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Berman, Shaana

Dr. Shaana Berman is an early childhood development and behavior specialist. Dr. Berman currently serves as Clinical Director for Positive Behavior and Learning, an educational consulting company she has developed to promote the primary mission of supporting children, parents, and educators who are dealing with learning challenges. Dr. Berman also serves on the Board of...

Burgess, Drew

Ohio native, Drew Burgess, made his industry debut on Live with Regis during Amazing Kids Week. Upon relocating to California, he trained at L.A.’s best studios including EDGE, Millennium, Fusion, and the PAC Annex. Drew is highly sought after as a performer, choreographer, guest teacher, dance supervisor, & dance captain. Drew has been on adjudication...

Celeste, Renee

Renee Celeste is a studio owner, director, choreographer, teacher, performer, writer, and mom. She has been teaching for over 20 years and is the artistic director and owner of Front and Center for Performing Arts in Springfield, NJ.    A specialist in teaching musical theatre for young children, Renee is a co-author of Leap ‘N Learn...

Duncan, Sandi

Sandi Duncan has been a dance educator in the New England area for over 35 years working with students of all ages. She owned and directed Dance Productions in Woburn, Ma for 9 years before becoming a senior faculty member at the Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, NH. Sandi has taught, choreographed and adjudicated...

Farinella, Donna

ENTHUSIASM – ENERGY – CREATIVITY – MOTIVATION can certainly be used to describe Donna Farinella’s unique approach to dance teaching. She holds a B.A degree in dance from Douglass College of Rutgers University. She is one of the most accomplished dance educators in America and an exceptional spokesperson. A cover story on Ms. Farinella appeared...

Gelchion, Maureen

Maureen Gelchion has owned and directed Astoria Dance Centre Inc., in New York, for 31 years. Maureen manages a staff of fourteen employees and assistants. Her school, which enrolls 435 students, offers a variety of music and acting classes, including the Broadway Bound program. Her dance curriculum is extensive and she directs several unique preschool programs....

Gold, Rhee

Rhee Gold is a dance field pioneer who has single-handedly led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. Teachers and school owners from the United States, Australia, Canada, Grand Cayman, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom and more flock to his retreats, seminars, keynote speeches, and conferences to gain fresh...

Goldberg, Thelma

Thelma Larkin Goldberg founded The Dance Inn, a Lexington dance studio serving more than 400 students weekly, in 1983. As Executive Director of Dance Inn Productions, she produced annual International Tap Day Festivals from 1997-2013. She writes the monthly Tap Tips article for the Dance Studio Life Magazine and is on the faculty of the...

Gomez, Tricia

Tricia Gomez, Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and creator of the popular Hip Hop In a Box, is considered a pioneer in early childhood hip hop education. She’s blazing a new path of opportunity for students who have learning differences and special needs by educating dance teachers on all aspects of becoming an...

Griffin, Billy

Billy Griffin is a New York City based artist who received his BFA from New York University/Tisch School Of The Arts. Billy's performing credits include the Broadway/1st National Tour productions of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and White Christmas, as well as Jeff Amsden's A Few Good Men Dancin’, The Electric Company on PBS, and the video game 'Dance on Broadway' for Nintendo...

Gudat, Diane

Diane Gudat is a freelance writer, teacher and choreographer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She now teaches at the studio she owned, The Dance Company, for more than 26 years and has been a dance educator for more than 40 years. She is the author of seven dance books specifically designed for the dance teacher: "The Time...

Hamilton, Chasta

Chasta Hamilton is the Owner and Artistic Director of Stage Door Dance Productions in Raleigh, NC and the former founder and editor of The Dance Exec, an online resource and seminar series for dance educators that TutuTix acquired in 2016.  She is a Park Scholarship Alumna of North Carolina State University where she is a...

Hoffman, Melissa

Melissa Hoffman is the director of one of the largest schools in New Hampshire with hundreds of students and an 8,000 square foot facility, which she designed and built. Her more than 30 years of teaching experience combined with her business savvy have led her to a very successful career in dance education. She is a...

Hubela, Geo

With over 20 years experience in the Entertainment Industry, GEO Hubela is a Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer & Teacher. He also is Co-owner and Director of one of New Jerseys leading Dance Education facilities, ICON DANCE COMPLEX, home of the ICONic Dance Company. GEO has choreographed internationally for stage and screen in France, Germany, the...

Kozul, Kathy

Kathy Kozul is a former member of Boston Ballet and Boston Repertory Ballet, where she also served as ballet mistress and faculty member. She has danced leading roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Concerto Borocco, Allegro Brillante, and Tarantella. She has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Merce Cunningham, and Choo San...

Kozul, Katie

Katie Kozul began her dance training at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold and her mother, Kathy Kozul. She attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and later went on to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. Kozul joined Hubbard Street 2 of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago...

Luks, Jason

Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He was recently a member of the Director James Lapine's Falsettos (Broadway) and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing choreography teams, including preparing the Falsetto's cast for their Tony Awards performance. He worked with Josh Prince and Pulitzer Prize winner, Director James Lapine on the choreography for "Mrs....

Mahler, Roni

Roni Mahler is a former ballerina who was trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda. Ms. Mahler performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career in her teens with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. For over three decades, Roni was the Artistic Associate...

Mailloux, Lisa

Lisa Mailloux was the Owner/Director of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio for 25 years. She is the founder of, "Moves After School Inc." (MAS), an after school enrichment program for children in grades K – 6.  Her journey as a school owner has been unique.  She owned and operated a successful school for 21 years with hundreds of students dancing through...

Mangiaratti, Teri

Teri Mangiaratti is the owner and artistic director of In Sync Center of the Arts in Quincy, Massachusetts. In Sync teaches over 1,200 students weekly in various dance, toddler, music, yoga, theater, and art programs. In Sync opened in 1996 in Weymouth, MA, and is celebrating its 20th year in business.  She added another location in Milton, MA in...

Matkowski, Dori

Dori Matkowski is the artistic director for the Dynamic Dancers Performing Company. She has been the CEO for the Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center in Michigan since 1982. After her own career in modeling, commercials, videos, dance, stage and acting, she now guides careers for students who are working all over the world as entertainers....

Neal, Patty

Patty Neal is the founder and CEO of the Dance Spectrum studio in Buffalo, New York. Ms. Neal started dancing at the age of 7, and taught her first dance class at age 16. While teaching dance and attending nursing school in the 70’s, she was a principle member of “Am Dance in Concert”, the first...

O’Meara, Nancy

Nancy O'Meara is a choreographer Creative Director and occasional actress. O'Meara was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a strong technical background, trained in all forms of dance. Her choreography is known to be fast paced and powerful. She has worked with some of the biggest names in show business, including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson,...

Perna, Hedy

Hedy Perna and husband Patrick are celebrating their 29th year as owners of the Perna Dance Center in Hazlet, New Jersey. Hedy has created a non-competitive business model for her school. With her faculty and staff of seventeen she produces up to twenty performance opportunities annually.  Her school enrolls over 500 students and is constantly active with innovative programs and...

Rogers, Michelle

Michelle Rogers is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Charlotte, and has an extensive background in performing arts and education. She has been recognized for outstanding achievements in dance. Michelle is the President of Carolina Dance Masters, and is a member of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America....

Saradpon, Erik

Erik Saradpon represented in choreography by MSA Agency, Erik Saradpon is a nationally distinguished choreographer and teacher. As a graduate of San Diego State University, he is known for founding his professional dance company, FORMALITY, and directing the hip hop program at Temecula Dance Company. Erik has choreographed for the boyband New District, under the...

Schrader, Derrick

Derrick Schrader is a touring faculty member of Tremaine Dance Conventions and the Assistant Director of the Tremaine Performance Company. Incorporating his musical upbringing and extensive fusion training in all genres of dance, his classes are always something exciting and unique. His work focusses on musicality and intent and has been performed amongst artists, companies,...

Scott, Leslie

Leslie Scott is well known not only for her talents but her unwavering work ethic, inspiring public speaking, contagious positive energy and bold use of movement to spread a positive message! She is on Faculty at the Edge Performing Arts and Millennium Dance Complex, guest faculty on several conventions and is represented by the agency...

Simpson, Pam

Pam Simpson is in her 24th season as the owner/director of Forte Arts Center in Illinois. She has extensive training in both dance education and business as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State University. She is also a Rhythm Works Integrative Certified Instructor. Pam loves sharing her knowledge of dance with her...

Sleight, Jackie

Jackie Sleight is fearless. Her dedication to education in the dance industry has been endless. Dance Magazine quoted Jackie as "the teachers’ teacher," and she has received numerous awards honoring her commitment to the industry. Jackie has an amazing eye for discovering young talent early on, and knows how to expand their specialties as they...

Stallcup, Julie Kay

Julie Kay Stallcup is a nationally recognized leader in dance education.  Her seminars and engaging keynote addresses are sold out at dance teacher conferences and conventions across the country. Her success is a result of integrating high-quality, rigorous dance training, and a commitment to mentor each and every dancer with integrity and compassion. In 2006 Julie...

Warren, Tyler

Tyler Warren is a Dancer, Choreographer, Performer, and California Native. Tyler holds a degree in Dramatic Arts, Theatre emphasis, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, with National Tour and Regional credits including “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “High School Musical”, “Damn Yankees”, “Kiss Me, Kate”, “Evita”, “The Sound of Music”, and “Anything...

New faculty will be added regularly as they are confirmed.

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