Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Capezio Ace Award & founder of collidEdance company, Erica Sobol is one of Los Angeles’s most sought after choreographers and educators. She has toured the world as a master instructor at Broadway Dance Center NYC/Tokyo, Pineapple London, Studio Harmonic Paris, FnF Dance Festival in Poland, DiAmbra Dans Stockholm, Skip Entertainment on Guam, and the Mediterranean Dance Festival in Italy. Erica is a Los Angeles native and holds a BA in dance-theater from the illustrious Columbia University. She has contributed works to Gay Pride NYC, Axiom Dance Theatre’s “The Congress,” The Choreographers Carnival: LA/NY/Sydney, the EDGE annual show, So You Think You Can Dance: Ukraine, and many others. Erica’s service to the dance community has been praised in many dance publications. Her previous company, collidEdance, was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine’s “The Higher Ed Issue” as one of the most desirable companies for post-competition dance life. Erica believes deeply in the power of nurturing the minds and bodies of the next generation, helping to create the storytellers of our future. She feels lucky, so lucky, to be inspired every day.
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With over 100 million views, Dejan Tubic has become one of the most watched choreographers online. According to Fox News Los Angeles, he is “lighting the world on fire with his fierce moves”. His videos have gotten him in publications all over the world from The New York Times to online blogs such as PerezHilton.com. Ciara, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason DeRulo, Adam Lambert, and Ryan Seacrest are just a few stars who have expressed their love for his work and dancers.
Outside his remarkable online presence and achievements, Dejan continues to work as a dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, he has performed with Usher at The American Music Awards, danced for artists such as Toni Braxton and YouTube sensation, Rebecca Black, and was a dancer on the hit TV show X-Factor. He moved onto TV, becoming a cast member as a choreographer on MTV’s The Electric Barbarellas. Later on in his career he was hired to Choreograph for The American Music Awards Red Carpet Show as well as The Streamy Awards, including dancing and choreographing for OMI, Soulja Boy, Vanilla Ice, and the legendary Sir Mix-A-Alot. Recently, Dejan has been working with Pentatonix, choreographing the “On My Way Home” World Tour and appearing in their “On My Way Home” Tour Documentary.
Outside of his major career achievements, Dejan continues to travel and be an educator to dancers all over the world. He is a faculty member at International Dance Academy (IDA) in Hollywood, CA and travels the US with Dance Makers Dance Convention.
“I would love to change the world, on 8-count at a time”
is known from her work on So You Think You Can Dance, appearing both as a Season 6 contestant and as an All-Star. Cast as a dancer in the feature film remake of Fame, she soon appeared as the female lead in Step Up Revolution and Dance-Off. Kathryn’s TV credits include Dancing With The Stars, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Kid’s Choice Awards, Dove, Venus Gillette, and a guest-starring role on CSI: Las Vegas. She has worked with artists such as Christina Perri, Vienne, Timbaland, Neyo, John Torres, The Blanks, and Muse. Kathryn’s latest projects include being a principal performer in Ted 2, co-created/appearing in the documentary Like Air, the indie drama Lift Me Up, and choreography for Britt Nicole’s upcoming tour. She is a member of Stacey Tookey’s, “Still Motion”, “Shaping Sound”, “Movement One”, and CLI Studios. Kathryn is a motivator and first had the chance to share that part of her by traveling with The Revolve Tour as a Featured Speaker. She most recently toured with “Shaping Sound” in 2015. Storytelling has been the greatest gift in Kathryn’s life and she is so excited to continue to do so through acting, dance, and/or motivational speaking.
is from Thousand Oaks, California. Now 25, he has successfully accomplished much in his career. After graduating from high school he joined the contemporary ballet company “Bad Boys Of Dance” . In 2010 Robert auditioned for the Emmy Award winning show “So You Think You Can Dance” where he became a Top 3 finalist. His popularity on the show secured his place an AllStar maintaining himself as one of it’s most popular performers. Robert has guest starred on Nickelodeon’s “Fresh Beat Band” and Mia Michael’s created a special duet for him on the CBS show “Grace”. Choreographers NappyTabs invited him to perform in “Mobbed” for FOX. Numerous TV appearances followed, including “Dancing With The Stars” with Demi Lovato, “Ellen” several episodes of “Glee” and Guest Starred with Jennifer Beals the star of the movie ‘Flashdance’ in the hit crime TV show “Motive”. Robert has just recently completed his first Lead Star role as ‘Drew’ in a new dance movie “Breaking Through”. He was featured in the “49th Superbowl halftime show with Katy Perry” extravaganza and is showcased in the Redfoo “Juicy Wiggle” video.
He performed with The First Lady Michelle Obama both on Ellen and at The White House. Robert guest starred on the CMT Awards with Jake Owen. Most recently he performed on numerous Dancing With The Stars and was invited to dance with Andy Samdberg in his soon to be released movie The Lonely Island. Robert is also is featured in the new movies La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and Mascots directed by Christopher Guest.
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.
Valerie Rockey, now living in Los Angeles, grew up dancing and loving life in Indianapolis, IN. Tap and ballet were the bases of her training, but as she got older she began to explore many different styles of dance. After attending a year of school at Indiana University to be a dentist, Valerie decided to move to California to join a dance program and pursue her career. The first big audition she attended was for Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance as a tap dancer, and to her surprise she ended up finishing as the Runner-up of the show! (Also the last girl standing) Following the show, Valerie went on a 77-city tour around America and parts of Canada. She also performed twice on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with the Top 6 dancers of SYTYCD. She finished and moved back out to LA where she now tours the country as a professional assistant with Dancemakers Inc., travels to teach master classes and workshops around the country, has began her own clothing line with Sugar and Bruno, models for dancewear companies, and continues to train and audition as much as possible. She’s now part of a professional tap company called Rithem Dance Co. She has performed at the International Fashion and Film Awards, Nigel Lithgoe’s Dizzy Feet gala, the Tree Lighting at the Americana at Brand, and other events around LA. Dance has been, and is still Valerie’s biggest passion and she wants to continue dancing, teaching, and inspiring others throughout her journey!
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!
Lindsay has established herself as a choreographer whose conceptual vision and execution has moved audiences around the world. Unique, diverse, theatrical and a fusion of ballet, modern and jazz techniques her work stands out as high impact and extremely powerful.
Lindsay has been a Choreographer on Season 10 of FOX’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE where Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe said she was “a true asset to this program”. She was an associate choreographer on FOX’s hit show THE X FACTOR and NBC/Universal Feature Film American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky. Lindsay choreographed a Design Lab & Zixi Inc. live event Royal Wedding in Dubai directed by world renowned Director/Producer/Writer Amy Tinkham in January 2014. Lindsay is currently workshopping her new works with dancers from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company.
After being AWARDED 2nd Runner-Up at the 2013 CAPEZIO A.C.E AWARDS in New York City Lindsay Co-Produced, Directed and Choreographed her Contemporary Ballet show “AWAKENING” August 2014, at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre. Her stellar cast included professional dancers appearing courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. DANCE SPIRIT MAGAZINE “I count myself as lucky to have been in the audience, witnessing the next big step for this up-and-coming choreographer.” – Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone.
Most recently, Lindsay choreographed the Nationally (Canada) Televised Opening Ceremonies for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in September 2014. Lindsay was a finalist for the 17th Annual McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Dessert CA in November 2014. Lindsay won the coveted 2nd Place Grand Prize and was thrilled to be working with dancers appearing courtesy of Smuin Ballet Company of San Francisco under the artistic direction of Celia Fushille.
Winning four “Choreographer’s Pick” awards and the 2012-2013 “Pulse Featured Choreographer of the Year” at their New York City Finale, Lindsay’s choreography has played a critical role in The PULSE On Tour conventions throughout North America.
Lindsay has represented her country of Canada as a choreographer at the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Dance Championships in both Germany and Poland, where her choreography helped team Canada win the silver and bronze medals in 2010 & 2011. As a top choreographer, she also donates her time to worthy charitable events. As well she adjudicates major competitions and conventions throughout Canada and the USA.
Lindsay is well known for her attention to detail, technique, musicality and artistic expression. She incorporates real life experiences as well as her acting and theatre training to tell a story through her movement. Lindsay is a young, fresh talent with an amazingly natural ability to create breath-taking dance pieces.