ALI

DIETZ

Ali is a graduate of Geneseo University with a degree in Communications and Sociology. Her dance travels include Los Angeles, DC, Rochester, NYC, Chicago, Atlantic City, Orlando, Cincinatti and most recently Stockholm, Sweden.  Jared Grimes, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, and Michelle Dorrance are just a few of the tap legends she has had the pleasure to study with. Ali lives in NYC and teaches tap and tap technique in New York and New Jersey.  Just this past season ALI expanded her knowledge by attending, The DC Tap Fest, Chicago Tap Fest, Stockholm Tap Fest and NYC Tap Fest where she performed with Tap It Out.
Ali is a frequent teacher at Broadway Dance Center AND IS CURRENTLY on faculty with tHE convention Soul de Soul. Ali has also worked for Michelle Dorrance's tap company Dorrance Dance.  Film editing is on the list of Ali's many talents. She attended the New York City Film Academy and continues to use her knowledge of film editing for artists in the dance industry.  Ali is the founder of Dancers Give Back. Thanks to her determination and belief that we can unite as teachers and students, we successfully raised funds to support cancer research. DGB is in it's sixth year and Ali hopes to branch out to other states and dance communities across the country. 



AIESHA
ASHBY

Aiesha,​ ​a​ ​native-born​ ​Texan,​ ​spent​ ​many​ ​years​ ​residing​ ​in​ ​Orange​ ​County,​ ​CA​ ​as​ ​a professional​ ​dancer,​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​choreographer.​ ​Aiesha​ ​studied​ ​at​ ​the​ ​EDGE​ ​PAC,  Millennium​ ​Studios​ ​and​ ​Debbie​ ​Allen​’​s​ ​Dance​ ​Academy;​ ​along​ ​with​ ​many​ ​fabulous  accredited​ ​choreographers.    Aiesha​ ​has​ ​had​ ​the​ ​pleasure​ ​of​ ​working​ ​with​ ​and​ ​being​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Artistic​ ​presence​ ​of  Gregory​ ​Hines,​ ​Lil​ ​Kim,​ ​Pink,​ ​Brook​ ​Hogan,​ ​Jaz​ ​Z,​ ​Snoop​ ​Dogg,​ ​Laurie​ ​Ann​ ​Gibson,  Raven​ ​Simone,​ ​Jamie​ ​King,​ ​Acia​ ​Gray​ ​and​ ​Chloe​ ​Arnold​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.​ ​Aiesha​ ​has  performed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hit​ ​TV​ ​shows​ ​American​ ​Dreams,​ ​Pop​ ​Stars,​ ​​ ​Grammy​ ​Awards;​ ​Warner  Bros​ ​featured​ ​film​ ​Living​ ​Out​ ​Loud​ ​and​ ​Sunset​ ​Gower​ ​feature​ ​film​ ​Between​ ​the​ ​Sheets.  Aiesha​ ​also​ ​has​ ​international​ ​experience​ ​as​ ​a​ ​feature​ ​dancer​ ​for​ ​Korean​ ​Pop​ ​Singer​ ​Mi  Sing​ ​A​’​s​ ​world​ ​tour.  Aside​ ​from​ ​Aiesha​ ​dance​ ​career​ ​not​ ​only​ ​is​ ​she​ ​a​ ​registered​ ​ACE​ ​Certified​ ​Personal  trainer​ ​and​ ​a​ ​Certified​ ​BBS​ ​Fitness​ ​trainer​ ​but​ ​Aiesha​ ​has​ ​also​ ​had​ ​the​ ​pleasure​ ​of  being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​discover​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of​ ​fashion​ ​and​ ​design.​ ​While​ ​living​ ​in​ ​Orange​ ​County,  CA​ ​she​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​Wet​ ​Seal​ ​Inc​ ​as​ ​a​ ​visual​ ​merchandiser​ ​director​ ​and  Interior​ ​Designers​ ​Inc​ ​where​ ​she​ ​discovered​ ​a​ ​new​ ​love​ ​for​ ​details.   
Aiesha​ ​moved​ ​back​ ​to​ ​Texas​ ​where​ ​she​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​strive​ ​for​ ​excellence​ ​while  choreographing,​ ​instructing​ ​and​ ​mentoring​ ​with​ ​amazing​ ​people​ ​and​ ​a​ ​wonderful  groups​ ​of​ ​young​ ​dancers​ ​from​ ​all​ ​over.​ ​​ ​Aiesha​ ​believes​ ​reaching​ ​new​ ​heights​ ​in​ ​the  Arts​ ​can​ ​be​ ​achieved​ ​by​ ​anyone​ ​through​ ​hard​ ​work,​ ​an​ ​ethical​ ​approach​ ​and​ ​an  optimistic​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​what​ ​is​ ​yet​ ​to​ ​come.  
Aiesha​ ​most​ ​recent​ ​adventure​ ​is​ ​becoming​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the Owners and​ ​Co​ ​Founders​ ​and​ ​Apolla​ ​Performance​ ​Wear,​ ​​ ​a​ ​brand​ ​that​ ​will​ ​change​ ​the​ ​way​ ​all  dancers​ ​communicate​ ​with​ ​their​ ​bodies and their foundation (feet) as well as an A Team faculty member for Adrenaline Dance. 

MARC

CARDARELLI

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Marc Cardarelli trained at the Joanne Chapman School of Dance and graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. He has taught dance for over 10 years, in a variety of genres, across North America. In Toronto, Marc filmed The Music Man, Honey, and Camp Rock as well as working with several contemporary dance companies, including ProArte Danza and Helix Dance Project. Since moving to New York City in 2015, Marc has worked with Al Blackstone on several projects and Andy Blankenbuehler in Dirty Dancing. Marc is also a music producer, creating original work and editing music for various dance projects. Currently, Marc is performing as MacDuff in the immersive show Sleep No More. 

amanda

leise

Just returned to Colorado after spending 11 years teaching and dancing across the United States. She is highly regarded in many different styles of dance. Her specialty in hip hop and tap are highly sought after as both a teacher and choreographer. She has taught at the EDGE performing arts center in Los Angeles and many local studios in the LA area. She has also taught for Urban Jamm dance convention, Tamjams, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and master classes across the United States. She has a passion for not only dancing, but passing her love of dance on to future generations. Her spirit and love of dance is evident in her teaching style. Dancers of all ages and styles gravitate to her and always leave wanting more. She is currently teaching and training dancers in Longmont, Colorado at Dance Dimensions. 

Lisa

Hennings

Lisa Hennings, teacher and owner of The Bar Method, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in 1991. She danced professionally in Boston with Jeanette Neil, New York City with Linda Nutter, in Cleveland with Tom Everett and The Repertory Project. In Phoenix Lisa was a principal dancer with Center Dance Ensemble.  Lisa has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by modern dance masters such as Mark Morris, Liz Lerman and Doug Varone.  Lisa began a practice of yoga in 1997 and became certified through the Yoga Alliance. Lisa taught yoga from 2002-2010 in Dallas at The Dallas yoga Center,  in San Francisco at Equinox and in Winston-Salem, NC at the Yoga Gallery. In 2004 Lisa discovered, studied, and trained at The Bar Method with founder Burr Leonard in San Francisco. Lisa's teaching style is influenced by dance and yoga with a focus on proper alignment, strength building, improving flexibility, and reducing stress in a creative, yet challenging environment. Lisa is passionate about dance, yoga and The Bar Method and is excited to share her experience and practice with the Dallas community.

JAMIE

ANDERSON

Jamie is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies and a Minor in Psychology with an emphasis on Substance Abuse Counseling.  Jamie worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for two years before receiving her teacher’s certification in Special Education & Dance.  Jamie worked as a Special Education teacher in Odessa, Texas, for 5 years where she incorporated dance into their  curriculum.  she became the dance teacher & director of the Odessa High School Showgirls dance team, as well as the district wide mentor for all dance programs in the public school system where she remained for 11 years.
In June, 2012, Jamie and her family moved to Plano, TX, where she became an instructor & office manager at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, Texas.  Jamie continues to work with dance/drill teams & studios all over Texas teaching master classes & leadership workshops.  Jamie feels blessed to be given the opportunity to instill the love and passion for dance with everyone she works with. 

JOSHUA

PEUGH

Joshua L. Peugh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Joshua moved to South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company. Since then, he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America winning awards for his choreography in Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival. He was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's 2015 "25 to Watch," and was named “an important discovery” by The New York Times. Joshua has been commissioned to create for BODYTRAFFIC, BalletX, Ballet Memphis, Tulsa Ballet, Whim W'Him, Company E, Dallas Theater Center, METdance, and Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, among others.

MEGAN

SHIPMAN

Megan Shipman is a uniquely gifted choreographer, dancer, and educator from Plano, Texas. She has worked with many illustrious choreographers in the industry including Jackie Sleight and DJ Guthrie. Megan worked as an apprentice to the LA DanceMagic Convention Company for two years, and as Choreographer’s Assistant to DJ Guthrie for six years. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management as well as minors in Dance Science and Business Administration. Since graduating from Texas A&M University in 2015, Megan has been teaching at KJ Dance and working with the nationally recognized Pulse Performance Company. From tots to teens, Megan loves and excels in working with all age groups. Megan is very excited to share her passion for performance arts and teach her students that anything is possible.  

mark

caserta

Mark, from Philadelphia, trained in many styles at the Creative and Performing Arts HS and the Ailey School. In 2010, he graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Mark was a member of Eleone Dance Theater from 2006-2010. He was a member of International touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2010-2014 and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal from 2014-2016. He has choreographed on PA Ballet II, the University of the Arts Dance Department and Grace Dance Theater. He has presented works at STEPS Lab, the Banff Centre and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. Mark is also a participant in the organization MindLeaps and co-founder and director of DRIGGproductions.


jenny

durbin - smith

  Jenny Durbin Smith is one of the Dallas's most sought after award-winning choreographers. Her resume reads like a "who's who" list in the dance industry! She trained in jazz and hip-hop during her college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while obtaining a double degree in journalism and communication studies. During her time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she was a member of the national award-winning cheer and dance teams.  Jenny has been a member of the NBA Dallas Mavericks Dancers where she served as captain in her second year.  She has also been a principle dancer and actor for many national industrials, commercials and films. Jenny’s dynamic choreography has been featured on many national television commercials, industrials, films, reality television shows, and international stages including Hasbro, Mary Kay, ‘America’s Got Talent,’ MTV’s ‘TRL,’ and Monday Night Football. In addition to being the proud director of the NFL’s first and only co-ed hip hop crew, the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue, she is a choreographer for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a master instructor for Professional NFL and NBA Cheerleading & Dance Conventions including All Pro and Choreography Pros, and travels the country choreographing for numerous high school, collegiate and professional dance teams and dance studios. Jenny was recently featured in Dance Track Magazine and Dance Team Magazine!

cory

finn

Cory Finn is one of the most highly sought after Master tap teachers in the country. His unique rhythmic style,
along with a genuine care for his students keep him in high demand. Cory has performed with various tap companies and stage productions including Rhapsody in Taps, Power Tap and Men at Work to
name a few. He has also had the honor of working with such tap legends as: Gregory Hines, Henry Le Tang, Sam Weber, and Mark Mendoca.  Cory has taught on numerous touring convention circuits including: Nuvo, LA Underground, LA Dance Magic, Hollywood Vibe, Pacific Coast Dance Fest and iHollywood. Some of his commercial credits include Toyota, Taco-Bell, Dr. Pepper and Disney. Cory continues to set his award winning choreography on dance companies and studios all over the country.  His students have gone on to perform in every
medium of the entertainment industry on stages all over the word. 

Ida

saki

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ida Saki graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and continued her studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has received national honors including modern dance winner by NFAA YoungArts where she was the only female dancer to be named the Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2010. Saki was a closing member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet after dancing with them from 2012-2015, and named one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2013. She is a co-founder of  Dancer’s Give Back Dallas and a Mind Body Dancer Yoga® Teacher. Saki is currently performing as Lady Macbeth in the immersive show, Sleep No More, in New York City.


MASON

MANNING

Mason Manning, a native of Dallas, TX, is currently studying in his senior year at The Juilliard School in New York City. Mason is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and while there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Takehiro Ueyama, Adam Hougland, Jessica Lang, and Robert Battle. When Mason was only 16, he was asked to perform in TITAS Presents: Command Performance Gala at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House, in a newly commissioned duet entitled “Growth” choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.  Mason has spent his summers training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Mason has also danced works by Aszure Barton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Stephan Laks, Andonis Foniadakis, Ivan Perez, Crystal Pite, Jose Limon, Jiri Kylian and Richard Alston, among many other esteemed choreographers.  Mason is a Texas Young Master in Dance, a 2014 Young Arts Gold Award Recipient in Modern Dance, as well as a 2014 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee/Semi-Finalist. In 2015 Mason was one of ten choreographers from around the world selected to have his work shown at the Copenhagen International Choreographic Competition, where his work Transient Altar Spaces was performed in Denmark.

JADE

WHITMIRE

Jade Whitmire has been living and training in both Houston and New York City.  She trained extensively with the Houston Ballet, The Houston Met, Broadway Dance Center, Edge PAC, Steps NYC, and Alvin Ailey in all styles of dance.  Jade was one of the first members of the NYC TapKids touring company, and had the fortunate opportunity to train for several years with tap legend Savion Glover as a young girl.  While living in NYC, she was assistant to the director of the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, and guest taught jazz and hip-hop classes at Joffrey Ballet School.   She HAS BEEN FEATURED IN Gossip Girl, Law and Order, and commercials including Sony Bravia and Adidas Bounce, and was a background performer for several films.  After leaving New York Jade began teaching and choreographing tap, hip-hop, musical theater, jazz, and contemporary in Houston, around the US, and internationally.  While she loves teaching multiple styles of dance, her specialty is tap.  Jade has a way of reaching students of all levels and finding a way for each kid to connect to tap dancing in her classes, even if it is not their forte.  She has been on faculty for Mike Minery’s “Slide” tap intensive/Dancerpalooza, has travelled to guest judge for dance conventions such as 24/7 and Jump, and has travelled with Revive Dance Convention as their tap instructor.  Jade is the creator and director of Artistic Soul Dance Company, housed in Houston, and is the founder of JAM Dance Workshops.  


TRACI

CARPENTER

started her dance journey at the age of 2 per doctors orders due to intense pigeon toe from the hips. She quickly found her life long love and an eventual turnout. Traci has received several accolades as a dancer but found her passion to be in teaching and in choreography. She is very blessed to be one of the only people in the state of Texas to work for, Varsity Owned, United Spirit Association out of California. For the USA, she taught dance and leadership camps all around the country. Traci served as a Head Instructor, a member of the Program Development Team, a Competition Director and a Nationals Head Judge. Traci graduated first in her class from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theatre. Traci has choreographed theatre stage productions of “Carousel”,”Dames At Sea” and “Pirates of Penzance” for which she was nominated for a Tommy Tune Award for Best Choreography. She is a Texas certified teacher in 9-12 Dance and K-12 PE. From 2006-2010, Traci was the Director of the Clear Creek Cavalier Dance Team. In her four years of directing she brought the team to 4 National Championships. Traveling around the country, sharing her love of dance, a message of empowerment in young dancers & creative choreography is her mission and she is blessed to be able to do it. Traci’s pride comes from the success of her students who have gone on to train and dance with: The Boston Conservatory, The Joffrey Ballet, The Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program, Chapman University, OCU with full dance scholarship, AMDA LA & NYC, Connecticut College, Spaces of Fontana, teaching at Broadway Dance Center, HSPVA, UT Pom Squad, Texan Cheerleaders, The Houston Astros and several other prestigious schools/ companies and jobs. Traci finds her heart in sharing her passion for dance with her students. Her high energy and truthful way of delivering material have made a success out of any student who has taken from her. She believes in keeping her students accountable for themselves and pushing each individual to realize their fullest potential. Traci’s mission is to create well rounded & thoughtful humans, not just dancers.  

DIANA

WINFREE

Diana Winfree grew up in Southlake, TX. She received her BFA with honors from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed repertory by choreographers including Robert Battle, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. Upon graduation, Diana moved to Chicago where she danced three seasons with Thodos Dance Chicago and performed with LevelDance, Kristina Isabell Dance Company and Dance for Life Chicago. She also presented works in collaboration with the Thomas Masters art gallery. Diana currently lives in New York and is in her third season as a company dancer at Ballet Hispánico. Diana performs nationally and internally in works by choreographers including Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Eduardo Vilaro, and Tania Perez-Salas. She also enjoys teaching alongside the company while on tour through Ballet Hispánico’s community arts partnerships.  

  


KIM

MCSWAIN

Kim McSwain reminds us why we dance. For more than 20 years, her positive and encouraging teaching style has inspired students across the country to chase their dreams on stage and off as they learn to dance from the inside out! Having studied, taught, and performed extensively, Kim’s training and technical expertise shine through all of her classes. But it’s her contagious energy and compassion for each and every student that sets Kim apart in the industry. She has taught on Adrenaline, JUMP, NUVO, The Dance Teacher’s Summit, and hosted her own children’s event at DancerPalooza. Most recently, Kim has retired from the convention circuit to focus on her Studio Consulting firm and new company, CHANGING LIVES. She now travels across the country working directly with studios to provide parent seminars, business consulting, and to educate faculty in her teaching philosophy. No matter where she travels for CHANGING LIVES, the message remains the same: True success comes from within, so when you change how you think, it changes how you dance… even when the music stops. 

 

courtney

jones

Named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2012, professional dancer, educator and actress Courtney D. Jones is on the Dance Faculty at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Choreography. She began her professional career in Miami, FL with the Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre while attending New World School of the Arts.  Ms. Jones is a proud graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology, graduating with honors. After graduation Ms. Jones worked with the Kevin Wynn Collection and joined Jennifer Muller/The Works where she taught and toured internationally for four seasons. 
With a growing interest in theatre she joined the cast of Show Boat in 2008 accomplishing a long-standing goal to perform at Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and went on to join Broadway's First National Tour of WICKED in 2009.In Houston, Ms. Jones enjoyed four lovely seasons from 2010-2014 with Hope Stone Dance Company where she was the Assistant Director of Hope Stone Dance II (h.s.d. II)  and has been seen in productions at Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera and Theare Under The Stars.  She is also a highly sought after consultant both as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Houston and teaching company class for Hope Stone Dance, MET Dance Company, SUCHU Dance, Rice University Rice Dance Theatre and Urban Souls Dance Company where she also served as a guest choreographer for their 2012 season.  She also serves as a guest teacher at numerous universities, workshops and intensives including Bates Dance Festival and the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive (NYC).
Alongside professional dancers and colleagues Catalina Alexandra and JoDee Engle, Courtney is Co- Founder of Houston Dance Collective, providing continuing professional dance training to the Houston dance community by offering Open Professional/Advanced classes.  courtneydjones.weebly.com

katey

Weibring - finazzo

Katey is a multi talented actress and dancer originally from Dallas, TX.  She has worked with some of the top names in the dance industry including Desiree Robbins, Justin Giles, and Keith Young to name a few. Katey started her career working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, where she was a soloist in both “Rock on Broadway” and “Flashback”.  Other stage credits include, US Tour with the Wiggles, Mary Kay Convention, “Love Notes” with Soulescape and “Thriller” with Odyssey Dance Theatre.  She has performed in various productions with Disney. Katey has also appeared in commercials for Old Navy, Big Lots and Toshiba.  She has taught and choreographed at numerous workshops and studios in Canada, Costa Rica and across the US.  One of Katey’s greatest joys is sharing her love of dance with others through performing and teaching.  Her infectious personality and hard work ethic keep her in high regard amongst her peers.

tenley

dICKEY

Tenley is in her third season with Thodos Dance Chicago.  She is a Dallas native and graduated Magna Cum Laudefrom Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Religious Studies.  Tenley was given the Distinction in Dance award by the SMU faculty.  Her performances at SMU included works by Danny Buraczeski, Martha Graham, and Joost Vrouenraets.  She has also studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Houston Met Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York.  At Thodos, Tenley has performed works by Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Garfield Lemonious, Bob Fosse, Kevin Iega Jeff, Anne Reinking, Melissa Thodos, and Robin Mineko Williams.  Her choreography has been performed in Thodos’s New Dances choreography project and featured on ABC TV’s Good Morning Texas.  Tenley's work “Night Windows” was commissioned by Thodos Dance Chicago and performed in the company’s main stage show in 2015 at the Harris Theater.  Her work “Still Life” was commissioned in 2015 by Chicago Repertory Ballet and performed at the Biograph Theater in Chicago and on the company’s Summer 2015 tour.  A review in The Chicago Tribune called her contemporary piece for Chicago Repertory Ballet, “meticulously structured” and “ingenious.”   A review in See Chicago Dance noted the “rich texture and distinctive movement” of her 2015 piece for Thodos New Dances.  Tenley has choreographed, performed, and taught master classes at venues throughout Chicago, Dallas and Houston. 


LILY

CABATU WEISS

 Lily Cabatu Weiss is the Executive Director for the Dallas Arts District and most recently served as the Artistic Director for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, the 2nd Artistic Director since Paul Baker, founder of the school. In addition, she served as Chair of the Dance Department that now serves as a national model. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, has taught on the dance faculties at Southern Methodist University and Houston’s HSPVA, and joined the faculty at BTWHSPVA in 1978. Her dance credits include John Mead and Dancers in New York and Japan, the Texas Choreographers Award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, guest choreographer for four seasons in the Dance Education Department-New York University, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, among others. Much of her work was instrumental in Booker T. Washington HSPVA’s distinction as the Top 8 Magnet Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Medal of Art (the first institution to receive this award), and the renovation and expansion of Booker T. Washington HSPVA in the first Public/Private Capital Campaign for Dallas ISD. Additional awards include the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Teacher by the Commission on Presidential Scholars twelve different years by 14 students, SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellowship, the Texas Dance Educator Award, Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship, was featured in two articles in Dance Teacher magazine in 2007 & 2009 for her work at BTWHSPVA, Distinguished Alumna from Texas Woman’s University, received an Honor Award by the Dance Council of North Texas and an Outstanding Service Award from the National High School Dance Festival. She has trained many students who are performing in dance companies both nationally and internationally and who are now her colleagues and friends. She was instrumental in many current partnership programs such as Sammons Lunch Jam series with AT&T Performing Arts Center, the sold-out run of the all-school musical, HAIR with Dallas Theatre Center, and Soundings through the Nasher Sculpture Center, each promoting the Dallas Arts District, and recent feature articles in D Magazine and Patron Magazine. She serves on the Boards of TITAS Presents, the Booker T. Washington HSPVA Advisory Board, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB) Cultural Tourism Committee, Advisory Board for the Creative Arts Center, Visit Dallas Committee for Moving Cities-Dallas, and represents the Dallas Arts District as a board member of Texans for the Arts. 

LISA

HOLT

Lisa has been teaching in the dance industry for over 25 years. She has been  a head instructor, program curriculum developer and choreographer for NCA Danz, NCA collegiate program, and USA dance. She is a former captain of the NCA national  award winning Navarro college Showstoppers dance team,  former 5 year veteran of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, she has danced professionally in numerous shows, and infomercials, including Mary Kay, Beauty Control, and Juice Plus.  Her love for dance branched out into ballroom about 13 years ago. She taught for the nationally renowned  program called Dancing Classrooms, which is featured in the films, “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Take the Lead”.
She and her partner, israel Peña developed and directed the ballroom dance program at Power House of Dance Dallas and Frisco for the past 9 years. Along with there program at the studio, they have taught numerous workshops, master classes, dance intensives, and given seminars to elementary, middle schools, high schools, and universities, including Booker T Washington HS, University of North Texas, TWU, and UTD.  She and her partner also compete professionally in the international Latin division and have competed all over the country and abroad. Their highlight to date was competing in London and at the Blackpool Dance Festival. She continues to train and study with award winning and world renown coaches,from all over the world, such as Shirley Ballas and Martin Lamb.

 

PHILLIP

BROOMHEAD

Phillip Broomhead was born in London, England, trained at the Royal Ballet School, and joined The Royal Ballet in 1981. He was promoted to Soloist in 1983 and to Principal in 1986. Several roles were created specifically for Broomhead, including The Southern Cape Zebra in Still Life at the Penguin Café and roles in Varii Capricci, Isadora, Pursuit, Number One, Enclosure, and L’Invitation au Voyage. He performed numerous times in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Mother, and at many other royal galas. Broomhead joined Houston Ballet as a Principal dancer in January of 1991 and made his debut in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella. He was featured in all of Stevenson’s ballets, and many other works. In March 1991, while on vacation in Washington, D.C., he attended a Royal Ballet performance of Swan Lake. During Act I, their Principal dancer sustained a serious injury and Broomhead found himself thrust onto the Kennedy Center Stage as Prince Siegfried; his performance won him worldwide critical acclaim. Broomhead has also created roles numerous world premieres including Glen Tetley’s Lux in Tenebris, Ben Stevenson’s Eclipse, and Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan. He retired from Houston Ballet as a dancer in June 2004 after performing with the company for 13 years at which time he joined the artistic staff as Ballet Master, a position he held until 2011. In 2012 Broomhead joined Vitacca Vocational School For Dance as Ballet Master and Artistic Advisor.  


​MIKEY

MORADO

native of Colorado, Mikey began dancing at the age of two and heavily trained in all genres at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy.  Upon graduation, Mikey moved to New York where he received a BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Mikey joined Sidra Bell Contemporary Company where he was a company member from 2011-2015.  Mikey has recently moved to the dallas area to teach, create and move.  

BRIAN

STEVENS

Brian grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Here, he received training from a variety of instructors locally and across the nation. Throughout his training, Brian earned many awards and competition titles. Additionally, he had the opportunity to dance at the Broadway Dance Center and various dance intensives on scholarship. As he trained in the Dallas Fort Worth area, he was asked to be an assistant for Tremaine and Dupree Dance Conventions. Assisting faculty members of these nationally recognized dance conventions allowed Brian to have a hands on experience in teaching young dancers technique. The assistant opportunity also helped him to further create his unique choreography style.
 Now, Brian is the Artistic Director of an award winning Dance Company, Pulse, at KJ Dance in Plano, Texas. His choreography for large and small groups, solos, duets, and trios are nationally recognized, winning multiple awards and overall titles. Brian tours the country with the Dupree Dance Convention faculty as a choreographer and teacher. Brian has been invited to teach at a number of summer dance intensives including the North Texas Summer Dance Intensive and Dallas Repertoire Ballet Intensive. He also founded a costume company, Artistic Dance Designs, which launched in 2013.  Brian enjoys working with dancers and seeing their movement and technique progress as they continue to train.


jess

hendricks

Jess Hendricks graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance.  Her credits include commercials and industrials for Godiva, L’Oreal, Reebok, Toys R Us, Universal Studios, Volkswagen and Warner Brothers.  Jess worked on the tour of HAIR as Dance Captain, performed for the opening premiers of moulin rouge and The Great Gatsby and can be seen in such movies as Living Out Loud and Between The Sheets.  She has danced in or been the assistant choreographer to the Elan Awards, Bob Fosse Awards, Ms. America Pageant, Carnival, Dance Break and Broadway Bares.  Jess has choreographed the New York musicals “The Shaggs”, “The Book Of The Dun Cow” and “Dead City” as well as the movie musical “Free Fall”.  She has choreographed the music video “Just A Dress” for the Berlin Film Festival, “Mia Agapi Fotia” for European artist Sofia Strati’s Eurovision and was one of the choreographer finalists for the ACE Awards in New York City in 2011. Jess has taught at Universities and Festivals throughout Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and the United States.  Jess has danced with “The Wes Veldink Movement” and co-created her own company “Two Peas & A Pod”. She recently created live work for the band “A Great Big World” at BAM, set a work for Carnegie Hall and assisted with choreography for the Alicia Keys tour.  She is currently an adjunct professor at Pace University in nyc,  recently set rep work at marymount manhattan college and point park university and on faculty with 24 Seven dance convention.  

JENNIFER

MABUS

Jennifer Mabus is an artist and educator based in Texas. She comes from a rich career as a performing artist working regionally and internationally for choreographers and companies such as Robert Battle (founding dancer of Battleworks, NYC), Amy Marshall Dance Company (NYC), Heidi Latsky (NYC), Takehiro Ueyama (NYC), Bruce Wood Dance Project (TX), Noble Motion Dance (TX), Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (founding dancer, TX), and Aimed Dance (TX). As an educator, she has served on the dance faculties of Texas Christian University, Booker T Washington HSPVA, Interlochen Arts Academy, Houston’s HSPVA, San Jacinto College, and Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Jennifer has presented her own choreography in New York and Texas at festivals and residencies, such as Dumbo Dance Festival, Cool/NY Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, UT/Dallas, Omega Dance Company, Elle Danceworks and at the historic Wynne Home and Arts Center. She was the 2015 Rice University Dance Artist in Residence, one of Noble Motion Dance’s 2016 “Next Step” emerging artists, one of Dance Source Houston’s 2017 Artists in Residence and has presented her work through the Dance Gallery Festival and with other regional festivals and companies. Mabus received her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and her MFA from Sam Houston State University. Mabus is also is also a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and is dedicated to teaching young dancers healthy artistry. You can see more about Jennifer at jenmabus.com.   PHOTO CREDIT: LYNN LANE

HAILEY

TREVINO

Haley was born and raised in Odessa, TX. she graduated from Odessa High School and is a college graduate from Collin County Community College in Plano, TX. she moved to Dallas after high school, taught dance and trained at numerous studios in the Dallas area. In that time, I co-directed the competing Hip Hop team named The Renegades. haley was also a member of Pedestrian Dance Movement contemporary company. she has traveled all over Texas to teach and set choreography for numerous High School Dance Teams!  Currently haley lives in Los Angeles.  she has danced for the singer Kehlani, is a Monsters of Hip Hop Cast Alumni, performed in the Latin Radio Awards Show, danced in the Monster Blaster Speaker commercial, and performed in the Dallas Cowboys Half time show. she is also a part of the KM Elite training program under the direction of Kolanie Marks and Antoine Troupe. she Recently put a 15 minute production together for the SoCal Network Assemblies of God Youth Conference at the Anaheim Convention center. haley is thrilled to continue her journey and see where God and hard work takes her.  


AMINYA

​houston

Aminya Houston is an Austin native and started dancing at the early age of three years old. Training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop and musical theater, Aminya also had the opportunity to compete with an award winning pre-professional company through high school.
In 2013, Aminya was casted in the Monsters of Hip Hop show “Shadows” in Los Angeles, directed by Emmy nominated Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo. During the show, she trained closely with some of today’s top choreographers in the industry including Tony Testa, Sean Bankhead, Jaquel Knight, Luther Brown, and Luam Keflezgy.
Today, Aminya teaches at several studios around the Austin area and travels nationwide with Monsters Dance Convention & Competition. 

LAUREN

BEALE

Lauren is a performing artist, choreographer, improviser, contemplative teacher and yoga instructor. She holds an MFA in Dance from The University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis in collaborative, interdisciplinary performance. Lauren has performed nationally and internationally with Colorado based companies Helander Dance Theater, 3rd Law Dance/Theatre, David Capps/Dances, Interweave Dance Theater, Kim Olson/Sweet Edge, as well as New York City companies Curt Haworth and Dancers, Ellis Wood Dance and Peter Sciscioli. Lauren has co-created and collaborated on interdisciplinary performances with Brooke McNamara, Ondine Geary, Kate Speer, Mark McCoin, Jessica Hendricks, and Amanda Leise.  Her creative work has been presented in Colorado, New York City, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She has been on faculty at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop for over ten years and facilitates dance and movement classes at Block 1750 and Running River School K-8. Lauren has also taught Performance Improvisation, Jazz Fusion technique, and Looking at Dance in the dance department of CU-Boulder. Her current creative research seeks to engage performance as a site for cultural critique and the body as means of expressing the most pressing questions of the human experience.

HANNAH

LARSON

originally from Houston, Texas, hannah began her training at Rowland School of Ballet under the direction of Sheryl Rowland. From a young age, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. She trained with the pre-professional company, Kingwood Dance Theatre. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance, and a BA in Information Science and Arts. She was able to show her many of her own works at various shows featuring student choreography. During her time as an undergraduate, she joined Art.If.Act Dance Project in “The Great American Dance Tour of China”, where they traveled across China for five weeks. After college, she taught at various studios in Colorado including Synergy Dance Academy, Grace Studios School of Dance, Block 1750, The Schiff Dance Collective, and Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. She performed with Colorado based companies such as Rogue Co and The Schiff Dance Collective and the New York based company, Summation Dance. Now she is dancing in L.A. with the company, Catastrophe! under the direction of Cat Cogliandro.

ANNIE

BLANKENSHIP

​annie Blankenship began her training in Plano, TX, under Dance Industry’s owner and artistic director Christy Wolverton, where she spent seven years as a member of the performing company. After graduating high school, Annie was chosen as one of twenty dancers to participate in the Edge Performing Arts Center’s scholarship program in Los Angeles. While on scholarship she trained extensively with some of the biggest names in the dance world including Mark Meismer, Doug Caldwell, Bill Prudich, J.T. Horenstein, Scott Hislop, Harry Shum, Teri Best, and Mandy Moore to name a few. Annie has performed with Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, as well as in in the Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences TV MOVES! Live Show, Dancing Under the Stars Choreography Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, and appeared in a season one episode of John Chu’s The LXD. She brings her knowledge of both the competitive world and the professional world to all of her classes and loves sharing the art of dance with everyone she teaches.


QUINTON​

​WEATHERS

Quinton has taught master classes all over the us, canada, korea, japan and central america.   he has also had the opportunity to assist award-winning choreographer mandy moore in seoul, korea at the international jazz festival and at the edge.  while represented with bloc talent agency, he has worked with the likes of jennifer lopez, beyonce, angie stone, snoop dogg, salt & pepa, kylie minogue, anastasia, clay aiken, ruben studdard, solange knowles, and many more.  his tv and film credits include nickelodeon, soul train, trading spaces, 2002 olympics,  and dreamgirls.  he has done commercials and industrials for so you think, i-pod, motorola, nintendo, diesel, levi, nike, and pepsi.  Quinton is currently in austin, texas with his own dance studio, the dance spot.  there he is the artistic director of his youth company, rise dance company, and adult dance company, reverence dance project.  

ROSE

YAGER

A DALLAS, TEXAN NATIVE.  SHE TRAINED AND COMPETED IN ALL STYLES OF DANCE AT DANCIN' FEET PERFORMING COMPANY.  FOR THE NEXT 15 YEARS, SHE APPEARED IN MANY PERFORMANCES INCLUDING..... Dallas cowboys thanksgiving halftime shows, nordstrom industrials and chuck-e-cheese industrial videos.  she gained a ba in interior design from the university of oklahoma in 2008 while traiing under sytycd's season 1 destiny rogers performing company, dare to be soul.  In 2008, rose moved to los angeles.  for the next 5 years she was represented under one of the top agencies and continued to train with top choreographers such as justin giles, mark meismer, nick lanzisiera, erica sobol, doug caldwell and liz imperio.  she perfermed as a company member in erica sobol's company, collidedance.  she travels and assists tina d'amato sidoni across the country.  rose's proudest moment was joining justin gile's company coulescape in 2011.   

terrill

mitchell

terrill is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer who relocated to houston, tx after receiving his BA in dance from point park university.  he was a seven-year company member with the houston metropolitan dance company (met dance) and is now a part of the administration organization working as a faculty member with both the professional company and pre-professional company.  he has worked with companies such as attack theater, pittsburgh opera, west virginia public theater, and playhouse dance company.  since joining the houston met, he has performed works by caleb mitchell, jason parsons, spencer gavin hering, jess hendricks, kiesha lalama, salim gauwloos, joe celej, jhon r stronks, peter chu, jason mcdole, kiki lucas, kate skarpetowska, lauren edson and larry keigwin. he has performed  at boston dance festival, jacobs pillow, texas contemporary dance festival, apap conference, The dance gallery festival, bayou city arts festival and artopia.  in 2014, terrill was chosen as one of houston's 100 creatives.  As a teacher and choreographer, Terrill has set works on met dance, wanderlust dance project, st. johns school, contemporary ballet dallas and has traveled the coasts for competitive studios, dance teams and youth companies.  TERRILL travelS the coasts choreographing numerous award winning and nationally winning routines for studios, dance teams and youth companies.  HE CURRENTLY SERVES AS REHEARSAL DIRECTOR FOR ELITE DANCE COMPANY IN TEXAS, CHOREOGRAPHER FOR THE EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR MET DANCE AND TRAVELS THE US AS A FACULTY MEMBER WITH DUPREE DANCE CONVENTION.  


 


JEFF

AMSDEN

After a very rewarding performing career in Ballet, Broadway, Film , Television and video Jeff Amsden decided to dedicate his time and talents to teaching, training and mentoring the next generation of dancers.  In 1990 he co-founded the Professional Dance Center of Tokyo Japan bringing American Style Jazz and contemporary dance to students eager to learn all the newest techniques from NY and LA. Jeff headed the studio staffing it every two months with Master teachers from both coasts offering students in Japan a rare opportunity to study with America's best Master teachers. It was while in Japan that Jeff had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for Carrie Ann Inaba , the judge of Dancing with the Stars. Carrie Ann Credits Jeff as being her first professional Jazz teacher.
After running the Professional Dance Center in Tokyo for three years, Jeff changed his focus to LA and was hired on staff at The Edge performing Arts Center in Hollywood. While at the Edge Jeff met student Sheryl Murakami and was instrumental in encouraging her to keep dancing and performing. Now Sheryl is a wildly successful teacher and choreographer and is best known as Beyonce's choreographer and was awarded an MTV award for best choreography for Beyonce's Run The World video. From LA, Jeff went to London to be Associate Choreographer for the West End Production of Saturday Night Fever. The show was nominated for Best Choreography at the Olivier Awards .
From London Jeff moved back to NYC where he had trained as a young dancer on Scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School. Jeff launched his own show A Few Good Men Dancin' and also began a long term relationship teaching at Broadway Dance center. Jeff taught Jazz, lyrical and Ballet at Broadway Dance Center for ten years and continues to teach master classes there when he is in town. Jeff worked closely with the scholarship, pre professional trainees while at BDC and students that he mentored have gone on to dance in Videos, Broadway shows and are dancing with The famed Radio City Music Hall Rocketts. While in NYC Jeff also was honored to teach at the Joffrey Ballet School and was instrumental in the launching of the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and contemporary workshops. Jeff also was invited to teach master classes at Marymount Manhattan University as well as Pace University.