Cheryl Copeland graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Having studied and performed extensively in Florida, New York, Texas, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, her training and technical expertise are reflected in her classes and choreography. She has worked under such notable choreographers as Mia Michaels, Milton Myers, Lisa Hopkins, and Kim Bears-Bailey. Finding her true passion behind the scenes, Cheryl gave up a career in performing for a much more fulfilling career in choreography and education. She has served as resident choreographer for Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area, and as artistic director of pre-professional companies; Breakthru Dance, DAC PAC, and Humnz Dance Ensemble, as well as her professional company BHumn Dance Company. She owned BHumn DanceSpace, the leading training facility for modern dance in Austin, TX for four years and then retired as owner and headed to NYC to serve as the Director of Education at Peridance Capezio Center, where is she is still head of their audition tour and communications. She finds herself creatively pushed in dance administration as much as she does in choreography. As an educator, Cheryl’s students have received countless awards and scholarships, and gone on to dance with artists such as Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and can be seen in numerous national commercials. Many of her students find themselves pursuing dance degrees at various colleges all over the United States including Juilliard, SUNY Purchase, NYU, and Boston Conservatory amongst others. As a choreographer, she has won several awards including a Choreography Under the Stars finalist cash award, a Young Choreographer’s award from NYCDA, and has just completed a full-length work on the Fordham Ailey BFA students. These choreographic praises keep Cheryl in demand amongst studios all over the country. Previously, Cheryl has been an instructor at Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Edge PAC, Ballet Austin, Peridance Capezio Center, and Broadway Dance Center. Cheryl is looking forward to all of the new opportunities and adventures coming her way and trusts that because of her diverse background, hands-on approach, and her ever-changing creative mind, she will continue creating innovative work and cultivating beautiful talent for years to come!
Shepherd Allen started dancing at a young age emulating Michael Jackson and the Breakin movies. Taking to it quickly once he was 12 he taught “classes” in his front yard using the family van as a mirror. From there he went with a neighborhood studio to NYCDA and won best overall with his own choreography at 14. Since then he has taught at just about every studio in the Austin area (Atomic, Alisas Dance Academy, Ballet Austin, Dance Institute, etc…). He booked a short tour backup dancing for Usher and fell in love with performing. He has been on SYTYCD and also won fan favorite on the show “A Chance to Dance”. His travels have taken him to Chicago, New Orleans, North and South Carolina, Seattle, and Los Angeles to teach his broad style. Currently, he is teaching across Austin sharing his passion for energy in dance and is very excited to start a relationship with MUV.
David started dancing in the Austin, Texas region until he relocated to South Carolina where he attended Southern Strutt. David graduated high school at 15 so he could train and be in numerous ballet, jazz, and contemporary companies. He uses his knowledge from both the classical and commercial dance industries to inspire, create, and progress his students facilities. David has been working in the industry since a very young age and has worked alongside celebrities Jerry Lewis, Richard Dreyfus, Sandra Bullock, Mitzi Gaynor, and countless others. David has also been in companies such as Backhausdance, Boogiezone’s Entity Contemporary Dance Company, TOKYO’sthecompany, and POV Dance Company traveling and performing all over the nation. In the commercial world he has worked in productions by Disney, Twenty One Pilots, NBC’s Friday Night Lights, Miss Congeniality, Stiletto Entertainment, Movetheworld Charity, and Pentatonix. He is a graduate from Chapman University and holds a BFA in Dance. David currently teaches and choreographs nationally and all over southern California and has worked for studios such as Just Plain Dancin’, Boogiezone’s Utopia, TOKYO’stheacademy, Pacific Coast Academy of Dance, and Dolce Dance. He will be on a European tour with Bad Boys of Dance in this coming year.
Ava J Bernstine, affectionately called Ava Flav, native to Los Angeles, is one of the Industry’s sought-after dancers. She is a well-versed dancer whose dance style is influenced by, but not limited to her hip-hop, jazz, ballet and contemporary training which is also prevalent in her diverse choreography.
Ava has toured the world with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears. Some of her other credits include Usher, Chris Brown, Nikki Minaj, Beyoncé and the feature film “ LaLa Land.” She has many several appearances on the Academy Awards and numerous other awards show such as American Music Awards, BET Awards the Grammys.
Around 2010, Ava took her passion for dance and became an activist for dancers joining like-minded individuals of the Dancers Alliance committee. In 2012, she sat on the panel representing DA when they won the decades-long campaign for an industry-changing union music video contract through SAG-AFTRA. She is committed to the continual growth and change of the dance industry and the education of dancers.
Ava has also worked alongside Debbie Allen since 2001, assisting her in multiple projects and teaching at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She is a young, energetic, and passionate dancer who, although teaches, is humbled and considers herself to still be a student of the art.
She enjoys teaching and believes that it is important for a dancer to know your history, and because dance is ever evolving, know where it’s going. Her style is fun, hard-hitting and funky and often has influences from her jazz training. Although feminine, she can get down just as hard as the guys. Ava’s favorite quote: “Why Walk, When You Can Dance?”
Candace Brown is a dancer/choreographer/instructor with a huge passion for the art of dance. She has taught in Los Angeles for 5+ years as faculty at Debbie Reynolds Studio, Millennium Dance Complex, and Edge PAC. She has also traveled teaching around the world in various countries like Japan, Spain, Australia, Russia, Brazil, France,Greece, Poland, Ireland, Amsterdam and more, plus states across the US. She has choreographed for artists like Nicole Scherzinger, under the direction of Jaquel Knight, plus danced/assisted major choreographers on various television shows like “X-Factor” and “Dancing With The Stars”. Some artists Candace has danced for include Janelle Monae, Beyonce, and Janet Jackson. Currently residing in New York City, she is now faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, EXPG, and the world renowned Broadway Dance Center. She hopes to continually be inspired and inspire others by doing what she loves, both at home, and traveling abroad. Learn more about Candace and all upcoming projects at CandaceReneeBrown.com
Michael is originally from Lubbock, TX where he studied at Ballet Lubbock under the direction of Yvonne Racz-Key. He also trained at the Lone Star Ballet with Edward R. Truitt. Michael attended summer programs on full scholarship at the Kansas City Ballet, The Jofferey Ballet School, Carolina Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating high school Michael went to the Pacific Northwest Ballet on full scholarship as a Professional Division Student. While there he worked closely with Peter Boal, Nicholas Ade, Marjorie Thompson, Timothy Lynch, Marisa Albee and many others. Michael had the chance to perform in productions such as Bruce Wells’ Hansel & Gretel and George Balanchine’s Chaconne and in new works created by Barry Kerollis, Seth Orza, Jonathan Porretta and his personal favorite Kiyon Gaines’ 10: “Un” A-Frayed Edges. Michael then joined Ballet Austin’s Second Company for the 2010/11 season. He enjoyed performing Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint in Houston, TX and Jennifer Hart’s Strange Shadows in Saint Sauveur, Canada at the Festival Des Arts De Saint Sauveur in the summer of 2011. Michael was then promoted into the main company at Ballet Austin where he spent three seasons working closely with Stephen Mills and Michelle Martin. He immensely enjoyed working on Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project by Stephen Mills which he performed in Miami and across Israel in Akko, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Michael was also selected to perform a section of the project at the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C., during the Ballet Across America festival. He also had the wonderful opportunity to perform some amazing new works by Gregory Dolbashian, Bradley Shelver and James Gregg. Michael also got to work with the world-renowned Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa and tour her piece Requiem for A Rose to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Michael then made the exciting move to Sarasota Florida to join the Sarasota Ballet as a Coryphee member under the direction of Iain Webb and his wife Margaret Barbieri. He’s had a wonderful time with the company these past three years and has enjoyed the amazingly diverse repertoire. Some of his highlights have been performing Dicken in Will Tuckett’s The Secret Garden, George Balanchince’s Jewels and Stars & Stripes, Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymond Act III, Christopher Bruce’s Sargent Early’s Dream, Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Le Fill Mal Garde, Jazz Calendar Monotones I, and Sinfonietta, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Sir Peter Wright’s Summertide, Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang for Webb, and Anthony Tudor’s Continuo, to name a few. Michael has also had the opportunity to tour with the company to New York City twice and the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He’s looking forward to many more exciting years to come with the Sarasota Ballet.
Alexander Chung was raised in Edmonton, Canada by a family that fostered a deep love of dance and creative expression. He has choreographed and danced for esteemed performers such as Sean Kingston, Becky G, Jesse McCartney, B2K and John Dough; corporate brands Danceon, Bose and Honda; and touring productions America’s Best Dance Crew, Hip-Hop Saved My Life, and Unity in Diversity. As an owner and lead choreographer/instructor for the popular Kore Dance Studios in Edmonton, Alexander has refined both his unique choreographic voice and instruction techniques that speak compellingly to expert level and beginning level students alike. Under Alexander’s guidance, Kore Dance Studio’s dancers and crews have assembled an impressive array of competition titles in Canada and internationally. NXG Company, founded and choreographed by Alexander, boasts top finishes in international competitions including: 1st Place Champions at World of Dance Los Angeles (2015); 1st Place Champions at Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal (2014); 1st Place Champions at World of Dance Hawaii (2013); Undefeated Champions at Represent Dance Competition (2013, 2014, 2015); and a Top 10 finish at the Hip Hop International World Championships in Las Vegas (2014). Alexander’s work with individual dancers includes his mentoring and choreography for YouTube hip-hop sensation Taylor Hatala from the time that she was 9 years old; with Taylor going on to perform on national television and tour with Janet Jackson at the age of 12. In recent years, Alexander has travelled the world working as a choreographer, dance instructor and competition judge at prestigious conventions and workshops. He has taught master classes in England, Israel, Mexico, Germany, China, Switzerland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across North America. His unique choreography has also been on display at The Carnival: Choreographers Ball in Hollywood. Having recently relocated to Los Angeles, Alexander is now a featured instructor at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, from where he will continue to raise the bar for hip-hop performers and performances
After competing on So You Think You Can Dance, Boston native, Channing Cooke, journeyed across the country to Los Angles to further pursue her dance career. Her first big break in Los Angeles came when Adam Shankman and Travis Wall were casting for the 42nd annual Academy Awards featuring Neil Patrick Harris. She has then gone on to work with music sensations such as Florence and the Machine at The MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna on American Idol, Jessie J on The XFactor USA, and Jennifer Lopez in a special performance on So You Think You Can Dance on FOX TV. She has performed on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Dancing With The Stars, Shake It Up, and also recently on Austin & Ally. Channing is now a member of the Los Angeles based dance company Shaping Sound which just finished their first National US Tour.
Samantha grew up in the Austin, TX area where she trained at multiple studios including Star Dancers, Austin School of Classical Ballet, Dancers Workshop, and the Dance Spot. Outside of studio training, Samantha was a member of her high school dance team where she had the opportunity to spend her summers studying dance in LA and perform at the Lincoln Center in NY. She served as an officer her junior and senior year where she was able to teach and choreograph throughout the area. Samantha then went on to pursue an engineering degree at Texas A&M University and was a member of the Aggie Dance Team all four years and elected Co-captain and Captain her junior and senior year. During her time at A&M she performed at many A&M athletic events, attended Pro-Action dance camps in Las Vegas and traveled to SEC and NCAA basketball tournaments.
Harry Feril was a principal dancer of the Bruce Wood Dance Project and is now the Director of Dance at Studio A Dance in Southlake, Tx. A graduate of both Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Southern Methodist University. Mr. Feril has performed works created by renowned choreographers/companies such Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Ruth Andrien, Kate Skarpetowska, Alison Chase, Grover Dale, Kanji Segawa, Troy Powell, Adam Houghland, Dwight Rhoden, and most memorably Bruce Wood. Theater/ Commercial credits include West Side Story (Lyric Stage) the role of Diesel, Choreographer/Dancer/Dance Captain for Mary Kay Cosmetics National Conventions and Sally Beauty Supply along with TV commercials for Chili’s and Chuck-E-Cheese.
Megan Floreani has lived and worked in Austin, TX for almost 8 years. She has taught ballet and choreographed at several local dance studios and she has also danced with Third Coast Contemporary; participating and performing in some of their past shows.
Megan is best known for bringing her passion for ballet to the studio as well as excitement and joy to her students. The importance of technique and injury prevention are two huge factors in her teaching method. She was trained in the Vaganova technique as well as the Balanchine Method. She has performed with the Miami City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago. Over her entire dance career, she has always been a teacher as well as a student. Megan loves teaching her own children about movement and she loves to instill the lesson to expect the greatest from yourself.
Ashleigh frost is a very accomplished professional dancer. She was born in London, England and currently now living in Los Angeles!
She kicked off her career in London working with Brian Friedman on Xfactor and a year in the famous West End show, Thriller! Ashleigh then moved out to LA to further her career and has danced for numerous top artist including, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Justin Beiber, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, JLO, Trey Songz, Calving Harris, LaToya Jackson, Little Mix and many more!
Other credits include America’s Got Talent, NIKE industrial show, School of Rock, The Xfactor, L’oreal commercial, Arbonne commercial, MTV Movie Awards show, Kids Choice Awards!
Recently Ashleigh has dived into yoga and found such an improvement in the health of her body so much so that she has become a certified Yoga teacher to teach and help other dancers!! You can find her teaching yoga at the Millenium dance complex and Movement Lifestyle in LA!
Over the years Ashleigh has gained a lot of knowledge in this industry and is excited to share it with others!
Elena Giannuzzi is an artist based out of Austin, Texas. Since the age of two Elena has been dancing, and was instructed in several forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary. Her passion to study dance took her to Sam Houston State University, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in dance and with an emphasis in Pilates. She also had the opportunity to work closely with artists such as Manuel Vigonoulle, Bliss Kohlmyer, and Joshua L. Peugh. Since training at SHSU, Elena had the opportunity to study abroad with The Dance Italia Program out of Lucca, Italy. There, Elena took daily classes in Counter Technique with Elita Cannata and Gaga classes and Repertory with Chisato Ohno (Batsheva Dance Company). Additionally, Elena has worked under Elijah Alhaji Gibson (SHSU) who is a long-standing company member with The Gus Giordano Company, where Elena had the opportunity to train as a scholarship student with their College Program in Chicago, IL. Most recently she has performed in The Dance Gallery Festival in NYC, The Barnstorm Dance Fest in Houston, TX, the American College Dance Association in Beaumont, TX, and NobleMotion Dance in their show “Catapult” in Houston, TX. Upcoming, Elena will join The Axis Connect, (Barton Movement) Program out of Los Angeles, where she will study under the guidance of many artists as she travels from Los Angeles to New York City. Currently, Elena is dancing for The Social Movement, under the instruction of Elijah Alhaji Gibson out of Houston TX.
Along with her passion for performing, Elena is also a passionate teacher and has been teaching in studios around Texas for five years now. Recently, her choreography has been featured in the Annual Dance to Breath Benefit Concert, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis in Austin, TX. And her work as an undergraduate student at SHSU was nominated as a candidate to perform at The American College Dance Association in 2018. The Dance community is very important to her and she plans on continuing to teach so she can spread the knowledge she has attained from her dance career.
Daniel Glaze is a humorous, experienced and enthusiastic Hip-Hop choreographer who lives in Houston, Texas. His dance career started at the age of six when he would mimic every move Michael Jackson made on VHS tape his parents bought him. Daniel has taught throughout the entire state of Texas and has trained under countless world-renowned choreographers and was humbled to be on the 2014 World of Dance Houston champions, Wyld Styl. Known for his creativity as a choreographer, he always ensures a unique learning experience full of humor, Hip-Hop knowledge, and fun.
Originally from Palm Harbor, Florida, Caitlin moved to Los Angeles after being accepted to the EDGE Performing Arts Center Professional Program as a scholarship student. She trained there extensively for a year while getting to work with world-renowned teachers and choreographers such as Bill Prudich, JT Horenstein, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Hamilton, Terri Best, Lisa Eaton, Justin Giles, Nick Lanzisera and many others. Upon graduating from the program, she was fortunate enough to sign with MSA (McDonald Selznick & Associates), a talent agency in Hollywood. Caitlin has since danced in music videos for comedian Andrew Kennedy and Chinese singer MiuMiu and danced alongside sister pop duo “L2” as one of their back up dancers. She has been featured in two national commercials for Axe Body Spray and Skechers and was seen dancing in an online trailer for Just Dance 4. She was a featured dancer in Nickelodeon star Daniella Monet’s dance work out DVD “Dancing with Deemo” and is currently in online ads for Reebok, BCBG & Benefit Cosmetics. Caitlin can also be seen in promos for ABC’s Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson and national commercials for Just Dance 2014. Up next Caitlin will be performing as one of the five members of an all-girl rock group, the Darling Stilettos, as they kick off performances in LA.
Nicole Harlan, a native of Northern California, received her advanced training and scholarships from the San Francisco Ballet School and Boston Ballet. She received the Natalie Lauterstein Miller award for excellence while at San Francisco ballet school. She was also a recipient of the Danskin scholarship for the School of American Ballet. Nicole has performed with the San Francisco Ballet where she danced repertoire including Swan Lake, La Fille Ma Garde, Stars and Stripes, Four Temperaments, and Sons of Horus. She then performed with Ballet Metropolitan and Cincinnati Ballet, where she danced featured roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, and Andre Prokovsky’s Love Songs. With the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Nicole performed as Helena in a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Ford Amphitheater and as the Dewdrop Fairy in the Nutcracker at the Shrine Auditorium. Under the direction of Placido Domingo, she played the role of Clo Clo in the Los Angeles Opera’s production of The Merry Widow and Orfeo’s Guide in Orfeo ed Euridice. She was faculty on LADF. She teaches internationally and currently teaches at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Her students have gone on to train, or be accepted, at San Francisco Ballet, ABT, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Juliard, Suny Purchase, to name a few. She is also the proud mother of three wonderful children.
Scott Alan Hislop started dancing at the age of 11 and booked his first job at 15. Now decades later, his career is thriving and his love for the craft has only strengthened. Having made Los Angeles for over 20 years, the film and television business has kept him very busy indeed. He has worked on 27 feature films, from Ted 2, Gangster Squad, The Muppets, Rock of Ages, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, Spiderman III, Charlie’s Angels, and Titanic to many, many more. Look for him in the upcoming, highly anticipated musical LaLa Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. National commercials include: Ford, Sony, Prius, Cadillac, Tropicana Orange Juice, Samsung, Hyundai, Chipotle, and Wendys. He has graced the television screen from the Primetime Emmy Awards to Dancing with the Stars to the MTV Movie Awards and worked on hit television series such as Glee, Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, and My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. His choreography has been seen on The Middle and No Ordinary Family, both for ABC. Look for his debut into the world of feature film choreography with this years release of Another Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits starring Sofia Carson. Scott tries wholeheartedly to marry the importance of technical training and pure from-the-heart movement in an accessible and on threatening way. His unique method of reaching students is posed through questions and motives that force you to not only use your technical raining but your own life experience as well. Scott tries to convey the importance of keeping the body in shape through vigorous training and making authentic choices that color your movement and sets you apart.
Miss Johnson began her dance training at age 2 at Natalie Skelton School of Dance. From there she trained with Dallas Metropolitan Ballet School under the direction of Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, appearing in multiple productions, including “The Night Before Christmas” ballet. She has also trained and competed with Forcher’s Dance Studio and Dana’s Studio of Dance. Alexandra began assisting dance instruction at the age of 12 and at the age of 16 she began teaching her own classes. Every Summer, she attended multiple tap festivals (Sole to Sole, Third Coast Rhythm Project and LA Tap Fest) to study under Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Ayodeli Casel, Harold Cromer, Fayard Nicolas, Dianne Walker, Derrick Grant and Dick Van Dyke among many others.
Upon high school graduation, Alexandra continued her dance training in New York City. Specializing in Tap, Alexandra was mentored by Derrick Grant. She also studied under Joe Lanteri, Michelle Assaf and Dwight Rhoden. For Ballet, she studied with Kathryn Sullivan and legend, the late David Howard. Returning to Texas, Alexandra taught for various studios in the DFW metroplex. In Fall of 2009, Miss Johnson opened her own studio that she co-owned for 7 years, Studio A Dance in Southlake, Texas. In the seven years at Studio A, Alexandra directed and organized her award winning dance company. The company had many achievements under her direction, two time national champions, overall technical studio awards, multiple highest scoring groups of the weekend at competition and many more accolades. Alexandra trained students every year for the Youth American Grand Prix, the prestigious ballet and contemporary competition for young dancers, from 2010 to 2016. She has produced gold medalists, bronze medalist and dancers invited to the New York City International Finals.
Every year Alexandra had students in the Top 12 for Classical and Contemporary divisions. In 2010 Alexandra’s choreography debuted on Broadway at the Lincoln Center for the dance narrative production of “The Weaving”. The show was performed three additional times in the North Texas Area. In 2014, Alexandra was selected by Ricky Palomino to choreograph for his original show “Daylight Come”. The show premiered in Los Angeles in May of 2014 and was featured on Lifetime TV’s show “Raising Asia”. Alexandra has also co produced and choreographed International Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”. When the studio closed in 2016, Alexandra has been free lancing choreography and teaching. Her students continue to grow and thrive. Alexandra loves to share her passion for dance and technical excellence with all ages and levels. She believes dance is for everyone and with a lot of hard work the opportunities are endless!
Lauren started her dance training at Dancers Workshop in Austin, TX, and was apart of the pre-professional Austin Dance Works Company for several years. Immediately following her senior year, she was selected as one of twenty dancers for the Edge Performing Arts Center scholarship program in Los Angeles, California. She trained and studied all styles of dance and was fortunate enough to work with some of California’s most prestigious choreographers.
Upon completion of the program, Lauren was signed with McDonald Selznick Associates, also known as MSA. Her works include: Nickelodeon’s hit show “Victorious” as Jade’s photo/body double (Season 1 & 2), Disney’s Camp Rock 2 national promotional commercial, “Fame” promotional, featured film “Dance Freak”, “TV moves 2! Live”, and many other stage/live performances throughout the Los Angeles area. Lauren can also be seen featured in issues of Dance Spirit Magazine, Marcea, Meekelle, A Wish Come True and Leo’s Dancewear.
Lauren is currently a staff member at Dancers Workshop and a company member of Third Coast Contemporary in Austin, TX. She has been busy traveling throughout the Central Texas area teaching at workshops and setting team/solo choreography. In December of 2014, she will be graduating with her Registered Nursing Degree. Lauren feels so blessed to wake up every day and share her love of dance with young aspiring dancers.
Max Pham Nguyen is a self-taught funk style dancer/choreographer from Boise, Idaho. Max has recently finished touring as a dancer for Ariana Grande on her debut “The Honeymoon Tour”. He has also worked with the likes of Cody Simpson, Olly Murs, Jesse McCartney, Mat Kearny, etc. With appearances on Dancing With The Stars, The Grammys, NBA All-Star Game 2015, The Today Show and many more. Max has a strong passion for sharing and loves to teach and spread knowledge to all students willing to learn and grow.
Nolan Padilla is one of the top dancers and instructors in the Industry. Sharing the stage and screen with some of today’s top artists; Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, and Neyo, he has also appeared in films such as Cirque Du Soliel’s “Worlds Away” and multiple movies in the “Step Up” Franchise.
For the past decade, Nolan has been on Faculty at one of the top dance studios in Hollywood, Ca. The Edge Performing Arts Center and continues to have one of the most popular Hip-Hop classes at The Edge. He has worked with the Los Angeles Dance Force Convention and currently works with Dance Excellence. He has traveled the world teaching master classes and workshops to massive groups and also offers private instruction as well.
Unbelievably charismatic, Nolan exudes an air of simplicity in an extremely complicated industry. His teaching style is all-inclusive; high energy, fundamental basics, challenging choreography and musicality, as well as having a passionate, witty, and fun approach to sharing industry knowledge for the aspiring professional dancer.
Ambrose Respicio III, originally from Guam, is an internationally known choreographer, dancer, stylist, and mentor. His style of teaching and fresh take on choreography has made him one to watch and work with. In addition to having his work featured worldwide, he is also a trusted confidant to many choreographers and up and coming prodigies throughout the entertainment industry. He serves as a private coach, stylist, and mentor to Camren Bicondova from Fox’s hit show Gotham. Ambrose has also worked privately with numerous celebrities and entertainers like Robert Herjavec, Erika Jayne, Taylor Hasselhoff, Lindsey Stirling, and Rob Dyrdek to name a few. As a performer, Ambrose has graced the stage alongside many greats such as Betty White, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nia Sioux, Naya Rivera, Florence Henderson, Allie Willis, Michael Chiklis, and Tom Hanks. Ambrose has been on hit TV shows like Glee and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. You can see Ambrose starring as the role of Mr. Las Vegas in a national commercial for the City of Las Vegas and soon in a commercial for Heineken choreographed by Michael Rooney. Most Recently, Ambrose danced alongside Lady Gaga in her Tribute to David Bowie at the 58th Grammy Awards and most recently in the Pepsi Superbowl LI Halftime Show.
Ambrose was a 10-year member of Unity Dance Ensemble under the direction of the EMMY Award Winning, Tessandra Chavez. Starting as a dancer, Ambrose soon started contributing choreography to the company and eventually started assisting Tessandra on numerous projects including “Best Thing I Never Had” starring Cryus and Tiffany on So You Think You Can Dance: Season 9, he was also a part of her skeleton crew for the SYTYCD Season 5 Tour Opening number, and traveled overseas to choreograph for China’s Version of Dancing with the Stars (“Strictly Come Dancing season 3”). Ambrose also worked alongside Chavez choreographing the opening number for the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards as well as an upcoming project for Disney. Ambrose has had his hand in countless other projects including Unity Dance Ensemble and the Edge Performing Arts Scholarship Show. In 2012, Ambrose choreographed Reebok’s Executive Fashion Show and received the first standing ovation in the 30-year history of Reebok’s fashion shows. Ambrose worked as the Assistant Supervising Choreographer for Season 2 of YouTube’s Dance Showdown and then returned to season 3 as the Supervising Choreographer. Ambrose is a trusted confidant to 2 time Dancing with the Stars Champion, Kym Johnson, whom he has worked side by side with on many projects including the Dancing with the Stars Cruise, RuPaul’s Drag Race and he even choreographed Kym and Robert Herjavec’s first dance. Ambrose has taught at many first class studios and academies throughout the US including EDGE Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Bod by Kym Herjavec, Millenium Dance Complex and is currently on staff at the Relativity School
Convetion/Master Instructor Experience
NDA CURRICULUM CHOREOGRAPHY (DALLAS, TX)
NDA DANCE CONVENTION (US NATIONAL)
UNLEASHED DANCE CONVENTION (US NATIONAL)
DEBBIE REYNOLD’S DANCE ACADEMY
EDGE PAC (LA, CA)
IDA HOLLYWOOD (LA, CA)
POWER PERALTA DANCE STUDIOS (SANTIAGO, CHILE)
BOOGIEZONE UTOPIA (LA, CA)
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (ALLENDALE, MI)
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (EAST LANSING, MI)
CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY (GR, MI)
MILLENIUM DANCE COMPLEX (CHI, IL)
Los Angeles native Baden Silva started dancing at the age of 14 at his high school’s dance program at Calabasas High School. After graduating high school and dancing at Moorpark College for a year, he auditioned and was accepted into the Edge Performing Art’s Center’s scholarship program. Under the direction of Bill Prudich and Randy Allaire, he trained with the best in the industry. After completing the program, he signed with Bloc Talent Agency and has gone on to dance for Disney, Vietnamese pop artist Tuan Anh, Niki & Gabi, DNCE, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry. In addition to his commercial credits, he has danced for Royal Flux Dance Company, Hysterica Dance Company, and has traveled the world with the show “Pearl” under the direction of choreographer Daniel Ezralow. After his dancing career, Baden hopes to choreograph himself and have his own contemporary company.