Our Teachers

MAYA MILENOVIC WORKMAN

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Writer, Lead Teacher since 1998

Maya is an Artistic Director of MADLOM Choreographer/Director and a writer.
Maya started leading young people as a teenager herself in 1978 in her native Slovenia.

She studied Graham, ballet and choreography at the London School of Contemporary (GB), with Merce Cunningham in NYC, and media and psychology at the New School (NYC).

She developed programs: Eight Steps To Creativity (In Collaboration with Reggie Workman) and The Art of Moving Theater and Choreography (ages 3 and up).
Through Applied Moving Theater she started addressing wider stage practices in a specific social context, specific theater environment and work with special needs. She believes that choreography surrounds us everywhere and is breaking the borders of traditional thinking that choreography is only dance.

Her latest stage work includes:
Virtual Truth (2013, Elektrarna, Ljubljana), Sound and Soundless Moving Spaces (with Reggie Workman, Ken Vandermark, Andrej Hocevar and Tina Dobaj at Michiko Studios, NYC – 2013), Guernica Continuum (2012, SNG Maribor, SLO) European Cultural Capitol Festival, I Hear With My Eyes (2011, SNG Maribor, SLO – multimedia: movement, sound, film, robotics).

Recognized stage works: Moon Above Mississippi, Tristan and Isolda, Jokasta, Clytemnestra, The Night Bird, Closed Door, Fragments in Fabula, Abstractions (Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC), Impressions, etc.
In 2012 she directed a documentary film I Hear With My Eyes (addressing race)
She created shorts with young students: What’s Wrong With The World, Jazz Seen Through Our Eyes, and What Not To Do.
Projects: www.mayamilenovicworkman.com

CM, MOVING THEATER, CHOREOGRAPHY, MODERN, BALLET, DJEMBE, STORY TELLING THROUGH VIDEO

M’TEN HALSEY

Lead Teacher

M’ten Halsey is Brooklyn-born and rooted in African-centered thinking. A percussionist and spoken word artist, M’ten is a product of an upstanding and talented family. He’s been drumming since he was five years old and has traveled around the world spreading his cultural message with his spirited drum rhythms and powerful message. He has performed in Africa, Europe and throughout the United States and with companies such as Bennu Ausar Dancers and Drummers and Asase Ya Drum and Dance, and Umoja Dance Company. M’ten has taught in many settings for private students and large classes including the Kamit Preparatory Institute and the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn. His goals are to preserve African-American culture through music and to promote cultural awareness because “Positive Culture creates Outstanding Communities.”

TRISHA KELLY

Lead Teacher

Trisha Pierson Kelly began her ballet training in San Jose, California with Audrey King and Gloria Mohr. At Sarah Lawrence College she studied modern dance with Emily Devine, Sara Rudner and the late Viola Farber. She has studied Limon technique extensively with Gary Masters and Fred Mathews and was an in-school teaching artist for Limon West. Trisha has performed with Limon and Friends, Mary Carbonara Dances, Margaret Wingrove Dance Company, IsadoraNOW and Tikola McCree to name a few. She has been teaching for over 20 years and founded and directed a large dance program at Public School 85 in NYC where she worked for nearly a decade. Most recently Trisha taught ballet and modern at Performing Arts Workshop and The Movement Lab in north county San Diego and was a board member and teaching artist of Junior Ballet Ensemble, a not for profit dance outreach organization based in Encinitas, California.

LISA ROSENBERG

Lead Teacher

Lisa Rosenberg, a former dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet companies, trained at the Neubert Ballet Institute and the Joffrey Ballet School. Lisa graduated from the Performing Arts High School and received a certificate in Theater and Dance from Princeton University. Lisa is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Family therapist, with a private practice here in Montclair, where she also lives. Lisa is delighted to join the staff at MADLOM.

AYANA WORKMAN

Alumnus

AYANA WORKMAN is an African American – Slovene actress, dancer and writer who was born in New York City and raised in Montclair (NJ) and NYC. She has a BFA in acting from “Mason Gross School of The Arts” at Rutgers University, and was trained as a dancer and drummer at MADLOM in Montclair.

In Europe Ayana has studied acting at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and dance in Slovenia. She was exposed to contemporary jazz music and avant-garde theater at a young age through her father, legendary jazz musician Reggie Workman and mother Maya Milenovic Workman (choreographer, writer).

She is currently represented by “Avalon Artists”. Currently she is creating a role of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C.
In 2015-2016 she was Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Public Theater Mobile Unit in NYC. In “Macbeth” of “performance collective Masterfool”, she created the “witch”.

She was the “Voice” in “Virtual Truth (Bunker, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2013). Her professional debut in theater was “Bahia” in Guernica Continuum (State Theater, Maribor, Slovenia 2012), and in film “Bahia” in Guernica Continuum (Shape Shifters, Brooklyn, NY 2012).

MODERN DANCE, DJEMBE ASSISTANT TEACHER

WILLIAM PEW

Alumnus

WILLIAM PEW was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, NJ. He has studied djembe at MADLOM since he was 6 years old. He is currently a full time student at CLARK University, is interested in Environment, History, Djimbe Drumming and is working with iFLIP4, The Charitable Brand.

DJEMBE ASSISTANT TEACHER

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