Nyraena Alvarez has been a dance instructor for over 10 years. Her love of dance began at an early age. Her training began at schools such as Bernice Johnson, Callonwalde School of Dance, Intermediate School 158 (under the direction of Kevin Austin Hunt), and the wonderful DEVORE DANCE SCHOOL. She studied all forms of dance from ballet to Hip Hop as well as cheerleading. At age 10 she was the youngest to compete in MaMa Lu Parks Harvest Moon Ball in the Jitterbug\Swing category. She has also won MISS CONGENIALITY in the Hal Jackson Talented Teens Pageant, appeared in various MTV shows as well as VH1’s 8 Days of 80’s and performed under Lorna Mafata of the Mafata Dance Company. After graduating from Benjamin Cardozo High School, Nyraena briefly toured with R&B Singer Evette Michelle before landing a position to coach Collegiate Cheerleading.
Nyraena has attended master classes with well-known choreographers, such as Ernesta Corvino, Ray Leeper , Finis Jhung, Frank Hatchett, Ofer Ben & Avi Miller and Mandy Moore . Her most recent “Dance Teacher” convention included master classes with Bob Rizzo and the New York City Rockettes. Nyraena has been recognized with many outstanding choreography awards; Disney’s DANCE THE MAGIC Elite and received overall scoring in I LOVE DANCE competitions. She continues to teach her students with a nurturing, yet challenging environment. Pushing all of her students to not only meet, but exceed their own expectations and goals. . She believes that even as an instructor, she is still a student in the ever changing world of dance. As the dance world progresses, so does she.
Charisse began dancing at the age of 4, she is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School and Long Island University. Charisse has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, African and Hip-Hop dance. She has been teaching at DeVore for over 10 years.
Cynchee began dancing at 2 years of age at DeVore Dance Center, where she now teaches.
She is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, and is currently attending Queens College and holds a 3.7 GPA.
Cynchee has been a backup dancer for Remy Martin, and Ashanti under the choreographer Brice Vick.
Katrina began dancing at the age of 5, and is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardiaHigh School for Music and the Performing Arts.
In May 2010 she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Dance. Katrina has performed at the "Apollo Theater",
MTV's "My Super Sweet 16", and is an apprentice dancer in the Balance dance company. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, African, Jazz and Hip- Hop dance.
Isis Chinnery was born and raised in Flushing, New York. She begin studying dance in 1986. She has gone on to study and perform at some of the most prestigious cultural centers and institutions. Isis Chinnery extends her impact in the world of dance with an extensive career training and teaching at Devore Dance Center. Working with young dancers Isis pursues the mission of building a legacy of self - growth and confidence in her dancers. In 2012 Isis became the founder and owner of Isis Chinnery Dance school.
Alana Butler began her dance training at the age of two at Queens School of Theatrical Arts under the direction of Kim Taylor and Edna Goode. In 1987, she transferred over to the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and was member of the performing class, Junior Pro. While at Bernice Johnson, she studied under Carolyn DeVore, Kevin Hunt, and Bryan Hawthorne. Alana attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School and was part of the Dance Performance Program. At that time, she also began training at the DeVore Dance Center as part of WSII. Alana then went on to study at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she received a dance scholarship. She received her BA in Business and minored in Dance. While at Temple, she made the Varsity Diamond Gems dance team as a freshman and competed in the Division 1 Dance Team Nationals in Daytona, Fl. She is thrilled to be back “home” at DeVore Dance Center sharing her love and passion for dance with her students.
Karen P. Farnum-Williams is a native of Queens, NY. Karen attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from Adelphi University. Karen also obtained a Master’s of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. Currently, Karen is employed as the Student Affairs Officer at Dance Theatre of Harlem, in NYC. She also teaches in public and private schools and works with dance ministries, as well as teaching in local dance schools. Karen is a co-director and co-choreographer of the Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry. In 2006, Karen founded Kaphar (Hebrew translation of reconciliation) Dance Company which is a ministry established to affirm, confirm, and transform lives through the seamless marriage of technical dance movement and the Word of God.
Karen is married to Lloyd G. Williams and the mother of Kadin Lloyd.
Daniel Chisolm born in Brooklyn, New York, a Graduate Of Bronx Community College/York College...Studied. Voice..Performed with many major choirs & choruses in the Tri-state area. I have Hustled for many years and have won numerous Hustle contest. l can be seen on many videos all over city hustling. My Passion is Hustling... l am Actor, Model, Singer, Vocal Coach born under the Sign of Aries...
Luis "ChaCha" Estevez is a dancer chasing the dream of becoming one of the greatest choreographers in NYC as well as international. Luis started teaching at DeVore Dance Center in 2013 and has grown an unbreakable love for the dance school and overall an unbreakable bond with the students. He graduated from High School with a regents diploma. All his life as a teenager he has been training and learning from his favorite and one of the best choreographers in NYC and then decided to follow their footsteps and have the same success they had and more. Luis likes to incorporate the elements, skills, and technique he learned in his previous dance classes and create his own style of dance, and continues to take class to better himself as a dancer as well as choreography. He has performed at all the top dance showcases in NYC such as Sybarite, Carnival, World of Dance, and countless competitions with one of the tops groups in NYC. As of now he's one of the choreographers of our very own "Project DeVore" and is doing a very great job with our kids. He's amazingly gifted with many styles such as Hip-Hop, Street Jazz, Vogue, Heels, African, House, & currently getting back into Ballet and Modern. All his life he always has been the youngest dancer in every dance project he participated in. He may be young and still has a lot more to do, but he's more then ready to rock the dance industry and as he would say "GO AWFFFF".
Chantel D. Hoyte
Chantel D. Hoyte of Jamaica, Queens NY. Chantel attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School which she graduated in 2003, and currently attends Berkeley College studying Criminal Justice. Chantel works for a construction/repair/and management company called Global Facility manager as a Team Representative, and has been a member for Devore Dance Center since 2000, and teaching dance for over 14 years.
Kiara Ross was born in Queens, New York where she began training in performing and visual arts at The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. At the age of four, Ms. Ross studied keyboard, singing, and drawing. While studying music and art, Kiara Ross was also enrolled in multiple dance classes as such ballet, tap, hip-hop, and modern. Along with those styles of dance, Ms.Ross was trained in jazz, West African and Afro Caribbean dance by Micheal Manswell at JCAL. As a teenager she attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School as a dance major. In 2006 Ms. Ross was accepted into the Performing class under the supervision of Carolyn DeVore.
After graduating, Kiara Ross attended Queensborough Community College where she graduated with her Associates degree in Liberal Arts. Upon graduating, Ms. Ross became Group Fitness Certified with accredited National Board of Fitness Examiners affiliate, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and began teaching dance and fitness classes. Kiara Ross also holds certifications in CPR,/AED, First Aid, Kickboxing, FuzeCraze, & MAD DOGG SPINNING . She has created her own class called, Soca AFRO-bics under her brand, The Kross Movement. She currently teaches that class and others at YMCA, Cross Island Fitness Center and has given workshops for Retro Fitness, Q Fitness, Maceus Studios, Ripley Grier Studios, PMT Dance Studios, & Tizana’s Body Renewal. Ms. Ross teaches at Crunch Fitness as well. Before teaching adult fitness classes, Ms. Ross began teaching children dance for Kiddy Corner, CCS Montessori, Young & Fit Kids at Cross Island Fitness Center, It’s Dance, and Police Athletic league as an intern and dance specialist.
Also upon graduating Ms. Ross joined Harambee Dance Company where she performed at Symphony Space, Wofabe, International African Arts Festival, The Hunger Project, Syracuse State Fair, Dance Africa 2013 and Dance Africa Pre show 2014. Currently Kiara Ross is still teaching dance and fitness while managing her own dance group, CarNYval Dancers. She has choreographed for the 2014 Labor Day Parade and is currently working with upcoming soca and dancehall artists. Ms. Ross will be graduating from Queens College in December 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts as a dance major. Ms. Ross anticipates obtaining her Masters degree to help her continue to learn about her craft and to share it with others as she does today.
Melodee Starr Rodriguez is a young versatile dancer/choreographer that has been dancing for the past 16 years in various styles. She started at a local studio Rising stars dance studio and studied there for seven years competing with the company class. After graduating the 8th grade she went on and took her career a little more serious and went to Benjamin N. Cardozo High School for their dance program graduating in 2011. Now she is expecting to graduate December 2014 from Queensborough community college as a dance major earning a degree in visual and performing arts. Melodee is presently the dance specialist at The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens, teaching grades k-12. She expects to go on and obtain her BFA and Master in dance.
Andre Christopher Drummond is from Queens, New York and began his classical training at Professional Performing Arts High School/ The Ailey School. Before, he was classically trained Andre danced with a step dancing Ministry called Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire where he toured both, Europe and Australia for two consecutive summers. After, graduating high school Andre was accepted into the University Of North Carolina School of the Arts for contemporary dance. There, he received his B.F.A and performed works by Jose Limon, Eliot Feld, Alwin Nikolais, Doug Elkins, Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Juel Lane, Bill T. Jones and ABT Principal Susan Jaffe. In his first steps of becoming a professional dancer Andre attended Springboard Dance summer of ‘13 in Montreal, Canada and Jacob’s Pillow Dance festival.
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards has been Tap Dancing since the age of 3. She started under the instruction of Paul and Arlene Kennedy in California and went on to perform in Rome, Italy at the Tip Tap Festival by the age of 8. From there she made her debut on Broadway at the age of 12, in the musical revue Black and Blue with greats such as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown and Savion Glover.
Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards’ Broadway credits also include the Tony Award Winning Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk. Dormeshia has toured nationally with Wild Woman Blues and appeared with The Jazz Tap Ensemble having just celebrated the 25th anniversary in performance at the Joyce Theatre in New York City. Dormeshia completed a successful run as a dance captain, principal dancer and understudy to the lead role in the International Tour of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk. She was a special guest artist for The 2001 and 2002 Harlem Jazz Dance Festivals where she performed a special tribute to Dr. James “Buster” Brown in the latter and served as an honorary judge for their Annual Hoofers Challenge Cutting Contest. She has also participated in annual celebrations of National Tap Dance Day in New York City’s Town Hall and other locations across the country.
Read more about Dormeshia at http://www.divinerhythmproductions.com/DormeshiaSumbryEdwards.html
Calvin Booker is first a lover of music, then dancer and DJ. A graduate of LaGuardia High School, Calvin trained at Restoration Dance Theater, under the direction of Marie Brooks, where he studied African dance, Ballet, Capoeira, and Tap with Traci Mann. Traci passed on tap steps as she received them from Tap masters such as Carnell Lyons, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Lon Chaney, The Four StepBrothers, and Baby Lawrence to name a few. This rare and vast information would be the foundations of Calvin's style, approach, and understanding of this indigenous American art form.
By the age of 7, Calvin was a founding member of the tap group, “The Young Hoofers”, directed by Traci Mann, which was modeled in the tradition of ‘The Original Hoofers’ and performed their trademark dance, “The Track”, created by Lon Chaney, the King of the Paddle n Roll. The group has performed in theaters and stages all over the city, such as Lincoln Center, Harlem Victoria 5, Town Hall, Jacob’s Pillow, and World Trade Center. The group had also performed extensively in numerous NYC public schools as part of Arts-In-Education with the Brooklyn Arts Council. Also many successes and notable achievements, such as being two time winners on “Showtime at the Apollo”, a national commercial for ‘Chili’s Bar and Grill’, and being listed No.8 among 'Dance Magazines: Top 25 to Watch’. The group has also shared stages and spaces with the likes of Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Sandman Simms, Peg Leg Bates, and Jimmy Slyde. Some television credits include “Good Day N.Y.”, "Out Of The Box" (Disney) and various news spots. (FOX, WPIX, NBC, etc)
Read more about Calvin at https://www.calvinbooker.com/bio