Judges

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Maxwell Addo
Maxwell Addo
Judge

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 A. Balathunis
Blake A. Balathunis
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

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
Laura Bowen
Judge

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

Karina Brown
Karina Brown
Workshop Instructor Only (Convention & In-Studio)

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! Interested in hiring Karina? – Click Here

Dominick Catapano
Dominick Catapano
Judge

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

Kathryn Carreras
Kathryn Carreras
Convention Workshop Instructor & Judge

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 

Josh Epp
Josh Epp
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

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

Samantha Haley
Samantha Haley
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

Samantha Haley is from Columbus, Ohio and started in pre-team gymnastics at age 3 and attained level 7 by age 12 while also taking dance classes. Because both activities are very demanding and time consuming, she decided at age 15 to only commit herself to dance at a local dance studio. She has been trained in tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, ballet, pointe, and hip hop. She has participated in many conventions that has led to scholarships during the summers. She is currently taking part in a local dance company, New Vision Dance Company. With this company, she is given many opportunities to perform at multiple venues, including The Garden Theater, Abbey Theater, and The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Other then performing with New Vision, she has been a back up dancer for Helado Negro, performed in a Cabaret show, participated in a Flash Mob in New York, and produced/ performed in a performance with three Julliard Graduates. Currently, she teaches dance to kids 8-18 at local dance studio in Columbus, Ohio. Sammie is very excited to be a part of this team and can’t wait to see the amazing talent brought onto the That’s Entertainment stage! Interested in hiring Samantha? – Click Here

Alexandra Johnson
Alexandra Johnson
Convention Workshop Instructor & Judge

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

Jaime Kaplan
Jaime Kaplan
Convention Workshop Instructor & Judge
Jaime Kaplan has been a judge with That’s Entertainment for 12 seasons and is happy to share her passion for dance with students. She has studied dance for over 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, Jaime 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, Connecticut, and Maryland, as well as at Steps on Broadway and Boston Ballet. Jaime 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. 

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Lorna Jaymes
Lorna Jaymes
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

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

Lain Avery Lain
Lain Avery Lain
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

Lain Avery Lain has been dancing since she could walk and has a wealth of experience in all styles. She has trained and competed under many professionals here in the suburbs and in the city of Chicago with Joffrey Ballet and River North. In addition, she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology and competed with ISU and Columbia College dance teams. Since graduating Lain has continued teaching in different studios and dance teams and has competed with her students throughout Illinois at both regional and national levels.  Interested in hiring Lain? – Click Here

Alexa Martone
Alexa Martone
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

Alexa Martone has been a part of the dance community for the last 20 years. Her early dance training started on Long Island at a highly regarded studio where she was first introduced to ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. She later competed at the national level alongside her 20x national champion high school kickline team. In 2008, a foot injury had left her confined to crutches for a year and permanent screws in her foot. But, it was during this time where she recognized her love for dance from a new perspective. Her circumstance led her to critique, teach and coach from the sidelines as she was recovering from the injury, thus leading her to her true passion: encouraging dancers and building teams to reach their potential. She has taught dance since 2011 and has choreographed for a variety of dance styles, studios and teams. 

Alexa continued to dance through college at Quinnipiac University where she was recognized as the first individual to be a part of two dance teams. She continues to coach for a local high school dance team and is happy she is able to continue to share her passion for dance as a judge for That’s Entertainment Performing Arts Competition.  Interested in hiring Alexa? – Click Here

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy
Judge
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
Shirlise L. McKinley-Wiggins
Shirlise L. McKinley-Wiggins
Convention Workshop Instructor & Judge

Shirlise L. McKinley-Wiggins is the Executive Director, choreographer, coach and instructor at Premiere Dance Theatre, Inc.    Ms. McKinley-Wiggins and her husband, the late, great James A. Wiggins, Jr. co-founded Premiere Dance Theatre and planted its roots in Montclair twenty-eight years ago with a vision of being a vehicle by which aspiring dancers would flourish.  Ms. McKinley-Wiggins has facilitated many programs for entities such as Newark Pre-School Council, Newark Public Schools, Newark Boys’ Chorus, Jersey City Public Schools, Hillside Board of Education, Montclair YMCA, Montclair Public Schools, Centenary College, the College of St. Elizabeth and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Dance Academy. In the summer of 2013, Ms. McKinley-Wiggins was awarded an “ArtStart” grant from the Newark Arts Council where she implemented a “Dance in Science” program.    Ms. McKinley-Wiggins received the 2013 Montclair Branch NAACP Business Award and a Proclamation in 2017 for “Premiere Dance Theatre Day” in the Township of Montclair.

McKinley-Wiggins is one of few choreographers to establish a report with such well-known choreographers as Eleo Pomare, Fred Benjamin, Diane McIntyre, Andre Tyson, Freddie Moore and the late great Talley Beatty.  Premiere Dance Theatre’s professional troupe was commissioned to do several works by these great legends.  In addition to setting on her own hand-picked company, McKinley-Wiggins has choreographed for Tonya Pinkins of “Jelly’s Last Jam”, Shakiem Evans of “Center Stage” and “Mama Mia”, Seymour Street Records, Rap Artist Sulaw, BBC, recording artists, Myles Marcus, Alexandra DeMattia, Keisha Cole  and countless others in the dance and music arenas.  Premiere Dance Ensemble and Workshop Kids have made stellar performances for a BET executive, the World Famous Apollo Theater, the WNBA and the Garden States Gospel Gala.

Ms. McKinley-Wiggins has toured nationally and internationally as featured artist at the American Dance Festival, BET, Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center Outdoors, Church at the Riverside, Brooklyn Academy of Music and countless other venues.  Ms. McKinley-Wiggins is an alumnus of Rutgers University and was an actuarial intern for INROADS.  She later became a commercial underwriter at Chubb.  She is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Dance.  Ms. McKinley-Wiggins trained at the School of the Garden State Ballet under the direction of Fred Danieli and Kyne Franks, Rutger’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Ms. McKinley-Wiggins is excited to share her experience and expertise as a Judge in “That’s Entertainment” 20th Year Anniversary Competition Season. Interested in hiring Shirlise? – Click Here

Courtney Moniz
Courtney Moniz
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

Courtney Moniz graduated from Rhode Island College with a B.S. in Business Management and a Minor in Dance Performance/Education. She graduated with high honors and has been recognized and awarded for her outstanding choreography. During her time at RIC she was part of the Rhode Island College Dance Company, & also received the role of the college’s residency Zumba instructor. She also had the pleasure of dancing with Providence Ballet Theater during their 2015 season. Courtney has managed and taught various competition teams after graduating from school, and also danced with The Movement Specialists Hip-Hop Company for over 5 years. She enjoys both the business side, as well as the creative, passionate, teaching side. Courtney specializes in many styles of dance, both teaching & Performing.

Moniz continues to dance in professional guest roles in, and around the Boston area. Most recently, Miss Moniz danced with 8&1 Dance Company and looks forward to joining their East Coast Extension. She currently is the director of their board and submissions team.

Courtney is thrilled to be a dedicated judge, & instructor and thrives off inspiring the next generation!

Rachel Newton
Rachel Newton
Judge

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
Kim O’Connor
Judge

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 O’Neil
Judge

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 

Jeanna Peglow
Jeanna Peglow
Convention Workshop Instructor & Judge

Jeanna Peglow is a professional Dance Educator, Theatre Director/Choreographer, and Adjudicator from the Bay City, Michigan area. She has been dancing most of her life with numerous dance and ballet companies. Jeanna has been a Studio Owner and Director for over 20 years. She has also taught and choreographed for numerous competitions for 27 years.

Theatre is also her passion directing/choreographing 13 Michigan State Championship Musicals in Competition. Dance and teaching children the love of the arts is her passion. In college she really learned from her teachers and directors the importance of telling a story with your art!

Karsha Schermbeck
Karsha Schermbeck
Judge

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

Kamari
Kamari " Chubbz" Schoolfield
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

Kamari is a native of Springfield, Ma.  She specializes in Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk and Contemporary.  She spent part of her young dance career in dance studios, where she won numerous regionals and nationals dance competitions!  At age 5 Kamari had already mastered the style of Street Hip-hop and was eager to learn more.  Taking master classes in New York City with Rapsody, Luam, Dave Scott and Tokyo just to name a few Kamari started to develop her own style.
Kamari has traveled in the states and has been seen dancing on the late 106 & Park, Rip the Runway Miami and Los Angeles for B.E.T.  Becoming a backup dancer for artist Ru Williams. Kamari had the opputunity to opening up for artist such as Olivia, Drake, Monica, Ginuwine, K-C & JoJo, and many more.   She has performed in various venues as well as choreographed and became apart of music videos and live performances.  
Winning a 3T Triple Threat Award which gave her the opportunity to perform for one week dance and theatre summer intensive in Montgomery, AL.  While at Alabama State Univeristy for summer intensive Kamari developed a love for contemporary like no other.  As she got older she decided to open her own dance studio at the age of 18.  With her creative concepts and high demand lifts she has won numerous choreography awards and National award winnings.   Her pieces will have you emotional and speechless or Supreme and powerful.   With her students accomplishments Kamari takes pride in each and everyone of them.  From watching them compete on the hit show “So you think you can dance” to college dance teams.  When Kamari is not teaching or judging you will most likely find her in the studio working with her 5 year old son J’Ceon.

Angie Smiley
Angie Smiley
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

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 Academyas 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

Aleah Sullivan
Aleah Sullivan
In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

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
Judge
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.  Interested in hiring Ashley? – Click Here
Kristie Tavormina
Kristie Tavormina
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge
Kristie began her dance training in New York, where she currently resides. She competed under the instruction of Diane Reynolds for 11 years and danced in Left Sandal Dance Company under the instruction of Megan Doyle. As a dancer she has performed in various venues including The Pulse on Tour Showcase and Lincoln Center. Since then, Kristie has been working as a teacher and choreographer for the last 10 years at multiple studios in New York. She has extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical but her main focus in choreography is in the genre of contemporary. Her choreography has won numerous regional and national awards including high point, technical, and top choreography awards. Currently, Kristie is studying Dance/Movement Therapy in a Graduate Program at Pratt Institute. She hopes to continue to share her passion for dance and facilitate the development of self-growth, expression, confidence and creativity in her students. Interested in hiring Kristie? – Click Here
Cathleen R. Terrano
Cathleen R. Terrano
Convention Workshop Instructor & Judge
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 Vittorioso
Convention Workshop Instructor, In-Studio Workshop Instructor & Judge

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
Workshop Instructor Only (Convention & In-Studio)
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
Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz
Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz
Convention Instructor & Judge

Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz is Adjunct Faculty at Niagara University and the choreographer of “It’sGisllemusic” and “Royalty Record Label in L.A.”. Stacy is the Owner/Director of a Performing Arts Company. She is also an independent Director/Choreographer for many local Production Companies, an Adjudicator for Dance and Theatre Competitions, and a Fitness Assessor/ Instructor with BWI Health and Promotions. She received MHA-Magna Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo. Stacy has been a member of the Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance Company, where she was mentioned in The New York Times, Alpha Omega Dance Company, New Dance Collective Dance Company and the Zodiaque Dance Company. Professional credits include: Sandra D. in “Grease,” the Hyena Ed in the “Lion King,” Dancer in “Pocahontas” in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, a dancer in the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show in the British Virgin Islands, a principle dancer in “Aida and Carmina Burana,” a dancer in “Chess,” and “Anything Goes” in Buffalo, a dancer in the DVD productions “Jazzmania”, a dancer at World Veteran Games and World University Games. She was honored from the New York State Tany’s Theatre Association, Artie awards and Kennys Awards for her choreography. Stacy has choreographed various musicals, such as “Chorusline”-which was nominated for an Artie Award, A Man of No Importance”-which has been awarded an Artie Award, “Les Miserable” which was honored with a Kenny Award, “Addam’s Family”, “Annie”, “Beauty and The Beast”, “Gypsy,” “The Sound of Music,” “Once On This Island,” “Pippin,” Singin’ In The Rain,” “High Society,” “42nd Street,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Hello Dolly,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story,” “Oklahoma,” “High School Musical”, “Damn Yankees,” “ A Night at The Wax Museum”, “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Anything Goes,” “Godspell”,  “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Grease,” – where she was honored from the New York State Tanys Theatre Association for her choreography. She has choreographed at SUNY Buffalo, Canisius College, Brooklyn College, and Niagara University Dance Theatre. Stacy also has choreographed for Music Is Art Festival under the direction of Robbie Tacak of the Goo Goo Dolls, Irish Classical Theatre, Elmwood Art Festival, Zodiaque Dance Company, American College Dance Festival, New Dance Collective, Young Choreographer’s Showcase, Dancer’s Workshop and “So You Think You Can Dance Western New York” and Walt Disney World “Magic Music Days”. Stacy and her Company have been scouted for a private audition for the TV Show “America’s Got Talent.” Stacy’s concepts and choreography has also been aired and seen on the “X Factor”, asked to compete on “Dance Mom’s Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5”, and Stacy had her own show on the Carnival Cruise Line “Ecstacy”. Her company was asked to perform at Hawaii’s “75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Parade”. Stacy currently can be seen as a soloist on a commercial demo spot aired by the TCT network and can be viewed on its local affiliate, WNYB TV 26. Stacy’s biography can also be seen in the “Who’s Who of American Women, “Who’s Who In America”, and “Who’s Who in the World from 2009 through to 2019”. Interested in hiring Stacy? – Click Here

Tamoya Taylor
Tamoya Taylor
Judge, Conventions & Workshops

Tamoya Taylor attended the University of Arts in Philadelphia and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in modern dance. Tamoya has traveled and performed across the country at various venues in Las Vegas, New York and Virginia Beach, as well as on-board the Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. She has choreographed for music videos and live performances. Tamoya is currently a professor teaching in the University of Delaware’s Dance Minor program. She throughly enjoys working with dancers of all ages and thrives off of the notion that they will take what they’ve learned along with them in life regardless of their destination.