Current Master Classes
Derek Mitchell is one of todays most sought out choreographers and is currently the Resident Choreographer for “HAMILTON”-An American Musical (West Coast Companies).
He has choreographed projects utilizing almost every style of dance and that versatility makes him an asset to any project. He has numerous credits in TV, Film, Stage, Commercials, Music Videos and Concerts. Derek has been teaching for over 20 years and was on the cover of the October 2014 Dance Teacher magazine. Derek was nominated 3 years in a row for The Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.
Derek has choreographed a total of 15 Contemporary Jazz and Street Jazz duets and Group pieces for “So You Think You Can Dance” – Ukraine. and most recently choreographed the NBA Playoffs Nationwide Flash Mob event, Ameritrade National conference with Hillary Clinton, the opening number for The International Kids Emmy Awards, The Wendy Williams Show 5th seasonTV Commercial, Cornell University Gala and an industrial for Guardian Life Insurance.
Derek choreographed 3 years in a row for Jerry Mitchell’s “Broadway Bares” Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids at Roseland and Hammerstein Ballroom. Derek has choreographed music videos and world tours for Taiwanese Superstar “Jolin Tsai”, “Sylvia Tosun” -Billboard Magazine’s #1 Dance recording artist (National Tour including the House of Blues in Atlantic City with Freedom Williams, music videos for “Push ‘n’ Pull”, “5 Reasons” and “World Keeps Turning”), and for Billboard Top 40 Dance Artist “Bex” (“What You Are” and “Life of the Party”) both music videos and live performances.
Derek has choreographed over 300 Flash Mobs including- 2 time Latin Grammy Award winning artist “Fonseca” in Times Square, the NBA 5-city Playoff celebration, Sears Industrial starring Emmy Winner Derek Hough, NY Color make-up, YouTube viral sensations “Wedding Proposal in Bryant Park-Flash Mob” (featured on The Piers Morgan Show-CNN, The Today Show) and the “Bollywood Wedding Proposal” Flash Mob (featured in the NY Post, Nightline and Good Morning America). He is a resident choreographer for “The Brooklynettes” (Brooklyn Nets dance team) and the NY Knicks City Dancers 2009/10 season halftime shows as well as choreographer for the Aldo shoes 2010 worldwide print campaign, Industrials for Clarins Cosmetics, Calvin Klein and Pepsi and choreographed/directed the Step-Up 3-D promo for Disney.
Derek currently lives in NYC where he teaches Street Jazz and Contemporary Jazz in NYC at the world-renowned institution Broadway Dance Center. He has also been on Faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center and as a Fitness instructor at Crunch Fitness for 13 years. He created, directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway dance drama “Thin Line“ at Dance Theatre Workshop, starred in the Off-Broadway productions of “The Karaoke Show” (also choreographer), “The Donkey Show” (Dance Captain and Associate Choreographer) both under the direction of Tony award winning Director, Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair and Porgy and Bess)-. He also performed with Lindsay Lohan on “Saturday Night Live,” and for the R&B group New Edition.
Derek Mitchell formed Derek Mitchell Dance Company which has performed at NY and LA Choreographers Carnival, Sirens After Dark, Pushing Progress, Young Choreographers Festival, The BDC 25th Anniversary Gala, Sybarite, Brooklyn Dance Festival, APAP festivals and the Capezio A.C.E. Awards.
Derek has also worked as a stylist in collaboration with Elle Magazine’s Creative Director and Fashion Icon Joe Zee in styling Justin Timberlake and his dancers for Nickelodeon, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Britney Spears, JC Chasez, Kelis, Mary J. Blige and dancers for GAP and most notably Madonna and Missy Elliot’s dancers in their infamous 2004 GAP commercial.
Derek has taught master classes all over the world including The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, NIKE BLAST 2013 in Sweden, The Complexions Winter Intensive, Argentina, France, Ecuador, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Israel, The Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and Canada. He has taught for many acclaimed dance conventions including The Pulse, REVEL, WILD, MOVE NY (TOKYO The Company), Artistic Dance Exchange, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, Wild About Dance, MOTIV8, Thunderstruck, Headliners, NADAA and for the dance department at Dean College. His classes and choreography have been featured on Britneyspears.com, THE A-LIST, CBS, VH1, NY1 News, W Magazine, Piers Morgan, CNN, Good Day NY, The Today Show, TV Guide, Elle, Time Out, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Wear Daily and Crunch magazine.
In 2009 Derek was Dance Teacher’s Instructional Teacher of the Month. He has been profiled in numerous articles in Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Dance and Dancer magazines.
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Past Master Classes
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.