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Special discounted rate available for Celebration Dance Festival attendees.  Special rates apply for October 12 - 19, 2022. Standard room/sleeps 4 - $189 per night not including taxes and resort fees.

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Our largest and most comprehensive festival. This two-day festival has engaging classes and workshops with our outstanding teaching artists, showcase performance featuring your studio's routines, and college fair. Also, our largest college fair of the tour with auditions for high school juniors and seniors.  See our list of featured colleges, universities and summer intensives.

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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, 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).  

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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.

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Camia Green
 

Camia Green danced internationally with Tevet Production Company in Eilat, Israel, Princess Cruise’s Stephen Schwartz show, "Born to Dance,” and Aida Cruises, Hamburg Germany.  While performing on the Princess Cruises, Camia visited more than 20 countries. She is a native of Sarasota, Florida and a graduate of "Dance The Next Generation of Florida" (7 year Ballet program of Sarasota Ballet Company of Florida), and received a B.A degree in Dance and Choreography from Kennessaw State University. Camia has also performed musical theatre in shows like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, “All Shook Up,” “9 to 5.”

Lauren DiPietro
 

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. Lauren is currently an NBA dancer for the New York City Knicks. She most recently portrayed Lisa in Royal Caribbean's production of Mamma Mia!, was a dancer and aerialist in Blue Planet, and has performed with artists such as Jordin Sparks, The Pointer Sisters, and Patti Labelle. Lauren is currently a choreographer and teacher at several studios in the New York City area and throughout New England. 

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Ryan McMullen
 

Ryan McMullen received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, where he was a three-time recipient of the Men’s Provost Performance Scholarship. He has had the pleasure of performing choreography by artists such as Rodger Belman, Rennie Harris, Alexandre Munz, Ursula Payne, André Zachery, Jawole Zollar, and more.

Ryan presented work at Bucknell University, Dixon Place, Dogtown Dance Theatre, Small Plates Choreography Festival, Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Festival, Louisburg College, Exchange Dance Festival, Slippery Rock University, Gibney Dance Center, New Grounds Dance Festival, and Florida State University. Ryan was on faculty at Cabrini University, Cab Calloway School of the Arts Summer Program, Suzanne Farrell’s Young Dancers Workshop, Forge Summer Dance Intensive, DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive, The American College Dance Association, The Middle Tennessee Youth Ballet, and The Tallahassee Ballet. Ryan served as the Director of Dance at Louisburg College for three years, where he was also the Artistic Director of Louisburg Dance Company. In addition to teaching, Ryan also danced with Elevate, a dance performance and production company based in Raleigh, NC. Ryan was recently a Visiting Professor at Bucknell University in Fall 2021. Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University and was awarded The Excellence in Performance Award and The Excellence in Choreography Award. In 2022, Ryan was awarded the Rock Alumni 10 Under 10 Award for his professional achievements in the field of dance.