Born in East Havana Cuba, and raised in Miami , percussionist and composer Roberto Rodriguez brings groundbreaking new music through his cross-cultural roots. Drawing upon his influences across the board of traditional Cuban music roots to contemporary genres of world music and Sephardic music, pop, jazz and improvisation, electronic, classical, he is one of the most versed performers and intriguing composers today. He studied violin, piano and trumpet at Caturla Conservatory of Music in Habana, and trumpet and drumset from his father, trumpeter and arranger Roberto Luis Rodriguez. Roberto began playing professionally drumset at the age of 13 in Miami with his fathers ensembles as well as Israel “ Cachao “ Lopez. He received full scholarship to the music program at Univ. of Miami. Performed with: Maurce El Medioni, Rufus Wainwright, Joe Jackson, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Celia Cruz, Israel “CACHAO” Lopez, Paquito D’Rivera, Julio Iglesias, Miami Sound Machine, Paul Simon, TBone Burnett Lloyd Cole, Ruben Blades, Larry Coryell, Dr. L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Kim Karnes, Phoebe Snow, Dianne Shur, Lester Bowie, Wadada Leo Smith, Irving Fields
In addition to teaching at CCE Beacon, Maia is Director and instructor of Dojo Dance Company & Hudson Valley Tango. Maia's dance background extends from ballet, Argentine Tango, Latin dance, Modern Jazz, Folk, Flamenco & belly dance. She is also a licensed DXF- Dance Xross Fitness coach and Groove & Spaniard Dances Certified instructor. Maia achieved a degree as Self-defense instructor in Argentina and is training for her 3rd degree Black belt in Karate in New York. Her wide multidisciplinary experience contributes to the versatility of her dancing and teaching style, and to the creation and impetus of her Dance Company.
Janet Werther is a dancer, choreographer, arts educator, and scholar living in Beacon, NY. She holds an MFA in Dance & Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College and is earning her PhD in Theatre & Performance from the CUNY Graduate Center. She taught at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange from 2010-2017 and has also taught in public school and after-school settings in Buffalo, Yonkers, and Brooklyn, NY. Janet also teaches theatre and dance at Baruch and Marymount Manhattan Colleges. She was a member of the Ballez Company from 2013-2016 and performed as Little Red in the Ballez Sleeping Beauty and the Beast. She is looking forward to collaborating with director Eero Laine on a production of Men on Boats at the University at Buffalo as a Dance Dramaturg (Fall 2017). Her writing is published in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Studies in Musical Theatre. Janet believes in child-centered, exploratory, socially conscious, and affirming arts education. She also believes in the power of the arts to build communities.