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Cory J. Fragoso-Gram
Artistic Director, MFA

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Cory J Fragoso-Gram began his dance training at the preprofessional academy Canton Ballet, in Canton, OH, under the directorship of Cassandra Crowley: There he was notably given the rare opportunity of intense study in pointework, an area of the art form unique to few male dancers. Training progressively, Mr. Cory also studied with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School; danced on scholarship at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in New York City; and graduated high school from The Harid Conservatory, the prestigious arts institution in Boca Raton, FL. After receiving a full four-year scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Having already performed in the corps de ballet of Indianapolis’s premier ballet company, Ballet International, Mr. Cory was scouted in 2000 by Dayton Ballet and began his professional career. In Dayton, he performed leading roles in ballets by renowned choreographers and directors Luis Fuente, Steven Mills, Septime Webber, Robert Joffrey, Dermont Burke, Mark Diamond, and Jeffery Graham-Hughes.

Mr. Cory left his professional career in the fall of 2004 after receiving a full stipend scholarship to the M.F.A. program at University of Arizona’s School of Dance. There he continued to develop his teaching and choreographic skill while performing leading roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Melissa Lowe, Paul Sanasardo, James Clouser, and Jory Hancock.

After graduating with his Masters of Fine Arts in 2007, Mr. Cory took up a directorship position at Dance Makers Studio in Yuma, Arizona, and in 2008 resumed his professional career with Ballet Tucson under the directorship of Mary Beth Cabana. In 2010 he left the company to take an adjunct faculty position with Pima Community College, where he continued to instruct dance technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz and dance conditioning until 2012. He has continued dancing as a guest artist with Art.If.Act Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company in Tucson, and Ballet Tucson.

Mr. Cory has trained extensively in the pedagogical art of dance and has been practicing as an instructor since 2001. He has thoroughly enjoyed working through Tucson and Phoenix with the students and families since 2004, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and love for the arts with you at BC Dance.

Mr. Cory has trained extensively in the pedagogical art of dance and has been practicing as an instructor since 2001. He has thoroughly enjoyed working through Tucson and Phoenix with the students and families since 2004.Cory J. Fragoso-Gram

Abigail Kariolich Dance Instructor

Abigail Kariolich
Dance Instructor

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Madison Puffenbarger Dance Instructor

Madison Puffenbarger
Dance Instructor

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Rebekah Belanger Dance Instructor

Rebekah Belanger
Modern Dance | Choreographer

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Becky Belanger began her dancer training at Dance Theater West in Phoenix, AZ. There she fell in love with the Artform and developed a strong foundation in both ballet and modern dance.

She attended high school New School for the Arts, a performing arts charter school in Scottsdale, AZ. The she was offered a scholarship to study abroad at the prestigious Newtown High School for the Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. Becky then attended the University of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania on scholarship and received her BFA in modern dance performance. She also holds a professional dance diploma from the Laban Center in London, England.

After years of dancing professionally, Becky moved to Tucson and attended the University of Arizona, where she received her MFA in dance performance.

Carly Puffenbarger Dance Instructor

Carly Puffenbarger
Dance Instructor

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Cassidy Zuna Dance Instructor

Cassidy Zuna
Dance Instructor

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Lorin Mathis Dance Instructor

Lorin Mathis
Dance Instructor

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Lauryn Manning Dance Instructor

Lauryn Manning
Company Coordinator | Dance

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Lauryn Manning began her dance training at the age of 9 at Showbiz Kidz Danz in Tucson, Arizona.  She began competing at the age of 10 and began attending a variety of conventions at the age of 11.  She subsequently trained at a Tucson Dance Company and Tucson Dance Academy.  During this time, she trained in a variety of styles of dance including Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Acro, Tap, Ballroom, Musical Theater, and Pom.

Throughout her dance career, she has taught many styles of dance in all levels.  She has a love for children and is compassionate about passing on all that she has learned through her years of dance.

She also was a part of her high school dance company for 4 years.  She went on to be a part of the Grand Canyon University Dancers for 4 years where she served in several supporting positions ending with Captain during her senior year.  Most recently, she graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis on Health Education in April 2017.

Norman Walker Instructor

Norman Walker
Ballet

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Renowned teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator, Mr. Walker studied Dance with Gertrude Shurr, May O’Donnell, Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey, Valentina Pereyslavic, Nala Najan, and many others. He has taught for the O’Donnell-Shurr Studio, Bathsheba and Bat-Dor Companies, New Zealand School of Dance, Ballet Philippines, H. S. Of Performing Arts in NYC, Utah State Univ., Butler University, and was Chair of Performing Arts at Adelphi University. He has taught all over the world. Mr. Walker was Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and School, was chosen as Dancer of the Month for Dance Magazine, is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in Who’s Who in America.

As a dancer he was the lead dancer in his own company and with May O’Donnell Dance Company. He has appeared or was guest artist with Yurok and Guest Artists, Pearl Lang and Company, Pauline Koner and Company, Boston Ballet, Ballet Philippines, among others.

Mr. Walker and his partner, Cora Cahan, have appeared as Guest Artists with the Shreveport Symphony, the New Orleans Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic Symphony. He has restaged several works of Ted Shawn for a number of companies as well as dancing Shawn’s roles.

As a choreographer of over 245 ballets and modern dance pieces, from major solos to full-evening works he has created works for such companies as Norman Walker Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Bathsheba and Bat-Dor Companies, Boston Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, Adelphi Dance Theatre, Dennis Wayne’s Dancers, National Ballet of China, and many more internationally.

Charlie Payne Dance Instructor

Charlie Payne
Dance Instructor

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Kathleen Wing Dance Instructor

Kathleen Wing
Dance Instructor

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Shelly Hawkins Dance Instructor

Shelly Hawkins
Dance Instructor

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BC Dance Staff

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Alfredo Fragoso-Gram
Co-Owner and Finance

Read MoreFor many years I heard my husband speaking about his vision of teaching kids to learn and enjoy dance the way he did, no matter their skill level. Cory has a true gift for teaching, and I believed he could create something inspiring given the opportunity.

I am in awe of what Cory is able to inspire in the kids, and even more so of the kids’ commitment to learning to dance and to performing. Their hard work, the growth I see them achieve as artists and people, and the amazing performances they put on every year makes me even more committed to Cory’s vision.

I am in awe of what Cory is able to inspire in the kids, and even more so of the kids’ commitment to learning to dance and to performing

Alfredo Fragoso-Gram

Marisa Guitierrez Office Staff

Marisa Guitierrez
Officer Manager

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Kassandra Alvarez
Client Coordinator

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Kassandra was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she graduated high school. At the age of five she discovered her love for competitive cheerleading and began her training at Tucson Cheer Academy. She always had the dreamed to one-day compete at the Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando, Florida. Commonly known as the olympics in Allstar cheerleading. To fulfill this dream she commuted to Scottsdale, AZ three days a week to compete with her team RAGE at Desert Storm Elite. During the three years she cheered with DSE, she was apart of a team that had numerous national titles under their belt, won two full paid bids to worlds, and placed seventh out of ninetynine teams at the Cheerleading worlds.

Kassandra’s specialty is in elite tumbling and stunting/partner. She loves teaching kids how to tumble and reach their goals, and can spot levels 1-4. Practice really does make perfect in her eyes and like great teachers she believes repetition is the key to success. She looks forward to working with your dancers for years to come.

Almonese Ramirez Office Staff

Almonese Ramirez
Office Staff

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