Faculty

CYNDE LOMONTE

 

In her 41st year of teaching, Cynde Lomonte is the only teacher in the area who has obtained her Dance Degree, has been certified by test to teach by Dance Masters of America and South Texas Association of Dance Teachers, and has taught at the university level.  Cynde has won many teacher awards for choreography and technical excellence.  She was President of the Texas Chapter of Dance Masters of America and has been in the "Miss Dance Texas" and the "Jr. Miss Dance America" Pageant Director.  She originated the Texas chapter Performing Arts Competition and began the Dance Masters Jr. Membership organization.  Cynde teaches master classes at Conventions and judges for various dance organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATALIE LOMONTE

 

Natalie Lomonte, Cynde's daughter, is a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Dance Teacher and Meditation Teacher, based in NYC.  She has collaborated to create work and toured extensively with Momix, Pilobolus, The Chase Brock Experience and Parsons Dance.  She has performed on national television in the U.S. (Hanes Comfort Soft, commercial & print), Europe (Amici, Rai TV) and Japan (Unbelievable) and danced with Liza Minnelli in the movie Sex And The City 2.  Natalie was in the original Broadway cast of Spiderman:Turn Off the Dark, where she eventually served as the Dance Captain and Dance Supervisor. In 2012 Natalie became the Movement Director for One Year Lease Theater Company and an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Fordham University. She is a multi-disciplinary choreographer and has led creative movement workshops at Harvard University, Fordham University, Vassar College, PACE University, and Marymount Manhattan College (her alma mater, where she now sits on the Dance Dept. Advisory Board).  Her choreography has been honored by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival & such publications as the New York Times.  Throughout her career, Natalie has worked closely with some of the top creatives in the business.  She  was  Assistant Stage Directer and Choreographer for 44th National Day Abu Dhabi (live-broadcast stadium show) and served as Assistant Choreographer to Mia Michaels, creating the brand new New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes.  Last year, Natalie performed with PILOBOLUS at the Natural History Museum in NYC for an Earth Day Celebration and at the historic Apollo Theater for the launch of a new performing company, Moving On.  She also spent 4 months in Japan where she assisted David Parsons in choreographing the original musical, A Knights’ Tale, written and directed by John Caird.

Commissions include: Within ( Parsons Dance for the Joyce Theater),  Common Heart and Sentiments of the Shooting Stars (Ailey/Fordham BFA Fall Concert), The Calling (Houston Dance Theatre),  I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Flash Mob in celebration of the 2019 Every Woman Biennial), pool(no water), Stockholm, What We Know, Skin Tight, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, BALLS (OYL Theater Co.), el amór en los tiémpos del cólera (Repertorio Español), On the Bright Side and Goddess (official music videos for artist, Stephanie Carlson).

This years projects include: Goddess (official music video, Stephanie Carlson), Iron & Coal (live concert, Jeremy Schonfeld), A Rare Walk (international commercial for Italian fashion brand, Loro Piana), Boys Will Be Boys (The Pond Theater Co., was supposed to run in NYC this March-April, has been postponed indefinitely), Pieces of the Moon (OYL, was scheduled to premiere at Stages Repertory Theater here in Houston this August, now slated to premier in 2021).      www.natalielomonte.com

Associated Artists

HEATHER LANG

 

A Chicago native, studied at Ruth Page School and Hubbard Street Dance before earning her B.F.A in dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  Heather also studied as a scholarship student at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and the American Dance Festival. Theatre Credits: Original Broadway cast of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Radio City Rockette (NYC), Nights on Broadway II, Spaghetti Ballet/Eliot Feld (Joyce). Regional: Cats (Cassandra), Gypsy, Cabaret.  Broadway Workshops: Addams Family, Dangerous Beauty, Up Here. Opera: Grendel (LA opera), Damnation of Faust (Met Opera).  Film: I am Legend, Smurfs, Across the Universe, The Great Observer. TV: “Rescue Me”, “VH1 Fashion Rocks”, “MTV: Wannabe”.  Heather has also acted in numerous TV commercials.  Last year, Heather and her pal Eleanor wrote a two woman show, “The Heather Lang show by Eleanor Bauer and Vice Versus” performed in Berlin.  Besides dance, Heather loves teaching, improving, hiking, and traveling!  Currently, she is creating with Jason Parsons, Eleanor, and Ayo Jackson and is performing at the Met Opera this fall.  Heather has been on our Summer Intensive Faculty.

KEVIN FERGUSON

 

Kevin is originally from Houston, Texas. He studied at The Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey School and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston Conservatory. Mr. Ferguson is an Arts Recognitition and Talent Search recipient and teaches and choreographs in the U.S. and internationally. Among his choreography credits are The Wiz and Fame. Kevin has performed work by Nilas Martins, Donald Byrd and Larry Keigwin as a guest artist. His performing credits also include the Elisa Monte Dance Company, Radio City, The Metropolitan Opera, Regis and Kelly and The David Parsons Company of New York. Kevin’s knowledge and enthusiasm for dance is contagious and we were so excited to have had him teaching our intensive.

 

ALBERT CATTAFI

 

Albert is a past "Mr. Dance of America" and has an extensive professional career.   He is in great demand as a dancer, teacher, judge and choreographer.  He recently guest taught for us and we hope his schedule will allow him to return at least once during the current year.  He can be seen dancing on the Video Music Awards this September (choreographed by SYTYCD's Travis Wall) and will tour Europe with the "Bad Boys of Dance" (a group of some of the best male dancers in the U.S.).  Thanks, Albert, for your amazing work and choreography.

© 1979 by Cynde Lomonte

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