FACULTY: Dance



G-Quan Booker

G-Quan Booker is an entertainer who specializes in dancing. He has been dancing for seven years and currently has a dance crew called GCF Greatest Common Factor. G-Quan has performed in many venues including local schools such as BJM, Cornell University, Ithaca College, GIAC, Ithaca Festival, Banana Festival, Kitchen Theatre Company, Roller Derby Events and Ithaca High School. He has done performances and taught at GIAC Greater Ithaca Activity Center and the New Roots Charter School. He has performed at the New York State Fair and in New York City. G-Quan also taught dance overseas in Thailand for six months. After arriving back in the states he taught at the Next Jennaration and the Ithaca Dance Academe. He began teaching hip hop dance classes at CSMA this summer (2013).


Alessa Caridi

Alessa has been a performer since she could stand on her own two feet. She fell in love with dance and the stage at a very young age when she performed in The Nutcracker with The Bergen County Ballet. At age 11 Alessa joined a competitive dance company and had the privilege of performing for the Princess Grace Awards, Disney World's Tomorrowland in Orlando, Broadway Cares, Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA), and she was even a participant of the Guinness Book of World Records Longest Kick Line at Lincoln Center in NYC. Alessa received her B.A. in World Arts and Cultures with a Dance Concentration from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While an undergrad, she studied dance forms from all over the globe; her classes included Bellydance, Asian Sword Dancing, Traditional Thai Dance, Salsa, as well as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Musical Theater dance. She studied dance abroad in Paris, France as well as Florence, Italy. In her fourth year at UCLA, she completed her Senior Thesis in the Theater Film and Television School (TFT) and became a substitute dance technique teacher for musical theater majors. Alessa is also a certified Pilates Instructor. She moved to Ithaca in August, 2013 after spending three years teaching Pilates and Dance in Okinawa, Japan. Alessa believes dancers should know EVERYTHING about their instrument. So, with the help of Pilates, and her Anatomy for Dancers undergraduate classes, she incorporates anatomy and injury prevention into all of her classes.


Holly Hibbert

Holly Hibbert danced as a child and early teen at the Ithaca Ballet and later was a member of a dramatic dance troupe. During college she enjoyed partner dancing and acquired the habit of daily Pilates-style stretches. Her passion for dance carried her on a personal exploration of many dance forms while completing graduate studies in counseling in Seattle, WA, including modern, contact improvisation, authentic movement, and various ethnic dances, considering their integration with the process of healing and growth. She led a dance small group for three years, including choreography and performance, and offered community classes in creative movement. Her work with children has been in many contexts including nannying and teaching ballet the past year at Light a Fire Studio in Ithaca. She enjoys helping people of all ages find greater freedom and expression through dance and movement.


Katharyn Howd Machan

born in Woodbury, Connecticut, in 1952, is the author of 30 published collections, eight of which were selected in national competition, most recently Belly Words: Poems of Dance (Split Oak Press, 2009), When She's Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009), The Professor Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2008), Flags (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Redwing: Voices from 1888 (FootHills Publishing, 2005), Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2004), and Sleeping with the Dead (Finishing Line Press, 2003). She has lived in Ithaca, New York, since 1975 and since that time has actively coordinated the Ithaca Community Poets’ reading and workshop series while teaching at Tompkins Cortland Community College and then Ithaca College, where she is now a professor in the Department of Writing. In 2002 she was named Tompkins County's first Poet Laureate. More than 1,300 of her poems have appeared in magazines (Yankee, The Writer, Nimrod, Runes, English Journal, The Hollins Critic, etc.) anthologies (Early Ripening: American Women's Poetry Now, The Poets' Grimm, Tribute to Orpheus: Poems about Music and Musicians, etc.) and textbooks (The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Perrine's Sound and Sense, Literature: The Human Experience, Gender Violence: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives, etc.) In 2000 Dana Gioia selected her poem "Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888" to receive the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, in 2001 she received the ByLine Literary Award for her poem "Les Salles du Gardon," and in 2006 her poem "Gingerbread" was awarded the Luna Negra Poetry Prize from Kent State University. She holds a B.A. in English from the College of Saint Rose, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in interpretation (performance studies) from Northwestern University. Every March she offers “Writing in the Garden” as artist-in-residence for the Mana Project, Inc. in Key West, FL. As poet and belly dancer (Zajal) she serves year-round on the faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts and, in summers when possible, for the Greek-island holistic Skyros Centre based in Great Britain.


Elizabeth Livesay

B.A. Theater, Cornell University. Studied dance for 27 years. Has performed and choreographed locally for the Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theatre, Firehouse Theatre and Cornell Savoyards. 20 years teaching experience. Currently on the dance faculty at Ithaca College.


Miranda Strichartz

B.A., Cornell University, MA in English, SUNY Albany. Danced with the Ithaca Concert Dance Company. Studied at Dance Circle. Has taught ballet to children and adults for more than 10 years.


Catherine Yereshkin (né Branche)

Born in San Jose, CA, Catherine had nine years of ballet training, four years of jazz, and a year of both tap and modern at Soaring Spirit Dance Studio, Los Gatos Ballet, and South Bay Dance Center. She danced under the instruction of Jamie Parnum, Crystal Petzel, Kai Hinkey, and Kit Ashleigh- Dean. In 2007, she moved to Ithaca and began studying with Cindy Reid at Ithaca Ballet, where she continued her classical ballet training. She has been in the company for six years and has been in numerous Ithaca Ballet productions. Her favorite roles are Lead Candy Cane and Waltz corps in The Nutcracker, the Jester in Cinderella, Willis in Giselle, and Little Swan and Spanish Variation in Swan Lake. Catherine has attended numerous summer dance programs that have improved her knowledge of various ballet and jazz techniques. While attending these summer programs, she had the honor of meeting distinguished dancers such as Julie Kent, a principal dancer from ABT, and Jeffrey and Lia Cirio, a brother sister duo who are principal and soloist dancers from Boston Ballet. Catherine has been greatly influenced by them as well as other prominent dancers in the ballet world such as Marianela Nunez, Alina Cojucaro, Megan Fairchild, and Tiler Peck. Catherine has now been dancing for 15 years. Catherine has been teaching ballet classes at Ballet Center of Ithaca since 2011 and has worked with children since she was 10 years old. She enjoys working with kids and loves sharing her passion for dance with them.