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Master Class Instructors, 2023

Lindsey Leduc

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Lindsey Leduc (Southbridge, MA) began training with Terri Gordon in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. At age 13, she became a Trustee Scholar at Wilbraham Monson Academy for her dance ability, exposing her to knowledge and cultural diversity that shaped and inspired her. She graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and Community Health. While in New York, Lindsey performed in many projects including Robin Becker Dance, her choreography was showcased in the 2003 ACDF gala, and she earned her Actors Equity performing off-Broadway under Tony Award winner Hinton Battle. Lindsey went to Chicago on Scholarship to Giordano Dance School, was promoted to Giordano II and performed with Giordano Dance Chicago for seven years. She has performed works and taught master classes nationally and internationally by Mia Michaels, Ron De Jesus, Gus Giordano, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Christopher Huggins, Davis Robertson, Rennie Harris and more, in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Latvia, Guatemala, Turkey and Hawaii. Her work has been featured in Dance Chicago several times. She has works in the repertoire of Inaside Chicago Dance, Chicago Dance Crash, Movement Source, Continuum Dance Theatre, BoSoma, and her own Giordano Dance Chicago. She teaches and choreographs throughout the nation for Youth Companies and Orchesis groups. While in Chicago Lindsey taught for the Jazz Dance in Science and Health program in underserved Chicago Public Schools, on Master Faculty for Jazz Dance World Congress, served on Faculty at The Joffrey Academy of Dance and was a founding Faculty member of Foster Dance Studios. Lindsey serves as an adjudicator and Master Teacher for the premiere dance competition, World Class Talent Experience and a Judge for StarQuest International. Lindsey was honored to be published in Dance Magazine’s “Why I Dance” in the January 2013 issue, and appeared on the cover in March 2013.

Brian McGinnis

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Brian McGinnis joined the Conservatory in 2017 and is an associate professor of dance teaching, dance composition and technique. He also teaches the professional seminar and is the artistic director for the Dance Division’s Senior Performance Project.

McGinnis performed in New York City for more than two decades in the companies of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Parsons Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and Zvi Dance, as well as with Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. He has been on the faculties at ChiArts (Chicago’s Public Performing Arts High School) and Visceral Dance Center, and was a visiting teaching artist in Greenville, South Carolina at the Fine Arts Center and the Peace Center. He has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Bolshoi Theatre, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theatre, NYC City Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millenium Park, the Shubert Theatre, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. During his years of national and international touring he has curated many self-produced performances, residencies, workshops, and master classes.

McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Juilliard School, a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an Associate’s degree in Occupational Science for Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute-NYC. 

McGinnis received the student-nominated Best of Berklee Award (2018) and Conservatory Dance Teacher of the Year (2019), as well as a Faculty Travel Grant and Faculty Development Fellowship from Berklee College of Music (2018).

Jeannette Neill

Jeannette founded and was the Artistic Director of the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. For almost 40 years, her studio was a supportive and encouraging training ground for aspiring and recreational dancers. Jeannette was also Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boston Youth Moves, a pre-professional teen dance program. In addition, she was one of the Artistic Directors of The Boston Summer Dance Festival.

Jeannette has been on faculty of many well-known dance institutions including: The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston Youth Moves, Powered By Dance Summer Programs, Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts; local colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, Boston University, Emerson College; Boston Ballet Summer Dance program and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her national and international master classes and workshops have taken her to Palermo Italy, Goteborg Sweden, Tokyo  Japan, Monterrey, Mexico.

Keon Hill

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Hailing from Boston, MA. Keon has been dancing for over 20+years, specializing but not limited to hip hop Dance. Keon performs all over the east coast displaying his talents in countless staged events, competitions, and theatrical productions. Performing and featured in shows such as Prelude Dance Competition, World of Dance, Boston Ballet, Mentors of Boston, Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, the Boston AIDS walk, and many more. Keon a dedicated member of Unyted Stylz Productions as one of its Dance companies' performers, Assistant Director, as well as a trained Dance instructor. With his emphatically positive personality Keon brings energy, fun and enthusiasm to every performance and class leaving audience members and students always excited for more.

Kiana Renae

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Kiana is a dancer, artist and performer based in New England who lives to move, inspire, and create. She is a current company dancer with Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP GLOBAL), a contemporary fusion based dance company under the direction of Sarah-Katarina, SkooJ CorE-O. She has also danced and trained several years with Robyn Goulette on Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, an inspirational ballet and modern based company in Southern NH. 

 

Kiana guest teaches at various workshops, festivals, and conventions such as New England Youth Dance Exchange, Boston Ice Dance Academy, Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston Convention, MOTIVIZE, A Day of Dance (New England) and more. She teaches and choreographs for several studios of all levels and ages. She has performed in shows all around the North East including NYC Carnival: Choreographers Ball, Sybarite, The Ailey Studios, Times Square, NYC Dance Parade, RAW Artists Showcase, various flashmobs and several more! Aside from BCDP, and Saving Grace, Kiana has also been a company dancer and choreographer for Danceworks Boston for seasons 11 and 12!

 

Kiana adjudicated for NEU Dance Competition, Dance4Me and currently adjudicates for Step Up 2 Dance, where she also also manager. With a versatile background, Kiana has knowledge and training in contemporary, ballet, modern, improv, musical theatre, heels, jazz, hip hop and funk styles. She is always training and continuing to expand her craft by taking classes, attending seminars, and persistently focusing on her growth as a mover, artist, and educator. Kiana‘s utmost passion is to inspire new generations through dance while providing education in, creativity and storytelling.

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