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Dance Instructors

Cory Fragoso-Gram MFA Dance                               U of Arizona
Artistic Director

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Cory J Fragoso-Gram began his dance training at the preprofessional academy Canton Ballet, in Canton, OH, under the directorship of Cassandra Crowley: There he was notably given the rare opportunity of intense study in pointework, an area of the art form unique to few male dancers. Training progressively, Mr. Cory also studied with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School; danced on scholarship at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in New York City; and graduated high school from The Harid Conservatory, the prestigious arts institution in Boca Raton, FL. After receiving a full four-year scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Having already performed in the corps de ballet of Indianapolis’s premier ballet company, Ballet International, Mr. Cory was scouted in 2000 by Dayton Ballet and began his professional career. In Dayton, he performed leading roles in ballets by renowned choreographers and directors Luis Fuente, Steven Mills, Septime Webber, Robert Joffrey, Dermont Burke, Mark Diamond, and Jeffery Graham-Hughes.

Mr. Cory left his professional career in the fall of 2004 after receiving a full stipend scholarship to the M.F.A. program at University of Arizona’s School of Dance. There he continued to develop his teaching and choreographic skill while performing leading roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Melissa Lowe, Paul Sanasardo, James Clouser, and Jory Hancock.

After graduating with his Masters of Fine Arts in 2007, Mr. Cory took up a directorship position at Dance Makers Studio in Yuma, Arizona, and in 2008 resumed his professional career with Ballet Tucson under the directorship of Mary Beth Cabana. In 2010 he left the company to take an adjunct faculty position with Pima Community College, where he continued to instruct dance technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz and dance conditioning until 2012. He has continued dancing as a guest artist with Art.If.Act Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company in Tucson, and Ballet Tucson.

Mr. Cory has trained extensively in the pedagogical art of dance and has been practicing as an instructor since 2001. He has thoroughly enjoyed working through Tucson and Phoenix with the students and families since 2004, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and love for the arts with you at BC Dance.

Mr. Cory has trained extensively in the pedagogical art of dance and has been practicing as an instructor since 2001. He has thoroughly enjoyed working through Tucson and Phoenix with the students and families since 2004.Cory J. Fragoso-Gram

Norman Walker Instructor

Norman Walker
Modern & Ballet Technique                        Ballet Ensemble

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Renowned teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator, Mr. Walker studied Dance with Gertrude Shurr, May O’Donnell, Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey, Valentina Pereyslavic, Nala Najan, and many others. He has taught for the O’Donnell-Shurr Studio, Bathsheba and Bat-Dor Companies, New Zealand School of Dance, Ballet Philippines, H. S. Of Performing Arts in NYC, Utah State Univ., Butler University, and was Chair of Performing Arts at Adelphi University. He has taught all over the world. Mr. Walker was Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and School, was chosen as Dancer of the Month for Dance Magazine, is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in Who’s Who in America.

As a dancer he was the lead dancer in his own company and with May O’Donnell Dance Company. He has appeared or was guest artist with Yurok and Guest Artists, Pearl Lang and Company, Pauline Koner and Company, Boston Ballet, Ballet Philippines, among others.

Mr. Walker and his partner, Cora Cahan, have appeared as Guest Artists with the Shreveport Symphony, the New Orleans Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic Symphony. He has restaged several works of Ted Shawn for a number of companies as well as dancing Shawn’s roles.

As a choreographer of over 245 ballets and modern dance pieces, from major solos to full-evening works he has created works for such companies as Norman Walker Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Bathsheba and Bat-Dor Companies, Boston Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, Adelphi Dance Theatre, Dennis Wayne’s Dancers, National Ballet of China, and many more internationally.

Pamela Reyman Hughes
Classical Ballet Technique                            Ballet Ensemble

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Reyman-Hughes was born in New York City, where she began her dance training at the age of fifteen. She trained with Istvan Rabovsky and at the American Ballet Theatre School with Valentina Pereyslavic, Olga Merinowa, and Patricia Wilde.

In 1977 she began her professional career with Dennis Wayne’s Dancers in NYC. Over the course of her twenty-two year performing career she also danced as a principal dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Ohio Ballet under the direction of Ian Horvath & Dennis Nahat, Robert Barnett, Dermot Burke, and Jeffrey Graham Hughes respectively. She also performed as a guest artist with small companies in the United States.

An artist recognized for her versatility, Ms. Reyman-Hughes has danced a range of roles, including Tzarina, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, Dying Swan, Giselle, Juliet, Lizzie Borden in deMilles’s Fall River Legend, Emilia in Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, the Partisan in Jooss’ The Green Table, The Woman in His Past in Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother in Holder’s Cinderella. She danced principal roles in an extensive Balanchine repertoire including Tarantella, Square Dance, Minkus Pas de Trois, Agon, Apollo, Serenade, Four Temperaments and Nutcracker. Ms. Reyman-Hughes has also performed in works by Butler, Van Dantzig, Lubovitch, Byrd, Arpino, Flindt, Falco, Louis, Fokine, Massine, Nault and many others, including her husband Jeffrey Hughes. In 1990, she performed in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival in Flemming Flindt’s The Overcoat with Rudolf Nureyev. As a principal dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, she had many roles created for her by Artistic Directors Dennis Nahat and Ian Horvath. She has also participated as a dancer in New Steps, a choreographic workshop in Ohio and in Festival of Life, a benefit for children and adults with AIDS in Atlanta.

Ms. Reyman-Hughes was ballet mistress for Ohio Ballet, interim ballet mistress for Hong Kong Ballet, and was on the staff of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. She has guest taught throughout the U.S. and has choreographed two chamber ballets that have been performed in Ohio and Switzerland. Locally, Ms. Reyman-Hughes has taught at Ballet Arts in Tucson and briefly worked as a part-time ballet mistress for Ballet Tucson. Most recently she worked as Co Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet for the past 9 1/2 years. She has also choreographed a number of ballets for Academy of Ballet and Tucson Regional Ballet and restaged all classical ballets for TRB including Paquita, La Bayadere, Act II Swan Lake and Giselle, among others. For the summers of 2015-2017, she was a guest teacher for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive. She is also a certified Gyrotonic® Expansion System Level I Instructor.

Ms. Reyman-Hughes is grateful to the many teachers who have inspired her throughout her career and would especially like to thank Maggie Black, Alonzo King, and Wilhelm Burmann.

Lauryn Manning            BS Exercise Science  Grand Canyon U
Diamonds & Co              /BCDC Coordinator

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Lauryn Manning began her dance training at the age of 9 in Tucson, Arizona.  She began competing at the age of 10 and began attending a variety of conventions at the age of 11.  During this time, she trained in a variety of styles of dance including Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Acro, Tap, Ballroom, Musical Theater, and Pom.

Throughout her dance career, she has taught many styles of dance in all levels.  She has a love for children and is compassionate about passing on all that she has learned through her years of dance.

She also was a part of her high school dance company for 4 years.  She went on to be a part of the Grand Canyon University Dancers for 4 years where she served in several supporting positions ending with Captain during her senior year.  Most recently, she graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis on Health Education in April 2017.

Teisha Handy              MFA Dance                               U of Arizona
Classical Ballet & Jazz Technique

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Teisha Handy is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Idaho Falls, ID. She graduated with honors from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BA in Dance. While at university, she was a member of the touring Dance Alliance team where she was able to perform in the midwestern United States as well as Costa Rica and Panama. In 2011, she began her professional career with Odyssey Dance Theater of Salt Lake City, UT where she had the opportunity to perform in numerous hit shows such as “Thriller” and “Romeo and Juliet”. In 2007, she was a background dancer for Disney’s High School Musical: 2. Teisha is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor-helping students learn correct fundamental and anatomical principles through conditioning and strengthening exercises.  She has been a dance instructor for over 8 years in the studio, private, and intensive settings. She is passionate about dance education and has gone on to pursue her MFA in Dance at the University of Arizona. There, she teaches technical courses in modern, ballet, jazz, and improvisation as well as assists in academic courses such as: choreography, biomechanics for dancers, and teaching methods for dance. While in the program Teisha has continued to perform in masterworks such as Larry Keigwan’s Megalopolis as well as works produced by the UA School of Dance faculty. Teisha was also selected to present her research on communication within the choreographic process at the National Dance Education Organization’s annual national conference.

Jessica McGuire              BFA Dance                               U of Arizona
Contemporary Dance

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Jessica McGuire started dancing at the age of four in Fresno, California. In 2016, she accepted an offer to pursue a BFA from the University of Arizona School of Dance, performing works by renowned choreographers like Martha Graham, Peter Chu, and Larry Keigwin. In her years there, she developed a refined movement vocabulary in contemporary, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap, and ballet. She was hired by Tucson’s Hawkinsdance in its 2017 debut season, and has been an influential role in both the company’s performance work and digital marketing campaigns. Her personal philosophy is to deepen the cognitive understanding behind movement in order to foster ease, longevity, and humanity through dance. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with such amazing dancers this coming season at the conservatory, as they aspire to the next level in the arts.

Carly Puffenbarger
Early Childhood    Rhythm Coordinator

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Carly Puffenbarger is the BC Rhythm Company Coordinator for tap and all tap classes at BC Dance.  Carly started competitive at the age of five years old. She has studied in all genres of dance but her true passion was always the are of tap. At BC Dance she finally realized that her dreams of tapping professionally were within reach under the right masterful teachers. At the age 13 Miss Puffenbarge was the first student to join the Teaching Assistant at the conservatory. She did not just excel but flourished in the program and soon became one of the teaching faculty several years later.

She has had the professional opportunity to perform with Sole Talk Youth Tap Company in Los Angeles, Califormia to train with the world renowned ,all female performance troupe, The Syncopated Ladies , founded by Chloe and Maud Arnold. Training with the Syncopated Ladies has been the opportunity of a lifetime for her and she continues growing her knowledge of tap each month. Carly has also had the opportunity to study with Sarah Reich at Tap Music Project in the summer of 2019. She learned how to expand on her knowledge of dance by learning how to intertwine music and dance in the most beautiful ways. What she loves most about these experiences is not only how much they influence her dancing, but grant her the opportunity to share this knowledge with what to her students. Carly looks forward to the coming year at BC Dance enriching the young artists in the arts and taking the dance genre of tap to new heights.

Madison Puffenbarger Dance Instructor

Madison Puffenbarger                  BS Nutrition                        U of Arizona 2023
Early Childhood           BCrew Coordinator

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Celia Cartwright

Celia Cartwright         BA Psychology                 U of Massachusetts  
Acrobatics, Yoga & Pilates

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Celia Cartwright has a B.A. Psychology University of  Massachusetts Boston, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certification, 600 Level Aura Wellness Yoga Certification, Athletics and Fitness Association of America Certification,  Olympic Body Pump Les Mills program Certification, Cardio Dance LA Fitness, Latin Heat, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Gymnastics Academy of Boston Coach, YMCA recreational Gymnastics Coach Certification, Pilates, Martial Arts, and Boot Camp Training Certifications.

Bridgette Jensen      BFA Dance                                 U of Arizona 2021
Dance

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Bridgette Jensen started dancing at the age of 3 in Tucson, Arizona. In 2017 she began her studies at the University of Arizona School of Dance, where she trains in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, pointe and contemporary. She has worked with numerous prestigious choreographers including Alonzo King, Jennifer Archibald, Gary Abbott and Gregory Dawson. She was a company dancer for Hawkinsdance during the 2018-2019 season, where she performed in an evening-length work as well as many community performances. She has trained in ballroom dance for five years and enjoys sharing her knowledge with younger students. She values the deep exploration and creative process involved in every style of dance as well as the individual expression of each dancer. She looks forward to teaching this season at BC Dance and to help foster knowledge and growth in every student.

Kathleen Wing Dance Instructor

Katie Wing
Dance

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Katie Wing is a recent graduate of both Catalina Foothills High School and BC Dance. In the fall of 2019, Katie will begin her college education at the University of Arizona where she will major in Biomedical Science and take college level dance classes within the university dance program.

Katie began her dance training at the age of 6, and began training at BC Dance when it first opened 5 years ago (age 13). She has since been on the competitive company (BCDC) and the concert company (Ballet Ensemble) here at BC Dance. Katie has been teaching dance for 2 years, and loves helping her students achieve their goals. She looks forward to working with your dancers for years to come.

BC Dance Guest Faculty

Cassidy Zuna Dance Instructor

Cassidy Zuna
Parsons Dance, NYC

Krista Barker

Krista Barker
AMP Dance Competition

Sophie Lai
NY University, NYC

Zachary Kelley

Zachary Kelley
ZAXX

Shelly Hawkins
Hawkinsdance

BC Academic : Accredited Online Program

Shanna Blair                  BS Communications  Northern Arizona U
Classroom Facilitator

BC Academics
6th Grade through High School

Sabrina LaPorta        MS Family Practice       Arizona State U
Mathematics Tutor

BC Dance Staff

Alfredo Fragoso-Gram
Co-Owner and Finance

Read MoreFor many years I heard my husband speaking about his vision of teaching kids to learn and enjoy dance the way he did, no matter their skill level. Cory has a true gift for teaching, and I believed he could create something inspiring given the opportunity.

I am in awe of what Cory is able to inspire in the kids, and even more so of the kids’ commitment to learning to dance and to performing. Their hard work, the growth I see them achieve as artists and people, and the amazing performances they put on every year makes me even more committed to Cory’s vision.

I am in awe of what Cory is able to inspire in the kids, and even more so of the kids’ commitment to learning to dance and to performing

Alfredo Fragoso-Gram

Kassandra Alvarez Office Staff

Kassandra Alvarez
Client Coordinator

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Kassandra was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she graduated high school. At the age of five she discovered her love for competitive cheerleading and began her training at Tucson Cheer Academy. She always had the dreamed to one-day compete at the Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando, Florida. Commonly known as the olympics in Allstar cheerleading. To fulfill this dream she commuted to Scottsdale, AZ three days a week to compete with her team RAGE at Desert Storm Elite. During the three years she cheered with DSE, she was apart of a team that had numerous national titles under their belt, won two full paid bids to worlds, and placed seventh out of ninetynine teams at the Cheerleading worlds.

Kassandra’s specialty is in elite tumbling and stunting/partner. She loves teaching kids how to tumble and reach their goals, and can spot levels 1-4. Practice really does make perfect in her eyes and like great teachers she believes repetition is the key to success. She looks forward to working with your dancers for years to come.

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