Staff
Office & Operations

Gina Korrell

Owner/Artistic Director/24-7 P.R.I.D.E. Director

Gina has been teaching dance locally for the past 32 years, where she has directed and choreographed for many area dance companies, teams, organization and theater groups. She chaired the Frederick Arts Councils Dance Committee for 4 years. She played a vital role in establishing Frederick County’s first and only dance scholarship program and increasing funds for the dance programs in Frederick County. In 1997 She co-founded TAWA dance company.  Gina managed, danced and choreographed for TAWA for five years until the company moved to Pennsylvania in May of 2002. In the fall of 2002, Gina opened 24/7 Dance Studio. Gina also began 24/7 SRC Student Repertory Companies in 2002 which umbrella’s Dance Fusion dance company and Young Professionals Theater Company. This group is a non-profit performance company that provides pre professional training and performance opportunities for aspiring performers. The award winning company has grown to four levels and numerous students have won prestigious scholarships. In 2005 she danced and worked with Step Aside Tap Company in Silver Spring as a business manager to helping them promote the Company. She is a Past President of the Maryland Council for Dance where she solidified the restructure of the council. Gina is the founder of the K-Krew and R2DKrew Hip Hop Krews and the Tapology Tap Ensemble at 24/7.  She is the Executive Director of the 24/7’s PRIDE Student Performing  Company and she directs and produces TAPS ALIVE Workshops, Taps Alive Concert and the Xtreme 14 In10sive Workshops. She continues to teach and manage at her expanded studio. She looks forward to several new and exciting adventures in the future including regional dance productions, community outreach and continuing to develop healthy, happy strong dancers and educators.

Jean McCauley

Accounts Manager

Jean McCauley is the Accounts Manager for 24-7 Dance Studio.

Jean McCauley has lived in Maryland for 25 years coming originally from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  She lives in Middletown with her husband, 2 college aged kids and 2 dogs and a guinea pig.  She has been with 24/7 Dance Studio since its conception in 2002.  She is the Accounts Manager for the studio and truly loves watching the kids learn, grow and come out of their shells.

Susan DesRoches

Marketing Manager / Office Assistant

Susan DesRoches is the Marketing Manager and Office Assistant for 24-7 Dance Studio.

Susan is originally from Silver Spring, MD. Her family moved to Frederick in 1997. She has 2 children who are grown now but during their time in school she served on several PTA Boards as well as the County Council PTA. Susan worked as a substitute teacher with FCPS for 13 years and thoroughly loved working with the children of Frederick County. Susan currently serves on the Board of Director’s for her HOA and serves on the Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund. Susan’s daughter started dancing at 24/7 Dance Studio the first year it opened.  Susan has happily worked at 24/7 for 14 years. Susan says “The best part of my job is working at community events, meeting new families and watching so many wonderful children grow in the arts. I look forward to another great year!”

 

      Brad Korrell

      Operations/Facility Manager

      Brad Korrell is the operations and facilities manager for 24-7 Dance Studio.

        Shelley Haas

        Office Assistant

        Shelley grew up dancing and performing in local theater groups in the Chicagoland area for 20 years. She moved from Pittsburgh to Frederick in 2011 and lives with her husband, children, and 2 dogs. Shelley’s children have been with the studio since they were old enough to tumble/dance and she is excited to work with everyone in the 24/7 family. She is looking forward to watching all of the dancers, singers, and actors learn new skills and grow their passion for the performing arts.

            Catherine Marrone

            Office Assistant

            Catherine Marrone is a 24/7 Dance Studio alumni who graduated from Tuscarora High School in 2016. She trained at 24/7 for thirteen years and was a part of the performing companies for eight years. In 2016, Catherine was a national runner up for The National Honor Society for Dance Arts’ NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award. Catherine also competed internationally in Riesa, Germany in the International Dance Organization Tap Championships for two years where she received two silver medals and one bronze medal.  While she loves dancing, she is also currently studying Sports Medicine in school to become an Athletic Trainer. Catherine is constantly inspired by 24/7 Dance Studio and is always thrilled to work here.

              Teachers

              Gina Korrell

              Owner/Artistic Director/24-7 P.R.I.D.E. Director

              Gina has been teaching dance locally for the past 32 years, where she has directed and choreographed for many area dance companies, teams, organization and theater groups. She chaired the Frederick Arts Councils Dance Committee for 4 years. She played a vital role in establishing Frederick County’s first and only dance scholarship program and increasing funds for the dance programs in Frederick County. In 1997 She co-founded TAWA dance company.  Gina managed, danced and choreographed for TAWA for five years until the company moved to Pennsylvania in May of 2002. In the fall of 2002, Gina opened 24/7 Dance Studio. Gina also began 24/7 SRC Student Repertory Companies in 2002 which umbrella’s Dance Fusion dance company and Young Professionals Theater Company. This group is a non-profit performance company that provides pre professional training and performance opportunities for aspiring performers. The award winning company has grown to four levels and numerous students have won prestigious scholarships. In 2005 she danced and worked with Step Aside Tap Company in Silver Spring as a business manager to helping them promote the Company. She is a Past President of the Maryland Council for Dance where she solidified the restructure of the council. Gina is the founder of the K-Krew and R2DKrew Hip Hop Krews and the Tapology Tap Ensemble at 24/7.  She is the Executive Director of the 24/7’s PRIDE Student Performing  Company and she directs and produces TAPS ALIVE Workshops, Taps Alive Concert and the Xtreme 14 In10sive Workshops. She continues to teach and manage at her expanded studio. She looks forward to several new and exciting adventures in the future including regional dance productions, community outreach and continuing to develop healthy, happy strong dancers and educators.

              Jess Beach

              Dance Instructor

              Jess Beach believes in always being a student. She has been training for over 25 years in all styles of dance in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and up and down the east and west coast under noted dancers and choreographers such as Nicolas Petrov (founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Ilya Gaft (Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre). Jess began her formal academic pursuit of dance during her senior year of high school at La Roche College’s conservatory for Ballet. After successful years of training and featured rolls in “Cinderella”, “Swan Lake”, and “The Nutcracker”, Jess then expanded her studies to contemporary techniques and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance (Jazz Concentration) from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Upon graduation, Jess became a featured dancer in several Industrials in Pittsburgh and danced  backup for the tour of  Neil Young and Crazy Horse working with West Side Story‘s Russ Tambyn.  Jess then landed a position touring professionally all over the globe as a dancer/performer for Holland America Cruise Lines through Stiletto Entertainment based out of California. Jess spent 6 years working steadily for Stiletto Entertainment performing all over the world from Russia to South America and everywhere in between. With Stiletto Entertainment Jess had the honor of working directly with various noted choreographers such as Broadway’s Patti Colombo and director, producer, associate choreographer John Charron, and Carla Kama (known for her pioneering choreography all over the media scene including Prince and Carmen Electra).

              Jess feels blessed continuing her dance career by spending the past 10 years educating, mentoring, and choreographing. Jess has had the honor of working with the distinguished Alvin Ailey Dance Company with their Inaugural installation of Ailey Camp Baltimore at Towson University as Master Jazz instructor. Most recently, Jess worked with Big Picture Media as Choreographer and featured dancer for a Regional Television commercial.  Jess currently works with Danielle Sten-Guillermo and Lance Guillermo as assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for the Alternative Dance Project (ADP) dance company’s original works entitled “Working America” & “366”. She enjoyed 4 years as director/choreographer of three youth competition and performance Hip Hop Companies in Maryland. Jess is beginning her third year as Artist in Residence and Instructor for the Dance Departments at Howard Community College and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts while teaching full time in a private studio in Frederick, MD. A sought after Master Instructor, adjudicator, and the recipient of many accolades for her choreography; Jess is humbled to continue to follow her passion and to do what she love as her career.

                Corissa Collins

                Dance Instructor

                Corissa Collins was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She graduated from high school in 2014, and had danced at 24/7 Dance Studio for 12 years. Before graduating, Corissa had been a part of 24/7 Dance Fusion, participated in a few MTF shows, such as Seussical and Legally Blonde, and had received many scholarships for her dancing. Some of those include: the Linehan dance scholarship at UMBC, a hip hop scholarship from JUMP Dance Convention, and many open floor scholarships from Maryland Council for Dance workshops. Now, Corissa is a junior at Hood College and is majoring in Art Education. She has set choreography of many different styles on herself and her students, including lyrical, hip hop, and ballet, and has experience teaching dance camps over the summer and subbing for the other teachers at 24/7. This dance season she will be instructing students from ages 3 – 4 years old on Wednesday evenings how to have fun and learn to dance.

                  Randi Collins

                  Gymnastics Instructor

                  A former small business owner Randi Collins has been a stay home wife and mother to her husband and 3 wonderfully talented children for the past 21 years. During that time she has served as President of the Mom’s Club of Frederick, Maryland West for 2 terms, been involved in the community by volunteering in the schools which her children attend, assisted with the fundraising efforts of several local non profit organizations and has been serving as the Fundraising Chair for 24/7 SRC since 2006 and the President of the SRC for the past 3 years. She taught pre-school, elementary, boys and middle school Gymnastics at Style Gymnastics for several years before coming here to teach at 24/7 in 2009.

                    Kristie Culler

                    Dance Instructor

                    Kristie Culler is in her 14th year as an Instructor at 24/7 Dance studio. An avid volunteer, she is currently enjoys supporting the Frederick County 4-H program as a superintendent for The Great Frederick Fair and has previously served as a member of the 24/7 SRC board for three seasons. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Kristie works to improve quality daily at Frederick Memorial Hospital as a member of it’s Performance Improvement team. She also works nationally with The Carlin Company, producing and stage managing multi-media events. In her spare time she enjoys floral design and spending time with her son Quinn.

                      Marsha Garcia

                      Gymnastics Instructor

                      Marsha was born and raised in The Netherlands where she started gymnastics at age 7. She was a competitive gymnast for 10 years and rhythmic gymnast for 5 years. She started coaching at 16 and developed a love for working with and mentoring kids. After moving to the USA she left the sport for a little while to get settled in her new life. Missing the sport and working with kids, she started coaching again at Island Gymnastics in Savannah, GA. There she taught preschool, boys classes, cheer tumbling, pre competitive teams (age 4-6) and competitive teams (age 5-15) for 5 years. In 2004 she moved to Frederick, MD and started to raise a family. Life took over but her passion for working with kids continued. She volunteered in the schools, was involved in school plays, served on the PTA board for several terms and started teaching drawing classes with Young Rembrandts, which she now is a proud new franchise owner of.  In her opinion, both art and gymnastics shape and prepare the minds and bodies of kids and teach a strong foundation for growth, in all aspects of their lives. She strives to build her students’ confidence by incorporating gymnastics with safety, discipline and fun!

                       

                        Adrienne King

                        Dance Instructor

                        Adrienne is a dance and movement specialist and has been teaching her own curriculum of Movement and Literacy throughout Maryland for both hearing and Deaf populations. Adrienne enjoys integrating dance and the school curriculum and feels strongly about the impact of Arts Integration. She holds a Masters degree in Deaf education as well as a BA in Dance. She can often be found supporting community outreach as well as in public schools through grants, as an artist-in-residence, or grant provider.  Adrienne holds a MD State Teacher Certification in Special Education, Deaf Education, and Dance.
                        Her community workshops, classes, and concerts are well-known throughout Maryland and Anchorage, AK. Adrienne has produced and taught several community workshops in conjunction with professional companies such as Diavolo Dance Theatre.  Her self directed/choreographed evening-length concert, Distinct Polarity, was sold-out through the Anchorage, AK run and met with excellent reviews in the press. She has been a featured choreographer with companies such as the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Dance Theatre, Kinetics Dance Theatre Company, Circus Boreal, various schools and studios throughout Alaska, Alabama, and Maryland.  Adrienne demands respect in the studio – respect for the teacher, respect for the craft, respect for technique, respect for the music, respect for classmates, and always respect for yourself and your body.

                          Riley Korrell

                          Dance Instructor

                          Riley Korrell is tap dance instructor and entertainer from Frederick, Maryland. He started tap dancing the age of 8. He is a featured dancers with Sole Defined Dance Company in DC. and has performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian in D.C. The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and various stages at the APAP Conference in NYC and Velocity in Washing D.C.. Riley has studied with Chicago Rhythms Project’s Institute of Rhythmic Arts and STOMPS Bootcamp. Riley is a member of the American Tap Dance Team and has represented the United States in 2016 and 2017 as the Senior Males Soloist. Riley continues to attending festivals and intensives for Tap dance and Step such as DC Tap Fest, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tap Untied, STOMP NYC. He has studied under many credited artists like Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Aaron Tolson, Charles Renato, Ryan Johnson, Nicholas Young, Ted Louis Levy, Joseph Dodd, and countless others. He enjoys learning, performing, teaching and the technical aspect of theater.

                          Riley will be teaching Tap, Tap Improv and Body Percussion. Come take class with Riley!

                            Yara Perry

                            Dance Instructor/Director

                            Yara Perry is a native of Middletown, MD. Growing up, she received numerous awards and scholarships for dance, and enjoyed many performance opportunities. Yara went on to pursue a BA in Dance and Art from Muhlenberg College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005, earning honors in art and membership to the Phi Beta Kappa society. Post college, she earned her MA in Digital Arts from the Maryland College Institute of Art, and is also a candidate for her MA in Teaching at Mount St. Mary’s University. Yara has trained with Tiffany Mills, Nicholas Leichter, Robert LaFosse, Charles O. Anderson, Shelley Oliver, Karen Dearborn, Jennifer Kayle, and Pat Catterson. Her performance credits include 365, MTF Mainstage, Step Aside Tap Company, the Muhlenberg JazzTap Ensemble, and Copasetic Rhythms, for which she was the director. Her choreography has been showcased at the MD Council for Dance Artist Gala Concert and the Joy of Motion Choreography Showcase, she has received several choreography awards, and she was selected for an internship with the Tiffany Mills Company in NYC. Her love for the arts extends to her photography business (www.photographybyyara.com), and she enjoys photographing dancers and children the most! Yara has been teaching in and out of the Frederick community for seventeen years; she currently teaches for 24/7 Dance Studio. She is currently the Administrative Director of PRIDE dance companies, and her students have been recognized for their technique and performance qualities, some going on to pursue dance in college, perform on dance teams, and enter the professional world of the arts. Yara wants to thank her husband Chris for being supportive of her involvement in the arts, and her two daughters for being her never ending inspiration.

                            Jeanna Riscigno

                            Dance Instructor

                            Jeanna Riscigno, a native of Frederick, MD received her B.F.A in Dance Performance from Towson University where she was selected to study abroad at the Palucca Shule Conservatory in Dresden, Germany. She was a founding member of Deep Vision Dance Company under the direction of Nicole Martinell in Baltimore, MD. After graduation, Jeanna completed a contract performing for Disney Cruise Lines aboard the Disney Magic. In Los Angeles, CA Jeanna danced with Kybele Dance Theater and performed two seasons with DanceArt Company. She has performed as a guest artist for The Collective and danced two seasons with Alternative Dance Project in Baltimore, MD under the direction of Danielle and Lance Guillermo. Jeanna currently performs with Kinetics Dance Company in Ellicott City, MD and has rejoined Deep Vision Dance Company. She is the co founder and co artistic director of LucidBeings Dance Company.

                              Zelda Simms

                              Dance Instructor

                              Zelda Nadine is a dancer/choreographer who has followed her passions for over 32 years. Inspired from the tender age of 2 to create routines with her siblings in the basement of her family’s homes, she went on to train professionaly in all techniques, i.e. ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern under the tutelage of Duke Ellington School of the Arts teachers and Anne Arundel Community College.
                              Her unique gift for Hip Hop has allowed her to choreograph and dance back up for many major artists such as (T.I., Fantasia, Juelz Santana, Lil’ Mo, Memphis Bleek of Roc Nation just to name a few), and founded her to own a all female dance crew, R.A.W., which spawned professional careers of multiple dancers.
                              The extent of her talents aren’t only relegated to dance, but expanded to the areas of artist development, tour creation for upcoming artists, and being a contracted technician for various dance companies and studios. Her gift of creativity has also been honed as a teacher through out Maryland/D.C. area for 14 years and counting, also feeding her passion for life coaching to entertainers, and mentoring Professional Dancers. Her personable, relatable nature engages dancers to push their talent, while her attention to detail and desire for excellence will bring out the best in all she’s come in contact with. Passion, perseverance, precision,  and presence. That’s Zelda Nadine!

                                Nicole Spence

                                Dance Instructor

                                Nicole Spence [Hutton] started her dance and theater education in England at the age of 3, following in the footsteps of her mother who has an MA in Dance and Movement Development. Nicole’s interest and love for dance continued in elementary school while attending Spring Ridge Dance Center. She then moved to MMPAC studying and performing tap, ballet, Jazz, lyrical, and modern dance. She also began her teaching experience as a student teacher. While at MMPAC she was first introduced to the inspiring teaching styles of Gina Korrell and Yara Perry. Later when Gina opened 24/7 dance studio she moved with her to continue her dancing. While attending 24/7 in 2002 she attended Urbana high school where she danced continuously during the day in her daily dance class at Urbana High School where she was a member of the Urbana Performing Dance Company until she graduated in 2005. Nicole’s summers were also full of dance when she had the opportunity to dance and perform while she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Session for two summers beginning in 2001. The next summer she danced at the Summer Session at the Philadelphia School of the Arts where she began her interest in hip hop and Pilates.

                                Nicole began teaching and dancing with Bonnie Slawson at Motion Mania in Rockville In 2006. Nicole began her studies in Stott Pilates and has continued to use Pilates movements in all the classes she teaches. She also taught Summer camps under Zelda Simms. In 2009, Nicole was invited to Wootton High School as a guest artist to teach and set a choreography Piece for the students, this collaboration continued for 3 seasons. Montgomery County Dance Specialist, Michelle Deleo praises Nicole as having a “gift for teaching dance and inspiring students to reach for their dreams”. Nicole is very excited to join the 24/7 teaching staff this fall.

                                  Mandy Ulrey

                                  Dance Instructor

                                  Mandy has been teaching hip-hop, jazz, contemporary/modern, ballet and tap at dance studios around the Washington D.C. area for the past 15 years, and is happy to be at 24/7 for the past 8. She has worked with many studio based performance companies and has won choreography awards at various competitions for her work. In addition to competitions, Mandy’s work has been performed in the White House Pagent of Peace and she is routinely invited to be a guest choreographer for the Cedar Crest Dance Company’s annual fall show. She received a dance scholarship to Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA and performed as a member of the dance company there under the direction of Carol Welton-Kelly. She has worked with choreographers sure as Margot Clifford-Ging, Robert Torres, Robin Gerchman, Michelle Barber (Broadway Dance Center) and Nicole Hockenberry (T.A.P.) During college, Mandy performed with CMDanceExperience and served as artistic director of the company her senior year. Theater credits include The Trojan Women, choreographer for the Pennsylvania Playhouse production of Annie and assistant choreographer of Godspell at Cedar Crest. Mandy graduated from Cedar Crest with a BS in biology, minoring in Dance. In her classes, Mandy challenges her students to work toward proper technique within their individual bodies and concentrate on the quality of their movements.

                                    Jennifer Irons

                                    Theater Instructor - Acting, Musical Theater, Voice

                                    Jenn Irons has been teaching Acting and Musical Theatre at 24/7 Dance Studio since 2010.  She also teaches private voice lessons, piano lessons and music theatre coaching from her home music studio in Frederick.   When Jenn is not teaching she can be found performing in the Washington, D.C. metro area.  Recent credits include: Alexis Powell in Nobody’s Perfect at the John F. Kennedy Center (Original cast recording), Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical at Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical), My Fair Lady, The Light in the Piazza, She Loves Me and Camelot at Arena Stage, Follies and Saving Aimee at Signature Theatre and Ruthlessat Maryland Ensemble Theatre.  Jenn attended The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre.  She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. ”

                                      Mallory Miller

                                      Theater Instructor / Director - Acting, Musical Theater, Voice

                                      Mallory, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up singing, dancing, and acting in Westfield, New Jersey.  She attended Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater. While in school, she was able to work with numerous broadway veterans including Rachelle Rak, Jacob Brent, Nikki Snelson, Dave Clemmons, and Ryan Steele. During her senior year, she had the incredible opportunity to intern as an assistant to Teresa Wolf of Wolf Talent Group Agency, a leading talent agency located in Times Square. Mallory began her performance career at Bucks County Playhouse as a cast member of the Rocky Horror Show during her sophomore year of college and continued to perform throughout her four years.  After relocating to Frederick, Maryland, Mallory began working at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater as Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun.  She has since be a part of 7 mainstage shows and, this fall, will mark her 8th show as Cinderella in Into The Woods.  Outside of theater, Mallory is a veteran of the pageant stage having competed in 3 different organizations. This year, she held the title of Miss Frederick County 2016 and placed 1st Runner Up at Miss Maryland United States.  In 2015, Mallory served as Miss Maryland Intercontinental USA and won Best Interview, and 1st Runner Up at Miss Intercontinental USA.

                                        Stephanie Jingle

                                        Dance Instructor / Director

                                        Stephanie Jingle is a native of Bellaire, OH.  She received her BFA in ballet from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.   Stephanie also studied at Nashville Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.  “Jingle” has danced with Pillow Project Dance Co., worked as a featured dancer on the set of Step Up, and toured with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performing with such artist as Marty Thomas and Jennifer Hudson.  You can see her in music videos for Telling on Trixie, The Woodpeckers, Hugo, and Tori Green.  Living in New York City, Miss Stephanie performed and choreographed for the contemporary dance theater company, The MoveShop.  (moveshop.org)   She now resides in Maryland where she works in the DMV dance scene as a full time dance instructor and choreographer.   She continues to teach and set choreography nationally and internationally, most recently at the South African Dance Academy.  To see more check out stephaniejingle.com or facebook.com/noexcusesjingle

                                        Nathan Waters

                                        Dance Intructor

                                        Nathan started dance at the age of 4 under the instruction of his Father Thomas F. Waters at Artistic Dance Center. Thru the years he learned many disciplines such as ballet, tap, contemporary, and many more. At the age of 15 Nathan had the opportunity to take several classes from the cast of the Bring in da Noise Bring in da Funk in New York City. It was at the moment, he fell in love with the art of Tap dance.  In 1999, he won the title of Mr. Dance of Chapter 17 for Dance Masters of America. That summer he flew to California for their annual National Dance Convention to compete with some of the top dancers in the Nation.  That same summer he was given the opportunity to perform in 42nd Street at Toby’s Dinner Theater in Columbia, MD.

                                        In Nathan’s mid twenty’s he worked several years with Cecil Dance Theater performing in several productions, such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella. In addition to his performing abilities, Nathan has also taught many master classes for various studio’s and dance organizations. In 2014 He judged Dance Masters of America Chapter 17’s Title and performing arts competition.

                                        Nathan’s love and passion for dance allows him to continue to spread the beautiful art of dance to his students and peers.

                                          Liz Fink-Rakoski

                                          Dance Instructor

                                          Liz Fink-Rakoski is a dancer, choreographer, and educator located in northern Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Bergmann Choreography Award. Liz is currently in her third year as Dance Faculty at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining the dance faculty, Liz assisted former Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago company member Elijah Gibson during his residency at the University of Delaware. Liz has danced professionally, touring internationally with InterTOUR Dansa in Spain and France, a tour sponsored by the Catalan government, and she was an invited company member, performing with The Doniphan Project, in Tupelo, MS and Washington, DC. Liz is the Rehearsal Director and a company member of the professional dance company InvisibleWings Dance Project under the direction of Lauren Carnesi. The company features modern partnering works that explore the struggles and realizations of auto-immune conditions and chronic diseases. IWDP had their debut performance at the HATCH series in New York City last December. In addition to her performance credentials, Liz has been commissioned to choreograph work for Kinetic Canvas, a production of Harford Dance Theater of Harford Community College, for their 2015, 2016 and 2017 performances. The production draws inspiration from a famous artist and features dancers ages 11-25 from the county and surrounding areas. Liz’s interest in giving back to the community and making dance more accessible locally, led her to assist board members of the Maryland Council for dance by serving as Concert Chair for their 2016 festival. Liz has taught guest classes and set choreography along the east coast including teaching at the annual Maryland Dance Festival in 2015 and 2016. Liz serves as a judge for the intercollegiate Evolve Dance Competition, and she has also performed in music videos for local DC artists. She is currently on staff, teaching and choreographing, at Delaware Arts Conservatory in Bear, DE. Liz pushes creative boundaries in her choreography and teaching, through the use of dynamics, and innovative movement and partnering, while creating a comfortable yet inspiring atmosphere for her dancers. Liz is also the current President for the Maryland Council for Dance and Rehearsal Director and Company Member for InvisibleWings Dance Project.

                                            Alex Collins

                                            Dance Instructor

                                            Alex has been dancing for 13 years, and this is his first year of teaching. He is 18 years old and a graduate of Tuscarora High School. He has been a part of 24/7’s performing companies throughout his many years of dancing, as well as various musical productions with the Musical Theater Factory. Alex has also performed in a music video for Don Diablo called “Save A Little Love”, which released in June of 2017. Alex will be teaching Mini Movers and Youth Hip Hop classes at 24/7 dance studio, and cannot wait to meet the students and help them grow as dancers.

                                                Samantha Thompson

                                                Dance Instructor

                                                Samantha Thompson is a recent graduate from New Life Christian School and she will be a college freshman in the fall at Hagerstown Community College. Samantha has been training at 24/7 Dance Studio 15 years. She was a part of award winning 24/7 Dance Fusion for many years and the award winning Young Professionals for two years. Samantha has trained and performed at Jump, NYCDA, Access Broadway and many more. Samantha has helped with summer camps and substituted for teachers at 24/7. This will be Samantha’s first year of teaching, she will be teaching kids from the ages of 5-8 on Saturdays.

                                                  Victoria Darby

                                                  Dance Instructor

                                                  Victoria Darby began dancing at 5 years old. She was a part of a dance company called Anointed based in Prince George’s County. At the age of 8 she joined the company Adageé Divine, which is where she started her formal training in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and African. For the next seven years she traveled with the ministry throughout the Metropolitan Area. In high school she was introduced to stepping and focused more on the style of hip-hop and harnessing the different styles. In 2009 she was accepted into the Arts Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. While attending VCU she joined the dance team at VCU where they taught the foundation of popping, locking and the Boogaloo funk styles. Also, she was part of her dorm step team where she learned traditional style stepping. In 2010 she attended Hagerstown Community College where she join the Hawk Divas dance/step team and was co-captain for two years and captain for her final year. During this time she was also part of a dance crew called Eklectix. The group focused on the different styles which included popping, locking, new style waacking, breakdancing, and tricking. The group toured with a local rapper across Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. Victoria’s choreography consists of waacking, stepping, jazz funk, popping, breaking, new style and afro funk. She also emphasizes a strong concentration on music memory.

                                                    Theater

                                                    Jennifer Irons

                                                    Theater Instructor - Acting, Musical Theater, Voice

                                                    Jenn Irons has been teaching Acting and Musical Theatre at 24/7 Dance Studio since 2010.  She also teaches private voice lessons, piano lessons and music theatre coaching from her home music studio in Frederick.   When Jenn is not teaching she can be found performing in the Washington, D.C. metro area.  Recent credits include: Alexis Powell in Nobody’s Perfect at the John F. Kennedy Center (Original cast recording), Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical at Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical), My Fair Lady, The Light in the Piazza, She Loves Me and Camelot at Arena Stage, Follies and Saving Aimee at Signature Theatre and Ruthlessat Maryland Ensemble Theatre.  Jenn attended The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre.  She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. ”

                                                      Mallory Miller

                                                      Theater Instructor / Director - Acting, Musical Theater, Voice

                                                      Mallory, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up singing, dancing, and acting in Westfield, New Jersey.  She attended Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater. While in school, she was able to work with numerous broadway veterans including Rachelle Rak, Jacob Brent, Nikki Snelson, Dave Clemmons, and Ryan Steele. During her senior year, she had the incredible opportunity to intern as an assistant to Teresa Wolf of Wolf Talent Group Agency, a leading talent agency located in Times Square. Mallory began her performance career at Bucks County Playhouse as a cast member of the Rocky Horror Show during her sophomore year of college and continued to perform throughout her four years.  After relocating to Frederick, Maryland, Mallory began working at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater as Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun.  She has since be a part of 7 mainstage shows and, this fall, will mark her 8th show as Cinderella in Into The Woods.  Outside of theater, Mallory is a veteran of the pageant stage having competed in 3 different organizations. This year, she held the title of Miss Frederick County 2016 and placed 1st Runner Up at Miss Maryland United States.  In 2015, Mallory served as Miss Maryland Intercontinental USA and won Best Interview, and 1st Runner Up at Miss Intercontinental USA.

                                                        24/7 Student Repertory Company (SRC)

                                                        Gina Korrell

                                                        Owner/Artistic Director/24-7 P.R.I.D.E. Director

                                                        Gina has been teaching dance locally for the past 32 years, where she has directed and choreographed for many area dance companies, teams, organization and theater groups. She chaired the Frederick Arts Councils Dance Committee for 4 years. She played a vital role in establishing Frederick County’s first and only dance scholarship program and increasing funds for the dance programs in Frederick County. In 1997 She co-founded TAWA dance company.  Gina managed, danced and choreographed for TAWA for five years until the company moved to Pennsylvania in May of 2002. In the fall of 2002, Gina opened 24/7 Dance Studio. Gina also began 24/7 SRC Student Repertory Companies in 2002 which umbrella’s Dance Fusion dance company and Young Professionals Theater Company. This group is a non-profit performance company that provides pre professional training and performance opportunities for aspiring performers. The award winning company has grown to four levels and numerous students have won prestigious scholarships. In 2005 she danced and worked with Step Aside Tap Company in Silver Spring as a business manager to helping them promote the Company. She is a Past President of the Maryland Council for Dance where she solidified the restructure of the council. Gina is the founder of the K-Krew and R2DKrew Hip Hop Krews and the Tapology Tap Ensemble at 24/7.  She is the Executive Director of the 24/7’s PRIDE Student Performing  Company and she directs and produces TAPS ALIVE Workshops, Taps Alive Concert and the Xtreme 14 In10sive Workshops. She continues to teach and manage at her expanded studio. She looks forward to several new and exciting adventures in the future including regional dance productions, community outreach and continuing to develop healthy, happy strong dancers and educators.

                                                        Randi Collins

                                                        Gymnastics Instructor

                                                        A former small business owner Randi Collins has been a stay home wife and mother to her husband and 3 wonderfully talented children for the past 21 years. During that time she has served as President of the Mom’s Club of Frederick, Maryland West for 2 terms, been involved in the community by volunteering in the schools which her children attend, assisted with the fundraising efforts of several local non profit organizations and has been serving as the Fundraising Chair for 24/7 SRC since 2006 and the President of the SRC for the past 3 years. She taught pre-school, elementary, boys and middle school Gymnastics at Style Gymnastics for several years before coming here to teach at 24/7 in 2009.

                                                          Yara Perry

                                                          Dance Instructor/Director

                                                          Yara Perry is a native of Middletown, MD. Growing up, she received numerous awards and scholarships for dance, and enjoyed many performance opportunities. Yara went on to pursue a BA in Dance and Art from Muhlenberg College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005, earning honors in art and membership to the Phi Beta Kappa society. Post college, she earned her MA in Digital Arts from the Maryland College Institute of Art, and is also a candidate for her MA in Teaching at Mount St. Mary’s University. Yara has trained with Tiffany Mills, Nicholas Leichter, Robert LaFosse, Charles O. Anderson, Shelley Oliver, Karen Dearborn, Jennifer Kayle, and Pat Catterson. Her performance credits include 365, MTF Mainstage, Step Aside Tap Company, the Muhlenberg JazzTap Ensemble, and Copasetic Rhythms, for which she was the director. Her choreography has been showcased at the MD Council for Dance Artist Gala Concert and the Joy of Motion Choreography Showcase, she has received several choreography awards, and she was selected for an internship with the Tiffany Mills Company in NYC. Her love for the arts extends to her photography business (www.photographybyyara.com), and she enjoys photographing dancers and children the most! Yara has been teaching in and out of the Frederick community for seventeen years; she currently teaches for 24/7 Dance Studio. She is currently the Administrative Director of PRIDE dance companies, and her students have been recognized for their technique and performance qualities, some going on to pursue dance in college, perform on dance teams, and enter the professional world of the arts. Yara wants to thank her husband Chris for being supportive of her involvement in the arts, and her two daughters for being her never ending inspiration.

                                                          Mallory Miller

                                                          Theater Instructor / Director - Acting, Musical Theater, Voice

                                                          Mallory, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up singing, dancing, and acting in Westfield, New Jersey.  She attended Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater. While in school, she was able to work with numerous broadway veterans including Rachelle Rak, Jacob Brent, Nikki Snelson, Dave Clemmons, and Ryan Steele. During her senior year, she had the incredible opportunity to intern as an assistant to Teresa Wolf of Wolf Talent Group Agency, a leading talent agency located in Times Square. Mallory began her performance career at Bucks County Playhouse as a cast member of the Rocky Horror Show during her sophomore year of college and continued to perform throughout her four years.  After relocating to Frederick, Maryland, Mallory began working at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater as Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun.  She has since be a part of 7 mainstage shows and, this fall, will mark her 8th show as Cinderella in Into The Woods.  Outside of theater, Mallory is a veteran of the pageant stage having competed in 3 different organizations. This year, she held the title of Miss Frederick County 2016 and placed 1st Runner Up at Miss Maryland United States.  In 2015, Mallory served as Miss Maryland Intercontinental USA and won Best Interview, and 1st Runner Up at Miss Intercontinental USA.

                                                            Stephanie Jingle

                                                            Dance Instructor / Director

                                                            Stephanie Jingle is a native of Bellaire, OH.  She received her BFA in ballet from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.   Stephanie also studied at Nashville Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.  “Jingle” has danced with Pillow Project Dance Co., worked as a featured dancer on the set of Step Up, and toured with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performing with such artist as Marty Thomas and Jennifer Hudson.  You can see her in music videos for Telling on Trixie, The Woodpeckers, Hugo, and Tori Green.  Living in New York City, Miss Stephanie performed and choreographed for the contemporary dance theater company, The MoveShop.  (moveshop.org)   She now resides in Maryland where she works in the DMV dance scene as a full time dance instructor and choreographer.   She continues to teach and set choreography nationally and internationally, most recently at the South African Dance Academy.  To see more check out stephaniejingle.com or facebook.com/noexcusesjingle

                                                            Guest Teachers

                                                              Dionna PridGeon

                                                              Dionna PridGeon has devoted many years in establishing herself as a freelance artist. Originally from Chicago, her extensive training in multiple dance styles has helped her become an extremely versatile dancer and gifted Master Teacher! She is currently on faculty at The Ailey Extension and The Joffrey Ballet School of New York City; she is also on Guest Faculty at Steps on Broadway and Gibney Dance Center, Sub Faculty at Broadway Dance Center. Dionna has also had the privilege to share her teaching @ many other prestigious facilities such as: Hubbard Street Dance Center/Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, Edge Performing Arts Center, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Movement Lifestyle, The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance (Chicago), Peridance Capezio Center, in Stavanger, Norway and Mainz, Germany.
                                                              Aside from teaching, she has performed works by many dance icons in concert dance: Lou Conte, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Danny Burczeski, Margo Sappington, Doug Bentz, Keisha Llama-White, Kim Bears Bailey, etc. As well as, Commercial choreographers: NappyTabs, Shaun Evaristo, Jun Quemado, Kevin Maher, Rhapsody, Luam, Tony Testa, Tony Tzar, Matt Cady, Benjamin Allen, Dana Wilson, Justin Giles, etc.
                                                              She has served as a summer apprentice with Deeply Rooted Productions, received scholarships and recognition from Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse on Tour and Dance Spirit Magazine. This past summer she was also featured as a Guest Judge for the Pulse on Tour New York City! She has worked as a Resident Choreographer of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and as a dance intern for The Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Ballroom Dance Chicago; she also holds a BA in dance from Point Park University.
                                                              Her choreography has been showcased at: Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Pritzker Pavilion – Millennium Park, and The Athenaeum Theatre, at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Choreographer’s Carnival in both Chicago and Los Angeles, The Symphony Space & Salvatore Capezio Theater in New York. As a new resident of New York, she continues to D.efine herself & brand: move DIPR! – her new venture!
                                                              More info at www.difned.net

                                                                  Danielle Sten-Guillermo

                                                                  Danielle Sten-Guillermo develops inspiring contemporary compositions that are sought after by other innovators, contemporary companies and educational institutions. She strives to be an innovator of new ideas, styles and techniques – pushing the boundaries of movement and beauty – rather than a follower of the present day trends. Her work has been performed on the stage at the Joyce Theater in New York City, and in the scenes of Disney Channel movies, representing her versatility in the industry.

                                                                  Danielle has been blessed to work along side 2 time Emmy-nominated choreographer, Christopher Scott in film, music and television. She was his Assistant Choreographer and Dancer in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2”, as well as in “Lemonade Mouth”. Her television credits include being Associate Choreographer for SYTYCD Season 8 Finale Show, Assistant Choreographer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View”, and as a dancer for music icon, Gloria Estefan, on “The Rosie Show”, “Nuestra Navidad”, and “The View”. Danielle was also a dancer in Gloria Estefan’s “Wepa” music video. Early in her career, Danielle had the privilege of dancing for Paula Abdul.

                                                                  In 2008, Danielle and her husband, Lance Guillermo, created “On the DL”. They are a fusion of unique contemporary movement with the fundamentals of hip hop technique – a duet that challenges the misconceptions of a true blend of contemporary movement with authentic hip hop dance. Most recently, Danielle and Lance were invited performers for TEDxBaltimore. Together they are resident faculty members for PowerPak, Turn It Up Dance Convention, A Day of Dance, and for the Baltimore-based workshop CRAZE: A New Dance Experience, as well as travel across the country and overseas to teach master classes, and choreograph unique compositions. During the summer of 2013, Danielle and Lance wrote, directed, and choreographed an original theater-dance production entitled, “Working America”.  Their work has also been performed in shows in Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, New York City, Orlando, Florida and other parts of the country. Danielle is represented by Movement Talent Agency for Choreography and Education.

                                                                      Samantha Hewes-Cramer

                                                                      Samantha Hewes Cramer- born, raised and now residing in Lancaster, Pa began her professional career on stage at the age of nine as Baby June in Gypsy. She studied dance, voice and acting all through out her younger years and began traveling the country doing theater after school. She also got to sails the high seas on Holland America Cruise Lines and NCL as a dancer/singer. Some favorite roles include: Anybody’s in West Side Story, Sarah Kines in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jennyanydots in Cats, Lorraine in 42nd Street, Rita and Rhoda in White Christmas and the ensemble in many shows! Samantha now focuses her attention on choreography and teaching. She has worked for The Fulton, Prather Family of Theaters and high schools and dance studios.

                                                                          Calen Kurka

                                                                          Raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, Calen Kurka started his training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Modern, and Chinese Dance. He then later moved to Edmonton, Alberta, furthering his training competitively.

                                                                          Currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, as an instructor Calen has taught across Canada, the U.S. and Japan, and more recently in Ireland at Dublin’s Dance Jam ’07. He is currently instructing for Dance Masters of America as one of their Master Faculty, and is also on faculty with Dance Educators of America. His choreography has been recognized as outstanding at many competitions throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has been the recipient of many awards. In addition to teaching in and around New York he’s also assisted choreographer, director, instructor, Michele Assaf.

                                                                          Calen’s performing credits include being an original member of the first national tour of Jeff Amsden’s widely acclaimed “A Few Good Men Dancin'”, and performing with recording artist Carmella in a tribute concert to Cher. He’s also worked closely with choreographer/instructor Chris Hale. As a featured performer, Calen’s stage credits include having spent a year on contract with Tokyo Disney as a Main Stage performer, and taking on such leading roles as Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” in regional stage productions. In addition he can be seen in “The Live! at Broadway Dance Center” video series “Turns and Turn Combos”, dancing with choreographer Danny Herman, and heading his own instructional video “Floor Work with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale”: A new addition to the “Live at BDC” collection.

                                                                          As founder and Artistic Director of Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, Calen hopes to continue his journey as an artist, instructor and choreographer. He wishes to inspire, and be continually inspired by those who so honestly give of their talent and themselves. He continues, with his company, to create work pushing new movement, strong technique, honesty, emotional commitment, and growth. It is an evolutionary journey with no boundaries, no limits, no ends.

                                                                           

                                                                              Chris Hale

                                                                              Chris Hale is Associate Director and Director of Education at Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, which launched in the fall of 2009. Through his work with Pushing Progress Chris and his partner Calen J. Kurka are at the helm of a revolution in the way we train in dance. Through an energetic approach and the incorporation of varied methodologies for sustainability and injury prevention they hope to bring a sophisticated level of information into the lives of every dancer who has the drive and passion to grow as an artist. Chris has been on faculty at broadway Dance Center as well as teaching around NYC at Steps and Dance New Amsterdam. A renowned master teacher, Chris travels around the U.S. and Canada bringing his passion for technique and artistry to dancers of all ages. Teaching opportunities have taken Chris to Italy, Ireland and was recently on faculty at the ABT New York Summer Intensive.

                                                                              Professional credits include KTU’s miracle on 34th Street where he performed with such recording artists as Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Gloria Gaynor, and Michael Jackson. In 2002 he got the pleasure of performing with international singing sensation Anastasia at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Busan, Korea. Television credits include HBO’s “Sex and the City” playing opposite Kim Catrall. He along with fellow instructor Calen Kurka, released an instructional video for the Live At BDC series entitled, “Floorwork, with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale”  In the summer of 2004 he debuted a collection of never before seen works entitled “CollidE (with me) at Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Art Nexus “WAX” in three evenings of sold out performances. Since then his work has appeared throughout New York in choreographer’s showcases such as “The Turning Point” at NYC’s
                                                                              Puffin Room, and “Envision This” by Enfocus Dance. Most recently his work has appeared in the Pushing Progress “Showcase Series” started by Calen J. Kurka as a means to bring a wide range of choreographer’s together in the shared vision of creating a memorable dance experience. As a choreographer he will continue to create work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance and hopefully bring it to the mainstream in a way that is accessible to everyone. His more than four years experience with the GYROTONIC® methodology has hugely influenced his teaching and brought a heightened awareness to his own dancing. Chris is certified in GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methodologies. Chris is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
                                                                              GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.

                                                                                  Cindy Hsu

                                                                                  Cindy Hsu has a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Arts Management.  She worked as a guest artist-in-residence and performed throughout the New York City area with Manhattan Tap II.  She has studied tap with Buster Brown, Heather Cornell, Mark Goodman, Lisa Hopkins, and Idella Reed.  Cindy went on to tour with the National Tap Ensemble and was on faculty at the annual National Tap Seminar.  She performed with the Colorado production of Taps Are Talking: Women In Tap.  Cindy also directed and danced with Step Aside Tap Company in Maryland.  In 2015, she was cast in the Chicago production of La Raison d’Etre under the direction of Tristan Bruns.  Cindy has taught master classes, workshops, and residencies throughout the east coast.  She recently moved to Indiana with her husband and son where she currently serves as assistant director and principal dancer with Circle City Tap Company under the direction of Lorenda Carr.

                                                                                   

                                                                                      Jessica Warchal-King

                                                                                      Jessica C. Warchal-King is a Philly-based performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. She is the Director of The Embodiment Project and currently a member of Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers and Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet. Jessica has toured nationally and internationally and performed at some of the premier dance venues in the US. She has also performed for many independent choreographers and organizations in Philadelphia, New York, and the Virginia/ DC area. Her choreography has been presented throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Washington DC area, and Virginia. Jessica is he co-founder and curator of the InHale Performance Series, presented by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. She teaches at several universities, studios, and arts centers offering Master and ongoing classes. Some of these institutions include Widener University, Muhlenberg College, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Alvernia University, West Chester University, Temple University, and Old Dominion University. Jessica earned her MFA in Dance from Temple and her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. She is a trained instructor in Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease) and a Power Pilates Mat I & II Certified Instructor. Additionally, Jessica enjoys the quiet energy of the morning, singing cardinals, horseshoe crabs, dragonflies, and the shirting temper of the ocean. She seeks out opportunities to engage in conversation and in the talents of her community. www.jcwarchalking.blogspot.com

                                                                                      The Embodiment Project is Jessica C. Warchal-King’s ongoing research combining education, physical dance practice, and performance. Using dance as its medium, The Embodiment Project investigates the relationships between kinesthetic, somatic, and anatomical understanding, self-awareness, art-making, joy-creation, and social justice

                                                                                          Gabrielle David

                                                                                          Gabrielle began training at the age of 3 in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap and lyrical.  She began touring at the age of 14 until she was 18 with West Coast Dance Explosion as an assistant to Ricky Palomino (Season 2 of “So You Think You Can Dance”).  She toured 2013-2014 with Artist Simply Human based out of LA as an advanced assistant to such choreographers as Dee Caspary, Lisette Bustamante, Braham Logan Crane, Tovaris Wilson, Talia Favia, and Tokyo. She was cast in one episode of the TV show Raising Asia as assistant dance teacher to Asia which aired in September of 2014 on Lifetime Television, as well as assisted on the TV show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Off. Performed as a principle dancer as well as production assistant under Ricky Palomino and Matt Cady in Daylight Come in LA. Invited by Jaci Royal to perform in her piece at Dancers Palazzo in the summer of 2014.  Was featured in the 2013 DC Metro Dance Awards Choreographed by Rob Priore. Was selected by Gil Stromin to perform in the opening number for Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Foundation “Celebration of Dance Gala” in Los Angeles.  She also was selected as the winner of the Sheri and Teri Malone Foundation scholarship at the age of 14 for her excellence in dance. Most recently she has choreographed and danced in music videos for artists such as, Chris Lake, Oscar Wylde, Kryoman, Autoerotique, Funkin Matt and the record label Dimmak owned by Steve Aoki, she has choreographed and danced in music videos and commercials for brands such as, ElectricStyles, Vibedration, MeYouVersusLife (DollsKill,) Snyders Pretzels, Emazing Lights, and more. She has been teaching classes across the country on a style called shuffling and cutting shapes, and just recently signed with Delve Media management.

                                                                                           

                                                                                              Brandon Girouard

                                                                                              Instructor

                                                                                              Brandon Girouard is a highly in-demand international choreographer, teacher, dancer and talent manager – having brought audiences to their feet in Paris, Canada, London, Argentina, NYC, Mexico and Spain in Summer of 2016. Known for “compelling, explosive movement”, Brandon has performed with dance companies such as dancetheatreX, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Ailey 2, Koresh Dance, Plasma Dance Theatre, and for Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Presidency Gala. Brandon resides as Guest Faculty at Broadway Dance Center NYC, Millennium Dance in Philadelphia, Studio Harmonic in Paris and is faculty to many dance conservatories on Long Island, NY. Holding a BA in Theatre & Dance from Muhlenberg College and a MFA from NYU, Brandon also studied for 18 years at the Cheryl McCormack Academy of Dance in New Bedford, MA. Brandon teaches across the country as a guest artist for dance studios and choreographic opportunities. Professional credits include: Thank You, Gregory!, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, Legends at the Harral1’s Resort Las Vegas, Caesars Palace Review Atlantic City & Las Vegas, Resorts Atlantic City, Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards, and the National Tour of West Side Story. Brandon has worked with such noted choreographers as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Robert Lafosse, Tiffany Mills, Gregory Hines, Brian Thomas, Debbi Dee, Frank Hatchett, Jared Grimes and Charles 0. Anderson both nationally and internationally. Brandon was awarded “Most Promising Performer” by Art Stone Dance, and was featured in Dance Spirit magazine in October of 2003 and 2004. Brandon was awarded “Dance Teacher of the Month” and “Video of the Month” by Dance Teacher Magazine. In addition to performance, Brandon has served as Assistant Choreographer for Broadway Bares and Broadway in Cape Town South Africa. Brandon was named co­choreographer/director of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Special Olympics with Broadway Veteran Shannon Lewis. Brandon also choreographed for the EPCOT stage in 2014 for a full-production stage show. Most recently, Brandon choreographed and conceived ‘Criminal Love’ music video of UK pop star Carl Man. Brandon can be found as adjudicator for international dance festivals throughout Canada and Europe. Brandon has submitted choreographed works for artist’s such as Ariana Grande and is a staple name in the NJ & NY dance communities. Commercially, Brandon has booked clients on Welspun Textiles and Microsoft commercials nationally and internationally. Brandon is the Founder/Director of the Quest Intensive – The most cutting-edge ‘in-studio’ classroom tour working with the industry’s biggest leading names in Broadway, Concert Tours, Professional Dance Companies, Talent Representation and Casting Directors. Brandon manages emerging talent and covers all industry work from Commercial Industrials, Broadway, Non-Union jobs and World Tours. For more information on Brandon & The Quest Intensive visit his website at www.bgprogression.com orwww.questintensive.com.

                                                                                                Carlos Neto

                                                                                                In 1991 at the age of 6 Carlos Neto trained martial arts intensively throughout Europe. During the 90s and early 2000s he achieved recognition at both national and international competitions. In 1998 he joined the cast of a primetime TV series in Portugal, his home country, and had several appearances in the film industry. He moved to the UK in 2004 where he trained as a dancer and also earned his BA and Masters Degree in International Journalism at Cardiff University. In order to further his training, Carlos also studied acting at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC.

                                                                                                Since 2004, Carlos has danced for the Dutch show BLAZE directed by Anthony Van Laast; played the role of ‘Sudsy’ in West End’s hit show Some Like It Hip Hop; portrayed John Travolta’s character in the Nintendo video game Grease, and danced for PS3 Sony Dance Star Party. He was featured in the Bloomingdales 2015 commercial in the USA, choreographed and directed for Warner BrothersSyCo Music, Sony BMG, Atlantic Records, Britain’s Got Talent, Matchbox Twenty, Melanie Martinez, Sergey Lazarev, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, the Broadway production of CircolombiaThe Fringe NYC. He was the creative director of the largest dance competition in the world World Of Dance

                                                                                                In 2014 NYIT Awards presented him with the honor of “Outstanding Choreography/Movement” for his off-Broadway work which includes choreography for the comedy play Gymnos: A geek’s Tragedy as well as the dance show Alone-Ology

                                                                                                He is a faculty member at the 3 most prestigious dance schools in NYC – Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey and Peridance – and one of the selected expert contributors to Backstage.com.

                                                                                                Currently, Carlos is working between New York City and London both as a choreographer and actor.

                                                                                                  Mark Orsborn

                                                                                                  Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer, and master teacher. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mark began his dance career at the age of five. He was a soloist with the Tap America Project (TAP) and featured in such events as the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian 150th Anniversary. Mark is a former member of the tap company, Tappers With Attitude (TWA). During his time with TWA, Mark had the opportunity to perform on a regular basis on stages and theaters across the United States. Mark was also an original cast member in the Debbie Allen production of Brothers of the Knight. At the age of 16, Mark began assisting Laurie Johnson on the Tremaine Dance Convention circuit. He parlayed his experience and extensive training to begin teaching and choreographing. Mark quickly built a following and became an in-demand choreographer and master tap teacher. For years, Mark choreographed and taught for numerous dance studios and companies. His choreography was recognized in 2015 by the Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC and he has co-choreographed the closing number for the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards for the past two years. Mark was also a finalist for the 2016 Capezio ACE Awards which honors emerging and influential choreographers in the commercial dance world. Mark is currently on faculty for dance conventions such as the KAR Dance Convention, Starpower Power Pak, and Dance Masters of America. Mark is the co-founder of the company, The JaM Project, and was recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine and The Washington Post for his choreography and concept video production. The youth sector of the company, The JaM Youth Project features tap dancers from across the United States and has recently been featured on WUSA 9 Great Day Washington and received recognition from classic rock artists The Doobie Brothers.

                                                                                                      Chris Munar

                                                                                                      Dancer/Choreographer/Captain – Culture Shock D.C.

                                                                                                      Instructor – Gainesville Dance Center

                                                                                                      Instructor – Studio 180

                                                                                                        Zoey Cruz

                                                                                                        Zoey Cruz began his dance career in 2004. He started at a local dance studio in Los Angeles where he began training in freestyle and hip hop. In 2005, he relocated to Washington DC and became a scholarship dancer with Culture Shock DC. Zoey then moved to Las Vegas a few years later to further his dance with Culture Shock Las Vegas. Through that experience, Zoey has had the privilege of working and sharing the stage with other mainstream dance companies and some A-list choreographers like Jesse Lee Santos, Jerry Slaughter and NappyTabs who’s credits range from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Pink, Janet Jackson, America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance. In 2008, He moved back to Los Angeles as a professional choreographer and dancer. He has worked nationally and internationally visiting several cities as a guest choreographer as well as assisting other dancers and dance groups. He is also a staff member and client with JLS Ent, a management company representing several commercial, industrial and mainstream artists. Zoey has also taught workshops with dancers from shows such as So You Think You Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew including Boogie Bots, Heavy Impact, Static Noyze, Iconic Boyz, Blue Print Cru, Poreotics, I Am Me Crew and Mos Wanted Crew. He has also been a featured choreographer/dancer for one of Philippines top TV networks GMA for some of their biggest stars. In 2010 he had the opportunity to hit the scene internationally, traveling to the Philippines for a workshop tour. He has Judged and featured choreography for World Of Dance showcase/competition Tour NYC presented by Paul Mitchell. In 2010 Zoey started his own production and management company Cruz Productions which provided entertainment, exposure and inspiration to the DMV dance community. Fall of 2011, Zoey was the featured guest choreographer for the Maryland Council Of Dance
                                                                                                        “State DanceFest” 2011. He has also taught at several prestiges colleges such as George Town, Wagner College, University of Maryland, and Brown University. At the current year, Zoey is part of a network dance movement called STARFlEET with Jp Goldstein from Mos Wanted Crew; he is the east cost STARFlEET director. He is also the chair for Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Hip Hop department, and a new staff/instructor at Shenandoah University Dance Conservatory. Zoey is also an official World Of Dance network YouTube partner as a choreographer and has hosted one of the nation’s biggest Urban Hip Hop competition/showcase called Prelude Dance Competition. Fall/Winter of 2014, Zoey will be touring as a staff choreographer for a new nationwide convention called Ambition presented by World Class Talent Experience. With his past, current and future endeavors, Zoey hopes to grow as a dancer, choreographer, manager and entrepreneur.

                                                                                                        Head Line Credits

                                                                                                        · Culture Shock Las Vegas
                                                                                                        · World Of Dance Network
                                                                                                        · Cruz Productions, LLC
                                                                                                        · Metropolitan School of the Arts
                                                                                                        · Shenandoah University
                                                                                                        · Ambition Tour – World Class Talent Experience

                                                                                                            Aaron Tolson

                                                                                                            A New Hampshire native, Aaron started dancing at the age of ten. At 14 the tap prodigy was invited to perform in the Great Tap Reunion at the Apollo Theatre alongside tap legends Derick Grant, Savion Glover,  and Gregory Hines, as well as the rest of the cast of the movie TAP! That same year Aaron joined his high school track team. Throughout his four year high school career Aaron set every school record in every event he competed in, including the 55 and 300-meter indoor dashes and the 100 and 200-meter outdoor events. His times qualified Aaron to compete in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials and earned him induction into the Memorial High School and Manchester, NY Halls of Fame. He also earned a full scholarship to St. John’s University, where he once again set records in track, a number of which still stand to this day. In 1996 he was invited to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials. When not on the track or in class studying communications, Aaron was in Manhattan honing his tap skills. During his senior year to successfully auditioned for the New York Shakespeare Festival tap program, also known as Funk U! Soon Aaron became a company member of Manhattan Tap and worked in the show Tap Dogs. Jumping feet-first into choreography, he landed a job with Absolut in a national tour titled Absolut Tap! Soon after, Aaron accepted a role in the national and international tours of Riverdance. He was a featured soloist and captain of the tap dancers for six years as he performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall, on various TV shows, at NBA games, and on stages the world over. In 2006 Aaron began working with longtime friend Derick Grant on Imagine Tap!, a Chicago-based show whose formation would become the subject of a feature-length documentary, titled Tap or Die. As a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory and Plymouth State University, Aaron choreographed, produced and directed Something to Tap About, Tapped, Tapped In and Inspired, all featuring performers from his own New England Tap Ensemble. Aaron formed New England Tap Ensemble, a non-profit organization, in May of 2007 to promote the art of tap in the community while fostering a sense of individuality in a professional artist. From Montana to Moscow, Aaron has performed and taught at numerous festivals including LA Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Beantown Tap Fest, Tap United, Tampa Bay Tap Festival, Tap Kids Brazil International Tap Festival and FeetxFeet. Other favorite performances include Brookline Chorus’ Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, The Late Show with Liam O’Conner in Ireland, and playing Drosselmeyer in Clara’s Dream in A Jazz Nutcracker. Aaron is currently on faculty with Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City and is the director of Tap2You, an all-tap dance competition. In addition, he is the national spokesperson for SoDanca, and the Director of Speaking In Taps, a pre-professional youth company. Body & Sole Fitness is Aaron Tolson’s latest project, and one that allows him to share his love of tap with non-dancers, while working out and staying fit at the same time. Not coincidentally, Body & Sole was conceived in 2013, the same year he welcomed his daughter Charlotte into the world. Aaron currently lives in New York City with wife Emily, Charlotte, and their miniature schnauzer, Mighty.

                                                                                                                Ayodele Casel

                                                                                                                Ayodele Casel is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as an actor and tap dancer over the past thirteen years. She began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC.

                                                                                                                Hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today,” Casel has made quite a mark on the tap dance world. Her work as a choreographer has earned her commissions from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and the Apollo’s Salon Series, where she presented “Diary of a Tap Dancer”. She was also selected by acclaimed composer Rob Kapilow to collaborate on a Tap dance concerto which premiered at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently, Ayodele and dance partner Sarah Savelli co-choreographed “Tap Into Peace;” a show with the incredible music of Stevie Wonder as its inspiration and soundtrack. The show has been presented at NY City Center’s Fall for Dance and Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Tandem Act Productions, co-founded with Sarah Savelli, is also the producer of “Tappy Holidays!” which is New York’s premier Annual Holiday Tap show.

                                                                                                                Ms. Casel’s television and film credits include “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, “Savion Glover’s Nu York”, “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “Bojangles” and in 2006 she originated the role of “The Doll” in “Imagine Tap!”.

                                                                                                                She has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Off-Broadway in Savion Glover’s Downtown: Live Communication. Ms. Casel also co-choreographed and was featured on PBS’ “Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. She has been creating and presenting her own works since 1999 in venues that include The Apollo, New York’s City Center, Aaron Davis Hall/The Gatehouse, The Lisner Auditorium, Lincoln Center “Out of Doors”, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, The Triad Theater and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

                                                                                                                Ms. Casel has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, The Village Voice and has been featured in many other magazine articles. She has worked and performed with the greatest tap dancers and companies including the late great Gregory Hines, Jazz Tap Ensemble, American Tap Dance Orchestra and Savion Glover as the only female in his company N.Y.O.T.s. (Not Your Ordinary Tappers). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and as co-founder of Tandem Act Productions and Tap Intensified she continues striving to make Tap Dancing a relevant presence in the arts.

                                                                                                                    Derick Grant

                                                                                                                    Derick K. Grant (Performer, Chreographer, Director) has an established career that spans over three decades. Under the direction of two time Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe, he was an original company member and Dance Captain for Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk at both The Public Theater and on Broadway and also starred in the role of ‘da beat for the first National Tour of Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. He created the critically acclaimed show Imagine Tap! and was appointed as the Co-Artistic Director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival.

                                                                                                                    Mr. Grant was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Upcoming Young Artist, The Helen Hayes Award (Washington D.C.) for Outstanding Featured Actor as well as two additional for his role in Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk.  Mr. Grant also received two Los Angeles Ovation Awards for choreography and for best Ensemble performance in Noise/Funk, and was most recently recognized for Best Choreography for Imagine Tap! He was also nominated for the Lester Horton Dance Award for Best Male Performance from the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles.

                                                                                                                    Choreography and performance credits include The Apollo Theatre’s Get On The Good Foot (James Brown Tribute) local and national tour; The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ AFRICAN ODYSSEY program (EXPRESIONES LATINAS Festival); Opening number for Daniela Mercury with Brazilian artist Nego Gato; The Aaron Davis Hall Black History Month Celebration; The Queens Symphony Opera’s DUKE ELLINGTON CONCERT, Ann Arbor’s ARTS FESTIVAL; The Embassy in Portugal; THE CONNECTICUT BALLET COMPANY’s celebration of MEN IN DANCE with Brett Raphael; and as a special guest artist with The Jazz Tap Ensemble. Mr. Grant’s own production of the history of tap, A NIGHT OUT: TAP! toured the country successfully for three months. Mr. Grant also joined Mr. in Yonkers, NY, Vermont and Boston. He also appeared with violinist Sa-Idah for a tribute commemorating The Colonial African Heritage’s African Burial Ground Reinterment produced by the Schomburg Center.

                                                                                                                        Justin Myles

                                                                                                                        A native of Maryland/DC and spent his childhood surrounded by music, dance and most importantly rhythm. Tapping since the age of 3, taught by his mom & dance instructor Gracie, he graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a BA degree in Dance, majoring in Ballet and Jazz. He fell in love with playing drums at the age of 7 and soon after picked up the bass, rhythm guitar and piano. Recently performed in Dein Perry’s off-Broadway show Tap Dogs across the world including Germany, Poland, and China. He was a main stage singer/dancer as well as dance captain for Disney Cruise Lines, Paramounts Kings Dominion, Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, and Busch Gardens Theme Park Williamsburg, VA. He has toured with the international percussion sensation STOMP traveling the US, Canada and Brazil. Justin also has worked as assistant choreographer to Karma Camp on Disney Cruise Lines for the show “Twice Charmed” an original twice on the Cinderella story directed by Joe Calarco.  Justin also writes and produces his own music with 2 albums and several singles available on iTunes. Currently Justin travels nationwide and internationally to conduct Tap workshops, Contemporary Jazz technique, and body percussion workshops. He is one the proud co-founder & Directors of The JaM Project & The JaM Youth Project in DC. The JaM Project specializes in setting choreography/compositions, and workshops nationwide for dance studios and conventions. The JaM Youth Project is a preprofessional company preparing members for the world of dance. This entails monthly classes, workshops, technique, numerous opportunities to perform in festivals both internationally and locally, and professional video dance films which are available online.

                                                                                                                            Charles Renato

                                                                                                                            Charles Renato was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He began tap-dancing at the age of 6 at the Brazilian tap company CBS and hasn’t stopped since. Charles has won several renowned awards throughout his career including Best Dancer of the Festidança Festival (2004) and the Joinville Dance Festival (2002), the latter considered to be the largest dance festival in the world by the Guinness World Records (2008). He was also the winner of the “Tap in Rio Challenge” in 2007 and of a Brazilian network TV Globo Challenge Show in 2009. Charles was the co-creator of “Brazilian Roots,” which performed at the Rhythm World 2008 – Chicago Human Rhythm Project and he has performed in various cities around the world such as Lisbon, where he joined the cast of the musical “Sinatra – Blue Eyes.” Back in Brazil, Renato was a member of the “KS Tap Company,” directed by Kika Sampaio, which is responsible for bringing together the most sought after teachers of the nation.

                                                                                                                            Renato has taken classes with many Brazilian tap stars such as Steven Harper, Cintia Martin, Valéria Pinheiro, Cintia Chamecki, Claudio Figueira and Kika Sampaio. He has also taken classes abroad with numerous tap legends including Diane Walker, Jimmy Slyde, Harold Cromer, Ted Louis Levi, Sam Weber, Lane Alexander, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Gene Medler, Van Porter, Robert Reed, Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant, Lisa LaTouche, Steve Zee, Maud Arnold, Jason Janas, Melinda Sulivan, Sarah Reich and Joseph Webb.

                                                                                                                                Ryan Johnson

                                                                                                                                Ryan Johnson, named a “virtuosic tapper” by The Washington Post, is native of Baltimore, Maryland and began dancing under the direction of his mother, Vanessa Jackson Johnson, at Turn Out Performing Arts Center. He continued to develop his passion for dance at Slater’s Dance Studio in Annapolis, Maryland.
                                                                                                                                Ryan is a well-known national and international performer, who has been called “purely amazing” by Septime Weber, Artist Director of The Washington Ballet. At the age of 22, he created Raw Sound Tap Company with the purpose to teach, restore, and preserve the history of Percussive Dance in the Maryland area. He has been commissioned by studios and festivals to create choreography through workshops and residency programs.
                                                                                                                                Ryan’s achievements include being cited for his choreography and solo dance performance, receiving a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008. He is the 2010 award winner of the DC Metro Dance Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance and finalist for the Emerging Artist Award. Ryan has performed in Cirque Du Soleil Mosaic, The Washington Ballet The Great Gatsby, and DansEncore 2010 International Dance Festival as a featured solo artist fusing step and tap dance.
                                                                                                                                Recently Ryan was the lead choreographer for the 2010 Season Premier of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in Baltimore MD were he created a Step Extravaganza. As well as premiering new works at the 2010 International Body Music Festival in Brazil performed by Step Afrika!, Ryan currently performing the role of Particle Man in the hit Off Broadway show STOMP and is a past soloist with the world renowned Step Afrika!.
                                                                                                                                Ryan is known for creating innovative choreography fusing stepping, tap dance, non-verbal acting, and audience participation. He has performed on stages and taught in studios across the world including The United States, South Africa, Madagascar, Morocco, South America, Canada, and South East Asia.

                                                                                                                                    Angela Carter

                                                                                                                                    Angela is an award-winning choreographer, studio owner and highly sought out master teacher. She travels all over the world choreographing, dancing and teaching. Angela most recently opened Tap’d Out Studio, a private rental dance, fitness and event space in Los Angeles, Ca. She is currently a National Director for VIP Dance, and a Co-Director of Tap Into the Network, along with Gregg Russell and Ryan Lohoff.  She has also worked for various conventions, studios and organizations (Dance Challenge – Guatemala, CoDance, Metropolitan School of the Arts, N-House Dance Productions, 3D Dance Network, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, etc.).

                                                                                                                                    Angela can currently be seen shaking it in the newest Sensa commercial! She has performed and choreographed for opening acts for artists such as Mary J. Blige. Her tap sounds were used in Disney’s Princess and the Frog. She has been featured in many live shows, short films, and can be seen in commercials for Carvel Ice Cream. She can be seen in music videos for Brittany Murphy. Angela has choreographed and performed for the Miss Kansas Pageant, Choreographers Carnival, LA Tap Festival, Motor City Tap Festival and Tri-Tappin’ Festival. She has also worked with Tyce D’iorio on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Angela has also performed on Mobbed with Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo on FOX! Check out her instructional tap DVDs Tap’d Out – Volumes One and Two! Angela has choreographed for and performed with many professional Los Angeles companies including Tapsounds Underground, the LaLas, and Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. She has also worked as an award winning company director at Dance Connection Performing Arts Center in Concord, CA.

                                                                                                                                        Mark Figueroa

                                                                                                                                        Mark Figueroa is a performer/choreographer based in the tri-state area. He has been teaching for 5 years & is trained under various renowned Choreographers such as Ashle Dawson, Keith Thompson and Renee Lorenzetti; in the Philadelphia & NYC regions in the styles of modern, jazz, street jazz & contemporary, with a solid base in the street form of Hip-Hop dance. Mark has had the opportunity to perform & choreograph at multiple venues & events such as INVINCIBLE Michael Jackson Tribute Tour, Battle of the Bands (Giants Stadium with Dj UNK & Hurricane Chris), The TLA in Philadelphia, SpringUP Festival under Keith Thompson, CARNIVAL LA and opened for Ciara at Croc Rock . He has also choreographed for numerous competitions & music videos as well as artist development with artists Denise Tembo, Alonzo Gross & more. He is currently an instructor/company director at the world famous studio of Millennium Dance Complex, a chain located in Philadelphia. His style consists of versatile, flowing movement with hard-hitting accents that deliver an effective, communicative “tour like” feel and dance quality. He encourages students and fellow dancers to work at their best ability, “feel it first” and to strive for greatness within themselves.

                                                                                                                                            Jen Graham

                                                                                                                                            Jen Graham is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and entrepreneur based out of Baltimore, Maryland. She carries her undergraduate degree in Dance from the University of Maryland, and is currently back in residence at UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies pursuing her MFA in Choreography and Performance while simultaneously earning her Certification as a Movement Analyst in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies.

                                                                                                                                            Jen is the Owner and Director of Project C Studios, a private dance school which she founded in 2006 specializing in college preparatory and pre-professional programs located in Westminster, Maryland, as well as Founder and Artistic Director of Catalyst Contemporary Dance Company, a pre-professional dance company of dancers ages 11 through 18 which tours locally and regionally. In 2010 Jen was a founding member of the collaborative contemporary dance company Flux/us Dance Projects based out of Baltimore, Maryland, and has also served as Vice President, President, and Advisor for the Maryland Council for Dance. In the spring of 2016, along with her partner John Norris, she launched the fitness lifestyle and apparel company The Loyal Brand.

                                                                                                                                            Jen has been fortunate enough to train intensely under artists such as Adriane Fang, Alexander Gish, Alvin Mayes, Christopher K. Morgan, David Parsons, Sara Pearson, Doug Varone, and Nejla Yatkin, as well as study under the tutelage and mentorship of Karen Bradley, Esther Geiger, Catherine Maguire, Miriam Phillips, and Karen Studd. Jen has presented her work and performed extensively in DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and continues to actively create and present concert, commercial, and theatrical work locally and regionally. Jen’s students have gone on to attend some of the most prestigious college dance programs in the country, as well as work professionally with companies such as Hubbard Street Dance and Shen Wei Dance Arts.

                                                                                                                                            Jen currently teaches regular classes at Project C Studios and the University of Maryland, and in 2016 will be piloting a program at UMD where she will be teaching Embodied Leadership to Cognitive Science and Neuroscience PhD Candidates. Jen continually works with public & private institutions, schools, arts organizations, studios, colleges and universities as a guest choreographer, lecturer, teacher and performer. Through her work, she strives to explore the space that lives between narrative and abstraction to spark emotional and intellectual resonance. Often times building social commentary, creating a call for action, or igniting a flame of personal enlightenment, the work she creates predominantly centers on the human condition. Believing that lines, labels, and categorizations are arbitrary and limiting, she does not confine her choreographic (or any) work to a specific medium, style, or means of presentation.

                                                                                                                                            “The root of everything for me lies in the process- the process of finding, the process of learning, the process of doing, the process of creating, the processing of failing miserably, getting back up, and finding another way…”

                                                                                                                                                Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb

                                                                                                                                                Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb is a local Howard County, Maryland performing artist, freelance choreographer and educator with BA’s in History and Dance from The University of Maryland, at Baltimore County and an MFA in Dance from The George Washington University. She has performed and choreographed classical ballet and contemporary dance professionally in her native North Carolina, as well as in Maryland, Virginia, DC. Currently, she is a company member with Howard County Ballet, Kinetics Dance Theater and Baltimore Dance Project. Koontz-Nachtrieb is full time faculty members at BFunk Dance Co teaching classical ballet and part-time adjunct dance faculty at Bowie State University, Howard Community College and University of Maryland at Baltimore Co. She is thrilled to be guest teaching at 24/7 Summer Dance Intensive!

                                                                                                                                                    Chris Munar

                                                                                                                                                    Choreographer

                                                                                                                                                    Chris Munar started dancing in 2008 with a DMV-based crew called Ajnin Precizion. In 2009 he joined the collegiate competitive team from UMBC, Major Definition. Shortly after he started dancing with the crew, Tito BoyScouts, known for their comedy and urban stylized sets. In 2010, Chris has volunteered with the non-profit organization Baltimore Dance Crews Project. KCX artists is a division of the KODACHROME collegiate network was formed in 2011 and Chris was invited to be a part of the first installment as one of their dancers and choreographers. The same year, Chris auditioned and joined the professional hip-hop dance troupe, Culture Shock DC. In the year 2012 Chris became sponsored by Fresh From Birth clothing line. In 2013 Chris became the assistant director of Mini Shock DC dance Troupe and a co-founder of an all-male dance crew from the DMV called UpperClassMen. In 2014 Chris started to work with Raw Element Dance Company as well as became a hip-hop instructor for Capitol Movement in DC. In 2015 Chris has been focused on sharing his knowledge by teaching and training the younger generation in various dance studios. His choreographed hip-hop routines have placed (category and overalls) and have been awarded titles such as: the Entertainment Award (Bravo), the Industry Award (StarQuest), the Odyssey Award (StarQuest), and a Choreography Award (Revolution).

                                                                                                                                                    He has worked for many studios in the DMV area including Joe’s Movement Emporium, C-Unit Studio, Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, American Dance Institute, Dance Dimensions, Strictly Rhythm, Dancin’ Time Studio, 24/7 Dance Studio, Mount Airy Performing Arts Center, Making Moves Dance Collective, Studio 180, and Dance Sensations. He currently teaches at Gainesville Dance Center and Barton & Williams.

                                                                                                                                                    His journeys has taken him to teach and perform at places such as DC, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Utah, California, and Canada. Throughout these many events, Chris has also been privileged to judge prestigious dance competitions such as Prelude Carolinas, Prelude DMV, and Prelude Championships held in Philadelphia. He was also awarded a one-city scholarship at the Monsters Dance Convention held in DC as well as won the ClubStylez freestyle battle in 2015. He has also taught at the Showbiz Xtreme dance convention in Maryland the same year. He was performed at well-known events such as the East Coast Dance Competition (DMV), Culture Shock International Showcase (DC/Los Angeles/Canada), and World of Dance (New York/New Jersey).

                                                                                                                                                    Chris hopes to share what he has learned from many great dancers, mentors, and friends. But above all, Chris prays to share God through his dancing. His ultimate goal is to travel the world, meet new people, and continue to inspire and be inspired through the universal language of dance.