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Hip Hop Intensive
with dave scott, phil wright, markus shields,
samantha pulsifer, tre preston
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.
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."
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.
Markus Alden Shields began dancing when he was 17 years old. Since his first class, his first instructed movement, Markus began to fall in love with this art. His studio director quickly noticed a spark in the young dancer and encouraged him to begin creating his own choreography. Thus, just one year later Shields was instructing advanced classes and choreographing at a first place award-winning, competitive level.
While Markus developed his versatile style through the instruction of students from many studios in his hometown, he studied ballet and jazz at Grand Rapids Community College.
On Season 4 and Season 10 of the hit dance show “So You Think You Can Dance?” Markus’ choreography was recognized and highly favored by producer Nigel Lythgoe and the rest of the esteemed judge's panel. He has twice competed through the entire “Vegas Week” and received a spotlight for national recognition of this awesome achievement.
Markus has trained in Grand Rapids, MI, with a select few of his city’s finest and in Los Angeles, CA with top industry choreographers in the styles of hip-hop, jazz funk, house, and popping & locking.
While represented by MSA Talent Agency as dancer/choreographer in Los Angeles, Markus has starred in commercials for JW Marriott and Amtrak. He has also performed with organizations such as DITA, Grand Rapids Dance Project and numerous solo and group choreographic works for countless events (World Salsa Congress, Salmagundi, Art Prize and many more). Shields has also instructed numerous courses and set competitive pieces for universities such as GVSU, Davenport University, Cornerstone University, GRCC and MCC (as well as a multitude of studios and high schools all over the Mid-West).
Markus relies on all of his abilities to increase his growth and not only perform on the stage, but in life as well. He knows his potential is endless and strives to let others know their potential is just as infinite, remaining humble and conscious of all blessings and success.
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.
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
with chaz buzan, Jessica Richens, 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.
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.
Jessica Richens began her dance training at age three in Southern California. Her main dance focus is jazz, jazz-funk, ballet, and contemporary. She is now recognized for her professional strengths and her ability to demonstrate technique and movement with beauty. She just completed her 77th tour show for “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 11’s Top 10 as their 2nd runner up for the renowned SYTYCD TV show. She also just recently performed in two episodes of the “Ellen” show. In addition, Jessica toured with “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” in the principal role as “Clara”.
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."
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.