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ABOUT US

 

Luna Performing Arts is downtown Manhattan’s newest performing arts center!  Launched in July 2019, we offer a wide array of dance and movement classes for both children and adults.  Classes include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Chinese Dance, and Story Time & Movement.   Our space is also available for rental on a daily basis with accommodations for rehearsals, private lessons, fitness and wellness classes.  

 

Our mission is to provide a space and outlet for growth, creativity, exploration, and expression to all members of the New York community.  We are dedicated to offering quality programs that reflect the rich cultural heritage of New York City. We strive to build a community that will enable artists of all ages to feel welcomed, comfortable, and at home in our space.

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ALANNA CHAN

OWNER / STUDIO DIRECTOR

Alanna Chan is a New York based actress and dancer with over 25 years of experience.  She grew up training in Chinese Folk Dance, ballet, jazz, and hip hop at her local studio on Long Island, NY and furthered her training at the Joffrey Ballet School’s prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Program.  At the age of 4, she booked her first national commercial for Tyson Chicken and it didn't stop there! Alanna is a member of SAG-AFTRA and can be seen on numerous advertisements, music videos, and television appearances. Her most recent work includes a FedEx commercial and an ad campaign for Fanta. She has had the privilege of performing on the stages at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art and in New York regional theaters.  

As a dance educator, Alanna has had the honor of instructing at many studios throughout New York City and the tri-state area. Her approach to dance education has always set her apart from others.  She personalizes each of her classes to the needs and goals of her students.  Her individualized approach to teaching allows for personal growth and for each student to reach their full creative potential.  Alanna focuses on developing a strong technical foundation but always encourages exploration of movement and freedom of expression.  Alanna is excited to share her passion for performance and dance education to the Tribeca community! 

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BRIANA'BB' STONE

TEACHING ARTIST

Briana 'BB' Stone is an NYC based dancer, singer, actor and choreographer born and raised in Greensboro, NC. She is a recent graduate of the prestigious Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She grew up dancing at On Stage School of Dance from the age of two, and attended William Penn-Alfred J Griffin School for the  Arts for middle and high school. BB attended training programs at the Governor’s School of North Carolina, UNCSA, and Broadway Workshop. Instead of having a traditional senior year of high school, BB had the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program in NYC. BB has been a featured performer in the American Spirit Dance Company at OCU, and has performed professionally at regional theaters in Austin, TX and Flat Rock, NC.  BB made her choreographic debut at Flat Rock Playhouse for the showcase, Apprentices Unplugged, and choreographed for the annual Student Choreography Show, Set A Fire, at OCU in 2019. BB is thrilled to teach at Luna Performing Arts in NYC to share her passion for dance with the next generation! 

LOUIS HANSEN

TEACHING ARTIST

Louis Hansen is a recent college graduate with a BFA in musical theatre from Lindenwood University. There he had the opportunities to choreograph and perform in their main stage shows and dance concerts. A few of his favorite credits include Bert in Mary Poppins and Brad in The Rocky Horror Show. Louis has also performed regionally at Flat Rock Playhouse where he was in the ensemble of South Pacific and All Shook Up. Theatre, dance and choreography are his passions and he looks forward to sharing these arts through Luna Performing Arts. 

SAM LOBEL

TEACHING ARTIST

Sam Lobel is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in New York City. She has presented her work at the Young Choreographer’s Festival, On 1 Condition, NYC Choreographer’s Forum, APEX, Sybarite Love is Love, PMT Fall Dance Series, Think Tank the Showcase, DoubleTake Dance Gala and more. Sam is a Think Tank rising choreographer and she is a substitute jazz faculty member at PMT House of Dance. She is an assistant at Broadway Dance Center’s Children and Teen Program, and she teaches open classes for the Ballet Company at NYU and at studios around the city. She recently was the associate choreographer for Nicholas Palmquist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, the Steps Professional Performance Workshop, and the Peridance Certificate Program.  Sam creates a fun and engaging environment for kids of all ages to move! She focuses on coordination, balance, flexibility, learning and retaining choreography. She loves to teach and share her passion with others!

SARA HOLMES

TEACHING ARTIST

Sara Holmes is a New York City based dancer and instructor. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, she started dancing at the young age of 3 and found her passion. Upon graduating high school she furthered her education at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major. Throughout her time at school Sara was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company where she performed in the annual Home for the Holidays show and spring show, was a member of the OCU Pep Dancers, and choreographed for the show entitled We Run the Night. Sara has continued her training at renowned studios in New York and Los Angeles. She has attended the Invitational Week of the Rockette Summer Intensive dance program and is a graduate of the Summer Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center. She has also performed at the annual Mary Kay Convention held in Dallas, TX. Additionally, Sara is a certified Barre instructor and loves to instill her passion for dance and fitness to students of all ages. Her classes are fun and engaging with a focus on technique and personal growth! She is so excited to be joining the Luna Performing Arts team to share her knowledge and passion with others! 

CAITLYN MINUTO

TEACHING ARTIST

Caitlyn Minuto is a New York City based Dancer, Performer, and Instructor. Originally a Texas girl, she has been dancing since the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since! In May of 2019 Caitlyn graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with her BFA in Dance Performance. She had the opportunity to train under some of the most incredible instructors in her time at Shenandoah, as well as participating in some amazing intensives such as: 

The Rockette, Broadway Dance Center, and Gus Giordano Intensives. She has traveled to different choreography festivals and continues to take class at BDC as well as Steps On Broadway. Post graduation, Caitlyn was ecstatic to kick-start her professional career as a dancer at Busch Gardens for their Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town seasons. She then made the big move to NYC to continue training and pursuing her professional dance career. Additionally, Caitlyn recently became an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has been teaching dance to kids of all ages at various studios across the country for the past 7 years, and is so passionate about sharing her love for dance with her students. Caitlyn is thrilled to be a part of the fabulous team of teaching artists at Luna Performing Arts!