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Emilie Bogusz
I'm dancing with the Wake Forest Dance Company and am a Presidential Scholar in Dance at Wake Forest. Still dancing everyday, rehearsing every week and performing in the fall and spring. This summer, I interned with a high end fashion company, Vince Camuto, which was a great experience for me. I'm excited to head back to school this fall. Next spring, I intend to start business school at Wake Forest and choreograph my first piece for the Wake Forest Dance Company Spring Concert.

Monica Cioffi
After graduating from Logrea Dance Academy, Monica choreographed Annie Get Your Gun for the Amadeus Children's Conservatory. She has appeared as a featured background actress on hit shows Smash (NBC), Mysteries of Laura (NBC), and soap operas All My Children, and One Life To Live. She was the lead and voice over of a YouTube© book trailer for Suzanne Young's The Program, as well as a featured fitness model for the Vbarre consumer DVD and training videos. Monica has been studying dancing, singing and acting at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and will be graduating in May 2015 with hopes of performing on a Broadway stage. She is a ballet, tap and jazz teacher/choreographer for all levels as well as a licensed Zumba© instructor. Monica most recently worked as the Dance Captain/Rehearsal Assistant for Westchester Ballet Company's The Nutcracker, and will be working on WBC's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Daniel Cohen
After his time at Logrea, Daniel attended Princeton University, majoring in molecular biology and earning a certificate in dance. In the dance program, he had the opportunity to perform works by George Balanchine (Apollo), Christopher Wheeldon (There Where She Loved), Jessica Lang (Prayers), Susan Jaffe (Pulse), Karole Armitage (Connoisseurs of Chaos), and Graham Lustig (Vault). He was also artistic director of the student-run diSiac Dance Company and a member of Princeton University Ballet Company. Since graduating, Daniel has moved to New York City, where he is a Business Analyst at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, exploring interests in the healthcare and media practices and finding time to dance at the city's many studios as much as possible.

Jeanne Samuels Davis
After graduation in 1990, I attended SUNY Purchase and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where I earned my BFA in Dance in 1995. I continued dancing with WBC and served as an RA at CPYB while in college. After graduation, I danced with an African Caribbean Dance Company and a Ballet Company. After a move to California I taught ballet and danced with a Modern Company and subsequently moved to Maryland teaching ballet. While in CA, I attended Finis Jhung teacher workshops and attended the National Dance Educators Organization conferences and attended the teacher workshop at CPYB. I also became a member of the Dance Masters of America. Logrea Dance Academy and WBC were a great foundation that most dance schools do not offer. The knowledge and experience I gained during my formative years and the mentors I had along the way prepared me to take on teaching positions wherever I was. I have enjoyed being able to pass on a wealth of knowledge and experience that my students continue to benefit from. With each new studio, I have been able to use my past experiences as a student, dancer and teacher to pass on what I feel is vital information from ballet technique to proper etiquette to history. My life has gone on a path of experiences and doors have been opened that have made me more passionate about dance and teaching than I ever thought possible. Going forward, I do hope to run a dance program of my own.

Maggie Foster
Maggie is still working with Contrapose Dance (http://www.contraposedance.com/), and also she is a member of Ego Art, which is also based in Boston (http://www.egoartinc.com/). She is also a resident artist at Green Street Studios (http://185greenstreet.weebly.com/), and recently performed in a piece she choreographed in April.

Angela Gorman
Angela dances regularly for Gushue Moving Arts (www.gushuemovingargs.org) and mishiDance (www.mishidance.com). She is also in the beginning stages of creating a collaborative, multi-city dance collective called Remote Dance Project with fellow Brockport alumni. Angela is always busy with various dance projects, and has just filmed a dance video with Gushue Moving Arts that is expected to be completed sometime in the fall of 2014. Angela has some shows coming up in the spring and summer, and with all this, she still finds the time to teach Jazz and Tap classes at LDA, Zumba classes and also walks dogs.

Taylor Massa
Taylor loved performing with Washington Ballet as a Trainee, and is now looking forward to beginning her professional career with Ballet Austin in Austin, Texas. Read more about Taylor and her journey towards her goal in this article "Cover Girl Taylor Massa Talks Self-Image, Dreaming Big and Being Fearless":   http://themissinformation.com/2014/07/28/cover-girl-taylor-massa-talks-self-image-dreaming-big-fearless/

Hayle Minerva
I have had a wonderful time performing at Disney World as many dancing characters. I am a dance major at University of Massachusetts, going into my fifth year and leading towards Boston Conservatory Musical Theater Program. I am aiming for a professional career with Disney or with Broadway Shows.

Victoria Pollack
Dance has remained a huge part of my life, as a dancer, choreographer and actor. Last year I assistant directed and choreographed Juilliard Drama productions of TWELFTH NIGHT and BROADWAY and co-choreographed LYDIA AND TOM: A MUSICAL which appeared in the 2013 NYC Fringe Festival. Currently in my first year as a MFA candidate at Juilliard Drama Division, I am humbled and grateful to be in school with immensely generous teachers and peers. I recently returned from a week long community service trip to New Orleans with a team of Juilliard actors, dancers, and musicians, during which we built a home with Habitat for Humanity, ran arts education programs for students throughout the city, and held several free public performances for members of the community. This summer I'm headed to London and Edinburgh originating "The Girl" opposite Peter Eyre in MINETTI premiering at the Edinburgh International Festival this August.

Emily Richards
Emily was raised in Ossining, NY where she began her training in ballet, modern, and jazz at Logrea Dance Academy. She is currently a senior Dance major at The Boston Conservatory. While attending the conservatory, Emily has performed works by Omar Carrum, Claudia Lavista, Danny Pelzig, Mark Morris, Adam Barruch, Peter Dimuro, Gianni Dimarco, and Anna Myers. Since 2012, she has been a recipient of The Boston Conservatory Returning Student Scholarship. Emily attended summer programs both at LINES Contemporary Ballet and the Boston Conservatory on scholarship, as well as Movement Invention Project, The Ailey School, American Ballet Theater NY, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has been a member of a seasonal contemporary performance company, Naganuma 2, under the direction of Darcy Naganuma since 2013. Emily is also currently working on her second dance medicine research study, involving a plyometric strength training program and the prevention of lower extremity injuries. Upon graduating, Emily hopes to continue performing contemporary dance work, and pursue studying dance medicine.

Eliana Wenick
After graduating from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University BFA program in May of 2013 with a BFA in Dance and a minor in French, Eliana has been dancing with Mystic Ballet in Connecticut for their 2013/2014 season http://mysticballet.org/. She also had the pleasure of performing twice at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival with both Mystic Ballet and Jeremy McQueen, an independent choreographer from NYC http://www.jeremymcqueen.com/Jeremy_McQueen/Homepage.html.

Brooke Wilson

This year I am a junior at Cornell, and I am majoring in chemistry and minoring in Law & Society. Although the work load is a lot at times, I am still dancing at Cornell. I am taking ballet through the university twice a week, and I am a part of my ballet teacher's company at Cornell called Edge of the Gorge. I am also taking a dance composition class as well. I am also on two student-run dance groups on campus: Impact Dance Troupe and BASE Productions. Both of these groups put on shows on campus. Impact puts on a show at the end of each semester while BASE puts on one show in the spring. For both groups I have choreographed in the past and am planning on choreographing again this year. Although dance at Cornell is quite different, I have found my own way to keep doing what I love here and using all that I have learned from Logrea Dance Academy.

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