TAMARA SQUIRES--EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tamara Squires is the Host, Fitness Expert and Producer of the fitness DVD series Dancer’s Body™ that is sold across the nation. She is the Executive Director of TAMJAMS!, a touring professional dance/fitness convention that brings customized workshops to private studios around the world. She has been instructing for over 25 years! Tamara conducts weight loss intensives, inspiring others to successfully reach their fitness goals! She motivates her clients with her own personal story of losing 60 pounds. Recently, she performed with the legendary Debbie Reynolds at the Nokia theater. She was the Assistant Choreographer for Michael Jackson’s production of Sisterella European tour. She has performed, toured and taught throughout the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada. Tamara’s career in front of the camera started at age 12 on the TV show “Kid’s Incorporated”. Her credits include The Academy Awards, the film Dance To Win with Paula Abdul, The Tonight Show, NBC Soaps (Days of Our Lives & Generations), National Pepsi commercials, Saved by the Bell, & NBC’s Guys Next Door. Tamara was the choreographer for More Zap/Ron Rubin’s production Razzle Dazzle and was the Associate Director/Choreographer for Odyssey Dance Theatre. Tamara has also choreographed for dance companies, workout videos, stage productions, NBA halftimes, private studios and universities winning numerous choreography awards. Other credits include Music Man, A Chorus Line, Broadway on Tap, Asics and Danskin Industrials, MTV videos and singer/dancer for Stacy Q and concert tours.
TAMARA'S STYLES: JAZZ, LYRICAL, HIP-HOP, THRASH, THEATRE
Densil Adams has an extensive professional background in dance performance, choreography, and teaching. During his tenure as an adjudicator, choreographer, and educator he has established an enviable reputation. He attended Birmingham Ballet and spent a summer at Jacobs Pillow before continuing his formal training at the Joffrey Ballet. Mr. Adams was an apprentice at the American Ballet Theatre before relocating to Dallas to dance for the Dallas Ballet. With a strong interest in modern, he became an artistic director and performing artist with Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company of Dallas. As an independent artist, he has trained with and performed works from such world-renowned artists as Moses Pendelton, Bill T. Jones, Peter Pucci, Matthew Diamond, Douglas Nielsen, and Judith Jamison. As a teacher and adjudicator he travels internationally, teaching master classes and workshops in ballet and modern. Mr. Adams works as a ballet coach/choreographer for U.S. ice dancing and has produced seven ballet CDs for the classroom. Mr. Adams remains extremely involved with producing choreography for the industry. His works as a choreographer has been seen off-Broadway, in national commercials, on the fashion runway, and on the concert stage.
Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical
Jeff is an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer and master instructor. Most recently, Jeff created, choreographed and co-produced ""A Few Good Men Dancin'"" on Broadway. The show now tours the U.S. and Europe. Jeff has danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Chamber Ballet USA and worked on the reconstruction of Jerome Robbins Broadway. In London, he was assistant choreographer of the new Broadway musical, Saturday Night Fever. His credits also include the Academy Awards, American Music Awards, the Tracey Ulman Show, Dancing to the Hits, I'll do Anthing (Twyla Tharp) Back to the Future 2, national commercials and starring as the original ""Hannibal"" in ""Phantom of the Opera"", Los Angeles company. He was the Artistic Director of the Professional Dance Center, Tokyo for seven years. His teaching credits include: Edge (LA) Broadway Dance Center (NY) Pineapple Studios (London) Dance Works (London) University of Idaho, Cornish Institute of the Arts. Jeff travels the country teaching master classes and as a guest instructor for many national conventions.
Hip-Hop, Street Jazz
In October of 2001, Tre signed on as choreographer for Atlantic recording artists', LMNT and Sopranos' star, Jamie Lynn Sigler. Currently, Tre is preparing LMNT for their US tour in New York City. Tre's choreography has also been featured on TV as well as venues across the country including the 2001 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, The View (ABC), Pure Oxygen (Oxygen Network), Seventeen Magazine Young Artists Showcase, and the 9/11 World TrAid Center Benefit at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. However, Tre's first love is teaching and sharing his experiences and passion for the art of dance with his students. He has taught all over the United States and Hawaii and continues to teach nightly. He is excited about his career taking off and sharing his experience with you. You will love Tre's innovative and unique style of Hip Hop. So, bring a towel and get ready to work it out!!!
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Modern, Teatre, Swing
Danial is an actor, dancer and choreographer. Most recently he was a lead and dance captain for the Broadway show Saturday Night Fever. He was in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker video, the TV show Fame and the film Breakin. He was the Quaker Oats Kid at age two, performed at the White House by age six and was working internationally by the age of twelve in Japan and Germany. He has been in more than 50 national commercials and has worked with Debbie Allen, Frank Hatchett, Carlos Jones and Billy Goodson. Danial has choreographed for industrials, videos and revues and worked with the modern companies ""Zena Bethune Theatre Dance"" and the ""Marla Bingham Dance Company.""
Tap, Lyrical, Jazz
Michelle Butterfield has choreographed and performed for Coca-Cola, Touched By an Angel, Novell, and the Venetian in Las Vegas, to name just a few. Recently, Michelle was one of only two girls chosen in the United States to tour with the once all-male tap dance show Tap Dogs. She is currently on the faculty at the University of Utah, where she teaches tap and jazz for the Ballet Department. For seven years she danced with the professional contemporary jazz company Odyssey Dance Theatre. Odyssey dancers are known for their ability to dance and perform many styles, ranging from Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballroom and anything else that is thrown their way. Michelle choreographed a variety of pieces for Odyssey, many of which were showcased at Gus Giordano's International Jazz dance festival. Michelle has a powerful energy and love for life that is evident on stage, in the classroom and in everyday life. She is passionate about teaching, performing, and sharing her love for dance.
Jazz, Lyrical, Funky & Character Jazz
Tiffany enjoys keeping busy as a teacher, choreographer, and dancer. She danced for the professional jazz/ballet company Odyssey Dance Theatre for eight years. Other credits include the European tour of Mia Michaels' company Raw and industrials for companies such as Reebok, Starter, Q-lube, ICON fitness, and Novell. She has also appeared in commercials for Honda and Priddis Music along with the Blues Travelers' music video for Canadian Rose. Tiffany's choreography has received continuous recognition winning top awards on regional and national levels including a Critic's Choice Award in New York City.
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Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz Funk, theatre
With the spirit and funk in her soul, Angie is now starting to wow audiences throughout the country. A native of Toledo, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Toledo, and now resides in Los Angeles.
She recently danced for the opening act of recording artist Mary J. Blige, and performed for the televised NAACP Awards. Angie has worked with Brian Friedman and Nick Florez on a music video for Brittany Murphy. Her rhythmic style shined on the WB Junior Achievement Awards television show, and the stage productions of Dancer’s Unite 1 and 2. Her versatile energy can be seen on the independent short film M-O-V-I-E, directed by Phil Dornfeld (Scary Movie 3) shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the tap show Sealed With A Kiss, presented by Mark Goodman. Currently, she is a member of Gregg Russell’s Tap Sounds Underground and the acting troupe, Open Window Entertainment.
Angie travels throughout the country teaching master classes, and is featured in the live tap show, 7 Days Underground. She can currently be seen in a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream. Angie recently performed in New York at a dance benefit for African children entitled Esther’s Aid.
Tap, Jazz, Lyrical
Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor. She has toured the United States performing for the International Auto Show, and has also performed with the impersonating show Legends in Concert. She directs and performs for special events at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Michigan. Suzette is now actively involved as Co-owner, Co-director and Faculty at Dancer's Workshop Studio of dance in the Detroit-Metro Area, where she helps run a studio of over 600 students. She is on faculty, judges and a master teacher for many major dance organizations throughout the United States and Canada. You can see some of Suzette's students in the Broadway show Hairspray National Tour, Red Hot and Blue off Broadway Show and in the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project Company in Chicago.
SARAH JO FAZIO
Sarah Jo Fazio resides in New York City and is a dance/management graduate of Oklahoma City University. Ms. Fazio has choreographed performances of Crazy for You, Damn Yankees, Grease, Les Miserable, and Anything Goes in New York, as well as the Dino Concert Spectacular that aired on television. She has choreographed for the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and NFL halftime shows. She choreographed the Carman Heart of a Champion world tour; which premiered on pay-per-view. She is the director and choreographer for multiple Six Flags Shows and Warner Brothers and has worked with one of the original top ten American Idol finalists. Most recently Ms. Fazio has worked on the show Bite that is running at the Stratosphere casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
SARAH JO FAZIO
Fresh to the L.A. dance scene, Alex Fetbroth is already starting to make his name known. You can currently see Alex dancing in Miley Cyrus' newest projects such as the American Music Awards, "Fly on the Wall" music video, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. He has worked with choreographers such as Jamal Sims, Brian Friedman, George "Geo" Hubela, and Kenny Wormald. He has also had the opportunity of performing on The Today Show, Good Morning America with Sobe, and So You Think You Can Dance as a top 70 finalist. You can see him assisting on Brian Santora's instructional DVD, The ABC's of Hip Hop. Besides his love for performing, one of Alex's other passions is teaching. He has been instructing classes and choreographing for studios throughout the U.S. since the age of 15. He brings a charismatic energy that makes everyone want to get out of their seats and learn. Alex loves to share his passion for dance, whether it's performing or teaching, and hopes to do it all as long as he can.
Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical
Menina has performed extensively in North America, Asia & Europe in front of stadium crowds and seen by millions on International TV. Select credits include Pepsi commercials with Britney Spears, nationwide commercial with MC Hammer, Sprite Commercial, NBA All-Star Half-Time Show with Beyonce, Mervyn's commercial with Holly Robinson, Earth, Wind & Fire World Tour, The CBS Early Show, FOX's MAD TV, WB's Blue Collar TV, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, FOX's ""Classmates"", choreography for NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, VHI's Celebrity Fit Club, and music videos for Nelly Furtado, American Idol's William Hung, and Bryton McClure. She has been a cover model for Runner's World & Dance Adik magazines. She has also shot for Muscle & Fitness - Hers, Dance Spirit, Bodyguard & Fit Body magazines. She's even taught celebrities such as Bryton McClure (Young & The Restless), Kim Coles (Living Single), Mia Tyler (Stephen Tyler's daughter), Wendy - the Snapple Lady, and Joe Ganascali (The Sopranos). Menina is a very encouraging and positive role model. She has the talent, look, energy and spirit to enhance the quality of today's always changing world of entertainment.
Linda Giancaspro is the 1995 New York State Award of Excellence receipt. Her background includes 5 years of intensive study with the American Ballet Theatre resulting with acceptance into the second company. She has also performed with the Delaware Regional Ballet and Rabovsky Ballet Companies. Linda has extensively taught in New York City: Broadway Dance Center, City Center Studios, Carnegie Hall Studios and The New Dance Group Arts Center. Linda is currently Ballet Mistress for the New England Ballet Company where her duties include the teaching and staging of many full length ballets; Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Firebird, Swan Lake, just to name a few. Linda's students have excelled in productions such as, the Broadway show Contact, the new J.Lo movie Shall We Dance, Fort Worth /Dallas Ballet and many others!
Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap
Dawn is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, singer, model and instructor. Dawn has performed in numerous music videos, films, commercials and musicals. She is a faculty member on the Dance Olympus Tour, TAMJAMS Conventions, Artistic Director for The Force Performance Company and choreographer for the National Tour of Viva America. Dawn has performed in numerous Broadway Dance Center Shows as well as the Best of Broadway, and was recently named All-American Choreographer of The Year for the 4th year in a row. Her students can be seen in Austin Powers Goldmember, Bring It On Again, American Girl on Broadway, The Radio City Rockette Christmas Spectacular, NBA Allstar Shows, International Touring Company of Cats, 42nd Street, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum and Commercials and Industrials for Nike and Mattel.
Nick Gonzalez embodies the talent of not only a great performer, but also an innovative choreographer and skilled instructor. His performance abilities have placed Nick in the Top 25 male dancers on Season I and 2 of FOX Networks smash hit "So You Think You Can Dance." He has appeared in such music videos as Usher's "Yeah," and graced the stages at the MTV Video Music Awards with Pitbull. Nick's performance credits also include The Ying Yang Twins, Red Man, Savion Glover and many more. Aside from his busy performance schedule Nick creates eye opening choreography for some of Chicago's hottest hip-hop groups. His choreography was most recently seen at such shows as "HYPE" and "Best Of The Midwest." His entertaining choreography can also be seen in the latest edition of NBA Ballers II. When Nick is not ripping it up on the stage, or choreographing mouth dropping dances, you can find him igniting his passion for dance through others: his students. Nick currently instructs at four different studios, teaching everything from Advanced Hip-Hop to basic Tap. Nick is also apart of Broad Way Dance Studio Faculty in Tokyo Japan. Nick's teaching style has made him a favorite with every student. Because of this Nick has been selected to teach or assist at some of the nations leading conventions including: Embracing The Dream, Street of Dreams and Company Dance. Whether on stage, on television or in the dance studio, Nick's talents in Performance, Choreography and Instruction give a new meaning to the phrase "Triple Threat."
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Musical Teater, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical
Billy resides in New York City where he graduated with a BFA from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Performing credits include "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" under the direction of Tony Award Winner Walter Bobbie, the National Tour of Jeff Amsden's "A Few Good Men Dancin'", the Elan Awards honoring Susan Stroman, the T.V. show "The Electric Company" on PBS, the soon-to-be released film "Clear Blue Tuesday" and numerous industrials, regional productions and benefits where he danced alongside the likes of Spike Lee, Debra Messing, Jerry Seinfeld and Martin Scorcese. NYC choreography credits include productions of "Side Show", "Cabaret," "Bat Boy the Musical," and "Reefer Madness". He had the opportunity to choreograph the first workshop of "Mrs. Sharp" which most recently starred the Emmy Nominated Jane Krakowski from the hit T.V. show "30 Rock". For the past 6 years Billy has served as the choreographer of the Miss CT Pageant for the Miss America Organization. Billy also travels the country each year working and teaching for many different dance competitions.
Jazz, Hip-Hop / Lyrical, Theatre
Heidi Anderson Jarrett is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer & master teacher. Her choreography has been featured at such venues as Universal Studios-Japan, The House of Blues, Legends in Concert and The MGM Grand-Las Vegas, The Shrine Auditorium, Paramount Great America Theme Parks, The Greek Theatre, Premier and Carnival Cruise Lines, and at the 19th Annual Music Industry Pre-Grammy Awards Party in Hollywood. Heidi choreographed Hollywood's first ""live billboard"" for the DVD release of the film Moulin Rouge in L.A. and the Hollywood Bowl! She has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan performing & choreographing for productions. Heidi works with such greats as Seal, Christina Aguilera, In Flyte, The 3 G's, Leslie Ann Warren, Carman & Bridget Fonda. Heidi's choreography has been featured on numerous episodes of the hit TV series, The Power Rangers, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, as well as on her video series ""Hip-Hop with Heidi-Ho!"" Heidi has also been published in Magazines such as Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher."
Lyrical, Jazz Funk, Hip-Hop
Erin Lamont originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. She studied at Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.B.A in Marketing. Erin independently produced, choreographed, and directed her first dance concert: “Getting There; A Collaborative Dance Concert.” She then moved to Los Angeles where she is not only an established master class teacher, but also judges and choreographs for numerous studios, conventions, and competitions throughout the United States and Canada. Erin is also on the faculty at the world renowned EDGE Performing Arts Center, where she teaches the top professional dancers jazz fundamentals.
She has choreographed for the ISES Esprit Awards, ESPN’s Emerald Bowl Half Time Show, the Detroit Pistons Automotion, the 2006 Screening of XANADU LIVE! , 2006 LA Design Week, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, and Body Doubles – the International Twin Model Search. Her most recent projects include assistant choreographer for Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pearl produced by Jean Ann Ryan Productions, 2006 Alamo Bowl Half Time Show, and assistant choreographer for FW Productions’ Jambalaya, an evening length dance revue in Nassau, Bahamas. Erin is also the associate creative director for Los Angeles’ highly acclaimed dance entertainment company, FUSION entertainment
Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, M. Theatre, Ballet, Tap
Meisha Lee was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received her training in New York, studying all mediums of dance. She has had the pleasure to assist the International Dance Festival, Calabria Arte Danza in Italy. Performing in the musical, "Applause", Meisha was honored to be casted with legendary Sheryl Lee Ralph (original DreamGirls). Some of her credits include K Swiss, Guiding Light, MTV and choreography for NBA Toronto Raptors. She is featured in the upcoming movie called "Kickn it Ol' Skool" starring Jamie Kennedy. Meisha Lee was also a principle dancer in Capezio print.
Tap, Jazz, Lyrical
Tiffany Leise Taskey, originally from Boulder, Colorado, has been choreographing, dancing and teaching in Los Angeles for the past eight years. Her passion for dance thrives in her choreography and performance style. She was twice chosen for the Colorado Tap Dance Residencies to work with tap legends Honi Coles and Jimmy Slyde. Tiffany performed in New York for the premiere of the movie TAP, starring Gregory Hines. She is also on faculty at the EDGE Performing Arts Center. Her musical credits include Sugar Babies, The Flintstones, and choreographer for Tap Girls. McDonald's, Intel, and Kraftmaid have shown off Tiffany's tap skills in their industrials. Her most recent credits include a pilot for FOX, Opposite Sex, an independent feature film, King of The Ants, an industrial for Disney, and a commercial for Carl's Jr. Tiffany is not only an accomplished tap dancer, but excels in all areas of dance including lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Despite her commercial and professional success, Tiffany has always made time to teach dance, as it is her passionate goal to pass on the love of dance to future generations.
Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk
Amanda Leise, originally from Boulder, Colorado has been performing, teaching and choreographing in LA for the past 5 years. Her film and industrial credits include Dance 10, Disney Scooby Doo industrial, Heart Association Ball and Cherry Creek Arts. Her stage appearances include Kitty McNamee Benefit, Carnival performances at the Key Club, California Adventure, EDGE scholarship show, and Adam Parson’s Essentials show. Amanda currently teaches on Urban Jamm Dance Convention, at EDGE Performing Arts Center, and is in high demand as a Master teacher and choreographer. Her passion is teaching her students how to express themselves through the art of dance.
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Theatre, Tap
Dancer, choreographer, actor, and Master Teacher, Lilian Manansala has a passion for the arts and performing. She trained at Retter’s Academy of Dance under the direction and guidance of Darryl Retter and Linda Bernabei-Retter, and was a faculty member and studio manager. Lilian’s performances include Concert of Love, Choreographers Carnival, Tremaine Scholarship Showcase, Jazz Dance L.A., PDS Fall Ball, Pops Goes the Century, Broadway Dance Center Showcase, City of Hope, Spectrum Dance, Friends in Dance, and Move to Groove Ball, among others. Lilian has taught for Al Gilbert Seminars, DMI, and TAMJAMS, and has assisted Master Teachers on Tremaine Conventions, Encore Convention, Dance Masters Association, and Hoctor’s Dance Caravan. She was co-founder and co-director of abbybruce company of dance.
Assistant Director and an instructor for TAMJAMS from 2001 to 2007, Lilian travelled throughout the United States teaching master classes and choreography. Several of her pieces have earned Top Score awards at the National level in the dance competition industry. In New York, she taught at the world-renowned studio, Steps on Broadway, and at Dancespace. Lilian co-directed Southern California-based R & B Dance Company from 2002-2007, and has modeled for costume company, Stagewear L.A. Lilian has choreographed for and has also appeared in Disney’s That’s So Raven and Cory in the House. She has choreographed for R & B vocal group, SX4, and worked with Diva Trip. She has also taught at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, 2005-2008, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She choreographed the pilot episodes for Disney’s Hannah Montana, Keke & Jamal, and Better Days and has choreographed for the Cartoon Network’s Out of Jimmy’s Head. Most recently, she choreographed for the new Demi Lovato show, Sonny with a Chance, and her piece Arabia performed at the 49th Annual L.A. Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which was telecast on KCET. She also performed in the award-winning Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of King and I, starring Deborah Gibson. Lilian choreographed and performed in an indie event to help raise awareness for the organization ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. She also attended UCLA and majored in World Arts & Cultures. Committed to compasionate empowerment and joyful liberation, Lilian hopes to inspire a love and appreciation for dance, and most of all, a respect and pride in oneself.
Hip-Hop, Jazz, Theatre, Lyrical, Modern
Derek Mitchell has been working in the dance, acting and fashion industries for the past 11 years. He recently created, directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway dance drama Thin Line at Dance Theatre Workshop. He also starred in the Off-Broadway productions of The Karaoke Show (also Choreographer) and The Donkey Show both originally produced by Jordan Roth and choreographed Automatic Superstar a rock opera and for pop singers Didi Wong and Charles King. In the world of fashion, Derek most recently has collaborated with Joe Zee in styling Justin Timberlake and his dancers for Nickelodeon, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Britney Spears and most notably Madonna, Missy Elliot and their dancers in the recent Gap commercial. He is also on the faculties of such acclaimed NYC organizations such as Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance and Crunch Fitness where he is also a fitness Director and On-Air media talent. His classes and choreography have been featured on CBS, VH1, NY1 News, W Magazine, CNN, Good Day NY, TV Guide, Time Out, U.S. News and World Report, Women's Wear Daily and Crunch magazine.
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Jazz, Lyrical, Theatre, Tap, Modern
Bridget works in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area teaching tap, musical theatre, jazz and modern. She dances with the theater dance company Out On A Limb Dance, in St. Paul. She has worked as assistant to Broadway superstar Linda Talcott Lee choreographing musicals in the Minneapolis area. Bridget got her early training in her mother’s dance studio, Miki’s School of Dance, in Devils Lake, ND where she began choreographing and teaching at a young age. Bridget’s choreography of jazz, modern and tap has won her overall awards at regional and national competitions. She has studied at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center as an Intern, EDGE Performing Arts Center and Joel Hall Dance Center. Bridget has performed at the International Dance Festival, and for choreographers such as Zoe Sealy, Nathan Trice, Kim Martinez, and Linda Talcott Lee. Bridget is currently getting a B.F.A Dance Major on dance scholarship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, with a strong emphasis in modern dance.
Jennifer Parsley has had the amazing opportunity to choreograph for such venues as Grease for Columbia University, Channel 5 Day Break, Booker.T. Washington School for Performing and Visual Arts, and numerous Aids and Cancer benefit shows. She has trained with Jason Parsons, Justin Giles, Roger Lee, and Kim McSwain. Her professional credits include: The Elan Awards, the Carnival, club performance at Hollywood and Highlands, ESPN, Dallas Maverick Dancers, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, Dallas Morning News dance festival, the Edge and Performing Arts Center show, Hard Rock Live, industrials including 711 and Ski Doo, Shades (a benefit for kids with cancer), the Atlanta Braves game, C.O Dance instructional video, Pepito’s Story with Debbie Allen, the International Dance Festival in Tropea Italy, and the national tour of “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy”. Since moving to New York, Jenn has been developing her own unique contemporary style. She has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing all over the country. She is also in the process of starting her own professional company.
Greg Poland Holds a BFA cum laude in musical theater from Point Park College. Earlier this year he appeared in the National tour and Los Angeles co. of The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short. He was featured on Broadway & the European tour of the Tony award winning show Black & Blue with Savion Glover and starred in Lincoln Centers Dreams on a Shoestring. Some of his regional and touring credits include: The Hot Mikado, Ms. Evers Boys, God's Favorite, The Hostage, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, 5 Guys Named Moe and Otis Sallid's Spiritual featuring Bebe Winans. Film: Star Trek 9, The American President, Malcolm X and Baseketball. TV: The District, Star Trek Voyager, The X Files, Sabrina, Party of 5, The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, The Tonight Show, All My Children, and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. Greg directed, created and choreographed the show LA Feet for Disney's California Adventure, for the NBC Upfront at Radio City Musical Hall, and co-directed and choreographed numerous production numbers of Tap Girls at Harvey's Casino. The last three years Greg has been a guest artist at the N. Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
Jazz, Lyrical, Theatre, Ballet
Travis has taught dance for the past 13 years both in the public school system as well as at private dance studios. He made his national television debut on Star Search and since then has been a featured performer at Opryland U.S.A., aboard the historic S/S Norway, and in numerous industrials. Travis appeared on CBS' Touched by an Angel with Carole Burnett and Rita Moreno and he has choreographed and directed numerous pieces for Jean Ann Ryan Productions. In February 2002, he was one of the dancers featured nightly at the medals presentations for the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Travis has worked for Starlight Productions, danced with the Solstice Dance Theater, and currently teaches at the acclaimed Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada where he now resides.
Tapm Jazz, Lyrical, Theatre
Becca Retter is a multi-talented dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a member of the R&B Performing Company in Hollywood, CA, she has performed at the House of Blues, Jazz Dance LA, and the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Show. She has also worked with the dynamic recording artists, In Flyte in Las Vegas, and on MTV, performing with Andy Dick. Becca has danced internationally in Canada, Denmark, Guatemala and Russia. Becca is an expert at AI Gilbert's tap technique and teaches it to teachers from around the world at the D.E.A. training school in Las Vegas. She can also be seen on countless of his educational videos. Recently, Becca was the assistant choreographer for the live, all tap show, Caution: Men at Work-Tap, which enjoyed a 40 city national tour and a visit to Taiwan. Her love and enthusiasm for dance make her a favorite among students and teachers and she always enjoys sharing her talents.
Tap, Theatre, Jazz
Thommie Retter is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1994, he has had a huge influence on the tap community. He can do any style of tap; from a light-hearted soft-shoe, to a hardcore stomp routine. Currently, Thommie is directing and choreographing the live, all tap show, Caution: Men at Work-TAP, and he just taped an episode of Malcolm in the Middle as a dance double. Thommie is also proficient in musical theatre, jazz, and hip-hop. He has choreographed and can work with all ages and levels of dance ability. Internationally, Thommie teaches in Guatemala, Mexico, Japan, and throughout Canada. In addition, Thommie was affiliated for twelve semesters with the nationally accredited dance program at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. You can read about him in the popular dance publications Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and Dance Biz. Thommie has worked with such names as actors Mila Kunis (That 70's Show) Clifton Collins Jr., and Eddie Griffen, the popular swing band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Carol and Marilyn also known as The Mommies, and Mr. Andy Williams. Thommie has choreographed for Pepsi International on their World Cup advertising campaign and he has performed for numerous industrial shows including Compaq, Schick and General Motors. Thommie was also a featured dancer in the hip-hop video The B.H.M. Association by recording artist Jolie and on the TV show Pepsi's Dance Trax. Thommie's steps are slammin' and hot. His choreography has been described as ""fresh and exciting"" and he is known for bringing the ""fun"" back into dance.
Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Swing
Slick Rick has performed around the world and has taught master classes throughout the United States. He opened as a backup singer and dancer for Boyz II Men, performed for thousands at The Stadium of Fire and performs with the professional dance company Odyssey. Rick was named the International Latin Ballroom Champion and was featured in the film Dance With Me with Vanessa Williams. He is currently a Rising Star Professional Finalist. He has won numerous choreography awards for both Ballroom and Hip Hop.
Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical
Jaci Royal travels as a master teacher and choreographer working with dancers throughout the country. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she moved to New York in 2005 as a scholarship recipient of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Program. She continued on to perform with the Wes Veldink Movement as well as Calen Kurka’s Pushing Progress. She choreographed and directed the annual Capezio Fashion Show and assisted on a Reebok Industrial. Internationally, she has assisted on workshops in Tropea, Italy and has taught master classes in Monterrey, Mexico. Her competition choreography receives top awards and national recognition. She currently teaches Contemporary classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.
Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Contemporary
Michael Schwandt is one of the most dynamic visionaries for choreography and movement in Los Angeles. His extensive body of work can be seen across the board in commercials, corporate industrials, television, award shows, special events and various recording artist projects, while crossing all genres of dance.
Michael continues to give back to the dance community by nurturing and educating aspiring dancers through guest master classes all over the world. It is here that he is able to connect with young dancers from all over and speak to them about realistic expectations in professional dance.
Michael has worked as a choreographer/dancer with Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Craig David, Mis-Teeq, EnVogue, the Beach Boys, the Latin Grammy Awards, MGM Mirage, Vh1, E.T. and more. He recently choreographed the Music Video Production Awards, LeAnn Rimes’ performance at the Liberty Bowl, UK rock band Liars’ new video “There’s Always Room,” live industrials for PUMA, Bravo!, Jafra Cosmetics, Bally’s and he has commercials currently airing for Palm Treo, Land Rover and Mitsubishi. Look for Michael’s choreography this year at the famed Kodak Theatre in the rock-opera concert “Popera,” in Cyndi Lauper and Kristine W’s special appearance at Wrigley Field, on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship “The Pearl” and at the Caesar’s Palace Nassau Resort & Casino (Bahamas) with the new live spectacular “Jambalaya.”
Jazz, Lyrical, Funky Jazz, M. Theatre
Angie is currently the Creative Director for Silvertree Productions, which produces shows for all the Six Flags Theme Parks across the country and abroad. Her production team was recently awarded the “Spotlight Award” for “Entertainment Company of the Year”. She has directed and choreographed many Industrials, Corporate Events, Professional Basketball dance teams and Television Specials including NFL halftime shows. As a producer, Angie has opened shows in both Branson and Las Vegas and worked with artists such as Creed, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Chris Harrison, to name a few. She co-produced and choreographed a live televised special that won an EMMY Award for “Best Special Event." Also a member of Dance Masters of America, Angie has established herself as a master teacher, choreographer, and instructor. She is passionate about sharing her love of dance and travels with many organizations judging and teaching across the United States.
Jazz, Lyrical, Tap
Hilary has been dancing since she could barely walk. She started her training in Salt Lake City, UT and went on to continue her training at Tremaine and The Edge dance studios in Los Angeles, CA. She has choreographed and danced for a national award-winning dance team, has competed in and been a top finalist for the Miss Dance USA and Miss Dance Utah solo competitions, and has also worked with master teachers such as Tamara Squires and Marguerite Derricks. She was an Urban Jamm scholarship recipient and has danced for Q-Zar Industrial, and several NBA halftimes. Hilary has been with TAMJAMS from the beginning where she started out as the assistant to Ms. Tamara Squires. Eventually she became a master teacher and since then has taught master classes all over the United States. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Dietetics at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz
Cati Snarr is an Emmy Award winning choreographer with National and International credits to her name. She recently returned from the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, where she taught dance in 20 primary schools. While in the UK, she was invited to teach Master Class for the Central Ballet of London. Cati began her career at 15, dancing with Ballet West at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She danced in many roles such as Myrtha in Giselle and Swanilda in Coppelia. She is versitle in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Musical Theatre and has both worked and appeared in TV and film. Her talent in these areas has taken her across the US, Russia and Europe. Her favorite roles have been Anita in Westside Story and on roller skates in Starlight Express. Cati loves unique choreography, choreographing the 2002 Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Singin' in the Rain, Ceremonies for the Utah/Moscow Youth Games, to name a few and even helped cast the dancing in Legally Blonde II. Cati currently teaches dance for Ballet West, and The University of Utah.
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Lyrical
Jeanette is the principal instructor and choreographer for Patty's Dance Center. Over her thirteen years teaching at the studio she has truly taken the art of dance to another level. Her innovative ideas are incomparable. Her creativity is unmatched. She is constantly switching styles and reinventing herself. Jeanette thrives on the things that have never been done before. She is the future of dance. Jeanette has led her over 500 students at the dance center to become the top award winners at hundreds of regional and national competitions. She directs her own touring dance troupe, The J Company. They have performed nationally and are featured performers at the Miss Ohio pageant. They recently were selected to compete at the Jazz Dance World Congress '99 Leo's choreography finals in NY. Having studied in New York and Los Angeles for a number of years on scholarship, she now teaches jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop to students of all ages across the country. Her choreography is constantly in demand for competition dance teams, cheerleading squads, and scholarship pageants nationwide, featuring everything from solos to performances with more than 200 dancers. She is especially proud to be the instructor for over 100 boys who are enrolled at her studio.
Hip-Hop, Thrash, Jazz
"Shaun T" is a native of New Jersey currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Shaun began training for his love of dance at Rowan University where he received his BS in Sports Science and a minor in Theater/Dance! Upon moving to LA two years ago Shaun has danced in theater, TV, and has worked with various artists. Some of his credits include the original cast of "The Ten Commandments" as well as workshop crew starring Val Kilmer, "Pippin", and "Applause". Shaun has danced on TV shows such as Jay Leno, Six Feet Under, BBC America, and the movie "Beauty Shop" starring Queen Latifah. He has danced with artists such as, Mariah Carey, Aaron and Nick Carter, and Elephant Man. Shaun has also done tons of industrial work for many companies, including NIKE, Radio Shack, Los Angeles Lakers, and Marc Jacobs. Shaun’s choreography started almost as soon as he started dancing, choreographing events such as NCAA Final 4 halftime show, Aaron and Nick Carter "Twister Moves" tour (Walmart), and Garden State Dance Festival. Shaun is currently working with Tony Gonzalez choreographing the movie "Bring It On Yet Again." One of Shaun’s most noticeable projects is Kathy Smith’s "Project YOU" where he has incorporated his love for dance and his studies of fitness. With this project he collaborated with Kathy and has choreographed 8 instructional videos. Shaun can be found teaching at many fitness and dance centers in Los Angeles.
Hip-Hop, Funky Jazz
Mario Velez Jr. is a professional hip-hop choreographer and dancer/performer. He has toured and worked with artists such as Omarion, TLC, Rock Steady Crew, Fergie, My Chemical Romance, Brandy, Boyz II Men, Doug E. Fresh, Paula Abdul & many others! He has also toured with the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters! Mario is currently performing and choreographing for Automatic Response Dance Crew which was featured on the show “America’s Best Dance Crew!” He has also done work with the NBA and WNBA Phoenix Suns Dance Team, The Seattle Supersonics, The Warrior Girls, The Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop Squad. His diversity also includes choreography for the shows “Splash” and “Bottoms UP” in Las Vegas NV, and “Jubilation” in Reno, NV. This was all possible because of his long-time partner and wife Melissa Velez. Mario has one saying that he lives by: "Hip-hop is not just rapping and music, it is a culture, a way of life!”
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Production
Michelle Zeitlin is truly one of the most diverse and multi-talented individuals in the entertainment/production industry. With the unique ability to seamlessly glide between the high-powered corporate environment, the trend-setting world of Hollywood and the magic of Broadway, Michelle's resume speaks for itself. Known in the industry as a ""triple threat"" (actress, singer and dancer), Michelle has starred in feature films, sung lead vocals and danced in world famous ballets. She's also been featured on Broadway, produced dance casting workshops throughout the world, choreographed for top recording artists, and the list goes on. Recent credits include choreography for the upcoming Arnie film with Jenny McCarthy. A new pop group called Yin Yang Gang. The Grinch Show was produced with her partner, Nancy Gregory for the film launch of Universal Studios Hollywood at the new Globe Theatre. Michelle toured with her own Broadway style show called Lights, Camera, Hollywood, with Calvin Remsberg. One of her most exciting projects is Liberty Street-the dance project, a major motion picture for Warner Brothers. She is the Associate Producer and writer of the story, which is based on events in her own dance life.
"IT WAS SUCH A THRILL TO HAVE THREE VERY TALENTED PROFESSIONAL DANCERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. COME TO OUR STUDIO!"
--CINDY Y. STUDIO OWNER TOMS RIVER, NJ
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