Ballet Technique, Pointe, and Variations

Nicole Graniero of New York City is in her first season with The Washington Ballet. She studied at Studio Maestro, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Stiefel and Stars and Chautauqua Ballet Festival. Graniero performed with American Ballet Theatre as a studio company member from 2004-2006 and a full-company member from 2006-2015. She was sponsored by the Georgia Hiden Charitable Foundation and danced roles in ballets including Don Quixote, Cinderella, The Dream, Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and featured roles in Birthday Offering, Bach Partita, Ballo della Regina, Black Tuesday, the Brahms-Hayden Variations, Company B, Continuo, Desir, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, From Here On Out, In the Upper Room, Raymonda, Sinfonietta and Symphony in C. She created roles in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, The Firebird, Symphony #9 and The Tempest. Graniero has performed as a guest artist/company member with Craig Salstein’s Intermezzo Dance Company; Benjamin Millepied’s Danse Concertantes; Stiefel and Stars and Tom Gold Dance.


Jazz Dance

Maria A. Konrad graduated from the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and then earned her BFA in Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She performed in various productions throughout the Philadelphia area including the Barrymore Awards, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Merriam Theater, and Project Dance – Philadelphia. Her choreography was featured in West Side Story, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Project Dance, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. A a teacher in Philadelphia, Ms. Konrad created the early-dance-education curriculum for the school of the Koresh Dance Company, which has been featured in Dance Magazine. Ms. Konrad’s choreography has been presented nationally in such venues as the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, The School of Colorado Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, Florida Dance Festival, Miami Dade Cultural Center, Florida Atlantic University, The Kravis Center and has collaborated with artistic organizations such as Palm Beach Symphony and Palm Beach Pops. She has been recognized by organizations such as Youth American Grand Prix for “Outstanding Choreography.” She has been a guest teacher for insititutions such as The Colorado School of Ballet, University of the Arts, Florida’s Young Dancers Workshop, The Patel Conservatory, Youth America Grand Prix and is currently on faculty at the prestigious The Harid Conservatory and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She is currently the director of the contremporary preogram at Florida School for Dance Education.

After returning to Florida, Ms. Konrad founded REACH – A Dance Theater Collective, South Florida’s first moden-jazz workshop ( Her company works hand in hand with Jerry Opdenaker’s, O Dance, for a full performance season.


Ballet Technique and Musical Theatre

Alexander Tressor began his teaching and coaching career in 1988 while on tour with a Broadway show, Sophisticated Ladies in Russia. He was asked to teach Balanchine-style master class at the famed Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg.Soon after returning to NY, Alexander joined world famous David Howard Dance Center in NY, where he began to teach all levels of ballet. In subsequent years, Alexander worked as a ballet master with: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York University Cap 21 Program, Perry Dance, Ballet Academy East and many others. In 2001, Alexander was asked to become a guest Ballet master of the National Croatian Opera House in Zagreb and Split. As a cultural envoy of the United States Embassy in Kosovo, Alexander taught and choreographed for the Kosovo National Ballet Theater in Pristina. He has also taught master classes in Moscow, Russia for the Moscow Contemporary Dance Theater, Riga National Opera-Ballet Theater and the Swedish Royal Ballet in Stockholm. Recently, Alexander has develop an accelerated program that combines cardiovascular training, specific gym exercises and class work, to allow a professional and a non professional dancers to advance faster in all dance disciplines. Alexander utilizes a broad range of music and dance styles to engagethe participant’s to adapt to a more intense but natural transition from a simple abilityto “move” to a more stylized coordination. Alexander has been a faculty member of Steps Studios on Broadway in NY for seventeen years. He often choreographs for the faculty showcases and teaches many private students as well as coaches professional dancers from ABT, NYCB and numerous Broadway shows.

In 2012 Alexander received a special jury prize for his short documentary, 74th and BROADWAY at the Yalta TV and Film Forum in Russia. You can see the film in its entirety on Youtube: He has also worked with actors and singers while choreographing many off Broadway

Karen Wissel-Shiota

Modern Dance

Karen Wissel-Shiota began her dance training at Ballet Magnificat!, then continued at Ballet Mississippi under the direction of David Keary. She also studied dance at the Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex with Lisa Brown and Elizabeth Sullivan. Performing roles with Ballet Mississippi included Sleeping Beauty, Blue Bird Variation and The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy. Shiota trained at summer intensive programs for ballet at American Ballet Theater, Alabama Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and USA IBC International Dance School. Her modern dance training includes the Paul Taylor School, 705 Dance Lab in Tokyo and with the Tiffany Mills Dance Company in NYC. In 2010, her works, American Fairy and Santa Rosa Sound, were performed in the Tokyo Sumida Triphony Hall. She received a Cincinnati Acclaim Award for her dance acting role as “Lark” in The Edge, directed by Michael Haney at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2009.

She holds a BFA in dance from the Ohio State University where she studied under Bebe Miller, Vera J. Blaine, John Giffin and Victoria Uris. She was a featured soloist in landscape/horizons choreographed by Sean Curran and Hive choreographed by Bebe Miller. She performed in Variations and Conclusions from New Dance, choreographed by Doris Humphrey, reconstructed from Labanotation score, coached by Lucy Venable, a former member of Jose Limon dance company.

She has taught students dance and choreography at the Anneliese von Oettingen Ballet, Ballet Tech Ohio, Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy, the Contemporary Dance Theater, Tevlin Ballet, De La Arts Place, and the CCM Preparatory Department at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She served as Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director of Growth in Motion, Inc. She is currently teaching modern dance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

She has also been associated with technology and music collaboration. She has developed an interactive movement-sound notation system, which provides an interactive performing environment among dancers and musicians. Her presentations were held at the 2015 National Conference for the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green State University, Butler University, Aichi University of the Arts,Tokyo Denki University, and the 24th Regular Meeting of the Japanese Society for Sonic Arts.