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Kayla Rowser Tazik
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, and she is finishing her undergraduate degree in communications from The University of Arkansas.
Casey "Tynee" Goshow
Casie "Tynee" Goshow is a hip hop choreographer and break dancer, who has been teaching both hip hop and break dancing for the past 15 years around the country. She is originally from Harleysville, PA and went to college at Penn State University. At Penn State she became President of the hip hop dance club, R.A.M. Squad. While there, she trained extensively in popping, locking, and breakin’. Casie helped elevate the annual all-styles/b-boy battle at Penn State called, “Rhythm Spotlight.” She was, also, on staff for Penn State’s continuing education program as a hip hop dance educator and brought many well-known dancers in the industry to host workshops on campus for students to gain more knowledge into the commercial dance world.
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 and organizations such as Karmin, TT The Artist, Chris Porter, Chris Brown, Lil John, PSY, French Montana, Beats Headphones, the NBA, Adidas and was a Las Vegas Season 12 Street Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance.
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, 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).
Samantha Jay, a New Jersey native, began her dance training at an early age. She performed in the Nutcracker with Ballet for Young Audiences and later was a featured soloist with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, she began assisting tap dancer, Nick DiNicolangelo, at Adrenaline Dance Convention. In 2008, Sam was the recipient of the Harlequin Dance Scholarship and she went on to receive her BA in Sociology from Quinnipiac University. While at Quinnipiac, Sam was a 4-year member of the Dance Company as well as President and choreographer. In her senior year, she was voted MVP of the team and her choreography was selected for the Undertoe Dance Festival in New York City. After graduation, Sam joined the Hands Down Tap Project and she was featured in their first three shows. Her students have performed in the Radio City Christmas Show, Billy Elliot National Tour, and Matilda. Her choreography has won awards on both a regional and national level. Sam was interviewed as a “Leading Lady” for IWantHerJob.com. She is the founder and director of Mind Body Sole Tap Intensive and continues to choreograph, teach, and adjudicate across the U.S.
Whitney Nicole Hampton
Whitney Nicole is a 26 year old professional dancer/singer. She 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 background extra on HBO’s hit show Insecure. Most recently, she was cast in “The Prom” movie as a dancer/singer and the 62nd annual Grammy awards also as a dancer/singer.
Sarah is a NYC based performer 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 danced with companies Thistle Dance Inc., Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Dance Iquail, the Peggy Spina Tap Company, and Spirit Productions.
She then transitioned to Musical Theatre and has been seen performing across the country as Dance Captain, Swing, and an Ensemble member in Saturday Night Fever, Memphis, and Chicago. Aside from being a performer, she has also been on the creative teams as an Associate Choreographer.
Sarah has worked in New York on Broadway Bares with Nick Kenkel, Only Gold with Andy Blankenbuehler, and MASQ with Jim Cooney and Kimberly Schafer. You may have also caught her in the PBS Documentary Annie: From Script to Stage ( Andy Blankenbuehler ) or dancing at the Deadpool 2 Premiere Event in NYC.
Outside of performing, Sarah is a master teacher and choreographer for numerous intensives and studios. You can also find her judging dance competitions nationally during the height of the season.
She is also the proud founder and creator of SURGE the experience. A workshop that integrates mindfulness with dance on the road to radical self acceptance. ( www.surgetheexperience.com )
She resides on Long Island, New York and is a proud member of AEA, and represented by LDC Artist Representation. Learn more about Sarah’s upcoming projects at @sarahbuscaino www.sarahbuscaino.com