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Originally from Conyers, Ga., Kayla Rowser trained with Georgia Youth Ballet at the Magdalena Maury School of Classical Ballet in Fayetteville, Ga., under the direction of Magdalena Maury, Jonsie Pollock, and Magda Aunon. 

After graduating high school, Rowser joined Charleston Ballet Theatre for a season before joining Nashville Ballet's second company, NB2, in 2007. In her two years as a trainee, she performed with the main company in several series before being promoted to an apprentice.

After being promoted to company member in 2010, Rowser performed as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella in Paul Vasterling's Cinderella and Juliet in Vasterling’s Romeo and Juliet. Other notable roles in Vasterling's works include the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in Nashville's Nutcracker, Fortuna in Carmina Burana, and Layla in Layla and the Majnun. Rowser was also featured in Christopher Bruce's Sergeant Early's Dream, as the Russian Girl in Balanchine's Serenade, and she danced the title role in Vasterling's Firebird. In 2018, Rowser performed as the third movement principal in Balanchine's Western Symphony in addition to dancing in Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tanze and Petite Mort, and as a principal in Christopher Wheeldon's Ghosts. Other contemporary works include pieces by Christopher Stuart, Jennifer Archibald, Gina Patterson, Matthew Neenan, and Salvatore Aiello among others.

 

Rowser has been named one of Dance Magazine's "Top 25 to Watch”' and has been featured in The New York Times, Pointe Magazine, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. She has performed in the Kansas City Dance Festival, Spoleto Dance Festival, Spring to Dance in St. Louis, and with Nashville Ballet at the Kennedy Center. She has taught across the U.S including accepting an invitation to teach master classes at Yale University. Rowser was also awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship by the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2015 for her artistic achievements, and she was honored as one of the Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans in 2018. Since retiring after a 14-year performance career in 2020, Rowser continues to accept speaking engagements and enjoys teaching and mentoring students. She also completed her undergraduate degree in communications from The University of Arkansas.

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Casie "Tynee" Goshow is a hip hop choreographer and break dancer, who has been teaching both hip hop and break dancing for the past 20 years around the country.  She is originally from Harleysville, PA and went to college at Penn State University.  Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree, has lived in both New York City and Los Angeles to continue her training and work in the commercial dance industry.  Casie has worked side by side with various artists such as TT The Artist, Lil Has X, Chris Porter, Chris Brown, Lil John, Karmin, PSY, French Montana and was a Las Vegas Season 12 Street Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance.  She was a dancer in "Stravinsky Re-imagined" at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, SNIPES Nike Ad, Beats Headphones, the NBA, Adidas, and featured dancer in Vogue World: New York Fashion Week.

 

Currently she is touring around the country teaching kids of all ages at studios, conventions and competitions.  Casie has worked for Excel In Motion, Joffrey Ballet's Summer of Hip Hop Intensive NYC/LA/Las Vegas/Tampa, Shake the Ground, Alvin Ailey, Legacy Dance Championships, Turn It Up, In The Groove, EQUINOX and more over the years.  She has started her own mentorship program in NYC, where she now resides, and she personally mentors young dancers in street and commercial dance.  Casie owns her own clothing line, Goshow Yourself, which was created in response to the bullying occurring around the country. She wanted a clothing line that inspired people of all ages and walks of life to have the courage and confidence to be themselves (www.goshowyourself.com).  You can see more of Casie's style and work on her Instagram account @bgirltynee

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In 1991 at the age of 6 Carlos Neto trained martial arts intensively throughout Europe. During the 90s and early 2000s he achieved recognition at both national and international competitions. In 1998 he joined the cast of a primetime TV series in Portugal, his home country, and had several appearances in the film industry. He moved to the UK in 2004 where he trained as a dancer and also earned his BA and Masters Degree in International Journalism at Cardiff University. In order to further his training, Carlos also studied acting at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC.

Since 2004, Carlos has danced for the Dutch show BLAZE directed by Anthony Van Laast; played the role of ‘Sudsy’ in West End's hit show Some Like It Hip Hop; portrayed John Travolta’s character in the Nintendo video game Grease and danced for PS3 Sony Dance Star Party

 

He was a featured dancer in the Bloomingdales 2015 commercial in the USA and went on to choreograph and direct for the Menudo Revival Tour, Warner Brothers, SyCo Music, Sony BMG, Atlantic Records, Britain's Got Talent, Matchbox Twenty, Melanie Martinez, Sergey Lazarev, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, the Broadway production of Circolombia and The Fringe NYC. Carlos also led the artist development for Sony’s artist Nick Mara, who proceeded to join the band Pretty Much.

Carlos’ choreography can also be seen in commercials for major brands such as Zenith Watches, NJ Lottery, Kansas Whisky, Osteo Bi-Flex, Corcoran, Bleacher Report, Rocket Money, Bacardi, Samsung and more. 

He was the creative director of the largest dance competition in the world World Of Dance in the U.K. 

In 2014 NYIT Awards presented him with the honor of "Outstanding Choreography/Movement" for his off-Broadway work which includes choreography for the comedy play Gymnos: A geek’s Tragedy as well as the dance show Alone-Ology.

 

He is a faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and has previously taught at other prestigious dance schools in NYC such as Alvin Ailey and Peridance as well as Pineapple Dance Studios in London. Carlos is one of the selected expert contributors to Backstage.com. 

Currently, Carlos is working between USA and Europe both as a choreographer and actor. 

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Whitney Nicole, professional dancer/singer, has trained in all styles of dance but especially enjoys jazz and contemporary dance. In 2014, she started her career at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida performing in the parades and shows all around the property and modeling for advertisements. By 2017, she was signed to MSA agency and began a new journey as a dancer/singer with Carnival Cruise Lines where she traveled and performed in and around the Bahamas, Mexico, and Hawaii. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, she is living and working as an industry professional. Here Whitney Nicole has had the opportunity work with skeleton crews on several music videos and as a featured extra on HBO’s hit show Insecure. She was credited as a dancer in Beyoncé's Black Is King visual album as well as cast in Netflix’s “The Prom” movie as a dancer/singer. Her TV credits include the 62nd annual Grammy awards as a dancer/singer and Dancing with the Stars. Whitney Nicole Most recently, she has been signed as a dancer through MTA Agency.

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Lauren DiPietro began her career as a competitive dancer and choreographer in Massachusetts and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She most recently toured Alaska and Hawaii as a dancer in Step One Dance Company performing intricate pieces from several prominent choreographers including Talia Favia, Benji Schwimmer, and Tobias Ellehammer. Lauren was an NBA dancer for the New York Knicks where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers including Lacey Schwimmer, Theresa Stone, Josh Assor, and Keenan Cooks. As part of the iconic Knicks City Dancers, she appeared in Star Magazine and on Good Morning America as well as NBA Halftime Shows at Madison Square Garden with Iggy Azalea and Tinashe. Lauren has also performed with Jordin Sparks, The Pointer Sisters, Patti Labelle, Heather Headley, and Taylor Dayne. As a singer and actress, Lauren portrayed Lisa in Royal Caribbean's production of “Mamma Mia!” and was a dancer and aerialist in “Blue Planet”.

 

Lauren continues to choreograph and teach at several studios, high schools, and colleges around the country in addition to being a faculty member for various workshops, conventions, and intensives. She also started her own business, Lauren Made With Love, designing and creating costumes for soloists and small groups.  

 

Her goal is to always “aspire to inspire” and help the next generation of dancers embrace themselves and their dreams entirely and unapologetically.

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Sarah is a NYC based artist who studied at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduation, Sarah performed with the New York City Opera and eventually made the transition to her first love, Musical Theatre. You can now catch Sarah performing in musicals all across the country. Most recently Sarah performed in On Your Feet! at the iconic Paper Mill Playhouse. She was then cast in the classic, 42nd Street, at the Riverside Theatre. Some of her other favorite credits include - Chicago (Riverside Theatre) Saturday Night Fever (WBT) Memphis (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre) Broadway Bares 26 &32. Workshop: ONLY GOLD (Andy Blankenbuehler). Film: Annie: From Script to Stage (PBS). Outside of performing, Sarah finds so much joy in sharing her knowledge with the next generation of young dancers. She is a national master teacher, choreographer, and dance competition judge. You can find her with Shake The Ground, Turn it Up, and Power of Dance. She is currently a proud member of AEA and represented by LDC Artist Representation. Sarah loves to stay in contact with all the dancers she meets, so please reach out and stay connected!  @sarahbuscaino 

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Rae-Ann Thomas was raised in Massachusetts and began dancing at a young age. She is a graduate from Dean College receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and an Associates degree in Business.  Directly after college she moved to New York; where she is teaching and setting choreography at various studios throughout the east coast. She judges for competitions all over the country and internationally. While hustling in New York City Rae-Ann has gained knowledge about the dance industry through her consistent training in diverse styles. Rae-Ann has performed for choreographers such as Mike Esperanza, Teddy Tedholm, Bonnie O’Rourke, Ellie Sanna, Bryn Cohen, Chris Hale, Calen Kurka, Kristin Sudekis, Hannah Frederick, Rachel Hettinger, Sarah Richman and is a member of TedTed Performance Company, under the direction of Teddy Tedholm. Rae-Ann has presented work at showcase such as HATCH: presenting series, Pushing Progress, The Young Choreographers Festival, and Sans Limits Dance Series. Rae-Ann has also set work as an alumni for the Dean College Dance Department for many shows. Rae-Ann was apart of a winter residency at Salve Regina University teaching master classes as well as setting work for their spring concert. Rae-Ann has participated in the Gypsy Project LA a vigor improvisational base training program in Los Angeles in 2017. Rae-Ann was one of 23 dancers working along side rebounded named dancers and choreographer in the dance industry such as, Tilman O’Donnell, David Harvey, Medhi Walerski, Meg Lawson, Tom Weinberger, Lisette Bustamante, Jillian Meyers, Staci Flood-popp, and under the direction of Erica Sobol founder and creator of the Gypsy Project LA and Lobos art collective. Rae-Ann is a bright and optimistic person who brings positive energy into her work. Her taste for lightness, and comedic accents make her work relatable and unique. She hopes to inspire and motivate all humans with her distinct movement style.

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As a multidimensional artist, JoiLynn creates art in the realm of dance, film, and music with her unique vision of provocativeness, jagged edges and mystery expressed through a technicality and artistry that marries the entertainment and art worlds. She trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, and The Ailey School before studying Haitian folklore and Hip Hop styles in the underground scene of NYC. She has been a featured dancer in numerous stage, film and TV projects and has performed on Michael and Kelly, Rachel Ray, Ellen, The David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel shows and has performed at Coachella, The Apollo, and the Canadian Juno Awards. She has been a Core dancer for Impulse Dance Company, Balance Dance Theatre, Ase Dance Theatre Collective, JuxtaPower, and Jazz Ain’t Dead, in addition to being part of the cast for the development of “Holler if You Hear Me” a Broadway show based on the work of Tupac Amaru Shakur and “Journey to the West” a Broadway show based on the life of Bruce Lee. She was also a swing for the off Broadway show “Seeing You” choreographed by Ryan Heffington. You can also see her in music videos for recording artists Jay-Z, Laura Pausini, and Kiesza with whom she is also a lead dancer for her stage shows throughout the US and abroad.

 

Through JoiLynn Productions, she produces and creates innovative dance based projects andcollaborations for stage and film. Known as a sort of “sci-fi” choreographer, she choreographs with a variety of techniques and music from punk rock and classical to hip-hop. She creates concepts that cross borders combining elements of film, visual art, fashion, and even magic. Her work has been featured in projects such as “The Rainbow Project’ in Barbados, The Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival, DC Fringe Festival, Harlem Stage, for recording artists Sofi Green and Wunmi, for “The Shipment” a play by Young Jean Lee, at Sol Afrik: African Fashion Week in NYC, and “Michael and Michael have issues“ on Comedy Central. As an artist who is serious about the pedagogy and technique of dance, she is also a master instructor for the Joffrey Ballet School and teaches for the Junior Division at The Ailey School in addition to having worked as a dance critic, dance grant panelist, competition judge, and having been a featured artist in Dance Mogul magazine. JoiLynn further expresses her connection with music as a vocalist and songwriter. She has been a vocalist featured in music with recording artist Caktuz, General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, and in stage shows with afro beat sensation Wunmi.

Sydney Jordan

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Sydney Jordan is currently a Professional NBA Dancer residing in Denver, Colorado. Originally from the Nashville area, Sydney began dancing at a young age training in all styles of dance. Sydney holds an undergraduate degree in Dance at the University of Tampa, double minoring in Film & Media Arts and Psychology. While studying brain-compatible dance education, with Susannah LeMarquand at the University of Tampa, Sydney began her professional dance career. She performed multiple seasons at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. She attended international trips with JUNTOS Collective to Guatemala and Mexico. Sydney is an experienced photographer and videographer, who started her own photography business in 2020. She screened her most recent film at American College Dance Association, where she also showcased her choreography in both the Formal and Informal Concerts. She choreographed for both Fall and Spring Dance Happening at the University of Tampa, where she also designed and operated lighting. Sydney choreographed and assisted in directing a dance film for WEDU, with Christopher Boulton, that was aired on PBS. As she continues her professional experience as an NBA Dancer, Sydney continues to run her photography business, Sydney is currently the Marketing Manager for Boundless Coaching.

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