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Dejan Tubic is “lighting the world on fire with his fierce moves” according to Fox News Los Angeles. From The New York Times, YouTube, The Ellen Show, and even PerezHilton.com, everybody is talking about it. With over 40 millions views all over the world, Dejan Tubic is becoming the most watched Choreographer on-line. Aside from his on-line achievements, Dejan is also a working dancer and choreographer in the industry. He was last seen on MTV’s The Electric Barbarella, working all season long as their choreographer. Recently, Dejan was hired with his partner Janelle Ginestra, not only to dance on America’s Got Talent, but also to choreograph an episode, including the Rebecca Black Performance, and Youtube sensation, Keenan Cahill featuring Nick Cannon. Dejan has danced for several artists including Usher at the American Music Awards and dancing for the legendary Toni Braxton in her music video “Make My Heart”. Traveling abroad, not only to teach workshops in countries all over the world, including Russia, India, and Mexico, he also Choreographed for their artists such as Vivi from China and Kele Okereke from the U.K. Dejan is a faculty member of International Dance Academy (IDA) in Hollywood, CA, where shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew film. Whether it is traveling world teaching classes or choreographing music videos, Dejan Tubic is leaving his mark on the dance industry.
Dedicated wholly to her craft, Kathryn McCormick is a dancer who passionately seeks and desires to perform with purpose and meaning. She throws herself into choreography with reckless abandon. She humbly submits herself as a vessel for artistic expression so that each performance allows every movement to offer significance and translate emotion. Aside from dance, Kathryn invests herself into the lives of those she meets and builds relationships with anyone who may cross her path. She also has a compassionate heart that seeks to use her own blessings to provide for the less fortunate. While training in her home state of Georgia, Kathryn began to show that she had the potential to dance at a professional level. Early on, she competed with “Augusta West”, her home studio, at national dance conventions. During her junior year of high school Kathryn realized that performing and dancing professionally were her true passions and the dream for her future. In late 2008, after securing her first professional role as a supporting dancer in the FAME remake, Kathryn packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles. As she began to settle into the Los Angeles area, training and auditioning began to open doors for her and presented her with the opportunity to perform with choreographers such as Doug Caldwell, Joelle Martinec, Nichelle Bane, Lillian Manansala, Mecca Vazie Andrews, and most recently, Tessandra Chavez. Kathryn joined the Urban Poets, a performing arts company based out of her church, Mosaic. With the Urban Poets, Kathryn traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to dance in the production of “Scribble,” for Edinburgh’s acclaimed “Fringe Festival.” In the latter part of 2009, Kathryn made her way onto the 6th season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her impeccable work ethic, adaptability, and desire to touch the hearts and souls of America won her the honor of top female dancer for Season 6 and the opportunity to be an “AllStar” on Season 7, 8 & 9. Beginning in 2011, Kathryn invested her time as a motivational speaker with “The Revolve Tour”, a conference devoted to encouraging teenage girls to chase their deepest desires and most importantly to know they are loved unconditionally. Most Recently Kathryn can be seen in her first leading role as “Emily” in the feature film STEP UP REVOLUTION.
Kyle Robinson began dancing when he was 11-years-old at The Gold School in Brockton, MA. By the time he was 18, he received the Gold Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). It was also during this time that he met legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov who began to mentor Kyle from that point on. He went on to fine-tune his abilities by training at the Julliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Throughout his college experience Kyle continued to take his skill to the next level, and worked as a freelance dancer with Aszure & Artists as well as the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. His hard work paid off, and he landed the role of Diesel in West Side Story’s first national tour. Continuing with this success, Kyle performed a special ballet piece on Dancing with the Stars this past season and remains active in the dance community. He now resides in LA where he starred in a reality documentary series on the Oxygen network titled All The Right Moves. Currently, he mentors and dances with Shaping Sound Dance Company, as well as independently.
After moving to North Hollywood, Shaun Evaristo was contacted by YG Entertainment to work for Korean pop group Big Bang. It was essentially the gateway to his professional dancing career. He choreographed the routines for Big Bang member Tae Yang’s hit music videos “Wedding Dress” and “I Need A Girl”, as well as a few others. Through YG Entertainment, Shaun caught the attention of other popular Korean pop artists. This time, through Kanauru Productions, Shaun worked with Se7en to help them structure and choreograph a dance routine to his hit song “Drip”, released in 2010.
Shaun had the opportunity to not only work with these popular Korean pop artists, but he also toured with Omarion in the United States and Canada. He has shot several music videos for international artists, but his first work with an artist from the United States was a music video-type commercial for Sears using High School Musical star, Vanessa Hudgens’ song “Arrive”. Shaun has most recently toured with Justin Bieber on his Believe Tour.
Aside from choreographing for music artists, Shaun also makes his own dance pieces that he teaches at dance workshops for dancers who want to learn his material. His work has been showcased at several dance workshops around the world. Among these workshops lies the Urban Dance Camp in Germany, a dance intensive education workshop. Shaun has also paid a visit to the Broadway Dance Company in Tokyo, Japan.
Shaun is founder and CEO of his choreography management company, Movement Lifestyle. It focuses on providing help for upcoming and established choreographers to provide them with the tools and aid that they need to help them improve their respective careers. Choreographers not only are trained as dancers, but the company helps them improve their media and accessibility to the public so that it helps them excel in their profession. It was originally started because Shaun noticed through his own experiences that life as a dancer isn’t easy, and struggles can be handled together as a group.
He also is the founder of The Movement Lifestyle Studio, located in North Hollywood, CA. Shaun felt that the dancing community needed a spot they could all come to in order to better work together and create routines. Its main goal is to tie the dancing community together, while at the same time giving dancers the opportunity to take classes taught by world renown instructors.
Brooke hails from Toledo, Ohio where she learned how to dance from her masterful mother Brenda Paulsen. She has worked with tap heavy weights such as Jason Samuel Smith, Chloe Arnold and Fayard Nicholas. She continues to travel the world sharing her knowledge and love for dance. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, she was quickly recruited to be in Gregg Russell’s company Tapsounds Underground. Brooke has performed with many artists including Pink, Sisqo, Paulina Rubio, David Bisbal and T.A.T.U. featuring the Pussycat Dolls. She has performed in the The MTV Movie Awards, The Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, which won an Emmy for choreography and industrials including Adidas, Domino’s, Rainsoft, Google, IBM and Sunrider. She also works with the group iLuminate, which was featured on America’s Got Talent. She appeared on television shows like Sabrina: the Teenage Witch, The Nikki Cox Show and The Young and the Restless. Today, Brooke works as an associate choreographer to Kevin and Marcel Wilson. Together, as Mister Wilson Entertainment, they choreograph for television, movies, commercials, music videos and stage shows. Their latest endeavors include stage shows at the Rio Hotel & Casino: The Show in the Sky and they continue to choreograph New Year’s Eve shows for the Bellagio Casino, Aria, Atlantis and Mandalay Bay. For video, they have choreographed the Jery Sandoval music video “Sexy” and a VIV Magazine commercial. Recently they were featured on “Dancing with the Stars,” where they choreographed a “James Brown Tribute” starring Wayne Brady. Currently, she is working as an assistant choreographer for Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Matthew Tseng is in Love with dancing, choreographing, and teaching. Mixing academics with artistry, Matthew believes that dance is an art that is meant to be felt, lived, but also studied. Matthew brings his Love for Life, Learning, and Dance to his work, creating an exciting, informative, and invigorating studio environment. Matthew believes that dance is a mixture of Athleticism, Emotion, and Movement. Matthew also teaches compassion and appreciation within the dance studio, thus helping dancers realize their self-worth and accomplishment with every class.
Matthew has choreographed for the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance- Poland,” and has choreographed around the world. Matthew has his own class at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in Los Angeles, and has also taught for conventions such as LA Dance Magic and NTG. Matthew has also taught in numerous countries around the world, including Poland, Mexico, and Sweden.
As a dancer, Matthew trained technically under the legendary Paula Morgan. Under Ms. Morgan’s direction, Matthew built an intensely technical ballet base, upon which he now elaborates upon with his own athletic and immensely physical style. Matthew assisted Ms. Paula Morgan, and traveled the world as her assistant. Matthew also had the privilege of working with the amazing Sonya Tayeh, and dancing in her company ‘Tayeh Dance’ for a number of years. In addition, Matthew is currently finishing his final year of law school.
Matthew appeared in the national iPod campaign (“Shut up and let me go” by the Ting Tings), on Carson Kressley’s television show “How To Look Good Naked”, in music videos for artists including Melody Gardot and Namie Amuro, in an international Vidal Sassoon campaign, and has shared the stage with recording artists such as Lea Salonga, Jasmine Trias, and Vina Morales. In addition, Matthew appeared in the pilot episode of “Cartera”, performed a solo choreographed by Sonya Tayeh in the EDGE Performing Arts Center Annual Showcase, is a member of Erica Sobol’s CollidE Dance Company, has performed for Matt Cady (of Fanny Pak) on many occasions, has worked with the world renowned director Jon Chu on his new project “The LXD”, and has performed in numerous live stage shows around the world. Matthew is also an original member of the Sonya Tayeh’s Company “Tayeh Dance.”
Becca Retter is a multi-talented Master Teacher residing in New York City. She is proud to carry on the work of the Legendary Mr. Al Gilbert, creating age-appropriate songs and dances through her product “Dance Advantage” for MusicWorks. Becca was featured in the “Terrific Tap” issue of Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has performed at the House of Blues in Los Angeles; Las Vegas and on MTV, and she has danced internationally in Canada, Denmark, Guatemala and Russia. Volume 4 of her popular preschool series, “Dance Adventure” is now available! Becca’s love and enthusiasm for dance make her a favorite among students and teachers and she always enjoys sharing her talents.
Though Seth has just entered into his early twenties, he’s already a pro, working in the entertainment industry since age 7. He booked his first tour with Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE when he was 11 years old. Ever since then, he knew dancing and sharing his love for performing was his passion. Seth has worked as a dancer with some of LA’s top choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Shane Sparks, Sonya Tayeh, Matt Tseng, Joelle Martinec, Sabrina Phillip and many others. Seth has appeared on Americas Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, shows on Disney XD, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and T.V. spots. He was a member of the athletic Diavolo Dance Theatre, and also just became a member of Solevita Dance Company. You can see Seth’s own contemporary choreography in LACDC, The Choreo Show, and Jete’. Seth is an actor as well. In 2004 he won an Ovation Award for La Boheme Ensemble. In 2004 he was recognized with the Young Artist of the Year Award in the city of Simi Valley, where he grew up. Seth received his black belt in martial arts and weapons training, and is also an expert in gymnastics. He is now teaching at Edge Performing Arts Center, August West Dance Studio and traveling around the world doing what he loves as a choreographer/instructor. He can’t wait to see what is in store next
Zachary Venegas is a young and innovative dancer/choreographer paving his way to leave a legendary mark in the dance industry. Originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Zachary started training at the age of 15 at Cheryl’s School of Dance training in all genres of dance. Shortly after, he was one of few selected to be an Elite Protege with The Pulse On Tour, touring the United States to assist renowned choreographers Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, and Laurie Ann Gibson. Once he completed touring, Zachary needed to further his learning, so he moved to Los Angeles where he soon received dance representation from McDonald Selznick Associates.
Zachary has danced for renowned artist Justin Bieber, performing with him at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and dancing in his music video “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj. He also danced for pop princess Rihanna on the hit TV show “The X- Factor.” Not only has he worked alongside artists, but also on hit TV shows such as Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Fox’s “The X-Factor,” Seasons 1 & 2. Zachary was also a character in the “Just Dance: Disney Party” video game. Working alongside Dejan Tubic, Zachary has choreographed for MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Nightclub & Restaurant for some of the world’s best DJ’s, including Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Laidback Luke, and many more.
Zachary is continuing to balance his professional dance career while also adding his youthful and dynamic twist to this generation through his choreography, traveling internationally to support some of the most lively and appreciative dance communities with his teachings.
A dancer/choreographer/ musician, Keith has appeared in over 45 national commercials including Dr Pepper, Wendy’s, McDonalds, Dodge and Levi’s. He has also appeared on the Academy Awards; with Donald O’Connor; and in various TV specials. His most notable theatrical shows include 42nd St, George M, Pajama Game, A chorus Line; and, many, many others. He has re-structured the entire jazz and tap syllabi for the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance and has taught in Japan, El Salvador, Guatemala
and Australia. He recently returned from New Zealand where he was once again invited to present his amazing choreography and master classes. He and his wife Linda have owned The Clifton Dance Project in Huntington Beach CA for the last 15 years and they have a 5 star rating on Yelp! He’s currently working with 2 bands – one in California and one in Kansas and continues to pursue music as his love, passion and career.
teaches Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Lyrical as well as Judges and Choreographs nationwide for Dance Makers Inc., Southern Association of Dance Masters, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Jazz On Tap Festival and Jazz On Tap on Tour. He began dancing at age 12/13 with Master Teacher Ray Hollingsworth and has worked with stars such as Debbie Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Rita Moreno, Marie Osmond, Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Hope. Tom has danced at Carowinds, Busch Gardens and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks. Tom taught in Japan for Shojiku Kageki Dan and Osaka Kageki Dan National Dance Companies and performed, choreographed and trained dancers for Crystal Cruises where he co-choreographed many lavish productions. Tom was commissioned in the summer of 2014 by CNADM for a jazz piece that would open their banquet show honoring legendary Anne Reinking. Dance Studio Life Magazine has featured Tom in May/June and September/October 2014 issues in two articles on Judging Dance as well as how dance has changed in the 30 plus years he has been in this business. He has taught for Buffa’s Dance Studio Ltd. In the Washington DC area since 1984 and full time since 1996. Tom takes pride in knowing that he is not just teaching dance steps, but giving valuable life lessons to all of his students.
Master Teacher, Entrepreneur, Producer, Dance Teacher Advocate, Composer, Lyricist, Creator of Danceography Educational Videos, Co Owner Music Works Unlimited, Partner Moho Productions, Director of The Dancers Bridge in Los Angeles, Director of Retter’s Academy of Dance and father of one! Darryl Retter is a veteran name in the Dance Industry and Convention Circuit, teaching Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Studio Management Classes, Teaching Studio Syllabus, Technique, and Choreography for his Dance Educational videos and inspiring dancers and teachers for the past 28 years! Originally from Kentwood, Michigan, Darryl grew up in his mother’s dance studio, Retter’s Dance Center, and credits Betty Retter for his early dance training. Darryl was discovered by the legendary Mr. Al Gilbert at the age of 13 yrs. and became his protégé, friend, and carries on “The Mission” as Co Owner of Music Works Unlimited (formally Stepping Tones) for the past 10 years.Darryl’s passion, expertise, relentless energy, work ethic and talent make him one of the most respected names in Dance. Darryl and his wife, Linda Bernabei Retter, are owners and Artistic Directors of their dance studio, Retter’s Academy of Dance (RAD). In it’s 22nd year of operation, RAD has received National and Regional recognition for their positive philosophy, award winning Rhythm Machine Dance Company, Dancers Bridge Company, humanitarian efforts and Thoughtfulness Committee including “Top 5 Dance Studios in LA”. Darryl and Linda, their Studio and Companies have been recognized in National publications Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dancer, Dance and Fitness, Dance Teacher Now, and were featured on the cover of Dancer Magazine. As Director of The Dancers Bridge, Darryl has created a unique program designed for dancers moving to LA to pursue a professional dance career. Developing potentials is his passion! Many of his former students and protégés are now teaching on National Conventions (Gina Gadone, Becca Retter, Lilian Manansala, Brooke Paulsen-Zelus, Heidi Jarret and Chris Rogers to name a few!) were trained or mentored by Darryl and Linda. Their students have also appeared in Puff Daddy world tour, Lakers Girls, Broadway productions of The Lion King, Hairspray, The Color Purple, and Purlie, and, choreographed for Disney and Nickelodeon productions, appeared in numerous videos and stage productions and so much more!
He also works with Moho Productions where he writes songs for artists such as Ashley Argota (Nickelodeon’s “Lulu” on Tru Jackson VP and “Kelly Peckinpaw” in Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures) and licenses music to Television, Industrials, Shows, and Feature Films including “My Dog’s Christmas Miracle”, “Gabe the Cupid Dog”, “Golden Christmas 3”, and “A Star for Christmas”. From his 90’s debut in Debbie Gibson’s classic “Electric Youth” video (choreographed by Barry Lather) to teaching Nationally and Internationally, Darryl Retter remains an Artistic Force of Nature!
A New York City ballet teacher, Janice danced professionally for thirty years with ballet companies and a free-lance guest artist. She appeared as the lead dancer and spokesperson for a Kymberly Clark commercial; as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra educational programs; and, was spotlighted in a Special Public Television Series called “Dance in America”. Janice was a principal dancer in special performances for two Presidents of the United States; was assistant to the choreographer for the outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony”; and, was the ‘Entertainment Critic’ for an ABC-TV affiliate. She has taught for Harkness House, The Alvin Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Ballet Hispanico and Pace University in New York City, as well as for numerous schools, universities and companies throughout the US, Canada and China. Her many instructional ballet CD’s, DVD’s and Teaching Syllabus, all produced by Music Works, have been especially created as invaluable tools for teachers who are in dance education. Janice has also written numerous articles on dance for all the major dance magazines and is the author of two highly respected books on pointe work. The 3rd Edition of THE POINTE BOOK is now available.
Gina Badone currently resides in Los Angeles where she is known for her award winning choreography and energetic master classes. She has taught dancers around the country and recently traveled to Mexico, and Guatemala to share her love of dance. She is a versatile dancer and has performed in many Los Angeles events including WB’s Christmas at the Grove, Moulin Rouge’s Live Billboard, and corporate events for NBC and Universal. She also choreographed for the Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s and featured in American Girl’s Molly Film. Gina currently teaches on the MusicWorks convention that features her creative products for educating young dancers in multiple styles. She currently teaches at Retter’s Academy of Dance and is a seasoned choreographer and co-director for the R&B Bridge Program.
Erica Sobol is a Los Angeles original, born and raised in the city. After high school, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in the performing arts. While in NYC, Erica earned a BA in dance-theater from Barnard College at Columbia University and began her professional dance training at Broadway Dance Center.
She is thrilled to be back home in Los Angeles now, continuing to create and to train. Erica has contributed works to Gay Pride NYC, Traffic (Tessandra Chavez, dir.), the Broadway Dance Center Performance Outlet, Choreographer’s Carnival (in New York and Los Angeles and Sydney), the EDGE Annual Show, and many many others… In addition, her work was featured on So You Think You Can Dance: Ukraine, in a collaborative effort with London’s Sisco Gomez. And, in 2011 and 2013, Erica was handpicked as a finalist for the prestigious Capezio ACE award.