Summer Dance Intensive 2019

August 26 – 30, 2019

11 Guest Artists/Instructors

5 Days of Intense Dancing!

Join us for a week of extensive training in all dance genres for intermediate and advanced dancers. In addition to Progressive Dance Studio’s outstanding dance instructors, we have eleven renowned guest artists from New York City, Texas and New Jersey that will also be teaching our dancers.  The Progressive Dance Studio Summer Dance Intensive is open to both Synergy Dance Company AND Non-Company intermediate and advanced dancers throughout Bergen County!  The Summer Dance Intensive daily schedule is:

SDC Petite Company Members (ages 6-7) - $375

HALF DAY:

9:00-1:00pm

(Snack Provided)

Synergy Dance Company Members Pearls, Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, and Diamonds (ages 8-18) - $750

FULL DAY

9:00-5:00pm

Bring your own lunch!

Non-Company Dancers & Guests (ages 8-18) - $570

FULL DAY

9:00-3:00pm

Bring your own lunch!

11 Professional Dance Instructors & Guest Artists

RAYMOND “SPEX” ABBIW

Locking / Hip Hop

Raymond “Spex” Abbiw’s is currently on the dance faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Spex’s career took off when he appeared in music videos with such artists as Mariah Carey, Joe, Lauryn Hill, and Wyclef Jean, to name a few. Spex made his Off-broadway debut in the 2002 Full Circle Productions’ production, Soular Power’d at New York’s New Victory Theater and continues as a member of the Full Circle Dance Company touring throughout the U.S. and abroad. Spex is also currently part-owner with founder Brian “Footwork” Green and Ullier Maier of the House Dance Conference, which is a monthly event providing a platform for entertainment, dance, and education. Spex continues to teach and perform nationally and internationally and is most happy about living his dream come true.

VICTORIA GREEN

Ballet

Victoria Green trained for her professional career at the School of American Ballet in New York City and went on to a 20-year career rising to soloist with New York City Ballet. Her dance credits include world tours with Karole Armitage, Jacobs Pillow in The Berkshires, and principal dancer with Princeton Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet.

Victoria performed with Raul Julia as the dance double of Anjelica Huston’s “Morticia” in the major-motion pictures The Addams Family and Addams Family Values and provided choreography for Blair Underwood in the 1998 film, Deep Impact. She has taught at Steps on Broadway, Jacobs Pillow, and Ridgewood Performing Arts Center in Ridgewood, NJ. 

 

EMILY GREENWELL

Improv/Contemporary

Emily Greenwell is a New York City based dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She is currently permanent faculty at both Broadway Dance Center and PeriDance Capezio Center. Emily was selected as a finalist at The Capezio A.C.E. Awards for Choreographic Excellence. Additionally, she has been chosen as “featured choreographer” for The Pulse on Tour NYC, and was the choreographer for DanceOn’s Every Single Stepproduced by Brian Freidman and Nigel Lythygoe. Emily’s work has been presented in countless venues and events including PeriDance’s APEX showcase, Choreographer’s Carnival, and Sybarite productions to name a few.  Emily can be seen performing as a featured dancer in Marian Hill’s music video “Want You” directed by Ian Eastwood.  Emily has been a faculty member with multiple touring conventions, traveling across the U.S. instructing, creating works, and adjudicating.

KENICHI KASAMATSU

Hip Hop

Kenichi Kasamatsu is a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer based in New York City.  Kenichi has been featured in several music videos most notably Mark Ronson’s “I Can’t Lose” choreographed by Keone Madrid. He also worked with The Band Perry on their single “Stay in the Dark” as a featured dancer in the official music video, as well as their performance on the Tonight Show.  Kenichi is currently permanent faculty at the Peridance Capezio Center in NYC, as well as guest faculty at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center. Additionally, Kenichi travels the nation with several organizations as both an instructor and adjudicator.

 

MILES KEENEY

Jazz Funk

Miles Keeney is a New York City based professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He’s represented by MSA talent agency and has worked commercially in both New York and Los Angeles. His credits include dancing for Silentó, Samsung, Jason Derulo, and Calvin Chen, as well as choreographing for Broadway Dance Center, The University of Auckland in New Zealand, The University of Virginia, and for countless videos and stage performances. Mile’s had the opportunity to train under the most revered names in the industry on both coasts and has been noted for his power, ferocity, and versatility. Miles graduated in 2015 with a BA in Dance with a double major in Developmental Psychology from Connecticut College. A powerhouse teacher, Miles teaches consistently in New York City at Peridance, in addition to various studios across the country. He’s developed a unique jazz funk style that pulls from his training in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and modern. His classes leave his students feeling like they have channeled their inner superstar and tapped into a higher level of performance quality. He is currently a resident faculty member at Artistic Dance Exchange Competition and Convention, as well as an experienced competition judge, having judged for numerous competitions’ regional and national dates.

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ANDREA KRON

Pilates, Stretch, Injury Prevention

Andrea Kron is a graduate of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York and a teacher in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area.

Performing credits include: “Hercules” on Broadway, Radio City, regional theater, nutcrackers as well as many original Dance works in New York City. Andrea has an extensive background in anatomy, Pilates and injury prevention fusing dance with science. Teaching credits include Manhattan Youth Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Marymount Manhattan College as well as Montclair and Rutgers University. 

GWEN POTTER

Tap

Gwen was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and for the last ten years has realized her childhood dreams of being a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in NYC.  Gwen’s performance credits include: Good Morning America, Adidas, Alice and Olivia, Smashbox Cosmetics, Reebok, Harlem Globetrotters, Facebook, Thinx and many more.  Gwen’s choreographic work has graced the stage of many reputable venues in NYC such as Alvin Ailey, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Highline Ballroom, and other dance festivals in the tri-state area.  One of Gwen’s biggest passions is educating the future generation of dancers and inspiring them as her teachers once did for her. Gwen is currently on faculty as a tap instructor at Peridance Capezio Dance Center and Broadway Dance Center (BDC) teaching open level tap, as well as with BDC’s Youth Program (CTP), teaching a variety of styles for their Tap company, Rhythm Arts Project. Gwen received a BA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

AMIR SALAHU-DIN

Hip Hop

Amir Salahu-Din is an artist and dance educator who hails from Brooklyn, New York. Amir received his formal training from LaGuardia H.S., California Institute of the Arts, The Ailey School, and Harlem School of the Arts, and he is highly experienced in many styles, including jazz funk, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical to name a few. Amir has performed with Nejla Yatkin’s NY2Dance Company, The Resonance Collective Performance Company(Fringe Festival, GreenSpace), appeared in music videos, worked as a dancer/choreographer for Carnival Cruise Lines, BET’s 106&Park (Wild Out Wednesday, Willow Smith), The Bethenny Show, The Today Show(Magic Mike, PSY), Jarred Grimes’ Broadway Underground, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, The Apollo, McDonalds Gospel Fest, etc.   Amir currently choreographs and teaches in dance studios and schools throughout the Dallas metroplex, New York City, New Jersey, and Westchester County. Amir enjoys creating and performing work that embodies a range of raw emotion regardless of the style and he hopes to instill passion and joy in all his students and inspire the next generation of artists.  

TERESA STONE

Contemporary

Theresa Stone is a talented dancer and choreographer from Long Island, New York.  Throughout her career, Theresa has danced and worked with such famous artists as Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Toni Braxton, Earth Wind & Fire, Meredith Vieira, Lance Bass, Omi, and Adam Lambert among others.  Teresa was also a featured dancer in Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball Tour, as well as the GUY music video, and she has placed in the top 10 dancers of Laurieann Gibson’s hit show Born To Dance, as well as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Good Morning America, MTV, American Music Awards and The Grammy’s, and Teresa is in the most recent Hunger Games movie trailer. Teresa has danced and choreographed work for the following companies: Lay’s Potato Chips, Goslings Liquor, Nintendo and Google, Target Stores, Discount Dance Supply, and many more.

As a dance instructor, Teresa has trained dancers who have gone on to dance for Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Camila Capello, Cardi B, Sia, Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Macy’s Passport, MTV, among others. You can also see her choreography work on Fox’s Hit Show So You Think You Can Dance and FX’s POSE.  Teresa is the season one champion of Nigel Lythgoe’s Every Single Step, and since then has worked for The Pulse On Tour, Broadway Dance Center, Wild Dance Convention, and more.

OLIVA SUMMER HUTCHERSON

Ballroom 

Oliva Summer Hutcherson is an extremely talented artist and successful professional dancer, instructor, choreographer, singer and poet based in New York City.  Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Oliva began training and competing at the young age of 7 all over the country in Competitive Championship Latin Ballroom Dancing.  Olivia’s teaching and performing credits include: as a Gold Rush Cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, Top 30 Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance (S8), a featured in Esquire and “Just Dance” PS3 Commercial. Olivia has danced for such artists as: JLO, Madonna, Flo Rida, New Cupid, Sean Kingston, and Brad Paisley. She has also been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz., 106 & Park, Yahoo, and Telemundo.

Despite all of her career successes, Olivia’s biggest accomplishment to date is being a cancer survivor! In 2015, Olivia was suddenly diagnosed with aggressive Breast Cancer and she underwent numerous surgeries and chemotherapy and is now cancer free. Olivia is currently on the teaching faculty at Broadway Dance Center and recently became the National Spokesperson for Jemma Everyday “Brave & Beyond”. Oliva is a MSU graduate with a Major in Communication & Media and Minor in Musical Theater.

 

MICHAEL SUSTEN

Contemporary, Award Winning Choreographer

Michael Susten is a New York City based award-winning choreographer and dance educator and is currently on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center (BDC).  As a choreographer, Michael’s work has been showcased in the Philly Fringe Festival, APAP Showcase, Pushing Progress Showcase, Koresh Artist Showcase, and the Choreographers Canvas. Michael’s Choreography has been a finalist in the International Choreography Competition, Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival, and was the 2nd runner up at the Artist Simply Human Choreography Competition. He has been recognized by Dance Teacher magazine two times and was featured in their story “An Eye for Professionalism.”  As a Director, Michael has produced and directed over twenty dance concerts with Xhale Dance Company and Michael Susten & Company, performing sold out concerts in Philadelphia and NYC.

As a dance educator, Michael has worked with many talented dancers and his students have been accepted to numerous top dance universities around the country, including Point Park, PACE, Oklahoma City, University of the Arts, Fordham, NYU, Boston Conservatory, among others. In addition, Michael has students performing in dance companies, on Broadway, and theme parks around the world. Michael is currently traveling around the country teaching, choreographing and adjudicating the next generation of dancers and hoping to instill a strong foundation of respect and love for dance. Michael graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance with a focus on Choreography.

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