Teachers

XiaoChuan Xie

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XiaoChuan Xie, a.k.a. Chuan, is a Chinese-born dancer/psychotherapist who currently pursues a M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College. She holds a B.A. from SUNY Empire State College and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. As a performer, Chuan is a Clive Barnes Award and Fred Astaire Award nominee for her excellent performances in Martha Graham Dance Company and The King and I on Broadway. Dance Magazine named her one the “Best Performers of 2015”.  As a teacher, she has taught in many professional dance schools and educational venues in NYC, such as Martha Graham School and The Taylor School, to list a few. 

Shane Bland

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Shane has a passion for educating children and seeing them reach their full potential through the arts.  Born in Edmonton, Canada, Shane comes for a large theater family and started hamming it up at the age of 2 reciting his older brothers Shakespeare monologues. Shane learned to dance from his two older sister sad spent time at Canada’s National Ballet School. Shane’s professional career started at the age of 15 in a production of Man of la Mancha in Toronto along side some of Canada’s top musical theatre talent. At 18 Shane joined Harold Prince's Show Boat along side Cloris Leachman and Ned Beatty. Other credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams (Original Broadway Cast, 1st National Tour); Disney's The Lion King; Oliver!; Aladdin; The Producers; Beauty and the Beast; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Pippin and Annie to name a few. Television: Live! With Regis and Kelly; Good Morning America; and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Shane also served as assistant director for several Off-Broadway shows. 

Shane spent 9 years and manager/lead teacher at Gymboree Play & Music in Scarsdale and now leads the music and movement program at Eliza Corwin Frost Preschool and is on staff at Young At Arts in Bronxville. Shane is also co-owner of 4 Mathnasium Learning Centers in Westchester. 

Tobin Eason

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From Mandeville, Louisiana, Tobin Eason began his ballet training at the Apetrei Dance Center. He later continued his ballet studies at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, LA, with Joseph Giacobbe and Richard Rholdon. While in New Orleans, Tobin performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet Company. He continued his professional training through the School of American Ballet where he received a full scholarship in 2000. While at SAB, Tobin was awarded the Nureyev Foundation Scholarship Award.

In the summer of 2001, he attended ABT’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship. Eason joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in April 2003. He has danced roles with the company in ballets such as La Fille mal gardée, in both Kevin Mckenzie’s and Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Petrouchka, Swan Lake, Gisele, Raymonda, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alexei Ratmansky’s The Firebird, Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet and Manon, John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias, Etudes, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo and Fall River Legend, Anthony Tudor’s Pillar of Fire and The Leaves are Fading, Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen and Brahm’s Hayden Variations, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Company B, to name a few. 

After leaving ABT, Tobin joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing in various operas including Aida, Turandot, Wether, Mefistofele, Die Zauberflote, Arabella, Rusalka, Tannhauser, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, La Fille du Regiment, Tales of Hoffman, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

In addition to performing, Mr. Eason also choreographs and is an Oil Painter. 

Eason choreographed for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company for its New York season and received favorable reviews by newspapers such as the New York Times. In 2012 and 2018, he choreographed works for former ABT principal dancer Michele Wiles’ company, Ballet Next, for their Brooklyn Academy of Music performances. Tobin also designed and painted the set for his piece at BAM and his sets were also featured at New York Live Arts Center in Manhattan. His paintings were featured in the gallery “The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York” in May 2015 and 2018 , and at “Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor” in August 2015.

Mr. Eason is currently a faculty member of Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and Central Park Dance in Scarsdale, New York. This season at The Metropolitan Opera, Tobin will be performing in The Magic Flute, Turandot, Werther, Queen of Spades, and Macbeth.