I have been teaching dance for over 18 years. I have been a Teaching Artist/Choreographer with the National Dance Institute since 2000, teaching multiple styles of dance and music to New York City public school children and directing shows with up to 200 children. Since 2005 I have taught through BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, sharing everything from Creative Movement to Modern to Tumbling for ages 3-17. Through BAX I have taught studio classes, workshops, school residencies, and birthday parties. For over 12 years I have taught dance and yoga to kids and adults at Camp Common Ground in Vermont. I have had the honor of teaching master classes at James Madison University and Piedmont Virginia Community College in VA and Mount Holyoke College in MA, workshops at Dance New England’s Dance Camp, classes at LAVA in Brooklyn, and a month-long program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have even choreographed wedding dances!
I have experience in teaching modern, tumbling/partner acrobatics, salsa, merenge, creative movement, swing, contact improvisation, West African dance and big, fun dance for kids.
I have danced professionally in NYC since 2000. I have worked with choreographers and companies such as Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance (2008-2015), LAVA (2010-2013), Stephen Koplowitz, Shalewa Mackall, Kelly Bartnik, Amy Cox, Maura Nyugen Donahue/In Mixed Company, and Magbana Drum & Dance. I have performed across the country, as well as in Italy and Guinea, West Africa.
My work has been presented at various venues throughout NYC including Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, WOW Café Theater, Judson Church, BRIC Studio, and Galapagos Arts. I have self-produced three evenings of dance with collaborator Helen Styring Tocci and have choreographed for two music videos by Jess Seigel and has danced in videos by Faye Driscoll and Ana Carolina. I received my B.A. in Dance from Mount Holyoke College.
“I’ve been taking dance with Calia for the past 4 years- she always makes dance fun and invigorating, in styles that have ranged from Charleston to Modern. I have taken classes at several other places but none have matched these. Calia has an easy going style of teaching and creates such a good atmosphere in class that experimentation is encouraged and mistakes are things to learn from.” -Tom Queeney
“Taking my first dance lesson since the age of 5 was a scary proposition, but Calia instantly put me at ease. Her joyful and playful approach to teaching dance and her method of breaking dances into simple steps produced instant results. Most of all the classes were fun so I wanted to return again and again. I can’t wait for the next session.” -Clare Walker