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2021 Guest Teacher Bios

 

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Lance Guillermo

Hip Hop

Master Class 6/8/21

Company Choreographer

 

Danielle

Sten-Guillermo

Contemporary

Master Class 6/8/21

Company Choreographer

Billy Griffin

Musical Theater

Master Class 6/9/21

Company Choreographer

 

Manny Castro

Latin Jazz

Master Class 8/2/21

Company Choreographer

Risa Snapp

UD Dance Team Prep Guest Instructor

 

 

 

Tweety

Tap

 

 

 

Courtney OrtizHannah Wintrode

 

 

 

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Guest Teacher Bios:

Lance Guillermo (Company Choreographer)

Tuesday, June 8th- Hip Hop Master Class                                                

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 the 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 styles 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.

 

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Danielle Sten-Guillermo (Company Choreographer) 
Tuesday, June 8th - Contemporary Master Class

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 alongside 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 to perform 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.

Billy Griffin  (Company Choreographer) 

June 9th, 2021- Musical Theater Master Class

Billy Griffin is a New York City-based choreographer and dance educator with a BFA from NYU/Tisch. Select choreography credits include the National Tour of "Friends! The Musical Parody", as well as work for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival featuring "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Ricky Ubeda, The Red Bucket Follies for BC/EFA, The Drama League Gala At The Plaza (honoring Steve Martin), Hershey Park, Issac Mizrahi for QVC, The Miss America Organization, The National YoungArts Foundation, New York Musical Festival (nomination for choreography), The Joffrey Ballet School, The Steps Conservatory, Fordham/Ailey, New York University and Pace University. As a performer, Billy was in the Broadway/National Tour Productions of "Mary Poppins", "White Christmas", and "Young Frankenstein".  Associate/ Assistant credits include work with Sonya Tayeh, Josh Bergasse, Andy Blankenbuhler, and Al Blackstone. Billy teaches weekly at both Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Billy is also a proud Legacy Ambassador for lululemon. 

IG:@SillyBillyGriffin

Manny Castro (Company Choreographer)

August 2nd, 2021- Latin Jazz Master Class

Manny Castro is the Studio Director of DanceZone in Miami, Florida. His many television credits include; "America's Got Talent", "Dance Moms", "World of Dance", "Live to Dance", and many Spanish productions. Manny was toured with many popular recording artists such as; Paula Abdul, The Black Eyed Peas, Ricky Martin, and Shakira. He judges for many national dance competitions and teaches jazz, contemporary, and hip hop dance, but is mostly known for Latin ballroom and Latin fusion dance styles.

Tweety

Tap

 
Ms. Tweety attended The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Then continued her studies at West Chester University graduating with a BSEd in Early Childhood Education. While Ms. Tweety was a Tap Dancer with Tap Team Two & Co. ( under the direction of: Robert F. Burden Jr.) she had the opportunity to work with Young Audiences of: PA, NJ, NY, MD, VA, and CONN. performing in various schools teaching the history of Tap Dance. Ms. Tweety's teachers over the years have been: Joseph Lee, Nini Brown, LaVaughn Robinson, Germaine Ingram, Robert Burden, Nicole Hockenberry, Germaine Salsberg, Jimmy Tate, , Buster Brown, Savion Glover, and Jason Samuels Smith; just to name a few.
 
Ms. Tweety had the honor of being the Executive Director of Raw Hoofin' Youth Tap Ensemble for 10 years! Ms. Tweety thanks her mom for introducing her to the Arts at a young age, to The Great Spirit/The Creator for ALWAYS being by her side, to my fabulously-wonderful students ( past, present, and future)... I thank you for your Tap Enthusiasm and Dedication to the Arts! AND... to my two boys-momma's little tap dancers-many kisses and hugs to you both! 

" what we have or what we do not have should never dictate the quality of our lives, or our capacity to simply enjoy." -Cherokee Feast of Days ( Joyce Sequichie Hifler)

Risa Snapp

UD Dance Team Prep Guest Instructor

Risa is an alumnus of both the University of Delaware and its Dance Team. As a four-year member, she was a part of the first National Championship team in 2005. Upon graduation, Risa continued her passion for dance by teaching classes for local studios and performing with the ICONic Dance Crew. In addition, she has accrued years of experience coaching and consulting for dance teams in the northeast. Risa received her B.S. in nutrition and currently works incorporate fitness as a program manager at Campbell Soup WHQ.

Courtney Ortiz

Broadway Jazz Master Class

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 judge's 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 an in-demand commercial and dance agency, CESD. Follow her! @courtney.ortiz

Hannah Wintrode

Hip Hop Master Class

Hannah Wintrode, has set up bases in dance communities all over the country including Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City. She began her training in all styles at age 10 and has been creating her own art since age 15. As a commercial dancer and choreographer, her credits include, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ricky Martin, Kimberly Cole, Herb Alpert, T Mobile, Sonos Speakers, and Amazon, to name a few. In 2015, she created her own training company, The Westsiders, based in Seattle, Washington. The Westsiders has recently expanded, now holding weekend intensives throughout the country known as The Westsiders Camp. Wintrode is a dedicated faculty member for the national dance convention, Artists Simply Human, and continues to freelance at studios, camps, and intensives all around the country.

 

 

 

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