Taylor [the Tailor] was born and raised in New York. Growing up in between the big city and a cozy cottage nestled in the suburbs outside the concrete jungle, with a family the size of a small town, she was able to find peace amidst chaos! She earned a Bachelors Degree in humanities [health and wellness] from the State University of New York at Oneonta, in the beautiful Catskill mountains. During her time in school, Taylor taught herself how to sew. She began to design clothing and spread her passion for self expression through wearable art, by teaching sewing lessons! Taylor has spent the last decade creating art programs [for adults and children on all aspects of life’s vibrant spectrum!] ~ privately and in various group/community homes. She was also blessed with the opportunity of working in a number of different theaters, as a tailor, all over the NorthEast Coast. The common thread throughout these experiences, was children. Wherever she found herself working, Taylor continually had profound encounters with children. As these magical moments grew more frequent, she took it as a sign to follow life’s lead! Moving to Colorado in 2011, Taylor dove deep into the world of early childhood everything! She landed a job full time as a pre-school teacher in a day care on a lake, just outside Denver. Anytime she wasn’t in her classroom, Taylor was nannying, sharing art therapy in various schools around the Front Range area or working on developing what would become a revolutionary safe space for families and children [of all ages] at festivals worldwide - Rainbow Lighting. Before having two sweet children of her own, Rainbow Lightning was her baby; a 501c3 organization dedicated to empowering self-expression through music, art and nature! With this endeavor, Taylor has been able to create countless programs and build a close knit team of mentors that travel together, uplifting and inspiring youth to be themselves! After ten rewarding years living in the South West, Taylor has decided to relocate her family back East and is excited for the opportunity to be a part of something incredible.. just down the hill from where she grew up! More information at http://www.rainbowlightning.org/
Debbie Major - Program Coordinator/Instructor
Debbie Major is the retired CEO of Zylofone Inc., a non-profit company serving the special needs community with music, art and drama experiences. Debbie, a mother of two young men with autism, continues to advocate addressing issues like community based inclusion programming. She also serves as a board member on NYSOTA and is Co- director of HV Connecting, inc (the art of relationship building). With over 4 decades as a professional entertainer, she continues to delight audiences in the Tri-state area.
Eric Archer Condevaux-Dahlberg - Creative Coordinator/Spokesperson
Eric Archer Condevaux-Dahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist musician, artist, poet and meditation teacher drawing inspiration from nature and its bounty. As a woodcarver and painter, he is known for his organic wall sculptures that channel natural patterns and the fluidity of light. A lover of nature and art in all forms, he expresses this love through an artistic practices which overlap music, meditation, yoga, cooking, teaching, and poetry. Eric’s work allows him to share his passions by serving others while building community with presence. With Hudson Valley InterArts, Eric is creating and designing the programming, classrooms, and art exhibitions alongside the team and community of artists. More information at EricArcherArts.com
Alyssa Del Giorno - Instructor
My name is Alyssa Del Giorno, I am an artist and mental health worker. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and studio art with a concentration in painting. Over the past five years, I have worked in the mental health field with a wide variety of individuals, helping them heal and reach their goals. My favorite way to connect with those I work with is through art. Art has always been very healing for me and has inspired me to share this passion with others. I believe art is magic and each creation is a journey within itself. I am excited to connect and create with you.
Annie Ayala - Instructor
Annie has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and began teaching when she was 16. Annie studied all genres of dance, from ballet to Irish step. As a competitive tap dancer, she was a National Champion and has performed professionally with Walter Freeman, her teacher and mentor, best known as the lead tapper from the international sensation Riverdance. In addition to professional performances, she donated her time to perform in nursing homes, The Poughkeepsie Children's Home, local churches and schools, as well as, a variety of Irish restaurants. Always a believer in inclusivity, she helped start a dance program for special needs children and adults at her dance studio. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Dance from SUNY Potsdam, and a M.A. from Antioch University in Dance Movement Therapy and Couples/Family Therapy. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, bringing both the joy of movement and the therapeutic qualities of dance to children, adults, and the geriatric population. She has managed the creative arts camp at SUNY Potsdam, worked with North Country ARC, as well as working with adolescent victims of violence with Art and Abolition in Kenya, military veterans and their families suffering from PTSD at Emerald Coast Behavioral Outpatient center in Florida, and on the memory, long term and rehab units at The Pines for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New York.
Carolyn Nielsen - Instructor
Carolyn Nielsen is the artistic Director of White Pond Community Arts in Stormville, New York. She is passionate about providing opportunities to underserved populations, new and emerging artists, I’m bringing professionals together to create supportive and inclusive communities surrounding the arts. With a background and degree in teaching, Carolyn‘s approach to the arts is student-centered with a focus on the process of learning, growth, and self-discovery.
Daniel O'Brien - Instructor
Daniel O'Brien a.k.a 'Captain Wildlife' developed the class of 'Animal Art' at Zylofone Studios Inc., under the direction of Debbie Major. Daniel came to work at Zylofone after graduating SUNY New Paltz with a degree in music therapy. He works with seniors using his music background as well as his love of wildlife and art. He is thrilled to be bringing Animal Art to the Hudson Valley --InterArts Community!
Ernesto Abreu - Instructor
Ernesto Miguel Abreu founded and is the head teaching artist of Song & Beat Inc., a not-for-profit organization passionate about educating young people in the unique beauty, creativity, and genius of Pan-African Drum Culture music. Ernesto Miguel Abreu has been performing domestically and internationally with world renowned musical artists at diverse venues and festivals for close to 40 years. He is very excited and committed to the Hudson InterArts collaboration with Community Based Services. It is encouraging to work with like minded people servicing our community.
Grace Nevin - Dance Instructor
GRACE NEVIN is a passionate artist from New York, where she trained with many companies including Boston Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet School, and the American Academy of Ballet. After she graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2018, she moved to Nashville, where she taught at the Nashville Ballet and a number of studios and venues, including museums and homeless shelters. Grace also coached a team of dancers with disabilities and is passionate about bringing dance to people of all backgrounds. Grace has furthered her professional education by completing the Dance Movement Psychotherapy course from the University of Roehampton, London, and the Danscend Mental Wellness Dance Educator program. She is currently completing a certificate program for Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities. Her personal teaching philosophy resides in positivity, inclusion, and motivating her students to achieve their best selves. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students and is so excited to be a part of the wonderful programming at CBS.
Jeff Greenfield - Instructor
Jeff shares songs, singing, guitar, percussion, and other joys of music with people of all abilities. He holds a Masters Degree in Education, and over 40 years of experience supporting individuals with special needs. Jeff has provided music therapy/appreciation for ten years, and aims to share the love of music with all.
Kaylah Bell - Instructor
Kaylah Bell is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music teacher from the Hudson Valley. Kaylah finds great purpose and joy in teaching songwriting, music production/recording, music ensembles and percussion to folks of all ages and abilities. He holds a degree in jazz guitar, percussion and expressive arts therapy. In addition to his work as a music teacher he has toured the US and Europe with different bands including Justin Nozuka, Moking Sea and Liana Gabel.
Kelly Daley - Instructor
Meet Kelly Daley – Yogi, local friend and owner of Daley Ayurveda located in Brewster, NY. Kelly is a Yoga Teacher and an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Kelly’s yoga teaching journey began in 2016 when she received her RYT 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia through YogaWorks. Since, she has received additional trainings and has taught chair yoga to seniors, Vinyasa, Restorative, Prenatal as well as Yoga Therapy in California and New York. You may know Kelly from the Art of Healing in Carmel, NY where she taught Restorative and Slow Flow Yoga and offered self-care workshops. Or perhaps you met her at Putnam Hospital where she taught private yoga therapy for the patients of Garell, P. Charles, MD. Kelly also graduated from the top Ayurveda school in the US, the California College of Ayurveda, where she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) program. She has accumulated almost 5000 hours of educational and practical experience, including about 1000 hours of Supervised Internship. As an avid hiker and nature enthusiast, Kelly has always felt deeply connected to the 5 elements and the ways in which they affect the mind, body and spirit. Kelly guides and inspires clients to nurture a lifestyle of health, peace, and balance within and with the world around them. Kelly incorporates yoga, meditation, pranayama, herbal medicine, diet, and lifestyle routines to support you on your unique healing journey. “I feel it is my purpose to be of service to those in need of support, to educate those seeking knowledge and to be a channel for conscious healing.”
Natasha Segalini - Instructor
Inspired at a young age by her grandmother's creativity and love for arts, Natasha has always known she was an artist! Her passion lies in showing people that life can be relaxing. Sharing the gift of art with others, she finds a way to help them quiet their minds, discovering moments of peace. Natasha's favorite type of art is digital, but at the InterArts she helps students to explore ALL types of mixed media and provides opportunities to get messy! She painted a beautiful mural, which includes the many aspects of Community Based Services, on the wall in the garden level classroom at the Inter Arts building!
Rene Soto - Instructor
Rene Soto was born in La Libertad Peten, Guatemala. In November 2011, Rene left Guatemala, to pursue a career as an artist, having worked as a Physical Education instructor up to that point. Since his arrival to the United States, Rene has been making art that reflects the life he left behind and also shows the richness that the Latin community brings to the United States, through art, music, poetry, culinary art and more! He also draws inspiration from universal truths and commonalities that cannot be communicated in any other way than through his paintings. He loves to travel and has worked on art projects in places such as; Nashville, Tennessee, Miami Florida, & Los Angeles, California. Currently, Rene Soto lives in Norwalk CT where he has established himself as a practicing professional artist, arts educator, and manager of Rene Soto Gallery. Acrylic on canvas his favorite medium. He works with oils, collages, painting with your hands and body painting. Here at The Hudson Valley InterArts Center, Rene currently teaches Mural Painting.