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
Oya Bangura, Choreographer, Originally from West Africa, Sierra Leone, Oya began her dance training early 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, Balboa Park (San Diego), NDI’s schools (Maine and New Hampshire), and performed with NDI at the Rodotto and Fenice (Venice, Italy). As a member of Tap Kids USA she appeared with the Pointer Sisters for Polaroid’s 50th Anniversary (Boston) and has performed and trained with Mary Tyler Moore, Ann Reinking, Cloris Leachman, Charlotte d’Amboise, Christopher d’Amboise, Judy Collins and Savion Glover. Additional training at Dance Theatre of Harlem, classes at Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center. Student of Dance, Theatre/Drama Theory, Music/Music Theory, and the Fine Arts at the Jose Feliciano School for the Performing Arts. Trained in dance and choreography at Dana Hall, Wellesley MA. At Boston University she studied and prepared Street-Jazz, Hip- Hop, African, Afro-Modern, Afro Caribbean and Tap works for students at BU and the Black Theatre Company at Tufts University. Oya has continued her theater and dance training at Suffolk County Community College where she became the 2013 KCATCF-National Irene Ryan’s Award Winner. Oya continued training at Long Island University- Post, classes at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS and Nassau County Performing Arts Center (Long Island). Oya was the Dance Coordinator for the Great South Bay Y Dance Program. She teaches and choreographs all over Long Island including Theatre Three, Theatrics Performing Arts, Stage Door School of Dance, The Tilles Performing Arts Center’s Arts and Education program at LIU- Post (Long Island) and was a Teaching Artist in Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute- NYC.
Oya's passion is being Co-Founder of Project MOVE, an Arts in Education organization charged with the mission of nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, while bringing communities together through the Arts. Making changes, one heartbeat at a time.
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.
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