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MASTER CLASSES - CELEBRITY INSTRUCTORS
Master Classes Instructors - Full Bios
American Ballerina ™ Alice Alyse
Ms. Alice Alyse’s professional dance career includes, performing Classical, Balanchine, and Contemporary Principal lead roles with the San Francisco Ballet Company.
Her training includes: Being a full merit scholarship student of the Joffrey Ballet School and the top awarded ballet graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL in 1994. Hip-Hop: Mia Michaels, Modern: Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Jazz: Frederick Bratcher, Flamenco: Rosita Segovia, African Dance: Julliard’s Reginald Yates, Ballroom, Tap, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Acting, Singing and Choreography.
She has performed over 300 performances in the Broadway Show Movin’ Out, and has won the highest ballet awards in the United States and Internationally including First Place winner of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Outstanding Performance Diploma at the 16th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.
Ms. Alyse’s top stage credits include: Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, St. Petersburg, Russia, “Kirov” Theatre and Paris Opéra Garnier. Alice has appeared in: Vogue, Australian’s Harper’s Bazaar, People, Dancer Magazine and Dance Magazine.
Recently, in 2009 and 2010, Ms. Alyse choreographed two original works: a classical ballet “Flight of the White Flower,” and a contemporary ballet “Alma” which were both showcased at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium in California.
Alice Alyse is Founder of the American Ballerina Foundation™- “Artistic Performers give so much, it is time to give back.” http://www.americanballerina.org
Michael Blake began his dance career in the Murray Louis Dance Company where he danced from 1982-1984. In 1986 he joined the José Limón Dance Company, dancing principal roles until 1991. Michael danced with Donald Byrd/The Group from 1991-1998. He has also danced with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Shapiro and Smith, The Glue Factory Project – CORNING WORKS, and Janis Brenner and Friends.
He has appeared on stage at the Supper Club NYC, national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and in the films THE ADVENTURES OF CRI CRI, and UNSETTLED DREAMS. He has taught numerous workshops both nationally and internationally, and is on the theater arts faculty at HB Studio NYC, teaching Movement for Actors. Michael is Director of the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Program, and currently dances with PARADIGM Dance. He is also a recipient of the 2010 Besse Award for dance and performance.
Tessandra began dancing at the age of 5, choreographing at the age of 11 and started her dance company, Unity Dance Ensemble, at the age of 15. She is a San Diego native and a graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Because her dance experience is so versatile her choreography and classes mirror that vast training. Tessandra is known for her innovative fusion of Contemporary dance that blends Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. Many regard her style as “Contemporary Hip Hop.” Her powerful niche as a choreographer is the ability to move her audience through her emotional masterpieces. She is an inspirational teacher who believes in making dancers great people as well as amazing dancers.
Since the establishment of her dance company in 1994, Tessandra has gone on to achieve several choreography awards from various accredited associations. She has also been producing and choreographing her own dance concerts since 1997 to sold out audiences. She now resides in Los Angeles where she expanded her dance company and launched Unity LA, which consists of the top professional dancers in Los Angeles.
Tessandra’s intense passion and motivational teaching skills have allowed her the opportunity to travel the world teaching and choreographing for various dance institutions. Locally, Tessandra is teaching or has taught for professional studios such as the Edge Performing Arts Center, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She also travels with the powerhouse dance convention “The Pulse On Tour” which features the dance industries leading choreographers and teachers.
Most recently, Tessandra has appeared on FOX’s hit show “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” as a choreographer as well as associate choreographer for America’s Got Talent, X-Factor USA and American Idol. In addition to her TV appearances she has also done choreography for international pop artists such as Boa from Korea, Soccx from Germany, Jesca Hoop (USA) and That Rogue Romeo (USA). Tessandra’s work was also displayed in the Disney dance show “Disney Dance Crew” at the Disney Resort in Anaheim, CA. Beyond being a choreographer, Tessandra was also the Creative Director/Head Choreographer for Dancing with the Stars in China.
Currently Tessandra is the Supervising Choreographer for the YouTube show “D-Trix’s Dance Showdown” which is a dance show similar to Dancing with the Stars.
EMMY Award Winner
AC Ciulla won an EMMY Award for “Outstanding Choreography of a Television Special” for his innovative work set on Olympic figure skating champions for the world renowned Stars on Ice.
Ciulla was honored with a TONY Award nomination for his work in the hit Broadway musical Footloose and won the FANY (Peoples Choice Award) for best choreography on Broadway that year. His work was also seen in the Off-Broadway musicals: Ghetto Superstar (starring Billy Porter), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Lucky Guy & The Last Smoker In America.
He received rave reviews for an all-star Broadway cast benefit concert of the musical Chess at the Ford Amphitheater in L.A. starring TV's "Glee" star Mathew Morrison and won the 2010 Carbonell Award for his critically acclaimed work in the dance musical~ Vices A Love Story! Ciulla co-created and choreographed the hit Vegas show Toni Braxton- Revealed that ran in the Showroom at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino for two years. He also staged the six time Grammy award winning recording artist’s celebrated 2006 LIBRA tour and live NBA All-star performance.
Ciulla created, directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed Broadway musical theater reviews Nights on Broadway II & III for the Caesar’s showroom in Atlantic City. AC's work has also been seen in the films Gray Matters starring Heather Graham, Molly Shannon, Tom Cavanaugh, Bridget Moynahan, Sissy Spacek and Alan Cumming and Puppet starring Rebecca Gayheart.
Other television credits include the PBS version of the classic children's TV show The Electric Company,"Star X'd Lovers"- a three episode, DGA Award winning musical event on the ABC soap opera One Life To Live, Viva Variety on Comedy Central and several musical comedy bits for Late Night with David Letterman.
He was asked to create the opening musical dance number for the 2012 Lucille Lortel Awards, The Ukraine version of the hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance" named AC "the Genius of contemporary dance" and he made a special guest appearance on Lifetime's hit reality show Dance Moms.
AC is currently working on the NEW Broadway bound musical, Beyond The Music!
Marguerite Derricks - Three Time Emmy Award Winner
Current Choreographer for “Bunheads” on ABC Family
Marguerite Derricks’ illustrious career as a choreographer spans all areas of the entertainment industry. She choreographed the current hit film The Candidate, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Her work will also be seen in the upcoming HBO Films Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas. Current TV choreography credits include True Blood, Bunheads, and CSI: NY. She also serves as a producer on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Additional choreography credits: the 81st Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman, the 63rd Emmy Awards, the Broadway production of Wonderland, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, Little Miss Sunshine, the Austin Powers trilogy, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. She won Emmy Awards for three consecutive years for The Goodwill Games, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Fame LA. Marguerite also choreographed Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, now in its 9th sold-out year in Las Vegas.
Charles Chucky Klapow
Charles "Chucky" Klapow is an Emmy award winning choreographer of Disney's "High School Musical". For two decades, Chucky has performed and choreographed for many entertainers in television, film and stage productions all over the world. Born in 1980, Charles “Chucky” began his dancing career age 12, dancing for Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, Melissa Etheridge, and others in an all-star concert. By the time he was 15, Charles was an assistant to choreographer and mentor Marguerite Derricks. He assisted Marguerite and danced in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun, Fame L.A., among others. Charles created a dance company with choreographic partner Wade Robson in the mid-1990s called L.A. Images.
Chucky was brought on board by Kenny Ortega (original "Dirty Dancing" choreographer) to help choreograph "High School Musical" in 2006. Klapow also worked with Ortega and Bonnie Story as a choreographer for the film's sequels, "High School Musical 2" (which earned Chucky his second Emmy award nomination) and "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." He can be seen in all of the High School Musical movies as a dancer as well.
Klapow was one of eleven dancers selected by Michael Jackson for his "This Is It" concert tour which was planned to take place at The O2 Arena in London as a 50-show run. On July 7, 2009, after months of rehearsing with Jackson, Chucky took part in his memorial service held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Chucky spent the Summer of 2010 as a TV reality show judge on "Don't Stop Believing", the UK's search for the next all-singing, all-dancing group which aired on Channel Five. He has also choreographed for ABC’s “Skating With The Stars” and FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance".
In November of 2011, Chucky served as choreographer/movement coach for the incomparable Mick Jagger on the Will.I.Am music video “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
Chucky just returned from Australia where he was a judge on "Young Talent Time", a reality show featuring the best young talent of Australia.
Mr. Robertson trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 1991, where he danced for over a decade. He has also danced for Miami City Ballet, David Parsons Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Twyla Tharp.
During his tenure with the Joffrey, his principal roles included the Cavalier in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Petruchio in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Death in Kurt Joos’ The Green Table and David Parson’s Caught. His portrayal of the Faun in the Joffrey’s reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’Après-Midi D’un Faune prompted the Chicago Sun-Times dance critic to write, “Robertson gives the finest performance I’ve seen, including that of Rudolf Nureyev for whom the Joffrey re-created this masterpiece in 1979.”
Mr. Robertson has appeared in film, television and on Broadway in Save the Last Dance, The Company, Law and Order, Movin’ Out and Dirty Dancing. He is also a member of the ballet company of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked with world-renowned directors and choreographers such as Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa, Julie Taymore, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky.
A versatile and prolific choreographer, he has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Milwaukee Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among many others. He is also the board president and Dance Director of Live Arts Collaboration. As a director of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, he is committed to continuing the vision of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.
Choreographers “So you think You Can Dance” And Tour
Choreographers on : Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil, Elvis Cirque du Soleil “Aria”
Choreographers on “America’s Best Dance Crew”
Asst. Choreographers: Ricky Martin Tour, Christina Aguilera Tour, Celine Dion
Supervising Choreographers: Super Bowl Half Time Show: Madonna
Choreographers and husband-and-wife team Tabitha and Napoleon D’uomo are best known for their involvement in the dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance, and for developing a new form of hip-hop dance, which judge Adam Shankman would later call “lyrical hip-hop”.
Tabitha was born Tabitha Cortopassi on September 11, 1973 in Galloway Township, New Jersey. The Italian-American studies jazz, ballet and tap during her younger years; she also studied hip-hop by observing music videos. Napoleon, born in Apple Valley, California in 1968, learned hip-hop by frequenting the popping scene in Los Angeles. His family later moved to Las Vegas.
Star Judge on Dance Mom new show "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" and Choreographer for the Pussy Cat Dolls
Sonya Tayeh was born in Detroit, Michigan and received a B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University. She has been the recipient of the “Detroit Arts Council Achievement Award”, “Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch” and Inked Magazine’s “Best Choreography Award”. Sonya’s choreography stage credits include: The Last Goodbye(Williamstown Theatre); Spring Awakening (San Jose Repertory Theater); The Endurance to Move, Battles, The Root of Me (Tayeh Dance company) LA Ballet (Next wave) (Celebration). Sonya directed and choreographed Miley Cyrus’ 2011-2012 Tour as well as her performances on the American Music Awards. Other stage credits: Florence and The Machine on “The Voice”, “X Factor” and the “Brit Awards” as well as work for Kylie Minogue and Madonna on their most recent world tours. Television credits include “X Factor”, “The Voice”, “American Idol”, and the “American Music Awards” and E Network’s “Opening Act”. Tayeh is also a reoccurring choreographer and judge on the Fox hit “So You Think You Can Dance.
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