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  • Program Highlights

    • Soloists and Duo/Trios welcome
    • Dancers perform in costume & makeup
    • Panelists provide real-time feedback
    • Performances videoed & live streamed
    • Live stream muted during the feedback
    • Faculty on site to help dancer prepare

  • The Panel Video Clips
  • January 21 Panelists
    Amanda Castro

    Amanda Castro, born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Haven, CT, is a multidisciplinary artist rooted in rhythm. She was most recently seen in Chasing Magic by Ayodele Casel and The Mayor of Harlem by Jason Samuel Smith, Derrick Grant, and Dormeshia. An active founding member of the all-female percussive trio Soles of Duende and a former principal dancer with Urban Bush Women, Amanda has starred in musical-theater productions such as Singing In the Rain (as Kathy Seldon), Jared Grimes’ 42nd Street, and West Side Story (“atomic” performances [New York Times] as Anita) at the Glimmerglass Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. Amanda is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, where she studied under Glen Eddy of Nederlands Dans Theatre and Andre Tyson from Ailey company. She continues to pursue the journey of deepening her practice as a rhythmic storyteller and remains a vessel for the stories that push humanity forward.

    Jessica Dillan

    Jessica Dillan began her Ballet training at the age of 4 with the Albano Ballet company under the prestigious tutelage of Joseph Albano. She became a Soloist with the Albano Ballet company and later a Principle. She has appeared on Broadway in CATS, Thoroughly Modern Millie, SWING!, and Thou Shalt Not. She has in toured in productions of CATS (Victoria), SWING!, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dance Captain), Cabaret and On The Town. Her regional theatre credits include A Chorus Line, Beauty and The Beast, Gypsy, For the Glory, The Civil War, West Side Story, Damn Yankees, White Christmas, Oklahoma, Tarzan, and Shrek. As a choreographer and teacher, Jessica has served on the Faculty of the Broadway Dreams Foundation, and OnStage NY. She has taught Master classes around the country, and assisted James Kinney creating five original ballets for New Jersey Ballet.

    Tyler Hanes

    Tyler Hanes is best known for his work on the Broadway stage. He has appeared in 10 Broadway shows including A Chorus Line, On The Town, Hairspray, Sweet Charity, The Boy From Oz, and as Rum Tum Tugger in the recent revival of Cats. Off-Broadway, he starred in Stephen Sondheim’s A Bed and A Chair: A New York Love Affair, Only Gold, Juno, American Dance Machine for the 21st Century and toured nationally with the first national tour of Fosse. Some regional credits include The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Barrington Stage, Signature Theatre, Paper Mill, and MSMT. Onscreen, he has appeared on Pose, The Good Fight, Elementary, the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Ms. Guidance, and as Jerry Orbach in the Emmy Award winning Fosse/Verdon on FX. As a choreographer, some credits include Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls on Broadway, Dancing with the Stars, Kristin Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned World Tour, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home for PBS, Damn Yankees at the Marriott Theatre (Jeff nomination for Best Choreography), Prohibition with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Way You Look Tonight with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Latin American premiere of El Chico De Oz in Lima, Peru.

  • February 18 Panelists
    Allie Meixner

    Allie Meixner is a professional dancer and Hollywood & Broadway Actress. A Pittsburgh native, Allie became interested in show business at a very young age. She grew up taking master classes from teachers all across the country. At the age of 17, Allie moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of performing. Three months later she was cast as the lead in the Tony Award winning musical, Contact, as the “girl in the yellow dress.” Allie has since accumulated an impressive list of credits in her young career which include touring with Toni Braxton, performing live on numerous episodes of Saturday Night Live, featured as the head cheerleader in the movie, Across the Universe, and has danced with Beyonce on VH1 Fashion Rocks, MTV Video Music Awards, a L’oreal Commercial, and was seen in Macy’s stores all across the country in the Dereon print campaign, Beyonce’s clothing company. She also had the chance to create the role of “Lady Cross” in Tony award winning director, Jerry Mitchell’s, production of Peep Show, featuring Mel B, Kelly Monaco, and Holly Madison. Allie also can be seen in Katy Perry’s California Gurls music video and was featured in the new 98 Degrees comeback video, Microphone. She was featured in a Sony and a national GM commercial and has appeared as a sketch performer on the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno. She played "young groupie" in the Las Vegas Production of ROCK of AGES and was featured in the Step Up 5 movie. Most recently, she was featured in SAVOR After Hours at JaM Cellars Ballroom in Napa Valley, an original theatrical cabaret-style & dance infused wine tasting show starring Maks & Val Chmerkovskiy!

    Mary Giattino

    Mary Giattino is thrilled to be back working with Jason and the incredible DANJ dancers! Recently, she created the staging for a music video, starring Erica Henningsen, for the new musical called, The Violet Hour. For six seasons, Mary served as the Associate Director and Choreographer of the Broadway National Tour of Irving Berlins White Christmas. Prior to those years she served as the Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain and Swing, for the Broadway, LA, Detroit and Toronto companies. She worked as the Assistant Choreographer on the NBC TV Series, RISE, Apple TV’s network show, Dickinson and FX on Hulus, Fleishman Is In Trouble. Mary's Associate Choreographer credits include: 1st National Tour of the Tony Award Winning Musicals Fun Home and Billy Elliot the musical; Dear Evan Hanson (NY Workshop), Kimberly Akimbo (NY Workshop), NY City Center Encores! productions of Lady Be Good, No No Nanette, Of Thee I Sing and All Singing, All Dancing (92nd St. Y). She was the Tap coach for Billy Elliot on Broadway and served as the Resident Choreographer and Swing for the 1st National Tour as well. Her choreography credits include: IBWC, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd St at the Gateway Playhouse and 42nd St at The Lexington Opera House. A few of her favorite performance credits include: the Broadway Revival Tour of 42nd Street, kicking up her heels as a Radio City Rockette, and shaking hands with President Obama at the Kennedy Center’s production of Some Enchanted Evening (a tribute to the late Senator Ted Kennedy). As a Tap teacher Mary has been on the faculty at Steps On Broadway in NYC, a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and continues to teach Master Classes at Universities and Dance Studios across the US. Mary is the proud Owner of Stage Door School of Dance in NY.

    Michael Graceffa

    Michael Graceffa is an accomplished Broadway/TV actor, dancer, singer, and model. His Broadway credits include the Original Cast of ‘The Cher Show,’ where he understudied the role of Rob Camiletti, and ‘Aladdin.’ Tours: ‘Aladdin’ (original touring cast), ‘Matilda’ (Rudolpho), and ‘Catch Me If You Can!’ His TV credit include: ‘The Tony Awards,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ and ‘Last Week with John Oliver.’ Michael has performed in dozens of regional theaters including Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Fulton Theatre, and MT Wichita. In 2016 he won a NYMF award for his performance in ‘The Last Word.’ He is also a proud 2014 Vassar graduate with a BA in drama. A little background… Michael was born and raised in Waltham, a tiny city outside Boston. He performing at a very young age while taking dance classes at his aunt’s dance studio Creative Movement and performing in the local and regional theatre (the Reagle Music Theatre). It was there that he discovered his passion for dance and theatre. After high school, he was recruited to Vassar College to play lacrosse but quit after one semester to focus his attention on his first love: dance. After his junior year of college, Michael went to his first open call in New York City and booked the first national tour of Catch Me If You Can. After ten months and forty cities, Michael returned to Vassar the following autumn to finish his senior year and receive a BA in Drama in 2014.

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    Live Stream Link

    • Live stream muted during feedback

    Performance Schedule

    • What to Bring: Bottled water and makeup/hairspray for touch ups.
    • Before Arriving: Have your hair and makeup done prior to arriving.
    • When to Arrive: An hour before your performance time.
    • Where to Enter: Door to the right of the main entrance.
    • Dressing Room: The black room.
    • Warm Up Rooms: Black room (no tapping in the blue room).
    • What to Bring Into the Performance Space: Bottle of water.

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