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Elite Peformance Challenge
Teachers are scheduled to attend all locations, and to teach in all three levels. Our lineup is subject to change, as other professional obligations of our choreographers may arise. Our confirmed faculty for each city will be posted (with the schedule) one week in advance.
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Adé Chiké Torbert
Casie 'Tynee' Goshow
Stephen 'tWitch' Boss
tWitch was on the 2011 Excel in Motion
faculty, and EiM is pleased to welcome him back! 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.
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.
Kent is fan favorite and Season 7 runner up from So You Think You Can Dance. Immediately after completing the show he departed on a 40 city tour around the US with the top 10 dancers and various ‘All Stars’ from past seasons. Kent returned to SYTYCD in season 8 as an All-Star, in addition to an encore performance on the finale. Kent has appeared in multiple episodes of the Disney Channel hit show Shake it Up, Fox's Glee and Mobbed, and had a reoccurring role on the ABC Family series Bunheads. You can see Kent as the role of Rascal in the Disney Channel's Teen Beach Musical which premiered in the summer of 2013. Kent has also produced and starred in the short film "It Remains" which released a trailer last summer.
Lauren graduated from Greenway High School, as well as Bender Performing Arts school in Phoenix, AZ. Early on she was ready for the stage, as she performed with the Phoenix Rockettes at the age of 10. When she was 18 she began her journey on SYTYCD Season 7, where she went on to win the title of America's Favorite Dancer due to her impeccable technique and contagious smile. Lauren is currently studying at Loyola Marymount University in California. Her dream is to continue performing and one day become a school teacher.
Allison is a contemporary jazz dancer who was a Top 8 Finalist on Season 2 of the hit series So You Think You Can Dance. She has returned to the show as an All Star in seasons 7 through 10. Her talents do not stop at dance, as she has also appeared as a cheerleader in the Disney films, High School Musical 1 & 2, was featured on an episode of the TV series House, the TV Pilot of Grace, and in the feature film Cobu 3D. Last year, Allison's collaboration with Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars earned her an Emmy nomination.
Alex Wong was born in Canada and began his dance training at the age of seven. After years of intensive training, he joined the Miami City Ballet in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of soloists after just two short years, then moved on to principal soloists.
Alex's repertoire of leading roles include Balanchine's Symphony In Three Movements, Agon, Western Symphony, The Nutcracker, Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove, In the Upper Room, The Golden Section, Mark Morris's Silhouettes, Edward Villela's Don Quxiote, Paul Taylor's Funny Papers, Bournonville's Conservatory, Stephen Mills' Hush, Anton Dolin's Variations for Four and La Fille Mal Gardee.
Alex has appeared twice in Fox's So You Think You Can Dance top ten male dancers, and in Season 7 was forced to leave with an injury. He is now back in full force, recently wrapping up his role in Newsies on Broadway, appearing on the hit series Smash, and dancing as an All Star on So You Think You Can Dance.
Originally from Texas and raised in Atlanta Georgia Cyrus, also known as “Glitch” is a popping, animating artist. He was a contestant on Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance where he was runner up for the title and the only animator to place in the competition. Cyrus will be featured in the next Step Up film. He is excited to bring his unique style to Excel in Motion
Brandon grew up in Miami, FL where he attended the Performing Arts School. During his early education he was part of the hip hop group The Hip Hop Kidz where he performed at half time shows, made television appearances and danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Brandon has performed in Aida the Opera, the AFL Dance Company, Odyssey Dance Theater and Soul Escape Company before becoming runner up on season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. Since then, he has performed on Glee, Nickelodeon, The Wendy Williams Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, X-Factor, and the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Brandon’s choreography can be seen in the independent film East Side Story.
Courtney Ortiz, a native of Baltimore, MD, received her dance training at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Shannon Torres. She grew up training in all styles of dance including: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, and Modern. In 2007, Courtney was awarded as a National Advancement of the Arts young ARTS winner for Modern Dance. Some of her professional credits include numerous music videos and industrials, Broadway on Broadway event in Times Square, R.Evolución Latina's Choreography Showcase under the direction of Luis Salgado, Petrouchka at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Royal Caribbean International and The Jazz Dance World Congress. Currently, Courtney is a dancer in The Aluminum Show for their National/International Tour. She will be performing throughout Spain and South America this summer.
Brian Henninger is a professional Dancer/Choreographer/Actor from New York City Brian has performed and worked with some of the biggest artists today including: Carly Rae Jepsen, Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige, and choreographers such as: LUAM, Rhapsody James, Hi-Hat, and Fatima Robinson. Brian has performed on stage and in T.V. and Film throughout the united states and internationally for thousands. Recently Brian wrote and published his first book which is a career guide for aspiring professional dancers.
Casie "TYNEE" Goshow teaches hip hop, Breakin’ and Zumba Fitness® throughout the United States. She has taught at some of NYC’s leading schools such as, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center. She has appeared on national television for The TODAY Show dancing with featured artists such as Lil’ Jon, Chris Brown and PSY. Casie has also danced on The Wendy Williams Show, the HBO series “How To Make It In America,” and has been a Las Vegas finalist on the FOX TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Additional credits include: Icona Pop, Victoria Justice, NBA, Adidas TechFit Commercial, Coca-Cola, opening for Missy Elliot, and won Seventeen Magazine’s “Adidas Makes Tracks” contest.
Ellenore is a professional dancer and choreographer from New York City and is fast emerging as one of America’s “young up and coming choreographers” and master teachers. Scott has carved out an impressive career that weaves her distinctive technical training in modern dance, to her hip-hop influenced style and “quirkiness” that define her unique choreography. Scott is most recently known for being a finalist and All-Star on "So You Think You Can Dance". Scott has also performed with Janet Jackson during the Essense Music Festival as well as dancing on shows such as "Smash", "82nd Annual Academy Awards" and "Dancing with the Stars". She is the Artistic Director of NYC dance company, ELSCO Dance.
Tony and Nichole Fortunato bring over 40 years of combined experience to the dance industry. With Nichole’s professional dance career and Tony’s corporate business background, they have been able to create a convention that is fun, educational, and non-competitive. The Fortunato’s have made a commitment to bringing the newest dance knowledge to students and teachers in the U.S. They are very excited to collaborate with top choreographers in the industry to make Excel in Motion
an amazing experience and allow dancers to connect with their idols from SYTYCD and other professional projects. The Fortunato’s want dancers, teachers and family to leave inspired and to continue to excel in their dance dreams.
Adé Chiké Torbert
Adé Chiké was born in Brooklyn, NY and began studying dance at the age of eight. He attended the Alvin Ailey School, graduated from LaGuardia High School and studied at The Boston Conservatory. He has been invited to perform & teach all over the world. In 2010 he competed on So You Think You Can Dance Season 7. He has performed on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical FELA!, Dancing With the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Smash and Saturday Night Live with Nicki Minaj. Adé Chiké is excited to be a part of the Excel in Motion staff!
Comfort grew up in Dallas, TX and attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School. A local dance show called “Dallas Dance Club 21”, was the beginning of Comfort’s stardom, which led her to being one of the top 10 contestants on So Do You Think You Can Dance, Season 4. Since then, she has returned as an All-star for seasons 7-10. Comfort has been featured as a lead dancer in the films “Honey 2” and the remake of “Footloose”. She has also danced in the late Michael Jackson Tribute Tour and Justin Beiber’s My World Tour. Comfort has worked with some very talented people in the entertainment industry such as: Chuck Maldonado, Travis Payne, Stacy Walker, Miley Cyrus, Rosero, Jamal Sims, and Nappytabs.
Comfort now resides in L.A. and is currently a part of an all female crew composed of five girls, created by Sho-Tyme. Outside of dancing, she has also excelled in rapping and singing and is now pursuing her career as a recording artist.
Sasha Mallory started dancing at the age of 5 studying the ballet techniques of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) one of the world's largest and most influential dance education and training organizations for classical ballet. Sasha's 12 years of training with the RAD required passing an internationally recognized portfolio of examinations and assessments. Along with studying classical ballet Sasha has studied various techniques of modern dance from her mother Dawn Mallory and also with The Alvin Ailey School in New York City, Houston Ballet, and Boston Ballet. For two years Sasha worked under Alan Sherfield and John Crutchman as an assistant and teacher for the nationally touring dance convention and competition. Sasha has been performing in music videos and stages across the world with American Idol's Adam Lambert in the Glam Nation Tour and most recently she has been seen on season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance.
Ricky Jaime discovered his love and passion for dance at age 10 in Miami Florida. Jaime was a ﬁnalist on the eighth season of So You Think You Can Dance where he specialized in contemporary dance. Soon after the show was over he toured the country performing with the Top 10 dancers and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dance career. Ricky has had the opportunity to work with different choreographers such as Christopher Scott, Margueritte Derricks, Zach Woodlee and more. Ricky has been a part of hit television shows like Bunheads, Glee, and Dancing with the Stars. He was a featured dancer in the upcoming new Disney musical Teen Beach Movie. Eventually he would like to transition into choreographing for TV shows and movies in the city he loves most, Los Angeles.
Matt was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona. He went to Sunrise Mountain High School during which he found his interest in dance. As a contemporary dancer he auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance and became a Season 9 contestant. Matt lives in Hollywood California but continues to work and teach dance around the world.
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