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Artistic Director & Choreographer - Hyung Ji (Heidi) Yu

 Hyung Ji Yu (Heidi) is an international choreographer, dancer, and instructor based in New York City. Heidi holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has served as a ballet instructor at Sacred Heart University, Broadway Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. Heidi is a residency choreographer at Sacred Heart University in 2018-2019 and will create new work for CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at The City College of New York in 2019-2020. In 2013, she established the As Arts NY Dance. 

 Heidi began her training in the Vaganova Method and held a teaching certificate in the Vaganova Method in South Korea. As a young dancer, she received many awards at various dance competitions and later earned a scholarship for Outstanding Student from her alma mater, Sejong University. After performing for several years as a ballerina of the Korean Ballet Theatre, Heidi relocated to New York to study at the Merce Cunningham Dance School. Ms. Yu continued her studies at SUNY Purchase, where she elucidated her love for choreography under Kazuko Hirabayashi. Her studies culminated in 2015 with an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch under Sean Curran, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Pamela Pietro, and Phyllis Lamhut, where she focused on pedagogy and choreography. Since moving to the US, Ms. Yu has performed with Roxey Ballet and Albano Ballet Company, and certified ABT National Training Curriculum. 

 Her choreography has been shown throughout NYC, including Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Dixon Place, Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College and Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Her piece, Bitter Roots, won NYC10 Best Pieces in 2014. She choreographed the original musical “Enchanted by a Spell,” presented in NYC in 2015. Ms. Yu was invited in 2016, to speak about her collaborations on Talk Music Show, on TEGUS TV, NYC. 

General Marketing Manager & Creative Director - Jeongbin Lee, Co-Founder of As Arts New York

Jeongbin Lee is a co-founder of As Arts New York Organization by 2014. He has a business bachelor degree by majoring strategic design and management at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Mr. Lee also has lots of professional field experiences in various industries, such as online sales operations, architecture, advertising, fashion and jewelry, by working on design thinking, concept directing, and branding & marketing strategies. People who worked with him have told that his creativity, diligence, sociability, and leadership are appealing. A chance to work with him will affect everyone to think more creative and to challenge new things.


Music Director - Soo Han

Soo Han is a young musician, composer, and singer in the artistic world of classical music. With the longevity of education in all things music, she has collaborated with influential artists. Beginning her craft at the young age of six — Soo Han has made her mark on the composing scene. She is a force in the creative process of bringing music to life, and she is just getting started. Throughout her music she fuses and merges multiple genres. She pursued her musical studies at Walnut Hill Arts School as a composition major. Soo continued her education in composition and obtained a bachelor of music degree from New England Conservatory. She also obtained her master's degree from New York University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in composition at Five Towns College.



Leonardo Brito

LEONARDO BRITO is 20 years old and is a professional dancer from Sindicato de Danca do Rio de Janeiro. He graduated in dance at Federal Universidade of Rio de Janeiro. While in Brazil, his native country, he studied various various forms of art including voice, guitar and theater, and began studying dance at Projeto Primeiro Passo, where hefirst encountered Ballet, Jazz, Modern Dance, Capoeira and Ballroom Dancing. His interest in Contemporary Dance came with his participation in the Faces Company of Dance, with performances that received rave reviews. Continuing his studies, he joined the Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa, with whom he had the opportunity to participate in major ballets with the Company of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro and perform with the Mariinsky Theatre Company of Russia. When performing with this company, he was on stage with important names of international dance, such as Ulyana Lopatkina Vladimir Shklyarov, Kimin Kim and others.

In his search for constant improvement, he attended classes and courses in recognized institutions including the Miami City Ballet School and Bale da Cidade de São Paulo.

He participated in the FINEP Innovation Award 2013, television shows, Carnival in the Commission's front Beija-Flor in 2015, where he was champion, and several festivals, where he has been highlighted as best dancer.

Leonardo was the winner of the III Prize of the Brazilian Modern Dance Congress, and as a result was given the opportunity to study in places like Rioult Dance NY, Steps Repertory Ensemble, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance in New York City. The year of 2015 marks his debut in the Compania Nos da Danca, the oldest independent dance company of Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 Leonardo started work as dancer at As Art NY and a Scholarship student at The Ailey School.

Elisabeth Jeffrey

Elisabeth Jeffrey started her classical training under the tutelage of Carlos Stroia in Minnesota at the age of seven. She went on to train at the Joffrey Ballet School under a full merit scholarship, when she was fourteen. During her years there, she attended workshops with schools such as the American Ballet Theater, the Houston Ballet School, the Washington Ballet School, and the Royal Ballet School of Covent Garden. She also performed with Arts Umbrella Dance Company in Vancouver, Canada, and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers in NYC. Upon graduation from the Joffrey Ballet School, she accepted invitations from Complexions Contemporary Ballet to attend workshops and company classes, during which time she was also working with RM Ballet. Elisabeth is a company member of Periapsis Music & Dance, Benjamin Briones Ballet, Emotions Physical Theatre and CONNetic Dance, while freelancing in NYC.  Check out her website:

Michelle Palatucci

Michelle Palatucci was born and raised in Sydney, Australia where she began her professional dance training at the age 14, concentrating on Ballet and Contemporary. She was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School New York where she completed her 4 years of training gaining a full Diploma in Dance under the direction of Michael Blake. There she worked with various choreographers and artists including Darrell Grand Moultrie, Matthew Powell, Chet Walker and performed original works by Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones.As well as Dance, Michelle has worked in the TV industry in Australia. 

Shawn Rawls

Shawn Rawls grew up in Cleveland, Ohio studying martial arts and street dance from a young age. At sixteen he attended Cleveland School of the Arts and began dancing with the Y.A.R.D (Youth At Risk Dancing) an award winning program helping youths develop an artistic voice and U.D.C (Urban Dance Collective). These youth company experiences provided training with Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. In 2003, Shawn graduated as a Visual Arts and Dance major. Shawn is now a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer in New York City. He trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance, and with artists like Mia Michaels from So You Think You Can Dance, Ravenna Tucker from the Royal Ballet, David Keary of the New York City Ballet, Steve Rooks of the Martha Graham Company, Bill Wade artistic director of Inlet Dance Theatre, and Hope Boykins from Alvin Ailey. He received a full scholarship in dance to pursue a B. F. A. in performance and choreography from Belhaven University. Shawn has performed with over a dozen shows and dance companies throughout the United States and abroad including Pilobolus, the Aluminum Show, Ad Deum, Monster Energy Drink and the Roots, Culture Shock, the Roxey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Tygo Ballets, K-Theory, Son Kiss’d Hip Hop Contemporary and the Chicago Lyric Opera. As a freelance choreographer for more than Seven years, he recently won the first round of NYC XYZ choreography competition and placed runner up in the final round. Shawn Rawls choreography has been featured on Dancing Wheelsand the Roxey Ballet. Shawn Rawls works has also been seen in NYC 10 festival, and he recently presented an evening length piece at the Houston Fringe Festival. Shawn is the founder and artistic director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a dance company that performs in New York and around the United States.

Leigh Schanfein

Leigh Schanfein is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher as well as a Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, NYU Langone Medical Center.  She has trained and performed across the USA and abroad in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance, and currently performs professionally as a freelance artist in NYC. She has performed with companies such as City Ballet of San Diego, Collective Body|Dancelab, Indelible Dance, Christopher Caines Dance Company, Yoo and Dancers, and the Park Avenue Armory, and has guested with Benjamin Briones Ballet, New American Youth Ballet, Lafayette Ballet, and CONNetic Dance.  She has performed in commercial productions including on stage with comedian Hannibal Buress as part of the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Davines NYC hair show, and during Fashion Week NYC for designer Cristina Ruales.  Leigh is a former Director of Dance for Periapsis Music and Dance, where her choreography was described as "gorgeous and lush."  She is also a contributing journalist for Dance Informa Magazine.

Leigh received her M.S. degree in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics from Purdue University, and her B.S. degree in animal physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance from the University of California San Diego. As a graduate student, she received multiple awards for her research with dancers including two awards through the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Her research has focused on the mechanisms by which humans control balance and how sensory feedback is integrated for the control of posture. Her current research at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries covers a wide range of topics concerning injury prevention among dancers.  Leigh has taught courses in health, motor development, biomechanics lab, and stress at Purdue University, and anatomy at Peridance Capezio Center.  In 2015, she joined the faculty at Barnard University as adjunct lecturer of biomechanics in the department of dance. 

Xiaoxiao Cao

She was born in China and began her professional ballet training at age ten at Guangzhou Art School. She danced with Guangzhou Ballet directly after her graduation from school at age sixteen. In 2011, Xiaoxiao was promoted to Soloist, and in 2012 she was invited by Mark Roxey to join Roxey Ballet. She has also worked with many international choreographers and performed in numerous ballets, including SwanLake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Cinderella, Theme and Variations, and Serenade. In 2014, Xiaoxaio was invited to perform with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where she made her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC. In 2015, she came up with her designs product line of Ballet leotards called Xiaoxiao Designs. 

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