June 19, 2013
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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Stephen 'tWitch' Boss
Casie 'Tynee' Goshow
Adé Chiké Tolbert
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.
A recent high school graduate, Kent Boyd 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. In December 2011, Kent appeared as a guest star on the Disney Channel’s Shake it Up. He has been dancing since he was 8 years old and has performed in several musical theatre productions such as: Oklahoma! and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. His hometown is Wapakoneta, OH and he is 19 years old.
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. Her dream is to continue performing and one day become a school teacher.
Allison is a native of Orem, Utah where she began her formal dance training at the age of 4. She was involved in various competitions growing up where she received many dance awards including National Senior Outstanding Dancer for New York City Dance Alliance in 2005, and National Senior Dancer of the Year in 2007.
Allison is a contemporary jazz dancer who was a Top 8 Finalist in Season 2 of the hit series So You Think You Can Dance. She returned to SYTYCD in Season 7 as an All-Star and continued on with their National tour. 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.
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, currently cast in Newsies on Broadway, and appearing numerous episodes on the hit series Smash.
Katee Shean was voted America’s top female dancer on season four of Fox’s TV series So You Think You Can Dance and completed a nationwide tour with the show. She began her training at the age of four with Atlas School of Dance in San Jose and Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area. She has danced in various stage, television, and film projects such as Step Up 3D, Leading Ladies, Glee, 82nd Academy Awards, 61st Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Ellen, Jenifer Lopez stage performances, Bonnie Hunt Show, Disney’s Hannah Montana promo video and music video, Nickelodeon’s Jump Around series, and Paris by Night.
Katee is dedicated to sharing not only the art of dance but the joy of performing and following your dreams. She is pursuing a double major in child development and dance at Chapman University along with pursuing her own dance goals and is enthusiastic about being able to help young dancers as a positive female role-model.
Originally from the small island of Guam, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer. His first job was performing for an indie ballet dance musical, The Question by JT Horenstein. Television credits include, Disney channel's Shake It Up, Jerry Lewis' show, a guest performer at the Regis and Kelly show, 53rd Grammy awards, The Voice, dance appearance on The Ellen Show, and was the top male and 3rd finalist on FOX's hit show So You Think You Can Dance. He appeared in the film No Strings Attached, choreographed by Marguerite Derricks and filmed a musical film for Disney Channel by Chris Scott that will air in summer 2013. He has worked for artists such as The Muze, Vicci Martinez, Cee Lo Green, and recently danced for Jennifer Lopez at the Q-Viva show held in Las Vegas. He is also a performer at Disneyland's Aladdin the musical spectacular and enjoys entertaining kids. His personal goal is to inspire people all throughout the world and in return be inspired as well in the process.
Originally from Michigan, Dedrick is a graduate of The Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He has performed in regional theatre productions such as Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ain't Misbehavin' and Guys & Dolls. Dedrick has had the opportunity to perform in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. He has worked with companies such as School Zone, Norwegian Cruise Lines, ABC, NFL, Adidas, L'Oreal Paris Professionnel, Vogue Italia, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Dedrick currently resides in New York City.
Dedrick choreographed the Elite Dancers' opening number in 2011, and EiM is excited for all Excel dancers to work with him on the 2012 tour!
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 an energetic young dancer/choreographer who has taught and performed throughout the united states and around the world. He has performed behind various artists, in shows for companies such as Reebok, and M.A.C cosmetics, and has performed for thousands in Japan as part of the “Electric City” street dance show. Brian has worked, and trained with some of the industry's top choreographers including, Luam, Fatima Robinson, Chuck Maldinado, Lajon Dantzler and most notably Rhapsody James. Brian was recently chosen from hundreds to train with Rhapsody and also was featured in her latest show “Dream Catchers.” When not on stage Brian can be found constantly working on his craft in class, always remaining a student at heart. Brian loves to share his knowledge and passion with others and challenges his students to go beyond their limits and find their own inner artist!
Casie Goshow, also known as Bgirl Tynee, is a professional hip hop dancer living in NYC. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science and was a hip hop teacher for Penn State University. Casie teaches hip hop throughout the tri-state area and recently became a licensed Zumba instructor.
Some of Casie’s accomplishments have been; a Las Vegas finalist on the FOX TV show So You Think You Can Dance, Adidas TechFit Commercial, Monsters of Hip Hop Scholarship winner and also won Seventeen Magazine’s Adidas Makes Tracks contest. She teaches hip hop, breakin, Zumba, and hip hop aerobics.
Ellenore attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, also known as “The Fame School” as a dance major and became a scholarship student in the Fellowship program at The Ailey School. Ellenore attended dance programs at American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem on scholarship, The Juilliard School, Joffrey Ballet, Complexion on scholarship and TAKE dance. In 2007, Ellenore became a company member of both the Von Howard Project and nathantrice/RITUALS. In 2008 she received Honorable Mention and a New York Regional Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. In 2009 she was a Finalist on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and became America's 4th Favorite Dancer. Since then, she has performed on the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Dancing with the Stars, One Life to Live, The Ellen Show, The View and has appeared in numerous print and commercial advertisements.
Dominic 'D-Trix' Sandoval
Dominic started b-boying in 1999, at the age of 13, often practicing with his friends in the garage. In 2005 and 2006 Dom traveled with Flexible Fav winning competitions around the world in various countries. In 2007, at the age of 21, he auditioned for and was featured on the television show So You Think You Can Dance Season 3. He placed in the top 8 and then went on to tour across the United States. Dominic joined Quest Crew in December 2007, getting together with friends, and the crew won Randy Jackson's show America's Best Dance Crew in March of 2009. He became a judge on ABDC on Season 6. Since then he has gone on to tour and dance with artist such as: Snoop Dogg, Usher, Ellen, Pitbull, Baby Bash, Donna Summer, Sheila-E, George Lopez, Flo-rida, Enrique, Natasha Beddingfield and many more. In 2010, Dominic "D-trix" Sandoval became an All-star on season's 7 of So You Think You Can Dance and after he then went on to tour with some of the cast around the U.S. Dominic "D-trix" Sandoval loves Spam, Golf, and Justin Bieber.
Nichole is the Co-owner and Executive Director of Excel in Motion
. She started dancing at the age of two in her hometown of Gridley, CA and moved to New England in 2001 where she auditioned for and became an N.F.L. Cheerleader. After cheering for a season, Nichole moved to New York where she continued her dance training and education at Broadway Dance Center before opening a dance studio in Greater Boston in 2006. Since then she has created and directed an adaptation of the Nutcracker called Nuts & Bolts, co-founded an east coast dance competition (www.ElitePerformanceChallenge.com), and was the Executive Producer of the Charles River Dance Festival in 2010. She also helped to organize and sponsor the Donate to Dance fundraiser for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Nichole is excited to share her love of dance with enthusiastic dancers across the U.S.
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."
Joshua Allen is the winner of Season 4 SYTYCD. Joshua can be seen as a featured dancer in the movie Step Up 3D, along with fellow finalists Katee Shean and tWitch. He also appeared in the dance comedy Freak Dance, the 2011 remake of Footloose, and in FX's American Horror Story. In 2010, Joshua took part in Season 2 of Oxygen's Dance Your A** Off as one of the show's professionals. Joshua specializes in Hip Hop and Popping & Locking.
Adé Chiké Tolbert
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 FOX's So You Think You Can Dance Season 7. He has performed on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical FELA!, Dancing With the Stars & Saturday Night Live with Nicki Minaj. Adé Chiké is excited to be a part of the Excel in Motion staff!
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