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2019 / Judges & Workshop Instructors 


Maxwell Addo

Maxwell Addo better known as “Shy” graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2011. Upon his graduation, he returned to his hometown of Los Angeles, California to pursue his music career as a producer/composer. His influence is a mash up of West Coast, Midwest, Southern and West African music creating his distinguished sound. This is widely due to his constant change in environment and cultural up bringing. His sound is not only original, but his versatility has captured many industry execs, thus aligning him to work with Kendrick Lamar for the ground breaking soundtrack Black Panther, Trey Songz for Birth of a Nation as well as many other up and coming acts within the Music and Film Industries. Max is thrilled to bring his knowledge and experience to all of the competitors at That’s Entertainment! Interested in hiring Max? – Click Here      


blake-balathunisBlake A. Balathunis 

Blake A. Balathunis is a professional dance educator, adjudicator, and gymnastics coach from the Western Massachusetts area. He has over 16 years worth of prestige dance training from several top rated dance schools in Western Massachusetts and elite gymnastics training from Chicopee Gymnastics. When Blake was thirteen he toured for two years up and down the east coast on “The Shakers Dream Tour” with D.R.E.A.M. Studios performing Shakespeare plays with modern day twists. At age fifteen Blake received the 3T Triple Threat Award which gave him the opportunity to perform for a one week dance and theatre summer intensive in Montgomery, AL under the direction of film actress and theater star Tonea Stewart. Blake is a graduate from Greenfield Community College with both a certificate & degree of the arts in dance.  He’s currently the Competition Director and choreographer of a dance team in West Springfield, MA. Interested in hiring Blake? – Click Here      

Laura Bowen 

After performing arts high school , Laura landed her first show at an Off Broadway dinner theatre where she then went on to dance with the Sesame Street Live Tour. She was a Frank Hatchett dancer, performing at choreography showcases and conventions with his company. Laura performed at dinner theatres in the Catskills, was in 2 National Commercials  and 6 Dance Companies. She has been teaching dance and choreographing for classes and her competition team for 30 years.  Laura has won numerous choreography, showmanship, sportsmanship awards and many more. She also choreographs the high school musicals each year in her neighborhood. Laura is honored to judge at That’s Entertainment and watch your fabulous dancers perform! Interested in hiring Laura? – Click Here

Amy Boyle

Amie Boyle has been dancing and performing since the early age of 3. Growing up and studying dance at Town & Village School of Dance, Amie developed a deep rooted love for the art of hoofing under the direction of Pat Bell and Luanne Franklin. As a teen she came in contact with Germaine Salsberg after being judged by her and invited to study under this tap legend at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Amie is incredibly indebted to the Masters of this great American art form with whom she has had the opportunity to study with and is continually influenced by: Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Jay Fagan, Omar Edwards, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, Van “The Man” Porter, and Debbie Dee. Several of Amie’s students are currently pursuing Broadway careers and working dance professionals in the industry. One of her students wrapped his first Broadway show last January, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and will be opening his second Broadway show, Beetlejuice, this Spring in NYC. She has also had students featured in music videos with Laura Bell Bundy, professional stage productions with The Lexington Theater Company, and Broadway Live events at The Lexington Opera House.

 

Karina Brown 

Karina has been involved in the dance industry for over 28 years. She has extensive background in ballet/pointe, tap, ballroom, jazz, lyrical, contemporary/modern, hip hop, musical theater and acrobatics. Karina has been a valued instructor at multiple studios and high schools spanning from Michigan to Sandusky to Cleveland where she has also worked with many competition and drill teams. As an accomplished dancer in the competitive field, she has won countless awards, scholarships, titles and top honors at regional, national and international levels including best choreography, most entertaining act and top overalls at regional and national competitions. 
Karina is a 2010 graduate of Heidelberg University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theater. She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve in 2014. Karina has been a faculty member of Lorain Community College and is currently the adjunct professor of Movement and Dance at Heidelberg University. She has most recently been dancing with the professional modern company, RED Company and Cleveland Dance Project. Karina is also signed with Pro-Model and Talent Management for dancing, singing, acting and modeling. 
Karina has a passion for dance and teaching in a manner that brings out the best in each student. She has been invited to perform and choreograph for various studios, shows and events throughout the country. Karina is excited to share her experience and knowledge with all of the competitors at That’s Entertainment events! 

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Dominick Catapano 

Dominick comes to you from New York where he is currently a staff member of the June Claire Dance Centers under the direction of former June Taylor dancer and Radio City Rockette, Lynda Gache.  Dominick’s specialty is Tap for which he is an obsessive fan and has been fortunate in his career to have Tapped his way around the world including stops at Tokyo Disney Land, touring Europe with Spirit of the Dance Productions as well as numerous shows and industrials here at home. His main focus now is teaching the art of Tap (with a focus on Broadway style) and spreading his passion and love for it to anybody who is willing to listen! Dominick believes that dance provides a great opportunity for self expression and he is thrilled to have the opportunity to offer professional feedback to dancers of all ages and styles to enhance their overall performance, technique, and development of their work. Interested in hiring Dominick? – Click Here

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Mrs. Robin Brandenburg – owns and operates a dance studio and has been teaching for over forty years. Robin attended The University of Cincinnati and graduated from Miami University and has an R.N. license. Robin is known for her award winning choreography and dynamic teaching style. She encourages the recreational as well as the professional level students. Her knowledge of dance has made her a popular figure and often recruited Consultant, Judge, and Master Teacher. Interested in hiring Robin? – Click Here

Kathryn Carreras 

Kathryn Carreras has been a judge with That’s Entertainment for 8 years.  Starting dance at 3 years old, she has been training now for over 30 years and teaching for almost 19 years.  She has trained not only on Long Island in some of the top dance studios, but also in NYC at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. As a competitor she has won numerous awards for all genres of dance and was awarded choreography awards both regionally and nationally.  Kathryn has been seen performing in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Florida, cruise lines, as well as Channel 12 News. Being nominated and  selected into the Who’s Who of American Teachers, Kathryn loves to share her passion of dance with all students.  Kathryn holds an assistant dance director position on Long Island where students learn all aspects of dance and theater. Her students have been seen both on and off Broadway, cruise lines, and signed to top modeling agencies in America.  Kathryn lives life with the motto: “Why walk when you can dance?” Interested in hiring Kathryn? – Click Here                                            

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Josh has been dancing since the late age of 15 years old. He was taken to “Bring A Friend” week at his home studio and started with no rhythm and two left feet. He was determined to improve his skills and found himself registered in every class possible. He grew up in the small suburb of Bensalem, Pennsylvania. By the time he was 21, he knew that he wanted to dance not only for fun, but also, as a professional. In 2008 Josh auditioned for University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he was accepted and rewarded with the Promising Artist Award. He is trained in all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, African and Acrobatics. While receiving his degree, he taught at several different studios in the Bucks County Area. He graduated from UArts in the Spring 2012 semester with his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Education with a focus in jazz performance and a minor in creative writing. Since then, he has been teaching and setting choreography on many studios in the Tri-State area and continues to audition and take classes in NYC. He currently works for several dance competitions and helps judge, teach master classes and sets choreography on young dancers. On his free time, Josh is a full-time Veterinarian Assistant at an animal hospital in the Bucks County Area. When not teaching he loves reading and spending time with his 4 cats and 2 dogs. Interested in hiring Josh? – Click Here

Alexandra Johnson 

Alexandra Johnson started her dance training in Columbia,  SC at the age of four with ballet.  She began competing at the age of 8 with Footnotes Classical Dance School under the instruction of Debbie Spivey and Maura Moore.  In high school she trained under Dale Lam and Randeko Pavlovich along with Kathleen Lee.   Throughout her training she trained under various teachers in the area  and attended various summer intensives including Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School, Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, Steps on Broadway, and NW Dance Project. She attended Rutgers University and graduated in 2016.  Since graduation, she has freelanced in NYC and participated as a guest artist in various Nutcracker productions as well as contemporary workshops and projects while currently training at Steps on Broadway and Peridance. Interested in hiring Alexandra? – Click Here

Jamie Kaplan 

Jamie Kaplan has been a judge for 11 seasons and is glad to share her passion for dance with students. She has studied dance for almost 30 years and has worked as a teacher for over 15 years. As a competitor, she won numerous awards across all genres of dance. In college, Jamie led the Towson University Pom Squad to a national win and performed various pieces within the dance department, including The Nutcracker. She has studied dance across studios in New Jersey, as well as Steps on Broadway and Boston Ballet. Jamie holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and focuses on the treatment of eating disorder and body image concerns and works to promote awareness within the dance community. Interested in hiring Jamie? – Click Here

lorna-mclaughlinLorna Jaymes 

Lorna Jaymes has been a dance educator for over 25 years and began her dance training at the age of three. Dance became her passion early on in life, and by the age of ten, she was spending a minimum of, twenty hours a week, taking classes at her local dance studio. Lorna has extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. She has trained with professional teachers and the hottest choreographers throughout New England, New York City and Los Angeles, California. Aside from the many hours training at a competitive dance studio, she also attended a performing arts high school with a concentration in dance and majored in Theater /Fine Arts in College. It has been throughout this intense training where Lorna’s undeniable emotional Lyrical style has become her forte and a favorite of all of her students. Interested in hiring Lorna? – Click Here

Michael McCarthy 

Michael started his dance training at age 8 under the direction of Christine and Joel Seger, winning multiple national titles during his competitive years. Michael graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and performed for five contracts with Royal Caribbean, serving as Dance Captain and an Aerialist. He now teaches in central Massachusetts as an instructor and competitive coach, as well as a guest teacher throughout New England. Michael holds certifications for ABT’s Teaching training through Level 5, as well as Acrobatic Arts Module One. He is also a member of Dance Masters of New England Chapter 5. Interested in hiring Michael? – Click Here

Madelyn Mickelsen

Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Madelyn Mickelsen began studying dance at the age of six. She continued into professional dance training and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point obtaining two Bachelors of Art degrees in Dance and Arts Management. Madelyn has showcased and produced choreographed works in various performances, showcases, festivals, and for adjudication at the American College Dance Association. She has performed and been involved in a variety of shows and productions across the Midwest and has studied under dancers from; the Joffrey and Milwaukee Ballet, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street, and the Radio City Rockettes. Madelyn has relocated to New York City and has continued her career in performance arts. Interested in hiring Madelyn? – Click Here

Rachel Newton 
Rachel Newton is a true dancer’s dancer with nearly three decades of experience in the dance world. During college, Rachel became an Artistic Director of her own studio, where she actively teaches, instructs and choreographs. In 2016 she became a member of the International Dance Entrepreneur’s Association (I.D.E.A) dedicating herself to providing the highest quality in dance education while setting high standards for safe and fair business practices. She continues to study, train and collaborate with various industry professionals. Rachel is determined to grow young dancers creatively and dynamically in a healthy, positive environment for all students. Interested in hiring Rachel? – Click Here

Kim O’Connor 

Kimberly O’Connor is a professional dance teacher and choreographer from the Western Massachusetts area. Kim began dance training at the age of 2 at a dance studio in Springfield MA. Soon after she started studying all styles of dance at The New England Dance Conservatory in East Longmeadow, MA. In 1993 Kim went on to receive a degree and certification in dance from Holyoke College and began her teaching career at The Dance Company in Springfield Ma. In 2000 Kim was the founder & principle choreographer for Girls on the Run Dance Team, which was geared towards entertaining and stimulating the creative minds of elderly patients in various nursing homes in Western Massachusetts. Several years later, Kim founded and became a Studio Director at her own studio in Massachusetts. In addition to owning her own studio and having over 15 years of expert level dance teaching experience, Kim is also 1 of 5 adjudicators for the Choreographers of Western Massachusetts awards Association. Interested in hiring Kim? – Click Here 

Ryann O’Neil
Ryann has been dancing and performing in musicals both locally and professionally for the past twenty years, but her true passion is teaching. At the age of seventeen, she was one of ten girls to win the Radio City Rockette Intensive training scholarship, and spent three summers assisting several Rockette trainers in their endeavors to mold up-and-coming Rockette hopefuls. She has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Beacon Theatre with numerous performance companies, one being her home company JCLynn of Long Island, NY. Ryann’s primary styles of training are based on classic Fosse techniques, precision line training, and tap. Ryann also directs and assists several different cultural arts production companies throughout Long Island, NY. In addition, Ryann feels that it is important for young artists to give back to the community, using their talents to raise awareness and support causes in need. She has helped produce several “Have A Heart And Make A Joyful Noise” arts charities, where young dancers and singers have participated in order to raise money for the construction of schools in Bashtanka, Ukraine, to support Wish Kids through The Make A Wish Foundation, and to provide more financial support to The Long Island Breast Cancer Coalition, just to name a few. In her career as a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Ryann hopes to continue to use dance as a vehicle of support to those in need. What could really bring more joy to the world than the art of Dance! Interested in hiring Ryann? – Click Here 

Karsha Schermbeck 

Karsha Schermbeck opened her own dance academy in 1996.   She has been involved in the dance field for 35 years and has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical.  She is a certified dance instructor with Dance & Gym USA. In addition, Karsha is certified in dance awareness and terminology with Expert Rating Employment.  Karsha’s students have consistently been awarded top honors and scholarships at dance competitions across the country.  Her routines have won best choreography awards and her dancers have also received top technique awards.  Many of her former dancers have gone on to dance professionally, teach dance or open their own studios which includes two who’s gone on to become NBA Cleveland Cavs dancers. She’s performed as characters & choreographed productions such as “Nunsense” , “Gypsy”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up”, “The Fantasticks”, “West Side Story”, “The Music Man”, “Oklahoma”, “My Fair Lady”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Back to the 80s”.  She also performed in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Guys and Dolls”. Interested in hiring Karsha? – Click Here

Angie Smiley

Angie began dancing at the young age of 18 months old where she found a true genuine love for the art. When she moved to Florida in 1988, she began training with Su-Cheng Hong at International Dance Academy as well as Miami City Ballet, in addition to the extra Ballet she studied from with Mr. Gregory from Russia. She studied many genres throughout her career, including but not limited too, Chinese, African, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theater and Clogging. Angie also studied Tap with the great Gregory Hines while living in Florida. In 1997 and 1998 Angie attended Gibbs High School PCCA program (Pinellas County Center for the Arts) and danced at Disney World in Orlando during the summer breaks . In 2001, she moved back to Fort Wayne, Indiana where a few years later she opened her own dance studio and decided her heart belonged with training and teaching kids to be great in this Art of Dance. Performing has been and always will be her favorite part of dance but Angie sold her studio in June 2018 and have decided to travel and judge in hopes to continue to help blossom this Art of Dance that she loves so much! Interested in hiring Angie? – Click Here

Jacqueline Spreadbery

Jackie Spreadbery is from Oak Forest, IL and has been dancing for 27 years, training extensively in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, under Jay and Connie Fagan, Tre Dumas, Bril Barrett, Lane Alexander, Mark Yonally, Bril Barrett, and Sue Gramza. Recently, she has been featured as a lead dancer in Fuse and Explode (directed by Matt Pospeshil). She had the honor of performing with Chicago Tap Theater in their production Love Taps, and has performed each year in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade. She was the artistic director of a Dance Studio in Midlothian IL, and her students were awarded the title of 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 Grand National Champions. Jackie is also an award-winning choreographer; she was nominated for Best Tap Dance by the Industry Dance Awards for her piece, “Just A Girl”. Her choreography has been the recipient of many awards, including “Best of Choreography” awards at national competitions five years in a row and has received “Diamond Level” choreography awards as recently as 2015. She has been the recipient of the Leo Harris scholarship for excellence in Tap. Her students have been featured on the main stage of the Disney Cruise Lines, Sea World, and the Joffrey’s Nutcracker. As a youth, Jackie had the opportunity to compete on various competition teams, taking home many top awards, including “Impeccable Tap Technique”. Jackie’s choreography has also been featured in local musicals including Annie, The Music Man, and Beauty & The Beast. Jackie was a four-year member of the University of Chicago’s UC Dancers and was featured in the University of Chicago’s presentation of City Life, as both a performer and choreographer. As a performing member of Rhythmic Bodies in Motion, Jackie has been featured in shows, including Body Language and Revel in the Rhythm. Jacqueline has a masters degree in Chemistry from Governors State University and recently has taught high school chemistry. Interested in hiring Jacqueline? – Click Here

Aleah Sullivan 

Aleah began dancing at the age of two and has since expanded her dance horizons in various styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Musical Theater, and Hip-Hop . She was a competition dancer for many years at her home studio in Ambler, Pa. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Exercise Science and a Psychology minor, while at West Chester she was a member of the University Dance Company for which two of them she was an officer. Her senior year she received the Alumni Dance Chapter Choreography Award. She is currently a performer with the  Sanbrooka Dance Company in Philadelphia, along with other independent professional choreography projects. She choreograph’s multiple traveling competition pieces throughout the year along with a yearly musical at Ancillae Assumpta Academy. Interested in hiring Aleah? – Click Here

Ashley Sullivan

Ashley Sullivan began her dance education over 25 years ago in Western Massachusetts. She is highly trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary. Ashley attended Worcester State University where she served as a Choreographer and President of the Dance Company and founder of their competitive team. Ashley has been teaching and choreographing for 14 years and is entering her 8th season as a studio owner. She has earned multiple awards at Regional and National competitions as both a dancer and choreographer. Ashley continues her dance education today by studying and taking class with several industry professionals.

Cathleen R. Terrano 

Cathleen has studied all forms of dance and has studied with such diverse groups and individuals as the NYBC, LI Ballet, Martha Graham, Phil Black, Forrest Bonshire, Finis Jung & Gwen Verdon. Cathleen has trained with world renowned teachers, Rosalie Keane, Pierre Dulaine & John Nyemchek. She now teaches Ballroom & is a certified teacher in ABT & is teaching Dancing Classrooms & Roll Call Wheelchair Dance. Cathleen makes it her personal goal to teach her students that dance and life is fun, to stay positive in all you do, and there is no such word as “can’t”. Interested in hiring Cathleen? – Click Here

Allison Vittorioso 

Allison started her dance training at the age of 3 under the direction of Tina Vittorioso. She is currently the assistant director of a dance studio. She has held that position for the last 7 years. Allison has trained at Steps on Broadway in NYC, Rhode Island College and the National Dance Education Organization OPDI program.  She has worked with some incredible teachers such as Danielle Bower, Lindsay Deneault, Stephanie Flackman, Kathleen Smith, Angelica Vessella, and many others. Allison received her first choreography award at age 18 and has continually been recognized for her creative choreography. For the last three years she has been teaching as a lyrical and technique teacher for three studios in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Allison is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization.  She has also created and is the Director for Voltage Dance Company; a dance company for college age dancers who love to perform and want to continue their dancing careers.  Through the NDEO she trained to teach and choreograph for special needs dancers.  Teaching is her passion and she is excited to judge for That’s Entertainment this season! Interested in hiring Allison? – Click Here

Jonte “Nano” Williams 

Jonte’ “Nano” Williams added  dance to his repertoire 10 years ago. He has been teaching Hip-Hop for the past 9 years at numerous studios throughout the United States. In addition, he has taught at numerous workshops with well known choreographers. Jonte’ has also choreographed and danced for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons dance team “D-Town” and went on tour to choreograph the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters for their 2014-2016 season. His work received third place at World Of Dance Chicago 2014 & 2016 Which won a spot in the LA finals in 2015 and 2017. He has been seen on Season 12 of “So You Think You Can Dance” at the Detroit Audition and was a Las Vegas Finalist as well as in both Danny Brown’s music video “When It Rain” and Flo Rida’s “My House” . Jonte’ also choreographed and assistant directed the music video “Be As You Are Remix” by Mike Posners. In addition to choreographing and dancing for artists such as B.O.B., Faith Evans, IYAZ, Ray J, Flo Rida, TLC, Sean Kingston,T.Pain etc, he continues to take classes and masters different styles of Hip Hop, with a focus but not limited too, Popping, Waving, Krump, Locking Breaking and Choreography. He has numerous National Championships to his name as well as special Hip-Hop awards at the many regional and national dance competitions. Interested in hiring Jonte? – Click Here

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