Guest Choreographers

LaurenAdams

Lauren Adams was featured in the original musical Falco in Vienna Austria.  She was also a member of IV Dance Company, and Jason Parsons’ Parsons Dance Project, with which she performed in The New York/Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. Most recently she performed at the Festival Des Arts in Montreal with ASH Contemporary Dance Company.  Her choreography has been showcased in Terpsichoreal in Los Angeles, as well as in festivals in Prague, Czech Republic, and Tropea, Italy. Her work has also been presented at the 2004 Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as The 25th Anniversary Gala of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. In NYC, she has been a contributing Choreographer for Broadway Underground, Pushing Progress and several DRA events including: Fire Island Dance Festival, and Dancing at the Crossroads. Lauren was also the founding Senior Music Editor of movmnt magazine.  She conceived, choreographed, and produced the show Moving Still, presented at the Harry De Jur Playhouse in NYC. A photography book of the same name was inspired by the show, and published by e-maprod shortly thereafter. Lauren has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Juilliard School in NYC. Choreographed for WDC: "Walked on Wood" (2015) and "About Today" (2014)

MeganCranney

Megan Cranney started dancing at the age of 7, and has trained extensively in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip-hop. She has been part of national award winning competitive dance teams and has received individual recognition for solo performances including a national titleholder for New York City Dance Alliance. She danced in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics medals plaza ceremonies and was a featured dancer in the opening cast of One Man’s Dream II for Tokyo Disneyland. While living in New York, she trained, assisted many choreographers and performed with a variety of dance projects through Broadway Dance Center. She is also a part of the Cirque de Soleil database for contemporary and hip-hop dancers. Throughout her dance training and career she has had the brilliant opportunity to perform in the choreographic works of Omar and Jennifer Olivas, Wilson Dominques, Mike Esperanza, Jason Parson, Charlotte Boyd Christensen, Bonnie Story, Derryl Yeager, Jason Celaya, Alex Magno, Amy Markgraf-Jacobson, Angela Banchero-Kellar, Doris Trujillo, Joey Dowling, Dee Caspary, Ray Leaper, Tavaris Wilson, Andy Blankenbuehler, Dave Carter, Justin Giles, Liz Imperio and Michelle Assaf.
 
Megan received performance scholarships to University of Arizona, Utah Valley University, Diavolo Dance Theater and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. She graduated with her B.F.A. in Dance with a performing emphasis from Utah Valley University. Academically she enjoys studying anatomy/physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and her research of the evolution of strength in the female dancer’s body was chosen to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. She has a strong passion for physical fitness and began competing in triathlons and running races in the summer of 2009. She became a certified personal trainer with International Sports Science Association  and apprenticed through Boston Sports Club in Massachusetts. For over 10 years, Megan has taught and choreographed for dance studios, camps, and conventions across the US. She currently is teaching dance conditioning for Utah Valley University and contemporary for Brigham Young University’s Dance Department. Her teaching repertoire includes jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, ballet, hip-hop, conditioning and nutrition. She continues to develop and research methods of training in order to condition dancers to become artistic, technical and physically balanced performers. Megan is passionate about performing, her students and most of all, being a wife and mother of two vivacious little boys. Choreographed for WDC: "Mother" (2014)

Christian Denice grew up dancing in Westlake Village, CA. Upon graduating high school, he began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of Derryl Yeager. Christian spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL under the direction of Frank Chaves. He has worked with and performed works by Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Lauri Stallings, Roni Koresh, and Frank Chaves to name a few. He has guest performed with the Montgomery Ballet (Alabama), Greensboro Ballet (North Carolina), and Company E (Washington, DC). Christian is currently dancing in Montreal, Quebec for BJM Danse (Formerly Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal). In addition to dancing, Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. He has had the honor of creating works on such companies as Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, Expansions Dance Company, as well as creating project based works of his own. Christian choreographed for WDC: "Delicate" (2015) and "Clarity" (2014)

 Justin Giles is frequently described as one of the the most sought after choreographers in the world. Contemporary master teacher, Justin Giles, began his training at the Southern Strutt dance studio in South Carolina, under the direction of his mother, Nancy Giles. His attention to detail and sense of musicality have been described as breathtaking and thought provoking. At a young age, Justin was a winner on Star Search as well as Destination Stardom in Hawaii, two of the most prestigious competitions in America at the time. His commercial credits include work for Reebok and Fox TV just to name a few. Commonly referred to as a gifted dance educator, he has had the privilege of helping train some of the industries leading celebrity dancers, including Season One "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Nick Lazzarini and second runner up Melody Lacayanga, among countless others. Justin also had the pleasure of traveling to Korea where he worked with Poz Dance Theatre, and performed along side their company in Seoul. Soon after, Justin introduced his work with the premier of his own company "SoulEscape" in Dallas. He has toured the US with countless A-List dance conventions including LA Dance Magic and Nuvo and is on guest faculty with Adrenaline Dance Conventions, iHollywood Convention and the popular in10sive workshops. A highly in-demand master teacher, his award-winning choreography can be seen on hundreds of dance studios and professional companies nationwide and abroad. Justin has choreographed for WDC: "Laura" (2015)

Chris Jacobsen’ passion for dance began at the tender age of 11. Stepping into his first dance class, he felt himself come alive. A connection with the art was created that has guided him through life since that moment. His journey to self-discovery continued with dance education at San Francisco’s prestigious School of the Arts where he studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Afro-Haitian.

Chris has choreographed for WDC: "Let Your Love Walk In" (2013)

 

Alesa Jarvie

Alesa Jarvie has been involved in the dance industry for over 25 years. She began her training at the age of 7. and  trained at the Dance Club, Rocky Mountain Theater Ballet, and The Youth Artists Ballet program.Growing up Alesa's teachers were Kira Cook, Sheryl Dowling, Cassie Jensen, and Janalyn Memmott. She also had the privileged to work with well known choreographers such as, Mia Michaels, Dee Caspery, Desmond Richardson, and Ray Leaper to name a few.

She became a teacher at the age of 17 and choreographed her first piece for her 16 year old friend, who ended up as a finalist for the highly acclaimed Sr. Female Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA. At 18 she became a member of Odyssey Dance Theater and became enthralled with choreography! 

Throughout the last 15 years she has set choreography in many genres including; contemporary, ballet, jazz, character, lyrical, and hip-hop. Her choreography has won numerous awards, and been featured in different shows around the country. Highlights include the highly acclaimed New York City Dance Alliance National Critics choice award, and many high point awards from various competitions. Her work was featured on the hit reality TV show The Breaking Point.

Recently, she noticed a lack of information for dancers and decided to start a new community on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ADancersCornerForInspiration  This page is devoted to motivating, educating and spotlighting dancers.  She is in love with this project and have put her heart into it!  She is also a motivational speaker for dancers and studios which is her dream job!
Above all She loves to teach and inspire. She believes she was given the gift of dance and teaching because she brings balance to the dance world.  She believes in helping dancers understand their talent, and to learn to appreciate who they are and what their bodies can do. She believes that life is beautiful, and that dance can express that beauty in all of its various forms, be it love, happiness, pain, struggle or perseverance.  I am a dance teacher who motivates and inspires throughout my classes. I strive to be original, fresh, and memorable. She feels passionate that every dancer she teaches should leave with an appreciation for their body, their ability, and their art form. Alesa choreographed for WDC: "Birds Night Out" (2014)

Kayla Kalbfleisch has been a main dancer on America’s Got Talent, Glee, Vegas, The
85th Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Jersey Boys, and Ted 2. She has
danced for Calle 13 on the Latin Grammy Awards, Rihanna on American Idol,
and Cher in her “Woman’s World” music video and “Dressed to Kill” concert
video. She has been honored to work with the company Shaping Sound from
the beginning, having been involved in their performances on All the Right
Moves and Dancing with the Stars.

Kayla has also been a contributing choreographer on a L’Oreal commercial,
So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars. She has assisted
many choreographers such as Ray Leeper, Liz Imperio, Spencer Liff, Travis
Wall, and Stacey Tookey. She has also taught in Australia and all around
the United States for various dance conventions.

Kayla has choreographed for WDC: "Burnin' " (2015)

Caroline Lewis-Jones, from South Carolina, has been dancing for over 27 years. At the age of 18 she moved to New York City where she performed for six years. Her credits include the VMA’s with NSYNC, the Latin Grammy Awards, WNBA National Commercial, a French Energy Commercial, Disney Industrials, Britany Spears “Me Against the Music” video, MTV’s Body Rock Fitness Video, and more. Although successful as a commercial dancer, her true passion lies within contemporary company work, where she has had the opportunity to work for Mia Michaels Company R.A.W, Dee Caspary’s IV Dance Company, Notario Dance Company, Rhapsody and Company, A.S.H Contemporary, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape. In 2001 she traveled to Seoul, Korea where she performed for Jason Parson’s and POZ Dance Theatre. In July 2010, Caroline performed with Sonya Tayeh from “So You Think You Can Dance” with her company in Chicago. She also choreographs for studios around the country, and teaches for Adrenaline Dance Convention and The Sessions. In December 2007, Caroline choreographed and performed a one-woman show, called Finding My Way. It was about the loss of her mother and her life currently without her. It is her greatest accomplishment  yet. Caroline also founded Unbound Dance Company in Columbia, South Carolina. Her goal as Artistic Director of UNBOUND is to inspire and give dancers over 18 years old a new outlet to perform. She wants to show Columbia a new way of moving with No Boundaries. Caroline also has a deep passion for inspiring kids around the country to eat healthier and fuel their bodies correctly for optimum performance. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and sees an overall lack of nutrition and body strength in dancers today. She works with individuals, families, athletes, and non-athletes, to guide them to a life full of health, simplicity, vitality, and confidence within themselves. Her mission in life is to encourage those around her to eat more Whole Foods to prevent disease and in turn, they will Dance Stronger Caroline has choreographed for WDC: "Help the People" (2014)

Leo Morimune's extensive training began at the age of 8 on a full scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet (under the direction of Helgi Tomasson) and continued for 10 years. Leo studied ballet, jazz, modern, blues, Afro Haitian, and choreography under the direction of Elvia Marta at the School of the Arts San Francisco. His training was also with the Dance Company of SF, under the direction of Chris Jacobsen, where he studied contemporary, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz and studied backup dancing at Push Entertainment under the direction of Denise Lee. Leo has choreographed for WDC: "Bad Love" (2015) and "A Reason" (2015)

Stephanie Saland was born in Brooklyn, and entered The School of American Ballet just before her 15th birthday. Three years later she was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet for the remarkable Stravinsky Festival. In a 21 year career with City Ballet, she was showcased in leading roles under Balanchine’s direction, as well as principal roles in Jerome Robbins’ repertoire. She has been equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet sources including Gyrotonics, Pilates, and Zeena Romett floor barre. The influences of having been treated in of a variety of modalities including cranial-sacral, physical therapy, network chiropractic, soma and Aston Patterning also plays out into her classes. In Seattle, the classes in Body Balancing with Mark Kane and Qi Gong with Marc Heusner sustain and feed insights. Another critical resource in instruction comes from Eva Nemeth and Sustainable Movement. Stephanie is a frequent guest teacher at WDC Summer Intensives.

Mikey Trasoras serves as Co-owner and Director of In Studio Dance.  He is also faculty at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts, his alma mater. Some of Mikey’s choreography credits include the sizzle reel for Hawaiian Style, Sarah Jaffe’s music video “Glorified High”, Ivivva Athletica YouTube video promotions, Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing season 5 kickoff in Hollywood, and for Texas’ premiere collegiate dance team The Apache Belles. Mikey’s students have appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition, X-Factor, The Grammy’s, Glee, and Dancing with the Stars just to name a few.
 
Like his freestyle dancing, Mikey’s choreography is intricate and stylistically innovative. His keen musical ear and captivating artistic expression of lyrics elevate Mikey as a hip hop artist. Mikey is passionate about teaching and enjoys touring the country. He teaches all levels and expects his students to learn something new each session and you’ll find that his youthful playfulness makes his classes lighthearted and fun. Mikey has choreographed for WDC: So Close" (2015)

.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.

Hannah has choreographed for WDC: (2015)

Shauna Zambelli-Oliverio was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where she trained at Suzettes Masters of Dance. Shauna continued her training at the Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys California. Some of Shauna’s professional dance credits include, Fox network’s Ally McBeal and The Tracey Ullman Show, Microsoft Industrial for Xbox, Casino Windsor Show Time Lounge, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the one and only Odyssey Dance Theatre, where she spent the last 5 years performing and touring. Shauna also found her love for musical theatre by joining the casts of “Chicago” where she played Liz at the Baldwin Theatre, “Cabaret” at Avon Players where she played Rosie and “Cats” at Tuacahn where she played Etcetera. As much as she loves performing, her heart is also stolen by the students she teaches. Shauna founded an in-studio dance intensive called Rapture Dance Intensive in 2006 that she travels with. She also just recently started to teach on the convention circuit with Fall of Fame. Shauna loves to teach and choreograph for kids of all levels and ages and enjoys giving back for all that she has been blessed with. This Summer Shauna is proud to announce the creation of Rapture Dance Project. A project based company she will be performing with and heading out. Shauna will be creating her first show with Rapture Dance Project called City Lights, which debuts July 27th, 2012. Shauna has choreographed solos and productions for WDC: "Diamonds" (2015) and "XR2" (2014) and "Be Italian" (2013)