August 11 - 12, 2018
Angelica Stiskin is the Director of Joffrey Ballet School's Contemporary and Jazz Program. She earned her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Shen Wei, Robert Battle and Lar Lubovitch. Her credits include ASH Contemporary Dance Company, and American Dance Artists, dancing with Travis Wall and Rasta Thomas. Angelica performed a self-choreographed solo at Jerome Robbins Theater as an advocate for solo artistry in concert dance. She is widely recognized for her versatility as a performer and teacher and has assisted Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels.
Angelica's "My Rooms" explores the compartments of the human spirit. The bold voices that direct decision can easily be the same voices that distract from reality. Her choreography is the guide through the rooms we create to survive circumstance. The dancing follows the tour between head and heart, leading us into the rooms we hide in to save ourselves from the truth.
Billy Griffin is a dancer and choreographer who received his BFA from NYU. His performance credits include the 1st National Tours of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas, A Few Good Men Dancin’, The Electric Company on PBS, the film Clear Blue Tuesday, and the video game Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii. His choreography credits include assisting Andy Blankenbuehler on Only Gold and Joshua Bergasse on episodes of NBC’s SMASH, and creating pieces for The Miss America Organization for seven years. Billy is the Associate Choreographer to Marlo Hunter for My Life Is A Musical at Bay Street Theater and the Assistant Director for Date Of A Lifetime at NJ Rep.
Blaine Krauss grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida where he attended Pinellas County Center for the Arts. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 2014 with a BFA in Musical Theater, Blaine joined Walt Disney’s Lion King Broadway National Tour as an ensemble member and understudy for the role of Simba. Blaine is currently a cast member for the new show "Cher" opening in Chicago and coming to Broadway this fall. Most recently, Blaine was a member of the Broadway Kinky Boots cast, playing the lead "Lola" on a regular basis. Blaine was an ensemble member and the swing for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. He was heralded as Blanitole for his powerful performances as the lead "Anatole" on many of the show dates. He was cast as ‘Busker,’ as well as understudying Euan Morton, in the 2016 summer “New York Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels, and starring Euan Morton, Danny Gardner, Kacie Sheik, and the Radio City Rockettes. Blaine has also been a featured singer in many concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Elisabetta Spuria started her professional career as a dancer and choreographer, working as associate choreographer and assistant director for artists such as Mariah Carey and Michael Bolton. Elisabetta was assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in theater productions including “Footloose”, “Nights on Broadway III”, “Carmen”, “Candide” and “Aida.” She assisted directors and choreographers AC Ciulla, Michele Assaf, Josh Bergasse, and Terry Beeman; choreographed regional productions of “SPRING AWAKENING,” “HEDWIG and the Angry Inch,” “HAIR,” “CHICAGO,” “The Who’s TOMMY,” and “TESS A New Rock Opera.” Elisabetta was nominated for an NYIT award for her work in “disOriented” and has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC.
Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He is currently on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School teaching Musical Theater. He was recently a member of the Tony Award nominated Falsettos (Broadway) choreography team working with Director James Lapine. He worked with Josh Prince and Pulitzer Prize winner, Director James Lapine, on the choreography for "Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing." Jason's performance credits include “White Christmas” (Broadway), “On The Town" (Barrington Stage), “My One And Only” (Stages St. Louis), Tap Stars (international tour), Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and MTV’s Video Music Awards. Jason performed at the Kennedy Center for Presidents Obama and Bush. He was the Adult World Tap Dance Solo Champion at the International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Championships (’03), and ADA’s national Young Choreographer of the Year (’05). Jason’s choreography has been presented on Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater (Falsettos), the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Space NYC. He is a guest teacher at many conventions including NYCDA, ASH, Syncopate, and Tap the Map. Jason graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance.
Kelby Brown received his training at the School of American Ballet, the official School of the New York City Ballet. As a classically trained dancer, he performed with State Ballet of Missouri, Ballet Chicago, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific NW Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. He danced featured roles on some of the most notable stages including, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Opera and Cirque du Soleil’s, Mystère. After Cirque he was invited to join Celine Dion’s, A New Day Las Vegas Show, Directed by Franco Dragone and Choreographed by Mia Michaels.
He has worked with other musical artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Melody Gardot, Elton John, and Usher. He has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, dancing alongside Lady Gaga. He also assisted Emmy Nominated Choreographer, Stacey Tookey and Emmy Award Winning Choreographer, Mia Michaels on SYTYCD. He graced the big screen dancing in, The Dance Flick, Transformers 2, Showtime’s Television Series, Weeds, as well as the hit TV show, Gossip Girl.
Kelby, the Choreographer, joined forces with Director, Ryan Shiraki, on the big screen for the movie Spring Breakdown, where his moves were showcased by the star studded cast, including Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch. He reunited with Ryan Shiraki, to choreograph for the hit MTV show Awkward. His Choreographic stage credits include, Zombie Strippers the Musical, where his choreography was quoted as being, "the star of the night”. He choreographed the 20th Anniversary of The Kids Choice Awards, where he got to work exclusively with multi-platinum recording artist Justin Timberlake.
Kelby’s dedication to the art of dance naturally carries a presence in teaching. His expertise in the art of dance has made him a highly sought after instructor, coach, and choreographer. He has held faculty positions at some of the most prestigious institutions including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and State Ballet of Missouri. He regularly adjudicates and teaches for dance conventions, like CANDANCE and THE PULSE.
Kristilee began taking dance classes when she was only 2 years old. She started out in tap and jazz before expanding her training to focus on ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and musical theater. Kristilee spent the majority of her dance training pre-college years at a competition dance studio where she had the opportunity to travel and perform in several different dance competitions as an ensemble dancer, as well as a soloist. As a high school senior, she earned the title of National Miss Dance from American Dance Awards. Currently pursuing dance as a major at Montclair State University, Kristilee has been cast as a lead dancer in pieces pieces including: “Horizon” by Early Mosley, “To Have and To Hold” by Shapiro and Smith, and “Gift” by Stacey Tookey. Kristilee is also a member of DANJ's rehearsal and choreography faculty. Her choreography has already won awards at several leading competitions.
Stephanie began taking classical voice lessons, piano lessons, and ballet classes when she was four years old, and continued throughout her childhood on Guam. In the Opera of the Pacific's production of Puccini's La Boheme, Stephanie proudly joined her mother, who was playing Mimi, on stage as the child soloist. She became the youngest member of Cantata Choir Guam at age 11, and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City.
After moving to Boulder, Colorado, Stephanie continued to pursue her passion. She was choir president, a soloist in Colorado's All State Choir and All State Jazz Choir, and won Outstanding Choral Person of the Year. Over the summer, she attended the Oberlin Conservatory and Interlochen summer program for Vocal Studies, and competed in NATS Competition, winning 1st place in Classical and 2nd place in Musical Theatre. When she wasn't singing, Stephanie danced with Expressions Dance Company, and worked as the rehearsal/audition pianist for a production of Les Miserables.
Stephanie spent her freshman year at Northwestern University with a major in Opera/Vocal Performance. After deciding to delve more deeply into theatre, she transferred to University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she got her BFA in musical theatre. During her time at CCM, Stephanie consistently worked in shows educationally and professionally. Her favorite experiences were playing Tuptim in The King and I at St. Louis's The Muny, and playing Cosette in Les Miserables at CCM.
After graduation, Stephanie joined the original company of the First National Tour of Cinderella. She then moved to New York City to make her Broadway debut in The King and I at the Lincoln Center. After 14 months, she left the show to join the original company of War Paint, featuring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, which made its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before transferring to Broadway in January 2017. Stephanie currently resides in New York City, where she participates in workshops, cabarets, readings, concerts, and theatre productions. She is the co-founder of Broadway Future Artists.
New York born, Miami raised, Syndee Winters has the privilege of touring the world doing what she loves. Her career began shortly after high school, as a dancer NBA team, The New York Knicks City Dancers. She also danced behind American Idol Jordan Sparks.
Syndee would be nowhere without her love of music. Reflections of The Fugees, The Marleys, Michael Jackson, andSarah Vaughn appear in her original work. She has worked with artists Snoop Dogg Big Daddy Kane, writing and performing on 4 tracks on the 2009 album The Bridge by Legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash. Her single, “Focus” is now available, on iTunes.
In 2010, Syndee’s dream of being on Broadway came true, when she starred as her dream role, 'Nala', in Disney's The Lion King. She has traveled North America performing the role, and has received several drama award nominations. She’s also portrayed iconic artist, 'Ms. Diana Ross' in Motown the Musical, along with performing in the revival production of Pippin on Broadway as 'The Leading Player', a role originally made famous by Ben Vereen. Today, Syndee is still on Broadway, in the biggest musical in American History, Hamilton: An American Musical. She has had the honor of performing before global influencers, Sir Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey.
In 2017, Syndee made her TV debut as "Ms. Smiley" in Law & Order: SVU opposite Mariska Hargitay. She can most recently be seen in the NBC network broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Legend , Sara Barellies, Alice Cooper & Brandon Victor Dixon.
Constantly inspired by the art of storytelling, Syndee’s latest writing project celebrates the life of American Icon, Lena Horne, in a one- woman play with music entitled, LENA: A Moment with a Lady. Through words and music, “Lena”, portrayed by Syndee Winters,
attempts to relate the most pivotal personal and professional moments in her life.On a mission to share the truth, she
unexpectedly opens the emotional crevices that have eluded her for years.
In her spare time, Syndee is passionate about working with young people. She makes time to teach master-classes, workshops and private lessons to young artists. "It's crucial to affect possibility into a young person's life. I've had many people influence my journey, and it has made me the person that I am today.”
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“Jazz and Musical Theater are essential skill sets for any dancer interested in a professional performance career in theater or in the commercial segment. It’s refreshing to see a studio that understands this and dedicates one of its Summer intensives to this timeless style of dance!” —Scott Fowler (2017 Jazz Bootcamp Faculty)
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