Some credits include:

Hamilton on Broadway, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, Six on Broadway, Complexions, MTV Movie Awards, The Oscars, prior work with recording artists such as Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Madonna, Will Smith, Cher, and Taylor Swift. We are proud to collaborate with such a colorful and supportive group of teaching and performing artists who join us in our objective to remind young people that “You are enough, exactly as you are, in the skin and body you are in.”

OUR TEAM

LIBERATE ARTISTS’ STAFF

Geri Brown

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Founder/Creator

Audry Ginsburg

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Director of Operations, Teaching Artist

Nicole Fox Davis

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Project Manager, Teaching Artist, Stage Manager

Maddie Gilbert

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Digital Media Manager

Neville Braithwaite

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Videographer | Photographer

Deion Muse

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Production Assistant, Teaching Artist

Founder/Creator

Geri Brown

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Geri Brown is a storyteller, educator, and social entrepreneur whose work is threaded in breaking barriers to access and building safe, equitable, and inclusive communities. Her work utilizes the performing arts as a catalyst for change. She runs three organizations she calls the Trifecta of Change: Liberate Artists; Dance Education Equity Association (DEEA); and Always, Enough Foundation. Geri is the Founder and Creator of Liberate Artists Inc., a dance and performing arts organization and benefit corporation that builds confidence and promotes social growth in young people. From Australia to Hawaii, New York to Texas, Liberate Artists builds each dancer up through their call: “You Are Enough.” In an effort to ensure dance education is safe, equitable, and inclusive, Geri serves as the Founder/Facilitator of Change for Dance Education Equity Association (DEEA). DEEA is an organization dedicated to serving the dance community through its BE COURAGEOUS courses, community support, and systemic-based consulting work. Dance Education Equity Association educates to implement their expectations of safety, equity, and inclusivity into dance communities everywhere. By collaborating in compassionate accountability, DEEA works to make dance accessible for all. Always, Enough Foundation is the final pillar in her Trifecta of Change. In a continuing effort to support families and provide additional socio-emotional support, Geri is the President and Executive Director of Always, Enough Foundation [501c3]. Always, Enough Foundation breaks barriers to access to ensure performing arts education is for all. Geri is also a member of the newly initiated Intersectionality Task Force for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). IADMS's mission is to enhance the health, well-being, training, and performance in dance by cultivating medical, scientific, and educational excellence. 

Geri has been performing since before she could walk. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Pace University. While at Pace, she was also hired as the Assistant Recruitment Coordinator under the tutelage of her mentor, Patricia A. Woodward, then became the Interim Recruitment Coordinator for Pace University’s Performing Arts Department. Geri assisted and managed thousands of auditions and applications for the Acting Program, Musical Theatre Program, and the novel Commercial Dance Program. Geri is also a working storyteller and member of the Actor’s Equity Association. She has performed in Off-Broadway and pre-Broadway productions, as well as in NYC theatres. Geri also originated her role in Tales from the Tunnel, starring alongside Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner, Wilson J. Heredia, who originated the role of Angel in the Broadway musical Rent. Due to her exceptional character work, Geri has been highlighted for her storytelling by The New York Times, which quoted: “Geri Brown is ferocious as the station clerk who has seen it all,” and by TheaterMania: “Geri Brown radiates presence, attitude, and a sense of humor.” Geri’s latest venture is her emerging media company, Boundary Issue Productions. Deemed media with a purpose, Boundary Issue Productions brings forth traditional and digital media outlets to tell each story or topic through colorful lenses. To effect the most change in the communities they are highlighting, a percentage of every dollar that comes into Boundary Issue Productions will be donated to a charity related to the topic or story they are telling. Not only will this organization continue Geri’s mission of building safe, equitable, and inclusive spaces, it will also provide professional opportunities for all of the artists she collaborates with.  From storyteller to educator to social entrepreneur, Geri is a cultural disruptor taking all of her knowledge to build educational and professional spaces that are equitable for all!

Director of Operations, Teaching Artist

Audry Ginsburg

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Audry is a New York-based dance arts manager, choreographer, and teaching artist. She began her career as a performer traveling the country by bus in Sesame Street Live, by horse in Dolly Parton’s Stampede, internationally by ship for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and under the big top for Circus Hermanos Vazquez and Cirque Montage. From there she focused her energies on teaching ballroom in New York City classrooms, choreographing for Concordia Conservatory, and spending summers at Stagedoor Manor theatre camp. From high schools to regional theatres she has choreographed several musicals including Cinderella, Grease, HAiR, Aida, and Working. Along the way, Audry has taken several opportunities to step into management positions with roles including dance captain, company manager, experience manager, and now her newest role at Liberate Artists as Company Coordinator and Director of Operations. Today you can find Audry working, traveling, and teaching for Liberate Artists, sharing the love of Sesame Street traveling with Sesame Workshop, and choreographing musicals in her spare time.

Project Manager, Teaching Artist, Stage Manager

Nicole Fox Davis

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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 a graduate of 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.

Digital Media Manager

Maddie Gilbert

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Maddie Gilbert was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. It is here that she began dancing and developed a passion for it. Growing up, Maddie trained at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, Colorado, where she learned many different styles such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, and modern. After graduating high school in 2017, Maddie moved to Los Angeles to begin her studies at Loyola Marymount University. While there, Maddie had the opportunity to delve deeper into the realm of dance by taking classes in dance history, choreography, kinesiology, countertechnique, dance theory, and more. Some of her professors included Rosalynde Leblanc Loo (Bill T. Jones), James Gregg (WeWolf), John Todd (Movin’ Out), and Lillian Barbeito (BODYTRAFFIC). Maddie graduated from LMU in 2021 with a B.A. in dance, a minor in business, and a minor in psychology. She is now working as a social media content creator for Liberate Artists.

Videographer | Photographer

Neville Braithwaite

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Neville is an NYC-based award-winning filmmaker. Having spent years in front of the lens as an actor and dancer in TV, commercials, and award shows he brings all of that experience and understanding of movement to the other side. He’s shot red carpets, music videos, fitness promos, and more. Credits include: NYU, The Public Theatre, Black Theatre United, Broadway for Racial Justice, and Darkness Rising to name a few. In June, he had the distinct pleasure of editing The Antonyo Awards for Broadway Black, a celebration of Black theatre artists on Broadway.

Production Assistant, Teaching Artist

Deion Muse

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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 to 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.

OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

Amelia Burkhardt

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Elle Doctor

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Eric Lehn

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Eva Igo

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Fresh Redding

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Jay Gamboa

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Jamal Story

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Julie Carter

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Kayla Igo

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Kenny Hernandez

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Lauren Froderman

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Ramita Ravi

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Santikaro (Travis Cooper)

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Sara Perez

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Faculty

Amelia Burkhardt

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Amelia was born & raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. Growing up a competition dancer herself, she was awarded many overall soloist awards & scholarships from competitions & conventions all over California, including a one year scholarship to Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Amelia then continued her professional career & training in North Hollywood, CA for many years. Some of her credits include The Hello Kitty Festival National Tour, In The Heights, Chicago 25th Anniversary Event, Peter Pan, Elf The Musical, Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, Good Morning America, Disney’s 'Camp Rock 2' Promo, FOX ‘Mobbed', Good Day L.A., Rosario Dawson’s ‘Voto Latino’ Campaign, Maya Angelou’s ‘Harlem Hopscotch’ Music Video, & NY Theatre Barn. Amelia is currently on Faculty at the legendary Steps On Broadway in NYC & also is Teaching Artist for Liberate Artists LLC, traveling to teach intensives all over the U.S., Hawaii, & Australia. She is professionally represented by LDC Artist Representation Agency in NYC. Amelia has danced for the famous Choreographers, Galen Hooks, NabbyTabs, Tyce Diorio, Karla Garcia, Matt Cady, Beau Fournier, & Neil Schwartz. She was a featured dancer & one of the assistant production coordinators for the world famous dance show, Choreographers' Carnival in LA. She was a company member & assistant for the popular LA based company, Mischief Makers. They were invited to perform all across Los Angeles, Hawaii, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, & San Francisco. Amelia travels the U.S. judging studio dance competitions for SDA. Over her career, she has taught & choreographed at numerous dance studios, high schools, & Universities all over the country. Amelia resides in NYC, continuing to pursue her professional dance, musical theatre & teaching career.

Faculty

Elle Doctor

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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 backup dancer. She currently dances in cabaret shows around the city and teaches at multiple studios in the tri-state area. Elle is a Liberate Artists’ Phoenix Fire Faculty Member.

Faculty

Eric Lehn

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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 artists 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, and 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.

Faculty

Eva Igo

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Eva Igo is a dancer from Minnesota. She trains at the renowned Larkin Dance Studio. Credits include: World of Dance (TV Show) Season 1. 2nd Place overall, 1st place in the junior division, Dance Moms, and Industry Dance Awards 2018 winner of “Most Fierce Dancer under 18”.

Faculty

Fresh Redding

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Fresh Redding started dancing at the age of two and hasn't stopped since! His resume is illustrious with credits like America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 6, Eclectic Gentlemen), League of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD), Disney’s Shake it Up, music videos for Will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Lloyd, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Keri Hilson as well as numerous appearances in commercials and TV shows such as Nike, Allstate, FedEx, the Billboard Awards, Ellen, Dancing With The Stars and many more. Fresh hails from Hartford, CT, and has been in LA training at Debbie Reynolds and Millennium among other studios. He currently teaches at Debbie Reynolds Studio, and other teaching opportunities around the world. His dance styles include: lyrical hip hop, hip hop, poppin’, tutting, waving, isolations, and robotics. Fresh is represented by Bloc.

Faculty

Jay Gamboa

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Jay Gamboa is originally from Maui, Hawaii and attended AMDA: College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He recently choreographed SHOUT the Mod Musical at Mason Street Warehouse for their 2021 season. Jay received an Oscar Wilde award for best choreography in 2019 for his work in IN THE HEIGHTS. Performing credits: the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, the Australian and North American Tour of PJ MASKS LIVE, Hello Kitty Festival National Tour(Dance Captain). Regional theatre credits: MAMMIA MIA! (Mason Street Warehouse and The Engeman Theatre), Squeegie Man in RENT(Gateway Playhouse), Pepe in WEST SIDE STORY(San Diego Musical Theatre), BYE BYE BIRDIE(Cabrillo Music Theatre), THE MUSIC MAN(Musical Theatre West), MARY POPPINS (Cabrillo Music Theatre), BEIJING SPRING (East West Players), WHITE CHRISTMAS(San Diego Musical Theatre). IG: @JayGamboaNYC

Jamal Story

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Once upon a time there was a 17 year old named Jamal Story. He won the Spotlight Award Scholarship, a prize lauded by all in the land, and balanced a 3.92 GPA, all while training rigorously with Adria Wilson, Oui Geometer Dance Company, and the modern dance godmother Lula Washington. As a teen Mrs. Washington saw the potential for greatness and ushered Jamal into her adult company, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, where the seeds of integrity were planted into the phenomenal story that is Jamal’s life, love and pursuit of dance.  Continuing to excel under exceptional circumstances—he toiled arduously and prevailed in the second graduating class at the California Academy of Math and Science—Jamal fled to Dallas to earn dual degrees at  Southern Methodist University in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications. While there, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet opened up their doors for replacements and guest artist gigs.  Never one to leave his roots behind, Jamal continued his close ties to Lula, joining the company for various touring dates. Spellbound by movement, Jamal danced with acclaimed choreographer Donald Byrd/theGroup, Madonna's 2001 Drowned World Tour, Complexions  and with Cher as an aerialist and dancer on  Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. Immediately thereafter, he was summoned back into the studio with Donald Byrd to help discover the movement for the history-making Broadway show, The Color Purple  where he spent the duration of its run as a dancer and assistant dance captain. Seamlessly transferring from concert dance to Broadway, Jamal continued to defy expectations and broaden his horizons when he published his first novel 12:34 a slice novel Enchanted with the close knit Broadway community, he returned its forest as an original cast member yet again in Mr. Berry Gordy's Motown the Musical.  Jamal is a strong advocate for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance. While on Cher's current Dressed to Kill , he remains active as the co-chair of the National Dance Committee for SAG-AFTRA, and holds a seat on the unions local New York Board. With his company, Schehimazade Productions,  he lives, ever after,  happily choreographing, teaching, writing and consulting as an independent contractor. 

Faculty

Julie Carter

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Julie Carter, originally from Alabama, graduated from Point Park University and has worked for Royal Caribbean and Spirit Productions. She has performed works by Jason Sparks, Luam, Mike Esperanza, Jaclyn Buglisi, Merce Cunningham, Lisa Harvie, among others. Julie is on faculty at Steps On Broadway, PMT House of Dance, and Peridance and has also been a guest teacher for Martha Graham School, Beyond The Stars Dance Convention, Liberate Artists, and Yale University. Her works have premiered at Leg Up on Life, Peridance’s APEX, and the Steps Professional Performance Workshop series. She is an adjunct instructor at Sacred Heart University.

Faculty

Kayla Igo

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Kayla began dancing at the age of 3 at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN. She trained recreationally for 8 years before deciding to make a full-time commitment to dance by joining their competitive team. When her younger sister, Eva, began dancing at the age of 3, Kayla immediately fell in love with helping her become the best dancer she could be. One of Kayla’s greatest joys is being involved in the training and improvement of her sister.

After graduating high school, Kayla attended Oklahoma City University to pursue her love for dance at the Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment. During her senior year of college, Kayla began working at Epic Dance Studio where she taught jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, ballet, tap, and technique to dancers between the ages of 10-18. She also choreographed numerous competitive solos, duos, and group dances for Epic. Kayla also spent her senior year teaching students between the ages of 3-adult in the Community Dance Center at Oklahoma City University. In May of 2018, Kayla graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Pedagogy.

Kayla has taught master classes and choreographed competitive pieces in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Tennessee. She also taught alongside her sister Eva at World of Dance DX in Los Angeles in 2018 and judged the World Of Dance World Championships.

Kayla is excited to embark on what she knows will be a fulfilling and rewarding career in dance as a performer, teacher, and choreographer.

Faculty

Kenny Hernandez

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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 branched out and learned more about freestyling and choreography. Kenny trained with Hip Hop Theory The Company, learning the fundamentals of hip-hop dance including: 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). Kenny strives to bring out the best in each dancer. When Kenny is not teaching, he still loves to train, especially at EXPG Professional Gym and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Faculty

Lauren Froderman

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Lauren Froderman’s lifetime of dance training led her to win the seventh season of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. She has also danced for the Radio City Rockettes, 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 as much as possible. She considers her greatest accomplishment since winning So You Think You Can Dance becoming the first dance athlete for Gatorade and the female dance athlete for the G Series Fit line. Lauren continues her pursuit of other dreams in various dance and performance capacities.

Faculty

Ramita Ravi

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Ramita Ravi is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator in NYC. She graduated from UPenn and is currently signed with Bloc Talent Agency. Highlights of her performance career include Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, New York Fashion Week with Hermès, TNT’s “I Am The Night” Premier, So You Think You Can Dance (Season 14), Viceland, NOWThis, Lincoln Center, ClassPass Live, “Aida” (Engeman Theater), and Mystic India: The World Tour. As a choreographer and producer, she’s worked with artists such as KSHMR (US Tour) and Raveena (US Tour, NPR’s Tiny Desk, Music Videos, Coachella), as well as DanceOn, Lincoln Center, Capezio, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is on faculty with various conventions and competitions and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey Extension, Columbia University, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She co-founded Project Convergence, a company uniting tap and Classical Indian Dance, as well as Artswrk — a professional networking site for artists and creatives. She is one of few South Asian professional dancers in the industry, and is blazing trails for more diversity in the arts.

Faculty

Santikaro (Travis Cooper)

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Even before engaging with formal training, Travis Cooper — also known as Santikaro, meaning “peace-bringing ray of light” — has been in love with movement and dance since he was a child. As a kid, he discovered a passion for the choreographic process, creating dances with willing family members. He participated in many years of training in diverse dance techniques and has since become invested in teaching and facilitating dance and movement classes around the country. While Santikaro is grateful for his thorough training and full career in the dance industry as a dancer and choreographer for music videos, tours, commercials, TV shows, films, dance companies, and industrials, he has spent years learning to integrate those formative experiences into the larger tapestry of living a purposeful, meaningful, authentic life. Most recently, he is approaching the dance and movement classes he offers as a way of holding space for people no matter where they are in their journey and seeks to provide a rich experience for all, regardless of whether students are trained in dance or not. Santikaro holds space in a way that is simultaneously firm and gentle, steady and sturdy, and rooted in the belief that, while we are each different beings, we are all part of one larger energy, and so we are inherently complete just as we are in each moment. Travis is inspired by and curious about how all parts of a person inform one another. Santikaro is honored and devoted to serving people by creating a space for people to come home to themselves through the exploration of movement and dance

Faculty

Sara Perez

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Sara Perez started dancing at the age of 3 and is well versed in ballet, modern and jazz. While in high school in Plano, Texas, Sara taught ballet, jazz, pre-pointe and pointe classes to dancers ages 3-14. In 2011, Sara graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy. She has participated in intensives such as Joffrey San Antonio (2004) and Paul Taylor New York (2010) and in 2011, attended the TAKE Dance (2011) and Lar Lubovitch intensives (2012) in NYC. Perez has worked with a number of companies such as Exit 12 and Community Dance Project, in addition to music videos by TV on the Radio, Tiny Victories, and Sannhet. 

In 2016 Sara started her own private lesson business, teaching students all over NYC.

GUEST ARTISTS

Beverly Bautista

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Cyrus Spencer

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David Lee

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Halima Dodo

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Jeka Jane

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Kaycee Rice

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Mia Michaels

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Mollee Gray

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Phil Wright

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Ryan Steele

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Will Bell

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Ysabelle Capitulè

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Guest Artist

Beverly Bautista

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Beverly is a Filipina-American artist, choreographer, and dance educator whose compassion and joy are fueled by empowering the next generation of artists. She values her experience in the commercial dance industry and recently received a Master’s of Fine Arts in dance at the University of California - Irvine. Beverly is also a passionate and knowledgeable performer who has traveled internationally with recording artists while filming national commercials. In addition to touring, Beverly has performed in music videos, recorded television, live award shows, and hopes to share her experiences with aspiring dancers. Born a Chicago-Native, Beverly majored in dance at Ball State University where she trained in modern, jazz, ballet, musical theater, and post-graduation in hip-hop. With her diverse background in dance, she hopes to inspire dancers through interdisciplinary connections and dance history.

Guest Artist

Cyrus Spencer

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Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up on the Southside of Atlanta. He graduated from Creekside High School in 2008. His preferred styles of dancing include Animation, Popping, and Robotics. His attention to detail and love for teaching proper technique have made him a fan favorite in the dance education world. Cyrus was the runner up on Season 9 of Fox’s hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Since then, he has not stopped working in the industry: performing across the country, shooting commercials and feature films. Movie credits include being cast as “Gauge,” in the most recent installment of the smash hit Step Up franchise, Step Up: All In. Cyrus has returned in recent seasons as an All-Star on SYTYCD and is also part of the Dragon House Hip Hop Crew.

Guest Artist

David Lee

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As a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director, David Lee is most celebrated for his 5 years spent working with The Lab (winners of NBC’s World of Dance Season 2) and more recently working in Artist Development under the mentorship of Shaun Evaristo. David is currently serving his 7th year as the Artistic Director for Culture Shock LA, a non-profit organization that uses Hip-Hop music and dance as a vehicle to enrich the underprivileged youth population in LA. After 6 years of being a resident instructor with STEEZY Studio, David is now focusing his attention as STEEZY’s Instructional Designer and continues to broaden his perspective in dance education.

David is a graduate of UC Irvine with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. His career has evolved from dancing and teaching domestically and internationally to Artist Development thanks to his multi-disciplinary expertise — both on stage and behind the scenes. David also enjoys mixing music, editing videos, and eating noodles.

Guest Artist

Halima Dodo

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Halima captivates on screen and on stage! Her sky-high energy is featured in music videos for DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, and Jojo, live shows with Danity Kane’s Dawn Richard, and multiple indie and feature films — including Black Is King and The Prom. She is based in Los Angeles but credits her hometown, Miramar, Florida, for her signature style: a fusion of hip hop, technique, and Afro-Caribbean roots. Today, she’s on a mission to help artists express their most authentic selves.

Guest Artist

Jeka Jane

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Jeka Jane started dancing at the age of 5. He attended the School of the Arts in San Francisco with a focus on contemporary and ballet. Jeka trained in hip hop with a community team, The Company, out of Northern California. After moving to Los Angeles, Jeka joined forces with Movement Lifestyle and began teaching classes at world-renowned studio Millennium Dance Complex. Recently, Jeka has danced for musical artist Ariana Grande at the Billboard Music Awards, Coachella Music Festival, VMAS and is a principal dancer in her music video “No Tears Left To Cry”. Jeka made his TV debut on the Emmy Award-winning show “Transparent”. Apart from commercial work, he also teaches workshops all over the world including: Japan, Russia, London and more! Jeka teaches all age groups and levels and welcomes every person in class with open arms!

Guest Artist

Kaycee Rice

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At the age of 10, Kaycee became an overnight sensation after Katy Perry, RuPaul,

and Shangela tweeted her “Werk” hip hop solo. Kaycee quickly became known as

the first viral kid dancer on YouTube. She was featured in YouTube rewind 2013,

appeared on news stations across the US, and was featured in numerous articles.

Kaycee’s career was launched! Since then, Kaycee has performed on the biggest stages in the world: the Superbowl with Katy Perry and Missy Elliot, the Oscars with Pharell Williams, and

the hit series World of Dance with her dance partner Sean Lew. She has also

shared the stage with many top artists including: Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Flo

Rida, Charli XCX and many more. Kaycee has also been featured on America’s Got

Talent, The Ellen Show (many times), Hip Hop Honors, Radio Disney Music Awards,

and MTV series Going Off, just to name a few. Kaycee has been in national

commercials and was the lead actress in Disney’s short film “How To Catch A

Ghost”. Additionally, Kaycee was the first kid dancer to be sponsored by Nike, and

at the age of 14, she designed her very own Nike shoe! Kaycee continues to train in dance and acting. She is lucky enough to be mentored by the best the industry has to offer, while teaching her own workshops in the process. Kaycee has branched out into choreography and was honored to be able to choreograph for K-Pop groups including Red Velvet’s “Really Bad Boy”.

She loves to spread her message of kindness, individuality, and positivity to everyone. In her

words, “Being a weirdo doesn’t mean you’re weird, it just means that you embrace

the fact that you are different, and that it’s okay.” In 2020 Kaycee became a certified personal trainer holding a NASM certification. Kaycee has filled herself with knowledge of nutrition and wellness. Kaycee has accomplished more than most at the age of 18, but people that know her are aware that she has so much more ahead of her. The best thing about

Kaycee is that, even after designing her own Nike shoe, partnered with many brands, having a successful Weirdo Apparel clothing line, and a massive social following on many platforms, Kaycee remains humble as ever. Anyone that has the opportunity to work with her, recognizes right away, she is just a super individual that loves life and loves people. Kaycee will continue to be Kaycee, an individual, a Weirdo, and a super talent. She just does what she loves and the world loves her for it.

Guest Artist

Mia Michaels

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From stage to screen, Mia Michaels has turned dance into unique works of passion and beauty. 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 beauty within herself and in others.

In 2015, Mia joined forces with a dream team including Diane Paulus and 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 a guest artist and mentor for Broadway at the White House, hosted by Michelle Obama, Kristen Chenoweth, and 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, and choreographer.

On television, Mia has served as an ever-popular judge and 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 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 and 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 and Adam collaborated for the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. Following Rock of Ages, Mia had a co-starring role in Summit Entertainment’s, Step Up 4. Mia directed and 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, and 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, and Prince.

Mia has had the privilege to hold faculty positions at prestigious institutions of dance around the world including Alvin Ailey and 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. 

Mia’s students, peers, and 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.

Guest Artist

Mollee Gray

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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 performing 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 principal 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 Strings 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.

Guest Artist

Phil Wright

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Phil Wright is executive producer and choreographer of "Disney Fam Jam,” the NEW family dance competition show on The Disney Channel based on his viral sensation, “The Parent Jam™.” Wright founded "The Parent Jam™" in 2017 when he was inspired to bring kids and their families together through dance. Streamed online, his high-energy dance classes are designed to encourage positivity, love, and understanding within families around the world. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Lil Nas X, Will Smith, MC Hammer, TLC and G-Eazy and Cardi B.

Guest Artist

Ryan Steele

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Broadway: Carousel, Newsies (Astaire Award nom), Matilda, West Side Story (Baby John), Billy Elliot (upcoming: Once Upon A One More Time) Tour: An American In Paris (Jerry Mulligan). 

Other stages: The Music Man (Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line, (NY City Center), The Wild Party (NY City Center), In Your Arms (The Old Globe), Carousel (Houston Grand Opera). Film/TV: FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Girls5Eva, Ted 2, Five Dances, NBC's Peter Pan Live, Smash, most recently Netflix’s I’m Thinking Of Ending Things and Disney +’s Better Nate Than Ever

Guest Artist

Will Bell

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Will began his formal dance training at the age of 15 in the Baltimore area and within three years was named a finalist for the "Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Talent in the Arts" scholarship. Will went on to receive his BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University, where he worked under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (former Ailey principal dancer), Vincent Thomas (VT Dance Director), and Runqiao Du (former Washington Ballet principal dancer). While earning his degree, Bell trained at the prestigious summer programs Ailey School (New York) and Lines Ballet School (San Francisco, CA). He has worked with prestigious industry choreographers such as Jerry Mitchell, Denise Faye, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Ryan Heffington, Tony Gonzalez, and more. Recently, Will’s choreographic work has been seen in the Virgo Investment Group commercial. He has also choreographed for music artist "Son Of A Bishop". Bell has set work at collegiate institutions such as Towson University, AMDA, and The Studio School. Bell’s work has gone viral, been recognized internationally on many major platforms, and featured in prestigious magazines such as Elle, Nylon, and HuffPost. Will choreographed Pasadena Playhouse's "Little Shop of Horrors" featuring Amber Riley from “Glee”, MJ Rodriguez from “Pose”, and George Salazar from “Be More Chill.”

Guest Artist

Ysabelle Capitulè

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Ysabelle is a young professional dancer/choreographer who emanates hard work and passion with an edge. Her account is filled with captivating dance routines, fashion, and friends. Her fans are drawn to her whimsical and carefree personality as well as her ability to come off as a relatable young adult trying to live her life to the fullest. 

Professionally, Ysabelle has worked with the likes of Kevin Hart, Bruno Mars, and J. Lo. She can be seen in True Religion and FENTY campaigns but spends much of her time teaching at some of the most popular hip-hop studios and events globally, where she is able to extend her influence and inspire others.

BROADWAY + PERFORMING ARTISTS

Brandon Contreras

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Brett Macias

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Cicily Daniels

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Daniel Yearwood

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Melissa Chance (formerly Southmayd)

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Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert

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Performing Artist

Brandon Contreras

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Brandon Contreras is thrilled to be performing for Liberate Artists — a company he so greatly supports and believes in. Television works include: Mr. Robot (USA), Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central). He also performed in several New Yor productions such as Almost Famous (Pre-Broadway), Road Show (City Center Encores!), Jerry Springer: The Opera (The New Group), The Connector (NYTW), Our Lady of 121st Street (Off-Broadway), The Secret Garden (Developmental Lab), and The Hamilton Mixtape (The Public Theater). He was also seen in the 1st National Tour of In the Heights and has worked at multiple regional theaters around the country. Brandon is also a Co-Creator, writer, and executive producer of the Queer Sketch platform The Homo Sapien Experience (@TheHomoSapienExperience on all platforms). Visit his website at www.BrandonAContreras.com and follow him at @OhHey_Brandon.

Performing Artist

Brett Macias

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Brett Macias has composed music for Webster University, Encores! (NYC), the St. Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus, Stephens College, the Cockeyed Optimists, Prospect Theater Company, Repertory Theater of Saint Louis and Masterworks’ Off-Broadway Production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Brett wrote the music for the musicals: FISHING THE MOON, THE LAVATORY, and BENEATH THE SURFACE. TUESDAY (written with Caroline Murphy). Credits include: 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival (finalist), 2014 New Horizons Music Festival, 2016 Musical Theater Factory (workshop). and Coastal Carolina University (workshop). He and Caroline Murphy were featured in American Theater Magazine as a writing team to watch. 

Concerts: Lincoln Center (2012), Vitello’s (2014), and The Cutting Room (2016). GUMBO (book & lyrics by Christina Quintana) selection by the Grand Jury for the New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, Musical Theater Factory, The PiTCH at Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival, ASCAP Grow a Show, and Yale Institute for Musical Theatre. He is currently working on Marsha P., N.B.C., and Me with spoken word artist Geri Brown and Craft Show with Fred Sauter. Brettmacias.com

Performing Artist

Cicily Daniels

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Cicily Daniels originally hails from Potomac, Maryland, and currently resides in Harlem in New York City. On Broadway, Cicily was seen most recently in the Tony-award-winning revival of Once on This Island as a featured Storyteller and, ultimately, performed three different principal roles: Asaka, Erzulie, and Mama Euralie. She was also an original Broadway cast member of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, where she performed the leading role of Ursula, and created the role of the Mersister Alana. Her other Broadway credits include All Shook Up and Rent. Cicily has also performed across the country in the National Tours of The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, A Night with Janis Joplin, Caroline or Change, and Rent, and at several prestigious regional theaters. Cicily has been featured as a soloist in numerous concerts, with highlights including appearances with The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, A Cole Porter Celebration, and A Christmas Spectacular with Sandi Patty, and her solo concert, How High: The History of the African-American Soprano in Musical Theater, at The University of Southern Indiana. Cicily has appeared on television in House of Cards, Mozart in the Jungle, Boardwalk Empire, and Ugly Betty, and in the films Across the Universe and American Gangster. She has also been featured in and recorded voice-overs for numerous commercials for companies including Xeomin, Ford Fusion, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Covergirl. Cicily is a graduate of Yale University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies with a Performance Concentration. Cicily is married to composer Brett Macias and is the mother of a precocious and energetic three-year old daughter.

Performing Artist

Daniel Yearwood

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Daniel Yearwood was born and raised in Harlem, NYC, in Riverton Houses. Playgrounds, grown-ups teaching him how to play chess on the corner, and The Harlem School of the Arts were all some of the integral parts of his childhood. After attending The Bronx High School of Science from 2009-2013, he attended Pace University for a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Post-graduation in 2017 his credits include: Broadway: Hamilton, Once On This Island (2017 Revival); Off-Broadway: Grand Hotel.

Performing Artist

Melissa Chance (formerly Southmayd)

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Melissa Southmayd, a native of St. Louis, is a New York City-based actress. She was recently seen in PAW Patrol Live! At Home as Skye which you can now watch on Paramount+. Other credits include PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue National Tour (Skye/Dance Captain), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live National Tour (Female Swing) and Spring Awakening (Wendla Bergman). When she isn’t performing, she loves to read, travel, and try to make the world a more eco-friendly place. She would like to thank her husband, Pen, for all the love and support in her career and life, as well as her dad and KBNBEM for being her biggest fans.

Performing Artist

Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert

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Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert is a Afro-Korean American singer, dancer, actress, and educator. Nicole’s favorite theater credits include: Six on Broadway, Citadel Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the American Repertory Theater, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Mercury Theater Chicago), Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical (Marriott Theater), Memphis, and In the Heights (Porchlight Theater), Jennifer in Creatives (Chicago Workshop Theater), Godspell (St. Sebastian Players), Mimi in Rent (Brightside Theater). Nicole has her BA in Music Education at Roosevelt University and is represented by DDO Chicago. www.nicoleklambert.com IG: @nila_kyoungmi

21-22 LIBERATE ARTISTS DANCE CAPTAINS

Berklee

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Home Studio: The Edge Amarillo

Cayla

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College: Hussian College & Alumni of Center for Dance Education

Diany

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Home Studio: The Core Academy

Ellen

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Home Studio: Lillian Dean Dance Studio

Ellie

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Home Studio: The Core Academy

Emma

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Home Studio: Art In Motion

Kaitlyn C.

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Home Studio: Dance Exposure 2

Kaitlyn S.

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Home Studio: Essence of Movement

Kyleigh

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Home Studio: Impressions Dance Studio

Kymora

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Home Studio: North Shore Dance

Melody

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Home Studio: Elite Dance Studio & Brickhouse NYC

Micah

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Home Studio: Pas De Deux Hawaii

Naomi

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Home Studio: Rising Stars Dance Academy

Natalie

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Home Studio: Oceanside Dance Center

Sara

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Home Studio: Dance Moves and Gymnastics

Tamia

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Home Studio: Brickhouse NYC

Tobias

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Home Studio: The Dance Place

Kaitlyn C.

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Home Studio: Dance Exposure 2