Faculty

FACULTY

At Magnify Dance Center, training is our top priority. Each of our faculty members has been selected for her exceptional professional background. No matter who is leading a class, you can be certain that every instructor has the dance experience to help shape and mentor students. Our faculty is dedicated to continuing instructor education in order to provide the best education for our dancers.

 

WENDY MINER,  FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Cecchetti, Jazz, Lyrical, Mommy+Me and Adult Ballet

Wendy Miner began her study of dance at the age of three under the instruction of Karen Alwin. She also grew up as a dancer in The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, an Albuquerque-based pre-professional dance company. Wendy went on to study ballet at both the University of Utah and Chicago Ballet and studied jazz at Lou Conte’s school in Chicago and EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Wendy danced professionally with companies in Chicago, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, including Touch Dance Ensemble and Luis Fuente Ballet New Mexico.

Wendy was groomed as a teacher by her mentor, Karen Alwin, and was on faculty at Albuquerque’s Alwin School of Dance for 20 years. More recently, Wendy has taught Master Classes across the country and was on summer faculty with Lines Ballet School. Wendy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of New Mexico with additional studies in biology and nutrition. Wendy is a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and carries her Teacher’s Certification for Cecchetti grades one through six, as well as her student certifications.

In 2010 Wendy was appointed Artistic Director of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, where she directs dance performance and educational programs for 65+ aspiring, young dancers. In addition to teaching, Wendy is an accomplished choreographer and has commissioned full-length productions for both The Performers and Santa Ana Star Casino as well as numerous YAGP award-winning ensemble pieces and solos.

In 2014 Wendy opened Magnify Dance Center, whose mission is to nurture students to achieve their fullest potential as well as to positively impact our community through artistic integrity. Wendy and her husband Allen are the proud parents of three children.

 

 

 

KAREN ALWIN

Ballet, Cecchetti Technique
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Karen Alwin has taught dance for more than 50 years. She was the founder and owner of Alwin School of the Dance (1975-2010) and the founder of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. Ms. Alwin is a member of Dance Masters of America, Cecchetti Council of America, and Chicago National Dance Masters. Ms. Alwin holds a teacher’s certificate for Primary-Intermediate Professional grade for the Cecchetti Method through the Cecchetti Council of America. She is dedicated to the love and discipline of classical ballet and utilizes her expertise and decades of experience to grow and advance each of her students.

ANDREA BASILE

Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Cross Training

Andrea Basile has performed with several dance companies including The San Francisco Ballet, ODC Dance, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Kate Weare Company, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Smuin Ballet, and The Foundry. Alonzo King choreographed “Pas” for Homer Avila and Ms. Basile, which premiered with Axis Dance Company, and was also featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She has been teaching for many years in genres such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary ballet, improv, and composition classes. Ms. Basile has been an instructor at many dance schools including Alwin’s School of the Dance, LINES Ballet School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Marin Dance Theater, and the ODC School. She has also greatly enjoyed teaching for dance companies such as ODC Dance, Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Robert Moses’ KIN.

MEGAN BERLINT-NICKO

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Megan Berlint-Nicko began dancing at the age of 2.5. She received her early training in the Cecchetti method under the tutelage of Karen Alwin. Megan trained with Marin Ballet in San Rafael, CA under Margaret Swarthout, and Nutmeg Conservatory with Sharon Dante. Megan danced with The Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Company under Lynn Cox, The New Mexico Ballet Company under David Chavez, as well as Ballet Theatre of NM. For these companies, Megan has danced leading roles including The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Carmina Burana, Jungle Book, The Red Shoes, Christmas Carol, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rite of Spring, Dracula, Cinderella, Carmen, and Sleeping Beauty.

Megan started her teaching career at the age of 15 and has taught for a number of studios in New Mexico, including Lana’s School of Dance, Ballet Theatre of NM, New Mexico Ballet Company, Alwin’s School of the Dance, Fishback’s, The Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Company, and Magnify Dance Center. Megan’s choreography has been featured in studio recitals, competitions, and several productions.

Megan is a Qualified Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds her Teachers Certification for Grades I-Intermediate as well as her student certifications.  Megan was awarded the “Jane Caryl Miller Scholarship” for the CCATC 2017.   Megan is currently working on her Advanced Teachers exam.

Megan traveled to Sydney Australia and trained directly with Marie Walton-Mahon on the PBT program and now is the Owner/Director of PBT US. She has traveled and trained many teachers around the USA and Canada on the PBT US Program as well as being an Exterior Provider for Royal Academy of Dance USA. Megan trained in physiotherapy techniques with Lisa Howell, Physiotherapist and Owner of the Ballet Blog.

Megan is passionate about teaching dancers how to train safely along with emphasizing the love and dedication to the art.

Megan is currently teaching Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Advanced Foot Control, Pointe, Cecchetti, Jazz, PBT US Classes/Workshops, as well as being a freelance coach and Choreographer. She is married and has two children.

KARROLL CANDELARIA-BAUER

Tap and Jazz Karroll Candelaria-Bauer

Karroll Candelaria-Bauer is an Albuquerque native and a recent EMBA graduate from Anderson School of Management at UNM.  She received most of her extensive dance training right here in the Land of Enchantment under the direction of Karen Alwin, Suzanne Johnson, Kay Windsor Brooks, Bill Evans, Lana Kroth, Eva Encinias, and David Chavez.  In addition, Ms. Candelaria-Bauer has studied dance in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Michigan, and San Francisco. She has performed as a principal dancer for the New Mexico Ballet Company, the Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, and Festival Ballet Albuquerque.   Karroll’s adventures as a professional dancer include featured roles at Sea World of San Diego, Princess Cruises, and numerous Commercial, TV, and movie appearances.

Ms. Candelaria-Bauer has been teaching Ballet, Cecchetti, Tap, Jazz, and Tumbling for 37 years in Albuquerque, San Diego, and Los Angeles.  She has choreographed and produced dance productions, award winning competition pieces, and musical theater shows throughout the country.  Karroll currently teaches musical theater, tap, and jazz for Albuquerque Academy’s Think Summer program, hip hop, ballet, jazz, and tap for Manzano Day School’s Sensations program, and offers private coaching sessions for competition pieces and individual improvement in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling.  Her passion for sharing the love of dance is never-ending and she is proud to say that many of her former students are now dance teachers, dance studio owners, or professional dancers themselves.  In her spare time, Ms. Candelaria-Bauer works at Manzano Day School as the Development Assistant.

 

 

KARA CARROLL

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Kara Schubert Carroll began her dance training at age three with Karen Alwin. She joined The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company at age 7, and performed in Christmas Joy, summer intensives, showcases, and summer workshops around the country until she graduated from high school. She taught dance off and on  at various studios in Oklahoma and Arizona while in college and grad school, and began dancing regularly at Magnify after returning to Albuquerque in 2013.

Kara holds bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish from Oklahoma State University, and earned her Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 2009. She taught history at ASU for four years after graduation, and was thrilled to be able to move home to Albuquerque in 2013 after landing her dream job as a history instructor at Central New Mexico Community College. She and her husband Shiloh are the proud parents of two daughters, who love dancing at Magnify almost as much as their mother.

Stephen Legate, D.C.

Stephen Legate was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Southern California when he was 4 years old. He began his training at Mary Lynn’s Ballet Arts in Riverside and at 12 received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto Canada. Here he had the opportunity to study with several noteworthy teachers, and was coached by word-renowned dancer and teacher, Erik Bruhn. He also spent a fall at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Upon graduation from the National Ballet School of Canada, he was given a Corps de Ballet contract in The National Ballet of Canada. After rising to the ranks of Soloist, he decided in 1991 to return to California, where he as offered a Soloist contract with the San Francisco Ballet.

In 1992, Legate was promoted to Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, and has since performed many lead roles, in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. These roles have included Romeo in Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Prince Desiré in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Prince Siegfried in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Colas in Sir Fredrick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, and Cassio in Lubovitch’s Othello, among others. His contemporary work has included leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon4 TemperamentsSymphony in CBugakuSeranade, and Rubies. His Jerome Robbins repertoire includes Into the NightGlass PiecesThe ConcertThe Cage and Dances at a Gathering.

In addition, he has had several works created on him by choreographers including Vladimir Anguelov, Mark Morris, Val Caniparoli, Lar Lubovitch, Yuri Possokhov, Redha, Stanton Welch, Helgi Tomasson, and Lila York. Over his fifteen-year tenure with the San Francisco Ballet, Legate has performed leading roles in works by internationally recognized choreographers such as James Kudelka, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Nacho Duarte, Jiri Killian, Hans van Manen, Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe, and David Bintley.

Legate’s awards include Best Male Dancer in the Eric Bruhn Ballet Competition in 1989, and the Isadora Duncan Award for best performance in an ensemble, with Evelyn Cisneros in “Rubies,” April 2000. Legate was also popular as a guest artist and partnered ballerinas nationally as well as on the international stage. He is featured on a Fox TV production of “A Supernatural Evening with Santana” with Evelyn Cisneros, choreography by Julia Adam, April 2000, available on DVD.

Legate retired on May 5, 2006 with a final farewell performance in which he danced works by Jerome Robbins, Hans Van Manen and Lar Lubovitch. H has been acclaimed as on of San Francisco Ballet’s strongest male dancers, most elegant and attentive partners, and a versatile dancer with a vastly diverse repertoire.

Having trained with some of the finest teachers in the ballet world, Legate’s teaching experience includes teaching master classes during his career as a dancer, developing and implementing a partnering curriculum for Boston Ballet’s summer intensive program as well as being a part time faculty member, running two summer intensives in Carmel, California, teaching at University of California Irvine, giving a Master Class series at UNM Dance Department and coaching several dancers for international ballet competitions.

Legate has completed Chiropractic College graduating Cum Laude, on the Dean’s List and with special commendation. His experience as a professional artist/athlete gives him a unique insight and desire to enhance athletic abilities in others. Dr. Legate specializes in the treatment of professional dancers, with the same commitment and dedication he sustained for 21 years as a professional dancers. He is married to former Prima Ballerina Evelyn Cisneros, who has most recently been the Principal of Boston Ballet’s Marblehead Studio and Artistic Director of the National Dance Institute of NM Hiland facility in Albuquerque. Legate has maintained a presence in the dance world and is on the faculty of NDI NM where he teaches and choreographs. They have two beautiful children, Ethan and Sophia.

JOANNA HARBAUGH

Tap and Jazz 

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Joanna Harbaugh has a deep passion for the art of expression through dance. For the past twelve years, she has been sharing her love of dance with students from preschoolers to high school age. Joanna began her study of dance at the young age of four years under the expert instruction of Karen Alwin in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At eight years old, Joanna became a member of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, dancing in Performers productions, including Christmas Joy and Spring Jazz showcases. In addition, Joanna trained and danced with Touch Dance Ensemble until graduating high school.

Joanna continued to pursue her career in dance instruction through teaching ballet, tap, and jazz for Alwin’s School of the Dance in Albuquerque. In addition, she began working  as a rehearsal director for The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company. Joanna  teaches classes for The Performers Summer Intensive workshop, as well as various company classes. In 2006, Joanna became the Stage Director for The Performers annual production of Christmas Joy.

With her great love for teaching, Joanna went on to study Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico, where she graduated with honors. She is currently teaching first grade for Albuquerque Public Schools.

KELSEY PASCHICH

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Kelsey Paschich is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University. Kelsey has danced and performed with The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), ARCOS Dance in Austin, TX), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria 2015. During this time Paschich performed in Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Spartacus, Stravinsky’ s L’ Histoire du Soldate, and Swan Lake along with many other original and already existing contemporary repertory works. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Carla Maxwell, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic and many more. Paschich was most recently the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship. She continues to perform professionally and choreograph as an independent artist along side her teaching with Magnify Dance Center, Modas, NDI, and UNM. Paschich is a founding member and Co-Director of SHIFT| DANCE, a collective dedicated to creating and elevating professional contemporary dance in Albuquerque.

NATALIA RUIZ

Ballet, Pointe and Jazz 
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Natalia Ruiz began her training with Ms. Karen Alwin and Wendy Miner at age three. She was privileged to dance with The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company for 11 years, performing special roles in Christmas Joy, How Love Wins and other productions. She has also had the opportunity to dance for other companies, performing in productions such as Le Corsaire, Serenade, Valse Fantasy, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, and other contemporary productions. Natalia has had significant training from companies nationwide, such as American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet School, Santa Fe Ballet and Ballet Magnificat, with reputable instructors including Jerri Kumery, Igor Antonov, Franco De Vita, Louis Fuentes, Jose Manuel Careño,  Phillip Neal, Cecille Tuzi, and many others. In 2014 Natalia was given the opportunity to dance as a trainee with the Richmond Ballet Company in Richmond, VA. Her experiences have grown her in so many ways and she feels privileged to be part of such a wonderful form of art education.

SIERRA SCHROFF

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Sierra Schroff began her ballet training with Karen Alwin at the age of five. She danced with The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company and performed in Christmas Joy for six years. Sierra competed in Youth America Grand Prix and considers herself best defined by her classical ballet training. After receiving the highest level of accolade for her Grade Two Cecchetti examination, Sierra continued her training through Cecchetti Grade IV. Following her roles with The Performers, she continued her training in choreography and immediately discovered her passion as a teacher and choreographer. Dancing is her joy, but teaching is her passion.

HANNAH GRAHAM

Teaching Intern

Hannah Graham began her training at age 4 under Ms. Karen Alwin.  She has been a part of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company since 2009, dancing in Christmas Joy, How Love Wins, and Project Jazz.  For Hannah, there’s nothing like performing on stage.  Having tested through Grade 6 Cecchetti, she is currently taking Grade 7 under the tutelage of Ms. Karen.  Over the past several years, at the direction of Ms. Karen and Ms. Wendy Miner, Hannah has received excellent summer workshop training from Catherine Batcheller, Joanna Berman, Jo Bolden, Lee Wei Chao, Lynn Cox, Julie Diana, Katie Faulkner, Luis Fuente, Kevin Jenkins, Stephen Legate, Todd Wilson, and Christina Woodard.

Currently in high-school, Hannah continues her training at Magnify, while also participating in AWANA.  She loves Magnify for the wonderful teaching, friendly atmosphere, kind encouragement, and exceptional opportunities.  She is excited and humbled to begin interning with the Faculty of Magnify, and looks forward to the future with great anticipation.

 

 

LYNN COX, ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE AND GUEST FACULTY

Lynn_CoxLynn Cox studied under such noted teachers as Erik Bruhn, Francoise Martinet, Alfonso Cata and Robert Barnett. She was recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs and received the first place honor in their ballet division. Ms. Cox went on to dance professionally with the Atlanta Ballet for several years, performing such classics as Serenade, Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Raymonda, Allegro Brilliante and The Nutcracker. She previously held the position of Ballet Mistress for two regional companies and was the Pre-Professional Division Head for the Marin Ballet. She is currently the resident choreographer and Associate Division Young Dancer Division Head at Marin Dance Theatre. Ms. Cox is a vital part of MDT’s training program. She is skilled as a teacher on all levels: she now oversees and trains the faculty, with Mrs. Bassing, creating an atmosphere for all the dancers that is both developmental and consistent. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding choreography.

 

TODD WILSON, GUEST FACULTY

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Todd Wilson is a sixth generation proud Tucson native. Todd graduated from Tucson High and at the age of 15 began dancing with the University of Arizona College of Dance. As a young dancer Todd was awarded scholarships to attend the EDGE Performing Arts Center (Hollywood CA), Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Steps On Broadway (NYC), Peridance (NYC), Gus Giordano Dance Center (Chicago, IL) and the River North Dance Company Apprentice Program (Chicago, IL). As a performer Todd has worked with Rite Aid, Qwest, Dove, Uneliver, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Dance Alice (South Korea), Pepsi, EDGE Performing Arts Center, Corporate Light and Magic, Imagine Entertainment and more. Todd’s instruction, direction and choreography has been requested all over the world and he has had the honor of working with Equinox Gyms, Starwood Hotels, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney, Princess Cruise Lines, Miss America Pageant, CBS Television, NBC Television, Imagine Entertainment, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and Brent St. Studios (Sydney, AUS). In addition to Todd’s work with dance he has had the pleasure of producing/directing featured fashion events for Just Cavalli, Ed Hardy, D&G/Dolce & Gabbana, Nicole Miller, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, MAC Cosmetics and many more. At the age of 17 Todd co-created and directed Moda Provocateur – a charity hair and fashion event benefiting the Southern Arizona Aids Foundations. Over the past 11 years Moda has grown into one of the premier hair & fashion charity events in the US. Todd continues to travel as a creative director and is now the owner of BreakOut Studios, an emerging dance & fitness company. Life Moves…Move with it™ (BreakOut Studios™).

 

 

NATALEE MAXWELL

Substitute Teacher

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Natalee Maxwell has studied dance for 15 years beginning with Karen Alwin and the Performers Ballet and Jazz Company. She has tested through Grade 6 Cecchetti, and has performed as a finalist of the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition. She has received education from the Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and will currently be attending Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s intensive. She has performed leading roles such as Snow Queen and Firebird with Festival Ballet Albuquerque, and has performed as a returning artist in Christmas Joy as the role of Mary. Natalee has been teaching ballet for over four years, including private instruction for YAGP competitors. Natalee places an emphasis on clean and strong classical technique and sharing her own passion and dedication to dance with her students.