SUZANNE BLAKE GERETY
Sponsored By: DanceStudioOwner.com
Suzanne Blake Gerety is the director of DanceStudioOwner.com, the leading online resource for dance studio owners world-wide, she provides information and inspiration to start, run, and grow your business.
Suzanne is the second-generation owner of Kathy Blake Dance Studios where she and her mom, Kathy Blake, continue to run a thriving studio, which has been in the family for 40 years. Suzanne was born into the dance studio life and brings the perspective of an owner, educator, mom, and businesswoman to her work.
Suzanne and her mom, Kathy are the long time featured columnists for Dance Teacher Magazine’s, “Ask the Experts”. She regularly teaches and presents business seminars at the Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Teacher Connection, and for other various industry events. Her love of marketing combined with her real-life examples make the information she provides timely and immediately useful for audiences.
Suzanne is a featured contributor in the The FabJob Guide to Become a Dance Studio Owner, FabJob Guides have been featured in stories at The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine sites. In addition to a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer College, Suzanne has training and experience in communication and leadership from one of the world’s foremost personal development companies.
Suzanne is a mom of two children, married to a great guy, she loves her family and her dance studio family too! She is a passionate advocate for dance studio owners and dance education throughout the world and brings the resources and support to current and future owners to help them achieve success.
Dance Educator – Examiner – Adjudicator
Sponsored By: ADAPT
Mr. Foley is one of Canada’s busiest-and most renowned director/choreographers. A Toronto, native, Brian made his professional debut at the tender age of ten, and has worked and trained with many great choreographer/directors including Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse.
At age nineteen, he choreographed his first television series and has gone on to rack up an impressive list of credits. Among them, over 600 TV shows, numerous feature films (including “Heavenly Bodies”, “Ice Castles” and “For Your Eyes Only”.
He has choreographed and directed over 100 professional stage shows including, Broadway Musicals, Ice Shows, Las Vegas Revues, Roller Skating and Gymnastic Spectacles across Canada the USA, England, Europe, South America, Russia, and the Far East.
Mr. Foley has staged, choreographed and directed many major corporate “live show events”. These include shows across North America and Europe for companies such as American Express, Air Canada, Canada Post, The Hudson Bay Company, The Canadian Fashion Industry, numerous Corporate Award Shows and many more. As a director and choreographer, his major corporate clients in the past have been Toyota Canada, Honda and General Motors Of Canada Limited.
Since 1996 Mr. Foley has been choreographing the world renowned Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show. In 2002 he was offered the prestigious position to direct and choreograph the annual Grandstand Show “spectacle” and at this time, continues in the role as the Director for the “The Greatest, Out Door Show On Earth”.
In 1980 Brian and his wife Faye created the dance syllabus certification system called ADAPT. Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers is the leader in technical dance training and is recognized as one of the best “teacher training tools” offered in the dance teaching industry. ADAPT also offers a yearly teacher’s training school program known across Canada as T.T.S. as well as teaching products which include syllabus books, DVD videos, music CD’s and yearly subscriptions for all ADAPT teachers and Examination studios. Those who compare, choose ADAPT.
Sponsored By: More Than Great Dancing
Misty Lown is the founder, president and energized force behind More Than Just Great Dancing® – A licensed dance studio affiliation program that has a positive impact on more than 60,000 dance students around the globe each week. She is also the founder of MoreThanDancers.com, an online lifestyle magazine for young people that has over 100,000 visitors each month.
Her dance studio, Misty’s Dance Unlimited, founded in 1998 and named a “Top 50 Studios in the Nation” by Dance Spirit Magazine has provided more than $250,000 in scholarship for dancers and other community initiatives. Misty has been a speaker at the PULSE Teachers Convention, Hollywood Connection, Dance Teacher Web, Dance Teacher Summit, and the DanceLife Conference. She has also been the keynote speaker for the Australian Teachers of Dancing Convention. Misty is on the staff of Dance Revolution Convention, a faith based dance convention, and has authored over 40 industry articles.
She is a sought after speaker and recently shared her business methods as a guest blogger on SUCCESS.com and as a speaker at IF:Gathering Local and the US Army Garrison Woman’s Equality Day. She has been recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by Eclipse, “Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year” by the YWCA and awarded the “Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service” by Viterbo University and the “Philanthropy Award” from the Red Cross.
Misty is an entrepreneur at heart. In addition to her dance studio and licensing program, she owns a dancewear store, a dance competition and a self-storage business. Misty’s favorite part of the day is spending time with her husband and five beautiful children.
Sponsored By: Dance Attack Competition
Kimberly Kay is an internationally acclaimed teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. She has owned and operated Dimensions in Dance for over 30 years.
Her students have performed on Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre, Film and Television. You’ve seen the dancers from Dimensions on So You Think You Can Dance and in the film adaptations of Hairspray and Chicago. Kim’s training has built the foundation for performers who are in NY working with the Radio City Rockettes and performing in The Producers, Memphis, Finian’s Rainbow, Matilda,Billy Elliot.. They are performing at Canada’s prestigious Stratford Festival in Crazy For You , Man of LaMancha and Chorus Line. The are featured performers in Dratyon Entertainment’s Dance Legends, in Charlottetown’s famous Anne of Green Gables and so much more. Her dancers have feature roles on Family Channel’s, Next Step, Backstage, Hallmark Movies.This summer the remake of Flatliners will be released directed by Micheal Douglas staring one of the Dimensions In Dance dancers. Her dancers are working at Universal Studios in Japan, Disneyworld in Florida, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and working on Disney, Holland American and Princess Cruise Lines.
When a dancer graduates from Dimensions to pursue higher education, they are invited to the finest arts institutions. Many move on to the National Ballet School of Canada, the Quinte Ballet School, Ryerson University,The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Randolph Academy and the Debbie Allen Performing Arts Company in California.
For the past six years, Kimberly has worked closely with Olympic Pairs Skating Coaches Kris & Kristy Wirtz, integrating dance into the KW Skating club and helping their skaters achieve worldwide acknowledgment. Kimberly brings their programs to a new level of fluidity and grace, gaining them notable titles including Canadian Junior and Senior Pair Champions, Junior World Champions, 4th in Senior Pair Worlds and OLYMPIC SIVLER MEDALS for Kristen Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch. Kimberly loves brining her dance expertise to Canada’s most talented and driven athletes.
With Kimberly’s outstanding choreography and technique, her students continue to compete at an International level and are regularly invited to compete and appear with Abby Lee Miller on her hit TV show Dance Moms. Dimensions In Dance currently holds the of Junior Mr. World Dance as well Jr. Miss World Dance. Her dancers have scholarships at The Edge in L.A. and are featured in instructional videos from The Broadway Dance Centre in New York. They are sought after as apprentices and assistants to Industry Leaders such as: Mia Michaels, Dee Caspery, Chris Judd and Brian Freidman. Kimberly’s dancers have been featured on the cover of the American publication of Dance Teacher Now and have appeared in the prestigious Dance Magazine.
Locally, Kimberly continues to give back to the community and help foster Kitchener-Waterloo’s thriving Arts Community. She choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Footloose for Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions Her dancers volunteer their time for many fundraisers throughout the community including: The Blooming Affair Fashion Show at Bingeman’s and The Hope Benefit at The Centre In The Square.
She is sought after as a judge and regularly adjudicates dance competitions and pageants across Canada and the United States, including Las Vegas, California, Dallas, New York and Hawaii.
With over thirty years educating students and as a studio owner, Kim is one of Canada’s most successful Studio Directors.
Sponsored By: Acrobatic Arts
Mandy Yip is the creator of the Acrobatic Arts Certification Program and Syllabus, and considered an expert in the art of AcroDance. She currently manages the Acrobatic Arts program through hundreds of dance studios and thousands of students following the curriculum throughout North America, Australia and Europe. As the past owner of a highly successful dance studio, she understands the demands for an exceptional product and a well trained dance teaching staff in the studio.
Highly sought for clinics and workshops world wide, Mandy is known for bringing passion, technique and in-depth practical knowledge to engaging classes.
Sponsored By: So Danca
Paula Morgan is one of California’s most sought after dance teachers. She is a brilliant teacher and a great iconoclast, someone who totally breaks the mold. Paula Morgan has a varied professional background that includes numerous film credits, ballet company work and choreography in several regional and local productions. She has devoted her life to developing her technique, which looks like a combination of yoga, pilates and ballet yet it is totally unique. Ms. Morgan knows what it takes to become a great dancer. She believes a dancer must lay a foundation of impeccable strength, flexibility and technique in order to let the brain and heart express the language of the choreography through movement. Paula’s main purpose in life is giving back to the world of dance that has given her such joy.
Teaching Background: Paula Morgan has taught for over 41 years and has owned her own studio throughout that time. She continues to teach privately while travelling across the United States, Canada and Italy for Master Classes, Teachers Workshops, Conventions and most recently Certifying Teachers in her Technique.
Former Students include: Paula Morgan is known to be the “secret weapon” to a list of students that is a veritable “who’s who” in the dance world such as Tyce Diorio, Steve LaChance, Manette LaChance, Bill Burns, Jessie Hartley, Tina Caspary, Aaron Cash, Nick Florez, Reed Kelly, Keri LaGrand, Nancy O’Meara, Ray Leeper, Eddie Mikrut, Cory Finn, Katie Holmes, Matt Tseng and many more.
The experience Ms. Morgan has is endless, her wisdom, knowledge and eye for detail brings much needed direction and guidance to both students and teachers today.
Sponsored By: Inspirations Dancewear
MTV Music Video nominated choreographer ,TOKYO, has a very unique induction into dance as he was not introduced to dance till he was a Senior in high school. Tokyo grew up in the martial arts and began training at age 5. By the age of 15 he attained several black belts in various arts in addition to training in Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA (Cage Fighting). At age 17, after a promising undefeated amateur record, just a few months shy of making a professional career in MMA (mixed martial arts/cage fighting), TOKYO discovered dance and his life changed drastically.
Since leaving the “fight” world and entering the dance world, TOKYO has been fortunate enough to have done master classes and choreography in the US, Canada, Australia, Central America, France, Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Mexico and UK for many TV shows, music videos, musicals, studios, companies, colleges, casinos and Cirque Du Soleil. TOKYO is returning from France where he choreographed the largest musical production in France’s history, Adam et Eve. In addition, during his time in France, TOKYO choreographed and directed several music videos and TV shows.
Most recently TOKYO choreographed several pieces for SYTYCD-Ukraine as well as for Paula Abdul in Russia. TOKYO is on faculty at the world renowned professional dance studio Millennium Dance Complex as well as guest faculty with EDGE and Broadway Dance Center. Due to TOKYO’s background in martial arts his approach to dance movement, philosophy and teaching is very unique and has been received and loved by many.
TOKYO has recently teamed up with Alisha Captain to produce MOVEtheWORLD, a charity event giving people around the world financial support for medical surgeries and bills. He is extremely excited to give back to those that have given so much to him, through the art of dance!
Sponsored By: Dance Attack Workshop/Competition
Sarah Dolan has served as the Artistic Director of O2 the Dance Company since it’s creation in 2010. Her commitment to the art and its artists provide a critical framework under which the contemporary company and its members thrive.
She has had the privilege of being part of numerous works and diverse dance shows. Sarah has had the honour of assisting Sean Cheesman on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Fox America’s So You Think You Can Dance, BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance UK and CBC’s Over the Rainbow.
She has enjoyed being a part of Art On Ice as Dancer and Assistant Choreographer, working with musical artist such as Nelly Furtado, Tom Odell, HURTS and skating champions such as Tessa and Scott, Kurt Browning and Joannie Rochette. Sarah has had the pleasure of choreographing for musical artists Paul Brandt, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Hockey Canada.
DANCE EDUCATORS INTERNATIONAL
Sponsored By: Toronto Dance Teacher Expo
Dance Educators International (DEI) focuses on developing knowledgeable dance teachers. A professional training program that offers hands-on practical approaches to key teaching fundamentals in dance education. These strategies can be applied to multiple dance genres and age levels.
Our training programs cover topics on health, student development, class structure, lesson planning, implementation of technique, and offers insight into the business of being a dance teacher. We offer more than just a syllabus for new and experienced dance teachers.
DEI advocates building an international community of highly qualified dance educators.
Sponsored By: The British Association of Teachers of Dancing
Chantal Robson is originally from Brisbane, Australia. She started performing in Australia at the age of eight, traveling throughout the country, singing and dancing. At age twelve, Chantal moved to Los Angeles and quickly moved into being a respected dancer who was in high demand for music videos, commercials, award shows and tours. Some of the artists she worked with include Madonna, Usher, Christina Aguilera, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears and Katie Perry, JC Chasez, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Madison Beer, Ariana Grande Victoria Justice, Nico Vega, and 5th Harmony. Her credits also include being the choreographer on such television shows as MTV’s ‘My own’, NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’, TLC’s ‘The singing Office’ and ‘Rock the Reception’, and CMT’s ‘Your Chance To Dance’.
Chantal’s film credits include the movement choreography of the monsters in the film, ’ One Missed Call’, ‘ Bunraku’, where she choreographed the actor Kevin McKidd and the Assistant Choreographer to Wade Robson on “Happy Feet 2” Chantal spent 6 months in Germany as Associate Director and act developer on a Franco Dragone (Creator of Cirque Du Soleil) production called India. She was also the Stage Director for Demi Lovato on the Latin Grammy’s. Associate Director for One Direction and Britney Spears. And Director/Choreographer for Nickelodeon Star, Victoria Justice and currently working on Madison Beer’s promo tour. Recently, Chantal started choreographing for the famous music video Director Wayne Isham. Some of these projects include, Mattels’ “Ever After High”, “Monster High” with Madison Beer and X factors group 5th Harmony for “Barbie”.
Along with doing commercials, music videos, and tours, for the past 5 years Chantal has been choreographing Teens and kids for the JUST DANCE video games. Producing and choreographing over 100 routines, Including popular songs from Disney Channel TV shows and some of Disney’s classic movies titles. As Chantal continues to Choreograph and Direct projects there is nothing she loves more then to teach dance and share her talent and experience in in entertainment business to people all over the world.
Sponsored By: Dance Attack Workshop/Competition
Emily Einsmann is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Toronto. (Emily’s versatility forges the bonds between technique and artistry, and her co-existing levels of success in both the commercial industry and the contemporary dance world set her apart.)
After years of training under ballet mistresses from The Goh Ballet and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Emily went on to receive her B.F.A in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Upon graduation, she was immediately launched into the commercial world, and has worked and performed with Hedley, The Weeknd, Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Naughty by Nature, Young MC, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, Karl Wolf, MuchMusic and YTV, to name a few.
Her dance adventures have taken Emily all over the world, including to China, Dubai, Qatar, and all throughout the USA. Emily recently cast, choreographed and danced in two full length original contemporary works that toured throughout Dubai. She also choreographed the official City of Toronto’s 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony, a record production that drew in over 8000 spectators.
Emily’s dedication to dance and art is evident on and off the stage. Her ultimate goal is to transport audiences with her performance, and to pass on her passion and knowledge to up and coming artists!
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Sponsored By: Acrobatique Canada
As creator and director of the Acrobatique AcroDance syllabus, the highly sought after Melissa Klassen is the “go to” expert in the field of AcroDance in Canada. Her modern techniques and fresh approach to Acrobatics have become a game changer in the dance industry. Strong AcroDance training is the competitive edge that dancers are looking for; and is the future of dance studios in Canada and abroad.
For over 20 years, Melissa has mentored under several of the industry’s top players to build her career as an expert in AcroDance, injury prevention, gymnastics, adjudication, and instructor mentorship. Melissa travels the world teaching her Acrobatique syllabus, and has worked with students and teachers from across Canada, the U.S, Mexico, the Bahamas, the U.K, and Australia.
With an eye for precision, sharp technical skills, and a passion for teaching and mentorship, Melissa Klassen is the Canadian industry leader in the exciting world of AcroDance.
Sponsored By: GRISHKO
Kim Hale is an Agent in the Choreography and Dance Education Divisions at The Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles that brings with her a wealth of experience as a teacher, choreographer, performer and advocate for Arts Education. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Kim breathed life into the Dance Education Division with her vision, passion and the recruitment of artists such as Tony Award nominated choreographers Chet Walker (Pippin) and Josh Bergasse (SYTYCD, On the Town), Dusty Button (Boston Ballet) and Elizabeth Parkinson (Movin’ Out, Joffrey Ballet).
She is now focused on expanding the Choreography Division to include Musical Theater. Mentored by Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen Kim’s Director/Choreographer credits include Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker starring Raven Symone (“The Battle”) for BET and at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (Asst. Choreographer to Debbie Allen), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Gala Awards 2015 for NBC Sports, BJ ~ A Musical Romp for the Planet Connections Festivity (Outstanding Choreography Award) in New York City, Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, Camp Rock the Musical (Assistant Director), Expedia.com’s 2006 National Promotional Tour, The World Goes ‘Round, Bye, Bye Birdie (Director), Little Women (Assistant Director), Baby (Assistant Director), the Bank of America Children’s Tour Fractured Fairy Tales, Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Asst. Director), Bye, Bye Center (Director) benefits for Hospice of Central NY, the American Heart Association (Director), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Highlights of Kim’s performance career include Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker starring Raven Symone for BET, the AEA National Tour of Applause directed by Gene Saks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, the preBroadway workshops of Chicago, Fosse as well as regional productions of Baby, Chicago, The Will Rogers Follies, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Antigone. She has appeared as a principal dancer in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, on cruise ships and in major Industrials for Crest, Shell Oil, Harley Davidson, State Farm, Buick, Redken, Tressa Hair and Vidal Sasson. As a concert dancer, she performed with WalkerDance in New York City, the Los Angeles based Jazz Dancers Inc., Las Vegas Civic Ballet and in the Joffrey Ballet’s production of “Petrouchka” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Kim appeared in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy directed by Debbie Allen. Kim has established herself as a highly respected teacher of jazz and theater dance on both coasts. She spent five years as an Assistant Professor of Dance in the BFA Musical Theater program at Syracuse University where she taught all levels of jazz, theater dance and ballet. Her students have performed in all facets of the entertainment industry including Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, Ghost the Musical, White Christmas, Mamma Mia, American Idiot, Wicked, Rent, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, CATS and West Side Story; films such as Hairspray and Step Up 3; national commercials and as backup dancers for Beyoncé, Raven Symone, and Mariah Carey.
She has been active on the dance competition and convention circuit for the past ten years. Kim has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1996. For more information please visit: www.kimhaledance.com or www.iamkimhale.com
Sponsored By: Capezio
Paul A. Gordon Choreographer, Dancer, Singer, Teacher, Emcee, Certified Personal Trainer. Paul has performed for over 38 years in theatre, TV variety & specials, mini series, film, industrial shows & commercials. He’s currently performing “All of Me”, a 30’s & 40’s Song & Dance Revue. He performs this cruise ship and club act with his daughter Carly. Paul also created and performs his original Electronic Tap Act for industrial shows and theatres.
Some film credits include Hairspray with John Travolta, The Magic Show with Doug Henning and Didi Conn, Superstar with Molly Shannon & Will Farrell, Feast Of All Saints with Ben Verene and Jennifer Beals, A Christmas Carol with Henery Winkler and the mini series and Me And My Shadows (the Judy Garland Story) with Judy Davis and Victor Garber. Paul has also performed with Karen Kain, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Hawkins, John Ritter, The Muppets and George Hamilton, to name a few. He has appeared in over thirty-five national and international television commercials. Some favourite theatre credits include, Oklahoma at Theatre Aquarius, Swing with Drayton Entertainment and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas at Stage West, Cinderella Pantomime.
He spent four summers performing the lead role and emcee in the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show. Some of his choreography credits include episodes for the children’s T.V. show Noddy for CBC and the mini series Falcone with Jason Gedrick for CBS as well as numerous stage and theatre productions. Paul operated his dance studio for over 20 years and now that he doesn’t teach full time he teaches Tap, Jazz and Song & Dance workshops at studios and conventions across Canada.
Sponsored By: MONDOR
Tricia Gomez is the President of Dance – In a Box Publishing. She is considered a pioneer in the pre-school and elementary hip hop field. Her unique hip hop teaching methods have landed her on the Dr. Phil Show and as the Head Judge of the TV show “Dance Revolution.” Her philosophy on teaching kids hip hop has made her the subject of countless articles in dance and fitness magazines across the USA and Canada. A few of Tricia’s performing credits include dancing for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, Universal Dance Association, Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Her choreography credits include: Saved By the Bell, the Laker Girls, The Clipper’s Spirit Dance Team and ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as the head choreographer for Dance the Magic! After teaching in the studio setting for over 20 years, Tricia is now a consultant for the Disney Performing Arts Program where she has the honour of working with dancers from around the world. Tricia’s newest project is Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a clinical dance program for kids with autism, Down syndrome, and other individual learning differences!
INTERNATIONAL DANCE ACCLAIM
Merle Sepel’s experience as an international judge began in 1993 when she was appointed as an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2007 she was appointed as a judge for the American Academy of Ballet’s Performance Awards under the directorship of Mignon Furman.
Merle is a graduate and licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and an Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
She has taught ballet for in excess of two decades, initially in South Africa and then the U.S. where she opened the Academy of Dance. She has trained numerous dancers, many of whom went on to pursue careers with professional dance companies such as Austin Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, BalletX, Sacramento Ballet, California Ballet as well as to major in dance at distinguished universities.
Merle worked for Mignon Furman for many years as a faculty member of the American Academy of Ballet’s Summer School of Excellence where she was responsible for the teachers training course. She is currently the director of American Pacific Ballet Company and is on faculty at California State University (CSUF).
INTERNATIONAL DANCE ACCLAIM
REBECCA TSIVKIN graduated with a Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London, and earned an Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
Rebecca has taught ballet in universities, private dance studios, and company schools for over two decades. Her students have gone on to attend advanced training programs in such places as the School of American Ballet (SAB) and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theater (JKO), and to dance in professional companies such as Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet and BalletX, among others.
Rebecca was on the teaching faculty at American Academy of Ballet, where she was also the executive coordinator and international judge for the Performance Awards program under the direction of Mignon Furman. In addition, Rebecca was the Head Children’s Instructor at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy.
Rebecca is co-director of Ballet Extensions NYC and International Dance Acclaim. She is on the faculty at Ballet Hispanico in NYC, teaching in both the General and Pre-professional Divisions, and travels frequently as a guest-teacher across the United States and internationally
Sponsored By: Make Your Mark!
CHERYL BISHOP is a heart-centered speaker, author and Heart Connections Manager at Make Your Mark Training and Consulting Inc. Make Your Mark is the Ultimate Business Success System…with SOUL; a 7-Step System to six figures in profits or more, in 12 months or less.
Cheryl has assisted CEO, Colin Sprake, in building Make Your Mark Training since its beginning in 2009. She has been a huge support in creating momentum and growing the company’s reputation and following.
Cheryl embodies Make Your Mark’s core values of trust, respect for the individual, unconditional gratitude, integrity, and openness to possibilities with commitment to excellence.
Cheryl was in the banking industry for 16 years. She also had a Skincare and Fitness business where she appeared in local media and she was also involved in the direct selling industry for 14 years. She is devoted and passionate about helping people achieve more in life and in business, empowering them to do more than they ever thought possible.
She is an author of “Entrepreneur Success Stories” which she co-authored with 19 of Make Your Mark’s students and is currently writing another book on how words can affect your business.
You will often hear Cheryl say, “We are all a piece of a puzzle and somehow we all fit together to create that beautiful picture.
Sponsored By: Limelight Dancewear
Alisha has been training and studying dance for over 20 years with very strong background in classical ballet. This technical training has aided her development in other styles, including Graham and Horton Modern Techniques, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Pom. She began studying tap and ballet in Louisiana with Susan Ferrera. She later studied at the New Orleans center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). At NOCCA, she was under the tutelage of Jan Miller, former professional dancer with the American Ballet Theater and Joffery Ballet, as well as Miguel Lopez, former professional modern dancer and director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Alisha has studied at the prestigious Boston Ballet and trained with or assisted instructors, including TOKYO, Brooke Lipton, Liz Imperio, Robert Battle and Denise Jefferson of Alvin Ailey.
Upon graduation, Alisha attended LSU to study Fashion Merchandising, and while there, served as a 4-year member and co-captain of the LSU Tiger Girls. following graduation she moved into the role of assistant head coach and Choreographer for LSU Tiger Girls. In 2010, Alisha choreographed and coached the Tiger Girls to their first Hip Hop National Championship, beating teams from 26 other Division 1A Colleges around the nation. In 2011, the team reached their highest ranking in the Division 1A Jazz category at fourth place.
Alisha teaches and judges for dance conventions, studios, and high school and college teams nationally as well as internationally, most recently teaching class at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Alisha has worked with Lynn Spears on projects with her upcoming artists and was assistant Choreographer for Paula Abdul.