The Movement

The Traveling Faculty

The core of our faculty are our Traveling Faculty Members – six versatile and unique dance educators from New York City. Each experience combines our Traveling Faculty Members with the celebrity teacher of your choice, which we call Headliners, to bring the magic to each Liberate Experience.

Audra Bryant

@AudraBryant

Audra Bryant

@AudraBryant

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.

Julie Carter

@JulieCarterDance

Julie Carter

@JulieCarterDance

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

@AmeliaBurkhardt

Amelia Burkhardt

@AmeliaBurkhardt

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

@Kennaayboy

Kenny Hernandez

@Kennaayboy

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 Gingsburg

Lead Experience Manager@AudryHamiltonGinsburg

Audry Gingsburg

Lead Experience Manager@AudryHamiltonGinsburg

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.

Ryan Blackson

@rblackson

Ryan Blackson

@rblackson

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.

Scholarships

At the conclusion of each Experience, Liberate Artists hosts a Parent Showcase and awards Scholarships and Invitations to exceptional dancers to our two summer intensives: Phoenix Fire in New York City and Focus in Los Angeles!

LADC Program

Our most sought after program is our Liberate Artists Dance Captain (LADC) Program. At Phoenix Fire, dancers ages 12+ audition to assist our Headliners and Traveling Faculty members on the road. What’s special about this program is that only 10 dancers are chosen each year. We keep our LADC program small so each dancer gets individual attention and a real opportunity to work, learn, and grow with some of the most sought after dancers, dance educators, and choreographers around today.

Kaitlin

Essence of Movement Dance Studio: South Boston, Virginia

Kaitlin

Essence of Movement Dance Studio: South Boston, Virginia

Jake

Long Island, New York

Jake

Long Island, New York

Makana

Pas De Deux Hawaii: Oahu, Hawaii

Makana

Pas De Deux Hawaii: Oahu, Hawaii

Malia

Elite Studio of Dance: Elk Grove, California

Malia

Elite Studio of Dance: Elk Grove, California

Lily

Spotlight Studios of Dance: Yorktown Heights, New York

Lily

Spotlight Studios of Dance: Yorktown Heights, New York

Arianna

Spotlight Studios of Dance: Yorktown Heights, New York

Arianna

Spotlight Studios of Dance: Yorktown Heights, New York

Megan

Legworks Dance Studio: Mastic, New York

Megan

Legworks Dance Studio: Mastic, New York

Alexia

High Steppin’ Dance Academy: Johnston, Rhode Island

Alexia

High Steppin’ Dance Academy: Johnston, Rhode Island

The Difference

At Liberate Artists we create a safe educational environment for young dancers to learn and grow. Every dancer is given the individual attention to shine in a non-competitive environment. We teach dancers the benefits of working hard and that every time they get to dance is an opportunity to be a better version of themselves.
But don’t take it from us!
Hear it from our dancers, parents, and studio owners themselves.