Our vision is twofold--to support talented dancers in achieving their professional goals by providing repertory-based classes and a unique high-quality training experience as well as offer amateur dancers the opportunity to work with top artists in a professional and inclusive atmosphere.

The Braswell Arts Association introduces an intensive dance experience for professionals as well as amateurs--all in one central NYC location. Join us for an intensive week of dance including some of today's most sought-after techniques taught by a team of highly-qualified artists.

Armando Braswell

Armando Braswell is a professional dancer and teacher from New York City. After gradutating from Laguardia High School Dance Department Armando received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from The Juilliard School in 2006. Armando danced with Ballett Theater Munich, Gauthier Dance Stuttgart and just recently completed his final season as a soloist with Ballett Theater Basel. Aside from his dancing career, Armando has established himself as a guest teacher in high demand, teaching amateurs and professionals worldwide in places like The Juilliard School and The Prix De Lausanne. Armando has also choreographed for many stages and companies throughout Europe as well as for television. In addition to his artistic activities, Armando is also active in the journalistic field. His popular arts blog, ``Interview En L'air``, has become widely known in the international dance scene and earned him a place at ``Dance For You Magazine`` as a permanent correspondent. In 2015, Armando began to build an arts community in Basel where dancers of all levels and all body types could train in a supportive and professional environment. This idea has since expanded and in 2017, he and his wife Lisa founded the ``Braswell Arts Center`` an arts space located in Basel, Switzerland as well as the “Braswell Arts Association” in 2019--a not-for-profit arts association created to bridge the gap between the arts, artists and the community as well as provide opportunities for artistic development and education.

Lisa Braswell

Lisa Braswell is an ex-dancer from New York City. After graduating from LaGuardia High School Dance Department, Lisa attended Purchase University and Hunter College in New York. She carried her love of dance to her position as Office Manager of one of the most successful instructional dance video companies in the United States. Lisa has administrative experience on an international scale, working for companies in New York, Germany and Basel and in 2015, she successfully completed the Business Course for Female Founders at the Crescenda Founding Center located in Basel, Switzerland. Together with her husband Armando, the couple founded the popular Basel arts space called the ``Braswell Arts Center`` in 2017. This idea has since expanded to include the ``Braswell Arts Association`` in 2019--a not-for-profit arts association created to bridge the gap between the arts, artists and the community as well as provide opportunities for artistic development and education.

The Teachers and Choreographic Assistants

Ana Maria Lucaciu

Ana Maria Lucaciu is a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in New York City. Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana Maria graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and joined Canada’s National Ballet immediately after. She went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet (Denmark), Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), where she danced for seven years.

Ana Maria has performed and created works with contemporary dance's foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. As a freelance performer, she has collaborated with New Dialect, Zoe/Juniper, Bryan Arias and Aszure Barton & Artists. She assisted Crystal Pite on her Polaris project at New York City Center, and regularly assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world.

Ana Maria’s own choreographic work has been presented by the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect and SUNY Purchase Dance Company. She created a full-evening duet with Nathan Griswold that has toured the US and Europe. She will create a new full evening on Terminus Modern Ballet Theater in Atlanta for their 2020 season, and is currently working on a new project with actor and NYU faculty member Zachary Fine.

Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College in New York, Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia.

Roderick George

Roderick George was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he began his studies and classical training at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. Roderick continued to develop his skill by exploring modern technique at The Alvin Ailey School, all the while developing a collaboration of the techniques at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. After his general studies Roderick left his hometown and assimilated in New York City, where he began his undergraduate studies at SUNY Purchase College in 2003.
Before starting his professional career, he was a bronze winner of the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2005 and was elected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2003, where he performed for the US President at the Kennedy Center. Roderick joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2005, which was very early on in his career engraving the beginning of his footprints in the dance world. Roderick explored more of New York as he danced with Sidra Bell Dance NY, and the Kevin Wynn Collection, until he decided to move abroad to Switzerland where Roderick joined the Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel in 2007 and later to guest with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani in 2012.
Beginning of February of 2014, Roderick moved on to be be under the direction of William Forsythe with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany. His career has embraced the collaborations of his work and other great choreographers such as Marie Chouinard, Peeping Tom, Jorma Elo, Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylian, Sharon Eyal, Ohan Naharin, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Richard Wherlock, and many others.
Along with his talent as a dancer, Roderick also found a passion for choreography since the early years of 2002. At the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the school enhances and coaches the dancers to work with improve studies and composition at a very young age, heightening creativity prior to university. Thus noting other prodigious achievements alongside his selection as Presidential Scholar for the NFAA ARTS competition, Roderick was named Honorable Mention for his first choreography also by the ARTS Association in 2003.
Later he was able to showcase his work at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, in the DanceLab at Ballett Basel and one of the main choreographers with the Ballett Basel School, and The Suburbia project, with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani. Roderick was selected to be an Emerging Choreographer for Springboard Dans Montreal in the summer of 2013. Roderick was also nominated to be a choreographer and performer at the Emerging Choreographer Series for the Youth American Grand Prix of 2012, where he continues to use prior knowledge and experiences to not only improve his choreographic work but also his talent and development as a contemporary performer.

Alphonse Poulin

Alphonse Poulin has danced professionally with Boston Ballet, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Lisbon, Nationaltheater München, and Theater des Westens in Berlin. He was engaged as ballet master at Grand Théatre Genéve in 1981, where he also directed the dance department at the Conservatoire de Musique until 1994. Poulin choreographed 33 opera productions in 16 opera houses throughout Europe and the U.S. He has worked as guest ballet master for Batsheva Dance Company, Ballet Cullberg, Bale da Cidade de São Paulo, Bale of the Theatro Municipal do Rio do Janeiro, Boston Ballet, Gulbenkian Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and National Ballet of Madrid. Poulin recently retired as a ballet faculty member of The Juilliard School and continues to teach as a guest ballet master throughout Europe, North America, and South America.

Anthony “Antboogie” Rue

AntBoogie is the founder and leader of one of the most commercially successful dance groups, The Amount Boyz. AntBoogie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and transcended the boundaries of the inner city and its woes, beginning his dance training starting at the early age of 10, at the National Dance Institute. After training at the institute throughout his elementary years Anthony then moved on to attend New York City's acclaimed ``Fame`` school, Fiorello LaGauardia High School of the Performing Arts. While training and excelling in classically trained dance, the exposure to funk and soul classics by his mother and the rise of Hip-Hop music and the dance that followed the movement still had a profound influence on him, and was ultimately where his passion for the art form lay.
After founding the Amount Boyz with best friend Adrian Wiltshire and a group of other close friends, it was not long before he was combining the technique and precision he had gained in his years of classical study, with the new emerging style of Hip-Hop dance taking hold of youth throughout the inner city.
A combination of his natural ability, learned skill, and determination gained Anthony Rue II aka AntBoogie and the rest of the Amount Boyz recognition from the dance world and commercial industry as a whole. some of his credits include working with Madonna, Jay-Z , P.Diddy, Omarion, Alicia Keys, Mario, 3LW , and Ryan Leslie. He has also worked on the movies Honey, Dream Girls, Walk Hard, and Notorious B.I.G .
AntBoogie has been teaching at Broadway Dance Center since 2000. In 2012 he launched Urban Dance League (UDL), a professional sports league of organized street-dance competitions, classes, and showcases. UDL presents professional dancing in the same arena as the professional sports and athletic world. Anthony Rue II aka AntBoogie believes ``Dancers are Athletes.`` More information on UDL can be found on urbandanceleague.com.

Navarra Novy-Williams

Navarra Novy-Williams is a New York City based dance artist. Navarra has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Batsheva Ensemble, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Richard Seigal's Ballet of Difference. She collaborated on original creations: Watch, with The Arias Company; Clear&Sweet and Always Now, with zoe|juniper; and Orpheus Unsung, by Steven Mackey and directed by Mark DeChiazza. She recently performed in Romeo Castellucci’s Democracy in America. She dances with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has worked with Manuel Vignoulle, the Francesca Harper Project, and Mary John Frank.
Navarra teaches Gaga, ballet, and contemporary improvisation across the United States, including at the Juilliard School, NYU, SUNY Purchase, Movement Invention Project, MOVE(NYC), New Dialect, The Performing Arts Project, Dance Project of Washington Heights, and Dances for a Variable Population. She graduated from the Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance in 2006 and holds a MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School.

Maricia Meade

Marcia Meade hails from South Orange, New Jersey. Growing up she trained technically in Ballet at the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she went on to perform both Classical and Contemporary works. It was there that she was first introduced to Pilates, and found it incredibly useful in supplementing her dance training. She is currently serving on faculty at the Steps Youth Programs at Steps on Broadway teaching Pilates, Stretch, Strength and Hip-Hop. Marcia teamed up with the Global Arts Initiative(GAIN) to bring dance into public schools in NYC and finds joy sharing the gift of dance hoping to inspire the youth. Certified by the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum(ABT NTC) she coaches students in Classical Ballet as well. With a passion for fitness and training, after being an Instructor at Soul-Cycle, Marcia found her way back to Pilates. She wanted to be a part of something that promoted total body wellness for all types of people in all stages of their lives. From the Reformer to the Mat and all other Apparatus she does just that. Marcia also works in the commercial field as a Dancer, Actress and Model. She Graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and still believes “The Name of the Game…Persistence, Dedication, Consistent Motivation.”

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is a native Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, SusanMarshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown has also worked with many companies and artist throughout New York City including Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure and Sidra Bell Dance New York, among others. After performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company for 11 years, Antonio continues to grace the stage with The DASH Ensemble and his own company “AntonioBrownDance” formed in 2013. Mr. Brown has choreographed works for Verb Ballets, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, MOVE(NYC), August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, Jacksonville University, Cleveland State University, Hunter College, Cleveland School of the Arts, Stivers School for the Arts, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange ``LVDE``, Theatre Askew, The Arden Theater Company’s production of “The Bluest Eye”and most recently for Drama League DirectorFest, Earl Mosley’s Dancing Beyond and is currently the movement director for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative and Associate Choreographer for upcoming musical “Black No More”. Antonio teaches regularly in New York City and at various schools and intensives across the country. He is always so grateful to be sharing his gifts and talents around the world.

Zhong-Jing Fang

Born in Shanghai, China, Zhong-Jing Fang began her ballet studies at the Shanghai Ballet School where she trained for seven years. She then attended the Performing Arts College of Shanghai Drama University, and graduated with a major in ballet. Mrs. Fang has won many prestigious ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne, Paris international ballet competition, and won gold medals in Fenland Helsinki and Shanghai International ballet competitions; she joined the ABT studio company after graduating her university, and soon became a member of the main company. In 2018 she was promoted to Soloist with ABT. Fang has choreographed many ballets in the past 10 years. Mrs. Fang has created ballets for American Ballet Theatre’s “Innovation Initiative” in 2011, as well as the ABT’s JKO School in 2014. In 2015, she had her first commissioned ballet “Song Before Spring” by New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) co-choreographed with Steven Melendez. In 2017, she continued to work with NYTB and created “Painted Within”. In 2018, she was chosen to be one a participant in the Counter Point project in Brooklyn and collaborated with visual artist Audra Wolowiec. She also joined ABT’s Lauren Post’s Colab Dance project, to create a Pas de Duex “Seen by Two”. She was also invited to create a piece for the Columbia University Dance project Fall season “Where We Go” to empower female dancers. Early last year, she was chosen to be one of the new choreographers for Dig Dance project for the 92nd Street Y, where she created her piece “Prince Street Fantaisie”. Lastly, in November of 2019 she joined ABT’s Incubator project. Fang has extensive experience with teaching ballet where she taught at Shreveport Ballet school, Shanghai Ballet School, Charm Ballet Company, Maywood Fine Arts Studio, Cincinnati Ballet School, and countless other facilities and studios. In 2020 February she was invited to be one of the jury of the 48th Prix de Lausanne competition.