Hannah Baumgarten, Founding Co-Director of Dance NOW! Miami, grew up between Santa Cruz, California, and Jerusalem, Israel, where she began her dance training with Chasia Levy, Mme Valentina Belova, Tandy Beal and others. She received a B.F.A from the Juilliard School under the mentorship of Ben Harkarvy after attending the University of Utah Ballet Department under Conrad Ludlow and Janek Schergen. In Utah she performed in the works of Balanchine; at Juilliard she danced leads in works of Graham, Limón, Morris, Taylor, Sokolow, Harkarvy and others and had her work presented at several Lincoln Center venues. She is a winner of the State of Florida Choreographic Fellowship; she has taught and choreographed throughout the United States and in Central and South America including at the Instituto de Danza Teatro Colon, Argentina, and Mostra Dança, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She danced professionally with Utah Ballet, Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre, Labyrinth Dance Theatre, William Adair and Dancers, Karen Peterson & Dancers, Momentum Dance Company, Giovanni Luquini and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. Hannah directed the Magnet High School Dance Program at Dillard Center for the Arts in Ft. Lauderdale for a decade, and has taught at Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory, Mercyhurst University, Rutgers University and others. She is currently adjunct faculty at Miami Arts Charter High School. Baumgarten is mat certified in Pilates from Core Dynamics. Hannah has been on faculty at Interlochen Summer Camp since 2004 and the Joffrey Ballet School NY Summer Program since 2012, serving as master teacher, recruiter and international ambassador.
Diego Salterini, originally from Rome, Italy, moved to the U.S. in 1997 after an illustrious career as lead dancer, and assistant choreographer for many popular Italian T.V. and theatre shows. In the United States he danced extensively with companies including Michael Uthoff Dance Theater. He trained with Maestro Roberto Salaorni who he considers his mentor, as well as Flavio Bennati (Teatro La Scala), Michelle Ellis (ABT), Mamy Raomeria (Maurice Bejart), Ranko Yokoyama (Luis Falco), Max Stone, Susie Taylor, Roger Dillhaunty, and Michelle Kadison. His choreography has been presented in nine states as well as Europe, Central and South America.His teaching career, spanning almost three decades, includes national and international organizations such as NWSA, FIU, Miami City Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet School, Ballet Stadium (Sao Paulo), I.A.L.S. (Rome), to name a few. Diego served as regional jazz dance adjudicator for Young Arts until 2012 and has been on faculty at the Interlochen Summer Camp since 2005 and the Joffrey Ballet School NY Summer Program since 2012, serving as master teacher, recruiter and international ambassador.