National Convention





Janice Reid Barringer was raised in Florida and received her early training in ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics from Edith and Bill Royal.  Upon deciding to focus on ballet, she moved to New York City and traveled to Europe where she studied with leading teachers in the field.  Janice danced professionally for many years before becoming a ballet teacher and writer.  Among the conventions and workshops for which she has taught are DMA, DEA, Dance Caravan, Dance Olympus, Joe Tremaine, DanceMakers, Boston Teachers’ Club, MusicWorks Dance Teacher Connection, Al Gilbert’s Stepping Tones, as well as being a guest teacher in many dance schools, ballet schools and universities.  She also taught in workshops in Canada and in China  at the National Ballet of China and at the Yuening Ballet Company.  In addition, she has danced in two national commercials; the most recent is currently airing.  She has written articles for Pointe, Dance, Dance Teacher, and Dance Spirit Magazines, and is the author of 9 cover stories for Dancer Magazine.   Her first book, The Pointe Book, has given her a reputation around the world as being a leading authority in this field.  It is now in its Third Edition. Recently, it was published in Japanese.  She edited and added to a book originally written by Thalia Mara, On Pointe.  Janice has written a nine level ballet syllabus, produced by Music Works Unlimited, complete with corresponding CD’s and DVD’s for each grade.  It is specifically created for the dancing school teacher.  She currently teaches ballet at Pace University and Eglevsky Ballet, both located in New York City.



Kirov Academy of Ballet graduate, Ashley Canterna Hardy, is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. Representing the United States, she received a silver medal (the highest honor awarded) and the City of Varna award at the 2000 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Other ballet honors include the Junior Grand Prix at the 2000 YAGP competition in New York City, and the Jury Award of Excellence at the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Ashley has appeared on “Star Search”, in the movie “Step Up” and was chosen as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 People to Watch” in 2002. Through the Dance Masters of America organization, she has held the titles of Petite Miss Dance, Junior Miss Dance, and Miss Dance of America.

In 2004, at the age of 19, she choreographed her first full length ballet, “The Nutcracker” through Maryland Festival Ballet and the Edna Lee Dance Studio. This performance is now celebrating its 12th year. Ashley enjoyed touring Europe with the Bad Boys of Dance in “Rock the Ballet” before becoming the mother of two! As a sought after choreographer, private coach, judge and master teacher, she has collected many awards both nationally and internationally. Ashley is proud to have two of her students currently attending the Juilliard School, while others have gone on to dance professionally with the Houston Ballet, SAB, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Bad Boys of Dance “Rock the Ballet,” “Romeo and Juliet” and more. As a member of Dance Masters of America, it is always an honor to be asked to teach at the national convention and share what she loves with fellow dancers


A New England native Scott,who's career began being named Mr. Dance of America 1984, has performed on Broadway in six shows as well as two national tours......his most memorable being Jerome Robbins Broadway, Swing, 42nd Street, The Tap Dance Kid and Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out. Feature films include Ted2, Lucky Stiff (associate choreographer), Rock of Ages, Gangster Squad, Boogie Nights, Gnomeo & Juliet, Bedtime Stories, The Producers, Guess Who, George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget, Mighty Aphrodite, Anastasia, Frozen (bonus musical theater number on DVD) and his personal favorite.....the Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago!!! Television appearances include Bunheads, The Neighbors, So You Think You Can Dance, Star Search (1992 grand dance champions "Boys Back East"), Dancing With The Stars, Glee, Will & Grace, Swingtown, Ellen, Suddenly Susanm, Cinderella, Annie, Caroline in the City, Eli Stone, Tracy Ullman Live & Exposed, and the Tony Bennett TV special An American Classic. Scott,who also danced early in his career with the New York City Ballet and the Boston Ballet has been in over 30 national commercials from Nissan to Old Navy, Gap, Diet Coke, Oral B and Dr. Pepper to name a few. He has performed in live shows from the Oscars to the Emmys, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular to the Grammys and Tony's as well as teach, choreograph and spread the love of DANCE in and around this country. After a three year run dancing with CHER from Las Vegas to Moscow Russia Scott is happy to be back home in Los Angeles.He is very proud of the longevity and variety of his dance career and honored to have worked with so many legendary,iconic choreographers of the this century.Scott is GRATEFUL and gives THANKS to his mentor,dance teacher and Uncle....Bill Fowler for this life and love of DANCE !!!! Follow Scott on Instagram: SCOTTFOWLER1967 

Ellie Potts Barrett (Boston Conservatory/USF) prefers being on the production side of the stage after being on it. Internationally recognized, she loves to create dances, and has been doing so for many years for Theme Parks, Cruise Lines, Theatre, Opera and Dance Companies and Universities around the world. Some choreography includes.. Walt Disney World and Sea World, Hair,  How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, La Traviata, Guys and Dolls, starring Davis Gaines with the Orlando Philharmonic...   Urinetown, The Musical/Rent/Grease/Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Seensee Musical Theatre Company/Seoul/South Korea.  Film work - Lonely Hearts with Jared Leto and Salma Hayek. Ellie has been teaching Modern Dance for over 40 years. She has been fortunate to have studied with some of the greatest Modern Dance Legends of the Century, namely Merce Cunningham, Meg Harper, Chase Robinson, Ina Hahn, Mary Anthony, and Lar Lubovitch.  Ellie is currently teaching Modern Dance at the prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. She teaches Graham, Humphrey, Limon, and Cunningham Modern dance techniques, while embracing her own style of movement. She is always excited to be able to pass on the wonderful artistry of Modern Dance to new students, and has done so for many years for Dance Olympus/Dance America,  Florida Dance Masters, as well as The New Jersey Association of Dance Teachers, and the Chicago Association of Dance Masters. She has many students in professional dance companies.. The Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet XIV, Hubbard Street Dance, Elisa Monte Dance Company and many Broadway shows.  Ellie is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.



Gregg is an Emmy nominated choreographer and has worked with such stars as: Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, and Kenny Ortega. He directed a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream, and has also performed with numerous music artists: Reba McEntire, Sugar Ray, The B-52‘s, Jason Mraz. Gregg has danced in a Volkswagon national commercial portraying Donald O’conner, and performed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. He also was featured and choreographed on the TV shows “Mobbed”, “America’s Got Talent”, and “Live to Dance” hosted by Paula Abdul. He most recently tapped at Madison Square Garden’s home opener for the New York Knicks, choreographed for Derek and Julianne Hough on their “Move” live tour, and danced on the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards. He currently is hosting/producing “Tap Into the Network” intensives, channeling 7 different cities throughout the U.S. ( ); directing his tap company Tap Sounds Underground into their 16th season; and traveling with ASH and Hollywood Dance Jamz conventions.