NURTURING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW
THROUGH THE ARTS
WHILE BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
Project MOVE is an arts-in-education organization offering a variety of different programs including hip hop dance, theater arts, yoga, and costume design programs to meet your school’s goals.
Unlike most arts-in-education Programs, Project MOVE is geared with a mission to raise leaders through the arts by meeting each individual school community’s goals and needs. Our directors spend many hours planning for each individual school’s program and designing the best plan possible to meet your school community. Every program is designed around building confidence, self-love, motivation, team work, and healthy exercise habits, amongst many other topics, to ensure a positive experience.
MEET THE CO-FOUNDERS
Originally from West Africa, Oya began her dance career as a scholarship student with Jacques d’Amboise and his National Dance Institute. She has appeared at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center’s Outdoor Festivals, American Ballet Theatre, New York State Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has appeared with the Pointer Sisters, Mary Tyler Moore, Ann Reinking, Cloris Leachman, Charlotte d’Amboise, Christopher d’Amboise, Judy Collins and Savion Glover. Extensive training at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center, Boston Univerairy Suffolk County Community College, Long Island University. Oya is the Dance Coordinator for the Great South Bay Y Dance Program. Currently, Oya teaches and choreographs all over Long Island for several theatre production organizations and dance studios, as well as The Tilles Performing Arts Center’s Arts and Education program at LIU-Post.
Stephanie Pitocco has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and hip hop across Long Island and NYC since the age of 2. She has previously performed as the lead role of “Clara” at the age of 10 for Long Island Ballet’s Production Of “The Nutcracker,” as well as several other featured roles in the ballet performance. Stephanie‘s work with several high school dance teams has led her to a grand national title, along with many other awards, such as an innovative choreography award. In 2008, Stephanie had the opportunity to train and perform with the national hip hop company Hip Hop Connxion Chicago, focusing on empowering youth through dance and movement. Her work with Hip Hop Connxion Chicago exposed her to performing with some of the top hip hop artists in the country and several television appearances. Stephanie has also previously choreographed several children’s productions for a local theatre organization, where her choreography has been noted as fun and energetic. Currently, Stephanie teaches at several dance studios and school communities across Long Island, sharing her love for dance and music, while providing youth with a confident self vision.
Stephanie currently holds a BA in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University and a MA in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University.
Nuala Potts ‘ dance career of 20+ years encompasses a wide variety of techniques including Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop as well as competitive Latin Ballroom. In addition to performing, Nuala has established herself as a teacher, director, judge and choreographer throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. A native New Yorker, Nuala holds a B.A. in Theater-Dance from C.U.N.Y. Queens College. Her proximity to New York City during college allowed her to regularly perform and work with artists from major companies such as Martha Graham Dance Company, American Tap Dance Foundation, Limon Dance Company, Dance Theatre Etcetera, Manhattan Tap and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This helped develop her eclectic teaching-style which led Nuala to be recruited from the US to Canada to develop and implement dance programs for Vancouver’s leading dance institutions such as Ballet Classique, The GOH Ballet, Pacific Dance Arts and Harbour Dance Centre. Nuala participates, supports and is an advisory board member of several organizations dedicated to fostering the art of dance through choreographic residency programs, public and private school curricula.
In addition, Nuala holds an A.S. in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design. Her company, Keepsake Stitches is a textile art company dedicated to celebrating a performer’s journey and history by creating custom gifts from recycled dance costumes, recital t-shirts and programs.
STAFF + TEACHERS
Teacher + Executive Assistant
Briana is a Long Island native and graduate from CUNY Hunter College. She holds a BA in Theatre with a minor in Music. She has been involved with and passionate about the arts since the young age of four. Briana has done everything from costume building to directing to acting. Briana had the wonderful opportunity to perform/dance captain for the Grammy award winning group Musique. She has had various lead roles at top ranking schools such as Suffolk Community College and Hunter College. As well as some off off Broadway theaters i.e. The Producers Club, Theatre Row, and The Amateur Comedy Club. Briana has studied all forms of dance at various studios, been coached by amazing voice teachers, and trained with acting professors from prestigious schools like Yale. Some of her favorite projects include Dorine in Tartuffe, Bride in Blood Wedding, Our Lady of the Spa in Nine, and dancing with Musique.
Briana hopes to inspire young artists to push through and always follow their dreams despite any challenge or adversity.