GUEST TEACHERS

Center Stage brings in some of the BEST teachers & choreographers in the industry from New York, Los Angeles and beyond! We hold master classes with several of these professional choreographers, to give our students the most well rounded dance education possible! Check out the incredible Guest Teachers that have come to CSDS!

Lisette Bustamante
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

From Justin to Janet, Usher to Madonna….she’s worked side by side with them all. Lisette grew up in a house full of music and dance where she inherited her passion for the performing arts. Her Venezuelan father was the lead singer of a salsa band growing up and her Puerto-Rican mother was a championship winning salsa dancer…it’s no question that this was the path she was meant to be on. Fresh out of high school, Lisette Bustamante began touring as a dancer with the hottest names in the music business. Working with the likes of Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, and Gwen Stefani, she became one of the most recognizable dancers on MTV. Lisette has appeared not only in music videos but also in major television and film projects and has been featured in commercials for GAP, PEPSI, PRINGLES, SPRITE AND IPOD just to name a few.

Gaining so much experience at a very young age, Lisette naturally transitioned into the world of choreography and artistic direction and began lending her creative talents to artists Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Macy Gray and Britney Spears along side her longtime friend and choreography partner Chonique Sneed.

She was given the opportunity to artistic co-direct Paulina Rubio’s “Pau-Latina” world tour and then began working with Paulina as her main creative contributor. Making an impact in the Latin music market with her creative work with Paulina, Lisette was hired to be the artistic director for the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Lisette began diving into another realms of the music business, music video direction. Having directed 6 music videos to date from dancehall artists, to r&b/ hip hop artists, she’s able to capture the artist and their music and express it visually, with an edge. She has also assisted and consulted on a 2007 Ford commercial shot in Miami.

Lisette has just returned from Japan where she was a main artistic contributor and choreographer for pop artist BoA’s 2008 tour. She also choreographed the video for BoA’s first single from her latest album “Eien” as well as BoA’s soon to be released “Bump Bump” video. She has teamed up once again with Paulina Rubio as artistic director and choreographer for her upcoming 2009 “Grand City Pop Tour” which kicked off in September 2009 and has conceptualized and choreographed Paulina’s recent performances for the 2009 Latin Billboard Awards and 2009 Premios Juventud.

In the past 3 years Lisette began her career as a recording artist and her song,  "I Bittersweet” debuted on Itunes in 2008 and got major radio play in Toronto, Canada as well as the underground club scene. She continues to follow her dreams and believes there is no dream too big for you not to follow..reach for the stars

Billy Larson
Philadelphia / Contemporary

Billy Larson, a native of Philadelphia, PA, is noted for his vast and versatile array of performance, education, and choreographic experience ranging from classical ballet to rhythm tap. He received his early training under the tutelage of Fred Knecht and later attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. As a performer, Billy enjoyed a remarkably diverse professional stage career. He performed the lead role in Mia Michaels' "3 Steps From Heaven" for ASH Contemporary Dance and was featured in Mia Michaels' work presented at the APAP Performing Arts Conference in NYC. Billy performed extensively throughout Eastern Europe as the principal male dancer in the late Mark Marino's American Dance Company, traveled across the United States and Canada as Funky in Dein Perry's critically acclaimed TAP DOGS, and was a dance champion on CBS's Star Search hosted by Arsenio Hall. No stranger to the competitive dance community, Billy is a former Mr. Dance of America for Dance Masters of America and a National Male Dancer of the Year for the American Dance Awards. In 1998, Billy was honored with the Gold Medal at the World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany. He is noted as the first American and youngest artist to receive the honor at the time.

 

This past year, Billy was recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Presidential Scholars Program with a 2011 Teacher Recognition Award in the Arts and was honored to present his work as a finalist in the Capezio ACE Awards for Choreography in August 2011. He has been on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and was a key faculty member at the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Program in NYC. Indulging further in his passion for teaching and mentoring, he opened and artistically directed "East Coast Movement" a versatile training facility for young dancers located in Northern New Jersey, which he culminated in 2008 and closed after the completion of an outlandishly successful third season in order to pursue new endeavors in the industry. Today, his students can be found in every facet of the professional dance community and furthering their dance education in the finest collegiate dance conservatories including The Juilliard School, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, University of the Arts, and Loyola Marymount University.

Kevin Maher
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Kevin Maher was born in Hollywood, California. He moved to New York at the age of 18 to pursue his passion for Arts and Education. His training included: Culture Shock NY, La Santa Luz Dance Company and Rhapsody the Company with focal studies at Broadway Dance Center, Djoniba Dance Center and PeriDance Center. Some professional dance credits include the movie You Got Served and performing with such major artists' as Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Paulina Rubio and Jennifer Lopez. 

 

Kevin's love for dance soon developed into a love of Choreography and a strong passion for teaching. Having taught at such prestigious institutions at Edge PAC, Debbie Reynold's Dance Studio, Millenium Dance Complex, Broadway Dance Center (NY and Tokyo) and for NYCDA, JUMP & Adrenaline, Kevin's teaching credibility is respected world wide.

 

His Choreography credits include Live Stage Shows, Music Videos and Tours for J-LO, NICKI MINAJ, BECKY G, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, BRITNEY SPEARS, JUSTIN BIEBER, FIFTH HARMON, MARIAH CAREY, BIG TIME RUSH, CARLY RAE JEPSON, THE WANTED, JASON DERULO, DANCING WITH THE STARS, AMERICAN IDOL and AMERICA"S GOT TALENT. Creative Director credits include the latest New Kids On The Block "The Package Tour" and Big Time Rush's "Summer Break Tour". You can catch Kevin, his classes, and his Choreography on the road with Monsters Of Hip Hop and Hollywood Vibe.

Tucker Knox
Boston / Contemporary

Tucker Knox was born in Nashville, TN. He trained at DC Dance Factory for 6 years, then moved on to study under the renowned Denise Wall. After his competition years were over, he attended The Juilliard School in NYC for his college degree. He has been highly trained in the Alexander technique, used for correct body alignment to maximum dancing ability, body placement, and in a teaching technique developed by Denise Wall using imagery and touch activation. He has worked for dance companies during his time in school like Gallim Dance and Jose Limon. Later he danced for a company in Chicago, River North Dance Chicago. River North is recognized on a global stage and gave him the opportunity to dance in countries like Switzerland, Germany and Russia. After his company work he then went on So You Think You Can Dance, making top 4 male dancer and dance captain of the tour with his original partner Jenna Johnson. Recently he has choreographed and performed for Nashville on ABC as well a guest performance for Dancing With The Stars.

Robert Schultz
Los Angeles / Contemporary

Robert Schultz, originally from Detroit, Michigan has trained in New York and LA, and teaches and choreographs all around the US, Canada and Costa Rica. Robert is one of the most popular teachers at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. He is a fun and crazy teacher.

 

Rob now travels all over the United States teaching and choreographing. Studio owners rave about the quality of his choreography: "Robert Schultz is the most innovative and motivating choreographer we have ever had in our studio." - B.M., South Carolina.

 

He's danced in feature films (Gigli, The Wedding Planner, She's All That, Flintstones 2), on television (Billboard Music Awards, Fame L.A., Fox Music Mania, Lady of Soul Awards, Late Show with Jay Leno, MTV European Awards, Scrubs, Soul Train Awards), with major artists(Blink 182, Vitamin C., Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton) and in commercials (Pepsi, Toyota, AT&T, Jack In The Box). As an actor, Rob's appeared on UPN's Grown Ups, in films (Dark Night, True Love), and he was one of the "Meaty Cheesy Boys" from Jack in the Box. 

 

Recent credits include: Awesomeness TV on Nickelodeon, CW TV pilot "MOVE LIKE ME”, OWN PILOT "Mobbed Money”, Dancing for NED Benefit, Modern Family, The Today Show, Kimora “Life in the Fab Lane” and Rachel Ray Show Halloween 3D show.

Nikki Snelson
New York City / Musical Theatre

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Nicole ‘Nikki’ Snelson made her professional debut at the age of 16. She furthered her training with the BFA Musical Theatre program of the Boston Conservatory. She has danced for such prestigious choreographers as Emmy-Award winning Marguerite Derricks, Baayork Lee (recreating Michael Bennett’s original A Chorus Line choreography), and Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell. She has also studied voice under Liz Caplan. In 2012, she became an Associate Artistic Director at The Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Summer Stars program.

 

After creating the role in the world premiere in San Francisco, Nikki would originate the role of Brooke Wyndam in the 2007 Original Broadway production ofLegally Blonde: The Musical. In September of 2007, the musical was broadcast nationally on MTV. Performing with the musical on Broadway for over a year, she was also featured on the reality casting show Legally Blonde: The Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods in 2008. Nikki would leave the Broadway company to play Cassie in A Chorus Line, a dream role from her childhood. In 2011, she returned the role of Brooke at the St. Louis’ MUNY Theatre.

 

Other credits on Broadway include starring with the original cast of the 1999 Tony Award and Grammy Award winning Broadway Revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Nikki made her Broadway debut starring as the ingénue Winnie Tate, starring opposite Bernadette Peters. She also appeared in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate. Nikki has also starred in the national tours oftick, tick...BOOM! as Susan, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly! starring Carol Channing, and Showboat.

 

On the screen, Nikki has been featured on several TV shows, including Desperate Housewives, as Chelsea on ABC’s All My Children, and in the 2005 Showtime movie Reefer Madness. The documentary Every Little Step followed Nikki and several other actors during the audition process for A Chorus Line. She appeared in the 2007 film Across the Universe, by acclaimed director Julie Taymor. When Nikki is not performing on stage or screen, she can be seen hosting musical theatre workshops around the world, from St. Louis to Las Vegas to Buenos Aires. She also is an active staff member for the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Nikki is slated to direct a few productions abroad within the next year.

Jaci Royal
Los Angeles / Contemporary

Jaci Royal, originally from Phoenix, moved to New York in 2005 as a scholarship recipient of Broadway Dance Center's Professional Program. Under the direction of Wes Veldink, she trained with top teachers and choreographers in the industry. Upon graduating the program, she continued working with Wes, performing in his company The Wes Veldink Movement and assisting him throughout the country and Europe. During her time in NY she taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She has worked on projects including Reebok Industrials, PULSE Nationals, co-choreographing for the Steps Ensemble, assisting choreographer Brian Friedman, and directing and choreographing the annual Capezio Fashion Show.

 

Last year she assisted on a music video and promo tour for pop singer, Ashlyne Huff and Country Strong, a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Recently, she choreographed a music video for an upcoming country artist, Margaret Durante. As a result of being a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in 2009, she was able to share her work on a New York City Broadway stage last summer. Her instruction and movement encourages dancers to connect with the music, explore the self, and awaken the imagination.

Andrew Winghart
Los Angeles / Contemporary

Andrew began dancing at the age of 6 at his local studio, and started seriously training at the age of 9 with Accent on Dance Studios in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After training and competing at conventions nationwide throughout high school, he moved to LA to pursue a dance career while also studying at the University of Southern California on a full academic scholarship. Since moving to Los Angeles he has performed for Justin Giles' "SoulEscape" and Erica Sobol's "collidEdance." Andrew was lucky enough to debut his work on the Carnival stage in February 2011 to which the Industry Voice Newsletter described his work as "monumental, genius, technical, ridiculous, prodigious, gigantic, etc." A two-time Capezio A.C.E. Awards finalist, he also has assisted on So You Think You Can Dance, choreographed a performance for Kevin Stea, and was recently featured in Dance Magazine.

JC Renzetti
Chicago / Hip Hop

JC Renzetti is the Co-Director of Xtreme Dance Force in Chicago, Ill. 

JC trained in jazz, tap, ballet, acro and hip hop from the age of seven, and 
won numerous competitive awards and scholarships throughout the country. 

He has performed and opened for several top recording artists, including Ludacris, Ciarra, Twista, and Soulja Boy. His work and Xtreme Dance Force crew have worked with Chingy, Tyrese, Bow Wow and Mims, just to name a few. He has performed and choreographed for Las Vegas shows, ESPN, Interscope Records and WILD dance convention. 

JC and a dance crew from Xtreme Dance Force were finalists on MTV’s popular America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 2). 

JC’s innovative choreography have made him one of the most sought-after 
choreographers and instructors in the country!

Gigi Torres
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Creator, Executive Director, Choreographer Gigi Torres is originally from Irvine, CA, she has been training in all areas of dance from the age of 3. She has been a working performer and creator in the dance industry for over a decade. Gigi is a worldwide instructor, sharing her knowledge and love for dance from the East Coast to the West Coast and overseas in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia.

 

Gigi’s choreography credits are So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia, Ukraine, & Poland, KPop Girl’s Generation Japan Tour (Assistant Choreographer), KPop newcomer girl group Red Velvet, Indonesian Artist Indah Dewi Pertiwi (Co-Choreographer), Indonesia’s #1 Boy Band, SMASH, Indonesia’s #1 Girl Band, 7 Icons, Bobby Brackins, Athena Ripka, Zoe Myers, and German Artist, Clara. Gigi has created shows and work for NuSkin & Vanity Fair. She has choreographed for well-respected groups including Kaba Modern, Funkanometry, Breed Dance Company, Culture Shock, and she Directed & Founded the All-Female Dance Company “Essence.”

 

Gigi is the Creator & Founder of Establish Your Empire, a dance program for dancers that will take their artistry to their higher level. She has worked with and mentored over 200 dancers in this program in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles. She is also a mentor and leader for Creating Opportunities, founded by Chonique Sneed & Lisette Bustamante. Gigi currently teaches weekly classes at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and Movement Lifestyle Studio as well as teaches on Hollywood Connection Dance Convention.

 

Gigi lives by the her motto “Inspire and Be Inspired”…keep the cycle of inspiration going. <3

Matt Steffanina
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Matt Steffanina grew up in Virginia where he took an interest in hip hop and breakdancing at age 18.  Without any studios nearby, he began learning how to dance by watching music videos and teaching himself.  It wasn't until some friends asked him if he would hold an open class that he began teaching hip hop class at a local community center.  His style caught on quickly in Virginia and after several years of choreographing for local crews, dance teams and shows he decided to try to make it in the professional dance world.  After relocating  to Los Angeles in 2010, he quickly began working in the commercial industry.  Most recently he danced with Taylor Swift at the AMA's & performed his choreography as a guest on The Ellen Show.  Matt has also danced for artists such as Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, DJ Tiesto, Busta Rhymes, Tyga and performed on shows like So You Think You Can Dance, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and choreographed for TV and commercials overseas.  

 

Matt has also made a big impact online through his YouTube channels and social media.  With over 300 Million views and over 2.5 Million subscribers he’s been able to connect with dancers all over the world.  Combining the ability to reach millions of dancers with his passion for teaching he created Dance Tutorials LIVE in 2012.  The mission of the company is to bring online tutorials to dancers around the world that dream of becoming professionals.  In only it's second year, Dance Tutorials LIVE is one of the largest dance tutorial channels online receiving praise from magazines and dance companies worldwide.

 

Matt teaches weekly hip hop classes at Millennium Dance Complex and IDA Hollywood in LA.  He also spends much of the year teaching master classes around the world and continues to work as a dancer/choreographer.

Laura Edwards
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Laura Edwards grew up studying all styles of dance during her childhood. It wasn't until after high school when her professional dancing career jump started as a featured dancer in a music video for hip hop artist Lil' Mo. Shortly after she took part in the feature film "Step Up", filmed near her hometown, she developed a new attitude towards the dance industry and moved to Los Angeles to enhance her skills and take on new opportunities.

Since her new beginning, she is featured in the movies: Footloose, Hairspray, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Step up 2: the Streets, Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. Aside from the big screen, she was a dancer in the Britney Spears “Circus” tour, appeared in season one of "America's Best Dance Crew" and has had the pleasure to perform with others such as Beyonce and Miley Cirus.

With an affinity of dance, Laura exercises her talents with choreography as well. As a recurring instructor for the notorious dance convention, "Monsters of Hip Hop," she's able to give back and inspire through her instruction to aspiring professional dancers. As a reflection of her competition background, she choreographs award winning numbers for studios and dance teams across the United States. She has also assisted in choreography for Justin Bieber's BELIEVE Tour, Jennifer Lopez, and “So You Think You Can Dance” in both the US and Canada. As her career moves forward, Laura remains humble and appreciative of all her accomplishments.

Chonique Sneed
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Chonique began her entertainment career at the young age of 8. A Los Angeles native, born in the center of Hollywood, she started her performance journey as a child actress with a background in Musical Theater. She began her career working on commercials, kid variety specials, and TV shows. Having a natural ability and skill in dance, she went on to dance in movies, world tours, and music videos and worked with artists such as Missy Elliott, Eve, Gwen Stefani, P-Diddy, & Janet Jackson.

Chonique has been a contributing choreographer for artists such as Missy Elliot, Christina Milian, Britney Spears, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. She also worked as a Choreographer and Casting Consultant for "America's Best Dance Crew" for Season 5, 6 & 7. She has traveled around the world teaching Master Classes and Workshops including Tokyo, Sweden, Toronto, and London.

Chonique is also no stranger to the music scene; releasing singles on ITunes in between her breaks, with one song “Pop Drop & Roll” featured & named Audience Favorite on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance”!

As a faculty member of Monsters of Hip Hop dance convention, Chonique organically emerged back on the music scene and released the conventions FIRST DEBUT SINGLE “Let it go”.

Chonique is also co-founder of the Artist/Dancer mentorship program “Creating Opportunities” known as “Creating Opps”, with her business partner Lisette Bustamante. Chonique is a Creator & performer who leaves her audience and community with inspiration, confidence and new ways to develop themselves as artists & Individuals.

Blake Krapels
New York City / Contemporary

Blake Krapels, a 2011 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has been dancing since the age of three under the tutelage of Billy Larson and Jamie Salmon. This past May, Blake graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While at Juilliard, Blake has had the opportunity to perform repertoire by William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Jose Limon and Peter Chu. Alongside the vast repertoire, Blake had the privilege of working with Larry Keigwin, Austin McCormick, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Emery LeCrone and Monice Bill Barnes on new creations. In addition to his core training at school, Blake traveled to Den Haag to partake in Nederlands Dans Theatre’s 2014 Summer Intensive as well as Montreal for Springboard Danse Montreal 2013. In 2011, The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts recognized Blake for his choreography and afforded him the privilege to present his work at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Blake is currently dancing with The Metropolitan Opera, while continuing freelance work throughout New York City. Eventually he plans to launch his own collaborative company.

Mary Grace McNally
New York City / Contemporary

Mary Grace grew up in West Boylston, Massachusetts, training at the Diane Kelley Dance Studio for sixteen years.  This is where she discovered her love of movement and creation.  Mary Grace has worked as a choreographer and teacher at DKDS for the past four years, pushing herself and the students to constantly evolve.  She has also began traveling through the country as a master class teacher, guest choreographer, and adjudicator for American Dance Awards.  Her work has been performed in the U.S., France, and Belgium.  In the summer of 2012, in Hollywood, Florida, Mary Grace was very honored to receive the accolade of American Dance Award’s National Young Choreographer of the Year.  

 

Mary Grace’s passion for dance led her to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she is currently finishing her BFA in Dance.  In the spring of her sophomore year of college, Mary Grace co-produced her first professional production entitled, “Launch: Something Collective” at The Performance Garage in Philadelphia, PA.  Over the past three years, she has performed works by choreographers such as Doug Varone, Katie Swords, Sidra Bell, Netta Yerushalmy, Douglas Becker, Emma Portner and many more.  She has initiated her journey, as a young, emerging choreographer, and is eager to continue to grow as a creator, dancer, and teacher.

Katy Spreadbury
New York City / Ballet

Katy Spreadbury received her early professional training from Kathy Kozul, Carol Somers, Sherri Moore-Nikitas, and Terri Gordon. Katy was a member of the Burncoat Fine Arts Magnet Program throughout her middle and high school years. She spent her summers training and performing with Ballet Workshop of New England under the direction of Jacqueline Cronsberg. As a youth, Katy received numerous accolades and awards for outstanding achievements in dance. She was named Capezio's Future Star, a featured artist in Dance Magazine, and a cover model for Dance Spirit. Upon moving to NYC, Katy began her professional career performing alongside legends Ben Vereen and Karen Ziemba. She has found great success as a commercial dancer here in the city. She is also continually sought after as a guest artist, and was most recently featured as a soloist at the International Film Festival in Dubai. In addition to her dancing, Katy has been working as an educator for over 10 years now. She's taught for dance schools, colleges and ballet programs all over the country. She's assisted Emmy Award nominated choreographer, Mandy Moore in setting new work for Los Angeles Ballet, been a longstanding faculty member of The Dance Teacher Summit here in NYC, and featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in 2012. She is most widely know for her work on the convention circuit. Katy currently resides as the ballet teacher for JUMP Dance Convention. She is known there as a motivator, positive spirit, and fountain of knowledge. She continues to remain in high demand throughout the country as a teacher who wants to make a difference.

Brooke Pierotti
Los Angeles / Contemporary

Brooke Pierotti began dancing at the age of three and continued her training in dance at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, and at UC Irvine. Brooke is a founding member of The Dance Company of San Francisco, a principal dancer in Martha Kelly-Fierro's modern company, Altered Modalities, and was a company member of Sonya Tayeh Dance. She was a featured dancer in the Lucy Schwartz music video "Graveyard," and in Tiffany Billings' independent film, Falling Star. Brooke travels extensively to dance, teach, and create award-winning choreography in her dramatic and passionate signature style.

Cat Cogliandro
Los Angeles / Contemporary

Cat Cogliandro, a native of Houston, Texas, received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Since then, she has worked with choreographers such as Al Blackstone, Tyce Diorio, Mike Esperanza, Talia Favia, Jason Gorman, Nicole Hogg, Juliette Irons, Sonya Tayeh, Teddy Tedholm, and Jaci Royal.

 

Cat's credits include So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent, The 2014 Gypsy Awards, and The Pulse on Tour. She was also named one of Dance Spirit Magazine's "13 of the Dance World's Hottest Young Choreographers" in the November 2014 issue.

 

Cat is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and The Edge, and guest teaches at studios such as Millennium Dance Complex (LA and Pittsburgh), Peridance, Movement Lifestyle. She also taught for The Pulse on Tour Annual Teacher Workshop, Wild Dance Intensive and Turn It Up Dance Challenge.

 

Cat's work has been presented at The Young Choreographers Festival, Young! Tanzsommer, Sirens After Dark, Jared Grimes's Feel Good, Dancin' Downtown at The Joyce, Riverside Church, RAW at The Cutting Room, Dixon Place and The Pulse Showcase Finale in New York City.

 

Cat now travels between LA and New York, as she continues to teach nationally and internationally, and is in the process of starting her own company, catastrophe!.

Emma Portner
New York City / Contemporary

Born in Ottawa, Canada is currently residing and training at The Ailey School in NYC. She graduated with honours in dance from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts in 2012. Dancing since age 4, Emma discovered her passion for moving and creating in all styles at Leeming Danceworks. While at Leeming, she had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Teddy Forance, Mike Minery, Linda Garneau, Matt Luck, Eryn Waltman, Vlad Novitski, Benoit Swan Pouffer, and Nathan Makolandra, just to name a few. She also spent several summers attending the National Ballet School of Canada. Emma is always excited to learn and evolve, hailing from a small city she has continuously sought out opportunities to take class from master teachers working on the faculties of various conventions. At the age of 15 she started doing choreography for herself and peers, in 2012 she was named American Dance Awards “Young Choreographer of the year”.  Since then, her choreography has won several National and Regional Level awards and is constantly recognized for it’s intricacy and honesty. Aside from attending daily classes at the Ailey School, Emma has been familiarizing herself with the NYC dance scene.  Currently, Emma assists Michelle Dorrance from “STOMP” in tap, and Mishay Petronelli in contemporary at Broadway Dance Center, Teddy Forance at JUMP and has been an assistant at Intrigue Dance Convention. Recent performances include: Hani Abaza’s piece at the 2012 ACE awards and a benefit Gala for Dana Foglia Dance. Emma is also proud of and most recognized for her collaborative film work with Matt Luck. Together they are exploring innovative ways to share their art with new audiences using film and social media. Their short dance film – “Dancing In the Dark” has been shown at film screenings across Europe and the U.K. and has surpassed 200,000 views online. In April 2013, Emma performed alongside Matt and musician Richard Walters in “Regretless” – a full length, sold out show in collaboration of Richard Walter’s live music and choreography by Matt and Emily Shock.

Kirsten Russell
New York City / Contemporary

Kirsten Russell was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and began her journey dancing at ten years old. After being a part of CC & Company Dance Complex for 8 years training closely with choreographers such as Peter Chu, Stacey Tookey, Jason Parsons, Lauren Adams, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, and Teddy Forance she continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has attended summer intensives such as Common Arts Mutual Passion (CAMP), BodyTraffic, and Chuthis. She has spent some of her recent training under the direction of Peter Chu while assisting his second Chuthis Movement Intensive in Costa Rica. Upon leaving school she dove into choreographing, and was one of 19 choreographers chosen to compete as a finalist at the 2014 Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City. Her work has been shown at The Giving Tree in New York City under the direction of Shelly Masenoir, and more recently at the 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Awards. To keep her focus on choreography she has taught at intensives such as The Creation Project, helping young choreographers create their own work. Kirsten is honored to be the winner of the 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Awards, and was awarded $15,000 to use towards her own show during the summer of 2016.

Brandon Dumlao
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Brandon Dumlao is originally from the Bay Area growing up in Concord, CA. He started dancing at the age of 8 and is versed in many different styles, such as, hip hop, contemporary, and ballroom, which have helped shape his unique take on hip hop choreography.

Known for his intricate, groovy & high-energy choreography, Brandon strives to pull out the performer in his dancers whilst demanding discipline in strong body awareness, mental focus, and athleticism. His mission as a teacher is to pull out not only the artist in his dancers, but the athlete as well, as it is known that dancers must train to be strong bodies of poetry and movement to convey a complete star in the making when pursuing jobs in the dance industry.

As a seasoned instructor, he's traveled all over the world from Japan to Sweden and Mexico to Argentina, as well as nationally all over the United States, training dancers to become the best versions of themselves. 

He has been a Top 20 contestant/assistant choreographer on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance television show and has also worked as a dancer for choreographers, such as, Tony Testa, Nappytabs, Tessandra Chavez, Mark Ballas, Kyle Hanagami and Hi-Hat, to name a few. 

Other dance credits include: Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Dancing with the Stars, Mary J. Blige,  Nickelodeon and Monsters of Hip Hop Show Cast 2015.

Currently, you can find him teaching as a resident faculty member on Intrigue Dance Convention and Bella Moxi for the 2016-2017 season, and at LA's finest dance studios, Movement Lifestyle, Debbie Reynolds & Millenium Dance Complex.

Check his choreography/dance clips at:

YouTube | Instagram

Erik Saradpon
Los Angeles / Hip Hop

Represented in choreography by MSA Agency, Erik Saradpon is a nationally distinguished choreographer and teacher. As a graduate of San Diego State University, he is known for founding his professional dance company, FORMALITY, and directing the hip hop program at Temecula Dance Company. Erik has taught for Dancerpalooza, The Pulse, 2 Days In OC and DanceLife Teacher Conference.

 

Erik has assisted choreographers Brian Friedman, Tricia Miranda, and Liz Imperio on different projects. He was a contributing choreographer for Dance Moms, and has worked on other television shows such as Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition under the supervision of Tessandra Chavez, Abby's Studio Rescue, and Raising Asia (Lifetime), and his choreography has been featured on World Of Dance (NBC), Mobbed (Fox), Paula Abdul's Live To Dance (CBS), America's Got Talent (NBC), The Ellen Show (NBC) and The Monsters Show. 

 

Through his creative production company, FORMCREATIVE, he produces PLATFORM, a choreography showcase, Urban Legends, a premier Hip Hop Workshop, and illskillz dance intensive. 

Chelsea Thedinga
New York / Contemporary

Chelsea Thedinga grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she trained at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and International Studies High School. After high school Chelsea moved to Los Angeles to work with Sonya Tayeh’s dance company Tayeh Dance. Under Sonya’s direction, Chelsea performed in The Endurance To Move, Favorites, the “Jeff Buckley’s Tribute Show,” and assisted Sonya Tayeh on FOX’s hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" and tours for Miley Cyrus and Madonna. Chelsea can been seen in “La La Land,” “All the Right Moves,” and “Chasing 8s.” Chelsea has performed at The Emmys, The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV Video Music Awards, Secret Life of the American Teenager, GLEE, America's Got Talent, and music videos for The Killers, Carrie Underwood, and Christina Perri. As a member of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Dance Company, Chelsea has completed 4 national tours and had featured performances on The Ellen Show and Macy’s Dancing with the Stars.

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