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Lanette  Costas is a graduate of New York’s LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Currently, Ms. Costas is on faculty at The Ailey School and Ballet Tech. She is also a recent School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow. As a Dance Educator she has successfully taught Ballet and Horton technique for over a decade.  Ms. Costas was on faculty at the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute for 8 years and was formerly the Academy Program Director at InSpira PACC. Most recently she wasa Resident Artist at Lawrence University.  Ms. Costas has enjoyed guest lecturing and teaching master classes in high schools and universities throughout the country. 

Her professional concert dance credits include Ailey II, Donald Byrd/The Group, Elisa Monte Dance, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, and Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance. She was a featured dancer in Disney’s The Lion King. Additional theater credits include The Skylight Music Theatre's production of Five Guys Named Moe (Choreographer), Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Tin Pan Alley Rag (Dance Captain), and If This Hat Could Talk as the choreographic assistant to Tony Award winner George Faison.  Ms. Costas performed for the television broadcast of CBS’ Kennedy Center Honors where she performed for President Clinton in honor of Judith Jamison. She toured internationally as a soloist with the Spiritual Singers of Harlem and danced for the NBA team, New Jersey Nets. With Residents Artists: Assembled, she has also performed at the Danspace Project and in the installation, BLEED at the Whitney Museum of American Art. During her career she performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, and South America.

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