The High Tech dance majors had the opportunity to take ballet class with Gotheiner in a professional studio, a studio roughly five times the size of the studio that they usually utilize at High Tech. At Zvi Dance Company, DeFilippis’ students mingled with a company of professional dancers, including Wendy Whelan, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Gotheiner commended the dance majors on their conduct during the class. No matter the difficulty of the material, no dancer ever gave in to fatigue or disappointment.
(New York, NY—October 5, 2015) Zvi Gotheiner, teacher, choreographer, and artistic director of Zvi Dance Company, invited High Tech instructor Trista DeFilippis’ junior and senior dance majors to take part in his professional ballet class, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
Gotheiner holds his classes at New York City Center Studios. Scott Killian, veteran music instructor and Department Liaison for High Tech’s Performing Arts Department, plays piano for Gotheiner’s class on Saturdays and played for DeFilippis’ dance majors as well.
“It was particularly satisfying to share my professional life with the dance students,” says Killian. “I have written over 20 scores for [Gotheiner’s] dance company and I arranged to play for Trista’s students, so not only were the students taking class with professional dancers, but dancing to my music.”
“Scott is highly talented and revered, not only in the music world but the dance world, too,” DeFilippis notes. “It’s a gift to hear him play for my dancers, whom I’m extremely proud of.”