Jackie went from dancer to choreographer to director, all the while traveling the country teaching. She conceived the popular girl group, “A Sleight Touch” which opened for some of the biggest recording stars in the industry. They eventually became a headline act themselves, and traveled the world appearing before crowds of up to 32,000.
Jackie has worked with stars including Rod Stewart, Paula Abdul, Barry Manilow, Expose, Stacey Q, Yvonne Elliman, David Hasselhoff and Barbara Eden. She was staff choreographer for several TV series’ and her commercial list includes Burger King, Levi’s, McDonalds, Polaroid, Honda and more. Jackie’s dance groups “A Sleight Touch” and “Boys’ Club” each won seven shows and ultimately the Grand Championships, on the 80’s television phenom, Star Search. Jackie was also the innovator of the fitness trend, “Freedance,” that was taught in health clubs all over the country. Still, Jackie’s greatest loves are her husband, Dave and sons, Joshua and Aaron.
His credits include Friends, Wild Wild West, Lambada, Titanic, and the children’s show Reading Rainbow. He also danced with megastars Diana Ross and Barbara Mandrel. Along with dancing, Dave worked as a print model for GQ Magazine, Nike, Ocean Pacific and Reebok. He was also featured in commercials, on billboards, and on posters as the face (ummmm buns) of Levi’s Jeans. (THAT’S where I know you from!)
Huggy exemplifies balance with his well-rounded training in theater, television, video, film, and commercials. His long list of credits include: the national tours of The Wiz, My One and Only with Tommy Tune, and West Side Story. He appeared on Broadway in 42nd Street, and traveled with Diana Ross’s World Tour, and El Commandante’s World Tour. Huggy also performed with MC Hammer, Luis Miguel, Luther Vandros, and the legendary Bette Midler. His television and commercial credits include The Drew Carey Show, Cybil, Pepsi, Pillsbury, Zone Bar, ISO, eSalon, Ford and Toyota.
Although Huggy continues his career as an actor, he loves teaching and sharing his secrets on the art of having a long career.
Ayodele Casel is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as an actor and tap dancer over the past thirteen years. She began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC.
Hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today”, Casel has made quite a mark on the tap dance world. Her work as a choreographer has earned her commissions from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and the Apollo’s Salon Series, where she presented “Diary of a Tap Dancer”. She was also selected by acclaimed composer Rob Kapilow to collaborate on a Tap dance concerto which premiered at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently, Ayodele and dance partner Sarah Savelli co-choreographed “Tap Into Peace”; a show with the incredible music of Stevie Wonder as its inspiration and soundtrack. The show has been presented at NY City Center’s Fall for Dance and Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Tandem Act Productions, co-founded with Sarah Savelli, is also the producer of “Tappy Holidays!” which is New York’s premier Annual Holiday Tap show.
Ms. Casel’s television and film credits include “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, “Savion Glover’s Nu York”, “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “Bojangles” and in 2006 she originated the role of “The Doll” in “Imagine Tap!”.
She has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Off-Broadway in Savion Glover’s Downtown: Live Communication. Ms. Casel also co-choreographed and was featured on PBS’ “Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. She has been creating and presenting her own works since 1999 in venues that include The Apollo, New York’s City Center, Aaron Davis Hall/The Gatehouse, The Lisner Auditorium, Lincoln Center “Out of Doors”, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, The Triad Theater and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.
Ms. Casel has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, The Village Voice and has been featured in many other magazine articles. She has worked and performed with the greatest tap dancers and companies including the late great Gregory Hines, Jazz Tap Ensemble, American Tap Dance Orchestra and Savion Glover as the only female in his company N.Y.O.T.s. (Not Your Ordinary Tappers). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and as co-founder of Tandem Act Productions and Tap Intensified she continues striving to make Tap Dancing a relevant presence in the arts.
Albert Blaise Cattafi has been dancing since the age of 5, thanks to his sister Eléna, and since that time has established himself as a fine young artist. His training includes the renowned faculties of both The Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Kelly Allen’s For Dancer’s Only in New Jersey. Albert was a featured soloist in Jeff Amsden’s “A Few Good Men… Dancin’ “, has appeared in an international Coke Zero Commercial, and is a member of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance. As a soloist, his dancing has graced such famous stages as The New Amsterdam Theater in NYC, Sadlers Wells Theater in London, and The Lucent Danse Theatre in Holland.
To great acclaim he has worked with Tony Award winning directors Des McAnuff (The Wiz) and Jerry Mitchell (Peepshow), and has assisted some of the countries top choreographers such as Sergio Trujillo (Tony Award winner), Ray Leeper, and Mia Michaels (Emmy Award winner). Albert Blaise has also assisted in the production of major Broadway shows including Spiderman, Tarzan (Holland), and Billy Elliot, and was the assistant choreographer on Franco Dragone’s cirque extravaganza “INDIA”. He has performed on the Video Music Awards for Florence and the Machine (choreographed by Travis Wall), was a guest artist in the Miss Kentucky pageant, and recently performed as a guest on “So You Think You Can Dance” with the Bad Boys.
Albert believes you should always strive for perfection and never stop smiling! ROCK ON!
Matt Dorame comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona where he studied and trained at Ballet Arizona, The Dance Connection, and Arizona School for the Performing Arts, all nationally ranked. At an early age, he traveled and toured with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet to China, and later with West Coast Dance Explosion and Co Dance as a featured assistant.
Matt has trained at many prestigious summer institutions including American Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet. After attending the University of Arizona on full scholarship, Matt joined Odyssey Dance Theater. During his five years with Odyssey, Matt performed principal roles while touring New York, California, and Europe. Along with that, he has enjoyed traveling regularly throughout U.S. cities as a contemporary teacher for L.A. Dance Magic. Some of Matt’s most recent credits include featured dancer on MTV’s American Mall, lead dancer in the Shawn Borrow music video “Army of Kings”, and top 13 contestant on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Matt has also worked to assist SYTYCD choreographers Mia Micheals, Tyce Diorio, and Dee Caspary.
DJ hails from Dallas, Texas and made his way to LA after dancing with the Orlando Ballet for 9 years. Since then DJ has appeared in films such as High School Musical 3, 500 Days of Summer, Shrek Forever After and The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever, as well as television performances on Glee, Dancing With The Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Video Game Awards, American Idol, Bones, Better With You, The CMA Christmas Show, America’s Got Talent, The 81st Academy Awards, The 63rd Emmys, CSI: Las Vegas and So You Think You Can Dance. He has also co-choreographed/danced in commercials and live performances for Ford, McDonald’s, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Memorial Hermann and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. DJ was also a part of the national touring company of “CATS”.
He was recently on tour with Glee Live and was a choreographer for the TV show “Your Chance to Dance” on CMT. Aside from working commercially, he teaches master classes for The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA as well as studios and professional companies all over the country. His innovative approach to musicality and movement theory, extensive technical vocabulary and blend of several styles into one has gained him a continually growing following.
Music videos, national commercials, and international tours are just part of Eddie Moody’s exciting and impressive resume. As a member of the boy band, WOW, Eddie toured with Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers, and performed alongside Jason Derulo, Ludacris, Katy Perry, Drake, MGK, Twista, B.o.B., T-Pain, Iyaz, and Jay Sean, to name just a few. Eddie’s style of dance is fresh and infectious, more reasons why he is quickly becoming known as one of the hottest up-and-comers in the hip hop music industry.
Dejan Tubic is lighting the world on fire with his fierce moves” according to Fox News Los Angeles. From The New York Times, YouTube, The Ellen Show, and even PerezHilton.com, everybody is talking about it. With over 40 millions views all over the world, Dejan Tubic is becoming the most watched Choreographer on-line. Aside from hison-line achievements, Dejan is also a working dancer and choreographer in the industry. He was last seen on MTV’s The Electric Barbarella, working all season long as their choreographer.
Recently, Dejan was hired with his partner Janelle Ginestra, not on to dance on America’s Got Talent, but also to choreograph for the show, including the Rebecca Black Performance, and Youtube sensation, Keenan Cahill featuring Nick Cannon. Dejan has danced for several artists including Usher at the American Music Awards and dancing for the legendary Toni Braxton in her music video “Make My Heart”. Traveling abroad, not only to teach workshops in countries all over the world, including Russia, India, and Mexico, he also Choreographed for their artists such as Vivi from China and Kele Okereke from the U.K. Dejan is a faculty member of International Dance Academy (IDA) in Hollywood, CA, where shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew film.
Whether it is traveling world teaching classes or choreographing music videos, Dejan Tubic is leaving his mark on the dance industry. Dejan Tubic is represented by Top LA Dance Agency, MSA.
Christian is definitely on the list of Hollywood’s “most working!” He appeared in the movies Rent, Starsky & Hutch and Miss Congeniality 2; performed with Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Prince. He has also worked as an assistant-choreographer and choreographer on dozens of national commercials including the now infamous Target ads.
You can soon see Christian in the new film “Walk Hard.” And watch for him when he plays the parts of Lex Luthor’s bodyguard on Smallville and the Arch Angel Michael on the new ABC Family show entitled Fallen.
Jamal‘s early dance training was taken to task in hometown Los Angeles under Lula Washington, who ushered him into her adult company during his late teens. Undecided about what career to pursue, Jamal began earning two degrees at Southern Methodist University in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications. Jamal has danced for Complexions, Donald Byrd/theGroup, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, Madonna’s 2001 Drowned World Tour, and (as an aerialist and dancer) Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.
He was also the assistant dance captain for “The Color Purple,” on Broadway, and most recently a featured dancer on the soon-to-air television show, “Smash.” In addition to promoting his book of fiction, “12:34 – a Slice Novel,” Jamal continues his advocacy for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance.