entertainment company here in NYC.

Kim LaRueTap, Aerial Circus
Lily Grace Cummings

Lily Grace Cummings, originally from Clemson, SC, moved to New York City at the age of 14 years old when she was invited to be a Jazz and Contemporary trainee with Joffrey Ballet School. She has since graduated as the youngest member of Joffrey Ballet School J&C receiving a four year dance diploma.  She has performed in New York City's Fashion Week as a dancer for Louis Vuitton in collaboration with Parsons School of Design. She's also performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as MTV's show, "Say It in Song." Lily has performed in several Broadway Workshop musicals and served as the dance captain for both Carrie: The Musical and Bring It On: The Musical. She has since founded her own performance company, Scintillate, which has been invited to perform throughout Manhattan. She was an assistant in Joffrey Ballet School's summer intensive, and currently teaches at numerous schools in New York City.

Fiona Oba

Fiona is an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance and holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Education from the RAD/University of Bath. She began her training in Tokyo, Japan under the direction of Mikio Ikehata and continued at The Ailey School. As a dancer, she has performed works by choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, Elizabeth Roxas, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Alison Cook Beatty and Darrell Grand Moultrie among others. A graduate of The Ailey School where she was a scholarship recipient, she is well-versed in various modern dance techniques in addition to ballet and tap. She has taught at schools including International Ballet Academy, Greenwich Dance Studio, The Ailey School and The School at Steps, and has been on faculty at The Bridge for Dance since 2014. She has also taught for educational outreach programs through Goddard Riverside Community Center and Alison Cook Beatty Dance. Fiona has worked as assistant to choreographers and directors including Jacqulyn Buglisi for Buglisi Dance Theatre and Carolyn Adams for the New York State Summer School for the Arts, School of Dance. Outside of her educational work, she is a dancer with Alison Cook Beatty Dance in addition to being a certified Pilates instructor.

Drianne LaliberteBallet, Modern, Tap
Jessica Azenberg

Jessica was born and raised in New York City. She made her professional debut on ABC’s One Life to Live as “Baby Jessica.” Jessica was a serious ballet student growing up and trained at the School of American Ballet, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, Miami City Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She also started tap at 8 years old and trained at Steps on Broadway as well as Shuffles Tap School. She attended high school at the Professional Children’s School and received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Since graduating college, Jessica has worked at many theaters around the country. Some of her favorite theatre credits include, Spamalot (Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre), Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed Musicals), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Pioneer Theatre Company), Hello, Dolly! (Cape Playhouse) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ogunquit Playhouse). In addition to performing, Jessica is a passionate dance teacher and currently teaches tap, ballet, theatre jazz, and creative movement in Manhattan. Jessica is happy to be a part of the Bridge For Dance Faculty!