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Faculty

Lanette Costas began her training at The Bronx Dance Theatre. She is a graduate of New York’s High School of the Performing Arts, received a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Ms. Costas danced a featured role in Disney’s The Lion King (first National Tour). Her professional concert dance credits include Ailey II, Donald Byrd/The Group, Elisa Monte Dance, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, and Earl Mosley's diversity of Dance. Her regional credits include The Tin Pan Alley Rag for which she was the Dance Captain and If This Hat Could Talk where she was the choreographic assistant to Tony Award winner George Faison. Ms. Costas toured as a soloist with the Spiritual Singers of Harlem under the direction of Linda Twine and danced for the New Jersey Nets under the direction of Natasha Baron and choreographer Dominick DeFranco. Her television credits include the music video “Off the Books” with Big Pun, the Beatnuts, and Cuban Link. CBS’ Kennedy Center Honors where she performed for President Clinton in honor of Judith Jamison. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Joyce Trisler, Donald Byrd, Talley Beatty, Kevin Wynn, Ron K. Brown, George Faison, and Garth Fagan. Ms. Costas has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, and South America. She has taught in various New York City schools through City Center teach outreach program and as a representative of Ailey II and Elisa Monte has taught master classes in High Schools and Universities throughout the country.