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Michael Cole

Michael Cole is an international lighting designer based in New York City. He has worked as a designer for over 10 years in dance, opera, theatre and musical theatre through Europe and the United States. He holds a BFA in Lighting Design as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma. Some selected credits include Black Light (Off Broadway), EMD Does Brubeck, The Best Self Project, EMD After Dark, 1:3:4:1,Things Past (Elisa Monte Dance), Rhythm in Motion (The American Tap Dance Foundation), Graceful Blue Period (Norbert De La Cruz III), Million Dollar Quartet, White Christmas, Swing! (The Little Theatre on The Square), The Lion (The Old Globe).



Thomas Varvaro

Thomas Varvaro (Brooklyn NY) holds a BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, and began teaching master classes for Ailey 2 nationally and internationally from 2011-2013. Mr. Varvaro has continued to teach as a full time faculty member, guest teacher and choreographer with dance studios in New York City, and the tri state area. Full time faculty positions at "Diva Dance Studio" (Brooklyn, NY) Covenant Ballet of Brooklyn" and "DanceMixx" (Red Bank, NJ) In addition, Mr. Varvaro was part of "Men in Motion" a dance network faculty. Mr. Varvaro is on faculty with "Sheer Talent" and “VIP Dance” dance competitions and conventions. Along side Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Mr. Varvaro has taught at NYU Tisch, Southern Methodist University, Booker T. Washington HS for the Performing Arts, East Carolina University and Jacksonville University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Alabama State University, University of Alabama and Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS. Mr. Varvaro is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and The Ailey Extention. Mr. Varvaro directs the Elisa Monte Dance Summer Series (EMDSS) and serves as the Director of Education for EMD.