Tiffany Griffin is currently a Radio City Rockette where she has been kicking up her heels for the past 9 years. Her favorite performance was dancing with Pitbull on America's Got Talent! She started her professional dance career at various theme parks, including Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Walt Disney World. She has traveled the world as a swing, dance captain, and assistant choreographer on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.
Tiffany appeared on an NBC promo for the Super Bowl, and filmed a national commercial for Chase Bank. Her other TV appearances include the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Live with Kelly, and Christmas in Rockefeller Center. She has also been a featured dancer in various productions for the Santa Fe Opera. Tiffany loves teaching and inspiring students to live their dreams!
Tiffany and I met judging for The Power of Dance... She has such an infectious spirit, I wanted her to join Friends and Co.
Kathy VanDereedt is based out of NYC. She has toured and performed professionally around the world in a number of mediums, including concert dance, musical theater, television, commercial, and aerial work, and has most recently been seen dancing on the Emmy award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. As an instructor Kathy has taught and choreographed internationally at various schools, studios, and colleges, including NYC's famous Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Dance Center, and Dance Masters of America. She was also on faculty for ten years with Pushing Progress workshops, and was the Ballet Director for the Nourish Through Movement Tour, on which she also performed as a Principal Dancer. Kathy is also an adjudicator and master teacher for multiple top U.S. and Canadian dance competitions. Kathy enjoys bringing an informative and academic approach to her classes, inviting students of all ages to explore, challenge and dig for a deeper understanding of everything they know about technique, movement, and performance. www.kathyvandereedt.com.
Amelia Lowe is most famously known for her time on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 as a member of their top 20. In addition to this she made it into the top 12, allowing her the opportunity to perform across the country with the So You Think You Can Dance tour. Since her time on the show, Amelia has appeared as a principal dancer in episodes of Boardwalk Empire. She's also been featured in multiple commercials including a nationwide commercial for General Electric, Wendy's, Target, the New York Stock Exchange, and American Express. Amelia got the chance to be a featured dancer at the premiere for The Great Gatsby. She also performed for emerging choreographer, Lindsay Nelko at the Capezio Ace Awards. She is currently living in New York and dancing for fellow So You Think You Can Dance alum, Ellenore Scott in Ellenore's up and coming company, ELSCO.
Amelia and I taught together at an intensive in Syracuse! love love love her!
Beginning his training at age 10 - Jake has always loved to dance, studying many disciplines including Tap, Jazz, Irish Step, Ballet, Hip Hop and Broadway styles. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s Musical Theater program, he is now a performer based out of New York City. His favorite performance credits include the National Tour & regional productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (directed and choreographed by Tony Nominee Randy Skinner), Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Broadway By Year at NYC's Town Hall, and The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. Jake had the great honor of dancing alongside the legendary Tommy Tune in the New York City Center production of Lady, Be Good! where his tapping can be heard on the original cast album. Film and television appearances include For the Love of Fred Astaire (starring Dancing With The Stars' Len Goodman) and The Rachael Ray Show. As a singer/songwriter, Jake’s 5 song EP of original pop is available on iTunes and Spotify under the pseudonym PRIMME. www.PRIMMEmusic.com
Dance Artist/Choreographer/Master Instructor in Jazz Dance Studies:
Traditional Jazz Technique, Contemporary Jazz Soul, Lyrical, Theater Jazz, Afro-Fusion Jazz,
Latin Jazz Styles, Commercial Jazz, Street Jazz for Young Dancers, Studies in Jazz Rhythms for Dancers,
Concert Jazz & Repertory from Jazz Ain't Dead®
Originally from St. Louis, MO, born and bred into Jazz dance and influenced greatly by the Jazz music scene, Candice Michelle Franklin is a New York based professional dancer, choreographer, and producer who has been seen in numerous film, TV shows, music videos, industrials, and, of course, on the live stage performing in plays and dance companies. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts majoring in Dance on four-year scholarship, studied on scholarship at Steps on Broadway, trained in St. Louis at Missouri Concert Ballet, and, upon invitation to New York, received her conservatory training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She owns Dance Industrial Professionals, Inc./The Pro DANZ Group in which she oversees the dance and creative direction of several performance groups, recording artists, industrials, and stage shows. Her work has been performed in a host of New York venues including Jacob Javitz Convention Center, The Syracuse OnCenter, Capitale, Odeum Expo Center, Broad Street Ballroom, The Kumble Theater, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Cafe, Webster Hall, The SPACE at Westbury/Westbury Theater, Stage 48, the Oheka Castle, The Theater of Riverside Church, The Sage Theater, American Theater of Actors, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and Joyce SoHo, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Trump Taj Mahal, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s.
Most recently, her choreography work has been seen in the WEBBY-nominated music video for the rock band Black Taxi called “Shoeshine,” in the holiday stage play, "Coming Home to Christmas," and in the gospel stage play, Blest Be the Tide, performed at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City. In addition, she is Head Choreographer for CEG Productions LLC, is choreographer for the 80′s Girl Group, Buffalo Stance, and serves as choreographer for a number of recording artists including Natiah, internationally celebrated Bollywood Hip hop artist, SHAKTI, the rapper BRASCO, and Grammy award winning recording artist, Macy Gray.
Currently, she performs with the legendary master jazz pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs II's New Vintage, works as an Advanced Jazz instructor and adjudicator for The Joffrey Ballet School in the Jazz and Contemporary department for their summer intensive and elite professional bound trainee programs, instructs in Joffrey's Master Teacher National tour, and works as the producer and choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, a live band and dance production group performing at Jazz Festivals and Jazz concert series' such as Jazzmobile, the Harlem Shrines, and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Miss Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and a founding member of the not-for-profit 501(c)3 dance advocacy foundation, iDANZ®, Inc.
Candice Michelle Franklin
Master Teacher in Jazz and Jazz Dan
Washington DC native. He began his formal dance training at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has premiered with such notable landmark companys as:
The Washington Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Maurice Bejart Ballet Lausanne
The Joffrey Ballet
His starring role in the Broadway Tony Award Musical: FOSSE
Helen Hayes Nomination Featured Actor in a Musical
Dance of the Vampires/ Michael Crawford
Dirty Dancing the Classic Story on Stage
Terace and I met as students of Duke Ellington High School of the Arts GO DESA!!
"Born in Orange County, California Amanda began dancing at the age of 3 doing ballet, tap and jazz at California Dance Academy. By 12 years old, she was taken under the wing of Charis Moses where she began seriously training in classical and contemporary ballet at her studio in Yorba Linda, CA. She then continued her training at Anaheim Ballet under Larry and Sarma Rosenberg in Anaheim, CA. There she trained and performed amongst other dancers of Anaheim Ballet as well as performing at the Anaheim International Dance Festival alongside Clifton Brown, Maria Kotchekova and Misty Copeland. In 2008 she moved to NY to study dance at SUNY Purchase from 2008 to 2012 and received her BFA in Fine Arts. She trained under teachers such as Rosanna Seravalli, Bettijane Sills, Stephanie Tooman, Megan Williams, & Ted Kivitt. She also performed works by George Balanchine, Helen Pickett and Nicolo Fonte and studied abroad for Dance New York International Dance Festival in Madrid and Burgos, Spain.
In 2012, she was hired by Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride for the 2nd company of Charlotte Ballet and a year later she was promoted to 1st company. While at Charlotte Ballet she danced roles such as the Cupid variation from Paquita coached by Glenda Lucena, Western Symphony Third Movement coached by Patricia McBride and excerpts from Chants by Alonzo King. There she worked with and performed choreography by George Balanchine, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Dwight Rhoden, Mark Diamond, Mark Godden, Sasha Janes, Alonzo King and others. In the summer of 2015, she moved back to New York City and in January of 2016 she began working with New York Theatre Ballet under the direction of Diana Byer where she danced works by Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Antonia Franceschi, Keith Michaels and Jim Sutton. After freelancing and teaching & doing projects with the Black Iris Project and choreographer; William Isaac, she was hired by Virginia Johnson for Dance Theatre of Harlem June 2017."
Amanda and I met when she was one of my students for 7 years! She reminded me of myself because she understood the art, the work ethic needed and the commitment that she would need to the art! I love her and so proud of her!
Andrea Colabufo is a professional dancer, choreographer, master teacher and adjudicator based out of New York City. Her dance career has allowed her to travel all over the world, performing for audiences in most major cities throughout the United States including Hawaii, France, England, Mexico, Canada, The Netherlands and Russia.
Andrea has performed in famous venues with various dance concert productions such as the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, The Fox Theatre, Detroit and Joyce Soho, NYC.
Andreas performance credits include Norwegian Cruise Lines, multiple national tours including 'Sesame Street Live' and the original cast of 'Curious George Live,' and 'Dragon Tales Live.' Andrea was a principle female dancer in 'The Aluminum Show' international tour. Andrea performed as a magicians assistant in the "Illusionarium."
Andreas professional teaching/choreography credits include the Joffrey Ballet, Nyc, LeMoyne College and The Redhouse Arts Center. Favorite choreography credits: 'Rent' 'The Music Man' and 'Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.'
Andrea is also certified under the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Barre instructor at Physique 57, Nyc. Andrea is passionate about the endless potential of the human body. As a former competitive dancer herself, she enjoys bringing her knowledge of the human anatomy to help young dancers create longevity in their career and perform to their highest capacity, technique first!
All the Best,
ph: (315) 399.3383
Andrea and I met through Candice Franklin and judged together at The Power of Dance
Stephanie Godino was born and raised in New York City, and received her Ballet training from M. Craske; V. Pereyslavec and at the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced with companies including Kansas City Ballet; “Lotte Goslar’s Pantomime Circus”; Joffrey 2 Dancers; New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Stephanie has taught Ballet and Character Dance at Broadway Dance Center ( Children and Teen program); Peridance (core program); La Guardia H.S.; Ethical Culture Fieldston School; Leggz Ltd. on Long Island and currently at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC where she has taught children through adults since 1999. In addition to teaching, Stephanie has choreographed and directed opera productions for DiCapo Opera; Bronx Opera and State Repertory Opera of NJ. Stephanie holds a BA in theater and Dance from Empire State (SUNY) College.
Stephanie and I met while teaching at Joffrey Ballet School NYC
Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, Kelley Potter trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating in 2002. While a student at NCSA, she appeared in North Carolina Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, and danced the role of Solace in the world premiere of Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Great Scott. Potter joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 2002 and later became an apprentice with ABT, performing various roles as a member of the corps de ballet.
Kelley and I met while I was working at ABT and getting ABT certified! excited to have her!
Kelley then joined Boston Ballet in 2003, performing with them until 2008. Her repertory with Boston Ballet included the Snow Queen, Arabian dance, Spanish dance, and Demi Flower in The Nutcracker, lead swan and the pas de cinq in Swan Lake, the lead whore in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri's Friend in Don Quixote, the Pas de Trois, Puss in Boots and the Enchanted Garden Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Nancy in La Sylphide, and roles in Jorma Elo's Plan to B and Carmen, Mark Morris' Up and Down, Helen Pickett's Etesian, Val Caniparoli's Lambarena and Sonata, Jiří Kylián's Falling Angels, William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated, and Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.
Potter rejoined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2009. Her repertory includes the Lead D'Jampe in La Bayadère, a Harlot and Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet, the Spanish Dance and Lead Czardas in Swan Lake and roles in Black Tuesday and In the Upper Room, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets.
Phillip Anthony Morris - acro/turns/cond. NYC & LONG ISLAND
Turns, Leaps, Strengthening & Acro
Phillip Anthony received his start at age 17. He began his dance training in a competitive studio while studying classical voice privately. Upon high school he was accepted into A.M.D.A. in New York City where he studied musical theater and acting. Phillip continued his studies at the Ailey/BFA program. Currently he’s training in extreme stretch handstand and contortions at Aerial Arts and Circus Warehouse. Phillip has performed and taught internationally with Gloria Estefan, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, MMVAs, Harry Jerome Awards, Caribana Toronto, Stiletto Entertainment, Donald Byrd, Rosie O’ Donnell, and Disney. His true passion is working with children and transforming lives, he was honored to be one of Ontario, Canada first instructors to implement dance into the academic school setting. Phillip is also proud member of the Dominican Film Festival. He continues to teach recreational and competitive dance across the US and Canada. Holding certifications in AFAA, 30/60/90, and Floor Tech while pursuing his Master’s degree and a second career as a Physician Assistant. He lives by this motto “Exercise is medicine and should be habitual…like brushing your teeth!”
Charis and Phillip met a dance studio in the Bronx, NY and became close friends immediately. Phillips techniques are incredible for increasing flexibility, strength and awareness instantly.
Joyce King, (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Teacher), is a 2017 - 2018 recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative - Residency at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College. Joyce’s career path has afforded a multitude of opportunities as an educator, performer and choreographer within the U.S., Vienna, Costa Rica, Belgium, France, Japan, and Armenia. She carries an artistic versatility and fervor, committed to teaching and creating works to encourage diversity in perspective and strengthening self-awareness through the vigor of contemporary dance and storytelling. She is a recipient of the BUILD grant, The Field Artist Residency, and awardee of Top Choreography - DIXON Place/ NYC10. Joyce was interviewed live on, ‘Good Morning Armenia’, worldwide televised broadcast, and ‘Yerevan Today’, speaking on her creative process and company’s mission.
Joyce established JKing Dance Company,(JKDC) in Brooklyn, NY, receiving Fiscal Sponsorship with The Field in 2010. JKDC’s contemporary theatrical repertory, created solely by Artistic Director King, questions truth and the impact of personal, social, and global choices; touring nationally and internationally. JKDC’s repertory has been seen at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival, The TANK, Brooklyn Dance Festival, DIXON Place, NYC Children’s Museum, JCE Tribute – ‘Luigi’, White Wave’s DUMBO and COOL NY, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Grounds for Sculpture, Your Move, Capezio Salvatore Theater, MMAC, with additional touring to Chicago, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey. Her commissioned work at: Dansstage Dance Festival; Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Eugene O’Neil Theaters – Costa Rica, New England’s Bedford Dance Ensemble and Joffrey Program at Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham Theater, DNA, Florence Guild Hall. Commercially King’s work was presented at NYC Fashion week – Louis Vuitton’s ‘Life is A Journey’ and Style Pointe Fashion and Dance.
Joyce has been on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive, and guest teacher at BDC in NYC; An adjudicator for NH Youth Dance Festival, Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. and continues to educate worldwide at Summer Intensives, Workshops and Master Classes: K - Broadway(Japan), Spirit Dance(Costa Rica), Paris Center(France), Belgium Dance Festival(Belgium), HIGH FEST(Yerevan, Armenia), plus many national Festivals and studios.
Joyce has had the pleasure of working with and performing original works by master choreographers/directors Lynne Taylor-Corbet, Sam Kurkjian, Graciela Daniele, Adrienne Hawkins, Danny Sloan, Fred Benjamin, Richard Levi, Lynn Simonson, Miguel Lopez, Bruce Taylor and Ron Forella. Original plays directed by Doug Hall; Musicals: Cats - Theater an der Wien, A Chorus Line, Fame, and Benefits for Broadway Cares, Michael Jackson Sportswear, and Industrials. Joyce is married to Ray and the proud mom of Aidan, her 15 yr old son. Learn more at www.JoyceKingDance.com
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roberta mathes,a distinguished career in the performing arts, both in front of the audience as a performer, and behind the scenes as a choreographer and coordinator. Her litany of achievements include feature films, Beat Street, Fatal Attraction, television programs, The Guiding Light, Law and Order, award winning music videos, Higher Love (Steve Winwood), Heard it through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye), tours of Sweet Charity and Kismet, industrials shows for IBM and Chrysler, special events including the Liberty Bicentennial and Broadway’s opening of the film, Hercules. Choreography credits: Brian de Palma’s film, Carlito’s Way, bergenPAC’s annual galas, featuring Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan, Stephanie Mills, bergenPAC’s summer musical, FAME. Teaching credits: American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in NYC, their Make a Ballet Program where her work was presented at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. roberta guest teaches internationally- Israel, Italy, Canada, Norway, Venezuela and Brazil. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of beyondDANCE at The Performing Arts School @ berge born and trained in NYC, received a BA in dance from Adelphi University and has nPAC and remains on the faculty of Steps on Broadway, NYC. Along with Broadway stages: Carousel, Natasha,Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Sound of Music, Footloose, and prestigious ballet companies (ABT and NYCB), her students have been on SYTYCD, and the American Music Awards, competed in the prestigious Youth Grand Prix. roberta’s dynamic personality, along with her own style and “technique” forms a whole and responsive learning experience. She receives great pride in watching her students grow into expressive and successful dancers. “My goal is to make each dancer that steps into my class, perceptually focused, physically aware, and technically stronger so that he or she can expand their abilities!” www.robertamathes.com
Gierre J Godley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living and working in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano, and he also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School. Gierre attended Millikin University where he received a BS in Biology and a Dance Minor and in 2010 he received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked with Kyle Abraham, Stefanie Nelson, Camille A. Brown, Candice Michelle Franklin, to name a few. As a choreographer Gierre has created works for The Steffi Nossen Dance Company, The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects, Dance Canvas, Sacred Heart University, Eryc Taylor Dance, Fusionworks Dance Company, NYU Tisch, Dance on the Lawn, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, USF at Tampa and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble.
While completing his Master Degree, Gierre further his studies in pedagogy and was a founding instructor for the Future Dance & Dancemakers program at NYU. Since he has guest taught for numerous Universities & Companies across the US. His classes have been described as “through the roof with energy & substance!”
In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has toured to numerous national cities including San Francisco, Little Rock, Seattle, Walla Walla, Vashon Island, Kalamazoo, Austin, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis and international cities including Montreal, Berlin, Manchester, Havana, Barcelona, and Madrid to name a few. In 2016 Gierre was awarded the NECF Choreography Award and Echo Choreography Award. Most recently Gierre & PROJECT 44 was award funded from the Queens Council on the Arts & the Peg Santvoord Foundation to support their upcoming project "Dearest Charlotte."
As an art advocator, Gierre has curated and adjudicated many regional festivals, granting cycles, and showcases. He is the Producer of T.E.A.M. (The Emerging Artists Meet-UP), a peer to peer networking group for emerging artists and MEN (Move-Experience-Network), a pre professional & professional showcase geared towards uplifting male artists while encouraging connections with dance institutions.
Gierre is currently on faculty at The College of Mount Saint Vincent, Suffolk County Community College, Connecticut Dance Center and is a performer in the NYC Bessie Award Winning show “Then She Fell.”
Gierre and I met through Candice Franklin & through judging for The Power of dance
CHARIS MOSES – Ballet, Jazz, Turns-Leaps-Technique, Pas, Variations, Acro, etc….
Charis has taught for over 30 years and her students have received scholarships and danced professionally with renowned organizations such as the Kirov Academy, SYTYCD, Broadway, Complexions, N.Y.C.B., Pennsylvania Ballet, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Houston Ballet, Interlochen, San Francisco Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bad Boys of Dance, Dance Theater of Harlem, Purchase Conservatory, North Carolina Dance Theater, Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, Susan Farrell Workshops, Universal ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Anaheim Ballet, The Rock School, Debbie Allen School and many more.
She has choreographed/staged full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Fille’ Mal Garde’, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Raymonda and original works as well. Charis has created new works for the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and Jazz/Contemporary Company, including a Louis Vuitton collaboration in 2013′. She has also taught in New York City for Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Dance New Amsterdam and many more. While in Los Angeles, CA she served as the Ballet Mistress for Lula Washington Studios and Company for over four years before moving back to the East Coast. While in LA, she choreographed for the nationally televised (BET), Celebration of Gospel, for artist Donnie McClurkin and Kurt Carr. Musical credits include Mame, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz and Into the Woods.
She also choreographed the 1995 local DC Jr. Miss Pageant and will be choreographing the DC event again for 2016. Charis judged the national Distinguished Young Woman (America’s Jr. Miss), event in 2014 and in 1984 served as the winner for the District of Columbia. In summer 2010’ and 2012’, she served as the assistant director to Carol Foster for the Duke Ellington’s School of the Arts Summer Intensive & Musical. This is the fourth year of being on the faculty for IABD and is on their New Generation Board of Directors. She has judged for Starpower, Beyond the Stars, Starquest, NDS and more…. She has also been on convention/intensive faculty for Joffrey Intensive, Leon Dance intensive (under good friend Dorrell Martin) and Collaborative Dance Experience
Charis is certified by American Ballet Theatre through levels V and will continue her certification process this year…
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A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Robbie is a veteran of the Broadway stage having spent almost two years as an original cast member in the 2000 revival of "The Music Man." During that time, he appeared on "The Tony Awards," "The Today Show," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," and the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." Robbie won the first and only title of "American Dance Idol". He filmed a commercial for K-mart and appeared as a contestant on the TV show "Star Search." His choreography has been highly awarded at numerous competitions. Robbie was a featured dancer in the final cast of "Encore!" at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. Robbie is a founding member of Bad Boys of Dance and was featured in 2007 at the company's debut performances at Jacob's Pillow. In 2008, he originated a principal role in "Rock the Ballet" and since then has performed in over 200 performances with the company around the world. Most recently Robbie was featured as a semi finalist with 'Bad Boys of Ballet' on America's Got Talent.
Charis & Robbie met: Robbie was outside of the studio rooms doing all of the combinations that I was giving the advanced dancers in class. His sister danced and Mom taught at my first studio in Fredericksburg, VA. I knew immediately that a star had been born. I was right!
Some YouTube clips of combos I've taught recently...
Larisa Calero is a former principal dancer with the Moisseyev Ballet Company.
Born and raised in Moscow Russia, she received her Masters Degree in Choreography from RATI - Russian Academy of Theatrical Art ( former GITIS). After almost ten years performing with the Moisseyev Dance Company around the world, Larisa found new home in New York City. Teaching is her second passion.
In Larisa's Character Master class, students get introduced to new dance techniques from around the world and learn pieces from renowned classical ballets in addition to pieces choreographed by Larisa. She emphasizes the performing side of dance and delivering the story.
Larisa is an Artistic Director for the Character Dance Summer program at Joffrey ballet school and a guest teacher for a number of Dance schools in NYC. She also teaches Character Master classes all around US and abroad. Larisa's Character Master class is for the students 12-25 years old with at least 2 years of ballet training. Students will learn Character ( international dance) techniques, Character repertoire from classical ballets ( such as Sequidilla from Don Quixote, Russian from Swan lake , Drum dance from La Bayadera etc) and pieces from Larisa' s own critically acclaimed choreography.
Character Master class is designed to provide students an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of dance styles to become more competitive in the dance world. students will learn how to deliver a story thru dance ,express passion, love, excitement and experience the joy of live performance as well as learn history of International dance and music.
Charis and Larisa met while teaching at Joffrey and Gelsey Kirkland academy for over 5 years! Larisa was always wonderful to talk to and her choreography was always the best in the ballets! She's as beautiful on the inside as on the out and we just clicked!
Please visit Larisa 's website and check out pictures from Character Master classes at LarisaCalero.com
Contact us at Larisany@aol.com or Larisa@joffreyballetschool.com
Julia graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance (Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro (Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA in 2009. Since coming to New York in 2007, she has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, SexyBeastNYC, Carrasco Dance Company, Lane Co Arts and Collective Noir, among others. Her choreography has been presented in various stages in NYC, Europe and Asia. She has taught at The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, DOCH University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Balettakademien (Stockholm), Daily Professional Classes for Danscentrum (Stockholm), Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdam), UiS/ University in Stavanger and at PRODA (Norway), the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Gina Gibney Dance, DNA, Steps on Broadway and SUNY Purchase. Julia has also been
dancing/choreographing/teaching in China, Taiwan, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Julia is currently faculty at Steps on Broadway and Peridance.
Charis and Julia met while teaching at Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. I was mesmerized by watching her class and had to take it because it looked like it felt so good and it did! Don't miss it!
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Kaelyn Gray - The Art of Tap Dance Education
Dance, Art, Music, Movement, Rhythm, Teaching, Freedom, Learning, Expanding, Progressing. These are the very things that define me as an Artist. There has not been a moment in life, a high, or a low, that dance has not been right by my side. It's a pretty incredible thing! I've always been taught that gifts are meant to share, and my gifts have led me to experience amazing things in my lifetime. When an artist is able to step outside themselves, and offer what they have, it's a full circle moment. There is nothing that brings me more happiness than igniting the artist within a student, an adult, or even a fellow colleague!
What I admire most about dancing, is that there is no "Finality". I'm a believer and an advocate for remaining a student. Take class when you can, watch videos and get inspired! We live in the digital age, how amazing is that? More importantly, respect those who came before you, but never be afraid to blaze your own trail. This is what has led me here.
I hope through my teaching you will unlock another side of your creativity.
Kaelyn and Charis knew of each other from our online presence. We finally met at at a convention and instantly felt the chemistry for a strong long lasting friendship.
Kaelyn is unreal as a tap teacher! She captures every ounce of the room's attention and is just the very best! Love her!
Mrs. Era Jouravlev studied at the famed Perm State Choreography Academy in Russia under directorship of such notable mentors as L. Sakharova and L. Ulanova. While dancing as a Principal with the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, she toured internationally with the Stars of the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet: L. Semeniaka, A. Fadeechev, O. Chenchikova, L. Kunakova, M. Daukaev. She has toured with American Ballet Theatre Principal Nina Ananiashvili in Japan and South Korea. Also she has toured with Bolshoi Theatre Principals E. Maksimova and V.Vasiliev in Tokyo and with N. Pavlova and V. Gordeev in Moscow. During a summer tour in China, she danced with the "Stars of American Ballet".
In 1995 Mrs. Jouravlev joined the New Jersey Ballet as a Principal Dancer, where she performed the works of George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Johan Renvall, Margo Sappington, Robert Weise, and Robert North, among others.
Mrs. Jouravlev has performed many Principal roles in both classical and contemporary repertoires and was given the unique opportunity to learn the classical pas de deux "Papillon" directly from International Kirov Star Irina Kolpakova and worked with American Legend Mr. Edward Villella on George Balanchine's famous "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux".
Mrs. Jouravlev taught for the New Jersey Ballet for fourteen years, and started teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School in 1997. She worked as the Head of Classical Ballet Studies at JBS under the direction of Mr. Robert Ray for many years, assisting him in implementing a codified ballet technique syllabus for the entire Ballet Trainee Program. With an incredible career, over thirty years of teaching experience, and a fierce passion for shaping dancers into artists, Era Jouravlev is delighted to share her expertise as the Ballet Trainee Program Director.
Era and Charis met while teaching and working at Joffrey Ballet School NYC! Eras class is raved about throughout the ballet world! Enjoy!
A Los Angeles native, Jamal began serious training there at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. He holds dual degrees in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he performed with Dallas Black Dance Theater and Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet among others. Later, Jamal danced with Donald Byrd/the Group, Madonna’s2001 Drowned World Tour, Complexions, and (as an aerialist and dancer) Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. He has since originated The Color Purple and Motown: the Musical on Broadway, serving as a dance captain on both. An avid choreographer, Jamal has set works on several companies, taught as a full time professor ad interim at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and sits on the NY Board of SAG- AFTRA as co-chair of the unions National Dance Committee. In addition to his dance captainship on Cher’s Dressed to Kill Tour, Jamal continues his advocacy for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance. Jamal’s second book, Toss in the Ether, is a dance novel released this past summer and available on his websitewww.jamalstory.com/tossthestory in paperback and e-book.
Jamal is absolutely incredible! Honestly, I don't know how we originally met but, we have just known each other by being in the same dance circles! You will love his class!
Chani Bell is a native of Virginia who trained at Barton William’s School of Dance during her youth. She was granted the privilege of working with artists of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Scholarship Program for three years. Miss Bell toured the United States for a year as a swing dancer for Disney Live’s production of Pirates and Princesses. She travelled the Caribbean with Carnival Cruise Lines as a singer, dancer, and dance instructor. Chani was encouraging cheers at the Staples Center as a Los Angeles Lakers girl for the last two years and is dancing for MSA Talent Agency. Recently, she has been dancing for Many different artist like Charlie Puth and Kehlani. Chani Bell enjoys teaching dance whenever she can and aspires to one day become a choreographer.
Chani and I met doing master classes for Orange School of Performing Arts and she is way more talented than her bio shows! Count it a pleasure to get in her class!
OMARI BROWN is Originally from Dominican Republic but was raised by the Dance world in NJ/NY area (Representing the East Coast) Omari graduated college an received his BA in Business to one day open up hos Own dance studio. He was blessed with opportunities to dance on tour for artists such as Domo from Tv show (The Voice) worked with Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Pink, Ashanti and more! Omari Traveled all over the world choreographing and has performed in countries such as China, Japan, Dubai, London, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and other amazing places. Dance is his passion and teaching choreography is a dream come true so thats what he plans to do...since he was 13Yrs old he wanted to open his own Dance studio (he now owns a studio in Nj and has Traveled around to different countries, states and cities teaching everyone an sharing the gift that god has given him with You!
"Can't is not in a WOMAN or MAN Vocabulary you can do ANYTHING you put your heart and your mind to" (You just got to believe)
Omari was introduced to me by a mutual friend. He is an amazing hip hop choreographer!
Karin, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., is a working choreographer and teacher residing in New York City. Graduating Cum Laud from Florida International University, Miami Florida, she earned a BA in Dance. Her infectious energy and her passion for dance were seasoned while she mentored under Broadway tap dancer, Jimmy Tate. Karin has been teaching for over 17 years and during this time, was honored to become the Director of the Dance Department at the nationally renowned Weiss School. She has also directed a youth tap company in South Florida where her students and choreography were recognized with numerous awards at a variety of competitions on both regional and national levels. Currently, Karin continues to teach master classes and create choreography for students all over the country and abroad as well as teaching on the competition/convention/intensive circuit and can be found on faculty with Next Level Dance Competition, Beyond The Stars Competition, Dance Teachers United, Inferno Dance Competition, Dance Expressions Dance Competition and Intensive, True Talent Dance Competition, Rock The City Intensive, Throwdown Dance Challenge and Intensive, The Quest Intensive, Legacy Dance Champions, Shake The Ground Dance Competition and Believe National Dance Competition. Karin can also be found on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center (NYC) where she has recently been named Director of the first Peridance Youth Tap Company. Karin's passion for her art and the technique that supports it, for rhythm and energy and the combination of it all, can be seen in each and every class she teaches as well as in her ambitious and expressive choreography!
Karen and I met judging together and then we kept running into eachother other places! Such a great tapper!
Daniel Mantei began his ballet training with Ceyhun Ozsoy in Duncanville, Texas. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. In 2000 Daniel was named a 2001 Presidential Scholar for the Arts and invited to dance at the Kennedy Center. Daniel attended The Royal Ballet School during the 2001-2002 school season, performing with both The Royal and Birmingham Royal Ballets.
Daniel joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2002. He joined American Ballet Theatre in April 2003 as an apprentice and became a member of the ABT's corps de ballet in April 2004. His repertory with ABT includes Thomas in La Fille mal gardée, King Card in Jeu de Cartes, a dancing gentleman in Manon, the Russian Dance in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, the Mouse King and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Father in Prodigal Son, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, a Fairy Cavalier, the Spanish Prince and the Wolf in The Sleeping Beauty, Apollo in Sylvia, leading male roles in Antony Tudor's Continuo and Kirk Peterson's Amazed in Burning Dreams and roles in Black Tuesday, Duets, Everything Doesn't Happen at Once, Gong, Jardin aux Lilas, Raymonda Divertissements and Thirteen Diversions.
In 2007 Daniel began to study with Maggie Black, working to hone a sense of naturalism and classicism. In 2007 Daniel also danced the peasant pas de deux in Giselle with the National Ballet of Canada.
As a choreographer, Daniel created Armaments, Tolling Bells, and Stare Decisis on American Ballet Theatre. He has also created ballets for Columbia Ballet Collaborative, New York Theatre Ballet and The Ensemble for the Romantic Century. In 2016, Mantei was commissioned to create a pas de deux for the Seattle Symphony.
In teaching, Daniel takes a holistic approach to ballet. Each part functions as an aligned and coordinated piece of the whole. Through an emphasis on awareness of alignment and coordination, Daniel aims to help dancers achieve ease of movement and expression.
Daniel and I met through Kelley Potter who is also part of the faculty.
“It was thrilling to have Ms. Fuhrman’s work in Broadway Bares. She helped us to raise the roof, raise the pulse, and raise a ton of money with her seemingly effortless art!”
-Jerry Mitchell, Tony award-winning Broadway choreographer
Karen A. Fuhrman has her M.A. from NYU in education/choreography and specializes in both ground and aerial dance. She has toured extensively with Pilobolus though-out the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, was featured on the 2007 Oscars, Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America, twice on the Conan O’ Brian show and numerous national commercials. Other credits include Cavalia of Cirque du Soleil, Danny Ezralow’s “Love and Other Drugs,” two Victoria Secrets Christmas Spectacular shows, De La Guarda, and MOMIX. She has also danced for the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, MTV, PBS, ABC, NBC, and SHOWTIME. She has toured and taught aerial and dance in extensive venues throughout the world.
Miss Fuhrman’s work has appeared at Yerba Buena’s Art Festival (San Francisco), Microsoft's worldwide Vista and Office Logo launch, Limelight nightclub (NYC), Company y Company (Barcelona, Spain), Bidvest International Awards Ceremony (Johannesburg, South Africa), Skirball Theater (NYC opening for Neil Diamond), Baila! (National Palace of Culture in Guatemala City), Spiderman II release party, Usher (NYC Gala), Madeski, Martin, and Wood Concert (Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the ESPY awards for ESPN, the Lincoln Center NYC, America’s Got Talent, Beach House music video, Studio 54, Midnight Circus (Lagos, Nigeria), Sleep No More (NYC), and the hit Broadway musical Matilda. Ms. Fuhrman conceptualized, wrote, directed, and produced an aerial-dance play, Insectinside, with a cast of twenty dancers, actors, and aerialists. The theatrical spectacle premiered in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and numerous venues throughout Brooklyn and NYC. Ms. Fuhrman’s recent international event was in Guatemala City flying, drumming, and dancing above a crowd of 10,000 people for the World Cup. She sat on the board and instructed aerial dance workshops in Boulder, Colorado for the International Aerial Dance Festival. Ms. Fuhrman has given aerial and modern dance fight choreography for an off-Broadway show, Red Flamboyant. Additionally, Ms. Fuhrman created and actualized a half hour aerial-dance play on the side of a 22-story building and a 40 foot tower, with a crew of 40 members (helped create original musical score, 30 modern dancers, 6 aerialists, 10 riggers) for the Rochester Fringe Festival. Her evening length show, the “Other Side” is a 70-minute work of various apparatus ranging from vertical trampolines, straight modern dance, to customize-made apparatuses. Her choreography can be seen on two separate episodes highlighting her choreographic prowess on NBC’s hit primetime show, “I Can Do That!” Ms. Fuhrman’s also choreographed for a play, Portrait #3, at the Lincoln Center, NYC. Some of her most recent work was in Canada teaching aerial dance workshops at the Halifax Circus Center and customizing specialized flying apparatuses for the movement impaired. Also, she is traveling to Brazil this May to hold aerial dance certifications and modern dance workshops.
"I had the pleasure of working with Karen recently on a full length dance/aerial show and I am left with the highest regard for her choreography, talent, and work ethic. She has a rich knowledge and appreciation for physical storytelling, and is a terrific asset in any creative process."
-Dreya Webber- Aerial choreographer for Pink
Karen and I met through some students coming to the intensive. We are excited to have her this year!
Katoya “MsKaeJ” Johnson a Washington DC native began her dance career with technical study at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Suitland Visual and Performing Arts High School. After high school she continued her training at Universtity of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa where she received a BFA in Modern Dance. MsKaeJ a firm believer of, “you can never stop learning” has also studied at the The Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center, and Philadanco just to name a few.
MsKaeJ’s professional success is noted in both the theatre and television arena. She has formally danced for Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Ill Stylez & Peace Productions and was an intern for Melanie Stewart Dance Theater studying under Helmutt Gottschild from Germany. Her television experience includes being a featured dancer on BET Hip Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, Dance Your Ass Off (Oxygen channel) and in box office hits like the Three Stoogies. Not to mention having the opportunity to grace the stage as dancer for recording artists such as; Puff Daddy, Heavy D, Jamine Sulivan, and more.
Performing in events like Power House Concert in Philadelphia, PA, and NBA All Star week in Atlanta Ga and touring Russia and Poland as a popping ballerina. Ms KaeJ grew a passion for touring. Taking a turning point in her career MsKaeJ completed a 3years National tour with Sesame Street Live where she was both an actor and dancer. Almost, immediately followed by becoming a dominating force as a dancer as well as choreographer for the 2nd largest touring circus in the United States “UniverSoul”.
MsKaeJ’s commitment now is to inspire the world one dance move at a time through movement Project Rock Out!.
I met KaeJ through my mentor Carol Foster, my friend Mike Weems and we share the same alma mater Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Demetia Hopkins-Greene began her dance training at the Orange School of Performing Arts under the direction of her uncle, Ricardo Porter, and Heather Powell. Mrs. Hopkins-Greene graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in 2009 while a member of Ailey II. In 2010 she joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During her six year tenure in the company, she was honored to perform ballets by prestigious choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Kyle Abraham, Jiri Kylian, Robert Battle, Wayne McGregor, Ulysses Dove, Ronald K. Brown, Ohad Naharan, Judith Jamison, and a multitude of roles from Alvin Ailey’s repertory including his signature solo Cry. Demetia was a recipient of a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2011 and was named one of Dance Magazines 2014 “Top 25 To Watch”. Her most recent endeavors include collaborations with choreographers Diane McIntyre, Francesca Harper, and Marcus Jarrell Willis. Demetia is currently a freelance artist and dance educator living and working in New York City. She is proud to be Co-Artistic Director of the Orange School of Performing Arts.
I was Demetia's first ballet teacher and still work with her uncle Ricardo Porter who was also my student and friend for years. I gave him my satellite studio 21 years ago and it is still going strong called Orange School of Performing Arts in Orange, VA.
A native of Wakefield, RI, is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Exercise Science. Her choreography credits include: “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”, a self-choreographed tap solo that was chosen for the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival Association Northeast regional conference in 2013, “A Separate Connection”, which was chosen as the first alternate to represent the Northeast region at the National College Dance Festival in 2014, “But It Did Shine”, which was filmed for and shown in the 12th Annual Max Kolb Telethon at Hofstra University, and kamrDANCE, a seamless, hour long concert of seven different works that premiered in The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works at Hofstra University. Her emerging tap and modern dance company, kamrDANCE, has performed at Near and Far Collaborative Art Project in Cape Cod , Sans Limites Dance Winter Season 2015 and Spring Season 2016 in NYC, Peridance’sWinter and Summer Student and Faculty Showcases 2016 in NYC, the 3rd Annual Astoria Dance Festival in Queens, several performances curated by the Creator’s Collective in Brooklyn, the New York Jazz Choreography Project in NYC, Triskelion Arts, and Dixon Place. Robbins has performed in works by Rachel List, Anita Feldman, David Parker, Sean Curran, Heather Waldon, Amy Marshall, Sean Fielder, Hillary-Marie Michael, Kristen Collins and has performed on Good Day New York with Aaron Tolson. Robbins was awarded the Sosonoff Outstanding Junior Dance Major scholarship in 2014, the Citation of Merit Award in 2015, and was the president and co-founder of the tap club RHYTHMiX at Hofstra University. Robbins is a rising choreographer who enjoys fusing tap and modern dance with humor and intricacy to create unique voices and investigate the necessity of supportive relationships, laughter, and absurdity. Alongside choreographing, Robbins is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM and teaches tap and contemporary at several studios on Long Island.
Alexis and I met commuting back and forth to Long Island every week!
Jesse Beaudoin grew up in Bowie, Maryland as a competitive dancer and received many awards, titles, and other accolades. He attended Towson University under full academic scholarship and earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. After a brief visit into the corporate world, Jesse decided to pack his bags and move to Los Angeles. He immediately signed with Bloc Talent Agency and had the pleasure to perform all over the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe. His performance credits include the first national tour of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, Snow White the Musical (Disneyland Resort), One Man’s Dream (Tokyo Disney Resort), The Crossing (Footworks Dance Ensemble), Bernstein’s Mass (Hollywood Bowl), stage productions & choreography for Holland America Cruise Lines, & Industrial shows for Mattel, Milkfed Clothing (Tokyo), Nike, El Capitan Theatre of Hollywood, Casino Morongo, and countless other gigs. His television credits include regional commercials for Disneyland Resort, ProBowl Halftime Show, Tokyo Disney New Year’s Eve Special, Jack’s Mannequin “Dark Blue” music video, & commercials for Radio City Music Hall. Jesse is now a resident teacher and choreographer for C&C Dance Company. He also teaches at other area studio and master classes around the country. He is co-owner of SoRoxy Designs, LLC and travels the country with Platinum National Dance. Jesse especially loves keeping up with all of his students currently dancing around the world. His students have been seen in Broadway Shows such as Lion King & Newsies, So You Think You Can Dance, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Disney Cruise Lines, Power Rangers, National and European tours with various artists, & music videos to name a few.
Here is a link to my choreography reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvzbjExXZ5A&t=87s
Jesse and I met while teaching in VA at a studio! 😉
Lynn Sterling’s career began in the state of Ohio with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, as a principal dancer for two years. Within weeks of moving to New York, Lee Theodore, the artistic director of The American Dance Machine, spotted her at an audition and invited Lynn to dance as a soloist with the company.