Jazz Bootcamp

August 10 - 13, 2017

  • City Poison Jazz Group
  • Get Right Jazz Group
  • Sing Sing Sing Jazz Group
 
Four Days: Thursday thru Sunday
 
Four Levels (Level 1 aka Jazzerinas)
 
Faculty from On and Off Broadway, featuring Scott Fowler

Class Schedule


Faculty

Scott Fowler
Scott Fowler

A New England native Scott has performed on BROADWAY in six shows as well as three national tours......JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY,SWING (associate choreographer),42ND STREET, The TAP DANCE KID,SOPHISTICATED LADIES,THE RED SHOES,AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND,BRIGADOON (Harry Beaton) and Twyla Tharp's MOVIN OUT. Feature films include TED2 ,LUCKY STIFF (associate choreographer), ROCK OF AGES, GANGSTER SQUAD, BOOGIE NIGHTS, NOMEO & JULIET, BEDTIME STORIES, THE PRODUCERS, GUESS WHO, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE ,INSPECTOR GADGET, MIGHTY APHRODITE, ANASTASIA , FROZEN (bonus musical theater number on DVD) and his personal favorite.....the BEST PICTURE OSCAR winner CHICAGO!!! Television appearances include THE GOLDBERGS, BUNHEADS, THE NEIGHBORS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, STAR SEARCH (1992 grand dance champions "Boys Back East"), DANCING WITH THE STARS, GLEE, WILL & GRACE, SWINGTOWN, ELLEN, SUDDENLY SUSAN,CINDERELLA,ANNIE, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, ELI STONE, TRACY ULLMAN-live and exposed, TONY BENNETT....AN AMERICAN CLASSIC t.v. Special as well as the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Billboard awards, MTV music awards, VHI fashion awards and the Tony's. Scott, who also danced early in his career with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET as well as the BOSTON BALLET has been in over 30 national commercials from NISSAN to OLD NAVY,GAP,DIET COKE,ORAL B and DR. PEPPER to name a few. He has performed in live concert shows with the iconic CHER at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and was also lucky enough to dance on the stage at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL in their CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Instagram: SCOTTFOWLER1967

Sarah Grooms
Sarah Grooms

Sarah Grooms is a Radio City Rockette having just finished her 8th season on the Great Stage. She is also an original cast member of Radio City’s inaugural New York Spring Spectacular. Sarah has performed in the Video Music Awards with Beyoncé, Rockefeller Center’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Project Runway, AmFar’s Life Ball with DVF, the 10th Anniversary of Oprah’s “O” Magazine, and NBA All-Star games with Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, and Nas. Teaching and fitness have become passions of Sarah’s over the years of performing professionally. Through teaching master dance classes on the east coast and Rockette Intensives, Sarah has loved working with people on their journey to a happy, healthy life.
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Larry Sousa
Larry Sousa

Larry Sousa is the choreographer of the new Broadway-bound musical Merry Go Round written by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) and featuring Florence Henderson and John Schuck.

Larry has directed and choreographed musicals from coast to coast. His work has appeared on the stages of Pasadena Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Musical Theatre West, Utah Musical Theatre, The Joyce Theatre in New York City, and many more.

Larry directed and choreographed BYE BYE BIRDIE starring Anita Gillette (Reagle Music Theatre), which received a record 9 IRNE Award nominations including Best Director and Best Musical, and he won the IRNE Award for Best Choreography. He also directed Reagle's THE SOUND OF MUSIC starring Patrick Cassidy, and MY FAIR LADY starring Broadway's Rick Hilsabeck and Sarah Pfisterer.

Larry directed and choreographed the premiere of YOU MUTHA! in Los Angeles (Coronet Theatre) and in New York (Dixon Place). He directed and co-choreographed ACCEPT ME at the Joyce Theatre, and the regional theatre premiere of SWING! at Musical Theatre West. Larry choreographed the Matrix Theatre's revival of ANYONE CAN WHISTLE in Los Angeles, receiving both the L.A. Drama Critic's Circle Award and the Backstage Garland Award for Best Choreography.

Larry choreographed YES YES NANETTE, a star-studded tribute to Nanette Fabray at the Pasadena Playhouse featuring David Hyde Pierce, Bea Arthur, Bonnie Franklin, and many others. For the Los Angeles STAGE Benefit, Larry choreographed a featured dance solo for Donna McKechnie.

At Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Company, Larry directed and co-conceived the original revue PLACES PLEASE! featuring Broadway playwright Nicky Silver. He choreographed IN THE HEIGHTS (IRNE Award, Best Choreography), BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (Elliot Norton Award nom, Best Musical), CARRIE, and the premiere of a newly-revised version of BIG FISH, developed at SpeakEasy with the Broadway production's original writers Andrew Lippa and John August. Next up at SpeakEasy, Larry choreographs the Boston premiere of DOGFIGHT. He also directed and choreographed HONK for Boston Children’s Theatre.

Larry choreographed the film THE RISING PLACE starring Oscar nominee Tess Harper, and the television commercial LUCKY LINKS for the Connecticut Lottery.

Larry is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award, the Backstage-Garland Award, two IRNE Awards, and numerous others. He is an L.A. Weekly Award and NAACP Theatre Award nominee, and a two-time winner of the American Dance Awards “Choreographer of the Year” prize.

As a performer, Larry was featured in the Broadway companies of She Loves Me, The Goodbye Girl, Busker Alley, Wonderful Town (NYC Opera), and My Favorite Year (Lincoln Center workshop). On the small screen, Larry was a featured actor in 3RD Rock From The Sun (NBC), Grace Under Fire (ABC), Tracey Takes On (HBO), Mrs. Santa Claus (CBS), and numerous commercials.

Larry is on the musical theatre faculty at The Boston Conservatory, he is a senior lecturer at Bridgewater State University, and a director/choreographer (and alumnus) of Project MOVES @ The GOLD School.

Also an accomplished theatrical designer, Larry has designed scenery, lighting, and multimedia projections for over 50 professional productions.

Larry holds a BFA in theatre from Ithaca College, and pursued a unique interdisciplinary MFA combining musical theatre and theatrical design at the University of California at Irvine.
www.larrysousa.com

Elisabetta Spuria
Elisabetta Spuria

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.

Nick Palmquist
Nick Palmquist

Most recently, Nick Palmquist was seen dancing on the Radio City stage in the New York Spectacular, Starring the Radio City Rockettes, choreographed by Mia Michaels. Upon graduating from Oklahoma City University with a bachelors of performing arts, Magna Cum Laude, Nicholas moved to New York City where he's been working ever since, dancing on some of the most iconic stages New York has to offer! Nicholas has danced with Kevin Bacon on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon and with Anna Kendrick on Saturday Night Live. He was an original member of the newly reborn, American Dance Machine for the 21st Century. Reconstructing original broadway choreography by choreographers/stagers such as; Andy Blankenbuehler, Rob Ashford, Wayne Cilento, Mia Michaels, Donna McKechnie, and more, the company received rave reviews for their holiday engagement at the Joyce Theater. Nicholas was also an original member of Broadway Dance Lab, a company of dancers who provided several distinguished choreographers such as, Andy Blankenbuehler, Marcelo Gomes, Josh Prince, Camille A. Brown and more the opportunity to experiment new choreography and/or concepts on a versatile company of artists. Broadway Dance Lab was a part of the prestigious Works and Process series, hosted by The Guggenheim and also had their unique rehearsal process filmed for PBS. Coming this January, Nicholas can be seen on the Netflix original series, The Get Down, choreographed by Rich & Tone and directed by Baz Lurhmann. Nicholas has performed in gala's, at music festivals, for award shows, and even as The Prince at Lincoln Center in The Little Orchestra Society's version of Cinderella! He is a versatile performer who has packed a variety of stye and venue to his resume in a few short years. Nicholas has been a part of several companies who explored choreography from every possible angle, whether it be reconstructing it and making it viable and fresh for a contemporary audience or creating something from absolutely nothing, acting as a muse and a vessel for the choreographer. Nicholas has had a unique and special relationship with the idea of choreography and how to present information to a dancer. As a burgeoning teacher and choreographer, Nicholas likes to pull from the extensive training and exposure to all styles of dance he has received and build a narrative that speaks to a large audience. He has taught master classes across the country and has a huge passion for finding better and better ways of communicating an idea through the art of dance! www.dancersofny.com

Elizabeth Heidari
Elizabeth Heidari

Elizabeth grew up dancing in Raleigh, North Carolina and her passion for movement led her to a professional dance career in New York. It was in NY, while completing a 10-month dance intensive, that she discovered Pilates through Linda Farrell. She immediately fell in love with the exercises and the design behind them because they promoted body awareness and intention, while building strength and flexibility. Over her 15-year career as a dancer and choreographer, Elizabeth worked with Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., SNL, X-box, MTV, Google, Roberto Cavalli, Dos Equis, Perrier, Ben Stiller, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, The Knocks and others before leaving the dance world to focus only on fitness. She is certified in Pilates mat, Mad Dogg spin, Pre- and Postnatal exercise and is a NASM personal trainer. Since 2010, Elizabeth has been training men and women in North Carolina, New York and Indianapolis. She is known for being an energetic, encouraging and challenging instructor. When she is not jamming out and making playlists or programming classes; Elizabeth is busy being sassy wife-y and silly mommy with her husband, Dan, and their beautiful son, Luca. After briefly moving to Indianapolis for her husband’s work and missing her Flex family so much- she’s back and so excited to rejoin one of her favorite studios in the country!

Nick Kenkel
Nick Kenkel

Raised on a horse farm, Nick is originally from South Bend, Indiana.  He first started performing as a Michael Jackson impersonator in 4-H talent shows.  The more practical path took him to college and he graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Accounting.  Nick began to seriously study dance on the side while working as a C.P.A. in Chicago.  After moving to New York, the allure of show business (and a mammoth corporate accounting scandal) pushed him into pursuing dance fulltime. Nick attributes his love for choreography and performing to the pop music pioneers of the 80’s who revolutionized the music video as an art form.  The NY stage has subsequently provided his biggest source of inspiration for story telling through the vehicle of dance. Nick has performed on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, and Evita starring Ricky Martin.   He has danced for recording artists such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Anastasia, and Debbie Gibson.  Nick was the Associate Director and Co-Choreographer for PEEPSHOW in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort starring Mel B.,Holly Madison and CoCo Austin.  Nick was the Assistant Choreographer on Legally Blonde and Associate Choreographer on Catch Me If You Can.  Nick has choreographed for television commercials/promos, recording artists, and musical/stage shows but is most proud to serve as a choreographer and now director for Broadway Bares, an annual burlesque/dance concert that raises over a million dollars each year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Jordan Norton
Jordan Norton

Jordan Norton began her dancing career at the age of three in Little Falls, New Jersey where she studied under the direction of Kelly Allen and teachers including Jamie Salmon, Ray Leeper, and Al Blackstone. She also trained in New York City at Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. While dancing competitively and winning two national titles in 2004 and 2005, Jordan also had the pleasure of being a part of Jamie Salmon Hoctor’s instructional video “Sleeping Beauty” as well as “Broadway’s Leading Men” national tour, where she performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Jordan graduated with honors from State University of New York at Purchase College with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts Degree in Dance while working closely with her mentor and choreographer Nelly van Bommel. Jordan is currently a dancer for Asha Dance Company and performing with Heather Harper and the Harper Continuum Dance Theatre.

Jason Luks
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Jason Luks is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He was recently a member of the Falsettos Broadway choreography team, including preparing the cast for their Tony Awards performance. 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 earned the title of 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. Jason 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.

Jessica Longo
Jessica Longo

Jessica Longo’s training included ballet, pointe, acro, modern, lyrical and tap. She studied with George Lon, Chris Lee, Mary Felber, Dawn LaViola-Schaub, Frank Hatchett, Michele Assaf, AC Ciulla and Joe Lanteri. Jessica also trained as a gymnast, reaching the Class III competitive level, and was named to the All County and All Conference gymnastic teams. Prior to joining DANJ, she was on the artistic staff at Performing Arts Academy for over ten years. Her credits also include commercial and modeling roles. Jessica attended the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City and Montclair State University where she majored in Dance.

Blaine Alden Krauss
Mark Kate Felber

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 the swing for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. 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.

Jen Rufo
Chris King

Chris King grew up training in dance at his mother’s studio. He started working professionally at 16 and has traveled and toured all around the world. Some of his shows include: Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Movin Out, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Chris’ TV and Film credits include NBC’s Smash and SNL sketches, Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Winter's Tale (2013). He just recently finished performing in Wicked on Broadway as Chistery.


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** Tuition must be paid in advance (i.e., when you register).
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Matthew Powell Testimonial

“I am looking forward to returning to DANJ for Jazz Bootcamp. 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