Ashley Tuttle Ballet and Pointe & Variations
Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre at the age of 16. As a prima ballerina with ABT, Ms. Tuttle's career spanned 17 years. Ms. Tuttle is known for her pure classicism and vivid characterizations. Her performances prove memorable and enriching. Ms. Tuttle's repertoire at A.B.T. included such roles as Juliet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the title roles in Giselle, Nikiya in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadere, Odette/Odile in Kevin McKenzie's Swan Lake. Her repertoire ranged from works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Agnes De Mille, Antony Tudor and William Forsythe to name a few. Ms. Tuttle has danced numerous Twyla Tharp works including In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove.
While maintaining her career with A.B.T., Ms. Tuttle joined the acclaimed Twlya Tharp Dance Company in 2000. During her time with T.T.D., Ms. Tharp created the hit Broadway show "Movin' Out" and the role of Judy on her. Her interpretation of this role earned her both TONY Award and Fred Astaire Dance Award nominations.
Ms. Tuttle most recently has been seen on Broadway in Tharp's "Come Fly Away" at the Metropolitan Opera House in Carmen, guest performances with Dance Theater of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum's Works in Process with Pam Tanowitz Dance and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Ms. Tuttle continues to dance as a guest artist throughout the world.
Ms. Tuttle has been a volunteer teacher of ballet at Groove With Me, a Harlem-based dance school focused on children at risk. She joined the Board of Directors of Groove With Me in 2007.
Ms. Tuttle also teaches ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Barnard University. Through educating students and staging ballets, she has truly found hear voice as a teacher and enjoys sharing her knowledge of dance with all ages.
Ms. Tuttle was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Wofford College in the spring of 2011.
Michael Rosales Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Repertoire, Audition Skills
Michael was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to San Francisco at the age
of 9 where he trained and danced with several local groups within the San
Francisco Bay Area. His training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Latin Jazz and
Color guard makes him one of the most sought after dancers/ choreographers in
He has danced for recording artists such as Deborah Cox, Brooke Hogan, Wisin y Yandel, Don Omar, Olga Tanon, Ivy Queen, and Macy Gray. Michael has also been on a National and International Tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning show BLAST! as a lead and feature performer and was in a new show called CYBERJAM which played in the West End of London, where he was also the Assistant Choreographer. Michael has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared in the Blockbuster movie RENT, the Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy's and the Latin Teen Choice Awards.
He has taught classes at the San Francisco Dance Center, University of Houston, North Carolina State University, Pepperdine University, University of Miami and several different studios throughout the country. Michael has produced and choreographed shows for Busch Gardens Theme Park in Florida, Sea World in Texas and the FED EX Orange Bowl Halftime show. He is a staff member of the US Performing Arts Camp, which tours throughout the country during the summers. He is also the Gold Medal recipient of the 1998 as well as the 2000 Winterguard International World Championships.
Michael currently works with the Hurricanettes Dance line at the Univ. of Miami, the Miami Youth Inc, West Broward High School and is the CEO of Tae Talent Agency in Miami.
Tai Jimenez Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire
Tai Jimenez, a native of Jamaica, New York, began her dance training with Joan Millen Mesh and went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and with Madame Gabriella Darvash. She was a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School Ensemble before joining DTH, where she spent 12 years. Her repertory includes many works by George Balanchine, as well as ballets by Glen Tetley, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Bronislava Nijinska, Alvin Ailey, Robert Garland and John Alleyne, among many others. She has appeared as a guest artist with companies across the United States, and made her Broadway debut as Ivy Smith (Miss Turnstiles) in the 1998 revival of On the Town, directed by George C. Wolfe. The versatile Jimenez is also a teacher and choreographer. She has taught dance at the DTH School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and other institutions. Her choreography has been performed at the International Blacks in Dance Conference, New York City Center, and Dance Theatre of Harlem's Open House series, among other venues. In April, her work will be seen at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City as part of the E-Moves series for emerging choreographers. Jimenez has been featured on the cover of Pointe magazine, and her writing has appeared in both Pointe and Dance Magazine.
Michael Velez Afro-Jazz, Modern, Repertoire
Michael Velez, studying experimental theater and performance art, joined the
San Diego dance scene as an apprentice for Gina Angelique's Eveoke Dance
and Sledgehammer Theater. He attended the Coronado School for the Arts while
juggling performances with the San Diego Junior Theater. Michael has worked
most notably and closely with two dance companies in Philadelphia- four
seasons with the Koresh Dance Company and since 2003 with Charles O.
Anderson's "dance theatre X" on a project-by-project basis. Both of which, he's had the opportunity of placing choreography onto. After attending the University of the Arts, he continued to learn, inspire and dance for such widely recognized choreographers as Robert Battle, Zane Booker, Brian Sanders, Donald Byrd, and Itzik Galili (of the Netherlands Dance theater and Galili Dance).
Michael's choreography and Modern Funk dance style has recently gained ample recognition in the 2008 National Ice dance Competition televised by CNN, where Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre placed 3rd for their division, qualifying them for the 2008 Olympics.
Jocelyne Danchick Improvisation
Jocelyne received her MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. She has worked with a number of artists, such as Charles Moulton, Sara Shelton Mann, Ibrahim Quraishi, Arthur Aviles and DJ Spooky. In 1999, she moved to France and worked as a choreographer, teacher and video artist in Paris. In 2004, she created a dance-theater company,Compagnie Jocelyne Danchick. The company performed extensively and received positive reviews describing her pieces as bold and visually provocative. Interested in collaborative performance, Jocelyne has participated in works that has been shown at the Muffathale Theater in Munich, the National Theater of Manheim, the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Festival of Avignon. In Paris, Jocelyne worked with the well known French folk-rock group Herman Dune, creating a series of improvisational performances during her artist residency at the Lieu Mains d'Oeuvres. Her videodance Murwas selected for a multimedia project (10 Words), appearing on the French Ministry of Culture's website during the Festival of French Language. Her videodance Breath Cycle was featured at both the International Videodance Festival in Tel Aviv and the International Videodance festival in Montevideo. In 2010, she choreographed a large group work entitled Le Jardin des Souffles (Garden of Breath),commissioned by the festival Ame de Fond ( a Festival for Dance and Disabilities) The piece was performed at the National Theater of Dieppe in France in 2011. Jocelyne returned to the U.S. in 2011 and is currently living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She participated in the Summer Intensive 2011 She teaches improvisation and composition.
John Kloss Tap
John Kloss started to tap inspired by early performances of tap on film, and
gained his first training in Chicago with many of tap's masters. John has
appeared in the short film Tap Heat, as an ensemble member and soloist with
Jazz Tap Ensemble and Especially Tap Chicago, as a founding member of the
tap duo The Swift Brothers, and in festival productions such as the St. Louis Tap
Festival, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and the Maui Tap Experience.
John has also been a featured performer at San Francisco's Bay Area Dance
Inspired also by the many incredibly gifted performing artists and variety of styles in tap, John's interests have led to a performing resume that includes a notable list of tap artists and work in a wide range of settings. He has performed in concert ensemble choreography of Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slyde, in film choreography by Danny Daniels and Jason Samuels-Smith, with Samuels Smith in early incarnations of the group ACGI ("Anybody Can Get It"), and in numerous events alongside many of today's top tap artists. John has also appeared in festival and other events honoring such luminaries as the Nicholas Brothers, Four Step Brothers Maceo Anderson and Prince Spencer, Peg Leg Bates, Arthur Duncan, and Michael Jackson, and at national conferences of corporations such as Wal-Mart and AT&T.
In 2003, John established the California nonprofit STEPOLOGY, San Francisco's Bay Area Tap Festival, and the festival's concert performance component, the Bay Area Rhythm Exchange. In his roles as founder, director, and performing artist, John's efforts have led to programming which has twice been listed in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Top Ten Dance Performances of the Year", earned an "Access to Artistic Excellence" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and been described by the San Francisco Bay Times as invoking "…an appreciation of tap's history while inspiring an excitement for tap's present and future.
Elana Anderson Horton
Elana D. Anderson is a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She is an
adjunct member of the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Ensemble, the Corps de
Ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and an instructor for the Studio One Dance
Conservatory and the Pathways to Development Program.
Ms. Anderson became a member of the artistic team of Deeply Rooted Productions in 1998, and currently serves as the modern dance instructor for its Professional Training Program. She has worked extensively in television, film, opera and the concert dance stage for over twenty-five years. A devoted mother, crafts person, and consummate artist, she has gained the insight, stamina, and determination to succeed at what has come to be her life's work: the enlightenment of other lives through art
Karah Abiog Modern Repertiore
Originally from Saratoga, California Karah received her bachelor's degree in dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her earlier years training began at Ballet Capriole under Elizabeth Neumann and Karen Millar. She has danced and toured extensively with companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Productions, Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, nathan trice/RITUALS, Wylliams Henry Danse Theatre, among others, fortunate to experience such an array of amazing choreographers and artists. She was a visiting professor of modern dance in the Dance Division of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. Since 1995, Karah has continued to perform and teach for the International Seminar of Brasilia. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. Karah currently serves as Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Director.
Arturo Fernandez Ballet Modern Repertoire
A native of Oakland, CA, Arturo began dance training at the School of Performing Arts of USIU in San Diego. After only two years of intensive study he joined San Diego Ballet in 1976. Other companies he's performed with are California Ballet, Arizona Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. After moving back to California, he joined Oakland Ballet and ODC/San Francisco and served as the assistant to the choreographers from 1988 until Spring of 1991. Arturo has choreographed for the James Sewell Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and has also demonstrated his work in self-produced concerts throughout the region. Since 1992, he has been the Ballet Master for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, assisting Alonzo King in the creation of new work. Since 1998, he has coordinated and taught in Alonzo King's Professional Workshop. In 2001, he directed the first summer Pre-Professional Program at LINES. For almost two decades he has been an integral part of the Alonzo King Dance Center teaching for the Dance Center, the LINES Training Program and the LINES BFA program. He has set Alonzo King's ballets on companies and universities throughout the US including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Michigan University. Most notably he set Alonzo King'sHANDEL on the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.
Kelsey PaschichKelsey is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Kelsey has danced and performed with The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and with Moving People Dance Company at the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain). During this time Kelsey had the honor of performing in the ballets Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Spartacus, Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldate", and Swan Lake. She was fortunate enough to perform in Russia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, New York, Chicago, and many other parts of the United States. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Margo Sappington, Kevin O'Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlmann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, and many more. Kelsey has a passion for performing, teaching, and choreographing. She has been teaching dance to all ages for many years. Kelsey is currently a dancer, teacher, and the Director of the Pre-Professional Program at Keshet Dance Company.
Stephanie Marie Powell Ballet, Modern, Repertoire
Ms. Stephanie Marie Powell is a California native and a recently tenured "full" Professor in Dance at Long Beach City College after just four years. Throughout her academic teaching career she has taught courses in Dance Appreciation, Composition, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern Dance, Jazz, Turns, Zumba, Dance Conditioning, Stretch and Relaxation, Dance History, Hip Hop Dance History, Performance Workshop, Yoga and Pilates. Professor Powell is a certified instructor of the New York City Ballet Workout, Zumba, and Body Arts and Science International Pilates with a Dance Specialization. Ms. Powell is a part-time instructor at the University of California, Irvine where she teaches Ballet, Modern Dance and the Etude Ensemble, and is the principal interpreteur of the choreographic works for the legendary choreographer Donald McKayle.
Ms. Powell's dance training began with Cindy Trueblood at the Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California and her studies continued on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington and the School of American Ballet at Julliard in New York City. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Sociology and Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with distinction from the University of California at Irvine as a Chancellor's Fellow where she was honored with the Celebration of Teaching Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. She danced professionally and toured internationally with major dance companies such as the Oakland Ballet Company, the San Francisco Opera, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Donald Byrd/The Group, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ms. Powell was a performer in the Los Angeles Pantages Theater production of the Broadway show "Lion King" where she danced featured principal roles as well as performed as a principal singer and actress. Additionally, Powell has modeled internationally for Redken and Trevor Sorbie of the UK. She has appeared on television in the Grammy's, on the Jay Leno Show and has danced commercially for artists such as MC Hammer, Kenny G., Janet Jackson, and Beyonce Knowles.
For the LBCC Dance Program, Powell has fundraised over $25,000 by organizing student involvement in car washes, obtaining hundreds of opportunity drawing prize donations, corporate monetary gifts, costume donations, organizing TV tapings, t-shirt, roses and concession sales. These funds have afforded students and faculty the opportunity to travel out of state to the American College Dance Festivals and purchased Pilates Reformer equipment for our students. She was instrumental in attaining the ASB grant to install a state of the art sprung dance floor in the Q-building Dance Studios. As a scholarly researcher, she is responsible for creating two new online courses for Dance (Dance History and Hip Hop Dance History) to give more students accessible opportunities to attain an A.A. degree from LBCC through the Distance Learning Program.
Powell is the only full-time African-American faculty member in the Theatre, Dance and Film department, and was selected by Human Resources to inspire diversity among new faculty at LBCC in the advertisement brochure. She continues to donate her time as the Artistic Director of the bi-annual "Dance Showcase" in addition to her course load. She incorporates the work of other colleagues in disciplines such as Science, Photography, Graphic Design, Music, Radio, Television, Fashion, Film and Theater to name a few. She is responsible for establishing the first cable television premiere of the "Dance Ensemble in Concert," photographic marketing of Dance Students for publicity and has consistently been recognized by the Viking Newspaper for encouraging student success through Dance. She has directed two "High School Dance Invitational" events where she has recruited the students of twelve (12) local high school Dance programs to perform on the LBCC stage. Powell serves as the Dance Club Advisor and works closely with the campus Outreach and Recruitment Coordinators to support President Eloy's wish for all 4th graders to experience a campus tour. She is also on several College Service committees such as the Fine Arts Association, the Distance Learning Plan Implementation Oversight Task Force and she is a Student Learning Outcome Committee Officer for her department.
As a testament to her reputation and contributions, Powell was a recipient of the Long Beach Post Award for Best Teacher in the city of Long Beach and in March of 2010 she was a nominee for the 2010 "Woman of the Year" Award by the 54th Assembly District's Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. Professor Powell continues to dance as a performing artist today and has taught and choreographed her own work in contemporary dance and ballet throughout the US, Australia, Europe and Asia. She serves as a volunteer for the NAACP and is on the committee that will organize the International Association of Blacks in Dance Festival in 2011. Powell attends conferences regularly for continued education in her artform to bring up to date information, dance techniques and digital technology to her students in the LBCC classroom. Most recently, she was thrilled to be invited to teach classical Ballet at the world renowned "Debbie Allen Dance Academy" in Los Angeles and performed in her production of the "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" at Royce Hall-UCLA. Powell was also be featured in an upcoming article as a leading figure in the community in the Cultural Arts Guide for the Long Beach Business Journal. This semester Professor Powell is currently creating a new lively and high energy choreographic work as a faculty choreographer and is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Spring Dance Ensemble in Concert in the LAC campus Auditorium.
Lydia CocoA native of Chesapeake, VA., Ms. Coco began her dance training in Norfolk. At the age of 17 she began training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center as a full scholarship student. Ms. Coco was invited to become a member of Ailey II where she danced for three years. She then went on to perform with the Jamison Project under the direction of Judith Jamison for one year. Ms. Coco was invited by Judith Jamison to become a member of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. As a lead dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for seven years, Ms. Coco worked with numerous widely recognized choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Ulysses Dove, Jerome Robbins, Donald Byrd, George Faison, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Elisa Monte, Lar Lubovitch, and many others. During her career with Ailey, Ms. Coco appeared in numerous periodicals such as Time Magazine, Dance Magazine, Essence, Black Enterprise and was featured in Shape Magazine. She also appeared in an American Express commercial featuring the Ailey Company. Currently Ms. Coco teaches ballet and modern at Ballet Virginia International where she is also the Development and Outreach Programs Director. Ms. Coco has choreographed works for Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Ballet Theatre II, Plumb Performing Academy, as well as Ballet Virginia International. She has also been a guest instructor/guest performing artist for the Lexington Ballet, and a guest instructor for the Plumb Performing Academy in Arizona and Moving People's Dance in Santa Fe, New Mexico.