Master Teachers

HEADSHOT 2013 Jaimy Headland – Summer 2013:  Jaimy has been dancing for over 18 years and is trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and musical theater. She trained and performed in the Sacramento area with Sacramento Ballet, Crockett-Deane Ballet, and Krei-Matthews Dance Studio. For several summers, she attended various intensive dance training programs on scholarship at Washington Ballet in Washington DC, Ballet Hawaii, Florida Youth Ballet, and Ballet Seminar in Las Vegas. Jaimy has worked with Kate Levering— a Tony-nominated star of 42nd St. on Broadway and current star of “Drop Dead Diva”— and Gregory Filler, formerly of Tap Dogs. At age 15, Jaimy was one of forty-four dancers selected worldwide to participate in Juilliard’s summer program. Following her time at Juilliard, Jaimy left the Sacramento area due to her acceptance into the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington. At the end of her junior year of high school, Jaimy was invited by PNB’s artistic director, Peter Boal, to join the company’s Pre-professional Division. Although she initially accepted the position with much excitement, she later declined due to her realization that she wanted return to her passions for tap, jazz, and musical theater. Jaimy attended Oklahoma City University’s Broadway Bound Program and UCLA’s Performing Arts Program during the summer between her junior and senior year in high school. She moved back to Sacramento the fall of her senior year in high school, after which she was asked to join the Sacramento Ballet as a trainee and completed college courses simultaneously during this time. She then auditioned and was one of twelve people chosen for Pepperdine University’s Theatre Program. While at Pepperdine, Jaimy has participated in Dance in Flight and performed “Dream Laurey” in Pepperdine’s Production of Oklahoma! where she had the privilege of working with Tony-nominated choreographer, Jane Lanier. Jaimy is currently in her senior year at Pepperdine University and will graduate with a degree in Theatre Arts. “My proudest moment as a dancer was giving back by teaching dance in a program in Seattle called ‘Dance Chance’ for inner-city children.”

 

Nicholas GioiosaNicholas Gioiosa – Spring 2013:  Nicholas Gioiosa is originally from San Jose, CA and currently resides in Los Angeles where he is furthering his career as a professional actor, model, and dancer. He has been dancing for 7 years in an array of styles such as jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, tap, ballet, and musical theatre. He has performed with many artists but some of his credits include Macy Gray and MC Lyte. He was a part of the television show Tosh.O where he displayed some of his acting talents as a waiting room patient and well as a restaurant server. He danced live on MTV for the O Music Awards and can be seen featured in a Nature Made Vitamin commercial. He has gotten to perform in many live theatre shows such as Peter Pan, Jack and The Bean Stalk, Bye Bye Birdie, and recently just finished a contract on the Disney Dream where he was a featured dancer as well as many different character roles. Nicholas also appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as a world record holder for dancing for 24 hours straight. He’s danced in the California State Fair, assisted at the Millennium Experience tour, works as a manager at Millennium Dance Complex, and is currently signed with Go 2 Talent Agency. Nicholas is excited to get the chance to come back and share his passion of the arts at his home studio of Dance Elite for the second time especially since this is where is all started!

 

Nick Young – Spring 2013:  Nick grew up dancing at his mom’s dance studio, Young Dance Academy, in  Oak Creek, Wisconsin, training in all styles of dance. His career started at 9 years old when he toured with country music star, Kenny Rogers, performing in his nationwide Christmas tour for 3 years. He has trained under tap dancers such as Danny Wallace, Chloe Arnold, Mark Goodman, and Ayodele Casel, and has performed with Danny for the “Tap City” tap festival in New York City. He most recently was showcased on the FOX hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance as one of Season Eight’s Top 20 dancers, specializing in Tap. After choreographing for the show’s finale, Nick went on to tour the country with the top 10 dancers on the show. After tour, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his career in acting and dance. When not performing, Nick is in high demand as a tap teacher and choreographer. He travels the country using his unique style of blending intricate rhythms with smooth movementto spread his love for tap dance, and has caught the eyes of many teachers and professionals across the US.

 

Chris JonesChristopher Michael Jones - Summer of 2010, 2011, 2012: Best known for his starring role as “Wade” in the box office hit YOU GOT SERVED, Christopher Michael Jones is a true triple threat with performance credits as actor, dancer and vocalist that include Broadway touring companies such as CAMELOT and THE SECRET GARDEN, performing with BRITNEY SPEARS, P.DIDDY, BUSTA  RHYMES, JESSICA SIMPSON, N’SYNC, CHER, DESTINY’S CHILD, EVE, SHORTY 101, DREAM, NIKE, ADIDAS, SKETCHERS, PEPSI, DISNEY, INTEL, PANASONIC, SONY and MAC Cosmetics to name a few, a variety of commercials, modeling/print jobs, and television and film appearances such as BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2, MOVIN’ TOO FAST, THIS WORLD THEN THE FIREWORKS, FORREST GUMP, “O”, CSI-MIAMI, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, AMERICAN DREAMS, SIX FEET UNDER, WILL AND GRACE, JUDGING AMY, MAD TV, THE DREW CARREY SHOW, ELI STONE, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  As a choreographer, Christopher is currently working with such artist as ASHLEY ROSE, TRAVIS GARLAND, EVA from Holland, TURANGA MERITO from New Zealand, Geffen Records’ artist NLT, currently on tour with THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS and JIVE Records’ newest boy-band ONE CALL currently touring with BRITNEY SPEARS. Some of his work has also been seen at the Choreographers Carnival in Los Angeles, CA and Sydney, Australia. Christopher is well known for his energetic and innovative choreography that he sets on many crews, teams, and companies around the world. Based in Hollywood California, he teaches dance regularly in studios throughout the Los Angeles area and as a celebrity instructor/choreographer nation and worldwide at workshops, dance conventions, intensives, and studios such as EDGE Performing Arts Center, MILLENIUM Dance Complex, HARBOUR Dance Center (Canada), TONY TEE (Japan), SOURCE DANCE & HIP HOP ALL STARS (Australia, New Zealand, Guam), C.O. DANCE, ADRENALINE DANCE CONVENTIONS, SDK-Europe, URBAN LEGENDS, ENTYCE Productions, POPSTARZ INC. , TRIPLE THREAT, ELITE DANCE CONVENTIONS, FISAF, EMD Productions, SKIP ENTERTAINMENT, DANCE POWER, SHARP International, MOREZAP Productions, FUSION and SHINE DANCE FESTIVAL. Chris is the founder and owner of the international dance and production company MOTION MASTERS. He is also currently the in-house official choreographer for ADIDAS Asia Pacific and is in negotiations for ADIDAS GLOBAL. Chris has just recently returned from teaching and choreographing in London, China, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, and from Prague where he was a guest teacher for SDK – Europe, a dance camp that caters to dancers from all over the world. He also appears frequently as a celebrity adjudicator on many panels around the world.  Christopher just released “ADIDAS Hip Hop” the first in a series of Hip Hop Instructional DVDs, and is currently preparing for the release of his feature film SOMEBODY HELP ME. He is in pre-production for his newest feature film as well as undergoing negotiations for his role in YOU GOT SERVED 2.

Haley Kostas – Summer of 2010, 2011, 2012: Dancer and choreographer Haley Kostas was born in Overland Park, Kansas and began dancing at the age of three.  Haley trained for many years at her hometown studio, Starstruck Performing Arts Center, before becoming a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she studied ballet and modern through the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Over the next couple of years she danced and choreographed her way through the competition/convention circuit receiving numerous overall awards both as a soloist and choreographer across the Midwest. She then moved on to perform with multiple dance companies including Seamless Dance Company, a contemporary dance company based in Kansas City as well as assist along side many of the industry’s top choreographers nation wide. In 2008, Haley moved to Los Angeles, CA to further pursue her career as a professional dancer and choreographer.  Since arriving in Los Angeles, Haley has performed on numerous television and award shows including: Dogg After Dark, George Lopez at Night, Guy’s Choice Awards, The 7th Annual WeHo Awards, and So You Think You Can Dance - Season 2 as well as the film “Fired Up”, and has performed with musical artists such as, Katy Perry and The Flight of the Concords. She can also be seen dancing on the Nip/Tuck promo – Season 6, Microsoft’s “Most Talented Hottie” and an LG Phone commercial.  Kostas’ experience as a dancer both on and off the stage gives her choreography a fearless and innovative edge making her a favorite with dance studios, companies and workshops both nation and worldwide. Haley just recently returned from New York City where she performed at the Capezio A.C.E Awards’ Choreographers Ball hosted by Dance Teachers Summit and can currently be found teaching at several studios in the Los Angeles such as Dance Studio 84 and The Rage Dance Complex as well as a guest teacher around the world.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss – Spring 2011:  tWitch’s breakout performances occurred on Fox’s hit television show So You Think You Can Dance where he performed many great routines including the Emmy-nominated dance Mercy with Katee Shean. tWitch also returned to So You Think You Can Dance as an All-Star on Season 7 and Season 8. He first appeared on television when he placed second on Star Search and was a contestant on The Wade Robson Project. tWitch also appeared as a dancer in Hairspray and can be seen in At the Platter Party and You Can’t Stop the Beat. His film credits include the role of Jason in Step Up 3D, and Taz in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. He has also appeared in the TV series Bones as a guest star.

 

Courtney Galiano – Spring of 2010, 2012: Courtney Galiano began her professional dance career as a NEW YORK KNICKS CITY DANCER for 2 seasons. Since then, she is most recognized and loved by America as a top 4 finalist on Fox’s TV Talent Show “So You Think You Can Dance”. She toured the country with “The STYTYCD Tour” and In just the few months since wrapping the tour, Courtney booked a MTV Promo for CLEARASIL, a Disney promo for HANNAH MONTANA, appeared in a JVC commercial and has danced in music videos for ADAM LAMBERT, KAT DELUNA and DADDY YANKEE. Courtney filmed Disney’s CAMP ROCK 2 and played the animated chipmunk, Jeanette as a dancer in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKUEL. She recently performed with JENNIFER LOPEZ on the SYTYCD finale and DICK CLARK’S ROCKIN EVE. Courtney has her own Dance wear line with HEART AND SOUL APPAREL and her own make-up compacts with CLICHE COSMETICS. She also choreographs and teachers throughout the United States.

Kherington Payne – Summer of 2010:  Kherington Taylor Payne was born and raised in Orange County, CA with dancing shoes on. She began taking formal dance lessons at the age of 2 years old at Dance Precisions in Placentia, CA. While Kherington loved to dance, she also shared a love for soccer. Although challenging at times, she found a way to balance her love of both dance and soccer. As she got older, she virtually lived at the dance studio 4-5 days per week, 6-7 hours per day. On top of dance and athletics, she also found time to take acting lessons as well as model for companies such as Nike, McDonald’s, Limited Too, Mattel, Amy Byer Clothing, and Disney. After graduating from El Dorado High School, she was determined to pursue a career in dance and acting. Kherington got her first break auditioning for season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” After being accepted onto the show, her goal was to be in the Top 10 so she could travel, dance, and see America – and she did it! In between the show and the tour, the opportunity to audition for the role of Alice in “Fame” presented itself, and Kherington was able to bring her passion for acting and dancing to the character. Kherington was thrilled and grateful to be a part of the “Fame” cast.

Troy Kirby – Summer of 2009:

 

 

 

 

Donyelle Jones – Spring 2009: Donyelle Denise Jones is a talented and successful dancer, choreographer, director, teacher, singer and actress. She was born July 3, 1979, in Los Angeles, California, to Charles and Mary Jones. She is the youngest of three children of a military family. Ms. Jones chose her dance career at the age of six. Her love of dance and interpreting stories through movement was cultivated by her mentor, Broderick Wilson, until his death October 10, 1997. Following Mr. Wilson’s death, Ms. Jones began her formal dance training under the direction of Lara Arnaiz at Extensions Performing Arts Academy in Lancaster, California at the age of eighteen. She studied ballet, jazz, modern dance and hip hop as well as acting and sing. In 2007, Ms. Jones choreographed and performed in the new spectacular Wayne Brady Show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. During 2006, she received national attention as a finalist on the show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” She has been featured in musical theatre productions such as Hair, Nutcracker, and many more. Ms. Jones taught and directed the dance program at Palmdale High School for three years. Additionally, she taught at Orange County High School of the Arts. Ms. Jones teaches at Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Debbie Reynolds’ Dance Studio, Gold’s Gym in Hollywood, Extensions Performing Arts Academy and at various dance conventions in the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and other international countries. Additionally Ms. Jones has been featured in music videos, movies and award shows. Her accolades include working with Missy Elliot, Shanice Wilson, The Game, Black Peas, and Master P. Ms. Jones has appeared in movies such as Be Cool and Beauty Shop. Emphasizing body movement, use of space, facial expressions and costume design through creative choreography continue to define Ms. Jones’ passion.

 

 

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