Gregg RUSSELL, Emmy nominated choreographer, has worked with such stars as Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines and Kenny Ortega. He directed a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream and has performed with music artists inc. Reba McEntire, Sugar Ray, The B-52‘s, Jason Mraz.

Gregg has danced in a Volkswagon national commercial portraying Donald O’conner, and performed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. He also was featured and choreographed on TV shows “Mobbed”, “America’s Got Talent”, and “Live to Dance” hosted by Paula Abdul. He most recently tapped at Madison Square Garden’s home opener for the New York Knicks, choreographed on the “Move” live tour, and danced on the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards.

He currently is hosting/producing “Tap Into the Network” intensives (www.tapintothenetwork.com), channelling 7 different cities throughout the U.S.; directing his tap company Tap Sounds Underground into their 16th season; and on faculty with ASH and Hollywood Dance Jamz conventions.

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Barry YOUNGBLOOD has worked with the Mighty Morphan Power Rangers, Jordan Knight, Christina Aguilera, Plus One, Pink, Brian Mcknight and J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez). He has choreographed industrials for Sega Dreamcast, Nike, Reebok, Namco and Skechers. His television credits include MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Miss America Pageant with Donnie Osmond, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Soul Train Awards and the Jennifer Lopez NBC Special. Barry has choreographed music video's for such artist as Rachael Lampa, Brian Mcknight, Frankie J, Baby Bash and Nelly. He was a featured dancer in the movie "Bringing Down the Houze" with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. You can also see his choreography on the UDA div 1 National Hip Hop Champions Hofstra University, USA National Champions Idaho State University and the 4 time Nationals UDA Div 1a Hip Hop Champions Cincinnati Bearcats.

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Gustavo VARGAS has been dancing and choreographing professionally for 14yrs. He has Danced, Choreographed, and Toured with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Will Smith, Usher, Pink, Mya, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Paulina Rubio, Roselyn Sanchez, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, N'Sync, Jessica Simpson, and Eva Longoria to name a few. He has also choreographed and danced on Television shows such as American Idol-Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Finale Show, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance-Canada, So You Think You Can Dance-USA, Bruno and Carrie Ann’s Dance Wars, Intro for America’s Best Dance Crew, True Blood, Eve, 7th Heaven, Drew Carey, Boston Public, Nikki Cox. Award shows include the American Music Awards, The Grammys, The Latin Grammy’s, Guys Choice Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, TV Land Awards, and Janet Jackson MTV-Icon. He has worked on movies such as The Bachelor, Be Cool, Dirty Dancing II-Havana Nights, Spanglish, Master of Disguise, Along Came Polly, Jackass II, Rent, and Indiana Jones. He has also made his acting debut on the TV show "Strong Medicine".

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Gina STARBUCK a triple threat, starred in a leading role as the Witch's Mother in the LA Company of the Broadway hit Wicked. She has worked with artists such as Nicki Manij, Prince, Adam Lambert, Gavin Degraw, Gene Simmons, Meaghan Smith, Josh Kelly, and many more. She was a contributing choreographer for a live performance by Patti Labell, featuring about 300 top dancers of all ages from across the country. She has received endless amounts of awards and recognition for her work as a dancer/choreographer, and has had features in publications such as gendance, Danceplug, DanceTrack Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and SYTYCDISM. Gina has been an associate choreographer for America’s Got Talent, under the artistic direction of Brian Friedman for 3 seasons. Her associate choreography credits also include the CMT show, Your Chance to Dance. And recently she has been an assistant choreographer for Emmy award winner, Tyce Diorio, for the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance”. She will also be seen as a guest choreographer on Lifetime’s hit show, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.

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Adam PARSONis well known for his multifaceted choreography and his unique approach to music makes him one of the most sought after choreographers in the dance industry. He has worked in stage, film, TV and performed the ballet "Rodeo" at the White House for President Bill Clinton. His versatility has led him to work for So You Think You Can Dance Australia, create duets for the Prima Ballerina for Seoul National Ballet and the Prima Ballerina for Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, create an Industry show for Redken, and choreograph the film “Love on a Sunday Afternoon,”. Highly in demand for his excellent teaching skills, he is commissioned all over the world to train, encourage and get the best out of his dancers. Students he has trained are working in Beyonce’s tours, Britney Spears Vegas show, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson’s Immortal and ONE, Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, Kylie Minogue, Justin Beiber, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo, Madonna, Bring it on, Memphis, The Muppets, Wicked on Broadway, Newsies on Broadway, The Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards and much more.

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Ryan LOHOFF is currently teaching for several local studios in Southern California. You can also find him performing and choreographing for “Tap Sounds Underground”, a Southern Californian based Tap Company. Some of Ryan’s television credits include the FOX television show “30 Seconds to Fame” and also CBS's “Star Search” with Arsenio Hall. Most recently he recorded his tap sounds on the demo track for the movie remake of “Fame” and worked on the pre-production of “Sammy,” a new musical about the life of Sammy Davis Jr. Ryan has taught on numerous conventions including Co Dance, LA Dance Magic, SLIDE, and many other master classes and conventions across the US and the world sharing his love for dance.

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Alison FAULK was inspired by her musical parents to start dancing at age 3. She moved to LA at 19 to study on Tremaine Scholarship, and to start a professional career. Her thirst to learn broadened her dancing- she started learning about partnering, and street dance, in addition to her studio training. Alison has been blessed to dance for Janet Jackson, P!NK, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and Missy Elliot, to name a few. She as also appeared in the films Step Up 2, You Got Served, Honey 2, Along Came Polly, American Beauty, and Austin Powers 1 and 2. Through out her career, she has been featured on countless award shows and sitcoms. She has also assisted on choreography for the last two Madonna tours- Sticky and Sweet and Confessions, as well as Miley Cyrus. As a choreographer, Alison is currently co-supervising choreographer for Madonna on her MDNA World Tour- she also choreographed her “Gimme All Your Lovin” music video, and was a part of her Super Bowl performance. Alison was also the co- supervising choreographer for Britney Spears’s Femme Fatale World Tour. She also co-choreographed P!NK’s Funhouse World Tour with her choreography partner Leo Moctezuma, as well as choreography for Victoria Justice. Her most recent film credit is Magic Mike- she had the incredible opportunity to work with Oscar Award winning director Steven Soderbergh, and a star studded cast. Her film credits include, B-Girl, The Last Godfather, Elektra Lux, and Go For It. She is also a proud member of the all female hip hop crew, The Beat Freaks, as well as the street dance company of the Groovaloos.

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Guest Faculty

RJ DURELL has taken his vast knowledge of dance, and made his mark in all mediums of the entertainment industry. From the most successful tours, to movie musicals, RJ has lent his talents to many projects that help to shape how we view dance today. He contributed his choreographic vision on Madonna’s “Confessions” Tour which led him to work with various recording artists including The Spice Girls “ Reunion Tour”, Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances Tour”, Hilary Duff, The Veronica’s, Keyshia Cole, and was invited back to work with Madonna on her 2008 “Sticky and Sweet Tour”, the highest grossing solo-artist tour of all time. His talents have also been utilized on national commercials for Fruit of the Loom, Coke-a-Cola, and Fanta. RJ’s film and television credits include Nickelodeon’s original movie musical, Spectacular!, a ballet based episode of Cold Case, and the feature film Iron Man. RJ hopes to continue to share his innovative and unique voice, directing and choreographing in all areas of show business, leaving his mark as a Goldenboy of Entertainment.

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Melena ROUNIS is a multi-disciplinary dancer, performer, choreographer and instructor, with Cirque du Soleil, James Cameron, Andrew Adamson, Steve Wynn, Jerry Mitchell, NappyTabs, Bonnie Story, and Paul Becker being just a handful of those Melena has worked with sharing her art and passion. She has also been featured in various articles, published books, prestigious films, television and live theater projects with renowned entertainment companies, producers, directors and choreographers as mentioned above. Melena is a respected working professional in high demand. She’s had the good fortune to learn from many other dance professionals at the top of their game. She is grateful and proud to pass down this knowledge to future generations.

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Teresa ESPINOSA started her dance training by attending a performing arts junior high and high school, where she was awarded a scholarship to California Institute of the Arts. After receiving a BFA in Dance and moving to Los Angeles, she began to pursue her dance career in earnest. This led to her big break dancing with Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope world tour. Teresa’s work as a contributing choreographer garnered her an Emmy Nomination for Janet’s HBO Special. Teresa’s accomplishments throughout her career have included both dancing and choreographing for numerous artists: Britney Spears, Pink, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Concert in 3D, and Selena Gomez. Her lasting desire to create and share her love of dance with others can be seen in her work with The Groovaloos and The Beat Freaks featured on ABDC Season 3. When in the Los Angeles area, Teresa can be found teaching at the legendary Debbie Reynolds Studios.

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