Guest Artists

Chantel Aguirre trained with The San Francisco Ballet and The Dance Company of San Francisco until moving to New York City to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed in numerous works with San Francisco Ballet, directed by Helgi Tomasson, with Cedar Lake, Lunge Dance Collective, Soul Escape, Tayeh Dance and Stacey Tookey’s “Still Motion”. Chantel currently resides in Los Angeles where she has worked commercially with many artists including, Beyonce, Adele, Florence and the Machine, Taylor Swift, The Goo Goo Dolls, Ceelo Green, Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Chris Brown and Carrie Underwood. She has been seen numerous times on “Dancing with the Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, The Academy Awards with LXD, the MTV Video Music Awards, AMA’s, MACY’s Passport, The Billboard Awards, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the BET Awards, GLEE, XFactor, Good Christian Belles, Two and a Half Men and Mad Men, to name a few. She was a part of Travis Wall’s skeleton crew and helped construct scenes for “Step Up 4” and was assistant choreographer to Sonya Tayeh for Kylie Minogue’s “Aphrodite” World Tour. She has been featured on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine focusing on her “Rise to Stardom” and continues to travel teaching with NUVO Dance Convention, teaching masterclasses and setting choreography on various studios and artists around the country.

Alexa Anderson has most recently been seen on Travis Wall’s new show “All the Right Moves” and in his new company “Shaping Sound” which is up for an Emmy.  Alexa also made it through the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance this season.  In 2008, she was featured in DanceSpirit Magazine as a young up and comer, and in 2010 she was featured on the cover of DanceSpirit. In the summer of 2010 Alexa traveled to NYC and was a principal dancer in the off Broadway show, “Beneath the Surface” and a solo dancer in a music video for Kyle Patrick. Soon after, she decided she was ready to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dream career as a dancer. Since then she has performed in commercial work, on television, and done various stage performances from Contemporary to Burlesque. Alexa is also a passionate teacher of dance (at the renowned Millennium Dance Complex) and is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. Above all else, Alexa continues to be an avid student of movement, confident that being authentic and driven will keep her traveling forward on the road to success.

Lauren Adams Lauren was featured in the original musical Falco in Vienna Austria. She was also a member of IV Dance Company, and Jason Parsons’ Parsons Dance Project, with which she performed in The New York/Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. Most recently she performed at the Festival Des Arts in Montreal with ASH Contemporary Dance Company. Her choreography has been showcased in Terpsichoreal in Los Angeles, as well as in festivals in Prague, Czech Republic, and Tropea, Italy. Her work has also been presented at the 2004 Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as The 25th Anniversary Gala of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. In NYC, she has been a contributing Choreographer for Broadway Underground, Pushing Progress and several DRA events including: Fire Island Dance Festival, and Dancing at the Crossroads. Lauren was also the founding Senior Music Editor of movmnt magazine. She conceived, choreographed, and produced the show Moving Still, presented at the Harry De Jur Playhouse in NYC. A photography book of the same name was inspired by the show, and published by e-maprod shortly thereafter. For more information visit www.movingstill.net. Lauren has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Juilliard School in NYC. In Los Angeles, she has served as part-time faculty for Loyola Marymount University where she was commissioned to create an original work for their Dance Department. Lauren is the Producer and Director of the Choreography Lab “Dance Writing Tuesdays” based in NYC.

Kayla Kalbflesich A dancer since age eight, Kayla obtained her first part as Clara in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. She later competed on Star Search, won titles at WCDE and NYCDA, assisted on WCDE and Jump, and taught on WCDE Australian tour. Kayla was also a part of Liz Imperio’s company Live Instincts performing at the Jazz World Congress in Chicago. After getting her Biology Bachelor’s from UCSD, Kayla obtained representation in LA. She was a main dancer on ABC’s TV pilot Grace choreographed by Mia Michaels, and danced on XFactor 2011 and 2012 directed by Brian Friedman, on American Idol alongside Rihanna, and on America’s Got Talent. Recently she worked on Glee, CBS’s series Vegas, and the 85th Academy Awards.

 

Chelsea Thedinga grew up in Las Vegas and trained at Inspire Dance Company. In Los Angeles she danced for Tayeh Dance and Bill Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective and assisted choreographers on “So You Think You Can Dance” which led to performance opportunities on The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, “Glee”, “America’s Got Talent”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think Can Dance”. Chelsea has toured North and South America dancing for Latin artist Chayanne’s No Hay Imposibles Tour. Recently, Chelsea performed with Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion Dance Company and with Shaping Sound on “All the Right Moves”. She teaches dance and choreography at elite dance studios around the country.

 

Easton Payne didn’t even walk into a dance studio until he was 12, but word of his talents has spread quickly since then. He’s choreographed solos for comp-circuit standouts like Lucy Vallely and Ruby Castro, while also performing his own work and creating group pieces for studios like L.A.’s Project21Dance. Now, 20-year-old Easton has his sights set on the Great White Way—he says he’s “dying to set a Broadway show, as well as be in one.”

 

“We live in a time when dance is so very accessible, but don’t confuse inspiration with duplication. Life is too short to be anyone but yourself!” —Easton Payne

Erica Marr is a Professional 9-dance competitor. While living in New York City, she has received training from 4-time Professional World Rhythm Champions, Joanna Zacharewicz and Jose DeCamps, as well as many highly esteemed ballroom world champions, such as Toni Redpath and Nadia Eftadel. She has 20 years of prestigious training in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Ballroom. A few of her awards include Pro/Am Rhythm World Champion in ballroom, United States Rhythm National Champion, New York City Dance Alliance National Senior Outstanding Dance of the Year, NYCDA National Junior Outstanding Dancer of the Year, West Coast Dance Explosion National Junior Dancer of the Year, and La Dance Magic National Teen and Junior Performer of the Year. She has attained her Associate of Arts while attending schools Chapman University and the University of Arizona. She is trained in American Rhythm, American Smooth, and International Latin. She has 10 years of experience being a company teacher and choreographer. She is also a faculty member of One Rhythm Dance Convention. Because of the growing popularity of ballroom, she has enjoyed expanding student’s versatility and knowledge of ballroom technique and styling. She loves to push students to their fullest potential and see them fulfill their dreams.

Ade Obayomi has been dancing since he was 6 years old. Early on in his dance career, Obayomi toured with the film, A Diva’s Christmas Carol and competed in contemporary, jazz and African dance competitions nationwide.

A semi-finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 who has danced for Beyonce and Alicia Keys, the SYTYCD National Tour and Alicia Keys’ World Tour and can be seen currently in Rihanna’s “Hard” music video.

Ade taught contemporary and hip hop dance class nationwide before rejoining SYTYCD for its Season 7 All Stars edition.

In 2015, Kirsten Russell’s musical, lush, powerful choreography won her the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. Now, she’s in demand as a visiting artist and choreographer at studios around the country. But her foray into dancemaking was actually a happy accident. Midway through her dance degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she badly hurt her foot and thought it might be a sign she should stop dancing. “I was injured for a year,” she says. “That was my lowest point.” Instead, she took up choreographing. “Boot on my foot and all!” she says. Her time spent flexing her choreographic muscles paid off: When she walked away with first place in the A.C.E. Awards, it was only her second time entering the competition. After producing her own full-length show last year with her prize money, she’s now focused on putting as much of her work as she can on film.

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