National Convention
Faculty

THE 2015 - NATIONAL FACULTY

ADAMS, DENSIL - NATIONAL CONVENTION - SHIP SOUTH

Mr.Adams is the Co-Owner and the Artistic Director of Preston Center Dance, Inc. in Dallas, TX. Densil has an extensive professional background in dance performance and choreography. Mr. Adams attended Birmingham Southern College on a full scholarship and was a member of The Birmingham Ballet. Densil continued his formal training with The Joffrey Ballet and The American Ballet Theatre. As an Artistic Director and Performing Artist with Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company of Dallas, he performed works by many world-renowned choreographers in both Ballet and Modern. As an educator Mr. Adams has developed and enviable reputation working for leading dance organizations throughout the USA and Canada teaching master classes in both Ballet and Modern. Densil has produced seven ballet recordings for the classroom and has work as a coach/choreographer for the USA Ice Dancing teams. His former students are now performing on Broadway and in major dance companies throughout the world. As a choreographer, Mr. Adams continues to produce choreography for the Concert Stage, Regional Dance America Ballet Festivals, Fashion Shows, National Commercials and the leading Charity Organizations in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Densil's Philosophical approach to class is to empower each student with his knowledge and passion for the Art of Dance.

BAGA, NICK

If you've watched TV lately, you've probably been entertained by Nick Baga, whether it be dancing across the screeen in new Amazon Prime Commercial, as one of the "HamStars" in the Kisa Soul Commercial or even as a Warbler on Glee!  But these are juist some of his credits. Nick has been gracing the television screen for quite some time starring as "the Drive Thru Rapper" in a natinal Taco Bell Commercial and also in commercials for Target & K Swiss.  Nick has made appearances on shows shcua as SNL, Ellen, American Idol, Oprah, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Much Misic Awards, the Grammy's & the America Music Awards, just to name a few.  He can be spotted in numberous music videos for a range of artists including Aloe Blacc, Ricky Martin, Jo Jo, Canessa Hudgens and the hugely successful "baby" video by Justin Bieber which has reache over a billion views on You Tube!  Nick has not only entertained you on the small screen but on the big screen as well withe roles such as Sketch in Hairspray, the "Dunkachino" with Al Pacino in Jack & Jill, as a featured dancer in the Muppets Movie and in Glee LIVE 3D!. He has completed national and world rours with Justin Bieber, Paulina Rubio and The Cast of Glee and had performed alongside talents like Zac Efron, Nicole Scheerzinger, jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson,Queen Latifah, Michele Pfiefer, Ricky Martin and John Travolta. Nick credits his success to his family and the training he received at the Gold School in Boston. He hopes to continue to be a positive influence through performance & lives by the motto: "do what you like & you'll always like what you do".


CARRIGAN, SARA - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Sara Carrigan has been dancing since the age of 3 at Gloria Jeans Studio of Dance in CT. She has received many awards as a performer & choreographer on the local, National & International levels. Sara was a member of the United States Tap Team for 6 years where she won 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal ata the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. As a member of the team she was invited to the Town Hall Theater in NYC to perform amongst such greats as Buster Brown, Tedy Levy, and Brenda Buffalino. As an adult, she became a coach of the United States Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Ballet Teams where her students have been honored to win many Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in international competitions. Sara has had the privilege of performing for numberous charities and has appeared on many local and national television shows including The Early Show, Good Morning America, and The Donny & Marie Show. She has recently broadened her love for the arts by working at the Yale University Art Gallery in the Education Department all while continuing her love for dance as a guest teacher and choreogrpher throughout the USA and Canada. She is certified by test to teach through Dance Masters of America and is on the Board of Directors of Chapter 18.

 

FOWLER, SCOTT - NATIONAL FACULTY

A New Engalns native, Scott 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 Twayla Tharp's MOVIN' OUT. Feature films include ROCK OF AGES, GANSTER SQUAD, BOOGIE NIGHTS, GNOMEO & JULIET, BEDTIME STORIES, THE PRODUCERS, GUESS WHO, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, INSPECTOR GADGET, MIGHTY APHRODITE, ANASTASIA, FROZE (bonus Musical Theatre number on DVD) and his personal favorite, the BEST PICTURE OSCAR winner CHICAGO!!! television appearances include BUNHEADS, THE NEIFHBORS, 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 SUDENLY SUSAN, CINDERELLA, ANNIE, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, ELI STONE, TRACY ULLMAN - Live and exposed, and the TONY BENNETT TV Special AN AMERICA CLASSIC. Scott, who also danced elarly in his career with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET and the BOSTON BALLET hs been in over 30 national commercials from NISSAN to OLD NAVY, GAP, DIET COKE, ORAL B and DR PEPER 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 Tonys as well as teach, choreograph and spead the love of Dance in and around the country. After a three year run dancing with CHER fron 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 ahve worked with so many legendary, iconic choreographers of this century. Scott is GRATEFUL and give THANKS to his mentor, dance teacher and Uncle...Bill Fowler for this life and love of DANCE!!! Look for Scott in the 2015 Summer release featured film TED 2 aand also LUCKY STIFF where he not only dances in the film but serves as its Associcate Choreographer.

JURCAK, CARIE - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Carie Jurcak grew up in Michigan where she trained under the direction of Joanne Zavisa as part of the Dance Masters of America Chapter 46. In her time with Great Lakes Regional Dance Masters she was both regional Teen and Miss Dance. She then attended the University at Buffalo where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College with a BFA in Dance. While at the University, Carie was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company, the University's most prestigious performance company. During this time she perfromed works choreographed by John Lehrer, Tom Ralabate, Chanon Judson, Barbara Denny, and many more faculty and guest choreographers. Carie also danced and presented choreography in many venues throughout her college years. She performed as a featured tap dancer with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in their redition of Funny Girl. Carie moved to NYC to pursue her dance career and was on Comtemporary Faculty at Broadway Dance Center. She has taught BDC's 2013 Student Showcase. Carie has been traveling the country teaching and judging for dance competitions and conventions, as well as visiting studios for workshops and Master Classes. She had taught at regional and national competitions for Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Carie also has assisted Tom Ralabate, Larraine Susa, Karen Georger, Tressa Gorman-Crehan, and Michael Lambert at the DMA's Student Honors Intensive Program (S.H.I.P.) and Teachers Training School in Buffalo, NY. She loves giving back to the dance world in which she grew up.

MAHLER, RONI - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Roni Mahler is a former ballerina, trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda in her native New York City. She performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career as a teenager with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. For 31 years Ms. Mahler has served as the Artistic Associate of Dennis Nahat's Ballet San Jose in California, where she continues to perform charactèr roles. Her New York City teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet Tech,The Joffrey School and Juilliard. Ms. Mahler's extensive repertoire has included Myrta, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle; Swanilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in the full-length Swan Lake, the Flower Girl in Gaite Parisienne, the Female Matchmaker in Les Noces, the Elder Sister in Pillar of Fire, Emilia in The Moor's Pavane and, more recently, The Countess in District Storyville. Juliet's Nurse and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Her Stepmother in Fall River Legend. She has also danced leads in Les Sylphides, Raymonda, The Four Temperaments and Serenade. Following appearances as a guest artist with Australia's Sydney Festival Ballet and at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Roni Mahler spent six years as director of Dance at Kansas State University (1974-1980.) She initiated their Dance degree program, co-founded and co-directed the KSU Dance Workshop, received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1975 and was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for the year 1978. She is the creator of a series of educational recordings and manuals devoted to ballet technique, as well as a program entitled "Ballet Movement For the Athlete" which she eventually customized for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. In 1988, Ms. Mahler choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones at New York's City Center. She subsequently served as Artistic Advisor for Ms. Gregory and Company during their 1992 Taiwan tour. Roni Mahler is the recipient of the 2003 President's Award from the Dance Masters of America, the 1992 the Dance Educators of America Award and the 1994 Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 1996, she received the first annual Roni Mahler Award, established by Kansas State University and presented each year to honor outstanding effort on behalf of dance in the Manhattan community. In 1999, the University named a new ballet facility the Roni Mahler Studio. Ms. Mahler is the creator of three ballet instruction videos: "How To Improve Your Ballet Technique," "How To Improve Your Pirouettes" and "How To Improve Your Pointe Technique." Her fitness video entitled "Stretch It!" improves flexibility and range of motion. Since 1993, Roni Mahler has been an annual instructor at the acclaimed Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, where she is the guest presenter each year for its Ballet Weeks. She also taught ballet for Syracuse University's Tepper Semester in New York City and continues to offer master classes and seminars in this country and abroad. In 1996, she served as Guest Teacher-In-Residence for the inaugural semester of the School of Ballet San Jose. Roni currently lives in Las Vegas and teaches ballet at the Rock Center For Dance.

 

RALABATE, TOM - NATIONAL CONVENTION - JAZZ INTENSIVE

Tom Ralabate is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at University at Buffalo/SUNY. He has taught for all major dance organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former United States and North American Latin Ballroom Dance Champion, he was the American representative with his sister Kip, to the World Latin Dance Championships. He is currently the National Chair of Education Strategy for Dance Masters of America Inc. (DMA), and has contributed to revisions of both DMA's Jazz Exam and Jazz Dance Manual. In addition, he has created jazz dance syllabi for Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM), and the Dance Teachers' Club of Boston (DTCB). Honored for his contributions to dance by raising national dance standards, Professor Ralabate is a recipient of the Artistic Achievement Award and the Adele Artinian Award presented by CNADM; the Jazz Dance World Congress Angel Award; and the prestigious Ivy Hall Foundation Award, first awarded to Gene Kelly and presented by Dance Masters of America. DMA has established an educational scholarship in the name of Thomas Ralabate. He received a 2006 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities, and in 2007, he was honored in New York City by Dance Teacher Magazine at their annual summer conference for distinguishing himself as an outstanding educator in higher education and advocate for dance. Ralabate was awarded DMA's Member of the Year in 2009, and in 2013, he was named an Honorary Life Member of DTCB.

SANTORA, BRIAN - NATIONAL CONVENTION
Brian Santora has been training in most styles of dance since the age of 3, from classical Ballet to Hip Hop. He has trained with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers, He has performed in many professional productions throughout the country. He has choreographed opening performances for Omarion, LLoyd, and Contestants and winners from American Idol, and many others on and off screen. He is on Faculty with many conventions and workshops. Brian Travels throughout the country teaching and setting choreography for many productions which include works in tap, hip hop, contemporary, and more . Brian released his first Hip Hop instructional DVD called "THE ABC'S OF HIP HOP" a few years back, and plans to release more instructional videos in many styles in the near future. Recently Brian choreographed a show for the Crested Butte Musical Festival in Colorado alongside choreographer Tony Coppola which included such styles as Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary set to music by Elton John. Brian's versatility allows him many opportunities in the dance industry. His choreography has won numerous awards throughout the country and he has had many opportunities to work with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers in this industry. Besides being active in the professional world, Brian owns and operates his own school North of Boston where he trains dancers of all ages and levels.

 

VILLANUEVA, ROBERTO - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Roberto Villanueva, born in the Philippines, is the Executive/Artistic Director and Founder of BalaSole Dance Company. He trained briefly at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and received his BA in Dance Performance from University at Buffalo. Acclaimed natioally and internationally for his abilities as a dance artist, Roberto has been hailed "for the deftness and technical control of his dancing" (The New York Times). He has been described as "a poetic dancer" (New York Magazine), "powerhouse dancer" (New York Daily News), "breathtaking" (Swiss Newspaper La Liberté), "an extraordinarily gifted dancer" (Attitude Magazine), "a small powerhouse" (The Village Voice), "a mentor with a mission" (Back Stage New York), "an experienced performer" (TheaterScene.net), "memorable" (Art Times), and "fearless" and "provocative" (ENV Magazine). Roberto has performed, conducted dance residencies, judged dance competitions, and taught master classes in U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Kevin Wynn, Milton Myers, and Eleo Pomare. He has performed with dance companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Steeledance, MarieChristine Giordano Dance, Pick of the Crop Dance, and Buffalo City Ballet. Roberto has mentored artists from renowned companies such as the Limón Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Lucinda Childs Dance, Parsons Dance, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Joffrey Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ballet Frankfurt, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Rockettes, and Cirque du Soleil. Some of these artists have also performed in Broadway musicals such as West Side Story and A Chorus Line, as well as in music productions of pop artists Celine Dion and Nicki Minaj. Roberto has been commissioned to teach/choreograph for various institutions including the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, University at Buffalo, East Carolina University, Glendale Community College, and Ballet Philippines. He has performed/ presented his works at the American College Dance Festival and at renowned New York City venues including the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. He served on the faculty of Dance Masters of America's Teachers Training School. In addition, he was a presenter at the University of Buffalo's 2010 Coast to Coast Arts, Entertainment, and Media Symposium, as well as the National Dance Education Organization's 2010 annual conference. Roberto is a recipient of the 2011-2012 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work Award for the creation and development of his one-man show titled "Pieces of Me: An inside look at a dance artist's journey." Harlem Stage Fund for New Work receives support from the Jerome Foundation. Previous recipients of this award include notables such as Donald Byrd, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Nathan Trice, and Earl Mosley. Roberto is an AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Also, he currently serves as an Arts and Education Outreach Administrator at Dance Theatre of Harlem, and as an Adjunct Faculty at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Roberto was nominated for The Outstanding Filipino American (TOFA) 2012 Award under the Arts & Culture category. Past TOFA awardees, nominees and honorees include U.S. Marshals spokesperson Roland Ubaldo, Pulitzer Award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, TONY Award-winner Lea Salonga, and Lorna Schofield (President Obama's nominee for N.Y District Court Judge). Additionally, Roberto has received certifications in Fitness and Pilates instructions.

 

ZIMMERMAN, CHRISTIE - NATIONAL CONVENTION - JAZZ INTENSIVE

Christie Zimmerman is a contemporary choreographer, performer, and educator. Her dance theatre works have been performed in cities around the country on both theatrical and concert stages, and have been heralded as “relentlessly inventive” (OC Weekly) and an “unadulterated delight” (Ambush Magazine, New Orleans). Christie is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she teaches technique and serves as coordinator of the dance program. She received her early dance training in New Orleans before relocating to the west coast, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. While there, Christie was one of three students in the School of the Arts to receive a Chancellor’s Fellowship. She also had the privilege of assisting and working under the guidance of Tony Award nominee and modern dance extraordinaire Donald McKayle - performing, teaching, and choreographing for both the drama and dance departments. In 2010, she established z3movement project, a Mid-west/Indiana based dance theatre collaborative, where she serves as Artistic Director and Choreographer. Since its inception, the company has been busy presenting works at DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), Cool NY Dance Festival (NYC), Green Space Blooms (NYC), Take Root (NYC), Core Project Chicago (Chicago, IL), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (Chicago, IL), the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (Kalamazoo, MI), Rebound Dance Festival (Chicago, IL), and the 80th Anniversary of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as part of the Inside/Out Series. Christie has worked extensively with both developing and professional dancers, teaching master classes nationally, and serving on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards in recognition of her work as a choreographer, including Ball State University's ASPiRE Junior Faculty Creative Arts Grant and the 2012 Department of Theatre and Dance Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award. Christie is also a proud member of Dance Masters of America, as well as an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

 

FACULTY - 2014

BYKOV, VLADIMIR - BALLET INTENSIVE & NATIONAL CONVENTION

Mr. Bykov graduated from the Kiev State Ballet Academy (Ukraine) in 1988 and joined the Malyi Theatre of Operaand Ballet in Kiev as a principal dancer. In 1995, he received a Master's Degree from the Kiev National Institute of the Arts. Vladimir has performed in leading roles including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Harlequinade, Romeo and Juliet, and the Rite of Spring. Vladimir toured throughout Europe and came to the U.S. in 1996 where he danced with El Paso Ballet, New Mexico Ballet, Albuquerque and Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. He has been a ballet instructor at the University of Texas and was awarded Outstanding Male Newcomer by the El Paso Association for the Performing Arts in 1988. Before joining Central Florida Ballet as Ballet master, Mr. Bykov danced with Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet) and also served as a teacher and coach for the company. In year 2004 Mr. Bykov was appointed and accepted the Artistic Director’s position with Central Florida Ballet while also remaining the leading master for the Central Florida Ballet Academy's upper-levels since 2000. His students have been awarded scholarships to more than 25 dance schools worldwide and have established professional careers with such prestigious companies including San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Ballet MET. In 2007, Mr. Bykov accepted the Artistic Director position with the World Ballet Competition. Under his co-leadership the World Ballet Competition, has been labeled “a world class event”, “remarkably organized” and “how all competitions should be”. Most recently, Mr. Bykov traveled to Sibiu, Romania where he prepared dancers of the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu for the Central Florida Ballet’s first international tour of “The Nutcracker”. The production received rave reviews and is set to tour in more cities internationally.

HALE, KIM- NATIONAL CONVENTION

A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Kim Hale is a highly respected teacher of jazz and theater dance on both coasts known for her ability to train technically strong, passionate and “working” professionals. A California native, Kim Hale began her professional career in 1991 upon completion of the scholarship program at the “acclaimed” Dupree Dance Academy in Hollywood, CA. She recently returned to Los Angeles after spending fifteen years in New York. Her performance credits include Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” starring Raven Symone, the National Tour of "Applause" directed by Gene Saks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, the pre-Broadway workshops of "Chicago," “Fosse” and the upcoming musical “Eve’s Turn” as well as regional productions of "Baby," “Chicago,” "The Will Rogers Follies", "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", and "Antigone". She has appeared as a principal dancer in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, on cruise ships and in major industrials for Crest, Shell Oil, Harley Davidson, State Farm, Buick, Redken, Tressa Hair and Vidal Sasson. As a concert dancer, she has performed with WalkerDance in New York City, the Los Angeles based Jazz Dancers Inc., Las Vegas Civic Ballet and in the Joffrey Ballet’s production of “Petrouchka” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Kim’s choreography credits include Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (“The Battle”) starring Raven Symone for BET, Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, BJ ~ A Musical Romp for the Planet Connections Festivity (Outstanding Choreography Award) in New York City, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Camp Rock the Musical, Expedia.com’s 2006 National Promotional Tour, The World Goes ‘Round, Bye, Bye Birdie, Little Women, the Bank of America Children’s Tour Fractured Fairy Tales, Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, benefits for Hospice of Central NY, the American Heart Association, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and is part of the Ballet Hispanico Ensemble concert repertory. Kim spent five years as Assistant Professor of Dance in the BFA Musical Theater program at Syracuse University where she taught all levels of jazz, theater dance and ballet. She is currently on the dance faculty at AMDA-LA, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Debbie Allen Dance Academy as well as a guest teacher at The Edge in Los Angeles and Steps on Broadway in New York City. Kim is also a popular adjudicator/instructor on the competition/convention circuit. A passionate and caring teacher, Kim’s classes are rooted in classic jazz technique with an emphasis on individual style and performance quality. Kim’s former students have performed in all facets of the entertainment industry including Broadway productions of White Christmas, Billy Elliot, Ghost the Musical, Mamma Mia, American Idiot, Wicked, Rent, A Chorus Line and West Side Story; numerous National Tours; films such as Hairspray and Step Up 3; national commercials and as backup dancers for Beyoncé and Mariah Carey. Kim is currently represented by The Movement – A Talent Agency in Los Angeles.

LAMBERT, MICHAEL - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Michael Lambert is from Buffalo, NY, where he received his BA in Dance and Visual Communication from the University at Buffalo. Michael is currently an adjunct faculty member at both The University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College in addition to teaching at Walh Performing Arts Studios. Michael continues to teach Master Classes and judge around the country for numerous Chapters of Dance Masters of America and other national organizations. He is also a faculty member of the DMA Student Honors Intensive Program (S.H.I.P.), Teachers Training School (T.T.S), and DMA National Conventions. Michael is honored to serve as the National Director of the Miss/Mr. Dance of America Scholarship Pageant. His performance credits include: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Seas, Walt Disney World, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines, and alongside Olympic Gold Medalists in the “Azure” Underwater Shows at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas. Michael was invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Series, the Jazz Dance World Congress, and at special events for Busch Gardens, Fisher Price, and Disney. He has appeared on “Live! With Regis and Kathy Lee” and performed at a special event in Miami featuring Faith Hill. Michael was also the model for the male dancer icons that decorate Disney’s Pop Century Resort in Orlando, Fl.

MAHLER, RONI - BALLET INTENSIVE & NATIONAL CONVENTION

Roni Mahler is a former ballerina, trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda in her native New York City. She performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career as a teenager with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ms. Mahler is currently the Artistic Associate of Dennis Nahat's Ballet San Jose in California, where she continues to perform caractère roles. Her New York City teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet Tech,The Joffrey School and Juilliard. Ms. Mahler's extensive repertoire has included Myrta, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle; Swanilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in the full-length Swan Lake, the Flower Girl in Gaite Parisienne, the Female Matchmaker in Les Noces, the Elder Sister in Pillar of Fire, Emilia in The Moor's Pavane and, more recently, The Countess in District Storyville. Juliet's Nurse and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Her Stepmother in Fall River Legend. She has also danced leads in Les Sylphides, Raymonda, The Four Temperaments and Serenade. Following appearances as a guest artist with Australia's Sydney Festival Ballet and at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Roni Mahler spent six years as director of Dance at Kansas State University (1974-1980.) She initiated their Dance degree program, co-founded and co-directed the KSU Dance Workshop, received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1975 and was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for the year 1978. She is the creator of a series of educational recordings and manuals devoted to ballet technique, as well as a program entitled "Ballet Movement For the Athlete" which she eventually customized for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. In 1988, Ms. Mahler choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones at New York's City Center. She subsequently served as Artistic Advisor for Ms. Gregory and Company during their 1992 Taiwan tour. Roni Mahler is the recipient of the 2003 President's Award from the Dance Masters of America, the 1992 the Dance Educators of America Award and the 1994 Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 1996, she received the first annual Roni Mahler Award, established by Kansas State University and presented each year to honor outstanding effort on behalf of dance in the Manhattan community. In 1999, the University named a new ballet facility the Roni Mahler Studio. Ms. Mahler is the creator of three ballet instruction videos: "How To Improve Your Ballet Technique," "How To Improve Your Pirouettes" and "How To Improve Your Pointe Technique." Her fitness video entitled "Stretch It!" improves flexibility and range of motion. Since 1993, Roni Mahler has been an annual instructor at the acclaimed Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, where she is the guest presenter each year for its Ballet Weeks. She also taught ballet for Syracuse University's Tepper Semester in New York City and continues to offer master classes and seminars in this country and abroad. In 1996, she served as Guest Teacher-In-Residence for the inaugural semester of the School of Ballet San Jose.

MOROZ, MIKOLAI - BALLET INTENSIVE

Born in Bilopillia, Ukraine, Nikolai received his dance education from Kiev State Ballet Academy under Dr. Valery Parsegov. He began his professional career with Odessa Theatre Opera and Ballet in Ukraine. Later, he joined the Kiev State Theatre of Classical Ballet as a soloist, then principal dancer. He toured Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France, and several other countries. In 1995, Nikolai was invited to the El Paso Ballet company where he spent two seasons dancing solo and principal roles. Nikolai is proficient in both classical and modern ballet. Since joining Ballet Arizona in 1997, Nikolai has originated featured roles in Julia Adam’s before, and in Ib Andersen’s Coppélia (Dr. Coppélius), 2B, Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), and Mosaik. He has performed principal and soloist roles in many ballets including Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), The Leaves are Fading, The Nutcracker, and George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, La Sonnambula, Theme and Variations Serenade Allegro Brilliante and Prodigal Son. After retiring from dancing Nikolai moved to Florida and served as ballet master teacher and choreographer at Mary Jo Performing Arts Academy in Tampa. In 2009 Nikolai join The Dance P.A.D. faculty as ballet teacher. Hi is frequent guest artist and ballet teacher for Central Florida Ballet. Nikolai’s teaching experience includes Odessa School of Ballet (Ukraine), Kiev Ballet School (Ukraine), School of Ballet El Paso, University of Texas at El Paso, School of Ballet Arizona, and Brigham Young University Summer Workshop.

 

RINELLI, LEANNE

Leanne Rinelli is a Rochester, New York based dance artist and educator currently on the dance faculty at Buffalo State College. Rinelli received her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo and her MFA in Choreography and Performance from SUNY, Brockport. She has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II (Dayton, Ohio), Janet Reed and Dancers (Buffalo, New York), and the Bill Evans Dance Company (Rochester, New York). She has performed Evan's work in the Western New York region and at the Jocob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. Rinelli had presented her work and taught contemporary technique in Western New Yokr, California, Guatemala, Italy, and Greece. She is the co-founder of Rochester Dance Project, a project-based dance collective that seeks to broaden Rochester's dance audience and celebrate the area's rich community of dancers, mucicians, and visual artists. Outside of her duties in academia, Rinelli is a Pilates instructor at Evolution Pilates in Pittsford, New York. She is paddionate about salsa dancing and continues to ecplore social and world dance forms.

RUSSELL, GREGG -
Gregg is an Emmy nominated choreographer and has worked with such stars as: Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Kenny Ortega. He directed a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream, and has also performed with numerous music artists: Reba McEntire, Smashmouth, The B-52‘s, Jason Mraz. Gregg recently danced in a Volkswagon national commercial portraying Donald O’conner, and
performed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. He also performed and choreographed on the new TV show “Mobbed”, debuted a live stage show in Los Angeles with his tap company Tap Sounds Underground, and made it to the semi-finals on the CBS TV show “Live to Dance” hosted by Paula Abdul. He currently is traveling and working on Co. Dance conventions ( www.codance.com), hosting/producing “Tap Into the Network” intensives, channeling 7 different cities throughout the U.S. (www.tapintothenetwork.com ), and writing for Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Magazine. Future endeavors include performing at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks, traveling to New York, Detroit, St. Louis and France for international tap festivals, and working on a new TV dance show debuting in 2014.

SANTORA, BRIAN - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Brian Santora has been training in most styles of dance since the age of 3, from classical Ballet to Hip Hop. He has trained with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers, He has performed in many professional productions throughout the country. He has choreographed opening performances for Omarion, LLoyd, and Contestants and winners from American Idol, and many others on and off screen. He is on Faculty with many conventions and workshops. Brian Travels throughout the country teaching and setting choreography for many productions which include works in tap, hip hop, contemporary, and more . Brian released his first Hip Hop instructional DVD called "THE ABC'S OF HIP HOP" a few years back, and plans to release more instructional videos in many styles in the near future. Recently Brian choreographed a show for the Crested Butte Musical Festival in Colorado alongside choreographer Tony Coppola which included such styles as Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary set to music by Elton John. Brian's versatility allows him many opportunities in the dance industry. His choreography has won numerous awards throughout the country and he has had many opportunities to work with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers in this industry. Besides being active in the professional world, Brian owns and operates his own school North of Boston where he trains dancers of all ages and levels.


WALKER, CHET - NATIONAL CONVENTION

Multi-Award Winning Director/Choreographer CHET WALKER has garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, in television, film, music video and all commercial media. Most recently, he received a 2013 Tony Award Nomination for “Outstanding Choreography” for the revival of PIPPIN directed by Diane Paulus. Perhaps best known as Creator and Co-Choreographer of the Tony - and - multi-international-award-winning FOSSE, Chet has directed and choreographed original new musicals with noteworthy success, as well as having mounted extraordinary recreations of classic musical productions in close collaboration with shows’ original creators. His original works range from CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, to original dance works created for “Compania Internacional de Teatro Musical,” the international Jazz/Musical Theater Dance Company which he co-artistic directs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and JACOB’S PILLOW where he serves as Director of the Jazz Program. Chet Walker began performing on Broadway at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of ON THE TOWN. Other Broadway credits include: LORELEI, THE AMBASSADORS, and four Bob Fosse muscials: THE PAJAMA GAME, PIPPIN, DANCIN’ and SWEET CHARITY. As Director/Choreographer, Chet’s extensive professional stage credits include SWEET CHARITY (original Bob Fosse choreography) in the United States, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and London’s West End, the 10th Anniversary Tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and DORY! A MUSICAL at the Will Geer Theater in Los Angeles. Other productions include CHICAGO, 42ND STREET, A CHORUS LINE, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, WORKING and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. For television, Mr. Walker assisted on the NBC special LORETTA LYNN COUNTRY IN THE BIG APPLE and is a contributing choreographer on JUST A DANCE for Japan’s CTV. His work has been seen on THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW, SHOWTIME, and several international television networks. His work is also familiar to fans of video and has been seen in several television commercials. Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical FOSSE which also garnered an Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Other award nominations for FOSSE include the L.A. Critics’ Award and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, both for choreography, and the Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical. Chet is also recipient of the L.A. Dramalogue Award for Best Choreography for BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS; Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of PAL JOEY at the Goodman Theatre. Chet is currently at work on two new musicals entitled THE REEL: VALENTIN and THE JACK COLE PROJECT Recently, Chet directed and choreographed two world premieres in Buenos Aires, HEAT! A DANCE OPERA and NIGHT CHASE by Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentina. This year he has added to his credits SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN in Madrid, THE PRODUCERS in Argentina for which he has just been nominated for an ACE Award for Best Choreography, and THE DANCIN’ MAN in Norway. This year you will see his new production of THE PRODUCERS in Tel Aviv and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS here in the states. Chet Walker is Artistic Director of “8&ah1 Productions Inc.,” a nonprofit Musical Theatre Dance Company. “8&ah1” premiered an original Dance/Opera entitled “Seduction” Off-Broadway in 2000. The following year, the company performed “Confessions of Love” in the Doris Duke Theater at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Later that season, at the Ted Shawn Theater, Chet choreographed “Anger,” part of “The Seven Deadly Sins,” collaborating with other esteemed choreographic celebrities of the dance world: Robert La Fosse, Richard Move, Annie-B Parson, Lawrence Goldhuber, David Dorfman, and Jamie Bishton. Additionally, Chet Walker, in conjunction with Ricky Pashkus, has launched “Compania Internacional de Teatro Musical,” a new international Jazz/Musical Theater Dance Company, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year, as Director of the Jazz/Musical Theater Program at Jacob’s Pillow, Chet will travel to Greece, Norway, Argentina, England, France, and Italy teaching and awarding scholarships to the School at Jacob’s Pillow.

ZIMMERMAN, CHRISTIE - BALLET INTENSIVE

Christie Zimmerman is a contemporary choreographer, performer, and educator. Her dance theatre works have been performed in cities around the country on both theatrical and concert stages, and have been heralded as “relentlessly inventive” (OC Weekly) and an “unadulterated delight” (Ambush Magazine, New Orleans). Christie is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she teaches technique and serves as coordinator of the dance program. She received her early dance training in New Orleans before relocating to the west coast, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. While there, Christie was one of three students in the School of the Arts to receive a Chancellor’s Fellowship. She also had the privilege of assisting and working under the guidance of Tony Award nominee and modern dance extraordinaire Donald McKayle - performing, teaching, and choreographing for both the drama and dance departments. In 2010, she established z3movement project, a Mid-west/Indiana based dance theatre collaborative, where she serves as Artistic Director and Choreographer. Since its inception, the company has been busy presenting works at DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), Cool NY Dance Festival (NYC), Green Space Blooms (NYC), Take Root (NYC), Core Project Chicago (Chicago, IL), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (Chicago, IL), the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (Kalamazoo, MI), Rebound Dance Festival (Chicago, IL), and the 80th Anniversary of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as part of the Inside/Out Series. Christie has worked extensively with both developing and professional dancers, teaching master classes nationally, and serving on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards in recognition of her work as a choreographer, including Ball State University's ASPiRE Junior Faculty Creative Arts Grant and the 2012 Department of Theatre and Dance Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award. Christie is also a proud member of Dance Masters of America, as well as an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.