Faculty & Staff
Sabatino A. Verlezza
Sabatino A. Verlezza received his BFA in Dance from Kent State University, OH and started dancing with RIOULT Dance NY in 2012. He is a certified teacher of the May O’Donnell modern dance technique and trained under master teachers Nancy Lushington and his parents Barbara Allegra and Sabatino Verlezza. In addition to his dance background, Verlezza is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. Since 2012, he has taught a variety of group classes, including Zumba, PiYo, as well as many original dance cardio and strength/toning formats for M Dance & Fitness (MD&F) under the direction of Misty Clark. In collaboration with MD&F, he has recently launched a new personal training webcast entitled “WAKE UP with Sabatino”, co-hosted with longtime colleague, Pilates professional, and RIOULT dancer Charis Haines. Verlezza is honored to teach the first ongoing professional level O’Donnell technique class in NYC since 1994 and to be doing so in the beautiful new home of RIOULT Dance NY.
Jaime Torres was born and raised in New York City. He is a singer, actor, dancer, and designer, and has spent the last decade working on productions at every level of professional theatre, dance, and opera. He has worked at prestigious venues such as The Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Theatre and The Juilliard School, and has worked for companies like Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Gotham Chamber Opera. Lastics has helped Jaime re-discover a deep connection with his body that has inspired him to dedicate part of his life to helping others develop mobility and flexibility for physical longevity. He is truly honored to be a Certified Lastics Instructor and hopes to see you in class soon!
Ezra Goh is a GYROTONIC® teacher trainer certified in both the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods. Ezra came late to dance, only beginning his first ballet lesson at the age of 21. Having to deal with lack of flexibility, built-up tightness from backgrounds in sports and military, and tensions from crash-coursing his dance education, he was driven to study and pursue a variety of movement approaches and methods to condition his body and supplement his physical ability. Ezra found everything he was looking for in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Through teaching the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, Ezra seeks to help people find strength that is both tensile and elastic; to find power that flows and breathes. He takes to heart the words of founder Juliu Horvath, “I want music in my body and poetry in my body, and I want to be skillful without struggle; it has to come without struggle.”
He is currently on faculty at Body Evolutions and Kinespirit Riverside, working with a wide range of clientele from young athletes looking to improve their performance; elderly and injured rehabilitating towards living pain free on the day-to-day; to new mothers seeking to restrengthen the body’s support systems postpartum. Outside of teaching, Ezra is an active dancer currently performing with Allison Chase / Performance and Kizuna.
Madeline McBroom was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. At an early age, Madeline began her training at San Antonio School For The Performing Arts. She received a B.A. from The University of Northern Colorado with honors as an acting major and was awarded Most Outstanding Dance Minor. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor with specialties in the areas of “Cardio Dance” and “BarreAbove” formats. Madeline encourages her students to feel comfortable in their own style of dance and to treat each class like a dance party! She is here to spread her passion for fitness and dance and hopes you walk out of each class feeling empowered and having learned a few new dance moves along the way.
Pooja Uberoi is professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has toured throughout India, U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Israel. She’s founder of the dance company IKIGAI, producer for NYC Dance week and founder of Funkar, a NYC-10 Initiative. Before moving to NYC, Pooja was head of a national dance school in India with over 800 students. She has choreographed full length Bollywood Musicals. Pooja is the Brand Ambassador for Dance USA, Dance NYC and Hotstar, USA. She is also a consultant for a music school and runs an international artist management company called Artists East West. She currently teaches adults and children in Greenpoint & Park Slope - Brooklyn, Park Avenue & Upper East side - Manhattan, and in Hoboken!