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The What

Phoenix Fire is the Liberate Artists version of nationals. Dancers from around the world come together to train in the greatest city in the world. Phoenix Fire culminates with a performance and opportunities for dancers to have their entire tuition covered for one year at their home studio. The dancers who attend Phoenix Fire are called Prodigies, because through adversity, they rise to the top. This summer, it's going to be fire. #WeRise18

The Where

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center

29 Jay Street / Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Dance

Contemporary  •  Hip Hop  •  Street Jazz  •  Contemporary Ballet  •  Partnering  •  Lyrical  •  Modern  •  Jazz Funk  •  Improv  •  and more!

The Faculty

Mia Michaels
Julie Carter
Amelia Burkhardt
Audra Bryant
Kenneth Hernandez
Audry Ginsburg
Eric Lehn
Marika Matuszak
Stephanie Bissonnette

More Faculty To Be Announced!

Mia Michaels

From stage to screen, Mia Michaels has turned dance into unique works of passion & beauty. This year will mark the highly anticipated release of Mia’s first book, a venture that will propel this multi-Emmy winner to even further heights. Not only is Mia one of the most sought after innovators in the world of dance, but she is also a figure of inspiration to women around the world. One of Mia’s strongest talents is finding the beauty within herself and in others. In 2015, Mia joined forces with a dream team including Harvey Weinstein, Diane Paulus, & Barry Weissler for the hugely successful Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Mia choreographed a preview of the song, “Neverland” for the 68th Tony Awards featuring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. Following the Tony Awards, Mia served as guest choreographer for the opening number of the Rockettes Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and as guest artist & mentor for Broadway at the White House, hosted by Michelle Obama, Kristen Chenoweth, & Matthew Morrison. Included in Mia’s diverse experience is the critically acclaimed New York based dance company, RAW; for which she was the founder, artistic director, & choreographer.

On television, Mia has served as an ever-popular judge & contributing choreographer for Fox’s award winning TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD). Not only has Mia won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Choreography for the television series SYTYCD, but she was also made huge contributions towards the show receiving the “Best Reality TV Show” award at the 2008 Reality TV Show Awards. Additionally, Mia’s fan-base in Canada has led her to share her talents on SYTCD Canada as a judge & guest choreographer. Other TV credits include a dream sequence with Hugh Laurie for the hit television show, HOUSE MD, entitled “Get Happy.” Uniting with her SYTYCD judge alumnus, Adam Shankman, Mia & Adam collaborated for the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, ROCK OF AGES. The choreography was showcased by a star-studded cast of Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand & Catherine Zeta-Jones. Following ROCK OF AGES, Mia had a co-starring role in Summit Entertainment’s, STEP UP 4. Mia directed & choreographed Blake McGrath’s Relax video, which was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards. Other work in film includes: “Cool Women” for AMC/DreamWorks Television, award winning commercials for Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, Ziploc, the WNBA, Star TV & VISA. The five year run of Celine Dion’s show, A New Day, which played at Caesars’ Palace in Las Vegas, was raved by The New York Times, stating, “The greatest pleasure was the go for-broke physicality of the choreography.” The show, featuring a cast of fifty dancers and two hours of pure artistry, was one of Mia’s favorite choreographic experiences. Other shows featuring Mia’s choreography include Celine Dion’s world Tour, Taking Chances, & Cirque du Soleil’s first touring show, Delirium. Mia has also created works for numerous recording artists including Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Anna Vissi, & Prince. Mia has had the privilege to hold faculty positions at prestigious institutions of dance around the world including Alvin Ailey & the Joffrey Ballet. Mia continues to teach inspirational master classes worldwide known as Mia Michaels Live (MML). This powerful movement is inspiring dancers world wide to access their inner unicorn and dance from the inside out. With the short success, this movement with be going global in 2018-2019.

Mia’s students, peers & mentors have noted her as a dedicated, live-changing influence of positivity in their lives. Mia has a way of touching each human she encounters with passion, emotional expression, and confidence of self-love.

Julie Carter

Julie Carter, originally from Alabama, is a graduate of Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance with a Jazz Concentration. She trained at Alabama Ballet and has traveled to numerous countries as a dancer for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines and Spirit Productions. She has worked alongside artists such as Jason Parsons, Doug Caldwell, Elizabeth Parkinson (Chorus Line), Kathryn Murphy (Moving Out), Kat Wildish, Billy Griffin, and has performed works by Luam, Mike Esperanza, Buglisi Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham, Katie Rose McLaughlin (Designated Movement), among others. Julie is on faculty at Steps On Broadway, has taught masterclasses for Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Sacred Heart University, national dance conventions, and is a frequent Guest Artist at The School at Steps and CorePower sub at the Martha Graham School. Julie is a Traveling Faculty Member for Liberate Artists INC, teaching in studio experiences across the country with some of the industry’s finest, including So You Think You Can Dance’s Lauren Froderman and Comfort Fedoke. Most currently, she is a company member of NYC-based Dance Into Deliverance and can be seen in the television series, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, on Amazon Prime.

Amelia Burkhardt

Amelia was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. Throughout her training, she was on competition teams, winning many first place and overall soloist awards. Amelia was selected for numerous scholarships from competitions and conventions all over California, including a one year scholarship to Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Some of Amelia's credits include being a featured female dancer on The Hello Kitty Friendship Festival National Tour, Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, Promo for Disney's 'Camp Rock 2', FOX 'Mobbed', Good Day L.A., and the Los Angeles Clippers. Her regional theatre credits include: Beauty and The Beast and Peter Pan. She has also worked alongside of celebrities Selena Gomez, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Wilmer Valderrama, Perez Hilton, Howie Mendel. She has danced for famous LA choreographers, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Mandy Moore, Matt Cady, and Beau Fournier . She was a featured dancer and one of the assistant production coordinators for the world famous dance show, Choreographers' Carnival . She was a company member and assistant for the popular LA based company, Mischief Makers. They are invited to perform all over the country, including Hawaii, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Etc. Amelia also travels the United States judging studio dance competitions for Starpower, Imagine, and Revolution Talent Competitions. Over her professional career, Amelia has been teaching at several dance studios, high schools, and universities on the East and West Coast, including UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Channel Islands, and University of Delaware. She currently is a traveling faculty member for Liberate Artists, teaching and choreographing alongside Comfort Fedoke, Misha Gabriel, Lauren Froderman, Mollee Gray, Etc. Amelia resides in New York City to continue to pursue her dance and teaching career.

Audra Bryant

Audra Bryant is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Audra’s love for for Ballet and classical voice eventually transitioned into a love for Fosse, Cole Porter, and all things musical theatre once she hit middle school. Audra's performance career has been diverse, playing roles such as Ivy Smith in On the Town, and had approximately fourteen buckets of “blood” dumped on her in Carrie the Musical (Carrie White). She worked various summers for the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as Dance Captain/Ensemble and as the Associate Choreographer for their production of Mary Poppins. Audra most recently performed in the Carbonell nominated production of Will Rogers Follies at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Some of the gifted artists she has the privilege to associate with are Beth Level, Emily Skinner, Richard J. Hinds, David Scotchford, Jeff Blumenkrantz, and Bartram & Hill. Audra also works as a choreographer in NY and has had her work showcased at the New York Jazz Choreography Festival (presented by JCE, Inc.). Audra is a member of the Liberate Artists Traveling Faculty team and teaches around the country She teaches all styles and levels for a variety studios throughout New York and the surrounding areas through Liberate Artists and has taught alongside SYTYCD's Comfort Fedoke and Dance Moms Payton Ackerman. She is inspired through the opportunity to watch passion for the arts grow in youth.

Kenneth (Kenny) Hernandez

Kenny Hernandez was born and raised in Bronx, NY. Kenny has been dancing since he was 13 years old. He started off as a freestyle dancer, but then branched out and started to learn more, not only about freestyling, but also in choreography as well. He started training in all fundamentals of Hip Hop in his first company, Hip Hop Theory The Company. There he studied all of his foundations of popping, breaking, waving, and commercial choreography. Kenny then went on to perform for shows and competitions such as Prelude Urban Dance Competition and World of Dance. Kenny is a Traveling Faculty Member for Liberate Artists and has taught alongside Ivan Koumaev (Justin Timberlake), Comfort Fedoke (So You Think You Can Dance All Star), Randi and Hefa (Beyonce), and Lauren Froderman (So You Think You Can Dance Winner) to name a few. Kenny strives to bring out the best in each dancer and loves seeing growth in his students. When Kenny is not teaching, he still loves to train, especially in EXPG Professional Gym and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Audry Ginsburg

Audry grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois where her love of performing and creating began. After solidifying her skill set in college at Murray State University she started performing professionally. Working as a freelance dancer/choreographer, her jobs have taken her to places she never imagined. From riding a horse in Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede to 'running away' with the circus to New York City public schools! Her performance and teaching opportunities have given her a love of travel as she has toured the country by bus and internationally by ship. Credits Include: Sesame St. Live Nat’l Tour, Norwegian GEM, Damn Yankees, and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. In recent years she has focused her energies on choreographing and teaching dance. Audry has taught for the prestigious Stagedoor Manor, Concordia Conservatory, and serves as lead experience manager and teaching artist for Liberate Artists Inc. As a member of Liberate Artists Inc. Audry has had the privilege of working and teaching with dance artists including: Comfort Fedoke (So You Think You Can Dance All Star), Lauren Froderman (So You Think You Can Dance Winner), Ivan Koumaev (Justin Timberlake), Randi and Hefa (Beyonce), Kyle Van Newkirk (World of Dance), and this summer Emmy Award Winning Choreographer, Mia Michaels. She aims to constantly expand her knowledge of dance and to continue to share her passion of performing and teaching the youth of America and the world! When not traveling for work she resides in New York City.

Marika Matuszak

Marika Matuszak, originally from Binghamton, NY, is a performer, choreographer and instructor residing in New York City. She graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Commercial Dance and Arts & Entertainment Management minor. While at Pace, she trained and performed with renowned choreographers such as Rhonda Miller, Scott Jovovich, Jess Hendricks, Martha Nichols, Lauren Gaul, Joey Dowling, and Ginger Cox. Marika performed at the Park Avenue Armory Gala under the direction of Larry Keigwin as a dancer for the Young Professionals band. She has also performed with the modern company Phoenix Project Dance Theater under the direction of Amber Perkins based in Norwich, NY. Recently, Marika assisted choreographers Alex Sanchez and Lainie Sakakura in the Golden Gate Theatre’s production of Roman Holiday. Marika’s choreography has been showcased in Emergence Choreography Show and in Pace University’s Production of the Pajama Game where she assisted Scott Jovovich. Marika has taught at studios in the greater New York City area for several years with Liberate Artists INC and is a featured faculty member for the company.

Eric Lehn

New York native, Eric Lehn, received a BFA in Dance performance from Towson University. At Towson he was a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts Advocates. Eric was fortunate enough to work with artist such as Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Runqiao Du, Tim Veach and Vincent Thomas. He has had the privilege to perform works choreographed by Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Kevin Iega Jeff and Frank Chaves. He has received training from the ABT Collegiate program, the Joffrey Ballet School and was a summer apprentice with River North Dance Chicago. Eric is currently a member of the Bad Boys of Ballet and travels on the road with Liberate Artists Inc as a guest artist.

Stephanie Bissonnette

Stephanie Bissonnette resides in New York City, and she is so excited to be performing at The MUNY in Fiddler on the Roof and Fiddlehead Theatre in Priscilla Queen of the Desert to close out the summer of 2016. She was most recently seen in Legally Blonde(Seven Angels Theatre) and covering multiple tracks as the Female Swing in Kiss Me Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company/Michele Lynch). Stephanie also represented the Broadway community this season in Broadway Bares 25 (Nick Kenkel) and the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet (Rommy Sandhu). Stephanie also had the honor of performing the role of Wendy Jo in Footloose at Seven Angels Theatre, orginial Robbin's choreography in West Side Story at Riverside Theatre (Alex Sanchez and DJ Salsibury), and The Wizard of Oz at Surflight Theatre (Matt Williams, Karen Carpenter). In the city, she studies Voice with Will Bryan, teaches technique and choreography at multiple studios, and work studies at Broadway Dance Center. She also is a freelance client of Daniel Hoff Agency!

Stephanie was born and raised in Massena, New York where she trained in all styles of dance since the age of five and has been in love ever since! After singing as a cantor at her local church at a young age, Bissonnette set her sights on Broadway. She studied trumpet, violin, and piano while continuing to achieve performance recognition, choreography awards, and scholarships at dance competitions on the regional and national level.

After graduating as Valedictorian, she attended Point Park University's Conservatory of the Performing Arts as a Jazz Concentration where she appeared in over twenty pieces and mainstage productions. These included: D-MAN in the Waters(Bill T. Jones), The Bench (Kiesha Lalama), Contagion(Garfield Lemonius), Dragana and The Jazz Nutcracker(Doug Bentz), Dance with Me, Latin Quartre, and The Big Bang (Ron Tassone), just to name a few.

In 2012, Bissonnette graduated from Point Park after just three years and started her professional career with Royal Caribbean Productions as the Featured Dancer on the Azamara Journey. She then continued on as Brenda/Shelly (U/S Penny, Velma) for HAIRSPRAY on the Oasis of the Seas. Stephanie is currently in the Original Broadway Cast of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls!

The Hotel

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown

125 Flatbush Ave Ext / Brooklyn, NY 11201

Special Room Rates – Book by July 18!

1 KING W/ FRIDGE // Rates from 129.00/Night

2 DOUBLE // Rates from 139.00/Night

The Questions

What are the age groups?

At Phoenix Fire our dancers are called Prodigies.  Registration is open to all Prodigies ages 5-18 and 19+ for Liberate Artists Primas/Primos. Dancers are split up by age into different crews, Bronx Crew: Ages 5-6, Queens Crew: Ages 7-9, Brooklyn Crew: Ages 10-12, New York Crew: Ages 13+

With the purchase of the observer badge what will I have access to?

You will have access to your Prodigies "Main Event" class of the day which will be held in the theatre with our Daily Headliner celebrity or master teacher. Observer badges will be available for purchase when we open showcase tickets in July 2018.

How much are showcase tickets?

Showcase tickets are $20.00 per person. We will be holding two showcases on the last day of Phoenix Fire.

Are there payment plans available?

Yes, we provide monthly payment plans. See below for all payment plan information.

What is the refund policy?

There is a no refund policy. In the event that your Prodigy cannot attend Phoenix Fire, a credit will be issued for the fees paid to be used for 2019 Phoenix Fire.

Do you have to win a scholarship to attend Phoenix Fire?

No way! Phoenix Fire is open to everyone :)

My family has more than one dancer who would like to attend?

We always work with families. Email us at and we'll figure out a payment option for you.

Okay! How much does it cost to attend both Phoenix Fire and Focus?

For dancers who won scholarships to Phoenix Fire and invitations to Focus, price stays the same for Focus, but you can attend Phoenix Fire at a discounted rate for $695.00. Please contact us at for more details.

My dancer won a scholarship to Phoenix Fire 2018 and an invitation to Focus 2018: which one should they attend?

If they won a scholarship to Phoenix Fire 2018 and an invitation to Focus 2018, we think they'd be a great fit at both experiences. They feature two different things. Focus is all about Commercial Dance and will be an intensive study where we put on a music video with a recording artists at the end of the experience. Phoenix Fire is a full experience with classes in all styles of dance; a taste of commercial dance, concert dance, and Broadway! It's really up to you. We say go for both (and we'll give you a discount to do so).

When will faculty be announced for Phoenix Fire​?

Faculty​ is​ announced ​every spring.​ Since we fly in several teachers from Los Angeles and all of our teachers are working professionals, schedules are subject to change. We try to avoid announcing artists before all professional commitments are booked and confirmed.

My dancer won a scholarship: how do I claim it?

Registration details are listed in the section below. Click on $500 Scholarship Winners. The scholarship is valued at $500.00 and has already been subtracted from your registration price.

How does my dancer win a scholarship?

Scholarships can only be won by attending a Liberate Artists Experience. Reach out to your studio owner and have us come to you! Let them know they can contact us by text or phone at 213-700-6482!

​When should we travel in and leave Phoenix Fire?

We ask all parents and dancers arrive on site no later than 11:15AM on Sunday, August 12th 2018 to register. We suggest parents book flights to leave on Sunday, August 19th as we are planning on hosting two shows.

The Cost

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