GUEST ARTISTS

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MATTHEW FATA

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Los Angeles, CA

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Matthew Fata’s adventurous spirit and commitment to his artistry sets him apart from many dancers in the industry today. Growing up in a small town in Canada, Matthew ventured out all around the world to fulfill what he knew to be his fate. As a young dancer he trained in all styles of dance that include jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. Throughout his young dancing career Matthew was commended early on for his talent, winning numerous awards for his dancing and choreography alike.

 

Matthew has a lot of dance experience that includes; performing alongside spoken word artist Azure Antoinette (credited by Oprah), Michelle Obamas 100th Anniversary of Burbank performance, MusEffect’s stage show "The Divine Direction", Reebok Industrials, Talia Favia’s stage show “The Difference Between Sinking & Drowning”, assisting Sonya Tayeh on So You Think You Can Dance, The Industry Dance Awards in Los Angeles, The Nutcracker with the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, the APAP Showcase at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, working with AMDA the College and Conservatory of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, the 2015 A.C.E. Awards and lastly performing at this years World Choreography Awards in Los Angeles.

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LIZ IMPERIO

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Los Angeles, CA &

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Industry Leader for over 30 years.

World Tours for Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull

Choreographer for Grammy, Latin Grammy’s, American Music Awards. VH1 Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards, Billboards, Latin Billboards

Dancing with the Stars, Disney Channel among other tv shows.

 

Convention Teacher for over 30+ years (LA Underground, Tremaine Dance Convention, West Coast Dance Explosion, Company Dance, Artistic Director for Hollywood Vibe and Dance Ideas Seminar.

 

She a college advisor for several colleges.

 

Founder and co-director of SUCCESS.dance app.

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TAYLOR SHULTZ

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Tuscon, AZ

Taylor is the Creator and Artistic Director of Synergy Dance Alliance, based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor creates unique workshops and intensives every month to provide artists with connections and mentorships to facilitate connections for training dancers into the working world. In addition to owning and operating her own Company Taylor is a principal dancer with Los Angeles professional dance company MusEffect and also spends her time touring with the teaching staff of Muse Dance Company. Taylor is best known for her storytelling abilities and creating works that focus both on the artistry and athleticism of her dancers. In class Taylor builds an encouraging and supportive atmosphere necessary to inspire confidence and growth. Her unique approach to bridging dancers from the world of education into the industry makes her sought after worldwide. To empower young artists Taylor uses innovative choreography, Writing workshops, acting classes, and adjudicating at various com

petitions. When Taylor is not traveling she is most happy to be home working with her students in Arizona.

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Taylor is the Creator and Artistic Director of Synergy Dance Alliance, based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor creates unique workshops and intensives every month to provide artists with connections and mentorships to facilitate connections for training dancers into the working world. In addition to owning and operating her own Company Taylor is a principal dancer with Los Angeles professional dance company MusEffect and also spends her time touring with the teaching staff of Muse Dance Company. Taylor is best known for her storytelling abilities and creating works that focus both on the artistry and athleticism of her dancers. In class Taylor builds an encouraging and supportive atmosphere necessary to inspire confidence and growth. Her unique approach to bridging dancers from the world of education into the industry makes her sought after worldwide. To empower young artists Taylor uses innovative choreography, Writing workshops, acting classes, and adjudicating at various com

petitions. When Taylor is not traveling she is most happy to be home working with her students in Arizona.

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KATIE
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Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

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Katie Hazard, an Ohio Native, started dancing when she was 13 years old. Before her dancing days, she started as a competitive gymnast where she ended as a level 9. Later on she decided dance was what she wanted to do full time. 

      Katie moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in 2011. She immediately started working for the touring company MusEffect. Where she has been a principal dancer in the past 8 shows of “The Divine Direction.” She has had the opportunity to be a part of Michele Obamas "Let's Move" campaign, The Academy of Country Music Awards, World Choreography Dance Awards, Reebok, and VANs. You can catch her on screen in Tyler Hilton and Spencer Ludwig music videos.

     Not only does Katie like to perform she also has a strong passion for teaching. She has had the chance to travel nationally & internationally to teach and choreograph for several studios from Austrailia to Costa Rica. Katie is a currently on faculty for Intrigue Dance Convention & acts as Show Director as well. She has also had the chance to choreograph for So You Think You Can Dance Jr, VANS US Surf Open, and for MusEffect Dance Company

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MALIK GRAY

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Los Angeles, CA

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Malik Gray is a collegiate, well-rounded dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He works diligently ensuring that every task, no matter how small, gets done to the best of his ability. Highlights include performing “In the Thick of Things” (with Red Desert Dance Ensemble in Greece), “Alright” (a Nya Bloom music video), and in Los Angeles’ winter Choreographers Ball. Along with performing, he has choreographed concept videos to “In My Blood” and “Born This Way,” guest taught/choreographed at many studios around the nation and worked as a faculty member on Dance League. He is grateful for all the opportunities he has received, the connections he has made so far, and is looking forward to honing his performance and choreography skills as well as experiencing more of what the dance industry has to offer.

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TRISTIN GRANT

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Colorado Springs, CO

Tristan Grant began his dance training at the age of 3 years old at his mom’s studio in Colorado Springs, CO. Eventually venturing to Fort Collins where he trained at Studio West Dance Center. At the age of 14 he built his technical and creative skills training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy winning numerous awards and scholarships. Tristan graduated and continued his pursuit of inspiration on scholarship, at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. He has worked closely with and trained under choreographers such as Meghan Lawitz, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Sabrina Phillips, Talia Favia, Wade & Chantal Robson, Dave Scott, Brian Friedman, Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, and many more. He has performed as a featured dancer in Rogue Dance Company, was chosen as featured dancer in The Difference Between Company, performed as a Principal Dancer in Reformation Dance Company in 2019, and has been featured in Kent Boyd and Matthew Kazierczak’s short film, “Collide in 1986.” He is quickly becoming and continues to be a favorite master teacher and choreographer both across the U.S. and abroad.  His passion for dance and the creative process that he shares with other artists and dancers is obvious throughout his dynamic and well thought out work and he is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after choreographers and master teachers.

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IAN CHUBB

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Fort Collins, CO

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SAVANAH SKAGGS

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

Los Angeles, CA &

Farmington, NM

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Savanah recently graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from AMDA in Los Angeles, California, where she worked with the industry-leading choreographers and teachers. Now represented by Bloc LA, she explores the professional world of teaching and choreographs. Savanah is a dynamic performer who’s energy is tactile. She exudes athleticism and emotion that is contagious to her audience and is thrilled to be sharing that in the professional world of dance.

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Rosero McCoy

Dancer | Teacher

Choreographer | Actor

Los Angeles, CA

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Rosero McCoy is one of the most established and well-rounded Choreographers in the Entertainment Industry.

 

Some of Rosero’s choreography film credits include Rags, Rio, Honey 2, Camp Rock 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 1 & 2, Step Up, Beauty Shop, Vanilla Sky, and Garfield 1 & 2. His choreography can also be seen on hit TV Series Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, and Good Luck Charlie. He is known for his versatility in all styles of dance shown in commercials for Shoe Carnival, Volkswagon, Target, Sprint, and Playtex as well as music videos and stage shows for Usher, N’Sync, Ellen Degeneres, Outkast, and Gloria Estefan. Collaborating with production to enhance the overall visual quality of any movement-oriented project is one of Rosero’s many strengths.

 

 

Most recently, Rosero had the honor of working with the First Lady, Michelle Obama, on several occasions as a part of her Healthy Living campaign.

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Greta Sugai

Dancer | Teacher

Choreographer | Mover

 

Fort Collins, CO

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Greta Sugai was born and raised in Colorado where she grew up dancing in Fort Collins since the age of 8.  She is now a traveling contemporary fusion teacher and choreographer. 
In 2015 Greta developed her own traveling dance company called Messengerz Dance Co. in which she led her company to New Zealand for a month to teach dance camps to students of all ages, and has since built partnerships there to return back to.  She has also been a part of several Denver based companies as well as Justin Gile’s company SoulEscape in Texas and in Utah. Currently she is dancing with Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement in Denver as a professional level dancer.  She is also a dance professor at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO for their developing dance program.  Greta specializes in guest teaching, choreographing and creating workshops across Colorado, and now out of state as well. This summer she will be teaching out of state across Texas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona and more. Greta has also begun her competition choreography journey and one of her solo’s received 2nd place award for the senior prodigy division at NRG Nationals this past year. She is very excited about this journey ahead and is so thankful for each opportunity and relationship she gets to build on. Please welcome Greta!
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Maria Alejandra Jimenez Buiza

Ballet Master | Teacher | Choreographer

Caracas Venezuela

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Born in Caracas Venezuela, She began her studies in classical ballet at the early age of eight at NINA NOVAK’S School of Ballet. At thirteen, she auditioned and received a three-year scholarship with the BALLET NACIONAL DE CARACAS, under the artistic direction of Choreographer VICENTE NEBRADA. At sixteen, Miss Jimenez won the Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Trujillo Peru. The following year she was hired as a principal dancer at NINA NOVAK’S Ballet Clasico of Camara and performed principal roles in many classical works including: Don Quixote,Coppelia,Corsaire,Swan Lake, Diana and Acteon,etc..Masters such as Kaleria Fedicheva, Edmund Novak, Ruta Butviliene, Ramona de Saa, Magaly Suarez,Rosa Alvarez,etc..

This intensive training led her at the age of eighteen to perform with the principal Cuban dancer Carlos Junior Acosta dancing the principal role in Diana & Acteon Pas de Deux.

Miss Maria A Jimenez has 30th years of experience teaching classical ballet to children, adult and professional dancers in Venezuela and South Florida. Most specifically, she has taught at: Magda Augnun school of Ballet,

Dance Attack Miami, Dance Town, Performing Arts Network, Focal Point, Studio 61, Dance Unlimited, Broadway Kids Dance Studio, Astrid Audet Dance Academy, Keyla Ermecheo Dance Studio, Ballet Clasico de Camara, Nina Novak’s school of Ballet etc...

She also performed for the Florida Grand Opera, South Broward Ballet Company and New Century Dance Company.

For the past 18th years , Miss Jimenez has been ballet Mistress and assistant to the Artistic Director at the South Florida Ballet Company. Maria helps to improve people’s lifestyles and health through her wellness organization.

She also dance Ballroom and Argentine Tango.

DESIREE ROBBINS

Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer

 

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Desiree Robbins has a passion for teaching and devotes much of her time training successful dancers that you see in front of the camera and on stages all over. Her real expertise is taking dancers and fine-tuning their technique, style, and movement to create a more refined, professional product. Desiree has well over 30 years of experience in the field and continues to grow with and focus on teaching what is needed in dance today. In 2014, Desiree founded her own convention and competition, Dance League, which just finished its 6th season. Desiree's goal with Dance League is to create an event where competition showcases the classic fundamentals and training incorporates rudiments (basics) she feels have been lost over the past years. For quite some time, the feedback she has consistently received from clientele revealed a need to return to the basic skills, movement and technique that is required of sound dancers. Desiree inspires to give dancers the foundation of jazz technique not only for strengthening and conditioning, but also to showing how jazz can be incorporated into all the other styles.

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Miss Haeli Henderson

Owner - Director

Haeli Henderson has been teaching, choreographing, and directing professionally at dance studios in Colorado since 2007.  Starting her career in Colorado Springs, after training and dancing in several professional dance companies, Haeli truly found her calling in teaching. In 2009 Haeli became a company director of a high-level, competitive dance studio in Colorado Springs. There she worked with many leading professional master teachers and choreographers. For 6 years as a company director, Haeli focused on developing dancers into well-trained, professional, confident, and hard-working students. Many of them have moved on to the industry’s top schools and have worked with highly successful agencies, studios, and professional choreographers. 

 

After returning to Haeli’s hometown of Durango, Colorado, she began envisioning her own dance studio. Incorporating all the things she has learned over the years, she has made that dream into reality. Haeli looks forward to helping her students grow and achieve their own dreams at Studio 444 Performing Arts Academy.

 

Building relationships with her students and aspiring to be their mentor is one of the things Haeli is most excited about at Studio 444. The connections and relationships that she has built with her former students remain an integral part of her life. She looks forward to expanding her dance family.

Miss Michele Carver

Miss Michele Carver

Dance Instructor

Michele  Carver was born in San Francisco, California, and moved to Durango, Colorado when she was 3. She has been dancing in Durango for over 16 years.! She spent 9 years as a competitive dancer at Dance in the Rockies including 5 years of assisting and teaching during her time as a student. 

Michele has attended many different dance intensives across the country including MusExperience, SoulEscape, Colorado Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Tallahassee Ballet. As a young dancer and teacher working toward finding her way in the world through her passion for dance,  Michele has also recently found a love for sharing her dance knowledge and being there to support her students.

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Miss Logan Freedle

Dance Instructor

Logan Freedle was raised in Flower Mound, Texas, and started dancing at the age of 4. She grew up competing not only in the Dallas area but all over the country. She attended serval West Coast Dance Explosion and Nuvo Conventions over the years, along with several other intensives and nationals. She was lucky enough to be chosen twice for The Elite Ballet Intensive, founded and directed by Tara Foy, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Logan has trained in all styles of dance but her favorites have always been contemporary and tap. She has 13 years of competitive dance experience along with drill team and pom experience as well. She was a member of the award-winning high school drill team, the Marcus Marquette’s, which performed at Disney World in 2014.

Logan is ready to train students for the professional dance world. She not only has experience in dance, but also in singing and theater. She feels all dancers should be well-rounded in all styles of dance and fine arts!

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Miss Clair Taylor

Dance Instructor

Claire Taylor has been dancing professionally for fifteen years. Recently retired from the professional Ballet world, she has been teaching extensively throughout the Denver area and has made her way back to Durango, her hometown. Claire has danced throughout the United States with companies such as Ballet West, St. Louis Ballet, and retired her ballet career with Ballet Ariel of Denver.

Expertise

  • Ballet

  • Professional Stage Experience

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Education

  • Professional company experience with Ballet West, St. Louis Ballet, Canyon Concert Ballet, and Ballet Ariel

  • Ballet instructor for Coca Dance, St. Louis, MO, Canyon Concert Ballet, Fort Collins, CO, Aurora Dance Arts, Foothills Recreation, Denver Metro Area

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Miss Apryl Jenkins

Dance Instructor

Apryl Jenkins began dancing at the age of 6. At her dance studio, she was a member of the competition team.  As she got older, she loved helping with baby classes as a teacher’s assistant. She continued throughout college in Natchitoches, Louisiana as a member of the dance line, Tap Repertory, and graduated with a Theatre and Dance Minor in 2015. She is so grateful to teach in Durango and watching her students learn and grow brings her so much joy!

Miss Tracy Henderson

Tracy Henderson

Assistant

Tracy looks forward to providing support to Studio 444’s staff, students and families! 

 

Having been enthusiastic in Haeli’s dance education, she found her own path to studying dance and has enjoyed being a teacher of dance, cardio dance, and martial arts for many years.

She also owns Eye.D., an optical boutique in downtown Durango.

Miss Breanna Pitcher

Breanna Pitcher

Marketing & Admin, Co-Founder

Breanna is thrilled to develop and bring to life the vision, character, and brand identity of Studio 444 as the marketing director. 

 

Breanna was childhood friends with Haeli. She grew up dancing in Durango, which she values and attributes to her happiness and her success in life. She has continued to dance and enjoys aerial arts and yoga. Breanna is happy to be a partner in the business, giving young dancers a space to explore their talents, and to help them build a path beyond graduation. She has Master’s Degrees in Corporate Communications and Public Relations, as well as a Minor in Dance.