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2017/18 Guest Teacher Bios





Danielle Sten-GuillermoLisa FriesBilly Griffin
Brooke Wendle

August 9th, 2017



Abur Rahim-Jackson
August 9th, 2017

Danielle Sten-Guillermo
June 7th 2017

Company Choreographer

Lisa Fries
Intensive #2
Billy Griffin
Company Choregrapher

Purdie Baumann

Courtney Ortiz
August 30th, 2017 Master Class



Debbie Stout
Intensive #1, 2, & 3

Yoga Guest


Purdie Baumann
Intensive #3 Ballet/Rockette


Nicole Harmon
Intensive #1 & 3 

Jazz Guest

Lance Guillermo

June 7th 2107

Company Choreographer


Mark Figuera

Intensive #2 Hip Hop Guest

Phil Colgan 
Intensive #2 Musical Theater & Tap


Michelle Jones Wurtz

 Intensive # 2 African Dance Guest

Christopher Jackson 
August 30th Master Class







Guest Teacher Bios:



Phil Colgan  Intensive #2

Phil Colgan is a dancer, choreographer, director and instructor born and raised in New York. A graduate of New York University, Phil’s performance and production credits span across theater, dance and television.
His theatrical performance credits include shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, The Fulton, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, and numerous Gypsy of the Year performances at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theater. Phil has performed for 15,000 people with "America's Got Talent" finalist iLuminate: Artist of Light at We Day Saskatoon 2014 and appeared in Ashley Allen's music video for her single "Let's Go." His television appearances include The Michael Jackson Funeral Broadcast, "Good Day New York," and Inside New York City Dance.
As a choreographer, Phil's New York credits include productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Carrie: The Musical, Godspell, and as a director/choreographer, an acclaimed production of Catch Me If You Can which played the Skirball Center of the Arts in April 2015. Phil's work has also been featured at The Young Choreographer’s Festival at Symphony Space, showcases for Broadway Dance Center, and in the short movie-musical, "More Like Shrek."
While pursuing his performance and production careers, Phil continues to teach at numerous studios in the tri-state area, at dance conventions and holds open workshop classes in New York City. Phil's classes pull from his eclectic training background in both hip-hop and technical styles, and challenge his students to push themselves regarding stamina, theatricality, and musicality


Brooke Wendle
August 9th, 2017

Brooke most recently worked on Cirque Du Soleil’s new Broadway show Paramour as Associate
Choreographer. This year Brooke directed and choreographed Adam Lambert’s Original High
World Tour, which kicked off New Years Eve 2016. She worked as the associate director and
specialty act designer for Franco Dragone’s Taboo at the Hard Rock Hotel in Macau, China and
has been supervising choreographer for America’s Got Talent for the past four seasons.
Brooke’s choreography has appeared on Orange Is The New Black, VH1’s Best in Music 2015,
American Idol, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015, I Am Cait, Best Time Ever with Neil
Patrick Harris, East Bound and Down on HBO, Dancing with the Stars, and The Carrie Diaries.
Other credits include RENT in Shanghai, China, Rebel Bingo (NY and London), Cirque Du
Soleil’s Delirium (Dance Supervisor), NBA Brooklynettes, Adam Lambert’s Glamnation World
Tour, Flashdance the Musical (Dance Associate and Coach).
Her associate choreography credits include The Donna Summer Project 2016 (Signature
Theater NYC)The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring Kristen Wiig and directed by Ben Stiller,
Gossip Girl on the CW and Rescue Me on FX. Brooke is currently on faculty at The Joffrey
Ballet School and has taught at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Edge Performing
Arts Center, Peridance and Pepperdine University. As a performer, Brooke was seen on
Broadway in Wicked The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida and The 2009 Revival of
Guys and Dolls. Brooke was as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, danced with Mia Michael’s
Dance Company Reality At Work and performed with Britney Spears, P!nk, Christina Aguilera,
Enrique Iglesias and P-Diddy. Brooke was also seen on The MTV Video Music Awards, The
American Music Awards, Saturday Night Live and national commercials for E-Trade and Joe


Abdur Rahim-Jackson
August 9th, 2017

Abdur Rahim-Jackson received his BFA from The Julliard School. During his studies, he received scholarships from the Freedom Theatre, Philadanco, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet, and The Ailey School. Mr. Jackon received a Marion D. Cuyjet Award and in 2003, was featured in the PBS “American Masters” documentary on Julliard. He danced with Ailey II in 2000 and since 2001, joined the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. He was also chosen in 2005 to choreograph a piece Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. His choreography has been seen internationally, at Fordham University, and other schools. American Dance Academy is thrilled to have him as our guest choreographer & master teacher.

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Danielle Sten-Guillermo (Company Choreographer) 
 June 7th, 2017

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 as Assistant Choreographer include SYTYCD Season 7 Finale Show, 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. Danielle is a resident faculty member for Turn it Up Dance Convention, A Day of Dance, Powerpak and the Baltimore-based workshop CRAZE: A New Dance Experience.

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. Together, Danielle and Lance were invited performers at the 2015 TEDxBaltimore Conference. Furthermore, Danielle and Lance wrote, directed and choreographed two original works entitled "Working America” in 2013 and “366” in 2016. Together they travel nationally and internationally to teach workshops and master classes, and choreograph unique compositions. Danielle is represented by Movement Talent Agency for Choreography and Education.
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Lisa Fries
Intensive #2

Lisa grew up in northern New Jersey and began her serious ballet training at the School of American Ballet in New York. She studied under many gifted teachers including Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, Stanley Williams, Jerome Robbins, Melissa Hayden, and David Howard to name a few. At the age of 15, she was chosen by George Balanchine to dance the Vivaldi Pas de Deux for a workshop performance, and her peers became notables in the ballet world such as Darci Kistler, JockSoto, Jeff Edwards, and Louise Nadeau (PNB).

She has been teaching for almost 30 years in the Philadelphia area and has been involved in many productions of various ballets for different companies and schools. From teaching and coaching, to setting choreography, what she likes to do the most is pass on the traditions of the highest levels of ballet training to all of her students.

The knowledge of the history and foundation of classical ballet, coupled with the study of the physiology behind each movement is something she is serious about conveying to every class. And she loves to work with dancers of all levels and styles.
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Billy Griffin  (Company Choreographer) 

Billy resides in New York City where he graduated with a BFA from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Performing credits include the 1st National Tours of the Broadway Musicals "Mary Poppins", "The New Mel Brooks' Musical Young Frankenstein", "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" as well as the National Tour of Jeff Amsden's "A Few Good Men Dancin'". Other credits include the T.V. show "The Electric Company" on PBS, the soon-to-be released film "Clear Blue Tuesday" and numerous industrials, regional productions and benefits where he has danced alongside the likes of Spike Lee, Debra Messing, Jerry Seinfeld and Martin Scorcese. Check out animated Billy on the video game "Dance On Broadway" for Nintendo Wii.

As an assistant, Billy has worked with some of television and Broadway's hottest choreographers. He recently assisted Emmy Award Winning choreographer Josh Bergasse on episodes of the hit NBC show "SMASH". He also worked with "In the Heights" choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler on the early stages of a collaboration between Andy and singer/songwriter Kate Nash, entitled "Only Gold." As a choreographer himself, Billy has worked for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant for the Miss America Organization. He also travels the country serving as a judge/adjudicator, teaching master classes and creating pieces for dance companies and competition teams.


Courtney Ortiz

 August 31st, 2017

 Courtney Ortiz, a native of Baltimore, MD, is a 2007 youngARTS award winner in Modern Dance. Her professional dance career has allowed her to travel the world performing in places such as: Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Australia and France. Her career spans from Stage to Screen with credits including: Company Member with "The Chase Brock Experience", Choreographer and Dancer on Youtube’s hit web series “The Key of Awesome”, Backup Dancer for PSY and Chris Brown on “The Today Show”, Dancer for Heidi Klum at Madison Square Garden in "Macy’s Fashions Front Row" on E! Network, "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular" at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and "The Aluminum Show" in Madrid, Spain. One of her most favorite and memorable credits was performing throughout Europe on the International Tour of the classic musical “West Side Story” as a Jet Girl and the Assistant Dance Captain. 

Courtney just recently returned home from performing in the 1st National Tour of the Broadway Musical “Finding Neverland” with choreography by Mia Michaels. She enjoys teaching master classes around the country, is on faculty with numerous dance conventions and is also a full time competition judge. You can even see her behind the judges table on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” in Seasons 2 & 3. Courtney is also the owner of IMPACT DANCE ADJUDICATORS - the first and only staffing service providing professional level, pre-screened judges to dance competitions nationwide. Currently, she resides in New York City and is signed with in-demand commercial and dance agency, CESD. Follow her! @courtney.ortiz

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Purdie Baumann
Intensive #3

Purdie Baumann is a proud Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. Ms. Baumann grew up dancing at her mother and father’s dance and tumbling studio in Maywood, IL. She attended high school at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She then majored in Ballet at the North Carolina school of the Arts. Purdie moved to NYC to study and ended up out at sea dancing on a cruise ship. Miss Baumann fell in love with the bass player on the ship and moved back to NYC with him and became a NYC Rockette. Purdie performs seasonally in the Christmas Show at Radio City as well as sings and dances in musicals regionally. Her favorite shows include: The Christmas Spectacular, Anything Goes, Cabaret, Carousel, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Fosse and A Chorus Line.

Miss Purdie was seen as a featured dancer in the "Smurf" movie in 2011 and toured with the National Tour of "Young Frankenstein."


Lance Guillermo (Company Choreographer) 

June 7th, 2017                                                  

From the streets of Baltimore to the bright lights in Hollywood, Lance has performed and choreographed his way to being a well-respected and sought after hip-hop dancer and choreographer, striving to be a true original in his field. His multi-faceted career in dance spans music, film, and television. Lance’s television credits include being Assistant Choreographer to Emmy-Nominated Christopher Scott for Disney Channel’s, “Shake It Up”, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and “The View”. He performed with music icon Gloria Estefan on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Rosie Show”, “Nuestra Navidad”, and “The View”. Lance performed in the 2008 Teen Choice Awards as a member of the ACDC (Adam {Sevani} {Jon} Chu Dance Crew) with Chris Brown, Adam Sevani (Moose), and the world famous “Jabbawockeez”. His music video credits include Gloria Estefan’s “Wepa” music video, and Ciara’s “Get Up” music video. Lance was a featured dancer in Touchstone Pictures film “Step Up” and assistant choreographer to Christopher Scott, and featured dancer in Disney Channel’s Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth”. He also had the pleasure of dancing for Lady Gaga at the Wonderland AIDS benefit in LA. Lance is currently on faculty for the WILD: Dance Convention and the Baltimore-based workshop, CRAZE: A New Dance Experience. In 2008, Lance and his wife Danielle Sten-Guillermo co-founded “On the DL”. With Danielle's boundary pushing contemporary work, and Lance's preservation of the original street styles of hip hop, On the DL creates movement and beauty collaborative of two different dance disciplines. When their multi-faceted styles are combined they create a raw dance experience. Lance is also founder of the Kombined Stylez Crew which active members include, Christopher Scott, Jamile McGee (MTA), and Poly-Rok. Despite his list of credits, what makes Lance most happy is being able to educate and inspire through teaching and choreographing. He works to preserve the original styes of hip-hop dance including b-boying (breakdance), poppin’, and lockin’ in his choreography and teach the historical background of the hip-hop movement. He encourages everyone he teaches to use these tools to become a better hip-hop dancer, but to also use what they learn in hip-hop to strengthen and sharpen their dance abilities in whatever style of dance they do. Lance seeks to mentor his students and inspire them to appreciate all forms of dance, keeping the streets of Baltimore in mind when they hit the dance floor.

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Christopher Jackson

August 30th 

Chris Jacson is a graduate of The Chicago Academy for the Arts
Dance: River North Dance Chicago(apprentice), Ailey ll, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Theater: Kill Kill or Die!, Freedom the Musical, Disney's The Lion King National Tour, The Wiz(Broadway 40th Anniversary Concert), Dreamgirls the Musical(DTC). Once on this Island(Broadway Pre-Production)
He is currently on faculty at The Ailey School and adjunct professor at New York University. In 2008 he danced for President Barack Obama at The Kennedy Center. He serves as judge and Master of ceremonies for National Dance Showcase Competition. He is excited to be apart of Victory Dance Project as an original company member and now the Associate Artistic Director.
He is thrilled to be back working at The American Dance Academy once again.

Nicole Harmon
Intensive #1 Guest Jazz Instrucor 

Nicole Harmon graduated with a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1999. Upon graduation Ms. Harmon received the Faculty Recognition Award for excellence in dance. Throughout her years of training, she extended her education at Koresh, The Broadway Dance Center, Steps and The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  Following graduation, Nicole began teaching in the Philadelphia area and performing throughout the United States in numerous industrials and productions   Nicole joined The Rock School faculty in 2000 and since has served as the Regional Director for The Rock School West.  Nicole is proud to have played an integral part in developing the Jazz and Tap program, including the schools Jazz and Tap performing companies.  Additionally, Nicole has had the opportunity to guest teach throughout the area and most recently, The University of Penn.

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Mark Figuera
Intensive #2 Guest Hip Hop Instructor

Mark Figueroa is a dancer, choreographer and creative director.  Born in the Bronx, NY, he was raised all along the East Coast which vastly contributed to his eclectic style, best described as edgy and authentic with explosive bursts of energy. He cites being accepted into the prestigious Dance Academy program at William Allen High and classes at the local YMCA at the age of 16, as the beginning of his journey into dance. Inspired by mega artists such as Usher, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, J.Lo and Britney Spears, Mark had no idea his love for music and performance would evolve into a career in the arts. As a choreographer and educator, Mark believes in an elevated teaching style which uses encouragement paired with discipline to keep students continually motivated and dancing to the best of their ability. He has also been a great influence in his community and was featured on 69 News "Unsung Heroes" as well as choreographed an anti bullying video to help raise awareness. He has choreographed for venues such as World of Dance, Koresh, Millennium Dance Complex, and for artist Tony Sunshine at the LVMA's.  As a dancer, Mark has opened up for Ciara, Fat Joe, Ne-Yo and SWV with Warner Brothers artists GOOD GIRL. He has also had the privilege of training with Luam, Dave Scott, Neil Schwartz, Eddie Morales and John Rua. Mark hopes to continue expanding his brand globally, spreading his message of positivity, love, and light through his art and reminding students and teachers alike to #FEELITFIRST. 


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Debbie Stout

Intensive #1, 2 & 3 Guest Yoga Instructor 

Debby Nolan is a 200 RYT who has been in education for 24 years. She studied and taught dance for 22 years and has always had a passion for physical fitness and helping others. She found Serenity Yoga Studio in 2016 because of barre classes and has since become certified to teach. She then began taking yoga classes after dabbling in it for years and was hooked. Thinking it would be easy and just another class to add to her workout regimen, she was blown away by not only how difficult it was but by how life changing it would become. Competitive by nature, she has learned that yoga is a practice and a constant journey of self-discovery. It is something that everyone can benefit from and should! She is an eternal student, constantly learning and discovering new things both on and off her mat. What you can expect when you come to her class is to feel comfortable through combinations of yin, vinyasa, and power yoga. Most of all, you will discover the beautiful dance between your mind, body, and spirit.


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Michelle Jones Wurtz
Intensive #2  Guest African Dance Instructor

Michelle Jones Wurtz holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts as well as an MPA in Non-Profit Management from Strayer University.  She has danced professionally for almost thirty years and has worked with protégés of George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Paul Taylor.  She was the first American instructor invited to teach at the prestigious International Dance Festival in Ladek Zdroj, Poland and has brought students and professional dancers there as well.  Michelle has taught masterclasses at Temple University, the University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, and to the Allegria Cast of Cirque de Soleil and is a certified Pilates instructor recognized by the Pilates Method Alliance. She has received grants from the PA Council on the Arts and PECO Energy and has served as a grant panelist for the PA Council on the Arts and the NJ Arts Council.  Currently, Ms. Wurtz directs Pottstown Dance Theatre where she has taken students to London during the 2012 Olympic  Games, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall; Melange Contemporary Dance, and is the assistant director of ContempraDANCE Theatre.  She is also an adjunct professor of dance at Eastern University.







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Kailee Combs (Company Choreographer) 

Kailee Combs, originally from Annapolis, MD, grew up in the competition dance scene. At a young age she received excellent training from a variety of incredible teachers. Including Adrienne Canterna, Ashley Canterna, and Rasta Thomas. At the age of twelve Kailee began traveling all over the country to train with and assist her brother, Kacy Combs. Throughout high school she won numerous awards from various talent competitions. Kailee continued her education at George Mason University, earning a BFA in Dance and a BA in Economics. At George Mason she was able to study and apprentice with notable modern dance choreographers including; Bill T. Jones, David Parsons, Susan Shields, Mark Morris, and Lar Lubovitch. After graduated with the Outstanding Achievement in Performance award Kailee went to work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She performed in the aerial dance show "In the Air" and as Daniella in "Saturday Night Fever: the Musical". Kailee now resides in New York City, but still teaches and choreographs around the Washington D.C. area. Being able to do what she loves as a career is a blessing. Kailee wishes to continue to learn and grow as an artist and inspire others along the way.

Nicole Harmon

Abdur Rahim-Jackson

Abdur Rahim-Jackson received his BFA from The Julliard School. During his studies, he received scholarships from the Freedom Theatre, Philadanco, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet, and The Ailey School. Mr. Jackon received a Marion D. Cuyjet Award and in 2003, was featured in the PBS “American Masters” documentary on Julliard. He danced with Ailey II in 2000 and since 2001, joined the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. He was also chosen in 2005 to choreograph a piece Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. His choreography has been seen internationally, at Fordham University, and other schools. American Dance Academy is thrilled to have him as our guest choreographer & master teacher.

Nicole Harmon

Lauren Adams

Lauren Adams was featured in the original musical Falco in Vienna Austria. She was also a member of IV Dance Company, and Jason Parsons’ Parsons Dance Project, with which she performed in The New York/Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. Most recently she performed at the Festival Des Arts in Montreal. Her choreography has been showcased in Terpsichoreal in Los Angeles, as well as in festivals in Prague, Czech Republic, and Tropea, Italy. Her work has also been presented at the 2004 Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as The 25th Anniversary Gala of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. In NYC, she has been a contributing Choreographer for Broadway Underground, Pushing Progress and several DRA events including: Fire Island Dance Festival, and Dancing at the Crossroads. Lauren was also the founding Senior Music Editor of movmnt magazine. She conceived, choreographed, and produced the show Moving Still, presented at the Harry De Jur Playhouse in NYC. A photography book of the same name was inspired by the show, and published by e-maprod shortly thereafter. For more information visit Lauren has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Juilliard School in NYC, and is currently part-time Faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Devin Pullins

Devin Pullins began his professional dance training at the age of 16 in Chicago, Illinois where he was accepted to the Chicago Academy for the Arts. While there he studied ballet, jazz, modern, pas de deux, as well as many other styles. While at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, he also studied with Lois Baumann and Heidi Renteria at Stairway of the Stars studying jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop and competed around the U.S. in several dance competitions. Upon Graduation he enrolled at the prestigious S.U.N.Y Purchase Dance Conservatory in NY. While there he studied with many well-known teachers from around the world and joined the Purchase Dance Corp. During his time at S.U.N.Y Purchase he performed works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Kevin Wynn, and many others. After receiving his BFA in Dance, he joined Donald Byrd/ The Group Dance Company and toured around the world for 3 years. He has also worked with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, R&B group Destiny’s Child, Day 26, Danity Kane, Aaliyah, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Tristan, Elisa Monte, River North Dance Chicago, Diddy-Dirty Money, Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, Nina Buisson Contemporary Moves, Rhapsody James, E-Moves, Christina Aguilera, Peridance Company, Millennium Dance Company, Vortex Dance Moscow, North Shore Dance, and most recently with R&B singer Brandy on her last critically acclaimed album Human. In 2006, he won an MTV music award for best dance video in Russia for an artist he worked with (Sasha). He has also been resident choreographer and rehearsal director for Millennium Dance Company in NYC for 2 seasons 2007-2009.

He has also choreographed for several international T.V. shows including “So You Think You Can Dance” Israel and Dubai and several international commercials. His film credits include the 2003 film “Stuck On You” for which he worked with Merle Stripe as her dance coach and consultant, and the 2009 film “Fame” also as a consultant. Recently he has worked on the much anticipated 2010 film release “Burlesque” starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cummings, Eric Dane, & Peter Gallagher as a dance coach and consultant. Mr. Pullins has taught at several different workshops around the world in cities such as Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Chelaybinsk (Russia), Rostov-On-Don (Russia), Buenos Aries (Argentina), Bermuda, Hawaii, Dubai, and many other cities in North America and Abroad. Currently Devin is on the dance faculty at Hofstra University in the dance department where he teaches and choreographs on the dance department, as well as traveling as a freelance artist teaching master classes in Hip-Hop, Jazz, & Contemporary at workshops in NYC and abroad. He also works in artist development at BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT. Currently he is working with several artists as choreographer and working on some musical and film/television productions.

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Will Laury

Will trained at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, The Julliard School, Ecole Prof. Janine Stanlowa, in Paris, and the France Studio Harmonic, in Paris. He trained at all of these schools on dance scholarships. He was most recently a featured artist and soloist for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He has choreographed for Alvin Ailey and Sanctuary and appeared in the movie “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore, Angelica Huston, Dougray Scott.

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Olivia Bowman Jackson

Miss Bowman graduated from LaGuardia High School, otherwise known as “The Fame School.” She attended North Carolina School of the Arts on scholarship & attended the Ailey School as a Fellowship student. Miss Bowman was a member of Donald Byrd/The Group, and Complexions before joining Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in 2001. American Dance Academy is honored to have her as a guest faculty member.

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Anthony LoCurcio

Anthony LoCurcio has been associated, for over 7 years with the Broadway show Tap Dogs. As recent as Nov. 2004, he was on tour with the new version of Tap Dogs nicely named, Tap Dogs: ReBooted. He has played two different roles and performed the show over 1000 times. He started at the Union Square Theatre in New York City, and performed there for over 4 months. Anthony has also performed in Monte Carlo at the Sporting Club and opened shows for people such as Natalie Cole, Earth Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder. His TV credits include MTV LIVE, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, and MACY'S Fourth of July Spectacular plus local news programs all across the nation. Currently, Anthony is on the faculty of PDTA, Hoctor's Dance Caravan, and is a Guest teacher at many studios, Conventions and Festivals all across North America. In Feb. 2005, Anthony was featured in a "Dance Teacher Magazine" article as well as having his own work published in the April, 2005 edition of "On Tap International.”

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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 a company, 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.

:pushing progress is a New York based contemporary dance and workshop company under the direction of Chris Hale and Calen Kurka. Born out of a desire to strengthen awareness of mind, movement, and body, :pushing progress is considered a new dynamic force in the dance community bringing forward a new generation of technical strength and contemporary movement. It is pioneering new programs for training and making knowledge of the the human anatomy as a foundation for technique in dance. accessible not only to an elite, but to anybody who wishes to truly understand their ability and artistry as a dancer.

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Braham Logan Crane

Braham Logan Crane is an expert in the art of movement. He has a way of creating fresh and innovative work that encompasses intense emotion and pure passion. He puts it all together with his signature style blending ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and contemporary movement.

As a choreographer, Braham has set works on distinguished dancers from American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as collaborating with recording artist and Broadway star, Angela Ai. Braham choreographed and performed at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary. He has set original versions of Altar Boyz and Cats at the Roxy Regional Theatre in Tennessee. Recent commissions include works for Bad Boys of Dance, starring and directed by Rasta Thomas and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. As a teaching professional, Braham has served on the faculty of many renowned dance schools including Virginia School of the Arts, Koresh Dance Center, University of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and Steps on Broadway.

Included in Braham Logan Crane’s diverse concert and stage work is the critically acclaimed dance company, ASH Contemporary Dance. Braham served as founder, artistic director, as well as choreographer for company pieces. ASH Contemporary Dance has toured throughout the United States in addition to Canadian and European tours.

Braham Logan Crane has won prestigious awards and received unique honors for his work. Braham became the youngest choreographer to win the Gold Leo’s Award for excellence in jazz choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, NY. He was also awarded the silver medal at the Festival Des Arts De Saint-Sauveur International Choreography Competition in Quebec.

At age 26, Braham founded ASH Productions, LLC, and currently serves as the executive director. ASH Productions produces numerous dance events throughout the country, and recently launched their inaugural tour in the fall of 2011, Artists Simply Human: The Workshop Experience. In this exciting venture, Braham is thrilled to be working with many talented artists including: Dee Caspary, TOKYO, Jason Samuels-Smith, Sascha Radetsky, Tovaris Wilson, Wes Veldink, Christopher Huggins, Melanie LaPatin, Lisette Bustamante and Desiree Robbins. ASH Productions will also be producing a very unique summer event to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas July, 2012 - theCOMPANY. For more information visit:

Nicole Harmon

Jamie Goodwin

Jaimie Goodwin appeared as a top 20 finalist on the third season of the Fox reality television series So You Think You Can Dance. Nicknamed “Jaims,” she says that she started dancing at the age of seven. She trained in different styles such as tap, ballet and jazz for 12 years, and then studied musical theater, pointe and contemporary lyrical dance for seven more years. Jaimie classifies her style and techniques as either jazz or contemporary lyrical dance. One of her inspirations is her mother, who was also a writer, and Jaimie intends to write a book eventually about her mother’s struggle with cancer. Jaimie has performed in numerous musical theater productions and public functions, among them a benefit event in London, England for the group Dancers Responding to AIDS. You can also see her on tour with New York City Dance Alliance.

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Camille Brown

Camille A. Brown (Dancer, Choreographer) attended Bernice Johnson's Cultural Arts School, Carolyn Devore Dance Studios, LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, and The Ailey School. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from The North Carolina School of the Arts. Most recently, she was a member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence (2001-2007) where she had the opportunity to perform the lead role of ‘Mother God’ in Brown’s critically acclaimed work, Grace. She is also a featured dancer in BET Jazz’ documentary on Blueprint of A Lady- a collaboration with Brown and Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Ms. Brown has also performed works by Dianne McIntyre, Roger C. Jeffrey, Nathan Trice, Bridget L. Moore, Matthew Rushing and Rennie Harris. She was also a guest performer for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in her work (The Groove To Nobody's Business) during their 50th anniversary season at City Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater's Spring Concert (o9), The Princess Grace Awards Gala (o9), and Broadway Cares (o7) with the cast of The Color Purple- choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie.

Ms. Brown has been honored with awards and fellowships that include a 2006 Princess Grace Award in Choreography (the first woman to be given this award), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography , The Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award in Dance, NFAA Young Artists’ Award, The Helen Tamiris Award, and The Project Next Generation Award. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Marie Claire, Gestures Magazine (China), Expressions Magazine (Italy, Sisterhood Agenda Magazine, and The Joyce Theater's 25th Anniversary Magazine. Ms. Brown has received commissions from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street II, Urban Bush Women, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, and Philadanco. Her work has been showcased at Sadler's Wells (London, England), The Apollo, The Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joyce SoHo, Central Park's Summerstage, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Dancenow Festival, New York Fall for Dance Festival (City Center), Danceplace (D.C.) and This Woman’s Work at Aaron Davis Hall (which resulted in her being noted in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” article). In Jan 2009, her ensemble performed in Dancing From The Heart- the annual benefit produced by Dancer's Responding To AIDS. She also choreographed a duet for Karine Plantadit and Danny Tidwell for The Youth American Grand Prix Gala (City Center).

Future commissions include new works for Dallas Black Dance Theater and Evolve Dance Company. Ms. Brown has served as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Long Island University and Barnard College and has created works for Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Hunter College, The University of The North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Ailey School. She has done National residences for the New Orleans Dance Festival, Philadanco's Summer Intensive, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, Earl Mosely's Institute of the Arts, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's Summer Intensive, The University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Howard University, and Georgetown University. Internationally, she has conducted residencies in Italy and Tokyo, Japan.




Chris Hale

Chris Hale, currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center NYC, is Associate Director of :pushing progress and Director of the :pushingprogress contemporary training program, 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 incorporating anatomy and 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. 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 two years experience with the GYROTONIC® methodology has hugely influenced his teaching and brought a heightened awareness to his own dancing. Chris is very excited to add GYROKINESIS® to his teaching. Chris is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.




Jill Wollins

Jill Wolins is thrilled to be invited to Dance with ADA! Currently on Faculty and Staff of Star Dance Alliance Events, she can be seen around the globe teaching at WILD Dance Conventions, Choreographing for Power Pak Dance Intensives, or simply hosting or judging major international dance competitions like Starpower, Believe, and Imagine to name a few. She received her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo and has also studied On Scholarship at Steps in NYC, Giordano in Chicago, and ADF (Duke Univ). She began her professional career at Disney, Orlando. Broadway National Tours include The Producers and Will Rogers Follies. Jill was a NYC Radio City Rockette on and off for ten years. TV and film credits include The Producers and David Letterman, and Jill has been the assistant choreographer for Camp Broadway on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some of her favorite credits include dancing with Chita Rivera at the Kennedy Center, and being the featured dancer for Nederlander in Beijing. She is proud to say she worked with United Nations Association, in HIV/AIDS affected areas in South Africa. Jill now enjoys being a dance educator and motivator with her international teaching and adjudicating. She is the Author of two Books in the "Are You Ready?" Series: Dance Competitions: Are You Ready? and Dance: Are You Ready for the Next Step? 
















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