Hannah Wintrode is a Seattle based choreographer, dancer and teacher, known for her hard hitting, clear and flavorful style of hip hop. She has trained and taught all over the county, starting her career in New York City where she had the opportunity to study at Broadway Dance Center and perform throughout the area. She then resided in Los Angeles, CA where she taught at the world renowned Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle. She co-directed the all girl hip hop crew, Katalyst, performing in shows all across California including World of Dance, Hip Hop International and Posers.
Hannah has performed with artists such as Kimberly Cole, Jeremy Lin and Herb Albert and has danced in company industrials in LA as well as on the television show “Homeward Bound."
Now rooted in Seattle, she teaches weekly at the prestigious Westlake Dance Center. Her live performances include Bumbershoot Festival and T-Mobile Live Performance in addition to the many shows she has performed in with Seattle based crews, BoomKatz, Potion and Cruz Control. She most recently was a dancer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made Asia Tour, and you can see her work as a choreographer and featured dancer in their “Dance Off” and “Brad Pitt’s Cousin" music videos.
Hannah is the Creator and Director of The Westsiders Company, an intense training program for dancers of all disciplines and backgrounds. This 18 week program is constructed to give dancers the opportunity to perform, explore in different styles of dance taught by Hannah as well as guest master teachers, grow in their craft and create a community of warmth, positivity and encouragement. As a master teacher and choreographer, Hannah travels throughout the country to share her love, knowledge and passion for dance.
DJ Smart has been described as one of the most versatile and gifted dancers of his generation, and possibly one of the most brilliant artists in the world. He has rapidly become a highly recognized performer, choreographer and teacher in all facets of the industry.
Mr. Smart is a graduate with honors from the University of the Arts where he received his BFA in Ballet Performance, and was the recipient of the prestigious "Stella Moore Prize" and the "Outstanding In All Styles" award. He has acquired an endless number of accolades and recognition including: 2006 NAACP ACT-SO National Dance Gold Medalist, 2007 YoungArts winner in Jazz Dance, Capezio Athlete, 2013 "Got Dance LA Spotlight Recipient", 2013 Edge Magazine "Person of the Week", and an "Emerging Artist Award" from Opera Noir.
He has made countless guest appearances and has been able to perform, teach and choreograph all over the USA and in over 20 countries internationally. His credits include: Jessie J, The Jacksons, Lifetime's Raising Asia, Disney's Best Friends Whenever, Latin American Music Awards, America's Got Talent, Billboard Awards, Dance Moms, Momix Dance Company, Freelusion, Oklahoma!, Twenty One Pilots, Stevie B, Cher, Becky G, Koresh Dance Company, and the Step Up Revolution Fitness DVD. Most notably, he was a special guest performer on the hit TV series "So You Think You Can Dance" and "So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine".
He has received remarkable reviews for his performances and choreography, and has been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Dance Spirit, Laredo Morning Times, Detroit Free Press, SET magazine, EDGE magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, LA Times, Houston Chronicle, Off Off Off Dance and Baltimore Sun. Mr. Smart continues to be a vessel and a voice for those who have a similar dream but lack the means to bring it to fruition. He is frequently involved in charity work and public speaking on behalf of the arts. He continues traveling the world as a performer, teacher, choreographer, humanitarian and ambassador for the arts.
Kaitlynn Edgar grew up dancing at Spotlight Dance Works, a studio in Chesterfield, Michigan. There she studied contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. Upon graduation Kaitlynn was accepted into the Juilliard School, but chose to go on an international tour with a contemporary ballet company, Rock the Ballet. After touring she moved to Los Angeles where she has danced for Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and many other artists. She has been featured on many television shows such as The Talk, All the Right Moves, and The Secret Life of an American Teenager. She now works for a touring dance convention, New York City Dance Alliance, teaching students all over the country. She is super excited to create and dance with you all!!!
Lonnie E. Davis Jr. was introduced to the world of dance by the renowned director/choreographer, Baba Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble-NC. After being granted a scholarship to the American Dance Festival at Duke University, Lonnie was immersed “head first” at age 18 into his professional dance training. His summer months were spent training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, ADF, and Jacobs Pillow. Soon after, he joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. II-OH. There he studied under some of the most noted teachers in the African American Traditions of American Modern Dance. After that incredible experience, Lonnie was invited to join Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
While in Chicago, he honed his jazz dance technique and learned many different jazz styles. He also had the privilege of performing with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Co-Kansas City, MO where he danced leads roles in classic works such as Lester Horton's "The Beloved", Kevin Iega Jeff's "Church of Nations", Rod Roger's "Percussion Suite" & Leni Wylliams' "Sha ta tee" to name a few. Mr. Davis also received training from the Ohio University. He was asked to be a part of NBA history by being one of the first male dancers on an NBA dance team (Atlanta Hawks 96-98). Mr. Davis has had the pleasure of performing in some of the most exciting Broadway and Vegas Revue’s for Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity and most recent Royal Caribbean International cruise lines.
Mr. Davis has taught and choreographed at dance studios and institutions all over the country. Some include; Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education; Georgia Dance Conservatory, Woodstock Ballet-GA, Dalton Ballet-GA, Gainesville Ballet-GA, Morton Street Dance Studio-MD, Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, Woodward Academy and The Ohio University School of Dance-OH. Mr Davis was also selected to join the faculty of Georgia's 09'; 10' Governors Honors Program. There he had the pleasure of setting works & teaching Georgia's most talented high school dance students. Currently Lonnie is on faculty at The Georgia Dance Conservatory, Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School, Atlanta Ballet, Woodland HS, and The Studio Atlanta Dance.
Most recently, Mr. Davis was invited to be featured choreographer for Atlanta's Dance Canvas 09' choreographers showcase. There he presented two world premieres "Velocity" & "Time After Time" to rave reviews. He is also resident choreographer for Atlanta based REFUGE Dance Co.(Pulse & Time After Time). He was honored to have the company perform his work "Pulse" during the 2009 Project Dance in NYC.
"The More You Know-The Further You'll Go"! - Lonnie Davis
Rudy Abreu is originally from Miami, FL, where he received his early dance training with Manny and Lory Castro. Under their direction, Rudy went on to perform on various reality TV shows including Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance”, “America’s Got Talent”, and at the age of 18, after placing in the top 8 of the hit tv show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, he danced on a 77 city tour around the US and Canada with the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour. Rudy relocated to LA following the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour and immediately began teaching at several professional studios including Millenium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle and currently is on faculty at the Edge Performing Arts Center. Recent performance credits include Derek and Julianne Hough’s “Move Live on Tour” and Rudy is currently dancing behind JLO in her new residency show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Rudy also continues to educate and connect with young dancers all over the country, touring with Artists Simply Human Dance Convention.
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Stephen "Twitch" Boss is a freestyle dancer from Montgomery, Alabama. As a child, he was always seen moving and dancing hip-hop, which is how he earned the nickname "Twitch." He graduated from Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama in 2000 and continued to study dance at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama. Twitch first appeared on television when he placed second on Star Search behind America's Best Dance Crew group Super Crew's "Do Knock". Then in 2003, Boss went to Los Angeles and auditioned to become a contestant on MTV's "The Wade Robson Project" where he eventually placed third in the competition. At the same time, he attended Chapman University in Southern California where he studied dance.
Boss originally auditioned for Season 3 of SYTYCD, and made it through 'Vegas Week' but was beaten out by Hokuto "Hok" Konishi when it came to placing in the Top 20. Boss returned in Season 4 making it all the way to the finale, as runner-up. While his breakout performances occurred on So You Think You Can Dance, he previously appeared as a dancer in Hairspray. He can be seen in the dance number at the platter party and in "You Can't Stop the Beat". Boss also choreographed dances for singing groups, such as South Korean singer Se7en and Disney's Cheetah Girls.
Boss has been teaching at South County Classical Ballet for just over a year now with fellow finalist Katee Shean. On July 30, 2009, Boss returned to So You Think You Can Dance with fellow Season 4 contestant Katee Shean to perform their Emmy-nominated piece "Mercy", choreographed by Mia Michaels. Boss continues to teach dance classes and workshops around the world and has even created an online video sketch-comedy in December of 2009 called TheKommune.com.
Recently, Boss landed the movie roles of Jason in "Step Up 3D" (releasing August 6, 2010) and Taz, in "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming". Boss is in the process of producing a casual wear clothing line in Fall 2010 called tWitch Boss Clothing, that will be offered online.
In his current residency of Los Angeles, Boss is part of dance groups Bree and Chill Factor Crew and is participating in the non-profit, Dizzy Feet Foundation, which supports underprivileged youth in dance education and opportunity.
Monique was born and raised in Seattle, WA where she trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School for many years. Later on she danced with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks for two seasons while in college before taking the plunge into the commercial dance world. Monique then moved to Los Angeles to follow her Dream of traveling the world dancing with major artists, appearing in music videos and dancing in commercials.
Monique has gone on tour with Rihanna’s European Promo Tour and Keri Hilson’s “I Am Music” Tour. She has danced in music videos by Rihanna, Chris Brown and even Raven Symone. Monique has been involved in live award shows; MTV VMA’s for Rihanna ‘08, Teen Choice Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Special with Sean Kingston, MTV VMA’s with Beyonce in ’09 and the Victoria Secret Fashion show with the Black Eyed Peas. She has appeared in the Atlantis Resort Commercial, a National commercial for NAIR as well as a FIAT car commercial starring Jennifer Lopez.
Always interested in films, after relocating to New York she attended New York Film Academy and learned about the world of digital filmmaking. She aspires for the next ‘chapter’ in her lyfe and is currently undertaking The “GldnChld” Project with creative partner Will B. Wingfield. Monique is not just a dancer but an Artist and now she will tell stories through the medium of film and it is her responsibility to push ‘it ‘to the limits and b.yond.
Anna Marie has been dancing since the age of 5. She has won numerous regional titles as well as National Champion Titles in the fields of jazz and hip hop. She has been trained under the "LDD" program as well as world re-known studios in Los Angeles such as "The Edge" "Millennium" and "Debbie Reynolds". Anna Marie is an intern for the world re-known company The Pulse (home of Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Sonya and more superstars of the dance world).
She graduated college with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance and Choreography, where she was awarded numerous scholarships and high honors for her choreography and dance work while she was there. Her choreography has won numerous awards around the world as well. She received an invitation to perform and choreograph for the Aberdeen Youth International Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has also won the Top Choreographer award at 4 Nationally ranked Competitions. Her work can be seen with numerous studios, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the country.
She is currently on staff with Celebration Talent Competition where she Emcee's and teaches Master Classes. She is also on staff with Platinum Dance Competition where she travels as a judge and Master teacher.
Anna Marie is also a professional actress working the Birmingham, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles Markets. She has been signed with JPervis Talent of Atlanta, The Brock Agency of North Carolina, Real People of Birmingham and Diverse Talent in Los Angeles. Anna Marie is also named one of Birmingham Magazine “Most Beautiful People”.
She can be seen in the feature films and television shows such as: "Footloose” "Lifted" Tyler Perry’s feature film "Georgia Sky" “Vampire Diaries” and BET's “Being Mary Jane”. Her commercial work includes Royal Caribbean, Nickelodeon, Nike, Exxon, Cracker Barrel, Ford Fusion as well as print work in Justine Magazine, LAT sportswear, and more. Anna Marie trains in acting with "The Company Acting Studio" in Atlanta as well as private instruction with Mary McCusker of Nip/Tuck and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in Los Angeles. You can view more info on Anna Marie - www.annamariedobbins.com
Courtney is one of the top 20 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance. Courtney is a contemporary dancer from Commack, NY. Though she specializes in Contemporary, Galiano also loves to dance hip hop. She appeared in the music video for Kat De Luna’s “Whine Up” and is a dancer for the New York Knicks.
Jessica King is a top contemporary dancer from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is well known for her top 10 appearance on So You Think You Can Dance and appeared as “The Dreamer”, the lead role in the highly acclaimed show Le Reve in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel and Casino for two years.
Jessica is also a highly regarded instructor and choreographer of various styles including contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballroom.
Talia Favia is a Los Angeles based Choreographer, Dancer, Artist, and creator/artistic director of LIV Dance. She has taught and choreographed all over the United States, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and has choreographed on "So You Think You Can Dance" Vietnam. Along with traveling the world, Talia is the founder and director of her Los Angeles based contemporary company, "The Difference Between." Talia and her company had their first show, "The Difference Between Sinking & Drowning" in Phoenix, AZ and performed to a sold out audience in 2013. In 2014, she brought the show to Los Angeles, CA and was fortunate enough to perform for another sold out audience. Talia's dream to keep her company going is becoming reality.
Her most recent accomplishments include being a finalist in the 2014 Capezio A.C.E Awards where she and her company took home 1st place. In July of 2015, Favia's company took the stage with a brand new show, "The Difference Between Actions & Words" at Dancerpalooza in Long Beach, CA where her work preceded to touch and affect a brand new sold out audience. Favia's blessings increased soon after when she went straight into rehearsal for Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance.
Talia's choreography has been described as challenging from the inside out. Her passion and love for teaching is indescribable when you see her in a room and watch her spread her knowledge to the next generation.
Mia was born in Coconut Grove, Florida, to a family of dancers. Her father and dance teacher, Joe Michaels, taught her jazz, tap and ballet, while her sister, Dana, taught her contemporary dance. Though she began her training with members of her family, she also trained at Miami Conservatory, the Miami Performing Arts Center and Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy, as well as, the New World School of the Arts. Her first work experience was with her father at the Miami Dance Center, even though she began choreographing at the age of 11. She still works with her father at Joe Michaels Miami Dance Center. She has also taught dance in several schools, including the International Dance Festival of Italy, Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and as a guest jazz teacher at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
She has choreographed for Madonna's "Drowned World Tour," Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Prince, DK 96, Jon Secada, PYT , and Jimmy Ray. She has also worked with Debbie Allen and Dreamworks on an AMC cable series "Cool Women."
She has choreographed a series of commercials, some award-winning, for the WNBA, Mike's Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, Ziploc, Lady Luck Casino in Las Vegas, MTV's "Hot Properties," Star TV and VISA.
She is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of RAW (Reality At Work), a critically acclaimed New York-based dance company begun in 1997. Mia's contemporary dance company "Mia Michaels R.A.W." has performed in Seoul, Korea, the Jazz World Congress, the International Dance Festival in Amsterdam, the Gypsy Project, Jacobs Pillow, and the New York City '99 concert season. In 2001, the dance company went on a 6-week European tour.
In 2003, she was Director of Choreography for Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium." She has created commissioned-work for Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Oslo Dance Ensemble, and Rhythmek Lightbody. She's worked for the American Music Awards, Celine Dion's "A New Day" and "Taking Chances World Tour," "West Side Story" and "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway, and off-Broadway with "If These Shoes Could Talk" and "Fort Chaffee".
Her claim to international fame came in 2005 when she became a guest judge and contemporary choreographer for the "So You Think You Can Dance" competition television series. In 2009, she abruptly left the show after the auditions in New York City. In 2010, she returned, becoming the new resident judge for the show, replacing Mary Murphy.
David is a actor/choreographer birthed in Southern Maryland, but claiming Central FL as his home. In the early stages of his career he performed in many church musicals and wanted to be a Marine Biologist. In 10th grade, though, everything changed after making audiences laugh as simpleton “Goat” in The Robber Bridegroom.
David attended Valdosta State University and received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance. Immediately following college he created the role "Cleareen Clawson" in the World Premiere of Diva Diaries at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and then toured the country & Canada (135 cities in 10 months, to be exact) in the Fame National Tour as the trumpet-playing “Goody.”
He then spent a brief, yet enriching, time in the Atlanta theatre scene where he performed at the Tony-award winning Alliance Theatre and with Theatre of the Stars in their production of “The Music Man” (which also toured to Houston, TX). He also played tennis and was a 2006 Tournament Finalist. (Who knew all those tennis lessons would pay off?!)
David then hit the road again with the National Tour of Hairspray as "Brad" and would later go on to Assistant Direct for the tour as well as the critically-acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse production.
While in New York, David began working at the West Side YMCA in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre as a House Manager and Freelance Production Manager for special events including "Little Theater, Big Dreams"; a benefit cabaret that he has created, produced and directed for 3 years running.
He is a proud inhabitant of Sunnyside, Queens and has been a member of Actors Equity Association since 2007.
He is very proud to be a Swing and Dance Captain for his first Broadway show, Annie currently playing at the famed Palace Theatre in Times Square NYC. From a future Marine Biologist to Broadway! Just crazy!
Gregg Russell is an Emmy nominated Choreographer and has worked with such stars as: Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson and many more! You may have seen him on television in "Even Stevens", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "The Tonight Show", in the GAP national commercials or his choreography on the hit soap opera "Bold and the Beautiful". He is hosting and production "Tap into the Network" intensives which will have him traveling to 4-6 different cities throughout the country in the summer of 2011 (www.tapintothenetwork.com)
"Gregg brings to tap an eclectic mix of style including hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical, with a traditional base, reminiscent of Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers. It is a joy to watch him dance"- Kenny Ortega, Emmy Award winning Director and Choreographer
Cherrise Wakeham has been dedicated to the art of movement since the age of seven and is now employing her passion for choreography and instruction on a national level. Upon moving to Atlanta in 1998, Cherrise became a founding member of The Phoenix Dance Project, under the direction and choreography of John Mattson, where she began performing, teaching, and choreographing professionally.
Since that time, she has developed a relentless vision for joining forces of both style and technique within her work and has gone on to work with a wide range of students, companies, and programs throughout the southeast.
In 2007, Cherrise founded the Atlanta-based, non-profit professional contemporary commercial dance company, Project 7. Her work both independently and with Project 7 and as has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Informa Magazines and on stages ranging from the Joyce Theatre in New York City to the Alliance and Balzer Theaters in Atlanta. She has been recognized as a 2-time choreographer pick for the Pulse on Tour and invited to a variety of guest performances, including Women in Film and Television of Atlanta, Project S.A.F.E., Phazes of Love and The Pink Frog Foundation. Most recently, Cherrise was named the 1st runner up of the 2014 Capezio ACE Award and winner of a $5000 production budget toward her own show this summer in Los Angeles. Having graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cherrise aims to combine a concentration in child development with her passion for cultivating creativity, discipline, and self-worth within her students in a professional and positive atmosphere.
Will Wingfield began training at age nine at D.C. Dance Factory in Nashville, TN. At age 15, he was noticed by one of the true pioneers of the arts, Mrs. Debbie Allen. Soon thereafter, he moved to L.A., and went on a full scholarship at the "Debbie Allen Dance Academy"(D.A.D.A), where he had the opportunity to train in nine different forms of dance technique. While on scholarship at D.A.D.A he had the pleasure to do five full-length plays, written and directed by Mrs. Debbie Allen. He starred in four principal roles, and served as one of her assistant choreographers on a play she was choreographing, and directing in Beirut Lebanon.
Will joined Terry Beeman's Co. for two years, appearing in two of his full length shows; "Bound" and "La Piccolo Concerto. He danced in the 57th Annual Emmy Awards in the very first competition of "Emmy Idol." He had the experience of being a part of the skeleton crew, for the Paramount Pictures movie "Dreamgirls." After graduating high school he moved to Las Vegas to be a part of "A New Day" by DRAGONE, starring the world renowned Celine Dion. In 2008 Will was one of the "Top 8" finalist on Season IV of "So You Think You Can Dance." He performed in the "Emmy Award" winning piece choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Will has done work recently overseas in OMAN with Debbie Allen, The Kennedy Center, and the Sultanate of Oman.
Will premiered as the Lead Flying Monkey in the revival of "The Wiz," as well as being a part of the ensemble cast at City Center in NY 09'. In the fall of 09 Will joined the Tony award-winning cast of "In The Heights," as the principal role of "Graffiti Pete". After Broadway Will was on set choreographer for a GE super bowl commercial, and has been Assistant Choreographer to Mia Michaels on the 1st musical episode of "House," as well as ABC's Pilot "GRACE." Will just finished work on the "Rock Of Ages" Feature Film directed by Adam Shankman. Will has been fortunate enough to work for, and train with, some of the most talented Artist's still around today.
Noelle Marsh began her career at the age of 18 when she took on Fox's hit series “So You Think You Can Dance” where she earned a place as a top ten finalist. Since, she has appeared on Glee, The Voice, The X Factor, House, Parks and Recreation, Dancing With The Stars, Bones, and Ellen Degeneres. She has performed on award shows including The Video Music Awards, The Academy Awards, and The Billboard Awards and has performed with Beyonce, J-Lo, and The Wanted. Noelle has toured the U.S. as a company member of Shaping Sound and has performed with Stacey Tookey's company Still Motion. Noelle has worked alongside Emmy winning choreographer Mia Michaels as an assistant for “So You Think You Can Dance” and has toured with her on JUMP dance competition/convention. Noelle was the winner of Season 2 of Nigel Lythgoe's "Every Single Step," on Verizon's go90 network.
David Norwood has more than 20 years of experience in the dance and entertainment industry. An accomplished choreographer/director and teacher, his vision and expertise in dance have been a source of excellence throughout the U.S , Asia and Europe. His achievements have been featured in the L.A times, New York times and Dance Spirit magazine as well as other entertainment media outlets.
Offering a unique blend of creative and technical strengths, David is known for his success in creating new ideas and projects in all forms of media and exciting growth and interest in dance in studios in Los Angeles and throughout Atlanta.
His strategic approach to creating unique dance related projects is reflected in his work as CEO of DEK 11 concepts and choreography , where his creative genius coupled with focus on the product quickly delivers impressive results and bottom line growth.
David Norwood's exceptional track record in the world of dance is based on his philosophy of creating the "Moving Visual". He is known for his ability to quickly identify and create projects that go far beyond the expectations of the client and refine their marketing campaigns for the companies products.
Specialties: Choreography/Master Workshops/Branding
Lisette Bustamante began her entertainment career straight out of high school, and in the years since she’s worn a number of professional hats, including dancer, choreographer, artistic director, music video director, dance educator and movement coach. She’s danced alongside superstars such as Madonna, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Usher on stages all over the globe, and has choreographed for Pink, Prince, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. She’s been featured in commercials for Gap, Pepsi, Pringles, Apple and Sprite, and has choreographed for and has been featured in numerous film and television productions. She continues to share her love of dance by traveling as a dance educator on Artists Simply Human and Monsters of Hip Hop.