Meet Our Senior Teaching Artists
Lionel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico lives and works in New York City and San Juan. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Juan Downey Audiovisual Award 2013 at the 11th Media Arts Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile and recently had a solo show, Lionel Cruet: In Between, Real and Digital with Bronx River Art Center in New York. Cruet’s numerous group exhibitions include SuperReal: Alternative Realities in Photography and Video at El Museum del Barrio in New York, Colonial Comfort at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico and Sound Art Fair at Salsa de las Artes, Universidad de Sagrado Corazon in Puerto Rico. In 2016 he participated on the AIM Program with The Bronx Museum of the Arts and his projects has been published by Made in Mind Magazine, designboom, Catálogodiseño Magazine.
Cruet received a Master Fine Arts from The City College of New York –CUNY and Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His work focuses in subjects of geopolitics, economy and technology, using experimental digital printing processes, audiovisual material, performance, and installations. Lionel has been with Bronx Arts Ensemble teaching the arts at multiple schools throughout the Bronx and he states the following:
“What I enjoy the most about teaching is to guide youth using art to experiment, to take risk for eye-opening experiences and create an environment in which they can work together”
Evangelina’s passion in life are dancing, teaching and children. Dedicating herself to dance education was an obvious career choice for her. Evangelina received contemporary dance training at LIU, Brooklyn. She learned ballroom room dance with world renowned instructors, OLEG TREBUNSKI and FRANK ELIA. She studied New York style of salsa with the King of salsa Mr. Eddie Torres, and Eddie’s wife, Maria Torres. Evangelina furthered her Latin dance styling with “The Mambo Princess” Melissa Rosado. Evangelina has been a ballroom dance instructor for BAE for over 10 years. Concurrently, she teaches dance for Westchester Ballroom to mentally challenged adults, she also teaches salsa at Bronxville School for Education in Dance. Evangelina encourages her students to dance/ move because movement is a great way to exercise the body, the brain, and the spirit. Dance, to Evangelina is joy.
A South Bronx Native, Moses “Bronx” began his studies in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira in the city of Salvador Bahia, Brasil. Upon his stateside return after three years of full-time study, he began sharing the art form as an artist in residence at The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, offering sliding scale classes in the heart of Hunts Point. Shortly thereafter he also began his residency as a teaching artist with The Bronx Arts Ensemble, offering the movement, music, martial art, and cultural expression that is Capoeira, in various public schools throughout The Bronx. He has since participated in workshops, summits, and seminars across the USA, as well as the globe, including France, Spain, Prague, and Canada. He has also been the principal performer in various events, parades, and presentations throughout NYC and abroad.
With the philosophy of movement at the core of what he teaches, he enjoys and finds happiness in students gaining insight and awareness, as well as seeing them realize their potential and abilities, through Capoeira. Remembering to always move, along the path of progress and expansion.
Moses, Bronx Capoeira, looks forward to continued growth in The Bronx through collaboration with Sweet Water Dance and Yoga, where he is the current artist in residence, as well as The Bronx Arts Ensemble, where he is in his tenth year as a Senior Teaching Artist.
Jessica has worked with Bronx Arts Ensemble since 2007, teaching theater and dance in over twenty New York City schools. She has directed and choreographed extensively for educational theater, including Pace University, Hoboken Children’s Theater, and Broadway Bound Kids, and her book Teaching Drama to Little Ones was recently published by Beat by Beat Press. Her favorite thing about teaching with BAE is seeing children who have never experienced live theater gain confidence and flourish onstage or who have never had a music lesson learn to sing and love performing. Jessica and her husband live in Harlem with their 5-year-old daughter and 5-month-old twins..
Yah’Ya is a native of the Ivory Coast. As a former member of the National Ballet of the Ivory Coast, he came to the United States to tour and to honor his country in 1994. In 1997, Yah’Ya established himself in Florida. He performed at Busch Gardens, the Animal Kingdom and Epcot Center for two years before coming back to New York and the Tri-state area where he teaches in public and private schools. Currently, Yah’Ya is an instructor at the Ailey Extension and a performer and teacher at Friends Academy. He has also been with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for over six years as a Teaching Artist. Yah’ya teaches African drums and dance in schools throughout the Bronx. He states:
“Students sometimes think being a drummer is just banging on a drum, but I show them and teach them that drum patterns are a way of communicating. I enjoy showing my students patterns and that they learn it. The most rewarding part of my job is to see students express themselves through drumming; it is very exciting and priceless to see them perform.”
A native Harlemite, Joya is a choreographer and educator passionate about community, activism, and dances of the African Diaspora. She is the 2016 recipient of The Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie Award. Her company, Movement of the People, has performed in venues such as: BAM, Lincoln Center, SummerStage, The Bronx Museum of Arts. She has taught and studied internationally in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Israel. What she enjoys most about teaching is when students start to take ownership of the class and they understand that the class and their knowledge is their own. The work she does with BAE represents some of her most rewarding experiences as a professional in the dance field.Jessica has worked with Bronx Arts Ensemble since 2007, teaching theater and dance in over twenty New York City schools. She has directed and choreographed extensively for educational theater, including Pace University, Hoboken Children’s Theater, and Broadway Bound Kids, and her book Teaching Drama to Little Ones was recently published by Beat by Beat Press. Her favorite thing about teaching with BAE is seeing children who have never experienced live theater gain confidence and flourish onstage or who have never had a music lesson learn to sing and love performing. Jessica and her husband live in Harlem with their 5-year-old daughter and 5-month-old twins..