ABOUT

A note from Tyler

Touring internationally as a principal dancer for Alvin Ailey's second company, I learned that there's much more to dance than just correct execution of the choreography. As a dance teacher, I strive to keep the spark of spontaneous joy alive in young dancers, and see a rigorous study of technique simply as a key to a more profound and fulfilling dancing experience. Only this way can all the practice and training actually be fun, and only this way can a child's passion for dance occasionally blossom into a great career.

 

The performances we put together at the end of each semester are a core feature of my teaching method. The cooperation and dedication that it takes to put together a performance, and the courage and bravado that it takes to perform in front of an audience, are valuable skills which carry into all aspects of life.

 

In my interaction with my students, I bring a keen focus on proper nutrition and positive body image, on precise alignment and overall health, which I believe makes every one of my students better prepared for whatever life may throw at them, on and off the dance floor.

Dancing taught me not only how to move my body, but also how to think creatively and independently, how to think for myself and overcome challenges. These are skills, not a talent, and while impeccable technique and alignment are crucial for the few who will end up being professional dancers, it is my earnest hope that I will be able to pass on the confidence and self-esteem that a career in dance has given me, to all my students.

Meet the staff

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Originally from Owings Mills, Maryland, TBDC Founder and Artistic Director Tyler Brown started dancing at age 9. Her formal training started at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore; under the direction of Carol Bartlett and Melissa Stafford. Here she was trained in classical ballet and fell in love with the art of dance. She then attended the Ailey School with a full scholarship and after one year, was recruited into Alvin Ailey's second company.

 

Prior to starting the TBDC, Tyler had an illustrious career as a performing dancer and spokesperson.

 

From 2012 through 2014, Tyler toured internationally as a principal dancer and poster girl for Ailey II. She received  glowing reviews of her performances from the New York Times, and was featured in a spread of Essence Magazine's May 2013 issue.  Ms. Brown was interviewed by Dance Spirit Magazine, and performed on Dancing With The Stars - Bulgaria. In 2014 she was featured on NBC New York representing Ailey II's 2014 New York Season and 40th Anniversary. She also appeared on MTVU, and performed for the 2014 Mercedes Benz car show. From 2014 through 2016, Tyler performed domestically and internationally with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, with noteworthy performances such as the 2015 Meet in Beijing Dance Festival. Ms. Brown was also a member of Kachal Dance, under the direction of Alia Kache with performances such as the 2016 Cistermúsica festival in Alcobaca, Portugal and the 2016 Fringe Festival in New York City. Other performance credits include workshops with the Merce Cunningham Trust in 2017. Tyler has also performed works by Kate Skarpetowska, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Jessica Lang, Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, and more.

In 2018 she founded the Tyler Brown Dance School and opened the Tyler Brown Dance Center in July of 2020. Tyler has taught countless students, some of whom  have been accepted into the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and The Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer intensives.

"In a solo from Jessica Lang’s “Splendid Isolation II,” Tyler Brown commanded attention as an Ailey queen should, her outsized white skirt spilling in a vast circle around her. The first twist of her torso was worth the whole underdeveloped dance."

Brian Sabert, New York Times

"The most potent sense of individuality came from Ms. Skarpetowska, whose “Cuore Sott’olio” set adventurous, high-velocity partnering against the slow-motion progression of a lone dancer, the stately Tyler Brown"

Sibhan Burke, New York Times

See a recent interview for the Florence Belsky Foundation

Meet the Faculty

Oksana Konobeyeva
Classical Ballet Program: Ballet Master Teacher 

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Ms. Konobeyeva graduated from the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College in 1990 (Vaganova Method Training). After winning the First Prize at the Vaganova Prix, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Studio Company where she was coached by master teachers such as Rimma Karelskaya, Michael Lavrovsky, Marina Semyonova, Elena Ryabinkina. Her roles included Pas de Trois and Odette/Odilie from Swan Lake, Lisa from La Fille Mal Gardee, Clara from the Nutcracker and others classical roles.

 

In 1995, Ms Konobeyeva won the First Prize at the Luxembourg International Ballet Competition and came to the United States. She joined the American Ballet Theatre and performed many classical and contemporary parts. Among her roles were Trio Shades and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Spring in the Ben Stivenson's Cinderella, Carnaval People in the Lar Lubovitch's "Othello", solo in the Herald Lander's Etudes, and other roles including works by Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine, John Neumeier and Twyla Tharp. 

 

In 2002, Ms. Konobeyeva became an Independent Guest Artist and started teaching. To enhance her teaching experience, she went to learn Pilates from the Pilates Academy International, Pilates on Fifth, NYC (2007), and became an ABT's Certified Ballet Teacher in Primary through Level 7. 

 

Ms. Konobeyeva teaches Classical Ballet, Conditioning, Variations, Repertoire and creates numerous choreography for students. In her teaching, Ms. Konobeyeva applies all her learning experiences, and along with corrections, she tries to pass the love for learning ballet to her students. 

Emma Pittman
Tyler's Dance Club: Head Instructor 
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Emma Pittman, a proud Wagner College graduate, is a teaching artist and actor based in New York City.  Her credits include Legally Blonde Singapore Tour, The Producers at Theatre by the Sea, and Damn Yankees at Park Playhouse. Emma is most recently known for being the winner of Chicago and Broadway.com's "The Search for Roxie Hart". She is expected to make her Broadway Debut at the Ambassador Theatre in 2022

Paul Gamble 
Uptown Outreach, Boys Ballet: Head Instructor
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Paul M Gamble Jr is a modern dancer and choreographer based in New York City. During his educational career at The Ailey School, Paul has performed at New York City Center, The Apollo Theater, and Lincoln Center with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a student. Since graduating, he has performed with members of Ailey II, Alvin Ailey, Limón, Complexions Ballet, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. He currently works as a teaching artist with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance teaching the Lester Horton technique of modern dance. He is also a choreographer, director, and videographer, having shot his first dance film which debuted this year in the first Dance is Activism Film Festival. Paul continues to teach and choreograph and hopes to spread his art in as many forms as possible.