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Ursula Verduzco
Founder & Director
Brian Norris
115 Minna st Brooklyn, NY 11218
email: MidPointeProject@hotmail.com
Benjamin Briones
Founder & Director
Founder & Director
Brian received his training at Jefferson Performing Arts in Portland, Oregon, while dancing with their student company - The Jefferson Dancers. At Jefferson he worked with modern choreographers Donald Mckayle and Rachel Lampert. Brian performed featured roles in Mr. Mckayle’s famous works Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder and Games, and Ms. Lampert’s Traffic.
He danced with the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and performed in many major cities around the world from 1994 to 2001. He danced many principal roles including Odette in Swan Lake, Prelude in Les, Sylphides, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Girl in Purple in Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet, Princess Florine in Blue Bird pas de deux and Liberty Bell in Stars and Stripes pas de deux. Soloist roles in Paquita, Don Quixote, Stars and Stripes Forever, Pas de Quatre, Pas de Trois de Odalisques, Gaîté Parisienne, Gisselle, Go for Borrocco, The Dying Swan, Russian Dance and Poppy. While at Trockadero he worked with Meg Harper of The Merce Cunningham Company, Elena Kunikova formally of the Maly Theater Ballet in Leningrad, and Robert LaFosse from New York City Ballet. He served as company rehearsal assistant for four years.
Brian danced with the Rochester City Ballet in productions of The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella, Respect, and Gershwin in the Park, and served as their ballet master for three years.
Brian’s teaching credits include being on faculty at Draper Center for Dance Education and Nazareth Academy. As a guest teacher he has taught at 25 North Dance Academy, A Touch of Dance, The New England Ballet School, Sports Center at MCC, and conducted master classes at Live, Shinjuku-mura in Tokyo, and Dance Space in Kuala Lumpur. He has choreographed productions of Drood, Secret Garden, two productions of Les Miserables, as well as many Show Choir productions.
Brian joined Les Ballets Grandiva in 2004 where he continued to establish his place as an important contributor to male comedy ballet. 2009 brought his promotion as Artistic Director of Grandiva. Choreography for the company includes a new production of Swan Lake, as well as Four Seasons, Gottschalk Pas de Trois, Le Moulin Bleu!, Westward Symmetry, and Pas de Quatre (Nouveau).
Outside of dance Brian attended Playwrights Horizons where he studied musical composition under the tutelage of David Bucknam. In 2008, Publish America released his memoir – The Hardest Working Ballerina: My Life with Trockadero, available at most on-line booksellers

Professional dancer, choreographer, designer and entrepreneur Benjamin Briones is a graduate of The National School of Classical Ballet, The National School of Contemporary Dance and The Royal Academy of Dancing in Mexico City. His eclectic educational background includes training in Cuban and Royal Ballet styles, as well as study of Graham, Cunningham, Limon and Francis modern dance styles. Currently, he receives coaching in classical ballet technique from Nancy Bielski and David Howard.

Benjamin moved from Mexico to USA in 1995 to dance first with Ballet El Paso, then with Ballet Austin. As a soloist, he has appeared with many companies, among them Ballet El Paso, Ballet Austin, Connecticut Ballet, Mid Ohio Ballet, Ballet Theater of Annapolis, Granite State Ballet, Southern New Hampshire Ballet, New Haven Ballet, Staten Island Ballet and River Ballet. Among the roles he has danced are the Cavalier and the Snow King in The Nutcracker, Basilio in Don Quixote, Ali in Le Corsaire, and Jonathan Harker in Dracula. He has also appeared as a principal dancer in numerous Contemporary pieces, including "No Exit" and "Huapango." 

After dancing with the Staten Island Ballet for several seasons, Benjamin was appointed the company's Ballet Master in 2006, a post he held through 2009. During that time, he also began his choreographic career, serving as the Resident Choreographer for both the Staten Island Ballet and, beginning in 2007, Ajkun Ballet Theatre (New York). In 2010, his numerous choreographic endeavors culminated in the created Benjamin Briones Ballet.

Since 2006, Benjamin's commissioned works have been performed at such venues as
Dance Festival Italy, the Latin Choreographers Festival (New York, 2008-2011), the New York International Choreographers Festival (2006-2009), International Dance Festival, Hudson Dance Festival (New York), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), Blue Muse (New York) and at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico).  

Co-owner and co-founder of UBCostumesDancewear.com, an online dancewear store, Benjamin has been designing and constructing both stock and personalized costumes and dancewear for the past 16 years.

  Ms. Verduzco trained at Ballet Austin Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City with full scholarship; having the honor to perform with Ballet Austin at the time. After graduating, she has danced  with several companies  including Staten Island Ballet, Benjamin Briones Ballet, New York City Opera, Eglevsky Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, New York Dance Theatre,  Dance Theatre in Westchester, Ad Hoc Ballet, Ballet Neo  among others. She has been a member of the Staten Island Ballet for the last seven years, where she has danced soloist and principal roles in classical and contemporary ballets, some that have been created specially for her.

As a choreographer Ms Verduzco has created commissioned works for The Staten Island Ballet for The International Choreographers Festival, the Ellison Ballet School for the Youth America Grand Prix and has also presented her work at "Independance", "Dance Tracks","Mix-Tape", "Kat Wildish Productions" "International Choreographers Festival", "The Latin Choreographers Festival"and " YAGP"among others.

As a teacher, Ms. Verduzco is currently invited to instruct ballet as a guest company teacher with Les Ballets Grandiva in NYC, she is also on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School and has taught extensively through out the NYC area.

She has been a Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor for the last 8 years and teaches private and group instruction at Village Gyrotonic in NYC for the last six years and The Harmony Group in Englewood, NJ for the last seven years,  were she is also the creator of their energetic magazine, “Pilates &” The Harmony Group Magazine. She is a professional actress with experience in the TV and the Theatre Play world since the age of nine.

As a co-owner of UB Costumes and Dancewear, Ms. Verduzco has been designing and constructing costumes and dancewear for the past 15 years.

As the Founder and Curator of The Latin Choreographers Festival, Ms. Verduzco created this Festival in 2008 with the mission to present and showcase in NYC the work of talented and innovative Latin Choreographers, as well as one guest (non-Latin) choreographer or Company per year. This up-and-coming dance festival currently in its third year, presents proudly established, rising and new talented choreographers from New York City and abroad.

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