Meet The Teachers
Christie Coleman is a dancer and choreographer with a Masters in Education for Dance from NYU. Her choreography, highlighting social issues through dance, has been performed internationally and is acclaimed by UNESCO. She has worked with National Ballet of Kosovo premiering two evening-length works. Christie was raised within The Coleman School of Dance and founded Illuminations Dance Company. In addition to the Coleman School of Dance, Christie taught dance at Achievement First Charter School in East New York, New Rochelle High School, and Sacred Heart University.
Jenny Coleman entered the dance world at the age of four in her mother's studio. As a teenager, she received a scholarship to study at The Governor's School of the arts in PA. Jenny received a Master's in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann Medical (now Drexel University). After working as a dance therapist and having children, she returned to her true professional love: teaching dance, which has enthralled her for the last 30 years. While teaching, Jenny danced in Connecticut Ballet Theatre's productions of The Nutcracker and in Classics Dance Theatre's productions of Little Women, Cinderella, and Anne Frank.
Etrita Abdullahu trained at “Prenk Jakova” Music High School as a ballet major, and performed with the National Ballet of Kosovo where she had the opportunity to work with international choreographers and travel with the company. She won the Grand Prix Award at The Arts Festival in Dubai. At Fini Dance Festival she won a scholarship to come to New York. Here, she danced with Michael Mao Company. She trained in the American Ballet Theater (ABT) collegiate summer intensive and the Joffrey Ballet School. She is now on her third year as a trainee with Joffrey. Her love for dance keeps her dancing and passing this passion to the younger generation.
Laura Smock is a dancer and choreographer from SUNY Potsdam with a BA in Dance. She has recently started on the track of Physical Therapy. She is very excited to be working with The Coleman School of Dance, and wants to thank her fellow teachers and students for welcoming her for a third year with the school. She’s performed as Velma Kelly in Chicago and participated as a performer in American Dancers Association.
Nicole Cruz was born in the Philippines. She pursued dance professionally with Ballet Philippines where she danced both principal and soloist roles. Nicole has also danced with Hong Kong Ballet and upon moving to the United States, danced with Connecticut Ballet, Zig Zog Ballet, Ballet New York and Ballet Memphis, where she spent three seasons dancing roles in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. Currently, Nicole teaches pilates at the Center For Movement in Scarsdale, Fiore Pilates in Mamaroneck and Pilates Symmetry in Stamford, CT. She also belongs to the faculty of Ballet Center in Stamford.
Sophia Procario-Foley received her dance training from the Coleman School of Dance studying modern, ballet, pointe and choreography. She elected to continue her training at a collegiate level with the SUNY Brockport Department of Dance. While Sophia was a part of the Coleman teen dance company she choreographed for multiple dance festivals including "Artists for World Peace, Dance for Peace". Sophia incorporates dance fitness into her teaching as she believes it is important to train well-rounded dancers. She will receive her Bachelor of Science in spring 2020 and hopes to continue her education to become a physical therapist.
Susanna Procario-Foley danced with the Coleman School of Dance for 13 years, where she studied ballet, modern, contemporary, improvisation, and choreography. She now attends Connecticut College where she double majors in dance and English. In 2019, Susanna taught at CSD’s summer camp, choreographing and producing performances for the kids. She loves teaching because it allows her to spread her passion for creativity to younger dancers and watch them grow as artists and people. Susanna believes that dance is a powerful means of expression and should not be undervalued.