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Dr. Yoav Kaddar has performed nationally and internationally as guest artist and has been a member of such modern dance companies as the Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. He has also danced with numerous independent NYC choreographers and has choreographs for dance and theater.
His teaching and choreography consist of both national and international appointments. His work has been performed nationally and abroad at such venues as the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC and in Ottawa Canada, Israel, Germany and Argentina. His tribute piece Standing Tall is part of the permanent archives at the National 9/11 Museum in New York City.
Dr. Kaddar presents workshops in dance education at national and international conferences. These have included presentations at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), The World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver BC, the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Hawaii and at the Fashion Institute of New York in NYC to name a few.
Dr. Kaddar is the recipient of the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance from the Juilliard School, is a recent Fulbright Scholar. He has been invited to serve on the New York Foundation of the Arts Choreography Panel, the National Society of Arts and Letters dance competition and the Pennsylvania Dance Masters scholarship auditions. He is a member of NDEO and serves on the board of directors of ACDA. Dr. Kaddar serves on the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee and was recently appointed as a member to the US Student Fulbright National Screening Committee. He currently serves as the Director of the Dance Program at West Virginia University. http://theatre.wvu.edu/faculty-staff/yoav-kaddar
John Streit holds the position of Assistant Professor of Dance at Brenau University. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a Teaching and Choreography emphasis from the University of Arizona where he danced with the Arizona Repertory Ensemble and taught ballet, jazz, musical theatre and modern dance. Prior to his time at the U of A, John danced with the Georgia Ballet, was a Guest Artist with Atlanta Ballet in Michael Pink’s Romeo and Juliet and has been a guest artist throughout the Southeast. Mr. Streit has danced much of the classical repertoire including principal and soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita, and Cinderella among others. Mr. Streit has also performed principal roles in a variety of musicals including Anything Goes, The Addams Family, Damn Yankees, and most recently CATS as Mr. Mistoffolees at the Cobb Energy Center. Additionally, Mr. Streit coordinates and directs the Youth Performance Division at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, GA. John teaches all levels of ballet, modern, beginning jazz and musical theatre. Mr. Streit has successfully completed the Pre-Primary-Level 5 teaching certification at the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Mr. Streit is also a choreographer and has created several concert works including the ballet Se Faire Echarper which won the best choreography award at Access Broadway, Let it Be which finished 1st runner-up at the Panoply Choreographic Competition and most recently Wind, Sand and Stars which was chosen to be performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Convention in 2016 in Durham, NC.
John serves as a coach for students attending the Youth America Grand Prix where he has coached Top 12 and Top 24 finalists. He also serves as the director for the Brenau Summer Dance Intensive.
Mr. Streit is thrilled to be working with the students at Dance WV Festival this year!
Barbara Angeline is the Founder and Artistic Director of Hysterika Jazz Dance, a company that expands the legacy of jazz dance as a meaningful, historical, American art form. Choreography includes: Bob Fosse-inspired Tightrope; Josephine Baker-inspired, eat Crow; Mi Maschera (Mask Me), and Hot Miss Lil, a 1930s, vernacular/theatrical jazz work grounded in the story and music of Lil Hardin Armstrong. Hysterika Jazz Dance most recently performed “Doin’ My Jazz”, choreographed by Barbara, as part of the JCE Jazz Dance Project @ Salvatore Capezio Theatre in NYC.
Barbara is Associate Chair and Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where her teaching includes: Broadway Jazz, Jazz Dance Technique, History of Broadway Dance Online (author), Dance Studies and MFA Dance courses in Pedagogy and Research. She taught Choreography for Theater at Hofstra; was Faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts; and guest ballet, jazz and musical theatre dance instructor at NYU and Lee Strasberg Institute.
Barbara’s performance experience includes: Broadway Backwards (soloist/dance captain), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (dance captain), Celebrating Black Excellence (Soloist, 2017), and Oakland Ballet Company (soloist). She has also danced for Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Bob Bartley, Bernadette Peters, and Aretha Franklin. For more information about Hysterika Jazz Dance and Barbara Angeline, go to: www.BarbaraAngeline.com
Accompanist – Leah Lewis, Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in the western part of the state, started studying piano at 6 years of age. During high school, she studied at the Carnegie Mellon prep school for the arts and attended and worked at music camps in the tristate area. She moved to Charleston, West Virginia in 1972 after obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree in Music Education at West Virginia University. She followed that up with a master’s degree in theory and composition at Marshall University. While teaching for 36 years in Kanawha county schools, her students won 6 state championships at the middle school/ junior high level in show choir, played for multiple CLOG shows, accompanied the award winning CHS VIP’s, and the Kanawha County All county high school chorus. She obtained status as a National Board Professional certified teacher before retiring. She resides in Sissonville, West Virginia with her husband, dog, and cat. She has three daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Accompanist – Nathan Yoke has been playing and studying music for over 25 years. As a percussion major in college, he would provide accompaniment for dance classes as part of the Governor’s School for the Arts, which turned into many years of collaboration with West Virginia-based dance companies. Currently, Nathan teaches information technology and social studies at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, WV and continues to play drums and percussion for local and regional bands and ensembles.