Ballet - Repertory/Former Principal Dancer, Miami City Ballet - Soloist, NYC Ballet
Jovani Furlan was born in Joinville, Brazil and started dancing at age 11 at The Bolshoi Theater School in Brazil. During his seven years training there, he had a vast study program with classes including pas de deux, contemporary dance, Russian character dance, popular French dance, piano, flute, history of ballet, history of music, English and gymnastics.
In 2010, Furlan participated in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. and was offered a full scholarship to attend MCB School by former artistic director Edward Villella. He started training at the School in January 2011, and in March of the same year became a school apprentice with Miami City Ballet. In January 2012 he was promoted to company apprentice and five months later was promoted to the corps de ballet. Furlan was promoted to soloist in 2015 and then to principal in 2017.
Mr. Furlan recently joined the roster of artists at NYC Ballet as a Soloist Dancer.
Modern/Martha Graham's technique
Maurizio Nardi is a former Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
In his home country of Italy, Maurizio began his professional career dancing with Carla Fracci and with mentor, friend and choreographer Deanna Losi. He has danced in productions by Beppe Menegatti, Micha Van Hoecke, Roberto Guicciardini, Anne Bogart and danced in original creations by Deanna Losi, Dug Varone, Mary Anthony, Kun Yung Lin, Larry Keigwin, Martha Clark, Nacho Duato, Pearl Lang, Boulareyang Pagarlava and many others.
Maurizio joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2002. He has danced in principal roles such as The Revivalist and the Husbandmen in Appalachian Spring, The Chief Celebrant in Acts Of Light, the leading role in Maple Leaf Rag, The Goat in Circe, the man in the Red and White Couple in Diversion Of Angels, The Stranger in Embattled Garden, The Blind Seer in Night Journey, the Crist Figure and the Penitent in El Penitente, Aegisthus in Clytemnestra and Hippolitus in Phaedra. Maurizio has being teaching, demonstrating and leading lecture-demonstrations all over the world, he received the 2007 “Les Etoiles De Ballet2000” in Cannes, France and is currently the founder and Artistic Director of Key West Modern Dance summer study program.
Contemporary - Composition / Artistic Director, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Daniel Gwirtzman--producer, educator, filmmaker and dancer--celebrates twenty-four years as a New York choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory of over a hundred dances has earned praise for its humor, musicality, charisma and accessibility. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know” writes The New York Times. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill." The NYC-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2019. “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Backstage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker). Highlights include performances at The 92nd Street Y, Jacob’s Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Battery Dance Festival, Bryant Park, La MaMa, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since 1998 the nonprofit has committed to education through inclusive, multigenerational interactive programming. He has received commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The Studios of Key West, Ucross, CDI, Raumars (Finland), Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), Sfakiotes Residency (Greece) Maison Dora Maar (France), Centro Negra (Spain), and Gdański Festiwal Tanca (Poland). Daniel has been on faculty at SUNY Buffalo State, Kennesaw State University, and The University of the Arts, and a guest at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The University of Florida, Princeton University, New York University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Fordham University/The Ailey School, Barnard College, Joffrey Ballet School, American Dance Festival Studios, and the LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts. Daniel produces dance films that have enjoyed screenings nationally and internationally. He attended The University of Michigan (BFA), The University of Wisconsin (MFA), and danced with Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group. In 1995 he co-founded Artichoke Dance Company, “a welcome addition to the New York dance scene” (The NYTimes). In 2010 he was selected by the DanceBreak Foundation, supporting the “next generation of great Broadway choreographers.” In 2014, Daniel premiered The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher. As a dancer he has been described as “a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.” He serves as the Director of E-Communications and a Board Member for the National Dance Education Organization. www.gwirtzmandance.org and gwirtzmandance on Instagram/Facebook.
Our Past Faculty Included:
Modern Technique / Limon Dance Company
Choreographic Studies / Martha Graham Dance Company
Contemporary Technique / Paul Taylor Dance Company
Whitney V. Hunter
Dance on Camera / HunterMedium
Modern Technique / Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Horton Technique / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Contemporary/ David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch Dance Co.
Jazz / Giordano Dance Chicago
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Shen Wei Dance Arts
Luis A. Cuevas
Complexion Contemporary Ballet (former)
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
North Carolina School Of The Arts