Coming August 2019.
Manhattan, New York City.

The What

Phoenix Fire is the Liberate Artists version of nationals.
Dancers from across the USA and around the world come together to train in the iconic, New York City. The production culminates in an original broadway theater style performance. This summer, it’s going to be on fire, our greatest production to date! #WeRise19

All participants have the opportunity to enter and win a scholarship covering the cost of their entire tuition at their home studio for one year (Details to be announced soon).

We have three intensity level schedules open to the public, our 3 day Lite program, our 7 day Core program and our 9 day highly intensive Elites program. Plus an additional schedule for our selected 18+ Primas & Primos for which registration is invite only.

The Where


Manhattan Baby!
The entire 5th floor of “The Westin” will be ours! Transformed into magical studio spaces.

The Westin New York at Times Square


The Show

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th St.
New York, NY 10025-6990

The Phoenix Fire 2019 production showcase will be held Saturday August 10th, 2019 in style!

The Faculty

Lauren Froderman

Headliner

Lauren Froderman

Lauren Froderman has been dancing since the age of 3 and since then has trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, tap, and hip hop. She has always been a well-rounded dancer and because of this went on to win the seventh season of the Fox television show, So You Think You Can Dance. She has also danced for people such as the Radio City Rockette’s, Big Time Rush, Blake McGrath, and others. Appearing in television performances, music videos, and live shows, she continues to reach for the stars and learn and do as much as possible. Probably her greatest accomplishment since the end of the So You Think You Can Dance show and tour has been becoming the first dance athlete for Gatorade and being the female dance athlete for the G Series Fit line. As a director/choreographer Lauren teaches around the US with Excel in Motion Dance Convention and with Liberate Artists INC. She has directed/choreographed several videos including her own interpretations of the songs"Soap" by Melanie Martinez, "Samson" by Regina Spektor, and "Bad Liar" by Selena Gomez.

Comfort Fedoke

Headliner

Comfort Fedoke

Since the show So You Think You Can Dance, Comfort has been active in both the street world and the industry, doing a plethora of things. Her work is not only diverse but has boundaries around the world, she is going state-to-state across the US, all the while traveling overseas. Comfort has participated and won battles, like Juste Deboute in France and KOD in China. She has appeared in music videos for artists such as Jason Derulo and Florence and the Machine. She has danced alongside the top artists at some of their most viewed events, such as Rihanna at iHeart Radio, LL Cool J at the Guys choice awards, and female Hip Hop legend Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl 49 Half Time Show in Phoenix, as well as choreographing for Indie artist, Karmin. Comfort’s work doesn’t end on the dance floor. She has acted in a number of films over the past five years. She was in Step Up 5 All In, which is now on DVD. She was also in the film, High Strung, which was directed by Michael Damien, where Comfort played the supporting lead female character, “Poptart.” In the midst of her dance career, her new role as a choreographer and her acting Comfort has found the time to reconnect with her familial roots in Nigeria. She is now a judge on a famous family show in Lagos, Nigeria named Maltina Dance All. And last, but certainly not least, Comfort has been actively pursuing her music career and has her song “Lose Your Mind” out on iTunes now. She is in the process of working on her EP just dropping a new single called “Takin over” now on her Soundcloud.

Mollee Gray

Headliner

Mollee Gray

Mollee is one of the most sought after and top working dancers in Los Angeles. Her professional and television credits include, SYTYCD Season 6, Shake It Up, X Factor, America’s Got Talent, Ellen, Drop Dead Diva, Big Time Rush, Glee, Victorious and The Voice. Mollee has also enjoyed dancing with artists including Taylor Swift, Snoop Dog and J Lo. In addition to her live and TV performances, Mollee has enjoyed performing in films such as High School Musical 1, 2 and 3 and MTV’s American Mall, where she was a principle dancer. Most recently, Mollee has been focusing on her acting career where she has found incredible success. Her first big break was as a supporting actress in the Ashton Kutcher film “No String’s Attached”. Recently children around the world have fallen in love with her acting and dance performance as “Giggles” in the hit Disney Channel original movie “Teen Beach Movie”! While focusing on and continuing to build her own dance and acting career, Mollee has always enjoyed giving back to her dance community by sharing her love and passion for dance through teaching and choreographing.

Fresh Redding

Headliner

Fresh Redding

Fresh Redding started dancing at the age of two and hasn't stopped! His resume is filled with illustrious credits such as: America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 6-Eclectic Gentlemen), League of Extraordinary Dancers(LXD), and Disney’s Shake it Up. He has worked with artist such as Will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Pharell, and Kendrick Lamar. Fresh has also made numerous appearances in commercials, for companies, such as: Kia, Nike, Allstate, Fed-Ex, Billboard Awards, The Ellen SHow, Dancing With The Stars and many others. Fresh hails from Hartford, CT and has been in LA for Six years and has taught at studios and workshops around the globe. He currently holds down a faculty position at Debbie Reynolds, in Los Angeles. His Clean and intricate style includes: Lyrical Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop, Poppin’, Tutting, Waving, Isolations and Robotics. To see some of Fresh's most recent work, be sure to check out "Major Lazer's" world tour that features his choreography.

Julie Carter

Traveling Faculty

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 assisted teachers such as Jason Parsons, the late Doug Caldwell, Elizabeth Parkinson (Chorus Line), Kathryn Mowat Murphy (Moving Out), and has performed works by Jason Sparks, Luam, Mike Esperanza, Jaclyn Buglisi, Merce Cunningham, among others. Julie is on the Contemporary Faculty at Steps On Broadway, and has been a Guest Artist for the Martha Graham School’s Summer Intensive, Manhattan Movement Art Center, Dance Teachers Club of Boston, and The School at Steps. Currently a teacher for Liberate Artists, Julie has had the opportunity to work alongside well-known artists from So You Think You Can Dance, including Lauren Froderman, Comfort Fedoke, and Alex Wong. Most currently, she is a company member of NYC-based Dance Into Deliverance and is an adjunct instructor for Sacred Heart University’s Dance Department.

Eric Lehn

Traveling Faculty

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.

Amelia Burkhardt

Traveling Faculty

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.

Kenny Hernandez

Traveling Faculty

Kenny Hernandez

Kenneth (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.

Maureen Gonzales

Traveling Faculty

Maureen Gonzales

Maureen Gonzales is a Los Angeles based dancer, choreographer, and educator. She trained pre-professionally throughout her youth before attending Columbia College Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Composition and Performance. She is currently on faculty at Loyola Marymount University teaching hip hop technique and setting work for the dance program. Her classes include contemporary, hip hop, ballet, jazz, musical theater, improvisation and partnering as well as children’s yoga. As an educator, Maureen focuses each class on the students and the present moment, keeping the space alive, curious and open. Maureen’s choreography investigates the way inter- and intrapersonal relationships affect movement. She has danced professionally with Boom Crack! Dance Company and DiPr. Her work has been shown in a variety of settings from stage to screen in Southern California, New York and Chicago.

Lexi Garcia

Traveling Faculty

Lexi Garcia

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Lexi decided to take what she had learned from her competitive studio back home and further her training in NYC. There she earned her BFA degree in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. After graduation Norwegian Cruise Line called her with an offer she couldn't refuse. For the next eight months Lexi had the opportunity to perform iconic musical theater pieces on the Pride of America, traveling and exploring the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands. From there she booked one more contract with NCL getting to add aerial skills to her tool-belt, and achieving a childhood dream, she got to be both a lead ensemble member and aerialist in Le Cirque Bijou. Now that she's back, she's ready to take NYC by storm and eventually work her way up to Broadway! Lexi is currently a traveling faculty member with Liberate Artists Inc.

Travis Cooper

Faculty

Travis Cooper

Travis Cooper started his dance training as a junior in high school at Nashville School of the Arts under teacher/mentor Stacie Flood-Popp. After graduating, he immediately relocated to Los Angeles, to further his training with a yearlong scholarship at the top professional studio, The EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood. While studying at The EDGE, Cooper worked with a faculty full of the most sought out teachers and choreographers in the industry including Mandy Moore, Tessandra Chavez, Tabitha and Napoleon, and Sonya Tayeh of So You Think You Can Dance. His career began to blossom after the scholarship program provided him with opportunities to dance for Matt Cady, Unity Dance Ensemble under the direction of Tessandra Chavez, and collidEdance lead by Erica Sobol. He has also been an assistant to well known choreographers Erica Sobol and Andre Fuentes. Cooper toured internationally for two years with the queen of disco, Donna Summers on her Crayons Tour. He has appeared in a Hilton commercial as well as many music videos such as “F*** You” for Cee-lo Green (dancer), “1994” for Jason Aldean (choreographer and dancer), and “Doesn’t Get Better” for Alex Aiono (dancer). Cooper can also be seen in three episodes of the hit ABC television show Nashville. His choreography credits include two full live concerts for pop artist Helene Michele, a thirty minute concert piece entitled Reclusion for Found Movement Group, and many award-winning pieces for the middle Tennessee area dance studios. Cooper currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he performs as a principal dancer for Found Movement Group, and has developed into a sought out teacher and choreographer.

Sara Perez

Faculty

Sara Perez

Sara Perez started dancing at the age of 3 in Plano, Texas. Perez in well versed in classical and contemporary Ballet, Modern and Jazz. In the past Perez has studied under the masters behind Joffrey San Antonio and Paul Taylor New York. Graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she received a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and moved to NYC in 2011. Since moving to New York City she has danced with Exit 12 Dance Company and Community Dance Project. In addition to dance companies Perez has choreographed and danced in several music videos by TV On The Radio, Tiny Victories, Sun Sheds and Sannhet. Perez teaches private Ballet lessons to all ages and all levels around the city, and joined Liberate Artists Faculty in 2018.

Nicole Fox

Faculty

Nicole Fox

Nicole is a warm, bubbly, outgoing commercial hip hop and musical theatre performer. Nicole has been performing and competing on stage for over 19 years, with experience and training in various genres of dance, including but not limited to: jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, salsa, and modern to name a few. Nicole has her own Production Company “NEDFOX Productions” in which she produces videos for others as well as herself. Along the way Nicole has dabbled in playing music, writing scripts, photography and Airbrush Makeup. Nicole possesses an ability to work hard to achieve perfection in and outside of the studio. Nicole is graduate from Penn State University, majoring in Dance Stage Management. Since graduating, she is now part of the Urban Dance League under AntBoogie, a teacher for Blossom Sisters Dance and Performing Arts, as well as Hudson Dance Studio, and is proudly part of Liberate Artists as one of their faculty choreographers.

Susan Rodriguez

Faculty

Susan Rodriguez

Susan hails from Danbury, Connecticut and grew up immersed in hip-hop and Latin movement. She began teaching Hip-Hop, Street Jazz, and Urban Latin styles in 2008 in her hometown, eventually attending Fairfield University and teaching at college level. In 2012, she began working extensively with the directors of Double Up Company & Entertainment, developing a dynamic training program aiming to provide dancers in the CT community with consistent training in dance, fitness, and professional adeptness. Susan now teaches all ages throughout the state of Connecticut, and continues to train and perform with Flux Momentum Dance Company. Susan is inspired by the way dance lessons and life lessons often intertwine, so she strives to teach her students how to be exceptional humans that move exceptionally. Off the dance floor, she aims to share the magic of dancing with others as the creator of TeachMeCT – a social profile promoting local learning opportunities, featuring Connecticut-based teachers and organizations. She began her work with the Liberate Artists team in LA as an Apprentice for FOCUS '18, and is super excited to be joining this year's Phoenix Fire Faculty!

Deion Muse

Faculty

Deion Muse

Deion Muse is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer born and raised in South Boston, VA. Currently teaching and training at the award winning Essence of Movement Dance Studio, Deion has a true passion and gift for dance. As a well-rounded dancer and choreographer, Deion has had the opportunity to work in a diverse array of genres from musical theatre to hip hop. Select credits include: XeQtion Dance Team, VCU Ram Cheerleader, CompleX Modeling Troupe, Black Ice Dance Crew, CompleX Modeling Troupe, Black Ice Dance Crew, Essence of Movement performance choreography, Shrek the Musical, Oklahoma!, and Gypsy. In 2018 Deion made history with Liberate Artists INC as the first dancer to be chosen and successfully complete Focus 2018 (as an Apprentice in Los Angeles, California) and Phoenix Fire 2018 (as a Primo in Brooklyn, NY). In training with Liberate Artists INC. Deion has had the opportunity to assist and study with some of the most successful dance educators in the industry including: Lauren Froderman (winner of So You Think You Can Dance), Samo Soto (Netflix’s “The Get Down”), and Emmy Award winning choreographer Mia Michaels. Due to his exceptional work ethic, focus, and ability, Deion was invited back to Phoenix Fire 2019, this time as a member of their esteemed faculty. Deion is thrilled to be joining the official Phoenix Fire faculty, this season, and looks forward to continuing to spread his passion for dance to young people nationwide.

Elle Doctor

Faculty

Elle Doctor

Elle is a professional dancer and singer in NYC. Her most notable credits include Vicki in A Chorus Line (Off Broadway) and So You Think You Can Drag as a back up dancer. She currently dances in cabaret shows arounds the city and teaches at multiple studios in the tristate area. Elle is very excited to be returning to the Phoenix Fire Faculty.

Mark Albrecht

Faculty

Mark Albrecht

Mark Albrecht currently hangs his hat in New York City. He attended the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a major in musical theatre and a focus in dance. Some of his credits include A Chorus Line, Grease, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello Dolly, Fame, and many more. He has performed with The American Tap Dance Foundation's "Tap City" at the famous Symphony Space, as well as the New York Foundation for the Fine Arts "Tap Extravaganza". He has worked and shared the stage with choreographers and teachers such as Bob Audy, Shea Sullivan, Germaine Salsberg, Skip Cunningham, Dr. Prince Spencer, Chloe Arnold, Ted Levy, Prof. Robert Reed, Bob Scheerer, Deborah Mitchell, Ayodele Casel, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and many more. Mark has had the opportunity to be on the tap faculty at Broadway Dance Center, The New York Film Academy, The Pulse Teacher's Workshop, and various workshops and festivals around the US. In addition, he had the opportunity to be an educator and judicator for Groove National Talent Competition and Sheer Talent Competition and can also be seen judicating on televisions hit series "Dance Moms". He has been featured tap dancing for ESPN's US Open commercial for the 2015 season. Mark's choreography has been recognized in the dance competition circuit. Winning students multiple awards throughout the US. He prides himself on teaching all ages with an open mind and a desire for ultimate success.


The Hotel

Booking Now Open
Click the “Booking Now Open” link above to book your room/s.
Important Info:
Room capacity for double rooms is 4 guests
(the website will give you an error if you attempt to book over 4 guests to a room)
Destination Fee charges and concessions are not applicable to this group room block. Due to the hotels technical limitations they references a $25 daily charge when booking but this will not be charged at check out.
Dates to Book:
We recommend booking the night before the Experience begins and checking out the day after the Showcase but the decision is yours. Here are the important dates and times for you to make the best decision for your party.
Elites begin their magical adventure at 10am, Aug 2nd 2019
Elites take their final bow at 7pm, Aug 10th 2019


Scholarships

Each year at Phoenix Fire, we award scholarships to deserving dancers. Our biggest scholarship is our Year in Dance Life Scholarship – this scholarship covers a dancer tution fees for 1 year at their home studio. All scholarship application requirements will be emailed to you in Spring 2019!

Our 2018 winner was Aleah Pflug
Escape Dance Academy: Youngstown, OH
18/19 LADC

The LADCs

The Liberate Artists Dance Captain (LADC) program is our group of hand selected dancers, from all around the world, (ages 12-18) who assistant and demonstrate with our esteemed Liberate Artists faculty for an entire season on the road. During the season, LADC’s get an inside look at the professional dance world, while working with industry professionals in an individualized manner. Annually, no more than 10 LADC’s, are chosen to assist for the upcoming season. To audition to be a 2019/2020 Liberate Artists dance captain you must be at least 12 years old, an elite prodigy, and meet all the requirements listed in the Phoenix Fire Elite Prodigy Packet which will be available as of May 22nd 2019.

Our 2018/2019 Liberate Artists Dance Captains are from Hawaii to New York and everywhere in between. Meet them below as they will be featured in our Liberate Artists performance and perform a special LADC number choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance winner and All Star, Lauren Froderman.

Madison Jackson, STARZ Performing Arts Academy
Bryson Tomita, Pas De Deux Hawaii
Lisana Quintiliani, Alyson’s School of Dance
Cal Brian Narvaez, Lillian Dean Dance Studio
Carissa Bracken, Dancepiration
Caitlin Lee, Independent
Aleah Pflug, Escape Dance Academy

The Apprentices

Liberate Artists Apprentices are college-aged dancers and professionals who assist our faculty and staff at Phoenix Fire. These dancers attend top universities around the nation, and have a true passion and appreciation for dance and working with the dancers of the future. Apprentices are here to make sure every prodigy has a magical and momentous experience at Phoenix Fire.

The Apprentice training program is also the groundwork for the next generation of Liberate Artists Faculty. (You may notice a 2019 Phoenix Fire Faculty member or two that started in previous years as Apprentices (or Primas/Primos). We cannot wait for you to meet this year’s company of Apprentices. They are some of the most incredible artists we have encountered on the road, this season, and awesome human beings.

Aisha Olemba, Towson University
Jeffrey Mercado, Rutgers University
Lynsey Duverglas, Penn State University
Hannah Guzik, Fashion Institute of Technology
Faith Ehizielen, Towson University
Kaitlyn Dee Snyder, Marymount Manhattan College
Korryn Hart, Fashion Institute of Technology
Casey Fodge, James Madison University
Jasòn Wells, Montclair State University
Sydney Zusman, Columbia University, Graduate School
Destinee Davis, California - Poet & Dancer

Frequently Asked Questions

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