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2018/19 Guest Teacher Bios

Marissa Jean
Intensive #2 Staff

Ballet & Modern

Courtey Rottenberger
Intensive #3 Staff

Ballet & Broadway Jazz

Ryan McMullen
Intensive #1 Guest

Modern

Bria Walton
Intensive #1 & 3 Guest

Hip Hop & Jazz
 

Angela Bates
Intensive #1 & 3 Guest

Musical Theater & Lyrical

  

Purdie Baumann

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Hannah Brumbach
Intensive # 1 & 3 Guest

Modern

Debbie Stout
Intensive #3 Guest

Yoga

Danielle Sten-Guillermo
June 6th, 2018

Master Class & Company Choreographer

Lance Guillermo
June 6th, 2018

Master Class & Company Choreographer

Billy Griffin
Company Choregrapher

See Previous Guest Teachers

 

August 8th, 2018

Master Class

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

August 8th, 2018

Master Class

Courtney Ortiz
August 29th, 2018

Master Class

 

 

 

Guest Teacher Bios:

 

Marissa Jean

Intensive #1 Staff

Marissa, a New York native, started her early training through Broadway Dance Center's Children & Teen Program. From there, she became a member of their Arts In Motion Company where she performed at events such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, and the Kids Cafe Festival. She had the opportunity to train and perform works by Frank Hatchett, Tracie Stanfield, Heather Adzima, Chio, Ms.Vee, and Pam Chancey. Marissa continued her studies at The New School and received her B.A in Dance under the direction of Neil Greenberg. During her years there she performed in works by Karla Wolfangle, Joao Carvalho, Take Ueyama, Ori Flomin, Ana Sokolow, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. 

  Upon graduation Marissa began working at various studios across Queens and Long Island. Her choreography has been performed regionally and nationally on a competitive level. She has performed professionally with Long Island Dance Project, Community Dance Project, Cedan Dance, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, and currently a member of Michelle Duvall Dance Collective. She was given the opportunity to perform at The Hatch, Center for Performance Research, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Theater, Hudson Guild Theater for the Biomorphic Dance Festival, and at the CEC Meetinghouse for the ETC Performance Series: Philadelphia. She has also performed internationally at the Castello Aragonese in Agropoli, Italy. She is currently on staff at Broadway Dance Center's Children & Teens program and has taught for the Mark Morris Children & Teens program. 

  Choreographically, she is the Artistic Director of Kinections Dancegroup, a contemporary training program for intermediate-advanced dancers in NYC. She has shown work for the NYC Dance & Music Festival, Artist in Flight Series, and for Peridance's Choreography Showcase. 

In addition to dancing, Marissa is currently the Program Coordinator for an international dance program called Dance Italia. Marissa is also interested in health and wellness and is Pilates Mat Certified.

Marissa Jean

Courtney Rottenberger

Intensive #3 Staff

Courtney has been a Radio City Rockette for the last 7 years and has performed in various other theater productions as well as TV and film. Some favorite credits include; Chastity in the first national tour of 'Anything Goes', being a NFL cheerleader for New York Jets, dancing on 'Boardwalk Empire' and Wonderful Pistachio's 2013 Superbowl commercial. Courtney began her dance training on Long Island at the Marianne Anderson Studio and also trained at the Joffrey School of Ballet. She went on to get her B.S in dance performance from Skidmore College. 

Ryan McMullen

Intensive #1 Guest Modern Instructor

Ryan P. McMullen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University where he was awarded two very prestigious awards: The Excellence in Performance Award and The Excellence in Choreography Award. Ryan performed his own choreography at the 2015 American College Dance Association in Athens, Ohio where his solo was selected for the gala performance. Ryan has had the pleasure of working with professional dance artists such as Rodger Belman, David Dorfman, Rennie Harris, T Lang, Teena Marie, Alexandre Munz, Ursula Payne, Helen Simoneau, André Zachery, and Jawole Zollar to name a few. Ryan received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, where he was a three-time recipient of the Men’s Provost Scholarship from FSU.

Ryan and his collaborator, Tara Madsen Robbins, were commissioned by, professional dance company, Portico Dance Theatre in Oklahoma to create a new work for their 2016-2017 season. Ryan and Tara returned to their alma mater, Slippery Rock University, as 2017 Guest Artists in the Department of Dance. Ryan’s work has been presented at Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Festival, Slippery Rock University, Gibney Dance Center, NewGrounds Dance Festival and Florida State University. As a teacher/educator, Ryan judges various dance competitions and has taught multiple master classes throughout Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Ryan has been on faculty for Cab Calloway School of the Arts Summer Program, Suzanne Farrell’s Young Dancers Workshop, DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive, and The American College Dance Association, and is on faculty at The Tallahassee Ballet.

Bria Walton
Intensive #1 Hip Hop & 3 Jazz Guest Instructor

Bria Walton is a central Jersey native where she started dancing at the age of 8. Though Bria started her training with hip hop classes, she quickly join a competition team where she studied many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. After graduation, she continued her hip hop training at Academy of Phresh in Philadelphia under the direction of Smart Mark Boston.

Bria’s professional credits include Good Morning America, Pharrell Williams Sephora Fragrance Launch, and she was recently a featured dancer in Todrick Hall’s music video for his visual album. Bria has completed two seasons with Introspective Movement Project, under the direction of Sonia Pennington, where she was able to dance for Matthew Schuler at the Wawa Welcome to America Festival. In 2014, Bria completed one of her biggest projects where she was the co-choreographer for an Off Broadway production in NYC called Sound Syndrome. Bria recently moved back from Los Angeles and is traveling around the country teaching the next generation of dancers!

Angela Bates

Intensive #1 Musical Theater & 3 Lyrical Guest Instructor

Angela Bates Majewski is thrilled to be teaching at ADA this summer!!! She started dancing at the age of five at the Anna Marie Dance Studio.  She has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and musical theatre.  She continued her performing education with The Young Americans in CA while touring with them around the U.S. for 2 years.  She has also worked with Ann Reinking and the Broadway Theatre Project in FL.  She received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Music and Mathematics from West Chester University.  She has been performing all over the area in many musicals, and has also done some industrial work including performances at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes.  Favorite roles include Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Lola in Damn Yankees, Babette in Beauty and the Beast, Mazepa in Gypsy, June in Chicago, Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret, DeLee in Smokey Joe's Cafe, Phyllis and Annie in 42nd Street, and many others.  She has also had the privilege to choreograph “ Damn Yankees”, “The Full Monty”, “Footloose” and “Black Patent Leather Shoes” at the New Candlelight Theatre, “West Side Story” at Three Little Bakers, “The Wiz”, “Seussical”, and “Urinetown” at the Wilmington Drama League, and many other musicals at local high schools.  In addition, she has choreographed for the Millersville University Dance Team and is currently the dance team coach at Baynard Rustin High School. Angela teaches all styles of dance for different levels and ages all over the Delaware Valley and has been for the past 20 years.  She has received prestigious awards for her choreography at many national dance competitions.  Creating confidence and a positive outlook on life through dance is her #1 priority.  When she is not teaching, choreographing, or performing, she is being a mommy to her two little boys, Charlie and Max.  The support from her family and husband Mike is like no other.  Angela is extremely grateful and blessed.

Hannah Brumbach

Intensive #1 & 3 Guest Modern Instructor

Hannah Brumbach is a dancer and choreographer in the Philadelphia area. She was raised and trained in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and continued her education at Eastern University earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Sociology. During her time at Eastern, Hannah was graced with the opportunity to train in classical ballet, Graham, jazz, modern, and West African techniques. Additional to her technical ambitions, Hannah's involvement in Dance Medicine and Science curriculum allowed for her to demonstrate for Megan Richardson from the Harkness Center for Dance Injury at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Dance Medicine and Science Convention. Outside of the dance studio Hannah has maintained a full and developing performance career. Most recently, she danced with Pottstown Dance Theatre at Carnegie Hall for the 2018 PAE Festival of International Dance. In 2016 she performed a solo work, "Cultivate", choreographed by Lydia Bugosh, at the American College Dance Association Festival (ACDA) at West Virginia University. She has staged three choreographic works at Eastern University and restaged her largest work, "Hymn Study” along with her most recent work, “Morning for Your Nature” for Apex Dance Company in Johnstown, PA. Currently Hannah fulfills her need to dance by teaching the next generation of movers and performing with Apex Dance Company and Melange Contemporary Dance Company.

Nicole Harmon

Debbie Stout

Intensive #3 Guest Yoga Instructor

Debby Nolan is a 200 RYT who has been in education for 24 years. She studied and taught dance for 22 years and has always had a passion for physical fitness and helping others. She found Serenity Yoga Studio in 2016 because of barre classes and has since become certified to teach. She then began taking yoga classes after dabbling in it for years and was hooked. Thinking it would be easy and just another class to add to her workout regimen, she was blown away by not only how difficult it was but by how life changing it would become. Competitive by nature, she has learned that yoga is a practice and a constant journey of self-discovery. It is something that everyone can benefit from and should! She is an eternal student, constantly learning and discovering new things both on and off her mat. What you can expect when you come to her class is to feel comfortable through combinations of yin, vinyasa, and power yoga. Most of all, you will discover the beautiful dance between your mind, body, and spirit.

 

 

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Danielle Sten-Guillermo (Company Choreographer) 
 June 6th, 2018

Danielle Sten-Guillermo develops inspiring contemporary compositions that are sought after by other innovators, contemporary companies and educational institutions. She strives to be an innovator of new ideas, styles and techniques - pushing the boundaries of movement and beauty - rather than a follower of the present day trends. Her work has been performed on the stage at the Joyce Theater in New York City, and in the scenes of Disney Channel movies, representing her versatility in the industry.

Danielle has been blessed to work along side 2 time Emmy-nominated choreographer, Christopher Scott in film, music and television. She was his Assistant Choreographer and Dancer in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Teen Beach Movie" and its sequel, "Teen Beach 2", as well as in "Lemonade Mouth". Her television credits as Assistant Choreographer include SYTYCD Season 7 Finale Show, ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The View", and as a dancer for music icon, Gloria Estefan, on "The Rosie Show", "Nuestra Navidad", and "The View". Danielle was also a dancer in Gloria Estefan's "Wepa" music video. Danielle is a resident faculty member for Turn it Up Dance Convention, A Day of Dance, Powerpak and the Baltimore-based workshop CRAZE: A New Dance Experience.

In 2008, Danielle and her husband, Lance Guillermo, created "On the DL". They are a fusion of unique contemporary movement with the fundamentals of hip hop technique - a duet that challenges the misconceptions of a true blend of contemporary movement with authentic hip hop dance. Together, Danielle and Lance were invited performers at the 2015 TEDxBaltimore Conference. Furthermore, Danielle and Lance wrote, directed and choreographed two original works entitled "Working America” in 2013 and “366” in 2016. Together they travel nationally and internationally to teach workshops and master classes, and choreograph unique compositions. Danielle is represented by Movement Talent Agency for Choreography and Education.

Lance Guillermo (Company Choreographer)

June 6th, 2018                                                 

From the streets of Baltimore to the bright lights in Hollywood, Lance has performed and choreographed his way to being a well-respected and sought after hip-hop dancer and choreographer, striving to be a true original in his field. His multi-faceted career in dance spans music, film, and television. Lance’s television credits include being Assistant Choreographer to Emmy-Nominated Christopher Scott for Disney Channel’s, “Shake It Up”, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and “The View”. He performed with music icon Gloria Estefan on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Rosie Show”, “Nuestra Navidad”, and “The View”. Lance performed in the 2008 Teen Choice Awards as a member of the ACDC (Adam {Sevani} {Jon} Chu Dance Crew) with Chris Brown, Adam Sevani (Moose), and the world famous “Jabbawockeez”. His music video credits include Gloria Estefan’s “Wepa” music video, and Ciara’s “Get Up” music video. Lance was a featured dancer in Touchstone Pictures film “Step Up” and assistant choreographer to Christopher Scott, and featured dancer in Disney Channel’s Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth”. He also had the pleasure of dancing for Lady Gaga at the Wonderland AIDS benefit in LA. Lance is currently on faculty for the WILD: Dance Convention and the Baltimore-based workshop, CRAZE: A New Dance Experience. In 2008, Lance and his wife Danielle Sten-Guillermo co-founded “On the DL”. With Danielle's boundary pushing contemporary work, and Lance's preservation of the original street styles of hip hop, On the DL creates movement and beauty collaborative of two different dance disciplines. When their multi-faceted styles are combined they create a raw dance experience. Lance is also founder of the Kombined Stylez Crew which active members include, Christopher Scott, Jamile McGee (MTA), and Poly-Rok. Despite his list of credits, what makes Lance most happy is being able to educate and inspire through teaching and choreographing. He works to preserve the original styes of hip-hop dance including b-boying (breakdance), poppin’, and lockin’ in his choreography and teach the historical background of the hip-hop movement. He encourages everyone he teaches to use these tools to become a better hip-hop dancer, but to also use what they learn in hip-hop to strengthen and sharpen their dance abilities in whatever style of dance they do. Lance seeks to mentor his students and inspire them to appreciate all forms of dance, keeping the streets of Baltimore in mind when they hit the dance floor.

Ashley Carter

 August 8th, 2018

Both internationally as well as in the U.S., Ashley is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Primarily trained in New York, she has studied and worked in many different styles from ballet to lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob's Pillow, Teatro Madrid, The Gerald Lynch Theater, The Barrow Street Theater, SummerStage, The Highline  Ballroom, Webster Hall, BB Kings and the Ailey Theatre. Ashley is also on faculty at Ballet Academy East, and Joffrey in New York, various schools in Mexico and Spain; former faculty at Peridance, and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Ballet Arts in New York City, Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, Tony Williams Dance Center and Green St Studios in Boston and Tarrytown Dance in Austin.

She can be seen working alongside artists such as Ricky Martin, NeYo, Lady Sovereign, Nicki Minaj, Cam'ron and Mila Kunis, for companies like Pilobolus, Derek Mitchell, Hanna Q Dance, Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions, Ruddur  Dance, Momentum Dance Theater, Variations Theatre Group, the Little Opera Theatre of NY, Moochaloo and Balasole, and for brands such as Nike, Athleta, Nokia, Ursus Vodka, Microsoft, Heineken, Yahoo, Ameriprise, the Rachel Ray Show and Lush Cosmetics. She has been seen off-Broadway in shows like West Side Story and 3 to 1. She was invited to Madrid to teach at the Association of Dance Professionals and choreograph for Spanish recording artist Nuria Elosegui. Ashley performed in Sia's music video "Soon We Will Be Found", in Central Park Summerstage, in a Boost  Mobile commercial, danced in a feature film with Justin Timberlake, and is credited with choreographing independent feature film "The Ride of Tom and Valkyrie". She has performed with the European show "Compradores de Sueños", premiered the Legendary Dance Project at the Museo del Barrio and has completed her fourth season of New York City's Summerstage. Recently, Ashley was featured in the original dance film "Here We Go Again" (dir. Nathan Cohen), has performed two seasons as Fritz/Rat King/Russia in "DIY Nutcracker", danced in "The Barber of Seville" with the Amore
Opera, and worked on a production of "Peter Pan" for Broadway Asia.

Ashley has choreographed several full-length shows for the company DoubleTake Dance (www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com) that she co-directs with Vanessa Martínez deBaños, and is very proud of DoubleTake's performance in the City Parks
Summerstage festival, Battery Dance Festival, Carnival Choreographer's Ball, etc. Additionally, with the company, she is credited with directing/choreographing a benefit for Japan and the latest commercial for Fuse TV; and routinely traveling to the West Coast, Europe and Mexico to teach contemporary workshops. Recent credits include choreographic  commissions for the world-renowned Dancing Wheels Company, HT Chen's NewSteps, JPAC's Next Stage Residency, and the Montclair Performing Arts program; choreography for the new musical "Dragula", and was also a choreography grant recipient from Eryc Taylor Dance.

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

 August 8th, 2018

Vanessa is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer who currently co-directs the company DoubleTake Dance in NYC (www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com). Featured twice in Dance Informa Magazine DTD has recently received several commissions: Rock that Rolls choreographic commission for Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH; HTChen New Steps
residency NYC; Next Step commission and performance for JPAC NYC. Honored with a professional development scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to study abroad, she later became the resident choreographer for the musical theatre production company Tela-Katola in Spain. Shows: “I Love You, You're Perfect ...Now Change” and “Tick
Tick...BOOM!”.

Currently she dances and choreographs for DoubleTake Dance (SummerStage; Battery Dance, NY Half Marathon, Ailey Theater; Carnival, Webster Hall; Gerald Lynch Theater, Dixon Place, Teatro la Tea, Jazz Choreographers Project, T. Madrid, Triángulo), Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. Other companies: De Funes Dance, BalaSole Dance, Noir Tribe Media, Burnt Sugar, Ikada, J.T Lotus Dance Co. She ś had the pleasure to work for choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém Alonso, Gabrielle Lasner, Alan Onickel, Lynn Schwab (Tap City -Symphony Space) and Tony Waag (Career Transition for Dancers Gala at City Center) Featured dancer in “DIY Nutcracker” (NY), “Rabi Thakur: A ballet on the Life of Rabindranath Tagore” (NJPAC); Momentum Dance Theater: “The jazz Hip Hop  Nutcracker” (Washington D.C ), “Steel City Rhythm" workshop by RSW & associates; "Where Dreams Become Reality" (NY). Other shows include The Little Opera Theater of NY ś “Mitridate” ; ABT’s “The Golden Cockerel” at the MET, “Arrival” at Theater 80; “LOVEartJAPAN” Benefit show for Japan.

She has performed as a dancer, model or actress for international brands and commercials: L Ó REAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, Athleta, NYRoadRunners, Tag Heuer, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, El Pais newspaper, channel Tele5, Fuse TV, XBox/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign) Fashion Center Arts Festival, One Truth, Dru Cutler and the Rachel Ray Show. Film credits include “The Ryde of Tom & Valkyrie”, & "Friends With Benefits" with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011) Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career. Faculty at Steps, BAE, Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance and a Tap City Leader she’s been featured on CNN and NBC. Vanessa has also been a guest teacher in numerous studios around the world (Alonzo Lines in San Francisco; LeHigh Valley Alliance in Pennsylvania; Round Rock Repertory, and Tarrytown Dance in Austin; V. Ullate, Arte de Bailar, Luthier, Latelier, Ross in Spain; T- Stage in México...) and she also teaches and judges at conventions around the USA.

Courtney Ortiz

 August 29th, 2018

 Courtney Ortiz, a native of Baltimore, MD, is a 2007 youngARTS award winner in Modern Dance. Her professional dance career has allowed her to travel the world performing in places such as: Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Australia and France. Her career spans from Stage to Screen with credits including: Company Member with "The Chase Brock Experience", Choreographer and Dancer on Youtube’s hit web series “The Key of Awesome”, Backup Dancer for PSY and Chris Brown on “The Today Show”, Dancer for Heidi Klum at Madison Square Garden in "Macy’s Fashions Front Row" on E! Network, "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular" at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and "The Aluminum Show" in Madrid, Spain. One of her most favorite and memorable credits was performing throughout Europe on the International Tour of the classic musical “West Side Story” as a Jet Girl and the Assistant Dance Captain. 

Courtney just recently returned home from performing in the 1st National Tour of the Broadway Musical “Finding Neverland” with choreography by Mia Michaels. She enjoys teaching master classes around the country, is on faculty with numerous dance conventions and is also a full time competition judge. You can even see her behind the judges table on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” in Seasons 2 & 3. Courtney is also the owner of IMPACT DANCE ADJUDICATORS - the first and only staffing service providing professional level, pre-screened judges to dance competitions nationwide. Currently, she resides in New York City and is signed with in-demand commercial and dance agency, CESD. Follow her! @courtney.ortiz

Billy Griffin  (Company Choreographer) 

Billy resides in New York City where he graduated with a BFA from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Performing credits include the 1st National Tours of the Broadway Musicals "Mary Poppins", "The New Mel Brooks' Musical Young Frankenstein", "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" as well as the National Tour of Jeff Amsden's "A Few Good Men Dancin'". Other credits include the T.V. show "The Electric Company" on PBS, the soon-to-be released film "Clear Blue Tuesday" and numerous industrials, regional productions and benefits where he has danced alongside the likes of Spike Lee, Debra Messing, Jerry Seinfeld and Martin Scorcese. Check out animated Billy on the video game "Dance On Broadway" for Nintendo Wii.

As an assistant, Billy has worked with some of television and Broadway's hottest choreographers. He recently assisted Emmy Award Winning choreographer Josh Bergasse on episodes of the hit NBC show "SMASH". He also worked with "In the Heights" choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler on the early stages of a collaboration between Andy and singer/songwriter Kate Nash, entitled "Only Gold." As a choreographer himself, Billy has worked for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant for the Miss America Organization. He also travels the country serving as a judge/adjudicator, teaching master classes and creating pieces for dance companies and competition teams.

 

Previous Guest Teachers

 

Reggie  MyersNicole HarmonGabrielle  Yudenich

Jill Wollins

Chris Hale

Camille Brown

Jamie Goodwin

Braham Logan Crane

Nicole HarmonMichael  SustenNicole HarmonJenn  Rose
Calen Kurka

Anthony LoCurcio

Olivia Bowman Jackson

Will Laury

Devin Pullins

Jenn Rose

Nicole HarmonNicole Harmon

Lauren Adams

Kailee Combs

Michelle Jones Wurtz

Mark Figuera

Nicole Harmon

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Christopher Jackson

Purdie Baumann

Lisa Fries

Abdur Rahim-Jackson

Brooke Wendle

    

Phil Colgan

    

 

 

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