Faculty

CYNDE LOMONTE

 

In her 38th 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

 

Cynde's daughter is a Choreographer, Director, Performer and Teacher in NYC. She has collaborated to create work and toured extensively with such companies as Momix, Pilobolus, The Chase Brock Experience and Parsons Dance.  She has performed on national television throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan 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 (OYL) and an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Fordham University. For the past four years she has choreographed for theater, dance and film and has led creative movement workshops with OYL at Harvard University and Vassar College. Her choreography has been honored by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival for Alter Ego & critically acclaimed by such publications as the New York Times for her work in theater and dance.  In 2015, Natalie was honored to premiere two works, Within, commissioned by Parsons Dance, performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC &  Κοινή Kαρδιά (Common Heart), commissioned by Ailey/Fordham for thier BFA Fall Dance Concert .  She Produced and Choreographed (and performed in) SlamBamDance, a live music and immersove dance show with three live bands at one of Brooklyn's most treasured music venues, The Knitting Factory.  She Choreographed a workshop for the play, Romeo & Juliette, produced by Theater For A New Audience, Brooklyn's newest Shakespeare Theater.   Natalie was the Assistant Choreographer for the Radio City Rockette's NYC Spectacular & she occasionally runs an Intensive Theater Apprentice Program with OYL in the mountains of Northern Greece.  She just returned from Japan where she helped choreograph a new musical, "A Knight's Tale", created by Les Miserables geniuses John Caird and Paul Gordon.  Natalie regularly returns to her home studio, CLDD, and shares her valuable expertise with our students.

 

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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