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WESLEY ENSMINGER

Contemporary

My teaching style and the way I like to move draws mainly from Release Technique, Countertechnique and a strong emphasis on Improvisation. In my classes, Improvisation is a vital component because it allows each individual to discover their most authentic form of movement. However, I always make sure that I have a balance of both improvisation exercises and technique exercises because they are both equally important.

For the most part, my class is structured like most modern technique classes. A brief warm up, followed by multiple exercises geared towards specific tasks i.e. plies, todues, alignment of the spine, release and recover, isolation and recognition of specific regions of the body.  This will typically lead into a structured improvisation with the intent of tuning in to each dancer's bodies and incorporating the "techniques" just practiced.  Various traveling and strength exercises across the floor follow the improvisation exercises and the class will end in phrase-work.  Phrase-work is extremely important because it teaches one to soak in information quickly, learn structured material and then take individual liberties to break down the phrase and make the movement feel authentic to their own body.

 

   

DEREK MITCHELL

Jazz Funk, Contemporary

Derek Mitchell is one of today’s most sought out choreographers and is currently the Resident Choreographer for “HAMILTON”-An American Musical (West Coast Companies).  He has choreographed projects utilizing almost every style of dance and has numerous credits in TV, Film, Stage, Commercials, Music Videos and Concerts. Derek has been teaching for over 20 years in New York City at studios including Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center, and was on the cover of the October 2014 Dance Teacher magazine. Derek has been nominated 3 years in a row for The Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.

 

   

WYATT ROCKER

Contemporary

 

   

DIANA SCHOENFIELD

Contemporary

Diana Schoenfield, a native to Nashville, Tennessee, is a choreographer located in Los Angeles. She is a member of Entity Contemporary Dance Company, directed by Marissa Osato and Will Johnston. She is also a member of Culture Shock LA, a Hip Hop Dance Company committed to cultivating self-worth and respect for all people through music, dance, and education. Diana has worked closely with Modern Dance legend Donald McKayle as a member of his repertory company, Etude Ensemble. Diana has trained with Sheron Wray, working with improvisation principles and Jazz choreography as a member of Wray's JazzXchange Organization. Diana graduated from the Honors Program at University of California, Irvine with a B.F.A. in Dance Choreography and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance.

Diana has presented original works in the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, McCallum Choreography Festival, TEDxOrangeCoast, and TEDxUCSD. She has also choreographed for French artist Johnny Hallyday, as well as artists Shane Dawson, Trisha Paytas, Joey Graceffa, Luke Conard, and Jake Coco. Diana’s diverse influences of hip hop, jazz, and modern fuse to create a dynamic contemporary style of movement and musicality. Through dance education, Diana is dedicated to spreading positivity, passion, and empowerment to her students.

 

   

AJAYE SKEENE

Hip Hop

Ajaye Skeene is a dancer, instructor, graphic designer and choreographer from Springfield, MA! Trained in Atlanta, GA, Ajaye is versatile in many different styles of Hip-hop and funk.  Now residing in North hollywood, Ca Ajaye has performed with some of the industries biggest stars; Credits include Step Up Revolution, Jacob Latimore, Lloyd, T pain, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and more!

 

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A'DREY VINOGRADOV

Contemporary

STAGE/LIVE PERFORMANCE

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE  DANCER  RYAN HEFFINGTON

“THE ODYSSEY” PREMIER at ACE HOTEL

CAPEZIO A.C.E. AWARDS 2015   CHOREOGRAPHER / NOMINEE  BREAK THE FLOOR PROD.

CHOREOGRAPHER’S CARNIVAL LA’15  CHOREOGRAPHER   PAULETTE AZIZIAN

LEON DANCE ARTS NEW YORK GALA - CHOREOGRAPHER DORRELL MARTIN

CHOREOGRAPHER’S CARNIVAL NYC’14 - CHOREOGRAPHER PAULETTE AZIZIAN

RHAPSODY PRESENTS SIRENS AFTER DARK - CHOREOGRAPHER RHAPSODY JAMES

CHOREOGRAPHER’S CARNIVAL NYC’13 - DANCER PAULETTE AZIZIAN

RECORDING ARTIST BEX - BACK UP DANCER DEREK MITCHELL

SHOW BALLET TODES ('06-'08 SEASONS) - COMPANY DANCER ALLA DUKHOVA

 

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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - DANCER - CHOREOGRAPHER HOLLY BLAKEY

“DELILAH” MV

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - DANCER - CHOREOGRAPHER RYAN HEFFINGTON

“WHAT KIND OF MAN” MV

     
             
     

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