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.
Justin Giles was born in Irmo, SC to a decorated, multi-sport athlete and a seasoned professional dancer/performer. His father groomed his sills on the field while his mother trained him in the dance studio. After much success as an athlete and dancer, he began touring the US as an assistant to renowned choreographers and on the convention circuit. At the age of 21 Justin was asked to travel to Seoul, Korea to instruct and perform with the highly respected POZ Dance Theatre. Justin returned home inspired, thus making the decision to start his own company. Today SoulEscape is considered one of the most innovative and inspiring professional dance companies in the US. His work has been described as "inventive", "awe-inspiring", "raw", and "naturally beautiful" by show audiences. Justin's innate ability to story tell sets his work apart and continues to bring a new dimension to the professional company realm. Justin continues to work with dancers from all over the world, and maintains that his true calling is connecting with and inspiring the next generations of young artists.
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.
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
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alisa Paradowski was born and raised in Houston where she graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.F.A. in Performing Arts. While living in New York City working as a professional dancer and choreographer, she was an adjunct professor at Pace University teaching tap and hiphop. She has worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Ne-yo, Le Ann Rimes, Freddie Prince Jr., and Clay Walker and is currently working with Wyclef Jean on his new album and video. She has choreographed flashmobs for Wells Fargo and Microsoft Office and been in commercials for XBOX, Canon, Footlocker, and Ford. She has taught for Joffrey Ballet School, DNA, Broadway Dance Center and you can find her teaching tap on the weekends for Dance League USA competition and conventions.
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.
katie grew up dancing in texas and graduated with a bfa in dance performance from southern methodist university in dallas. Katie has performed as a radio city rockette, assisted and performed with al blackstone, danced with kristin sudelkis' modern company, choreographed all over the us and currently has her focus on acting and singing. katie recently had the opportunity to choreograph and work with disiac dance company at princeton university. Katie's hero however, is her older sister Alana drablos, who has down syndrome and is a rock star. katie has taught workshops and classes for the down syndrome guild of dallas and alana is the best assistant she's ever had.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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DJ Guthrie hails from Dallas, Texas and made his way to LA after dancing with the Orlando Ballet for 9 years. Since then DJ has appeared in films such as High School Musical 3,500 Days of Summer, Shrek Forever After and The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever, as well as television performances on Glee, Dancing With The Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Video Game Awards, American Idol, Bones, Better With You, The CMA Christmas Show, America’s Got Talent, The 81st Academy Awards, The 63rd Emmys, CSI: Las Vegas and So You Think You Can Dance. He has also co-choreographed/danced in commercials and live performances for Ford, McDonald’s, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Memorial Hermann and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. DJ was also a part of the national touring company of “CATS.” He was recently on tour with Glee Live and was a choreographer for the TV show “Your Chance to Dance” on CMT. Aside from working commercially, he teaches master classes for The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA as well as studios and professional companies all over the country.
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.
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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 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.
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
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.