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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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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
Jessica Rudnicki began her dance education at the age of 4 years old. She is highly trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Contemporary. At the age of 10 Jessica began dancing competitively at a dance studio in Chicopee Massachusetts. She has won several awards from many different regional and national competitions, as well as participated in workshops with prestigious choreographers. In 2000, Jessica became one of the original members of the Girls on the Run dance team, where she and her peers brought joy to nursing homes throughout Western Massachusetts around the holiday season with both dancing and theatrical performances. Currently, Jessica is in her 5th year of teaching at a studio in West Springfield Massachusetts where she has taught classes such as Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary. Interested in hiring Jessica? – Click Here
Niaya Taylor has been involved in the dance industry for many years with an extensive background in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap , ballet, hip hop and musical theater. She has performed in various venues across the country as well choreographed for several music videos and live performances. Niaya has danced and performed with numerous dance companies & currently dances with Introspective Movement Project. Niaya always looks forward to showing her students what F.A.M.E. is all about…FUN times, ATTITUDE that’s necessary for great performances, lasting MEMORIES and ENTERTAINMENT for everyone.
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.