Instructor trainings: October27, 2012
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(BODY WRAP/ CONGOFIT facilitator)
(CONGOFIT/ BODY WRAP FACILITATOR) Josef Woodson graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a Bachelors of Dance Arts Degree. In New York City, he studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance at the Joffrey School, the Ailey school and at Steps on Broadway. Josef went on to dance with AILEY II (formerly repertory ensemble), where he performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ron Brown, Shen Wei, and Shapiro & Smith, among others. He also worked with Donald Byrd as a member of Donald Byrd/The Group in 1998. In 2000, Josef directed a documentary on AIDS/HIV entitled, POSITIVE FOR LIFE. Josef also directed and produced the documentary SECOND SKIN. This documentary featured the dancers of AILEY II and the ballet Quintet choreographed by Mr. Ailey in 1968. SECOND SKIN was shown at the 2002 San Francisco Black Film Festival. Mr. Woodson completed his graduate work in Film Production and Directing at the University of Miami in 2001.
Natasha DeVaughn-Rigby (BODY WRAP/ STRETCH) began her training in dance, vocal, and drama at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center in Queens. She studied at the Joffrey School, Madame Darvash Ballet School, The Alvin Ailey School and the Martha Graham School, where she was awarded a four year scholarship. She has performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music & Carnegie Hall with famous artists such as Diana Ross, Ben Vereen, Christian Holder, Chuck Davis and the late choreographer Michael Peters. An alumnus of Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Performing Arts, she went on to New York University's- Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts. As an educator in dance, physical education and art history, Natasha worked in the New York City Department of Education from 1995 to 1998. In 1995, with the partnership of her late mother, Louise DeVaughn, Natasha opened a local dance school in the Bronx community. Currently she is a teaching artist for Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs where she facilitates "Revelations Curriculum" in England and around the country. Natasha has been the Associate Director of CAS/Ailey Camp in New York in 2004 & Ailey Camp Staten Island 2010.
SAMANTHA MOSTACCIO (CONGOFIT/ZUMBA)-With a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Economics, Samantha found her passion in dance and fitness at the age of 16. She was instinctively drawn to the Zumba program which is the perfect fusion of dance and fitness. As a personal trainer and group exercise instructor in New York City, NJ, PA, and Connecticut, she has acquired various group fitness certifications, Zumba Basic Levels 1 and 2, Zumba Aqua, Zumbaatomic, APHA Primary Group Fitness, Schwinn Spin and nutritional counseling. She continues to take dance classes at Broadway Dance Center and now works as a Zumba Fitness Instructor in New York City and hopes to one day travel abroad and teach.