Meet our new faculty!

We are thrilled to introduce the two newest members of The Center’s faculty: Tiffany Joseph and Isaiah Caceres. Tiffany and Isaiah will teach Hip Hop classes Friday afternoons.

Hip Hop I: 5:30-6:30 PM (grades 1-3)
Hip Hop II: 4-5 PM (grades 4-6)
Hip Hop III: 6:30-7:30 PM (grades 7-12)

Stay tuned for details on our Hip Hop Open House!

TiffyBio.jpgTiffany Joseph is a woman full of education, experience, gifts, and talents. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Masters in Social Justice Education. Presently, she facilitates community discussions and workshops around the valley surrounding different social justice issues including sexism, internalized racism, storytelling, financial aid, and even working with local senior centers, bringing awareness to elder financial abuse.

However, she is more than her education. She is a dancer, a writer, a poet, a spoken word artist, peer mentor, dance teacher, a Yoga instructor, and Zumba instructor. Tiffany has danced since the age of 3, studying ballet, contemporary, hip­hop, jazz, lyrical, modern and tap, with Day Dance Center and with Joan Sherry Studio. She went to Burncoat Senior High School, a performing arts school in Worcester, MA, where she began her career as a dance team member, traveling dance team ensemble member, and choreographer, and assisted in community dance teaching programs. Additionally, she danced for the Boston Nutcracker for three years.

During her college career she worked at the Woman of Color Leadership Network, where she then joined the group Body Politics. An award winning spoken word performance group, creating original productions by and about women of color, exploring a diverse number of topics ranging from body image, mental health, intimate relationships, family, and oppression through prose, song, speech, poetic movement and various other forms of artistic expression. Tiffany performed in this group for three years, and then became the artistic director for two years.Tiffany has been writing poetry and spoken word since the age of 5.

Tiffany is continuing to transform her life into a more holistic lifestyle as a Yoga instructor by studying different forms of yoga, meditation, and various healing arts. She still keeps dance in her life as a Zumba instructor and working for various dance studios, because dance is the essential essence of her being. All in all, her passion focuses on healthy living and movement, and striving to help make that lifestyle accessible to others. Currently, Tiffany is working towards getting her license in trauma therapy. Tiffany is no stranger to the arts. From photography to charcoal art, poetry to spoken word, to different styles of movement, there is no limit to where she can go. Tiffany Joseph’s artistic expression is where her very existence lies.

 


Isaiah MosaicIsaiah (“Ice”) Caceres
 was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he continues to dance, choreograph and teach.  Isaiah specializes in the Hip Hop technique called Poppin’. His unique movements consist of isolations, “tutting,” “waving,” “strobing,” “ticking” and “animations.” Ice’s choreography, which has appeared in numerous performances and dance competitions, including the Turn it Up Dance Challenge, infuses Hip Hop dance techniques such as Lockin’, Breakin’ and House Dance. Isaiah has been teaching these styles since the age of 17, at studios and community centers around Springfield. Isaiah’s talents inspired local artist Robert Markey to include his image in a mosaic mural, located under the Dwight St. railroad trestle. Isaiah is eager to teach his intricate movement and grooviness to students of all ages.

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