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2019/20 Guest Teacher Bios

Michelle Wurtz

Intensive #1

African Guest Instructor

Lisa Fries

Intensive #2 Staff

Allyssa Millar

Intensive #2

Stomp Guest Instructor

Risa Snapp

Intensive #2

UD Dance Team Prep Guest Instructor

Jeff Manosca

Intensive #2

Hip Hop Guest Instructor

 

Angela Bates

Intensive #2

Lyrical Guest Instructor

 

Marissa Jean

Intensive #3 Staff

 

Hannah Brumbach

Intensive #3

Modern Guest Instructor

Gabby Wright

Intensive #3

Street Jazz Guest Instructor

Jim Green

Intensive #3

Hip Hop Guest Instructor

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Master Class

Company Choreographer

Lance Guillermo

Master Class

Company Choreographer

Hannah Wintrode

July 17th, 2019

Master Class

 

Courtney Ortiz

July 17th, 2019

Master Class

Billy Griffin
Company Choregrapher

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Guest Teacher Bios:

 

Marissa Jean

Intensive #3 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 teaching throughout NY, NJ, PA and DE. Her choreography has been performed and recognized 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 Michelle Duvall Dance Collective. Professional performances include NY Couture Fashion Week, Flying Tiger, 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.

Marissa has taught all throughout the U.S including Mark Morris and currently for Broadway Dance Center’s CTP Program & Man In Motion as a teacher and judge. She has presented work throughout NYC through her pre-professional training company, Kinections Dancegroup. They have presented work at Peridance’s Choreographer’s Showcase, Broadway Dance Center, Kat Wildish Showcase, NYC Dance & Music Festival & the Artists in Flight Series at the TADA! Youth Theater. In addition to dancing, Marissa is currently the Program Coordinator for an international dance program called  Dance Italia & is Pilates Mat certified.

www.marissajean.org

Follow her! @rissa_jean

 

Allyssa Millar

Intensive #2- STOMP Guest Instructor

Allyssa Millar trained at Paul Klocke Studio of Dance in Aston, Pa in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, and contemporary. Over the years Allyssa has trained with Angela Bates Majewski, Robyn Brawley, Paul Klocke, Kim Klocke, Mary Beth Powell, Katie Speicher, Trish Ryan, Maegen Pruitt, and Heidi Jarrett. Allyssa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Midland University in Fremont, NE with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management. During her time at Midland, Allyssa was a member of the Premier Dance Company, Jazz competition team, choir, theater department, and a cappella group. Before attending Midland University, Allyssa was a member of the non-profit international organization, The Young Americans based in Corona, Ca.  With the Young Americans Allyssa toured to over 12 countries performing and teaching music and dance to people of all ages. Allyssa is very passionate about teaching students. She has taught at Paul Klocke Studio of Dance in Aston,Pa; Angela Bates Dance Academy in Newtown Square, Pa; Chester Valley Dance Academy in Exton, Pa; Dance Delaware in Wilmington, De; Studio of Dance Arts in Omaha, Ne, Julie’s Creative Movement &Dance Studio in Fremont, NE, Arlington High School in Arlington, NE, and Create 308 in Grand Island, NE.

Michelle Wurtz

Intensive #1- African Guest Instructor

Michelle holds a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts as well as an MPA in Non-profit Management from Strayer University.  She studied with Barbara Sandanato who was trained by George Balanchine; Judith Jamison, former lead dancer of the Alvin Ailey Company and Milton Myers who was also a lead dancer at Ailey and now serves as head of the Contemporary Division of the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.  Michelle began her professional career during her junior year when she started dancing for Group Motion.


Michelle continues to direct Melange, the Pottstown Dance Theatre, and assistant direct Contempradance; and her students were invited by the American Alliance of Performing Arts Educators to perform in London during the 2012 Olympic Games where a representative of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (founded and partially funded by Sir Paul McCartney) saw her work and requested her instruction for summer of 2013

Lisa Fries
Intensive #2 Staff

Coming Soon!

Angela Bates

Intensive #2- 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 #3- Modern Guest 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.

Hannah Wintrode

July 17th, 2019 - 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.

 

 

Danielle Sten-Guillermo

Danielle Sten-Guillermo (Company Choreographer) 
 June 5th, 2019 - 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 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 5th, 2019- 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 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.

Risa Snapp

Intensive #2- 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 in corporate fitness as a program manager at Campbell Soup WHQ.

Jeff Manosca

Intensive #2- Hip Hop Guest Instructor

Coming Soon!

Gabby Wright

Intensive #3- Street Jazz Guest Instructor

Gabby Wright started dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since! She lived in New York City for 6 years where she earned a Business Degree with a concentration in Media and Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College. In addition to dancing on the Marymount stage, she has had the pleasure of performing with the Opus 2 Contemporary Company, Koresh School of Dance, on stages in Disney World, at the Premiere of Happy Feet the movie, and at the International Emmys. Gabby also spent a year as a member of the dance squad with the Philadelphia SOUL, a professional arena football team. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center and under many professionals including Shelia Barker, Derek Mitchell, and Luam. Gabby recently finished touring with both New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage New York, dance competitions. Most recently she performed in New York City's Times Square as part of a group sponsored by Turkic Platform, an NGO based in Istanbul, to promote a campaign aimed at reconciling Turkish and Armenian relations over the next one hundred years. Gabby has won many awards for her ability to entertain and loves to teach new students how to be the best dancer they can be while helping them harness and express their individuality!

Jim Green

Intensive #3- Hip Hop Guest Instructor

With 20 years of dancing experience, 12 of those years teaching and choreographing, he has competed in national competitions for more than a decade. Even though his primary focus is hip-hop, he also enjoys teaching jazz, lyrical and gymnastics. In addition, he has studied in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, acrobatics, and karate. With belief that dance education is never-ending, leads Jim to continue training in several elements of dance such as popping, locking, waving, breaking, street jazz, and contemporary. He performed in 4 consecutive off-Broadway shows with Dan Karaty’s “Shake the Floor” summer intensive. Jim was a featured dancer in Santalina’s “Kick In the Door” music video. He also performed with Jade Starling and Pretty Poison at Philly 106.1’s Summer Freestyle Concert as well as the “Eat Bulaga” Philippine Festival in Atlantic City. In one of many auditions, Jim was chosen to perform with the hip-hop artist Ashanti, as one of her back up dancers; and has also performed in companies such as FloMotion and Jaxum Records. One of Jim’s proudest moments includes being invited to continue onto “Vegas Week” in Fox’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Honored to be an original founder, Jim currently remains an active member of Point Blank Dance Crew. They opened for America’s Best Dance Crew’s Kaba Modern at Philadelphia’s Transit Night Club 6 years ago. Together they have performed at venues in Boston, Chicago, Virginia Beach, New Brunswick, Cherry Hill, Atlantic City, and of course their hometown of Philadelphia. Recently, Point Blank had the opportunity of competing at Hip Hop International in Las Vegas. Aside from that, they have taught nationwide, raising money and donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Jim travels with the Monsters of Hip Hop’s Road Team, where he continues his training with international choreographers, including, but not limited to: Marty Kudelka, Kevin Maher, Tony Testa, Rhapsody James, Laura Edwards, Parris Goebel, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, and the Jabbawockeez.


Jim is committed to educating the dance community. His passion for dance and music inspires and invokes dancers to appreciate and excel in the art.

Courtney Ortiz

July 17th, 2019- 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 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 A. 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 Harmon

Lauren Adams

Kailee Combs

Bria Walton

Mark Figuera

Nicole Harmon

Nicole HarmonNicole Harmon

Christopher Jackson

Purdie Baumann

Hannah Brumbach

Abdur Rahim-Jackson

Brooke Wendle

Purdie Baumann

Phil Colgan

Ryan McMullenDebbie StoutAshley CarterVanessa Martínez de Baños

 

 

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