Meet The Team
Founder + Lead Instructor
Tonisha is the Lead Instructor on our team. Originally from New Jersey, she is a professional dancer with over 12 years experience performing with major recording artist, for music videos, movies, TV shows + award shows. Her unique process involves working from the students natural body movement while encompassing the performance elements of body movement + musicality.When working with couples I enjoy seeing them grow as they learn to trust each other along with the many levels of intimacy dance allows them to have.
Instructor - Mind Body Centering
Renata is a choreographer, performance artist and movement facilitator. As an independent artist her solo and duet pieces have been presented in Europe, Brazil and New York City. She focuses on the journey of the body with breathing and movement and makes a mind-body connection through dancing to the present. With Renata, you'll experience from simple to complex movement patterns and finds commonalities through fitness, awareness and freedom. Her artistic philosophy is: "We can move forward finding pleasure in the journey"
Billy - Hop-Hop/ Contemporary/Ballet
Hailing from the Greater Boston area, started his dance training with hip-hop at the age of six, and continued his training in ballet and modern at Hofstra University while receiving a B.S. Degree in Dance Education. He worked with artists such as Fredrick Earl Mosley, Doug Varone, David Parker, Heather Waldon, Ellie Kusner, Bill Young, and Barbara Angeline, as well as train with one Hofstra’s most notable Dance Department alumni, Larry Keigwin, on scholarship. He continued his training with Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester and at Generation IV, learning and performing choreography from Teddy Forance, Devin Jamieson, Derek Mitchell, Emily Greenwell, Candace Brown, Jeff Lapes, Noel Bajades, Jonny Forance, and Emma Portner. Billy has had opportunities to teach, set, and perform choreography for multiple studios and showcases in NYC, including Broadway Dance Center’s Training Program, Peridance’s Apex Faculty showcase, Mark Morris Dance Festival, and the NYC Comedy in Dance Festival. His choreography was included in a segment of MTV’s Episode 2 of “Lit!” sponsored by Beats by Dre, and was the director of Peridance Capezio Center’s iReP crew. Since signing to Bloc Talent agency, Billy has worked with BTS at the United Nations, J Balvin and Bad Bunny for the MTV VMAS, Reebok, Principal Dancer in two episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2), choreographed by Marguerite Derricks, and more! With his pursuit in Education, Billy Cohen hopes to have continuous success in the dance industry, and to someday be a college professor doing what he loves best: creating, performing, and sharing his knowledge of dance to the next upcoming generation of artists.
Lawson - Salsa/Ballet/Contemporary/Hip-Hop
From the Bahamas, Lawson graduated from The Edna Manley Collage of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica in 2004. While there, he studied the Martha Graham Dance Technique and La Técnica Cubana "Cuban Modern Dance Technique." He worked with L’Acadco - A United Caribbean Dance Force for 5 years, based in Jamaica. Lawson is also no stranger to the stage. He played the lead role in Fame the Musical in The Bahamas, performed on stages with many reggae recording artists, appeared as the featured dancer in Jesus Christ Superstar in Philly, also played an extra in Pirates of the Caribbean Part 2 & 3, and ran a circus program at a summer camp just a few highlights of his artistry. Lawson passes on all the information that he’s learned during his studies and travels which makes him an asset for students pursuing performance arts. Lawson has been a teaching artist with Dancing DESIGNER since 2020.
Marisa - Heels
Marisa is a classically trained dancer specializing in heels styles. She also has experience creating and teaching contemporary and hip hop pieces. She believes dance is embodied celebration and is excited to assist students in expanding this layer of physical joy in their lives.