1:30PM-2:25PM, “You Are Enough” Freestyle/Improv Battle
2:30PM-3:45PM, Class 4
3:45PM-5:00PM, Class 5
5:00PM-6:00PM, Closing Ceremonies
Rudy Abreu is originally from Miami, FL, where he received his early dance training under the direction Manny and Lory Castro. Rudy went on to perform on various reality TV shows including Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance”, “America’s Got Talent”, and at the age of 18, after placing in the top 8 of the hit tv show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, He performed on a 77 city tour around the US and Canada with the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour. Rudy relocated to LA and immediately began his professional dance and choreography career. Credits include Jennifer Lopez, Derek and Julianne Hough, Bebe Rexha, Ben Platt, Camilla Cabello, Leona Lewis, Jacky Cheung, Inana and Little Mix. Rudy founded and is currently directing his all male company “Embodiment The Collective” and all female company “RAdiance Dance Company” which have both been featured on NBC’s “World of Dance”. Rudy also continues to educate and connect with dancers teaching at several professional studios including Millennium Dance Complex, Edge Performing Arts Center and Movement Lifestyle.
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.
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.
Ryan Blackson was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. He started dancing at the age of 10 training in genres such as ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, contemporary/lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. At the age of 18 he moved to New York City and earned his BFA in Dance with a jazz concentration from Marymount Manhattan College. Ryan has had the privilege to train with some of the top professionals in the industry both in New York City and Los Angeles such as; Al Blackstone, Sheila Barker, Lorna Ventura, Jason Wise and many more. Upon graduating from Marymount he completed two contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines allowing him to dance and travel the world. He has also had the opportunity to perform in various regional productions around the United States including; Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), A Chorus Line (Larry), La Cage aux Folles (Cagelle), Chicago, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde the Musical, Guys and Dolls, and many more. Ryan will be heading out on tour with Spirit Productions’ Christmas Wonderland for the 2017 holiday season.
As a choreographer Ryan has taught and choreographed both nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards and accolades for his choreography. He is currently on faculty with Liberate Artists LLC as a teacher/choreographer. As an active member in the community of New York City, Ryan feels he is able to inspire students and provide a learning environment that is pertinent to what directors and choreographers are looking for and hiring today. His classes focus on technique and the ability to execute choreography the way one would have to in an audition, while also incorporating a mental and emotional awareness to the choreography given. He places emphasis on finding a story and discovering a level of dance beyond just doing steps. Ryan’s goal as a teacher is to inspire students in the way he was inspired as a child to make a lifelong career out of doing something you love.
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