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GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

It is important for students to experience different styles of teaching and different styles of dance. Therefore, from time to time, CKC brings in special guest instructors who share their unique styles and methods of teaching with students at CKC. The following guest instructors have taught master classes at CKC in past years and will be returning to teach additional master classes for the 2015-2016 dance season. 

  

Aaron TolsonAaron TolsonAaron Tolson

CKC welcomes Aaron Tolson, a New Hampshire native, Aaron started dancing at the age of ten. At 14 the tap prodigy was invited to perform in the Great Tap Reunion at the Apollo Theatre alongside tap legends Derick Grant, Savion Glover,  and Gregory Hines, as well as the rest of the cast of the movie TAP! He became part of the New York Shakespeare Festival tap program, also known as Funk U! Soon Aaron became a company member of Manhattan Tap and worked in the show Tap Dogs. Jumping feet-first into choreography, he landed a job with Absolut in a national tour titled Absolut Tap! Aaron has performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall, on various TV shows, at NBA games, and on stages the world over. As a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory and Plymouth State University, Aaron choreographed, produced and directed Something to Tap About, Tapped, Tapped In and Inspired, all featuring performers from his own New England Tap Ensemble. Aaron formed New England Tap Ensemble, a non-profit organization, in May of 2007 to promote the art of tap in the community while fostering a sense of individuality in a professional artist. From Montana to Moscow, Aaron has performed and taught at numerous festivals including LA Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Beantown Tap Fest, Tap United, Tampa Bay Tap Festival, Tap Kids Brazil International Tap Festival and FeetxFeet. Other favorite performances include Brookline Chorus’ Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, The Late Show with Liam O’Conner in Ireland, and playing Drosselmeyer in Clara’s Dream in A Jazz Nutcracker. Aaron is currently on faculty with Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City and is the director of Tap2You, an all-tap dance competition.

 

Catherine Borrone

Catherine received her classical ballet training in New Hampshire with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, completing pre-primary through intermediate examinations. She received Silver and Gold with Distinction medals from Mignon Furman of the American Academy of Dance. She continued her training under the Vaganova method with Mary McCarthy, as well with Walnut Hill, Ballet Workshop of New England, Boston Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Under the direction of Peggy Lyman, Catherine was a scholarship recipient to attend the Hartt School, University of Hartford and holds a BFA in Dance Performance. Catherine has performed soloist and principal roles in several classical ballets as well as modern, musical theatre, and original contemporary works. In 2009, Catherine made her New York City debut with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company at Lincoln Center. She has also danced with Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Mystic Ballet, Neville Dance Theatre, Adams Company Dance, and Exit 12 Dance Company. She has had the honor of training and working with Sergei Venaev, Bartlett Sher, Gelsey Kirkland, Dou Dou Huang, Truman Finney, and Susan Brooker. Other credits include: Dansco, ecco Shoe, PBS International, PRADA, and The New York Times. Catherine has been teaching since 2008 and is currently teaching in New York. 

 

Greg NelsonGreg NelsonGreg Nelson

Greg is a Massachusetts native who brings an undeniable energy to the classroom. He is a professional ballroom and Latin dancer and is certified in 16 different styles of dance including waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, rumba, cha-cha, swing, mambo, samba, bolero, paso doble, west coast swing, salsa, Argentine tango and merengue. Greg has competed in Pro divisions for both closed smooth and closed rhythm styles and is a 2 time formation team champion. Greg has trained with numerous 'Dancing with the Stars' choreographers including Sammy Stafford, Eddie Alba and Jennifer "JT" Thomas and is a sought after ballroom instructor and choreographer at the Fred Astaire Dance Academy in Massachusetts.