Matt luck, a los angeles based choreographer and dancer, originally comes from ohio where he trained with z company dance. after years of assisting and teaching classes of his own, matt made the move to los angeles to pursue a career in the commercial world of dance. he has had the opportunity to perform with taylor swift at the American music awards as well as on fox's television show "glee". aside from performing, matt's main focus is teaching and creating. in 2013, matt created an evening length show titled "regretless" through collaboration with Emily shock and musician Richard walters. he is currently a faculty member on the adrenaline dance convention and has been a company member of Justin giles' "soulescape". he has been able to teach all throughout Europe in countries such as London, Holland, spain, Switzerland, and Italy and has performed in London based dance adventures "best of british". alongside choreographing and dancing, matt has an extensive interest in filmmaking and is constantly creating short films that mesh the two worlds of dance and film. some of matt's films, including "dancing in the dark" which was created in collaboration with emma portner, have had the chance to be featured in various events such as "sourceecreative", in an episode of "artgrease", as well as on tour with artist ben riddle. matt is constantly searching for new adventures and is so grateful for all the opportunities he has had so far in his life.
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.
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!
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.
Austin Lintner, a native of Richardson, Texas, began his ballet training with Tanju and Pat Tuzer at the Tuzer Ballet. He attended the University of Oklahoma and received his BFA in ballet performance. While at OU, he performed leading and soloist roles in works by George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Bronislava Nijinska, David Lichine and many original works by faculty members. He also performed in collaborations with the OU School of Music, OU Opera and the OU School of Musical Theater. Austin’s choreography was selected for the University of Oklahoma’s Young Choreographers’ Showcase in 2012 and 2013. Austin danced with the Dayton Ballet from 2013 to 2015 where he performed works by Jessica Lang, Septime Webre, Amy Seiwert, Gina Patterson, Suzanne Payne, Karen Russo Burke and Durmot Burke. Currently, Austin is the Ballet Director at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center.
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 and is now a part of the administration organization working with both the company and center. he has worked with companies such as attack theater, pittsburgh opera, west virginia public theater, and playhouse dance company. Terrill has performed the works of 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 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 traveled the coasts choreographing numerous award winning and nationally winning routines for studios, dance teams and youth companies. He is the Company Director for the nationally ranked competitive company at Elite Dance Academy in League City, TX. He is on faculty for Vitacca Dance Project training their pre-professional dancers as well as an on-going guest choreographer for the MET Too pre-professional program, housed under The MET Dance Center. Terrill also choreographs for the educational and outreach program for MET Dance Company and Center. Lastly, Terrill travels the U.S. 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.
Allison received her BFA from The Juilliard School, toured Europe, then created Cirque Du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” where she was dance captain, a featured dancer and aerialist. Featured TV: So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Strictly Come Dancing. Companies: The Metropolitan Opera, Keigwin and Co., Company XIV. Commercials: VH1 and IBM. Allison is represented by CESD Talent Agency.
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.
Emily Shock is a teacher, studio owner and choreographer from Oklahoma. Her choreography and students have been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Live to Dance” with Paula Abdul, ESPN, web-based reality show “Step by Step with the Westmoore Jags”, “The Regis and Kelly Show”, and in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her students have been, and continue to be, nationally recognized as dancers, models and scholars. Emily has choreographed for professional companies, “Truth in Progress”, “The Sparrow Dance Company” and “Dare to be Soul”. She was a Capezio A.C.E. award finalist in 2010 and had the honor of choreographing for the “Art for Life” show in Los Angeles and “Dancing Downtown at the Joyce” in New York City for Dancers Responding to AIDS. Her choreography set on dancers from East Coast Movement won the 2009 Presentation Award at the DRA event. Emily is a master class teacher and convention teacher for many workshops, studios and conventions across the nation. Her teaching techniques have been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine. She is the director of Applause Studios in Oklahoma City and is working to bring contemporary dance into the major art scene in Oklahoma. She hopes to provide opportunities for dancers to make a living doing what they love in the place that they love. Emily Shock is also the coach of the national champion dance team “Westmoore”.
Skylar boykin was born and raised in dallas, texas. skylar has been a recipient of texas youngmaster awards, texas dance council and selected for young arts for both modern and choreography. she has trained with cedar lake contemporary ballet, batsheva dance company, hofesh Schechter in London, and san Francisco conservatory. she currently lives in los angeles and is signed with bloc talent agency. she tours with 24seven dance convention and is the female swing for shaping sound. in January 2015 skylar is looking forward to shooting as a dancer in the film ted 2.
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.
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.
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.
Ida Saki (Joined Cedar Lake in 2012) hails from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Performing Arts Center and Dance Industry Performing Arts Center and continued her training at New York University. She has received such accolades as modern dance winner from the National Foundation’s YoungArts, Texas Young Master, and has received national recognition from various organizations, including New York City Dance Alliance’s outstanding dancer of the year. The National High School Dance Festival recognized her choreographic talents and awarded her the outstanding choreography award. She was also the only female dancer to be selected by the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program to meet President Obama and be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2010. ida is currently dancing in sleep no more.
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.
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.
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Born in Chicago, Illinois. Kudra began his training at the age of nine at the American Dance Center under the direction of Jack and Kathleen Villari. He has worked with River North Chicago Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and most recently Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Kudra has performed works by choreographers such as Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Andonis Foniadakias, Emanuel Gat, Johan Inger, Alex Ketley, Jiri Kylian, Barak Marshall, Crystal Pite, Victor Quijada, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter, Jo Stromgren, Christian Spuck, and Edgar Zendejas. Joseph recently joined BODYTRAFFIC based in Los Angeles.
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.
Houston METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through the finest instruction and performance. With professional and youth dance companies, as well as a strong community outreach program, METdance continues to be a leader in the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community. METdance Professional Company is repertoire-based company that is trained in house and is celebrating their 20th Anniversary in Houston’s vibrant arts community this year. METdance has performed throughout the United States in numerous theaters receiving high acclaim and reviews while performing works by some of the most influential and talented choreographers of our time. Helmed by founder and Executive Director, Michelle Smith, Artistic Director, Marlana Doyle and Associate Director, Joe Celej, the company is the sister organization to the METdance Center, which opened the doors to a newly renovated facility in May 2013 in the midtown district. “The METdance’s gorgeous dancers push the choreography to its fullest and most generous capacity, while sharing the joy and electric verve of their craft with the audience.” Adam Castaneda, Houston Press, June 4th, 2015. For more information please visit: www.METdance.org
Starting dance at the late age of 16 and beginning his formal ballet training a year later, Jason Ambrose, of Virginia Beach, VA., began his studies at the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy under the direction of Ana Maria Martinez. He furthered his training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School where he danced roles in company productions such as Terrance Orr's "The Nutcracker" and Derek Deane's "Alice in Wonderland". He has been accepted into and attended many prestigious year-round and summer programs such as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and The Kirov Academy of Ballet, all on scholarship. He is a graduate of the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where he was coached by master teacher Edward Ellison. In 2012 Jason premiered a new work at the 2nd Annual Dance Against Cancer Benefit Gala where he was personally invited to perform in by gala director and New York City Ballet Principal, Daniel Ulbricht. His work was featured in the 2013 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Closing Gala and in 2014 Jason's work "In the Beginning" was invited to be performed in the Youth America Grand Prix, (YAGP), closing gala in Lincoln Center. He has been recognized as "a rapidly rising choreographic talent”. As an instructor he has been a guest faculty member and choreographer for the Manhattan Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Ellison Ballet, Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory, NY, Charlottesville Ballet, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Dancers Give Back Dallas (2015), the University of Texas at Austin, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp, and Dupree Dance Convention. Jason worked as Ballet Director for Next Step Dance Performing Arts Center in Frisco, TX from September 2013 to June 2015. Most recently, Jason was personally invited by St. Petersburg Conservatory Dean and former Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) Director, Oleg Vinogradov, to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to enroll in their Ballet Masters and Choreographers Degree Program and to dance with the Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Jason currently resides in St. Petersburg, Russia where he is enjoying every moment of this wonderful life changing opportunity.
Elizabeth Petrin was born and raised in Nashville, TN and received her dance training at DC Dance Factory. After graduating from Nashville School of the Arts, she was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts Scholarship Program. She spent a year training and learning the ins and outs of the industry under some of Los Angeles’ top choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Miguel Zarate, Harry Shum and Jason Myhre. Since then she has performed in several company and benefit shows and can be seen dancing for Rihanna in her 2008 VMA performance, as well as Jon Chu’s upcoming episodes for the League of Extraordinary Dancers.
Mandy was born in Thousand Oaks, CA. She started dancing at the age of 2 and competed from age 10 until she graduated on Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts competition team. She was accepted in to Joffrey Ballet School, and the American Ballet Theater training companies where she studied intensively in Ballet and Pointe. After high school she was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts professional scholarship program. She trained at 40 hours a week for a year and finished the program with a professional stage show and with a dance agent. Mandy has worked with some of the biggest choreographers in the dance world, such as Teresa Espinosa, Mandy Moore, Scotty Nguyen, Jamal Sims, Miguel Zarate, John Charron, Peggy Hickey and more. She danced in the film High School Musical 2, under the direction of Kenny Ortega, and has appeared in music videos for Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. Since completing the Edge PAC Scholarship Program, Mandy has been seen on television in the Video Music Awards, America’s Most Talented Kids, NBA All-Star Jam, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and Fresh Beat Band episodes. Mandy is a regular at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre stage shows and recently toured with Nuclear Cowboyz 2012, choreographed by Scotty Nguyen.
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.
Laya began her training in her hometown of Detroit Michigan in jazz, ballet, tap and hip-hop. She later spent many years at the Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, training with some of the top choreographers and teachers around today. She graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Arts Administration Dance and Business. Laya danced, choreographed and was co-director for the Indiana based In-Motion Dance Company. Since moving to New York Laya has done choreography for various recording artists in New York, Cyprus and Israel as well as showcased her choreography at performance venues around Manhattan. She has aninstructional DVD available on Amazon.com and was also featured in the April 2009 issue of ELLE magazine on her career as a dancer, choreographer and singer. She has taught workshops and master classes around the US and abroad including Canada, Cyprus, Israel and Australia. Laya is certified in the authentic Classical Pilates method in both Mat and Reformer/Apparatus. She has been teaching both Mat class and private reformer class throughout the city and has incorporated the Pilates method of core strength, alignment and increased range of motion in her approach to teaching dance class as well. She is also a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
JADE WHITMIRE HAS BEEN DANCING SINCE THE AGE OF TWO, LIVING AND TRAINING IN BOTH HOUSTON AND NYC. Jade has attended various dance schools, master classes, and conventions for 23 years, was a member of the American Jazz Dance Company, and won many scholarships and awards for her outstanding abilities and performances. While living in NY, she trained extensively at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and Alvin Ailey, as well as teaching and choreographing in Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey. She assisted the director of the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, and guest taught several jazz classes at Joffrey Ballet School.Jade was one of the first members of the NYC TapKids touring company, and has had the fortunate opportunity to train for several years with tap legend Savion Glover. Other choreographers she has worked and performed with include: Marty Kudelka, Dan Karaty, Mike Minery, Mandy Moore, Dee Caspary, and Mark Meismer. She also explored the acting field while in New York, and was featured in two episodes of Gossip Girl, Law and Order, and commercials including Sony Bravia, Adidas Bounce, and tapping with Savion in a Capezio ad. Since leaving New York in 2008, Jade has been teaching and choreographing tap, hip-hop, and jazz all over the Houston area, and continuing to visit and train in both LA and NYC.