LaPierre School of Dance    75 Pearl Street Reading, MA 781.944.7039

Gregory King

Gregory King is a culturally responsive educator who received his MFA in Choreographic Practice and Theory from Southern Methodist University and is certified in Elementary Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau. His dance training began at the Washington Ballet and continued at American University. He has participated in the Horton Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress and has performed with The Washington Ballet, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Donald Byrd /The Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera, and Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. He has taught master classes, lectures, and workshops nationally and internationally. He has served as dance faculty for Texas Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet, as well as visiting assistant professor of dance at Temple University, and visiting assistant professor of dance and Consortium on Faculty Diversity Fellow at Swarthmore College. 


King is a dance writer for The Dance Enthusiast, ThINKingDANCE, The Philadelphia Dance Journal, CHOICE Review, and Broad Street Review. Recently, Mr. King’s response to the Dancing for Justice Philadelphia event, was selected to be included in the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture’s new resource guide, “Art Became the Oxygen.” 


In addition to having served as the creative communication coordinator for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, King has served on the dance review board for the National Endowment for the Arts, was nominated for a Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio and was recently appointed to the Board of OhioDance. He is the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Creative Contribution award from the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University, and will serve as Provost Faculty Associate for the academic year 2019- 2010. Currently, King is a tenure track professor of dance at Kent State University and is the artistic director of the Kent Dance Ensemble.

Ian Berg

Ian Berg is a tap dancer from Chicago, Illinois. Ian has been dancing since an early age and has training and performance experience in tap dance, ballet, modern dance, jazz, contact improvisation and a variety of other styles and approaches. In high school, Ian trained at the Joffrey Academy in Chicago while also dancing with the renowned Chicago based tap company MADD Rhythms, of which he is still a member.
Ian is also a musician as well as a composer and arranger of music. He is currently living in Boston, Massachusetts after graduation from The Boston Conservatory. He also works as director and choreographer for Subject:Matter, a small ensemble of tap dancers aimed at presenting new and cutting edge tap dance work primarily in the Boston area.

Guest Faculty

Kat Pantos
Pantos received her BS in Dance Performance and Management from Plymouth State University. At the start of her career Pantos was a touring member with Urbanity Dance Company, (2008-2011) performing at various venues throughout New England, New York, and Texas. Pantos moved into roles including Associate Director, Choreographer, and Summer Intensive Director. As a founding member of Tributary Dance, Pantos joined the Manchester Choral Society in collaboration for, Carmina Burana. In 2014 Pantos founded Pantos Project Dance, a project based professional contemporary dance company in Boston. Pantos’s work with the company has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Dixon Place, Hanaway Theater, The Actors Fund Arts Center, and more. Plymouth State University featured Pantos as an 'Alumni in the Arts' commissioning Pantos Project to create and perform an evening length show at the Silver Center for the Arts. Pantos has had the pleasure of performing works by Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, Hani Abaza, Amanda Whitworth, Lorraine Chapman, amongst others. Most recently Pantos became an adjunct faculty member and commissioned choreographer at Salve Regina University. Pantos is a highly sought after contemporary dance educator, well known for inspiring dancers to advance both technically and creatively.
Pic: Lois Greenfield

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019 // July 22 - 25

Novice/Junior/T3/T4 // 12-4

Intermediate/Advanced/T2/T1 // 11-4


Alex Brandy

Alex Brandy, from Clinton, CT, graduated with her degree in Dance from Dean College. She later went on to obtain her Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as well as two Sports Nutrition Certifications from NASM and the Shaw Academy. She is currently in her 4th season as a New England Patriots Cheerleader for the 6X Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, and second year as captain of the squad and choreographer. She most recently choreographed a routine for the NKOTB Mixtape Tour performed at TD Garden. Alex has been a dance instructor and choreographer for several New England studios for the past 8 years, and now trains high school and collegiate dance teams, master classes all over New England. Alex has also previously been a dance team member for the Connecticut Sun Dance Team (WNBA), Black Wolves Dance Team (NLL), and Boston Contemporary Dance Project created by Sarah Katarina (Skooj Chore-o), and has danced on some of the biggest stages of the world including Super Bowl LI, LII, and LIII. Join Alex in sharing the passion and joy of dance and movement!

Matthew Ortner

Matthew attended the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Dance, he had the opportunity to perform master works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolias, Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, Ohad Narahin and Danielle Agamie. Other credits include Springboard Dance Montreal where he worked with Victor Quijada and Alanna Kraaijeveld, as well as Movement Invention Project with Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, and Jill Johnson. Following graduation Matthew resides in NYC, having worked with MOMIX, LoudhoundMovement, Touch Performance Art, and The People Movers