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Guest Choreographers

The Best Opportunities right here at CDC.

Previous and Current Guests


Al Blackstone
Musical Theatre

Al Blackstone is an NYC-based choreographer, performer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work "sweet, silly, sly... infectious." While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. He was recently featured as a Broadway choreographer on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance. In July of 2012 he directed, and choreographed the original dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom. Al has created original work for; Broadway Cares, Dancers Responding to Aids, Pace University, University of the Arts, Julliard, and Marymount Manhattan College. Theatrical credits include directing and choreographing the opening number of Easter Bonnet 2013 and 2104 and Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). Favorite performing credits include: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages), the feature film A Winter's Tale, NBC's American Dreams, and TLCs Trading Spaces. As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakepseare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center). He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC. Al is very proud to be a part of the JUMP family. www.alblackstone.net

Andrew Winghart

Andrew Winghart is a Los Angeles-based director and choreographer known for his unique and high-energy compositions.  Originally from Wisconsin, Andrew moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California on a full-tuition academic scholarship from which he graduated in May of 2014.  Some of his recent work includes Lorde’s ‘Melodrama World Tour’, 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS Moana Performance, Lorde at the 2017 MTV VMAs, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the ‘Powered by Pride PSA’ for Equinox, a commercial for Motorola, and the ‘Dancing With the Stars: Live!’ Tour.  In February 2017 his dance concept video ‘Cry Me a River,’ earned him a feature in Time Magazine’s online publication and garnered more than eight million views across platforms.  To supplement his work in dance and film Andrew recently completed a six week architectural studies course through Parson’s The New School in July 2017.  His clear and dynamic viewpoint continues to solidify his position as a next generation talent in the dance community.

Anthony Morigerato

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 Anthony Morigerato is the executive director and choreographer for the New York City based AM Productions (2007-Present). Anthony was also the artistic director of the AM Dance Project from 2006-2008. As a performer Anthony has been a soloist and member of Michael Minery's Tapaholics and is the lead tap dancer and choreographer for the musical group Matt and Anthony. He has performed on stages all over the world and on television on the Tony Danza Show and NBC's America's Got Talent. Anthony is an accomplished dancer in all disciplines having trained at Marymount Manhattan College where he performed the work of ballet and modern luminaries such as Robert Battle, Elizabeth Higgins, Jiri Kylian, Katie Langan, David Parsons, and William Soleu. He has served as an adjudicator and master teacher for dance organizations, competitions, theater schools, and dance studios throughout the nation since 1999, having students go on to perform in every medium of the performance industry on stages all over the world. Anthony continues to travel the nation performing, teaching, and choreographing, while students flock to NYC to study with him privately.

Bobby Newberry
Jazz Funk

Multi-talented singer/songwriter/dancer/choreographer Bobby Newberry is breaking into the music scene with his impressive vocal talent, choreography, and dance skills redefining pop music. In 2014 Following the success of multiple singles including the top dance hit “Dirrty Up” featuring Jessie and the Toy Boys and his well-received guest vocal appearance on Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton’s acoustic cover of La Roux’s “Bulletproof” Newberry released his first EP #THENEWBERRYSPECIAL.

Newberry launched the project with the single “SWEAT” debuting on Billboard.com with an innovative music video set in the Mojave Desert where dancers were thrown to the dirt and put to the test to make them “SWEAT.” The grinding in your face hands-in-the-air club track designed to get your body moving garnered a great response placing in the top 10 on Advocate.com’s Hot Sheet and generated strong social media support from top influencers in the pop/dance community.

#THENEWBERRYSPECIAL was received with great success. The single “SWEAT” drew the attention of pop group Danity Kane, who requested the talented performer join them as they reunited for the #DKNOFILTER Tour in 2014. Newberry debuted as their opening act in venues all along the west coast. On tour Bobby began working on the upcoming single “Flight from Paris” set to debut in early 2015 with a video starring youtube sensation Yanis Marshall and Porcelain Black.

As a young child growing up in an underprivileged household in Orange County, California, Newberry discovered his passion for music and movement. A self-taught dancer, he spent countless hours dissecting and emulating the dance style and fundamentals of his inspirations, pop icons: Michael Jackson, Madonna, & Prince. Despite no formal dance training until age 11, Newberry entered and won numerous local talent shows as a dancer and received enough recognition to earn a scholarship at a dance/gymnastics studio. When not training in dance, he participated in singing groups and the school choir. After high school, Newberry was awarded a scholarship to the renowned EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, California, where he worked with famed choreographers, Brian Friedman who choreographed for Britney Spears and Gil Duldulao who choreographed for Janet Jackson, just to name a few. More than just a talented dancer, Newberry was inspired to find his own dance style, a combo of hip hop and stylized movement. His unique and relevant pop-oriented style of dance caught the industry’s attention and Newberry was soon an in-demand choreographer. Says Newberry, “music is my life…. it’s why I do anything and everything”

Newberry’s creative genius as a choreographer led to an outstanding list of credits spanning live/stage, TV and music videos including the Pussycat Dolls, Eminem, Girlicious, Jessie & the Toyboys, Porcelain Black, Lil’ Wayne, Taylor Dayne, Eva Longoria for Bebe, Missy Elliott, Jody Watley, Aaron Kwok and television shows, X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman and America’s Got Talent. Newberry also worked on Pussycat Dolls music video for “When I Grow Up”, which won Best Dance Video at the 2008 VMAs.

Although Newberry’s career first began with incredible breaks in choreography, he has always considered himself an artist. Currently focused on the vocal aspect of his talents Newberry has begun collaborating with a group of amazing producers in Los Angeles, including the famed Damon Sharpe, whose clientele include Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Minogue.  The musical journey of Bobby Newberry is just beginning and the dance floor should get ready.

Chaz Buzan

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Chaz Buzan grew up in Scottsdale AZ and trained at Arizona Angels Dance Studio at the age of 13. He primarily studied jazz before finding his true passion for contemporary movement. Chaz's early contemporary training came from his time with Dana Metz and Natasha Louis with the pre-professional company "Initial Existence." Chaz has performed on various television, award shows, and other special events over the years including "The PULSE On Tour" where he began assisting Mia Michaels. He then proceeded to train under Mia and work closely with her on various projects. His performance credits include Cirque du Soleil "Believe," Florence + the Machine MTV VMA performance, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" Music Video, Demi Lovato - "Dancing with the Stars," and Madonna's "MDNA World Tour 2012." Chaz made his film debut in the short film "Secret Project Love Revolution" as "The Angel of Love" directed by Madonna. Buzan is the male principal dancer for Talia Favia's contemporary dance company "The Difference Between." While in this role, he has performed as the Lead male dancer in 'The Difference Between Singing & Drowning' in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013, followed by the companies debut in Hollywood, CA in 2014. Chaz continues to travel the globe, sharing the information he has gained throughout his career; merging humanity with movement.

"I believe, you must first bring a Human quality to your Art, to then reach an audience by Performing realism, through Movement." -Chaz Buzan

Human . Artist . Performer . Dancer

Emma Portner

Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she shares her unique abilities internationally, in both live settings, and across social media platforms. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living video as well as on his Purpose World Tour.
The New York Times calls her "beguiling." Dance Spirit Magazine writes, "Her intricate, gestural work requires the coiled energy of a large predator." According to Dance Spirit, she is one of 13 young choreographers who are "Changing the dance world."

In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma Young Choreographer of the Year. Since then, her choreography has won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards.

Emma's obsession with dance began at Leeming Danceworks Studio in Ottawa; she trained with the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada and graduated with honors from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts, and went on to study at the Ailey School in New York City. She has had the privilege of training with the Canadian dance company Rubberbandance in 2014, and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with Aszure Barton, Alexandra Wells, Bobbi Jene Smith, Jermaine Spivey, Tom Weinberger, Spenser Theberge, and Shannon Gillen.

Emma's dancing first found an audience while collaborating with exquisite dancer and dear friend, Matt Luck. Their short dance film – Dancing In the Dark went viral and was screened at film festivals across Europe. She continues to pursue dance on film, recently choreographing and performing for the indie sensation Blood Orange.

Emma manages and directs her New York based contemporary dance company, teaches across North America and Europe, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Intrigue Dance Convention. She performs regularly with Michelle Dorrance's tap dance company, Dorrance Dance.

Forever a student, Emma hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile.

Emma currently resides in New York City.

Erica Marr

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Erica began her dance training at 3 years old. It was soon obvious that this was her passion and chosen career as she started actively teaching at only 16 years old. Excelling as a studio competition dancer, she was later drawn to pursue Latin Ballroom, both for its challenging intensity and feminine beauty. In less than 1 1/2 years into her training, Erica won a World Championship title in her division. This sparked her to move to New York City to continue her training as a professional under top champion coaches. Later moving to Los Angeles, she was able to continue her love for teaching and training. There, she realized the true magic of exposing ballroom to competition studios. She is an excelling choreographer using elements of Jazz and Latin to create high intensity classes and fierce choreography. She was a 2017 Capezio Ace Finalist. Teaching ballroom with a unique approach keeps her in high demand and leaves students feeling inspired! She thoroughly enjoys expanding student's versatility and is excited to join the JUMP family!


Kirsten Russell

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Kirsten Russell, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, began her journey dancing at 10 years old. While being a part of CC & Company Dance Complex for 8 years, she trained closely with choreographers such as Peter Chu, Martha Nichols, Jason Parsons, Lauren Adams, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey, and Teddy Forance. Beginning at the age of 14, she expanded her training at summer intensives such as Common Arts Mutual Passion (CAMP), BodyTraffic, and Chuthis. While attending college at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she got to continue her training outside of school under the direction of Peter Chu while assisting his second Chuthis Movement Intensive in Costa Rica. Upon leaving school she dove into creating, and began teaching and choreographing at her home studio, CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina under the direction of Christy Curtis. Shortly after she began creating she was one of 19 choreographers chosen to compete as a finalist at the 2014 Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City. Inspired by her experience there, she entered again and was honored to be the winner of the 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Awards, which included $15,000 towards creating her own full length show, "Fell Only Once", which premiered in Long Beach, California in August of 2016 at DancerPalooza.. Since winning the A.C.E. Awards she has choreographed in multiple countries, featured work in Shelly Hutchinson's "The Giving Tree" in NYC, and is now a faculty member on JUMP Dance Convention. Most recently, Russell was interviewed and featured in Dance Teacher Magazine diving into the details of her process and choreographic experiences. She is more than thrilled to be a part of the JUMP family!


Mandy Moore

Six-time Emmy-nominee Mandy Moore is a world-class Director, Producer, Choreographer, and Dancer best known for her ground-breaking work on the global television hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.  Recent work includes the 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS , the 2017 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS, the 2017 TARGET Grammy spot, 2017 GRAMMY AWARDS Opening number, a fashion film with David O. Russell for Prada,  Disney’s 60th Anniversary Celebration on ABC, and Damien Chazelle’s original movie musical LA LA LAND which is the recipient of 7 Golden Globe Awards and 6 Academy Awards.  Other credits include the Oscar-nominated films AMERICAN HUSTLE and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; FOX’s hit shows GLEE and AMERICAN IDOL; DID YOU YEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? with Hugh Grant; Nickelodeon’s THE FRESH BEAT BAND, the L.A. Ballet Company’s innovative New Wave L.A. Program; Celine Dion’s sold-out  Taking Chances concert tour; Britain’s STRICTLY COME DANCING; and Cirque du Soleil’s MY IMMORTAL. Other work includes Leslye Headland’s film SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE; commercials for Amazon Prime, Target, and Skechers; hit television shows including MODERN FAMILY; and Shania Twain’s hit show, YOU’RE STILL THE ONE, which took its final bow after a successful two-year run at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  Mandy's contemporary and jazz choreography has been performed on television, in film, and on concert and theater stages around the world. She’s currently a Producer on ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS. On stage, Mandy directed and choreographed a crowd-pleasing stage production of THE WEDDING SINGER, and brought NOBODY LOVES YOU Off-Broadway to Second Stage Theatre in New York after choreographing the show’s world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. As a leader in the entertainment industry, Mandy also takes time teaching and educating the next generation of dance talent. As of February 2017, she’s on the Board of Governors at the Television Academy leading the newly established Choreographer Peer Group.

Mia Michaels
Contemporary/Musical Theatre

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From screen to stage, Mia has turned dance into inspired and unique works of passion and beauty. This year will mark a highly anticipated stage venture that will propel this multiple Emmy winner to even further heights as one of our most sought after innovators, not only in the world of dance, but in the entire entertainment industry.

Mia created, directed, choreographed and reinvented the iconic brand of the Radio City Rockettes in their NY Spectacular, which opened to rave reviews in June of 2016. This multifaceted spectacle  marked her directorial debut.

In 2015, Mia joined forces as choreographer with dream team Harvey Weinstein, Diane Paulus, and Barry Weissler for the hugely successful Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND. She choreographed a special preview of the song, “Neverland” for the 68th Tony Awards featuring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, as well as served as guest choreographer of the opening number for the Rockettes Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and as guest artist and mentor at Broadway at the White House hosted by Michelle Obama, Kristen Chenoweth, and Matthew Morrison.

Mia has turned dance into inspired and unique works of passion and beauty. Mia’s brilliant choreography was showcased when she reunited with her SYTYCD judge alumnus, Adam Shankman, in the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, ROCK OF AGES.  Her moves were showcased by the star-studded cast, which includes – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  She followed that with a co-starring role in Summit Entertainment’s STEP UP 4.

On television, Mia has served as the ever-popular judge and contributing choreographer for Fox’s award winning TV show (and touring company) “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD).  Not only has Mia won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Choreography for the television series SYTYD, but also her role in SYTYCD contributed to the show receiving the “Best Reality TV Show” award at the 2008 Reality TV Show Awards. Additionally, her brilliant choreography and huge fan-base in Canada has led her to share her talents for a reoccurring role as judge and guest choreographer with SYTYCD Canada for the entirety of the four year series. Mia also directed and choreographed a dream sequence with Hugh Laurie for the hit television show, HOUSE MD, entitled “Get Happy.”

She directed and choreographed Blake McGrath’s Relax video, which was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards. Other work in film and television includes: “Cool Women” for AMC/DreamWorks Television, and award winning commercials for Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, Ziploc, the WNBA, Star TV and VISA.

Mia choreographed the most notable Celine Dion show, A New Day, which played at Caesars’ Palace in Las Vegas for over five years and received stunning reviews. The New York Times raved, “The greatest pleasure…was the go for-broke physicality of the choreography”. The show featured a cast of 50 dancers with two hours of pure dance artistry. Other shows featuring Mia’s choreography include Celine Dion’s world Tour, Taking Chances and Cirque du Soleil’s first touring show, Delirium, which premiered in March 2006. She has also created works for numerous recording artists including: Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Anna Vissi, and Prince.

Mia’s dedication to the art of dance naturally carries a presence in the dance concert arena. Included in her diverse concert and stage work was the critically acclaimed New York based dance company, RAW, for which she was the founder, artistic director, and choreographer; the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of “Hello Dolly!” starring Tovah Feldshuh; Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal; Jazz Dance Chicago; and the Oslo Dance Ensemble. Recently, Mia was honored to receive the prestigious Tom Adams award for her dedication to TITAS and the arts. The La Fete du Ballet chairs, Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk, presented the award.

Mia’s expertise in the area of dance has made her a highly sought after master teacher and choreographer worldwide. She has held faculty positions at prestigious institutions of dance around the world including Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet, and International Dance Festivals all over the world. 

Mike Minery

Mike Minery, a New Jersey native, has established himself as one of the finest tap dancers and choreographers working today. Mike has been named the 1997 World Tap Champion and was a recipient of a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award. He toured the world as a soloist with the internationally acclaimed Manhattan Tap company, and has been featured at The Supper Club on Broadway, in the '40s revue This Joint is Jumping. He has created his own tap company, "Tapaholics", which debuted at the famed Duke Theatre in New York City and has performed in countless theatres and on television as a feature guest on The Tony Danza Show. Mike has been seen in Footprints Tap Jam 2000 in Chicago, an Equity Cares Fight AIDS production of "Zoot Suit Strut", and was a soloist in the 2001 Tap Extravaganza at Town Hall Theater in Manhattan. He has choreographed pieces for Manhattan Tap, The New Jersey Tap Ensemble and The North Carolina Youth Ensemble, as well as numerous companies and studios around the world. Most recently, Mike choreographed "Tap: The Show", which is running at the Music Box Theatre in Hershey Park for the next three summers. He is also the Director and Choreographer of SLIDE, a tap workshop and Off-Broadway show!

Nick Lazzarini

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Nick was the very first winner of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance. Prior to Nick winning So You Think You Can Dance, he toured Europe with the RAW Dance Company, which was founded by choreographer Mia Michaels. Nick has graced the cover of Dance Spirit magazine twice and also competed as part of a dance group called Hot under the Collar, appearing on CBS's Star Search remake. He performed on Dancing with the Stars twice; the most recent was a piece he choreographed for Shaping Sound with Travis Wall and Teddy Forance titled "Without You;" which has been nominated for an Emmy. Nick recently collaborated with Travis and Teddy to create the contemporary dance company, "Shaping Sound." The trio is also starring in a reality docu-series on Oxygen, All the Right Moves, airing July 2012, which focuses on their experiences as they live together and start the new dance company in LA.

Sorah Yang
Hip Hop

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Sorah Yang is a dance teacher and choreographer based out of Los Angeles, CA , and is most recognized for her powerful, clean, and explosive dance style. Her dance journey began 13 years ago and since then she has trained under the world's top choreographers in hip hop, urban choreography, contemporary, and a variety of street styles. She was nominated "Female Choreographer of the Year" at the World of Dance Awards twice (2015, 2017) among some of the industry's most accomplished choreographers.

Sorah choreographs for one for the most prestigious urban dance companies, GRV, which she has been a part of for 7 years. Her unique style of movement has brought her to over 22 countries worldwide and 30 colleges around the US to teach workshops and classes. She has also choreographed and creative directed music videos for international musical artists, and has appeared in national commercials, internet series, and TV shows as both dancer and choreographer. However, despite dipping her toes into the commercial industry, her main passion is teaching, mentoring, and training dancers to increase their body awareness and technical ability in urban dance styles. She aspires to be a living representation that preconceived notions and standards of success in the dance industry shouldn't limit any dancer's ability and potential to succeed. She strongly believes in the importance of developing dancers as humans first - promoting integrity, respect, and work ethic as the essential foundation for dancers to build their physical ability on top of. 

When she’s not traveling for work, you can find her teaching at Movement Lifestyle in North Hollywood, managing her dance clothing brand, or running seminars and mentorship programs designed to help college students balance their academics with their artistic passions.

Spenser Theberge

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 Spenser Theberge is a freelance performing artist and creator from Portland, Oregon, USA. He received his early training from the School of Oregon Ballet Theater, Columbia Dance, and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Spenser graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 and began dancing with the Netherlands Dance Theater II. In 2012, Spenser was promoted to Netherlands Dance Theater I where he created with and danced the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Lightfoot Leon, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Hans van Manen, and Alexander Ekman, among others. In 2013, Spenser ​joined The Forsythe Company as a guest artist for the final two seasons of the company before its closure in 2015. Freelancing since then, Spenser has most recently been seen as a guest artist with Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot, the Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, and the ARIAS Company.

Spenser's own work has been presented and supported internationally, with commissions presented at The Korzo Theater, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Place des Arts, The Juilliard School, and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Spenser also collaborates with partner Jermaine Spivey, and their work has been supported by Hollins University, PACT Zollverein, Nuova Officina della Danza, and presented by The Korzo Theater, The Frankfurt LAB, Place des Arts, and DISJECTA. Multidisciplinary in content, Spenser's work explores ideas of identity and perception through highly physical and inventive scenarios.  

As a creator, Spenser has also designed costumes for Andrea Miller, the ARIAS Company, and performing artist Frances Chiaverini, as well as his own creations. He is also the text writer behind Alexander Ekman's award winning "Cacti" and "Hubbub". Most recently, Spenser has begun working as a concept coordinator and Art Director, his work with Seaworthy Jewelry seen across blogs and print.  

Spenser is a much sought-after teacher of ballet, contemporary dance, and improvisation, conducting master classes at conservatories, schools, and summer programs across America, Europe, and Asia. Spenser is a Young Arts award winner, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a Princess Grace Award winner.

Spenser’s creations, whether in collaboration with Jermaine Spivey and Arika Yamada or made alone, reflect on ideas of identity and perception, showing performers physically investigating points of view, assumption, and conflict.  Based in improvisation and highly multidisciplinary, Spenser’s work doesn’t aim to comment expressly, but rather to show a circumstance, to give the audience an opportunity to interpret and consider their own views.  How the audience watches informs their experience as well, so Spenser looks to create work in alternative venues with untraditional seating arrangements, emphasizing the audience’s sense of varying perspectives.  There are many ways to tell a story and many ways to hear that story.  Through the creation of performance work, Spenser is committed to continued conversation, to continued exploration of how we speak to and listen to one another.  

Stacey Tookey

Originally from Canada, Stacey represented her country at the Adeline Genee awards in London, England, danced with Ballet British Columbia, Fusion Dance Company and as a member of the N.B.A.'s "Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team". Upon moving to New York she has had the honor of working on projects with Bette Midler and Micheal Buble. She has performed in concerts as a member of Mia Michaels Company R.A.W. including Jacob's Pillow and with Parsons Dance Project in Seoul, Korea. Other performances included Carmen with the Houston Grand Opera and assistant choreographer of A Few Good Men Dancin' on Broadway. In 2002, Stacey relocated to Las Vegas where she was original cast member for the entire 5 year run of Celine Dion's show A New Day at Caesars Palace. Other performances with Celine include The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 2004 World Music Awards, Larry King Live, CNN's New Year's countdown live in Times Square and A&E's biography of Celine Dion. She has been slimed on National T.V. alongside Justin Timberlake dancing at the 2007 Kids Choice Awards. In addition to performing, Stacey has taught master classes in Mexico, Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica and throughout North America, and has been the recipient of many choreography awards. In 2010, she choreographed the music video for Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts." Stacey has been featured as a choreographer and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance both in the US and Canada and directed the So You Think You Can Dance Canada top 10 tour for season two. Last year she was nominated for an Emmy for "Fear" with Kathryn and Legacy from season 6; recently she has been nominated for a 2012 Emmy for "In This Shirt," "Turning Tables" and "Heart Asks For Pleasure First" from season 8. Stacey is currently based in LA and is excited to be on the NUVO faculty.

Talia Favia

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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

Teddy Forance

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Teddy Forance is from Southampton, Massachusetts where he trained with his family's studio the Hackworth School of Performing Arts. Since 2006, he has danced with Janet Jackson, Cirque du Soleil, Mia Michaels, Maxwell, Usher, Florence & the Machine, and Lady Gaga. His performances include: the 2010 Oscars, Ellen, Good Morning America, TRL, American Idol, and three separate Dancing with the Stars performances! He has choreographed for Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald. Collaborating with Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini, Teddy has recently created "Shaping Sound" a Los Angeles based contemporary dance company featuring 26 talented dancers in the industry, including fellow JUMP faculty member Melanie Moore. The company's performance of "Without You" on Dancing with the Stars brought Teddy, Travis and Nick an Emmy nomination! Along with the dancers of Shaping Sound, he is currently starring in Oxygen network's reality docu-series All the Right Moves, which follows Teddy, Nick and Travis, as they launch their company and live together in Hollywood.

Travis Wall

Travis is the 2015 & 2017 Emmy award winner for Outstanding Choreography. He was the runner-up for the fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 and is currently a resident choreographer for the national dance competition show. He is a seven-time Emmy nominated choreographer for his work. He began his career at the age of 12 on Broadway in The Music Man! Additional TV credits include choreographing The 82nd Academy Awards, The 65th Emmy Awards, The 60th Anniversary Disneyland Special, The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and Pretty Little Liars. He's choreographed for artists such as Adele, Demi Lovato, Florence and the Machine, Maddie Ziegler, and Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water music video which one the CMT Video of the Year! Film credits include Step Up Revolution, and The Wedding Ringer! He also choreographed and danced with the First Lady Michelle Obama on Ellen and at the White House! Travis also has been teaching since he was 16 years old, and currently teaches on NUVO dance convention. @traviswall