Mistress Janet has brought her expertise to Empowered Body to share her love of ballet and acting with the company. She has agreed to share her time with us perfecting classical technique and imparting her abundant knowledge of everything Empowered Body stands for.
Ballet Mistress Janet Fishburne began her ballet studies at the age of 4 with Barbara Elias and Janet Reed formerly of New York City Ballet. She was a recipient of the Talented Art Program (T.A.P) from ages 6-8 and studied piano, flute, ballet history and theory, winning a scholarship to the New Windsor Academy for performing Arts in Orange County New York, working as an apprentice at the ballet company and appearing on PBS' Meet The American Dancer.
Later, she continued her studies in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet under Basil Thompson and the Harkness Ballet under David Howard.
She became a soloist with Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater and a founding principle with Ulster Ballet under Fred Douglass de Mayo, co-founding Awosting Repitory Co.
She has taught Ballet Theory throughout the Hudson Valley including New Paltz School of ballet, New School for Performing Arts, Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater, Columbia Greene Community College through Community Services, and SPROUTS through Greene County Council on the Arts.
Her choreography and staging includes Musical Theater, Ballet, Modern and Jazz.
Her specialty of teaching includes Ballet, Ballet History, music, pointe, injury prevention, adage, and French vocabulary, and of course a love of learning to her students.
Empowered Body Productions is elated to have Mistress Janet within the Company. Her knowledge and skill are a gift to us, one far more valuable than words can explain.
Aysa Morehead is very happy to be a part of Empowered Body Studios as the vocal performance instructor. She earned a BA in Liberal Arts concentrating in Theatre from Austin College, and completed her post-graduate work at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) in Musical Theatre. She has studied and performed styles from Opera to Jazz to Blues and Rock. Breath and technique are central, performance is more than sounding pretty. Aysa offers Group performance classes for all levels and private lessons are available.
Aysa performed in the European Tour of Hair directed by writer James Rado, the National tour of Oliver! and Little Shop of Horrors in Lake Tahoe. She has co-starred as Yitzach in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (while 7 months pregnant) at the Water Street Music Hall, and was a featured performer in An Evening wth Jason Robert Brown at Cooper Union.
Regional credits include Songs for a New World, Closer Than Ever, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean, Working, Guys and Dolls, Tooth of Crime, Once Upon a Mattress, Servant of Two Masters and more. Aysa is a founding Member of Crown Productions.
Empowered Body is so grateful to have Talented Professionals like Aysa on our team, her gifts and talents imparted on our students are a gift not to be taken lightly.
Eileen integrates her years of experience as a dancer, therapist and talent development specialist creating a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to the coaching process. In addition, she is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist with expertise in client centered body mobilization and energy restoration.
Eileen received her BA in Psychology from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY (now Fordham Univ.) and MS in Dance Therapy from Hunter College, NYC. A graduate of Swedish Institute in NYC, she is licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) and holds her SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) designation from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).
Currently Eileen is our NIA instructor, and we are so sure there is more to come!