master classes

intensives


Current Master Classes


richard elszy

july 16 - technique

$25 pre-registration
$30 at the door
$10 pro - please call the studio

monday, July 16, 10:45-11:45 aM
ADULTS WELCOME!

 

$35 pre-registration
$40 at the door
$20 pro - please call the studio

monday, July 16, 12:45-2:45 pM
ADULTS WELCOME!

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Richard Elszy is passionately dedicated to training the next generation of dancers through his technical expertise and inspiring them with inventive and picturesque choreography.  Elszy, a teaching protégé of dance educator icon Paula Morgan fuses his wealth of knowledge and unique artistic vision to create a well rounded, technically innovative and game changing training experience. 

Richard began his training at a small single room studio in Central California.   Wanting to learn more about dance, he attended the University of California Irvine where he danced for legendary choreographer Donald McKayle as a member of his company “Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble” and trained with acclaimed ballet professor David Allen.  Elszy has also trained with one of Americas 10 Ballet Masters Larry Long dancing with his “Civic Ballet Of Chicago” and in Philadelphia at “Philadanco”

Elszy is currently the director of technique at the National Award Winning dance studio, Adage Dance Center. His choreography has won several FDC titles, numerous national titles and other accreditations; including the 2011 Rainbow Elite ‘Video of the Year’ for “Step Sisters” and nomination for Best Novelty/Character Musical Theater at the 2012 KARTV Dance Awards for “500 Miles”.  Recently, Richard won the Star Award in the Best Ballet/Open Category for his piece “Tornado” at 2014 Industry Dance Awards in Hollywood.


Jose Soto

July 17 - contemporary

$25 pre-registration
$30 at the door
$20 pro - please call the studio

Tuesday 12:45-2:15 PM
adults welcome!

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Jose Soto started dancing at the age of 17 at Maryvale High School, purely as a way to escape. Little did he know that dance would become an escape unlike anything he ever imagined.  "As a kid i always loved to move and dance freely but I started in high school because I didn't want to take Physical Education," Soto explains with a laugh. "But than I grew an interested in it on how it made my heart really exciting to put movement into music"

ecognizing the freedom and jubilation that comes at the hands of such connected and authentic expression, Jose began teaching weekly classes at studios throughout the valley in hopes of helping students of all ages and levels tap into their passion for dance while providing classroom environments that give students a vulnerable space to express themselves and explore their movement vocabularies.  Jose has been teaching master classes and providing award-winning choreography throughout the country for years, and finds joy in traveling and meeting new communities of dancers to inspire him in his journey.

Jose created DYBOS (Dance Your Butt Sunday) - an open class for the dance community that has grown to be one of the most sought-after open classes by both amateurs and professionals alike for its encouragement of community and its constant focus on uplifting and uniting dancers. Jose is also a faculty member with One Rhythm Dance Convention and currently travels the country doing choreography and teaching master classes for studios in several states


chaz buzan

july 17 - contemporary

tuesday 3:30-5:00 PM
Adults welcome!

$40 pre-registration
$45 at the door
$25 proFESSIONAL- please call the studio

 Chaz Buznan

Chaz Buznan

Chaz Buzan grew up in Scottsdale AZ and trained at Arizona Angels Dance Studio at the age of 13. He primarily studied jazz before finding his true passion for contemporary movement. Chaz's early contemporary training came from his time with Dana Metz and Natasha Louis with the pre-professional company "Initial Existence." Chaz has performed on various television, award shows, and other special events over the years including "The PULSE On Tour" where he began assisting Mia Michaels. He then proceeded to train under Mia and work closely with her on various projects. His performance credits include Cirque du Soleil "Believe," Florence + the Machine MTV VMA performance, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" Music Video, Demi Lovato - "Dancing with the Stars," and Madonna's "MDNA World Tour 2012." Chaz made his film debut in the short film "Secret Project Love Revolution" as "The Angel of Love" directed by Madonna. Buzan is the male principal dancer for Talia Favia's contemporary dance company "The Difference Between." While in this role, he has performed as the Lead male dancer in 'The Difference Between Singing & Drowning' in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013, followed by the companies debut in Hollywood, CA in 2014. Chaz continues to travel the globe, sharing the information he has gained throughout his career; merging humanity with movement.

"I believe, you must first bring a Human quality to your Art, to then reach an audience by Performing realism, through Movement." -Chaz Buzan

Human . Artist . Performer . Dancer


alexis gilbert

july 18 - contemporary

$35 pre-registration
$40 at the door
$20 pro - please call the studio

Wednesday 3:30-5:00 pm
adults welcome!

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Represented by Go2 Talent Agency, she has worked on professional projects with Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Flash Mob America, MAC Cosmetics, KTRNA Wear, YouTube, DanceOn, the WNBA Sparks, the movie Ted 2, and more! She was part of the 2014 and 2015 "LA KISS Girls," the dance squad for the Arena Football League team, LA KISS, owned by Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley. She was captain her second season and choreographed for the team in 2016. As an LA KISS girl, she was the face of their billboards, did appearances for Good Day LA, ESPN, the AMC channel, and was the only dancer on the team chosen to represent LA Kiss in Cleveland, Ohio at the 2014 Arena Bowl. In December of 2017, she landed a major role as the “Slave of the Ring” & dance captain in “Aladdin & His Winter Wish,” produced by Lythgoe Family Panto and directed by the well-known Spencer Liff. Besides professional dancing, she also is creating a name for herself as a choreographer and teacher. For the past few years, she has been choreographing Halloween, Summer, & Christmas shows for Cedar Fair amusement parks, under the production of All Wheel Sports. She also is a professional assistant for KBM Talent, a dance workshop owned by the famous Krista Miller. With that workshop she has been fortunate enough to travel and dance around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, and all over the US. Now, Alexis is so honored to be the ‘Dance Director’ of the nonprofit organization SHE IS, where she and fellow team members teach dance classes to survivors of sex-trafficking as a form of therapy. She has had the incredible opportunity to represent the organization as a solo performer at events like Carnival Choreographers Ball, Club Jete, Dream Builder’s “A Brighter Future for Children,” plus many more benefits and fundraisers! In November 2016, the team travelled to Cambodia to work with another non-profit, Daughters of Cambodia, where they taught dance and bonded with the girls and boys rescued from sex-trafficking. 


Past Master Classes

 Tricia Miranda

Tricia Miranda

 Peter Chu

Peter Chu

 Alvin Ailey Company

Alvin Ailey Company

 Kenzie Crosley

Kenzie Crosley

 Jaci Royal

Jaci Royal

 Peter Cheng

Peter Cheng

 Dave Scott

Dave Scott

 JoJo Gomez

JoJo Gomez

 Phil Wright

Phil Wright

 Samantha Pulsifer

Samantha Pulsifer

 Roger Van derPoel

Roger Van derPoel

 Josie Walsh

Josie Walsh

 Hubbard Dance

Hubbard Dance

 Galen Hooks

Galen Hooks

 Talia Favia

Talia Favia

 Lil Buck

Lil Buck

 Jessica Lee Keller

Jessica Lee Keller

 Nika Kljun

Nika Kljun


Special Intensives

Summer 2018

 

Hip Hop Intensive

contemporary intensive


Hip Hop Intensive

with dave scott, phil wright, samantha pulsifer,
tre preston, KEENAN COOKS

June 25-28 - 9am-5pm


Supplemental cost $120 - Pairs with the Full Day or Afternoon Session (full day suggested!)

From street styles to choreography, this workshop will give dancers exposure to all aspects of hip hop dance and culture. Popping, locking, b-boying, and house are just a few styles that will be highlighted during the week of classes. Dancers will showcase several works to show in the Thursday evening performance.

 
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Straight from The PULSE On Tour, Dave Scott danced his way "Straight Outta Compton" and right into Hollywood and a multi-faceted career in dance, choreography, and artist development spanning music, film, television, and commercials. Dave has filmed several projects for both film and television including So You think You Can Dance on FOX, and Bravo’s Step It Up & Dance, and Step Up 3D. 

No stranger to film successes, Dave’s Disney movie, Step Up 2 the Streets grossed over $118 million worldwide. His previous project, Sony Pictures’ Stomp the Yard, was #1 two weeks in a row at the box office and grossed over $136 million worldwide. You Got Served (2004) won him the 10th Annual Choreography Award for Best Choreography in a feature film, and featured the artist B2K. 

Scott has molded and shaped the images and careers of many other hot artists, including Tyrese, Marques Houston and the musically renowned Brian McKnight, allowing them to reach new and unexpected heights in their careers. Scott has lent his talents to several commercial campaigns including Chevy and Pantene, the FOX TV success Bones, and choreographed dance sequences in 2004’s Coach Carter starring Samuel Jackson. I always want to impress and be top notch. 

"I try to take myself outside of myself, try to become the audience and think about what’s going to make people go ‘oooohhh’, try to give them that ‘wow’ factor."

 
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Phil Wright is a Choreographer and dancer from Florida. He was born in Miami and at the age of nine he began to dance. As his passion grew he began to dance and choreograph professionally in Miami. With hopes of pursuing his dreams at a higher level, Phil moved to California.  He now is currently active as a professional dancer and choreographer. Phil has danced for artists including Will Smith, Chayanne, Nicki Minaj, and Pitbull. He also is a teacher for Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, IDA Dance Academy, and Abby Lee Dance Studio. He travels as much as he can teaching new students in new areas spreading his knowledge and love of dance.

 
 
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Samantha Pulsifer born and raised in New Hampshire started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She moved to NYC at the age of 17 to peruse her dream of dance when she was accepted into the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory and later into the Broadway Dance Center Intern Program. She has also had the opportunity to travel and teach in many US states as well as Africa and Europe to continue her dance education and share her love for dance with others. Since being in LA she has become a member of an international dance company called Dancehall Funk. 

 
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Tre Preston 

As a Creative Director, Choreographer, Dancer, & Entertainer; Tre Preston at the age of 30 isn’t new to this arena. Florida born but Texas raised, Tre has a decades worth of experience and knowledge in the entertainment industry. 8 years of which he spent living in Dallas Texas  traveling & working all across the country. He has developed over 500 artists in his career and the number is still rising. Some of these artists include Elijah Johnson [Lion King, Kidzbop, Mindless Behavior] and Trevor Douglas [American Idol] .

As a dancer he has had the opportunity to perform with one of his biggest inspirations in the industry; Laurieann "Harlee" Gibson. Other credits include Nike and Keyshia Cole.  

Tre made his debut as choreographer on National Television working along side Joe Jonas on a show called ‘The Next’ with one of his artists known as Jordana. He was also featured as a choreographer on an episode of ‘Dance Moms’ on Lifetime. Commonly known for making history as the first tour choreographer for musics largest kids brand in the world; Kidzbop. He worked as Lead Principal choreographer as well as Assistant Creative Director. Some of his accomplishments with the brand include: Choreographing 5 National Tours [1 International,] 6 Music Videos & 4 Commercials, Go Noodle, Google, andThe Today Show


Contemporary Intensive

with chaz buzan, alexis gilbert, Jose Soto, Richard Elszy

July 16-19 - 9am-5pm

Supplemental cost $120- Pairs with the Full Day or Afternoon Session (full day suggested!)

Explore, express, and be inspired. Develop technique and expand artistry. Take classes in improvisation, modern, ballet, and contemporary while keeping a journal documenting your growth. Dancers will showcase several works to show in the Thursday evening performance.

 
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Chaz Buzan grew up in Scottsdale AZ and trained at Arizona Angels Dance Studio at the age of 13. He primarily studied jazz before finding his true passion for contemporary movement. Chaz's early contemporary training came from his time with Dana Metz and Natasha Louis with the pre-professional company "Initial Existence." Chaz has performed on various television, award shows, and other special events over the years including "The PULSE On Tour" where he began assisting Mia Michaels. He then proceeded to train under Mia and work closely with her on various projects. His performance credits include Cirque du Soleil "Believe," Florence + the Machine MTV VMA performance, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" Music Video, Demi Lovato - "Dancing with the Stars," and Madonna's "MDNA World Tour 2012." Chaz made his film debut in the short film "Secret Project Love Revolution" as "The Angel of Love" directed by Madonna. Buzan is the male principal dancer for Talia Favia's contemporary dance company "The Difference Between." While in this role, he has performed as the Lead male dancer in 'The Difference Between Singing & Drowning' in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013, followed by the companies debut in Hollywood, CA in 2014. Chaz continues to travel the globe, sharing the information he has gained throughout his career; merging humanity with movement.

 
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Alexis Gilbert Represented by Go2 Talent Agency, she has worked on professional projects with Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Flash Mob America, MAC Cosmetics, KTRNA Wear, YouTube, DanceOn, the WNBA Sparks, the movie Ted 2, and more! She was part of the 2014 and 2015 "LA KISS Girls," the dance squad for the Arena Football League team, LA KISS, owned by Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley. She was captain her second season and choreographed for the team in 2016. As an LA KISS girl, she was the face of their billboards, did appearances for Good Day LA, ESPN, the AMC channel, and was the only dancer on the team chosen to represent LA Kiss in Cleveland, Ohio at the 2014 Arena Bowl. In December of 2017, she landed a major role as the “Slave of the Ring” & dance captain in “Aladdin & His Winter Wish,” produced by Lythgoe Family Panto and directed by the well-known Spencer Liff. Besides professional dancing, she also is creating a name for herself as a choreographer and teacher. For the past few years, she has been choreographing Halloween, Summer, & Christmas shows for Cedar Fair amusement parks, under the production of All Wheel Sports. She also is a professional assistant for KBM Talent, a dance workshop owned by the famous Krista Miller. With that workshop she has been fortunate enough to travel and dance around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, and all over the US. Now, Alexis is so honored to be the ‘Dance Director’ of the nonprofit organization SHE IS, where she and fellow team members teach dance classes to survivors of sex-trafficking as a form of therapy. She has had the incredible opportunity to represent the organization as a solo performer at events like Carnival Choreographers Ball, Club Jete, Dream Builder’s “A Brighter Future for Children,” plus many more benefits and fundraisers! In November 2016, the team travelled to Cambodia to work with another non-profit, Daughters of Cambodia, where they taught dance and bonded with the girls and boys rescued from sex-trafficking. 

 
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Jose Soto is an  Arizona-based dancer, choreographer and instructor who uses movement as a way to express and inspire artistry and connection in the world around him.  He is fluent in the creation, expression, and instruction of a variety of dance disciplines, each of which he uses as a platform to encourage and inspire students of all ages and levels. "Dance should be an expression of who you are in that moment. It's not about if someone is better than you. It's not about if you look cool. It's about letting go, being authentic in that moment, and sharing your heart through your movement. It needs to be real - otherwise, why do it? So don't think - just feel."        

 
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Richard Elszy is currently the director of technique at the National Award Winning dance studio, Adage Dance Center. His choreography has won several FDC titles and recently won the Star Award at the  2014 Industry Dance Awards in Hollywood. Former students of Richards have gone on to perform with professional modern/contemporary companies, collegiate dance programs and have danced and choreographed for artists including Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. His work can be seen at several collegiate dance programs, companies and dance studios throughout the United States and Canada  He combines his extensive understanding of technique with an innovative choreographic style to create a unique class and coaching experience for dancers of all levels across America and abroad.