Executive Artistic Director
Rose Caiola is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (mmac), a state-of-the-art dance and movement classroom, studio and performance facility near Lincoln Center, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Rose has produced a variety of concerts and benefits over the last 15 years including “Hope for Haiti” and “The Knickerbocker Suite”.
Rose began her career as a dancer and actress, and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2010, Rose conceived, co-wrote, and produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical based on Julianne Moore’s children’s book, which premiered at New World Stages and is currently being licensed worldwide by Music Theatre International. A four-time Tony Award® winner, Rose made her debut as a Broadway producer in 2011 with the historic revival of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz. During the 2016-17 theater season, Rose co-produced Dear Evan Hansen (winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Sunday in the Park with George, Significant Other, and An Act of God with Sean Hayes. During the 2015-16 theater season, Rose was a co-producer of Fiddler on the Roof, Sylvia, Daddy Long Legs , On Your Feet , The Color Purple (winner of 2 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival), China Doll, and Spring Awakening. During the 2014-15 theater season, Rose was a co-producer of You Can’t Take It With You, The Elephant Man, It’s Only A Play, An American in Paris, and Nevermore — the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. During the 2013-14 season, Rose was a co-producer of All The Way starring Bryan Cranston (winner of 2 Tony Awards® including Best Play), The Bridges of Madison County, and The Realistic Joneses on Broadway, the 2013-14 national tour of Porgy & Bess and the London premiere of The Color Purple The Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory. During the 2012-13 Broadway season, Rose was a co-producer of the Steppenwolf Theater’s acclaimed revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (winner of 3 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Play), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (winner of 1 Tony Award® and 3 Drama Desk Awards), Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn, and Dan Stevens, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, and David Mamet's controversial drama The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger.
Rose was the executive producer of the award-winning 2012 documentary First Position, a property she is currently developing for the musical stage.
Co Artistic Director & Head of Faculty
Ms. Wingert began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and became a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At the age of sixteen, she was selected by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet. During her fifteen years with the company, Ms. Wingert danced over twenty-five principal, soloist, and featured roles in productions that include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Orpheus, Symphony in C, Jewels, Who Cares?,La Valse, Stars and Stripes, Prodigal Son, Bourree Fantastique, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Antique Epigraphs, and Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. A principal and soloist with numerous nationally acclaimed companies, her film and television credits include The Nutcracker (Time-Warner), PBS “Great Performance” Dinner With Balanchine, “Dance in America” Balanchine - Serenade and Western Symphony, Peter Martins’ Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and “Live from Lincoln Center” A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Deborah Wingert is a prize-winning choreographer, receiving third place in the Northeast Regional Festival for Emerging Female Choreographers for her work Six by Six: Opus 56 for the Cumberland Dance Company. She is one of a small group of artists selected by the Balanchine Trust to set his choreography. In this capacity she has traveled throughout the United States and Europe setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire for companies including the Vancouver Ballet Society, West Virginia Ballet Company, Boston Dance Company, Northeast Ballet, Ballet Center of St. Louis, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She staged The Four Temperaments for Harvard University, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux for the New York International Ballet competition
Ms. Wingert has taught at the School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, the Livingston Ballet, Boston Dance Company, and the Vancouver Ballet Society to name a few. She has been a guest lecturer and instructor for the New York City Public Library, the University of Wisconsin, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, the Northeast Ballet, Princeton University and Harvard.
Head of Classical Repertoire and Artistic Advisor
Ms. Stavitskaya graduated from the Kirov School in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1960 and was accepted as Soloist in the Kirov and Maly Theatre Companies. During her fifteen-year performing career, she danced many principal and soloist roles from the classical ballet repertoire. In 1970, upon completing the pedagogical training course under Vera Kostrovitskaya, she joined the faculty of the Vaganova Choreographic School in St. Petersburg where she taught classical technique, repertoire and character dance.
Ms. Stavitskaya immigrated to the United States in 1976 and continues an illustrious teaching career. Among her positions, she has been a faculty member of the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre School, Studio Maestro and an instructor with Ballet Arts, Carnegie Hall and the Harkness Ballet School. She has been a teacher with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the American Ballet Theatre Company, American Ballet Theatre II, and guest teacher for the Vienna Ballet Company, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden, the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, HET National Ballet, Amsterdam, the Stuttgart Ballet, Germany, and Le Groupe de Huit in Paris. She has taught master classes for the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival, the Pacific Regional Ballet Festival, the Academie de Danse Classique, Princess Grace, Monte Carlo, the Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland, the Mid-States Regional Ballet Festival, and the Southwestern Regional Ballet Festival.
In addition to her teaching career, Ms. Stavitskaya has staged works from the classical repertoire worldwide, including the Coteburg Ballet Company, Star Dancers Company, Japan, the Tampa Ballet Company, and for the Studio Maestro Gala Concerts. She staged Les Sylphides for the Nureyev Festival at the London Coliseum. Ms Stavitskaya has received recognition as a gifted choreographer of ballet and character dance. Marina can also be seen in the feature film, Black Swan.
Director of Curriculum and Head of Primary Levels
Ms. Boesch began her training at the School of American Ballet. During her ten years there she danced with the New York City Ballet in nearly every role for children in their repertoire. In SAB workshops she danced works by Balanchine, most notably Harlequinade and Le Tombeau de Couperin, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. Ms. Boesch completed her training on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps member after less than a year.
Under the direction of Francia Russell, Ms. Boesch performed in many of Balanchine’s most famous ballets, including Agon, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Western Symphony, Ballet Imperial, and La Valse. Her repertory there also included classics such as Paquita and Ronald Hynd’s Sleeping Beauty, and newer works by Peter Martins, Kent Stowell, and Lynn Taylor-Corbett. In 2003 Ms. Boesch joined the corps of American Ballet Theatre, where she danced for three years in all the great classics, including Swan Lake,Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Giselle, and La Bayadere. She also performed in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeoand in the premiere ofKaleidoscopeby choreographer Peter Quanz. With ABT she toured all over the country as well as to Japan. In 2008 Ms. Boesch joined the Staatsballett Berlin, under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov. As a corps member there she performed in John Cranko’s Onegin and in the premiere of Malakhov’s La Peri, among others. In 2010 Ms. Boesch staged and danced as a soloist in the Jen DeNike art piece Scrying, choreographed by Melissa Barak. Throughout her professional life Ms. Boesch has also appeared as a soloist with Dances Patrelle in Manhattan. She teaches in New York at Manhattan Youth Ballet.
Director of Programming
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007. During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon ballets including George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, The Nutcracker, Symphony in 3, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons, A Suite of Dances; and Peter Martins’s Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet among many others. Mr. Ulbricht has also danced Tarantella at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate the Balanchine Centenary. He has also performed at a number of national and international festivals and galas. Mr. Ulbricht is a guest teacher at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Academy East, as well as, teaching at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools, and universities throughout the United States. Mr. Ulbricht is currently the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mr. Ulbricht is also the Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is also founder and director of “Stars of American Ballet”, a touring group focusing on high art, education and outreach. Mr. Ulbricht is also the co-founder and producer of “Dance Against Cancer”, an annual benefit for the American Cancer Society. Mr. Ulbricht is also on the board of the National Dance Institute.
Choreographer - in - Residence
Brian Reeder was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and began his dance training with Marcia Dale Weary at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After attending American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Program, he studied at the School of American Ballet. Before joining American Ballet Theatre (1994-2003), Brian performed as a soloist with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (1990-1993), and also danced with New York City Ballet (1986-1990).
Over a four-year period, Brian created five original works for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. In 2005, he choreographed a full-length Nutcracker for Ballet Pacifica. In collaboration with the Washington Ballet, Mr. Reeder was the recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Grant (2005). He has created works for the Washington Ballet and it’s Studio Company, including a production of Peter & the Wolf. In 2006, he was commission by the Guggenheim Museum in NYC to create two new works for their "Works & Process" series. Mr. Reeder was artist in residence at Brown University, Emory University, and St. Paul’s School where he taught and created works for student dance companies. He was involved with the ABT Education Department’s "Make a Ballet" program (2004-2006), and is currently on staff at ABT’s Summer Intensives in NYC. He served as the Coordinating Director of the ABT International Summer Dance Intensive in Bermuda (2006) and has been a guest teacher at the Alvin Ailey School and Icelandic National Ballet Company and school.
Brian has been recognized by Time Out New York as one of it’s “ten best” in dance for 2002, and was selected as a “25 to watch" in 2005 by Dance Magazine. His ballets have been viewed by dance-going audiences world wide, in places such as London, Costa Rica, Bermuda, and throughout the United States.
Fredrick Earl Mosley
Fredrick Earl Mosley was born in Raleigh, NC and began his dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He trained at The Ailey School and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. He has performed with Ailey II, Gus Soloman Dance, and Ronald K. Brown Evidence, and has choreographed works for Dallas Black Theater, Edge Works Dance Theater, Ailey II, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, for which he received critical praise from dance critics and audiences alike. Mr. Mosley has taught at some of the most noted conservatories and institutions of higher learning, among them The Ailey School, University of Oklahoma, University of Kansas City, Wesleyan University; S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Long Island University, Ohio University, Santa Fe Community College, Yale University, New York University, Tokyo School of Music in Japan, and the Sadler Wells Theater Senior Citizen Ensemble in London. He was named Teacher of the Year by Dance Teacher magazine in 2005. He is the artistic director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment program, Life Dance Company - A Vision Reborn, a student-led dance company in Waterbury, CT., and is the founder and Artistic Director of Diversity of Dance, Inc., and the Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA).
Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. After attending the School of American ballet for one summer session and the 1999/2000 school year, Ms. Bouder joined the New York City Ballet. She was promoted to principal dancer in 2005 and has remained with the company to present day.
Ms. Bouder has danced in ballet galas around the world and guest starred in companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and the Mariinsky Ballet. She has been awarded Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise at the School of American Ballet as a student. As a professional her awards include the Janice Levin Honoree from the New York City Ballet, the Miss Expressivity for 2011 and the Miss Virtuosity for 2013 from the Dance Open Gala, the 2019 Benois de la Danse, and the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Borough of Manhattan Community College for her work in promoting gender equality in the ballet world.
As the founder and artistic director of the arts collaborative Ashley Bouder Projject, Ms. Bouder works to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion in creative leadership roles within the dance world. Her previous choreographic work has been presented at the School of American Ballet Choreographic Workshop, the New York City Ballet, Peter Norton Symphony Space, Bryant Park Presents, and the Joyce Theater.
Ask La Cour
Ask la Cour was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and began his dance training at the age of nine at the Royal Danish Ballet School, where he studied with Niels Balle, Adam Lüders, and Colleen Neary. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000. Mr. la Cour joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in the fall of 2002, was promoted to the rank of soloist in May 2005, and became a principal in February 2013.
While at the Royal Danish Ballet, Mr. la Cour performed featured roles in August Bournonville's Napoli (Pas de Six), John Cranko's Onegin (Lensky), Peter Martins' Hallelujah Junction and Swan Lake (Hungarian), John Neumeier's Romeo and Juliet (Monk), Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker(Spanish), and Lila York's Concerto in Pieces (Pas de Trois).
Born in Durham, North Carolina and growing up in New York City, he received his training from Ballet Academy East, The Rock School of Education, E’Cole Ballet (Australia) and UNCSA. From there Sanders then went on to dance Principal and Soloist roles and also guest in companies such as Ballet Memphis, Carolina Ballet, National Ballet of China, West Australian Ballet along with others.
He has performed many of the Classics other repertoire includes: George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Mark Godden, Dwight Rhoden, Trey Mcintyre, Ana Lopez Ochoa, Matthew Neenan etc. Other notables he won a Gold Medal at Sydney Contemporary Competition, Silver Medal at ABC, top 8 at YAGP and performed on the BET tour. He’s is delighted to be with MYB!
Brian Harlan Brooks
Born in Pittsburgh PA, and raised in Teaneck N.J. Dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre; Acting at William Esper Studios. Performing with, Forces Of Nature, Philadanco, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Chicago Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Williams/Henry Dance Theatre, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance; In theatre: Vinnette Carol’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple first national Tour, One Third a Nation; In TV/Film Across the Universe: ‘Lifted’ a Fox searchlight film, Boardwalk Empire, Tormenting the Hen; Rehearsal director: Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group , Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (interim on tour). Teaching as a guest artist at multiple schools, colleges, and universities. Site Director at Ailey Camp Missouri. Associate Artistic Director at Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance: Associate Choreographer for Motown the Musical on Broadway and all U.S. and U.K. tours and productions, choreographer re-stager for the U.K. tour. Associate choreographer on Born For This. Choreographer of First Noel at the Apollo. Co-director of One Harlem Night. Director of While I have the floor. Stage direct Jesus Christ Superstar promotional video.
Marcel Wilson Jr.
is a former dancer with Ailey II and a graduate of The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He began his dance training at the age of 15 as a student at Talent Unlimited High School and furthered his training at Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mr. Wilson has trained on scholarship at the Martha Graham School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Arts Umbrella, and The Ailey School. In 2018, he was awarded a fellowship from the Oceanic Heritage Foundation. He’s performed as a guest artist with the Tokyo Ballet School and has appeared in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and TBS’ Conan. Mr. Wilson has performed works by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián. He’s thrilled to be joining the faculty at Manhattan Youth Ballet!
MYB Children's Division
Angelyn's love of dance began very early. At the age of 3 she began her training with the Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota. She then moved on to study tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance at Dance Express, where she competed on several award-winning teams at both the regional and national level. Also while at Dance Express, she completed their teacher training program and received her dance teacher certification.
After earning a BFA in Acting and Dance from Minnesota State University, Ms. Angie made the leap and moved to New York City.
She has had the privilege of acting and dancing in many theatrical productions, films and commercials, has choreographed several musicals and concert dance pieces and is the owner and director of Manhattan Dance Artistry, a competitive dance company for children ages 7 and up.
Ms. Angie’s true love has always been teaching dance, and she is honored to share her passion for dance with all of her students!
MYB Children's Division
Ms. Diniz trained as a competitive dancer and supplemented her performance studies at the Paper Mill Playhouse Musical Theater Summer Conservatory and the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.
After earning her B.A. from Cornell University, she joined the Dirty Dancing national tour (u/s Baby, Lisa and Elizabeth) and performed regionally in multiple shows, including featured roles in National Pastime and My Fair Lady, both under the direction of Tony nominee Hunter Foster and Waitress's Lorin Latarro. She served as Dance Captain/Phantom for three years of this team's The Rocky Horror Show and also was Associate Choreographer for the production's fourth incarnation.
She has enjoyed teaching at AMDA, Peridance, NYSSSA, studios around the New York area and is honored to instruct at MYB.
She is also a junior board member of Jazz Choreography Enterprises.
Ms. Diniz was a choreographer for DanceBreak 2020 and her work has been shown by Jacob's Pillow, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Hartford, New York Dance Project, Avant Chamber Ballet, the Steps Beyond Foundation performance lab, Jazz Choreography Enterprises and the Higher Ground Festival, among other stages and festivals. She also choreographed the 2017 AEA production of the Vaudevillian musical On the Air.
MYB Children's Division
Malaika began her dance training at Manhattan Youth Ballet and continued to study dance here for seven years. She gained exposure to Manhattan Youth Ballet’s expansive repertoire by participating in the Knickerbocker Suite, Winter Workshops, End-of-Year shows, and numerous student choreography pieces. While at Manhattan Youth Ballet, Malaika spent her summers at NYSSA, the San Francisco Ballet, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Malaika is now a student at Yale University where she is a member of Yale Dancers, the college’s premier undergraduate dance group.
MYB Children's Division
Dominique is a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor's in Theater with a Concentration in Performance. She is also a graduate of Villanova University where she obtained her Master’s Certification in Practical Theatre. Dominique has studied and been involved in performing arts, both acting and dance, since the age of 4 in which she obtained her training at notable dance studios and theaters.
Over the years, Dominique has performed in a variety of musical theater productions in Philadelphia including, Aida, Fame, Footloose, Grease, Once on This Island and West Side Story. She has also been on set and made appearances as an extra in film and television including: Just Wright, How To Get Away With Murder and Creed.
Dominique has choreographed children's musical’s such as, Aladdin and Peter Pan, was an assistant choreographer at her undergraduate and graduate universities while also partnering with studios, elementary schools and YMCA's where she's taught dance to children and adults.
Dominique is excited to be teaching at MYB.