Morning Class Artists

A variety of dance and movement classes are offered each weekday morning in the Pillow’s Ruth St. Denis Studio from June 3-August 23, 8-9am. Learn about our Morning Class Artists below:

2019 Morning Class Artists

Adam H. Weinert

Adam H. Weinert is a performance-based artist born and raised in New York City. He began his training at the School of American Ballet and continued on to Vassar College, The Juilliard School, and New York University, where he earned a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of André Lepecki.

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Ian Spencer Bell

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer, poet, and teacher. He has performed his solo works at Jacob’s Pillow, the Poetry Foundation, and the Queens Museum. For more than a decade throughout the United States, he led education and training programs for American Ballet Theatre.

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Ilana Siegal

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Ilana Siegal first came to the Berkshires 20 years ago to study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Siegal was a certificate student at The Ailey School in New York City and later became a certified Life Coach through Coaching for Transformation.

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Ryoko Kudo

Ryoko Kudo, Modern Morning Class instructor, is a dance artist and a passionate teacher of movement. She toured with the Limón Dance Company for over ten years and has danced works by world-renowned choreographers such as Lubovich, Kylian, Linke, Koner, McKayle, multiple works by Limón and Humphrey.

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Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (B.F.A., P.T., C.P.T., C.F.P., M.S.) is the owner of and master physical therapist at Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master Pilates teacher and teacher of teachers at his studio in New York City, The New York Pilates Studio®. He has opened Authentic Pilates™ studios domestically in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Fort Myers, and Bryn Mawr, and internationally in Australia, Brazil, France, and The Netherlands.

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Shakia Johnson

Shakia Johnson, born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Pioneer Valley’s Performing Arts Charter High School in South Hadley, MA and Dean College in Franklin, MA. Johnson received her teaching artist certificate from the National Dance Institute in New York City in 2009. She has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip-hop, modern, African, and lyrical works and will be teaching the Hip-Hop Morning Class in Festival 2019.

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Truth Hunter

Truth Hunter was born and raised in Oakland, CA.  She studied West African dance under the tutelage of Marilyn and Sekou Sylla of Bamidele Dancers and Drummers at Mount Holyoke College. In 2007, Hunter created a multimedia African Dance concert to fundraise for refugees impacted by genocide in Darfur. Learn more about Truth, our African Dance morning class instructor.

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Jamemurrell Stanley

At the age of 14 Stanley traveled to Senegal, West Africa to expand his knowledge of African culture and music. Soon after returning to the States he began studying under the Senegalese master drummer Ibraham Camara, the former drummer for the National Ballet of Senegal

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