Jacqueline Green (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at the age of 13 at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program under the direction of Denise Jefferson. During that time she also received training at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In her career she has performed works by a wide range of choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Ronald K. Brown, and Kyle Abraham. In 2016 she performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. Ms. Green is a 2018 Bessie nominee for sustained achievement with the Company, a 2014 Dance Fellowship recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee, a 2009 recipient of the Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award, and a 2010 recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 she performed on BET’s Black Girls Rock honoring Judith Jamison. Ms. Green is also a two time New York Times featured artist. She was a member of Ailey II in 2010 and joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011. Instagram: @jagreen711
Jacqueline was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 13 by one of her first dance teachers. She has a 45-48 degree curve. She uses dance, physical therapy, and gyrokinesis as conditioning methods to manage her scoliosis. Ms. Green continues to perform all around the world encouraging young aspiring artists to continue following their dreams regardless of what challenges they may face.
Beckanne Sisk began her ballet training with Longview Ballet Theater at the age of 5. She studied there until age thirteen when she moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend The Rock School for Dance Education on scholarship. She was a part of the Rock’s RAPA program for four years. While there, Miss Sisk won the Jerome Robbins award in 2007, and competed at the Youth America Grand Prix from 2007-2010, placing in 1st and 3rd. Adam Sklute invited her to join Ballet West II in 2010, at age 17, after seeing her compete at YAGP. After one year in Ballet West II she joined the main company as a New Artist in 2011 and then to Principal in 2015.
She has performed the female principal roles in Anna Marie Holmes’ Don Quixote, John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet and Onegin, as well as Adam Sklute’s adaptations of Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Sisk has been noticed by The Washington Post in William Christensen's The Nutcracker, "one of the most charming and beguiling ballerinas to embody the role in recent memory. She was every bit the fairy-tale queen of one's dreams - regal but warm, expressive but subtly so, who sustained her balances as if mere air held her up, and yet paradoxically, her dominant quality was softness." Also her performance in Cranko's Onegin was recognized by Pointe Magazine as one of the Standout Performances of 2019. Original principal roles have been created on her by many renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nicolo Fonte, Val Caniparoli, Edward Liang, and Matthew Neenan. She has since become an international guest star. In addition to her dancing, Miss Sisk was featured on the CW’s Breaking Pointe television show for two seasons and has appeared in Mexico Vogue. She also won the Bronze Medal in the Beijing International Ballet Competition in June 2012, and was chosen for the 2012 Princess Grace Dance Fellowship award.
Beckanne was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12. She says one of the best things Scoliosis has taught me is to embrace being different. "We are all unique and being different is beautiful."
Integrative Health Practitioner, MSc Physical Therapy, RYT-200, Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer, NASM-CPT & NASM-CES
Vivian is a certified Integrative Health Practitioner (IHP) with a background in physical therapy, yoga for scoliosis, corrective exercise, and functional and naturopathic medicine. Ever since she was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), she's been fascinated with the human body and the way it moves. She helps those with scoliosis regain strength and confidence by building body awareness through fitness, as well as nutrition and mindfulness practices. By creating SCOLIOFITNESS, a program that incorporates scoliosis specific exercises and everyday techniques, Vivian empowers #scoliosiswarriors to live a life out of possibility and not out of fear..
Erin Myers is an international presenter on scoliosis and founder of Spiral Spine, a company designed to enrich the lives of people with scoliosis. She owns the Spiral Spine Pilates studio in Brentwood, TN, which allows her to actively pursue her passion of helping those with scoliosis through the practice of Pilates. Erin’s teaching philosophy is simple: enriching people’s lives through anatomically correct movement. Her unrelenting mission to find the root cause of movement dysfunction, combined with a light-hearted and accessible teaching style, draws in devoted clients of all ages.
Spiral Spine offers a growing set of scoliosis resources. Created exclusively by Erin, these include her books: Analyzing Scoliosis, The Beautiful Scoliotic Back, and My Scoli Journal, and online workouts: the Scoliosis Series and Hard Core Scoli. She has multiple continuing education workshops for scoliosis online including Analyzing Scoliosis, Scoliosis Spinal Fusion, and Kids with Scoliosis. Her scoliometer app, Scoliometer by Spiral Spine, allows practitioners and users to measure vertebral and rib cage rotation, helping to better manage one’s scoli.
Erin began her career as a professional dancer with the Radio City Rockettes and was trained in Pilates at the Kane School of Core Integration. She is a Balanced Body Master Instructor and is Level 2 Certified in the GYROTONIC® Method. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Entrepreneurship from Pace University in NYC (Cum Laude), along with Certifications by the American Council on Exercise and the Pilates Method Alliance.
Ronald K. Alexander
RONALD K. ALEXANDER is an independent arts consultant, administrator, educator, activist and advocate for the arts and scoliosis. He has performed with the following ballet companies: The National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet of Iran, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballets of Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has taught and choreographed for numerous schools, dance companies and colleges including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, Harlem School of the Arts, Peridance Center, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, and the Alpha-Omega Dance Company, among others. He graduated with Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 1994 and from 1994-2002, Mr. Alexander was a certified dance instructor with the New York City Department of Education and has held artistic/administrative positions in the following: Director of Dance, the Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY, under Betty Allen, Principal, the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, New York, School Administrator, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York, NY, under Arthur Mitchell, and Principal, the Nutmeg Conservatory, Torrington, CT. He has been the subject of "Five Teachers, Five Venues, a 2014 article in Dance Magazine. He was the former Director of Education at RestorationART, the Youth Arts Academy, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is currently on the faculties of the following: The Black Arts Institute, Brooklyn, NY, the Stella Adler School of Acting, NY and the Ailey School, NY. and currently serves on the following boards, New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and the School of Peridance Center, and as a Large Capacity Committee member at the New York Dance and Performance Awards, the Bessies.
"It was the diagnosis and the subsequent operation to correct scoliosis that changed my life. At 16 years old, I was diagnosed with a severe curvature of the spine, and underwent an operation to correct the scoliosis. I received a partial fusion, which allowed a certain degree of flexibility. I had no idea at the time that I would eventually become a ballet dancer but the partial fusion allowed me to have a career in dance. I actually started dancing after graduating from high school. Beginning with a 6 week summer program at George Washington University in Washington, DC which became the precursor for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then in Boston with David Shields, the David Shields School of Ballet and Billie Wilson at the Elma Lewis School of the Arts while attending Boston University as an academic student. I was always conscious of my scoliosis and had almost convinced myself that I would never become a professional dancer but I preserved because of my passion for ballet. After leaving Boston, I was accepted into the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada on full scholarship, and within a year, eventually awarded a contract with the National Ballet of Canada, dancing in the corps and working with luminaries like Eric Bruin, Rudolph Nureyev, Celia Franca, among others. And as they say the rest is history."
Martha Hunt is a fashion model and scoliosis research advocate. She was diagnosed with scoliosis around the same time she started modeling, in her early teens. After finishing high school, she had a spinal fusion surgery, and then moved to NYC to purse her modeling career full time. She has traveled the world for brands like Chanel, Prada, and Victoria’s Secret, and been featured on international Vogue covers. Her scoliosis experience remained a driving force throughout her career, so she recently launched Inégal to bring awareness to scoliosis and raise funds for research. She teamed up with Dr. Sariah Khormaee MD,PhD to get women trained in research, find a better understanding of the condition, and help improve the equality of care worldwide. She is also passionate about mindfulness and writing, and loves animals!