Innervisions Theater of the Arts Center

Meet Our Amazing Dance Instructors

Andrea Blackwell

Artistic Director

Andrea Blackwell holds a MA in Dance Ed from New York University and is a Permanently Certified Dance Educator in the Dept. Of Ed at Benjamin Cardozo HS. She began her dance career training in Queens, NY and has studied various styles of dance including but not limited to: Classical Ballet, Graham & Horton techniques.

Andrea has attended and participated in programs such as American Dance Festival, Seven Principals Dance Company, Martha Graham School & Dunham Institute. Andrea has traveled to South Africa as a guest Teaching Artist for OPUS Dance Theater A.R.I.S.E.

South Africa, Guest Choreographer/Instructor for various studios, Artistic Managing Director at InnerVisions Theater Arts Center and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Ian DaSilva is a Brooklyn, NY native who began his music and dance training at the Bernice Johnson’s Cultural Arts Center. He continued his dance study at Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn, under the direction of Jamel Gaines, Ballet Tech, and Dance Theater of Harlem. Ian is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Arts degree in Dance Education at New York University and serves on the dance faculty at Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Ian joined Innervisions in 2015.

Ian is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Arts degree in Dance Education at New York University and serves on the dance faculty at Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Ian joined Innervisions in 2015.

Ian began dancing at the age of 14 at The Independent Dance Theatre under Ronald E. Kennard, Director and received his formal training in Classical Ballet & Modern at The Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, NYC.

Ian DaSilva

Rachel Davidson

Rachael Davidson recalls her desire to dance at the early age of four. Rachael pursued her dream and obtained her BS in Education and a minor in Dramatic Arts at SUNY Geneseo, where she studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, and theatre.

In 1993, Rachael received her MA in Dance Education from New York University. In addition to her studies, Rachael has taught, choreographed and directed several productions for many school, churches, production companies and dance schools throughout the Tri-State area for over 12 years.

Her credits include: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, WNYW Fox 5 Christmas and Easter Specials ,Nativity (under the direction of Robert Evans), Henry Hudson Repertoire (under the direction of Freddie Moore and Dance for Joy Ministries (under the direction of Iris Cloud). Currently, Rachael is an instructor for the Brooklyn Ascend Charter School and InnerVisions Theater Arts Center.

Karen Farnum-Williams attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, majoring in dance and continued in the field as she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from Adelphi University.

In 1999, she obtained a Master’s of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. For over 15 years, Karen has taught dance in NYC public and private schools, local dance schools and local churches, teaching African, modern, jazz, and ballet.

Karen is co-director of the 200+ member Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry of the Greater Allen Cathedral of NY in Jamaica, Queens. Karen is also the founder of Kaphar (Hebrew translation: Reconciliation) Dance Company, which is a professional dance ministry established to affirm, confirm, and transform lives through the seamless marriage of the Word of God and technical dance movement.

Karen Farnum-Williams

Jeanine Hampton

Jeanine Hampton started her dance training at the early age of three. She originally attended Stacey’s School of Dance from 2002-2009 studying ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. From then on, she has been a member of InnerVisions Theatre Arts Center as a student adding in the styles of African,

Contemporary, and Pointe to her training and as a student teacher assisting in different styles to various levels. To further her training, she attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts studying ballet and modern.

Here, she had the opportunity to work with Fredrick Earl Mosley and perform a piece by Robert Battle. Currently, Jeanine is a dance major at Hunter College working for a MA in dance education.

Brian has performed and choreographed around the world, including countries as far as, Canada, Germany, Italy, Rotterdam & Spain. He has worked with several award winning singing artists, dance companies, institutions and churches. He was a company member of Jubilation!, former Co-Director of The Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry at The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, Performing Arts Director at The Queens Police Athletic League NYC, and has performed off-Broadway as Joseph in “Nativity, A Life Story” alongside artists such as Phylicia Rashad, Stephanie Mills, BeBe Winans, Freddie Jackson, Keith David and many others.

Brian’s primary love of Performing Arts is that of being a teacher and doesn’t measure his accomplishments by his own works but rather that of the accomplishments of his students whose achievements span the globe. He has taught students (including Mrs. Nailah Flake-Brown herself) at several Schools of Dance in the tri-state area.

A few of the Schools of Dance Brian has taught are The Independent Dance Theatre, Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, The DeVore Dance Center, The Artist Collective, Tap Dance Only, Five Star Dance Center, and InnerVisions Theater Arts Center where he proudly will, in time, add its’ students to the list of prestigious performers of the professional World of Dance!

Brian Hawthorne

James Luc

Born and raised in Queens NY, James began dancing at the young age of 7. Consistently watching and imitating the legendary Michael Jackson helped create a dream that he would soon turn into reality. He fell in love with the ability to perform and truly entertain others. Taking only his ambition and love for the arts, James began to train at Devore Dance Center and

Benjamin N. Cardozo high. James has the opportunity to dance for many artists, some including the legendary Mariah Carey and Salt N Pepa. Outside of performing and growing as a dancer, he invests his time in teaching the younger generations coming up. James has been teaching at Innervisions for 5 years now and loves the fact that he’s in a position to give back all that he’s learned as an artist.

He believes that everyone has this common undeniable talent called “Potential.” With potential and your own faith there is nothing you cannot master. This belief is what helped create the motto he’s known for. “Success is a must”

Marlon Mayers discovered his passion for dance at the age of 14 where he began his dance training when accepted into Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. While attending Frank Sinatra, he also attended Ballet Hispanico, The Abrons Arts Center and The Martha Graham school of Contemporary Dance. Graduating from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2009, Marlon attended Marymount Manhattan College as a B.F.A dance major.

Marlon has landed wonderful opportunities that allowed him to work with a wide range of choreographers from  different styles of dance such as Jessica Lang, Laurie-Ann Gibson, Daniel Catanach, and Larry Keigwin,  just to name a few. Since then he has been a Principal Dancer with the  Abrons Arts Center Dance Ensemble, a Corp de Ballet dancer with Urban Ballet Theater and a freelancer with small modern dance companies based in New York City.

Although Marlon loves performing he has a passion for teaching. Marlon has had the opportunity to choreograph on the graduating class at Frank Sinatra as well as teach and be a mentor for the underclassmen. He has also presented his own choreography with the American Ballet Theater’s “Make a Ballet” and has submitted and showcased his works to numerous arts festivals. When not rehearsing and staging his own works, Marlon spends his time in a studio teaching and sharing great life lessons to students throughout the greater New York area.

Marlon Mayers

Alexandria “Zan“ Meyers

Alexandria “Zan” Meyers was born in the early 70’s in South Jamaica, Queens.  At the age of 3 she began taking dance lessons to keep her active.  Her formal dance training began at the legendary Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center under the instruction of the amazing Michael Peters (Michael Jackson’s Choreographer) Kevin A. Hunt, Kevin Jeff, and Carolyn Devore to name a few. As a teenager Alexandria, affectionately known as Zan, began her teaching career as an assistant teacher to  the younger classes at BJ’s. It was at that moment that dancing took on a different meaning. Dance was no longer about her individual growth, but about encouraging the younger generation through her passion for the arts.

As a student at BJ’s the importance of technique was mandatory to being a star pupil. With that in mind Zan took classes at Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and with the Joffrey Ballet as a teenager.  This foundation was an integral part of her teachings and placed her in various arenas in the name of dance. As a student in the performing class, Zan was a part of the epic 1983 Diana Ross concert in Central Park. It was around this time that she began her love for African dance. In the early 90’s Zan traveled to Guinea West Africa to study with world-renowned Les Ballet African, the National Ballet of Guinea, West Africa.

After the birth of her daughter N’ballou Bangoura, Zan continued her passion for dance.  She started dance afterschool programs, teaching throughout the country and has taught all over the world spreading her passion for culture and the arts. Currently Zan is a staff dance instructor at Ascend Charter School in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Dance Theater of Harlem and InnerVisions Theatre Arts Center in Jamaica Queens.  When asked why do you do this? Zan’s reply is simply always, “I am here for my children! They know that I love them and will always be here to support and encourage all of my students.”

Shaneeka Nicholson’s has been training in African dance for over 18 years. She has studied with Youssouf Koumbassa (Guinea, West Africa), Mamadou Dahoue (Ivory Coast), Funmilayo Chesney (Congo), Ruth Sistaire and the world reknown Les Ballets Africans. Over the years, Shaneeka developed a love for teaching African dance and working with young people.

She has instructed dance at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, NY, NY, Goodwill Industries, Sports and Arts In School Foundations, Brooklyn, NY, Benjamin Banneker & Bedford Academy High Schools, Brooklyn, NY, Shape Up New York (DPHO), Brooklyn, NY, Nassau BOCES, Uniondale, NY and Footprintz Dance Theatre, Jamaica, NY, Studio 22 The Arts Center Inc, Hempstead, NY and National Ballet of Guinea.

Shaneeka has performed with various African dance companies at Dance Africa, the African Street Festival and several Embassy shows. She has been a featured instructor at Dance Africa and teaches at various dance schools throughout the city and NYC public schools.

Shaneeka Nicholson

Chaniece Williams

Chaniece is a self-motivated, intelligent, and inspiring young woman. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Howard University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry.

Her academic success has awarded her membership in several prestigious academic honors societies including Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and prestigious academic society for the liberal arts and sciences; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Golden Key International Honour Society; and National Society of Leadership and Success.

Although Chaniece accomplished stellarachievements during college, she has no intentions on stopping there. Her appetite to be the best continues to fuel her ambition. Chaniece is an aspiring physician, and willattend medical school in the near future.

Chaniece also has a passion for the art of dance. At Benjamin Cardozo High School,she earned the Best Choreographer of the Year Award. In college, she was the Captain of the Howard University Bisonette Dance Ensemble. Currently, she teaches dance techniques at dance studios throughout Queens.

Chaniece loves to give back to her community and help children become better students. She is the Founder and CEO of the private tutoring business “Achieve with Chaniece,” where she and her tutors provides customized study skills, test-taking techniques, and instills self-confidence in individuals from kindergarten through college.

Nevaeh Rudder started her dance training at Dance Studio A in Queens Village at the age of 7. She then went to Innervisions Theater Arts Center where she has been training since its first year. In her years as a member here, she has studied: Tap, Modern Jazz, African, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Pointe.

Along with her dance training, she has also assisted as a student teacher in Jazz, Tap, and Ballet classes for various levels. In addition to being a teacher for beginner students on staff, Nevaeh is currently working

towards getting a BA in Advertising and Public Relations with the goal of working for a major dance company.

Nevaeh Rudder

Kendrick Samuel

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Kendrick Samuel is a Professional Dancer, Instructor, and Choreographer. Represented by MSA Talent Agency NY & LA; offering artistic services in Direction, Movement Coaching, and Choreography. His dance training began at Benjamin N. Cardozo HS performing ensemble, leading up to Queensborough Community College and Devore Dance Center of Hollis, Queens. Hip Hop, African, and Modern are the styles that Kendrick has trained in primarily; all of which are incorporated in both his movement quality and choreography. Kendrick’s teaching experience is combined of 6+ years at Innervisions Theatre Arts Center, Devore Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center,

Anthony Burrell’s Breaking Barriers, Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia, Peridance and more. As a firm believer in following your dreams and walking in your purpose; Kendrick is honored to share his work in an effort to uplift and improve the quality of everyone around him mentally and physically. For more info, visit

Dance Credits: The Illusionists US / International Tours / The Dollhouse Burlesque / NBC / MTV Video Music Awards / The Recording Academy Grammy Awards / Nicki Minaj / Luis Fonsi + more.

Choreography Credits: Mariah Carey — Assistant Choreographer to Anthony Burrell / Ashanti — Assistant Choreographer to Brice Vick / Diana Espir — Assistant Choreographer to Tanisha Scott / Liana Bank$ / Aaron Knight / Sybarite Love is Love Choreographers Showcase / The Dollhouse Burlesque + more.

Shayna Wheatley is a 27 year old Eclectic professional dancer and Zumba instructor from Queens, NY who is signed to Clear Talent Group Agency. She fell in love with dancing at a young age by teaching herself how to dance from watching music videos, learning from her cousin and attending an after school program. Although her love for dancing started from a young age, she started to take it seriously in High School and college. She graduated with an associate degree and realized she wanted to make dance a full time career.

In 2011, she started to make her way in the entertainment industry by booking her first job as a principal dancer in Kat Deluna’s video “Drop it low”. Since then, she’s been blessed with various opportunities that has gotten her to where she is today. Shayna is oriented with excellent dancing skills that have taken her very far in her promising career. Being a passionate and hard working individual, she has successfully worked her way on imprinting her brand and talents in the entertainment industry.

She has worked with Various Artist and brands such as, Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Wynter Gordon, Rob Base, Astr, Konshens, Kat Deluna,  Lil Mama, Inas X,  Rome Fortune, Gap, It’s a wig and Adidas.  As she is fully pursuing her passion for dancing, she is also impelling exploring her modeling and acting more.

Shayna Wheatley

Tynisa Williams

Tynisa Williams is a graduate of La’Gaurdia High School of Performing Arts and State University of New York at Purchase College where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Tynisa’s love of dance started at an early age.

She began her training at Gloria Jacksons, Theater Of Dance Movement, and Carnegie School of Dance and continued as she pursed training with many professional programs such as Alvin Ailey and Dance Theatre of Harlem, attending summer intensive and year round programs on scholarship.

Tynisa was a member of Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble and an apprentice member of Dance Theater of Harlem’s main company. She has performed at Lincoln Center, as well as toured Europe. Tynisa has been teaching for over 10 years and specializes in Classical Ballet.

Dominique Thompson began her training at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts as a dance major in Astoria Queens, NY. Thompson recently graduated from Montclair State University (MSU) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. At MSU she studied ballet, pointe, African, and various modern techniques such as Horton, Limón, May O’Donnell, Paul Taylor, and contemporary.

At MSU, she has performed works by Larry Keigwin, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, Nancy Lushington, and others. Thompson has previously trained at Elisa Monte Dance Summer Series, Dance Theater of Harlem Winter Intensive and Innervisions Theater Arts Center Summer Intensive.

At MSU she also completed dance teaching courses such as Dance for Children, Dance Methods, and an internship at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts in Montclair, NJ.

Dominique Thompson

InnerVisions Theater Arts Center

114-28 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11434

Phone: 718-658-2121